Next Hurdle

Next Hurdle

Here we come!


105 Responses to Next Hurdle

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Off to St. Louis we go…..actually, I think we match up better with these guys…..our pitching will handle them.

  2. lbirken says:

    Bring on that Cards. This should be a good series even without home field advantage. The pitching is set up for the Dodgers and hopefully the offense will provide enough run support.

  3. messagebear says:

    Pitching will determine the winner. I figure as long as we can beat Wainright once, our guys are better than theirs.

  4. Some good news – Andre may be starting Friday. I’ve heard/read that he was able to do full-out running and, thank God, he’s good to go.

  5. kahliforni says:

    Final Four almost set…but I have to say, both Red Sox and Cards are formidable teams. Scary.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      To be the best you should have to beat the best though. I’m still of the opinion though that Donnie will blow this for them.

  6. 32and53fan says:

    I’m of the opinion that St. Louis will collapse like a house of cards, Dre will launch one towards the arch, and the Dodgers will meet the Red Sox or the Tigers in the fall classic.

  7. crash24now says:

    NLCS Roster News:

    Marmol and Volquez added.

    Capuano and Paco out.

    May the gnashing of teeth and complaining begin now.

    Geez, Donnie is going with only one lefty reliever?

    • trublu4ever says:

      I saw this and hate it!

    • crash24now says:

      The Cardinals’ batting splits in the regular season (BA/OBP/SLG):

      versus RHP: .280/.343/.412
      versus LHP: .238/.301/.371

    • crash24now says:

      I guess we can’t blame this totally on Donnie, I’m sure Ned was involved in the decision. Yes, Paco was not looking very good. But Marmol?? What about Capuano and the awesome job he did in Game 3 of the NLDS?

      • trublu4ever says:

        Marmol & Volquez are wild…way too many walks…and, I’m not crazy about BeliSORRYo being on there either….to me, he is worse than Paco.O

      • messagebear says:

        You hate to be on the side of Cappuano, but he’s proven more during the season than Marmol and Volquez. Paco probably pitched a bit too much during the season to sustain his effectiveness into October.

      • 32and53fan says:

        We don’t know what information was used in the decision. It’s quite possible that Capuano is hurting again. Maybe Marmol and Volquez were lights out during the workouts. Remember, we are Outside the Dodgers, looking through a pipe. Those on the inside have a much wider view of of the situation.

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I will be surprised if Ethier doesn’t make tonight’s starting lineup. Skip does a good job out there and I understand the his wife is liked by both teams.

  9. koufax1963 says:

    Seriously, Capuano is out, after he saved ryu. and the Cards dont hit lefties well, and withrow may not of been at his best. If Marmol throws strikes fine, but he makes me nervous. Volquez what purpose does he have? What added value over capuano?
    Yikes Im still podering this stuff. What happened to postion the team to be its best. What happened to going with the ones that got you there?

  10. crash24now says:

    For those who prefer Vin Scully to the boobs on TBS, here is a link to the Dodger Radio Network:

  11. nedisajerk says:

    The Cardinals playoff numbers.

    vs left .167/.255/.190/.446 vs right .224/.308/.414/.721

  12. crash24now says:

    EVERY DAY DRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    from the Dodgers Twitter: “Andre Ethier will be in Dodgers starting lineup.”

    I am more stoked than ever. Bring on the Cardinals! Let’s go Dodgers!

    • crash24now says:

      An oldie but a goodie – copied over from DodgerLyrics

      Every Day ‘Dre (sung to I’d like to Teach the World to Sing – you know, the old capitalistic Coke – It’s the Real Thing sing-a-long commercial)

      I’d like to build a great outfield
      And put in Ethier
      With Matty Kemp and Manny Ram
      The bench has Juan Pierre.
      I’d like to teach Torre to play
      Andre “Every Day ‘Dre”
      He’ll be getting hits every day
      And fielding flawlessly
      I’d like to see Juan’s butt on the bench
      While Matt and Dre patrol the field
      And watch them bring us to the promised land
      A seventh world series win
      (That’s what Blue fans want)
      I’d like to kick Ned in the ass
      (for signing Juan Pierre)
      Andre “Every Day ‘Dre”
      I’d like to teach Torre to play
      Andre “Every Day ‘Dre”
      I’d like to build a great outfield
      And put in Ethier
      With Matty Kemp and Manny Ram
      The bench has Juan Pierre.
      By on August 7, 2009 2:57 PM

      Posted on August 8, 2009 at 1:05 am

  13. crash24now says:


    Crawford lf
    Ellis 2b
    Ramirez ss
    Gonzalez 1b
    Puig rf
    Uribe 3b
    Ethier cf
    Ellis c
    Greinke p

    I’m a little bit frustated that MEllis comes so early in the lineup, stealing at bats from Puig and Ethier. I’ll just take this as a warm-up for Ethier, and trust that he will move in in the lineup by Game 3 against Wainwright.

    Go Dodgers!

  14. 32and53fan says:

    Mark Ellis is a lot like Jim Gilliam in that his offensive stats don’t always match the little things that he does to help the team. He is a patient hitter who will help a runner on first steal, or hit behind him to move the runner over to 2nd base. Maury Wills would not have been so successful in his runs and stolen bases numbers without Junior, who died almost exactly 35 years ago, hitting behind him.

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hi Everybody
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!

  16. grizzy says:

    I also was surprised the lefties were left off the roster. Paco is out of gas, and Cap is not supposed to match up well with the Cards. Just about game time so we’ll know soon.
    Good to see Ethier in there. His timing is just about there.

  17. lbirken says:


  18. lbirken says:

    The Dodgers will have to figure out Kelly’s breaking ball.

  19. oldbrooklynfan says:

    URIBE clutch again
    Com’on Zack.

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Damn, I was afraid of that happening.

  21. lbirken says:

    No one said this would be easy.

  22. 32and53fan says:

    Time to wake up the bats.

  23. 32and53fan says:

    Make something happen Dee.

  24. lbirken says:

    That was a waste of a substitution. What good is Gordon’s speed if you are not going to steal or bunt him over?

  25. lbirken says:

    Other than giving up a hit to the pitched and a mistake to Beltran, Greinke had a good night but not good enough.

  26. lbirken says:

    Whew! Those two out walks are dangerous. Need to get some runs now.

  27. grizzy says:

    Wilson was getting squeezed.
    Now would be a good time to score.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Almost but not quite.

  29. lbirken says:

    Wow, another wasted opportunity.

  30. lbirken says:

    Replay show Molina never actually made the tag but no umpire at any level would call that play safe.

  31. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I remember a World Series game like this between the Dodgers and the Yankees,

  32. lbirken says:

    Such futility. This game will haunt whichever team loses.

  33. Donnie Baseball strikes again!

  34. lbirken says:

    Too many wasted opportunities. Let’s hope the Dodgers can bounce back from this tough loss.

  35. crash24now says:

    I cannot believe Donnie Boy had MEllis bunt in order to take the bat out of Hanley’s hands. What a dork.

  36. The game had to end some way.

  37. grizzy says:

    Bad moves, bad at bats and wasted opportunities. Get ’em tomorrow.

  38. I will watch the game from a Manhattan restaurant tomorrow with TBW of TBLA, I won’t be commenting.

  39. lbirken says:

    I know Donnie’ s moves will be questioned and second guessed but let’s be fair. I am sure he knew the Cards would walk Hanley in those situations but the intent was to get a runner to second base. It was a risk to be sure and if Young comes through, the Dodgers end up winning. It was just not be tonight. I think running for Avon earlier and not utilizing what little talent Dee Gordon has was the bigger risk. Seems as if whatever a Dodger manager does against the Cardinals does not go as hoped.

    • lbirken says:

      My keyboard skills are as bad as the offense was tonight.

      • crash24now says:

        Don’t say that. Other than Uribe, the offense was non-existent tonight. I was especially disappointed by Puig’s 0 for 6. At least he had a couple defensive gems.

        I think that Puig could have caught Beltran’s double had he been playing center field. But no one, including me, is ready for centerfielder Puig.

        • I think it was just one of those night’s that no matter what Mattingly tried didn’t work. I think 99% of the time Ethier would’ve caught that ball but not last night..
          Well it’s Kershaw today and hopefully some run support.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Had Ethier of caught the ball, hit by Beltran… It would have been heralded as a spectacular grab. Was it catchable, sure. Was it an easy play, not in my eye’s.

  40. Dodger4life says:

    I fell asleep in the middle of the 13th, with MLB postseason on the laptop-sound muted and Vinny telling me the bed time story. I have no clue why, Gordon can’t get to second base these days. Seems ridiculous to me. However, the Boy’s had opportunity after opportunity once they got into the bully. They let this one get away.
    The Cards won game one at home, we just need to do better today and take game two.

  41. JhallWally says:

    Ugh!!! The Dodgers blew it…. Whiffing with runners in scoring position… So many wasted opportunities….

    Today is a must win, or we are hosed….. We have to get this one and split the first two at their park……

    I think Kersh will get it done…

  42. grizzy says:

    Yepper! A win today is certainly a good idea, especially with the match up with Wainwright in a couple of days. Some of our guys from the Caribbean ought to bring Jo-Boo to the park and set him on the bat rack.

  43. koufax1963 says:

    Agon stays in the game, he comes up rather than young, with runners on, he is our RBI guy, what ya thinking donnie? and well he didnt get it done in the first, neither did puig, so just keep trying.
    frustrating. and quick turn around for today, whos tired?, who cares just win this today.

  44. lbirken says:

    I am sure a long extra inning game was the last thing either of the managers wanted but it is the post season so every player has to be available and ready to do his part in today’s game. For the most part, the pitching on both sides was good. The Dodgers just could not take advantage of its opportunities and cannot afford to let that happen again today. Hard to think of today as a must win but clearly going down two games that were started by two of the best pitchers in the game today would not bode well, even if those pitchers did their job well.

    Would a healthy Ethier have caught the ball Beltran hit off the wall? Would Schumaker have caught it had he been there? We will never know and it is just the breaks of the game. Remember, Greinke gave up a two out single to the pitcher and then walked the next guy. A lot of “ifs” in this game but time to forget it and play today’s game.

  45. And the stories about injuries continues . . . turns out Dre has a micro-fracture in his ankle – it was not a strain or shin splints! So I don’t think we need to ride Dre about his “failure” to make that play. He did all he could and it didn’t turn out. I blame Donnie for taking Agon out and the Cards being smart enough to walk Hanley so Young could hit into DP’s. Dee has forgotten how to steal and so his worth has dropped in my humble opinion.

  46. messagebear says:

    I think that Greinke did an excellent job as a starter, and the subsequent relief pitchers did about as well as one could expect. I can’t blame Andre, because until we see it done it’s questionable whether anyone could have caught Beltran’s drive. I couldn’t see any overriding purpose in Donnie’s double switch resulting in taking out your best RBI guy for the duration of a tight game, But, then I have wanted Donnie fired for a long time for many reasons better than that. With today’s game I think that the series with the Cards is pretty much on the line. Normally you would expect Kershaw to get done what needs to be done, and then we’re even again, except that on paper we’re into our poorer part of the rotation while Wainright is coming up. If Kershaw can’t get it done, I wouldn’t particularly blame him for all the wonderful season he has provided, but it will just show that the Dodgers aren’t really ready to win October yet. In the meantime, I expect we’ll get another great playoff game, be it “must win” or not.

  47. lbirken says:

    I do not find fault with Ethier for not being able to catch Beltran’s hit healthy or not. It would have been a great catch but a lot happened before that play and after that impacted the outcome of this game. Time to move on. Of more concern is his ability to contribute and Hanley’s condition.

  48. kahliforni says:

    I just felt the Cards played a better game than the Dodgers. Period. Donnie didn’t help, but whatever. Not a must win…please see 1981 World Series. But leaving Louis with a split would be huge. Maybe someone can give Donnie some Benadryl and knock him out. A book on the suicide squeeze wouldn’t hurt, either. Little ball is more than just a sacrifice bunt to take the bat out of your best hitter’s hands.

  49. lbirken says:

    The Dodgers will also have to win without Hanley; late scratch.

  50. lbirken says:

    Not what I expected but the Cards making the most of their opportunities and the Dodgers are not. No second guessing today.

  51. grizzy says:

    Scoring machine.
    The only teams I follow are the Oklahoma Sooners and, of course, the Dodgers. This is the first time I’ve had to absorb three losses in one day. Silly me, I thought we could win all three.

  52. kahliforni says:

    Kershaw and Greinke pitched their asses off. Offense scored in one of 22 innings. Enough said.

  53. Very frustrating and disappointing. The Dodger in the Sky needs to smile down on our guys and make things good again . . . .

  54. koufax1963 says:

    Until our offense returns, this is what it is. Puig surprisingly becomes a strike out regular, not much better anywhere else.
    Without hanley we look even weaker, but what hurts is our two Aces come away without a win.

  55. Going back to LA is the only bright spot left for the Dodgers.

  56. 32and53fan says:

    It’s pretty bad when the other team gets one run on two hits and comes out on top. I hope I didn’t put a hex on the team with my April 1st prediction that they would not advance past the NLCS.

    You have to give some credit to the Card’s pitchers. They aren’t throwing BP during the game. Hitting is HARD TO DO. I know that the commenters of this blog are mostly middle aged or older, but I invite you to go down to the local batting cage and try to hit 10 or 20 pitches from the fast machine. Yeah, it is not the same as when we were 20 with better reflexes and eyesight.

    I tried it a few months ago and was shocked at how much physical exertion hitting requires. Of course I am not in shape, but my heart was pounding and I had to sit down after I finished my round of hitting. Out of about 20 pitches, I was able to hit one line drive, a few pop-ups, a couple of soft grounders, and the rest swinging strikes.

    All of the pitches were at the same speed and between below the knees and waist around the outside of the plate. Now add a human pitcher throwing with accuracy both north and south and east and west, while changing speeds between 95 and 69 mph. Add in a couple of 94 mph brush back pitches and most of us would not only have “jelly leg”, as Campy once said, but probably walk back to the bench with soiled underwear.

    1 for 16 with RISP is a way to get eliminated from the playoffs. Knowing that facing those pitchers is so difficult, maybe Puig and the others should shorten up the swing and just try to put it in play.
    That’s easy for me to say… not so easy to do.

    • kahliforni says:

      Dodger hitters are swinging at anything and everything Card pitchers throw up there. Patience, apprentice, patience…

      • I also picked the Dodgers to go no futher than the N.L. West, but I don’t feel i jinxed them. I remenber I was pretty good in the batting cage when I was in my 40s but I wouldn’t chance it at 75. If I do I’ll let choos know.

  57. lbirken says:

    At least UCLA gave me a win. This is a great time of the year for sports fans with baseball post season, college and pro football, hockey, and soon pro and college basketball. Just look at all the excitement, disappointment and aggravation we get to endure.

  58. JhallWally says:

    Unacceptable!!!! And pathetic…. Puig and Gonzales sucked… It is clear the pitchers have caught up with Puig. He’s a mess….. And now, our go to RBI guy is not getting it done… This team is just not the same without Hanley.

    Outlook Dim!!!! We’ve got to figure it out and get 2 of three at home… With Dildon at the helm, I’m not very optimistic…

    • messagebear says:

      Puig needs to spend a season at ABQ and regain some humility. The guy SUCKS!

      • Dodger4life says:

        Come on bear… Puig hasn’t been hitting so far in this series, but he is still an asset to this club. Guys that play everyday, such as, Crawford, Uribe, Schumaker, A.J. and Mark Ellis, have to pick up some of the slack on offense.

  59. JhallWally says:

    I think this echoes my sentiments almost exactly…..

    This team needs an overhaul starting with the front office (Ned) and down thru the manager. I said it years ago and I stand by it, this team will not win a WS with Nedcompoop… And Dildon sucks….

    Let’s change this culture starting with a new manager and GM….

    • JhallWally says:

      If it takes getting schooled by the Cards to get rid of them, then, at least something positive can come out of this…..

      • trublu4ever says:

        I agree 100%. They already got rid of Steve Lyons and Eric Collins… me, that’s a start.

        • 32and53fan says:

          I enjoyed Steve Lyons on the pre and post game shows, and behind the scenes videos. I’m sorry to see him go. On the other hand, despite Eric Collins being a good guy to his fellow media family, I never could get into his style of announcing. To me, it seemed like he was the poster boy for self-aggrandizement, especially after he dug out some obscure fact about a person, place, or thing. Maybe that is too harsh, but he just rubbed me the wrong way.

    • messagebear says:

      Let’s clean house in the Front Office and all bench management.

  60. kahliforni says:

    Two years ago, the Dodger franchise was defined by Ethier and Kemp (and of course, Kershaw). Losing those two guys was huge. The Ellis twins, Uribe, Crawford (nice throw to home), Schumaker, Punto, these are not offensive forces. That’s why I could never understand the media’s labeling of the 2013 Dodgers as an “offensive juggernaut,” unless one means “offensive” in a completely different manner….

    • Dodger4life says:

      We have seen guys who aren’t offensive juggernauts produce big runs in the past. Just last year, Brandon Crawford drove in 6 runs against the Cards. Scutaro drove in 4, Theriot drove in 3… Three pitchers in Zito, Cain and Vogelsong, equaled the catcher in Posey and drove in a run a piece. Overall the Gnats put 31 runs across home plate.
      I see no reason why we can’t do the same
      After game 3 the Gnats were down 2 games to one.
      After game 4 they were down 3 games to one
      They battled back in game 5 to beat Lynn
      They battled back in game 6 to beat Carpenter
      They battled back in game 7 to beat Loshe
      If these 2013 Dodgers want to keep playing, they need to battle back as a team.

  61. grizzy says:

    It’s true. Hitting against pitching in the championship series is a whole lot harder than it looks from my front room, but I saw some pretty crappy at bats none the less. With the bases loaded. With runners in scoring position. Many times our guys were up there with no apparent plan or idea other than swing at most anything. Oh well.
    Now we’ll be back in LA facing Wainwright. If Greinke and Kershaw can lose, then Wainwright sure as hell can too. We missed by the smallest of margins in St Louis and now we’ll see if home field advantage can get us a win. Ryu will have to step up and our hitters will have some time to think about the situation and pull their heads out of their butts. Then we’ll be only one game behind. The results of the ’81 series has already been pointed out. We’re not done.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Mattingly and McGuire have been preaching that it is vital to have a plan before each at bat. It makes one wonder if they actually remind the hitters and ask them to recite their plan before they step up to the plate. Especially after several misses with RISP. Maybe even taking a ball that looks like a low fastball with two strikes. It seems that those kind of pitches usually turn out to be sliders outside or in the dirt.

  62. messagebear says:

    We have met Wacha, and we can’t hit him – maybe next year.

    Earlier I upset some people by saying that Puig SUCKS and needs to spend a year in ABQ before he’s back in the majors. After watching his “throws” in Game 6, I’d like to amend that to send him back to AA instead. The guy’s a Cuban asshole.

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