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Keep the Momentum Going
2008-05-09 14:52
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Arizona isn't so red-hot anymore. The Diamondbacks lost at Wrigley Field today - their sixth defeat in their past 10 games.

Yhency Brazoban was recalled today.

Astros at Dodgers, 7:40 p.m.

Comments (388)
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2008-05-09 18:00:58
1.   KingKopitar
On Tony Jackson's comment about using Kershaw in one-inning increments so the Dodgers can use him more later in the year:

How does that make sense? I mean, if a guy pitches 15 innings one month and then 30 the next (as opposed to 22 each month), is that really the same thing? It seems like it's not just the total innings at the end of the year that are important, but how they're fanned out.

2008-05-09 18:01:15
2.   Icaros
Because we can't have a lineup without a True Leadoff Hitter:

Pierre, LF

Martin, C

Kemp, RF

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

DeWitt, 3B

Hu, SS

Lowe, P

2008-05-09 18:04:29
3.   Eric Stephen
That's 8 straight starts for Pierre, beginning the day he voiced his displeasure with his role.

Maybe the streak will stop with my attendance tomorrow night.

2008-05-09 18:05:51
4.   Icaros
Before the Jazz's song was the intro music for many basketball teams, it was the entrance music for Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
2008-05-09 18:06:46
5.   KingKopitar
Also, I think we're playing the Astros tonight.
2008-05-09 18:07:06
6.   cdbavg400
Um, I believe you mean Astros, Jon. Also, what's the latest with Furcal?
2008-05-09 18:08:44
7.   Icaros
Utah fans are booing Fisher every time he touches the ball.
2008-05-09 18:09:15
8.   Zach the Ripper
Hmmm...just read the BP article on win shares....DeWitt is third among 3B. I want to play LaRoche, but how can you argue with that?
2008-05-09 18:11:56
9.   Marty
No Furcal after everyone in the organization said he would be back today. Hmmm....
2008-05-09 18:15:05
10.   Sac Town Dodger Fan
Do you guys think Either was penciled in, but when Furcal couldn't go, Torre needed a "leadoff" hitter, decided to take Either out?
2008-05-09 18:16:08
11.   Eric Stephen
I don't know if the stat is kept, but I'd guess Lamar Odom leads the NBA in basketballs thrown off opponents out of bounds.
2008-05-09 18:24:38
12.   Bob Timmermann
2-run walkoff by Longoria gives the Rays a 2-0 win over the Halos.
2008-05-09 18:25:24
13.   Greg Brock
Vlad is a Jerry Sloan-type player.

Of course he is.

2008-05-09 18:28:03
14.   Icaros
The quarter turned when Farmar replaced Fisher as the guy defending Williams.
2008-05-09 18:29:33
15.   KG16
I would think that Martin, Hu, or even Kemp could lead off for a game. As much as I'd prefer Ethier over Pierre, I don't mind the "hot hand" approach as much as a lot of others.
2008-05-09 18:30:06
16.   KG16
13 - so can we trade Vlad for AK-47 in the off season?
2008-05-09 18:30:44
17.   KG16
that was not a jump ball, that was a block or traveling.
2008-05-09 18:38:16
18.   paranoidandroid
In an interstellar burst, I'm back to save the universe.
2008-05-09 18:40:01
19.   bhsportsguy
LaRoche is starting tonight at 3B for Vegas so his toe must be okay.
2008-05-09 18:42:54
20.   Marty
Odom is brutal out there.
2008-05-09 18:43:22
21.   Greg Brock
The Pleasantville crowd is fired up!
2008-05-09 18:44:43
22.   Marty
Oh, by the way, I'm back from Baltimore. Just in time to miss the storms.
2008-05-09 18:47:56
23.   Icaros
21

They should air all Utah home games in black-and-white.

2008-05-09 18:51:02
24.   KG16
23 - I half expect to see everyone in the stands wearing a 50's-style suit with the narrow tie.
2008-05-09 18:52:20
25.   D4P
They should air all Utah home games in black-and-white

Minus the black.

2008-05-09 18:52:24
26.   Icaros
I hear the fans are staying for a sock hop after the game.
2008-05-09 18:53:23
27.   Sac Town Dodger Fan
CHeeseburgers at the snack bar, 25 cents
2008-05-09 18:54:47
28.   Vaudeville Villain
Gasol looks absolutely terrible. Lakers are lucky to be in the game with him having such a bad game.
2008-05-09 18:56:21
29.   Eric Stephen
Gasol is straddling the thin line between laughing off the non-calls and pulling a Milton Bradley.
2008-05-09 18:58:06
30.   Greg Brock
Kobe is very smart for taking this game off. Between the refs and the crowd, the Lakers were never winning this game.

The cerebral MVP!

2008-05-09 19:01:24
31.   Bob Timmermann
Raise the Jolly Roger!
2008-05-09 19:01:43
32.   Vaudeville Villain
It would help if Gasol didn't pick today to turn into Kwame Brown.
2008-05-09 19:14:02
33.   Bob Timmermann
The Rockies are playing in San Diego again? It's the middle of May and they're already on their second trip to San Diego.
2008-05-09 19:15:11
34.   Icaros
33

It's pretty nice there.

2008-05-09 19:17:05
35.   underdog
That Carlos Boozer story should be filed under "Too Much Information."

The Jazz fans are so sweet that they boo Derek Fisher out of respect for his own family situation.

2008-05-09 19:17:55
36.   underdog
Er, that was a few minutes ago, but I'm catching up now. Dodgers and Lakers at the same time, what shall we do?
2008-05-09 19:19:00
37.   underdog
Well, at least we have halftime for a bit so it's less of an issue at the moment.
2008-05-09 19:20:12
38.   underdog
Aw jeez. My clock is totally wrong. Dodger game not for another 20 minutes. I think I'll slink away from here before I start talking about how I'm looking forward to the Washington Senators season. Time for dinner.
2008-05-09 19:21:40
39.   Eric Stephen
I haven't yet made the decision whether to watch the Laker game live with a few Dodger updates, or just wait to watch the Dodger game until after the Laker game.
2008-05-09 19:23:05
40.   Icaros
39

Hopefully the second half doesn't send us running for the Dodgers game.

2008-05-09 19:26:28
41.   El Lay Dave
15 How do we define "hot"? Against the Mets JP was 2-11 with 2 walks, .182 / .308 / .182.

2 I imagine that's how Torre sees it. But if he is willing to bat Martin 2, why not 1 (and Ethier 2)?

2008-05-09 19:29:54
42.   neuroboy002
So, is the longest tenured Dodger now Yhency? Is he the long-winded grandpa everyone should be gathering around when telling stories?

"We can't bust heads like we used to, but we have our ways. One way is to tell stories that don't go anywhere. Like the time I took the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new buckle for my shoe, so I decided to take the ferry to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville back in those days. I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and back in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on 'em. 'gimme five bees for a quarter' you'd say. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, the point is that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. Back then you couldn't get white onions, because of the war. You could only get those big yellow ones..."

2008-05-09 19:40:21
43.   Gagne55
It looks like Bryant has decided he needs to outscore the Jazz by himself in the second half. And its working... except there is no team defense.
2008-05-09 19:41:14
44.   Bob Timmermann
Was this back in Nineteen Diggety Two?
2008-05-09 19:41:45
45.   underdog
Why, oh why, does Phil leave Radmanovic in there for as long as he does? Vlad may have two "d"s in his name but he has no "D" in his game. Sigh. At least Kobe's woken up.
2008-05-09 19:43:33
46.   oshea2002
Kobe has no choice, everyone else decided to fly in to SLC tomorrow.
2008-05-09 19:44:48
47.   underdog
Nice to see a 7 pitch, 3-up-and-down first inning from Lowe, vs. how his last one went.
2008-05-09 19:45:43
48.   Gagne55
45 Who would you rather see? Walton? Vujacic? Go big with Gasol and Turiaf? Go small with Fisher and Farmar?
2008-05-09 19:47:17
49.   Gagne55
And Vlad Rad promptly bricks two threes.
2008-05-09 19:47:43
50.   Bob Timmermann
The rabbit.

It's loose.

Please alert the media.

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2008-05-09 19:48:24
51.   Gen3Blue
I thought I turned it on in plenty of time for the first pitch-- but what I saw was Lowes last pitch of the inning. And I was about to make a snied remark about Lowe having to get through the first inning before he was ready to pitch. Good job Lowe.
2008-05-09 19:49:17
52.   Gagne55
50 Steal Juan, steal!
2008-05-09 19:49:23
53.   oshea2002
I can't believe I'm gonna say this - please put in Luke.
2008-05-09 19:50:29
54.   Bob Timmermann
The Dodgers don't have anybody named Luke. :-)
2008-05-09 19:54:33
55.   D4P
The last episode of Scrubs was...weird. And confusing. Why the heck was Kelso workiing at the hospital...?
2008-05-09 19:56:08
56.   Gen3Blue
So far, if Kemp's at bat is part of Joe's stratagey for taking more pitches, I'm not that fond of it.
2008-05-09 19:56:54
57.   Bob Timmermann
55
I read about Wilson's Disease today at work. The treatment for it isn't a liver transplant. There are medications that can lower the amount of copper in your system or you can also consume lots of zinc.

The disease also would have caused a lot of psychological problems.

2008-05-09 19:57:01
58.   Gen3Blue
Oh, Lowe mistook the 2nd for the first.
2008-05-09 19:58:38
59.   Gagne55
Turiaf my boy!!!
2008-05-09 19:59:14
60.   Gagne55
Quiet night at Dodger Thoughts.
2008-05-09 19:59:16
61.   Indiana Jon
51 Same thing happened to me. Did they start early?
2008-05-09 19:59:51
62.   Sam in SC
I am in!
2008-05-09 20:00:35
63.   Bob Timmermann
The World Series Hero™ came in to the game with a career 303/367/447 line against the Dodgers.
2008-05-09 20:00:41
64.   Sam in SC
1-6-3 GiDP, just as I showed up.
2008-05-09 20:00:41
65.   Indiana Jon
60 Too many Laker fans here.
2008-05-09 20:01:35
66.   underdog
Apparently Lowe's first inning was a tease or a mirage. Sheesh.
2008-05-09 20:01:35
67.   Sam in SC
strike three was sheer luck. it was in the lefty batters box
2008-05-09 20:01:57
68.   tjdub
Have to shout this out to the world tonight. Jdub (progeny of tjdub) hit for the cycle tonight in his Super League tournament. First real live, no error, home run. He's pretty excited.
2008-05-09 20:02:29
69.   underdog
That was a terrific play by Kent, too. :-/
2008-05-09 20:03:08
70.   Bob Timmermann
65
Tell people you think Red Auerbach was a better coach than Phil Jackson. Endear yourself to the crowd.
2008-05-09 20:05:06
71.   Indiana Jon
Nice play at 1st by Mickelson.
2008-05-09 20:05:25
72.   D4P
57
Wilson's Disease aside, it made absolutely no sense for Kelso to be at the hospital, yet the show acted as if it were perfectly normal. Plus, they brought Keith back from nowhere.

Bad writing.

2008-05-09 20:06:59
73.   Sam in SC
dang. I thought blake had #3
2008-05-09 20:07:04
74.   Indiana Jon
70 Red was a bit before my time. I could voice my opinion that Riley is better than Jackson, but I guess that wouldn't get the crowd going.
2008-05-09 20:07:05
75.   Gagne55
66 Its suprising how low Lowe's era is this year. He sure hasn't seemed very good.
2008-05-09 20:08:19
76.   D4P
Is Pierre coming anywhere close to the "Most consecutive PAs by an outfielder without a HR"...?
2008-05-09 20:08:21
77.   Sam in SC
why aren't they killing this guy?
2008-05-09 20:08:37
78.   Bob Timmermann
Uh oh, ground ball single...
2008-05-09 20:08:48
79.   Gagne55
That block by Turiaf was totally clean. Its not his fault Williams fell down afterward.
2008-05-09 20:08:56
80.   Indiana Jon
70 People shouldn't be so sensitive because of geography anyway. Wooden is from my hometown, but that doesn't make him the better coach.

How am I doing Bob?

2008-05-09 20:09:20
81.   Sam in SC
76 if he hasn't got it by now, it must be a fluke
2008-05-09 20:09:28
82.   El Lay Dave
75 His first three starts were 20 IP, 5 ER, so that helps.
2008-05-09 20:10:04
83.   Bob Timmermann
76
Jason Tyner may hold that distinction.
2008-05-09 20:10:48
84.   Sagehen
Chiming in tonight because it is so quiet ...

When I looked at tonight's lineup, I temporarily forgot that DeWitt was hitting over .300, and that bottom third just does not look good. Mr. Strikeout .170, DeWitt, and Hu, the pitcher, Pierre. It just does not look fearsome, as much as I like DeWitt and Hu. Admittedly, I wasn't giving DeWitt his due when I had that response, but one does worry about when he will come back to earth.

Anyway, the point is this: this lineup just reminds us of how very important Furcal is to the team (Furcal and Ethier instead of Pierre and Hu would be a vast improvement, needless to say). And how very important it is that Jones starts hitting.

Poor Ethier. Hitting over .300 but still benched. Can this guy ever win?

2008-05-09 20:10:50
85.   Greg Brock
Matt Harpering understands the nature of tonight's officiating. Nice drive to the hoop.
2008-05-09 20:11:01
86.   Indiana Jon
83 I would think someone from the deadball area may have a longer streak.
2008-05-09 20:12:59
87.   Indiana Jon
84 Benching Ethier actually helps our team. That's when Kemp gets to play.
2008-05-09 20:13:22
88.   underdog
That ump has a rather large strike zone, it appears.
2008-05-09 20:13:27
89.   Greg Brock
If anybody could make me rethink the '67 borders, it's Adam Sandler.
2008-05-09 20:13:40
90.   Sam in SC
I suppose furcal's back will be an extended thing.
2008-05-09 20:15:12
91.   Sam in SC
heck, heck, heck
2008-05-09 20:16:21
92.   Sam in SC
they are getting clobbered, and they have lowe on the mound. jeez.
2008-05-09 20:16:53
93.   Bob Timmermann
Greg Gross put together a mighty long homerless streak as an outfielder.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/g/grossgr01.shtml

2008-05-09 20:17:41
94.   D4P
This Michael Bourn guy is 16 for 16 in stolen bases.

And he's OPSing .591.

2008-05-09 20:17:45
95.   Greg Brock
Great defensive performance by the Lakers. Despite the officiating.
2008-05-09 20:17:46
96.   Sam in SC
lip gloss day? HUH?
2008-05-09 20:18:16
97.   underdog
Do Jazz fans know how to do anything other than boo and complain about everything? That's a rhetorical question, no need to answer.
2008-05-09 20:18:27
98.   Bob Timmermann
80
God will have the final say about your apostasy.

Actually, I would fear trainwreck more.

2008-05-09 20:18:54
99.   Gen3Blue
It could be a few quiet years at DT, but in two years we may have developed a few good starters, and most of the vets will be gone.
We could be very good.
2008-05-09 20:19:23
100.   El Lay Dave
96 On Mother's Day.
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2008-05-09 20:19:41
101.   Gagne55
As of the end of 2006, Tyner had the longest streak without a homer of any active player with 997. Pierre went deep three time in 2006, so he's not quite there yet. The longest homerless streak of alltime is 2335 by Bill Holbert.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/02/sports/baseball/02twins.html

2008-05-09 20:19:41
102.   El Lay Dave
96 There will be pink bats.
2008-05-09 20:20:33
103.   Bob Timmermann
I found a streak of 1595 ABs by Vince Coleman without a home run. It stretched from partway through the 1985 season through the middle of the 1987 season.

Vince Coleman got a lot of ABs.

2008-05-09 20:21:06
104.   Gagne55
Two offensive rebounds on the same posession :(
2008-05-09 20:22:26
105.   Sagehen
87 Kemp is the last of the outfielders who should be benched. But there are two others who could use some rest to get Ethier some playing time. I don't mind riding the hot hand with Pierre, but why isn't Druw getting the same treatment that Kemp got to get him on track? Yeah, Druw needs to work his way out of the slump, but when he's playing, while a guy hitting .291/.376/.447 is on the bench, there's a problem.
2008-05-09 20:23:14
106.   Sam in SC
99 on my first night here at DT, I violated rule #1.

I was confused. "a sports board without cursing? how ridiculous", I thought.

that was a few years ago. but I am a happy uncursing camper since then.

2008-05-09 20:23:36
107.   D4P
Berkman is OPSing 1.964 in May.
2008-05-09 20:24:13
108.   Sagehen
If Park has to come in to bail out Lowe, does that mean we're going to see Kershaw starting in place of Loaiza? I suppose it's too early to tell ... Lowe's next start will be the real determiner.
2008-05-09 20:24:40
109.   underdog
Memo to Derek Lowe:

Reminder: This is a contract year, friend-o.

Signed,
Your agent.

2008-05-09 20:25:09
110.   Alice S
Is it me or does Vin keep calling Andruw "Matt Kemp"?
2008-05-09 20:25:34
111.   Sam in SC
the pitcher gets a hit, heh
2008-05-09 20:25:42
112.   Sagehen
96 Somebody sued when the Angels, I believe, did a lady's night in honor of Mother's day. So now teams give out lip gloss to people of all genders.
2008-05-09 20:26:24
113.   Gagne55
Hall of Fame center fielder Richie Ashburn had over 1000 straight ABs without a homer between July 1959 and May 1962.
2008-05-09 20:26:40
114.   underdog
At least he brought his bat tonight, even if his pitching seems to be MIA.
2008-05-09 20:27:25
115.   Greg Brock
What an amazing play by Kobe Bryant.
2008-05-09 20:27:30
116.   D4P
Our leftfielder bunting our pitcher over to second.
2008-05-09 20:27:36
117.   underdog
110 Yep, he did. And he also earlier said Hu is "basically a 2nd baseman, but playing short tonight." Uh, yeah... But he's Vin and he's great and we love him.
2008-05-09 20:27:37
118.   El Lay Dave
112 This is LA. There is plenty of lip gloss usage by both sexes.
2008-05-09 20:28:16
119.   Sam in SC
113 juan pieere will probably never hit one out of the park. do we even want him to try?
2008-05-09 20:28:42
120.   underdog
I feel like I need two brains and four eyes to follow two games simultaneously right now with any kind of coherence.
2008-05-09 20:29:02
121.   Bob Timmermann
112
I believe that lawsuit was thrown out, but teams just give the Mother's Day stuff out to everybody to avoid the nuisance.
2008-05-09 20:29:18
122.   Sagehen
Lowe had a 5.42 ERA in his last contract year. That is not a good sign.
2008-05-09 20:30:26
123.   Gagne55
That should have been a jump ball Walton-Williams. That was all ball.
2008-05-09 20:30:44
124.   Sam in SC
good AB by martin so far
2008-05-09 20:31:23
125.   Sagehen
113 Perhaps he could hope for a good bounce off the top of the fence and go for an inside the parker.
2008-05-09 20:31:29
126.   Gagne55
Lakers are making it interesting...
2008-05-09 20:32:04
127.   Sam in SC
FULL COUNT!
2008-05-09 20:32:15
128.   Sagehen
120 So just watch the Dodgers. What's the problem?
2008-05-09 20:32:55
129.   Sam in SC
come on Matt!
2008-05-09 20:33:42
130.   Sam in SC
off balance, wrong foot . . .
2008-05-09 20:34:09
131.   Sam in SC
and looked stupid
2008-05-09 20:34:57
132.   underdog
A Kobe is a beautiful thing to watch.
2008-05-09 20:36:47
133.   Gagne55
The Jazz are boozing it up :(
2008-05-09 20:37:09
134.   D4P
132
That brick wasn't beautiful...
2008-05-09 20:37:17
135.   Sam in SC
can we talk about the dodgers game?
2008-05-09 20:37:19
136.   underdog
Bison is looking Druw-like tonight.
2008-05-09 20:38:39
137.   Greg Brock
The UPS guy is so awesome.
2008-05-09 20:41:15
138.   Greg Brock
A charge! My word!

Can you call such a thing? Is that even legal?

2008-05-09 20:43:31
139.   underdog
I hope the Lakers don't lose this jump ball draw.
2008-05-09 20:43:37
140.   Jacob Burch
The brief Jose Cruz Jr era in LA helped me get the AFLAC today. hooray.
2008-05-09 20:44:29
141.   underdog
Well, that was a good inning from Lowe. Hopefully it's not too little, too late.
2008-05-09 20:45:15
142.   underdog
138 Judging from the Jazz fans' reaction and Jerry Sloan's, no, it's not legal, and may even be unconstitutional. It was, however, a good call.
2008-05-09 20:45:49
143.   El Lay Dave
The Dodgers will knock Moehler out of the game over the next two innings.
2008-05-09 20:46:35
144.   Greg Brock
The home/road foul calling in the NBA is hilarious.

It's like every game is the Livan Hernandez '97 World Series strike zone.

2008-05-09 20:46:35
145.   El Lay Dave
138 And now a make-up call?
2008-05-09 20:46:58
146.   underdog
Ah well.

Luke had too much buttered popcorn during that time out, apparently.

2008-05-09 20:47:49
147.   underdog
Man, this looking like a not very good or happy sports night.
2008-05-09 20:50:05
148.   Icaros
147

Yep, and if I think about the Rams recent draft, I can be triple-sad.

2008-05-09 20:50:11
149.   Sam in SC
bench jones. if he was going to hit, he would have done it by now.
2008-05-09 20:51:07
150.   Bob Timmermann
Line drive single?
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2008-05-09 20:51:18
151.   Ricardo
Slappy is that you?
2008-05-09 20:51:23
152.   Greg Brock
What a nice hit by DeWitt.
2008-05-09 20:51:30
153.   Sagehen
Jones got out. That's predictable.
2008-05-09 20:51:31
154.   Sam in SC
in fact, I like an OF of ethier, kemp, and repko more than anything with jones
2008-05-09 20:52:49
155.   Gilberto Reyes
DeWitt's line drive got shielded from Tejada by the umpire. The little break we needed?
2008-05-09 20:53:00
156.   Icaros
Andruw Jones keeps losing delegate after delegate in the DT race.
2008-05-09 20:53:03
157.   Sagehen
BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKEE!

I know you have another nickname for him, but I like screaming

BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKEE

when he does something good.

2008-05-09 20:53:31
158.   underdog
148 Well, if I think about UCLA's last game, and the Broncos season last year, and that time that girl laughed at me in the 9th grade, I can make this evening even sadder. But let's just focus on the sadness of this one evening specifically.

Man, if Kent wasn't robbed of a hit, there'd be a run in by now.

2008-05-09 20:53:43
159.   Sam in SC
repko has more range and a better arm.
2008-05-09 20:54:16
160.   Gilberto Reyes
Horrible call!!!!
2008-05-09 20:54:17
161.   Greg Brock
Terrible strike! That was low! Garbage! Bologne! Anger, outrage, and thus and such. Sorry, I have to fit all my outrage in one entry. And bad call at second! Kick your dog, blue!

I'll be at the pub.

2008-05-09 20:54:33
162.   Ricardo
Weren´t Edmonds´ numbers a little less worse than Andruw´s?
2008-05-09 20:54:57
163.   Sagehen
154 I agree. I know Repko isn't the most popular player around, that he causes collisions and doesn't always get a good read on a ball. But I like the way he plays -- really hard -- and I've always rooted for him as the first of the kids. He was the first draft pick that I followed.
2008-05-09 20:55:02
164.   Sam in SC
Jason Repko!
2008-05-09 20:55:59
165.   underdog
Oh man, that was close at 2nd. Arggh.
2008-05-09 20:57:08
166.   Gilberto Reyes
159 Jones is struggling but let's not get crazy and ask to replace him with Repko!
2008-05-09 20:57:33
167.   underdog
163 I'm with ya.

161 And I'm right behind ya. I'll buy the first pitcher. And what would you like?

2008-05-09 20:57:40
168.   Sagehen
This inning was, unfortunately, predictable. Loney and DeWitt hit singles. Jones gets out and looks ugly trying. Hu is still mostly defense. Once Kent made the first out, our chances of scoring went down to about 10%.

Ack. I am feeling so pessimistic tonight. Why? Because of one big loss? Snap out of it. They have been playing so very well before now. It must be the 4-0 score that's doing it.

2008-05-09 20:57:55
169.   scareduck
It is extremely disheartening to see Lowe getting outs in the sky.
2008-05-09 20:57:55
170.   neuroboy002
154 I always though Repko deserved a longer look at CF. He was always playing hard, but to his demise, he was always playing hard. Would our team had look differently had he stayed healthy? I definitely would want Repko in CF - he can't contribute any less than Jones had offensively.
2008-05-09 20:58:20
171.   Sam in SC
I watched Repko play in single A, and he always got my attention somehow.

a great play in the OF, ot he ran the bases aggressively . . . . something about that kid always caught my attention.

2008-05-09 20:58:35
172.   Sagehen
166 No, I just want to replace him with Ethier. Replace Pierre with Repko once Pierre cools off.
2008-05-09 20:59:49
173.   Sam in SC
Repko was hitting over .300, and was OPSing over 850 when he went down
2008-05-09 21:00:41
174.   Sagehen
Repko is leading Las Vegas in homeruns.
2008-05-09 21:01:01
175.   Sam in SC
damn
2008-05-09 21:01:11
176.   scareduck
Like I said, very disheartening to see Lowe generating so many airballs.
2008-05-09 21:01:44
177.   Gilberto Reyes
Ouch. Berkmann goes deep.
2008-05-09 21:01:57
178.   scareduck
168 - 6-0. 50% more depressed?
2008-05-09 21:02:24
179.   El Lay Dave
169 I think it's 7/4 GO/FO tonight ...

Oh criminy.

2008-05-09 21:02:50
180.   Andrew Shimmin
Repko isn't demised. He's just resting.

Beautiful plumage, those Repkos, innit?

2008-05-09 21:02:52
181.   Sam in SC
we need to bring Repko up. bench zillion dollar andruw jones, and put Repko in CF. or even Kemp in CF, and Repko in RF.
2008-05-09 21:03:00
182.   Gilberto Reyes
174 Repko will never pass Jones on the OF depth chart so it is not even worth discussing.
2008-05-09 21:03:04
183.   El Lay Dave
173 do you mean in spring training?
2008-05-09 21:03:06
184.   bablue
0,
"Arizona isn't so red-hot anymore".

Apparently neither are we, unfortunately. These last two games have been brutal. (I reserve the right to take this back if we come back).

2008-05-09 21:03:28
185.   Sagehen
It's like none of the GMs wanted to give Repko a real chance because he wasn't their guy. He was a Malone draft pick, I believe. To be fair, he might have gotten his chance last year if he hadn't run into the wall -- well, maybe not, given that Ethier and Kemp didn't really get a shot last year. Oh that's right, it's LaRoche that's lost a chance because of injury.
2008-05-09 21:03:40
186.   dodgers82
You know one thing really irritates me.........these Dodgers sure dont know how to take advantage of somethings with AZ losing and all.
2008-05-09 21:03:51
187.   Andrew Shimmin
Whatever happens, I hope Torre doesn't burn up Park; we're going to need him, come August and September.
2008-05-09 21:03:53
188.   underdog
I don't think we should get all gloom and doom based on a couple of games as the Dodgers are still one of the hottest teams in baseball over the past coupla weeks and the Backs have cooled off a bit BUT I will say I'm a bit worried about the performances we're getting out of the starters lately. Some really bad ones, and a few others where there was not much consistency. The bullpen's really been a saving grace. But Lowe and Penny need to pick it up.

The Minotaur can't replace three guys. He almost could, but not quite.

2008-05-09 21:04:26
189.   Icaros
I'm looking forward to this offseason when we get to put Lowe under our pillows and wake up the next morning to a compensation draft pick.
2008-05-09 21:04:38
190.   Sam in SC
torre doesn't hesitate to bench pierre in favor of kemp or ethier . . .

let's call repko up.

2008-05-09 21:04:42
191.   Sagehen
178 Yup!
2008-05-09 21:05:00
192.   underdog
180 Are you pining for the John-Fjords?
2008-05-09 21:05:19
193.   Bob Timmermann
In which alternative universe did I enter into where Jason Repko is considered to be all that good?
2008-05-09 21:06:06
194.   underdog
189 Hah hah. The Free Agent Fairy, I like it.

We could also just smother him under a pillow long before that if he keeps pitching like this.

2008-05-09 21:06:12
195.   scareduck
Derek Lowe's LD% is up ~4% from last year:

http://tinyurl.com/3w6mkl
http://tinyurl.com/3pzsxu

G/F is down by 1.50 from last year, and about 2 from 2006:

http://baseball.espn.go.com/mlb/players/stats?playerId=3640

2008-05-09 21:06:26
196.   El Lay Dave
It's hard for me to optimistic about Repko - he's 27 now and in AAA. Soon he'll be in George Lombard / John-Ford Griffin territory.

If George Lombard is an orchestra leader, is John-Ford Griffin a filmmaker?

2008-05-09 21:06:30
197.   Sagehen
188 You're right. It's totally irrational. But it's hard to be optimistic when you're supposed #1 and #2 starters blow back to back games like this. So much for the winning streak.
2008-05-09 21:06:35
198.   Sam in SC
183 yes, but he was putting up great OPS numbers the last time he was in the majors.
2008-05-09 21:06:42
199.   dodgers82
188, youre so correct about the starters.
2008-05-09 21:06:59
200.   underdog
193 The parallel universe where Andruw Jones couldn't hit a beachball, alas.
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2008-05-09 21:07:02
201.   Sagehen
197 Make that "your." Ack. I should be flogged for that one.
2008-05-09 21:07:05
202.   scareduck
187 - assuming Park's performance isn't a mirage.
2008-05-09 21:07:41
203.   Sam in SC
196 andruw jones is about to hit under .100

can we do much worse?

2008-05-09 21:08:12
204.   Sagehen
202 I thought he was being sarcastic re: Park.
2008-05-09 21:08:18
205.   underdog
Wouldn't you have pinch hit for Lowe there and be done with it? Ah well.
2008-05-09 21:08:28
206.   Ricardo
At least Lowe´s pitch count is low, he will probably pitch 7 innings.
2008-05-09 21:09:12
207.   underdog
Yes, I believe you can file 187 away under Highly Facetious.
2008-05-09 21:09:23
208.   Bob Timmermann
In 2006, Repko had an OPS+ of 85.
2008-05-09 21:09:41
209.   Sam in SC
193 in a universe where jones is OPSing under .500
2008-05-09 21:09:43
210.   El Lay Dave
198 No, in his last MLB season he hit:
.254 / .345 / .377 / .722
His career numbers are:
.232 / .302 / .382 / .684
All at an age older than Andy LaRoche was this spring.
2008-05-09 21:10:32
211.   Sam in SC
at least repko has an upside
2008-05-09 21:11:16
212.   underdog
Scully thought that was a gapper from Martin. Ah well, we'll take it.
2008-05-09 21:11:29
213.   Xeifrank
Win expectancy: 3%
Tough night from Lowe and some great work by the Astro catcher to frame those low pitches early in the game.
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 21:11:49
214.   Andrew Shimmin
204- He was.

I wasn't around when Penny was giving up his ten runs, for the argument about whether the bullpen had to be preserved. I was trying to relive the magic.

2008-05-09 21:12:28
215.   underdog
How do we not have 4 runs at least off this guy? Sigh.

211 Yeah, he upsided Furcal and upsided the outfield wall.

2008-05-09 21:12:38
216.   Sam in SC
repko can't possibly get on base at a lower rate, and his range factor (yes, fuzzy, I know) is larger, and his arm is stronger.

so, what's the problem here?

2008-05-09 21:13:03
217.   Sagehen
That's it! This is a parallel universe! No, that's not it. We're still in our universe, but a vortex opened, sucking out the real Andruw Jones and replacing him with this one, who can't hit and who keeps wondering why everyone spells his name wrong. Perhaps the same vortex also replaced Repko? It reopened in the last couple days, and replaced Penny and Lowe with a worthless Penny and Mr. How-Lowe-Can-It-Go. Someone, please return all beings to their correct universe. Except for Blake. If that's the alternate universe Blake, I want to keep him.
2008-05-09 21:14:17
218.   Andrew Shimmin
Repko's upside is of the "snap your fingers if you believe in fairies" variety.
2008-05-09 21:14:20
219.   underdog
Well, bad sports night or no, if this doesn't cheer everyone up quickly nothing will.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QSaM5gQ9vo

2008-05-09 21:14:23
220.   Sam in SC
217 or perhaps it couldn't get any worse.
2008-05-09 21:16:16
221.   El Lay Dave
211 216 Than Jones or Pierre? And how much upside does Repko have at his age?

Plus Repko is hitting this in Vegas:
.242 / .340 / .411 / .751, 13 BB, 34 K, 144 PA

2008-05-09 21:16:26
222.   Icaros
216

He judges fly balls like Stevie Wonder, and is a virtual hand grenade to his fellow teammates on the field.

2008-05-09 21:16:31
223.   Sam in SC
jones isn't our biggest problem tonight, however.
2008-05-09 21:16:32
224.   Gilberto Reyes
193 I think the frustration from being shutout by Brian Moehler has somehow turned people into Repko lovers.
2008-05-09 21:16:59
225.   Sagehen
206 When did we start replacing pitchers based entirely upon pitch count, regardless of performance? I understand the need to preserve the bullpen, but it seems like Torre decided to give away this game already. Easy to do, I suppose, when the offense isn't showing much life.
2008-05-09 21:17:03
226.   Indiana Jon
I fully expect Andruw to start mashing on Wednesday.

At least that's what I keep telling myself as I ignore Repko Thoughts.

2008-05-09 21:17:50
227.   Sam in SC
221 and what is jones doing?
2008-05-09 21:18:04
228.   scareduck
217 - Perhaps the same vortex also replaced Repko? It reopened in the last couple days, and replaced Penny and Lowe with a worthless Penny and Mr. How-Lowe-Can-It-Go.

Except for the part where he gives up fly balls and line drives.

2008-05-09 21:18:14
229.   Sagehen
Druw is so bad right now that he even makes Repko look good.
2008-05-09 21:18:35
230.   El Lay Dave
226 He's born in Indiana!
2008-05-09 21:19:06
231.   Andrew Shimmin
I missed it: who's coming in to relieve Lowe?
2008-05-09 21:19:17
232.   Sam in SC
224 properly diagnosed. I will shut up about repko now.

(sheepish grin)

2008-05-09 21:19:31
233.   underdog
222 Yah, but that hand grenade thing could be used to our advantage in certain situations.

I have a new idea. Start the games with our relievers. Have them pitch an inning or two. Let the team get confident and score some runs. Then if you have to bring in a Penny or a Lowe to mop up. It's genius, I tell ya!

2008-05-09 21:20:34
234.   dodgers82
what is with these unpatient at-bats??
2008-05-09 21:20:35
235.   Sam in SC
and I apologize for my apparent Repko fettish.
2008-05-09 21:21:11
236.   Sagehen
Trotting Jones out there game after game after game is doing nothing. Kemp talked about spending extra time in the batting cages developing the muscle memory that he can carry into games. That's how he got out of his slump. Jones may look good in batting practice, but games are all muscle memory. Jones needs a good week of looking good in batting practice before he will have regained the muscle memory that can carry into games. As is, he just regresses everytime he enters. And playing in L.A., in front of booing fans, is just making him press more. Bench him until the next road trip. Let Ethier have the starting spot that he earned.
2008-05-09 21:21:34
237.   scareduck
219 - could be worse. Could be Rick Astley videos. (I wasn't paying attention, but apparently YouTube played an April Fool's joke on everybody and replaced all their videos with Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up". I thought you'd say that.)
2008-05-09 21:21:49
238.   El Lay Dave
227 Jones has his entire major league career as his "upside." His terrible year last year is about the same as Repko's best one, OPS-wise. And Jones is still a legitimate gold-glove caliber CF.

(I am a stubbornly refusing to believe he can stink like this all season and I'm sorry if that makes me appear [more] boorish.)

2008-05-09 21:21:53
239.   underdog
3 straight bad starts by Dodgers starters and one starts to come up with surreal solutions.
2008-05-09 21:21:57
240.   Andrew Shimmin
Wade. I don't care too much if Wade gets burned out, either.
2008-05-09 21:22:34
241.   Ricardo
225. I thought that Lowe wouldn´t find so many problems with the low part of their lineup.
2008-05-09 21:22:50
242.   El Lay Dave
238 Sorry - started typing that before 232 was up on my screen. I, too, shall drop it.
2008-05-09 21:23:26
243.   Sagehen
235 Why? Talking about Repko, as ridiculous as it has been, has been great fun, and a new twist on how to complain about the starting outfield. It has enabled us to complain without committing a rule 8 violation. So we should all be thanking you.
2008-05-09 21:23:29
244.   Bob Timmermann
235
There are worse things in life than having a Jason Repko fetish.

You could have a Terry Tiffee fetish.

2008-05-09 21:23:31
245.   underdog
238 I am hopeful you are correct.

And Old Friend Who Is Older Than His Listed Age strikes out!

2008-05-09 21:24:00
246.   Sam in SC
238 (still stubbornly defending my position) - jones is 30-odd. Repko is under 30.

those numbers mean something.

2008-05-09 21:25:20
247.   Sam in SC
242 I thought I had to toss in one last word.
2008-05-09 21:25:52
248.   Andrew Shimmin
Also, for the record, if Torre wants to literally burn out Bennett--like with an acetylene torch or something--I'm okay with that, too.
2008-05-09 21:26:00
249.   El Lay Dave
245 "In this life you learn to gnaw on the spent, faintly narcotic cud of hope. Sometimes it numbs the pain of waiting."

- Josh Wilker
Cardboard Gods

2008-05-09 21:26:05
250.   sweepstakes
Torre is annoying me with his reluctance to go to the pen early. The last two games he's let our starters spot the opposition with insurmountable leads. It seems he's willing to concede the game rather than hit the pen.
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2008-05-09 21:27:49
251.   scareduck
236 - Mr. Kamakaze! Mr. DFA!
2008-05-09 21:28:21
252.   Sagehen
246 Ah, I see your point. Repko should just be entering his prime now. He might actually be able to put up numbers like Jones put up last year (his worst season), which is starting to look like an improvement over what Jones is going to give us this year.

That said, reason tells me to stick with Jones, but I still think Torre needs to try something different with him to get him back on track. Running him out there every day, in front of booing fans, just seems to be making him worse.

2008-05-09 21:30:30
253.   Sagehen
At some point in these games, Torre has to decide to just give Martin the rest of the night off. Yeah, if Bennett gets hurt, we're left with Young as our emergency catcher. But I'd still give Martin the rest of the night off when the game is looking this ugly.
2008-05-09 21:32:22
254.   El Lay Dave
252 Bowa is on the record - 200 ABs for Jones. We're just over halfway there - 108.
2008-05-09 21:33:11
255.   scareduck
Did anybody make out what the crowd was chanting just now?
2008-05-09 21:33:47
256.   Bob Timmermann
Bobby Seay had a streak of 116 games without getting a win or loss, but it wasn't at the beginning of his career like Byrdak.

https://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/781311.html

2008-05-09 21:35:36
257.   Sam in SC
252 I have gratefully dropped the subject. although here comes mr. NOTrepko
2008-05-09 21:37:25
258.   Sam in SC
BLAKE!!!
2008-05-09 21:37:28
259.   scareduck
A nice double would be very helpful here, Blake.

Jes' sayin'.

2008-05-09 21:38:15
260.   scareduck
"All of a sudden, he's hitting three twenty deux."

Odd time to start speaking French, Vinny.

2008-05-09 21:38:23
261.   El Lay Dave
Was that a pitch-around walk to Jones?
2008-05-09 21:39:15
262.   Sam in SC
HHHuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
2008-05-09 21:39:31
263.   KG16
A basehit by Hu would be really nice right here
2008-05-09 21:39:51
264.   El Lay Dave
260 Really. I can understand it if you are talking about guys with names like Pierre and Ethier, but DeWitt?
2008-05-09 21:40:14
265.   Xeifrank
Has Hu had an at bat where he didn't swing at the first pitch? vr, Xei
2008-05-09 21:40:16
266.   Sam in SC
261 it was credit to his OBP. yes, I saw that
2008-05-09 21:40:43
267.   KG16
264 - DeWitt is actually French for "Third Baseman of the Future"

sorry, couldn't help it.

2008-05-09 21:40:56
268.   scareduck
Hu just swung at ball two.
2008-05-09 21:42:03
269.   Sam in SC
still scoreless.
2008-05-09 21:42:08
270.   scareduck
267 - then what is LaRoche?
2008-05-09 21:42:13
271.   Xeifrank
268. Hu seems to swing at just about everything. He seems to be nervous.
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 21:42:47
272.   El Lay Dave
Hu needs seasoning. Stupid Abreu injuries.
2008-05-09 21:43:02
273.   underdog
Buuu!
2008-05-09 21:43:36
274.   KG16
270 - "left fielder of the future"
2008-05-09 21:43:42
275.   underdog
Raffy is this team's good luck charm and jump starter kit.
2008-05-09 21:43:54
276.   tjdub
270 Looking increasingly like French for "The ship that passed in the night"
2008-05-09 21:44:45
277.   Sagehen
270 French for Secondbaseman of the future?

French for Wally Pipp?

French for "The Gross Insect"?

2008-05-09 21:45:17
278.   underdog
Speaking of LaRoche, he has a single, 2 runs, and a stolen base which was just cashed in for the go ahead run in Las Vegas tonight.
2008-05-09 21:45:21
279.   Xeifrank
Vin: Hu has seen 12 pitches, 11 for strikes.

Me: I assume many swinging at balls out of the zone vr, Xei

2008-05-09 21:45:38
280.   El Lay Dave
270 Chronic hospitalization.
2008-05-09 21:45:56
281.   underdog
Anyone else care to try French translation jokes?
2008-05-09 21:46:32
282.   KG16
huh, la roche actually translates to the rock.

good episode of Doctor Who tonight, though it's just about done.

2008-05-09 21:46:38
283.   Bob Timmermann
Yellow alert for Jimmy Rollins in San Francisco.

Yellow alert.

2008-05-09 21:46:40
284.   El Lay Dave
Some big-boy hitters now for young Mr. Wade.
2008-05-09 21:47:43
285.   El Lay Dave
282 The rock upon which our infield was supposed to be built.
2008-05-09 21:48:07
286.   El Lay Dave
3-6-3!
2008-05-09 21:49:20
287.   Xeifrank
283. in SF? Shouldn't it be a rainbow alert?
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 21:49:22
288.   scareduck
238 - ??
2008-05-09 21:49:28
289.   KG16
285 - he could still be the rock at second base
2008-05-09 21:51:22
290.   KG16
Pee Wee almost gave someone a souvenir.
2008-05-09 21:51:41
291.   scareduck
288 - er, 283 - ??
2008-05-09 21:51:44
292.   El Lay Dave
288 What needs to be clarified?
2008-05-09 21:52:55
293.   El Lay Dave
291 He needs a triple for the cycle.
2008-05-09 21:53:14
294.   Bob Timmermann
288
You know, Jimmy Rollins, he plays for the Phillies. He's a shortstop.
2008-05-09 21:54:12
295.   scareduck
You can tell when ennui has overcome Pierre, because he waddles like a drugged beaver on the way to first.
2008-05-09 21:55:12
296.   Ricardo
Martin singles and Bison hits a homer. Optimism is it what is keeping me awake!
2008-05-09 21:55:32
297.   Bob Timmermann
295
Do you routinely drug beavers to see how they waddle?

I don't think the people at Fish and Game are going to approve of that.

2008-05-09 21:57:09
298.   Sagehen
297 Now we're just getting silly! (as if the Repko conversation wasn't -- Repko thoughts -- I like it)
2008-05-09 21:57:34
299.   underdog
I think some of the Dodgers thought today was an off day, too.

Or at least, they're having an off day.

2008-05-09 21:58:03
300.   Icaros
Bob's a volunteer park ranger, little known fact.
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2008-05-09 21:58:05
301.   scareduck
297 - dammed if you do.
2008-05-09 21:58:28
302.   Sagehen
Alas, this game is going to drive me into doing something useful tonight, like writing a final exam study guide or something. Ho hum.
2008-05-09 21:58:43
303.   underdog
As if the Lakers and Dodgers' games weren't frustrating enough, I now have to attempt to give my cat a pill. In her mouth. I'd rather deal with the waddling beavers.
2008-05-09 21:59:28
304.   Sagehen
300 There's a library up in the fire tower?
2008-05-09 21:59:47
305.   underdog
Yhency Ahlert!
2008-05-09 22:00:15
306.   Ricardo
Yhency Ghame Over, nice to see him again.
2008-05-09 22:00:41
307.   KG16
Yhency looks a bit meatier than I remember
2008-05-09 22:00:57
308.   underdog
95 on both his first pitches, both of which just missed.
2008-05-09 22:00:59
309.   scareduck
Remember Ghame Over? Ah, those were the days.

The days before drugged beavers.

The days before the dark times (cue scary music).

2008-05-09 22:01:13
310.   El Lay Dave
307 Remember how fat he was this spring? That wasn't all that long ago.
2008-05-09 22:01:26
311.   jtrichey
This is the weight loss version of Brazoban? He actually swallowed Ray King.
2008-05-09 22:01:28
312.   alex 7
wow. Brazoban used to be a skinny kid right? whoa the CF camera and sideways pose make that gut stick out!
2008-05-09 22:01:35
313.   Icaros
Two pitchers I saw in Jacksonville one month ago have appeared in this game.
2008-05-09 22:01:37
314.   El Lay Dave
309 The days when Bob still had hands.
2008-05-09 22:01:43
315.   KG16
310 - I don't remember seeing him in spring training
2008-05-09 22:01:45
316.   Johnny Nucleo
283 Thief River Falls is on edge after Wednesday night's fiasco.
2008-05-09 22:01:50
317.   Bob Timmermann
303
I'll be right over. I'm really good at giving cats pills. I had a cat that needed a lot of them and I had it down to a science.
2008-05-09 22:02:17
318.   alex 7
seeing that weight made this game worthwhile. I must have not seen him in ST.
2008-05-09 22:03:41
319.   El Lay Dave
315 He was so fat, he tried to bend over to pick up a grounder and couldn't.
2008-05-09 22:04:27
320.   underdog
317 I'm about ready to try mixing it in with wet food. This isn't going well. I may be hands-less soon, myself.
2008-05-09 22:05:31
321.   Ricardo
313. If I had bet, a month ago I´d say that those two were Kershaw and McDonald.
2008-05-09 22:05:35
322.   scareduck
Brazoban looks like a heavier version of Odalis Perez, with less control, if that's possible.

His velocity is down from what I remember; he used to be mid-high 90's, now it's just 88.

2008-05-09 22:05:53
323.   Icaros
320

Roll it in catnip?

2008-05-09 22:06:04
324.   underdog
This ump has a floating strike zone tonight.

Ow!

Okay, I'm gonna open a can of food. I give up.

2008-05-09 22:06:25
325.   scareduck
8-0 Houston, comin' up.
2008-05-09 22:06:40
326.   Sagehen
320 You didn't start out doing it that way? Even my dog has to have the pills in wet food or in cheese. The wet food actually works the best because it wraps around the pill.
2008-05-09 22:07:23
327.   scareduck
Oop, there's 95.
2008-05-09 22:07:25
328.   underdog
322 Huh? he's hit 95 consistently, according to the FSN gun anyway.

He also doesn't look as fat as Odalis to me.

But other than that, I agree!

2008-05-09 22:08:12
329.   Bob Timmermann
320
1. Get towel.
2. Get pill
3. Wrap up cat in towel.
4. Pry open cat's mouth with one hand.
5. Use other hand to stick pill on the back of the cat's tongue.
6. REMOVE YOUR HAND FROM THE CAT's mouth
7. Tickle cat's throat.
8. Wait for cat to stick tongue out.

Once the cat sticks its tongue out, s/he has swallowed the pill. Remember that cats can't spit.

2008-05-09 22:08:39
330.   Andrew Shimmin
He was sitting 95, 96 from what I saw.
2008-05-09 22:09:30
331.   underdog
326 My vet gave me bad advice. "Just stick it in her mouth, on the back of the tongue." The back of the tongue?? I don't think so. Yeah, I should've trusted my instincts. This worked a lot better.

I was about to try mixing it with some ice cream.

2008-05-09 22:09:42
332.   Icaros
The rest of Ghame Over doesn't look fat to me, but that gut is like something I've never seen before.
2008-05-09 22:10:30
333.   Sagehen
329 You're serious, aren't go? At first I thought you were just repeating the joke circulating around the internet on How to Give a Cat a Pill (if you haven't seen it, I recall that the owner gets rather beaten up, and the cat wins).
2008-05-09 22:10:33
334.   Bob Timmermann
331
Your vet's advice was pretty much dead on.
2008-05-09 22:10:35
335.   underdog
329 - Next time. Thanks though! I'm not sure I'll get as far as the tickling of the throat though.

Oh, you mean the outside of the throat. Ah!

2008-05-09 22:11:41
336.   underdog
I gave it to the wrong cat. This just isn't my night.

(Kidding.)

2008-05-09 22:11:42
337.   Bob Timmermann
333
Once I read the manual, it was pretty easy to give my cat a pill. I probably did it a couple hundred times.
2008-05-09 22:12:05
338.   Sagehen
331 That only works if you've been trained in vet school ...

or if you're the Amazing Bob, apparently.

2008-05-09 22:12:10
339.   Johnny Nucleo
320 329 Underdog, I sure hope your cat has been declawed.
2008-05-09 22:13:33
340.   Sagehen
336 Thanks. I needed that laugh. I'm not so depressed now.

The double play helped too.

2008-05-09 22:13:58
341.   Icaros
I'm not sure I could pry a cat's mouth open with one hand, even if he/she was wrapped in a towel.
2008-05-09 22:14:21
342.   underdog
Manual? I never got a manual with mine. Should I call the manufacturer?

339 - Nope.

My g/f's cat is declawed though, only because he lived with her mom for awhile and they secretly declawed him. Now he walks bow-legged and wobbly, and phantom scratches at the scratching post, which is a sad sight.

But yes, the wrapping in a towel thing is a good trick, I've done that before.

Oh, is there still a game on?

2008-05-09 22:16:21
343.   underdog
Probably wouldn't be any easier to pry open Jeff Kent's mouth to put a pill in it tonight.
2008-05-09 22:17:17
344.   Icaros
How long until we get the outfield of Lambo-Kemp-Ethier?
2008-05-09 22:17:29
345.   underdog
2 straight ugly games for the Dodgers. No offense, no starting pitching, and yet tomorrow's another day and hopefully they'll get it going again when their good luck charm is back in the lineup.
2008-05-09 22:17:30
346.   Xeifrank
There's a Taiwanese heritage festival at/near Union Station all day saturday and sunday. I am hoping Guo is there tomorrow to demonstrate the Taiwanese bat flip.
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:18:32
347.   Xeifrank
On the positive side the Dodgers are ruining their pythagorean win/loss record, giving the "stat geeks" something to chat about in their basements this coming winter.
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:18:54
348.   Bob Timmermann
It also helps a lot to give the cat the pill when it's asleep. If the cat is in its hyper state, don't try it.

Wearing a long sleeve shirt helps.

2008-05-09 22:18:55
349.   Icaros
345

The gnome is going to be in the lineup tomorrow?

2008-05-09 22:19:17
350.   Sagehen
344 When does Pierre's contract run out?
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2008-05-09 22:23:27
351.   Icaros
350

Same time the world's oil supply runs out, I think.

2008-05-09 22:23:36
352.   Bob Timmermann
Vin has the wrong Matsui with a long consecutive game streak.

Hideki had the long streak, not Kazuo.

2008-05-09 22:24:00
353.   Bob Timmermann
Cycle alert canceled.

Stand down.

2008-05-09 22:24:48
354.   scareduck
346 - I take it this is an integral part of Taiwanese culture...
2008-05-09 22:25:48
355.   underdog
348 Oh, now you tell me!

349 Yeah, where is that gnome these days anyway? Seems like they stopped rubbing it. Unless you meant Hu.

2008-05-09 22:26:32
356.   Icaros
I still have the Taiwanese bat flip saved on my DVR.
2008-05-09 22:26:42
357.   Sagehen
Vin's having an offnight, just like the Dodgers.

Ooo. That was a sacriledge to say.

He's still Vin.

2008-05-09 22:28:21
358.   Bob Timmermann
I would assume Vin mistaking the two Matsuis is the fault of the person who prepared his notes.
2008-05-09 22:29:11
359.   underdog
Man, just when it looked like Proctor was pitching better. Feh.

And just when I was gonna predict a 6+1 comeback victory tonight.

And now I think I shall curl up with an irritated cat wrapped in a towel and watch a DVD.

2008-05-09 22:32:50
360.   Sagehen
In Proctor's defense, it's got to be hard to bear down when you're stuck with mop up duty.
2008-05-09 22:33:28
361.   Sagehen
Underdog, you've inspired me. I'm going to go trim the nails on my dog's toes.
2008-05-09 22:37:07
362.   Xeifrank
354. Yes, I believe it is. I will find out tomorrow. :)
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:37:17
363.   underdog
361 It's an exciting Friday night across the land! Just remember to do it when they're asleep, and wrapped in a towel.
2008-05-09 22:37:46
364.   Xeifrank
Let's see if Hu is able to take the first pitch thrown to him this time. Not that you always should, but I can't remember him ever doing so. vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:39:05
365.   scareduck
The 10,000 or so remaining in the park cheer for Jones' late double.

Hoo-ray. He's still sub-Mendoza line.

2008-05-09 22:39:40
366.   underdog
And to think I almost missed another patented "long after the game is over" double from Andruw!
2008-05-09 22:40:15
367.   Bob Timmermann
I've never owned a dog. My advice only applies to cats.
2008-05-09 22:40:36
368.   Icaros
Hoo-ray. He's still sub-Mendoza line.

With a bullet!

2008-05-09 22:43:52
369.   Icaros
Jones just said to Bowa, "That should've been hit out."

I read his lips.

2008-05-09 22:43:59
370.   Jacob Burch
no shut out!
2008-05-09 22:44:07
371.   Sagehen
367 Dogs are easier (stating the obvious here). If you have someone slowly feeding them string cheese, they won't fuss when you do other things, like trim the toe nails. Or at least retrievers are that way, but they were bred to be less sensitive to being touched (no pain when they break through the underbrush after a bird that way)
2008-05-09 22:44:25
372.   scareduck
Those were terrible swings. Two of those "strikes" were damn near at his head.
2008-05-09 22:45:38
373.   Xeifrank
Nice that Hu took the first ball... trouble was that he then proceeded to swing at three balls in a row. The last one was probably a ball, but with this ump, I'm not 100% sure. Nonetheless, he sure is a hacker up there. I need to check his walk rate stats.
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:46:52
374.   Icaros
373

They're terrible, I believe.

2008-05-09 22:47:17
375.   Bob Timmermann
I think I will go watch Battlestar Galactica. I think Jason Repko is the final Cylon.
2008-05-09 22:48:44
376.   Sagehen
375 Don't tell me what has happened! I'm going to Netflix it from the very beginning -- my summer t.v. watching. I've only seen the original miniseries, so I know nothing right now. And I want to keep it that way.
2008-05-09 22:48:45
377.   JT Dutch
... With all the talk about Repko in this game, I wonder if there's a forgotten man on the Dodger roster. A 25-year-old guy who has only hit .333 and slugged .491 in his 57 at-bats in the major leagues.

Delwyn Young can play. He deserves a shot; if not in the infield, then in LF alongside Kemp in center and Ethier in right.

The fact that not only is he rotting on the bench, but that Ethier has been benched for four of the last six games, just shows that once again the management of this team is not willing to put the best players out on the field. It is yet another year that the Dodgers are competing with one hand tied behind their back, and another year where they are underachieving. It's gone from frustrating to infuriating over the past 3 to 4 years, and now it's at the point where it's just sad. And a waste. A waste of the team's money, and a waste of the organization's young talent.

It isn't Young's fault that our GM decided to acquire the world's highest-paid late inning defensive replacement and the world's highest-paid pinch runner. If they're not going to play this guy, then at least give him a shot to play somewhere. Somewhere where a team is willing to play the right players regardless of their salary or marketability. Perhaps the Dodgers might get an effective player in return; a player that they will actually use. To just continue trotting out the Nomars and the Andruws and the Pierres of the world, at the expense of younger guys who are more deserving, is frankly embarrassing. Embarrassing to the team and to its fans.

2008-05-09 22:49:43
378.   Sagehen
375 Are we sure Underdog's cat isn't the final Cylon?
2008-05-09 22:51:25
379.   Sagehen
377 Well said!
2008-05-09 22:52:08
380.   Xeifrank
377. Put a stamp on it and mail it!
vr, Xei
2008-05-09 22:54:18
381.   underdog
378 No, she's decidedly not a robot; don't ask me for details but there are too many different bodily fluids involved this week to prove it. Plus she has two rotating red eyes, not one. She is nicknamed after a gremlin from "Gremlins," however.

377 I've been on the "Free Pee-Wee" campaign for awhile now, don't have to convince me. Not sure he's the greatest fielder in the world, but he does deserve more play.

Okay, back to watching "The Orphanage" for the second time. Night all. Better luck tomorrow.

2008-05-09 23:01:07
382.   bhsportsguy
Again, the real problem that is becoming a recurring problem, starting pitching, 3 straight starts where a starter has been ineffective.

You can talk about the outfield situation or who's playing third but right now this team is scoring runs. But until the first Dodger pitcher in a game begins to pitch better, they will either have to score 7 runs a game or face a .500 record.

2008-05-09 23:02:44
383.   Daniel Zappala
Every cat I have owned, I just put him on my lap, flip him on his back, and trim his nails. They stay very calm for me, maybe since I've done it since they were kittens.
2008-05-10 01:38:36
384.   berkowit28
Everyone seems to have forgotten about Ethier.
2008-05-10 04:25:06
385.   Billy Buck
384. - Nobody here has forgotten about Ethier. A lot of us are simply resolved to the fact that Colletti/Torre are going to play veterans at the expense of our younger talent "just because". It must make them feel better to have their most expensive team on the field instead of their most productive/talented one. It'll be super-cool to watch "The Solution" and his .300+ batting average go to the bench for Nomar when he's finally healthy. That way, we can go with a combination of third base and left field going homer-less this year, but at least all of Ned's well-spent money is playing. I am very disappointed in Torre.
2008-05-10 07:22:11
386.   D4P
Andruw Jones is on pace to drive in 19 runs this year.
2008-05-10 08:14:20
387.   Eric Stephen
I am going to predict Chad gives the bullpen some rest tonight, and pitches at least 7 IP.

I don't want cargill to lose $50.

2008-05-10 08:18:24
388.   Jon Weisman
NPUT

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