July 21, 2014
The Dodgers earned home field advantage, should they face the Cardinals again in the postseason, by nipping St. Louis 4-3 on Sunday night. The Dodgers blew several opportunities to widen the lead when they failed to score with men in scoring position, costing Kershaw a victory.
The Dodgers arrived at Three Rivers Stadium battered but unbowed. The ball got away from the fireball throwing Cardinals pitchers hitting Puig and Ramirez on the left hand, and Hanley on his left shoulder. Although all agreed that the pitches were not thrown to hit the batters, they were intentionally thrown to move them off the plate. Clayton Kershaw delivered a clear signal that hitting his teammates was unacceptable by drilling Matt Holliday in the thigh on his first pitch in the 4th inning. Hopefully, this will unify and inject some energy into the lately lackadaisical Dodgers.
The Pirates are well above .500 and will be another challenge to offensively challenged Dodgers.
July 18, 2014
The Dodgers, despite their spotty offense, have the best record in the National League as the second part of the season starts tonight in St. Louis.
Dan Haren, with his 11.57 July ERA and 0-2 record, takes the mound.
With the Cardinals, followed by the Pirates, and finishing with the Giants, this road trip will not be a walk in the park. It will require the Dodgers to add some timely hitting to the expected good pitching that has put them on top so far.
Matt Kemp has made his wishes to play everyday, preferably in Center Field, publicly known, through his agent, former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart. His “play me or trade me” position can’t be helping the climate in the clubhouse. What a great team player. Not.
July 8, 2014
Our own Mr. Puig has been invited to the 2014 Home Run Derby.
July 3, 2014
Despite the last two poorly played games, the Dodgers are sucking in that thin Denver oxygen only a half game back of the division leading Giants.
As the Rockies are the second worst team in the National League, this would be a good time for the Dodgers to get their first four game winning streak and hopefully retake first place.
June 30, 2014
Nice to be tied for 1st Place
June 26, 2014
With the Cardinals in town for a four game series, the Dodgers look to improve on their lifetime record of 1,047-1,078 against the Redbirds. The Blue are throwing their best four starters, Josh Beckett, Hyun-jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw.
The last time the Dodgers played St. Louis, Clayton Kershaw performed like a mere shell of his current self (Game 6 of the NLCS). This time, Kershaw has the momentum working in his favor, as he works to improve on his current streak of 21 scoreless innings.
Puig thought he hit a home run in Game 3 of the NLCS, but when the ball hit the wall, he had to turn on the hyper-drive to turn his hit into a triple. We’ll be looking for more of this hyper-drive gear, not only from Puig, but also from Gordon.
Dee may or may not steal many bases off the stingy Yadier Molina, but look for the possibility of extra bases with every hit to the outfield. Gordon has been on an extra base tear of late, as he has hit three of his league leading nine triples in the past nine games.