NL Player of the Week

NL Player of the Week

Now, Tuesday, on to battle the Padres.

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185 Responses to NL Player of the Week

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Keep up the good work guys.

  2. lbirken says:

    So much for the Sports Illustrated jinx. Of course, Kershaw was only on covers in the West but nothing seemed to happen to any of the other players.

    Kahli, I also mourn the loss of Annette but your are right, Darlene was my favorite as well.

    And to the idea that Puig should move to third base, such a move is not without precedence. Bill Russell was moved from the outfield to shortstop and he had a decent career. However, for now I think such a move for Puig is premature because he has had so little pro experience.

  3. Dodger4life says:

    Make that 3 votes for Darlene and 1 for Annette, as I was partial to both.
    Sad news of Annette’s passing indeed.

  4. PuigLover says:

    Another very good day for Puig.
    .
    Two-for-three with a walk, a double, a run scored.
    .
    Now OPSing 1.471

  5. I’d like to weigh in on the Annette vs. Darlene thing, but they were before my time. :))

  6. JhallWally says:

    Rest In Peace Annette… I was not around for the original Mickey Mouse Club airing in the late 50’s… I did get to experience it as reruns in the 60’s.. I am more familiar with the cheesy Beach movies. Not classics, but, damn entertaining…. Any young boy growing up in the 50’s and 60’s has got a soft spot in their heart for Annette…. She was special……

  7. JhallWally says:

    I’m really hoping for a stellar Beckett outing… If he can regain any semblance of his All Star years, my 88 win prediction will be way too low… And, we will not only make the playoffs, we will make some noise……

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Happy Birthday AJ Ellis.

  9. It’s great to have Kershaw on our side, eh?

  10. crash24now says:

    Donnie-boy has hitless wonder Uribe batting fifth today. Huh?

  11. nedisajerk says:

    I think it had something to do with Uribe number vs Richard.

  12. Hi OTD
    Like to see another win tonight.

  13. lbirken says:

    Matt Kemp still looks lost at the plate.

  14. crash24now says:

    DFA URIBE!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Brilliant, Juan, an inning ending DP!

  16. lbirken says:

    So much for Uribe’s great numbers against Clayton.

  17. crash24now says:

    Puig should be playing 3B at Chattanooga tomorrow.

  18. Another one of those innings.

  19. All it took was one swing.

  20. crash24now says:

    Beckett picking up where he left off last week.

  21. crash24now says:

    This is quickly going from bad to worse.

  22. The only hope right now is that Beckett settles down after a rough first inning.

  23. crash24now says:

    Dre continues to smote the lefties.

  24. crash24now says:

    Sellers and Beckett successful at “turning over the lineup”. Great.

  25. lbirken says:

    Justin Sellers may be a fan favorite but he is certainly not helping himself prove he belongs in the lineup everyday.

  26. trublu4ever says:

    Wow….awesome catch Crawford!

  27. nedisajerk says:

    Oh my Uribe.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Sh*t…he hit one out!

  29. lbirken says:

    Wow, even Vinny can’t believe Uribe hit it out!

  30. crash24now says:

    I guess Uribum really does have Richard’s number.

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Finally…Matty with a good swing!

  32. vl4eccjr says:

    I notice they moved the fences in at PETCO.
    Not as deep in the alleys.

  33. vl4eccjr says:

    Beckett’s giving up too many taters. . .

    • Dodger4life says:

      I just watched the highlights of the two dinger’s given up by Beckett, he missed up and over the plate, when it appears A.J. was asking for something around the knees and on the corners…

  34. Nice inning for Capo.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Boy, Crawford is definitely not Juanpy….love the guy!

  36. vl4eccjr says:

    I appreciate Agon coming back to haunt his former team in a Dodger uniform! 🙂

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Yo Adrian…rbi for you!

  38. 0-8 with RISP before that RBI single by Adrian.

  39. vl4eccjr says:

    Crap!

  40. Glad to get out of that with only one run scoring.

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    Paco to the rescue!

  42. koufax1963 says:

    Why cappy came out, I won’t debate, but belisario needed to come out. Donnie got that call right. I guess he did with uribe too, by why not cruz in rather than punto? ummm Cruz has got to get playing time to lose his job. if cruz doesnt start wednesday then send him down to make room for bils, although federwiz will get that call down. Bottom line cmon dodgers win this thing

  43. vl4eccjr says:

    POOF!!!
    Thar she blows!!!

  44. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Grrear! The staffs ERA has ballooned tonight. . .

  45. koufax1963 says:

    The day off did the dodgers no good. Hope we take two of three by thursday. Time to adjust the attitude and walk the dog.

  46. Dodger4life says:

    Unbelievable…

  47. As Vin says, the bullpen was due to give up runs.

  48. I guess we got our axxs kicked..

  49. Dodger4life says:

    How would you like to be the employer paying out all these wages for this productivity…

  50. trublu4ever says:

    As we all thought, Fed-ex sent to AAA to make room for Billz.

  51. lbirken says:

    Yes, the bullpen was bound to give up some runs but it is still puzzling to me why the Dodgers continue to have so much trouble scoring runs. This is not a new trend and has been a problem for a long time. Dodger hitters hit doubles with no one on base, fail to move runners on a regular basis, give up too many outs while scoring the few runs they do score, and seem to hit into a lot of double plays. I am sure other teams have similar problems but it would seem this group of players should produce more. I am not sure how much difference a hitting coach makes and I am certain the players and coaches talk about this stuff all the time. It would be nice to see some positive results.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I think it would help to put the same lineup on the field….pick your starters and line them up…then leave it alone.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Even Kevin Kennedy said that on Dodger Talk.

        • lbirken says:

          Sounds logical to me but what do I know?

          • This failure with RISP, as Ibirken says has been the archilles heel for this team for quite some time now and most likely the reason for all the trades last year. I’m just hoping this group of guys can put a stop to it, otherwise it looks like all the money in the world can’t.
            It was unusual and probably due to happen that the pitching failed last night.

  52. kahliforni says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…this team is boring, predictable, passive. Sounds a lot like the manager. I watched more of the Kings hockey game tonight, and that was even when the Dodgers’ game was tied.

  53. Dodger4life says:

    I don’t know if you can put all the blame on the manager, maybe so…I’m just saying that I think Ned and Stan play puppet master from time to time (too many Chiefs and not enough Indians)…Take Fed Ex for example, It seems back when he won the back up position, Donnie was full of praise for him, saying that he didn’t have anything else to learn in AAA. Now they say that we needed a third catcher in case someone gets hurt, so Fed Ex is going down again because he has options. Didn’t we have like 8 catchers in the spring…and none were good enough to be the AAA guy in case someone became injured.
    .
    Then there was the Sellers incident where he was sent down, only to be recalled later… Although it is the Uribe thing, which is what gets me the most…I mean if I am an employer ( as I have been in the past ) and I have one of my premium paid employees slacking for any length of time ( forget about two years ) I let it be known that this is unacceptable and if it continues there will be change…Otherwise it becomes a domino effect and my productivity suffers for it. Then again, I was just some construction guy trying to make a living at a piece rate…what do I know!
    .
    I agree with the idea of playing the guys who best man the position and going to battle with them…if the battle isn’t being fought well enough, then re-adjust your troops.
    .
    If the manager needs instructions on how to utilize his players from the general manager or higher…you need a new manager and general manager…neither is being effectively used…just my thoughts.

  54. Dodger4life says:

    What if players were actually payed at a piece rate…In a sense they are, the players union and agents are always using the last contract as a barometer…What if this was the same for the rookie as it was for the veterans though…no arbitrary years…just a flat piece rate for all…

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Happy Birthday Dre. Maybe Donnie will give you the day off to celebrate 😉

  56. grizzy says:

    Late vote for Annette. Sparkle is right. All of us in the 5th grade were checking out her bosom. We didn’t know why, exactly, but we were. I don’t remember what Darlene looked like.
    *
    Looks like Cruz is trying to play his way out of the lineup.

    • crash24now says:

      He’s got another chance tonight. I hope he makes the most of it.

    • lbirken says:

      What, no votes for Karen?

      • 32and53fan says:

        What about Mary? She was one of the original Mouseketeers and appeared in the 1955 season. I was too young to remember the original shows. The more famous cast appeared later, after Mary was gone. I met her in 2002 while we were both attending a leadership course at Landmark Education, and remain friends to this day. On the set, they called her Upside-down Mary, because she liked to do cartwheels between takes. Her MMC info is at http://www.originalmmc.com/marye.html

  57. lbirken says:

    Sign of the times? Dodger telecasts on Prime Ticket tonight and Friday night will be delayed in favor of the Clippers. Who would ever think such a thing would happen?

  58. trublu4ever says:

    CC goes BOOM!

  59. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Crawford!

  60. grizzy says:

    All right. He’s got a batting average.

  61. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG A.J.!!

  62. trublu4ever says:

    So far, so good…keep it up boys!

  63. Hi OTD
    Yes, it looks like we’re off to a good start.

  64. trublu4ever says:

    Billz is losing it….very quickly! Let’s see how long it takes Donnie to warm somebody up.

  65. Billz is struggling.

  66. Damn, I thought he had another one.

  67. Let’s see what Billz has left.

  68. Good inning but he’s still struggling.

  69. trublu4ever says:

    Cruz…2-3…nice job.

  70. Billingley seems to be just moving along now.

  71. We need some runs here.

  72. crash24now says:

    Good game for Billz tonight.

  73. 0-10 with the bases loaded.

  74. koufax1963 says:

    0 for 10 with bases loaded? wow! yep that RISP stat needs to change, but a good game: cruz and kemp hit, and bilz pitched a good one, crawford has just been outstanding.

  75. 32and53fan says:

    The LOB and RISP woes continue. This game should have been a blowout. Good thing the pitching is very good.

  76. Year in and year out, this is the most pucking fathetic club I’ve ever seen with the bases loaded.

  77. 32and53fan says:

    Nice play ‘too.

  78. 32and53fan says:

    League must be determined to make this game a lot more anxiety driven.

  79. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!

  80. 32and53fan says:

    It is a lot more difficult when you got to get four outs.

  81. vl4eccjr says:

    Whew!!!
    .
    Rubber game tomorrow!

  82. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  83. Another typical Dodger WIN.

  84. nellyjune says:

    Happy Birthday Andre! He is on a 10 game hit streak, and out of the current team roster, he has been with the Dodgers the longest (8 years).
    Every time I see Fed Ex on this blog, I think NASCAR and Denny Hamlin.
    RiP Annette!! I don’t really remember the show too much, but I know the song really well.
    RISP – enough has been said on that topic.
    From what I have seen around the league, the Braves look scary good. Talk about Justtin Upton needing a new start. Also, at least we can say we are better than the Angels right now. They suck!
    Way to go Dodgers!!!

  85. grizzy says:

    Maybe the 9th was ugly and the average with risp sucks, still there were several good things about this WIN.

  86. Dodger4life says:

    Dodgers Win!!
    .
    I’m not certain, but something tells me if Bills stays healthy and is conditioned well, he’ll show the good stuff all year long… and this will be a big key to a great season.

    • crash24now says:

      Kershaw #1 (obviously)
      Greinke a close second – we should continue to see great things, including tonight.
      Ryu #3/4 – Keep throwing that junk and keep them off-balance.
      Billz #3/4 – I’m hoping for the consistency, too.
      Beckett – two HR’s each game is not a good trend. I hope he can turn it around.

      That’s a darn good starting five. That’s why I picked us to win the NL pennant.

  87. lbirken says:

    Hard to believe Andre is 31 years old and has been with the team for so long; now a veteran. I still remember all the talk about him on the ITD pages and the plea to “play the kids”. Other than Puig, who I am sure will get his chance soon enough, are there any other “kids” out there in the organization to create any buzz?

    • crash24now says:

      Short answer: no. There are two other good ones, but they are 2-3 years from coming up to the majors. That’s Zach Lee, starting pitcher for Chattanooga, and Corey Seager, 3b for the Loons.

  88. Billz had some trouble, showing some wildness for a while there but I think he finished up looking like he straightened himself out.
    Whatever, I wish him the best.

  89. Well we found out what Harang was worth today to the Rox – a 26 year old minor league RH relief pitcher (or in otherwords, a bucket of balls and a rosen bag) from the Mariners.

    Since we have no use for another RH relief pitcher, especially a poor one, and we had no use for Harang – a guy that Ned just had to have because he’d “been after him for years”, I guess a washed up catcher is about as good as it gets.

    Kudos Ned. Kudos.

  90. trublu4ever says:

    Have a great game Zack and crew…let’s take this series…..GO DODGERS!

  91. crash24now says:

    Dodgers still having a tough time with RISP. But with Greinke on the mound and a 2-0 lead, hopefully, that’s tomorrow’s worry.

  92. Other than Adgons HR, it’s a pretty good pitching duel with the Dodgers of course stranding more runners.

  93. Can’t stop that Hundley.

  94. Marquis is over 100.

  95. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!
    A donnybrook has broken out!!

  96. crash24now says:

    A good ol’ Rhubarb – after Greinke hits Quentin with a pitch.

  97. It looked like AJ got rid of Quentin quickly.

  98. lbirken says:

    Wow, a player who has been hit over 100 times gets upset when he gets hit! Bad news for everyone.

  99. trublu4ever says:

    Just hope Zack isn’t hurt too badly…we NEED him. He’s got my respect for sticking up for Matty.

  100. lbirken says:

    I suppose we will never know if Greinke or Marquise threw at hitters on purpose but that little ruckus cost the Dodgers an injured pitcher, an ejected Kemp and now a run.

  101. vl4eccjr says:

    Aaaaaand POOF!!!
    So much for the lead. . .

  102. Well it’s a new game.

  103. ZonaDodger says:

    bs man Zach to me was not throwing at Carlos Q…Guys on mlbnetwork said that Zach should of not been thrown out of game

  104. vl4eccjr says:

    It’s a shame pitching inside is such a no no now.
    Big D must be rolling over in his grave!

  105. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I hope Greinke’s not hurt.

  106. crash24now says:

    Apparently Hairston was thrown out of the game, along with Kemp.

  107. vl4eccjr says:

    HO-LEE CHIT JUAN!!!!

  108. crash24now says:

    Uribe – you’ve gotta be f’in kidding me!

  109. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, my…Uribe!

  110. crash24now says:

    Two jazz hands taters in one series!

  111. vl4eccjr says:

    Well Juan made it to the Mendoza line with that one. . .

  112. crash24now says:

    Jansen in to close tonight (wherefore art thy League?)

  113. Back to that 9th inning again,

  114. nedisajerk says:

    This is not the 1st time Quentin and Grineke been at each other throat. Quentin and Greinke doesn’t like each other.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/bench-clearing-brawl-dodgers-padres-game-zack-greinke-050625029–mlb.html

  115. trublu4ever says:

    Yes! On to Arizona.

  116. crash24now says:

    ….and….we’ve got a new closer!

  117. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Kenley!

  118. Nice going Kenley THE WIN IS OURS

  119. crash24now says:

    Bullshit Quentin broke Greinke’s collarbone!

  120. lbirken says:

    Donnie on the TV postgame show: “Quentin should not play until Greinke can pitch again”. Another quote from Donnie: “Quentin is an idiot”.

  121. crash24now says:

    Uribe’s post-game interview:

    1. Tell us about your go-ahead home run. Uribe: was bad, then good. Hit home run, help team win, good, feel good.

    2. Tell us about the fight. Uribe: was bad, bad, help team win, good, good.

  122. crash24now says:

    Tune in Monday when the Puds come to town….same bat time, same bat channel.

  123. JhallWally says:

    Wow!!! What a huge bummer…..

  124. grizzy says:

    This must be one of the unforeseen reasons you load up on pitching.

  125. Dodger4life says:

    Just woke up and seen the melee last night, man did I pick a night to get sleepy! Whether or not Greinke threw at Quentin is hard to say?? Although after watching the replay, A.J. gave a target low and away and the pitch wasn’t even in the vicinity, however it wasn’t at the head either, so Suzy Q charging the mound was way out of line!! Everything after that is what you’d want to see in a ball club that cares about respecting each other as battery mates!!
    .
    If Greinke did throw at Suzy Q…My hat is off to him for sticking up for his teammates. The pitch to Kemp earlier was at the head and once again whether intentional or not only the pitcher knows, I would like to add though that with Kemp starting to hit better after they have been going down and away in the strike zone trying to test his shoulder strength… It wouldn’t be out of my minds realm to think this was to intimidate him at the plate! My hat is off to Kemp and crew for sticking up for their teammate as well!!
    .
    And since were on the subject of good teammates, how about last seasons recipient of teammate of the year, Juan Uribe coming through with a big jack to take the lead…My hat is off to #5 as well!
    .
    Nice Work Boy’s!!
    Get Well Soon Zack!!!

    • Dodger4life says:

      I just read that Zack said he didn’t hit San Diego’s Suzy Q on purpose…I believe him!

      • trublu4ever says:

        For somebody who has been hit over 100 times, Suzy should have taken first base like he always does….what a pos!

        • Dodger4life says:

          He wasn’t hurt nor was the pitch that dangerous…according to Zack, it just got away…this happens at times!!
          .
          Maybe the fans can throw Suzy Q’s at him during batting practice, oh wait he would probably start crying right on the spot.

  126. messagebear says:

    It’s the Guggenheim Curse, I tell you!
    Who’s going to be next?
    Only thing that would have been worse would be Matt breaking his hand on Quentin’s hard head.

  127. lbirken says:

    Not sure what can be done but baseball at least has to discuss what can be done to prevent and hopefully eliminate these stupid bench clearing brawls that erupt when an enraged and out of control hitter charges the mound. Nothing good comes out of them with the expected ejections, suspensions and fines and unexpected and unfortunate injuries. Some might pass it off as male testosterone winning out over common sense and I can understand how important coming to the aid of a teammate can be to the players. Obviously the threat of fine, suspension or injury is not enough deterrent unless those fines and suspensions get more costly. Still, I cannot blame a player for trying to defend himself so I can understand how difficult it is to pass blame.

    The goal is to stop players from charging the mound while at the same time protecting hitters from bean balls. Can baseball implement rules currently in place for the NBA that deters players leaving the bench to join an on court incident? Is that rule even fair when most of the time more players are actually trying to stop the fight and hold back participants than are actually involved in the fighting? It will be interesting to see if such a discussion actually even takes place within MLB executive circles.

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