Rockies 2, Dodgers 1: 92-70

dodger_stadium_towerThat 2-1 defeat gets hung on Hyun-jin Ryu as a loss, ending what was a fantastic debut season for him, but I’m sure no one’s dwelling on it too much. Ryu went only four innings, which was basically the plan, and was followed by usual starters Ricky Nolasco and Chris Capuano in a game that had Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, and A.J. Ellis all out after just two plate appearances apiece and ended with Drew Butera playing first base. There just wasn’t a lot of urgency in today’s game, nor should there have been.

After weeks of going through the motions, the regular season is finally over, and you don’t need me to tell you that we come to the end of 2013 with just a little bit of a different feeling than we did at the end of an 82-79 2011 or an 86-76 2012. I hardly need to remind you about the Don Mattingly Death Watch or the brawl that broke Zack Greinke‘s collarbone or the fact that Luis Cruz was once expected to be the starting third baseman or the further proof that Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball or the hilarious turnaround of Juan Uribe or the highs and lows of Yasiel Puig or the great-though-injury-plagued season of Hanley Ramirez or the atrocious-though-injury-plagued-season of Matt Kemp or the unbelievable, historic, magical run of winnings that just never, ever, ever seemed like it was going to end and will almost certainly never be repeated.

It’s a season that just could never have been predicted, and sitting here today, I’m still not sure I believe it all happened. But mostly, I’m just grateful to be writing what I never could have imagined I’d be writing back in June: it’s not over yet. On Thursday in Atlanta, Clayton Kershaw will face off against Kris Medlen and the Braves, to be followed by Zack Greinke against Mike Minor and Ryu against Julio Teheran back in Los Angeles.

No matter how much has happened this year, the story of 2013 is not yet written. Starting on Thursday, we’ll learn what we’ll really remember this season for. I can’t wait.

229 comments
Jobu
Jobu

Still the 9th inning really showed the Dodgers problem, which was there problem in April and May - leaving runners on the bag. Hell bases loaded an new out and they still couldn't get a run, that's just pathetic.

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

If Ethier isn't available, why isn't Crawford a viable option in center (with SVS in left)?

Lobo
Lobo

WHY THE FUCK IS OUR MEDICAL STAFF UTTER SHIT??????

JoeyE
JoeyE

kemp is grady sizemore

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

Fox Sports Prime Ticket just said bye to me.

moneynow27
moneynow27

Who do we get as announcers Thursday on TBS?

JoeyE
JoeyE

giants rolled without melky. we can do this. Skip, this is why Ned got you (sigh)

JoeyE
JoeyE

lyons is cool because he's a dodger fan. thats my thoughts about him. dont care if they bring him back or not

Carver
Carver

Aw, I'm sorry I said fuck you, Steve Lyons

Dang88
Dang88

annnnnnd Lyons is crying

moneynow27
moneynow27

Gattis scares me a little bit....Just saying....In fact the Braves lineup is not bad, and their pitching is good as well.  Not as good as our top 2, so we'll see. 

Dang88
Dang88

Lyons saying his goodbyes haha

JoeyE
JoeyE

i know im crazy, you dont have to grill me. i just wish they gave joc a chance in september. let skip be a PH and hope Joc plays a solid CF batting 8th. he sucks vs lefties, i know. but you can start Skip on those days if andre is hurt

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

Imagine how kemp feels all this could've been prevented if he wasn't lolly gagging home.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

did you ever imagine a situation in which you'd be HOPING for Ethier to play CF?

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

@InsideThePark (Still Counts) Hopefully, he won't let it bother him like Mickey Mantle finishing his career under .300 did for him.  Heck of a season for Ryu--he'd be a solid Rookie of the Year candidate a lot of years.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

@nsxtasy IIRC he only has an average arm, but it might be a viable option--centerfielders can get by with an average range arm if they have good range in the field.

JoeyE
JoeyE

@moneynow27  probably Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken and Smoltz, or Brian Anderson and Ron Darling

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

@JoeyE  wait... is he srsly crying? can somebody describe it to me. is he talking with tears coming down or is he just sitting there sobbing?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@Dang88 not watching any of this is turning out to be a really great life decision. 

efb
efb

@JoeyE  Joc would've needed a chance taken on him in August. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Disgruntled Goat 

Schumacher looked really  bad on that hit early in the game over his head....Yeah, Ethier in CF is an upgrade.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Disgruntled Goat I don't care at this point. Give Ethier 500 simulated ABs at Camelback and give him 24 hour treatment. We need him to play. WE NEED HIM TO PLAY

JoeyE
JoeyE

@moneynow27  just guessing. but im assuming we get one of their top crews. Ernie Johnson and Brian Anderson are the top guys they use

moneynow27
moneynow27

@PagansOedipalComplex @moneynow27  

POC....it's not his OBP, it's his power....But then he'll be up against the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball, and arguably our no. 2 guy is among the top pitchers in the game.

JoeyE
JoeyE

@efb @JoeyE  you know what i mean though. i dont get why they didnt give him a cup of coffee at least. who the hell is nick buss?