Is That All There Is?

All the Dodgers scored yesterday were two runs.  But the Dodger pitchers held the Cardinals to only one run.  Behind 1-0 in the ninth inning, Aaron Miles tripled in the tying run after Juan Rivera was hit by a pitch to open the inning.  Moments later, Miles scored on hard grounder to Raphael Furcal.

Jerry Leiber, who along with his partner Mike Stoller wrote “Is That All There Is” and dozens of other hits died Monday.  The songwriting duo, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, wrote many of the songs that were such a big part of the musical culture in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

If two runs is all there is from the Dodgers offense, they won’t win many games.  Only with great pitching can they expect to win when scoring such a low amount of runs.

This Day in Dodgers History

August 23, 1989 – The second-longest shutout in big league history ends when Rick Dempsey hits a home run in the top of the 22nd inning giving the Dodgers an eventual 1-0 victory over the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The Astros blanked the Mets for 24 frames en route to a 1-0 win at the Astrodome in 1968.

August 23, 2000  – Team president Bob Graziano apologizes to a female couple who were asked to leave Dodger Stadium on August 8th because the two shared a kiss during a game. The pair felt the action of the eight security guards was discriminatory because the couple’s friends, a man and a woman, also kissed but were not ejected. 

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197 Responses to Is That All There Is?

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Happy Birthday Casey Blake….it’s the shits to get old, isn’t it?! 😉

  2. selltheteam says:

    It’s hard to score when your #8 hitter is 1 for his last 58 at bats. Maybe Billz could play 2B. He’s a much better hitter than what’s his name.

    • JhallWally says:

      It’s even harder to score when your #3 hitter(using the term loosely) until yesterday only has 3 singles in his last 45 PAs over the last 2 weeks. For a nifty .079 BA and .301 OPS with 0 HR and 0 RBI.
      Also a nice August line of .191 BA/.276 OBP/.235 SLG/.512 OPS with 0 HR and a whopping 3 RBI. Currently on a blistering pace to hit 10 HR and 65 RBIs. I guess 9.5M doesn’t buy what it used to.

      And No, its not Navarro or Loney. Although neither of them are doing much better.

      You have to feel a bit sorry for Velez, as everyone knows he just doesn’t belong here. However, that does not forgive DilDon for starting him. Geez!! That probably even made JoJo whince. And there is no one to blame but Ned for players like Navarro who have always sucked. Why would this year be any different? But, there is no excuse for Loney and Ethier. They are two of the cornerstone players that this team has been built around for the last 3 years and they just flat out aren’t getting it done.

  3. JhallWally says:

    Seems like Velez is the lightening rod right now for what is wrong with our team. Like I said, everyone knows Velez doesn’t belong on a major league roster. The blame for him goes on Ned for signing him and Dildon for playing him.

    The current state of the Dodgers and the blame for it can be spread around. It’s not all on one person.

    1. Frank and the McCourt ownership.
    They shoulder the blame for their total mismanagment and pillaging of the franchises revenue for their own personal greed and vanity. Thus, we could not acquire or attract the top tier free agent talent like Halladay, Lee, Fielder, etc….. even thought we play in the 2nd largest market in baseball. And now with public disgust for the McCourts showing its wrath at the turnstiles, the franchises ability to pursue top drawer talent or even keep its own talent is in even greater jeopardy. Also, the Frank fiasco has to be a huge distraction to the players. I don’t care what DilDon and they actually say. They can’t come right out and say what they think of their owner. However, Ethier and Lopes have come the closest and Martin pretty much said it when he left.

    2. Ned Colletti.
    Although for reasons I can’t figure out, Ned has not been held accountable for his incredibly bad baseball player decisions during his Dodger tenure that have led to the miserable dung heap we now have masquerading as a major league team. My guess is that the Frank divorce and financial issues have clouded the waters enough that Ned is sneaking under the radar. Also the fact that we play in an incredibly bad division that allowed the Dodgers to make the playoffs with very mediocre teams. Regardless, as Beav has pointed out, we still have the 12th highest payroll in baseball at over 100M per year. There are plenty of teams out there having far more success than we are on much less money. The difference? They have a GM that is actually qualified for the job. Not a G’nat and Cub PR castoff that has absolutely no baseball sense or saavy.

    3. DilDon
    He gets somewhat of a bye as Ned has not exactly given him much to work with. However, some of his decisions and lineups are just mystifying at times and just plain ignorant at other times. He obviously doesn’t teach or enforce the fundamentals of winning baseball nor inspire pride and quality play like a Scioscia or a Gibson. Just a JoJo clone. And Torre is incredibly overrated because of a lucky tenure with the Yankees that just outspent everyone. His record other than with the Yankees is less than impressive. DilDon is more worried about hurting his players feelings than winning games and needs to get some kahoonas.

    • JhallWally says:

      4. Coaching and Training Staff
      Conte and Honeycutt are a freaking joke. Also Pentline. Pentline is gone and our new hitting coach, Dave Hanson, is not having any better luck. Alot of the problems in this department were created by Ned and his terrible judgement of talent. However, with the above average rate of players we have going on the DL and the various physical and mental maladys and underperformance of our pitching staff over the years, it’s time to take a good hard look at the head trainer and pitching coach.

      5. Underperformance of key players
      For whatever reason, when key players that are counted on to produce at or near their career levels fail to do so, the results are generally not going to be good.
      Loney, Ethier, Furcal, and Blake have all underperformed greatly this year. That is your projected #1, 2, 3, and 5 hitters all not producing at adequate levels and especially in positions(1B, 3B, and RF) where power and run production is critical and expected. Of course we all knew that counting on a fragile Furcal and an over the hill Blake was dicey at best. We rolled the bones and came up snake eyes.
      Loney and Ethier have just flat out not gotten the job done. Ethier is overrated and at almost 30 years old, cannot live up to the numbers he put up in his first 3 years. I’m not sure if the reason is that he is just not as good as his earlier performance has led us to believe, or that the ownership turmoil and subsequent lack of a quality supporting cast(more on that later) has just sucked the old Andre down the drain. Pretty much the same for Loney.

    • JhallWally says:

      6. Underperformanc of key pitchers
      Garland, Padilla, Broxton, and Bellisario were all being looked and counted on to make major contributions to a much better than average pitching staff. Well, again, we came up with snake eyes on those rolls. Totally crapped out.
      Lilly, Billz, and Grrrrear. Again, signed and expected to be major contributers. While not total busts(although I know many of you think they are), they have been average at best and for the most part disappointing.

      7. Lack of quality supporting players.
      This is an area that Ned should be taking most of the heat.
      Uribe, Thames, Gibbons, Velez, McDooDoo, Hawksworth, Cormier, Navarro, and Barajas. These are the peripheral players that were signed to at least fill in adequately enough around the big guys. Except for Barajas, pretty much a total bust once again. Which you could have looked at the back of their baseball cards and pretty much figured out. Daahhh, they suck. But, good grief, that was never the question. They sucked going in. Kind of unrealistic to expect to get Shinola from Shit. Although that is what Neds MO has been over the years. The trouble is, he doesn’t know Shit from Shinola!!!!

      Anyway, the bottom line. This franchise is very ill. First thing to do is treat the major outward symptoms(crummy team) by firing Ned. Then treat the underlying cause by eradicating the infection that is Frank and the McCourt ownership.

      • Excellent posts my brother!

        • JhallWally says:

          Thanks Beav!!! Had a little bit of down time this afternoon. Watched the Indians beat the Mariners. TRob had a 2 doubles, scored a run and drove in 2. No strikeouts. Now batting .271. OPS of around .750. Another incredibly stupid Ned move especially considering we weren’t going anywhere and there was no urgency to make a move. Catching prospects as good as Federwhatever are a dime a dozen.

          • Even stupider when you consider we have no LFer to begin with, and little hope of retaining Dre & Kemp.

            Not to mention we don’t have any catching prospects because Ned traded them all away for nothing.

            Say what you will about Frank, but Ned’s total incompetence has cost this franchise yet another 3-4 years of misery.

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Brilliant posts, Jhall. The exact reasons we, as a franchise, are a freaking mess!

  5. trublu4ever says:

    According to MSTI, Navarro was DFAd. 😉

  6. trublu4ever says:

    When the hell is Velez going to get the boot?!

  7. selltheteam says:

    Velez-less and Navarro-less Lineup

    Sellers ss
    Loney 1b
    Kemp cf
    Rivera lf
    Ethier rf
    Miles 3b
    Barajas c
    Carroll 2b
    Kershaw p

    Eugenio4ever to continue his quest to get a hit from the bench.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Just heard Beimel was DFA’s too….Ned is probably licking his chops!

  9. lbirken says:

    The only point I would add to Wally’s analysis is that we all knew going into this season that the only way the Dodgers had a chance to compete for a division title is if there were no significant injuries and every player produced as expected. We all knew the so called back up players had limited abilities no matter how well they played. The lack of hitting that has plagued this organization for years continue.

    As for Ethier, who knows for sure what is going on
    with him. When he came to the Dodgers from Oakland it was well known he could hit but at the time, he had not demonstrated he could hit for power. He looked pretty much like the other young outfielders he was competing with, Repko and Werth. Were we fooled by his power numbers? Is something bothering him physically or mentally? Only he knows for sure.

  10. vl4eccjr says:

    Good riddance to Novarro! Now, how long before EugeniO for forever gets kicked to the curb?

    • lbirken says:

      Still has to be a tough day when a player is told his services are no longer required. It is not like he has been traded; at least that means another team wants him. By the way, didn’t Navarro have 2 or 3 walk off hits this season?

  11. JhallWally says:

    Well, that was a productive couple of hours. Went out for a little jog and some exercise and come back to see that they finally woke up and DFAed that fat lazy ass Navarro. Good riddance to the sorry son of a bitch.

  12. JhallWally says:

    Hey Beav, just read your post about the money Ned has wasted compared to what Frank has pilferred over in Gurnicks blog. Ned has been much worse for the team than Frank.

    enchantedTheBeav 1 minute agoin reply to bakes2

    Schmidt $47M
    Manny $45M
    Pierre $44M
    Andruw $36.2M
    Uribe $21M
    Nomar II $18M
    Mueller $9M

    That’s $220+M, and I’m being kind by not putting Lilly on there. Throw in the 9-12 scrubs he hires per year at at least an average of $1M per player X6 years and there’s another $54 to $72M. They say Frank blew $108 to $180M of the team’s money. Ned’s easily up to $300M, probably closer to $400M if one wanted to take the time to really figure it out.

    • There were some morons over there a couple days ago still giving Ned a pass because of Frank not having any money to spend. That argument only goes so far and stops at we can’t get any premier FAs to come here because of the money and BS. Ned’s had money to spend. What Ned lacks is competence to spend it correctly.

      There were also so people over there who didn’t like others putting our own players down and giving them derrogatory nicknames like DilDon. They were really chastizing one guy for it.

  13. JhallWally says:

    Wah-Hoo!! The game is free on MLBTV tonight. Go Kersh!!!

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG MATT!! He may like the 3 hole!

  15. JhallWally says:

    Saaaaa-Weeeeeeeet!!! Kemp for MVP!!

  16. vl4eccjr says:

    Dre showing his frustration. . .

  17. lbirken says:

    Wow, as quickly as the Dodgers scored three runs they made three outs. Poor Ethier will see nothing but sinkers tonight.

  18. selltheteam says:

    Three run homer! I like it! Matt still wants his 40/40 season.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    It looks a little “steamy” in St. Louis. Ugh, I hate humidity!

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Kersh did a fine job of getting out of the jam. I think that is the main difference between him and Billz.

  21. vl4eccjr says:

    The plane!! The plane!! Nice hitting Tattoo!

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Justin is MY grinder 😉

  23. Why do I get the feeling that rather than seeing Sellers as a potential 2Bman next season, Ned will want to trade Gordon instead?

  24. nedisajerk says:

    The Dodgers who have allowed just 35 first-inning runs. Los Angeles is on pace to allow 45 first-inning runs, which would be the fewest by a National League team since 1920. The 1975 Dodgers’ team holds the record with 49 runs allowed.

  25. lbirken says:

    Who are these guys masquerading as baseball players wearing Dodger uniforms?

  26. Whatever Hansen’s telling Loney, it seems to be working. He’s back up to .268

  27. dayuummm…

    lohse is still in the game..
    he gets DFA’d after tonight’s game

    Dodgers are whooping ass on him..

  28. Ethier’s the only one that’s struggling off of Lohse right now..

  29. vl4eccjr says:

    It’s refreshing to see Kersh get some real run support for a change.

  30. Who knew? Baseball IS more fun when you score.

  31. Must be weird to know that Kersh is the only starter that will probably have a winning record after this season is said and done.
    Billz is good, but I’ve come to the conclusion that he needs a change of scenery. He can’t progress from what he’s been doing now for some 3 season. The excuses have all been used to death, and this was his season to shine. To prove why he earned that contract. Obviously, his record says one thing, but his overall numbers say another.

    I love him and all, but he needs to be moved. For whom I ask?

  32. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Rod!

  33. nedisajerk says:

    Do you guys love that 1st inning stats? Barajas is looking for a contract next season and I won’t be shock if it’s another 3 years contract.

  34. They still have Lohse on and pitching.

    “Dead man walking the Green Mile”

  35. Barajas, a potential FA, is the #2 HR hitter on this club. wow..

  36. 2012…

    Catching and batting 7th for your Los Angeles Dodgers, Rod Barajas.

  37. Nellyjune says:

    WOW!!! Where did all these runs come from? WAY TO GO DODGERS!!!

  38. trublu4ever says:

    When you have to listen to the feed from the other teams and hear all the different announcers…..you realize how lucky we are to have Vinny. He IS in a class by himself.

  39. lbirken says:

    Yung, I don’t think I am quite ready to give up on Billz yet. He may not be great but he still is better than most. He does seem to lose it quickly when things don’t go his way but he reminds me a bit of Derrick Lowe and Brad Penny in that regard. Both of those guys are still around earning a paycheck.

    • True, but how many years can we excuse the fact that once he gives up a dinger, he is lost and can’t locate. Of Course, that can be said of most pitchers, but when he came up, he was being considered as a #1, and when Clayton came on, he was #1B. But he hasn’t gotten better with age or time. He seems stalled and at the very least, incapable of gearing up after getting driven.

      In 08, he won 16 games, and then he’s only won 12 games each of his last two seasons, and probably this one as well. Furthermore, his SO rates have diminished each season since 08.

      That’s my conclusion, and as well, his contract,

      2011 26 Los Angeles Dodgers $6,275,000
      2012 27 Los Angeles Dodgers $9,000,000
      2013 28 Los Angeles Dodgers $11,000,000
      2014 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $12,000,000
      2015 30 Los Angeles Dodgers *$14,000,000

      • lbirken says:

        He certainly isn’t the first to show a decline after signing a big contract and he won’t be the last.

        • Now, all I’m saying is that $14 mil for a 30 yr old who probably will stay at this current talent level is probably too much. Heck, Brad Penny was 30 when he left, and he left with $9 mil in hand, and with Billz, he gets almost 2x as much. Penny went 16-9 and 16-4 at the age of 28 and 29 respectively, and he only won $5 and $7 mil, and again, Billz gets double. That’s too much for not much value IMO.

      • JhallWally says:

        He has certainly been a disappointment so far. Alot easier to change the pitching coach than the pitching staff. I’d like to see what Billz could do with a different pitching coach as I don’t think Honeycutt is all that good. Also, Billz was pitching better when Ellis was catching him. Now that Ellis is back, maybe that will help him.

        • Unless we get Duncan from the Cards, Billz has no chance to really progress. DilDon and Bunnynuttz should never of been brought back, let alone made to lead a team that they couldn’t teach..They couldn’t do it when they were coaches of Torre and can’t do it now.

      • I think you lay a lot of the blame for that on Bunnynutts. He’s never helped him progress as a pitcher.

        • Well, it’s 50/50 blame. The Dodgers have to groom him, but he has to develop the pitches himself, the deception, velocity and fearlessness to throw fire. He seems like he’s holding back from throwing gas and instead wants to nibble or leave it hanging. That’s on him to throw a pitch that says

          “IM GETTING THIS PITCH ACROSS THAT PLATE AND THERE AINT A DAMN THING YOU CAN DO TO STOP IT”

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Hey NED……Trayvon is 4 – 4 tonight…double, 3 singles, a run and an rbi…and, he is hitting .327…..and, you give us eugenio4ever!

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    Kersh gets out of the jam!

  42. lbirken says:

    Well, I guess we cannot resolve Billz ourselves. It is up to him. Anyway, have a great rest of the game.

  43. Nellyjune says:

    The only current player I am ready to give up on is Velez. He should have never been signed based on the fact he sucked with the gnats too.
    .
    I have come go the conclusion that nothing good is going to happen to any of the players once this season is over as long as Frank and Ned are owner and GM. So, I am thinking of the Dodgers as an actually team rather than individual players. They are going to win or lose as a team. I learned that this weekend while watching NASCAR. My driver had a horrible race last weekend, and after debriefing their issues, he came back and said,(paraphrasing) “on good days and bad, there is no other team I rather be with, and I hope the team thinks the same thing of me.”
    .
    GO DODGERS!!!

  44. trublu4ever says:

    Holy shit…Barjas, again! Dodgereric’s wife will be happy!

  45. There’s no substitute for a 3-run bomb.

  46. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW!! Rod’s having a night!!! I thinks he’s loving the fact that Nobatro is gone!

  47. Maybe Barajas will be back next season. As backup maybe or Ellis stays up and that catcher they got for my friend Robinson, stays in the minors.

    At this pace, Ned says that Barajas resigning is a top priority.

  48. Nellyjune says:

    Wow!!! I hope Chris (Eric’s wife) is watching this game!!! Rod is hot tonight……and he’s playing pretty good tonight too!! 🙂

  49. One thing I like about Sellers so far – he doesn’t strike out a lot.

  50. nedisajerk says:

    What’s the dback doing? I just seen that trade they just made.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    Kersh needs a replacement jersey…his is soaked through and must weigh 20 pounds 😉

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…Dbacks finally won a game. So, the gnats can’t be in first place!

  53. JhallWally says:

    Nice job by Kersh although he has thrown alot of pitches. 108. I think you’ve got to give it to the bullpen with an 11 run lead, the heat index, and number of pitches he’s thrown.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I agree….I think 11 runs is a safe number. Even if they give up some we should still win. Watch, it will end up 11 – 10 😉

      • JhallWally says:

        Nah, these bastards will cruise with a big lead. The sorry asses do all right when there is no pressure. They suck in close games and when inheriting runners. Except for Javy and Kenley, we don’t have anyone in the BP that can fill out the big girl panties.

  54. Think they better make Rod pee in a cup.

  55. DodgerZona says:

    LMAO Enchanted…..Ned will for sure resign Rod next year now

  56. trublu4ever says:

    The way things are going tonight, eugenio4ever will get his first hit.

  57. vl4eccjr says:

    Eugeni-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  58. nedisajerk says:

    Bring up Travis Denker and why do we have to suffer with Velez? He broke the 0/25 record held by Drew.

  59. JhallWally says:

    It’s always alot of fun taking the Cards behind the wood shed and giving them a good lickin’. I hope we play this good against the G’Aints.

  60. nedisajerk says:

    Wow I love when position player pitch and time to see Loney pitch.

  61. vl4eccjr says:

    Mighty Mite Miles!!!

  62. selltheteam says:

    what the hell – Aaron Miles!

  63. Miles joins the party.

  64. JhallWally says:

    Darn shame that Velez didn’t get an AB against him.

  65. Nellyjune says:

    Way to go Aaron!!!!!

  66. nedisajerk says:

    Kcal showing Miles pitching last year.

  67. vl4eccjr says:

    Has Hawksworth ever had 3 innings of relief since becoming a Dodger?

  68. nedisajerk says:

    Well so much for the rare 3 innings save.

  69. vl4eccjr says:

    As of now I’d have to say Verlander in the AL & Kershaw in the NL for the Cy Young.

  70. JhallWally says:

    Wow!! We opened a 40 ouncer of whoop ass on them tonight. Sure hope they’ve got some left for Kuroda tomorrow.
    Good job!! Go Puds, beat the G’Aints!!!!

  71. These type games have been all too few this season.

  72. vl4eccjr says:

    I hope the boys hydrate well. Tomorrows game weather sounds miserable! 100 & Humid should send the heat index into the stratosphere!!!

  73. nedisajerk says:

    Dang if Hawks would’ve gotten a save it could’ve been the 8th different relievers to get at least one save leaving Kuo as the one that haven’t gotten one yet.

  74. Nellyjune says:

    That was a bonehead play by the Padres.

  75. selltheteam says:

    Woo-hoo! Puds hold off the Gints 7-5. We’re still in last place and the Gints fall another game behind the Dbacks.

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