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The Kershawshank Redemption

The Dodgers are going for broke tonight as they have scrapped the Ricky Nalosco idea and  will have Clayton Kershaw start the game.  It’s in LA, the Dodgers have momentum and I’m sure Zach Greinke is at the ready too.

The Dodgers are rolling the dice and going for the victory tonight.  It will be a great call if it works.

Forget any stats – this is where the rubber meets the road and legends are made!

Clayton just needs to pitch the game of his life tonight.  End of story!

Ramirez is un-human and Puig ain’t far behind.  The Bluebloods and Junkyard Dogs are hitting on all cylinders.

Wow!  This is fun!

Here’s  the real question:  “Will the Dodgers have a pitcher on the NLCS roster whose last name starts with R?”


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69 Responses to “The Kershawshank Redemption”

  1. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’ll comment in a little while, but to begin with I’m guessing that you’re referring to “R”icky Nolasco. Possibly could be used out of the pen, but you’re right. He might be replaced. The first name that comes to mind is Edinson Volquez, but it could be Marmol, or whomever. Maybe they’ll decide to carry 10 pitchers, but I don’t think so based on what went on last night. That’s enough for now. Be back soon.

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Normally I’d be all for this. But the fact that Kershaw threw 124 pitches in his last outing, together with the fact that he’s never done this before, gives me some pause. But the Dodgers know their own pitcher better than I do, so I’ll just have to trust their judgment.

    Actually I’m hopeful that the Dodgers will be able to knock Freddy Garcia around tonight, and that it won’t be necessary for Kershaw to pitch the game of his life. The fact that Garcia is pitching may actually play a role in the Dodgers’ decision. Maybe they’re hoping for 5-7 good innings from Kershaw, with the hope that they’ll have enough of a cushion to turn it over to the pen. Withrow didn’t pitch yesterday, and neither did Wilson. Also, Nolasco and Greinke could conceivably be used in relief under certain circumstances, and Howell/Belisario/Jansen should also be available.

    And finally Mark, if Kershaw steps up to the task, I am guessing that you’re going to begin telling us again that he’s the greatest Dodger pitcher of all-time, and compare his start on 3 days rest to Koufax’s 2-0 shutout on TWO days rest. If so, that will be the equivalent of comparing apples to oranges, or better yet, Badger’s baseball ability to yours.

    See MLB Trade Rumors above. Marlins waived Steven Ames, after earlier waiving Josh Wall, who was claimed by the Angels.

  3. Michael says:

    Well let’s hope the Dodgers make for a Happy Birthday to Brooklyn, HB.

  4. Glass Is Half Full says:

    I guess the question is “Do you want Kershaw in a possible game 5 on the road or Grenke”…..hope this works out!

  5. Badger says:

    Very risky.

    I wouldn’t do it. But if I did he is on a strict pitch limit.

    With all the starting pitching we went through this year, are we down to two starters we trust?

  6. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Michael, thank you for remembering. Clayton needs to toss me a birthday present tonight. Actually, I just want him to come out of this in one piece, and for the Dodgers to win.

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    And Badger, I agree, it is risky, and there definitely should be a strict pitch limit.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    This is from MLB Trade Rumors above:

    Mark, I’m too lazy to look back at your remarks regarding this, but if I recall correctly, I believe you did mention that Mattingly could end up managing the Yankees next year.

  9. Roger Dodger says:

    I think Donnie is worried that if the Dodgers lost tonight — even with Kershaw in the final 5th game — that the Braves would bang out a win.

    So, I wants to end it with Clayton going like 5 or 6 strong innings and letting the pen take over for a win; and end it here.

    Then rest up till the next series.

  10. the truth hurts says:

    Happy Birthday Brooklyn. The pitch count on Thursday is absolutely correct. It scares the crap out of me……….pray for the best!

  11. Bball says:

    So one call our way after 50 calls the braves way. Sit your ass down McCann. The off season is near for you.

  12. Badger says:

    Happy Birthday Brooklyn. I know what you want, hope you get it.

    15 pitches per inning and he can get 6. We need to keep scoring and put these guys away.

  13. Bball says:

    Wake up. Crap. Sloppy

  14. Badger says:

    2 routine double play balls in one inning and Dodgers blow both of them. Kershaw deserves better.

  15. the truth hurts says:

    Agon- you better make up for that ****….same for you Ellis….

  16. Roger Dodger says:

    Somebody beside Crawford has to step up.

    This will be a crying shame if Clayton has to pitch tomorrow night as well.

  17. Badger says:

    Mark Ellis is getting his chance. So far, not so much.

  18. Rob says:

    Ellis better come up with a clutch hit because he looks horrible.

  19. Badger says:

    Yes he does Rob.

    If it was my call, and it isn’t, I don’t let Kershaw go past 90. And if Mattingly lets him go past 100 he’s an idiot. It’s a Joe Torre move and we don’t need any more of him around here.

  20. Badger says:

    Kershaw vs Garcia a push?

    That’s a bet I would lose every time.

    Thanks defense.

  21. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I can’t believe they brought in Belisario with the score tied. This might just put me in the fire Mattingly camp.

  22. Rob says:

    Well belly just gave it up, not surprising.

  23. Pgunn says:

    Wasted Kershaw. Meanwhile Scully moans about the 7th inning.

  24. jerry says:

    every time the dodger score a lot of run ..the next game is played like shit,dont like donnie move,s . we had chance to score..but keep leaving them on.

  25. Badger says:

    Puig put Johnson on third with his misplay in right. Sll in all a piss poor performance by the defense.

    Puig now with a double. Don’t try bunting with Uribe Donnie.

    And he does.

  26. Badger says:


  27. DodgerDude says:

    Did you learn a lesson, Donnie?

  28. the truth hurts says:

    omg omg

  29. my boy blue says:

    Lets close this out

  30. the truth hurts says:

    Unbelievable. I love this game! I love the Dodgers! We love the Dodgers!!!!!

  31. Pgunn says:

    Donnie’s livin’ lucky. Because those bunt attempts could’ve be.en it.

  32. Pgunn says:

    Kershaw on three days rest on Friday or Greinke on six?

  33. the truth hurts says:

    Greinke Friday, Kershaw Saturday. But I’m also one who thought Kershaw wouldnt pitch tonight.

  34. Watford Dodger says:

    Brooklyn – who would have thought that on your Birthday your old friend Uribe would give you the best present of all. It’s a funny old world.
    So glad we won it tonight – lets us have so much more rest and less travel.
    However – the pen is a mess & obviously we only trust two of our starters.
    Volquez anyone?

  35. Roger Dodger says:

    Just called Donnie in LA. Told him that Uribe really needs to learn how to BUNT. He cannot even follow orders from the bench. He was to bunt on that last AB, but he could not. That could have cost the Dodgers the ball game right there.

  36. Yo! Adrian says:

    NLDS MVP : Kershaw
    Best position player : 1. Crawford 2. H.Ramirez 3. Uribe

  37. DRomo says:


    Classic! Uribe isn’t scrappy like Punto. hahaha
    very nice

  38. Watford Dodger says:

    Roger you have a heart of stone.

  39. jerry says:

    just think uribe came threw with the giants just like he did for the dodger..seem like he step up in the play off

  40. Bobby says:

    The stadium was electric last night! The noise when Uribe hit it out thru the final out was just on another level!!

  41. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Well, I’ll give this to Uribe. At least he can hit a cripple. That thing was just hanging there asking to be hit. But I still give Uribe credit, as much as I’m hoping he’s not our third baseman in 2014. Not everyone hits mistakes. He did, and for that he deserves credit. Besides, how can I criticize the guy who gave me the best birthday present I could ask for.

    All’s well that ends well. But I’m still not happy with the decision to bring in Belisario. He hasn’t been right for a quite a while, and there were better alternatives, e.g., Chris Withrow, among others. And happily, Uribe screwed up the bunt. The way the Dodgers have been hitting, and with the bottom of the lineup following Uribe, I didn’t like the idea of giving up an out. But then again, I think Mattingly bunts far too often. Put me in the Mike Petriello camp on that one.

    Yeah Roger. Watford is right, you do have a heart of stone. But it’s a warm heart of stone.

    Speaking of birthday presents. This should be declared my “birthday month”, which means I’m still due a couple of more presents. One for the NLCS and the other for the WS. So everyone, just wish me a happy birthday month. In fact, a happy birthday month to all Dodger fans born in October.

  42. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    First I heard of the Uribear.

    I’ve got to get me one of those.

  43. Watford Dodger says:

    So who pitches when Clayton & Zack can’t?

  44. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Ryu for one. Then probably Nolasco, or maybe Volquez. Who knows, maybe even Capuano, although I doubt it. Or maybe Kershaw and/or Greinke both go on three days rest. Don’t think that Kershaw should be pushed like that again, but they might consider Greinke. Since Greinke opens the NLCS on Friday after 6 days rest, he could be the next candidate for three days. Who knows, maybe Volquez is stealthily working on a secret pitch, and will unleash it in the NLCS.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Count me in on that Birthday wish Brooklyn.
    I was born October 16, 1946 and I am all in on the birthday month idea if it gives us two more celebrations. The fact is that watching our Dodgers play post season Baseball this month is a gift unto itself. Four more wins and we are in the Fall Classic. I hope that the Priates prevail and we open at home, but they have a big hill to climb playing the Cards at home and Wainright pitching.

  46. SpokaneBob says:

    That was me.

  47. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Spokane, I was born October 7, 1946, which makes me 9 days older than you, and a fellow first year baby boomer. Just in case I forget next week, let me take this opportunity to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

    I’m kind hoping the Pirates prevail and we get home field. They actually have a pretty good chance with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Problem is, if they prevail, we’ll have to face him also. But the Cards also have some pretty impressive young pitchers, in addition to Wainwright. And both of those teams can hit. So whichever one we face, it’s not going to be easy. But the Dodgers won’t be easy for them either.

  48. SpokaneBob says:

    Happy Belated Birthday to you Brooklyn. 1946 was obviously a very good year for Babies.

    I see the Pirate – Cardinal game this way. If the Pirates win then we open at home but their ace will be rested for game one and we could see him three times. If the Cards get it done we won’t see Wainright until game three and probably only twice in the series.
    In either case, we have two aces and as Badger would say, “I remain confident”. I am also very hopeful that Ethier will be able to play and strenthen our offense.

    One last thing…..I hope the Pirate Cardinal game goes 23 innings and wares out both teams.

  49. SpokaneBob says:

    I think I was born 9 months and 10 minutes after my Dad got home from Europe. :)

  50. stugutz says:

    will uribe’s homer be remembered more for it clinched a playoff series or that it saved Mattingy”s job? He is in way over his head and has made more than half dozen mistakes in just four games.

    i will accept if the Dodgers lose to a better team but i will not accept if the manager cost them the series

  51. Michael says:

    Let’s just swap Mattingly for Girardi [heard a rumor somewhere about Joe coming to LA], speaking of Joe would love the Maddon one a little better. Could you imagine the bunt happy Donnie boy in the AL East?

  52. Roger Dodger says:

    Brooklyn, you are just a kid. I am a 1941 (May) baby. Born in Los Angeles at California Hospital (not longer there). But raised in Tucson from the age of 3 1/2.

    I had just graduated from Boots and Saddles Nursery school when you were expected.

    I head that Uribe was taking BUNTING PRACTICE today — because maybe next time he can follow orders.

  53. Badger says:

    You guys are old. I can state that with certainty because I am old too, but younger than you.

    Bobs plan makes sense however I prefer home field against the Pirates. The Cards just scare me more.

  54. Gonzo says:

    Why is everybody second guessing Mattingly’s decision to bunt Puig over? After Puig reached 2B, I can bet you everyone at the stadium and everywhere, (except for those who new Uribe would hit a homerun). Now I know that mattingly gets bunt happy but what else was there to do? You must move the runner to 3B and hope for a sac fly to tie.

    Hindsight is always 20/20 but Don did what every other manger would have done with Uribe coming up to bat. The fact that lightning in a bottle was witnessed does not give one the right to judge AFTER the HR was hit.

  55. jerry says:

    i hope they leave paco and belly off the next round roster,

  56. Badger says:

    Because Uribe can’t bunt Gonzo. All you need is a single, a dying duck, a gorp, a Texas Leaguer, a ground ball with eyes. What I saw happening was Uriibe bunting right back to the pitcher and Puig getting thrown out at third. Know your personnel. Uribe can’t bunt. But he sure can get a clutch hit.

  57. Pete M. says:

    9-27-46… Bless the Baby Boomers…9 months 5 seconds after Naval Station Honolulu…
    Hope we can stick to the rotation and get it on with Boston…What a gem that would be…
    Gosh would I love one more shot of hearing Vinny and Joe G. doing another game…
    Well at least Morgan is gone and now if I could get rid of Tim McDumbshit…

    • Badger says:

      My sister, 12-7-46, is what you guys are. Homecoming Baby. Me? 3-7-48. Pain in the ass unexpected baby brother.

      Boston LA is certainly what MLB and the the tv moguls want. If we get Oakland Pittsburgh, the lights will be turned off.

  58. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    You’ve got a point Gonzo, and so does Badger. Personally, I just don’t like the bunt in most instances, and especially with the Dodgers, since they have a tendency to leave runners in scoring position, even when they get there with no outs. So giving away an out makes it that much tougher to get the runner in. Besides, why not try to hit the ball to the right side, and at least get the runner over to 3B, and maybe find a hole and the runner scores. Also, besides the fact that Uribe was followed by Schumaker and A.J. Ellis, there is the distinct possibility that once the out was sacrificed and the runner was moved up to 3B, that the Braves would have made a decision to bring in Kimbrel and his triple digit heat to get the last 5 outs. In fact, I’m 99.999999999999999999999999999999999% certain that’s what they would have done. So while I’m generally not in favor of bunting in that type of situation, I am less so given my desire to keep Kimbrel out of the game.

  59. Badger says:

    So……. you’re not 100% sure.

    Giving up outs anywhere in your lineup is a bad idea if ask me. I still believe in the squeeze but only with certain people. When I played, and when I coached, everybody in the lineup could bunt. Just not so today. Uribe’s two feeble attempts prove that. Don’t give away strikes and don’t give away outs. It’s just different philosophy.

  60. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    At the very least I should have stuck an ellipsis at the end of the 9′s, like in 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999…%. Yeah, it’s 100%. Or maybe I figure there was a .00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% chance that Fredi Gonzalez wouldn’t bring in Kimbrel because he’s an idiot.

  61. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m losing it. Before my post above this one, I actually came on here to note the latest news on Alexander Guerrero in my included link above, which I got from MLB Trade Rumors found above on this page. Another birthday, and more brain cells bite the dust. I don’t know how the Dodgers feel about him, but if as mentioned, he really isn’t a premium talent, I would think that the Dodgers will pull the plug if it really gets dicey. After all, there are other fish in the sea, and the Dodgers could probably use the money saved on him to find one of those fish.

  62. Michael says:

    I finally decided that if we don’t win it all I’d much rather see Pittsburg do it then any of the other usual suspects. Go Pirates!

  63. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    No bunting, no bunting, no bunting.

    Nice interview by A.J. Ellis. Well spoken, intelligent guy. I can see why he’s such a good handler of the pitching staff. Definitely managerial material, and maybe even front office material. Maybe he should retire and become the Dodgers manager next year. We’d certainly see less bunting.

  64. Rob says:

    Looks like we are going to st. Louis.

  65. Badger says:

    The two best teams will be meeting up.

    Home field feels a little more important now.

  66. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Well, let’s just beat them in game 1 and take back home field.

    But Cardinals will be tough. They can hit and they have some very good young pitching. Definitely a better team than the Braves.


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