A big game, but aren't they all?

Yes, at this point every game is huge, including tonight’s. We all know how important it is, so there’s no point in me blabbering away. Here’s who’s going to get it done tonight:

Furcal, SS

Lofton, CF

Saenz, 1B

Kent, 2B

Drew, RF

Martin, C

Anderson, LF

Lugo, 3B

Billingsley, P

Yes, Nomar is going to get the day off (at least to start), as Grady’s hoping that Olmedo can continue to mash off the Pirates the way he has all year. And quite obviously, Nomar is not 100 percent health-wise and could use the day, from what Grady has told me.

61 comments

  1. kday01@charter.net

    No Comment on todays lineup I’ve seen enough. Even if we make the playoffs, with the day to day Grady approach we will be three and out!!!!!

  2. rayloveselaine@hotmail.com

    last night i got really sick at the game, and i’m still going today, so we better win today!..

    BELIEVE IN BLUE!

  3. kristograf@yahoo.com

    Uggghhhh…..Lugo again! At least he fell to the 8 spot in the lineup. There’s no doubt we need this one. I’m a Brandon Webb fan tonight….hoping he can manage a shutout on the Pads.

  4. griffon64@webmail.co.za

    Doesn’t matter what lineup we throw out there ( and this lineup isn’t that bad ) Tomko and the other bullpen brats will simply throw the game away for us if Billingsly doesn’t do it himself.

    What does your $10 million a year position players help you if your bargain bullpen guys just cough up game after game after game?

  5. euhlman@bwr.eastlink.ca

    Good job Ray. Hope you are feeling better and the Dodgers make you feel even better yet. I am a firm believer in Yogi’s, “You’re never out of it ’til you’re out of it.” Also believe in. “That’s why they play the game.” Hoping for a good one tonight. I seldom comment on the lineup but do like to see some definite consistency in a lineup from game to game. I think the article in the Times re:Lugo is correct. He is much better than he has been as a Dodger but plays so seldomly and out of his natural position he can’t get in a rhythm. Not a strong believer in lefty – righty match ups either. Just go out and play the game. The biggest problem that seems to be unfixable at this stage is the bullpen. I expect everyone knows when the starter leaves things are not going to be pretty. However, that is our lot and someone has to shore up the pen. Maybe Hendrickson 53. C’mon Chad. Come on bullpen. Go Dodgers!!! Make Ray a happy man tonight.

  6. euhlman@bwr.eastlink.ca

    Great that Russ’s dad played the National Anthem last night. A nice touch. Made all us Canadian Dodger fans feel pretty good.

  7. interpol1414@yahoo.com

    why didn’t Grady Little start Almedo during this whole series!!? & like somebody else mentioned thank god Lugo is way down there & Martin is up in the line up. i’m sorry but like Josh said these are importand games & i’m gonna rant all the way the NL West panant race!!!

    Go Dodgers!

  8. nate-lori@sbcglobal.net

    If we get swept by the Bucs are playoff hopes are most certainly shot to ****. The bullpen has certainly been giving many gifts away lately. Can’t say that it’s been any different than the beginning of the season. Lance Carter ring a bell?

  9. rayloveselaine@hotmail.com

    if this team could only figure out how to play consistent ball… thats what were lacking, consistency, and switching the lineup everyday might not be the best solution, and just like the lineup has to be consistent, so does the bullpen, every guy has to have a defined roll, aside from saito, every guys spot is not defined..

    BELIEVE IN CONSISTENCY!

    BELIEVE IN MEDICINE!

    BELIEVE IN BLUE!

  10. interpol1414@yahoo.com

    according to Grady Tomko is our 7th inning guy along with Dessens, screw that just pitch who ever can get the job done Beimel,Broxton, Saito. if i look up on the score board & see the Padres lossing i’m gonna do everything with in my power to win PERIOD!!

  11. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    i agree Beimel, Broxton and Saito should be the 7th,8th and 9th pitchers. Tomko should come in if we are playing a minor league team.

  12. rayloveselaine@hotmail.com

    tomko right now should be shackeled to the bench, there is no way this guy should be brought in anytime soon, this is probably my last post until the game is over, i’m about to leave and beat the traffic… hopefully olmedo, and bills come through tonight, but if we cant beat a rookie with 2 career outings, we do not deserve to go to the playoffs..

    BELIEVE IN CONSISTENCY!

    BELIEVE IN MEDICINE!

    BELIEVE IN BLUE!

  13. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    yeah Olmedo is gonna hit atleast one home run tonight…i bought a blue shirt and had a lady press a fire grady patch onto the shirt…if i can find a camera ill take a pic of it and post it but i dont have a digital camera

  14. tlasorda2@yahoo.com

    The Dodgers could’ve won 90- plus this year easy. They’ve given away so many games – starting in April with Dioner Navarro to recently with Tomko and a lot of the questionable strategies of Little.
    -I had a bad feeling about Penny starting the all-star game. And it seems his start in that game was just unnecessary work and stress that upset his rhythm.

    -Maddux has been a great surprise since coming to the Dodgers. Aside from April he was not good this season in Chicago.

    -I’m not giving up hope on this year. We can still win the division. Lot’s of strange things can happen in this era of the wild card as well.

    This team is more capable than the one in the ’04 playoffs.

    -Go Dodgers

  15. kevblewis@sbcglobal.net

    Even after last nights tense ninth I am heading back out again tonight. I will cheer like mad because I refuse to give up on these guys until it is over. I think I might need some therapy though. I have been to the games this week on Monday, Wednesday, tonight, and then tomorrow night.

    Yikes,

  16. interpol1414@yahoo.com

    the S.F. series is gonna be great as well, a friend of mine is going up there for the final series, no matter what happens it will be intertaining & i thank the Dodgers front office for that.

  17. skunkspot2001@yahoo.com

    Jim Tracey is the second half NL manager of the year!!!

    Grady was just manager of the month during that one long streak.

    “Bring Back Jim” as I will start an online petition if this **** continues.

  18. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    Skunkspot – You don’t get to ignore the first half, though. Tracy dropped the ball by continually benching Craig Wilson, who would have made that lineup much better, in favor of Jeromy Burnitz and Sean Casey for no reason except that Wilson was right handed.

    Never forget that Mike Edwards had the most at bats for a third baseman last year.

  19. rarrig3240@cox.net

    lets jump on this team early..they shouldnt even be in games with us….big runs early…lets not wait till we are down 4 in the 7th or 8th…enough with the drama..i cant take it anymore. plus im on the east coast and have been watching all week….late nights,man…havent got much sleepthisweek andi dont think next week is gonna be any better…big lead early, maybe i can get to bed at a reasonable hour..lol

  20. kristograf@yahoo.com

    I don’t know interpol, I think Grittle has been terrible as a manager. He is way too laid back….there is no fire in the belly of this team. Add that to his inability to manage a pitching staff, and his inconsistent lineups day to day and we end up with the team we have been seeing…..at times great, and at times hard to watch.

  21. lostmysoul321@gmail.com

    Well I had killer seats for Saturday night’s game, but I just scored tickets for the UFC PPV instead. I’m a die hard Dodger fan, but I can’t handle watching a team that can’t even beat the Pirates during a pennant chase. I’ll take MMA over baseball anytime. By the way, is Chuck Liddell throwing out the first pitch on Sunday?

  22. rarrig3240@cox.net

    joe beimal looks really good….beilmal to broxton to saito…we could use another run or 2 ….padres bout to win unfortunately…pirates better give them fits like they gave us!!!

  23. rarrig3240@cox.net

    finally…why dont we produce runs until the 8th or 9th? lets go pirates now…beat down the padres….lets kick the s**t out of arizona and take back sole possession of first! pitching staff held their own tonight

  24. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    Billingsley still got the win, thanks to that one guy who wasn’t really sharp. 🙂

    The Dodgers got 8 walks, and that’s just about always good for the offense.

  25. rayloveselaine@hotmail.com

    i think i got even sicket today, but it was worth it.. we finally won, and at least were in first in the wild card..and consistency in the bullpen, thats what i was talking about! its nice to know whos comming in and doing what… well, i better go take something so i make it out again 2morrow..

    BELIEVE IN BLUE!

  26. fansince53@yahoo.com

    Great game tonight. Billingsley pitched well, although his pitch count was high (again). Gotta love our only solid relievers: Beimel, Broxton, and Saito. Thank God Grady allowed Beimel to go two. That kid is awesome. He has the best pick-off move in the game.

    The numbers don’t lie:

    Furcal – 1 for 3

    Lofton – 1 for 4

    Saenz – 1 for 2 with a HR and 2 RBI’s

    Kent – 1 for 3

    Drew – 1 for 2 with 1 RBI

    Martin – 1 for 4 with 1 RBI

    Anderson – 0 for 2 but with a HUGE RBI on the suicide squeeze. The guy is a stud and is my new favorite Dodger!

    Lugo – 0 for 4 (the guy is useless. He shouldn’t be in the line-up for the rest of the season).

    Kemp – Another ugly pinch hit strike out. He has become our official “Designated Out”. He needs to play one full year of Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Loney – 0 for 1. I think he and Ethier has been taking batting instructions from Kemp.

    You can bet that Arizona will be gunning for us big time. We need to bump everything up a notch if we want to win the West.

    GO DODGERS!

  27. max_power_05@yahoo.com

    what a great game last night…Chad Bills pitched great! and I called Olmedo’s home run and almost caught it too! Ill be at the games tonight and Tomorrow! we gotta SWEEP THE D’ BACKS!

  28. griffon64@webmail.co.za

    Good work, Beimel!

    We really, really, REALLY need to sweep the Diamondbacks. I’ve been uhming and ahing about that, but we really do need to win the remaining nine. Yes, all nine of them. There’s no reason why we can’t, so let’s go do it!

  29. fansince53@yahoo.com

    33 million to one:
    If you are a numbers guy like me, check this article out: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/15581761.htm

    All I can say is WOW!

    Double edged sword:

    It goes without saying that the Dodgers really need to win most (if not all) of their remaining nine games to win the NL West. But at the same time, we need help from the St. Louis Cardinals next week, too, as they square off against the Padres. The problem is, in order for the Dodgers to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs, they need to end the season with a better record than the Cards. Obviously, this home field advantage issue is second on our “Things to Do” list. We need to get there first.

    Can’t go it alone:

    Even before the St. Louis thing comes into play, we REALLY need the Pirates to play as well (or better) against the Padres this weekend as they did against the Dodgers. Even though the Dodgers were able to pretty much keep Jason Bay at Bay (sorry, I just had to use that one) with no homeruns, Freddie Sanchez flat tore us up. Sanchez went 8 for 14 (.571) against the Dodgers. (Gee, you’d think he was the batting championship leader or something). As much as we hated the Pirates these past three days, we are ALL Pirate fans beginning today! As a trivial side note, Sanchez is a graduate of Burbank High School here in Southern California, as am I (albeit I graduated a few decades before Freddie did). In that regard – Go Bulldogs!

    It doesn’t get any better than this:

    Sure, we’d all like to have the NL West locked up by now, as the Mets and Yankees have (I HATE the Yankees!); but it is the excitement of a stretch run like the one that we are experiencing that makes baseball such a great and passionate game. Every night, we fall asleep with the Dodgers on our minds, only to wake up the next morning with them still there. On more than one occasion, I have fired up my computer immediately after silencing my alarm to check the standings, etc. And the anticipation and anxiety of getting to Dodger Stadium each day is overwhelming. (I am already dreading the pending off-season).

    Keep the faith guys. As I have said before, the Dodgers need our support now more than ever.

    GO DODGERS!

    PS: Sorry for the long-winded post, but like the MLB promo says: “I LIVE for this!”

    PPS: Did I mention that I HATE the Yankees?

  30. fisher928@yahoo.com

    Ditto on the Yanks….My distant favorite team next to the Dodger is always the one Beating the Yankees…….

    We Better make the Playoffs because the last thing I hear this year in Dodger Baseball better not be steiner unless he is saying his farewells…Although I have to admit I heard his Nomar Homer call on KFWB tues morning and it was actually pretty good He was finally into the Dodgers! Pieces are set you all know what needs to be done and have done it before Go Mongoose on the Snakes!

    GO BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW!!!!

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