86-76

I don’t know what the hell is going on in this ESPN.com photo, but it’s basically how this season felt.

From the ongoing lows of the McCourt saga to the unbelievably heady dollar figures of the Guggenheim empire… from incredible April to unwatchable June to frustrating September… from A.J. Ellis, bonafide folk hero & trending superstar to Luis Cruz, international success story… from Matt Kemp, April demigod to Matt Kemp‘s injury roadshow… from Clayton Kershaw, defending Cy Young winner to Clayton Kershaw, leading Cy Young contender (with eight more strikeouts tonight over eight one-run innings)… from James Loney, Dee Gordon, & Ted Lilly to Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, & Josh Beckett… from me to you, 2012 has been an absolutely unbelievable season beyond anything we could have possibly imagined. Thanks for making the first year of the new MSTI a roaring success with great traffic numbers & plenty of new friends, and well worth the hours I put into building it last winter.

Let’s take a breath now that the season is done, but don’t go anywhere: there’s more than enough content to sustain us through the off-season. More tomorrow.

305 comments
Paulstralia
Paulstralia

So who's everyone's playoff team? A's and Barves for me. 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

RT @AJEllis17: Dodger fans....I will never forget or be able to thank all of you who have supported and embraced me this yr!  Thank you!!

Baby Blue
Baby Blue

Thanks for a great season, Mike!!! Love the new set up and interacting with everyone.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

(hangs head, walks in store, "ummm sir? do you have any cincinatti reds hats? i'll only need it for a few days")

WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)
WBBsAs (In Dog We Trust. Un Planeta Sin Gatos)

Looking at the stats, I was surprised to see that Dickey actually walked nine fewer batters than Kershaw, in a few more innings. Knuckleballers, presumably, have problems with control.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

OK, we have a ton of money now.  We can go get another "ace."  We can go after David Wright.  Whatever.  I have a different idea.  Spend whatever it takes and bring Billy Beane to the DS GM's office.  If that guy can build a team that beat the Angels and Rangers with that budget, playing in that ballpark, I want him running my favorite team.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

First day post-Dodger baseball. Sheesh.

 

Anyway, thanks again for all of you here in the comments - particularly the core 10-15 or so - who have really made this a fun place all year, and sticking with me during my absences. Should be a fun offseason.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

So Kemp is having shoulder surgery on Friday...recovery could be 4-6 weeks, or up to 4 months.  Hopefully not 4 months, but at least he'll be ready by spring.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Mike Petriello Words cannot express how much I did AJ. Nice to have an actual good guy to root for

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello He's the best. So happy he finally got his shot.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@WBBsAs Yeah. He throws it harder than ever with impressive control. It's pretty incredible.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Deuce It's kind if apples and oranges, no?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@JohnM A's, O's, and whoever is playing the Giants.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @DBrim  @Deuce   Not really.  You can spend and still not make the playoffs.  If wrong players are signed.  Or if complementary pieces are terrible.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @The_Real_Paul well, he did rack up the dingers last week, on the bum shoulder.  Green would be a worst case scenario which hopefully is very remote.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Ken Griffey's Grotesequely Swollen Jaw @EephusBlue @WBBsAs fWAR is based on FIP, which does not work for knuckleballers.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @Deuce  @JohnM I think the only thing more infuriating than people ignoring that is Bob Nightengale actually recognizing it and then saying it STILL doesn't matter.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

 @JohnM  @Mike Petriello   The Angels won 89 games, the Tigers 88.  Yet Cabrera gets extra credit for making the playoffs.  Huh?  Not to mention the Angels were 6-14 when Trout was called up.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @JohnM  @Mike Petriello John having been in the old NL West with the barves and ruds makes it feel dirty to want anything good for them. I'd feel as if I prostituted myself actually even remotely hoping for them. And as for the Dodger DNA I'm constructed from I'll always have that marrow deep abhorrance for the yankmees and the midgets as well!

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @The_Real_Paul  @Frank J Lapidus Yeah. I had forgotten exactly what the damage was in Green's case. So thanks. Kemp's labrum was described as "frayed," not torn. So maybe good news?

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Frank J Lapidus Kemp could probably bat with floaties around his arms and still mash, but you're right, that's encouraging. 

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @The_Real_Paul looking into Green a bit, he had such a huge tear in his labrum the docs couldn't repair it.  If Kemp was that bad, would he be mashing lately? I take that as a positive sign.