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Stultifying Conundrum
2006-10-01 09:32
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

If Eric Stults pitches poorly today, the Dodgers will probably end up facing the New York Mets (who don't hit lefthanders well) in the first round of the playoffs and could use him even if he pitches poorly today. If Stults pitches well today, the Dodgers will probably end up facing the NL Central Division champion in the first round of the playoffs and not need him even if he does pitch well today.

Or maybe it's a real audition. I don't know.

Here's how the 25-man postseason roster is shaping up:

Starting pitchers (4): Derek Lowe, Greg Maddux, Brad Penny, Hong-Chih Kuo

Bullpen (7): Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Joe Beimel, Chad Billingsley, Mark Hendrickson, Brett Tomko, Aaron Sele
Also contending: Eric Stults

Catchers (2): Russell Martin, Toby Hall

Infielders (7): Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent, Rafael Furcal, Wilson Betemit, Olmedo Saenz, Julio Lugo, James Loney
Also contending: Ramon Martinez

Outfielders (5): J.D. Drew, Kenny Lofton, Marlon Anderson, Andre Ethier, Jason Repko

The 25th man is basically a choice between Loney, Martinez and Repko, depending largely on whom the Dodgers want to play if Garciaparra needs rest, and whether they are confident in Loney or Martinez as fifth outfielders.

* * *

Look, Trevor Hoffman has had a nice season and all, but why are people picking him for the Cy Young Award when Brandon Webb is likely to lead the National League in ERA, innings pitched and for those who care, wins, if he pitches halfway decently today?

* * *

The Battle for First in the NL West
Dodgers at Giants, 1:05 p.m.

Padres at Diamondbacks, 1:40 p.m.

The Battle for First in the NL Central

Astros at Braves, 10:05 a.m.

Brewers at Cardinals, 11:15 a.m.

The Battle for Third in the NL West

76-84 San Francisco
76-85 Arizona
76-85 Colorado

Rockies at Cubs, 11:20 a.m.

Comments (511)
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2006-10-01 09:39:21
1.   KG16
It's funny, I didn't hear anything about Hoffman being a Cy Young contender until he passed Lee Smith for first all time in saves. It's like everyone is thinking, "no one has really had a standout year, let's give it to a guy as a lifetime achievement award to pad his Hall of Fame stats."

As for the post season roster, why no love for Kemp?

2006-10-01 09:43:17
2.   Sam DC
Dave Sheinin of the Post picked Hoffman and said this: "Consider this a Lifetime Acheivement award if you wish, but Hoffman also led the majors in saves, and posted a sub 2.00 ERA."

He had Carpenter as his runner up.

2006-10-01 09:43:29
3.   Marty
The Twins are relying on Odalis Perez to help them today. I'm guessing they are going to New York along with the Dodgers.
2006-10-01 09:52:09
4.   regfairfield
3 OP has actually been pretty effective lately, with three quality starts in his last four.
2006-10-01 09:56:34
5.   Johnny Nucleo
1 Kemp has been 10 for 58 over the months of July and September, with 20 strikeouts and no home runs. It's safe to say he's not ready for the playoffs just yet.
2006-10-01 09:56:48
6.   dkminnick
I'm hoping for a division title today. I have NLDS tix for "Home Game #3" which can only occur if they win the division.

I'm torn, though, on whether I want LaRussa to lose it before the playoffs, or by our hand during them.

2006-10-01 09:59:06
7.   Bob Timmermann
Trevor Hoffman should win the Cy Young Award for pitching 62 innings?

62 innings?

I don't get it. Even when Gagne threw more (although not a lot more) when he won his Cy Young Award. And Gagne was insanely good that year.

If Hoffman is the best pitcher in the NL why:
1) was he NEVER used in a tie game on the road?
2) not brought in the Four Homer Game right away?
3) did no one pay attention to the way Hoffman pitched in the All-Star Game and right after the break?

The San Diego Union-Tribune also had an article stating that the key acquisition for the Padres in winning the division was David Wells, who didn't win a game for the Padres until yesterday. What about the acquisitions of Meredith, Bard, Gonzalez, and Young?

Mind is very confused this morning. Very confused. And deeply troubled.

2006-10-01 10:05:45
8.   Bob Timmermann
And Detroit's DH is batting 9th today. That always seems like a waste.
2006-10-01 10:08:37
9.   Sam DC
Frank Robinson's coming out now to address the crowd. They're playing the music from "the Natural."

I'm getting all this on Tivo, Bob, so you know. Even the tribute video.

2006-10-01 10:11:06
10.   Sam DC
"This is a great game. And it's getting better all the time."

He's actually breaking down, may not be able to finish.

2006-10-01 10:11:11
11.   Greg Brock
How can you not love Frank Robinson?

What a guy.

2006-10-01 10:17:44
12.   Bob Timmermann
Lance Berkman tried the Rafael Furcal thing (at first base) where he tried to throw out a runner at home on a grounder to deep first.

It didn't work.

2006-10-01 10:17:48
13.   JoeyP
7--I wonder if Alderson has it in him to replace Towers/Bochy even if the Padres win the pennant?

Adam Eaton for Gonzalez/Young might be one of the best trades in years.

2006-10-01 10:21:54
14.   Greg Brock
13
Sandy Alderson doesn't strike me as the type to really care about public perception.
2006-10-01 10:33:06
15.   Bob Timmermann
Anthony Reyes starting in St. Louis instead of Chris Carpenter.
2006-10-01 10:35:06
16.   Greg Brock
15
Apparently, you can add Buck Showalter to the list of those managing their last game today.

Texas Rangers, 2007 World Champions.

2006-10-01 10:36:53
17.   Johnson
Hypothetical question: If the Dodgers end up with the wild card and go on to beat the Mets in the NLDS, and the NL Central winner beats the Padres in the NLDS, who gets home field advantage in the NLCS? The NL Central winner, for winning a division, or the Dodgers for having the better regular season record?
2006-10-01 10:37:46
18.   Bob Timmermann
17
The Cardinals would get homefield advantage.
2006-10-01 10:38:20
19.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, I have named the Cardinals the NL Central champ!
2006-10-01 10:39:56
20.   Bob Timmermann
Old friend Daryle Ward lined a pitch back at Houston pitcher Chris Sampson that knocked Sampson's glove off. Then the ball popped up in front of Sampson and he caught it in his bare hand.
2006-10-01 10:43:42
21.   Sam DC
Apparently the Mets didn't get the script. 4-0 over the Nationals in the second.
2006-10-01 10:49:42
22.   Bob Timmermann
That 6-0 Washington lead makes it unlikely that Ramon Ortiz will be issuing an intentional walk today in order to catch Jeff Francis for the league lead.
2006-10-01 10:52:23
23.   Johnson
18 That's kind of disappointing.
19 That's a relief, as the Astros are so hot, their pitchers are barehanding line drives.
2006-10-01 10:53:40
24.   Bob Timmermann
Frank Robinson is Catholic?

I really should talk to the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons who come to the door now.

2006-10-01 10:55:29
25.   50 years a Dodger Fan
Here's words you probably thought you would never see coming out of my mouth:

I hope Little plays Lugo today!!! Also:
Lugo
Martinez
Ethier
Kemp
Loney
Betemit
Young
Hall

Isn't it great to watch a game where you're more interested in how the kids do than who wins. At least that's how I feel today.

2006-10-01 10:56:16
26.   JoeyP
http://tinyurl.com/zu73l

Nothing like a feel good steroids story to open up October baseball.

2006-10-01 10:57:35
27.   Bob Timmermann
It looks like the AL Central title has been Odalised in favor of the Tigers. 6-0 Bengals in the third.
2006-10-01 11:04:13
28.   Claire Malone-Evans
If the Giants are forced to play a game tommorow in St Louis , a lose could drop them into an undisputed last place position.
2006-10-01 11:07:16
29.   StolenMonkey86
Repko, CF
Ethier, LF
Lugo, SS
Loney, 1B
Betemit, 3B
Kemp, CF
Hall, C
Martinez, 2B
Stults, P

From Inside the Dodgers

2006-10-01 11:12:41
30.   dzzrtRatt
15 The Cardinals need to win, at most, only one of the next three games, and they don't have to leave town to do it. So their gamble is that Houston would lose today, or the Reyes would somehow beat the mighty Brewers, either of which means they can save Carpenter for game one of the playoffs.
2006-10-01 11:13:55
31.   50 years a Dodger Fan
I pretty much agree with your guesses on the roster. I think Martinez could and maybe should be picked over Loney. Seasoned veteran, more verstile, etc., and I can't disagree with that reasoning, plus he had a lot to do with the club winning early in the year, he deserves it. I think what we need is for the baseball men and the medical men get together and decide just how much Nomar is hoing to be capable of in the next week or two. It just might be better to leave him off the roster and go with Loney.
2006-10-01 11:14:21
32.   Bob Timmermann
Odalis's season ends with an ejection.
2006-10-01 11:15:35
33.   Greg Brock
I wonder if this guy survived. The article doesn't say.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15012086/

2006-10-01 11:15:48
34.   50 years a Dodger Fan
Today's lineup:

Repko, CF

Ethier, LF

Lugo, SS

Loney, 1B

Betemit, 3B

Kemp, CF

Hall, C

Martinez, 2B

Stults, P

2006-10-01 11:16:01
35.   JoeyP
29. gross.
I guess the Dodgers dont care about home field advantage.
2006-10-01 11:19:13
36.   50 years a Dodger Fan
I see Kemp and Repko are both in center; hope nobody hits one to right. Lugo hitting third again, it just boggles the mind. You guys don't give Little near enough credit for being ultra stubborn and not learning from his mistakes.
2006-10-01 11:19:14
37.   Daniel Zappala
24 Bob, I could hook you up with those Mormon missionaries. Let me know. :-)
2006-10-01 11:19:56
38.   Bob Timmermann
Congrats to Freddy Sanchez, the 2006 NL batting champ. He's started out today 2 for 2 and he's at .345. Miguel Cabrera has gone 0 for 2 so far and he's at .339.
2006-10-01 11:22:03
39.   Bob Timmermann
37
I have trouble with religions that would not allow me to drink my sacramental morning cup of coffee.
2006-10-01 11:24:12
40.   Benaiah
I disagree with your argument for Martinez's inclusion on the roster. While he is slightly more versitile, Lugo and Betemit can play most infield positions and Loney has a much much better bat. Should we get to the World Series I would rather have Loney DH (or perhaps be the first bat off the bench) while Martinez is only really useful if someone gets injured. Plus, with Nomar hurt we might need a 1B far more than a back utility.
2006-10-01 11:27:09
41.   Daniel Zappala
39 Ah, come on, orange juice is much better for you anyway. Better teeth and all that vitamin C to ward off colds.
2006-10-01 11:30:06
42.   Bob Timmermann
AL Batting race now:
Mauer .3455
Jeter .3451
2006-10-01 11:31:26
43.   Bob Timmermann
A batting title race hasn't come down to the fourth digit since Alex Johnson nosed out Carl Yastrezmski in 1970.
2006-10-01 11:34:09
44.   Bob Timmermann
AL Batting race now:
Mauer .3455
Jeter .3451
Cano .3438
2006-10-01 11:34:32
45.   Jon Weisman
36 - I've expressed my frustration with Lugo's use, but it's called having the big picture. Little is flexible in many other ways.
2006-10-01 11:39:10
46.   Bob Timmermann
AL Batting race now:
Mauer .3455
Jeter .3446
Cano .3438
2006-10-01 11:40:14
47.   Bob Timmermann
41
How is orange juice with all of its sugar all that much better for my teeth than black coffee?
2006-10-01 11:41:46
48.   Bob Timmermann
Anthony Reyes got two outs and gave up four runs and got yanked in St. Louis and the Brewers lead 4-0.

But the Astros are down 3-0 in the 5th.

2006-10-01 11:47:49
49.   StolenMonkey86
48 - the Astros should have faith in Atlanta's bullpen's ability to blow it
2006-10-01 11:48:21
50.   underdog
Jon's pretty much nailed the playoff roster at this time. For that last position spot, I don't think Loney's feelings will be hurt if he's left off, and as much as I like him, despite Nomar's questionable health - the fact that Saenz and Kent can play first (and then Lugo and Martinez could play 2nd), makes me think he'll be left off. I'd feel a little safer with Repko on the roster, given the above I think it's probably going to be Martinez.

If they made the championship series, they could make a change or two again at that point depending on the health of everyone...

Be curious to see how the line up of backups does today vs. Schmidt. Odds aren't great.

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2006-10-01 11:50:31
51.   Greg Brock
If I were the Gents, I don't know that I would be running my 34 year old ace, a man not unfamiliar with injuries, to pitch the last game of the season.

Of course, he's probably leaving, so there you go.

2006-10-01 11:50:47
52.   Claire Malone-Evans
Wouldn't be suprised if the Dodgers keep both Martinez and Loney on the playoff roster. Repko could be the man left off.
2006-10-01 11:51:06
53.   underdog
Any word on why the Cards starting Reyes over Carpenter?

Looks like the Cards will stumble into the playoffs. I really would rather face them over the Mets in the playoffs, despite what the Dodgers did (or couldn't do) vs. them earlier this year.

2006-10-01 11:51:31
54.   ToyCannon
38
Congrats to the pride of Burbank. My niece went to HS with him and we've followed his career ever since because he was a good guy. I expect the odds at Vegas of him being the NL batting champion would have been very steep.

I am so hoping for a Houston win so that the Card's have to use Carpenter on Monday. Really I am so unafraid of them it would not surprise me if we swept them even with Carpenter going Tuesday cause I think Schmidt has checked out and Webb is going to win and were staying home.

2006-10-01 11:51:41
55.   underdog
53 "started", not "starting" - and English is my first language!
2006-10-01 11:52:03
56.   Bob Timmermann
49
The Atlanta bullpen is up and throwing.

I didn't see yesterday if you knew the holder for the Western Michigan guy or the Nebraska guy.

2006-10-01 11:52:53
57.   das411
Aww thanks to whoever posted that link to the call from yesterday, nice of Mr. Vin to mention my Phillies at the end of it.

And did Maddux really get another 15-win season with that win??

2006-10-01 11:53:17
58.   underdog
52 Claire, and one less pitcher?
2006-10-01 11:53:19
59.   Bob Timmermann
Uh oh, the AL batting champ could be a Yankees. Josh Towers (1-10, 8.84 ERA) is pitching for the Blue Jays now!
2006-10-01 11:54:26
60.   Bob Timmermann
La Russa said he started Reyes instead of Carpenter because he thought there was no way the Cardinals could win a playoff series if Carpenter didn't start twice.
2006-10-01 11:55:58
61.   ToyCannon
Eric great story from the previous thread. Dodger baseball and Vinny on the AM dial are a thread that keeps us all tied together. Shame that most new fans will never have gotten to hear Vinny doing radio because that is where he shined.
2006-10-01 11:56:51
62.   Bob Timmermann
3-0 Braves over the Astros through 5 1/2.

The Astros have left 9 men on base.

2006-10-01 11:57:26
63.   underdog
60 Ah. I guess he's right about that. Assuming they make the playoffs!
2006-10-01 11:57:40
64.   Marty
Yadier Molina has that "what you lookin at?" look on his gameday picture
2006-10-01 11:57:46
65.   Benaiah
50 - While Kent and Saenz can both play first, Little doesn't seem to like to play Saenz all that often, and you could say that Betemit and Lugo could 2nd or 3rd. How many backup infielders do you need?
2006-10-01 12:01:40
66.   Benaiah
52 - On that same train of thought, Repko can play center field and given a certain amount of unpredictability in our OF I think Little will want someone else who can play out there on the bench. Drew is the backup CF, and a decent one at that, but none of the other players can play center and Drew would have to play out of position.
2006-10-01 12:01:52
67.   Bob Timmermann
I think Cano is out of the AL batting race now:

Mauer .3455
Jeter .3445
Cano .3430

2006-10-01 12:02:10
68.   underdog
65 No, that's a good point - I mean, honestly you could make a case for or against leaving off any of those three guys. I'd actually vote in this order: 1) Repko (though as Jon pointed out Martinez can play OF if needed) 2) Martinez, 3) Loney. But I still think it's gonna be Martinez. (Of course, a lot of us would vote for Repko and Martinez over Lugo, but we know that's not gonna happen. ;-) )
2006-10-01 12:05:34
69.   underdog
And the Kurt Warner Bench Watch hits a full head of steam...
2006-10-01 12:06:03
70.   Bob Timmermann
Cleveland and Tampa Bay are in the bottom of the 8th.

If they finish first and Cleveland wins are the Indians the leader in the clubhouse?

2006-10-01 12:06:45
71.   Bob Timmermann
Smoltz leaves, McBride comes in. Three straight singles and the Astros trail 3-1.
2006-10-01 12:07:32
72.   das411
ESPN's bottom line is reporting that Freddy Sanchez has somehow clinched the NL batting title...
2006-10-01 12:08:13
73.   Bob Timmermann
72
Miguel Cabrera was taken out of the game in Florida.
2006-10-01 12:12:03
74.   Bob Timmermann
AL batting race:

Mauer .3455
Jeter .3440

2006-10-01 12:17:02
75.   Bob Timmermann
Inning over in Atlanta. 3-1 Braves over the Astros.

Houston has left 11 men on base.

Going to the bottom of the 7th

2006-10-01 12:19:11
76.   Bob Timmermann
Mauer hits a double off of Javy Vazquez and the suspense is likely over in the AL batting race.

Mauer .3468
Jeter .3440

Neither guy should be able to get any women with those batting averages.

2006-10-01 12:19:34
77.   Benaiah
Mauer's rate stats are better than Jeter's and he plays a more demanding position, yet for some reason he gets no MVP talk and Jeter is (I think) a prohibitive favorite. Is this just the New York media or is it really about 33 steals and 100+ runs and 10 more ribbies?
2006-10-01 12:24:11
78.   underdog
Boy, I finally watched the whole Tivo'd game from yesterday - they sure made a lot out of that close double down the line that Furcal hit. Did it kick up chalk or not? Who cares, the ump was literally right there staring at it.

Also, Steve Lyons thinks the Cards will be a good playoff team because they couldn't be worse than they have been. Or something in Lyonsonian Logic.

2006-10-01 12:28:49
79.   Bob Timmermann
3 outs left in the Houston season.
2006-10-01 12:29:51
80.   CanuckDodger
If anybody knows, is the poster at Inside The Dodgers calling himself Oldbear the real one, or is somebody impersonating JoeyP?
2006-10-01 12:29:51
81.   CanuckDodger
If anybody knows, is the poster at Inside The Dodgers calling himself Oldbear the real one, or is somebody impersonating JoeyP?
2006-10-01 12:30:21
82.   CanuckDodger
If anybody knows, is the poster at Inside The Dodgers calling himself Oldbear the real one, or is somebody impersonating JoeyP?
2006-10-01 12:30:32
83.   oswald
i don't understand the roster rules for the post season. if a player gets injured med-series, can you replace him? and i heard here yesterday that you set a different 25 man roster for each playoff series. is that right? bonus points for anyone who can answer this before bob :)
2006-10-01 12:33:29
84.   Greg Brock
83 You can't replace a player on the roster until the following series.
2006-10-01 12:34:27
85.   Bob Timmermann
Going to the 9th in Atlanta. 3-1 Braves. Astros will have the top of the order up against Bob Wickman.
2006-10-01 12:37:33
86.   oswald
bob, are you going easy on them? go ahead, impress me with your knowledge.
2006-10-01 12:39:11
87.   Bob Timmermann
Sorry, busy with other stuff.

The esteemed Mr. Brock is correct.

Taveras strikes out. 1 out.

2006-10-01 12:39:17
88.   oswald
oh sorry, greg, you get some bonus points. thanks for the info!
2006-10-01 12:39:52
89.   Bob Timmermann
Lamb grounds out. 2 out.
2006-10-01 12:41:24
90.   WellsforKemp
Wow, I can only imagine the celebration in the Cardnals clubhouse after they lose to the Brewers again...........exiting stuff
2006-10-01 12:41:52
91.   Greg Brock
88
Woohoo, I get bonus points!

Gimme somethin'

2006-10-01 12:43:44
92.   Jon Weisman
And the Giants live to not play another day.
2006-10-01 12:44:04
93.   D4P
Would be nice to see Clemens go out on a losing note
2006-10-01 12:44:56
94.   Benaiah
92 - ha
2006-10-01 12:47:27
95.   JoeyP
When old guys like Bonds/Clemens dominate at their ages, its a little suspicious.

After all, in the 100+ years of baseball, very rare that the best players in the game would be 40+ years old.

2006-10-01 12:47:33
96.   Benaiah
Everyone talked about the Cards choking, but what about the Astros losing 2 out of 3 against the Braves only managing to score 7 runs in the series (and only 2 runs in the two losses). Despite how dangerous their pitching was/is they really did have miserable hitting.
2006-10-01 12:47:49
97.   WellsforKemp
well, we now know what is at stake with a win and a pads loss, how horrible would that be to celebrate the division only to later find out we now have to play Houston?
2006-10-01 12:49:16
98.   Dodger Hill
So who do we want to face, the Cards, who have owned us but are in a major funk, or the Mets, who have big time rotation issues and take to lefty pitchers like kryptonite?
2006-10-01 12:50:29
99.   WellsforKemp
Everyone talked about the Cards choking, but what about the Astros losing 2 out of 3 against the Braves only managing to score 7 runs in the series (and only 2 runs in the two losses). Despite how dangerous their pitching was/is they really did have miserable hitting.

it appears they pulled a Dodger.....not of late although

2006-10-01 12:50:36
100.   D4P
When old guys like Bonds/Clemens dominate at their ages, its a little suspicious

I have long suspected Clemens. Grimsley's allegations only add fuel to the fire.

BTW: Do players like Grimsley have more to gain than to lose by falsely accusing other players?

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2006-10-01 12:51:31
101.   JoeyP
96. You know their hitting is miserable when Brad Ausmus is asked to pinch hit...like he did today.

I'm just wondering why the Astros seemed to throw Morgan Ensberg under the bus. He's one of the few guys they have that could hit, and he was more/less benched. Meanwhile, Taveras, Everett, Lane, and Ausmus were out machines all year.

If I was an Astros fan, I'd be upset with management. When you have Clemens/Pettite/Oswalt (thats called a "window of opportunity"), and to not go out and supply enough offense is really bad GM'ing. Or just being cheap?

2006-10-01 12:52:10
102.   Greg Brock
I don't care who we play. We made the playoffs, that's at least 15 million bucks in the bank (maybe we'll even spend it on players!), and St. Louis and New York have major question marks. Either way, I think we have a legit shot at getting to the NLCS.
2006-10-01 12:53:58
103.   Greg Brock
101
The Astros had a very high payroll, especially for a mid market team. The resources to add huge bats aren't really there.
2006-10-01 12:54:34
104.   Bob Timmermann
The Tigers 6-0 lead against Odalis has been Odalised!

It's 7-7 in the 8th!

2006-10-01 12:54:39
105.   underdog
I think Dodger fans should each get 10 dollars from that playoff money. You have to pass some sort of test, or be an official Dodger Thoughts commenter to partake.
2006-10-01 12:54:53
106.   Bob Timmermann
8-7 Royals in the 8th.
2006-10-01 12:55:05
107.   JoeyP
100. Clemens I've always thought had used. I just cant get past the age/dominance factor.

I suppose its possible--Nolan Ryan was really old and still threw hard. But he didnt dominate like Clemens has in his 40's.

Maybe Nolan roid'ed too? Who knows..

And I dont think Grimsley has anything to gain by lying, unless they are offering him immunity for spilling the beans. But even if thats the case, you still have to tell the truth.

2006-10-01 12:55:13
108.   WellsforKemp
Am I crazy for wanting to face the Mets? while the offense is good, Glavine is the only pitcher who scares me and its only b/c it seems the Dodgers have trouble with those Lowry types.
2006-10-01 12:56:22
109.   das411
103 - Huge bats that are not a disabled Jeff Bagwell, you mean.
2006-10-01 12:56:58
110.   Bob Timmermann
The Astros still went 10-2 down the stretch. It's hard to expect teams to play a lot better. If they went 12-0 they'd be in first!

In my book, that's known as a Yankee Complaint.

2006-10-01 12:56:58
111.   JoeyP
103--Isnt Houston like the 4th largest city in the US?

I wouldnt call them a "mid-market" team, but maybe their local TV contract is bad.

2006-10-01 12:57:55
112.   Greg Brock
109 And they did everything short of sending Bagwell some e coli laced spinach to try and get his money off the ledger.
2006-10-01 12:58:15
113.   Franklin Stubbs
Sorry if this has been answered before and I missed it...but if the Dodger playoff games start on week days...are they night games still? What a conundrum: I have tix to games 1 and 2 and am really hoping the games are on Sat/Sun which would not conflict with work on Tuesday (Rosie Thomas/Lambchop/Damien Jurado at the Troubadour!!)

Any insight on the starting times? All 7pm?

2006-10-01 12:59:21
114.   D4P
And I dont think Grimsley has anything to gain by lying

I don't think so either. Why make people angry with you for no reason? Doesn't make sense.

2006-10-01 13:00:48
115.   Greg Brock
111 They had a 92 million dollar payroll this year, before adding Roger Clemens.

They will not have another 100 million dollar payroll again in the foreseeable future.

2006-10-01 13:01:41
116.   Bob Timmermann
The Padres are going with the varsity today except that Cameron has the day off. Roberts is playing CF and Sledge is in LF. Piazza is starting at C.
2006-10-01 13:02:19
117.   Bob Timmermann
8-8 in Detroit after a Matt Stairs homer.
2006-10-01 13:02:35
118.   JoeyP
The Padres want the NL West title moreso than the Dodgers:

Roberts
Giles
Gonzalez
Piazza
Branyan
Sledge
Blum
Barfield

Only regular they are sitting is Cameron.

2006-10-01 13:04:06
119.   Bob Timmermann
If the Dodgers host Games 1 and 2, they would be Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm.
2006-10-01 13:04:20
120.   Bluebleeder87
i'd want Repko in there more so because he has speed, pop & a great arm, give me Repko as the 5th outfielder.
2006-10-01 13:05:46
121.   Bluebleeder87
i wonder how many guys have a major hang over today.
2006-10-01 13:06:46
122.   Bob Timmermann
The playoff series featuring the Cardinals will likely never get a good time slot because there are two New York teams playing. ESPN and Fox like to show games in markets where there a lot of TV watchers for some reason.
2006-10-01 13:07:17
123.   Bob Timmermann
121

I would look within for that answer if I were you.

2006-10-01 13:07:26
124.   WellsforKemp
Roberts
Giles
Gonzalez
Piazza
Branyan
Sledge
Blum
Barfield

the only regular who isnt a risk is Roberts though, and if they didnt have Bard, Piazza I doubt wouldnt be in there.

2006-10-01 13:08:28
125.   Greg Brock
Hey, does anybody know if the Padres are playing their regulars?
2006-10-01 13:09:36
126.   Benaiah
110 - Bob, they certainly did well down the stretch. However, past outcomes are no determinate of future events, and going into the weekend series against the Braves they needed to a least win the series. Considering that Petite and Clemons pitched in the series I am amazed that they couldn't. I still call that choking, despite what the did the 9 games before that.
2006-10-01 13:10:58
127.   bonnie
Forgive me if this has been mentioned upthread, but if you haven't gotten your playoff tickets yet, now is the time.

They've released more tickets for game 1 and 2. I was able to get 4 in reserved aisle 5.

2006-10-01 13:10:59
128.   bonnie
Forgive me if this has been mentioned upthread, but if you haven't gotten your playoff tickets yet, now is the time.

They've released more tickets for game 1 and 2. I was able to get 4 in reserved aisle 5.

2006-10-01 13:11:16
129.   Bluebleeder87
Matt Kemp in there today nice.
2006-10-01 13:11:46
130.   bonnie
oops, I didn't do that I swear.
2006-10-01 13:12:24
131.   Bluebleeder87
127

how much did you have to dish out for the ticks?

2006-10-01 13:12:28
132.   Bob Timmermann
126

You're a harsh judge. The Astros were pretty fortunate to put together a string of wins at just the right time to make it interesting.

Don't the Cardinals get any credit for winning a game against the Padres in dramatic fashion and then another against the Brewers in a similar style?

2006-10-01 13:12:33
133.   Benaiah
128 - Does 1 and 2 mean you have to bet that the Dodgers will win today and the Padres will lose? Or does it mean the first and second game the Dodgers play at home in the postseason?
2006-10-01 13:14:26
134.   Bluebleeder87
is Vinnie gonna make the trips east now that it is the playoffs
2006-10-01 13:15:46
135.   Benaiah
132 - I agree that in total it was remarkable, and the Cardinals certainly should be commended for stepping up when things really got critical. However, I still maintain that when a team goes into the final series of the year, playing a team that is under .500, and they are half a game back on the division lead... you better win the series. The stros didn't.
2006-10-01 13:15:59
136.   bhsportsguy
134 Vin will do the first three and last three innings on the radio during the playoffs.
2006-10-01 13:16:07
137.   WellsforKemp
124 oops.

the only regular who is a risk IS Roberts

2006-10-01 13:16:13
138.   underdog
Duane Kuiper called Repko "Drew" on both of those putouts. You'd think his partner would have nudged him after the first one.
2006-10-01 13:16:16
139.   bonnie
I think they were 26 a piece, plus the added fees. If you need tickets for the first game, I have 2 extra in reseved 55
2006-10-01 13:17:23
140.   Bob Timmermann
135
What about the Dodgers losing 2 of 3 to Pittsburgh last week at home?

It's a six-month season, not a three-day season.

2006-10-01 13:18:02
141.   Franklin Stubbs
Thanks Bob. I hope the Dodgers win today but I also want the playoff games to be on the weekend. And what a weekend.....I can't believe I've NEVER gone to a playoff game!
2006-10-01 13:18:21
142.   bonnie
133 first 2 playoff games. The 3rd one is still showing sold out even though there is a good chance it may not happen.
2006-10-01 13:18:59
143.   underdog
I'm so glad the Raiders-Browns game is on TV here in the Bay Area. Should be a barn burner.
2006-10-01 13:19:10
144.   Bob Timmermann
So who else here has pulled off the playoff series quinella in person?

1981 split season playoff
New version division series
LCS
WS

2006-10-01 13:19:20
145.   underdog
(Much like the 49ers-Chiefs game was earlier today)
2006-10-01 13:20:12
146.   Benaiah
140 - True, winning 3 extra games in April would make all of this academic. However, the 3 games at the end are the most critical, because the stakes are clear. The Dodgers went out and won the first two against the Giants to clinch, that is a clutch ending. Ultimately, the Astros weren't clutch down the stretch and they paid the price.
2006-10-01 13:20:37
147.   das411
135 - "...when a team goes into the final series of the year, playing a team that is under .500, and they are half a game back on the wild card lead... you better win the series. The Phillies didn't."
2006-10-01 13:20:37
148.   underdog
Loney just said "I think I'm on the playoff roster!" with a near splash hit.
2006-10-01 13:20:59
149.   Greg Brock
I've never seen a guy tardy on that many fastballs, and then turn around and crush one like that. Tardy on 91 mph fastballs, then a dinger. Nice.
2006-10-01 13:21:01
150.   Bluebleeder87
Loney stays hot, i really don't know if Garciaparra will be here next year, you guys think he'll play 2nd or 3rd base??
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2006-10-01 13:21:09
151.   gpellamjr
James "King of Gods and Men" Loney!!!
2006-10-01 13:21:20
152.   Bob Timmermann
Was Chad Cordero really batting at the end of the Nats loss to the Mets?
2006-10-01 13:21:32
153.   Andrew Shimmin
114- There's a niceness to it. . .

Also, most people would rather, if they had to be a jerk, not be the only jerk.

2006-10-01 13:22:12
154.   Sam DC
The Nationals season just ended with Chad Cordero striking out.
2006-10-01 13:22:53
155.   Dodger Hill
I vote we go with Loney at first next year
2006-10-01 13:23:25
156.   underdog
150 Who, Nomar? At 2nd? No way. Maybe 3rd. More likely either first - or gone. I really hope they keep Loney. If they can keep both and platoon them, I'm fine with that.
2006-10-01 13:24:01
157.   Sam DC
Er, like Bob said.

(Took me a while 'cause I had to check gameday several times before I was willing to type it.)

2006-10-01 13:24:05
158.   Bob Timmermann
154

That just seems so ... so .. Washington like.

2006-10-01 13:24:49
159.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, everybody the Phillies lost! Let's celebrate!
2006-10-01 13:25:46
160.   tjshere
Do we know for a fact that Nomar will be able to play in the first round of the playoffs? I'm sure he wants to, but can he swing the bat at all with that re-tweaked oblique?
2006-10-01 13:26:52
161.   underdog
I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Dodgers and Padres both deserved to make the playoffs - more than the Astros, Phillies, or for that matter Cardinals (but hey, one of those teams had to make it). Still, playing the Cardinals won't be easy, if that's who we play, and obviously the Mets will be tough. I'm just happy LA's in, and think the Padres deserved it too.
2006-10-01 13:27:45
162.   dzzrtRatt
Okay, so what happens if:

The Padres game gets out of control. It's Arizona 10-0 in the fifth.

The Dodger game is tied going into, say, the sixth. We've got a clear shot at the NL West title. Does Grady bring in the A team? Obviously not Lowe, but Furcal, Kent, Drew, Lofton, Martin? Does he pitch Broxton and Saito if we get a small lead?

2006-10-01 13:28:15
163.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers need more runs because as Joe Morgan says "the hardest game to win is a 1-0 game."

Personally, I think it's hard to win a game 24-4 too.

2006-10-01 13:28:57
164.   dzzrtRatt
161 From what Vin Scully just said about teams with losing records and how they tend to do in the playoffs, you'd have to figure the NLCS should be San Diego v. LA. That would be quite a show.
2006-10-01 13:29:13
165.   underdog
162 given the difference in starting times it'll be unlikely scenario, but to go with it, I'd say yes - as pinch hitters. Maybe Saito or Broxton to pitch if needed... Will be interesting to see.
2006-10-01 13:29:30
166.   gpellamjr
162 I'm guess Broxton and Saito will come in to nail it down, but we won't see Furcal, et al. except maybe in pinch hitting duties.
2006-10-01 13:30:04
167.   Greg Brock
Plunk him.
2006-10-01 13:30:05
168.   underdog
Could this be one of Barry's last at bats with the Giants?
2006-10-01 13:30:12
169.   Andrew Shimmin
Hey Stults, you thinkin' what I'm thinking?
2006-10-01 13:30:34
170.   gpellamjr
164 The Ds haven't played well against SD this year, but I'm rooting for SD in the first round. What an event that NLCS would be.
2006-10-01 13:30:44
171.   Andrew Shimmin
Brock is, and eight seconds sooner. Of course.
2006-10-01 13:31:29
172.   underdog
And the inevitable Giants fans chorus of boos for not giving Barry a meaty pitch to hit.
2006-10-01 13:32:23
173.   underdog
He had three good pitches to hit that he couldn't, then a walk on 3-2 is booed. Whatever.
2006-10-01 13:33:03
174.   Greg Brock
171 And he just did in eight pitches what he could have accomplished with one.

And he would have made a legion of fans happy.

2006-10-01 13:33:05
175.   gpellamjr
172/173 Geez, don't they know we're trying to win a division?
2006-10-01 13:33:47
176.   Bob Timmermann
Pedro Feliz has a lower OPS than Julio Lugo.
2006-10-01 13:34:29
177.   Bluebleeder87
Barry Bonds* is american league bound.
2006-10-01 13:34:55
178.   Bob Timmermann
Pedro Feliz STILL has a lower OPS than Julio Lugo.
2006-10-01 13:35:08
179.   underdog
Ugh. And that ladies and gentlemen, is why I don't want Kemp in CF.
2006-10-01 13:37:15
180.   underdog
Um, how was that not a strike? Hoo boy.
2006-10-01 13:37:54
181.   Greg S
I'm not sure that Kemp is better defensively than Lofton. I know that seems like a mean thing to say but I say it because I care.
2006-10-01 13:38:12
182.   Bluebleeder87
Stults can't find the strike zone all of a sudden.
2006-10-01 13:38:34
183.   Bluebleeder87
Bills is warming up.
2006-10-01 13:38:51
184.   Benaiah
179 - Enlighten those of us watching on Gameday.
2006-10-01 13:39:38
185.   underdog
181 He isn't, at least in CF. Lofton's made some misplays out there but he would have caught that one.

---
Okay, Kuiper still thinks it's JD Drew playing RF.

Now he finally corrected himself.

2006-10-01 13:41:44
186.   tjshere
That was quite a weird DP but I'll take it.
2006-10-01 13:41:44
187.   Bluebleeder87
phantom play at 1st base, we got a break there.
2006-10-01 13:41:55
188.   underdog
Yeah, I would absolutely bring in Billingsley sooner rather than later if Stults continues to struggle.

184 He ran a bizarre rout to the ball in CF that ended up being a double past him.

Meanwhile, another bizarre play - Schmidt bunts, the runner at 3rd stays at first, they throw to first, the runner goes home, they don't touch first before throwing home, just getting Feliz at the plate, then toss back to first where Schmidt had run past the bag? Weird. We'll take it.

2006-10-01 13:42:24
189.   Linkmeister
[187} I think Loney got his right foot on the bag after pulling his left.
2006-10-01 13:42:28
190.   Andrew Shimmin
"The Giants end up bunting into a double play." Nine finer words you'd be hard-pressed to find.
2006-10-01 13:42:48
191.   Bob Timmermann
Is that going down as a 5-3-2 DP or a 5-3-2-4 DP?
2006-10-01 13:44:58
192.   underdog
Link - it was Martinez covering first, and it looked like he took his foot off before he got the ball, but it was close. They got Schmidt because Schmidt thought he was out and started leaving. Dunno how to score that one.

Bonds just robbed Stults.

2006-10-01 13:44:59
193.   underdog
Link - it was Martinez covering first, and it looked like he took his foot off before he got the ball, but it was close. They got Schmidt because Schmidt thought he was out and started leaving. Dunno how to score that one.

Bonds just robbed Stults.

2006-10-01 13:46:04
194.   Sam DC
Well, good thing the Giants didn't score any more runs. I hear the second hardest game to win is a 2-1 game.
2006-10-01 13:46:09
195.   underdog
Repko just can't catch up with Schmidt's fastball.
2006-10-01 13:47:03
196.   Bob Timmermann
It's in the books a 5-4-2 DP. It's possible Schmidt was called out for abandoning the base paths.
2006-10-01 13:51:30
197.   Greg Brock
Whoever the kid is that is acting as Giants PA announcer, he needs to be eliminated.

Eliminated from the job. Not the planet. That would be cruel.

2006-10-01 13:51:30
198.   das411
Hmm my roomie in our PSU Blue Band is now rooting harder than he ever has before for that Royals bullpen to come up big...
2006-10-01 13:52:55
199.   underdog
Yeah, I went on a rant a few months ago about the Giants using kid announcers (other teams have done it too) once in awhile as a "cute" gimmick but to continually do it is a bit much, and they at least need to train the kids they don't need to yell at the top of their lungs into a mic. People were covering their ears.
2006-10-01 13:52:55
200.   underdog
Yeah, I went on a rant a few months ago about the Giants using kid announcers (other teams have done it too) once in awhile as a "cute" gimmick but to continually do it is a bit much, and they at least need to train the kids they don't need to yell at the top of their lungs into a mic. People were covering their ears.
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2006-10-01 13:53:58
201.   Linkmeister
193 Well, whoever that guy covering first base was. Whatever, they got the out. ;)
2006-10-01 13:54:24
202.   underdog
God, this Browns Raiders game is ugly, but like a horrible car wreck I just can't look away for long.
2006-10-01 13:56:24
203.   Greg S
I think that we absolutely have to put Loney on the postseason roster. He has, along with Drew, the hottest bat on the team right now.
2006-10-01 13:57:02
204.   underdog
201 Hee, no worries, I just wanted to give proper un-credit where un-credit was due. I think Schmidt deserved the final putout. ;-)
2006-10-01 13:57:29
205.   underdog
203 And a good eye, too.
2006-10-01 13:59:26
206.   underdog
And the Giants announcers are still whining about the ball down the line called fair in yesterday's game.
2006-10-01 13:59:31
207.   schoffle
127. Bonnie

Thanks for the heads up, I just got mine. I hope that they re-release some for any additional playoff series' assuming that there is an additional payoff series.

2006-10-01 14:00:49
208.   Greg S
203 And with all due respect to the theory of regression to the mean, humans playing baseball are not cards out of a deck or numbers on a roulette wheel. They get locked in and hit until they lose it. Loney is hot as heck right now and there's a good chance he will be for the coming week.
2006-10-01 14:01:50
209.   Bob Timmermann
Matt Cain was upset after yesterday's game for Maddux stealing second against him. Felt it was somewhat disrespectful.

I have a feeling that an older pitcher on the Giants probably set him straight on that.

2006-10-01 14:03:11
210.   Greg S
209 That is among the stupidest reactions I have ever heard a baseball player offer. Yesterday's game was sorta close and kinda important.
2006-10-01 14:04:07
211.   underdog
Kemp really needs to practice hitting off speed pitches. Sigh.
2006-10-01 14:04:10
212.   Greg Brock
That kid just looks baffled at the plate right now.
2006-10-01 14:04:13
213.   Greg S
And for the same reason, Kemp should be left off the post season roster.
2006-10-01 14:05:15
214.   Sam DC
Bison time. [

[K'd before I could submit]

Kid in the Hall time?

2006-10-01 14:05:49
215.   Bob Timmermann
From the SF Chronicle:

Cain did not much like Maddux's stolen base, saying, "I felt that was kind of a rub in my face." Cain then made a statement of his own, striking out Rafael Furcal with a 94-mph fastball to strand Maddux at second base.

2006-10-01 14:05:52
216.   Sam DC
Meh.
2006-10-01 14:06:11
217.   regfairfield
I have to admit I'm rooting against the Dodgers today, since I can't make it to a game on Tuesday at 1:00.

As an added bonus, it makes my 87 win prediction look good.

2006-10-01 14:06:17
218.   Bluebleeder87
That kid just looks baffled at the plate right now.

reminds me of Beltre

2006-10-01 14:06:22
219.   Sam DC
Before the internet, I never thought to type "meh" when something draggish happened.

Thank you Al Gore.

2006-10-01 14:06:33
220.   underdog
213 Don't think he's even being considered for that do you?

And yeah, re: Cain's reaction, he completely didn't pay attention to a base runner at first. Maddux took advantage of it, Cain looked stupid . He should have taken the blame himself. If it was 10-0 Dodgers I could more understand that reaction.

2006-10-01 14:07:55
221.   Bob Timmermann
Apparently, Kenny Lofton was not disrespecting Ray Durham when he tagged up on the popup to second.
2006-10-01 14:09:29
222.   underdog
I already have a stomach virus; don't think I can stand any more of the touchy feely "thank you-fest" going on in the Giants' announcing booth right now, with VP Larry Baer in there with them.

Meh.

2006-10-01 14:11:52
223.   Bob Timmermann
Tigers have the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th with one out. Inge up.
2006-10-01 14:11:59
224.   bhsportsguy
Just a little football talk because I just love this guy, Mo Jones Drew just scored a TD on a 51 yard pass reception, he also has a 40 yard kick return today.

I believe Reggie Bush is still looking for his first TD.

2006-10-01 14:13:04
225.   Bob Timmermann
The Red Sox and Orioles will apparently wait forever to play the last game of the 2006 regular season.
2006-10-01 14:13:52
226.   Bluebleeder87
Stults is a stood hitter
2006-10-01 14:13:57
227.   bhsportsguy
Maybe Eric Stults just stay on as a LH pinch hitter.
2006-10-01 14:15:08
228.   Bob Timmermann
Inge whiffs. Granderson up. 2 outs in the 11th. 8-8 tie. Tigers must win since Minnesota won.
2006-10-01 14:16:08
229.   Bob Timmermann
Is Ethier growing a playoff beard?
2006-10-01 14:17:47
230.   Uncle Miltie
229- let's hope so. It's the only way he'll break out of that slump.
2006-10-01 14:17:50
231.   tjshere
229 Maybe Nate talked him into it.
2006-10-01 14:18:09
232.   Greg S
Remember the Ethier who used to hit line drives over the shortstops head? What happened to that guy?
2006-10-01 14:18:51
233.   bhsportsguy
Since Webb threw 24 pitches in the top of the 1st, he has only thrown 14 more in the next 2 innings while Williams has only thrown 25 pitches in his three innings of work.
2006-10-01 14:18:51
234.   Bluebleeder87
those 2 pitches to Lugo were just playing nasty
2006-10-01 14:19:32
235.   Bob Timmermann
Granderson strikes out against the estimable Jimmy Gobble. Going to the 12th at Comerica Park.
2006-10-01 14:20:03
236.   Uncle Miltie
Lugo's at bat was nasty
2006-10-01 14:20:07
237.   tjshere
Did Schmidt lose a bunch of weight? I seem to remember him being chubbier in previous years.
2006-10-01 14:20:52
238.   Marty
We got all of Lugo's production possible yesterday I guess. He's a baseball version of a Yugo right now, always leaving people stranded.
2006-10-01 14:21:04
239.   Bluebleeder87
those 2 pitches to Lugo were just playing nasty

make that 3 pitches.

2006-10-01 14:21:57
240.   Greg Brock
Well, for those of us dying to see the Yankees go out in the first round, we need the Twins to face them.

Help me, Obi Wan Santana. You're my only hope.

2006-10-01 14:22:45
241.   scooplew
How did Lugo hit 12 homers with Tampa Bay this season?
2006-10-01 14:22:55
242.   underdog
Get the feeling we're not going to the win the division...
2006-10-01 14:23:02
243.   MMSMikey
grady is out of his mind if he even considers hitting lugo 3rd in a playoff games. nuts.
2006-10-01 14:23:40
244.   MMSMikey
Webb Doesnt have his best stuff today.
2006-10-01 14:23:58
245.   underdog
Arizona just wants to call it a season, apparently.
2006-10-01 14:24:21
246.   Greg S
243. I will speak for Grady. He is not.
2006-10-01 14:25:40
247.   MMSMikey
.246, he is not out of his mind or he is not going to hit lugo 3rd?
2006-10-01 14:26:48
248.   twerp
209, 215, etc. The amazing thing to me is that we're talking about a future HOF pitcher stealing a base in a meaningful game at age 40.

It's probably happened before, but not very often, I'd guess.

Speaking of which...could someone give a brief recap of Maddux's steal (no Dodger TV broadcast in TN)... A bunt or clean single, then Cain ignored him, or?

No doubt done on his own, not signaled by Grady...?

(And if I knew how to do more than BF and underline, I'd probably have done that, too.)

Thx==

2006-10-01 14:27:27
249.   underdog
I'm assuming Dodgers' playoff starting lineup will be Furcal, Lofton, Nomar if he's healthy, Drew/Kent/Anderson, Martin, Betemit, or along those lines. Lugo will be on the bench where he belongs for most of the series, unless Little really has lost his mind.

Wow, that was a great play by Betemit to almost get the runner on a long throw. Too bad.

2006-10-01 14:28:33
250.   underdog
And that was not a great play by Betemit - they're really lucky that bunt was foul.
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2006-10-01 14:28:37
251.   Bob Timmermann
Webb has now fallen behind Oswalt for the ERA lead.

I'm sensing a Trevor Hoffman Pity Award.

2006-10-01 14:29:32
252.   Bob Timmermann
9-8 Royals in the 12th.
2006-10-01 14:29:41
253.   underdog
Looks like we're going to NY.
2006-10-01 14:29:49
254.   Bluebleeder87
Help me, Obi Wan Santana. You're my only hope.

SNL Barbara Streisand flashback (chuckling)

2006-10-01 14:29:49
255.   Bluebleeder87
Help me, Obi Wan Santana. You're my only hope.

SNL Barbara Streisand flashback (chuckling)

2006-10-01 14:30:54
256.   Greg Brock
Ugh. 3-1 Giants, 4-0 Padres.

Start spreadin' the news...

2006-10-01 14:31:13
257.   Sam DC
253 We could certainly never come back from 2 down with 4 to play. :)
2006-10-01 14:31:29
258.   Bluebleeder87
Stults is quiatly pitching a pretty good game, now let's score some runs Dodgers!
2006-10-01 14:31:34
259.   underdog
Well Stults pitching came around in that inning (after his defense didn't). Not a horrible game by him by any means, though I assume we'll see Bills soon.

For what it's worth, which may be nothing at this point if the Padres score remains as it is.

2006-10-01 14:31:41
260.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers can stop in Detroit and pick up the Tigers on the way.
2006-10-01 14:31:46
261.   Sam DC
253 Oh never mind, I see the problem.
2006-10-01 14:32:02
262.   Bob Timmermann
10-8 Royals.
2006-10-01 14:32:33
263.   Greg S
257 And ask the D-Backs to come back from 5-0. That's fine. Let's go to New York!
2006-10-01 14:33:09
264.   underdog
257 We could, sure ;-) (though not quite as confident in this "B" line up vs. Schmidt) but not sure the Padres are gonna give up the ghost today...
2006-10-01 14:33:32
265.   Bob Timmermann
You mean nobody else would find it interesting that the Twins have a chance to never be in first place by themselves all season until Game 162?

That's really hard to do.

2006-10-01 14:34:01
266.   Bob Timmermann
It's 7-0 in Arizona.
2006-10-01 14:34:09
267.   underdog
Boy, Duane Kuiper is drunk today or something.
2006-10-01 14:34:18
268.   Bob Timmermann
Game on in Boston!
2006-10-01 14:35:20
269.   underdog
265 I find it interesting! Though I remember when they beat up on the Dodgers earlier in the season, I remember thinking - "How is this team in 3rd place?!"
2006-10-01 14:36:50
270.   MMSMikey
hey, Greg S...247. MMSMikey
.246, he is not out of his mind or he is not going to hit lugo 3rd?
2006-10-01 14:37:06
271.   underdog
268 What game? They play baseball there still?
2006-10-01 14:38:08
272.   regfairfield
Jim Leyland just decided he'd rather see Neifi Perez up there instead of Matt Stairs.
2006-10-01 14:38:12
273.   bhsportsguy
Detroit had won 14 out of 15 games against the Royals going into the final weekend and was ahead 5-0 after 3 innings and had a one run lead in the top of 9th.

Since then, they blew the game on Friday, got behind 7-0 in the first inning yesterday and now could get swept by a team with 100 losses and lose the division in extra innings today.

Now they face a flight to New York and all that hoopla while the Twins get to stay at home and have Santana pitch game one in the dome against the A's.

2006-10-01 14:38:24
274.   underdog
Finally, a good swing and contact by Kemp! ... and it's foul.
2006-10-01 14:38:42
275.   Bob Timmermann
Moneyball alert! Jeremy Brown at bat!
2006-10-01 14:39:32
276.   joekings
At least now people will stop second guessing Grady's decision to rest his regulars.
2006-10-01 14:39:35
277.   Uncle Miltie
Kemp is very fast
2006-10-01 14:40:24
278.   Bob Timmermann
272
You see young man, that pitcher throws with his left hand, what I'm doing is called "playing the percentages".
2006-10-01 14:40:52
279.   still bevens
Holy god Toby Hall has one less RBI than Lugo does. Has he even played in 8 games?? hehe
2006-10-01 14:41:48
280.   Bob Timmermann
Is "Robinson Checo" how you say "Eric Stults" in Spanish?
2006-10-01 14:42:36
281.   Gagne55
If the Dodgers pull off a comeback, would they be declared co-division champions? (I think the Cardinals and Astros were in 2001)
2006-10-01 14:43:07
282.   Bluebleeder87
the comeback kids are back in town
2006-10-01 14:43:12
283.   Uncle Miltie
Yea Lucille!

Lucille should probably make the postseason roster over Lugo.

2006-10-01 14:43:16
284.   bhsportsguy
Nice going, it would be nice to compete in the last game even though it appears to mean nothing now.
2006-10-01 14:43:26
285.   underdog
And... we're tied!
And... we're still going to NY.

Ramon comes through.

Kemp almost passed Saenz on the basepaths.

2006-10-01 14:43:52
286.   Bob Timmermann
281
Although the Red Sox call themselves "co-champions" of the 2005 AL East, according to MLB they aren't.

Tigers lose.

2006-10-01 14:44:36
287.   Greg S
270 Right.
2006-10-01 14:45:08
288.   regfairfield
I was really hoping Oakland would get Detroit and not Minnesota.
2006-10-01 14:46:43
289.   Bob Timmermann
Craig Counsell makes it 7-1!
2006-10-01 14:46:46
290.   underdog
Detroit's good and all but my Dad the Yankees fan has got to be pleased because the Twins scare Yankee fans. The Twins are my pick to make the WS.
2006-10-01 14:48:10
291.   Bluebleeder87
Is "Robinson Checo" how you say "Eric Stults" in Spanish?

you say Eric Stults Eric Stults in spanish, but with a mean accent.

Example my Dad would say Mike Sciocia *Mike cho cha.

2006-10-01 14:48:38
292.   Andrew Shimmin
Well, that's disappointing. The last opportunity to bean him, likely the last ever, wasted.
2006-10-01 14:49:00
293.   Daniel Zappala
I actually think it is to the Twins' advantage to play the Yankees in 7 games. Their pitching can handle the longer series, but the Yankees' can't.
2006-10-01 14:49:09
294.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers need to leave 3 more men to tie the LA record. 4 to break it.
2006-10-01 14:49:50
295.   Uncle Miltie
Haha, Barry's going home in the 6th inning
2006-10-01 14:49:51
296.   Bluebleeder87
Bonds* is gone from our lives for ever!!

i'm gonna miss hating the guy, i have to admit.

2006-10-01 14:49:52
297.   bhsportsguy
Oakland chances to escape the first round just went down now that they have to face Santana in the dome where he was 12-0 this year.
2006-10-01 14:50:35
298.   underdog
I wonder why they didn't leave the LHP in to pitch against Bonds...
2006-10-01 14:51:04
299.   bhsportsguy
Does Detroit and St. Louis feel like they won anything?
2006-10-01 14:51:17
300.   underdog
The Giants will probably petition the league to add a designated hitter next year and re-sign Bonds.
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2006-10-01 14:51:27
301.   Sam DC
294. I really hope it happens for you, Bob, as hard as you've worked on this the last couple of weeks.
2006-10-01 14:51:39
302.   natepurcell
whats the gun read on billingsleys fb today?
2006-10-01 14:52:10
303.   MMSMikey
287. thats not an answer.
2006-10-01 14:53:30
304.   underdog
303 I think he meant, no, Grady's not crazy. And then he's trying to drive you there... ;-)
2006-10-01 14:53:32
305.   Bluebleeder87
302

it's peaking at 95 mph, with great bite on his curve.

2006-10-01 14:53:50
306.   Greg S
302 95 on the last pitch. Or so says the gun on the FSN bug.
2006-10-01 14:54:17
307.   Jon Weisman
I didn't really get to watch Stults pitch. What was the verdict? Better than Aaron Sele would be?
2006-10-01 14:55:09
308.   Bob Timmermann
307
Better than Sele in my opinion. But this isn't a formidable Giants lineup today.
2006-10-01 14:55:23
309.   underdog
Jon - looked like he did no worse than Sele would have, and maybe even better. Struggled a few times but mostly fought through it. Not bad at all.
2006-10-01 14:55:42
310.   Greg S
307. I would call it a very Sele like outing. Not very impressive but good enough to possible keep you in the game if you're scoring. His hitting on the other hand is very very impressive.
2006-10-01 14:55:57
311.   bhsportsguy
307 Yes, especially if he uses his fastball instead of falling in love with the curve.
2006-10-01 14:56:20
312.   Uncle Miltie
Would it be too much to expect Loney to hit 15 home runs in a full season? I realize that he's never hit more than 11 in any season in the minors, but it appears that his power is developing. Look at Adrian Gonzalez. He had never hit more than 18 home runs in a season, but has hit 24 hr in his first full season in the majors, while playing half of his games at Petco.
2006-10-01 14:56:50
313.   bhsportsguy
308 What is a formidable lineup for the Giants?
2006-10-01 14:56:52
314.   Greg Brock
For the record, I resent being asked to pay $24.95 to watch England vs. Macedonia in a Euro 2008 qualifying match.
2006-10-01 14:57:09
315.   Benaiah
I don't know if this is interesting to anyone, but the US Women's soccer team won 10-0 over Taipei. It isn't often that you see double digit soccer scores.
2006-10-01 14:57:31
316.   Bluebleeder87
307

If i where a pitching teacher i'd grade Stults start a B Great outing considering everything.

2006-10-01 14:58:13
317.   Greg Brock
Fred Lewis has to be one of the most unathletic sounding names I've heard in a while.

He is also a Reggie Cleveland All Star.

2006-10-01 14:58:35
318.   Bob Timmermann
299
St. Louis celebrated. My brother was doused with beer by an unknown September callup in the locker room.
2006-10-01 14:59:00
319.   underdog
7-2 now - the remarkable Arizona comeback continues, much like the Bataan Death March.
2006-10-01 14:59:22
320.   Bob Timmermann
315
You need to watch more Oceania qualifying matches.
2006-10-01 14:59:53
321.   bhsportsguy
318 Can he expense the cleaning for his clothes when that happens?
2006-10-01 15:00:35
322.   Uncle Miltie
307- Stults was decent, but probably better than Sele. He has good movement on his pitches and was getting squeezed on a few pitches today. Stults being a left hander, makes him much more appealing than Sele, especially going against the Mets. I expect Sele to make the roster since he's a proven veteran. Stults should make the roster over Hendrickson though. We'll see if Ned can swallow his pride and leave BJ and Lugo off the postseason roster.
2006-10-01 15:00:46
323.   Bob Timmermann
321
Judging by how my brother dresses, I don't think clothes of any significant value were in danger.
2006-10-01 15:01:05
324.   bhsportsguy
318 Do you see a lot of people downloading today's game for the memorable moment when the Houston game went final?
2006-10-01 15:02:11
325.   Bob Timmermann
324
I don't believe they put "back-in" games available for free download.
2006-10-01 15:02:12
326.   gpellamjr
So, is it bad luck to ask how the Dodgers would handle the DH in a potential WS? Will it be Saenz? A Saenz/Ethier platoon?
2006-10-01 15:03:12
327.   bhsportsguy
Will Tim Salmon have a Ted Williams moment in his last at bat today?
2006-10-01 15:04:01
328.   Greg Brock
Our man 3.5 is slowly drifting towards the "4" side of the ledger.

Trade the kid while you can get something good for him.

2006-10-01 15:04:04
329.   Uncle Miltie
With Lugo up, Repko needs to steal
2006-10-01 15:04:26
330.   Bluebleeder87
326

you're looking way ahead, let's just concentrate on the Mets for now.

2006-10-01 15:05:25
331.   Uncle Miltie
Repko steals on a pitchout. He got a really good jump.
2006-10-01 15:06:11
332.   Uncle Miltie
RBI single by Lugo!
2006-10-01 15:06:38
333.   bhsportsguy
Two years removed from his MVP-like season, Adrian Beltre's 2004 season is looking more and more like Norm Cash.
2006-10-01 15:07:27
334.   Bluebleeder87
Lugo get's the hit Repko scores & we take the lead to be spanking the Gints!! @ there home tur
2006-10-01 15:09:59
335.   Uncle Miltie
You can always count on Lugo to make an out even when he's already on base

333- Beltre has been very solid in the 2nd half of the season
.285/.341/.556 18 hr

2006-10-01 15:10:21
336.   Bluebleeder87
334

@ there home turf is what i meant

2006-10-01 15:10:38
337.   bhsportsguy
328 If he had this slump in August but then had an adequate September does it show up as much, he had 4 pretty solid months including the latter part of June through August when he played everday. Now he is going through a tough stretch which most players do during the course of the season.

I'm not saying I would not look at a deal with him in it, I'm just saying 4 months vs. 1 month means to me you have to give him a little slack.

2006-10-01 15:10:48
338.   gpellamjr
330 I don't think my frame of mind will affect the Dodgers' performance. I just have a bad enough fever that I was beginning to think that they might actually win some playoff games this year.
2006-10-01 15:11:04
339.   Gagne55
334 Division Co-Champions!!!
2006-10-01 15:11:35
340.   Bob Timmermann
Julio Lugo geting picked off pretty much put the kibosh on the LOB record.
2006-10-01 15:11:42
341.   bhsportsguy
335 He always has good second halves, the point is if you pull up his career stats, there is one year that stands out among all the other ones.
2006-10-01 15:11:44
342.   Gagne55
335 Beltre always has a good second half.
2006-10-01 15:12:27
343.   jtrichey
Hi all. 1st comment here. I have been a long time poster at the scout.com Dodger board, and hang out here alot.

My comment has to do with the playoff roster. Why do you, Jon, and the rest feel it is necessary to have 11 pitchers? Especially in a 5 game series when we can use our big guns more often, we can get by w/ 10 pitcher, drop Hendrickson and add Kemp, or whoever.

2006-10-01 15:12:48
344.   ddger
Sweep of the Giants to end the season would be so satisfying especially if we beat Schmidt today.

Do we use Broxton or Saito today to save this game?

2006-10-01 15:12:48
345.   Gagne55
341 Bone spurs in the ankle do that.
2006-10-01 15:13:22
346.   bhsportsguy
Looking at the bullpens in AT&T, I always wonder why teams today set up ballparks with them on the field?
2006-10-01 15:13:40
347.   Gagne55
343 Because Kemp is worthless. And Penny's spot might be a dead spot on the roster.
2006-10-01 15:13:55
348.   Greg Brock
337 Yes, you're absolutely right, and I do like the kid. That said, I've never really bought into the idea of Andre Ethier as a corner outfielder on an elite baseball team, so my perspective is always skewed by that. If he were a smooth centerfielder, I would probably feel differently.

I also believe he can land us some good pitching in a move (with another piece or two).

2006-10-01 15:14:27
349.   bhsportsguy
340 Did they do enough to keep the On base and slugging pct. records intake?
2006-10-01 15:18:46
350.   Bob Timmermann
349
The Dodgers would have had to have a really bad day at the plate to blow those leads.
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2006-10-01 15:18:49
351.   Uncle Miltie
341, 342-
Beltre's 2nd halves in the past 5 years
2006: .285/.341/.556 .897 18 hr
2005: .249/.304/.423 .727 10 hr
2004: .356/.423/.683 1.106 26 hr career year
2003: .257/.295/.506 .801 17 hr
2002: .281/.319/.509 .829 14 hr
2001: .281/.322/.411 .733 6 hr

Beltre is having one of the best 2nd halves of his career. I remember that he had a very good 2nd half in 2000 too.

2006-10-01 15:19:17
352.   Greg S
343. Hi and welcome! I would agree that Kemp it of virtually no help to the team right now. And we have a spaghetti pitching staff. Throw it at the wall and see what sticks. It will be a war of attrition and we can use all arms we can get.
2006-10-01 15:19:28
353.   gipper913
Mets fan here. Welcome to the NLDS! Nice blog. Feel free to check out metsblog.com and metsgeek.com

A few thoughts from the Mets fans' perspective. We wish Penny were healthy as we own him. Disappointed to hear it'll be Lowe, Maddux, Kuo. Especially Kuo. As you all know, the Mets have had issues with lefties, especially in the 2nd half of the yr.

Just FYI - Vin Scully (who is a pleasure to hear call a game after listening to the Nats horrid announcers call my Mets game vs the Nationals today on MLB extra Innings package) is wrong about the Mets playoff rotation. He keeps saying it'll be Glavine, Trachsel, Maine. It is El Duque, Glavine, Trax (tentatively) and then Maine if we use 4 pitchers.

That means a Maddux - Glavine matchup in Game 2! :-)

Trachsel didn't start today because of an unspecified personal issue that necessitated a trip out west - some family issue. Dunno if that will distract him when he starts in the NLDS. I do know it means like a 10-day rest for a guy that hates disruptions to his routine!

You should know the Mets have had lots of tummult since clinching - playing poorly (granted in meaningless games) until sweeping the Nats this weekend. Then the news about Pedro (not unexpected). Then Trax now disappearing for unkown reasons. Also, Delgado missed today and yesterday with "general soreness". Beltran is at about 80% - leg issues.

That said, we'll still crush ya. :-)

Have fun! See ya in Queens on Wednesday!

--Gipper13 - a Mets fan exiled to the Left Coast!

2006-10-01 15:20:04
354.   scooplew
300 Didn't the Giants more or less do that in spring training this year, so Bonds could DH in exhibition games in NL parks?
2006-10-01 15:20:34
355.   Bob Timmermann
With Saenz's hit, the Dodgers have 12 total bases in 27 at bats. That's .444 which means that the team slugging has gone up.
2006-10-01 15:21:40
356.   Bob Timmermann
"General soreness"! I thought Mike Marshall retired that phrase!
2006-10-01 15:23:14
357.   Greg Brock
343 Welcome aboard.

353 Tell Milledge to grow up & be quiet.

2006-10-01 15:23:43
358.   Uncle Miltie
Lofton needs one more steal to reach 600. I'd expect him to go again
2006-10-01 15:24:05
359.   bhsportsguy
Bob are you rooting for Lofton to stay on base?
2006-10-01 15:24:41
360.   gipper913
I fear General Soreness is Mets Spin for delgado's off again / on-again elbow tendonitis. Pitch him up and in and he's in trouble. But miss that location and the ball will still end up in the right field bullpen.

The Mets PR guy for the last century, Jay Horwitz, has resuscitated the phraseology.

2006-10-01 15:24:49
361.   Uncle Miltie
Told ya...
2006-10-01 15:24:56
362.   FelixP
356 man, do I not miss Marshall.
2006-10-01 15:25:06
363.   Uncle Miltie
Bob must be furious
2006-10-01 15:25:20
364.   bhsportsguy
Two caught stealing foils the man left on base record.
2006-10-01 15:25:25
365.   jtrichey
347, 352. Well, I said Kemp or someone else. Obviously if they are totally in the dark on Penny's possible status then they probably should go with Hendrickson, but do you really want to see him in the playoffs. I just think we could always find a use for a position player. Loney definitely needs to be there, Repko probably should for pinch running purposes. I lean to Kemp, just because you never know when you might catch some lightning in a bottle.
2006-10-01 15:25:25
366.   Greg S
353 Mets fan BE GONE!
j/k ; )

Thanks for the ingsight. If you have the team signs, please fell free to share.

2006-10-01 15:25:40
367.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers need extra innings!
2006-10-01 15:26:03
368.   bhsportsguy
Hope springs eternal for the record.
2006-10-01 15:26:21
369.   gipper913
"Tell Milledge to grow up & be quiet."

His teammates keep trying. I wish Omar had unloaded him for a front line starter. He tried.

Still...better than Mr. Mia Hamm :-)

2006-10-01 15:26:37
370.   Greg Brock
Strand Toby!
2006-10-01 15:26:46
371.   Brad Bogner
I think it's safe to say we all saw a hit coming from Hall immediately after Lofton's stolen base attempt went south.
2006-10-01 15:27:22
372.   Greg Brock
369 I bet Zito for Milledge and Heilman is looking pretty good right about now.
2006-10-01 15:27:35
373.   Greg S
Bob's gonna kill Kenny!
2006-10-01 15:27:36
374.   Bob Timmermann
Hayden Penn is going to finish the year with a 15.10 ERA. The Orioles sent him out there and he just got hammered each time.

Obviously he would pitch better if he had an appendix. He just doesn't have enough guts to be a big league pitcher.

2006-10-01 15:27:41
375.   FelixP
Toby loves you, Bob.
2006-10-01 15:27:42
376.   gipper913
Thanks for the ingsight. If you have the team signs, please fell free to share.

LOL. After we beat you in 4 games, I'll be sure to share those.

2006-10-01 15:27:50
377.   Bluebleeder87
i hope Martinez makes the playoff roster he had some key hits during the season
2006-10-01 15:28:25
378.   Daniel Zappala
353 Please feel free to share your thoughts as the series progresses. Great hearing from you.
2006-10-01 15:28:54
379.   Greg S
376 Why wait 'till next year to share?
2006-10-01 15:28:54
380.   bhsportsguy
So how many men do they need leave on for the record?
2006-10-01 15:29:23
381.   gipper913
Gotta run. Hope you have fun, but not too much in the playoffs!
2006-10-01 15:29:39
382.   Bob Timmermann
Load the bases in the 9th!
2006-10-01 15:30:17
383.   Greg Brock
Bob needs Lugo or Kemp to come up with the bases loaded.
2006-10-01 15:30:46
384.   Greg Brock
382 Yeah, what he said.
2006-10-01 15:30:50
385.   gpellamjr
7-4 in AZ!
2006-10-01 15:31:08
386.   Greg S
381. I echo 378.
2006-10-01 15:31:15
387.   Bob Timmermann
2 LOB to tie
3 LOB to break the record.

The Dodgers have left 1221 runners.
The 1982 teams left 1223.

The Dodgers are second in the NL in LOB. The Phillies were the champs.

2006-10-01 15:31:45
388.   bhsportsguy
In a moment, for those of us in the LA area, you can turn to channel 13 and see the Kingfish as the Hudman calls him come up in his final at-bat.
2006-10-01 15:31:48
389.   Billy Ashley
339. Divison Co-champs is cool and all but will the sportsbook honor my 8 to 1 that Dodgers would win the NL West? Of course I'm going to go to the window and try to line my pocket...
2006-10-01 15:33:00
390.   Daniel Zappala
The Angels lose out on the division, and suddenly they can do no wrong versus the A's. They're killing the ball, and are only giving up runs because they put in a AAA pitcher today. Jeff Mathis in particular looks impressive today. The A's have got to be lucky that the Angels started out slow and that several key rookies were hurt.
2006-10-01 15:33:51
391.   bhsportsguy
No Ted Williams moment for the Kingfish as he goes 0-4 today.
2006-10-01 15:34:53
392.   Greg Brock
390
The A's are also lucky that the Angels can't hit, don't walk, have no power, field horribly, and run into outs like I run into sliding glass doors (that is to say, often).
2006-10-01 15:35:10
393.   Bob Timmermann
Alan Embree in now for the Padres.
2006-10-01 15:35:59
394.   Greg S
388. Thanks for the heads up. Really cool time of year to be a baseball fan.
2006-10-01 15:36:16
395.   scooplew
389 If you think the Sportsbook will honor your ticket, rent the Albert Brooks film "Lost in America."
2006-10-01 15:36:24
396.   Bob Timmermann
Down goes Estrada to end the inning.
2006-10-01 15:37:20
397.   KG16
392 - The Angels are saying they're going to spend some money so maybe there's a chance they can fix some of those problems.

Here's hoping for a freeway series in '07 (and one in the NLCS this year, for that matter).

2006-10-01 15:37:52
398.   Bluebleeder87
Geico would be nice here.
2006-10-01 15:39:23
399.   bhsportsguy
397 It's not the money they can spend, it's the money that is locked up to Anderson, Cabera, Colon, etc. but that discussion we can hold off for another month because I am going to be busy following Dodger games.
2006-10-01 15:39:26
400.   Greg Brock
Come on people! Let's get some runners on base, and leave 'em there!

Do it for Mr. Timmermann.

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2006-10-01 15:39:36
401.   regfairfield
392 Yet they somehow did better than the Dodgers. I know, I'm baffled too.
2006-10-01 15:39:51
402.   bhsportsguy
Repko is Bob's friend.
2006-10-01 15:40:41
403.   KG16
401 - I can answer that question in four words:
Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners.
2006-10-01 15:40:46
404.   Bob Timmermann
You can't call any Dodgers-Padres series the "I-5 Series" because only an idiot would try to take the 5 through Norwalk now.

It would have to be the 5 to 57 to 210 to California Ave off ramp over to Fair Oaks to 110 Series.

2006-10-01 15:42:13
405.   Bob Timmermann
One more! One more!
2006-10-01 15:42:17
406.   KG16
404 - I am safely behind the Orange Curtain, so I don't have to go through Norwalk unless I'm going to the Ravine.

But I cede the point.

What about the I-15 Series?

2006-10-01 15:42:20
407.   Greg Brock
401 On papyrus, I would say the Angels are a superior team to the Dodgers.

Fortunately, you have to play the games.

2006-10-01 15:42:22
408.   Greg S
Bob's heart is pounding.
2006-10-01 15:42:29
409.   Bob Timmermann
No DP Lugo!
2006-10-01 15:43:27
410.   Greg Brock
Walk. Strike out. Popup.

Let's make it happen, people.

2006-10-01 15:43:31
411.   Greg S
409 Aren't you concerned about the home run?
2006-10-01 15:44:28
412.   Uncle Miltie
Lugo is terrible
2006-10-01 15:44:53
413.   Bob Timmermann
I wasn't worried about the home run with Lugo up.

So as long as Loney doesn't do something stupid, like double in two runs or hit a homer, the record should be tied!

C'mon James!

2006-10-01 15:45:13
414.   Greg Brock
Come on Kliner, big strikeout here.
2006-10-01 15:45:37
415.   bhsportsguy
Brandon Webb faced the Padres twice in the last 2 weeks and could not get a win.

What Bob needs now is a wild pitch to force them to walk Loney intentionally.

2006-10-01 15:46:36
416.   gpellamjr
Top of the order coming up in the bottom of the 8th for AZ.
2006-10-01 15:47:05
417.   Bluebleeder87
Klain really let him self go.
2006-10-01 15:47:08
418.   bhsportsguy
Counsell and Luis Gonzalez have their final at bats in Arizona coming up.
2006-10-01 15:47:42
419.   bhsportsguy
Some records are meant to be tied.
2006-10-01 15:48:12
420.   Uncle Miltie
Bob is pleased
2006-10-01 15:48:13
421.   Greg Brock
We did it!
2006-10-01 15:48:18
422.   Bob Timmermann
James Loney, Mr. LOB #1223.

Take a bow, James!

2006-10-01 15:48:22
423.   Greg S
Well Bob, it breaks your heart. It was designed to break your heart.
2006-10-01 15:48:47
424.   bonnie
Anyone else a little upset with Melvin for leaving Webb in the San Diego game a little too long? Look at the 4th inning on Gameday and tell me when you would have pulled him? If anything for Webb's sake.
2006-10-01 15:49:35
425.   Bob Timmermann
1223 LOB is a little over 7 1/2 runners left on per game.

That's a lot of baserunners.

2006-10-01 15:49:37
426.   Jae
Well, if they really want to break it, they have to give a homer here.
2006-10-01 15:49:38
427.   Greg S
Wonder what Loney's sister looks like?
2006-10-01 15:51:23
428.   spacebrother
BEIMEL closing?!
2006-10-01 15:51:50
429.   spacebrother
1 out. Oh, OK.
2006-10-01 15:51:57
430.   Greg Brock
It's an LOB Record!

The Los Angeles Dodgers tied the franchise record with 1223 men left on base, matching the 1982 squad in offensive strandation. The Honorable James Loney presided over the coronation.

Yup, Bob is much better at it than I am. I won't try it again.

2006-10-01 15:53:00
431.   D4P
1223 LOB is a little over 7 1/2 runners left on per game. That's a lot of baserunners.

And a lot of unclutchitude

2006-10-01 15:53:04
432.   Bob Timmermann
Was it my imagination or did the Giants just sort of roll over the last two games?
2006-10-01 15:53:09
433.   Greg S
We are actually (still) undefeated on the road (trip) which is impressive.
2006-10-01 15:53:12
434.   Greg Brock
Swept the Giants at their yard, last three of the season.

I love it.

2006-10-01 15:53:56
435.   Uncle Miltie
It doesn't get much better than sweeping the Giants to end the regular season, while also going into the playoffs.
2006-10-01 15:54:16
436.   Greg S
Going into the playoffs rested and with a 7 game winning streak. I like it!
2006-10-01 15:54:34
437.   regfairfield
Imagine how maby we would have left on if we didn't hit .287 with runners in scoring position.
2006-10-01 15:55:40
438.   D4P
maby

Fünke...?

2006-10-01 15:56:03
439.   Bob Timmermann
Free baseball in Anaheim!
2006-10-01 15:57:13
440.   oswald
given how webb and carpenter faltered down the stretch, and that hoffman is a closer, how about some cy young love for derek lowe!
2006-10-01 15:58:03
441.   Linkmeister
It's a pity there's no ESPN baseball game this afternoon/evening. It would have been schadenfreudish to listen to Morgan (and to a lesser extent Miller) have to acknowledge the Dodgers sweep.

Hey, German has lots of those made-up-looking words, so leave me alone.

2006-10-01 15:58:13
442.   DXMachina
Nice win.
2006-10-01 15:58:59
443.   Greg S
440 I'm with you. When Lowe pitched in three winning efforts in a week, he won my vote. Of course, I don't have a vote.
2006-10-01 15:59:18
444.   Greg Brock
438 Hey! How did you get an umlaut on your Funke?

An umlaut on your Funke...That kinda sounds bad.

2006-10-01 15:59:42
445.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Was it my imagination or did the Giants just sort of roll over the last two games?
They couldn't have mailed it in any more if their uniforms came from the USPS.
2006-10-01 16:00:15
446.   Bob Timmermann
444
Right now, you can just cut and paste it.
2006-10-01 16:01:38
447.   D4P
An umlaut on your Funke...That kinda sounds bad.

Yeah, it has to be removed by an analrapist...

2006-10-01 16:01:53
448.   Greg Brock
446
You mean cüt and paste it?
2006-10-01 16:02:38
449.   Linkmeister
ü = Alt-0252 on Winders.
2006-10-01 16:04:00
450.   Linkmeister
If you want character sets:

http://www.ramsch.org/martin/uni/fmi-hp/iso8859-1.html

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2006-10-01 16:04:47
451.   Greg Brock
Of course...Alt-0252. How did I not think of that myself? Who doesn't know about the ole Alt-0252 maneuver.
2006-10-01 16:06:08
452.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
436 - Like last season, when the White Sox came into the postseason having won five straight and eight of 10.
2006-10-01 16:06:15
453.   Underbruin
Question - Does Hoffman come in in the 9th in Arizona?
2006-10-01 16:06:42
454.   Linkmeister
Hé, it's all good.
2006-10-01 16:10:36
455.   Greg Brock
454 Thanks for the lînk!

I can have a lòt of fün with thïs. I'll stop now.

2006-10-01 16:12:38
456.   Bob Timmermann
It's Hoffman time.
2006-10-01 16:14:10
457.   Bob Timmermann
Chad Tracy makes it 7-5!
2006-10-01 16:14:34
458.   Uncle Miltie
Tracy homers, 7-5 Padres
2006-10-01 16:15:44
459.   Bob Timmermann
7-6 Padres now.
2006-10-01 16:15:56
460.   Uncle Miltie
Another home run!

Just one more...

2006-10-01 16:16:21
461.   Linkmeister
and now jackson homers!
2006-10-01 16:17:25
463.   Billy Ashley
uh oh....Pleeeeease DBacks! I need rent.
2006-10-01 16:17:52
464.   Greg Brock
462 Not cool. Save the vulgarity for Gaslamp Ball.
2006-10-01 16:17:54
465.   capdodger
Please... Just one möre rün!!!
2006-10-01 16:18:05
466.   underdog
Holy Blown Save, Batman!

This is crazy... I'd just given up awhile ago and then tuned in again while doing laundry.

2006-10-01 16:18:28
467.   Bob Timmermann
Walk to Quentin.
2006-10-01 16:18:50
468.   underdog
Ah, poor Jeremy. I don't blame him for cursing.
2006-10-01 16:19:00
469.   Jon Weisman
Nobody wants the Cy Young award!
2006-10-01 16:19:08
470.   Linkmeister
464 I emulate e.e. cummings and it's vulgar? ;)
2006-10-01 16:19:25
471.   Uncle Miltie
Carlos Quentin walks!

It's Trevor time...

Ted Leitner must be sweating beads right now

2006-10-01 16:19:51
472.   capdodger
Don't worry, 462, he's a Cy Young Candidate. (eye roll)
2006-10-01 16:19:58
473.   Underbruin
469 - D. Lowe campaign time.
2006-10-01 16:19:59
474.   Linkmeister
Oh, I see. Deleted comment. Never mind. Mr. cummings can rest easy.
2006-10-01 16:20:58
475.   xaphor
They are showing the SD game on prime
2006-10-01 16:21:10
476.   Greg S
On live on Prme ticket now.
2006-10-01 16:21:26
477.   underdog
Two outs, runner still at 1st. Hoffman will probably hunker down here.
2006-10-01 16:22:08
478.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Whoa! That was an odd sequence.
2006-10-01 16:22:30
479.   Bob Timmermann
Albert Callaspo keeps it going!
2006-10-01 16:22:36
480.   underdog
Will it be a collapso with Callaspo? I don't have much faith in the latter.
2006-10-01 16:22:36
481.   Linkmeister
If you don't know, PrimeTicket switched and is showing it live. At least out here.
2006-10-01 16:22:41
482.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
WHAAAAT?
2006-10-01 16:22:54
483.   underdog
Or do I...
2006-10-01 16:23:12
484.   Billy Ashley
what happened? trying to understand this on radio broadcast
2006-10-01 16:23:16
485.   Linkmeister
Late with the info. I blame it on time zones.
2006-10-01 16:24:11
486.   Jon Weisman
I think they first thought it was a required tag play at second, but it was a force because no play was made at first base. I just can't figure out what took the runner so long to get to second.
2006-10-01 16:24:18
487.   Billy Ashley
(tosses down cap in disgust)
2006-10-01 16:24:21
488.   Uncle Miltie
What's going on?
2006-10-01 16:24:32
489.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Phillies, the Dodgers feel your pain.
Not all of it, but some.
2006-10-01 16:24:35
490.   capdodger
Well, that's a blown call. That's horrid.
2006-10-01 16:25:01
491.   spacebrother
Gameday is stuck with "No Out Recorded."
2006-10-01 16:25:25
492.   Linkmeister
484 Ground ball to right side; second baseman threw wide to first; relay to shortstop covering second was late.
2006-10-01 16:25:35
493.   capdodger
486 The runner had to avoid the ground ball. Even though it was a force, Greene wasn't on the bag. He had a foot on either side.
2006-10-01 16:25:41
494.   Jon Weisman
It was a grounder between first and second. Diving stop by Barfield. Wide throw to first - late - batter safe. Throw down to second. Runner from first originally ruled safe - but now FSN says he's being ruled out. Strangely, FSN cut away from the telecast.
2006-10-01 16:25:49
495.   underdog
Yeah, what just happened? Gameday is so three minutes ago.
2006-10-01 16:25:52
496.   oswald
gameday is jammed. can someone please explain what happened?
2006-10-01 16:25:58
497.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
486 - Chris Young, the runner, fell because Callaspo's ball was right in his path.
But, replays clearly show Greene was NOT touching the base, and he didn't tag Young.
Atrocious.
2006-10-01 16:26:15
498.   Greg Brock
Maybe somebody can explain how the runner took an hour to get to second. Whoever it is, he is officially on my "Dead to me" list.
2006-10-01 16:26:28
499.   underdog
I bet the delay is so the Dodgers can have time to fly there to argue the call on behalf of Arizona.
2006-10-01 16:26:44
500.   Greg S
The weird thing is that the umpire clearly called him safe at 2nd.
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2006-10-01 16:27:25
501.   PadreJeremy
Good luck with the Mets. See you in the NLCS.
2006-10-01 16:27:48
502.   capdodger
Hmm... Could this be a catalyst for the addition of a video replay rule?
2006-10-01 16:28:13
503.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
OT: Exciting ending to JAX/WAS.
That said, he was SAFE!
2006-10-01 16:28:15
504.   bhsportsguy
It would been nice if one Drew could have helped another.
2006-10-01 16:28:47
505.   Chiron Brown
Yup, the ol' 4-3-6 force play at second and the Dodgers go to New York.
2006-10-01 16:28:52
506.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
502 - I have to think it's gaining momentum.
As long as MLB stays away from Pac-10 replay officials.
2006-10-01 16:29:27
507.   underdog
Well, that's a crock of... anyway.
2006-10-01 16:32:12
508.   Jon Weisman
Seriously, guys, is this worth fake-cursing over?

New post up top.

2006-10-01 16:32:53
509.   Greg S
Can you imagine if we didn't have the wild card wrapped up and that play in AZ knocked us out for the season? I think that I won't think about that.
2006-10-01 16:34:20
510.   Underbruin
506 - Or Pac-10 officials in any way, shape, or form. I think the conference has the worst officiating crews of any sport, Jorge Larriondas aside.
2006-10-01 16:37:42
511.   underdog
508 Naw, but what about fake grumbling and talking to yourself, followed by some fake spitting in the dirt and running over it with your shoe? I'm up for that.
2006-10-01 16:40:39
512.   oswald
former dodgers in the playoffs: mota, loduca, green, ledee, valentin, piazza, roberts, encarnacion, vazcaino, weaver, (martinez and sanchez, too, if they weren't injured, and schmoll if he's left on the roster) that's just off the top of my head. any more?

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