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  1. trublu4ever says:

    Howdy, Dodger Outsiders 🙂

  2. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Scotty!

  3. Bad inning for Haren and Zack Cozart almost put the Reds ahead. Tie Game.

  4. Even Turner was surprised wih his RBI

  5. It always seems like when the Dodgers score, the other team also scores.

  6. They’re hitting Danny pretty hard.

  7. I was hoping for that HR.

  8. Haren was O.K. but looked to be tiring.

  9. J.P. does his thing.

  10. YES 123 DP.
    That should help.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    WHEW!

  12. How League got out of that, I’ll never know.

  13. Dee Flash is fleet.

  14. trublu4ever says:

    Yes…way to go! Now, hopefully the Nats can knock off the Giants!

    • JhallWally says:

      Woo-Hoo Tru!!!! Win streak….Scotty loves you……
      Actually well managed by Dildon…. He got Haren out of there at the right time.. Price for Cincy, obviously left his pitcher in for one batter too long…

  15. lbirken says:

    At least we are at the point in the season when we can drop the “It’s early”. Good win tonight.

  16. Dodger4life says:

    Haren’s ability to keep the ball in the park, went a long way towards obtaining a win yesterday…So did the two bomb’s from Van Slyke…

  17. JhallWally says:

    The G’nats will hit a rough spot or two this season.. All teams do…. We need to hang tough and grind out series wins.. We can still catch them… I sure would like to see them dump Crawford and Kemp, and bring up Pederson… Platoon Van Slyke and Ethier in LF… And play Van Slyke more at first some… AGon is not getting it done…

    • JhallWally says:

      It really sucks that these guys get playing time based on their salary rather than their production…

      • trublu4ever says:

        You should have heard Nomar, Charley and Orel gushing over Matt. All night long they kept saying how he has found his swing. He must have hired them as his PR firm.

        • JhallWally says:

          I wish I could have heard it Tru… They are homers… I hope Kemp does well enough that we can unload him. I don’t think he will ever duplicate his MVP year and I don’t care much for his attitude…. Dump him when you can along with Crawford.

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Kemp’s got an attitude for sure, but if he starts swinging the bat even at 2/3 of his ceiling production, that’s still a ton more than they’ll ever get out of Ethier anymore. I’ve not seen too many ballplayers ever descend from their pinnacle quite as fast as Dre has. Ethier’s D is a whole lot better though, so its a somewhat tough call.

            Dumping Crawford is a given. They can’t afford to go back to the 4 outfielder BS.

            I’d like to see Pederson get his chance, but in looking at his stats in AAA, he strikes out a ton (25-30%.) I’m wondering if they’re looking at that on a team that already strikes out a ton (especially for the production it doesn’t get) and its turning him into trade fodder rather than a prospect for this regime.

  18. messagebear says:

    I too think that the best long term answer for the Dodgers is to trade Kemp and Crawford for whatever one can get in the way of legitimate prospects (maybe a catcher), then bring up Pederson and let Van Slyke play more including against right-handers. I’ve always thought that he had the potential to be a good all around player (somewhat like Werth), which he’s proved in the minors against lefty or righty. He needs to play against some right handers in order not to lose that ability all together.

    Hopefully we could get some real talent for Kemp, particularly if he shows that he can hit again; as for Crawford, we’d probably have to pick up most of his remaining salary, but that’s what the Boston deal got us into.

  19. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Van Slyke had a fantastic night, last night and that should, if anything, make it harder for Mattingly to keep him on the bench. I think he’ll see more playing time. As for Kemp, whether he’s becoming more trade bate or not, one thing looks for sure, is that he’s beginning to hit again. With a right hander going tonight we’ll see Ethier again. I don’t know if the Dodgers will catch the Giants but it looks like they’re in a heated chase for the wild card game right now.

  20. lbirken says:

    Can you imagine any team wanting Crawford? I can see a team wanting Kemp but to trade both of those guys with their salaries and get something of value will not be easy.

  21. grizzy says:

    I think it’s possible to catch the giants,but a large part of that will be up to us. The West has been pretty weak, so we cannot look to the rest of the teams in our division for a lot of help. Any trouble the giants have will probably have to be created by us.

  22. enchantedbeaver says:

    Wow, Bob Welch died. I remember when he came up. He was one of my favorites.

  23. lbirken says:

    After just reading a bit about Bob Welch’s major league career, I have a better appreciation of what he accomplished. I did not remember how successful he was not only with the Dodgers but after leaving.

    • I remember when he struck out Jackson. That was a wonderful memory for a Dodger fan. I have clippings in a scrap book. May he rest in peace, my condolances to his family and friends.

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Damn, game may be rained out. Will know in 1/2 hour.

  25. They’re now saying that it should clear up by 9:15 PM ET…………6:15 PM PT.

  26. trublu4ever says:

    RBI for Dre!

  27. And left there . . . . darnnit!!

  28. The guys are hitting and doing it at the right time. Exciting!!

  29. enchantedbeaver says:

    Beckett’s quietly having a very good year.

  30. Good to see A-GON hitting.

  31. trublu4ever says:

    I wish we’d DFA Maholm!

  32. I was surprised that Beckett was out of the game, then Maholm didn’t look good at all.
    I hope we hold this lead.

  33. enchantedbeaver says:

    What was the whole point in signing Maholm? I’d be willing to bet after this season he’s out of baseball.

  34. enchantedbeaver says:

    What was the point in signing Perez?

    We have perfectly good relievers in the minors that can do better than Maholm & Perez, yet Ned ALWAYS has to sign useless vets for the bully.

  35. Wow, the Reds got 4 hits in that 7th inning.

  36. It was good to see the Dodgers win on National TV.

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Good game, boys…..now, let’s see if the Nats finish off the Gnats …. 2-0 9th inning. Thanks to my home town boy, Doug Fister.

  38. lbirken says:

    The Dodgers have played so many long, drawn out games ( with and without the rain delays) this season. And does anyone remember the Dodgers encountering such weather extremes with all the rain and cold?

  39. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak!! Nice outing for Beckett. A well played game by our guys…… Except Kemp… He is a mess…. Geez, I hope they don’t bring Crawford back …..

  40. JhallWally says:

    Rest In Peace Bob Welch.. My condolences to your family and friends…. You were one of my favorites… I was not happy when you left the Dodgers…..

  41. enchantedbeaver says:

    Just when you think Kemp shows signs of getting it back together, he pulls out a 4K night and doesn’t look like he has a clue. How can you not play Crawford at least in a platoon with him? Crawford was at least swinging a bat before he went down.

    Granted, Kemp’s woes are largely due to injuries, but how is it you can have 3 OFers whose skills have deteriorated so much in so little time? 31-32-33 year old OFers should still be at the tail ends of their prime, but Dre, Kemp and Crawford look like 37-38-39 year old hangers on.

  42. enchantedbeaver says:

    Was anyone else as totally underwhelmed with our draft as I was? How are they going to build a farm system back up if all they draft are pitchers? Most of the guys they took high in the draft also projected much much lower. Judging by the pounding our farm system is taking this year, there doesn’t seem to be much down there. I thought the plan was to spend big now and build the farm for the future. All I can see is they’re spending big now on crap and won’t have anything better than they usually have for the future.

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I haven’t been able to build any interest in anything except what is happening to the present team at this time. To me, right now that’s all that matters. We’re doing alright in the wild card standings and it look like they’re kicking up their heals on the Giants although still 7 1/2 games off the pace. I think the future will take care of itself.
    Right now most of the concentration should be and is on winning as much as we can.

  44. crash24now says:

    Lineup Against Cueto

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

    Don’t look now, but the Dodgers have won four of the last five. Tonight’s game will be a tough one and runs will be at a premium. Cueto has a WHIP this year of 0.792 – he gives up only five hits and two walks for every nine innings pitched.

    The defense needs to make a stand and help out Ryu.

  45. messagebear says:

    Have to agree with E’s take on this year’s draft. I can see some merit in our first draft choice, but the rest of the selections seemed underwhelming. It could be that this was not a good draft class, but it certainly won’t help our farm system, which is also and still UNDERWHELMING.

  46. crash24now says:

    Geez, Donnie just woke up and is starting Rojas at SS instead of Hanley. (jk)

  47. trublu4ever says:

    Billingsley’s bullpen session shut down….going to doctor. He’s toast!

  48. trublu4ever says:

    The rookie ump stinks!

  49. messagebear says:

    Well, I think that Kemp stinks too. so I thank the ump for getting Kemp out of the game.

  50. enchantedbeaver says:

    Kemp ever the team player gets kicked out in the 2nd inning.

    Not a bad thing when your D is lousy and you’ve struck out 5-6 times in a row.

  51. enchantedbeaver says:

    Great line-up we have BTW.

  52. Votto draws first blood.

  53. Three groundhog runs for the Reds.

  54. Cueto is pitching a no-hitter

  55. messagebear says:

    Figgins really SUCKS! Why is a guy like that even on the team?
    Oh yes, Ned.

  56. Cueto’s gave the Dodgers a quiet time.

  57. Well, so much for that.

  58. messagebear says:

    I bet Jonathan really enjoyed that turn of events.
    Payback time for Ned.

  59. enchantedbeaver says:

    Pathetic as usual.

  60. enchantedbeaver says:

    Good place for Maholm – mop up a game they have no hope of winning. Hope he can get an out or two before Donnie brings in another 3-4 relievers.

  61. The Reds are giving it back to us tonight.

  62. enchantedbeaver says:

    Butera’s specialty.

  63. trublu4ever says:

    Donnie put Hanley (who was scratched late because of a shoulder problem) to pinch hit ….. wtf! If he can’t throw the ball, he sure as hell can’t swing either!!

  64. The Red’s announces are saying that the Dodgers are prolonging this game with long at bats.

  65. trublu4ever says:

    Ugly game tonight.

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep Tru, the whole team sucked tonight… Top to bottom….. I guess in the course of a 162 game season, there will be nights like this…. Just got to let it go and win today… Take 3 of 4….. That would be acceptable…….

  66. enchantedbeaver says:

    Another fine effort to halt a three game winning streak. 16Ks. Bravo gentlemen.

  67. enchantedbeaver says:

    Proving Donnie’s a Yankee through and through, here’s his best Yogi Berra impersonation: [talking about Billz] “For us, it’s tough because when a guy’s rehabbing, it’s like you don’t really have him until you have him.”

  68. trublu4ever says:

    Lineup for today:

    Dee
    JT
    Yasiel
    Adrian
    Matt
    Dre
    FedEx
    Rojas
    Zack

  69. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Weather permitting It looks like a nice afternoon affair, ( still morning in LA). Morning noon or night the only thing that’s important is to win.

  70. It’s nice to have the Dodger feed.

  71. Good start. Way to go Kemp.

  72. Damn, we’re trailing 2-1 quickly.

  73. crash24now says:

    Need moar runz

    Boy, it sucks when your #7 hitter is hitting .123, because you’re not confident that Rojas can hit better than that. Might as well let Greinke be the #7.

  74. Dodger4life says:

    This team is beyond boring….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  75. crash24now says:

    Well, the offense is trying…but no results so far.

  76. The Dodgers can’t seem to do much. Between Cueto last night and Simon today, I don’t know.

  77. Unusual, Kemp and Ethier doing something in the same inning.

  78. There’s probably one more inning left, forget about the 9th.

  79. Agon might be our last hope.

  80. That should make it a little harder..

  81. crash24now says:

    Let’s not blame this loss on Brandon League. The full blame should be with the inept offense.

  82. Maybe if they score some more we won’t see Chapman. (lol)

  83. Maybe Fed-Ex knows something.

  84. Dodger4life says:

    AGon-boring…Kemp-boring…Hanley-boring…Andre-boring…Mattingly-extremely-boring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  85. crash24now says:

    Game.

    Not a terrible road trip, 4-3. Sure was fun winning three games in a row with six runs each.

    This one hurts a lot more than yesterday, because it was a close game all the way through, and yet, it seemed a certain defeat with the no offense lineup.

    Puig has gone cold. Gordon isn’t what he was in April. Gonzalez back to slumping. FedEx awful. Rojas can’t contribute.

    This one was a big stink-fest.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Actually, I’m the opposite Crash, I had more confidence in the Dodgers hitting Simon, than I did in them hitting Cueto. I had no confidence at all in them hitting Chapman even though he was a little off on Thursday.

  86. messagebear says:

    I’m tired of complaining about Ned, who helped put this team together, or Donnie, who can’t manage and certainly can’t inspire anybody. I’m beginning to put the whole blame on that MF’ing out of date bastard named Kasten, who for starters left both of them in place with extended contracts as reward for the job they had not been doing. What a total asshole! Unfortunately, being a part owner, how does one get rid of him? Besides, I’m sure that he either made or rubber stamped some of the big deals like the Boston salary assumption. Just wait another year or two and see how that Gonzalez thing works out for you.

    So, whenever we lose, I’m at least delighted to think about Kasten and wondering if he has the capacity for some embarrassment, because shooting him would be too good for the miserable F****er.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Think we have to face facts – this team just isn’t that good. Seems other teams can still get production out of 30-33 year olds, but the ones we have just fell off a cliff and play 6-8 years older.

      Even when Gonzalez swings the bat he can’t run. Hell, I’m in my 50s with a hernia and I could out run that bastard. Slow ain’t in his vocabulary. He’d have to aspire to be slow. He’s downright plodding.

      Ethier rode one magnificent season into a career worth of mediocre ones. Never seen anyone tail off as fast, unless it would be…

      Kemp. He’ll never be the 5-tool player he once was. Even 2/3 Kemp is better than Dre, but right now its more like the 1/3 that isn’t.

      Crawford just adds to the cliff diving party.

      Hanley, he plays like he’s pouting he hasn’t gotten that coveted 5-6 year Ned overpay. With any luck, we won’t have to see him fall off a cliff any further than he already has.

      FedEx, thank you for playing, now we have some nice parting gifts for you.

      Butera. Mr. PB.

      Figgins. Maholm… Ned’s boys. You can never have to many PVLs. No really, you can never have too many. You have too many and you get what we have now (and every season Ned’s been GM.)

      Rojas. Has career minor leaguer written all over him.

      Throw in a bunch of other underwhelming underachieving names and its really a wonder this team is at .500.

    • JhallWally says:

      Well, the unholy trinity rides again……

      I agree totally with you both… This team sucks…. And, it has to go back to Kasten and the upper management…. The deal with Boston was galactically stupid…… Keeping Nedcompoop and Dildon was incredibly stupid and not well thought out…
      This team is lame, very boring to watch, and, I don’t see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.. Hell, I don’t even see a freaking rainbow…. We’re screwed Dodger faithful………..

      • JhallWally says:

        The good part is, the greedy owners can’t even get it available on TV…… They are doing the fans a favor…. Why would you pay to watch this pathetically inept (except for the starting pitching) team….. I wouldn’t and I haven’t…. I didn’t even go to Cincinnati to watch them because I think they suck……

  87. trublu4ever says:

    I was out running errands all morning, feeling sad I wouldn’t be able to watch the game. However, as it turned out, I ended up having a better day not having to endure another loss. My phone’s scoring updates was plenty!

  88. JhallWally says:

    Wow, our blog has regressed to 2011. I wish we could go back and undo the incredibly bad trade/deal with Boston…. That was/is one of the stupidest trades in baseball history… Supposidly to get AGon… We took on Crawford and Beckett… Beckett has been marginal and sometimes good when he was available… He basically missed a whole year due to injury and nursed the Dodger tit… Crawford is just a complete waste. He sucks now and his contract has a ways to go….. And now, AGon sucks.. He was supposed to be our big gun for many years…. Geez!!!!
    This team is a wreck……………………..

    • crash24now says:

      The blog regressed because management regressed. Due to Frank McCourt, the Dodgers needed a huge turn around. What turn around expert comes in and keeps the same management? Ned and Donnie should have been fired Day One of the new ownership. I’m now in Bear’s camp on this one. The Guggenheims are idiots. I’ve got to give it to Bear, he was the first one to recognize the shit pile as it came in.

  89. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think if the Giants didn’t get off to such a fast start we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in. At the moment the Dodgers are actually doing very well in the wild card race. I know that many of you see the wild card as inferior to the division race and that could be because, for one thing, it’s usually mixed in with the division standings and usually you have to look it up to see a clearer picture. I think the race for the wild card game should be listed separately from the division races and start from game one and not wait until nearly the end of the season..
    .Personally I don’t think a division winner is any better than the wild card winner.

  90. crash24now says:

    Yet another issue with Donnie’s management style. E got me thinking on this one. Why do our 30-33 year olds play like they are 39 year olds?

    Take a look at Uribe for example. We’ve got a pretty good bench player named Turner who can handle third base. So why not give Uribe a day off every week? Same for Gonzalez. Same for Hanley.

    Just don’t give them days off all at the same time (like Joe the Clown’s Sunday lineups). Also, don’t give the starters days off when we’re playing the Giants, or whoever is in first place.

    Yes, the division race counts for a lot more than the wild card. If you’re a wild card winner, you play a one game play-in to get into the regular playoffs. That means:

    (a) You’ve basically got a 50% chance of getting into the playoffs, while a division winner has a 100% chance.

    (b) You mess up your rotation, because you have to use your ace in the play-in game.

  91. kahliforni says:

    I haven’t heard one word from any player praising Mattingly. I feel they’re not very interested in playing for him anymore…turns out he likes to confront his players in the press and that gets old.

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