Jun 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) gestures before the game against the Chicago White Sox at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Look To Overcome The Evil Hello Kitty Curse On Eve Of Puigversary


Today marks the one-year anniversary of Yasiel Puig’s major league debut. Or as we call it, the Puigversary. If you remember on this night one year ago today Puig had his first taste of Dodger limelight. In the game he got his first MLB hit and made a great throw to first base on a fly ball for a game ending double play against the Padres.

Dodgers Lineup vs. White Sox-6-3-14

Gordon 2B
Ethier CF
Puig RF
Hanley SS
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp LF
Figgins 3B
Butera C
Haren P

Hector Noesi-0-3 vs. Dan Haren-5-3

That started it all, asPuigmania was born. TodayPuig will look to ignite the crowd again, as the Dodgers try to win the series against the Chicago White Soxin game two.

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But Puig and the Dodgers will be battling a nemesis more powerful and evil than any injury bug they’ve ever suffered. More powerful than their arch rival first place Giants. More powerful than anything you could ever imagine. That enemy is of course the scary curse of the hello kitty promotion. It’s here and it’s real. This time the evil cat is in bobblehead form. Why Dodgers? Why?

I have no idea why the Dodgers would ever introduce such a cursed item, but alas they have. The Dodgers must overcome this despicable curse.

The Dodgers have had other cursed items before. If you remember, the snuggie also cursed the Dodgers in 2012 and 2013. Former Dodger Javy Guerra modeled the snuggie in the commercial, and then he started  to struggle with the Dodgers soon afterwards. Before we knew it he was designated for assignment and is now wearing a White Sox uniform. Don’t doubt this!

The Dodgers last night were led by another dominating start from Clayton Kershaw, and then took advantage of two Chicago errors for five unanswered runs to lead them to a 5-2 win. Tonight they’ll give the ball to Dan Haren to secure a series win.

He’ll face Chicago 27-year old Dominican right hander Hector Noesi. He’s winless this year with an 0-3 record, and a 4.33 ERA in six starts. The Dodgers have never faced him before. I guess Noesi was inserted into Chicago’s rotation because of injury, and has made two straight quality starts. However he is 0-14 with a 5.87 ERA over his last 40 appearances. But you know what they say, Dodger Stadium lately seems like the haven where winless pitchers go to get well. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen tonight.

Only Adrian Gonzalez had had any at-bats against him. He is 1 for 5 with a walk.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Adrian Gonzalez 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200
Drew Butera 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Total 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .286 .167

 

 

The Dodgers will give the ball to right hander DanHaren. He’s been mediocre in his last few starts and hasn’t picked up a win since May 12.  Haren is 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He’s whiffed 50 and walked just 11 in 68.2 frames. However he’s also allowed 75 hits.

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Haren is 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA in seven starts against Chicago. Haren has limited the current group of White Sox hitters to a .220 (18 for 82) batting average against. Chicago has a .573 OPS against Haren, and two home runs. White Sox legend and former Dodger Paul Konerko has a .381 (8 for 21) line with a home run against Haren. Konerko is retiring at the end of the season, so we’ll see if he gets a start at first base tonight. Adam Dunn has hit the other home run.

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
Paul Konerko 22 21 8 0 0 1 2 0 3 .381 .409 .524
Adam Dunn 21 18 2 0 0 1 2 2 8 .111 .238 .278
Alexei Ramirez 11 11 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 .273 .273 .364
Alejandro De Aza 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .222 .222 .222
Gordon Beckham 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Flowers 5 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Conor Gillaspie 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.000
Dayan Viciedo 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Adam Eaton 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Total 86 82 18 2 0 2 7 2 20 .220 .256 .317

 

Don’t underestimate the power of the Hello Kitty curse. It’s no wonder the Dodgers are floundering in the standings this year with hello kitty on the promotions. The H.K. curse is more powerful than a Puig home run, More powerful than a Jansen whiff in the ninth, and more powerful than a Kershaw shutout.  It’s even more powerful than the Billy goat curse of the Chicago Cubs.

It’s more powerful than you or I could ever imagine. Somehow the Dodgers have to find a way to beat this. I don’t know how, but if they band together and not give up, and keep fighting, then they may have a chance of defeating hello kitty. Oh and they also have to beat the White Sox too. I urge all Dodger fans to burn their hello kitty dolls in effigy. That may be the only way to free us from this.

Can the Dodgers overcome the most dastardly curse in the history of sports? Tune in over here after the game to find out.

Game Time – 7:10 PM

Go Blue!

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