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Game 10 Thread: April 17 vs. Rockies, 7p

Game 10 Thread: April 17 vs. Rockies, 7p

My new favorite shirt. Get one here. Clayton Kershaw (0-1, 5.84) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 6.00) 0-1? 5.84 ERA? This is Clayton Kershaw, we're talking about, right? OK, so Kid K hasn't exactly exploded out of the blocks this year, but it's still early. He's probably just getting used to throwing to a new catcher. (What's that? He's still only pitching to AJ? OK...) But hey, he's facing the Rockies tonight. At Dodger Stadium. I have a vague recollection of that going quite well last time it happened. Just...don't pay any attention the Rockies' hot start. Tonight is also the first Friday Night...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 16, 2015

Well Played Von's Virgil Village

Scoreboard watching while we await the Rockies. D'Bags vs The Hated Ones.  Bradley vs Bumgarner.  
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 16, 2015
Post-Game 9 Thread: Dodgers Honor Jackie Robinson By Sweeping Mariners

Post-Game 9 Thread: Dodgers Honor Jackie Robinson By Sweeping Mariners

42 was in full effect today at the Stadium (photo from SoSG stringer) DODGERS 5, MARINERS 2 With Jackie Robinson's memory honored by 42 jerseys on both teams, the Dodgers went out today and took the bull by the horns, going against their tendency for dramatic come-from-behind victories. Sure, Nelson Cruz got yet another home run off a Dodgers starter (this time, Brett Anderson: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB and 3 Ks). But unlike the last two nights, the Dodgers came out strong: three runs in the first inning (Andre Ethier with a two-out single to score Yasmani Grandal; Scott Van Slyke...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 15, 2015
Game 9 Thread: April 15 vs. Mariners, 7p

Game 9 Thread: April 15 vs. Mariners, 7p

Brett Anderson (0-0, 4.50) vs. Taijuan Walker (0-1, 24.30) Normally for the Game Thread we'd be playing off some seemingly clever pun on Taijuan's name, perhaps playing off a mashup of Taiwan and Tijuana, in search of a laugh. Tonight, however, we strike a more somber and respectful tone as we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and as Dodger Stadium hosts MLB's annual Civil Rights Game. Sixty-eight years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the modern era of baseball. Appropriately, MLB honors that legacy each year on this date and we here at Sons pay our respect as well. It...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 15, 2015
Post-Game 8 Thread: And A Kendrick Walkoff Tonight Makes Two In A Row

Post-Game 8 Thread: And A Kendrick Walkoff Tonight Makes Two In A Row

"And A Kendrick", get it? (gratuitous boob shot) DODGERS 6, MARINERS 5 This time, it didn't take extras. But the storyline was the same as last night (not to mention an identical final score): new Dodgers pitcher gives up early HRs, including to Nelson Cruz (1-for-3, with HRs in four straight games); and Alex Guerrero has a big hit to start the comeback (two-run PH HR in the fourth to make it 4-3 Seattle). But the hero tonight was Howie Kendrick, whose one-out bases-loaded single scored Jimmy Rollins from third, with Carl Crawford beating the throw from rightfielder (and I use that...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015

Game 8 Thread: April 14 vs. Mariners, 7p

\ So good, he needs no stat line. David Huff (0-0, 0.00) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 6.00). Don't hassle the Huff, okay? He went 2-0 this spring, with either a 1.50 or a 1.32 ERA this spring, which either way sounds pretty good ($48M man Brandon McCarthy, might I remind you, has a 6.75 ERA). So what do we expect from Huff, 25-28 career, including a 1-0 record for the hated Giants (last year; after he was dealt by, and then returned to, the Yankees)? Besides, you wouldn't hit a man with glasses, right? Even one whose career ERA+ is 80, and whose career is most similar to players like...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015

McCarthy Was Terrible/Brilliant Last Night!

LA Times' Bill Shaikin breaks down Brandon McCarthy's pitching performance last night. I was at the game, and I viewed McCarthy as terrible and, well, lucky. Turns out he was good as well: The Dodgers' right-hander became the first pitcher in major league history to give up four home runs in a game in which he walked none and struck out at least 10. He ended the evening as the major league leader in home runs allowed -- and in strikeouts. In 12 innings this season, he has given up six home runs and struck out 19. Shaikin also notes that McCarthy has given up nine runs this season, eight on...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015

Josh Beckett, In Retirement

Pretty nice piece from TWC Sportsnet here. Nice to see Beckett seems comfortable with his new life, one season after throwing a no-hitter with the Dodgers.
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015

Caption Contest: "There's A Place For You..."

The Hyatt Place window frame advertisements for yesterday's Gameday game (actually, they have been up all week) are really annoying. I get it, Hyatt has a new sub-brand, positioned for business travelers but basically an upgraded Hilton Garden Inn. So why is this guy so smug again? And where should be the proper place for this guy?
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015

Two Good Games, And Suddenly There's Controversy

Alex Guerrero had his first major league HR on Sunday, and then was the walk-off winner Monday. And now, according to Mark Saxon, third base is a "muddled picture": Guerrero -- perhaps the most mysterious player on the Dodgers' 25-man roster -- showed the Dodgers he can do something else they didn't know he could do: get a bucket of sugary red liquid dumped on his head. Guerrero came up with a clutch, two-out single to drive in Andre Ethier with the winning run in the Dodgers' comeback 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners in 10 innings and Yasiel Puig gave him the requisite dowsing as he did...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 14, 2015
Post-Game 7 Thread: Guerrero Plates Ethier in Extras

Post-Game 7 Thread: Guerrero Plates Ethier in Extras

I had a 4-0 lead, and I didn't win? DODGERS 6, MARINERS 5 (10) The Mariners hit four home runs tonight off of Brandon McCarthy (who amazingly notched 10 more strikeouts and now leads the team with 19 total): two from Nelson Cruz, and one each from Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley. McCarthy went 7.0 IP and gave up 5 ER as well, so his ERA sits at a healthy 6.75. But the Dodgers still won, amazingly, stoking an impressive comeback led by Alex Guerrero. Guerrero sacrificed Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth inning, paving the way for Joc Pederson to single home two more runs that...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 13, 2015
Game 7 Thread: April 13 vs. Mariners, 7p

Game 7 Thread: April 13 vs. Mariners, 7p

Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 7.20) vs. James "Bill" Paxton (0-1, 3.00). James Paxton has a 9-5 career record including his 0-1 2015 numbers (2.68 lifetime ERA). As a three-time minor league all-star for Seattle, however, one might think Paxton has a million dollar arm. Alas, his salary is only $519K, perhaps speaking to the frailty of his starts (seven innings is about Paxton's vertical limit, as he's only exceeded that once in his career), as well as a persistent knee problem. He's known for his fastball, which hasn't hit speeds of 90mph of late; he also goes to the sinker, but as for his...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 13, 2015
Post-Games 4 and 5 Thread: Ugly Moments

Post-Games 4 and 5 Thread: Ugly Moments

D'BACKS 4, DODGERS 3 (10) D'BACKS 6, DODGERS 0 Friday night in Arizona, the Dodgers battled all the way back from a 3-0 deficit with a Yasmani Grandal HR and Jimmy Rollins 2-run double. And then, they lost it when J.P. Howell let Ender Inciarte hit a walk-off single in the 10th with one out (Cliff Pennington walked, advanced on a wild pitch, stole third, and then scored when Howell finished his immolation). Good times. Worse times on Saturday night, when Clayton Kershaw got hit for six runs (five ER) over 6.1 IP, while rookie Archie Bradley kept the Dodgers scoreless through six innings. ...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 12, 2015
Game 6 Thread: April 12 @ D'backs, 1p

Game 6 Thread: April 12 @ D'backs, 1p

Zack Greinke (0-0, 1.50) vs. Josh Collmenter (0-1, 7.71) Spanky asked for boobs, so boobs we'll offer. It's the Sons equivalent of putting on a collective rally cap. Anything to get some mojo or some juju or some karma or whatever it takes to get something going in this thus-far rocky season. We'd sacrifice a virgin to the Baseball Gods if we thought it would help, but Delino is afraid of knives. Kershaw got his ass whupped yesterday so Greinke takes the mound to get the train back on the rails. So far, Zack has been our best pitcher, but that bar is set pretty low at this point. Speaking...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 10, 2015
Game 4 Thread: April 9 vs. D'backs, 6:40p

Game 4 Thread: April 9 vs. D'backs, 6:40p

Brett Anderson (0-0, -.--) vs. Chase Anderson (0-0, -.--) Welp, only three games deep into the season (Dodgers sit at 2-1), we start a pitcher whose game day scouting report notes "All eyes will be on the radar gun as Anderson barely reached 90 mph in his final tuneup against the Angels, although he insisted his surgically repaired back is fine." Your re-vamped lineup, ladies and gentlemen! It may well take Adrian Gonzalez hitting 17 home runs tonight to overcome the dread D'bags in what has recently been a tense rivalry, including most recently a dust-up in a Spring Training game. We here...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 10, 2015

Another Reason Momo Is...

Los Angeles Dodgers' front office think tank is a force to be reckoned with (Ramona Shelburne, ESPN.com)This is a great article that puts this off-season into perspective. We might be returning to this piece in a few years once we see how Friedman & Zaidi's plan has come to fruition.
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 10, 2015
Props to This Guy

Props to This Guy

Seen at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night: "Okay, I want the number eight on the back. But I want you to turn it sideways. That's right, sideways. I don't know, just center it where the vertical number would be. You see? That's right, Vin Scully forever!"
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 9, 2015

What, No Ed Goodson?

Click here to vote in the Dodgers portion of MLB.com's "Franchise Four" vote. Here's the ballot: Of course, we're biased:
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 9, 2015
Frankrupt Is Back

Frankrupt Is Back

From a press release: Sports Parody Brand FRANKRUPT Returns for Dodgers 2015 Season Popular brand featured in LA Times, Huffington Post, ABC 7 News, KFI Sports Talk, ESPN Talk Radio makes a come back. After receiving national media attention in 2011 following Frank McCourts bankruptcy of the Dodgers, Frankrupt has re-launched with a new line of Dodger-fan themed tee shirts. New shirt styles include the "Orel Sax 1988 World Champs" tee shirt, which has already provided a laugh to Orel Hershiser himself (as seen in the attached photo). Other styles such as "I Like Slyke", "Man Bear Puig",...
Sons of Steve Garvey Apr 9, 2015

Post-Game 3 Thread: Gonzalez' 3 HR Make History

DODGERS 7, PADRES 4 Adrian Gonzalez hit three HR tonight, going 4-for-4 with 4 RBI. As per MLB.com, Gonzalez becomes the first player in MLB history to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season. He is batting .769 this year, with a 2.077 slugging average and a 2.846 OPS. Adrian Gonzalez is on pace to hit 270 home runs this season. Meanwhile, #3 starter Brandon McCarthy has as many Ks (9) as Clayton Kershaw, and over twice as many as #2 Zack Greinke. His line wasn't great tonight: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 Ks and 2 HR), but it was effective enough. And, unlike last...

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