The Route to the Pennant

This post takes Dodger4life’s theme and visualizes it.

This is the day many of us have been waiting for.  The call up of Yasiel Puig has injected some excitement into us Dodger fans.  Whether of not this move will bring great results for the Dodgers has yet to be determined.  The Dodgers have a record of hyping prospects only to find that they didn’t pan out.  Guys like Greg Brock and Mike Marshall come to mind.

Probably the biggest disappointment based on the expectations heaped on him was Willie Crawford.  As some of you may recall, Crawford was an 18 year old high school football star from Los Angeles, who was pursued by many colleges.  But baseball had it’s eye on him too.   Both Charlie O. Finley, owner of the then Kansas City A’s, and Tommy Lasorda, then a scout with the Dodgers, were eager to sign him and went after him hard.  Lasorda won out and signed Willie 2 days after his high school graduation.  Willie never reached the lofty expectations that people held for him.  He was expected to become a star with the stature of Willie Mays,  but he struggled for playing time year after year and never made much of an impact with the Dodgers.  His frustration with that contributed to him becoming an alcoholic.

Let’s hope that Yasiel becomes a monster superstar and propels the Dodgers to many World Series championships.  But let’s not get too upset if that doesn’t happen.  Vin Scully said “Good is not good when better is expected.”

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239 Responses to The Route to the Pennant

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Day one of the Yasiel Puig era.
    Let’s hope that Puigs can really fly.

  2. messagebear says:

    Does that mean that Puig has a better chance of becoming an alcoholic than a superstar? Well, maybe something in-between.

  3. Dodger4life says:

    Nice touch with the new thread, 32and53fan, I like it!

    Ready, Set, Puigoet…

    http://bcr8tive.com/cars/

    • 32and53fan says:

      Thanks D4L. This thread would not be here if not for you. I didn’t even know Puig’s number. I liked your video… Those guys make one big supergroup. That Puigoet is a sweet ride. It is kind of like we imagine Puig. The reality may be more like

      Not quite as fantastic as we dreamed, but still very, very nice.

      • 32and53fan says:

        Just hope the Puigeot is not

      • Dodger4life says:

        That could be the case, 32and53fan. We are about to find out.

        In any event and thank’s to what he has shown up to this point, as far as raw potential… Factored in with the abysmal first 56 games of baseball, shown to us so far… Puig brings a ray of hope.

        The Boy’s blew an opportunity in Colorado to gain some ground on the division rivals. Regardless of who we send out each and every game now… We must take advantage of our opportunities. It isn’t over until you’re eliminated, as this has been proven time and time again!

        I hope everyone has something to prove, not just #66!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    To make room for Puig, CC put on 15 day DL…..also, Quentin not in Padres lineup tonight…Hmmm

  5. This team and organization is a friggin joke. I’ll be interested to see how Puig does, but to expect him to lead this present team to glory, no way.

    There needs to be some wholesale selling at the trade deadline, but Ned needs to be gone so he isn’t the one doing it. Above all, Donnie needs to be gone immediately.

    But those are just pipe dreams because no one in this entire organization knows shit from shinola, except how to con an additional 14-15000 season tickets out of L.A. fans and a few billion dollars from Time-Warner, and let’s see how many of those people re-up next year and bother to pay to watch this mess for the next 5-6 years.

  6. messagebear says:

    One thing about you, enchanted is that you always “calls them as you sees them”.

    I think of myself as kind of plain spoken – I call the whole ownership/ management group a bunch of cocksuckers.

    • Dammit Bear, you, me and Wally need to get together for a beer or three and a no holds barred discussion about the state of the franchise.

      Better invite Kasten too – he needs to hear some of this.

  7. lbirken says:

    Now Crawford joins the DL club and Cappy too? Wow, what the heck is this team eating and drinking! These are mostly players who should be in their baseball prime years, not a bunch of over the hill “PVL’s”. No organization could survive this many injuries to key players, no minor league organization is deep enough for what has happened to the Dodgers.

    However, even before all the injuries, the Dodgers did not play well right from day one. They have not hit well and the defense and base running has been suspect way too much. I realize the players and coaches have worked hard so it has to be frustrating for them as well. As Donnie said the other day, too many players who were supposed to be role, support players have had to play more than expected.

    I don’t think ownership expects fans to wait while the organization rebuilds the minor leagues and player development. A lot of money has been committed in an attempt to stay competitive while the team makes up for so much lost under the McCourt era. All these injuries have certainly put a big damper on this season, at least so far.

    For those who have been calling for Puig, you have your wish. I hope he is up to the challenge. Too bad things have come to this.

  8. grizzy says:

    So now we’ll see what the Cuban kiddo can do. Might as well, the only regular outfielder left isn’t cutting it. And I agree with those of you who don’t expect a dramatic turn around with the arrival of one player, however talented. Too many broken parts.

  9. nedisajerk says:

    The freaking LA (Kings, Lakers now Dodgers) curse.

  10. Hi Everybody.
    I’m here to witness Puig’s debut among other things, like the game,

  11. Well Puig didnt waste any time and the egg and potato man comes through once again.

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…Agon & SVS …homers!

  13. Already 5 HRs for SVS.

  14. messagebear says:

    Scott’s my man!
    He ought to be playing every day – even if we have to sit Andre.
    In fact, let’s trade Andre and get rid of his ass.

  15. I see we got our two runs already. Time for the offense to take the rest of the night off. Their work is done.

  16. Great pickoff by Hernandez.

  17. Fife did a nice job.

  18. Dodger4life says:

    It looks like enchanted’s powers to turn the offense down a notch are radiant tonight, so I will try and use mine to counter this effect!

  19. vl4eccjr says:

    They better score at least a couple more insurance runs here.
    We all know League’s track record. . . .

  20. trublu4ever says:

    i think that’s the first time I’ve seen Uribe bunt!

  21. vl4eccjr says:

    So much for more insurance.
    Okay ladies & germs! It’s time to cross those fingers & toes, and suffer from cramps in the process!!

  22. I’m just following the game on Gameday, but why would Cruz run to third on a grounder to third?

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…thank you Mr.Puig!

  24. And League with a surprise save! [Thanks to Puig.]

  25. vl4eccjr says:

    A very nice debut for Yasiel indeed!

  26. kahliforni says:

    Anybody else think Michael Nesmith is playing left field?

  27. Dodger4life says:

    Woo-Hoo!!

  28. JhallWally says:

    WooHoo, Puig streak!!!! Some nice work by the bullpen as well….

    Still waiting for Ethier to show up……..

    • JhallWally says:

      Guess what Dildon, League sucks….. He was bailed out by a great defensive play…. Dildon, he is not the guy to go to in a close game….

  29. lbirken says:

    Wally, still waiting for the entire organization to show up. It is interesting that the guys on the TV postgame show mentioned that the bullpen is basically the same as last season but with much different results. I think we all cringe when Belisario or League comes into a game.

  30. Dodger4life says:

    Next stop, mile marker #2!!

    A rolling stone gathers no moss….( turning the volume up on the stereo, for today’s ride…)

    Off Puigoet Again…

  31. Dodger4life says:

    You kids have been quiet so far on today’s trip, I think we when we pull over, I’ll get y’all a root beer float!! Hollar, if you see an A&W up ahead…

    • crash24now says:

      We are all still in shock over Yasiel Puig – the man, the myth, the legend, the throw.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I went to high school in the Seattle area, and was talking to an old teammate this morning… He mentioned the Ichiro throw, when I told him about Puig’s rocket last night. I’ve watched highlight’s of both. Ichiro was at a gallop when he threw his strike to third, Puig was standing flat footed and relatively still. That throw last night was highly impressive for sure.

        • 32and53fan says:

          If I was Ethier, I would be getting nervous about now.

          • crash24now says:

            Van Slyke = 4th OF / power off the bench
            Kemp (when healthy) = CF
            Crawford (when healthy) = LF
            Puig = RF
            Ethier – pack your bags.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Problem is…Crawford doesn’t stay healthy…..Matt, who knows what he will do?! he wasn’t exactly tearing it up before he got “injured”! I’d keep them all and rotate them….much better than sticking Schu or Hairston out there!

          • Dodger4life says:

            This is a good topic for conversation, I think Andre should be… (Screech…) Took my eye off the ball there for a second and almost passed up the A&W…

            Sit tight everyone, I see a drive through window… We’re not abandoning the Puigoet, we’ll just idle here for a bit while we press on, ole Mr. Clutch just a tad.

  32. crash24now says:

    Hanley is back; Capuano on the DL.

    Puig RF
    M Ellis 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Van Slyke LF
    Uribe 3B
    Schumaker CF
    Federowicz C
    Lilly P

    • Dodger4life says:

      I for one am glad to see Hanley back in the lineup again, say what you will about his defensive skills, but his bat has been missed immensely… I had a funny feeling Schumaker would get the start in CF today.

  33. lbirken says:

    No hurry to do anything right now about Ethier or anyone else. Andre played better with a chip on his shoulder; I wonder what happened to that chip? I agree that nothing can be assumed about Kemp returning to 2011 levels so for now sit tight and see what happens. If Puig puts up some big numbers and Van Slyke continues to hit for power, the Dodgers will have some decisions to make. But clearly Hairston and Schumaker are not the future for this team and it remains to be seen if Puig or Van Slyke are.

  34. messagebear says:

    I’m just wondering whether there’s much booing for Andre at DS, since that seemed to be a serious problem for Kemp. I’m not advocating booing our own players. I can understand the fans’ frustration to some degree, but unlike Andruw in his day I have to assume that more or less everybody on the squad is trying to do his best. Just wanted to get a report on how the fans are treating Andre in that respect.

  35. 32and53fan says:

    The Throw
    Puig Throw
    Hard to tell if runner was out… tie goes to the guy with the great throw.

    • trublu4ever says:

      On all the replays I’ve seen, and from the MLB Network guys, he was out. Too me, even if he wasn’t, it’s about time something goes our way.

  36. 32and53fan says:

    For your blogging enjoyment, I have made a few changes to OTD.

    I have added a couple of new Twitter feeds from LA Times writers Bill Shaikin and Steve Dilbeck. I also moved the Twitter section further down the page, just above the Dodgers News Feed. This new format is much better and lets you see photos, expand a news story, and has more timely Tweets.

    I have upgraded everybody’s role to Editor, which gives you an Edit link right next to the date on your comment. It makes it easy to go back and fix a typo, change the formatting of your text, and to add a link to a different web page and insert an image, using the img button.

    Let me know if you would like me to add Twitter feeds from other writers. No players please, the existing feeds retweet interesting Tweets from players.

  37. vl4eccjr says:

    Boy Howdy!
    This big shit storm steroid scandal that’s brewing is really gonna shake things up! Looks like a whole bunch of suspensions are coming. A-Rod & Braun could be looking at 100 game suspensions. Braun should have to give up that MVP he got under such false pretenses!

  38. messagebear says:

    They ought to disqualify A-Rod and Braun for life!
    They should also confiscate all of their money, houses, girl friends, and everything else they can think of. After that I’d take them for a helicopter ride and drop them both from about 3000 feet over the Bermuda Triangle – no slap on the wrist from me.

    • messagebear says:

      Come to think of it, if McGuire doesn’t get our guys hitting respectably real soon, I’d have him join A-Rod and Braun.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Ruh Roh !! I just spotted a warning sign that said bear in the road up ahead!!! We’re gonna pull up here for the night…

        Beer, is on me… Help yourself y’all…

  39. Hi Everybody
    Watching the Padre’s feed and antipating another big game.

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Well, isn’t it a dandy way to start game!

  41. Denorfia made up for last night.

  42. trublu4ever says:

    Puig’s fly!

  43. Dodgers still can’t do it 0-3.

  44. nedisajerk says:

    Gonzo and Hanley are a combined 17/20 vs Richard.

  45. vl4eccjr says:

    WTF Lilly?!
    He’s serving up that slow junk right down the middle & they’re lighting him up!

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Lilly is throwing batting practice! I expect the DL for him tomorrow.

  47. Lilly better keep it down.

  48. vl4eccjr says:

    Just caught an update on the PED fiasco.
    They must really have Bosch by the cohones! He’s naming names, and is going to testify. He’s throwing everyone in MLB that’s involed under the bus! I have a feeling this is just scratching the surface. No telling how many players from other sports he’s supplied the juice to just yet. Time will tell. . .

  49. Lilly sucks. Always has. Always will. Why don’t they give Lee or someone else a chance? Typical of a Ned and Donnie run ballclub – keep the old trash, give a kid one or two starts and tell them to go back and learn to be a big leaguer. What I can’t figure out is why Kasten can’t see the forest for the trees.

  50. trublu4ever says:

    Thank-you Fed-Ex!

  51. vl4eccjr says:

    Fed Ex delivers!
    Vin said it! 😉

  52. vl4eccjr says:

    Lilly’s being a spectator is costing runs!
    Even minor league mental midgets know how to back plays up!

  53. We’re number 5!!
    We’re number 5!!
    We’re number 5!!

  54. Lilly looked like he was settling down but now he looks like he just doesn’t have it tonight.

  55. So Uribe is finally hitting this year, and he fields his position well… so why isn’t he the EVERYDAY 3Bman? Nothing Donnie does makes sense.

    I’m sure FedEx will find his ass back on the bench tomorrow too. Why not try playing him 5-6 games a week for a month and see what he can do if he gets in some regular playing time?

  56. vl4eccjr says:

    These damn Puds wouldn’t be running amouk if AJ was behind the plate!

  57. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Kings! They still have a pulse!

  58. trublu4ever says:

    WOW…PUIG!

  59. Dodger4life says:

    Hey Puigoet!!!

    Here Puigoet!!

  60. Shades of Manny Ramirez

  61. vl4eccjr says:

    Welcome back Hanley!

  62. nedisajerk says:

    WTG Puig

  63. vl4eccjr says:

    Damn Belly sorry oh!!!

  64. Is anyone surprised?

  65. lbirken says:

    Lilly, Cappy, Magill; 5 innings of holding your breath on each pitch followed by Belisario and more of the same.

  66. trublu4ever says:

    WOW….PUIG AGAIN!

  67. Dodger4life says:

  68. nedisajerk says:

    Whoaaaaaaaa Puig again.

  69. My guess is they’ll pitch around Manny, I mean Puig from now on.

  70. U N B E L I E V A B L E

  71. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW!!!

  72. lbirken says:

    Anyone know what the over/under was on this game?

  73. Andre needs to be gone at the trade deadline.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      Like I said before. He’s definitely hearing footsteps.
      He’s been such a disappointment this season. He started off so well too.

    • JhallWally says:

      Andre should have been gone at the trade deadline two year ago…… When he had some value…. As I recall, you and I were saying that then…. And taking heat from the Ethierholics….

  74. I think Andre’s already gone.

  75. Here we go to another BIG 9th.

  76. lbirken says:

    Nice play by Hanley.

    It is still only two games for Puig but it will be interesting to see what might happen when Kemp is ready if Puig is still hot. Crawford might still be sidelined so we will just have to see what happens.

    • trublu4ever says:

      That’s why we don’t have to get rid of Andre….CC is fragile and Kemp is not exacty tearing it up!

      • JhallWally says:

        Agreed Tru….. Beside the fact that you couldn’t unload Ethier right now for a washed up over age catcher……. Sorry…..

  77. vl4eccjr says:

    It’s that time again!
    Which League shows up tonight?

  78. nedisajerk says:

    To bad they couldn’t extend the inning for Puig.

  79. crash24now says:

    Is there any question that Puig has a huge future?

  80. What the hell got into League tonight? 1-2-3.

  81. trublu4ever says:

    Nice win!

  82. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice to have some bounces go our way for a change!
    Nice win!

  83. An unbelievable win.but a wonderful win.

  84. lbirken says:

    Thanks to another nifty play by Hanley, League gets a rare 1-2-3 save. Entertaining game.

  85. crash24now says:

    Great start by Mr. Puig!

  86. Dodger4life says:

    I just finished watching both of Puig’s Dinger’s tonight…what is the deal with the dugout dance… it looks like him and Cruz are rowing and swimming… What a fun couple of games!!!

    • lbirken says:

      Not sure but it is rare to see 2 curtain calls by a rookie in only his second game.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I wonder how many people waited until tomorrow to see him play? Thinking? In any event, at least we will get to see Kershaw pitch. Those who did… have missed two outstanding ballgames!

      • koufax1963 says:

        He will be humbled. Can’t keep these numbers up, but it sure is nice to see. He is strong.

        • Dodger4life says:

          He had a great spring and was sent down. He continued his hot streak for a while in AA, before tapering off a bit. Although, I believe he stayed above .300? Then recently picked up the pace again… He was recalled and we all have been witness to the last two nights. He may not keep up this pace, but he very well might hit a respectable .300? More importantly at this brief moment in time… he has injected some life and fun into this team!

  87. Dodger4life says:

  88. kahliforni says:

    Puig is a talent…but let’s not be so eager to say adieu to Ethier. My gut feel is, he will become the player we all admired once a new manager is in place. It’s obvious Donnie and Andre don’t like each other. This manager is not getting the best out of that player, and that to me is an indictment of Mattingly. Witness James Loney. And Crawford doesn’t strike me as a guy who can endure a full season, anyway.

    • Dodger4life says:

      What makes you say that Donnie and Andre don’t like each other kahli? What might I have missed??

    • crash24now says:

      At the rate which this team injures players, we need 80 players for the 40 man roster – 40 healthy and 40 on the DL. So Ethier is bound to see playing time just by filling in for the injured and sick. If that’s not good enough for him, he should start hitting the damn ball. With his OPS at .686, he’s getting dangerously close to the 2012 Loney line of .646.

      • crash24now says:

        Just wanted to highlight Puig’s current OPS = 2.125

        “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.” – Andrew Lang

        • 32and53fan says:

          Sounds like Eric Collins. He pulls out all kinds of boring stats to cover up the fact that he has no clue how to tell an interesting story on the air.

    • JhallWally says:

      Damn good points Kahli….. I totally agree….

      Fire Ned….. Fire Dildon…..

    • Dodger4life says:

      Kahli it wasn’t my intention to disagree with your statement, I simply haven’t heard anything about them having a dislike for each other is all. I think Andre will rebound before the trade deadline, but I also think if we don’t make the play-offs he stands a good chance of being shipped out. Loney and Andre have a couple things in common it would seem to me. That is trying to find your groove while the trade speculation is in an abundance. I understand your reasoning behind wanting Donnie dismissed as the skipper of this ball club. I also agree with several of those reasons. But it has always been my feeling that Ned is the one that makes these players feel insecure with their surroundings. He is the one who will punch their ticket somewhere else! Anyhow, like I said, I didn’t mean any disrespect… and who know’s? They may not be all that comfy with each other after all?

      • kahliforni says:

        Dodger4life, I thought you were just jamming me for fun. Donnie threw Ethier under the bus (ie, whined to the media boys) about not playing hard and gritty and with purpose. Ethier took exception to those public remarks and has been in and out of the line-up, and when he’s in, bats behind such stalwarts as Ramon Hernandez and Jerry Haiston, Jr., you know, the kind of hitters you want to make sure get that extra at-bat come the last inning or two……

        • Dodger4life says:

          I never did understand Donnie’s usage of a lineup, whether it is the batting order, or whom play’s where and on what day?

          I didn’t make to much of what was said to the media, I thought Mattingly was side stepping questions and we all know how Andre love’s the limelight when things aren’t going well. I just filed it in the… we have a job to do, let’s go do it category… It may have some bite to it? Either’s slump especially in clutch situations is mystifying… Maybe McGwire and him have been tinkering and things haven’t began to click yet? It will be interesting to see what is said in the future about Donnie though.

          I wasn’t jamming you for fun, just tired. I was trying to stay awake long enough to hear all of Dodgertalk, being as I am an hour ahead of y’all. I always put value in everything everyone say’s on here.

        • trublu4ever says:

          I, for one, would like to throw Mattingly under the bus!

  89. grizzy says:

    Got any more Cubans out there?

  90. JhallWally says:

    WOW!!!!!

    And Frank cut the money from the international market…. What an idiot….

  91. trublu4ever says:

    Another one might bite the dust…GrrrRear, after being hit on hand by pitch last night, could be headed to the DL 😉

  92. messagebear says:

    GrrrRear would be no great loss – just bring Guerra back. I also don’t miss Crawford, although he’s been better than I expected. I don’t expect Becket back, and that’s no loss either. I like Punto OK as a utility player. I know that Gonzo has been good, but I still don’t like him and probably never will – he’s been too many things other than a Dodger. I’d rather have Van Slyke playing first base.

    Oh, and I’ll never accept Donnie or Ned, no matter if we even win the World Series. They ought to be taken for that helicopter ride that I recommended for A-Rod and Braun, although I wouldn’t want to confiscate any of their girl friends, if they have any.

  93. Dodger4life says:

    If you click on the Dodgers Twitter feed and scroll through it (located above and right ) they have video of Puig and Ryu doing the dugout dance… Cruz is also doing the same dance with Ryu (They appear to be rowing, and swimming). Uribe and Ryu have created their own little thing as well (I am not sure what this one is called but resembles “London Bridges Falling Down” to me).

  94. 32and53fan says:

    So far, Brute 66 has been amazing. Will he have another multi-hit game tonight?
    I wonder how he will do when opposing pitchers make adjustments and stop giving him good pitches to hit? Puig seems to have a good eye, but hasn’t taken a lot of walks, as far as I know. Whatever, he has provided a much needed infusion of energy and excitement to the Dodgers and us fans.

  95. I’ll be looking for another Puig and a poke tonight.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Donnie will probably give him the night off…to rest 😉

      • messagebear says:

        Don’t forget that Puig also has options. That’s very important for Ned, because guys with options always wind up back in the minors whenever convenient.

    • Puig’s the only exciting thing this team has going for it, and is one of only three players even worth watching (Kersh and Ryu being the others.)

      Its obvious too that Dre either doesn’t want to play here anymore or has so far deteriorated in skills that he isn’t worth the powder to blow him to hell. I don’t see any reason therefore not to bring up Pederson and see what he can do. Might as well find out about the young guys in a year where you have no chance of making the playoffs so that you can evaluate and know what you’ve got (or don’t have) going forward.

      I’d bring up Zach Lee also. He can’t possibly be any worse than Lilly and maybe bring even more energy to a team that looks like its on life support 99.9% of the time.

  96. messagebear says:

    Best case scenario, we’d get the proof on Van Slyke, Puig, Pederson, and Lee. If three of them work out on the major league level, we could have an exciting team in spite of all the disabilities and the usual deadwood PVL’s. Pity where all of our minor league teams would finish, however – I can’t really think of more than a couple of other guys that are worth the name of “prospect” in the whole farm system. That’s where the ownership needs to spend some money instead of trading for more big contracts of future deadwood.

  97. crash24now says:

    Puig Lineup – Game Three

    Puig RF
    Schumaker 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Ethier CF
    Van Slyke LF
    Uribe 3B
    Federowicz C
    Kershaw P

    Other than the ol’ lefty/righty thing, I don’t see why Van Slyke is behind Ethier. I hope to see some production from Hanley to go along with “The Puig Show”.

  98. trublu4ever says:

    Just curious….when is Matt’s 15 day DL over?

  99. Have to get that run back.

  100. crash24now says:

    Nice throw by Ethier.

  101. trublu4ever says:

    Atta boy…nail his ass, Dre!

  102. Dodger4life says:

    We are only one, Puig swing away from tying this thing up!

  103. crash24now says:

    Well, now we need two runs back, plus some.

  104. Clayton’s not too sharp.

  105. crash24now says:

    Elbert not coming back this year, he needs TJ surgery.

  106. Attention Everybody: Jason Marquis is pitching a NO-Hitter.

  107. lbirken says:

    Remember when after a strikeout for third out the catcher rolled the ball back to the mound? Does anyone do that anymore?

  108. Dodger4life says:

    I had to run out and get supper, it took me two blocks to catch up with the ice cream truck… What did I miss?

  109. vl4eccjr says:

    So typical having an offensive drought after having a high scoring last game. . ;-(

    • 32and53fan says:

      The guys took Puig aside and told him to cool it… He is making them look bad. They are making millions on a guaranteed contract, whether they produce or not. 😉

  110. trublu4ever says:

    F**king little league now! …even Vinny is pissed!

  111. lbirken says:

    Wow, what a brutal run down play. No excuse for that. For whatever reason, Kershaw did not run directly at the runner and he then let the runner go toward third. I think both Uribe and Hanley were out of position.

  112. Kershaw struggling put on a classic show.

  113. Dodger4life says:

  114. vl4eccjr says:

    Kersh still with a solid outing. Didn’t have his best stuff, but it’s not his fault his offense is anemic, and his defense sucks!

  115. lbirken says:

    Puig looks human tonight. Send his ass back down! We already have too many humans on this team.

  116. trublu4ever says:

    There goes the no-no!

  117. lbirken says:

    Dodger hitters just cannot lay off the low pitch tonight.

  118. trublu4ever says:

    SVS…outta here!

  119. SVS is like SOS at the moment.

  120. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Scott!

  121. vl4eccjr says:

    Okay! Which Beli shows up tonight?

  122. vl4eccjr says:

    Paco to the rescue!

  123. Paco had a another good outting.

  124. I was surprised that Paco came back out to pitch the ninth.

  125. Dodger4life says:

    Boy! Ned has really painted himself into a corner with this League being the closer thing… hasn’t he!

      • Dodger4life says:

        Paco, didn’t do much in the role tonight, I doubt he gets another shot too soon. Kenley has closer stuff but then you have to trust League to get him into that position. Ned signed League to a three year contract, for the role as closer and so far he has been skeptical at best. Elbert is out for the season and I don’t think we have anyone in the minors that can step in either.

  126. trublu4ever says:

    Bullpen goes KABOOM!

  127. vl4eccjr says:

    We need divine intervention here!

  128. vl4eccjr says:

    So much for a sweep!

  129. Bury us Oh,// I mean bring on the Braves.

  130. Sure hit the ground with a thud tonight. But we still took the series. I’ve almost reached the point where all I will do is just root for the players and not even think about where the team resides in the standings. Good night all!

  131. Dodger4life says:

    Two out of three, is an improvement. We pick up a game on the Padres and take the series at home. Sure losing a game like this with Kershaw on the mound is a bitter pill to swallow, especially after the dismal first third of the season.

    Regroup, and come out fighting tomorrow.

  132. crash24now says:

    Puig’s BA/OBP/SLG is down to .417/.417/1.000 with an OPS of 1.417 – what is his problem? And still no stolen bases? What happened to Superman? All we got tonight was Clark Kent. Good thing he still has options. Send him down and bring up Pederson. 🙂

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