Now the real test begins

It is great that the Dodgers started off the season with a 9-1 record, the best in baseball.  All of the games so far have been with the weak Padres and Pirates.  Today, they play a much stronger team, the Brewers.

It will be a test of the true ability of the Dodgers when they face better pitching and defend against a better offensive team.

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219 Responses to Now the real test begins

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I think we will do okay….maybe not win them all but, I feel we will win each series.

  2. nellyjune says:

    …..and not to mention the Padres went in and kicked butt at Coor’s Field. So, it appears (in the early going) that in our division, the D-backs are the only team that is living up to the expectations of the experts so far.

  3. crash24now says:

    Good and bad – a review of the best and worst of the Dodgers offense as we go to beat up on Selig’s team:

    The good: Matt Kemp (obviously). I won’t even review Matt’s 2012 numbers; they are so outstanding, that the whole world already knows them. I will say two things.
    1. Thank you, Juan Pierre. You taught Matt Kemp about beast mode. It’s almost not fair to add beast mode to a guy with as much pure athletic talent as Matt Kemp. But as Dodger fans, we love it.
    2. Matt still has a long way to go to catch Babe Ruth. The Babe’s career OPS number is 1.1636, which puts him as #1 all-time. Matt Kemp’s career OPS number is .8554, which puts him at #148 on the all-time list of those with more than 3,000 plate appearances. In the last couple games, Matt has passed such names as Jim Rice, Reggie Smith, Jeff Kent, and Al Kaline.

    The bad: Loweenio, whose OPS today is .466 (BA/OBP/SLG of .148/.281/.466). By comparison, Juan Pierre’s current 2012 OPS is .583 (.292/.292/.292). Unfortunately for Loweenio, the bar was raised on Sunday when Juanpy slapped out three singles against the Mets. I quote Yahoo Sports: “to shallow right field, …to shallow left center,… to shallow center”.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Juan Pierre has in effect thrown down the gauntlet to James Loney.

      It took three bounces and a good roll to get to him…

    • JhallWally says:

      Good post Crash. Kemp is off to a great start and is talented enough to continue putting up MVP numbers. If he gets the chance. He hasn’t faced any really good pitching yet, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that when playing the Dodgers, you pitch around Kemp and make someone else on the team beat you. I’ll take my chances with Ethier, Rivera, and Loweenio. If they beat me, fine. The odds are definately better pitching to the aforementioned trio than Kemp. Ethier is off to another hot start. He is great in April and May. Always has been. I’m waiting to see what he brings in June thru Sept.

      As for Loweenio, geez, it’s all or nothing with this guy. He’s either super hot or super cold. I thought and was hoping that he had turned it around in the final 2 months last season and found some semblance of production and consistency. It is still very early but his showing so far is not encouraging. I’d be happy with league average from Loweenio. But, there is added pressure for Loney to produce at 1st base as we have little to no hope for much if anything at 3rd with Uribum seemingly entrenched due to the ignorant contract Ned gave him.

      I am very anxious to start playing the better teams and see what we’ve really got. Against better/stronger teams we are going to need more OBP from Gordon and MEllis and some offensive production from 1st and 3rd base to be successful.
      And more than 5 innings per start from Capuano and Harang.

      Hang onto your hats, this could turn into one wild roller coaster ride of a season.

  4. 32and53fan says:

    Here is a fun game posted by Jon Weisman at his Dodgers Thoughts blog. Place your bets…

    Pick the date that Juan Uribe matches Matt Kemp’s current totals of six homers and 16 RBI.

    And heck, might as well do the same for James Loney too …

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      First part is a trick question because Uribe won’t hit 6 HRs this year. 16RBI, maybe sometime mid-June.

    • JhallWally says:

      I agree with Beav. Uribe is not going to hit 6 HR. If he doesn’t go on the DL (which I am fully expecting either for a real or phantom sucking injury) he might get 16 rbi by mid June. If he doesn’t have at least 16 ribbies by the middle of May, he should not be around until the middle of June.

      The bigger question in my opinion is: How long will new ownership and management stay with Loweenio and Uribum if they continue to stink?

    • crash24now says:

      Last year, Loweenio didn’t get his sixth HR until August 21. If we have to wait that long this year, he may be gone on July 31st.

      As far as Uribum goes, his HR production last year was Andruwesque – he followed a 2010 year of 24 HRs with only 4 HRs for the Dodgers. If he can’t turn it around, it’s not Uribum that will be gone, but Ned-be-gone.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Crap….Gordon picked off!

  6. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, oh….Billz!

  7. vl4eccjr says:

    Sure is strange to see Aramis not in a Cubs uniform.
    Big difference for juice boy not having big boy Prince behind him.

  8. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAP! You can’t throw right down the middle!

  9. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Do ya think the old Billz is back?

  10. trublu4ever says:

    F*ck….we can’t even hold on to the ball!

  11. trublu4ever says:

    We were very lucky to get out of that only giving up 2 runs.

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    WTF was that Loweenio?

  13. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh well! One run beats none.

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    Billz has settled down nicely. At least he’s kept roid boy in check.

  15. vl4eccjr says:

    Creeping closer to the Mendoza line. . .

  16. nellyjune says:

    Alright Andre and James!!!

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo…new ball game!

  18. trublu4ever says:

    WTF….our base running sucks!

  19. trublu4ever says:

    UGH!!!!!!!!!!

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Andre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. nellyjune says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, oh! I’m getting very nervous.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Damn!

  24. crash24now says:

    Crap!

  25. nellyjune says:

    Javy was off tonight. It was a good game though. Can’t win them all!

  26. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh well. Guerra was walking the tightrope his past two appearances. It was only a matter of time. Can’t same them all.
    At least roidboy had an o’fer tonight.

  27. nellyjune says:

    It was good to see Billz gain composure after the bad inning and keep them in the game. It was good to see James get closer to the Mendoza line. Guerrer and Jansen did well in their innings. And it was good seeing Andre come up with another clutch hit (so we thought at the time). Let’s see how it goes tomorrow with Capuano on the hill.

  28. crash24now says:

    Loweenio improved his OPS to .563 tonight, but still trails Juanpy by .020

  29. trublu4ever says:

    I know it comes down to Javy blowing a save opportunity. However, some base running blunders during the game cost us more. We will win tonight and, all will be good again in Dodger Land 😉

  30. nellyjune says:

    We are still in first place. If feels a lot better being 9-2, than 2-9, and Dbacks have lost 2 to the Pirates, the gnats lost one to them and we swept them. So, that’s pretty good too in looking at our divisional competition.

  31. crash24now says:

    Juanpy raised the bar again for Loweenio to .692! Juanpy was 2 fer 2 with 2 shallow singles last night in a losing effort to the Gnats.

  32. nedisajerk says:

    Summitt steps aside, Warlick new Tennessee coach

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/summit-steps-aside-warlick-tennessee-175643316–ncaaw.html;_ylt=Aqbrk5M_5VLCPuhO.jj9eXI5nYcB

    This is going to be weird not seeing her coaching the Lady Vols after 38 years. The best woman coach in college history and I was hoping she would make it to 40.

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’d like to mention two more things. First to 32 & 53 fan, O’Malley’s response to the Flushing Meadows site was, “I’ll not be the Queens Dodgers” It was also thought for some time that the team would move to Jersey. I was against that move (at the time).
    Another thing about the Bronx, NellyJune, You noticed that it’s not Bronx, it’s The Bronx, deriving it’s name from some prominent family who were named “Bronc”(not sure of the spelling), who I believe the N.Y. mayor or governor use to visit a lot.
    Also all kidding aside we all envy the Yankees and all their World Series victories.

  34. nedisajerk says:

    Oh crap it’s going to be really sad day when Vinny pass away. What a sad day today. RIP Dick Clark.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Yes it was so sad to read about the passing of this icon. My condolences to his family, friends and fans.May he rest in peace.

  35. crash24now says:

    Wonder what it would take to get David Wright? Zach Lee and Shawn Tolleson? Would that be too much or too little?

  36. crash24now says:

    Hairston starting tonight instead of Uribum. Is he already going on the DL?

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Let’s win this one boys!

  38. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Wow – nice hit Ellis!

    • trublu4ever says:

      …..and, Matty brings him home!

      • crash24now says:

        Yay, Mark Ellis (?? three-bagger??)

        Matt Kemp still en fuego, ties Ethier for RBI lead!

        • crash24now says:

          M. Ellis hit only one triple from 2009 through 2011.

          • nellyjune says:

            I think being on this team will be good for him. They loved him in Oakland, but he’s never had the chance to play in front of a home crowd that they never get in Oakland unless the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants and Angels are in town, and it’s their fans, not A’s fans. He is doing exactly what he was brought here to do, and he’s an awesome clubhouse guy. My good friend has been an Ellie fan forever, and she cringed when we got him because she knows how hard we are on players that suck.

  39. trublu4ever says:

    Nice throw, Tony!

  40. trublu4ever says:

    We were lucky to only give up one run…whew!

  41. JhallWally says:

    Wow, nice defense by Gwynn. That would have been at least a 3 run inning with Rivera out there. And Ethier should have caught the one hit his way.

  42. JhallWally says:

    Dee Gordon now below the Mendoza line. If he doesn’t start hitting in the next week or so, Dildon is gonna have to take him out of the leadoff spot.

  43. JhallWally says:

    Rats!! Ethier hit that ball hard. Just right at the fielder.

    Hey Tru, gotta take off. Get us a win tonight. Catch you later.

  44. vl4eccjr says:

    Dee’s swinging at everything, and missing. Why does he keep swinging at those pitches so far out of the zone?

  45. trublu4ever says:

    Escaped from disaster, once again!

  46. vl4eccjr says:

    Surprise! Capuano made it through five!

  47. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Thar she blows!

  48. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAP!

  49. trublu4ever says:

    Crap!

  50. trublu4ever says:

    At least he settled down after the dinger. I like his composure.

  51. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Greinke is really on his game tonight. I have a bad feeling . . . .

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Sheeit…..our base stealing prowess has disappeared this series!

  53. vl4eccjr says:

    Shit!

  54. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Frustrating!!!!

  55. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW!
    Lindblom has been $MONEY$ coming out of the pen!

  56. vl4eccjr says:

    Dodgers have nothing but duds for hitters coming off the bench. 😦

  57. sparkleplenty1 says:

    O Lord, here we go again . . . .

  58. trublu4ever says:

    I’m getting that queasy feeling again.

  59. trublu4ever says:

    Holy Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Feelings of dread and impending doom – and I DON’T LIKE IT!!

  61. sparkleplenty1 says:

    The defensive positioning makes no sense at all.

  62. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAP! The bullpen had an excellent report card tonight till Grrear arrived. . . .

  63. trublu4ever says:

    Very hard to watch this implosion!

  64. trublu4ever says:

    He was out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. vl4eccjr says:

    That throwing error came back to bite hard!

  66. sparkleplenty1 says:

    That was one lousy way to lose a game. I do not care for Mattingly’s strategies. Was willing to cut him some slack last year, but this was not at all acceptable.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      The big surprise was bringing the infield in and going for the play at the plate, instead of the DP. I was hoping it would work and almost did. Close play at the plate.
      Well there’s still tomorrow.

  67. sparkleplenty1 says:

    I’m off to watch the last minute of the Clippers game. Maybe they can salvage their game – at least I hope so. Bye 4 now!!

  68. crash24now says:

    I blame Loweenio. (and Grrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeear – but that goes without saying).

  69. grizzy says:

    The umpires give
    The umpires taketh away

  70. dodgereric says:

    The ump did blow the call at the plate, but……..1) Guerrier committed the cardinal sin of walking the leadoff hitter 2) Ellis’ horrible throw put the Brewers at a huge statistical advantage to win the game 3) Kemp did not place himself under the ball in a good position to make a throw that he is more than capable of making, and then proceded to make a (for him) very poor throw to the plate. Whether or not it was the unusual defensive alignment in the outfield that contributed to Kemp’s poor judgement is unclear, but hell, I think Jimmy Wynn or (dare I say it?) Juanpy could have thrown that idiot Morgan out from that spot on the field. He ran through the coach’s stop sign.

    So far this season, although owners of a fine record to this point, the Dodgers are making poor decisions on the basepaths and on the bench. If this continues, they will struggle to be a .500 club.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I agree, Dodgereric…..It seems as though, sometimes, when we go on the road, we suffer major jet-lag…..or, brain farts, to be more honest 😉

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        I think at the end of the day, there’s just no getting around the fact that this is really a .500 club. Nobody of Ned’s can hit or pitch a lick, and if Kemp and Dre don’t drive in runs, they struggle to score.

  71. nellyjune says:

    As bad as that call was, the runner shouldn’t have been there in the first place.
    .
    I’m not a fan of either the Phillies or the Giants, but that pitchers dual last night was pretty impressive. My hubby and son were at the game, and they said the first 9 innings flew by, and both SP’s performances proved good pitching can beat good hitting.

  72. trublu4ever says:

    YAY…..rally time!

  73. vl4eccjr says:

    Howdy Ladies & Germs!
    Here we are, observing a game where both starters have their best years behind them, and will be registering high on the old suckometer. It may be safe to say we may have a high scoring game.
    After that hosing the Dodgers received from the ump yesterday, I’m hoping for a win today to avoid the sweep.

  74. trublu4ever says:

    Unacceptable! Runner on 3rd nobody out and we don’t score!

  75. trublu4ever says:

    Matty!

  76. vl4eccjr says:

    KEMP!!!

  77. trublu4ever says:

    Collie posted: Who follows Loney in the lineup?….the other team! 🙂

  78. enchantedbeaver says:

    Speaking of pitiful, our bench has got to be the most pitiful ever. Triple aside, what the hell’s Treanor on the team for? Kennedy – he’s the best you can put up there to PH?

    Ned’s outdone himself this year.

  79. enchantedbeaver says:

    Bout time Harang thows up a dinger with that cupcake FB he’s tossing up there.

  80. enchantedbeaver says:

    Easy to see why Ned’s been pursuing Harang over the years – he sucks. Goes right in line with the rest of the crap Ned’s brought in.

  81. trublu4ever says:

    Whew….now we need a ton of runs for protection.

  82. enchantedbeaver says:

    Kameron Loe? With the exception of Kemp & Dre, you could put Cameron Diaz out there and get these guys out.

  83. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, dear….it’s the one and only, Wright! Good grief!

  84. trublu4ever says:

    Ryan Fraud looks like a turtle, doesn’t he?

  85. vl4eccjr says:

    The Big Buscemi Bug Eyed Boy! LOL

  86. sparkleplenty1 says:

    That’s the Loney we know and love!

  87. trublu4ever says:

    I’m in shock…James…a double!

  88. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Awwww . . shit!

  89. trublu4ever says:

    Fuck…a blown squeeze play!

  90. vl4eccjr says:

    WTF is up with all these baserunning blunders this series?!

  91. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Darn! That hurt!!!

  92. JhallWally says:

    Good grief…Pathetic…

  93. vl4eccjr says:

    Seems all the opportunities that were cashed in earlier this season are now coming up empty. . .

  94. trublu4ever says:

    Damn it, Treanor!

  95. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Now that throw was truly pathetic.

  96. trublu4ever says:

    Thank-you, Mr. Hairston!

  97. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Hairston’s play was, on the other hand, really good. Uribe couldn’t have made it in a month of Sundays.

  98. 32and53fan says:

    Great throw Hairston!

  99. vl4eccjr says:

    Holy shit! I thought it was deja vu all over again!
    Good thing Hairston stepped up to make that play.

  100. JhallWally says:

    Wow, what a play by Hairston!!

  101. trublu4ever says:

    Shit, he was safe!

  102. JhallWally says:

    Let’s Go Javy!!!

  103. trublu4ever says:

    Uribe can sit the pine forever!

  104. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Javy!

  105. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, No Sweep!!!!

  106. vl4eccjr says:

    Javy nails it down!

  107. enchantedbeaver says:

    Well crap, I missed the rest of the game. I had my sarcasm really working well today too.

  108. sparkleplenty1 says:

    It was mentioned before the beginning of the game that Uribe’s got a problem with his left wrist and that was why Hairston got the start. Another of those “mysterious” but fortuitous injuries. When will Uribe go on the DL? Any guesses???

  109. koufax1963 says:

    I think the boys in blue did really well this series. Lost two in the last inning but took this one, all really close games. Certainly morgan was out in the 10th at home yesterday, but it will all even out and the calls will go the blue way. Hairston at 3rd, I could live with that over yawn.

  110. vl4eccjr says:

    Well, it’s off to play the Stros. They sure have hit hard times lately. The only player on that team that puts any fear in opposing pitching is Carlos Lee. They’ve let everyone else get away.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Fantastic news!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Might it keep him out next year too?!!

      At what point does Ned get fired? What are we up to now in wasted $$? $350M? $400M?

      Let see, there was Andrew 36.2, Manny 45, Pierre 44, Schmidt 47, Uribe 21, Nomar II 19, Mueller 9, Garland 5, at least 9 PVLs per year at 1 each X 6 = 54 – who am I missing?

      • trublu4ever says:

        Hmmmm….the Dodgers are baffled by Yawn’s injury…..I’m still baffled as to why the hell Ned signed him in the first place! On second thought, no I’m not….it’s what Ned does.

      • JhallWally says:

        Throw in another $12M for Guerrier….

        And for all you folks that believe/think Neds poor performance is because of lack of money due to Frank:

        http://www.chadmoriyama.com/2012/04/ned-colletti-manages-to-do-less-with-the-most/

        Nedcompoop has had enough money to work with and has ineptly wasted it away.

        • trublu4ever says:

          Pathetic! I have the feeling (about Uribe) that he doesn’t love L.A. anymore….do you think there is any team out there stupid enough to take him off our hands?

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            No. Not even if we waived him and had to pick up all but $500K of his salary. How many guys have we DFA’d and had someone claim them? 1-2 over 6 years? How many DFA’s has Ned claimed? Ned learned his stock and trade from Sabean during the Bonds years.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Thought so…was hoping for a miracle.

          • JhallWally says:

            No… I don’t see any takers at any price.. It is basically money down the drain as we all knew when Nedcompoop made the deal. Just another in a long list of Ned failures…

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        How could I forget Furcal II at $30M? Blake at whatever it was? I must be getting senile. Pretty soon I’ll be as bad as Ned.

  111. nedisajerk says:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sands-002ger

    I see Sands is having a tough time in triple A.

  112. nedisajerk says:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=1cf02adf

    Wow some ugly pitching down there but we know it’s a hitter league.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      That’s not where we stock out talented pitchers though. They’re all at Chattanooga. A lot of what’s in Alb. are Ned’s stiffs.

      I have been surprised that Tronco’s doing well. I’d still take him over Coffey and/or MacDogturd.

  113. trublu4ever says:

    I really despise Ned! I hope the new owners look over the list of duds he stuck us with and fire his ass!

    • JhallWally says:

      I don’t see how you can peruse Neds history of trades and signings and not show him the door.

      It is Unacceptable!!!!

      http://www.dodgersrumors.com/search/label/Ned%20Colletti%20Transaction%20History

      • trublu4ever says:

        I’m glad you put that here…I knew either you, enchanted or dodgereric would find the info. As for me, I’m just too lazy 🙂

        • JhallWally says:

          🙂
          It just astounds and amazes me that there are actually people out there that think Ned has done a decent job and his bad deals and judgement are a result of Frank and not enough money. Ned is a total and profound idiot!!!!

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            People equate spending big money with being good – the Yankme Syndrome. Give me the smarts of a Tampa Bay any day. Have to laugh at the start the Angels are off to with the money they spent over the winter.

          • JhallWally says:

            I totally agree Beav… Our new ownership group needs to hire the Tampa Bay GM or one of their asst. GMs.
            It is fun to watch the big spenders tank… Angel fans are squirming.

          • trublu4ever says:

            I agree too. I think the new owners are smart guys who will do the right thing for the fans in order to make this team a winner.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        That’s awesome Wally – thanks for finding this!!

        Most of Ned’s transactions read like a Who’s Who of Who? list. Pathetic. You can go through and pick off maybe 10 or 12 trannys (in all catagories combined) that you can say well done Ned, and most of those were within his first couple of years.

        I really think the only reason he kept his job is because Frank was the only one in the world that knew less than Ned about baseball.

        Like I’ve always said, the money was there. The brains were not.

        • JhallWally says:

          Glad you like it my brother. It is a pretty sad resume…
          Frank was too tied up skimming money and raping the franchise to care what Ned was doing. Keeping Ned is truely a testament to Franks baseball stupidity…

  114. enchantedbeaver says:

    Wondering if anyone made out in the Trayvon Robinson trade. Tray’s not even listed in Seattle’s top 20 prospects. Did you see he K’d 61 times in 143 AB’s for them last year? That’s Andruw Jones territory.

    Doubt Federcheese is going to make it either. I see him needling pretty high on the ol’ suck-o-meter.

    Never know about prospects, but I’ve always wondered if when they’ve been with one organization and are steadily moving up (LaRoche comes to mind), then get traded away if they don’t lose confidence and some of their spirit.

    Ned on the other hand prefers trampling on them as well, then tells them to go learn how to be a big leaguer before he releases or trades them away for old garbage.

    • JhallWally says:

      That is so funny Beav… I just looked up TRobs stats a couple of hours ago to see how he is doing.

      45AB/1HR/4RBI/1BB/13SO/.244BA/.255OBP/.333SLG/.589OPS at Tacoma.

      That trade is looking like a wash. I don’t think either of them is going to become an impact player.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        Makes you wonder too how much smoke NedCo blows up your ass touting guys like Trayvon and Lambo as the next best thing since sliced bread, then the next thing you know they’re not even in another teams top 20 list. Is that smoke for the fans benefit or other GMs?

        • JhallWally says:

          With Ned it is just inane jibberish. He is not a good judge of baseball talent. In answer to your question, IMO, its for the fans. The other GMs and teams, and especially GMs not named Colletti are well aware of a prospects talent. They are well scouted I’m sure.

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Makes one hope that we can get by the next 2-3 years with at least some highlights so that we can build the minors back up to where they should be.

            So what do you think – do we get away clean without Selig and is crones vetoing the sale to Guggenheim and/or Frank suing somebody here in the next couple weeks?

          • JhallWally says:

            Yes, I think the sale will go thru. Frank and the new ownership group duped Bud. Selig is to commishining as Ned is to GMing.

            It’s all a big farce…. JMO

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