Welcome Back Matty & Dre!

Welcome Back Matty & Dre!

Tonights lineup:
Hairston, 7
M.Ellis, 4
Matty, 8
Dre, 9
Rivera, 3
A.J., 2
The Bad Juan, 5
Cruz, 6
Kersh, 1


180 Responses to Welcome Back Matty & Dre!

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I see Billz has already been moved to #3 starter…maybe it’s a good sign of things to come. However, Uribum is still playing!

    • Unbelieveable that after a year and a half of watching this guy flail and fail that he still gets in the line-up. Rookies don’t get a third of the chance this hack gets before they’re shipped out.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I’m hoping and praying that by the end of July he will be gone forever! Afterall, we must get rid of him in order to get Headley….it would be kind of cool to have him stay with us after this series 😉

        • We’re more likely to end up with old man Ramirez. Brewers owe him a buttload of money for another 2.5 years and he’ll likely come cheaper in prospects than the smart move, which is Headley. Personally though, I’d trade one of our better pitching prospects for Headley – I think he could stabilize third for enough years until we can see how the Seager kid is going to pan out.

    • I’d like to see Billz as the #3 starter on someone else’s team.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I’m thinking that is a distinct possibilty….Donnie isn’t at all pleased with him…..and, yes, we will probably end up with Aramis…however, Kastin could like the young guys.

        • Fortunately Kasten’s a baseball man and understands you build through youth, not hasbeens. I’m sure he’s watching over little Neddy’s shoulder too so that we don’t have another MacDonald for Dotel or Santana for Blake debacle.

          • trublu4ever says:

            That’s what I’ve been thinking too. Good grief, we are actually discussing the prospect of getting Cole Hammels…..Frankie would never have done that! Actually, McCrook would float crap out there but, we all knew it would never happen. I feel if Kersh is comfortable talking to Cole about wearing Dodger Blue, it may have some “legs”.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Good news…Dbacks lost to the Cubbies 8 – 1….now, let’s win guys! I have a feeling the gnats will beat the lowly Astros.

  3. nellyjune says:

    Here’s to the start of a good 2nd half! Let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Wow….Steve Lyons agrees with us…get rid of Uribe…money or not, he’s not cutting it!

  5. vl4eccjr says:

    Good evening all.
    It’s such sad news that a good utility man like Herrera gets sent down while they’re keeping dead weight like Uribe & Kennedy around. I realize his bat had cooled off quite a bit after a hot start, but his defensive versatility will be missed.

  6. vl4eccjr says:

    Welcome back Matt!!

  7. Welcome back, Matt – indeed!

  8. New and improved line-up. Same results I see.

  9. I’d give these clowns to the 23rd. If they’re still playing the SOS way they’ve been playing, I sure as hell wouldn’t be a buyer of anything, but I’d sure be a seller.

    Frankly I’d rather start all over next year than to keep trying to patch up this crap.

  10. IMO signing Dre long term was a huge mistake (sorry Tru.) He’s no clean-up hitter, and they could’ve used him to bring in 2-3 top prospects at the deadline.

  11. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Mark!!!

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Mark!

  13. I see Guerra’s useful as ever.

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    Insurance please. . . .

  15. vl4eccjr says:

    It’s nice to start the second half of the season on a winning note!

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo…perfect record 2nd half!

  17. Weren’t purdy, but at least it was a W.

    I’m still not seeing anything about this team that shouts contender though.

  18. lbirken says:

    I see a team that will play a lot of close games and unless the Giants and/or D’backs find a way to win consistently, most likely will be a contender.

    I do think we are seeing something from Mattingley we have not seen for a long time from a Dodger manager: a willingness to at least try to put the best team on the field. He clearly has given up on Loney as the everyday first baseman and my guess is if he had a better alternative to Uribe he would make that change as well. I wonder if Kennedy is still around because Donnie sees some value to him in the clubhouse.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Tonight we get to swap Kennedy for Uribe. Whoopie! I’d rather have
    Elian! Or, even better, Headley!

  20. So we have one hellacious bench tonight, don’t we?

  21. trublu4ever says:

    Javy Guerra on bereavement list, father is having open heart surgery…Josh Wall called up.

  22. I do wish they wouldn’t call it “bereavement” – it’s more like “personal” time off.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Rivera is not a 1st baseman!

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Wonderful way to start a game guys!

  25. Leave it to Donnie to really put a good team out on the field.

    I’m sorry, but if this is the best team you think you can field, you’d better go see a doctor and have your head examined. This team can’t hit a lick, at least he should be putting his best defenders out on the field. Its almost like he’s trying to lose games, which I find intollerable. Its one thing if you’re a bad team, but at least putting your best players out there game after game. Its totally another when you don’t.

  26. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Mark & Matt!

  27. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Dre 😉

  28. How in the hell could you score that a single?

  29. trublu4ever says:

    Mark….Tru likey!

  30. Well that was absolutely pathetic.

    Glad Donnie keeps putting Kennedy in there. It gives the other team a fighting chance to get out of an inning.

  31. And speaking of pathetic…

    Have I ever mentioned I don’t care for Harang?

  32. Considering that whoever hits in front of Matt is going tro see good pitches, wouldn’t it behoove Donnie to maybe try Loney batting second to see if he can get jump started like last year? You could move Mark to leadoff and not have to have someone like old man Abreu.

  33. That’ll keep Kennedy on the team the rest of the year.

  34. trublu4ever says:


  35. Harang sucks. The team manages to somehow get him 4 runs, and he gives them right back. Can’t stand the guy.

  36. Time now for the offense to totally go to sleep the rest of the game.

    I’d try and acquire Headley, but not to “save” this season. Even with him this club just doesn’t have the horses (though they have plenty of horse’s asses.)

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Hey Beav….guess who? 🙂

  38. Guess Dre doesn’t like me bagging on him all the time. 🙂

  39. nellyjune says:

    Welcome back Andre Everett Ethier!!!

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Boy, Kennedy is on fire! 😉

  41. Only bad thing with Headley if we’d get him is that he strikes out a ton.

    But I’m sure with our crack batting coaches we’d have that fixed in no time.

  42. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Kenley….do your thang!

  43. nellyjune says:

    Go Astros!!! I can actually shout it tonight. No gnat fans in the house tonight!!!

  44. trublu4ever says:

    Damn….not how I planned this 9th inning!

  45. nellyjune says:

    They just never make anything easy on themselves do they? Good Lord!!

  46. nellyjune says:

    Thank goodness for popups!!! One more out Kenley! I know…..never an easy thing anymore.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    Well….that sucks! Nothing like being alert guys!

  48. vl4eccjr says:


  49. nellyjune says:

    It’s times like these where Wally is certainly missed. Unfinacceptable!!!

  50. Contender? I think not.

  51. koufax1963 says:

    Kenley comes in to save, but he was caught looking. what a shame!

  52. nellyjune says:

    Well, that sucked big time!! All that great hitting for nothing. Oh well, try it again tomorrow. Let’s hope we get a dose of good Chad because we have seen way too much of Bad Chad these days.

  53. crash24now says:

    Jansen certainly didn’t show the closer’s mentality tonight.

  54. grizzy says:

    Asleep at the wheel? Kent and Drew in reverse, and we’re screwed both times.

  55. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Let’s just hope Kenley Learns by his big mistake.

  56. That was probably the most embarrassing loss I’ve ever witnessed. Hope we bounce back today and get back into first place.

  57. lbirken says:

    That had to be one of the daffiest ways to lose a game where the offense finally scored what usually is enough runs to win most games. Even the home plate umpire was not ready for that one. But no matter how, just as an ugly win is just one win, an ugly loss is just another loss. I look for the boys to bounce back today.

  58. trublu4ever says:

    Update……Billz scratched….Capuano starting….have a feeling Billz is being traded for Dempster. Any thoughts?

  59. trublu4ever says:

    Dre 😉

  60. vl4eccjr says:

    DOH!! Enough with the errors already!!!

  61. Can’t blame Hairston for trying – but it hurt us in the end.

  62. vl4eccjr says:

    I think it’s safe to say Headley likes Dodger pitching. . .

  63. Think its safe to say that from what we’ve seen in the last three days (save for a well placed fly ball), that we should be sellers, not buyers.

    In fact, save for Kemp and Kersh I’d sell this whole friggin team.

    I’ve a feeling Kasten’s bitten off more than he can chew.

  64. messagebear says:

    Where’s that new Dodger spokesman Magic? Anybody seen Magic in the stands? What a crock this new ownership is!

  65. messagebear says:

    One thing you have to say about Uribe – he never fails to live up to expectations. Of course, neither does Ned, so it’s no wonder the two belong together.

  66. Not casting aspersions on the candy bar, but this has been one miserable Butterfinger game.

  67. messagebear says:

    Just a trivia question: if the staff gets ice cream when we’re in first, what will happen when we break under .500? Can we get rid of Ned and Donnie then?

    • I’m thinking their offices should be bombed with “eau de skunk” and then give them their pink slips. They just may get the message that way.

    • As far as I’m concerned, the time for someone(s) to get fired was at least three weeks ago. As bad as they were through the AS break last year, they’re every bit as bad if not worse this year since mid-May. Yet the lead architect, the master of disaster himself, still has an office. I’ll let you all decide if that’s Donnie or Ned because at this point, I can’t tell the two apart.

  68. trublu4ever says:


  69. So I’m looking to see what’s happening with the Isotopes – lo and behold, their best two players are John Ely and Trent Oeltjen, both winners of the Pride awards for June.

  70. lbirken says:

    Not quite the start we needed coming out of the All Star break. I am a bit surprised at the lousy defense and hope this is just one of those things.

  71. I think Kasten may now be starting to realize just how broken this organization is. Something anyone that follows this team as we do could’ve told him. Maybe he doesn’t believe in firing anyone during the season, but I’ve got to think though that he has eyes. Kemp can’t save this mess. Dre can’t save this mess. No one can. At least not all at once. There is no magical Manny to ride to the playoffs this year. Hell, what people forget about that season is it took a total collapse by the Snakes for us to win the division with a massive 84 wins. Headley would be a solid addition, but he’s not going to take us anywhere either unless the rest of the mess is cleaned up. And that won’t be this year, won’t be next, but I’m hoping maybe 2014 will start to show some promise.

    In Ned’s tenure he’s taken a farm system rife with talent and turned it into one that can’t even supply a substitute outfielder better than Rivera and Abreu. His free agent signings are epic in failure. His trades other than Dre, a joke. He turns over a third to half his roster each and every season, and values worn-out old shoes more than raw talent. We see it. Kasten’s not a stupid man.

    What can you say about Mattingley except the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Torre couldn’t manage in game. Neither can Donnie. Torre had Sunday line-ups, Donnie has Sunday line-ups. Why would anybody ever go to a Sunday game? Joe would sit a guy after he had a good game, so does Donnie. In fact, Donnies line-ups are now starting to remind me more of Grady Little’s schizophrenic line-ups. Then his pathetic postgame interviews with the same narratives over and over. Where’s the winning attitude? Too much of the club took on Joe’s personna when he was here, now its taken on Donnie’s blase one. Kasten has to see this too.

    I’m seeing baby steps taken with Puig and Seager and that’s great. The players though are only the symptom. The disease is in the leadership and until that’s cut out we’re still going to be seeing what we saw today, yesterday and for the last month and a half.

  72. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s been a combination of myself and my PC, I’m feeling better as time goes by.
    The Dodgers and us fans have suffereed some more tough (to take) losses, but there’s no reason to give up.

  73. crash24now says:

    Our first clue about Mattingly should have been his players’ record in the World Series. Whoops! Sorry! There was none. He played for the Yankees for fourteen years and they never went to the World Series in his tenure. That should have told us reams about his ability to win.

  74. lbirken says:

    While I agree with most of what Enchanted said above, I do think his and Crash’s criticism of Donnie is a bit unfair. To judge Donnie’s ability as either a player or manager based on whether he ever played in a World Series game is just not realistic. How many World Series games did Lasorda or Alston play in before they became managers? Neither one of them had any success as a player at the major league level and both of them are in the Hall of Fame as managers. Also, while I understand people may not like the so called Sunday line-ups, I doubt Torre or Mattingly are the only managers to alter the lineups on day games after night games. As I recall, many of those Sunday lineups did just fine under Torre. It is o.k. to be critical of Mattingly, just be fair about it.

  75. messagebear says:

    What happened to the days of Ernie Banks, when the players’ motto was “let’s play two”. A bunch of overpaid pussies is what we have today. Imagine a manager asking his stars to play the afternoon after a night game – what a shocking idea at the millions per year they make.

    • lbirken says:

      Bear, I know what you mean but I wonder how many of Banks’ teammates thought he was nuts. But how often do we hear that the player was able and willing to play but the manager wanted to give that player the day off? You can be sure it was not Matt’s idea to take yesterday off but a cautious manager not willing to take a chance.

      • messagebear says:

        I agree with you that Matt is the unlikeliest to want a day off EVER. I’m just railing against the times, because times have certainly passed me and my generation by in some respects. You can’t really blame the players for taking what’s offered. I just think that a lot of things have gotten out of proportion.

        • lbirken says:

          I understand. Fans like you and me remember the days before anyone knew what a save was, when teams played doubleheaders (not that I would want to attend one now), when no one ever charged the mound when a pitch came too close, when a complete game was the norm and not the exception but also when players were basically slaves. We never heard of pitch counts but now I admit I keep track of such things.

          Times have changed, some things for the better, some perhaps not. But it is still pretty much the same game on the field played by players who make a lot more money in front of crowds paying a lot more money to watch.

  76. trublu4ever says:

    Just read the Dodgers are intrested in Jimmy Rollins…..yay or nay? Still interested in Hammels & supposedly Victorino too…..thoughts?

  77. Pierre came back to haunt us.

  78. trublu4ever says:

    Down 2 runs already…..we better get our shit together! These freaking brain farts are pathetic!

  79. trublu4ever says:

    This is Blanton pitching guys….not Doc! Hit the damn ball!

  80. I would hope that when we get swept this series all the talk of trades to “save” our season will subside. This team just plain sucks and ain’t going anywhere except third place.

  81. At last we’re not shut out – that’s something positive 😉

  82. trublu4ever says:

    YAY…..I’ll take it!

  83. That is one gift that is gladly accepted . . . .

  84. Rivera absolutely should not be playing left field. He’s too old and allows too many pop fly base hits!

  85. Come on, Dre . . . let’s get it started . . . . .

  86. Well, it’s up to Old Man Kennedy . . I dunno

  87. trublu4ever says:


  88. Not exactly the most memorable game. Maybe, just maybe, management will do something about all the problems we have. This looks like a good time to shake things up. At least I think so.

  89. lbirken says:

    As if the Dodgers had anyone better than Kennedy?

  90. grizzy says:

    I’ve always thought a good team can score 5 runs and the pitchers can make that stand up. Obviously we’re not very good right now, though I think the pitchers are doing their part.

  91. lbirken says:

    Bills to the DL: not sure if this is good or bad news.

    • trublu4ever says:

      …..I think it’s good news.

      • According to what I’ve read, his second MRI was actually encouraging and that his status was “day to day”. Maybe it’s best to let him take a two week rest and see what Stephen Fife, his replacement, has. I did check his stats; he doesn’t look too good on paper.

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