Dodgers are hot…so is Phoenix

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
and Milwaukee.
►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
home.
►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.)

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164 Responses to Dodgers are hot…so is Phoenix

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Let’s keep it going with the rally thongs…

  2. trublu4ever says:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. JhallWally says:

    LOL!!! Well done 32/53….

  4. vl4eccjr says:

    Have ya’ll been eating the funny looking brownies?

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Hmmm…108 degrees and they open the roof. It’s going to be a hot time in Arizona tonight!

  6. trublu4ever says:

    Great catch, Dre!

  7. vl4eccjr says:

    What a pleasant surprise! Tonights game is a freebie on MLB tv! 🙂

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Holy shit….Treanor a bomb!

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    Wow! Treanor wirth a dinger?

  10. trublu4ever says:

    It will put a smile on Beav’s face 😉

  11. vl4eccjr says:

    Way to battle Cappy!

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Keep your fingers crossed…..Brewers just tied the Gnats 3 – 3 8th inning……Go Brewers!

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Hideliho neighbors!

    Treanor huh? These guys keep amazing. Each night its a different guy stepping up with Matt out. This is exactly the kind of thing they still need to do when he gets back too if they’re going to be serious contenders.

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    Sheeeit!

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Uh, oh…..looks like a bad inning for us. One run in already.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Got a break there…let’s cash it in!

  17. vl4eccjr says:

    Caught a break there at second.

  18. vl4eccjr says:

    I heard Vin mentioning that Capuano graduated Phi Betta Cappa from Duke. Impresive. The closest comparison I could make is I got a Phi Zappa Crappa T-shirt from Surplus City once as a teenager. . .

  19. vl4eccjr says:

    Anyone else getting a double audio feed, or is it just me?

  20. vl4eccjr says:

    Gibby has to be fuming over that pick off.

  21. enchantedbeaver says:

    I would have to think that VanSlyke would benefit more batting in front of Dre rather than Dre does batting in front of VanSlyke.

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Everyday Dre!

  23. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Dre!
    Always nice to get some insurance!

  24. trublu4ever says:

    A few more runs here….would be so nice!

  25. vl4eccjr says:

    The Lakers are folding. They look worn out & tired.

  26. enchantedbeaver says:

    What do y’all think of Beli? I wouldn’t have kept him, but I was sure wrong about that so far.

  27. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Tattoo & James!

  28. enchantedbeaver says:

    Be nice if they can give Lindblom and Kenley a night off.

  29. enchantedbeaver says:

    Javy’s all over the place with his pitches. Its plain to see that Bunnynutts has no idea of how to help him get back on track, so I don’t get what the problem is about sending him down to Chattanooga for a month until he gets it going again.

  30. trublu4ever says:

    Javy worked his way out of it….good job!

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, dear, it’s the Wright time.

  32. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo….the power of the thong!

  33. nellyjune says:

    I don’t think I have actually ever been watching the game when Andre has hit a home run. Last time, I was listening to the game on the radio at Target (did the happy dance in the aisle), and this time while walking on a treadmill (no happy dance though. I didn’t want to end up on one of those videos Eric sends us on occasion – lol!).
    .
    Kudos to James and Tatoo as well 🙂

  34. vl4eccjr says:

    Chalk up another ‘W!’

  35. enchantedbeaver says:

    Another win with a makeshift line-up. Old farts got some rest. Didn’t have to use Lindblom or Kenley.

    All-in-all it was a good night.

    And on that note, goodnight Tru & VL.

  36. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Long ball night.
    GO DODGERS Keep It up.!!!!!

  37. enchantedbeaver says:

    Second surgery doesn’t bode too well for Mark Ellis. I’ll be surprised if he comes back at all this season.

    So what do you think – Herrera at 2B? If they’re going to go anywhere this year they’re going to have to go out and get at least either an everyday 2B or 3B (or both.)

    • trublu4ever says:

      I know Nellyjune would love to have us get Pedroia 😉 me, I’ll take David Wright!

      • crash24now says:

        I doubt it would happen, but I would love to have David Wright on the team. A smooth fielding, hard hitting third baseman is very rare.

        • trublu4ever says:

          We can give them Billz and most of our BP … I’d even throw in Uribe & Kennedy 😉

        • nellyjune says:

          I’m good with David Wright if Dustin’s not an option 🙂

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Unfortunately IMO, we have nothing to trade that would even remotely get Pedroia, and Wright would easily cost us a top pitching prospect or two. Chase Headley for Billz + prospect? Billz would definitely benefit from a change of scenery and a bigger ballpark. Eovaldi could step right into his spot in the rotation.

          • trublu4ever says:

            No too bad….I’d take him.

          • nellyjune says:

            I wasn’t thinking within the division, but that is a great idea enchanted. Chase deserves to be on a contending team…or at least a team that has the potential to be a contending team. I don’t want to think we have it made quite yet with so many games to go.

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            It would solve 2 problems going forward. 1. You’d get an everyday 3B, and 2. You don’t have to overpay for Wright whether you try to get him at the trade deadline or as a FA this fall.

            2B or 3B needs to be addressed now though. You can piece together one or the other, but not both for an indefinite period of time.

    • crash24now says:

      That is sad to hear. Mark Ellis was playing solid baseball for us, right up until the fateful injury.

      Herrara could be (a) a good 2B, (b) a good 3B, or (c) a great super-sub. But he can’t do all three at once. We will definitely need another MLB caliber infielder, and that person is not named Aaron Miles.

  38. crash24now says:

    Loney (not Loweenio) update:

    James Loney’s OPS after last night’s bomb is now .731.

    Juanpy’s OPS after going 1-for-12 over the past four games is now .707.

    So, at least for now, I will refrain from calling our first baseman “Loweenio”.

  39. enchantedbeaver says:

    Did you notice we get 51st pick in the upcoming draft as compensation for Barajas? What a gift!!

  40. nellyjune says:

    Very sad to see this about Mark Ellis. I was looking forward to seeing how well he would have been received when we play Oakland in June. They loved him there, and I knew he would give it everything he had. Maybe he should have stopped at 100% the other night instead of 110%. Still thankful they found out what was wrong before it was way too late.

    • crash24now says:

      You may not want to watch the video of his injury. The first angle doesn’t show anything; it’s almost like – how did that injure him? But the second angle shows what really happened.

      That video should be shown to all young 2b and ss players to teach them why they need to jump over the incoming runner.

  41. crash24now says:

    Lineup Time

    Gwynn CF
    Herrera 2B
    Abreu LF
    Ethier RF
    Kennedy 3B
    Loney 1B
    Ellis C
    Gordon SS
    Harang P

    • trublu4ever says:

      Thanks, Crash.

    • JhallWally says:

      Thanks Crash. Good move putting Gordon down in the order.
      Hopefully the guys stay hot and bury the D-Backs. Taking this 3 game set in their house with a depleted lineup is huge. We have a tough month coming up in June as we play 19 of 28 games on the road. And only two days off. Two more away games with the D-Backs and we finish off May with 6 at home against the Brewers and Astros. If we just play .500 ball the rest of the way, we will win 89 games. With the way the division is looking, that will probably win it.

  42. enchantedbeaver says:

    I see thay changed a ruling and Dre got an extra RBI on what was clearly an error by Maybin:
    http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120522&content_id=31984764&notebook_id=31984766&vkey=notebook_la&c_id=la

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep, he should have caught it. Oh well, the umpires have taken away a run scored for Andre earlier in the season. The umpiring has sucked, why not the official scoring.

      Speaking of RBIs, I see our old friend Jamey Carroll already has 11 ribbies in 148 ABs this year. He only had 17 in 510 ABs last year.
      I hope he does well.. And screw Kuroda and the Yankers….

      Reading the earlier posts, I think, for better or worse, we will see the Dodgers try to shore up 2B and 3B with Aaron Miles.
      I wish they would just plug in Sellers and Hairston for a month and see what they can do. And give IDJ a good look. The asking price right now for anyone worth a damn is going to be way too high.

      Anyway, Go Dodgers!!! Let’s keep this train rolling….

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Boy…talk about poor attendance…..Dback fans should be ashamed of themselves! Pathetic!

  44. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, Tony!

  45. trublu4ever says:

    We’re doomed….Buckner behind the plate!

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Good job Aaron.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    Crapola!

  48. enchantedbeaver says:

    Of course Josh Bell could’ve been our third baseman…

    We’re about do for a stinker.

  49. trublu4ever says:

    Nice play, Dee!

  50. vl4eccjr says:

    So. Has that homer Harank gave up landed yet?

  51. enchantedbeaver says:

    Harang’s pitching back to his norm.

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Good grief….this is going to be ugly!

  53. vl4eccjr says:

    The Pacers are having a much rougher night. Losing 115-83 is pretty bad. . .

  54. trublu4ever says:

    Rally time!

  55. vl4eccjr says:

    It’s about time for the hook.

  56. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice going Dre! No shut out!

  57. trublu4ever says:

    Jer-ry!

  58. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Tony!!

  59. trublu4ever says:

    YAY…TGJ!

  60. vl4eccjr says:

    Another break! Amazing! Just when I thought they were going to be counted out, they come off of the mat. . .

  61. crash24now says:

    It’s a ballgame.

  62. trublu4ever says:

    Bob-Bo!

  63. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Bobby!

  64. crash24now says:

    Bobby! Never count these guys out!

  65. trublu4ever says:

    And, of course….Andre too….keep it going boys!

  66. trublu4ever says:

    See, Sparkleplenty…the rally cry worked!

  67. nellyjune says:

    WOW!!! Kings in OT and the Dodgers coming back! Let’s go LA!!!

  68. vl4eccjr says:

    Good move! Donnie had a moment of clarity, and woke up taking Kennedy out for a pinch hitter.

  69. crash24now says:

    Damn Loney (almost called him Loweenio) had to break up a good thing.

  70. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice job Belisario!

  71. trublu4ever says:

    Phooey!

  72. vl4eccjr says:

    Sheeeit!

    Kings headed for the NHL Finals!

  73. vl4eccjr says:

    You gotta just love Bucknor’s shifting strike zone. He should change his name to Gump.

  74. nellyjune says:

    Way to go LA Kings!!!
    .
    Come on Dodgers!!!

  75. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Nail biter! C’mon, Andre!!

  76. sparkleplenty1 says:

    IVAN!!!!

  77. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW!!! The kids are allright!!!

  78. trublu4ever says:

    DeJesus delivers!

  79. nellyjune says:

    WOW!!!!!

  80. vl4eccjr says:

    He he! They pounded Putz!!!

  81. crash24now says:

    C’mon Jansen! Clap clap clap clap clap!

  82. nedisajerk says:

    I hate strikeout WP.

  83. vl4eccjr says:

    Oh crap!

  84. nedisajerk says:

    Maybe Jansen want a rare 4 k’s game in 1 inning.

  85. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Oh damn!

  86. nedisajerk says:

    Should be runner on 1st with 2 outs.

  87. trublu4ever says:

    Yuck!

  88. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  89. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Amazing!

  90. nedisajerk says:

    Yep DP

  91. vl4eccjr says:

    Woo hoo!
    Whew!
    Let’s give it up for our cardiac kids!!! This has been the most exciting game by far this season!

  92. nedisajerk says:

    Poor Giants still can’t gain a game.

  93. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Just tell me – how DO they do it? LOL!

  94. nellyjune says:

    What a Dodgers team!!!

  95. enchantedbeaver says:

    Quite a game last night. Going to be hard to figure out who to send down when Hairston comes back.

    • crash24now says:

      I’m guessing it will be De Jesus, given that he has pretty much been persona non grata with the big league team. However, he certainly made the decision more difficult thanks to his game-winning double last night.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Too bad we can’t just release Coffey…..or, can we?

        • crash24now says:

          Seems like management is happy when Coffey runs in, pitches one inning, gives up a walk, a hit, and a run. Coffey is also pleased because both his ERA and his WHIP go down.

          They should DFA his butt yesterday. I like your idea of having an extra bat on the bench, but I doubt that would actually happen.

          • trublu4ever says:

            ( 😦 )

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            They ought to be looking at just how often they use him (which isn’t very) and in what situations. Its obvious that they have no faith in him whatsoever, and Guerra looks to be the mop-up/odd inning guy for the time being.

            ERGO, DFAing Coffey for an extra bat would make the most sense going forward.

            I agree though, DeJesus will be the one going down, though I’d probably send Sellers instead. DeJesus is just naturally a better hitter than Sellers.

  96. enchantedbeaver says:

    Gnats lost this afternoon 🙂

  97. lbirken says:

    What a joy to watch the Dodgers continue to win despite all the injuries. With Kemp and Hairston due back soon, someone has to go down and it will be player with the most options. For now let’s just hope these guys can continue to contribute and the Giants can continue to tread water.

  98. crash24now says:

    New Top of the Lineup

    Herrera CF
    Sands LF
    Abreu RF
    Van Slyke 1B
    Ellis C
    De Jesus 2B
    Gordon ss
    Sellers 3B
    Lilly P

    Every Day ‘Dre given the day off, because he’s not Every Day ‘Dre?????

    • lbirken says:

      Even Dre needs a day off. Hopefully this lineup will produce enough runs and the pitching holds up so Andre won’t be needed.

      • sparkleplenty1 says:

        I think Dre’s been pressing a bit since Matt went down because he feels he has to produce. Thankfully the others are picking it up, but Dre also expects a lot of himself. Maybe a day off will be a good thing – but I’ll miss his good hitting against Arizona 🙂

  99. crash24now says:

    Tattoo scratched from lineup due to bad back. Revised bottom of lineup:

    Kennedy 3b
    Gordon ss
    Lilly p

    • JhallWally says:

      Thanks Crash.. Gonna be interesting to see what this group can do tonight. At least it is exciting to see who will come thru each night. Right now the Baseball Gods are smiling on our Dodgers. I keep wondering when it will come crashing down. But I am enjoying it while it lasts.

  100. enchantedbeaver says:

    Time to lower the broom!!

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