Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by irish, Oct 2, 2016.
what up with the assclown in the infinity commercial with the barry gibb jeri curl mullet?
thats Jon Snow from Game of Thrones! lol
figures since i haven't seen that show
i'm usually late to the party and catch up with shows later; sopranos, the office, breaking bad, etc...
benefit of technology
not really vested in either of these teams
guess i'm kinda pulling [no homo] for the o's
although a jays/rangers would be cool with the odor/bautista drama
You gotta check out Easy Rider and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...
Both not bad...
At least it's Harrington's hair...McConahey driving his Lincoln is wearing a piece, I'm pretty sure. No way his hair is like it is in that commetcial.
dennis leary is another one
dude was seriously gone and then suddenly he has this lion mane gmafb
all these fuckers wear wigs w the exception of travolta i guess
that vampire painted on thing is brutal
looks like shit
all that $$$ and he couldn't get something to match his sideburns
My kid had GI Joe with hair like that.
Action Man, too.
And we laugh at Trump.
You know nothing Jon Snow!
Scherzer named game 1 starter, Baker ‘unsettled’ for game 2
by Matthew Moreno | Dodger Blue — 4 hours ago
Two days after the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West, manager Dave Roberts formally announced his rotation for the National League Division Series matchup against the Washington Nationals.
Roberts had previously hinted at sending out Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill in Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS, followed by Kenta Maeda in Game 3. While some managers may prefer to split left-handers in a short series, Roberts thought it best to keep his top pitchers starting back of one another.
Beyond Game 1, selecting which starters will take the mound during the NLDS isn’t quite as easy for Nationals manager Dusty Baker.
On Tuesday, Baker confirmed the obvious choice — Max Scherzer in Game 1 — but beyond that doesn’t so much as have a Game 2 starter in place, per Mark Zuckerman of masnsports.com:
Mark Zuckerman ✔ @MarkZuckerman
No shock here, but Dusty Baker officially named Max Scherzer
as Game 1 starter. Said Game 2 starter is "unsettled."
11:43 AM - 4 Oct 2016
Scherzer last pitched Sunday, which puts him on regular rest for Friday’s start. He went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and 0.97 WHIP this season. Scherzer led all NL pitchers in strikeouts (284), innings pitched (228.1), WHIP, wins, and was eighth in ERA.
The 32-year-old right-hander is considered one of the favorites to win the 2016 NL Cy Young Award. Baker’s primary options to start Game 2 presumably are Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
Gonzalez finished 11-11 with a 4.57 ERA, 3.76 FIP and 1.34 WHIP over 32 starts. He allowed six earned runs in two of his final six starts this season, and closed the year by allowing three runs in back-to-back outings.
The veteran left-hander was just about even whether pitching at home or on the road. He went 7-5 with a 4.45 ERA at Nationals Park, and 4-6 with a 4.69 ERA on the road. Gonzalez held the Dodgers to one run on three hits over six innings at home on July 20.
Overall in 2016, Roark went 16-10 with a 2.83 ERA. He too faced the Dodgers at home, though suffered a loss despite only allowing three runs in 7.1 innings pitched.
Roark went 9-6 with a 2.72 ERA at Nationals Park this season, and 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 16 road games (15 starts).
Why the Dodgers will survive without home-field advantage
by Nate Edelman | Dodgers Nation — 4 hours ago
When Brandon McCarthy gave up six runs Friday, Sept. 30 against the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fate was set. All hopes were dashed on catching the Washington Nationals for home-field advantage in the NLDS. Now the Dodgers have to travel across the country to play game one and two in Nationals.
Losing home-field advantage is such a big deal right? Because the Dodgers lost home-field, they have a significant disadvantage against the Nats, right? Wrong. Here’s why.
In the NBA, the team who has home court has a significant advantage. All-time, in more than 3,500 NBA playoff games, the home team has won 66 percent of the time in the playoffs. So out of every three games, the home team wins two of them. The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers both had home court throughout the playoffs and both made the Finals. In fact, since 2013, at least one No. 1 seed in either the Western or Eastern Conference made the NBA Finals. In the NFL, teams that have home field advantage win more than 60 percent of the time.
On the other hand, home field in baseball doesn’t mean nearly as much. Fox Sports’ Rob Neyer estimates that home teams in baseball win just 55% of the time in the playoffs. If this statistic was drawn out for an entire season, this means that home field affects roughly one out of eight postseason games. There is an advantage of being the top seed however, because the Wild Card team’s rotation is jumbled because they have to use their best pitcher in the Wild Card’s single-elimination game. Home teams also have serious advantage in the World Series, but that is because of MLB’s decision to make the All-Star Game matter.
Having an advantage in one out of every eight postseason games isn’t daunting by any stretch. These statistics prove true to recent history as well. Last year, the Kansas City Royals were the best team in the American League and won it all. That same year, the Mets represented the NL and were the third ranked team in its bracket. The Cardinals won 100 games last year, finished as the one seed, but lost in the NLDS.
In 2014, both the Royals and San Francisco Giants were Wild Card teams. 2013 gives way to the Red Sox and Cardinals, who were the best in their respective leagues. In 2012, the Detroit Tigers and the Giants were both the No. 3 seeds. In the 2011 playoffs, the Cardinals were the Wild Card team and the Texas Rangers were the two seed. In 2010, the Giants were the two seed and the Rangers were the three seed. I’ll stop there.
The Dodgers also had some trouble starting off at home in recent years. 2015 and 2014 consisted of the Dodgers playing catch up after blowing game one and not making it. The Dodgers only playoff series win was when they didn’t have home field advantage (against the Atlanta Braves in 2013). It may be kind of refreshing to root for the Dodgers to steal game one or two and fly back to Dodger Stadium with some momentum. I like the idea of veterans Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill grind on the road and have rookies Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias (if necessary) feed off the Dodger Stadium crowd and rally towels.
I am not advocating that home-field advantage is worthless. It definitely has its advantages, especially in a winner-take-all scenario. But history shows that obtaining home field in baseball doesn’t suggest success like home field/court does in the NBA and NFL. It feels like more of a mixed bag. Maybe the Dodgers not gaining home field adds a chip on their shoulder that wasn’t there last year or the year before. The Dodgers can be one of the many teams that do not have home field but make the World Series anyway. Anything is possible.
Senility settling in for Johnnie B.
Loved Dusty the Dodger LF..........the manager, not so much.
(Broken record alert)
We aren't going to sell out our NLDS games. The Dodgers are advertising Postseason tickets on TV and their website. Something they've never had to do. Tickets typically go on sale at 10 AM on a Saturday, and the games sell out in less than an hour. The window has been open for over a week for purchasing tickets on Dodgers.com and they still haven't sold out. I'm also looking at the secondary market (StubHub etc.) and there are THOUSANDS of seats available throughout the entire stadium. And the tickets are dirt cheap. You can get in the gate for $34.
It would not be unprecedented. In the 2009 NLDS there was an empty strip of seats atop the RF pavilion (a problem in the regular season as well. They can't even get anybody in those seats on bobblehead nights), and up in the reserve level.
NLDS empty seats
There were empty seats on Loretta's walk-off too.
I'd be interested to speak to a ticket representative and ask why there is no demand at all for the NLDS. Perhaps fans are apathetic at this point. Too many early playoff exits and 4 straight division titles...the novelty of the postseason may be wearing off.
Looking at Dodgers.com and StubHub, the demand/availability/pricing for this game is comparable to a week-night regular season bobblehead game. Games that did not come close to selling out.
Attendance this year for the Dodgers was down 3k per game. And the paid attendance at Dodger Stadium does not reflect the actual attendance. They sell about 35k season ticket accounts per year to people who just sell their tickets or let them go to waste. A lot of no-shows. Opening Day was the only true sell out the entire season.
I seriously think I will be sitting at a playoff game on Monday that isn't a full house. Which is crazy, imo.
I think a lot of it has to do with the playoffs being "been there, done that" at this point. Also doesn't help that 70% of the market has been unable to watch games all season. Eventually the inability to follow the team was going to hurt the fanbase as a whole.
Wonder if ticket purchases will spike when game times are announced? Sounds like a petty excuse though for lack of demand
BMs point about a severely curtailed viewership is well taken.
And it may anger some, but there is the percentage that just doesn't believe the LAD can do it in the post. Based on fact. Just not willing to go and watch them lose once again...
Me? I'll not attend another Dodger postseason game unless it's a World Series game. That's me. Perhaps I'm weird that way. But if the Blue goes to the NLCS, and fails to sell out those games, that's a bit more surprising. But the noTV access issue is a real one, and LA needs to know how much that's hurt them in appearances, when empty seats are shown in a playoff game like that.
It's just tough to fill that stadium, given how stretched out the city is with shit to do besides baseball. Hopefully, they'll fill them up with hobos and lesbians. That'll make the KISS-CAM guys happy.
one of my favorites back then
cracks me up that he still wears wristbands
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