May 31, 2012
Having Matt Kemp return to the Dodgers after a great two day rehab assignment in Albuquerque was great news. Having him aggravate his hamstring on Wednesday night was not so great.
Steve Lyons was talking about hamstring injuries on the Dodgers Live post game broadcast. He said that it is common to bring back a player slowly after returning from a hammy DL stint by resting the player after the first game back. When Don Mattingly brought up the possibility of Kemp sitting out a game, Kemp responded with a resounding “No way!”
I am beginning to wonder if Donny has the cashews to deal with prima donna players. He was reluctant to sit Kemp while he had his consecutive game streak going. If he thought Kemp should rest but got talked out of it by the player, it does not bode well for his leadership.
I don’t know if I am the only one bothered by this, but I thought it was not smart to let Kemp be such a boisterous cheerleader while he was in the middle of his DL stint. Seeing him rush onto the field after a walkoff win and tackle someone with his “winning hurts” hijinks looked like an accident, or re-aggravated hammy waiting to happen. With so many players getting injured from freak accidents like pushing their car like Dick Allen did in 1967, or pulling on a pair of cowboy boots like Wade Boggs, I keep waiting for something bad to happen each time Kemp, Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon jump up in the air to bump their bodies together after a victory. I know the boyz gots to have their fun, but when one of them sprains an ankle, it won’t be very funny.
After the first three game losing streak of the year, lets hope that the Brewers have left their brooms in Milwaukee.
May 29, 2012
When Matt Kemp went on the DL, I thought the Dodgers offense would be dragged down with him. But the first hint that everything would be okay? Matt was slumping while playing with an injured hammy, and yet the Dodgers record was 4-0 while Matt was 0 for 13. During Matt’s time on the DL, the Dodgers record was 9-5. Contributing to this success has been some great offense by stalwarts ‘Dre, Abreu, and AJ Ellis. Tony Gwynn and Elian Herrera have performed well, too. Then, how could we forget late-game heroics by the likes of Scott Van Slyke and Ivan DeJesus, Jr.?
After a nice little warm-up at Albuquerque, where Kemp was 5 for 7 with 2 HRs and a double, Kemp will inject that power into an already potent offense. It’s going to be nice to see him back in the three-hole where he belongs.
De Jesus 2B
May 28, 2012
Those Now Gone
by Roger W Hancock
for country fought; liberty, freedom,
the primary reason.
They gave themselves,
that we be free
sisters, and brothers; our dearly departed,
life for country given.
Veterans who served,
and lived to tell; the horrors, and risks,
now sleep in peace.
Served their country,
for our security.
Unknown Soldier, MIA,
remembrance our way, to honor you as well,
victims of a warriors hell.
Served, now lost that,
our lives be free.
Sleep now Sleep tight
rest now, duty done, price paid in life or death. The vigilance now be ours.
May 25, 2012
We begin a series with the Astros tonight…..they are actually playing very well and, we need to bring it in order to win. Here’s tonights lineup:
Glad to see Hairston back……LET’S GO DODGERS!!!!!!
Ethier loves the Dodgers Home Cookin’
May 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (28-13) at Arizona Diamondbacks (19-23)
LHP Chris Capuano (5-1, 2.34) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (2-2, 5.73)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ
The Dodgers look for their fifth consecutive win
tonight as they open a three-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 games and enters tonight’s game with
the best record in the Majors at 28-13. Following three games in the
desert, where outside temperatures are expected to approach 110 degrees,
the Dodgers return home for a seven-game homestand against Houston
►The Dodgers are a season-high 15 games over .500, their best
record since the conclusion of the 2009 season (95-67)
►Los Angeles is 13 games into a stretch where it plays 18 of
23 games at Dodger Stadium through the end of May. The
Dodgers have gone 10-3 since May 7, including a 9-2 mark at
►The Dodgers are 23-6 when scoring first, the best such record
in the National League (Source: Stats, LLC)
►Los Angeles has played 18 one-run games (12-6), tied with
Washington and Pittsburgh for the most in the Majors.
Chris Capuano will make his ninth start of the
season tonight as he looks for his seventh consecutive quality start and to
snap a personal four-game losing streak against the D-backs (last win vs.
Arizona: Sept. 13, 2005). Capuano enters tonight’s game ranked among
the National League leaders in wins (5, T-3rd), ERA (2.34, 14th) and
opponents’ batting average (.201, 9th).
►Los Angeles leads the big leagues with a 2.81 team ERA (50
ER/160.1 IP) in 18 May games and ranks second in the Majors
overall with a 2.99 ERA and a .223 opponents’ batting average,
trailing only Washington’s 2.93 ERA and .217 average.
►Dodger starters lead the Majors with a 2.73 combined ERA
and a .731 winning percentage (19-7) and rank second with a
.214 opponents’ batting average. Los Angeles is tied for third in
the Majors with 28 quality starts.
►Not to be overlooked, the Los Angeles bullpen has posted a
1.48 ERA (5 ER/30.1 IP) over the last 12 games since May 7.
Dodger relievers have averaged 9.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings
(31 SO) and limited opposing hitters to a .194 batting average
(21-for-108) in that span.
(This post came from the game notes that are linked from this site.)