Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

The Zack attack is up 1st against the Cubs

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177 Responses to Feeling Blue

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Wishing our guys a good game and win tonight…..GO DODGERS!

  2. Hi Everybody
    I like to see the Dodgers get started tonight right off the bat.

  3. enchantedbeaver says:

    Donnie’s constant shuffling of the line-up appears to have taken its toll – they can’t even hit Arrieta now.

    • vl4eccjr says:

      With Donnie being a Hoosier, I’m sure he’s heard “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” before. Maybe it went in one ear & out the other.

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Zack can hit….yay!

  5. Looks like Dodger pitchers are good at knocking in the first run.

  6. nedisajerk says:

    I want Grienke up on PH situation and bat 8th like what LaRussa used to do with his SP’s.

    • lbirken says:

      I do find it interesting that in a business that typically follows trends, as I believe all sports do, the idea of hitting the pitcher 8th in certain situations has not been tried more often.

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Nice AB by Dre.

  8. Sac fly for CC, scores the Little Pony.

  9. The Snakes beat the Fiars so this is a must win for the Bums.

  10. enchantedbeaver says:

    Think they sign Nolasco before he goes FA? That would bring back 4 of the starters and leave one spot open to Beckett, Lee or some poor schmuck that Ned has a thing for.

  11. Nice 14th HR by Hanley.

  12. kahliforni says:

    Don’t forget Barbara Billingsley…

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Kinda figured he’s not available until June by the time he rehabs. I really haven’t checked the FA market for starters this off season. There’s several millions coming off the books though, not that that means anything.

      • kahliforni says:

        How could Beckett, a former #1, be any worse than Capuano when he returns? I like Beckett…always have. If he’s healthy, he’s a force. But like you said, Ned is capable of any bad signing, if indeed, Kasten really gives him carte blanche to create whatever nightmares he so desires. Funny. The team goes 42-8 and suddenly Ned and Donnie are golden children.

  13. vl4eccjr says:

    That 54 mph curve from Villanueva to Hanley was called an ‘Eephus’ on the gameday. WTF? Is that Greek?
    I’m still scratching my head. . .

  14. vl4eccjr says:

    BLAST OFF!!!

  15. Believe it or not I knew Puig would hit one.

  16. I’m glad Don left him in.

  17. vl4eccjr says:

    Aw crapola!!

  18. trublu4ever says:

    Good job boys!

  19. lbirken says:

    If nothing else it gave Donnie a chance go use Wilson and give the fans a thrill.

  20. Well we maintained the lead.

  21. crash24now says:

    Greinke is giving Puig and Hanley a run for their money – batting averages:

    Puig .346
    Greinke .340
    Hanley .338

    I just love the way our top 3 pitchers swing the bat – Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu. Somehow, this is going to be big in the playoffs.

  22. grizzy says:

    I think the series with the Red Sox came at a good time. I wondered how good we’d come off with the back end of the rotation, and it wasn’t very good when we got to Capuano’s spot. I do not see him getting a start in the playoffs, maybe not even a place on the roster. With Kershaw and Greinke pitching things would be different, but the lack of runs is a big concern, so I’m hoping Kemp makes it back and knocks the rust off before the end of Sept. I agree with Mattingly in that Boston showed our guys how it’s done and there is something to be learned from that series.

  23. kahliforni says:

    When you see what happened to Matt Harvey…and then fast-forward to Kershaw and Grienke…you realize just how fleeting a “window of opportunity” is in sports. I hope Donnie Baseball is up to the challenge this Fall. I’m still very uneasy with him holding the car keys.

  24. Maybe someone here can tell me why Mark Ellis is hitting in the five hole tonight . . . . or is this another version of cranio-rectal inversion on the part of Donnie?

  25. Hi Everybody
    The Red Sox/Oriole game is still going on so I’ll try to go to MLB.TV

  26. I got the game on both 431 & 433, both the Cubs feed.

  27. vl4eccjr says:

    Navarro must have put in a lot of work since he left the Dodgers with the bat. He was struggling with us, barely hanging around the Mendoza line.

  28. AGon needs a couple games rest. Nice of Ned to keep sending VanSlyke down to where they can’t bring him up.

  29. vl4eccjr says:

    Is it just me, or does Cederstrom have a really small strike zone?

  30. vl4eccjr says:

    WOW!!! What a catch from Dre!

  31. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…nice grab, Andre.

  32. vl4eccjr says:

    OUCH!!

  33. Kershaw is strugglingly good.

  34. Kersh is getting his usual run support.

  35. vl4eccjr says:

    The Cubs announcers were crying over the choice of music over the PA system! Evidently they’re not Social Distortion fans!!

  36. Almost got to Wood in that 4th inning.

  37. Now is a good time to strike….Let’s go Dodgers!!!!

  38. Great hitting. Looks like May.

  39. vl4eccjr says:

    Somebody go find Serrano to wake up the bats!!

  40. It doesn’t look good in Arizona either.

  41. vl4eccjr says:

    CRAP!!

  42. Kersh was not at his best tonight.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Not exactly Kersh’s fault…he’s not going to be perfect every game….we should be able to score runs…and, so far tonight, we have failed!

  44. vl4eccjr says:

    Pop ups & flares!!!

  45. trublu4ever says:

    Crapola!

  46. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!!

  47. After all that they just get that run back.

  48. vl4eccjr says:

    Aw come on!
    They’re making this too easy on Wood swinging at his off speed junk!

  49. The Pads are kicking up their heels in AZ.

  50. vl4eccjr says:

    The Puds are making in interesting in the sticker patch. . .

  51. vl4eccjr says:

    That’ll leave a mark on Mark!!

  52. vl4eccjr says:

    Andre!!

  53. At least we got the run back.

  54. vl4eccjr says:

    Dbags are up again 9-7. 😦

  55. Damn D’bags went ahead again.

  56. It’s nice when we get help, but we’ve got to do this ourselves.

  57. We need a 0 from Marmol.

  58. vl4eccjr says:

    Puds tied it!

  59. The Friars tied it up again!!!

  60. vl4eccjr says:

    Going to extras in the sticker patch!

  61. Great job by Paco. Let’s go Dodgers – clap, clap . . . clap, clap, clap!!!

  62. vl4eccjr says:

    Damn pop ups!!

  63. vl4eccjr says:

    Damn Dbags!

  64. Well we can’t depend on the D’backs to lose, the Dodgers have to continue to concentrate on winning without worrying about them . It’s in our hands and we just have to keep it that way.

  65. koufax1963 says:

    I wake up to find kershaw lost at home to the cubs, wow he wasn’t sharp his last game, I hope this trend ends soon. No explanation needed as to why this is disturbing in the blue force.

  66. JhallWally says:

    Boo-Hoo!! Losing streak.. My question is, how in the hell do you put the loss on Kersh??? From what I can see, Kersh left in the 6th trailing 2 to 1.. He only gave up 2 runs. We lost 3 to 2. Because Belly gave up a run… How the hell can you pin the loss on Kersh.
    Something is seriously wrong with this system….

  67. messagebear says:

    If things ended right here, I’d select Greinke rather than Kershaw for the Cy Young.

  68. Would love a win today, to prevent any more sliding down in the first place lead. Hate to blow it after such an exciting summer.

  69. kahliforni says:

    Fear not. Donnie Baseball’s ultra-conservative approach to offense will reap huge rewards…namely, the possibility of leading the league hitting into double plays…

  70. Looks like we have a “Sunday” line up today. Glad to see Gonzo not in the starting line up because he needs a rest – not hitting. However, Hairston is batting 5th. Continuation of last night’s decision making on Donnie’s part. Sheesh! Yes, Tru, Donnie MUST go . . . . .

  71. koufax1963 says:

    I think today’s game, and perhaps Friday, are really important to win. The positive trend must remain, not another lost series, and start vs NL west with a win, a sweep!

  72. vl4eccjr says:

    BOOM!
    Thanks Hanley!

  73. ANDRE in double digits.

  74. messagebear says:

    There’s no doubt that for this season Andre is more valuable than Kemp. Why is Kemp saying that he’s ready to play and expects to start in CF EVERY DAY – Fuck that!

  75. What’s up with Puig? He get hurt?

  76. I appreciate everything that Ethier has done this season, I’m just disappointed in his lack of homeruns. I can’t seem to figure out why this is.

  77. lbirken says:

    It has been said the Dodgers have faced a lot of good pitching recently leading to some losses. The problem is the Dodgers will face good pitching in the playoffs and to win they will have to find a way to win those games. I think it is a legitimate concern that as good as the Dodgers have played since June, the team still struggles offensively at times.

    But let’s get to the playoffs first and then we can worry about what happens then. It is still disturbing to me to lose a game that Kershaw starts. Kershaw did not have his usual dominate stuff last night and the Dodgers still were a hit away from winning that game.

    I do not find anything wrong with Kemp saying he expects to play center field when he returns. He is not making any demands and I am sure he understands team dynamics. The team has done well without him and probably can do o.k. without him barring any injuries or horrible slumps by current players. I still am not convinced he will be ready to contribute all that quickly but we will see.

    • You’re right about the pitching birk – its been that way all season, and we can’t depend on Donnie to make out a competent line-up top to bottom which I think contributes to the struggles.

      I’d be more concerned about Kemp if he didn’t want to play everyday.

  78. crash24now says:

    Beautiful game by Nolasco so far. He has been a nice addition to the rotation, and will be a big help in the playoffs.

  79. vl4eccjr says:

    Okay. I’ll admit it.
    I wasn’t all that thrilled when Nolasco first came from the Marlins. I had low expectations, and didn’t think much of him.
    Boy was I ever wrong!! Now he never ceases to amaze me!

    • I like the fact he’s coming on as Ryu is fading a bit. I think the 5-man rotation and long season is wearing Ryu down, but Nolasco still gives us a nice #3 guy in the playoffs. From what I’ve seen, I hope they resign him.

    • lbirken says:

      I didn’t know anything about Nolasco but sometimes a change of scenery does wonder for a player. Another interesting aspect of today’s game is the saga of Edwin Jackson. I remember when he came up with the Dodgers, rushed into a starting role due to an injury although to whom I do not remember. He did very well but then had problems and was gone in a trade some time later. He seemed to have some success but has been with a number of teams. Just goes to show how up and down this game can be for some players but also how resilient some players have to be to survive.

  80. trublu4ever says:

    Nice!

  81. Another brilliant performance by Nolasco.

  82. lbirken says:

    Nice comeback from last night.

  83. lbirken says:

    And a good game going into an off day tomorrow. Enjoy the day.

  84. kahliforni says:

    Didn’t watch the game, but I guess Puig went in standing at 2nd base on a first-inning double play. Whatever. Can someone please tell me why Donnie would switch Puig and Crawford in the batting order anyway???? Joe Jr., for sure. And I don’t think Kemp has anything to worry about. He’s still the best everyday player on this team when healthy, Ramirez and Puig notwithstanding. If we’re really being honest about all this, Crawford or Ethier sits. For me, it’s Crawford coming off the bench.

    • Hanley should definitely be batting third. AGon clogs up the basepaths for whomever is batting 4th be it Hanley or Puig. Donnie just loves his righty-lefty thing though.

      • nedisajerk says:

        I think if he had Gonzo batting 4th because if he stay with tha lefty right matchup Ethier would’ve bat 6th so I don’t blame him one bit on leaving him in that 3rd spot. I just don’t see why he had Hairston batting 5th who was batting .571 vs Jackson not like Hairston had a good month hitting. It silly to think Uribe should be batting 5th but I wouldn’t have a problem with it and Uribe is in his contract year.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Yep….that’s what Steve Lyons said during the pre-game show….dear ol’ Donnie loves the right/left…right/left thing…..what is wrong with doing the lineup the way it was when we were winning?!

  85. koufax1963 says:

    That is what I like, the win! Going to the Friday and Saturday games. To the Dodgers Mecca

  86. nedisajerk says:

    I still don’t understand why in the heck we strugge at home this is really concern me. I have never seen a team that struggle as much at home when a team is in 1st place and still have a winning record at home. If Donny was concern why not Puig, Ethier, Ramirez, Gonzo, Uribe and Crawford? Crawford not batting 1st, 2nd or 3rd seem like a waste for him to bat him this lower but it’s not crazy to think this might work or not.

    Split W L RS RA WP
    Home 39 28 230 244 .582
    Road 38 27 302 233 .585

    This stats really is a mysterious to me that we could scored on the road but at home is a different story. We played 2 more games not including today game and we scored less runs than on the road.

  87. Dodger Stadium, even with less foul space than they had when I was a kid, is still a pitcher’s park. Get out of California and most of the rest are hitters parks.

    Truth is, its been 90% pitching that’s gotten them this far, and unless Kemp has an instant boost and impact on the line-up like Puig had his first month, its pitching that’s going to have to carry them through the playoffs. Against good playoff pitching, they’re going to have to win a lot of 2-1, 3-2 games.

  88. trublu4ever says:

    Neddie strikes again…..signs Edinson Volquez ….and, we thought Cappy was crappy 🙂

  89. lbirken says:

    The media is sure making a big deal out of Donnie’s decision to remove Puig from the game yesterday. They just will not accept the reason, which I understand because it was a lame reason. However, I think it is clear why Puig was taken out and I see no benefit to criticizing players in public, especially young players. It is enough for me to know management is trying to deal with whatever on or off field issues they have with a player.

  90. grizzy says:

    Also agree. What Puig has done to energize the club can’t be denied, but he has a ways to go before he becomes a true pro. I think he is going to be trouble down the road.

  91. Dodger4life says:

    Anyone want to play… How the West was Won??
    .
    The Dodgers currently have a 9 1/2 game lead, going into the final month of baseball. Where do you think we will eventually end up??
    .
    I’m going to be positive and say they increase this lead by a game.
    .
    10 1/2 is my pick

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