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Sons of Steve Garvey 20 hours ago

Game 42 Thread: May 23 vs. Padres, 7p

Think they waited for a series against the Padres to give away tonight's AGon bobblehead? Hmmm.Mike Bolsinger (2-0, 1.04) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-3, 6.75). What's up with the Padres' pitching staff? They're third in the majors in strikeouts (366), but 25th in ERA (4.26). And when you strip out their suspect defense, they've got the second-worst FIP (4.41). (xFIP is better at 3.67, but I'm still trying to figure out the difference. Maybe some big brain can explain in the comments.) But nothing cures bad pitching like bad offense, which the Dodgers still are evincing despite Joc Pederson's...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 22, 2015
Game 41 Thread: May 22 vs. Padres, 7p

Game 41 Thread: May 22 vs. Padres, 7p

Work your magic, Mr. Sexypants.Zack Greinke (5-1, 1.52) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-7, 3.24). What, you're still here? After the debacle of that last series? What are you, some kind of diehard Dodger fan? OK, the only ray of hope tonight is that the Padres are scuffling almost as badly, sitting two games below .500 with no runs scored in their past 14 innings. So things could get ugly...unlike Zack.
Sons of Steve Garvey May 22, 2015
Giants Win Baseball World Heavyweight Title Via Forfeit After Dodgers Fail to Appear

Giants Win Baseball World Heavyweight Title Via Forfeit After Dodgers Fail to Appear

Left behind. In the most bizarre development of the Baseball World Heavyweight Championship season, the Dodgers failed to appear for their title defense against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Their entrance music played three times, but the champs never emerged from behind the curtain. So, by virtue of a forfeit, the Giants become (sigh) the new Baseball World Heavyweight Champion. Now, there's no possible way the Dodgers would fail to show up voluntarily, so something sinister must have happened. Maybe they were run over by a limo. Maybe they were kidnapped. We may never know....
Sons of Steve Garvey May 21, 2015
Game 40 Thread: May 21 @ Giants, 12:45p

Game 40 Thread: May 21 @ Giants, 12:45p

From @akaTheConman, who else?Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 4.24) vs. Madison Bumgarner (4-2, 3.20). Shit shit shit. The Dodger Express has hit a wall called AT&T Park, where their bats have gone into deep freeze. Put it this way: The first run they score today will be the second run they will have scored ALL WEEK. Regression to the mean is a bitch. Meanwhile, Kershaw keeps striking 'em out...and allowing runs. He'll be fine, Daniel Brim of Dodgers Digest tells us. Well, today would be a good day to start getting there.
Sons of Steve Garvey May 20, 2015
Game 39 Thread: May 20 @ Giants, 7p

Game 39 Thread: May 20 @ Giants, 7p

Brett Anderson (2-1, 3.50) vs. Tim Lincecum (3-2, 2.43) The Dodgers have score a grand total of TWO runs over their last 26 innings (29 if you include the last three innings of Friday's game), and are 1-2 over that stretch. The glorious, flowing rivers of offense we've come to be spoiled by have dried up. The Dodgers have yet to win a game at the Seagull Feeding Trough this season, and must win two straight there to keep the belt. A sudden cloudburst of offense would go a long way to ending this drought.
Sons of Steve Garvey May 20, 2015
Post-Game 38 Thread: Unsupported Frias

Post-Game 38 Thread: Unsupported Frias

GIANTS 2, DODGERS 0 Carlos Frias pitches a very admirable six innings of seven-hit, one-run ball. And we can't score a frickin' run to support him. Dodgers remain winless at Phone Park this year. That is all.
Sons of Steve Garvey May 19, 2015
Game 38 Thread: May 19 @ Giants, 7p

Game 38 Thread: May 19 @ Giants, 7p

Would you like Frias with that?Carlos Frias (3-0, 2.89) vs. Tim Hudson (1-3, 4.57). Since getting swept at AT&T Park in April, the Dodgers have played seven series and lost none of them. That's been good for first place in the division (by 4.5 games) and the top spot in SI.com's latest Power Rankings. And with the news that Hyun-Jin Ryu is likely out for the season, the focus on the Dodgers' fragile pitching staff intensifies. The maturation of Frias and the front office's canny addition of Mike Bolsinger have been fine stopgaps, but will they now have to become workhorses?
Sons of Steve Garvey May 19, 2015
Hey Chicago Peeps

Hey Chicago Peeps

Hint: When in Chicago, don't do this.Got a message from SoSG reader Joe: Yo! This summer I am planning a trip to Chicago with my grandson specifically to see the Dodgers and the Cubs play. Is there a particular section or area I should try to get tickets for to be with other Dodger fans? And enjoy the unique Chicago culture of course! Any thoughts for other recreational ideas while there?I don't know the answer to Joe's questions, so I thought we'd open this up to the readership. Any Chicago folks out there? photo by Tom Cruze/Chicago Sun-Times
Sons of Steve Garvey May 18, 2015
Dodgers and Rockies Battle to Time Limit Draw; Dodgers Retain Baseball World Heavyweight Title

Dodgers and Rockies Battle to Time Limit Draw; Dodgers Retain Baseball World Heavyweight Title

Let me show you punks how it's done! The Dodgers survived a roller coaster of a sixth defense of their Baseball World Heavyweight Title belt against the Rockies, earning a split of a four-game series. This one was not the slightest bit pretty for the champs. To begin with, the Dodgers thought they had another shortened victory in the bag after the Rockies arch nemesis, Rain, intervened yet again on Thursday night. The interference backfired, however, when the Dodgers were forced to finish the fall, and were shocked by CarGo in the ninth. The champs bounced back with Clayton Kershaw's 100th...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 18, 2015

Off Day Sleuthing

Mamma Cora found this ball in her collection and doesn't know who it was signed by.  I thought it was a Dodger, but looking at who wore number 9 in the past (such greats as Todd Hundley), the signature doesn't match.  Thus, I was hoping for some SOSG help.  Anyone recognize this autograph?
Sons of Steve Garvey May 17, 2015
Game 37 Thread: May 17 vs. Rockies, 1p

Game 37 Thread: May 17 vs. Rockies, 1p

Mattingly attempts the old "Hey, there's mustard on your shirt" gag on Mike Bolsinger during a visit to the mound  Mike Bolsinger (1-0, 1.59) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 7.65) Hasn't Bolsinger pitched like three times already this week? He's going to need to sack up today in order to get the series split with a team who came into the stand having lost its last ten games. And a stand the featured our 1 and 1A starters. And a team whose all-world SS Troy Tool is battling yet another injury and missing playing time. All of us will need to have a stiff Bloody Mary or two and knock the funk off...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 17, 2015

Dodgers' Offense: Producing At Historic Pace

Thanks to Mike Petriello, who tipped off David Schoenfield, about the fact that the Dodgers' offense so far has been more potent than the 1927 Yankees, not to mention all other teams all-time: Wow. I had no idea. That link goes to a list of the best teams in history in a stat called wRC+, which stands for weighted Runs Created. It's park- and league-adjusted, so it's a better barometer for determining the best offensive teams of all time than just looking at runs scored totals, which will obviously be skewed toward teams from the high-scoring 1930s and late 1990s. Also, this particular list...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 16, 2015
Game 36 Thread: May 16 vs. Rockies, 6p

Game 36 Thread: May 16 vs. Rockies, 6p

Keep it coming, dreamboat. Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.52) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.56). The Dodgers clawed out a win yesterday after losing a heartbreaker on Thursday night. One win in the next two games retains the belt. And you would think, with our winningest pitcher this season on the mound, we should be pretty set, right? Not so fast, sports fans. This game is weird not only because of the 6p start, but also because the Dodgers are running an Oldtimers' Game before handing out 1965 Replica World Series rings (first 40K fans). The Oldtimers' Game will start at 4p and will be...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 16, 2015

The Curse Of The Mingling Sons

As SoSG Dusty chronicled yesterday, May 14, 2015 was the first game in which two Sons not only mingled at the game, but also may have made sweet sweet love. And, after going an amazing 11-0 this season, that game marked the end of the Sons' undefeated attendance streak in 2015. It also marked the rare game where the Dodgers scored 4+ runs and lost the game, not to mention an end to the Rockies' 11-game loss streak. And, it was rainy as all get out. But leave weather aside, sports fans: us Sons have diligently been trying to understand the true meaning of this event, sort of like Nicolas...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 15, 2015
Game 35 Thread: May 15 vs. Rockies, 7p

Game 35 Thread: May 15 vs. Rockies, 7p

Can I have my 100th career win NOW? Pretty please? Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.26) vs. Eddie Butler (2-3, 3.73) A two-game losing streak? The hell? I thought we didn't do that anymore. Can we have some good news, please? Today, the #Dodgers reinstated RHP Kenley Jansen from the 15-day DL and optioned LHP Daniel Coulombe to @okc_dodgers.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 15, 2015 Yeah, that'll do. The clouds are lifting. Here's your ray of sunshine...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 15, 2015
My Sad Soggy Slog

My Sad Soggy Slog

Thought I'd check in with a take on last night's game. [This is not an official PGT; I would have had to remember critical details of the game itself that seemed to take 17 trillion hours to play.] The game was my third game this week, and I admit I actually almost didn't go. But what the heck, it was Sandy Koufax pin night, so I just made a right on Sunset instead of heading home from work. Game on! The clouds were already looming ominously as I made my way up to the gates. And of course I hadn't grabbed the right waterproof jacket on my way out, so I was set up to fail. The good news is...
Sons of Steve Garvey May 14, 2015

Game 34 Thread: May 14 vs. Rockies, 7p

Tonight's stadium giveaway.Brett Anderson (2-1, 3.52) vs. Chad Bettis (0-0, -.--). Back to a normal start time, but also back to the Rockies and rain. Will we play tonight? Who the hell is Chad Bettis? There's not much info available about him, so I'll just assume he's a hybrid between Chad Billingsley and Jerome Bettis. Which means he must have monster thighs. Anderson should be fresh, having thrown only 63 pitches in last weeks' rain-shortened win in Colorado. The bullpen will be sans Pedro Baez, who was placed on the DL with a strained pec. When does Kenley return?
Sons of Steve Garvey May 14, 2015
At-Game Recap: SoSG AC Finds A New Friend (May 12, 2015)

At-Game Recap: SoSG AC Finds A New Friend (May 12, 2015)

Doesn't get much more beautiful than this, on Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead night. Photo by SoSG AC.
Sons of Steve Garvey May 13, 2015

Game 33 Thread: May 13 vs. Marlins, 4:50p

Carlos Frias (3-0, 2.13) vs. Jarred (not canned) Cosart (1-3, 3.67) WEIRD AFTERNOON START TIME ALERT! (Perhaps the schedulers had "mental problems.") Expect lots of shadow talkin' from the announcers (including Vin, he's guilty too, but he gets a pass) and snide attendance comments from beat writers on Twitter. With the series won, the belt retained, and old friends both shut down and knocked around, the only thing left for the Dodgers to do is get the sweep. They can do that and still be done in time for me to watch Arrow. Squish the Fish!
Sons of Steve Garvey May 13, 2015
Dodgers Filet Fish, Retain Baseball World Heavyweight Title

Dodgers Filet Fish, Retain Baseball World Heavyweight Title

Respect the Beard! In record time and devastating fashion, the Dodgers squashed their challengers from South Beach, retaining the Baseball World Heavyweight Title in two straight falls.* The champs lured the Marlins into a false sense of security early, letting them think they'd take the first fall. Then, from out of nowhere, Scott Van Slyke hit his finisher on Steve Cishek, giving the Dodgers the first fall. Gif by the always-astonishing Conman. Duh. The second fall was almost never in doubt, despite an aerial assault from Giancarlo Stanton in the opening moments. The Fish were no match...

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