NLCS Game 3: Phillies @ Dodgers


Back home in Chavez Ravine, Joe Torre and his boys are staring down what amounts to a must win, a pivotal Game 3 against the Phightin’ Phils. A win by dem bums makes the series far more interesting, but a loss renders the series even less interesting than any of the Division Series.

Torre’s been here before though. He managed the 1996 Yanks to a World Series title after being behind the Braves 2-0 in the Fall Classic, and again led his team to the World Championship after falling behind the A’s 2-0 in the 2000 ALDS. He knows this series is far from over, but does his team?

The home team has won every game between these two teams this year, which bodes well for the boys in blue.

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Jayson Werth, RF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Jamie Moyer, P (16-7, 3.71) – take a look at the first Dodgers’ lineup he ever faced

Los Angeles
1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Andre Ethier, RF
3. Manny Ramirez, LF
4. Russ Martin, C
5. Nomar Garciaparra, 1B – ZOMG TEH LEFTIE!!11!
6. Casey Blake, 3B
7. Matt Kemp, CF
8. Blake DeWitt, 2B
9. Hiroki Kuroda, P (9-10, 3.73)

FOX has the game tonight, so no The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, or American Dad. This game better be good. First pitch isn’t until 8:22, so feel free to use this thread to talk about today’s gridiron action. How about the  end of that Cowboys-Cards game?

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Ivan says:

    Bad loss for the Redskins losing to the Rams at home.

    And yo, whats up with all these late game wins with FG’s.

    • Jamal G. says:

      LoL @ Da Bears.

      Can we please stop with the Dallas love-fest now? Jesus.

      • Ivan says:

        Their secondary especially with no Newman, is average at best, and they are getting killed by the passing game when they throwing it down the field.

        They are still good but they can be thrown upon with ease at times.

  2. Jamal G. says:

    Wow, a lineup rundown that was actually entertaining.

  3. Steve says:

    “Josh Beckett appears to be progressing toward full health, but team sources confirmed that the Red Sox pitcher required an injection of a painkiller and anti-inflammatory medication after injuring his right oblique during a bullpen session at Fenway Park on the final weekend of the regular season. Though Sox officials downplayed the severity of Beckett’s injury at the time, the fact that he had an injection suggests the ailment was more severe. Beckett has spoken little about his health since the problem, but he looked nothing like himself in a 106-pitch, five-inning stint during Game 3 of the Division Series against the Angels.”


    Has anyone ever heard of getting a cortisone shot for an oblique injury? I haven’t.

    Elbows and (especially) shoulders, yes. Obliques? No.

    • Steve H says:

      Go back to the Game 2 thread, and I guaranteed they’d come up with an injury excuse for “the greatest playoff pitcher of all time”. And of course the morons at ESPN will take it and run with it. The grit he showed to battle thru and pitch was amazing.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Anyone surprised this information is coming out afterward?

      Boston propaganda FTW.

  4. Ivan says:

    And what a win by the Cardnals. Wow, just wow.

  5. Cowboys Suck says:

    the name says it all…Cowboys suck!!!

  6. BUCK FOSTON says:

    yeah next it’ll be the bloody jersey from his injection sight…too bad Ellsbury didn’t eat that ball on his failed bunt attempt last night…GO DODGERS!!!

  7. Steve says:

    BTW- The Boston beat writers asked Francona if he was going to apologize (ala Girardi) for misleading them about the severity of Beckett’s injury. He told them all to go fuck themselves in the ass.

  8. Steve says:

    Anyone else remember what was the injury that almost nixed the Beckett-Boston deal back in 04? He was traded, it was a done deal, and then some in the Boston front office wanted to nix the trade because they found something in his physical they didn’t like.

    I want to say shoulder, specifically labrum. But I’m not sure.

  9. Ivan says:

    Dodger fans, that’s what happens when Torre is ya manager, your team can’t retaliate under any circumstances.

    • Jamal G. says:

      I’ve always thought people took that retaliation stuff to seriously, but when a guy’s helmet gets knocked off, there’s nothing else you can do but retaliate.

  10. Jamal G. says:

    Charlie Manuel, why are you running with Ryan Howard at the plate?

  11. Mike A. says:

    Who the hell is Mary Hart?

  12. Ivan says:

    Bang, Bang, Bang, 1-0 Dodgers. Boy that was quick.

  13. Mike A. says:

    Moyer’s given up 3 hits and run in his first 5 pitches.

  14. Mike A. says:

    Oh knock it off Russ, that pitch was going like, 55.

  15. Ivan says:

    That’s amazing that a guy who has won 246 wins and won 20 games twice, got release 4 times in his career.

    • Steve H says:

      Be pretty interesting if he sticks around until he gets 300 wins. Hall of Famer? I’d say no, but 300 game winners will be few and far between going forward.

      • Ivan says:

        The only way he gets a sniff of the HOF is the achievement of 300 wins, and even that might not help him.

      • E-ROC says:

        In an age where the steroids scandal is still fresh in people’s minds, I don’t think Moyer has to get to 300 wins to get in the HOF. There are no question marks about him and he’s done it with stuff people wouldn’t call electric.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

          There are no question marks about him and he’s done it with stuff people wouldn’t call electric.

          Done what, though? Guy’s got a 106 career ERA+ with a 4.19 career ERA. I don’t think he did steroids and I think he’s had a very nice career, but I still don’t think he has a shot at the HOF (nor do I think he should).

          • E-ROC says:

            I know his numbers suggest he shouldn’t be anywhere close to Cooperstown. I was just saying that the criteria may have change because of the steroids scandal.

        • Steve H says:

          But he’s also a 1 time All-Star and has only finished in the top 10 in the Cy voting 3 times, none in the top 3. He’s been an above average pitcher for a long time, not sure if that deserves a spot in Cooperstown.

        • Mike A. says:

          If Jamie Moyer gets into the Hall of Fame, they might as well just start letting everyone in.

    • Steve says:

      246 wins, and has pitched for 22 years.

      A little quick math and that comes out to 11 wins per year.

      I wouldnt let him in the HOF even if he DID win 300 games. If it takes you close to 30 years in the bigs, its just not as impressive.

  16. Ivan says:

    The blazing 80 MPH Fastball.

  17. UWS says:

    Jamie Moyer needs to learn how to pitch like Mike Mussina.


  18. Ivan says:

    If Im Kemp, 3-2 count, gotta sit change up no?

  19. Ivan says:

    Fun fact: Jaime Moyer is the son in Law of College basketball anaylist Digger Phelps.

  20. Mike A. says:

    UUUUUUUGE hit by DeWitt.

  21. UWS says:

    Damn, what a start for the Dodgers. Grumble.

    • whozat says:

      Clearly, all the credit goes to Joe Torre. He kept them believing that they could hit 84MPH fastballs.

      • Steve says:

        Of course. Joe’s calm demeanor is the reason why they’re hitting so well tonight.

        Because when a guy is in the batter’s box, and the pitcher lauches the ball to the plate, the first thought that goes through a hitters mind is “How does Joe Torre FEEL about this game?”

  22. Ivan says:

    Well the game is far from over and it’s not like Kuroda is Joba Chamberlain.

  23. The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

    I’ve always really liked Rafael Furcal. Too bad the Yanks have never had the need nor the opportunity to go get him.

    • Steve says:

      Did you like him last year when he had a .688 OPS and scored only 87 runs?

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi says:

        Didn’t realize good players don’t get hurt and have off-years, thanks for setting me straight. I’m not saying the guy is Albert Pujols, just saying I’ve always liked his speed/pop combo.

        • Steve says:

          Geez, aint you the sensitive type. I just asked a simple teensy weensy little question.

          He’s a good player. I like him, but never loved him. A bit of a tweener. Not much pop and doesn’t get on base a lot or steal a ton of bases. When he won ROY I thought he was only going to get better, but he actually regressed in some areas. OBP, especially.

  24. Joey H. says:

    The guns are definately juiced. moyer was clocked at 83

  25. Mike A. says:

    Who’s the Phils’ 5th starter? Kendrick? Yikes. I wouldn’t feel comfortable bringing him in to hold the Dodgers down and keep the Phils in the game.

  26. RichYF says:

    Just turned the game on, where the hell is Moyer? I was looking forward to seeing his HoF stuff after reading the comments.

  27. Mike A. says:

    I wonder if Tim McCarver realizes that the game has changed since he played in the 1930′s.

    • Steve says:

      Seriously, in the past 5 years he’s aged like a porn star. In 2003 he looked about 50-ish, and for the past 2 post seasons he looks like a feeble 75 year old man.

  28. Ivan says:

    If one of the players do get hit by pitch again, they should do this:


    • 27 this year says:

      gotta love the kick to the catcher and the way he stood up when like six guys surrounded him. By far though, kicking the catcher that way was funny. Just like knocked him out and ran toward the pitcher. Nice clip.

  29. Mike A. says:

    Someone get Farnsworth on the phone.

  30. UWS says:

    Boo for baseball non-fights!

  31. Ivan says:

    The way the game is going, im really ticked that Family Guy isn’t on

  32. Steve says:

    Baseball fights are generally pretty tame. Once in a blue moon you get a good one. Though not as weak as NBA fights. Hockey fights are by FAR the best. Football fights are typically a bit of shoving that gets broken up quickly.

    I’d go
    4-NBA a distant last

  33. Mike A. says:

    This has been one lame ass baseball game.

  34. Mike A. says:

    Finally, something remotely interesting is happening.

  35. Jamal G. says:

    What happened with the fight? I was busy watching True Blood and MLB.TV is acting stupid.

  36. Jamal G. says:

    I love seeing any team that Rodney Harrison plays on fail.

  37. UWS says:

    Strahan moonlighting on Chuck?

  38. Ivan says:

    This game is boring.

  39. Mike A. says:

    I love how the fans are booing Victorino when he didn’t even do anything. He just happened to be the guy Kuroda threw at as retaliation for Martin getting thrown at.

  40. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, is Tim McCarver really perched up there like that the entire game?

  41. Mike A. says:

    Broxton must be a little tired, the first pitch was only 99.

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