Clayton’s Last Stand

With Ian Kennedy winning his 21st game last night, Clayton Kershaw needs a good outing today to match him in wins.  If he can manage another great start, it will be hard for the voters for the Cy Young award to pick anybody else.

Let’s hope that the Dodgers play the “A” team today and do everything they can to help Kershaw win.

The game today starts at 1 PM which should help Matt Kemp a bit in his quest for 40 home runs.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 25, 1974 – In the first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become commonplace surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the right-hander to win an additional 164 games games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.

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65 Responses to Clayton’s Last Stand

  1. Here’s to hoping that Kersh wins later today. All of LA, will be rooting for him to go out and put an exclamation point on his season and end all conversation on who truly deserves the Cy Young award. If Lee or Doc win the Cy Young, then it will be because of a popularity contest, and there will be no honor in the award. That of course, is my opinion.

    Now, imagine him getting a CGSO and throwing some 14 SO’s.

    To me, on top of what he brings to the game as a pitcher not only makes him the Cy Young fav., but also the fact that he can hit and field, should make him a lock for a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for a pitcher. Look at Maddux and how many times he won those awards. That puts him ahead of everyone as far as I’m concerned for all awards given to the pitcher position. At the end of the day, the question that undeniable answers who’s the Cy Young is,

    WHO, WHEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR TEAM, MAKES THEIR TEAM THAT MUCH WORSE OFF. ? WHO IS UNREPLACEABLE?

    To me, unfortunately for the team, means Kersh wins everytime. Same goes for Kemp and his bid for KEMVP27. Braun has help and has stability, while Kemp carried this team from April through October offensive-wise.

    PS- I went to go see Moneyball, and by and far, it’s one of the most amazing baseball movies. The acting is superb, and it will give you a greater appreciation for the men and women who work behind the scenes trying to perfect a game that isn’t perfect, regardless of their methodology or approach. The ideas of Moneyball, ie: Sabermetrics ie: James Burns ie: Billy Beane, changed the perception of a players worth, thus giving the little guys a better chance of working within confines, and allowing small market teams to play against bigger market teams. There are teams that work based on power, and then there are teams that are built to win, and Moneyball proves that point.

    Go see the movie, it will leave you wanting to see it over and over again.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Go get ’em Kersh……smash the ball Matty…..let’s do this!

  3. trublu4ever says:

    And, here’s todays lineup:
    Gordon
    Carroll
    Kemp
    Rivera
    Miles
    Loney
    Sands
    Barajas
    Kersh

  4. messagebear says:

    I don’t go to the movies much anymore, but Moneyball does certainly sound worth watching for anyone interested in baseball.
    As far as the concept of computer analysis being applied to the game and player evaluation, I’m not sure that the Moneyball concept means anything at all other than interesting points of discussion, because Oakland hasn’t achieved any distinction in the playoffs that I’m aware of with the implementation of that concept. I can agree that we would likely have been better off maintaining De Podesta as or GM instead of getting Ned, but that conclusion would be as much the known undoings by Ned as any confirmation of DePo’s methods of talent selection. Interesting concept, Yes; conclusive, No. There’s always the element of surprise, whereby some unexpected minor league players rise to the occasion and become a big success in the majors while other highly ranked talents do not. Moneyball and gut feeling by scouts can’t really adequately address who’s going to succeed. That conclusion largely remains a mystery and makes every draft season exciting. My own impressions is that draftees in the later selection rounds, like after the tenth round, are as likely to ultimately make it in the majors as are those who’re drafted in the early ten rounds with higher expectations.

  5. lbirken says:

    It was not that long ago when many of us, including me, could not wait for the season to be over. The Dodgers were neck and neck with the Padres for last place and lackluster play on the field and the ownership situation was tough on the fans. The way the Dodgers have played the past month or so and with what Matt and Clayton have done, I am a bit sad the season is ending. Of course, much of that sadness comes from not having Vinny boost my spirits with his talent of keeping things in perspective. But as uninteresting as the team was for much of the season, the Dodgers have become more interesting on the field and even fun to watch. I have no illusions this will carry over to next season but as I have said many times, baseball is a game for optimists so one can only hope for the best.

  6. trublu4ever says:

    A hit for Matty! and, his 120th rbi!

  7. trublu4ever says:

    One inning down for Kersh! Good job!

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Sandman…13 game hitting streak.

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Tru!! Let’s go Dodgers!!!

      • trublu4ever says:

        Hi, Jhall….I was beginning to think I was all alone 😉

        • JhallWally says:

          🙂 Well, stinker of game last night. Billz is a big disappointment. He needs to grow a pair. Too bad Ned didn’t use that money to sign Kemp.

          Anyway, good start today by Kersh and Kemp.

          • trublu4ever says:

            I’m at the point where I expect nothing from Billz. There again, it shows Ned has no eye for talent!

          • JhallWally says:

            I hear ya. When he pitches now, I fully expect him to implode. The only question is, what inning. He doesn’t handle adversity well. Hell, he’s got the stuff. He sure hasn’t grown into that #1 or 2 starter everyone thought he would a couple of years ago. The good thing is that he is still pretty young. Another reason I wish they would get rid of Honeycutt.

          • trublu4ever says:

            I think Honeycutt is part of his probem and, as far as I’m concerned, is useless.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Wow, Aaron, nice play!

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Booo…..should have given Matty a hit!

  11. lbirken says:

    I agree Miles has done a great job this season and deserves consideration. Same with Rivera. Loney has improved his situation and my guess he will be here next year unless the Dodgers surprise everyone and sign someone like Fielder. The big question mark is what kind of deals these players can or will get and the bigger question mark is will the Dodgers be able to lock up Kemp and/or Ethier.

    • JhallWally says:

      Hi’Ya Birk!! Getting a long term deal done with Kemp this off season is Neds first, last, and everything in between priority in my opinion. If he goes to free agency and the Yankoffs and Red Sux get involved, we’re hosed. It won’t make a whole lot of difference what he does with the other players if we don’t lock up one of the top 5 players in the game to build around.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Nice hit and rbi, Juan.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Phillies thought they were being so clever…removed Halladay after 6 scorless innings (to preserve his ERA)…..Mets tied game and went on to win.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Sorry…I had that wrong the Phillies did win! So, forget my post 😉

      • JhallWally says:

        Oh heavy sigh!! I guess we can cut you a break this time…..

        Now have a drink on me….. 🙂

        • trublu4ever says:

          He did only go 6….still not sure if he got the win…I think the Mets tied the game before he Phillies went on to win.

          • JhallWally says:

            He went 6 and got the win. He’s 19-6 with a 2.35 ERA. Only threw 77 pitches. I’ve got to think the Phillies pulled him from a meaningless game (for them) to get ready for the playoffs. No need for him to throw too many pitches at this point. Unlike our team, they have bigger fish to fry.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Thanks…I just checked it out too…it was driving me crazy. Doesn’t take much, does it? 😉

          • JhallWally says:

            LOL!!! I know the feeling. I’m sure that Halladay is more concerned with winning the WS than another CYA. For him and the Phillies, nothing less is acceptable. They’ve become the NL Yankees. A role that should be ours sitting in the 2nd largest market in the country. Un-Fucking-Acceptable!!!

  14. trublu4ever says:

    Damn. Didn’t want Kersh to give up a run!

  15. lbirken says:

    I was just thinking about how long I would leave Kersh in assuming he is pitching well and the Dodgers have a comfortable lead. Just goes to show anything can happen.

    I also would like to point out that even though the Dodger/Padre game is meaningless as far as standings and such, the players still give a great effort and care about each play.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo…..a two run dinger by Barajas!

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Crap!

  18. lbirken says:

    Once again hindsight says take Kersh out after seven innings but what the heck. He had a great season.

  19. JhallWally says:

    Outstanding!! Nice job Kenley!!!!!

  20. lbirken says:

    Jansen did his job. Kersh might have tired a bit. Have a great rest of the day.

  21. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Javy…close it up!

  22. trublu4ever says:

    I agree! Way to go guys!

  23. JhallWally says:

    Wah-Hoo!!! #21 for Kersh!!!! Pitching triple crown says Cy Young winner!!!

  24. So what time does the game start today? 🙂

  25. Nellyjune says:

    Way to go Dodgers!!! Way to go Kersh!!! #21 – yeah!!!! 🙂

  26. JhallWally says:

    Now, I’m really hoping that the Red Sux choke on their chowder and the Rays take the wild card. Braves are really choking also, but I can’t stand the Cards.

  27. vl4eccjr says:

    Hey there sports fans!!
    It’s always a wonderfull day when both the Dodgers & Raiders win!!
    Congrats to Kersh for his 21st. It should be a no brainer for him to win the Cy Young.Congrats to the Raiders for banging up Mark Sanchez & breaking his nose to go along with sacking him 4 times!

  28. On July 1st, I was only worried that the Dodgers would lose 100 games. Today they matched last year’s win total of 80.
    This has been a fantastic year with a phenomenal second half. Now we have one of the best teams in baseball. I’d predict that next year, regardless of ownership, The Dodgers will be one of the final 8, so long as Mattingly remains the manager..

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