Next Stop

Next Stop

Hope we give Kershaw a win.

161 Responses to Next Stop

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Another move that makes me go hmmmm…Lilly activated and Magill sent to AAA.

  2. lbirken says:

    From what I read in the paper, these moves are all about options. Cruz and Hernandez are out of options. If the Dodgers wanted to remove either of these two guys, they would either have to trade them or put them on waivers. If no one makes a claim, the player then can decide to accept demotion or be released. Not sure why any other team would claim either player but Hernandez is a catcher so it is possible. Same thing is true for Magill. Lilly has a major league contract and Magill does not. Remember, until he was called up to fill a spot on a depleted staff, none of us had ever heard of Magill.

  3. messagebear says:

    I’m sure you’re right in your assessment, birk. It just goes to show further that baseball has become all business and little consideration for talent. That’s exactly how it plays out – that’s also why Ned is around; he knows how to work the options game and how to manipulate the DL so as to add one guy and subtract another flawlessly. Forget about making any talent judgments.

    Personally, I’d like to give Ned and Donnie an option they couldn’t refuse.

  4. I think Irbirken is correct, they send down the players that have options.

  5. Hi Tru and everbody,
    We got a good chance to win tonight with Kershaw on the mound….I think.

  6. crash24now says:

    We’ve got our full offense in the lineup, with the exception of Hanley, so everything will be fine, right? Well, the problem is that our offense is offensive. Especially our cleanup and #5 hitters, who haven’t had taters since April 24th and April 27th, respectively.

  7. Oh boy, I’m happy for Andre on that triple. Good to see it.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    My guy…rbi!

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, AJ and Juan couldn’t bring him home!

  10. Same ol, same ol.same ol.

  11. Kershaw may be saving his pitch count.

  12. That was a quick lead.

  13. trublu4ever says:


  14. Kersh threw only about 10 pitches in that inning.

  15. only 57 pitches in 5 innings so far.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Finally…a bomb from Matty!

  17. Finally another HR for KEMP.

  18. crash24now says:

    At the risk of repeating myself, this offense is offensive. There are a whole lotta guys who are low on taters.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    40 different lineups from Mattingly!

  20. vl4eccjr says:

    Why was Ethier ejected?

  21. The last 5 out of 6 Dodgers have struck out..

  22. trublu4ever says:

    Finally…a win!

  23. vl4eccjr says:


  24. Cutting down on the strikeouts(5) must’ve helped with 107 pitches.

  25. Dodger4life says:

    I missed the game tonight, I was prepping for a road trip in the morning to the far reaches of Montana. I am happy to see the results, with Kershaw, going the distance and getting the win. I still haven’t sorted through the box score yet however.

    Anyhow, I’ll see ya all in a few days, I hope all is righted and well when I return.

    Nice Win Boy’s, Let’s Get Another!!!

  26. JhallWally says:

    It is about time Either and Kemp did something.. At least Kemp has some upside. Either is a waste… That contract will turn out to be another one of Neds highlights…. Up there with Pierre, Schmidt, Jones, etc.. You can keep naming them ad nausium….

    Go Kersh!!!!!!!

    • JhallWally says:

      Eithier sucks!!!!!! Should have been traded long ago…. Now we can’t even get a case of bottled water for his worthless ass…

      • messagebear says:

        Some here would say he has a good butt.
        Personally I rate that as any kind of qualification only if he’s batting over .300.

        • JhallWally says:

          LOL!!!! Yea Bear, they are enamored with his looks…
          F-that….. Drive in and produce runs… Then I will be impressed…. Ethier sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • JhallWally says:

      I’d rather have JD Drew….

      • kahliforni says:

        Please, Jhall…I feel this collection of underachievers has caused you emotional illness and temporary insanity. I’d rather have Uribe than Drew…well, maybe not Uribe….?!?!?!?!?! Maybe I’m insane……….

      • I can’t describe how thrilled I was to see Andre’ smack that HR into the right field stands last night. He’s still my man and I hope he gets into one of his streaks.

        • crash24now says:

          I was thrilled when Andre hit his triple, driving in Kemp. I was not thrilled when AJEllis, Uribe, and Gordon failed to bring Andre another 90 feet to score. Man on third, no outs, failed to score is a failed offense.

  27. koufax1963 says:

    I’m really not use to this power outrage from kemp, I suppose if he bats at a 310 clip and comes up with close to 100RBIs, then OK. The same could be said of Dre, but that production will not save them from Puig coming up next year. The season is still young, perhaps the dynamic duo can right themselves.

  28. kahliforni says:

    To me, Kemp and Ethier are fine. Anyway, here’s yet another link to a writer defending Mattingly.–004225524.html

    To me, it’s backwards. The headline should read, “Is Mattingly too soft to save the Dodgers?”

  29. I can’t help but wonder what McGwire is doing to help the power outage . . . because whatever it is, it doesn’t work.

  30. koufax1963 says:

    Perhaps kemp is in pain or the muscle is not at full strength, that goes a long way to explain lack of power, then is a partial kemp that may not heal playing everyday worth putting in the line up? This is beyond conte! We pay him a lot of money to play, so he will 100% or not may be managements policy

  31. lbirken says:

    I am no expert on hitting but it seems to me Kemp is a lot more anxious and has reverted back to the way he hit a few years ago before the big contract. I am sure he knows it but just has not been able to make the adjustments. I also wonder if the injury he suffered last season is affecting his swing or his power. He hits a lot of balls that die short of the fence.

    Ethier has always been a streak hitter. He does seem to be hitting lefties better this season but he also seems to miss a lot of pitches. Kemp and Ethier should be in their prime as players but even Kemp has made some questionable plays both in the outfield and on the base path. Are they trying too hard?

    I think Maguire is a good hitting instructor but there seems to be a huge difference between instructing and coaching. He cannot force himself on a hitter but he should be able to help find mechanical flaws. if you remember, these guys did not hit real well in Spring training. It just does not seem possible for these hitters to all slump at the same time and for so long.

  32. crash24now says:

    The slumps of Kemp and Ethier also explain a whole lot of this offense’s deficiency in hitting with RISP. As poorly as they are hitting, they are hitting much worse with RISP. Kemp’s average with RISP is .171 and Ethier’s is .200. Worse yet, Kemp’s slugging percentage with RISP is .171 and Ethier;’s is .275.

    It’s almost like when they go to the plate with RISP, they are embodied by Ramona and Cruz.

  33. Hi folks
    Another night. another game.
    Another win?

  34. Gotta try to get that run back.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Crap…2 on nobody out and we don’t score…tired of this!

  36. Another same ol’ things. Damn.

  37. They better score now.

  38. It’s up to Andre’

  39. Nothing doing 0-5 already.

  40. crash24now says:

    Kemp and Ethier. A couple of bums. What have you done for me lately?

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    I’m wondering if Zack is going to be restricted on his pitch count again. If so, he won’t go very deep at the rate he’s going.

  42. Well Greinke has to do it himself.

  43. Something’s gotta give

  44. 2-2 this inning w RISP. 2-7 overall.

  45. 2 RUNS in that inning.

  46. Ethier’s in scoring position.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    crap…that sucked!

  48. trublu4ever says:

    To be honest…watching Gordon play makes me REALLY miss Tattoo.

  49. 3-13 according to my count

  50. I think Andre’ misjudged that.

  51. New game on two swings.

  52. It’s unraveling quickly! C’mon guys!!!

  53. This is absolutely hard to believe.

  54. Ok, time to regroup and make something happen . . . .

  55. crash24now says:

    GrrrRear has done well on mop-up duty tonight. Donnie should take note that this is GrrrRear’s role and he should not be used when the game is close nor when we are ahead.

  56. It’s funny how some teams play better when they have a lead.

  57. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice job from the bullpen!
    Even Javy got his ERA below seven!

  58. 4 Gonzalezs- Adrian,Carlos,Michael and umpire Manny, in tonight’s game.
    Maybe it’s the Dodgers time to come from behind..

  59. trublu4ever says:

    Now, Agon gets the hit!

  60. Kemp and Andre’ should see their eye doctors.

  61. Van Slyke will give it the 14th try at it, today.

  62. vl4eccjr says:


  63. 3-14 with RISP
    Well they each won a game.
    See you for the rubber game.

  64. crash24now says:

    Another blown opportunity. Kemp and Ethier are killing us in the middle of the lineup. What a couple of duds.

  65. crzblue says:

    Hi everybody!
    Let’s hope Dodgers can take the rubbert game. Breakfast and beibol.

    OBF & Wills,
    I will be in New York when the Dodgers are there. Are any of you two going to the games? Anyone else here going? We are leaving the weekend before. The plan is to go to Cooperstown that weekend.

  66. messagebear says:

    I’m earnestly wishing that at least Donnie gets FIRED before we start the nest home stand. The whole house needs to be cleaned out, but I’ll settle for Donnie for starters. If losing the final series game at Milwaukee would accomplish that, I’d even wish that we’d go ahead and lose – what’s another loss the way this season is going. I don’t think Donnie ever belonged as a manager, much less as a manager of the Dodgers. I also want the team broken up. I’d even settle for Kemp and Ethier being sent somewhere else – Japan would be nice if that were feasible. I think the chemistry is all wrong, and we should put together some serious prospects that can actually achieve a championship in another three or four years. I think that Kemp, Ethier STINK, because they’re now much overpaid and complacent. We can get rid of most of the Boston contingent, because they’re not and never will be Dodgers.

    After Donnie, let’s make sure we get rid of Ned, Honeycutt, McGuire and anybody else who directly reports to Ned and either of the other two, and by all means the entire medical staff.

    • Your wish for the players has a much better chance of coming true as they look to be the blame for all that’s going on but it doesn’t seem like anyone is blaming Donnie.

  67. It’s time for Dodger baseball again and we have to see how they do against Wily Peralta. I have a lot of faith that Ryu will do a good job.

  68. koufax1963 says:

    Tired of blaming Donnie for the results on the field. On paper these are Allstar players and the ones that aren’t are contributing the most! Should I think next year already? I look at the giants and they never give up, character and poise, it really sucks knowing the potential of this team and have to watch the reality.

  69. O.K. CC, that’s what we want to see.

  70. crash24now says:

    I see that Mr. Ethier isn’t in there bollixing up the offense today.

  71. 32and53fan says:

    Another WEAK at bat for Kemp. Why is he flailing away at a 3-1 pitch at his ankles with the bases loaded? Then to strike out on another ball…
    The rookie SVS had a much better eye to take a walk on that pitch that was just slightly high on a two strike count.
    At least the utility guys know how to keep their swing short and just try to get the bat on the ball instead of swinging for the fence.
    Ryu should be very happy up by 6.

  72. WOW 4 hits in only 10 ABs in the first 2 innings, that’s fantastic for this team

  73. Well they’ve got a good lead, let’s hope they can make it stand.

  74. Ryu doesn’t look too sharp but I think he’ll be alright with rhis run support.

  75. Well that puts Ramon in the HR column.

  76. It’s good to know it’s raining in Milwaukee and the roof is keeping it out.

  77. I can’t believe Ryu bunting with a 7 run lead.

  78. crash24now says:

    Dylan Hernandez tweet: “Andre Ethier is not hurt. Mattingly said he is sitting because he wants to field team that will compete the best. ”

    If Mattingly survives to Friday, he should bench Matt Kemp, and tell him he’s got to start hitting with RISP. Today Kemp is 1-2 with RISP, but he’s still way behind where he needs to be.

  79. Ryu looks a lot better than he appeared in the first two innings.

  80. Braun HR no big thing.

  81. Nice Job, that about coveres it for Ryu today,

  82. crash24now says:

    In 20 at bats, Van Slyke now has two doubles, three homers, and a single. I’d like to see him starting in the outfield three days a week, giving rest to Ethier, Kemp, and Crawford. Ethier can sit against one tough lefty per week. Kemp needs the rest to rejuvenate his shoulder. Crawford needs the rest to protect his hammy.

  83. This is the first time the Dodgers scored 9 runs since May 4 when they lost to the Giants 10-9

  84. crash24now says:

    Here’s League. Two outs to go.

  85. Bring out the Champagne.

  86. crash24now says:

    Will this series win save Donnie’s job? Will he be in the dugout on Friday?

  87. nedisajerk says:

    We finally win a series vs them to bad if we would’ve had just won 3 games vs them last year we would made then playoff.

  88. 32and53fan says:

    It is always nice to get a nice, comfortable win on a getaway day. Ryu had a nice outing, and most of the team is buying into the philosophy of working the count and taking walks, if they can. That paid off big today.

    I don’t like to see Kemp chasing balls in the dirt again. He is putting himself under intense pressure to increase his slugging percentage with RISP, so he is swinging hard after bad pitches. He might be better off to act like a banjo hitter like Maury Wills, Nick Punto, or Mark Ellis and just try to push the ball through a hole or bloop a single when there are RISP and facing a tough pitcher. That might hurt his swagger a bit, but might help him get back into the habit of driving in runs instead of striking out in those situations.

  89. messagebear says:

    I don’t see any reason for Donnie to seemingly single out Andre as the guy who has to sit out in the last six games or so. I don’t remember the last time that Kemp was out of the lineup, and he’s the guy in whose face somebody needs to get to get his act together. Maybe somebody needs to bring in a bucket of “fried chicken” for Matt – that seems to be the thing to get people agitated lately; then maybe Matt will get angry and take it out on a few balls.

    As for VanSlyke, I’ve advocated that he needs to be played regularly as long as he stays reasonably hot. Right now he’s the one who is showing some power. There should be no trouble with alternating him with Andre, Matt, Crawford and Gonzo in turns without much reducing the playing time of any single regular. That’s how I would play it, and maybe we’d actually develop a good major leaguer.

  90. lbirken says:

    Donnie finally shows a little life and even that does not seem to set right. All of a sudden the “player’s manager” is now not? Did he take a page out of Phil Jackson’s strategy of criticizing a player in public to get that player’s head on straight? Did he really intend to use Dre to set an example? And if you had a choice between Kemp and Dre, would you really take Dre?

    I am not taking sides. I like both of those players and clearly both players inability to drive in runs and hit for power is a huge reason the Dodgers are in last place. I am concerned that Andre says Donnie did not address him prior to today’s game but hopefully those two will have a sit down. I have no doubt Andre works as hard as any player and I heard on the post game radio show about Dre working with McGwire quite a bit during Spring training.

    So let’s see what happens now. I kind of like some of the comments Donnie made about what he expects from the players.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I don’t think Andre is a better player than Matt…just saying that when anything goes south with the team, Dre gets thrown under the bus. Our problems don’t revolve totally around him.

    • kahliforni says:

      Not very smart by Donnie. Chew him a new one all you want in front of the team or in private–but behind closed media doors. Same with Cruz and Crawford. Donnie appears to be in panic mode. I’ll bet he’s going to lose a chunk of the clubhouse after these “call-outs,” and when a manger losed the clubhouse, he soon loses his job.

  91. grizzy says:

    Interesting. Sit Kemp on Friday.

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