Hot in St. Louis

Looks like the Dempster deal is on hold.

Chad Billingsley tossed six strong innings in the Dodgers’ fifth straight win, beating the Cardinals 5-3. Luis Cruz (three-run homer) and Mark Ellis (two-run double) delivered the key hits for L.A. while the Cards went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position.

Dodgers lineup for tonight’s game:

Hairston 3B
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Rivera LF
Cruz SS
Treanor C
Kershaw P


96 Responses to Hot in St. Louis

  1. vl4eccjr says:

    Another scorcher here. Wishing for rain, and hoping some of the monsoonal moisture makes it this way. . .

  2. How far from St. Louis are you?

    • vl4eccjr says:

      The left armpit of the world at this point in time, aka west Texas.
      No way in hell I would ever live in St. Louis. I wouldn’t even raise a dog there. . .

  3. trublu4ever says:

    Way to get out of the jam Kersh! Now, let’ get him some runs!

  4. vl4eccjr says:

    That really smarts getting scored on from the bottom of their order!

  5. vl4eccjr says:


  6. vl4eccjr says:

    There goes a wheel! And more lugnuts are coming off!!!

  7. Okay, so Kersh didn’t have it tonight. It’s only one game. At least, that’s what I tell myself . . . . .

  8. koufax1963 says:

    Kershaw just stunk, whatever was said between treanor and kershaw with 2 outs and 2 strikes on descalso in the 5th set off the wrong tone, just doesnt seem like they were in synch. lets roll it over and see what happens

  9. Just posted – we got Hanley Ramirez for Nathan Eovaldi plus a player to be named later. Guess 3rd base is locked up . . . . and, of course, he can play shortstop as well.

  10. nellyjune says:

    I was up when the news of Hanley, and this morning I’m still not sure about it. Not sure why we gave up Nathan, knowing he is scheduled to pitch this weekend, but maybe they are working on a pitcher as well. Dempster is scheduled to pitch tonight so we will have to see if he actually takes the mound tonight.

  11. messagebear says:

    I think we’ll have to wait and see how this deal plays out. We’re obviously not afraid to commit the dollars; let’s just hope it proves worth it. The guy certainly used to be very good – is he now undermotivated, certainly underachieving, and that sometimes happens when you get the big bucks. Let’s hope it’s worth it.
    Does it guarantee palyoffs? Nah!

  12. enchantedbeaver says:

    I actually see this one as a win. As much as I liked Nate, he’s basically a 2-pitch pitcher whom may rate as high as a #3 starter. He only throws every 5th day, and is effective in maybe 75% of those starts. Projected over the course of an average season, he’s only helping 24 games. Don’t know anything about McGough.

    In Ramirez we get someone who could stabilize 3B for the next two seasons, and even just living off his reputation, should be some protection for Kemp and Dre, though I would actually bat him in front of Kemp which would make him much more valuable and more likely to put up power numbers than having Ellis hit in front of Matt hitting singles (though I’m sure Donnie will get that wrong too.) Choate will be your typical LOOGY, so I doubt he’ll do much good or much damage.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Looks good on paper. 3 or 4 years ago, Ramirez was mentioned as one of the top players and finished 2nd to Pujols as MVP. A
      At 28 years old, he is still in his prime years. If his head is in the right place, he could help our offense a lot.

      • trublu4ever says:

        ….and, batting 5th between Matty & Dre….not bad at all.

        • nedisajerk says:

          One more thing he won’t be a FA until 2015 but if we get Pence he should bat 5th. Hanley would look good batting 2nd behind Gordon when he come back. Gordon better get his act together and his fielding to.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    MLB Netowrk reporting that we are talking to Phillies about Hunter Pence & Victorino……thoughts?

    • 32and53fan says:

      Who were we supposed to give up?

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      I’d take Pence if they could get him for a decent price. He’s not eligible to be a FA until 2014 so that would give us a pretty good OF while waiting to see what Puig’s got. I’d move Dre back over to left where he belongs and let Hunter play right though.

      With Pence you could let Ramirez bat 2nd let Hunter protect Dre at 5th. That would move M.Ellis and Loney to 6th or 7th. With that line up Loney may even thrive because there’s no pressure on him to be a big run producer and you can let him go back to his line drive style that got him to the bigs in the first place.

  14. According to MLB Rumors, the Phillies are wanting Josh Lindblom for Victorino.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Hanley in lineup tonight…right after Matty & Dre….nice!

  16. lbirken says:

    Wow, I did not see that coming but then again, Ned seems to pull of these types of deals that no one saw coming. Should be interesting.

    Speaking of St. Louis, I happened to be at Monday night’s game along with 42,000 other baseball loving fools. Thankfully we had plenty of cold water and more thankfully the sun was behind us when we got there. It has to be tough on the players and umpires to play in such hot and humid weather.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Finally….the Puds stopped the Giants….come on Dodgers…let’s pick up a game!

  18. DodgerZona says:

    I like this deal…..Choate i don’t know much about him…..Could be good or not lol

  19. DodgerZona says:

    I’d prefer Pence over Victorino but at the right price

  20. crash24now says:

    Uribe has just become an $8 million bench player.

    • lbirken says:

      You have to at least feel something for the guy. At least he tried and seems to care, unlike another overpaid player currently playing left field for the Yankees.

  21. kahliforni says:

    I think it’s a great gamble to get Hanley Ramirez. Not some washed-up PVL but a guy in his prime. Now please check the attitude at the door.

  22. trublu4ever says:

    God, I hate the negativity from ESPN! I never watch that network unless we are playing…..and, most of the time, I utilize my mute button.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Welcome to the Dodgers, Hanley!

  24. DodgerZona says:

    3 bagger baby….Good going James

  25. vl4eccjr says:

    Hanley’s first run as a Dodger!
    Here’s hoping it’s the first of many more to come. . .

  26. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Hanley!!

  27. DodgerZona says:

    Way to go Hanley

  28. DodgerZona says:

    He’s been smiling all night….Hope that stays that way lol

  29. trublu4ever says:

    I like it!

  30. trublu4ever says:

    I’m getting tired of the homeplate umpires screwing us!

  31. vl4eccjr says:

    Harang got hosed by the ump there with Furcal!

  32. trublu4ever says:

    A big Whew!

  33. DodgerZona says:

    Sure was a strike….Wow glad to get out of that inning…Whew

  34. enchantedbeaver says:

    Better line-up, same sad results. Maybe its time they took a look at a different hitting coach.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Wow….good job, Cruz!

  36. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, joy….Uribe to save the day!

  37. DodgerZona says:

    Damn umps anyway

  38. vl4eccjr says:

    Choate did well in his Dodger debut.

  39. trublu4ever says:

    Dammit, Loney!

  40. vl4eccjr says:


    Wright never does well when he has to pitch more than one inning.

  41. 32and53fan says:

    I had a feeling Furcal would come through.

  42. koufax1963 says:

    Ok another day, another Matt Kemp Strike out, whats up with him, does he feel he has something to prove with another MVP candidate in the dug out?

  43. koufax1963 says:

    Yep twice now. and its a bit cooler at game time today, at least for awhile. What a relief they will have flying into SFO today, fog and breeze. With molina and beltran out of the line up, the dodgers should win this game, but kemp’s struggles trouble me, I hope it is just a blimp and his ‘tude is OK

  44. koufax1963 says:

    Perhaps loney would have had that shot by cruz, DP and were out of the inning??? I know the double edge of the loney sword, hey I can’t worry about that, just GO dodgers and hoist the Rally Panties!

  45. koufax1963 says:

    whoops DP wouldnt be end of inning, can we get the pitcher out this time with RISP!

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…nice play, Dre!

  47. koufax1963 says:

    Wow! Thank you DRE!

  48. trublu4ever says:

    Yes…..way to get even guys!

  49. koufax1963 says:

    Tru, did you put the rally panties on!

  50. koufax1963 says:

    ah crap, I think Cappy has lost his control, sinkers not sinking, and a whole lot worse, long day for the BP, too bad need them fresh for SF

  51. trublu4ever says:

    ….then, again, maybe not!

  52. koufax1963 says:

    Geez this cardinal team is good, they are getting RBIs from their replacements at 1st and C

  53. lbirken says:

    The Cardinals are taking batting practice against the Dodgers today.

  54. koufax1963 says:

    Looking at Friday, it seems we concede that game, Cain vs. anyone, certainly not evoldi, so saturday bils (good chad back?) and sunday kershaw (who was rocked tuesday), I can’t take another sweep at the phone booth, so please surprise me dodgers

  55. enchantedbeaver says:

    I just don’t see that this team has the moxie to win anything no matter who they bring in.

    • messagebear says:

      I think the new ownership should have made a bold statement by cleaning house top to bottom. Heads should have rolled, and a few guys should have been hung up by their balls, before they were cut off. This timid approach of waiting for the season to play out does not match up with the bold over the top bid for the franchise in the first place. With guys like Ned still hanging on, I have no respect for Kasten, never did for Magic, and the name Guggenheimer makes me want to throw up.

  56. lbirken says:

    Bear, the way I look at it is the Dodgers just cannot seem to find the spark they had the first two months of the season regardless of who is playing. The timely hitting, good at bats, better than expected starting pitching and an almost unhittable relief pitching has given way to too many pop ups, double plays and strikeouts from the offense and too many leads lost or almost lost by the inability of once reliable relievers to get outs when they need them most. I am sure this has nothing to do with a lack of effort or desire but more to do with the fact that even the best players we have may not be enough to get the Dodgers where they want to go.

  57. kahliforni says:

    Kemp’s horrid series didn’t help matters. But St. Louis is ALWAYS their Waterloo. The Dodgers will continue to scratch and claw…whether that means playoffs, who can say? They’ll probably add another bat by Tuesday as well as Dempster (sans Zach Lee). The winter, though, should bring MANY changes. I wonder if Loney will last the week…..

  58. enchantedbeaver says:

    I think they’re trying to head in the right direction, but as bear indicated, heads should’ve rolled over the course of the last couple months. Donnie Baseball doesn’t say winner to me, and Ned’s useless and always has been. If both of them do go over the winter, then I don’t understand why they haven’t gone before today. If they both stay, then it doesn’t say much for Kasten’s judgement.

    They’re still quite a ways off from having a truly contending team though. They still need a ML left fielder. They still need a ML 1B. They still need a second baseman that can contribute more than productive outs. Above all they still need two solid starters to go with Kersh.

    If Kersh and Kemp were having seasons like last year, then I’d say they’d have a legitimate chance to at least make the playoffs. But that’s been the bane of this team for over two decades – not enough of them can ever all put it together the same year, and that’s what it takes to be a champion.

  59. grizzy says:

    I had hoped for a split with the Cards, but no, the usual St Louis doldrums. This can still be a good road trip with a good series in SF.
    Somebody besides the new guy starts hitting, this can happen.

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