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Sons of Steve Garvey 24 mins ago
Post-Game 106 Thread: Burger Time!

Post-Game 106 Thread: Burger Time!

DODGERS 4, GIANTS 3 You would always hate to drop the last game of a three-game series, when said last game is on national television (versus the first two games, in which the Dodgers outscored the Giants by 12 runs to regain possession of first place in the NL West). With ESPN pundits like Buster Olney pontificating from the sidelines, this game held relevance even though the Dodgers had already secured the series. In fact, the Giants (and ESPN) would have liked nothing more than the narrative of newly acquired Jake Peavy, serving as the white knight to save the orange and black. Alas,...
Sons of Steve Garvey 7 hours ago
Game 106 Thread: July 27 @ Giants, 5p

Game 106 Thread: July 27 @ Giants, 5p

Our In-N-Out superstition continues — we're going with the 100x100 for the series sweep and first place today.Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39) vs. Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72). Jake Peavy is 14-2 lifetime against the Dodgers, BUT he's only faced them three times in the past six years, AND his record in those three games is 1-2 (he lost twice in 2009, his last year with the Padres; the one win came last year with the Red Sox). As you can see from his record this year, at age 33 he's losing the form that made him a Cy Young winner in 2007. BUT he's an ex-Padres wearing a Giants uniform starting a game...
Sons of Steve Garvey 11 hours ago
Why Do These Exist?

Why Do These Exist?

Discuss. And purchase one here, if you dare.
Sons of Steve Garvey 12 hours ago
Rox Misspell 15K Jerseys On Tulowitzki Jersey Night; Dinger Unscathed

Rox Misspell 15K Jerseys On Tulowitzki Jersey Night; Dinger Unscathed

If one fires Dinger (who is clearly behind this atrocity, with his jealousy of Troy Tulowitzki's star widely known), one can afford a proofreader. The Colorado Rockies gave out 15,000 replica jerseys honoring All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Saturday night, but the back of them read "Tulowizki" instead -- minus the second "T." The Rockies said they discovered the misspelling at some point, but instead of disappointing those looking forward to receiving the jersey, the team said in a statement that it decided to hand them out anyway. "Is there something wrong with it?" fan Jordan...
Sons of Steve Garvey 15 hours ago

Saxon Waxes Well On Kershaw

It's gotta be tough to do a daily sportsbeat these days, but Mark Saxon turned in a nice piece yesterday, by positioning Kershaw's business-like two-hitter Saturday, to a lesson in team leadership: But the Dodgers are a pitching-first team, and Dodgers pitching is a Kershaw-first phenomenon. He could pitch well in a phone booth, but put him on the mound at a cool, breezy bayside stadium with big outfield gaps, and the other team's hitters might as well close their eyes and swing as hard as they can. Maybe they'll get lucky. Nothing else seems to be working. Kershaw has a 0.69 ERA at AT&T...
Sons of Steve Garvey 23 hours ago
Post-Game 105 Thread: Dodgers Drink Giants' Milkshake

Post-Game 105 Thread: Dodgers Drink Giants' Milkshake

DODGERS 5, GIANTS 0 Did you know In-N-Out serves milkshakes? It's true; they're delicious. Clayton Kershaw was delicious tonight, pitching a complete-game two-hit shutout against the Giants. He used 113 pitches and struck out seven. The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings but still managed to capitalize on the Giants' pitching. Hanley had a two-out RBI in the fourth, Uribe had an RBI single in the fifth, Crawford and Uribe had RBIs in the sixth, and AGon added a seventh-inning RBI. If only one more Dodger had knocked a run in, we could say Five Guys had...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 26, 2014
Game 105 Thread: July 26 @ Giants, 6p

Game 105 Thread: July 26 @ Giants, 6p

Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.92) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (5-7, 3.99) We've tried boobs. Might as well try burgers. Dodgers will hope to double down on their emphatic win last night, and the odds are good for doing so with the #1 pitcher in baseball taking on a struggling Vogelsong. As SoSG Sax reported earlier today, it seems as though Puig is becoming more entrenched in center field, which may be part of the secret menu to help provide the stability that hasn't truly been there all season, really shake things up, in time for the stretch run. Only a half game separates these two teams, and this...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 26, 2014

This Puig-In-Center-Field Thing May Have Legs

We saw Yasiel Puig start in center for the first time this year, and it looks like this move, unlike other Dodgers before Puig who have not fared well in center, might have some legs (get it?!): After moving Matt Kemp out of the position in May because they were unsatisfied with his defense, and tiring of the lack of speed from the next two players they tried there, Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke, the Dodgers have decided to make Yasiel Puig their center fielder. Puig returned from a hand injury and started in center for Friday night's opener of a crucial three-game series against the San...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 26, 2014
Post-Game 104 Thread: Puig Serves Up Triple Triple; Dodgers Go Animal Style on Giants

Post-Game 104 Thread: Puig Serves Up Triple Triple; Dodgers Go Animal Style on Giants

DODGERS 8, GIANTS 1 The Dodgers, rested from their day off yesterday, opened up tonight's game with some sparks, with Yasiel Puig tripling and Adrian Gonzalez knocking him in for the 1-0 lead. Little did we know what this would augur. The fifth inning is where the Dodgers opened up the can of whup-ass, mostly on Tim Lincecum: Zack Greinke with a one-out single. Dee Gordon RBI triple to center. Puig RBI triple to center. A-Gon RBI single to right. Hanley Ramirez single to left; Lincecum chased after 4.1 IP. With Juan Gutierrez pitching, Carl Crawford lines to first for the second out. Matt...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 25, 2014
Game 104 Thread: July 25 @ Giants, 7p

Game 104 Thread: July 25 @ Giants, 7p

Zack Greinke (11-6, 2.90) vs. Tim Lincecum (9-6, 3.65). "There's never any controversy or distractions around a Bochy team. They just play hardball," writes Richard Justice at MLB.com. Look, we get it. The Giants have chemistry, magic bat-splintering googly-eyed aliens, and Chardonnay. They turn fool's gold into MelkyScutaroHudson. They are the Littlest $154-Million-Payroll Team That Could. That would make the Dodgers the bad guys, and tonight the bad guys are starting Greinke in the type of game they are paying him $147 million to win. Not give-his-team-a-chance win, but...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 24, 2014

Kemp's Doing Great! (Caveat Emptor)

Dodgers.com trumpeted yesterday that players' coach Don Mattingly was awful impressed with Matt Kemp's two-game record in right field. Hmm: PITTSBURGH -- Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez missed another start Tuesday night nursing left hand injuries, so manager Don Mattingly had Matt Kemp back in right field and Justin Turner at shortstop. Kemp, in fact, impressed Mattingly so much with his natural play in right field Monday night that Mattingly said he is considering trying Puig in center field. The reason center field is an issue is that Mattingly took that job from Kemp, who hasn't...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 24, 2014
Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field

Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field

We don't get TWC at SoSG Worldwide Headquarters, so we apologize for the lack of new Vin transcriptions this season. But we've dipped into the archives (OK, last year's games) to bring you some fresh transcriptions we haven't run yet. Vin Scully, from the sixth inning of the Mets-Dodgers game on August 13, 2013: It was memorable to have a chance of working in Ebbets Field. It was a delightful place. On this day in 1951, for several years, the Dodgers had a group of fans who had musical instruments. They didn't play 'em well, but they had instruments. They were called the Dodgers...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014

Post-Game 103 Thread: Haren, Eaten Up

PIRATES 6, DODGERS 1 After becoming deluded into thinking otherwise, thanks to Josh Beckett's no-hitter, coupled with Dan Haren's 4-0 start to the season by Dan Haren. But Beckett proved yesterday over his ephemeral 3.2 IP that he is not reliable, and Dan Haren came out today and evidenced why his season start was just a mirage. The back of the Dodgers' order is just a train wreck. And with each car crash, we have to suffer through Paul Maholm. Haren gave up five runs in the first two innings, and though he stretched out to a somewhat-less-implausible 5.0 IP (in which he apparently...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014
Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43) Well, who's ready for the inevitable gut punch today? Will it be a fast-regressing Haren allowing multiple home runs and getting bounced in the 4th? Will it be the Noffense? Will it be our zombie bullpen walking in three runs? Will it be because we can't field a full squad after having so many of our players hit and hurt? Will every Dodger batter swing at the first pitch? Will Dodger outfielders switch positions between Pirate at-bats? These questions and others persist. Yes, as many have pointed out the team still has as many wins as...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014

Post-Game 102 Thread: Pirates Plunder Dodgers

PIRATES 12, DODGERS 7 It was almost a game. Pirates had two solo shots in the second; Dodgers return with two runs in the top of the third (Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier RBI). Pirates get two more runs in the bottom of the third; A.J. Ellis knocks in two in the top of the sixth. but with A.J. Ellis on second and one out, the Dodgers keep Paul Maholm (who took over for Josh Beckett in the fourth) to bat. Maholm Ks, and Dee Gordon flies out. And then immediately afterward, Maholm gives up two leadoff singles, is replaced by Jamey Wright, but the floodgates are open and the Pirates...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014
At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

Here's another post in the series recapping the Dodgers' historic trip to Sydney, Australia, for 2014 MLB Opening Day. Going into the tunnels underneath the big scoreboard, heading from the Noble and Bradman Stands toward the O'Reilly Stand. Would you believe, instead of dot racing,...sailboat racing? Back in the original seats. Wish I could remember what was on the scoreboard at this time, as it's kinda blurry (the scoreboard, as well as my memory). Game over! Dodgers win! Diamondbacks sulk off the field in defeat! More soon! Earlier: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014
Game 102 Thread: July 22 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 102 Thread: July 22 @ Pirates, 4p

Baling wire. Not shown: spit.Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.26) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 3.38). The Pirates' offense, undoubtedly frustrated after seven innings of extended-rest Ryu, today face a fresh-off-the-DL Beckett, who is currently being held together with spit and baling wire. "I feel like as long as I'm not messing up my mechanics and I feel like I can get people out, I'm just going to ride it out until the end of the year," he said. It's not exactly Mel Gibson's speech in Braveheart, but as long as Beckett can keep filling that number-four slot, we'll take it.
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

Another Cuban On The Dodgers' Horizon?

In the first rumor ESPN has posted about the Dodgers since spring training this year, ESPN.com says that the Dodgers might be interested in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo (link insider only): Seattle may be the front-runner to land 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reported Friday that "some rival scouts suggest the Mariners, who seek a right-handed bat, are among the leading contenders to sign Castillo. ..." The speedy line-drive hitter will have a showcase in Miami on Saturday and, per Dutton, is also being pursued by the Baltimore Orioles,...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

Kemp: Right In, Rather Than Left Out

Matt Kemp started Monday's game in right field, and to his credit (unlike Kemp's agent), Kemp was saying all the right things prior to the game: “I’m just happy to be in the lineup,” Kemp said to The Times’ Dylan Hernandez in Pittsburgh. “It’s just another position to play.” It seems clear, however, the Dodgers are determined to let Kemp know they very much do not envision him a center fielder. The easy thing Monday would have been to send Andre Ethier back home to right and start Kemp in center; Carl Crawford is starting in left. Center is the more glamorous, demanding...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 5)

Okay, let's shake it up here from my last four entries in this series (links to which are conveniently posted along the bottom), and instead post some videos. Sure, they're short, but they're videos nonetheless! First, here's a quick video of Clayton Kershaw doing some warm-up throws: Next, here's the tail end of Scott Van Slyke's two-run HR (scoring Adrian Gonzalez), which ultimately proved to be the difference in the 3-1 final score (yes, that's me screaming like a madman on the audio): Finally, along with clay from California, two teams from America, and plenty of tradition: MLB...

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