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Sons of Steve Garvey 2 hours ago
Game 130 Thread: Aug. 22 vs. Mets, 7p

Game 130 Thread: Aug. 22 vs. Mets, 7p

Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) vs. Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50). It's Justin Turner Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium! Just kidding — but it should be. First, let's relive Turner's bacon-saving two-run home run last night, a blast that prevented the ignominy of losing a series to the woeful Padres. Then let's give thanks to the Mets, since they're visiting us and all, for letting Turner go for basically no good reason. Turner is this year's spark plug, the invaluable bench player who's also proving his worth as a starter. So, thanks, Mets! Let us repay you by beating you. It's the least we can do.
Friars on Base 9 hours ago

ICYMI: Padres Lose Series To Dodgers On Turner Blast

Although the Padres fell in last night’s series finale to the Los Angeles Dodgers by a score of 2-1, this team, for all of their ineffective hitting throughout the year, the firing and hiring of a new general manager, the shuttling of familiar faces for fresh ones, have to feel pretty darn good about how […] ICYMI: Padres Lose Series To Dodgers On Turner Blast - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey 12 hours ago
Even Cubs Players are SoSG Readers

Even Cubs Players are SoSG Readers

Screenshot from the MLB Network recap of the Gnats @ Cubs rain delay situation included a shot of the Cubs dugout on Tuesday. Is it a cry for help, or is it a tribute to Sons of Steve Garvey?
Sons of Steve Garvey 17 hours ago

Post-Game 129 Thread: Sad Ross

DODGERS 2, PADRES 1 Tonight's game was the one where Ross finds out that, despite giving up only two hits and no runs through seven innings, he was about to be sorely disappointed. The Padres were up 1-0 in the eighth inning when Carl Crawford led off with an infield single that deflected off of pitcher Tyson Ross' glove, and then the next batter Justin Turner whomped a two-run HR to give the Dodgers the lead and the game. Ross might have struck out eight, but that dagger was enough to hand him the loss. Clayton Kershaw also went a solid eight innings, striking out ten and giving up one...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 21, 2014
Game 129 Thread: Aug. 21 vs. Padres. 7p

Game 129 Thread: Aug. 21 vs. Padres. 7p

Tyson Ross (11-11, 2.70) vs. Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86 ERA) Last night's game got us all feeling a little salty, and cussin' like ship captains. I'm too at sea (and lazy) to run down the litany of woes we face, but it does feel like there's a storm brewing off the port side. However, our man Kid K takes the mound tonight. He finds himself starting a day early because Zanky's scheduled start has been pushed back until Saturday due to elbow soreness. If there is ever a time to turn this ship around, it's now. And Kershaw is the man to do just that. No truth to the rumor that Anchor Steam...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 20, 2014
Game 128 Thread: Aug. 20 vs. Padres. 7p

Game 128 Thread: Aug. 20 vs. Padres. 7p

Zack Greinke, in looking-nothing-like-Zack-Greinke times.Roberto Hernandez (7-8, 3.72) vs. Eric Stults (5-13, 4.64). Current Dodger Hernandez takes on former Dodger Stults on Zanky Bobblehead Night. Never mind that Greinke's scheduled start tomorrow is in jeopardy, baby — here's a compelling nuggest via STATS LLC/ESPN.com: "The Los Angeles Dodgers own baseball's best record against left-handed starters as they face one who is among the majors' leaders in defeats." So yeah, we pretty much gotta win this one, folks. And guess what? Tonight's game is on ESPN, so we can actually watch it!
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 20, 2014

Puig's Helmet Is Angry

Don't slam your helmet, kids. Unless you have reflexes like this. http://t.co/LeOHBVQjVR — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 20, 2014
Friars on Base Aug 19, 2014

Kennedy & Padres Open Up Series Against Rival Dodgers

Following a hard fought series with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Padres’ earned a much deserved day off Monday. However, the road for the Friars does not get easier as they begin a three game series with their NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in Los Angeles. The Padres have been one of the […] Kennedy & Padres Open Up Series Against Rival Dodgers - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 19, 2014
Game 127 Thread: Aug. 19 vs. Padres, 7p

Game 127 Thread: Aug. 19 vs. Padres, 7p

Kevin Correia, in more Friarly times.Kevin Correia (1-0, 1.50) vs. Ian Kennedy (9-10, 3.54). Former Padre Correia takes on current Padre Kennedy in a game the Dodgers must win in order to avoid their longest losing streak of the season (four games). The Dodgers have taken seven of 10 from the Pads this season, but — all together, now — the Padres always play the Dodgers tough. In other words, they have us right where they want us. Or do they? Correia's Dodgers debut was a pleasant surprise, and the Giants are playing the Cubs, those same Cubs who beat the Dodgers at the beginning of the...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 19, 2014

Two Dodgers Mentioned In Four-Man NL MVP Hunt

Nice to see not one, but two Dodgers mentioned in the hunt for NL MVP, according to ESPN writer Mike Petriello (okay, yes, this may be biased! But still cool). Along with Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton, Petriello mentions Yasiel Puig and Clayton Kershaw (link insider only): Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig can both boast of being on the playoff-bound Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in the NL. Puig is having another outstanding year at the plate, essentially duplicating his 2013 (160 wRC+ last year, 161 this year), which ties him with Stanton for the third best in...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 19, 2014
Root, Root for the

Root, Root for the "LA PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL TEAM"

It seems like SPAM... but tastes like non-canned meat. LA's Professional Baseball Team is having a deal on tickets for an exciting professional game. We're past the midway mark of the pro baseball season, and our local nine is burning up the standings with timely hitting -- not to mention two no-hit performances for their ace pitchers. Catch all the action in person with this offer for tickets to a professional baseball home game on select dates in August and September.So click on over to the professional website and enjoy.
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 18, 2014
Reader Perspectives: 'No other place I’d rather be'

Reader Perspectives: 'No other place I’d rather be'

Last night SoSG Sax reminded us to remember the little things, and today awesome reader Dusty Baker's Toothpick reaffirmed that. DBT's comment is such so nice I wanted to share it on the front page: I was lucky enough to attend two miserable games this weekend. Even when we’re getting the snot beat of us, there is no other place I’d rather be. On Friday night, my daughter and I sat in the RF all-you-can-shove-down-your-face pavilion. It was the first time since I was a little DBT, that I’ve sat way out in the pavilion. My daughter, on the other hand, being the privileged child that she...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014
Remembering The Little Things

Remembering The Little Things

This weekend was not a good weekend for the Dodgers. However, even in bleak times, Dodger Stadium is still a wonderful, magical cathedral to visit on a summer's night. Let's just take a deep breath here, as we look at sunset on Saturday August 16 2014: Get rested Monday and get ready for the Padres Tuesday, Dodgers! photo: SoSG stringer
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014
Post-Game 126 Thread: Dodgers Unveil New Slogan

Post-Game 126 Thread: Dodgers Unveil New Slogan

BREWERS 7, DODGERS 0 It's a pre-emptive PGT! Thanks to Fred's Brim for nailing the current state of the Dodgers — we've taken the liberty of mocking it up for the Dodgers' marketing department (above). Remember when the Dodgers dropped two of three to the Cubs and we were all freaking out about how they couldn't beat bad teams? Well, the Boys in Blue have taken that criticism to heart — they're now losing to good teams too, getting swept by the first-place Brewers in a series in which Kershaw and Greinke started. Add that to our DL woes, and those World Series predictions seem as...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014
Game 126 Thread: Aug. 17 vs. Brewers, 1p

Game 126 Thread: Aug. 17 vs. Brewers, 1p

The Brewers plan to eat the Dodgers' lunch today.Dan Haren (10-9, 4.50) vs. Wily Peralta (14-7, 3.46). The Dodgers are in salvage mode, in danger of getting swept after the Brewers trumped our aces with a total of nine runs of offense. Now we turn to the enigmatic Haren, who is riding the momentum of a modest two-game win streak. With Uribe joining Ryu and Hanley on the DL, suddenly the starting rotation and the bats look more vulnerable than ever. Dodgers nursing a 4 1/2 game lead, Giants playing the Phillies...we're playing in interesting times.
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014

More Baseball Player Rankings from ESPN.com: Puig, Kershaw, and Gonzalez Get Defensive Mentions

Besides the baserunning and hitting tools, ESPN also ranked defensive and pitching prowess. In baserunning, Yasiel Puig ranked pretty high, but Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez also got mentions (link insider only): Best outfield arm 1. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: "Puig still makes mental mistakes -- overthrowing the cutoff man, throwing to the wrong base -- but in terms of pure, unadulterated arm strength, no one has more of it." -- Christopher Crawford 2. Yoenis Cespedes, Red Sox: "The action isn't the prettiest, but he has improved his accuracy and has a quick release." --...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014

Baseball Player Pitcher Rankings: Kershaw Cleans Up

Keeping with the series, Keith Law ranked pitching tools, and Clayton Kershaw cleaned up the awards (though Kenley Jansen, Zack Greinke, and even Dan Haren get mentions, too) (link insider only): Best fastball 1. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds: It's certainly the hardest fastball I've ever seen -- I got him at 104 mph on my gun at Petco Park in September 2010 -- and it comes out of his hand shockingly easily given its superhuman velocity. I can't imagine how any left-handed hitter ever sees the ball, or, if he does, how he manages to stay in the box without leaping out of the way. It's...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014
Dee Gordon: Kid Flash?

Dee Gordon: Kid Flash?

No, this isn't a Flash Gordon reference (surprisingly). Rather, I had an impulse to post how ESPN ranked the best hitting and baserunning tools (link insider only): Fastest baserunner 1. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds: "His true 80 speed [on the scouting scale] gives him the ability to get from first to third in a hurry and makes him a threat to steal a base -- or two -- every time he gets on." -- Christopher Crawford 2. Dee Gordon, Dodgers: "I would love to see a race between him and Hamilton." (Bowden) 3. Mike Trout, Angels 4. Jarrod Dyson, Royals 5. Ben Revere, Phillies So, Dee: You're...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 17, 2014
Post-Game 125 Thread: Cheaters Do Prosper, After All

Post-Game 125 Thread: Cheaters Do Prosper, After All

BREWERS 3, DODGERS 2 Liar and suspended steroid user Ryan Braun hit a two-run HR in the fourth inning to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead, a lead which they would not relinquish despite the Dodgers' clawbacks in the bottom of the fourth (Justin Turner RBI single) and a huge HR from Matt Kemp in the bottom of the ninth. Kemp's AB was a good battle and his decisive shot into left field was a rocket, and gave the Dodgers hope of a comeback. Unfortunately, Kemp couldn't do it alone, and with Dee Gordon continuing to regress with his ridiculous unsuccessful bunt single attempts (Gordon went...
Sons of Steve Garvey Aug 16, 2014

Game 125 Thread: Aug. 16 vs. Brewers, 6p

Clayton Kershaw (14-2, 1.78) vs. Yovani Gallardo (7-6, 3.44) It was one game, people. Just one game last night. We still bad. Sure, one of our aces could barely go five and looked like Spanky trying to take a sobriety test at 3 AM. Sure the bullpen again coughed it up like a TB-addled hobo. Sure we wasted more scoring chances than Stubbs did on prom night. Sure....wait, I was trying to be positive. [Insert positive comments here] Kershaw goes today. Keep calm.* Fuhgeddaboudit. I'll be at the Yard tonight wearing my deuce-deuce. Hit me up if you'll be there, too. * In honor of opening day...

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