Three Big Games

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It doesn’t get much bigger than this.  Sixteen games left in the season.  Dodgers lead Giants by two games.  A home and home series between the two rivals.  Everything is on the line.

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143 Responses to Three Big Games

  1. crash24now says:

    Puig CF
    Turner 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp RF
    Ramirez SS
    Van Slyke LF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Ryu P

  2. crash24now says:

    Puig better get on base. Don’t try to hit it out, just get on base.

  3. trublu4ever says:

    i also knew Donnie boy would sit CC (our hottest hitter) ….so damn predictable.

  4. Dodger4life says:

    I didn’t even notice y’all moved the party…
    .
    WARNING – I’M DRINKING TONIGHT…
    .
    BLUE MOON AND HORNITOS REPOSADO
    .
    My new gravatar is simply to try and liven-up the Dodger bats

  5. Dodger4life says:

    LET’S GO DODGERS, LET’S GO
    CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP

  6. Dodger4life says:

    LET’S GO TEQUILA, LET’S GO
    SLAM, GULP, DOWN-THE-HATCH

  7. Dodger4life says:

    LET’S GO DODGERS, LET’S GO
    CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP

  8. This should really be a tough series. I think the Dodgers can win one of these games, most likely Kershaw’s start but we just have to wait and watch what happens.

  9. Dodger4life says:

    I’d be happy with two big ones and a series win…

  10. Dodger4life says:

    Bochy gambles on the replay challenge…and loses the right to challenge again!!

  11. Dodger4life says:

    Rally Panties Ramirez…with the clean pick and throw!!

  12. It doesn’t look like the Giants are wasting too much time here.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    CRAP-CRAP-CRAP!!!!

  14. Dodger4life says:

    I decided it’s not a good idea to keep drinking in this state of mind!!
    .
    I switched over to ice water, until further notice…

  15. Dodger4life says:

    Hmmmmm…I wonder if the colder weather had anything to do with Ryu’s performance???

  16. enchantedbeaver says:

    About what I’d expect out of these assholes. Doubt they’ll even get a run back with their patented super right handed line-up.

  17. koufax1963 says:

    I wonder if Ryu will return this season. somethings wrong. . 1 game up. pretty disgusting and i am watching this shit, perhaps not, grienke better be on his game.

  18. Dodger4life says:

    That’s the second missed play at second base, Gordon probably makes…

  19. Dodger4life says:

    Ryu left the game due to shoulder pain. Said, Vinny.

  20. It just goes to show us, even the Giants can have trouble scoring with the bases loaded and nobody out.

  21. griz says:

    Got home during the 3rd inning and saw this crap. Ryu must be hurt.

  22. crash24now says:

    A hit and a walk for Puig tonight. He’s heating up.

  23. nedisajerk says:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=crawfca02&year=&t=b

    This is strange Crawford is hitting over .300+ against LHP but against LH starters is around .200.

  24. crash24now says:

    Why do we ever bother loading the bases?

  25. crash24now says:

    Game. Catch you tomorrow. Same bat station.

  26. lbirken says:

    I must say I am highly disappointed with this game.

    • Dodger4life says:

      The Giants have capitalized on suspect pitching…The Dodgers remain sluggish in their attempt to plate runners… against good pitching. And, Puig misses another chance to hit the cut-off man/throw to the correct base, which probably disappoints me the most.

  27. Oh well, there should be a better game tomorrow night.

  28. 32and53fan says:

    I guess Lasorda’ s pep talk didn’t work.
    With Ryu out for three weeks, the Dodgers have their work cut out.

  29. kahliforni says:

    Even the radio heads said Dodgers appeared to have no electricity or urgency. I have this weird feeling the Giants all like each other and are pushing hard together. I see the Dodgers as a team that doesn’t really know each other or like each other that much. The team’s demeanor all season has been one of disinterest. A team that fires up and lays the wood is not a team with a 1-40 record after the 8th inning, or whatever that stat is. The next two games should say a lot about who the Dodgers really are.

  30. griz says:

    Visited some friends last night and by the time we got home the score was already getting out of hand. given their record for not coming from behind I went on to bed. It only got worse.
    So Ryu is out.
    Gut check time. If they have any.

  31. enchantedbeaver says:

    I’ll stand by my earlier comment. This team’s window was last season, not this.

    And when have Ned’s “character” teams ever had any character?

    • trublu4ever says:

      True. I really believe we would be in first place by a lot this season if Mattingly wasn’t at the helm…..just think of all the games HE has lost for us. Bochy is pushing all the right buttons with a far less talented team….so, the manager does count.

  32. koufax1963 says:

    whew, I wake up and its not dream, …… So today dodgers need to get the win, do not want gnats building some momentum of thinking sweep, so crush that today dodgers.
    I have some questions did Ryu make it known he had shoulder issues? And if donnie knew, then fine start Ryu, but have another pitcher ready to go (Yes donnie a contingecy plan) because if He knew and he allowed 3 doubles in row and still kept him in then shame on him, for working ryu with pain any longer than necessary, because After the 3rd double I dont need to see much more that Ryu doesnt have it.
    and yes the line up we commented on, sorry I am not that much for lefty/righty match ups. Crawford has been smacking the ball, let him play. No one should be playing second and leading off but Gordon.
    Lets see what the former Yank puts in the Tank today. He may surprise us all even more.

  33. lbirken says:

    Congrats to DodgerEric for getting another letter published in today’s L.A. Times. It seems Eric does not understand why Roger Bernadina is taking up space on the roster.

    I have been reluctant to be as critical of Donnie and Ned compared with most of you but I have to admit I have been bothered by something not just this season but for the past few seasons. It seems the Giants over perform with their talent while the Dodgers under perform with theirs. The Giants last two World Series teams were not “great” on paper but they found ways to win. Even the last two Dodger World Series winners were not “great” teams, probably not even the best but those teams found ways to win. This current team just cannot seem to get any momentum. I think the players care and if the bubble machine is any indication the team has some passion. I also do not think it makes a lot of difference if players “like” one another. As long as they respect each other and play as a team, little else should matter. The behavior in the dugout during games does not seem to indicate discord. But clearly something is not right. I can see why people would place this situation on the manager.

  34. Dodger4life says:

    I’ll agree that someone should have noticed that Ryu wasn’t up to snuff, long before Perez was called in to relieve him…I’ll also agree that those 4 first inning runs, with Mad-Bum on the mound, made it an even tougher challenge to battle back from.
    .
    I agree that Gordon should be in the line-up. Although, Turner has made a case with his bat, he is severely limited in range and ability to plug the hole at second, compared to Gordon.
    .
    Mad-Bum made Van Slyke look like an adolescent, young left-handed, tennis player, trying to learn the two-fisted back hand…I didn’t see anything remotely good on any of his swats last night.
    .
    Puig has had ample time to figure out where to throw the ball on any given play, yet…continues to get it wrong.
    .
    Hanleys days as a solid short-stop, have long passed…Hanleys days as a Dodger look to be as solidified as his play at short. But, never mind any of that, a ring will be what keeps him smiling long after the last contract has been played out.
    .
    Kemp, clearly isn’t running as well as he has in the past…But, still has the ability to dominate a game at the plate…Kemp displaying this ability is going to be a big factor in the days ahead…
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    I’ll agree that the teams overall demeanor resembles the managers…I’m not certain though, that, oh let’s say, Ozzie Guillen could handle these ego’s any better. The Yankees had ”The Boss” in New York…and his hands were never tied, when it came to anything…
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    Ryu’s shoulder irritation, albeit a set-back. Isn’t the end game…I’m hopeful they can somehow fight through this…and with the colder weather setting in across much of baseball…I think they may have too.
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    Never mind Pederson being ready…Guerrero looks horrible at the plate…and that is supposed to be his only strong point at the moment.
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    Here’s a look at his contract…
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    Alexander Guerrero 2b
    4 years/$28M (2014-17)

    4 years/$28M (2014-17)
    signed Major League contract with LA Dodgers as a free agent from Cuba (via Haiti) 10/21/13
    .
    $10M signing bonus
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    14:$4M, 15:$4M, 16:$5M, 17:$5M

    Performance bonuses: $1M annually for 500-600 plate appearances
    may not be optioned to minors without permission after 2014

    May become Article XX(B) free agent after 2017 season

    Agent: Scott Boras
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    ML service: 0.000
    .
    Oh well, enough of my ranting…with Greinke and Kershaw on the hill today and tomorrow…things can swing our way in a hurry. That is, if anyone who is actually swinging…shows some initiative and leadership qualities in the box.

  35. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’m hoping last night was last night and tonight will be an entirely different night. These games don’t seem to have any connection with each other whatsoever so I’m just hoping that tonight will go the Dodger’s way. It’s really impossible to predict who will win on a given night. I’ve heard that the Dodgers have the talent but the Giants are a better team but I doubt if that means much game to game.

  36. 32and53fan says:

    I wonder if the Hispanic players hanging out together all the time in the dugout is causing a problem with overall team cohesiveness. Earlier, there was a picture of Puig, Uribe and Hanley sitting close together on the top row of seats in the front of the dugout. Down one row, and off to the side sat Matt Kemp, looking sad, and totally disconnected to those three.
    Maybe it has nothing to do with the lackluster way the Dodgers are playing, but that photo just struck a nerve.

  37. griz says:

    It might be that the Hispanic fellows are hanging around together because of language, easier to communicate? Just a thought. I would run into situations like that in the Marines. Different ethnic groups hanging out together and I’d be the odd one because of language. And it is true it did not contribute to cohesiveness.

  38. kahliforni says:

    Fear not. Dodgers have a 5 1/2 game lead on the Brewers for the final Wild Card spot…just what the Guggenheims hoped for when the season began.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I just looked up the stat this morning on MLB.com…The Dodgers have a 99.9 percent chance of making post season play…The Giants have a 99.3 percent chance…The Guggs are practically guaranteed to add to the season-ticket waiting list…yes, I said waiting-list.

  39. nedisajerk says:

    RIP Frank Torre (82) the older briother of Joe Torre.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I read this sad news on the MLBN bottom of the screen. May Frank rest in piece and my condolences to Joe Torre and the rest of the Torre clan.

  40. Dodger4life says:

    It sure is quiet tonight….

  41. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Youse won’t believe this but I forgot the game started at 9:05PM and I just missed everything.

  42. Dodger4life says:

    I missed the first, myself.

  43. griz says:

    I thought Hudson was going for SF?
    Fox Sports is showing the padres and d-backs here. I’m sure that’s getting a lot of attention. Anyway, I’ve been watching my other favorite team and was pleasantly surprised to see LA has jumped to a big lead when I checked the score.

  44. trublu4ever says:

    I’m enjoying every minute of this!

  45. Hudson got knocked out – worst/shortest start of his career. So Bochy put Lincecum in, and we’ve hit him pretty well too.

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    They did a lot better without me. Maybe I should go back to sleep.

  47. enchantedbeaver says:

    About time these guys show some backbone.

  48. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This game is good for the offensive stats and also for the nerves.

  49. Not that I want to over-react or anything like that – but, Gawd, this game makes me feel SO happy!! At least my nails will not pay the price tonight, which is a good thing, since I’m seeing my manicurist tomorrow 😉

  50. 32and53fan says:

    I just woke up from a nap. Like OBF, maybe it is lucky that I didn’t see the beginning. After seeing your comments, I am eager to turn on MLB At Bat to see what happened.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    OH, MY! Look at us!!!

  52. kahliforni says:

    Two touchdowns and a field goal!

  53. enchantedbeaver says:

    Nice to see SVS give us a couple insurance runs.

  54. griz says:

    I sincerely hope the fans there in san francisco are enjoying this.

  55. enchantedbeaver says:

    Nice to see Elbert get back in a big league AAA game.

  56. kahliforni says:

    What a pleasant day…Dodgers and UCLA win…Gnats and USC lose.

  57. Dodger4life says:

    Well, that was fun!!

  58. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well we are assured of first place throughout the weekend.

  59. Dodger4life says:

    That was like a smorgasbord of beef…you name it, and it was on the menu tonight…

  60. koufax1963 says:

    wow! Its hard to sleep tonight, what a blow out, that was fun to watch. A hitting and pitching clinic all in one game.
    Cant manage that. Just smack bat jack that pitch throw and try to hit base ball. Major kudos to Greinke for that clinic, Oh and yea the other 8 hit well too.! Ha! Give Kershaw that same first inning tomorrow and Dodgers are 3 up!

  61. lbirken says:

    As Vinny would say, this game can drive one crazy. Who would figure the Dodgers would score all those runs after Friday’s game. Hopefully they saved some energy for Sunday.

  62. griz says:

    So turns out our guys have some gumption after all. Makes me feel better. Not so much the score, amazing as that was, but that they showed something.
    *
    I’m another one hoping they saved a couple for today to back Kershaw. I’ll be looking in on gameday, as the Yanks (Hey, have you heard Jeter is retiring?) and Orioles are on ESPN (jerks) again.

  63. Dodger4life says:

    As weird as this season has been…
    .
    The team has a valid chance of retaining home-field-advantage…throughout the N.L. pennant race.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Washington, closes out their season at home, against the Marlins, with a make-up game and then the scheduled three game series. [head-to-head] Washington 4 Dodgers 2
      .
      St. Louis, closes out their season on the road, with 3 games against the D-Backs, of all teams. [head-to head] St. Louis 3 Dodgers 4
      .
      The Giants, close out their season at home, with 4 games against the Padres. [head-to-head, 4 to play] Giants 8 Dodgers 7
      .
      The Dodgers, close out their season at home, with 3 games against the Rockies.
      .
      MLB.com say’s, the Dodgers now have a 100 percent probability of making the post-season.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Just looking ahead a little bit… but definitely not past anything…between here and there…
        .
        LET’S GO DODGERS, LET’S GO
        CLAP, CLAP, CLAP-CLAP-CLAP

  64. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Add me to the list of hoping the Dodgers saved some runs for this afternoon. I’ll probably miss a few innings, as I have a date with my daughter, Claudine.
    Maybe it’s for the best after missing the first two innings last night when they scored 8 of those runs.

  65. Dodger4life says:

    IT’S TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL!!

  66. lbirken says:

    Good to see Kemp come up with a big hit (a home run no less), especially with Kershaw’s high pitch count so far. This is the sort of hit that has been missing so often this season. Hopefully it will be enough.

  67. griz says:

    I’m also hoping this is enough. Kershaw is turning in his usual strong performance with 89 pitches so far. I’m wondering how long they’ll go with him and not call on the pen too soon.

  68. griz says:

    I’m watching gameday, so I don’t if Kershaw is tiring or not. He’s at 104 pitches. If Donnie is thinking bullpen, we need more runs.

  69. enchantedbeaver says:

    Boys showed some balls after Friday’s thrashing.

  70. trublu4ever says:

    Off to Colorado with a nice 3 game lead.

  71. griz says:

    Very pleased to be eating my words of a week ago. If I were a gambler, I would not have put my money, on this result for the series, but the Dodgers are showing something. Maybe it’s some heart.

  72. lbirken says:

    I was watching and I don’t think Kershaw ever tires. However, his big curveball was not as effective today so he had to rely more on his fastball, which got better later in the game. The slider was working but he had a high pitch count going into the 7th inning. Kershaw has set the bar so high that any little blip when he pitches seems like a big deal.

  73. 32and53fan says:

    They really burst the Giants balloon after the last two games.
    Keep it going boys. Play each game like it’s a deciding playoff game.

  74. nedisajerk says:

    Magic numbers down to 11.

    Erisbel Arruebarrena (2014)
    Manny Mota (1969-1982)
    Bart Shirley (1968)
    Tommy Dean (1967)
    John Kennedy (1965-1966)
    Ken McMullen (1963-1964)
    Larry Burright (1962)
    Bob Lillis (1958-1961)
    Dick Gray (1958-1959)
    Wayne Belardi (1953)
    Mickey Livingston (1951)
    Al Epperly (1950)
    Carl Erskine (1950)
    Joe Landrum (1950)
    Jack Banta (1947-1950)
    Dixie Walker (1939-1947)
    Tony Lazzeri (1939)
    Fred Frankhouse (1937-1938)
    George Watkins (1936)
    Nick Tremark (1934-1935)
    Clyde Sukeforth (1932-1934)
    Lonny Frey (1933)

  75. crash24now says:

    Congratulations to the Dodgers on taking the series from the Gnats at AT&T park. The road to the division title is not easy, though, especially with Ryu down for three weeks. We need series victories each time out.

  76. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I was away longer than I expected and missed the entire game but I feel like I needed a break from the game anyway. It was good to read Kershaw had another fine outing and we won to go 3 games up and the magic# at 11.

  77. Dodger4life says:

    There’s gonna be a little change in temps for the Boys tonight.
    .
    Denver is projected to have day time highs in the mid-70’s with the temp lowering to 69 degrees at game-time, then falling into the low 60’s by games end, with a cool mountain breeze of around 5 miles an hour.
    .
    Which isn’t too bad if you are used to this type of change…and having similar weather where I reside…I can tell you that getting used to it, takes a few days.
    .
    Let’s hope they get good and loose [a little extra bump in the jump, prepping for this one] and stay on the healthy side…and get off to a good start.
    .

    Day time highs will jump back up into the upper 80’s for the final two games.

  78. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak…. Nice job Kersh……. Overall, nice job by everyone… And, that is what is going to take to get this team into the WS… We just need little bits from everyone to get the job done… No one player should or has to do it all….

    Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. JhallWally says:

    The Dodgers can’t let up.. We need to play +.500 to insure the division title..

    • trublu4ever says:

      I hope Donnie realizes that and puts his best players out there everyday…..no time for rest now!

      • JhallWally says:

        You’ve got it Tru….. We need to put the hammer down and get the best NL record….. This is not the time to rest, it is the time to amp it up going into the playoffs….. I hate it when teams let it down and coast into the playoffs… Seems to me that they just don’t get their MoJo going again….

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          Like last year…

          You’d think Guggs would come down and demand Donnie play his best to get home field advantage. That is after all an extra home game’s worth of exorbitantly priced ticket sales.

  80. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s funny how one game can change things. At least for me. After yesterday’s win I feel more confidence in the Dodgers winning the west. After taking two out of three from the Giants I don’t have as much fear of the Giants as I had before yesterday.
    That said, One thing I’ve learned, You can’t judge by the past what will happen in tonight’s game. One game is completely separated from the others.

  81. Dodger4life says:

    http://dodgers.mlblogs.com/2014/09/15/dodgers-broadcast-kdoc/
    .
    The Dodgers’ final six games of the regular season — September 22-24 against San Francisco and September 26-28 against Colorado — will air on independent broadcast station KDOC, which is carried by every cable, satellite and telco provider in Southern California and can also be received over the air with an antenna.

  82. Dodger4life says:

    I agree that for this season…it is too little too late, but it sure makes Time Warner look sympathetic, while giving future customers who are sitting on the fence, as far as switching over…a gentle nudge…

  83. kahliforni says:

    Glad for the tiny scrap of meat. I will enjoy hearing Vinny, if nothing else. As for the team, their starting pitching is in tatters. They won’t even think of giving Correia the ball to start a game. Kershaw and Greinke, and pray for………….anybody have a good rhyme?

  84. kahliforni says:

    Kershaw and Greinke…then break out the hanky????????

  85. Dodger4life says:

    Kershaw and Greinke, and pray for…………
    .
    Supercalihernandezfriasexpialileaguesprognosis
    Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious
    If you say it loud enough, you’ll always sound precocious
    Supercalihernandezfriasexpialileaguesprognosis
    .
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen

  86. Dodger4life says:

    Sorry again…I’m having a bit of a rough day…
    .
    I just had to fire my former mechanic…
    .
    And my new mechanic is expensive

    • Dodger4life says:

      I took my truck in ’cause the check engine light was on…turns out it was throwing a faulty thermostat code…which makes sense, the last mechanic put it in upside down. Then he failed to fully connect all the plug wires after rerouting them so that they touched the engine…which caused the catalytic converter to become over burdened with fuel…

  87. Dodger4life says:

    He did a fine job putting a new door on for me though…you can hardly even tell it’s not brand new.
    .
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen
    Um diddle, diddle diddle, um diddle amen

  88. Dodger4life says:

    All the above work was done outside in sub freezing weather… except the door, that was put on the other day, so that this wouldn’t be the 4th winter driving around without a window…One year I drove a half a mile and both the inside and outside of the front windshield froze over…I had to stick my head out to get back home…I went to the doctors one time and they handed me a clip board…I went to grab it and the lady say’s, ”boy you’re sure shaking, is it that cold out today…” I said ”Yes, there was a 60 mph wind chill running through the cab of my truck” At 32 degrees, it took me about 20 minutes to stop shaking. I found some gloves shortly after that…and tried her again, and again, and again…

    • Dodger4life says:

      One year during this time, I went out and I had a flat tire…So, I scraped up 12 bucks, [which to me at the time might as well been the national deficit]. Took it about another half mile, to the tire shop and had it fixed…drove it back home and let it sit over-night. The next morning I went out to run my previous days errands and another tire was flat…It took me two weeks to find another 12 bucks…I then drove back to the tire shop and had that tire repaired…again, I drove home and let it sit over-night…the next morning, I went out to run my errands…and the third tire was flat…It turns out there was a thin sticker on the new tires, interfering with the bead and due to the cold weather air was escaping…

      • Dodger4life says:

        But, hey…shit happens…I kept a good attitude along the way…with a little help. And now, I can laugh about it, ’cause all those problems worked themselves out in the long-run…

  89. crash24now says:

    new post is up

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