Road Trip

Road Trip

Another tough series.

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184 Responses to Road Trip

  1. trublu4ever says:

    As Oldbrooklynfan said with Ryu tonight I feel pretty good about our chances. We shall see.

  2. crash24now says:

    I like our chances tonight. Saturday (Capuano) and Sunday (Magill) will be challenging, to say the least.

    I heard that Ethier will be getting a rest tonight, so we should expect to see Scott Van Slyke in right field.

  3. Dodger4life says:

    I’m hoping we can play solid baseball the whole series, by cutting down on the needless mistakes.

    I know it’s what is described as a small sample size, but Dee has committed only a single error, in 11 game. On the other hand Sellers committed 3 errors, in 23 games… Kemp and Agon lead the team with 4 each…

    By doing the little things correctly on the road, we will give ourselves the best chance at success, well that and coming alive with the bats!!

  4. crash24now says:

    Good Grief!!!! Cruz back in the lineup!

    Crawford LF
    Punto 2B
    Kemp CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ellis C
    Van Slyke RF
    Cruz 3B
    Gordon SS
    Ryu P

  5. This series is another test.

  6. messagebear says:

    Don’t feel too bad for Cruz. I think he was in the minors for a long time and finally reached his dream of becoming a major leaguer. He got a lot of cheers last season, but obviously can’t hit at a major league level on a sustained basis. So, he’ll go back to probably AAA, and it will still be a good life for him. I don’t know what the average pay now is at that level, and I hope someone can enlighten me, but I don’t think it can be too bad compared to what most of us can make in our jobs or careers. Most guys in the minors never get to that last level and presumably still enjoy the game if not the ultimate dream. So, nice try Cruz, and I enjoyed your good times while they lasted.

  7. lbirken says:

    I do feel bad for Cruz personally but I feel just as bad his lack of performance this season has hurt the team. He had the opportunity of solidifying a position at third base that has been a black hole for a long time. He gave the team a big lift last season and it would have been great to see that continue.

    As for Andre, I read where Mattingly decided to give Andre today off before they left Los Angeles. He had intended to give Crawford Wednesday off but chose to use him late in that game. Donnie likes to parlay off/travel days.

  8. Let’s hope Ryu was just trying to be extra careful, there.

  9. Dodger4life says:

    Lbirk, I suppose you are right, Uribe won’t order soul food from the bullpen phone…Let’s hope Honeycutt doesn’t call up and ask for an order of chitlins tonight as well!

  10. Well Cruz, a hit with RISP.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…a run!

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Uh, oh….we may have a problem this inning.

  13. We have to get them runs back, needless to say.

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    Cruz got lucky!
    Like stepping in doo doo & coming out smelling like a rose.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Nice hitting by Ryu and CC.

  16. At the moment Ryu can sure use the help.

  17. YRS VanSlyke nice clout.

  18. trublu4ever says:

    only problem now…Ryu’s out of game and we have to rely on BP.

  19. Lets hope the Bcan keep up their good work, lately.

  20. Ryu was not exactly himself tonight.

  21. Dodger4life says:

    Anyone else get the feeling that if Agon wasn’t hurt, or, Hernandez mustered just a couple of hit’s…Van Slyke wouldn’t even be on the 40 man??

    Exactly what role does Hernandez play now, is he just sitting on the bench in case someone gets hurt?

    • 32and53fan says:

      I think he is there mostly to allow FedEx or Ellis to pinch hit if the game situation calls for a hitter with some pop. A few years ago, Ramon had some pop too.

  22. Dodger4life says:

    Come on Paco shake that one off. Maybe the Boy’s can string together a comeback???

  23. This is the type of game that the Dodgers should not lose heart.

  24. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!
    It’s Belly-sorry-oh!

  25. trublu4ever says:

    This game isn’t all about our pitching…it’s our lousy defense also!

  26. The defense is killing us tonight.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    Beam me up, Scotty!

  28. Man that Van Slyke can hit’em.’

  29. messagebear says:

    I would let VanSlyke play in place of Crawford tomorrow; then in place of Gonzo on Sunday, etc. until he cools off. What do you think that Donnie will do with him?

  30. vl4eccjr says:

    Those errors really hurt! 😦

  31. Well this ones in the books now bring on Capuano.

  32. After 40 games since 2006
    Place
    ’06 20-20
    ’07 24-16
    ’08 21-19 2nd
    ’09 27-13 1st
    ’10 22-18 3rd
    ’11 19-21 3rd
    ’12 27-13 1st
    ’13 17-23 5th

  33. messagebear says:

    I now note that all four of our minor league clubs are playing under .500 ball this season; some quite a bit under that level. So glad to hear Kasten say that our farm structure is “sound” and recite that we’ve signed something like 64 foreign prospects since the new ownership came in. Just when are the promising new prospects showing up to play some winning ball? So far this looks to me like the most disgraceful ownership in Dodgers’ history.

  34. Dodger4life says:

    This bullpen needs help and soon…Even when the team has some sort of momentum going their way, these guys are like a drain waiting to absorb it all down. It also doesn’t take a genius to understand, that when you are struggling as a team. heading into a hostile environment, to challenge a very good opponent, you need to bring your A game, even if you’re bringing you’re B team. In my opinion, the fact that we played so horrendous last evening, falls in the managers lap. The bullpen in my opinion is Neds deal, I don’t think they are, or were very good to start with.

    Anyhow, today is a new day..,And with it, comes my early morning optimism…I’m thinking the Boy’s will put up a good fight tonight and we will even this thing up.

    Props to Van Slyke for changing his appearance, through hard work, and refusing to give up on a dream. It sure is a nice change of pace, from hearing, he is a good teammate…

  35. JhallWally says:

    Uggggggggggggh!!! Our bullpen sucks….
    Kemp and AGon didn’t help by going 0 fer the 3 and 4 slots…
    And the errors killed us….

    Unacceptable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I am getting annoyed with the stench…

  36. koufax1963 says:

    The dodgers are like an out of tune classic guitar, no matter how good it looks, when they play something doesn’t sound right, tune the E string and another string is off, never stays in pitch for very long, change the strings, adjust the neck, but still doesn’t harmonize, check the tuning peg, tweak the wiring, rereead the sheet music, still everything should sound right, but it doesn’t, so it may be time to change the musician

  37. JhallWally says:

    Weak bullpen, lack of clutch hitting, a receipe for disaster……

    Or, sub .500 and last place… Thanks Ned….

  38. To me, this is the worse it’s been since before 2006, which my won and loss records don’t go back before. It’s amazing I can’t remember when the bullpen messed up so much. I remember when it was our strength. I can’t believe thoses errors and mistakes by the defense, last night.
    Although I’ve lost faith in them making the post season, which is normal for me, I noticed that nobody’s running away with this division. Six games use to be nothing in this division, this early in the season but the way this team performs sometimes, it always seems that everything is too difficult.
    The only hope is, like Yogi says.” It ain’t over ’til it’s over”.

  39. We’re ready.
    Hi Everybody.

  40. IMO that was NOT a good move by Gordon to try to steal 3rd with Kemp up. He was already in scoring position.

  41. So the Dodger draw first blood.

  42. That was a nice double by Skip, it help bring A Gone to 3rd where he could come in on the error.

  43. Punto had a good AB there.

  44. I don’t have the words to discribe Capuano’s performance. I hope Tremendous will do. He was magnificent tonight.

  45. Wouldn’t you know it.

  46. I looks like we can’t get away from these finishes.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    POOOOOOOOOOOOH!

  48. messagebear says:

    Donnie BLOWs IT AGAIN!

  49. Jansen has given us some good outings, things just happen.

  50. Good night, see you tomorrow.

  51. vl4eccjr says:

    And that’s how a REAL closer works!

  52. messagebear says:

    I guess I’m from the old school of pitcher duels when you didn’t take someone out after they were delivering the kind of performance that Capuano showed tonight. Now, he’s not a Koufax dueling Gibson, but he deserved the chance to get out of that inning himself. So, I don’t feel bad that it backfired on Donnie.
    The problem is that more things backfire on Donnie than not; therefore, DONNIE NEED TO GO.

  53. Dodger4life says:

    We only managed one run, on two hits, both by guy’s whom aren’t even everyday players. Capuano exceeded all of our expectations going into this game and did it on the road (Props to Cappy). Was Capuano out of gas, maybe/maybe not??? Although Kenley is the guy, we all would have wanted to get the ball in the event that the starter (Cappy) was pulled. You have to hand it to Atlanta, they did what our Boy’s can’t find a way to do this season. Win not only close ballgames, but close ballgames coming from behind.

  54. grizzy says:

    Well, who in the hell in that bull pen can we rely on?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Schu…he has a “0” era 🙂

      • Dodger4life says:

        Ironically, Kevin Gregg who had a pretty good spring with us, before he was granted his release…Is a perfect 6/6 in save opportunties since being called up by the Cubs…

        • Dodger4life says:

          Meanwhile it has been mentioned that Ted Lilly may be used as a long reliever out of the bullpen. Considering Lilly has been injured often, as of late, and the fact that this team needs a long reliever, often as well…It seems only fitting!!!

  55. JhallWally says:

    Well, can’t put it on Dildon tonight… He brought in the best horse he had…. And, he FAILED…..

    Kudos to Capuano, great performance…. Our offense sucks…..

  56. Dodger4life says:

    Last chance to grab some SoulFood…
    .
    And if there is one thing this ballclub could use right now it’s some comfort grub

    Its been a lonely and lean feast for the boy’s as of late..

    The big bats of Either and Kemp have been less than filling, with one lacking nutrition and the other lacking balance… And so far on this road trip, the combo meal of Agon and Crawford haven’t exactly filled the palate either…

    This goes without mentioning the 7 course mound of disappointment that keeps coming out of the pen…

    This club is so full of disarray right now, you have no clue what you are gonna get? You know what you ordered, well at least you think you know what you ordered, heck you placed the darn request almost a year ago…You even forwarded your desires ahead of time to the Big Boys… Magic even claims to have recieved the message… saying that he won’t be satisfied until you are satisfied, Walter acknowledges the same thing, claiming he won’t stop with just a warm compliment, he is out to bring you an award winning buffet, year after year… Nothing but the best, each and everytime you sit down to dine on what we all call Dodger Baseball.

    Well I have a message for all the Big Boys, I am tired of the Cool-A-Kook’s… I want what I ordered, I want my smorgasbord of fun! I want my comfort grub! I want it in the form of soul food, starting today and before I am done, I want it topped off with a Cool-A-Coo and first place.

    I am running out of optimism to dunk my donut in every darn morning… It’s time for a bigger and better splash!!

    Okay I’m ready to do this again…

    Let’s Go Dodgers, Lets Go!!

  57. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned and get someone who can unload the bulk of this underachieving, overaged and declining lineup in June or July… Granted, there are not a whole lot of suckers out there as big as Nedcompoop..
    But, teams do stupid things at the deadline….
    I would be more in on a total rebuild than this farce…. As long as Ned is gone. Dildon and Conte should be following him out the door…..

    Di

  58. messagebear says:

    Regardless of how the rest of the road trip comes out, I only want DONNIE FIRED before the team gets back to LA.

    What’s to lose? Give Wallach a chance to show what he can do with the rest of the season.

  59. messagebear says:

    Where’ Larry Bowa when you need him!
    He or somebody like him ought to take Kemp and knock the shit out him in the clubhouse for being an overpaid unproducing piece of crap; then he ought to take Andre and do the same thing with him; then go and knock the shit out of the bullpen. I can think of many others to add to the list, and maybe just one Larry Bowa isn’t enough to do the job with this team.
    Undeserving of the name DODGERS!

    No more Mr. Nice Guy here. These assholes all need to be riding the pine, or better yet the rails after being tar and feathered out of town.

    • Dodger4life says:

      It would appear that bear, want’s to dunk something other than a donut into a cup of optimism… at the moment!!

  60. Dodger4life says:

    The David Sunflower Seeds on the Bench injury report of the day is Luis Cruz has and inflamed elblow…The non related pop from a shell report has Mark Ellis being activated and possibly in the starting line-up…

  61. grizzy says:

    I thought Cruz or Hernandez might be down the road. Or maybe even both, but It will not hurt Fedex to play.

  62. grizzy says:

    Hard to fathom, though. Those two guys combined average would not make anything decent.

  63. Hi guys and gals
    I’m ready for another one if the rain stops. I can take it.
    I hope the rest of you are over last night’s shocking finish.
    I read that Capuano’s calf muscle was acting up, that’s why Donnie took him out.
    Well we have to turn the page like always and the team has to get up off the canvas, wipe themselves off, pick up the bats and gloves, go right back out there again and try not to get swept.
    Go DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Did anyone notice how pist off Gattis was everytime he fouled off one of Kenly’s pitches. He seemed to grow angrier with each foul ball before finally hitting it square for the homerun.

  65. Looks like Ol’Reliable comes through again with his 28 RBI.

  66. Is it me or have the Dodgers been usually scoring first, lately.

  67. The Braves announces where puzzled how the Dodgers have the higest BA average against left handed pitchers but have a losing record against them.
    We know.

  68. Ol’Reliable comes through again.

  69. crash24now says:

    I have zero confidence that we can hold this lead.

  70. oldbrooklynfan says:

    When Minor was at bat, I was thinking Magill had a very good chance of getting passed the 5th without giving up a run,
    Well I was wrong again.

  71. crash24now says:

    Nice game so far by Magill, but he’s going to need some help from the offense.

  72. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another nice outing from the starters.

  73. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another rain break.

  74. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Look who’s coming to the plate. w00000000000

  75. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Not this time pal.

  76. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Like we’ve been saying, “It don’t matter who’s pitching”.

  77. oldbrooklynfan says:

    What else could wrong?
    Maybe I shouldn’t ‘ve said that.

  78. oldbrooklynfan says:

    17 straight OUTS

  79. oldbrooklynfan says:

    On the brink, again.

  80. oldbrooklynfan says:

    No surprise.

  81. trublu4ever says:

    Game over…I hope it’s over for Mattingly also!

  82. ZonaDodger says:

    Fire at will….Donnie c ya

  83. messagebear says:

    BREAK UP THIS TEAM – get rid of half of them!
    FIRE DONNIE NOW!!!

  84. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dodgers are just having a horrible time competing.
    I really don’t think it makes much difference who’s managing.

  85. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Who knows?, Maybe we’ve reached rock bottom.

  86. Dodger4life says:

    For the second time in the first 43 games, the third baseman is caught with his glove up his ass, during a crucial part of a game.

    Unacceptable! So Unacceptable!! So !#*#@! Unacceptable!!!

    These so called valued veterans don’t value opportunity!!! They have become complacent!!! Which means they have become patiently lazy!!

    Fire Ned first, then fire the rest of the so called Cool-A-Kook Crew!!!

    • Dodger4life says:

      Even a little league coach would make sure something like this was taken care of after the first time!!

      Honeycutt isn’t doing his job!!

      Ned has no clue as to what needs to be on the roster

  87. messagebear says:

    I want to see a lot of HEADS ROLL!

  88. JhallWally says:

    Pathetically Unacceptable!!!!!

  89. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dodgers have had some bad teams in recent years but this, at the moment, has to be the worse. How this happened I don’t know. The offense, which has never been very good, seems to be a heck of a lot worse. The bullpen, always use to be the part of the team that kept it from falling apart but now it’s falling apart itself.
    How long this will continue, I for one can’t say. Maybe it’s just a passing thing or maybe we’re heading for a 100 loss season.
    I personally don’t think there’s anyone around that can manage this team and bring better results
    Truthfully I wouldn’t want to be Don Mattingly right now.
    I sometimes feel that the Dodgers are being punished for something.

  90. 32and53fan says:

    Some of these rich f***Ing Dodger players need their f***ing heads chewed off by f***ing Honeycutt and f***ing Mattingly, who need their a**es chewed by Colletti, who needs his cowboy boots ripped off and shoved in his f***ing a** by f***in Kasten, who needs to be ripped a new, f***ing one by Magic, who is too f***ing big to be f***ed with.

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    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Do you really thing that would help.?

      • 32and53fan says:

        I was just trying to inject a bit of humor into the situation. The players just need to bear down and execute.

        • Dodger4life says:

          I think it wouldn’t hurt… I think if Mattingly is going to continue to fill out the daily line-up card he might benifit from being assertive at a time like this. The team is lost and wandering from game to game, inning to inning. Mattingly blowing his stack in the locker room, could be a small motivator to what gets them on the right track as a team. I doubt it would hinder their focus at the moment.

          • 32and53fan says:

            In the pregame show, there was a shot of Mattingly talking to Dee Gordon’s back about his boneheaded baserunning after he was thrown out trying to steal third with Kemp at bat. Dee was walking away from Mattingly, who was waving his arms up and down in frustration. Don should have told Gordon to stop and look at him while he was talking. It made Mattingly look weak and Gordon look like he was blowing off his manager.

          • JhallWally says:

            Dildon has lost this clubhouse 32/53…. It’s time for a change,

    • kahliforni says:

      How appropriate…The Peanuts. That’s what the Dodgers are right now. The Peanuts.

    • messagebear says:

      Hear, Hear!
      That’s exactly the “in your face” style of management that all these Pussies need to experience. If they don’t like that, FUCK THEM! At this point I’d just as soon they were all gone from this team, so we can start all over and inject some old Dodger style play and attitudes. I think this team is worthless to the core!

      The only trouble is there’s nobody in the ownership either that has a clue about dealing with our pitiful situation. They think the franchise is just another business.

  91. Dodger4life says:

    You have a mix of guys, all having had success on some level in the past. They have been saying they need to be patient, they just need to keep plugging away until good things happen. In the meantime you have a manager, who has to deal with all these so called expierenced ego’s. They know the drill, so he stresses unity, he maintains that a calm and relaxed atmosphere will bring about these good things they seek. Meanwhile the clubhouse is jubilant, the faces are filled with smiles and the air with laughter. All the while this plan has been tested to the max, with injuries and poor performance from the regulars, but the jubilance continues, the manager keeps his cool, even after getting swept by the division rivals, he claims he likes his team better, after the loss than before. Meanwhile again, the team continues to falter, losing game after game, all while maintaining that things will turn around… only by now the jublilance is starting wear thin. The public outcry for change is setting in, and players are still going on the dreaded DL at breakneck pace. No one wants to point any fingers, not even the GM, so he conducts a friendly poll to seek a solution to the problem and after speaking to the consituants… he declares that the problem is not coming from management’s inability to keep everyone focused on the task of playing solid baseball, but rather from everyone’s inabilty to maintain focus and play solid baseball… Again no one wants to point any fingers… Yet by now it has become clear that even the expierenced ego’s are becoming shaky and having trouble selling the notion that they just have to be patient and wait it out. Even after the return of the clubs co-ace from injury, to help bolster consistency… things continue to go awry. How does the manager counter this glitch in productivity, he does it by sitting the regulars. The play from the defense has become just as bad as the play from everything else. And it isn’t coming from the usual suspects… It’s spread like a fungus throughout the dugout and onto the field, from corner to corner, with the biggest mushroom heads coming from the bullpen. A place where stability in the past has been the forefront of this organization. The wisdom from management, upper and lower, and the so called expierenced ego’s is so prevelant, that they seem to have become like the top 1% of intellectual society, and forgotten a part of their past, the part that tells you what it takes to win ballgames.

    Here is a refresher, in order to gel as a group, on and off the fucking baseball field, you must first, catch, throw and hit the leather orb correctly…it is just that damn simple!!!!

    • Dodger4life says:

      Here is another refresher

      Find a GM who is better adapted to finding and maintaing talent… Someone who can motivate a club from a distance

      Find a manager that isn’t bust trying to re-invent the way the game is played, but rather is busy keeping all his vintage toy’s fine tuned. A manager who demands good fundamental baseball day in and day out.

  92. Dodger4life says:

    Ned banked on an assortment of utility players… this off season, probably due to the fact that those players manning these position on a regular basis, have a high percentage chance to become injured. What he didn’t foresee, or at least think was likely… was everyone getting injured at once and so soon in the season, leaving the bench high and dry. Fed Ex was added to the opening day roster, partly because he is ready to handle a pitching staff and call a game, and partly because no one was sure how A.J would rebound. Once it was believed that A.J. was solid, and Ned had the opportunity to save money while adding Hernandez, the plan reverted back to having Fed Ex play everday unless, needed in L.A. Giving League a three year contract, based on part of a season, as well as, his performance in Seattle, was just stupid and will in my opinion, rival the contact given to Uribe on some level. How ironic is it that we became stuck with Uribe and Cruz and Hernandez, but now we have Ted Lilly bouncing around the team with no clear place to play. What the hell is Honeycutt doing these days, and I thought adding Koufax was to strengthen the pitching staff and give advice to upper management??? I thought adding Lopes was to strengthen the running game and bestow pride back into the organization??? I have no clue what Wallach was added for other than in case something went wrong with Donnie’s vision. Didn’t we hire Mickey Hatcher somehwere along the way as well… I guess Ned didn’t like his attitude, cause he is gone. Hillman is just as big a mystery now as he was when it was announced he was on board. I can’t wait until basketball season is over and Magic returns from his vacation, so we can see how he lives and dies Dodger baseball again. Did he coin the term Dodger Nation, or did Pat Riley pass that one along, hoping he could re-kindle his three-peat success??? Tell the world what you think Dodger Faithful???

    Do you really think we’ll make the playoffs???

  93. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I still think it all goes back to the offense, which is being dominated by MLB pitching. Pitchers are constantly throwing strikes at the Dodgers and are being very successful. Our hitters are going down like there’s no tomorrow, especially when there are runners in scoring position when the opposing pitchers start to bear down more . It has become very difficult to manufacture runs. They just don’t seem to be able to support our pitchers.
    If someone can find the reason for this AND can find a solution, I’m sure everything else will fall into place.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Of course if it’s just a long slump they may just come out of it on their own.

      • 32and53fan says:

        A slump is one thing, but making mental errors on the basepaths and on fundamental plays is unacceptable and must be corrected. Crawford, Kemp and Gordon need a coach to get them together and discuss how to handle a ball that is hit between them. To me, it looked like Gordon was too aggressive in running after a fly ball, which caused Crawford to back off for fear of diving and crashing into Gordon. I think Carl could have caught that ball if not for Dee coming into his zone.

        • Dee has a history of doing that. However, Crawford should have called him off the ball and taken control of the situation. I think what happened is explained by the fact that Crawford and Dee haven’t played much together.

  94. My roommate made a comment yesterday that I think is appropriate. Eric Collins was saying that the middle of the line-up was due up in the inning, and he said, “They don’t hit so why does it matter who is coming up?” Patience be damned – let’s kill something!

  95. lbirken says:

    At first this team just could not hit. The pitching and defense was good enough had the offense been able to generate more runs. And honestly, how can you blame Donnie, Ned or anyone else for believing that it is just a matter of time before the offense gets going with players like Kemp, Agon, Crawford, Hanley and Ethier in the lineup? Even with all the pitching woes, these guys should be able to drive in enough runs to win some games. But now we see these guys have had a serious power outage with a lot of balls ending up as long fly balls. Add to that the porous defense and inability to hold one or two run leads and we have a last place team.

    I don’t know if changing managers would help. And I certainly scoff at the idea Magic Johnson has anything to offer that will change this team’s fortunes. Heck, we still have no idea what he even does. But clearly something needs to change.

  96. kahliforni says:

    Jimmy Johnson says the Dallas Cowboys don’t win because they have a country club atmosphere. Well, the Dodgers appear, to me anyway, very comfortable. They all like Donnie. That’s swell. Why? Because he doesn’t get mad? Because he’s patient? Because he was a great hitter?

    I still maintain this is a young man’s game. You’ll get consistent offense and defense when the same players are on the field, day in, day out. The crowded DL speaks to an older team. I swear, I never remember Alston or Lasorda changing the line-up in such wholesale ways as Torre and Mattingly have done and continue to do. Garbage. Get younger. If Crawford can’t play every day, get Puig up here. Get younger. The middle infield, Ramirez and Ellis, keeps breaking down. Get younger. Lilly, Capuano, Beckett. Ditto. Get younger. This year’s performance is an embarrassment with no signs of change.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I agree, for instance take Van Slyke vs Uribe, one has already made his mark and is complacent (no need to get in shape), the other hungry to play the game (lost weight to keep from losing a dream.) You could say the same thing about the Giants… Younger and hungry for accomplishment…

    • JhallWally says:

      Amen brother!!!! I guess that is what they are trying to do.. However, it takes at least 2-3 years to rebuild even an average farm/international system. McSlime left us with virtualy nothing in that tank… Could be 4-5 years…

  97. grizzy says:

    I just hope this crap affecting the bats, bull pen, defense doesn’t spread to the starters.

  98. Dodger4life says:

    I really don’t know why, other than I have been struggling with my memory as of late… But I was under the assumption that Mickey Hatcher was assisting the front office. I read today he was let go as the hitting coach… Now that I am all caught up with Ned’s foreign affairs.

    Hello Milwaukee…

  99. JhallWally says:

    Tru deserves a whole lot better than this farce….

  100. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I noted that the Dodgers and Brewers have identical win & loss records 17-25 and they are both in last place. The one exception is the Dodgers are closer to first place, just 7 games out, while the Brewers trail by 101/2.
    With the Dodgers poor offense, it’s hard to come to any conclusion here except to say that the both teams seemed to be in the same boat. Whether this will help the Dodgers or not, for me, it’s hard to say.

  101. grizzy says:

    For the life of me, I can’t figure this out. These guys are being paid more than any of us would ever see in ten life times, yet they act and play like duds, with one or two exceptions. You’d think they would have a bit more pride than this. Don and Ned get a lot of grief on here and elsewhere, but I do not think replacing them are the answer, but they will probably be the ones that go first. meanwhile, why not try kaliforni’s method. Nothing else is working. Or try shipping out one of the over paid under achievers and see if that wakes anyone up. Only problem I see is having to eat millions more in salary.

  102. lbirken says:

    I am sure current ownership is keenly aware about the age of the players just as they should be aware Ned and Torre (not sure about Donnie) seemed to believe in experience or at least what they believed they knew about a player versus gambling on a younger inexperienced player. I still maintain even though the Dodgers may be a bit older, Kemp, Ethier, Agon, Crawford and Ramirez are in what usually has been called the prime age range for major league players. This team has been built to win now, not at some time in the future. Dodger teams have never built for the future; they basically reloaded. We have been told current ownership has devoted a great deal of resources toward international player development ( a source for cheaper players until such time as MLB changes the rules) and clearly the Dodgers need to draft better and develop players. But this current team, even with all the deficiencies, should not be a last place team.

    Is there complacency? I have no idea. Are all the high priced players happy with what they have? Are they happy losing? are they happy being in last place, not caring at all? I seriously doubt it.

  103. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This IMO could be Mattingly’s most important series coming up with the Brewers if the things continue the way they’ve been in this past series with the Braves. What with Kershaw, Greinke & Ryu coming up next and the offense and bullpen not helping out?

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