66 on June 6th

What a game!!

Are we ready to do it again?

93 Responses to 66 on June 6th

  1. messagebear says:

    I hate to say this (well, not really), but I want Kemp and CC to stay away – at least until they’re both able to play at 100%, which in Kemp’s case means with all of his expected power. I don’t want those guys messing with the chemistry that our club has generated over the past week.

  2. Dodger4life says:

    On the treasured Dodger Stadium mound for tonight’s matchup:
    (7:10 PM PT) – Free Game of the Day @ MLB.com

    Paul Maholm – Braves – W-L (7-4) ERA (3.68)

    Maholm tries to get his eighth win tonight against the Dodgers, in what will be the second game of the (4) game set. He has thrown (73.1) innings, in 12 games, giving up (34) runs, (30) of those earned, while allowing (6) of his pitches to leave the yard and can be a bit erratic, as he has hit (6) batters and issued (21) walk’s, (1) intentional.

    The last time out Maholm secured the win while going (6) innings, allowing (3) runs, on (5) hit’s. He also, was able to take advantage of the Dodgers in they’re last meeting back in Atlanta, allowing (2) runs, in (6) innings as well.

    Hyun-Jin Ryu – Dodgers – W-L (6-2) ERA (2.89)

    If there is one thing (okay two), going well for the Dodgers these day’s. It is that they have been scoring runs when Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound (possibly, because Hyun-Jin usually chips in with his own bat). Posting an offensive line of .250/280/333/.613

    Ryu, who missed his last start due to a foot injury, suffered the last time he took the hill, looks to continue his strong pitching and wrap up his seventh win as well. He has thrown (71.2) innings so far, giving up (59) hit’s, (25) runs, (23) of those earned. He has issued a paltry 22 walks, none intentional.

    Ryu isn’t a guy who will overpower you all day, but will pound the strike zone, changing speeds and mixing up his pitches. Ryu holds an ERA of (1.57) when pitching at home.

    I used an online translator and typed in

    Let’s Go Ryu

    This is what came back

    류현진 이동 중에도 즐길 수 있습니다.

    I then reversed the process and this came up

    Ryu Hyun-Jin and enjoy on the go.

    Let’s hope he doesn’t go anywhere, but does enjoy the game… And since the translator brought up the subject of enjoyment. Let’s all enjoy the game as well.

    Go Ryu! Go Dodgers!

  3. trublu4ever says:

    Looking forward to seeing Babe RYUth tonight…..GO DODGERS!

    • 32and53fan says:

      Let’s hope that Babe RYUth, Brute 66, The Cuban Missile, or whatever nickname he is called keeps mashing the ball and intimidating base runners. Go Dodgers!

  4. I have to ask the question:

    In the end, what will win out – the energy Puig brings to the team, or will Donnie’s lack of motivation and enthusiasm bring down Puig like it appears it did to the rest of the team?

    • Dodger4life says:

      I don’t know if this all to fair of a question? Mattingly is laid back, but isn’t possible he just let the above replacement players, be themselves. Resulting in them having lack of motivation and enthusiasm. Puig has been being himself, since he arrived from Cuba. Will the rest of the team follow in his footsteps and use the momentum to step up their game. I would be all for that, yes!
      I do understand and agree the coach is a leader. So the job of getting your team in position to win ball games, falls in his lap.

  5. crash24now says:

    Puig is too strong to be brought down by The Man. I’m looking forward to Hanley adding to the offensive production tonight.

  6. lbirken says:

    Enchanted, interesting question but it appears to be a bit loaded. It is not reasonable to expect Puig to continue this pace. So if he does not, will that be because something Donnie did (or did not do) is the reason? And if he does and the team improves, will that be because of anything Donnie did (or did not do)? How will we know?

    • JhallWally says:

      Puig will not continue on this torrid of a pace. No one can or ever could. Enjoy it while it lasts. Major league pitchers will soon figure out his weaknesses. Then he will have to make adjustments. He has definately added a much needed injection of energy and enthusiasm to a team that was/is desperately lacking it for whatever reason…..

    • Posed it maybe the wrong way. Don’t mean to imply Puig will keep this pace up, no one can. But there are a lot of very good ballplayers on this team that are playing to their manager’s banal personality. Puig appears to have that Manny aura about him. Therefore my question is, will Puig bring up the rest of the team and put some life back into this bunch over the rest of the season, or will he eventually succumb to Donnie Dumbball and be like the rest of what has been to this point, a totally heartless mess?

  7. lbirken says:

    Still think it is a loaded question. We all hoped Larry Bowa would be a positive influence when he was a coach and the he could stimulate players. How did that work out for the Dodgers? How many fans believe the players should not really need motivation to play hard? Not everyone has Lasorda’s gift of giving players the confidence to basically overachieve by filling them with so much B.S. they started to believe.

    With all this being said, I still would agree that a manager can certainly set a tone. And I will agree that it is possible a player can impart his personality on a team, both in a positive and negative way. This is where a manager’s ability to deal with different personalities will be exposed. Still, is it not reasonable to expect players, especially those with a few years experience at the major league level, to have some sort of self motivation to get the job done?

  8. messagebear says:

    Essentially the times and attitudes have changed since Tommy’s day – just look at what has happened to the players’ contracts that can make one complacent once you have yours in place.

    Rather than debate what Donnie can or can’t do, I prefer to live my life simply. I have made up my mind over the last couple of years that Ned and Donnie are a couple of worthless assholes, and I just want the assholes OFF THE TEAM.

  9. kahliforni says:

    As stud as Puig has been, we all knew he was the real deal. A much more bizarre questions is whether Van Slyke is the real deal…or just a shooting star, destined to burn out. If so, where do you play him? He’s not a championship-caliber outfielder, and Gonzales is entrenched at first. That leaves third base…I wonder if he’s ever played there?

  10. Dodger4life says:

    If the team is successful at climbing back into the N.L. West or Wild Card race and makes post season play. ( And it is still to early to say whether they will or will not?)

    Will this become a satisfactory season?? Will this make people, not just us here on this blog, feel more at ease with management, both in the dugout and up above in the offices??

    If not?

    Will winning the N.L. Pennant?

    If not?

    Will winning the whole darn thing??

    If not?

    What will?

    • messagebear says:

      I think you know my answer – the only successful season will be when Ned and Donnie are GONE!
      Beacause… that would be the beginning of many good seasons.

  11. lbirken says:

    I get it that some of you want Donnie, Ned, Conte, etc. gone and have made that clear long before the troubles that have befallen the team this season. Fans have been debating these sorts of things long before any of us saw our first game and at times it is good, clean fun.

    Regardless of who manages this team in the future, it is the future of this organization that should concern us. From what I have read, current ownership has pretty much admitted it was willing to spend a lot of money in an attempt to put a competitive, winning team on the field to satisfy the fans now. The organization needed fans to buy tickets and all the other stuff and reverse the declining attendance from the McCourt fiasco. At the same time, we have been told the organization intends to put a lot of money back into scouting and player development in general and specifically at the international level. Remember, the Dodgers have never, ever publically asked fans to “be patient” as the team rebuilds, similar to what Padre fans and fans of some organizations have been told numerous times. We all remember when the Dodgers did a pretty good job developing players. Hopefully those days will return but clearly it will take some time for this to happen.

    It still is highly disappointing that this current team has struggled so much considering the talent. Certainly the injuries are a big part of the problem. I agree with others that it makes no sense to rush any player back into the lineup until that player is 100% but I am not sure anyone really knows until the player tries to play all out on a regular basis.

  12. messagebear says:

    I can’t disagree that the reasonable course is to trust the new ownership in their endeavor to create a long range competitive team, and I can see the Boston trade, Hanley acqusition, signing Puig and Greinke as the first installment of that promise. I can’t ascribe much trust to the new ownership, however, because at the same time they have chosen to include McCourt in their long term dealings and have steadfastly refused to disclose any of the details of that deal. Maybe the LA Times will let us know just how the whole thing plays out.

    I would not be surprised if the Guggenheims and McCourt connived behind the scenes of the bankruptcy proceedings to swing the auction their way rather than having a real fiscal competition for the franchise. They admittedly overbid and deliberately outbid anyone else by a large margin, and that was a business move, which I can understand. BUT, there is too much of McCourt still left in the whole deal to suit my taste, and I don’t really trust the Wall Street types to preserve the best long term interest in a sports franchise, especially one in which I have a vested interest as a fan. Selig and the whole MLB organization were just a bunch of patsies once the bankruptcy was filed – they should have pulled the franchise from McCourt as soon as he filed bankruptcy, as MLB agreements provide. That certainly would have set up a huge legal battle, and that’s what McCourt understands, but I still say that MLB folded on that issue and thereby gave the ownership to the Guggenheims just as much as Selig gave it to McCourt ill-advisedly in the first place. So, it will take me some time to develop any degree of trust for the current ownership. I wouldn’t even be surprised from a strictly business standpoint if the current owners milk the cable deal money and the surrounding real estate from the franchise, and, having set the precedent, put the franchise back in bankruptcy at some future date and their business convenience.

    Just my skeptical opinion and fear to ponder.

    • lbirken says:

      Bear, I too have mixed feelings about Guggenheim and share your concern about how the deal came to be and the McCourt connection. I have had issues from the very beginning when Magic chastised the reporter who dared to ask about the McCourt connection and then pretty much lied about that connection in the next breath when we were introduced to the new owners. Clearly Guggenheim overbid for the Dodgers but knew what it was doing. Perhaps it had no choice but to include McCourt but the unwillingness to address this relationship leads to a lot of speculation. What do they have to hide?

      It is highly ironic that Jamie McCourt’s dissatisfaction with her $131 million settlement after the fact could lead us to know the details of McCourt’s involvement. I understand Guggenheim does not want to divulge its business strategy but I also believe Dodger fans have a right to know why Guggenheim has a deal with McCourt and the details of that deal.

  13. Dodger4life says:

    What is a discussion amongst friends without beer.

    Once again, help yourself… tru, just out of the picture here, is a pitcher of margarita’s…Viva Dodgers, Viva Puig!

  14. crash24now says:

    So much for Hanley’s offensive production. Hanley has tightness in the same hamstring that put him on the DL. Is Centinela still the hospital of choice for the Dodgers? How many are there today?

    Lineup for tonight

    Puig RF
    Ellis 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Van Slyke LF
    Hairston 3B
    Ethier CF
    Hernandez C
    Cruz SS
    Ryu P

    I guess Hairston could help Puig tonight. Hairston has three homers against Maholm in 20 at bats.

  15. PuigLover aka MartinLoneyKemp says:


  16. Hi Everybody
    I hope the Dodgers have learned something from Puig.

  17. Dodger4life says:

    They just showed them rolling the ball back to the mound, just thought lbirken would want to know.

  18. trublu4ever says:


  19. crash24now says:

    Ramona is so damn slow.

  20. Emmm 25-3 when they score first.

  21. crash24now says:

    This offense has stalled out again. Let’s get a rally going.

  22. messagebear says:

    Geez, if we have to have an occasional catcher, can’t Ned at least get someone who strikes out as compared to hitting into double plays?

  23. crash24now says:

    Thanks for nothing, Ramona. Two rally-killing GIDPs.

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Puigs do fly!

  25. crash24now says:


  26. They have Ethier’s number, they know how to get him out so he needs to adjust. I think he should stop shaving for a while, I think he hits better unshaven.

  27. Another outstanding outing by Ryu.

  28. Wasn’t it Gattis that hurt us a few weeks ago?

  29. trublu4ever says:

    Mattingly is going to f*ck this up again…you wait and see!

  30. lbirken says:

    And so it starts with Puig: intentional walk. Will this be a trend?

  31. crash24now says:

    The Cuban Missile has been neutralized. His first intentional walk.

  32. I guess they’ll leave Kenley in there.

  33. Dodger4life says:

  34. crash24now says:

    Ramona now clogging the basepaths.

  35. crash24now says:

    Ramona station-to-station, but we’ve got a chance.

  36. trublu4ever says:


  37. WE WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. crash24now says:

    That was an intentional wild pitch, to take the bat away from Puig, to keep him from getting the walk-off hit.

  39. Dodger4life says:

    Mile Marker #4

  40. crash24now says:

    Puig stats after five games: BA/OBP/SLG/OPS = .421/.450/1.105/1.555

  41. 32and53fan says:

    It is nice when the ball bounces your way once in a while. A WP is not as sexy as a HR but I’ll take it.

  42. lbirken says:

    A win is a win. Was anyone worried someone might get hurt in the dog pile after the winning run scored?

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Dodger Stadium will now be known as The Bay of Puigs 😉

  44. Dodger4life says:

    Yasiel Puig

    Any questions??

  45. crash24now says:

    Once upon a time, the Dodgers were 54-54 on July 31st, and yet just 2 games out of first place. A new Dodger joined the team the next day, and hit four homers in his first six games. He led the Dodgers into the NLCS, but lost. His name? Manny Ramirez.

    Once upon a time, the Dodgers were 23-32 on June 2nd, in last place, and 8.5 games out of first place. A new Dodger joined the team the next day, and hit four homers in his first five games. His name? Yasiel Puig.

  46. Dodger4life says:

    New post!

  47. After 60 games according to my notes since 2005:
    2005 32-28, 2006 33-27, ’07 34-26, ’08 28-32, ’09 40-20. ’10 36-24, ’11 28-32, ’12 38-22 and ’13 27-33.
    Of course it’s no surprise since we all know that this year we’re off to slow start.

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