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  1. trublu4ever says:

    Let’s see what happens in this series.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    If it matters, here is the lineup for tonight:
    LF: Crawford
    2B: M. Ellis
    1B: Gonzalez
    CF: Kemp
    RF: Ethier
    C: AJ Ellis
    SS: Punto
    3B: Uribe
    P: Capuano

  3. lbirken says:

    I can understand why Punto is playing. Dee has had numerous opportunities to drive in runs in the 8th spot but has not been able to do so. He has also not been able to catch defenders napping by bunting. We all know these guys are just holding down the fort until Hanley can come back.

  4. crash24now says:

    Not a bad lineup. Let’s see if they can create some runs for Capuano. The pressure is on Kemp and Dre.

  5. Hi Everybody.
    The lineups make tonight’s game look like a mismatch in favor of the Cruds but after all the rumors the last few days the Dodgers could be fired up… Maybe…We’ll see.

  6. nedisajerk says:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/those-red-pens-ready-royals-television-graphic-contains-142559444.html

    Take a look at this andsee what’s wrong and they think Trout is going to be a Yankees.

  7. 32and53fan says:

    Let’s get this party started!
    Go Dodgers!

  8. That was quite a hit A.J. took.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Uh, oh…Cappy looking crappy.

  10. It would be nice if the Dodgers could cut into that lead.

  11. Another wasted double.

  12. And the whole gets deeper.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    Rally Time Boy’s!!!

  14. Well I guess we can say that the Cardinals are putting on a show for us.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Nice way to light a fire, Donnie!

  16. crash24now says:

    …if the rest of the offense could just be more like Uribe… 🙂

  17. koufax1963 says:

    Between the hitting, pitching and errors, this is the most pathetic game of the season so far

  18. 32and53fan says:

    Looks like Capuano has returned to Cup_of_Guano tonight. I hope it doesn’t become a habit with him.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Just 262 days until pitchers and catchers report 😉

    • JhallWally says:

      🙂 Excellent Tru… I just hope Nedcompoop and Dildon are a memory….

      • trublu4ever says:

        That would be a dream come true.

        • JhallWally says:

          Definately!!! I am not impressed with our new ownership either.

          Keeping Nedcompoop and Conte is absurd….. They should have cleaned house… Starting with Ned and all the way down.
          Except for Lopes…. He is the only one I would have kept….

          Now they need to fire Dildon and make Lopes the manager….

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Man this game seemed to go by so quickly.

  21. koufax1963 says:

    Tru, I laugh at that. When do the hitters report? Not in 2013! So Ryu, Kershaw, grieneke, bliz( yea give him a chance after surgery) …….. I’m done, gone is uribe!

  22. crash24now says:

    This game was a real lead balloon of a turd tonight.

  23. Even Vinnie was disgusted – it was in his voice, especially as he signed off.

  24. JhallWally says:

    Pfffft~~~~~

    Another stinker….

    Don’t let the fact that Capuano sucked cloud the fact that Gonzales, Kemp, and Dre went hitless, 0 for 9…….

    This team has major problems….

    Fire the guy who built it….. Why is Ned still here??????????

  25. JhallWally says:

    This team is so pathetic and keeping Ned is so absurd, that, I just have to laugh…. Like the rest of the league. I am not impressed with our new owners so far…

  26. messagebear says:

    The Guggenheims SUCK!
    I hope nobody invests in their incompetence.
    Kasten SUCKS!
    Ned has always SUCKED!
    Donnie continues to SUCK!

  27. Dodger4life says:

    Does anyone other than I, have that feeling that Lilly will be okay tonight and the offense will score plenty of runs???

    • Dodger4life says:

      Just think after Lilly and the Boy’s win tonight, we’ll have Kershaw on the hill to close it out!!

      We can do this!!

    • 32and53fan says:

      That sounds completely plausible to me. I’d give a 35% chance that the Dodgers win tonight. Sometimes luck determines the winner.

  28. Well here we go again guys and gals.
    Not only am I worried about how Lilly does but I sure hope the Dodgers can figure out how to hit this John Gast, since hitting these MLB pitchers have been so difficult..

  29. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…we’ve scored 2 runs.

  30. Agon now has 32 RBI.

  31. Already 1-6 w RISP.

  32. koufax1963 says:

    our dynamic duo are duds, cant make a big inning out of it, and lilly can’t get a bunt down. will it get worse? or will something click!

  33. crash24now says:

    Once again, Gonzalez is collecting all the RBI’s. Good for him. But he can’t do it all by himself every day. I’d like to see Kemp and Ethier begin doing their part in the RBI game.

  34. That definitely would help.

  35. koufax1963 says:

    3rd time through for their power, hope lilly escapes this inning

  36. crash24now says:

    A decent start for Lilly. Hopefully, next time he can go into the 7th. Here comes Belly.

  37. koufax1963 says:

    now beli has to get through the inning, im on my knees

  38. Wow I never expected such a tremendous outing from Ted Lilly, he really was his old self today. A very good start.
    Now let’s hope our BP doesn’t screw it up tonight.

  39. Man that was quick.

  40. nedisajerk says:

    I hate FC when we don’t get the DP is always come back to bite us.

  41. nedisajerk says:

    Crawford was flying around those bases.

  42. Mark Ellis, Nice going.

  43. nedisajerk says:

    I knew that was going to happen come on Kemp.

  44. koufax1963 says:

    that made kemp look bad, because he is, walking agon to get to kemp

  45. nedisajerk says:

    I’m shock to hear the Cardinals struggle against LHP’s with a .211 3rd worst and have the 3rd higher BA overall at .267. The Dodgers are #1 at .285 with an obp .345 which is also #1. Brewers is 2nd with a .266 BA and .316 obp.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting/split/31/league/nl

  46. I must be behind on innings according to the above comments.

    • nedisajerk says:

      Nah that was like an hour ago and I think it was Buck that said the Cardinals are struggling hitting against lefty.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    Great, now Donnie has Dre and Matty both mad at him..

  48. 32and53fan says:

    After Kemp struck out for the last out in the previous inning, Mattingly decides to bring in Kenley for Paco and double switch by taking Kemp out and putting Skip in Matt’s place. Kemp was really pissed off and stormed off the field. C’mon Kemp…show some mental toughness. You were taken out because the situation called for it, not because you had another terrible at-bat. There is no I in team, Matt!

    • trublu4ever says:

      Only problem I see with this is, if we go to extra innings, we don’t have Matt at all….regardless of how he is hitting right now, he’s still a threat…to me, Donnie could have taken Gordon out, Punto and Schu could do the infield.

  49. nedisajerk says:

    We need some insurance runs fast.

  50. All well and good but are we waiting for League again?
    Who else?

  51. nedisajerk says:

    I wonder what Miles is doing lately since he’s not in the league no more lol.

  52. nedisajerk says:

    Wow Uribe hit a rocket, That’s not enough run I want more.

  53. nedisajerk says:

    A drag bunt with Schumaker with the bases loaded and 1 out would be nice,

  54. I’m sure it’s 2-12 RISP

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Good job guys….one more tomorrow.

  56. nedisajerk says:

    I didn’t know League could throw a 97 mph pitch. Yeah I’m way late but that is crazy.

  57. koufax1963 says:

    I agree. League got it done, and I had no confidence in him. Im wrong. Big clubhouse meeting brewing, the frustration must birng the anxiety high in locker room. Love the win though.

  58. Good finish for League.

  59. crash24now says:

    Kemp should not be upset. He should be happy that we won.

    • Dodger4life says:

      If any ballplayer is upset, it should be with their own performance. The move to insert Kenley in the 9th spot which was occupied by Kemp, was the right move.

      This was a very nice team win…

      I sensed the Cardinals were defeated before League came in, not to take anything away from League’s performance… I am just saying it is baseball and the littlest of emotions can dictate results.

      It looks like both teams will have very good pitchers on the hill tomorrow… It would benefit us if we can manage to minimize mistakes, get the bat on the ball and drive in runners. A series win, at home against the best team in the N.L. right now, would do wonders for morale…

      • Dodger4life says:

        Maybe it wasn’t the 9th spot, heck I can’t remember…I still think it was the right move.

        • crash24now says:

          Let’s just say that Kemp made the last out. That’s usually the best place to put the pitcher in when you do a double switch. It’s just baseball.

        • 32and53fan says:

          It was Kemp’s spot….4th. I don’t know why he was so upset to come out. Maybe he feels like it is up to him to save the Dodgers and must play every inning of every game. That’s nice, but maybe he should dial down the swagger a couple of notches and realize that sometimes the best tactical move requires that he is replaced occasionally. He can’t make the Dodgers win the championship all by himself… It takes a whole team to do that. He could benefit from a little humility, change his swing on 2 strike counts by shortening up, and realize that his fairy tale life, millionaire playboy, fashion model for upscale magazines, owner of LA and Phoenix mansions will not bring him ultimate happiness. Jeez, on the TV tour of his Arizona house, he showed his pristine living room and said nobody is allowed to go in there.
          Remember your humble Oklahoma upbringing and chill…maybe your luxury house will turn into a real home.

          • crash24now says:

            Well said 32and53. May I add: Kemp needs to play within his current abilities. He does not currently have the power ability he had in 2011. Don’t swing for the fence when you only have warning track power. Hopefully the power will come back, but it’s not there right now.

  60. Dodger4life says:

    Chad Moriyama breaks down Kemp’s swing. This is basically what Donnie say’s is wrong as well.

    http://www.chadmoriyama.com/2013/05/a-struggling-matt-kemp-health-timing-and-swing-path/

    I can understand the disappointment of being taken out of the ballgame… And to be fair to Kemp, he shrugged it off quickly and was back up in the dugout, he also said he was wrong and frustrated with his recent play. I agree with the fact that these guys need to focus more on baseball and that it will take a complete team effort to pull themselves back up to respectability.

    Matt and Andre’s recent power shortage and lack of clutch ability, have hampered this team severely. I believe that Kemp is struggling with the shoulder, I have no clue what is going on with Andre, but so far he hasn’t been himself in terms of clutch ability and enthusiastic play.

    I’m sure both will resume back to normal at some point, in the meantime, if we play solid baseball, and make small positive changes in the way we approach each game, we will start winning ballgames. The good side of baseball will return to our side of the field, and our guys will feed off of good energy again. I am a big believer in how emotions effect the momentum a game. Teams that continue to fight get their share of difficult wins. It happens all the time.

    This team when it figures this out, and everyone is on the same page… emotionally and physically, is capable of putting together a long and dominating win streak.

  61. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak….. Go Kersh!!!!!!

    Two of three from the first place birds would make a statement…..

    It is time time to get it done or go home……

  62. Dodger4life says:

    We have 25 games left against the N.L.West, before the All Star Break…

    We have been manhandled so far by these teams. We are starting to get healthy again. Hairston should replace Cruz today or tomorrow, Elbert is close as well and should replace Guerra… Hanley should return soon, and his bat will be a welcomed addition. With a little luck on our side we will remain injury free as well?

    Even if we need some roster help in certain areas…. A little momentum in the way of attitude change can be a big enough boost… to get us over this hump, until then. The other 16 games after today, come against the Braves, a team that we played a tight series against earlier. The Pirates, the Phillies and our cross the county and over the hill rivals the Angels.

    I don’t think there is a team out there we can’t beat on any given day or night…

    Oh yeah and that includes the Yankees, almost forgot that two game series!!!

  63. JhallWally says:

    Great win, since Kemp and Ethier have still not shown up….
    When these two decide to contribute, we may be able to make a move toward the playoffs….

    • Dodger4life says:

      Agreed Wally, these two have been big assets in the past, and we need them to be big assets in the near future.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I also think that Belisario is better than what he has been showing us so far… Whether or not he will get the right mindset is anyone’s guess though. I think… and it is clearly speculation on my part, but Belisario in my opinion, is a product of his environment, type of player… If we start playing better, so may he, if we don’t… I don’t believe he will have the edge needed to pitch successfully.

      • JhallWally says:

        Hey D4L

        This team will only go as far as Kemp and Ethier. If they don’t produce, we are hosed….

        Fire Ned!!!!!!!

  64. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!!

  65. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!

  66. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!!!

  67. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!!!!

  68. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!!!!!!!

  69. JhallWally says:

    Fire Ned!!!!!!

    • Dodger4life says:

      Hey Wally, let me see if I’m getting this correctly??

      You are advocating that ownership, Fire Ned!!!

      Haha!!

      • JhallWally says:

        🙂 And Conte!!!! Take Honeycutt also…..

        Idiocy is to keep on doing what has not been working and to think it is somehow going to work.

        It isn’t working!!! It hasn’t been working!!! Duhhh!!!

        Maybe it is time for a change?!!!!! F-ing morons…….

      • Dodger4life says:

        You know I read an article in the Boston Globe today that made a valid point… at least when comes to Ned’s spot in the picture. He managed to make several trades last year that boosted ticket sales and was also did it at an opportune time when speaking of the mega media deal. So he managed to upgrade ownership’s pockets in any event.

        If we make the play-offs, he may look like a genius.
        If not, there are 7 billion plus reasons… why Donnie will be the scapegoat??

        • 32and53fan says:

          His Boston imports, AGon, Crawford, and Punto are among the top hitting Dodgers right now. In a couple of weeks, Hanley will be able to resume his hitting and run production abilities. When Kemp and Ethier get back up to speed, I think our run production will be vastly improved. Barring multiple new injuries, this team will not be cellar dwellers for long. We should be at, or near the top of the division by the end of August.

  70. JhallWally says:

    Dildon and Nedcompoops contracts are up at the end of this season. Please, do not bring these Yankee and Giant throwaway castoffs back to our storied Dodgers……..

    • Dodger4life says:

      I am all for replacing Ned!!
      .
      Donnie, if we can manage to turn this thing around… will get a reprieve from me… I generally like Donnie, even if I don’t agree with all of his moves. Him speaking up towards about the players attitudes and focus, just solidified my admiration for him as a person. If he can propel this underachieving ballclub into the post season, he will have done a satisfactory job in my eyes.

      If not, change must come…

  71. trublu4ever says:

    Fire who? 😉

  72. With the Dodgers winning 3 out of the last 5, it’s a good sign that they have a good chance at reaching the .500 mark. How soon it’s hard to tell, they just have to concentrate on winning.

  73. trublu4ever says:

    Game time….fingers crossed.

  74. trublu4ever says:

    YO, ADRIAN!

  75. lbirken says:

    Much as I suspected, and now others have said, Kemp’s shoulder injury may have a lot to do with his lack of power. It has been obvious to all of us that something is wrong. Kemp should be at the prime of his career so hopefully this is not a permanent problem. Maybe a day off will help him.

    Great to see Agon make Miller pay for a mistake in the first inning. Too bad Kershaw also made some mistakes to give up the lead. After all, the Cardinals are in first place for a reason.

    • 32and53fan says:

      One of the Dodger pregame/ post game hosts mentioned that Matt Kemp has no trouble hitting it well into the bleachers in batting practice, so he does have enough strength. Obviously the difference between a 91-95 mph in-game pitch and a typical 62-64 mph batting practice pitch is profound. See my comment on pitch recognition below; maybe the shoulder, and nerves somehow act differently when a batter has to pull the trigger in 150ms or less.

  76. 32and53fan says:

    This web site has a bunch of links that talk about pitch recognition and perceptual decision-making, skills that expert batters have and every one else hopes to learn. A batter only has about 150ms to figure out what the pitch is (fast ball, curve, slider, or change up) and where it is likely to cross the plate, then begin his swing.
    That is why Ted Williams said that hitting at the major league level is the hardest thing to do in sports.
    Kevin Kennedy mentioned that most of the best hitters had exceptional eyesight. I have known for several years, that Williams had at least 20/10 vision. He also mentioned that Mike Piazza had 20/8 eyesight.

    This year Matt Kemp seems to have returned to his bad habit of flailing away at low, outside, pitches outside the strike zone. We know he wears glasses off the field and contacts while playing. Some folks are speculating that his vision may be causing some of his problems this year. He may not even be aware of it.
    I have never heard about the Dodgers testing for PDM, and using training to improve it.

    Pitch recognition training might be worth considering.
    (One of the links at that site, is to a 20 page scientific paper about cognition and perceptual decision making. Another is a video on the same subject by the same researcher.)

    • lbirken says:

      I am sure we have all heard about Ted William’s ability to see the rotation of the ball. One of my favorite William’s stories is where he is listening to a player (sorry, I forget exactly whom) lament about the difficulty that player had with a certain pitch and his response, “Then why do you continue to swing at it?”

  77. Hi Everybody
    Just got back from eating out with my daughter, Claudine.
    I see we’re losing here.

  78. trublu4ever says:

    Yay…tied!

  79. I see where Agon remains our main man.

  80. A good spot for a WP.

  81. trublu4ever says:

    Damn…this inning blows!

  82. I hope they don’t leave Crawford.

  83. Time for Andre’. (again)

  84. I hope they don’t leave the bases loaded.

  85. As somebody once said “Hopin’ doesn’t help”.

  86. Dodger4life says:

    We’re gonna win this game!!

  87. messagebear says:

    Kemp SUCKS!
    Boooooooooooo!

  88. After that hit you know it’s the Cruds day.

  89. How come there’s no Box score until the game ends, now.

  90. Javy Guerra’s been looking good again, lately.

  91. Well there’s always tomorrow.

  92. trublu4ever says:

    I’ve tried to be optimistic about our team but, boy, right now….we suck! Perhaps we can turn things around and finally play like we are supposed to…..first, and foremost…..FIRE NED…..FIRE DONNIE!

  93. messagebear says:

    Well, there’s still time before the end of May to get 10 games under .500 and get Donnie FIRED. Ned could come at the end of this miserable season, because he won’t have any big decisions to make anyway.

    • JhallWally says:

      I cannot get fully on board this team until Ned is gone….

      And, they do need to shake things up and fire Dildon….

  94. Dodger4life says:

    I get a sense that this club is so close to turning things around…

    But just like Wally, I agree that Kemp and Andre are holding up production of this offense.

    I don’t know what else to say, other than I hope it isn’t to late by the time they figure this mess out.

    You can’t keep going backwards and maintain hope for the near future.

    A win today would be a wonderful start.

    Happy Memorial Day Folk’s… and God Bless all those whom gave their all.

    Go Red, White and Blue!!!

  95. I think right now on this Memorial day, in which I hope everyone here spends it in peace, the most important thing, I think, Dodgerwise, is that Greinke has a better outing than his last one and shows us that he is truly back.

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