Game Thread 9/23/12

Gratuitous Giants video, only because a) it’s a helluva play and b) Kung-Fu Panda is actually blowing a bubble when he takes off after this foul ball!

When ESPN scheduled this game for its final Sunday Night Baseball game of the season, I’m sure it thought it would have a bearing on at least one if not two division titles. As the season went along, I imagine they felt pretty good about it until the All-Star break, when the Dodgers’ injuries were starting to mount up. After the past month of Dodger futility, by now the guys in charge of baseball programming in Bristol are all saying “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”

Lineups aren’t out yet, but Ken Gurnick reports at Dodgers.com that Kershaw has been cleared to pitch tonight.

If it were me managing, I’d say “Clayton, you’ve had a very good year, but the likelihood of us going into the playoffs isn’t going to be increased if you pitch anymore this season. Unless we start to hit, there’s no reason to risk you hurting yourself permanently. Sit down and rest that hip.”

Lineup:

Ellis, M, 2B
Ethier, A, RF
Kemp, M, CF
Gonzalez, A, 1B
Ramirez, H, SS
Cruz, L, 3B
Herrera, E, LF
Ellis, A, C
Kershaw, C, P

Gameday

  • Go_Bears

    Amen. I’d shut Kershaw down. Kemp too.

  • BenjaminMiracord

    Yes, I hope that 10 years from now we’re all not saying, “Kershaw was never the same pitcher after they let him pitch with plantar fasciitis and a hip injury.”

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

    That was a welcome surprise from Gonzalez.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    28 years ago Matt Kemp’s mom was celebrating his birth while I was celebrating my 1/4 century mark…Happy Birthday Matty

    • scooplew

      Happy Birthday, KT.

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

        Thanks Scoop

  • Bob_Hendley

    I felt lucky more than anything going into the ASG with the Dodgers. Figured that maybe with another bat or two we had a chance if the giants stumbled. Seems like an awful long time ago.

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

      where is the like button ^_^

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

        See the up carat and the down carat symbols next to the “Reply” link? Those are “vote up” and “vote down” buttons. (I’m still learning this version of Disqus.)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Blind here in Jakarta, but 5 is certainly a lot of BBs.

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

      Well, he hasn’t pitched in 12 days. Mattingly’s calling it “rust.”

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, and I don’t mind walking Votto, old friend Wilson yes.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Come on Dre

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to work.

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

      Hate Monday Mornings…When i used to work that is

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hanley’s bat and Dee’s speed . . . nice combo!

    Nice rally — an inning too late for Clayton’s record, but better late than never!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to see Donnie trying to make things happen. There is definitely long-ball potential with this lineup, but it obviously can go MIA . . . so it’s nice to see that small-ball is an option.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    7th inning looked good…maybe a series win

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Link did you send me a facebook request?

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

      Yep. If you’re going to use it as your home website in these comments, you’re going to get requests. ;)

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

        1st time

  • package206

    Anyone know of Hanley’s status??

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

      He just fouled a ball off his ankle…he looked ok until he rounded 1st…so in my not medical opinion I would say bruised

      • package206

        Thanks KT

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

          NP Package

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli was Steinered . . . Charlie gave stat about him not giving up a run since ____ and I cringed. Of course, I cringed with Dee’s “defense.”

  • scooplew

    Despite missing all those games, Dee, with that error, now has the second most errors of any shortstop in the National League, at 18. Ouch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Well, just about the only place he can go is up!

      BTW, Scooplew, thanks for recommending “Double Play” — I loved it, especially the tie-in to Jackie Robinson . . . and it was my first Parker novel! (But not the last.) I also read “I Never Had It Made” and was pumped to see the trailer for “42,” especially the iconic shot of Pee Wee with his arm on Jackie’s shoulder.

      • scooplew

        Bob: Delighted to hear that you enjoyed “Double Play.” It’s an unusual and imaginative work. My daughter bought it for me. I wonder if “42” will be based much on “I Never Had It Made”? Was the trailer good?

  • scooplew

    The last time a Dodger starting pitcher won a game was on September 1, by Beckett. This will be the 19th consecutive game in which that hasn’t happened.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    AJ off the snide

    • scooplew

      After going 0-for-30.

  • scooplew

    Uribe’s appearance, with a hit!, was his first plate appearance since August 26. I wonder if anyone has ever spent so many games on the bench without being injured.

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

      he’s 2-2 including the 8/26 game

      • scooplew

        His season is just beginning!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I’m also at MSTI and there is a lot of cussing and “other rule” violations…Don’t feel comfortable

    • scooplew

      What’s MSTI?

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

        Mike Scioscia’s tragic Illness website

        • scooplew

          Thanks.

    • John from Aus

      very welcome here KT

  • scooplew

    Henry Rodriguez? Where have you been all these years? LOL.

  • scooplew

    Next year: Cruz at short, Ramirez at 3rd.

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

      If Dee can get rid of hiccups and start to hit ..I would say Hanley 3rd, Dee ss, Cruz 2nd, Gonzo 1st

      • mike_tink

        what about Mark Ellis who is owed $5.25 million for next year plus a $1 million buy-out if not picked up for 2014 at $5 75 million?

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

          I like Ellis but he could be used as a utility player

        • PismoBruce

          Ellis doesn’t hit RHP. Platoon with Dee at 2B.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice play Gonzo…Series Win…About time…see you all 9/26 since I’m going to the 9/25 game

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    There’s still a pulse — and, hopefully, a tease of Things To Come (at least next year) in the 7th inning!

    • scooplew

      I looked at the trailer for “42” and was impressed. The actor playing Robinson was running like Jackie.

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

    Phew. Dee made it interesting there at the end, but A-Gon helped us out.

  • mike_tink

    posted this at DT:

    Thanks to the great work of recently extended Ned Colletti the team has the following obligations among others:

    Mark Ellis ! year 6.25 or 2 years for the bargain of 11
    Juan Uribe 1 year 8
    Tony Gwynn 1 year 1.15 (hard to believe)
    Jerry Hairston 1 year 3.75
    Nick Punto 1 year 1.5
    Chris Capuano 1 year 7 or 2 years 12
    Aaron Harang 1 year 9 or 2 years 14
    Ted Lilly 1 year 12
    Josh Beckett 2 years 31.5 (not Colletti’s fault imo)
    Matt Guerrier 1 year 4 75
    Also Rivera, Treanor, and Coffey have 2013 buy-outs or else they get 4, 0.95, and 2.5 respectively. Buyouts are 0.5, 0.15, 0.3, again, respectively.

    all figures in millions of dollars.

  • PismoBruce

    Congrats on the site link. Not overloaded with graphics as some are, and civil discourse we are used to. With 3 each vs Brewers and Cards, Zinzinnatti could go along way in determining our fate. Need to win em all to have any realistic shot tho.

  • foul tip

    If not sure where to post non-game stuff, here or DT afterlife post, choose both, I guess–

    If anyone who can research things quickly is around, what’s the last time a Dodger hit 2 HR in a game, as did AGon last night?

    Obviously it needed to be better, but 3-3 on the road against maybe the two best teams in MLB isn’t too shabby, especially with the offense still spotty.

    U-rbi-less with a hit? If we’re talking miracles, can we have one involving a storybook team finish instead of one involving a white elephant?

  • dalegribel

    At this point, I’ll take any hope.
    For anyone that ever thought the mental aspect of the game was overrated, they only need to look at Dee Gordon.

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