The Cuban Missile and Crew take Aim at Atlanta

There have been a lot of subjects coming under fire lately in Los Angeles. None more so than Don Mattingly, as he tries to reload his troops and fortify the hallowed ground he has sworn to defend.

With Matt Kemp still on the DL after struggling to find his MVP form in the first third of the 2013 season.

The Dodgers have turned to the relatively unknown rookie Yasiel Puig, as a means of reloading the arsenal needed to capture valuable ground lost in the N.L. West. And what an arsenal he has displayed in his short visit to the Ravine.

Currently displaying a robust offensive line with a .417 BA – .417 OBP – .1000 SLG – 1.417 OPS. In the mere three days since being recalled by the Dodgers, he has rejuvenated and energized the offense with 5 Hits and 5 RBI’s, 1 Double, 2 HR, scoring 2 Runs, while striking out twice, in 12 at bats. He has been aptly named the Cuban Missile.

Displaying equal fire-power from his powerful right arm, as he threw out a Padre runner, whom was trying to keep from getting doubled up at first, on a deep fly ball to the wall. Puig managed to launch a missile to Gonzalez, while standing flat footed at the warning track to end a close, first game of the series.

He has hit the ground running so to speak and one can only hope there are a few smiling faces willing to follow in his footsteps.

As they set out to secure the hilltop fort, in a 4 game series against the N.L. East leading Atlanta Braves.

It should be a fun week folk’s, so crack ya’ some peanuts, grab ya’ a cold one and join in on the battle cry!!

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69 Responses to The Cuban Missile and Crew take Aim at Atlanta

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Good job, dodger4life!

    • Dodger4life says:

      Thank’s Tru, I was just tinkering a bit last night and thought I might try and keep the good vibes going a little while longer.

      If it wasn’t for Puig, the heading may have been different and shown Custer (Mattingly and the Boy’s, riding into Little Big Horn)!

    • JhallWally says:

      Nice job D4L!!!

  2. And so ends the feel good era of Yasiel Puig.

    Pretty damn sad when you’re playing the Puds (no juggernaut themselves) with your best pitcher out there and a couple of energetic wins under your belt, then lay yet another turd out on the field. This team will be damn fortunate to even take a game from the Braves.

    This hapless bunch will never get on a roll to even get close to being back at .500. Its impossible when you can’t ever score for your best pitcher, and every other day you’re starting a Fife or a Lilly or a Cupaguano or a Magill. And I don’t even want to mention the bullpen. The biggest factor though is you still have Donnie Dumbball managing worse than Clueless Joe and as I’ve said before, there’s no W in Mattingly.

    • messagebear says:

      And there’s no W in Ned or Colletti, or any number of other middle names that he might have – just like there’s no W in Asshole.

  3. messagebear says:

    Considering the quality team that the Braves are, plus the fact that we’ve expended Kershaw so he’s not available for this series, I’d think a break even of 2-2 vs. the Braves would be a good result. In order to do that we’d have to score more runs than we’re used to in the past month. Hanley will have to contribute, and Puig and Van Slyke will have to do the part that we now expect of them. It would be a real plus if Andre could get on a streak, and I think at some point he will.

    I don’t really expect Matt to produce much this entire season, and it could be that he should have been held out from playing completely until his shoulder was FULLY recovered, but then this management has never been able to enforce anything that the players didn’t agree with. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Greinke isn’t back to form until the last month or two of the season. These guys always think that it’s better for them to play at 60 or 70% of their capabilities rather than let somebody else do it with their full capability. That’s management too, and it may be hurting the less than FULLY healed guys in the long run, but then I’m a pretty conservative guy when it comes to those decisions – although I’m probably as well qualified medically as the Conte team.

  4. If it weren’t for Puig to provide some hope this would be a disasterousi mismatch taking on maybe the best team in baseball, the Atlnanta Braves.

    • messagebear says:

      Isn’t it a little puzzling how the Braves manage to contend practically every year. They’re not a large market team with huge cable income; I don’t recall them contending for free agent talent with the so-called big players; their ownership and management people are not flamboyant or even recognized on a national scale. Year in and year out they manage to do it somehow.

      • JhallWally says:

        Exactly Bear…. The Cardinals are doing it too. The old Dodger way….

      • A lot of that was Kasten’s doing during the 90s. What I can’t figure is that it appears he’s totally forsaken that philosophy and has embraced the Yankee way (except that Ned’s no Cashman making the player moves.)

        Thing is, and unfortunately I’ve been saying this for the last 6 years, I’d be willing to accept a crappy team for 3-4-5 years if they’d just come out and say we have to rebuild from the ground up and we’re going to struggle for awhile, but coming out the other side we’re going to have a ballclub that you can take pride in for years to come.

        But you can’t rebuild when you have two of the most stubborn, stupid, talentless and PVL lovin’ people on the planet running the show.

      • kahliforni says:

        Kasten admitted that the “mega-star” approach is short term, just to field a competitive team and keep fan interest. As far as International development (another area of dire need targeted by Kasten) no Dodger fan can complain about the free agent signings of Puig and Ryu. And I do feel he’s slowly but surely, fixing the farm. Amazing what a few short years of McCheap can destroy. So sit tight, enjoy the mediocrity, hopefully get Donnie’s and Ned’s dismissal speeches in order, and maybe, just maybe, the Dodgers can win another championship before all us old farts are in the grave.

  5. Dodger4life says:

    Taking the mound in tonight’s game at Dodger Stadium (7:10 PM PT)

    Tim Hudson

    Hudson has started 12 games so far for the Braves, throwing (69.1) innings, amassing a (W – L) record of (4-4) with an ERA of (4.80). Hudson has given up (8 HR), has issued (18 ) walks, all while striking out (49) to this point. Hudson threw (7 1/3) innings of shut out baseball against the Nationals in his last outing, so as usual, we should expect to see some challenging at bats for the Dodgers tonight. ( I am sure crash or someone can give you the rundown on the splits?)

    Zack Greinke

    Greinke recently returned from the DL where he was recouping from as I am sure we all know by now, left collarbone surgery. He rejoined the team a bit earlier than expected and has struggled since, failing to get past the 6th inning. Greinke’s numbers look like this, he has started (6) games so far this season, amassing a (W-L) record of (0-0) with an ERA identical to Hudson’s, (4.80). Greinke has issued a total of (18) runs, (16) earned on (40) Hits, while giving up (2) HR, allowing one walk and as we all know plunking (1) Carlos Quentin, which ensued in derailing his fast start to the season, landing him on the above mentioned DL. With the rejuvenation of attitude and energy we’ve witnessed in the Padres series, and I see no reason not to expect at least some of that in the second meeting between these two teams. The Dodgers should look forward to welcoming a resurgence of the early pitching prowess shown by Zack Greinke.

    Go Get Em’!! (#21)

  6. Jason Ungar says:

    Wake me up when Ned is gone.

  7. trublu4ever says:

    Knew it! Guess who’s got a pain in his neck? Yep, the one and only Lilly! Also, CC expected to miss at least 15+ days.

  8. 32and53fan says:

    Dodgers pick is Chris Anderson, RHP

  9. Dodger4life says:

    No crackin’ peanut’s tonight for this kid, I have some grilled pork chops, a grilled onion blossom, some homemade mac and cheese and of course, I have a few suds to wash it all down with. I have enjoyed the topic of conversation today, between bouncing in and out.

    32&53fan: I peaked at that link you put up. He looks like a big strong kid.
    .
    Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!

    P.S. It is good to see Ungar back on here, I know he has been busy, but maybe he’ll find time to put in his thought’s, he always has something interesting to add.

  10. Hi Everybody
    Ready for a break from the Draft?

  11. Dodger4life says:

    In Play No Out… Scott Van Slyke lead-off single!

  12. Dodger4life says:

    In Play No Out… Andre Eithier doubles, men on second and third, 0 out’s!

  13. Dodger4life says:

    We plated one run. Come on Greinke!!

  14. Well 1 is better than nothing.

  15. Dodger4life says:

  16. Dodger4life says:

    How many pitches did Hudson throw that inning? Atlanta is making Greinke work for out’s.

  17. crash24now says:

    Nice double play 1-4

  18. crash24now says:

    What happened to Hanley and Mark Ellis?

    Hanley – a scheduled day off.

    Mark Ellis- nursing another injury (groin) – why is he not on the DL?

  19. crash24now says:

    Nice double by Dre tonight – he’s starting to come back around. And nice throw by him the other night to get the double play.

  20. I didn’t even miss them.

  21. Good to see Greinke with a strong outing.

  22. I can’t ever remember seeing anything like that 8-6-4 DP.

  23. crash24now says:

    Bottom of the order getting a rally going, we need an insurance run! Lets go, Dodgers!

  24. crash24now says:

    Bases jammed for Mr. Puig!!!!!!!! Let’s go Puig!

  25. crash24now says:

    Oh My! Mr. Puig has done it again! Grand Slam!!!!!!

  26. JhallWally says:

    Holy Cow!!! Wow!!!!

  27. I just have trouble believing these things.

  28. crash24now says:

    He’s the real deal.

  29. trublu4ever says:

    FANTASTIC!

    • JhallWally says:

      Can the bullpen hold a five run lead now that we have used Jansen? Alot better chance than a one run lead. Especially with League on the hill..

  30. crash24now says:

    I can’t believe he’s done all this in just four games. Vinny said the word has gotten out about his arm and people won’t run against him.

    I’m still waiting for his first stolen base, but that will come in its own time.

  31. vl4eccjr says:

    Unbelievable!

  32. crash24now says:

    Cuban Missile launched into the right field bleachers! All you can eat!

  33. Dodger4life says:

    PUIG!!

  34. trublu4ever says:

    Wow!

  35. We got a ballplayer there.

  36. Dodger4life says:

    Mile Marker #3

  37. PuigLover aka MartinLoneyKemp says:

    I love Yasiel Puig!!

  38. crash24now says:

    The Power of the Puig:

    WIth one blow of the bat, in a single action, takes the Dodgers from a 1-0 lead with everyone uncomfortable about the aspect of whether League can finish the game with a save – to a 5-0 lead that is large enough to enable all to feel (well, almost) comfortable about handing the ball to GrrrRear, even with a bum thumb.

    The Legend of the Puig continues to grow……..

  39. 32and53fan says:

    It is so great to have a Dodger that can crush the ball. 3 Home Runs and 9 RBIs in 4 games. Great throws to prevent runners from advancing. Enjoy it while you can before he comes back to Earth.
    #66 on 6/6 – First Grand Slam for Puig

    Puig gets a shower
    Courtesy of MLB.com

  40. lbirken says:

    What a game tonight and lucky for me, I was there. It certainly seemed Hudson outpitched Greinke tonight and I was surprised Greinke lasted as long as he did because of a high pitch count. But he made some great pitches when he had to and I thought the Dodgers would be fortunate to get a 1-0 win. When Puig came up in the 8th inning with the bases loaded you could just feel the excitement, energy and anticipation in the stadium. All I can say is wow! Another curtain call for a guy who just finished his 4th game. He is an exciting addition to this team and we can only hope the excitement continues.

  41. crash24now says:

    Puig’s line after the GS: .438/.438/1.063/1.500

    OPS of 1.500. I think he can stay up in the bigs for a little while.

  42. grizzy says:

    With Puig getting so much attention, and the spot light being off the other players, they will relax and start playing up to their pay scale. One outfielder in particular. Hard to say what goes on in the dugout, but that’s what I’m hoping.

  43. 32and53fan says:

    Hanley is not starting tonight… Hmmmm?

    • 32and53fan says:

      Ken Gurney:
      Hanley Ramirez has tightness in the same hamstring that put him on the disabled list

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