Congratulations Josh Beckett

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Throwing the first Dodger no-hitter since 1996, Josh Beckett provided the reason for a happy flight home after a so-so road trip.

As the Reds come to Chavez Ravine to kick off a home stand on Memorial Day, take a few moments to reflect upon the occasion, and silently thank those men and women who gave their lives so we can pursue happiness by listening to the Dodger game while enjoying a cheeseburger and a favorite libation.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will be starting against Johnny Cueto, one of the best pitchers in the game this year. He entered play Monday leading the National League in ERA (1.25), walks and hits per innings pitched (0.708), innings pitched (72.0) and strikeouts (76).

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225 Responses to Congratulations Josh Beckett

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Jon Weidman passed this along in the Dodger Insider blog: “Don Mattingly told reporters in Philadelphia today that Hanley Ramirez’s lower calf injury is continuing to receive treatment but that an MRI could be in the future.”

    Will Hanley ever be healthy?

  2. kahliforni says:

    Dodgers will face a dilemma. Hanley, even if gets healthy, can’t be much longer for shortstop. That leaves Hanley and/or Uribe at third this season. Moving forward, do the Dodgers say adios to both and bring in Guerrero next year to play there? Youth be served. Strange….

    Congrats again to Beckett. Reading about the last-pitch fastball straight down the middle to Utley….nerves of steel to gamble that Utley wouldn’t expect it.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Right at the knees. He has transformed himself into a great pitcher from his former 98 mph days. He can still reach 94 when he needs to, which is faster than league average.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I think I heard Orel say that AJ was the one who came up with Josh’s new pitching style … to trust, and use the curve ball ….especially when unexpected.

  3. Dodger4life says:

    What an outstanding day at work for Beckett. It was fun to see the team enjoying themselves while congratulating him afterwards.

    Well done Josh Beckett and crew…

    Enjoy your Memorial Day everyone…

    Thanks to all our military men, women and the families, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, in order to help protect our wonderful free way of life.

  4. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Maybe it pays for me to miss a couple of innings once in a while so the Dodgers can sneak a no-hitter passed me. Congrats to Josh Beckett on his masterpiece. I noticed that the Giants also won leaving us still 5 !/2 out. Well I guess that’s something we still have to work on. I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial day, Thanks to those who fought to make sure we’d have a day like this.

  5. mesagebear says:

    The only trouble I see with keeping Kemp out four games in a row is that it wouldn’t surprise me if he finds himself out of sync at the plate, be it as a pinch hitter or when he finally makes a start.
    Oh, and he may be royally pissed off too, and we don’t know how that plays out.

  6. trublu4ever says:

    AJ put on DL …. severely sprained ankle suffered during Josh’s no hit celebration….Fed-Ex recalled.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      What a moron.

      Is it any wonder why the team is in the state its in? If you can’t even celebrate without getting injured… come to think about it, no one on this team should be injured. There hasn’t been much to celebrate.

      Hanley can go screw himself too. I’d be much happier having all the kids play. These so-called superstars aren’t worth watching.

    • 32and53fan says:

      I always worry about injuries every time I watch guys jumping up and bumping their torsos in mid-air, thinking they might come down wrong and turn over ankle. Also when they chase down and tackle to the ground the walkoff hero of the game. After being out so long for his knee, AJ can’t be too happy about hurting his ankle, especially because of the way it happened.

  7. A nice Memorial Day to you all.

  8. Well, we take the lead.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Wow …. Turner with the big time “D” ….. way to go!

  10. Both the Giants and the Rockies have lost.

  11. The way Ludwick is fouling them off I’m afraid something bad is going to happen.

  12. 32and53fan says:

    Andre is really playing well. His Baseball IQ allows him to get good jumps and run good routes, making him a much better centerfielder than Kemp. Donnie and Matt had a closed door meeting in Philadelphia. I think the message was that Kemp was not cutting it in center field, and that he will need to start playing left field and also work on balls coming off the bat during batting practice. I don’t know if they discussed ways to improve his mental deficiency.

    • trublu4ever says:

      The Kid at short is very good too … a natural talent …. they just have to work on his batting stance a bit.

  13. I’d feel better if we got some runs.

  14. messagebear says:

    If there’s occasion for another celebration after this game, who’s going to get injured now?

  15. Now that’s better

  16. Too bad, but a great performance.

  17. Wilson was pretty bad.

  18. messagebear says:

    Have I mentioned lately that I hate the Beard!
    The Beard SUCKS!
    In fact, I love to see the Beard lose!
    F’ing ex-Giant!

  19. Great going Kenley.
    We needs some runs.

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  21. The most important thing is we won and trail the Giants by 4 1/2.

  22. enchantedbeaver says:

    Its a shame Wilson gets a hold for that performance. Our wizard dugout leader, he now a better manager now that he’s not of the lame duck variety, keeps trotting Wilson and League out there thinking that a leopard can indeed change its spots, then watches dumbfounded when they implode for the umpteenth time.

    Too bad to Ryu. Back-to-back no hitters would’ve been something.

  23. It seems like our starting pitching is the only thing we can really rely on. The bullpen is weak and so is the defense. Lucky our offense has been showing signs of life, lately.

  24. grizzy says:

    I really don’t see how Wilson gets hold on that one either. Certainly didn’t deserve it.

  25. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ll take it… We gained a game on the Gnats and the Roks…. 2nd place….. And, our 2 and 1 pitchers coming up….
    I can’t believe AJ rolls his ankle in the celebration…. Geez!!! These guys need to get their heads out of their nether regions……

    Good Grief!!! As Nelly would say….

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I have to say, we sure have gotten some great pitching from our starting rotation. Sometimes I wonder if it’s just because we’re afraid to hand it over to our bullpen. Here’s hoping we don’t see too many outings like Wilson’s last night .We need some good outings from our ‘pen if we want to have some much needed consecutive winning streaks, in order to catch the Giants.

  27. kahliforni says:

    It’s all Kemp’s fault the Dodgers are in 2nd place……….. Hey, can the fans bench Donnie for four games? And on another negative note, Vin Scully is out with a chest cold; at age 86, that becomes worrisome. Thanks again to Time/Warner, and especially the “it’s-not-our-problem” Guggenheims for this complete travesty to Mr. Scully. Maybe this should be a wake-up call to the corporate suits. Vinny won’t be here forever.

  28. crash24now says:

    trublu4ever,

    You asked last week what is our record against left-handed starting pitchers. Sorry it took me so long. I couldn’t find any easy way to get this stat, so I compiled it game-by-game. The results through last night’s game:

    against lefties: 6-6
    against righties: 22-18

  29. Dodger4life says:

    Tonight’s ballgame is not blacked out on ESPN.
    .
    Confirmed w/ESPN representative, tonight’s Dodgers-Reds game can be seen on ESPN in LA. Karl Ravech, Mark Mulder, Pedro Gomez on call – Eric Stephen

  30. messagebear says:

    From what I see Kemp isn’t in the starting lineup tonight either.
    By this time I have to consider that decision as being a serious matter. If we no longer need him, let’s trade him and get ourselves a catcher and a third baseman, etc. After sitting for a week, he can’t be expected to resume and have a great season. If there was a point to be made, I figure that Donnie could have done that in a game or two, or three, but five games is carrying it to an extreme, unless there’s a pending DL issue that we’re not being told about. What say you?

    • This is a toughie. What we do know is that Mattingly isn’t happy with his defense and that Matt has lost his sharpness defensively. Matt has also been complaining to reporters.

      One might think Matt has a problem with his vision, but that’s easily fixed with new contact lenses. Should the problem be physical, well, then the club should be honest about it and come clean. But if there are no physical problems, then maybe Neddie should trade him. I would not, however, expect to get anything more than the usual PVL’s he loves.

      • trublu4ever says:

        I don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. However, Matt and his agent, Dave Stewart, are ticked off. I’m glad Dre handled the situation well when he was riding the pine! He never complained and was the good guy in the club house.

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          This team was in trouble from day 1 with 4 prima donna outfielders and three spots. One is always going to be pissed off. Right now I’d say they have the right one riding the pine. No D, and Crawford is hitting better right now. 2-3 games from now, who knows.

          Frankly, I’d trade two of the three of Kemp, Dre and Crawford to make a spot for Pederson, who is a true CFer and a 5-tool player. I could see an OF of Kemp/Ethier LF, Pederson CF and Puig RF. Back-up OFers like SVS are a dime a dozen so no worries if you need a 5th. The D would improve, of which this team is in dire need.

          I wouldn’t tender Hanley either. Screw him and trade him at the deadline. The Arinobueno kid stabilizes the infield. If the others would do their jobs with the bat, you could carry Mark Belanger type SS and win more games with the extra D.

  31. Dodger4life says:

    I have read that Hanley typically gets better at the plate as the season goes along. Having said that, I think we will need his bat, if we can make a run towards the post season. Barring an attitude problem, I say wait until the off season to address his issues.

    Kemp has stated that some days his ankle, foot, legs, whatever aren’t where they should be health-wise. Donnie and I suppose others believe that he is having issues coming to an abrupt stop. This is cause for concern in my opinion. I don’t care what his agent has to say…when healthy he is a big asset to the ball-club, when hurt he is a detriment. I have no problem with him playing his way back into the everyday line-up.

  32. Hi Everybody
    Just hoping the starting rotation can keep up the good work. Greinke is a good mann to have in there.

  33. I see the Dodgers had a last minute change in the lineup mainly it’s Ramirez at short.

  34. enchantedbeaver says:

    A base stealer Puig not be.

  35. Ethier, at last, hits a HR.
    I was beginning to wonder if he’d ever hit another one.

  36. enchantedbeaver says:

    Shades of the old Andre…

  37. I believe that’s Figgins’ first RBI.

  38. enchantedbeaver says:

    Crawford swinging like that will get Kemp back in the line-up.

  39. Hanley finally comes through.

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Crawford hurt himself…..looks pretty serious.

  41. Crawford’s sprain is negative.

  42. Nice win to keep pace with the Giants and Rockies. Another fantastic outing by Greinke and Howell & Jansen did their job with no hassle.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Good job, boys!

  44. I was happily able to watch the game on ESPN. Their commentators mentioned that they watched Matt during his pre-game left-field practice and said he has a pronounced limp after he runs down fly balls. They also said he does not have good lateral movement. IMHO, these are good reasons to move him to left, once he gets the hang of it and earns his way back into the lineup. Evidently, Donnie felt that way, too, since he had SVS play left after Crawford rolled his ankle. Of course, striking out while pinch hitting didn’t exactly help Matt’s cause.

  45. Dodger4life says:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-shaikin-20140528-story.html

    “He gave his body up for the organization,” Stewart said. “He didn’t ask to be in this situation in the first place.”

    Kemp was given his spot back upon his return. The issues at present, seems to be how his ankle injury is effecting his play. An injury suffered due to his doing, or not doing…if memory serves me correctly…he didn’t exactly give it 110 percent between 3rd base and home plate that day.

    Don’t get me wrong here…I would love to see Kemp bouncing around joyfully again, playing the way he has in the past. I just don’t think he…or anyone else, should have an entitlement to any position.

    It would serve the team and the player better, if they took a page from Puig earlier in the season…when he asked how he can get better and what he could do to help the team win games. Then instead of lobbying…went out and gave it 110 percent again.

    If they can’t give 110 percent on the field, give what you can…and help your teammates 110 percent until you’re better fit to play well.

    The teams play looks better since Beckett’s no-hitter. I hope this is a trend that continues…

    • kahliforni says:

      To me, Mr. “Player’s Manager” is dropping the ball here, taking a page out of papa Joe Torre’s non-communication playbook. I side with Dave Stewart. In my humble opinion, If the Dodgers are going to win anything, it will be with Matt Kemp in the line-up. This is not some chump-change kind of player. Last I checked, before all the injuries, he was touted as the best outfielder in baseball. And when Kemp did wreck his ankle, not giving the clichéd 100%, it might have been because he had just suffered two severe hamstring injuries and was finally healthy. Maybe Kemp told Donnie to go f**k off or something, but there is a foul odor to this whole affair. Playing left field isn’t rocket science.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Fair enough, kahli…I do respect your opinion, as it may be the case here, who know’s… I still believe that for whatever reason, Kemp’s play hasn’t been sharp. I do agree that a healthy and productive Kemp would best serve the efforts of everyone in pursuing that all-elusive 7th championship. Like I said, I would love nothing more than to see him well and back to his jubilant style of play again, soon. If the issue with Kemp is one of him not being healthy…I’m not sure that Kemp’s lack of playing time can be considered the same as when Joe benched him. That being said…It was Kemp that maintained he had days when the ankle felt tight. My position on Donnie, remains that if he can’t get this team to play well…we need change. I would still like to see a parade in 2014 though.

        I knocked a beer over and managed to get my keyboard wet, so my shift key isn’t working properly at the moment…

        • kahliforni says:

          Wet keyboards are not a good thing! Playing Kemp in center is not my agenda. Playing Kemp is.

          • Dodger4life says:

            I have done this before…the last one I ran through the dishwasher and it would have worked, if I hadn’t broken the little clip that fastens the ribbon cable to the motherboard. I’m hesitant to try this again…I can still view MLB.tv the way it sits.

            I would be surprised if Kemp isn’t in the line-up today.

      • messagebear says:

        I’m always inclined to side with someone who tells Donnie to “go f**k off or something”. The only one more deserving is someone who also tells Ned the same thing.

  46. Right now I think IMO that placing Kemp in LF and leaving Ethier in center is the right move as Kemp recovers more fully. Ethier is doing a fine job in center field and with Crawford out, more playing time will benefit Ethier’s offense and who knows? Maybe he’ll even hit some more home runs.

  47. crash24now says:

    We have a few options in the outfield, given that Crawford is going on the DL.

    Option 1 – Put Kemp in LF for a few days and see how it goes.

    Option 2 – If Kemp is not yet able, put SVS out there. This is not a good option against RHP starters, such as Homer Bailey tonight.

    Option 3 – If Kemp is not able, bring up Joc Pederson. Then choose whether to play him in LF or CF. I would pick LF for now, since Ethier is quite capable in CF.

  48. messagebear says:

    I think SVS would prove himself quite capable against right-handers if given the chance on some regular basis, since he obviously came up successfully through minor league ranks without being platooned. This whole platooning garbage is Donnie’s idea albeit taken from his Torre mentor. Players used to face pitchers from both sides and most good ones still do.
    Of course, I am a SVS fan, and I think he should get the chance to be a regular even if it’s away from the Dodgers, which is likely.

  49. Dodger4life says:

    What do you think of this line-up crash

    Gordon 2B
    Ethier CF
    Puig RF
    Ramirez SS
    Gonzalez 1B
    Figgins LF
    Turner 3B
    Butera C
    Kershaw P

    • crash24now says:

      Two issues: (1) Ethier will slow down Puig. Maybe that’s okay because Puig ain’t too great at stealing bases. (2) Figgins doesn’t hit enough to justify a start in LF. His 2014 statistics lie.

      I like the real lineup better. I just hope Kemp can still mash after five days on the bench. Plus he better be mobile enough to make a couple plays in LF.

      Gordon 2B
      Ethier CF
      Puig RF
      Ramirez SS
      Gonzalez 1B
      Kemp LF
      Turner 3B
      Butera C
      Kershaw P

      Finally, Gonzalez is right. He should be cleanup. Hanley’s bat has gone downhill since last year.

      • Dodger4life says:

        My apologies to everyone…I’m not sure what happened to my line-up…

        Nice assessment crash.

  50. crash24now says:

    I saw Matt Kemp in the dugout near the end of the game after Crawford was injured. His ballcap was askew and the bill pointed to the sky. The look on his face was:

    – confused / glum / bemused / uncaring ???

    I’m not sure. Maybe it was “I haven’t played the last five games, but I don’t care cuz I’m getting paid $20 million per year regardless.”

    Maybe I misread the look on his face. Anybody else see it?

  51. 32and53fan says:

    Scarecrow back in the lineup, hitting 6th.

    Dodgers lineup, 5/28:
    2B Gordon
    CF Ethier
    RF Puig
    SS Ramirez
    1B Gonzalez
    LF Kemp
    3B Turner
    C Butera
    P Kershaw

  52. crash24now says:

    Beckett’s no-hitter and Ryu’s perfect first seven innings have seemed to turned this team around. They built on this recent success with a big offensive inning fueled by Every Day Dre’s bases clearing triple. All of that leads up to a possible four game winning streak if they keep it up tonight.

    It all smells like the mystical “chemistry” that OBF talked about a few days ago. That’s what it’s gotta be, in spite of all the drama in the outfield and the accumulating injuries of the position players.

    If the starting pitchers could continue to pitch through the seventh inning, that will take a lot of weight off the under-performing bullpen.

  53. 32and53fan says:

    I read something yesterday that said some people associated with the game watched Kemp practicing in left field, and said he had a noticeable limp going after fly balls. Despite what he says, his ankle is not fully healed, and may never be.

    I don’t know if he has the “necessities” to change the way he plays to compensate for his diminished physical capabilities. Kemp has always relied on his 5 tools to be able to stick to the show. Like Vin Sully says, “it’s a lot easier to make the majors than to remain in them.” Players need a 6th tool, call it baseball instinct or IQ, to remain in the big leagues once those pure skills are diminished. “Scrappy” players, or “grinders” are sometimes below average in the 5 tools, but their intelligence is what makes them a valuable addition to a team.
    A couple of cases illustrate that:
    Maury Wills has said that a player doesn’t have to be fast to steal a base. He just has to observe the pitcher, take the maximum lead, get a secondary lead, and go at just the right moment. Plus he might have to wait for the right situation or pitch count to even try to steal. Of course, doing all of that won’t make someone a base stealer, which is very different than a player that can steal an occasional base. All of the above, plus God-given speed is needed to be in the same class as Cobb, Wills, Lopes, Henderson, Brock, Raines, Coleman and Gordon.
    On Dodger Talk last night, they were talking about how André Ethier is such a good center fielder despite his lack of speed. They said that André almost fell over after a pitch because he is closely watching the batter and is in motion immediately, allowing him to get a good jump on the ball. They also said that Arruebarrena does the same thing… being in a crouch position ready to spring left or right anticipating which way the ball will go.
    These are the things that I was doing in Little League and Babe Ruth League from 10 to 15 years old. Why is it so hard for some guys making $20 million to keep their head in the game and be prepared on each pitch?

    Every injury that Matt Kemp suffered in the last two years could have been avoided with some heads up playing. If he doesn’t like listening to his manager and coaches, maybe the team can get Greinke, Kershaw, Ethier and Gonzalez to present a refresher course on the mental side of baseball. If they taught Kemp how to use his head, anticipating each play, maybe he could overcome his lack of explosiveness he had a few years ago. Just about everything Matt needs to turn his game around can be found in “The Dodger Way to Play Baseball” by Al Campanis. But first he needs to dial down his swagger a few notches, ramp up his humility and accept coaching. Dee Gordon did those things and he made a night and day difference in his game.

    • Great points! I’d also like to say that staying ready, even while sitting on the bench, goes far. Observing situations, building up knowledge and watching other players who are not so great but who are noted for maximizing their skills and being a team player is also good.

      • 32and53fan says:

        I agree 100%.

        I forgot to include A.J. Ellis in that group who use their 6th tool. He could have moped around, feeling sorry for himself while on the DL for the first time. Instead, he poured over stats and videos and discovered that by throwing more curve balls, Josh Beckett could be a much more effective pitcher.

  54. Dodger4life says:

    I once worked for a guy in construction, who claimed if you weren’t a family man…you weren’t going to be worth a damn.

    I took it to mean… that there are going to be plenty of days when the job gets you down. The guys who find a way to muster through those days without any problems, usually weren’t working to satisfy their needs alone.

    The overall goal, should be to play better as a team than 29 other ball-clubs.

    Nice comment 32and53fan.

  55. Hi OTD Lets get it on.

  56. So Phillips puts us in an early hole.

  57. Dodger4life says:

    Kershaw was struggling a bit with the feel to throw his curve.

  58. The Giants already won.

  59. crash24now says:

    Puig and Hanley fail to bring Gordon in from third. 😦

  60. Dodger4life says:

    Wasn’t a dang thing wrong with that curveball, it was a Kershaw beauty.

  61. Dodger4life says:

    It’s time to score some runs and suds…

    RALLY BEER

  62. I just read your comment while I was watching the game 32&53Fan. I don’t know what’s really causing any trouble on this team but you made a lot of good points. You may be right on lot of things.

  63. I just noticed the Phillies beat the Rockies 6-3.

  64. I hope that Baily doesn’t make these two runs hold up.

  65. I’d sure like to see the Dodgers knock in Turner.

  66. Well at least Turner scored 2-1.

  67. Well we gave that run back.

  68. crash24now says:

    Wild pitch scores another for the Reds.

  69. Puig, Ramirez and Gonzalez come on.

  70. It would be good if we don’t give that run back.

  71. The fact that ther Reds didn’t score, could be a good sign. Let’s go guys!!!

  72. 32and53fan says:

    3-2 Reds… We got 6 outs to turn it around.

  73. That was nuts, they should’ve let Dee steal second.

    • trublu4ever says:

      Mattingly is an idiot!

      • JhallWally says:

        Sorry Tru… Either sucked at the plate….

        • trublu4ever says:

          From his wtf reaction after, and, Vinny’s as well, that was Donnie’s doing….as Beav said, Dre could have moved him with a hit to right. To me, however, the turning point of the whole game was the 1st inning ….. Puig & Hanley couldn’t get Dee home from 3rd.

          • JhallWally says:

            Well Tru, I didn’t see the game, so I will take your word for it.. I’m not surprised that Dildon screwed the pooch…

  74. I think Mattingly blew it in that inning.

  75. crash24now says:

    0-7 with RISP tonight.

  76. Chalk this loss up to Homer Bailey and Don Mattingly.

  77. enchantedbeaver says:

    How in a situation where they HAVE to hold the runner, you’ve got the best base stealer in the league on first AND a hot left handed hitter at the plate, do you bunt on the first pitch? No chance to steal second, no taking a shot at the hole on the right side, nothing.

    I’ve never seen a manager not grasp the first thing about baseball.

    And how does a part time catcher have 7 PBs?

    How this team is above .500 is beyond me.

    • JhallWally says:

      Unacceptable Beav!! We’ve got the lunatics running the asylum… We will not win a championship with Nedcompoop and Dildon.. I’ve been saying it for 3 years now… Guggs better wise up and can them…

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        Personally, I’m not one to criticize management, as you pretty well know by now. BUT, what happened last night in the eighth inning was pretty puzzling to me. First of all I don’t ever see bunting Gordon over to second base at any time. When he’s on base he doesn’t need any help getting to the next base.
        I would’ve rather seen him thrown out stealing second than to see Ethier wasting an out bunting him over. If anything Ethier could’ve tried to move Gordon to third after a possible steal of second and if successful, Puig’s fly to right could’ve tied up the game. I know this is only what could’ve happened but I don’t blame you all for what you think of Mattingly after that sequence of play.

        • enchantedbeaver says:

          You’re right Brooklyn, and I don’t think there’s another manager from the Pony Leagues all the way to the majors that makes that call.

          Not only did Mattingly take the bat out of the hands of one of our hotter hitters, he essentially was giving us ONE opportunity to get him home because frankly, Hanley sucks and shouldn’t be counted on to produce anything except bad fielding. This game alone should get Donnie fired just for the fact that it graphically points out his inherently flawed theories of how baseball is played.

  78. JhallWally says:

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

  79. trublu4ever says:

    More bad news….Withrow needs Tommy John surgery 😦

  80. messagebear says:

    Overused him at too early a stage. That happens to be a Donnie symptom, or otherwise known as the Torre symptom. How many relievers can we name over the years that succumbed to that?

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Broxton, Wade, Paco, Withrow, Jansen… oops.

      Yet another graphic detail showing that Donnie has no clue how to run a ball club. All he ever did was watch the game from first base and the dugout. Give me a manager that was a former catcher any day of the week for someone that understands the game itself and how to manage a pitching staff.

      This team will go 30-40 years before a championship if Donnie’s left at the helm. Hell, I think a decent manager could even overcome Ned’s idiocy with a little baseball acumen. Donnie just doesn’t have it. Never has. Never will.

  81. kahliforni says:

    Wasn’t listening when Donnie called the bunt. Hardly surprising. It’s his favorite “creative” weapon, seeing as how he never heard of hit-and-run, squeeze, etc., etc. If you can’t steal second with the league’s leading base stealer, well then, whatever, at least he’s sending a great message to Gordon. But this is Donnie Ball. Conservative, boring, by-the-book baseball, as taught to him by the guy that wrote the horrid book: Grampa Torre. Donnie Boy is over his head in the National League. He’d look great in an Astros jersey.

  82. Dodger4life says:

    Line-em’ up…

  83. Dodger4life says:

    My neighbor, a recently retired pipe-fitter…quit drinking beer when he quit working and moved on-to vodka. Right before he retired, he remodeled his house and stocked the tool shed full of beer. He has just donated 3 cases of Rally Beer…

    That’s 72 runs worth of beer…

  84. Dodger4life says:

    2B -Gordon
    CF – Ethier
    RF – Puig
    SS – Ramirez
    1B – Gonzalez
    LF – Kemp
    3B – Turner
    C – Fed-Ex
    P – Haren

  85. Hi Folks
    All I’m looking for tonight is a win.

  86. trublu4ever says:

    Dre and Yaseil draw first blood!

  87. Well, Ethier triples and Puig doubles, nice start.

  88. Puig reached 40 with that RBI.

  89. Our leads don’t last long, do they?

  90. Nice going Gordon and Dee Flash is on first.

  91. enchantedbeaver says:

    Dee trying to make a point to Donnie?

  92. Bunting Turner to second is a good call, but not Gordon.

  93. Now if Haren can keep it there

  94. trublu4ever says:

    WOW…AWESOME DOUBLE PLAY …. WAY TO GO DEE!

  95. Ain’t no stopping those damned SF Giants.

  96. There goes that lead again.

  97. Russell puts his old team behind 3-2.

  98. enchantedbeaver says:

    With this crew that’s probably an insurmountable lead.

    Sad thing is, if this team doesn’t make the playoffs its going to get blamed on injuries and not piss poor managing like it should.

    • JhallWally says:

      You are right Beav, because the ownership is just as or more inept than Nedcompoop and Dildon…

      • trublu4ever says:

        Even Vinny is questioning a lot of Donnie’s game plan. And, if he’s not happy, the bosses have to be pissed too! The sports writers, the fans and, now our own Vinny are not pleased with Mattingly’s lack of managerial skills.

        • JhallWally says:

          Yep Tru.. It is pathetic… If Vin is questioning you, you must really suck…
          The bad part is, most of us here on OTD knew this 3 years ago… I still don’t understand why the new owners didn’t fire Nedcompoop and Dildon… They should have cleaned house… I think they are as inept as their GM and Manager…

          • trublu4ever says:

            I was thinking that because it took so long to re-sign him, they weren’t too pleased but, succumbed to being loyal instead of practical. I also think they are kicking themselves in the ass for being so stupid.

  99. Come on guys, knock Puig in.

  100. Now that’s how you do it, Hanley

  101. enchantedbeaver says:

    About time Hanley does something.

  102. Well we tied it up, just have to dig in.
    Let’s go League.

  103. enchantedbeaver says:

    League you know, sucks.

  104. Man… Harrison, the same guy twice in a row knocks in a run for the Pirates after the pitcher sacrifices.

  105. trublu4ever says:

    Our bullpen is the pits! Not fair to make our guys dig themselves out of holes night after night!

  106. Well the road is rough now.

  107. kahliforni says:

    Break up the Gnats…best record in baseball. Can you say “seven out in the loss column”……???

  108. Tomorrow night’s another game.

  109. League was due for a bad night in which to give up runs. He had a good run there for a while.

  110. enchantedbeaver says:

    Observation:

    This is a high energy team that responds and feeds off of high energy people. Always has been since Ned took over. Hence when they had Manny and last year’s Puig, they played at a much better level.

    Now look at who Ned’s chosen as managers – Grittle, JoJo and Donnie. Years when they’re the dominant personality the team is dullsville, no energy, no intensity, no life.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  111. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The chances for a no-hitter tonight are not remote but pretty bad since only one pitcher has managed to throw two in a row. But good luck to Beckett.
    It’s easy to give up on this division race, at this time, but the memory of last year’s Dodger comeback still are fresh enough to have some hope. I wouldn’t want to be wiping the egg off my face if they do it again,
    The best news is that our chances for a Wild Card are still very much alive. With this in mine all I can say is GO DODGERS!!!!

  112. Dodger4life says:

    Hanley, and Kemp not contributing consistently on offense needs to improve. New manager or not, just saying.

    Wilson, Maholm, and Perez, having era’s over 5.00, needs to improve. New manager or not, again, just saying.

    The fundamental aspect of this teams over-all performance needs to improve. New manager or not, just saying.

    .

  113. Dodger4life says:

    Beer Man Line-up

    2B – Gordon (L
    3B – Figgins (S)
    RF – Puig
    SS – Ramirez
    LF – Kemp
    1B – Van Slyke
    CF – Ethier (L)
    C – Butera
    P – Beckett

  114. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Come on guys, you can do it.

  115. trublu4ever says:

    We failed, once again! Hanley is the one who should be batting 7th!

  116. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Leave it to Martin to end the drama.

  117. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Good to see that the Rockies lost.

  118. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Might be a short outing for Beckett unless he settles down.

  119. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Ex-Met Davis chips in. 2-0.

  120. trublu4ever says:

    Figures we’d give a pitcher who hasn’t won a game his first victory 😦

  121. trublu4ever says:

    Hanley, Hanley …what the hell happened to you?!

  122. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Can they cash Ethier in?

  123. trublu4ever says:

    Well, we are in deep poop with Hanley & Matt hitting back to back. We can’t expect Puig to do it every time.

  124. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Can we strand another lead off double?

  125. Runs are hard to come by tonight.

  126. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing.. When you’re struggling ,You’re struggling.

  127. 32and53fan says:

    Gonzalez pinch hitting with RISP was the do or die moment if the Dodgers ever expect to play in October. Championship teams reach way down and make something happen in that type of situation. So far this team is lacking the true grit needed to be winners.

    If they don’t score in the ninth, they will be 8 games back in the number of wins, and 7 1/2 games behind the Giants.

  128. “Last Chance Hotel”

  129. trublu4ever says:

    UGH!

  130. enchantedbeaver says:

    Gawd this team is awful.

  131. enchantedbeaver says:

    They’ve got good players, they just need a manager to light a fire under their collective asses. The sooner Stan and Ned realize that ain’t Donnie, the better this team will be [instantly IMO.]

  132. crash24now says:

    Hmmmmm… Things that make you say hmmmmmm…

    Hmmmmm…. When Hanley was on the bench, the Dodgers were 3-1. After he came off the bench, they have been 1-3.

    Hmmmmm…. When Kemp was on the bench, the Dodgers were 4-1. After he came off the bench, they have been 0-3.

    Hmmmmmmmmm…..

    I can’t believe we just lost two games to the Pirates. What a buncha schmucks, led by Chief Schmuck Don Mattingly.

  133. Unable to come up with the big hit. 2-15 w RISP.

  134. We need to call Sherlock Holmes immediately! Maybe he can find out where the hitting went!!! The starting pitching has been darned fine lately.

  135. Dodger4life says:

    Will Uribe leg-out a triple?

    or

    Will Puig hit for the cycle first?

  136. Dodger4life says:

    Gordon and Puig have played better then they’re counter-parts from last season…M. Ellis, Punto and 2013 Puig.

  137. Dodger4life says:

    Have you ever wondered who it is that Wallach calls on the instant replay phone? I doubt it’s Tommy…they’d never get it done in under 2 minutes.

  138. Dodger4life says:

    Has Donnie said, He expects Kemp to start hitting yet, or, is that today’s dug-out quote?

  139. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’m not counting the Dodgers out as far as the division goes but I’m ignoring the Giants for a while .It would definitely take a while for the Dodgers to catch them, if ever, Who Knows? maybe things will change in June.
    At the moment there are quite a few teams that have a shot at that Wild Card game and the Dodgers are one of them.
    I’m also wondering if they can use a psychiatrist, it’s been done, When RISP, If they think anything like me, They may feel like they have a difficult mountain to climb and (Try too hard) or get a negative feeling about the whole thing. It may be a mental block that affects the hitter and he starts to struggle. Evey time they got a leadoff double or had a man on second, I complete doubted that they could score him. A psychiatrist for me wouldn’t help the team but one for them might help the team..
    Also they should relax, forget about winning and have some fun, maybe that is all they need to get them started on the winning track.

  140. crash24now says:

    This team really needs to shore up its defense. Why bother with a great pitching staff if you don’t have the defense behind it?

    Hanley at shortstop simply does not work for the team. To make matters worse, he is a .240 hitter that Donnie has slotted into the cleanup position. The only question that remains is whether they trade him now, at the trading deadline, or simply let him walk away as a free agent at the end of the season.

    I would prefer to trade him for an effective defensive catcher. Sooner is better.

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