Giants 6, Dodgers 4: Good News Only, Please

kemp_2013-09-25Ricky Nolasco looked atrocious again for the third start in a row, and this is becoming a problem.

Barry Zito, in potentially the final start of his career — though who are we kidding, each and every one of us knows he’s going to be a Dodger non-roster invite in the spring — basically shut down a playoff offense over five innings, which would be a problem if it weren’t so hilariously predictable.

Carlos Marmol looked wild, even for Marmol, and I continue to back Edinson Volquez for the playoff roster over him, at least until Volquez gets rocked tomorrow.

Michael Young, Skip Schumaker, & Jerry Hairston did little to make me feel better about their inclusion on the playoff roster bench, either, going 0-10 between them — though Dee Gordon hitting for Hairston in the ninth is a fun wrinkle that we can talk about. (Gordon popped out, which is why I’m only interested in him as a pinch-runner, and too bad, too; a suddenly shaven Adrian Gonzalez pinch-hit and doubled off the wall with two outs, but Hanley Ramirez grounded out hard to third to Nick Noonan to end the game.)

But you know what? The takeaway from this isn’t a negative one. It’s that Matt Kemp doubled and had three hits — fine, at least one was a bloop — giving him five hits in two days. I’m not prepared to announce that “he’s back,” or anything like that, but he certainly looks good at the plate, and with the continued uncertainty around Andre Ethier, the Dodgers could certainly use some good health news in the outfield. If — and I realize this is a Sandoval-sized if — we’re watching the start of a healthy Kemp returning to something to the man we once knew, well… I’ll remember that when he’s causing damage in the playoffs a whole lot more than I will what the score was against Zito and the Giants on September 25.

1213 comments
DodgersFan
DodgersFan

We don't really need a game threat

Noel D
Noel D

Fat Panda has the flu

Lobo
Lobo

Why are Tripping Olney and Cespedes Family BBQ tweeting #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK?

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

before its even 6 oclock the bullshit started tonight fuck this see alla yous later! And fuck you idiots who think we need to win every fuckin game! Hers a clue morons. WE ALREADY CLINCHED A PLAYOFF SPOT

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Pretty sure I just saw Juan Mattingly

soccerref
soccerref

Lobo: For your sake, I'll try to keep the comments very, very simplistic and superficial in the future...

Jobu
Jobu

@ JohnM Game Threat Whocares -- We Are Going to the Playoffs Baby!

TheConman
TheConman

@Lobo Jimmy Kimmel vs Kanye West feud. Its from a Kanye tweet

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Feed Me Bananas I don't like your posts very much, but you and Plaza aren't in the same ballpark.

(this is a good thing)

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@soccerref Can you explain how Matheny, Freidi Gonzalez, Dusty Baker are far superior to Mattingly?


I never see "good clubhouse manager" mentioned as Donnie's strength which is ironic because a lot of people are really high on "good clubhouse players" but not managers, strange

Lobo
Lobo

@soccerref I understand what you were saying.  My comment was in reference to the fact that it's all just white noise at this point.  We've had so many people bashing Mattingly this season that it all just gets drowned out because it's essentially meaningless

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Why am I thinking Michael Jackson now?

Lobo
Lobo

@PagansOedipalComplex @soccerref I think "good clubhouse manager" is just taken as a given with Mattingly at this point.  The players like and respect him and that's important enough that he's ok to keep around

Lobo
Lobo

@soccerref Especially this late in the season and especially after our turnaround.  There is no way Mattingly isn't brought back unless we somehow pull a coup and get Joe Maddon to leave Tampa

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

You're a lawyer from a good school. Jokes shouldn't be your focus

Lobo
Lobo

@Feed Me Bananas @Lobo @soccerref Are you kidding me?  He "led" us on one of the greatest hot stretches in MLB history.  I will be absolutely shocked if he isn't asked back on at least a 1 year deal (again, barring a major coup in which we get a genuinely good manager)