• https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!…Now’s the time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    thought the last one was the game thread Jon…fooled me

    • btimmer

      That would have caused some page loading issues I think.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        it was a dozy of a thread…took a long time to read and a real long time to scroll to the bottom

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    12:40 PST start time for tomorrow’s game

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Puig!!

  • btimmer

    Morosi cackles maniacally.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m sure Lopes has talked to him . . . Puig has to start listening about baserunning.

  • 4d3fect

    WTH!?!?!

  • btimmer

    A better question about Puig getting off 2nd on a bunt attempt by Crawford is: why was Crawford trying to bunt with a runner on 2nd and no outs?

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Mattingly loves the sac bunt.

  • twaseverthus

    Hate to be rash, but really. Take him out.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      too rash…bunt should have been made…the play in RF was his mistake…probably thinking about the play at second

    • btimmer

      That sort of transcends rash. It’s subrash.

  • scooplew

    I took a well-needed time out off from following the Dodgers last night. I was pleased and relieved when I learned this morning of last night’s victory, and I enjoyed scrolling through your posts. I felt it was one of our most significant wins of the season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So this is your fault, Scoop, because you tuned in? :)

      • scooplew

        I take full blame for what has transpired thus far this evening and throw myself on the mercy of my fellow DTers.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Mercy bestowed!

          • scooplew

            Thank you, Bob. I can now follow tonight’s game in relative internal peace!

  • ASW1

    Sure glad Goldschmidt will be nowhere near the NL playoffs this season.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on DP Time

  • scooplew

    After Cain pitched 7.2 innings for the Giants tonight and allowed only one run, which was unearned, the Mets rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 9th off Casilla and Romo and won 5-4.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    setting up the 1-2-3 DP

  • 4d3fect

    Perhaps Fife has reached his level of incompetence here. (apologies to Hull and Peter)

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    3 outs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not too bad, considering!

    • DS1981

      If you look at the stats it’s actually incredibly rare for a team to come back if it’s down more than one run after the first inning. The game is likely already over.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Guess you didn’t read Jon’s previous post.

        • DS1981

          Exactly. Guess why that game is still remembered today? Because that kind of comeback is as i said “incredibly rare”.

      • scooplew

        I’d love to see the numbers on that.

        • DS1981

          i believe i read it on fangraphs. There was a stretch last year where is seemed the dodgers were always behind after the 1st and would look completely flat for the rest of the game, so i decided to find out if it was just the dodgers. Turns out pretty much all teams are like that. It has to be demoralizing to be in a hole from the very outset. Hitters start pressing, pitchers try to be overly careful,etc.

  • scooplew

    In 18 games, including the first inning tonight, Goldschmidt is hitting .397 (29 for 73) against us with 6 homers and 20 RBIs. Keep in mind that he is leading the National League in both categories.

    • DS1981

      This season for schmidt is like Kemp’s 2011 year. He’s never gonna even sniff these kinds of number ever again in his career.

      • scooplew

        Kemp or Goldschmidt?

  • 4d3fect

    Any reason NOT to put Goldschmidt on?

  • btimmer

    According to this study, teams leading after the first inning, win around 70% of the time. http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/SmithD/ScoringPattern.pdf That’s by all margins.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Fife getting them back for the Brawl game

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Marmolade up in the pen…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I had high hopes for Fife tonight, but remember when we optimistically saw that this series had Zack followed by Kersh? Still, it’s all moot if you don’t score.

    Silver Lining: I’m still hearing Vin on the radio, so there’s plenty of time.

    • DS1981

      If your manager by his actions (starting fife) tells you that he doesn’t care about this game, why would the players play like they care.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I reject the premise and therefore the conclusion.
        Isn’t he “your manager” as well, or are you not a Dodger fan?

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          negative “nancy”…look at all his/her posts

          • DS1981

            However negative my posts may or may not be, i’ve never attacked a poster on this blog like you just did.

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            no attack…statement of facts

          • DS1981

            Like i said i’m here to discuss the dodgers, not other posters.

        • DS1981

          By “your” i meant it from the standpoint of a dodgers player.

      • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

        I would say almost every player to a man would appreciate the show of faith in a teammate, and therefore try harder to back that up. That’s what teammates do.

        • DS1981

          Yes, that’s certainly what a player would say when interviewed because it sounds good, but do you really think that’s how they see it?

          • Bob_Hendley

            In any event, seems like a rather harsh judgement in this particular case. Fife has kept them in most games he has started this year, no?

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    This does not look promising.

    • 4d3fect

      Admirable restraint in that post.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    I am a master of understatement.

  • 4d3fect

    Kfed looking exasperated.

  • WinnipegDave

    Fedex is having a long night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Lining amongst the chaos: Better to find out now than in postseason how some handle pressure, especially for those on the bubble of the roster.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow — he’s human!

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Blind squirrel and all that.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was the best possible result.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice Marmol

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    PUIG!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Back in the game!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig says: I’m not getting picked off second this time.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And that’s the only way to guarantee it!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Puig power followed by Crawford speed.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon and Bison – please sirs, can we have some more?

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Bad positioning by Owings; with Young up there, he was way too close to second base. I’ll take it though :)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AGon — again! Woohoo!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Matt!

  • WinnipegDave

    Goldie almost had that one.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      It’s not horseshoes or hand grenades, so “almost” don’t count! Luckily!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bison with a bit of an over-swing at that at bat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more here would be REALLY nice . . . (trying not to be too greedy)

    • WinnipegDave

      My thoughts exactly.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    In real time, I thought it was caught. And I think Young did, too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice start, then bummer. . . . But at least they’re playing the game!

  • WinnipegDave

    That’s a nice start anyway. Need to lock them down a bit now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Arizona is/isn’t loving the Dodger pitching right now.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    DP!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So nice, hadda say it twice!

  • foul tip

    Dodger pitchers seem to be getting the hang of this hitting batters thing. Unintentionally, of course…

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Generous strike call for Marmol for the K

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tuning in from the far side of the world today (Jakarta). Baseball for breakfast!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      Happy Thursday Morning Bob

    • 4d3fect

      Will you be in that neck of the woods come next March (Season opener in Sydney I think?)

    • scooplew

      Dodger Thoughts: Available in over 200 countries.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gonzo!!

  • 4d3fect

    Oh brother.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Bad throw but it still got him :(

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    safe

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Oh, looks like he should have been called safe.

  • 4d3fect

    Agon normally pretty even-tempered.

  • ASW1

    Next year that will be reversed.

  • WinnipegDave

    Agon has seemed feisty all night tonight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Kemp!

  • ASW1

    Wonder if a kicked-out player next season will be reinstated into the game after the umps find out they blew the call.

    • WinnipegDave

      Less likely to be arguing that much – at least before the review takes place.

      • ASW1

        Yeah, I guess – but I can see a player getting tossed in the heat of the moment just like AGon did tonight before the manager has time to throw the flag on the field – the question will be, if the tossed player gets to come back in the game for arguing a call that the ump missed, therefore a call that the tossed player was arguing correctly for?

        • WinnipegDave

          You are right, that would make for an interesting discussion. My guess would be that the tossing would still apply.

  • scooplew

    Reflecting back on my (very, very) brief baseball career, but also thinking about the hundreds of baseball games that I have umpired, I know how frustrating it is for the players in the field when their pitcher is always getting into trouble. I wonder how the Dodgers truly feel when they see Marmol come in, followed by League.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice K

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    3 outs!!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Uribear glove!

  • WinnipegDave

    We are still in this thing…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nicky!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    KFED!!

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Not a fan of the FedEx nickname?

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        his team mates call him KFed also I work for UPS

        • TAFKA_Gagne55

          Ah, makes sense

  • WinnipegDave

    Interesting, very interesting. (Not in the rule 9 kinda way).

  • 4d3fect

    Kfed: Take THAT, umpiring crew!!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    It looked like the ball was still touching the line when it was picked up.

    • ASW1

      Yep, and the 3rd base ump was blocked from seeing it by KFed.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I thought the same thing

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Puig — long sac fly! (Or an even longer fly — but trying to stay away from that greedy streak!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bummer no score, but get a speedy runner and save an out!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is Scott as fast as Carl, to beat out a grounder?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    If there weren’t so many surprises already this season, seeing Van Slyke hit for Crawford with the division at stake would be one for me. But of course, now it makes perfect sense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Scott . . .

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Should have sent Puig. sigh

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That was my thought until Mo or Steiner questioned his ability to avoid being picked off.

  • WinnipegDave

    Next inning…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP!!

    • scooplew

      I wonder how many double plays you have induced this year, KT.

  • ASW1

    Ken Norton passed away – I remember watching him fight Ali as a kid, back when they showed the big heavyweight title fights on ABC or CBS for free. He sure was a tough fighter – RIP.

  • WinnipegDave

    Uribe with the full swing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice catch.

  • RBI

    Just got home. Argh!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      missed the blown call at home

      • RBI

        Missed the blown call, but saw Van Slyke hit the DP and them hit the turf.

  • WBBsAs

    This could be Mattingly’s worst game of the year, and that’s saying a lot.

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      How is it his fault the team can not get a timely hit?

      • WBBsAs

        He wasted several outs bunting, failed to let Puig run, and stuck with Fife too long when it was obvious he had nothing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time Again

  • RBI

    Not sure about this decision to walk to get to Prado.

  • RBI

    Yup. Questionable.

  • RBI

    Should have stayed out a little longer. I feel responsible.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      I was going to comment but didn’t want you to feel bad ^_^

      • scooplew

        I should have taken another mental health night off from the Dodgers. Put the blame on me.

        • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

          I don’t blame anyone but Uncle Joe sure took the steam out of our sails

  • RBI

    Need, um, three to four home runs. So far!

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      another 4 + 1 night?

  • WinnipegDave

    I felt quite optimistic. Until right about now.

    Fortunately, there is always tomorrow…

  • ASW1

    Well, that does it for me – have to work tomorrow, so Dodgers will probably celebrate on the field when I can’t see it – g’night all.

  • scooplew

    After nine consecutive relief appearances in which he didn’t allow a run, Belisario has now been scored upon in six of his last 11. As far as the bullpen goes, the only pitchers who are currently less reliable than he is are Marmol, League and Moylan.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli up?

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodger pitchers have thrown almost ninety balls in this game. That seems like a lot.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    If we don’t win tomorrow then I hope we clinch on Sunday

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      I’m going to be in PETCO on Sunday, my first time there and only MLB game I’ll get to this year. So clinching then would be cool. But I’d rather they just win asap.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Easiest is tomorrow — start Hanley!
        You’ll love Petco. I had planned to visit SD and go to that game until a surprise party for my brother in Delaware changed the plans.

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

      Um, let’s not wait four days.

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        “if they don’t win tomorrow” (now today) it means there would only be 3 days and since Az will be playing in Colorado they could easily sweep. We have Volquez on the mound friday (could be a loss) so a win by Kershaw and Greinke to clinch and I get to celebrate with the team 2 rows from the field for the 1st time in my life

  • RBI

    That’s it. I’m going back to my corner.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      night

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers going quietly into the night.

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright – only 5 more!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    KFed!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Night all

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • WinnipegDave

    Tomorrow – or for me, later today – perhaps it will go much better.
    Goodnight all.