• TAFKA_Gagne55

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • Adam Luther

    Just secured tickets for NLDS home game #2 and for NLCS home game #3 via the Dodger lottery. Make it so!!

    • scooplew

      Congratulations.

      • Adam Luther

        Thanks.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good for you! Was that where you had to register with your email and phone? Did they contact you and tell you which games were available, then you purchased — or is it open-ended? (I did that other registering.)

      • Adam Luther

        Registered online. Drawing was Tuesday. Notified yesterday via email with an individual password. I could purchase for any/all (potential) home games for the NLDS and NLCS but not the WS, at least at this point.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Thanks . . . guess that means I didn’t win that lottery. (Deja vu all over again from Comic Con this year!)

          I got word there’s a public sale tomorrow.

  • scooplew

    At 10 games, the Dodgers are on their longest road trip of the season. There were two 9-game trips.

  • btimmer

    12 Ks in 6 IP for Gerrit Cole against the Padres today. Ian Kennedy got hit hard. This makes my UCLA/Dodgers heart happy.

    • Adam Luther

      Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

      • scooplew

        Argggggh.

    • scooplew

      Jackie Robinson Stadium at UCLA is one of the best places to watch a game. I have been there twice on visits to L.A.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s do this right guys and win today…otherwise not until Sunday

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If needed, how about we buy you a ticket to Friday’s game?
      Waiting until Sunday means Kersh doesn’t win.
      Let’s make it all moot with a WIN TODAY!

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

        no if we lose today and Volquez loses tomorrow while the dbags win the next two against Colo, Kershaw and Greinke for the NL West championship

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

          Aesthetics, who needs ‘em? Let’s win early. ;)

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

            I want them to clinch in AZ to rub it in but if not and they are going to clinch in SD might as well hope they do it while I’m there…Never experience that feeling/celebration before

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

            THAT’S understandable.

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

    Heh. The Gameday link above goes to the Mets – Giants game. If that’s the one you want, fine. Here’s the Dodgers’ Gameday link: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_09_19_lanmlb_arimlb_1&mode=gameday

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

      They were trying to fool you Link…kidding

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

        It’s so easily done, I hope the gremlins aren’t overly proud of themselves.

  • btimmer

    I believe I fixed the Gameday link. You will need to hit refresh.

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

      yep

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

      Yep, you did.

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

    Okay, Mr. Nolasco, do yourself (and us) proud.

  • foul tip

    DM takes a good bit of heat for being in love with bunting. And asking people to at wrong times, or who don’t do it very often, or who maybe just aren’t very good at it.

    It depends in part on number of outs, runners on and where. But as many numbers as are kept, what do they say about success probability of swinging away v bunting or sacrificing in given situations?

    If the probabilities differ from what DM usually does, why wouldn’t Dodger stat guys let him know, assuming he’d listen?

    Could be I about halfway answered my question in those last 3 words above…

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Vin Scully has told stories about how Allan Roth would give cards of statistics to Walter Alston who would then drop them in the trash.

  • btimmer

    Cardinals trailing 1-0 and the Rockies are threatening for more. Roy Oswalt slinging for the Rockies today.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!

  • btimmer

    Pirates beat the Padres, 10-1

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Nice. That would have been a mere foul ball in Dodger Stadium.

  • foul tip

    Dodger pitchers are plunking D-backs left and right.,,what a shame. Any danger of setting a hit batters over two games record? If so, and if it’s irrelevant to game outcome, go for it.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    The umpire is giving the low and away pitch today. Nolasco should take note of that.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      So should Puig.

  • scooplew

    It is difficult for me to understand why Mattingly put Hairston in the No. 2 slot today (or started him at all). He is hitting .169 since the All-Star Game and .125 in September. If he is going to bench Gonzalez (or is he injured?), why not start Young at first base?

    • foul tip

      Maybe giving Hairston a shot to show he can contribute, or maybe not make playoff roster.

      • scooplew

        I think his roster spot for the post-season is up in the air.

        • John_from_Aus

          I don’t think he will make it, there is enough cover for 1st base with Young and even Van Slyke or Ethier in an emergency

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Don, Jake…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Way to get on Ricky

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice two walks in a row…I think He’s setting up the HBP

    • John_from_Aus

      Jerry can handle it

  • John_from_Aus

    Lets make it count

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Horrible base running by Puig!

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

      He was in No man’s land…if caught He’s doubled up

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

        Vinnie pretty sure Puig didn’t know where the ball was.

      • TAFKA_Gagne55

        I felt like he could have taken two or three more steps toward second without risk of getting doubled off at least. Not sure if it would have mattered.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

          After seeing that replay he definitely could have been closer to second.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Really wasn’t much for him to do there.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Wow.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Hanley!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    I somehow think he is the key to the rest of our season :)

    • John_from_Aus

      and that man too

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice to have the early(ish) lead for a change

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Prime Ticket just showed a replay of the Puig base running incident. He completely misjudged it.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Saw that, replied to you below. He should have been further off first.

    • twaseverthus

      He should have been halfway, and made it to second. Was Miley or Montero even covering first? Not that Puig was looking.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

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

    Dodgers can’t stand prosperity.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Oi.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Nolasco has become a human pinata :(

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Come on. This is getting old.

    • Adam Luther

      Hook time.

  • twaseverthus

    Puig needs a reset. This series has been chock full of baseball sins.

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

    Good grief.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    What a joke. Take a shower Ricky.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Grabowski Principle

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

    Reporter: “Why didn’t you pull him in the middle of that inning?”

    Mattingly: “He was throwing good.”

    Reporter (under his breath): “They were hitting him even better.”

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      I was wondering why they didn’t have a mound visit at least after the first few hits. He seemed to be hitting his location, so the D’Bax may have figured out the signs. So a mound visit and changing the signs should have been done.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    No PH for Nolasco?!

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

    Don, please hit for this man. Why, three runs down, are you letting him hit miss?

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    And that’s the Grabowski Principle on Miley

  • scooplew

    twaseverthus: Regarding “Puig needs a reset. This series has been chock full of baseball sins.” What did he do?

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      There was a really bad base running play.

    • twaseverthus

      Today’s nonchalant baserunning blunder (cost us a run, and an out). Bobbled the double by Prado in the corner, in a fit of Dee Gordon-style overzealousness (forgivable). Got picked off second yesterday. Same inning: Eaton stretched a single into a double on a routine grounder thru the hole while Puig napped. I don’t even remember the first two games.

      • DS1981

        And they still would’ve lost all these games even if he didn’t do all that stuff. Pitching is the problem, not Puig.

        • twaseverthus

          There’s room for more than one problem. All I ask is that they play the game right. Puig, more often than not, does not.

          • DS1981

            And even with him not playing the game “right”, the positives he brings overwhelm the negatives.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    See, sometimes a mound visit helps!

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

    Oh, yay for runners left on base. This is a reversion to April – June Dodgers baseball, and it stinks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    The Sky is falling…The Sky is falling

    • scooplew

      It is more a case of aggravation at what I, and perhaps others, view as odd managerial decisions by Mattingly, decisions that will be magnified in the short series to follow.

    • DS1981

      Why so negative?

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

        exactly…why is everyone so negative

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Ricky…Nice

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s get some of those runs back

  • scooplew

    Said was I grumble: All the injuries have handicapped our ability to put our best lineup out there in many, many games. So, why does Donnie insist on resting players who are apparently not hurt, such as Crawford and Gonzalez today? Let’s clinch this darn thing and then tinker with the lineup.

    • RBI

      Agree. Whatever you gain by resting you lose by the sense of scratching, scrambling and losing.

  • DS1981

    It’s too bad Ricky Nolasco couldn’t wait another month or so to turn back into Ricky Nolasco.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    SVS!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    2 more doubles this inning guys

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!

  • DS1981

    Chaz Roe is an awesome sounding name.

    • RBI

      Long, skinny drink of water.

  • Michael fliegel

    I haven’t commented all year but now I’m ready. When the team went 42 and 8 I thought Mattingly was doing a good job, but lately I think next year he should be replaced. My thinking is this. Clinch the division then give Kershaw, Ramirez , Gonzo and Kenp 2 weeks off if you have to. Send them all to Mexico on vacation until the playoffs, but this is ridiculous. Let them clinch then replace them He makes terrible in game decisions, just like last night. Let Crawford hit even against the lefty, he wouldn’t hit into a double play. And today Hairston is terrible, never was a good ball player , if you want to rest Gonzo and I’m not sure why you would at least play Michael Young. I hope don is gone next year.

    • RBI

      He’s head-scratchingly hot and cold. Like his team.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung Sac!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Montero tried to make the tag before catching the ball.

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

      also was too far in front of the plate he should have been blocking

  • RBI

    Puig needs more patience. Or something.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    I’m guessing Young stays in at first, so why not hit for Jerry?

    • RBI

      Good question.

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

      because then the pitcher hits after Puig? I don’t know

  • RBI

    Three more innings. Let’s do this, guys!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go ahead now

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    HANLEY!!!!

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

    Well well well.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Hanley again!

  • RBI

    Yeah!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    In Hanley we trust.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Bison patience puts the go ahead run on

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Roe really likes licking his fingers

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Scully just said Roe has only faced two batters. Guess he forgot about last inning.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Well, at least they tied it. Seventh inning stretch time.

  • RBI

    6-6 a whole lot better than 6-3.

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

    Okay, now that we’re tied, can we admit League is probably not the best guy to hold that lead and get a quality pitcher in to try to do so?

    Scratch that. “Can Mattingly admit . . . “

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Yeah, but we got to get innings from somebody. That’s the tough part of when the starter lasts 5 innings.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      Withrow left for the birth of his first child so he’s not an option.

      • TAFKA_Gagne55

        Ah, I was about to ask why he hasn’t pitched in so long.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito is so spectacular!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just able to see what’s up (no Internet connection and our local station — in their finite wisdom — is not carrying the game) . . . wow! Starting pitchers are not making favorable impressions, are they?
    No doubt in my mind anymore . . . Hanley gets my vote as the LA MVP.
    Let’s clinch it!!!!!

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      It was a strange 3rd inning. Nolasco had good stuff and was hitting his spots but was getting beat around like a human pinata. And after it was over, he just started cruising again.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks for the clarification — Gameday just gives the facts to us sirs and ma’ms.

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

      I applaud your “finite wisdom” terminology.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Thanks for the 3-0 swing, Parra!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Now Let’s go ahead

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AJ!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    AJ!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    He was way, way overdue.

  • RBI

    Woot woot!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    So, Beard for the hold and KJ for the save? I do not want to see Bellisario today. Get some insurance runs!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes to all the above, especially the Oliver runs (please, sir, can I have some more?)!!!

      • RBI

        Ditto and ditto.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AJ feels the pressure from that Fed Dude (not an -Ex Man today, in deference to KT)?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember when Puig wasn’t hitting into any DPs?

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

      hip must still be bothering him

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        All the better to clinch and heal.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    6 outs before a score wins the West!

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

    I need to shower. Please hold the lead, y’all.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully it works out, but credit to Donnie to wait until the batter was announced before changing pitchers and forcing Kirk’s hand.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-Beard!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Sick movement on that pitch by Wilson to hit the inside corner.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    4 more

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wilson: Let KJ deal with Goldschmidt, please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Beard!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Good Inning BW…Now for insurance runs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uribe!!!!!!
    3 more outs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully the Dodgers can borrow the Galaxy commercial soon: “Champions live in LA.”

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Put up an H for the bearded one!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Credit Colletti for picking him up, along with Young and Nolasco.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Steiner’s props to Hanley running that out makes me appreciate him even more (Hanley, not Charlie) — and I already held him in high esteem! (Plus, he wears my favorite #, 13!)

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Come on KJ for the division!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinks — you owe me a Diet Pepsi!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ! 3 up, 3 down for the Division!

  • foul tip

    If Brian Wilson is going to keep pitching like this, maybe the Dodgers should check into signing the rest of the Beachboys.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Wouldn’t it be nice?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HUGE K!!!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Alright, the toughest part is done with; now do that twice more.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      . . . I’d be okay with two weak groundouts.

      • TAFKA_Gagne55

        I’m particularly fond of the first pitch pop up.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I defer to your wisdom!

        • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

          How about 3rd pitch pop-into-the-umps-nards?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    lucky that got the ump instead of the batter

    • RBI

      One to go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK J!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    uno mas!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    The owners came to Phoenix for the game!

  • RBI

    Kasten looks like I feel.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      nervous?

      • RBI

        Totally. But not now!

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Just stopped by to say I’m too nervous to comment so I’m just commenting that I’m too nervous to comment. Good luck to us all!

    Also thank God that we’re done with Goldschmidt for the year. One more to go!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ball Game!!!!

    Dodgers Clinch!!!!

    There is no Magic Number!!!!

    http://i.imgur.com/AMbO5zV.jpg

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YES!!!!!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Dodgers win the west!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great to hear the cheers!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Wooooo!!!!

  • RBI

    So happy!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Love the descriptions . . . I envy those of you able to see this.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    High 5s to all of you!

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Time for some Randy Newman!

    • foul tip

      Or, maybe some Tennessee sippin’ whiskey. My good friend Jack Daniels may drop by.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    First team to clinch division title, who saw that in June?

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

      Figured we had a chance but never in my mind did I think we would be 1st to clinch

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

    Okay, I’m now clean and you guys and girls held the lead. Well done!

  • DS1981

    Congrats to all! Hanley is perhaps the most complete hitter i’ve ever seen play for the dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely the Difference Maker!

    • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

      First time in the playoffs, too — amazing. Yes he really deserved it this year, came back strong from injury and really carried the team multiple times

  • WinnipegDave

    Happy! Oh so happy!

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    HURRAH!

    EASY PEEZY LEMON SQUEEZY! ;) Or water dripping on rocks. But whatever! Yay!

  • John_from_Aus

    just arrived at work, very excited. I left this morning when we were 3-0 up!

  • foul tip

    For those without eyes, did the team ignore the grinch D-backs owner and celebrate on field?

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      Yeah, they brought out hats and t-shirts and everything.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      They were only told not to come back out after celebrating in the locker room.

    • RBI

      On the field, and now off the field!

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m so glad that Dodger Thoughts is up and running this season. Who knows what may come, but I would be sad not to share this with the Dodger Thoughts community!

    Thank you Jon!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen to Jon.

      And Amen to you, Dave. I remember sharing here that the futility of the early season was bearable because we needed “an outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball” — the DT raison d’etre.

      Now it’s an outlet to share our hopes, pride, and joy in the 2013 NL West Champs!

  • RBI

    Puig and Co. bounding around in ski masks! So happy AJ hit the winning run.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    This is fun to watch.

    • RBI

      I’m actually tearing up, without champagne in my eyes.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m very glad I increased my internet speed, and sprung the $8 for MLB.TV! Growing up in Winnipeg, following the Dodgers for over 30 years – I never imagined as a little kid, I would be able to watch them win a division title on my phone! The best I got growing up was a very rare tv appearance during the regular season.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They phoned it in?

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Brian Wilson just pulled a mini-fridge from his beard! Nice.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Hanley looked like he didn’t want to be interviewed. He kept looking away from Lyons and the mike until he had to speak.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Lol. The Dodgers storm the pool!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

      I was on the phone with my brother and stopped him mid story to tell him about it. That was awesome!

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

    Love hearing the play-by-play of the celebration on MLB Audio (our local station is still selling discounted tickets to Grade B shows . . . and I wrote them that they blew it!).

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

      wish I knew how to stream it

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        kshp.com — BTW, I have a tinge of sadness in that you don’t get to be there for the clinch, but get some more autographs for the postseason! (but just a “tinge” :) )

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thank you, Kasten & Co.!
    Hopefully we’ve only just begun!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    From MSTI:
    Off The Wall 79 just now

    http://i.imgur.com/81bBZGU.jpg

  • John_from_Aus

    I give credit to Picard for ‘making it so’

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

    NPUT