Last Place Phillies Coming to Town


Hit me here, not there.  Hit me here, not there.  Hit me in the ribs, don’t go for the head.

Oh, those were the days.  The Phillies were a good team.  Now they are languishing.


Meanwhile, the outfield conundrum continues.  I assume that Cliff Lee will be facing three right-handed outfielders, by name of Kemp, Puig, and Van Slyke.  Scott Van Slyke has really raked against lefties, leaving little chance that either Ethier nor Crawford will be starting tonight.

Kershaw and Ellis are on the mend, but still won’t be back for a little bit.  So the Dodgers’ job this series is to take two or three from the Phillies, while the Giants and Rockies battle it out for second place.  San Diego visits the red-hot Brewers.  The Diamondbacks are already eight games down.


115 Responses to Last Place Phillies Coming to Town

  1. crash24now says:

    A-Gon and Hanley have had lots of success hitting Cliff Lee.

  2. crash24now says:

    Phillies Lineup against Maholm

    Gwynn cf
    Rollins ss
    Utley 2b
    Ruiz c
    Howard 1b
    Mayberry rf
    Brown lf
    Galvis 3b
    Lee p

  3. crash24now says:

    Dodgers Lineup against Cliff Lee

    Puig rf
    Turner 2b
    Ramirez ss
    Gonzalez 1b
    Kemp cf
    Van Slyke lf
    Uribe 3b
    Federowicz c
    Maholm p

  4. crash24now says:

    Jose Dominguez is up and Chone Figgins got sent to Albuquerque.

    Huh? A four man bench? Really?

  5. Hi Everybody.
    I hope we do as good against this last place team as we did against the last last place team we played.

  6. The Phillies aren’t thinking about last place right now.

  7. DAMN Just when I thought Maholm was settling down.

  8. crash24now says:

    Tonight we’re seeing the real Maholm?

  9. crash24now says:

    League getting some appropriate mop up duty.

  10. Giants lost, but now we have to keep an eye on the Rockies, also.

  11. It looks like an early night.

  12. crash24now says:

    FedEx gets a hit, but his BA is still <.100

  13. 32and53fan says:

    “Today the Dodgers are flatter than a day old soufflé.” – Charlie Steiner

    I don’t mind the offense struggling against an ace pitcher as much as I mind the sloppy defensive play.

    Oh well, we’ll get ’em tomorrow.

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Lee was just a little too much for the Dodgers tonight.

  15. JhallWally says:

    Wow!!! What a stinker… Maholm sucked,,, again….. Couldn’t get anything going against Lee… He’s a really good pitcher… Tip of the cap to you Mr Lee… Now, let’s beat their brains out tonight…. Go Dodgers!!!!!

    • trublu4ever says:

      Even though I love the Dodgers, I had to turn off last night’s episode of “The Bumbling Bums” ….. even Vinny couldn’t save that stinkeroo! Vinny said at the beginning of the game, nobody (except Hanley) hits Lee well and, yet, Donnie puts his scrub lineup out there. Mahlom sucked but, we were invisible.

  16. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well one thing is for sure we have Ryu going for us and we don’t have to face Lee tonight.

  17. Dodger4life says:

    After 20 games… with Kemp only playing in 14 of them. There have been three near collisions in the outfield. Kemp and Crawford. Where Kemp dropped the ball after catching it. Kemp, Gordon and a charging Puig. Where Puig made the catch by threading the other two at full speed, and a very similar play again last night with a charging Puig threading between Kemp and the 2B man only to come up missing a ball that Kemp probably could have caught?
    With 142 games left to be played, this statistic is a little worrisome.

  18. Dodger4life says:

    I am half tempted to go back and watch all twenty games again… Only this time count all the mental mistakes made that don’t show up on paper. Mainly because I think it is ridiculous for players who have at one time or another played the game well enough to command top dollar, being so fundamentally unsound.

    • Dodger4life says:

      In my world and the majority of the world around me… $500,000 and above a year, is considered top dollar.

  19. kahliforni says:

    Dear Donnie…play Kemp, Puig and Ethier every day, see if they can find a groove. Crawford was a weak-armed, injury-prone throw-in to get AGon, remember? You’ll need Kemp and Puig mashing to sniff a long playoff run. Oh, and belated congrats on getting your extension. I still maintain the Dodgers will be better off when you are elsewhere. Nothing personal.

  20. lbirken says:

    While the Dodgers have started the season better than last season, the team still has glaring problems that will need correcting. Clearly, the starters have not gone deep enough into games and the bullpen has given up too many late game runs. While the pen may not have cost the Dodgers many wins so far, the relievers are throwing more pitches and we are already worrying about overuse in the first month of the season.

    I also agree that the team is making too many mental and physical errors. Can the shortened and convoluted Spring training schedule be blamed for all of this? Hopefully things will improve as the season progresses.

    • crash24now says:

      Then there’s Matt Kemp. Kemp got an even later start than everyone else. Is that why he is not consistently hitting the ball? How much longer will it take?

      • kahliforni says:

        Given his ridiculous lack of playing time, including the entire first week of games, he is in the top five in runs, rbis, home runs, slugging percentage, and stolen bases. Maybe that says more about the rest of the inept offense. Not sure which.

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          Anyone stop to think that maybe this team just isn’t as good as everyone thinks they are? Very rarely can you throw together a bunch of prima donnas and have them play anywhere near what they look like on paper. Especially with D2X calling the shots from the dugout and Little Neddy Overhishead making the roster decisions.

          • crash24now says:

            Ahh, yes, the pessimists come out after a 7-0 beating. Believe me, I had some similar thoughts last night after the game. What if Kemp’s bat never returns to the 2011 form? What if Hanley regresses away from last year’s ability? What if the MLB pitchers have figured out Puig and he can never duplicate his rookie success? What if the Kenley-led bullpen are the “can’t”-leys? What if Gordon’s first 20 games are a fluke? What if Uribe returns to his 2011-2012 hitting? What if Ethier just can’t hit?

            …wait – how come Ethier isn’t in the lineup against a right hander tonight?

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Sorry Crash, just don’t see championship in this club. Weak bench (what there is of it now), bully that’s going to be completely worn out by end of June, poor fielding, still can’t hit with RISP, Donnie at the helm, Ned at the controls… they’ll probably win the division unless Frisco gets and stays hot, but they’ll falter in the playoffs because they just don’t have what it is they always lack at the end, whatever that may be this year.

  21. Dodger4life says:

    It’s only game 21

    What you are viewing between the chalked lines now, is just routine.

    Donnie hasn’t even chewed the team out yet.

    Heck, Ned hasn’t even chewed Donnie out yet.

    Kasten has to finish chewing out TW and Direct TV, first.

    Magic was here the other day, but he was ranting about basketball, not baseball.

    Any day now the Cuban rookie will show up from the minors.

    Mark Walter hasn’t been on the field yet with his high five displays.

    And that is how you know when to flip the switch from routine to commitment.

    Someone will be acquired as an added push…

    Then the energy levels will peak at such a high point, everyone will require a week long siesta before the post season.

    No Worries!! It’s only game 21!!

    • Dodger4life says:

      Meanwhile, in another MLB city across the land some ball club is working they’re tails off to acquire home field advantage. And by golly they just might get it.

  22. trublu4ever says:

    My guy has the flu. 😦

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hi Everybody
    Well here we go.

  24. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Giants lose again, now Rockies in second place.

  25. crash24now says:

    Ryun has been in a lot of jams tonight, and couldn’t get out of this one.

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Been a while since the Dodgers scored.

  27. crash24now says:

    Guerrero was 3-3 with two triples today. Get him up here STAT!

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Uribe, Gordon & FedEx.

  29. crash24now says:

    Way to go, Dee! Now let’s bring him in, whatever it takes.

  30. crash24now says:

    Go, Dee, Go!

  31. crash24now says:

    What’s this? Ethier can’t get out of the sick bed for a pinch hit?

  32. crash24now says:

    Good jobs by Wilson and Jansen. Now we need the run!

  33. crash24now says:

    That should be scored as Hanley’s second error of the day.

  34. crash24now says:

    This damn defense is really hurting us. That popup should be the outfielder’s play.

    What we got here is a failure to communicate.

  35. 23 errors in 22 games.

  36. crash24now says:

    Turner, Crawford, and Puig.

  37. crash24now says:

    Go, go, go, go, go, go, go!

  38. crash24now says:

    Not to blame the whole loss on one man, but Hanley really sucked like a Hoover in this game.

  39. Finding another way to lose.

  40. crash24now says:

    Rockies are right on our ass, 1/2 game back in second place.

    Get it into gear.

  41. trublu4ever says:

    All I have to say is….Phooey!

    • trublu4ever says:

      ….and, admit, Beav is probably right about this team.

      • JhallWally says:

        I have to say, I have the same feeling as Beav…..
        This team is just not that good… Granted, they could win the West. But that isn’t saying much…
        In the playoffs, right now they would get run out of town… But, it is a long season, and, I think the team will look alot different in August and September……
        Just have to hang in there thru April, May, and June…..
        We’re doing alright, considering we don’t have our top pitcher and catcher….

  42. JhallWally says:

    It is interesting that DL4 and others were just discussing the disconnect in the outfield…. And, it cost us this game….
    These guys need to figure it out and tighten it up or we are hosed..

    Doesn’t that come down to the manager…. Crap…. Dildon is just not the man…. Please get rid of Dildon and Nedcompoop…….

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’d like to think that the Dodgers are just going through a tough time right now as it is a bad time for the defense to break down while there’s so little offense. So far the pitching is holding up as usual and I’m hoping it’s just a matter of time for the rest to catch up.

  44. crash24now says:

    Defensively speaking:

    c – FedEx has way too many catcher interferences. When AJ is healthy, he has way too many passed balls.

    1b – Can’t complain about Gonzalez, he’s solid.

    2b – Gordon – learning 2b, doing a decent but not great job so far.

    ss – Hanley has never been known for his glove. The boot on the bouncer was worse than the non-called pop fly. The bouncer was a routine play that bounced right off the outside of his glove. Think, man, think! Maybe he was thinking whether to go to 2b or 1b with the throw, but you gotta catch it first.

    3b – Uribe is our best defensive player

    lf – Crawford is just terrible, the jumps, the glove, and the arm.

    cf – Kemp – We all thought he was great in the early years, but more recently and especially this year he has shown a lot of flaws, especially with poor jumps off the ball.

    rf – Puig is definitely a work in progress. Here you see the highest highs and the lowest lows.

    lf/cf/rf – Ethier is probably our most solid defensive outfielder. Too bad he doesn’t have a bat.

  45. kahliforni says:

    Donnie B. will eventually have to settle on an “everyday” outfield. It’s almost a no-brainer for me. With Gordon successful so far with his speed at the top of the order (did Donnie really bat him 7th last night??????) Crawford goes to lefty off the bench, with Van Slyke righty off the bench, and Turner as base hit off the bench. This team will not win a World Championship unless Kemp and Puig play every day. And Ethier is far superior to Crawford in almost every category—glove, arm, power. I feel the defense is shaky in the outfield because of the musical chairs. With this team’s pitching, they should be pulling away. It’s been a hallmark of the “Mattingly era” that there has been such failure with RISP. Not only should he settle on a regular line-up, he should settle on a regular batting order, opposing pitcher or statistics be damned. Then you’ll see consistent offense. I can still rattle off Tommy’s batting order from the 70s because it was consistent: Lopes, Russell, Smith, Garvey, Cey, Monday, Baker, Yeager. How hard was that? So Donnie, here’s your order: Gordon, Puig, Ramirez, Gonzales, Kemp, Ethier, Uribe, Ellis…and don’t mess with it, just write it in.

    • crash24now says:

      I love that batting order. Gordon and Puig on base giving the opposing pitchers fits while Hanley, A-Gon and Kemp rake.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Didn’t Lasorda tell a player he could do something regardless of whether he thought they could or not? Lasorda would try and convince them otherwise. Now they say, you can’t hit lefties, or righties, or this guy, or that guy. So don’t bother!
      Anyone remember Crawford’s first spring game in the outfield??? He is still playing the same way.

      Remember last year when Kemp broke his ankle nonchalantly jogging home. Well, he gave up an extra base the other night nonchalantly jogging to field a single hit by Owings. He was also caught leaning the wrong way and laughed at the umpires call afterwards. Can you imagine Magic Johnson leading a team on the court that displayed this kind of demeanor?

      There isn’t a player on the field that is so beholden of talent, that they can just coast and be superior, with some needing to focus 110% just to be better than adequate.

      Kahli, thanks for rehashing that line-up. It made me smile 🙂

      I agree play the guys that play the position the best day in and day out. If nobody can do that, get new guys that can.

    • JhallWally says:

      Good points and I tend to agree with you…. Put people in their best roles and stick with it… They show up knowing what is expected of them and what their role is…

  46. crash24now says:

    Here we go again.

    Puig RF
    Ethier LF
    Ramirez SS
    Kemp CF
    Van Slyke 1B
    Uribe 3B
    Turner 2B
    Butera C
    Greinke P

    Gonzalez gets the night off against Hamels. A-Gon has a .906 OPS against Hamels, while Ethier is .964 and Crawford is 1.111 (though only 9 plate appearances).

  47. Hi ya
    The Dodgers have to win tonight to keep afloat in first place and keep threading water.

  48. trublu4ever says:

    YAY…we got 1!

  49. crash24now says:

    Let’s have a clean game tonight, Dodgers.

  50. crash24now says:

    Questionable play by Hanley – didn’t take the lead runner out at third base when he could. No clean game defensively.

  51. Did Hanley screw up again?

  52. Well that didn’t take long.

  53. crash24now says:

    Bring Guerrero up and give Hanley a couple days off from shortstop.

  54. crash24now says:

    Matty Kemp with his second double of the night. That’s what we like to see, Matt!

  55. crash24now says:

    Nice RBI single by Puig!

  56. That shouldn’t be happening int the outfield. The CF is in charge out there.

  57. crash24now says:

    Giants won. We need this one to be 1 game ahead of Giants, 1 1/2 games ahead of Rockies.

  58. crash24now says:

    Greinke’s bat heats up with a double!

  59. trublu4ever says:


  60. crash24now says:

    Puig with another “I think it’s a homer, lemme watch it…oh wait, I’d better run out a triple”!!!!!!!!

  61. crash24now says:

    Greinke was left in for one too many innings.

  62. crash24now says:

    Nice relief job by Howell.

  63. crash24now says:


  64. crash24now says:

    Way to go, Turner!

  65. I lost control of my computer and I hope I’m back up.

  66. crash24now says:

    Victory! First place over the Giants by 1 game!

  67. trublu4ever says:

    Much, much better!

  68. crash24now says:

    Final score: No errors, one slight OF collision, one or two mental errors, Hanley, Matt, and Puig raking, and one victory!

    • crash24now says:

      P.S. Greinke pitched a fine game.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I counted two mental errors… Hanley threw to first in a one run game. That runner then tied it up. I assume he didn’t want to chance making a throwing error at third, but Uribe was back peddling and calling for the ball? Van Slyke was caught leading off first base and then thrown out a second. The overall effort from everyone looked better. I agree that Butera looked good behind and even at the plate. Maybe three if you count Puig admiring his shot off the wall. When he does this I wonder if he could have made it all the way home?

  69. It sure feels good to get a win under our belt.

  70. crash24now says:

    Just found this post in the archives. It was written late night after a loss on June 21, 2013. Almost all of us were livid and calling for heads to roll (myself included). Things were looking very bleak. The Dodgers had been in last place for weeks and dropped to 9.5 games behind after this loss.

    Then what happened? The Dodgers went on their historic 42-8 streak. It’s always darkest before the dawn.

  71. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak…. Greinke was nails…

    Start Butera and not Fed-Ex….. Figure out a way to unload Crawford….. Start VanSlyke and Pederson more….

  72. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yes, That was amazing. I think we knew deep down that we had a very good team capable of being very competitive even though we were in last place. But I don’t think any one thought that this team would go on that record pace. This team is still the same team and can get back to the post season this year.

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