August 2009

Battle of the Joshs

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The ThinkCure radiotelewebethon is this weekend and once again, two of the auction items online hit close to home. You can now bid online for the opportunity to spend a day following yours truly around the stadium. You can also bid to follow KABC’s Josh Suchon around the stadium and of course, all of the proceeds go to ThinkCure!, our official charity.

Last year, a battle ensued between the “other Josh” and myself, with Inside the Dodgers coming through and beating KABC in the end. We’ll have to do it again this year, so I’m leaning on those of you who have the money and inclination to give to a great cause.

Here’s what I can tell you about last year’s winner…after the fact, the winner sent a letter to ThinkCure saying that even though she paid only about $1,500, the experience was worth closer to $10,000. My typical day takes me to the Dodger clubhouse, on the field, into the manager’s office, into the broadcasting booths of a couple Hall of Famers, and countless other really cool things. So if you have the means, now’s the time to step up and show what Inside the Dodgers can do! (Of course, there are tons of great items to bid on that have nothing to do with either Josh).

And please forgive me if there are shameless plugs throughout the week, as the auction ends next Monday.

And on that note, here’s tonight’s lineup against the Cards.

Furcal, SS

Pierre, CF (Kemp’s been a little under the weather)

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Billingsley, P

As for Thursday, Jeff Weaver will start for us. Joe Torre said that the DL is becoming more apparent as an option for Kuroda, but we’ll wait a few days and see. He expects that Haeger will get at least another start at this point.

Homestand kicks off…

Hiroki Kuroda still has slight interrmittent headaches so he won’t start Thursday. Joe Torre still isnt’ sure who will be throwing for us that day and we don’t know if he’ll go on the DL. According to Joe, Kuroda had a big smile on his face today and Elbert is one option. He hopes to know by the end of the game today who will start on Thursday.

Obviously he needs to be 100 percent before he goes back out there. He will be reevaluated by a doctor tomorrow but the medical department sent him home to ‘rest the brain.’ All the things out here overstimulate the brain, according to Stan. Tomorrow he might stay out here longer and we can see how he responds to the stimulus.

Aumus is in the lineup because he has more experience catching a knuckleballer.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Hudson, 2B

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Kemp, CF (live chat with him tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT)

Loney, 1B

Ausmus, C

Haeger, P

 

Hiroki on our minds

What a tough game last night and a hard thing to watch…I’m sure many of you longtime fans had immediate flashback to Kaz Ishii and fortunately, the CT scan came back clear, so hopefully Kuroda will be okay. It’s a scary game and sometimes we can lose sight of that until we’re jarred back to reality.

On a much more positive note, Eric Collins is in town on an ESPN assignment so he hit up a game for the Single-A Inland Empire 66ers and weighed in over at Psychollingy.

And for those who didn’t see yesterday’s post, Lil Matt has hit the town. It’s on YouTube, too.

 

Lil Matt

Cool new video you gotta see.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Loretta, 1B

Hudson, 2B

Ausmus, C

Kuroda, P

Clayton's Place

Here’s a cool note from Jayson Stark of ESPN…

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but 21-year-old Dodgers phenom Clayton Kershaw seems to be under this nutty impression that he’s never supposed to give up a hit. He’s now made SEVEN starts this year in which he’s gone at least five innings and allowed either two hits or one.

And according to baseball-reference.com’s fabulous Play Index, only one other pitcher, age 21 or younger, in the last 55 years has cranked out that many starts of two hits or fewer in a season. That was the Giants’ Matt Cain, who also had seven in 2006.

But no one else that young has had more than FOUR in a season. The group at four: Dennis Eckersley (1976), Storm Davis (1983), Steve Avery (1991) and CC Sabathia (2001).

And in case you’re wonder about the most starts like that by a pitcher of any age in the division-play era, it’s 10, by Nolan Ryan – age 44 at the time – in 1991.

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s opener at Arizona…

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Hudson, 2B

Kershaw, P

Where in the world is Tommy Lasorda?

This week, he was in Midland, Michigan to watch the Single-A Loons and you can read about it here on his blog.

And this weekend, he heads to Brooklyn to be inducted in the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame!

Meanwhile, from what I understand, despite yesterday’s tough loss the team’s spirits are pretty high. They managed to come back when they were down to their last strike against one of the game’s top pitchers and still took two out of three from the charging Giants.

Tomorrow we kick off the weekend in Arizona where we need to continue to win series. Safe to say that if we take two out of every three games from here on out, we’ll be just fine!

 

Going for the San Francisco sweep

It’s been a little while since we broke out the brooms up north, but we have a chance to do that today. Lincecum vs. Weaver…on the surface, people will count us out because he’s the reigning Cy Young Award winner but given how well we’ve played the last two days, I’ll take our chances with this lineup:

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Castro, 2B

Weaver, P

According to Joe Torre, Orlando Hudson is available today if needed but with the off day tomorrow, he figured we’d give him the extra day off to get better.

We showed some heart in San Francisco…

The lame headlines have to end at some point, but why start now. Believe it or not, this blog is the feed for the Dodgers’ Facebook page, too, so we have to make sure it’s something remotely exciting, right? I’m assuming you’re all Facebook friends of ours by now, but in case you’re not…

Also, for those of you so inclined to listen, KABC’s DodgerTalk is now being podcast online. It’s usually up within 24 hours of the show, so listen in the next day if you’re not in Los Angeles or just want to hear Ken and Soosh talk about the team with your fellow fans.

And don’t forget, Friday is the sleepover. Have any of you been to this before? It’s a pretty cool annual event and this year is even better because we’re showing Field of Dreams after the Dodger game (and then you and dad can have a catch on the field, right?)

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Loney, 1B

Kemp, CF

Castro, 2B

Wolf, P

City by the Bay

A big three-game set this week against the Giants…if we win three, we’re back up by 8 1/2 games..and of course, if we get swept, this becomes a really, really tight race. Should be a very good series, as the Giants are a different team than the last time we saw them.

Here’s the lineup for tonight:

Furcal, SS

Martin, C

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Hudson, 2B

Kemp, CF

Loretta, 1B

Kuroda, P

Homstand finale

It’s gonna be a warm one today…but for those in Bleacher Beach, I’m sure they’ll be getting cooled off by Supersoakers. I wonder if they can bring those to the press box!

With Stults as today’s starter, we had to make a move and Abreu got sent back down. Given how well he’s played in the minors, I’m sure it won’t be long before he’s back.

It’s pretty amazing that even with the struggles we’ve had of late, we are still tied with the Yankees for the largest lead in baseball. But with a big series in San Fran coming up after today, a victory and some momentum would be nice this afternoon.

Here’s the lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Blake, 3B

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Hudson, 2B

Loretta, 1B

Stults, P

 

 

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