Dodgers, please…..

Dodgers, please.....

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154 Responses to Dodgers, please…..

  1. trublu4ever says:

    I don’t know what else to say!

  2. kahliforni says:

    What would Tommy do? He’d shake up the bating order until it was unrecognizable. Can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and over and over and over. So…in keeping with my thought that the BEST hitters get the most at-bats, I humbly offer the following:
    Kemp
    Ethier
    Ramirez
    Gonzalez
    Cruz
    Victorino
    M Ellis
    AJ Ellis
    The players might actually “wake up.” Make the first inning miserable for the opposing pitcher. And Donnie, work in a hit-and-run every third week or so. This is the National League, remember?

  3. Hi Folks
    Yes were running out of time. A little offense would go a long way. I’m sure we can’t depend on the Cards to keep losing along with us. 18 scoreless innings in a row looks like something is due to happen. Something, somehow, someway, somethings got to give.
    I keep thinking of last year when we had nothing to lose and we finished strong with nothing to win. If we can pick up that pace, this time, we have something to win.
    Got a good shot now with that Cardinal series right in front of us after tonight. Got to get it started as the Phillies and the Brewers are coming up the rear.
    G O D O D G E R S !!!!!

  4. crash24now says:

    Thanks for the post, Tru. Not sure if it’s going to do any good.

    Remember back in June when the Dodgers would find a new way to win every night with a no-name lineup? I’d almost want to kick Ethier/Gonzo/Kemp/Hanley in the ass by replacing them with SVS/Rivera/Herrera/Gordon and just see what happens. I know, I know, that’s just stupid. But so are 18 consecutive scoreless innings.

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Surprise, surprise…..same lineup tonight.

  6. lbirken says:

    Actually, cancelling batting practice is something Lasorda might do. It hasn’t done much good anyway so why waste the energy. I am sure players that want some swings will get them in a cage.

    Last year the Dodgers got a lot of negative attention because of all the off the field/front office crap. This season the Dodgers are getting a lot of negative (and deservedly so) for on field crap. Enchanted (or anyone else), the floor is now yours.

  7. 32and53fan says:

    The Cards just lost again. Wake up Dodgers! We’re only a half game out of the wild card.

  8. lbirken says:

    Seems like no one wants to play that one game wild card playoff.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Ahhhh….the joy of finally hearing Vinny’s voice!

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Great, just what Matty needs…a HBP!

  11. trublu4ever says:

    OMG…..2 runs!

  12. Get some more ya Bums, the Phillies and Brewers are a comin’…

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Harang!

  14. trublu4ever says:

    i think what I am looking forward to most in the off-season is coming into ST with a new pitching rotation!

  15. trublu4ever says:

    WOW…WHAT A CATCH BY SHANE! Saved Aaron’s ass!

  16. Aaron seems to be navigating.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

  18. I can’t remember when the Dodgers held a lead this long.

  19. One Dodger has struckout in each inning.

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Harang pooping out!

  21. It took them a while but….it’s a new game.

  22. It’s lousy when it happens after two out.

  23. An observation – this team just stands around and waits to lose.

    A prediction – they’ll get passed by Philly and Mil before the season’s over.

  24. Cahill is building a picket fence with Dodger strikeouts.

  25. trublu4ever says:

    Tell my why they think Abreu is better than TGJ?

  26. It almost seems like when the Dodgers score it’s some sort of accident.

  27. Most heartless bunch of ballplayers I’ve ever seen.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, well, I’m not surprised!

  29. Maybe this series with the Cardinals will tell a story. Maybe it will get us out of our misery.

  30. kahliforni says:

    Something just doesn’t pass the smell test. Emotions are about to boil over, and when they do, we may get a glimpse into the team’s collective psyche. This is more than just a little hiccup. The Dodgers have assembled a team that “should” be winning more often than not. That their record the past three weeks is 7-14 tells me a lot. I don’t see these players as heartless or gutless or uncaring. I see them as “dazed and confused.” What did Grandpa Joe say on his way out the door? “The players need a new voice.” Truer words were never spoken.

  31. At least we’ll know when we lose in this Cardinal series, they won.

  32. lbirken says:

    Dazed and confused. Emotions about to boil over. Really? Did anyone hear Vin talk about the “phantom” infield practice the Dodgers held prior to tonight’s game in Arizona? I did and he specifically said the players were loose and having a good time. The players were taking infield without a ball. The last time I saw this was when my son played little league. Sounds real hokey but actually could be lots of fun. At least Vin found it entertaining.

    Who could have thought a few short weeks ago that this 4 game series with the Cards would not be for the division but the second wild card spot and a one game playoff. It will be interesting to see if either team wants to win.

    • kahliforni says:

      You see the look on Gonzalez’ face after the “real” game? Dazed and confused says it for me. Like you said, lbirk, you haven’t seen anything like the phantom drill since Little League.

  33. grizzy says:

    Nothing new to add. I don’t get this either. You’d think someone would have thrown a tantrum by now. Turn over some tables.

  34. crash24now says:

    When I heard Adrian’s double on the radio, I thought we were back on track. Then the offense went back to sleep. The only one hitting consistently is Luis Cruz. I’m predicting the Cards will take at least 3 of 4 in the series, then we can all just say “wait til next year”.

    When your record is 7-14 over three weeks during this part of the year, you really don’t deserve to go to the playoffs. Wake me up Sunday evening.

  35. messagebear says:

    Considering the Cards’ level of play recently, they don’t deserve to go to the playoffs any more than we do. It’s the Phillies (yes, and the Brewers) that seem to be charging at the end of the season like they’d like to continue playing in October.

  36. koufax1963 says:

    Variations of a theme, but this has been going on for a couple of seasons now. Last year “fire the hitting coach”, so hansen comes in and Loney comes alive. I hear the same thing, but players like A-gon, kemp, Dre, Han Ram, shane have been through the drill over and over, they know how to hit, but don’t. and after a special on ESPN examing kemp’s swing before the coors crash and after I can cut him some slack, Dre’s Blister haven’t heard much about it, because he hits now and then. Oh and please stop the haranging, he is doing what is expected, #4 and the offense needs to support him over 6 innings with 4 to 5 runs for a “W”. One thing offensive about the Dodgers lately is how they support the starting pitchers, this team should be putting up more than 3 runs in game. I am really comtemplating that it would be best for the future of the Dodgers to not make the play-offs this year. Kasten should can Mattingly, and colletti shouldn’t make the call on who the new manager should be. Colletti can Go as well. Im still pissed at Donnie for kershaw getting pullled from the gnats game, although the dodgers would have scored the same amount of runs, a big 0, over 9 innings. Yea You play hurt, it builds character, respect and fortitude; something is desperate need on this team. There is a tradition to be honored when the front of the jersey you wear reads “Dodgers”, it is goes back decades, across the country, and names of many that endured hardship, looked in the eye of criticism and battled what seemed unbearable hurdles to earn victory, and even if they came up short, I could be satisfied that my Dodgers fought the good fight till the end. I can’t be satisfied this season, “wait till next year” I could look forward to it, but I don’t because there is some intangible element missing. I wish the dodgers well in this Cards series, but theres no surprise in putting out the same stuff and expecting something different to happen. I’m looking for some confidence, that the Dodgers can strike back in the 9th, what Koufax and shawn green would call “chuztpah”, the swagger of May is not wagging and the dog days are ending. Fire Donnie because it is the last resort to restore the Dodgers Legacy

    • kahliforni says:

      Great post, and I agree, Donnie should go. I supported him last year and much of this year…well, at least I didn’t wish him gone. Now I do. He has become the Teflon man, receiving no criticism. Any other manager in baseball would be held accountable for this abysmal free fall. Make all the excuses you want, but the bottom line is, he has not succeeded in getting the best out of his team. And Ned’s rubber-stamping of Uncle Joe’s choice of Donnie to succeed was a mistake to begin with. That’s not an out-going manager’s call.

  37. Good afternoon or morning wherever you may be,
    The way things are, at this very moment, looking at the remaining schedule, if the Dodgers just made the Wild Card playoff game, I would consider this a pretty successful season, even if they lose the game I mean. It would mean the offense woke up and we’d be looking forward to next year with plenty of high hopes.
    One team could emerge from this series in pretty good shape and one can be seriously out of it especially after a sweep. Of course a split could really tie this race up in Knots.

    • koufax1963 says:

      OBF I could agree with you, but this team is stagnant right now.
      Kasten added 4 all stars in beckett, victorino, han ram and A-Gon. That makes 5 all stars in the starting 8 positions, and I really have no problem with the 3 position players that aren’t allstars, the Ellis’ at 2nd and catcher and cruz at 3rd, those 3 I would welcome back next year, they play with “gusto”. I would hope next years ST will solidify the chemistry with our “new ” team, but to be honest, Donnie has made some bone head errors, some vetran players have been unable to execute fundamentals and in general unable to play at the level the talent has on this team. Who will motivate them if they are unable? Obviously donnie can’t. Heck it isn’t really a national vs American league thought process. Lead off runner at 2nd, and you can’t score by bunting him over to 3rd and then lauch a fly ball to the OF for the sacrifice run, then something is wrong in the approach. I wonder if Francona wants to leave ESPN?

      • What I’m saying is that the offense would have to wake up to get to that Wild Card playoff game, it could never make it the way it is. It’s just too weak and if the team did get there, it would mean the offense certainly turned it on.
        You’re the second person I read who mentioned improving the “Chemistry” in ST. I don’t know how that’s done but there must be something to it. I hope you’re right.
        As far as Mattingly goes, I never thought I’d say this but I think there may be something to getting on the players for not doing their jobs by the manager, since I notice he never does. Some managers seem to improve things by not always favoring his players like he seems to do. I don’t know if this will help, just a thought.

  38. trublu4ever says:

    Extra, extra…….Donnie has made a lineup change:
    Mark. 2b
    Dre, rf
    Matty, cf
    Agon, 1b
    I see you, ss
    Shane, lf
    Cruuuuzz, 3b
    A.J., c
    Beckett, p

  39. kahliforni says:

    Getting better…now flip-flop the four and five spots, please. Who’s been more clutch than Hanley?

  40. lbirken says:

    This lineup certainly has the capability of hitting much better than it has and scoring enough runs to win more games. Why it hasn’t is anyone’s guess. Will I be happy if the Dodgers get into the one game wild card playoff and lose? No, because the goal is not just to get to the playoffs but to make a run as deep in them as possible. To me that one game playoff is the reward for not being good enough to win the division. I admit it is a great way to create more interest and more playoff posibilites but I can’t imagine any team losing that game feeling very good about it.

    • I agree with you Ibirken, that a team wouldn’t feel very good about losing that Wild Card playoff game, nor the fans either.
      I may be contradicting myself but the reason I feel, I’d be satified just getting there is I’m so disappointed with our offense, that I’d be tickled pink to see it awake and just carry us there along with some good pitching.
      Oh, I’d be disappointed but I’d feel a lot better about next year, than I do now.

  41. DodgerZona says:

    I think Cruz in the 1 spot would be good but what do i know

    • trublu4ever says:

      ….as much as Mattingly!

      • 32and53fan says:

        …and Mattingly “knows” that you don’t ask sluggers such as Kemp, Hamlet, AGon, and Ethier to move a runner over from 2nd base to 3rd with no outs. He would rather bet on the big bats putting up crooked numbers instead of playing for a run coming from a sacrifice fly. After almost two years at the helm, Donnie still doesn’t play small ball National League style.

  42. 32and53fan says:

    In the days before expansion and wild cards, there were eight teams in each league. Some years, a dominant team had such a big lead by mid September that most fans had nothing to look forward to except the World Series featuring a team other than their own. While the current format generates a lot more interest and hope, it also has the possibility of letting the fifth best team or worse make it to the Fall Classic. If by some slight chance the Dodgers reach the World Series, they will know that they are not the best team, they just got lucky at the right time.

    • lbirken says:

      Luck, good fortune, karma, or whatever you want to call it plays a big part in all our lives and in the sports world as well. A ball going foul by inches or a ball glancing off a fielder’s glove or a ball that hits something causing it to go away from a fielder rather than toward him are all part of the game. Were the 1988 Dodgers really the best team in all of baseball? Were the Giants really the best team in all of baseball when they won two years ago? Doesn’t matter at all because those teams have a trophy.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Mattingly tonight: “I love this time of the year and I like where we are.” Are you kidding me….we should have been in first place, then, you can like where you are!

  44. trublu4ever says:

    Ugh….DP!

  45. trublu4ever says:

    YO, Adrian….RBI for you!

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Good grief!

  47. With the exception of last night, we don’t hold a lead very long.

  48. I hope we’re not finished scoring runs.

  49. trublu4ever says:

    You know we are in trouble when you get thrown out at first on a base hit!

  50. Reminiscent of Furillo throwing out runners like that years ago..

  51. I just got in…

    How does one get thrown out at first by the right fielder?

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Vinny: Beckett’s up to is hips in birds 🙂

  53. crash24now says:

    More of the same tonight. Score in the first, then put the bats back on ice.

  54. Good news Astro beat the Phils 6-4.

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Come on Cruuzzz, move Shane along!

  56. crash24now says:

    Thank you, Paco. Now…..runs please!

  57. Unbelievable this Paco Rodriguez was signed by the Dodgers this year.
    I understand.

  58. Gonzales receives a rare Dodger walk

  59. I hope that ain’t the game.

  60. crash24now says:

    Beli doesn’t have it tonight – take him out!

  61. I knew that was going to happen.

  62. Now that was a great catch.

  63. If we could only score.

  64. Oh, Great Dodger in the Sky, please look down on our team and help them . . . . .

  65. dodgereric says:

    Misery loves company. Here I am.

  66. lbirken says:

    Right on Eric. Not too much good stuff for the Dodgers these days.

  67. Maybe Dodgereric can bring us some luck.

  68. crash24now says:

    Damn – we’re relying on the heart of the order to come through.

    When’s the last time the Dodgers offense was so anemic?

  69. dodgereric says:

    I accept checks.

  70. vl4eccjr says:

    Depressing!
    How much longer will this funk continue?

  71. lbirken says:

    Eric, hanging in there. I can’t recall a Dodger team like this considering the makeup of this team compared to other Dodger teams that struggled. I remember those teams of the 60’s that had such good pitching that the Dodgers would win games without scoring a lot of runs. The Dodger teams of the 90’s with Piazza and Karros had trouble scoring runs, especially in playoff games. But something is really different about this current team. It is as if all energy and intensity has been sucked out with vacuum cleaner. Matt Kemp looks just awful hitting mostly worm killers when he does hit the ball. Victorino has been pretty much an offensive bust and I hope the Phillies take him back. Hard to believe this team was more competitive with the minor league lineup before all the mid season moves.

  72. dodgereric says:

    I saw “chemistry” mentioned up yonder somewhere. It was discussed on another site I check out. I argued about it a little at work today.

    When it goes south like this, everyone naturally looks for reasons. Fire Mattingly. Fire Hansen. Fire Colletti. Fire Conte. OK, we all agree on that.

    My buddy at work was saying that the Dodgers screwed up their team chemistry with all the deals. “They were loose, they were winning.” Yeah. They were. What they were doing was playing waaaay over their heads. We all knew it wouldn’t last, and it didn’t.

    They’re slumping. Badly. The opposite of playing over their heads. It has nothing to do with chemistry. Winning breeds chemistry, not the other way around. I believe that, although the team has lots of stars now, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e still looks to Kemp. If he were to launch a couple of his patented mile-high bombs to right-center, the others would rise up and out of their funks and we’d hit the playoffs hot.

    Unfortunately, I think he’s hurting so much that nothing but a winter’s rest is going to get him going again.

    And wait ’till next year.

    • lbirken says:

      Kemp clearly is not himself and it started before he hit the wall recently. He has trouble driving the ball and he doesn’t have any power to right. He is not alone; it seems the term warning track power applies to all of them.

  73. To me I think this is a teamwide offensive slump with no end in sight but it could all end tomorrow. Or maybe it won’t, nobody knows but all DM can do is juggle the lineup like he’s been doing and have the guys try to bunt their way on and or try to steal a base or two, which will be hard right now with Molina.. Just a lot of scoreless innings one after another and they just can’t find anything to remedy it. Just got to keep going up there and hope for the best.

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