Finally…Home Again

SchwaggRGB The Dodgers are back on their own turf as they start a four game series with the league leading Giants.  Like bullies, the Dodgers can beat up on weak teams like the D’ backs and Twins, but came up short against a strong Washington Nationals. Overall,  the trip was “Ok”, according to Don Mattingly.  It would have been “good”, had they figured out Stephen Strasburg.

The middle of the order is starting to get some hits, so things may be looking up.   Crawford,  Ethier and Kemp had multiple hit games on the road trip. However,  clutch pinch hits remain hard to come by.  Kemp and some others are pressing in those situations by taking long swings,  gambling to get a extra base hit and coming up with snake eyes and strikeouts.

Mattingly knows that the Giants are a tough tean, especially against the Dodgers.   Maybe he can take some lessons from Bruce Bochy about how to get his players to play tough as a team, not just as individuals concerned about their own stats.

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224 Responses to Finally…Home Again

  1. messagebear says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the Dodgers have been better overall on the road than they have been at home this season – they need to improve at home, and this stand would be a good time to do it.
    As far as Mattingly taking some lessons from Bochy, forget about it.
    Mattingly would need a serious DNA transplant, because he’s an incorrigible “player manager” (meaning the players manage him) and ass kisser galore.

  2. crash24now says:

    It’s time to put up or shut up.

    So far, the Guggenheim regime has been no better than Frank McCourt. First, they kept the bums that McCourt hired, namely Ned and Donnie. Then they turned off the TV for millions of people in Southern California. Finally, when they had the chance to sign the best pitcher out of Japan, they let him slide to the Yankees.

    So it’s time to show what you’ve got. Don’t pretend that these four games are unimportant just because they fall in early May. These four games are hugely important. We need to sweep or at least win three out of four.

    If the Dodgers can take at least three of four and make a move in the NL West standings, then they can start planning on adding the pieces that will bring a championship. Pieces such as a catcher who can both defend and hit. Pieces like a shortstop who can field and be a real additive to Kershaw and Greinke, rather than a hindrance.

    If instead we lose this series, start moving in the other direction. Trade off Ethier and Crawford and build the outfield out of Pederson, Kemp, and Puig. Bring up Alex Guerrero. Trade off Haren, Maholm, and League for some key prospects to seed the farm system. And, for the sake of that great Dodger in the sky, fire Ned and Donnie.

  3. lbirken says:

    While I agree this series and home stand is important, I think it is a bit early to “panic”.

  4. kahliforni says:

    Worst of all, I can’t even get excited about this team. From Donnie to Ned to the TV debacle…..I’m more than happy to follow the Kings’ Stanley Cup run. Mattingly could learn a few things from Sutter.

  5. crash24now says:

    Let’s ignore the Rockies for the moment. We are trailing the Giants by 2.5 games going into this series. Depending on the series outcome, after the series we will be:

    A 1.5 games ahead of the Giants
    B 0.5 games behind the Giants
    C 2.5 games behind the Giants
    D 4.5 games behind the Giants
    E 6.5 games behind the Giants

    If we assume that both teams have an equal chance to win each game, the probabilities of outcomes A and E are an equal 6.25%. The probabilities of outcomes B and D are an equal 25%. The probability of outcome C is 37.5%.

    The pitching match-ups seem to indicate unequal chances to win the various games. Beckett and Maholm face Vogelsong and Bumgarner. I’d give the Giants the edge in Game 2 with Bumgarner. Games 3 and 4 feature Greinke vs. Cain(???) and Kershaw vs. Hudson. Kershaw definitely gives us the edge in Game 4. If Cain pitches, will he be ready to match up with Greinke?

  6. enchantedbeaver says:

    Lest anyone think Donnie doesn’t contribute to the damage to the bullpen, here’s something dodgereric sent to me today:

    The NL teams are averaging having played 34 games up to today. The average team has used 101 relievers, or just under 3 a game, right? AZ has used the 2nd most relievers, 118 in 37 games, an average of 3.19. Our favorite team has used 128 in 35 games, a 3.66 average. Sick. Mattingly is carrying on in Torre’s tradition of killing the bullpen. He’s blown out a lot of arms. Just last year, Brad Ziegler (AZ) led the NL in Games in relief with 78. Second place belonged to Belisario with 77. Third to Paco with 76. Jansen was tied for 4th with 75. This season so far? Ziegler is again the leader with 20. Kenley is 2nd with 19 and JP is tied for 3rd with 18.

    Weather, Australia, extra innings – whatever the excuse, Donnie will use 2/3 more of a reliever per game than league average. That’s 108 more relief appearances in a season above the norm.

    Donnie alone kills the bullpen.

    • trublu4ever says:

      What is sad about this ….. I think he enjoys doing it! There was no reason not to let Kersh go one more…pitch count was low and, he wasn’t stressing out there.

  7. crash24now says:

    Which of the four outfielders sits tonight against Vogelsong? Based on matchups, I would sit Crawford, who is 2 for 9. Ethier has an .860 OPS against him, while Kemp has been a beast against Vogelsong.

  8. crash24now says:

    Gordon 2B
    Puig RF
    Ramirez SS
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kemp CF
    Crawford LF
    Uribe 3B
    Butera C
    Beckett P

    Ethier vs. Vogelsong: 5 for 19 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, and 2 walks

    Crawford vs. Vogelsong: 2 for 9 (both singles)

    • trublu4ever says:

      Donnie has a soft spot for CC …. I personally think he has a soft spot in his brain.

      • crash24now says:

        I will concede that CC has had a “hot hand” lately. But is that even a real thing in baseball? This isn’t basketball.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        Doubt it will matter much. Don’t think these assholes could plate more than 2 runs tonight anyway.

  9. This will be a tough series and it’s scary but if the Dodgers can manage to stop the Giants from winning it and the Rockies somehow cool off, the Dodger could some how survive it but I don’t think it will be easy.
    Well all we can do, as fans, is hope.

  10. trublu4ever says:

    So, I am hearing Mattingly has decided Matt, along with Yasiel, have earned the starting roles,,,,with Dre & CC platooning…strange you have the two lefties in that position. I love Kemp but, he hasn’t exactly EARNED the spot.

  11. enchantedbeaver says:

    Wow, what a potent line-up we have.

    Looks like I seriously overestimated their potential when I said 2 runs.

  12. Butera’s 5th RBI

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Absolutely pathetic.

  14. I was just thinking of how well Beckett was going before Hicks hit the HR.

  15. Beckett had a fantastic outing.

  16. enchantedbeaver says:

    These guys get more pathetic by the minute.

  17. enchantedbeaver says:

    Time for Donnie to blow through the bullpen now.

  18. enchantedbeaver says:

    You know, Withrow’s been wilder than hell ever since he became set-up man. Where is Bunnynutts’ sage advice to straighten him back out?

  19. Vogelsong was also very good.

  20. 32and53fan says:

    Here’s a chance to be a hero, Kemp. Earn your pay.

  21. enchantedbeaver says:

    Can ANYONE on this team hit?

  22. enchantedbeaver says:

    Yup, here’s goes Donnie using up the bully. Next inning we’ll see Wilson, and if we’re lucky enough to get to the 12th, League.

    What an asshole.

  23. Are we looking at the end here?

  24. enchantedbeaver says:

    Well I’m done with this bunch of losers. I’ll check in in a month to see if they’ve gotten any better (ha ha.)

    • JhallWally says:

      I am with you my brother…. This team is pathetic and not worth listening or watching.. Until Dildon and Nedcompoop are gone, I’m with you, I would prefer not to watch/listen… They are unacceptable….

  25. Wright was pitching low for a double play ball and he ends up high for a sacrifice fly. Can you beat that?

  26. lbirken says:

    Frustrating watching the Dodgers miss so many opportunities.

  27. Unbelievable poor bullpen work.

  28. Dodger4life says:

    My laptop overheated then crashed just as the 9th inning began last night. The way the game was moving along I decided to go to sleep and watch the end result this morning.
    .
    I’m not sure I can sum this one up with proper English…
    .
    Is there anyone… in the bully that can do their job?

    How come these guys… can only score 1 run off of Vogelsong?

    The box score notes that Howell is last nights loser. I don’t think you can single him out… The whole bleeping bunch of them stink!

  29. kahliforni says:

    LA Times this morning: Donnie says Puig and Kemp will play everyday (barring a rest day), with Crawford and Ethier competing for playing time. Wallach must have got in his ear. He’s also settled on Gordon and Puig batting one/two. Finally. But as I said yesterday, I’m so uninvolved emotionally with this team, I went to bed after nine innings…something I NEVER would have done in the past. Hey, maybe I’m maturing!!!?!?!?!??!!?

    • Dodger4life says:

      Tru made the comment that Kemp hasn’t done much to assure anyone, that he deserves to be the starter. And she is correct… His play is a long way from being an asset that you can’t do without. The same goes for Dre and Crawford. Meanwhile, Joc continues to show his worth down in Albuquerque.
      .
      It may be time to make some changes… I don’t believe either Dre or Crawford can excel as part time players. I also think Joc can man CF better than Kemp these days.

      I’d like nothing better than to see the above mentioned players prove me wrong… But, I have my doubts.
      .
      Has anyone noticed that a couple of the valued utility guys, are hitting a paltry, .167 and .173.

  30. JhallWally says:

    UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. messagebear says:

    With the Guggenheims it’s all about soaking the fans, a little reminiscent of the McCourts. Who cares whether the fans get to see their team on TV, as long as the ownership could pocket the huge cable deal money? Baseball is just no longer a family passtime – it’s all big business. So the pendulum swings until it finally stops and starts swinging back. Probably not in my lifetime, but at some point the fans will wake up and say, “what for”. With the Guggebheims at the helm, I’m not emotionally invested in this team either. I don’t care if the Guggenheims choke on the big contracts they’ve given, and the players are in it to play that game – too bad the game isn’t baseball these days.

    • JhallWally says:

      I agree.. And, they are really doing the fans a favor by not allowing them to watch this incredible piece of crap they call a team…
      I wouldn’t pay to watch them….

      • Dodger4life says:

        I finally purchased MLB.tv this year. I can finally watch the games, I can finally hear Vinny. Why is it after all those years of being glued to an animated Gameday. That I now find myself falling to sleep. Could it be because, this team at the moment is ho-hum, ho-hum.

        Not to mention the feed that SportsNet L.A. provides MLB.tv, skips the entire game. It was so annoying last night that I changed to the Giants feed. That too was annoying!!

        Then there’s the games on the road… With Charlie making not so brilliant assumptions of why this happened and why that happened… like a goober, and Orel going silent, until there is a chance to change the subject.
        .
        But my point is, not even Vinny can bring enough excitement to stay focused night in and night out.
        .
        This team so far is just a mess… a big stinking mess!

        • oldbrooklynfan says:

          I have both MLB.TV, which I only “try” to use whenever I have too and MLB Extra innings. Last night Extra Innings had the game on two channels. A Dodger feed that I would have to wait for another game to end and an open Giant feed. I was about 3 inning on the Giant feed and than switched over to Scully when the other game finally ended. What a pleasure to hear his voice. Sometimes, if the opposing broadcasters are driving me crazy I switch to MLB.TV for a Dodger feed.

          • trublu4ever says:

            I mute them 🙂

          • Dodger4life says:

            Vinny is a treasure.
            .
            My problem last night was it would loop… and Vinny would repeat himself two or three times. Meanwhile, I would miss the play. I didn’t have this problem when I switched networks. It was maddening due to the fact that I paid the extra money… to be able to get the Dodger feed every game.
            .
            But like I mentioned before… The teams play so far… has been uninspiring and it’s easy to drift away during the latter innings.

        • Dodger4life says:

          I thought about muting them and putting on some music Tru…

  32. kahliforni says:

    Infielder Guerrero is tearing up AAA and Uribe (age 35) is tearing up his hamstring…or at least tweaking it. Promote the kid, offer Figgins a nice toaster oven or some other parting gift, and get on with the season.

  33. crash24now says:

    Where’s the will to win?

    Dodgers record in extra inning games is 3-6.

    Dodgers lead the NL in errors and walks given up.

    • Dodger4life says:

      They have to be close in the striking out as well category.
      .
      Someone on another blog mentioned that at least they didn’t make an error last night. This might be true, although walking the bases loaded in extra innings… would definitely classify as a mental mistake. And in my world it’s pretty much the same thing.

      • crash24now says:

        They are second in striking out. Kemp leads the team in that respect with 36 K’s in 116 plate appearances, or 31% of the time he steps up to the plate. I dunno, but I think that’s not good.

        The mental mistakes are a killer and definitely show a lack of will to win. Here’s where Donnieboy comes in. He’s a “players” manager, who likely coddles them, and after a mental mistake likely says “Get ’em next time, tiger!” or some such crap.

        I want a manager who will read them the riot act when they pull this shit. Sciosia. Gibson. Can you imagine what would be coming out of Lasorda’s mouth about now?

        • kahliforni says:

          Agreed…what exactly WOULD Lasorda have to say about this team? He’d probably send a limo to make sure this current Dodgers team showed up to play his Dodgers.

        • Dodger4life says:

          I agree… Most of these guys have looked to be less than fully prepared to play each day. . Case in point: Take Crawford, when he claimed the ball he and Hanley couldn’t communicate on earlier in the season, was a long run for him… then said, but I got there, I just didn’t catch it… I don’t know man, I don’t know? Hey Carl, I know…you make over $100,000.00 a freakin’ game, there is no long run…there’s just freakin’ run and just freakin’ catch. Especially if the ball hits you in the freakin’ chest.
          .
          Kemp when in beast mode, wasn’t striking out. He was using good judgement at the plate, getting pitches he could pound. Andre when hitting well isn’t hitting weak ground balls (seems like he’s hit more than his fair share so far), he drives pitches into the gaps. We should have plenty of high performance spark plugs on this team… yet for some reason, they resemble the low voltage AC-Delco brand. Hanley’s engine needs a boost as well.
          .
          These guy’s shine like a Corvette on paper, yet run like a freakin’ hand-be-down Chevette!

          • Dodger4life says:

            A wild pitch thrown on an intentional base on balls.
            Kemp letting a guy go from first to third on a single, cause he loafed to pick it up.
            A guy going from second to third, ’cause no one was covering the base.
            Kemp getting tossed arguing a strike call.
            Kemp laughing after getting picked off at first base.
            Walking the bases loaded in an extra inning tie game.
            Agon getting caught in a run down, yet, not helping Van Slyke assume the next base.
            .
            This kinda crap is in-excusable from an everyday major league ball player.
            .
            This doesn’t sound like they are playing scared… just bush league.

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    BUMGARNER That’s the next big hurdle for the Dodgers. I don’t know about the rest of you but just the names of these pitchers seem like “Iron Curtains’ to me. I hope the players don’t feel this way too because this psychological effect might be what’s causing them to fail to hit with RISP .Aside from everything else the offense is still the worse part of this team. If they could’ve scored one more run in nine innings there wouldn’ve been a tenth inning.

  35. crash24now says:

    Well, Donnie’s team meeting before last night’s game really was effective.

    “Starter Josh Beckett, after the game, went into slightly more detail.

    “Donnie felt like we needed to talk about where we ultimately want to get to. He saw some things that we can do better to improve our chances of that,” Beckett recalled. “Every team I’ve ever been on you’ve always had to have those ‘come to Jesus’ meetings, and not be playing scared.””

    source – TBLA

  36. kahliforni says:

    No offense to Donnie (as in, one player does not make a team), but this coming from a guy who appeared in exactly one playoff series (which Yankees lost). He did bat over .400, though.

  37. Dodger4life says:

    How many team meetings did they call last season? How many of them did any good? Here’s an idea! How about we have a team meeting on the ball field while the game is going on. You know where we get 25 guys together and play fundamental baseball. I mean it’s just a thought?
    .
    I need some hooch… kahli can you front me that scotch, I have coming at the seasons end????

  38. kahliforni says:

    D4, no problem…it’s just, I can’t remember WHY I’m fronting the scotch??!??!?

  39. Dodger4life says:

    It’s guaranteed under the new DonnieCare Act of 2014.
    .
    You probably didn’t bother to read through all the bullshit did you?
    .
    It says, everyone who signs up and pays their premiums is entitled to a World Series celebration. I mailed my payment in ahead of time.
    .
    You have to read it to understand it all khali… Now fork over the hooch!

    .

  40. Dodger4life says:

    On a more serious note… I hope the team comes prepared to win tonight!!!
    .
    I’m ready to have some fun!
    .
    I wanna let the good times roll…
    .
    I’m tired of being bested by the Giants!!
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    Or, anyone else for that matter!!

  41. lbirken says:

    A closed door meeting with Donnie questioning work ethic and/or preparation? These guys are pretty much mostly veterans. Something does not make sense.

    • kahliforni says:

      I think the media misunderstood Beckett. What he really said was the team requested the closed-door meeting and questioned Donnie’s ethic and/or work preparation. I know our heroes went to Australia, cutting down on Spring Training and all, but get this, even a shortened Spring Training is a perfect time to address work ethic and/or preparation…fundamentals, too. Quite a concept……….. BTW, who was the Dodgers’ last manager who actually chewed a few a**es? Certainly not Torre or his hand-picked lad. Their forte is a little passive-aggressive, semi-non-communication with players. You know, I very much dislike disliking my Dodgers. It hurts.

  42. Dodger4life says:

    I just noticed the Dodgers appear to be on the field early working on fielding.
    .
    I like this
    A) They clearly need the practice
    B) It breaks up the routine a bit.

  43. Dodger4life says:

    Oh yeah, and tru isn’t going to like the line-up…

    • trublu4ever says:

      None of us should. Pretty pathetic after Adrian bats. And, yes, I know Matt is after him!

      • Dodger4life says:

        I think Van Slyke has been doing a pretty good job so far this year. I realize he is in Andre’s spot at the moment though.

        • Dodger4life says:

          For the record… I like Andre. I just think he can play better than he has, so far. I also think he would if he was playing more often.

  44. messagebear says:

    I think that Mattingly’s lineups invite a certain self-fulfilling prophesy. Andre won’t see any left handed pitchers, even though his career should be at its peak; Van Slyke won’t see any right handed ones, even though his is beginning. Obviously neither of them will ever get a chance to improve and become regular non-platoon ballplayers, and I think that’s a shame – not the old style of playing ball, but it’s Donnie ball. Anyway, that’s how careers get shaped.

  45. Dodger4life says:

    Mattingly’s record recently against the Giants isn’t all that good. Maybe KasteNed should platoon skippers.

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Rockies lose…walk off by Votto in bottom of 9th….after our old pal, Broxton, blew the save in top of inning.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    I need you guys to keep me updated tonight….the Giants have blacked out my feed here.

  48. Dodger4life says:

    No score, bottom of two. Maholm hit Belt on the left thumb with a pitch last inning. Belt is now out of the game.

  49. Dodger4life says:

    End of two, no score… Van Slyke walked with two outs, then stole second base, where he was stranded..

  50. crash24now says:

    Turner starts the third inning with a double. Show some heart and score him, you duds!

    • crash24now says:

      Fools and thieves! Maholm gets him to third base with one out, but neither Gordon (groundout) nor Puig (K) can cash him in. Not too sure why Gordon is starting against Bumgarner. Where is Alex Guerrero?

      • Dodger4life says:

        Donnie said earlier they would use Turner and Figgins at third if Uribe goes on the DL. They also would bring up another infielder.

  51. crash24now says:

    The impotent offense has scored one run in the past twenty-one innings.

  52. Dodger4life says:

    A walk then a Brandon Crawford dinger… 2-0!

  53. And the beat goes on..

  54. crash24now says:

    Back to the errors. Might as well let all the runs score. We sure aren’t going to score tonight.

    Never mind about the probabilities I gave yesterday. They are obviously flawed. Right now, I’d say a 50/50 shot of we get swept or Donnie gets KO’d by Kemp.

  55. Dodger4life says:

    Anyone think this team can come from behind, down by 3 runs with 4 1/2 to play??

  56. crash24now says:

    Puig!!!!! Couldn’t you have waited until someone was on base?

  57. We need some more of that.

  58. Dodger4life says:

    It looks like Donnie got tossed? I don’t have any sound and missed most of it???

  59. crash24now says:

    Mattingly ejected. That’s gotta help.

  60. I have no idea, we’ll have to read about it.

  61. Dodger4life says:

    It looked like he was a arguing about Bumgarner harassing Puig??

  62. I’d like to see Puig hit another one, flip his bat and dance around the bases. S-L-O-W-L-Y.

  63. Dodger4life says:

    Bumgarner probably didn’t like Puigs bat flip. Which almost caused Puig to bat flip him. Luckily Puig just shrugged it off after a few words and came on home.

  64. Dodger4life says:

    League does alright when he gets the ball down and off the center of the plate. All three of those hits last inning were in the heart of the strike zone. Olivios targets have been knee high.

  65. Gotta find a way.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. This is like trying to run up a hill backwards with your feet tied.

  67. NINTH INNING LIGHTENING

  68. Dodger4life says:

    Awe Horsepucky… One more game, with one more run, one more error and one more agonizing loss to the division rivals at home!!

  69. Well they gave it there all.

  70. crash24now says:

    Well, we accomplished one thing tonight. Paul Maholm broke Brandon Belt’s thumb when he hit him with a pitch. That takes some of the pain away from losing the first two games of this series.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I was thinking of that too, it takes one of their monster hitters out of the lineup but I can’t help think of our poor offense against good pitching as the real culprit and hope that chances today.

  71. kahliforni says:

    Belt is kind of a dick, popping off about the mega-salary, no-chemistry Dodgers last spring before the 2013 season even began. Oh well, Hanley broke a rib in the playoffs getting hit.

    D4, read the DonnieCare Act of 2014 very closely, and you’re right, I really did space. But I think we both missed the sub-sub-clause buried in section XIV. It states, “…everyone who signs up and pays their premiums is entitled to a World Series celebration…” Nowhere does it specify the city of Los Angeles.

  72. Dodger4life says:

    Yes, you are correct kahli. However, in the amended section, which is only view-able after your premiums have been paid. It clearly states that all libations must be administered by the approved DonnieCare physician, Neal S. El Attrache MD.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Although, it is my understanding that the State of California’s DonnieCare exchange site of SportsNet L.A., are currently going through some sort of technical problems. So, I find you at no fault, and not liable of payment until no sooner than hell freezes over.

  73. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I could say, “What good is having Greinke if the Dodgers can’t score anyway?” but I could credit Strasburg, Volgelsong and Bumgarner and hope Cain isn’t as good. I think I’ll go with the latter because otherwise this team is really in trouble. The Dodgers just have to do what other good professional teams do, turn the pages and go into the next chapter and C-H-A-R-G-E.
    Don’t forget, there may be some unfinished business in regards to that incident between Puig and Bumgarner last night.

  74. koufax1963 says:

    The gnats just outplayed the dodgers, does not mean they always will, in fact that could turn around today, but right now before 1pm the giants just play better fundamental baseball.

  75. trublu4ever says:

    I’m guessing Dre is the one on Donnie’s shit list! Tru is pissed! I’ll bet Andre is too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • messagebear says:

      Unfortunately I see Andre’s career tanking under this Dodger regime. Some of us may think that he got a contract that overpaid him, but then what player and his agent doesn’t strive to get the most when he has the advantage. The best thing that really could happen for Andre would be for him to get traded. But that same contract, which probably no other team would have given him, is what’s going to keep him sitting on the bench with the Dodgers in a part timer capacity. Frankly, I’d rather see VanSlyke and Pederson, and Guerrero playing than having Andre and Crawford being stuck on this team with their contracts along with Turner as a sub. That’s what having too much money and no brains for a GM has created for us.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Exactly! I see Dre playing with his good buddy, Pedroia, in Boston. He has far more to offer than Crawford.

        • Andre’s big problem was that he didn’t hit lefthanded pitching very well. If he did he wouldn’t be in the situation he’s in. Hitting against righties wasn’t good enough to compensate for it. I’ll hate to see him go, if and when he does but that’s baseball.

          • trublu4ever says:

            He has to play against lefties to get the opportunity. One shot at time isn’t fair.

  76. trublu4ever says:

    Another day ….same old story!

  77. crash24now says:

    Dodgers waste Gordon’s great work. Next time, Dee needs to steal home.

  78. Losing as usual again

  79. trublu4ever says:

    CC crushed that one 🙂

  80. messagebear says:

    “In a sense, this isn’t all bad,” Mattingly said about sitting Ethier in favor of Crawford. “It gives Andre a chance to work on his mechanics”.
    I’d like somebody to give Mattingly a chance to work on his memoirs.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Apparently, Mark told Donnie that CC had the hot bat….and, how do you work on mechanics sitting on your ass?!

  81. crash24now says:

    Hey – they scored two runs!

  82. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, Perez is warming up!

  83. crash24now says:

    Why the hell is Turner pinch-hitting when they could use SVS?

  84. crash24now says:

    Gordon does it against a lefty!

  85. crash24now says:

    Come on, show Puig’s bat flip on the replay!

  86. A two run lead. Can we hold it?

  87. Good to see Brian HOLD them.

  88. The Beast looks like he’s back.

  89. This is like an elevator…and the elevator mooooves UP.

  90. trublu4ever says:

    We need the one tomorrow. With Kersh going for us, I feel pretty confident.

  91. Dodger4life says:

    Nice Win!!
    .
    Let’s keep this thing going!!

  92. For some reason, I didn’t know this was a day game. Went and got my nails done and grocery shopped as well. Came home and started reading FB – realized we were playing – and turned on GameDay. Asked my roomie to check and see (hope beyond hope) if the game was televised, and lo and behold, it was! Tuned in just in time to see us tie, then win the game. What a great Saturday surprise!!

    • kahliforni says:

      I didn’t realize it was on Fox Sports 1 in LA until the 8th inning…I was out and about all afternoon… Was so nice to SEE Dodger Blue, it made me despise Time/Warner and the Guggenheims even more.

      • I know just how you feel! I can’t even get the radio broadcasts in my apartment; I’d have to sit in my car to listen to the games. Seeing the guys was wonderful! The only thing missing was hearing Vinny – maybe soon! Hope so 🙂

  93. Dodger4life says:

    It sure would be nice to get a win today and split the series!!

    If you’re one of the treasured mothers of the world…

    Happy Mothers Day!

    Hey! If you’re not, have a wonderful day anyhow!

  94. Dodger4life says:

    I will venture out on a limb here… and say, “tru will like the lineup better than she has the past few days”.

    Dee Gordon, 2B
    Yasiel Puig, RF
    Hanley Ramirez, SS
    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
    Matt Kemp, CF
    Andre Ethier, LF
    Justin Turner, 3B
    Drew Butera, C
    Clayton Kershaw, P

  95. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Happy Mothers Day to all and here’s hoping the Dodgers and Kershaw really make it a happy one for all us Dodger fans throughout the world.
    I don’t have to tell anyone around here how much we need to win this game.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  96. Dodger4life says:

    Getting some runs off of Hudson today, as well as winning the game. Would be a big boost in setting a better mood towards the season, without a doubt.

    • Dodger4life says:

      The littlest guy on the roster was the spark plug yesterday. Who will it be today? Kemp chipped in as well yesterday, might we see some fireworks again from the Bison? Can Hanley get something going, Either? Puig and Agon have been steady in the past, maybe one of them will ignite the park? Can the utility guys of Butera and Turner muster some goodwill?

      Can’t say I’d be entirely happy if someone doesn’t lend Kershaw a hand and provide some run support today.

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        Yes we need those runs, can’t win without them.

        • At least it’s a really decent line-up, unlike the terrible “Sunday” lineups Donnie-baby usually has. So there’s a chance we’ll win. And I have a feeling that Kersh is going to help himself with the bat today.

  97. I don’t expect anyone to believe this but I just got home from being out and I put on the TV and see Hanley come up to the plate and watch him hit the game tying HR.

  98. trublu4ever says:

    And, now, we’re in trouble again!

  99. I came in thinking I missed everything but I guess Hanley made it that I’d see some action. To bad all Giants.

  100. messagebear says:

    Jansen just really doesn’t have it. It’s too early to be worn out even with Mattingly in charge. I bet we see Wilson closing. It’s a shame to lose a game that’s been saved with two out in the bottom of the 9th.

  101. It looks like all Hanley did with his HR was PROLONG the agony.

  102. kahliforni says:

    Disappointing losing all these games to the Gnats…………

  103. JhallWally says:

    Unacceptable…..

  104. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think the only thing wrong with this team is that it lacks chemistry, if that’s the right word for it. I don’t know where you can find this guy Chemistry but he sure would help. Right now without him, when someone gets in scoring position the next guy for some reason has trouble following suit. Some teams, the more base runners the more the magic strikes, like electricity. Not this team, there’s very little connection. Also some teams are more successful when they take the lead or tie the game up, but the Dodgers are more likely to give the runs back.
    The good news is these thing have a tendency of going away or the electricity or chemistry comes back, like last year, and for some reason they start winning again.
    I know it’s never too early but it’s still May with a lot of baseball coming up before it actually is too late.
    So don’t give up gang..

  105. Hi OTD Hope we win.

  106. So Haren come through to knock in Kemp.

  107. Gee we can’t even enjoy a tie game.

  108. I’m really happy to see Ethier score Kemp. I missed the game yesterday. At least that part of the game.

  109. Puig has 4 RBI tonight.

  110. Hope they can hold this lead.

  111. Here comes the ‘pen.

  112. trublu4ever says:

    Well, this sucks!

  113. It’s hard to figure the outcome.

  114. Dodger4life says:

    The win last night was enjoyable… The team seems to be showing signs that they have some life in them after all.

    It looks like A.J. may be rejoining the ranks, possibly as soon as tonight?

    I think Butera has done a fair job filling in. So far, out of the three backup catchers, I think he has shown positive energy and displayed the best defensive skill-set.

    I’m a little curious as to how the Dodgers work through this oncoming transaction.

  115. messagebear says:

    The Dodgers mindset over any transactions with the minor leagues only concerns the question of who has options and to make sure they don’t bring up anybody prematurely so that it would shorten their time before arbitration rights vest. So it’s entirely a business decision and not who’s ready for a major league tryout.

    While mentioning minor leagues, has anybody noticed that all of our minor league affiliates are playing under .500 ball – some very much under .500. So what is all the bullshit you hear about Guggenheim ownership investing to rebuild the minor league component for the Dodgers? Is there anybody in the organization who knows how to do that? Apparently NOT.

  116. crash24now says:

    Before we get all excited about the return of the offense, note that the Marlins gave up ten free bases in the form of walks.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Fair enough crash… I still think they have shown some improvement is all.

      Bear, regarding the two back-up catchers, I don’t think either can be optioned to the minors without clearing waivers and giving their consent. I’m not sure, but I think the Dodgers are on the hook for both salaries (aren’t they guaranteed in MLB)? If so, this would lead me to believe Olivio has the inside track? Like I said though, I’m not exactly sure how this works?

  117. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The win last night was soothing, especially with the Giants also winning, maintaining the 4 1/2 game deposit. That one moment in the eight inning when Wilson gave up that 2 run HR to Reed was not too soothing, to say the least. It was good to see Jansen come back right away and get that save, his 12th.
    Right now the Dodgers have to keep playing with a sense of urgency and just hope the Giants will cool off. I guess we can’t keep our eyes off the Rockies either.

    • messagebear says:

      Yes, what would be reassuring and a must is that our team start winning each series they face, especially so at home. That will take care of things in the long run and establish both confidence and consistency in the shorter term.

    • Dodger4life says:

      The Giants will hit a rough stretch somewhere along the way… They are a good team though. The Dodgers need to play like a good team as well.

      With both Kershaw and A.J. being gone, both Beckett and Butera have done a good job. I’m glad to have both of them back, though. I’m extremely impressed with the way Gordon and Puig have adjusted. Jansen’s final pitch last night hit 97 on the gun, this also was good news. Kemp, Ethier and Hanley have been contributing more recently… as well. League and Wilson when throwing with good control are positives, when not, they get touched.

      There’s reason to believe the problems will work themselves out, just as there is reason to be skeptical. I seen a comment the other day, not sure where though. Something to the effect that to be better than average at baseball, you have to eat, sleep, and think baseball. This isn’t an ordinary job that you can do for a while and be good at. Every day is a challenge.

  118. crash24now says:

    The return of AJ Ellis, Ryu, and Uribe will be a big help. Hopefully AJ will help with the erratic bullpen? Ryu’s return can move Maholm out of the rotation and into the bullpen. Uribe will solidify the defense. That being said, Uribe needs to have more days off than Mattingly gave him in the first month of the season. Juan is no spring chicken.

    Gonzalez’ bat has gone cold. Last year, he was Mr. Consistent. Maybe it’s just a temporary slump.

    The Beard is looking more and more like a Giants has-been. Maybe it’s just dumb luck.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I seen a stat that said the Dodgers were first on both sides of the field in the walk category. The whole bullpen needs to hit their spots better. I remember a few years ago, Bills (I think?) making the comment about competitiveness among the pitching staff. How everyone was feeding off of each other and that in itself elevated the way they performed.

      Everyday is a challenge, these guys have to step up and conquer it.

      If Kershaw is truly healthy, him having the time off should be a benefit to the team in the long run. The same goes for A.J..

      A crackhead I once worked with, swore that bananas were good for hamstrings. Goribe needs rest, I agree. But, heck the banana thing might not be a bad idea as well. It seems when the boy’s were having fun last season, bananas and Goribe, were part of the agenda. Just sayin’!

    • Dodger4life says:

      I also seen a report about Ryu having had similar issues in Korea. That when he returned it was in the bullpen and after being inserted back into the rotation, it took him a while to get back into top shape.

      I’m pulling for Ryu to come back strong. He is my fave to see do well. I just like his toughness.

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