First place Dodgers host Braves

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After that huge sweep of the Giants, our team returned to home base. With a day off to relax at home, the Dodgers should be healthy and ready to take on Atlanta.

To open the three game series, Josh Beckett goes up former Dodger Aaron Harang. Zack Greinke takes on Alex Wood on Tuesday, followed by Clayton Kershaw vs Julio Teheran on Wednesday.

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135 Responses to First place Dodgers host Braves

  1. 32and53fan says:

    Darwin Barney, another of Ned’s “Who the heck is he?” acquisitions, rated the best fielding second baseman in the National League, joins the infield alongside Hanley Ramirez, who was rated worst fielding shortstop. Who knows what’s to become of Miguel Rojas and Chone Figgins?

  2. crash24now says:

    Trade deadline is Thursday at 1:00 pm PDT. Something’s going to happen, and I’m not talking about Darwin Barney. We’ve got six outfielders (including Joc) and only 3 1/2 legit starting pitchers. Not to mention a bullpen that leaks like a sieve.

    Too bad we’re counting on Ned to make a smart move.

  3. kahliforni says:

    Doubt Dodgers will land a big-name starter before the deadline; the cost in prospects is something Kasten and Neddie Boy have said they will not relinquish. I definitely see them trading either Crawford or Ethier for bullpen help. Pretty sure that’s why Crawford has been starting and Donnie says Ethier is now the sub–mind games all around. Kemp remains, for me, an untouchable commodity right now. Too much upside going forward and he seems happy in right. Donnie said in LA Times this morning that SVS will start against all lefties moving forward–a platoon in left field. Of course, that’s what he says today. Tomorrow the tarot cards might fall differently in his own little special world. If Haren and Beckett continue a downward trend, who knows what waiver-wire “magic” will occur, post August 1, for pitching. Hey, there’s always Malholm!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Ouch.

    • crash24now says:

      It’s been twenty-six years without a World Series. Dodgers currently have the best record in the National League and the best 1-2-3 starting rotation. I think they should “strike while the iron is hot”. In other words, if they aren’t going to use Joc in chasing the 2014 WS ring, then trade him for a pitcher that will help them in that chase.

  4. crash24now says:

    Lineup – same other than catcher/pitcher

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

  5. lbirken says:

    At least Donnie is putting out (mostly) the same line ups rather than changing them each game. Isn’t this a plus?

    • kahliforni says:

      For me it is, except…………………Crawford in the 5 hole? lbirk, even you must find that curious, lefty, righty, or what have you. I still think they’re showcasing good old Carl.

  6. trublu4ever says:

    Scott Elbert was DFAd

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      That makes sense. He’s been good in his rehab, and would be a lot more effective than Maholm.

      Good job Ned. Right on top of things as usual.

    • 32and53fan says:

      I hope Kevin Kennedy talks about Elbert on Dodger Talk. Maybe David Vasseigh has talked to someone on the Dodgers who knows why it happened.

      This goes to show that prospects do not always turn into major league stars. A few years ago, Scott Elbert was touted as the next superstar pitcher. Zach Lee is no longer viewed as an ace pitcher, but as a middle of the rotation type. Despite all the hype, Joc Pederson may turn out to be a bust against major league pitching.

  7. Another big game that we have to win. It would be nice to make it 4 in a row.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    Josh is in deep poop already!

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Lester was scratched from his start tomorrow …. so, wonder where he is going?

  10. trublu4ever says:

    VINNY IS COMING BACK NEXT YEAR! YAY!

  11. Kemp’s 9th HR puts us ahead.

  12. Freeman puts the Braves back out in front 3-2

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Beckett’s gone back to sucking again.

  14. Beckett really struggled there for 4.1 innings giving up 4 runs.

  15. CC comes through again 5-4 Dodgers.

  16. Kemp’s 10th HR makes it 7-4.

  17. crash24now says:

    Don’t ever trade Matt Freakin’ Kemp!

  18. Adrian now has 70 RBI.

  19. enchantedbeaver says:

    Might they win 4 in a row?

  20. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go boys.

  21. griz says:

    Four good reasons to keep Kemp.
    *
    As I said before, I admire Beckett for trying to play through the injuries and taking the ball. The offense picked him up, though the roof didn’t exactly cave in on Beckett, he may be to beat up to be effective. Any word on his next start?

  22. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, 4 game win streak… The first of the season…. Kemp seems to have found his groove now that he is back in right field… Go with it Dildon….. Ethier seems to be the odd man out…. I’m not sure why…. I am hoping that the Dodgers are showcasing Crawford so they can unload him…. I do believe that either Crawford or Ethier will be gone soon.. I hope it is Crawford that goes…. Perhaps that is why he has been getting all the playing time…. So other clubs can see what he can bring…. I guess we will find out soon enough… Although, if neither is traded by July 31, they are both great candidates to be traded by Aug 31… It is a certainty that they would clear waivers…..
    Anyhow, Go Dodgers…. Let’s keep this train rolling….

  23. JhallWally says:

    I see where Matt Guerrier has been released, cleared waivers, and is a free agent…. Tru’s
    worst nightmare….. Even Nedcompoop can’t be that stupid… Or could he? He has been incredibly inept and stupid in the past…

  24. It’s great to be 3 games up on the Giants. Now we (fans) can relax a little.

  25. kahliforni says:

    Something sad about Scott Elbert being DFA. Like a horse being sent to the glue factory because he was overworked and finally broke down. Cruel game…cruel business.

  26. messagebear says:

    Elbert – cruel indeed; yet even the losers have had a chance to bank a million or two before they’re out of their twenties. Most of us might wish for that kind of a chance. In Elbert’s case I think it was strictly a matter of injury, not lack of ability. I hope he has a good career in front of him, whatever that is. At least he should have some money in the bank.

  27. According to sources, we’re interested in Lackey, Lester and Hamels. Anyone believe we’ll land one of them without mortgaging the farm?

  28. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Gordon 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Kemp RF
    Van Slyke LF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Greinke P

  29. The Giants won this afternoon so the lead is 2.5

  30. lbirken says:

    Awesome moment at Dodger Stadium last night when we learned Vinny was coming back next season. When they put the notice of breaking news on the video board I thought they were going to announce TV situation had been resolved. Then we saw panel of three players but most of us did not pick up Vin Scully’s same being mentioned until Justin Turner spoke. And Vinny still says he has not done anything deserving all this attention. I think he does get it but is just too humble to admit it. And then he says today no one will miss him when he is gone. That is what makes him so special. He loves the game and he loves the crowd. And besides, he is most concerned about what he would do without the broadcasting job. All I can say is I hope for continued good health and energy.

  31. griz says:

    No, sparkle.

  32. griz says:

    I suppose the sox or phils could unload these guys at the eleventh hour if there isn’t a team willing to sell the farm to get them, but from what I’ve been seeing, that’s very unlikely.

  33. All the Dodgers have to do is keep on winning.
    I don’t know what’s going to happen but I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

  34. Quick lead for the Braves.

  35. Another HR for Kemp.

  36. Dodger4life says:

    Kemp is dialed in. I believe!

  37. That Alex Wood was really tough.

  38. Dodger4life says:

    Dag-nab-it!!

  39. koufax1963 says:

    anybody thinking donnies daliance last night with a 4 out save have any impact tonight?

    • lbirken says:

      Hard to know for sure. I don’t second guess too much but I was a bit surprised Kenley was brought into the game when he was last night.

  40. trublu4ever says:

    Thank-you, Matt!

  41. lbirken says:

    Matt is back!

  42. trublu4ever says:

    Lester is a member of the A’s.

  43. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, 5 game win streak… It looks like the Bison is back……
    Our offense still sucked except for Kemp and Uribe…. AGon sucked….. But, hey, a win is a win… I’ll take it… I’d really love to see this team hitting on all cylinders… They could be awesome…

  44. griz says:

    Looks our guys are going to bring the beef. Keep everybody and pick up a reliever later. I haven’t heard anything about Beckett’s hip after Tuesday night, and Jo-boo is working on Haren. Extra rest.

  45. JhallWally says:

    I am really hoping we can unload either Crawford or Ethier…. One of them needs to go… I hope it is Crawford…… Although, I would like to see Ethier get a shot somewhere that he can play everyday. He just might do well with a new start and scenario… Loney hasn’t done too bad…. I guess we will see….

  46. enchantedbeaver says:

    Last night’s game is one they would’ve blown a couple weeks ago. Good to see Kemp going the opposite way with his power – that’s when he’s dialed in. Be nice to get Puig hitting some dingers now. Kenley had a nice rest prior to the 4 out save, so I doubt that had any impact on his BS. Upton just beat him on that pitch.

    • trublu4ever says:

      All closers blow saves, I watch a lot of games and most bull pens suck ….. I think we are pretty lucky to have Kenley …. he does a very good job almost all the time.

  47. crash24now says:

    No Dodgers TV for 70% of the Los Angeles viewing audience during the 2014 World Championship season.

  48. crash24now says:

    Dodgers still in the market for pitching – less than 3 1/2 hours left. Now that Lester is off the market, Dodgers are still looking at John Lackey, Aaron Miller, and Joaquin Benoit. Not likely that we will pick up Price as the “price” is too high.

  49. We had some unsung heroes last night in Justin Turner and Carl Crawford. I was so excited about Kemp’s walk off hit I forgot about those guys who are doing a great job lately. And how about that pick-off by J.P. Howell in the 10th inning? This is a great team and we shouldn’t forget all these performances.
    5 straight and counting.

  50. crash24now says:

    I loved the piggyback ride that Dee Gordon got from Matt Kemp last night. That scene is symbolic of the Dodgers riding Matt’s bat all the way to the championship.

    • 32and53fan says:

      The joy is back! I hope they can keep it going. Kemp is looking like he did in 2011. He showed some humility when he asked Mark McGuire and John Valentin. Kevin Kennedy said they discovered what he was doing wrong and showed him how to get back to the right swing.

  51. crash24now says:

    Lackey goes to the Cards.

  52. zonadodger says:

    Have a feeling Ned will do something dumb today but what else is new lol

  53. zonadodger says:

    Sources: #Dodgers have been in talks with #Rays on Price, with Pederson in play. #Pirates also had been discussing him as of this AM…per ken rosenthal

  54. zonadodger says:

    To lose Pederson wud suck

  55. crash24now says:

    Price would be a #2 for us. Not sure if Price or Greinke would be #2A vs. #2B.

    Not sure that this deal will go through. Gammons says Dodgers “not back in”

  56. lbirken says:

    I was a bit surprised to hear the A’s would trade Cespedes to get a pitcher that everyone says will try to resign with Boston next season. Just shows how desperate the A’s are to get to the World Series and win it.

    • kahliforni says:

      With Beane trading Cespedes, I just had to look at the OBP of the A’s starters, knowing OBP is Beane’s measuring stick. Cepedes ranks 12th on the team with a .303 OBP. Comparing that to the Dodgers, only one “starter” has a lower OBP: Carl Crawford at .286. Puig sits at .402. Numbers, numbers, numbers. But stats are the lifeblood of every baseball fan!

      As for the Cards, Kelly moving to Boston might help the Dodgers’ health if they reach the post season; he’s the guy who broke Hanley’s rib, and nailed his hand last week.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Billy Beane said that there are only limited times when it is possible to get to and win the World Series and this year he is going all in to get there.

  57. zonadodger says:

    Price close to being dealt

    • crash24now says:

      This has all the makings of a last minute auction – highest bidder wins!

      Reportably, the following teams are interested:

      Mariners, Cards, Yankees, Pirates, Tigers.

      Supposedly, Dodgers are out, but I don’t know…

  58. zonadodger says:

    kinda hope they r out lol….Don’t mortgage the farm

  59. zonadodger says:

    Sure it would be nice to have Price but not for Joc,Seager and Urias

  60. zonadodger says:

    Price to Det

  61. griz says:

    We’ve passed the deadline and no news is good news for us this year. I think a reliever will become available later.

  62. zonadodger says:

    Glad we didn’t trade Seager,Joc and Urias..There’s always Aug waivers

  63. lbirken says:

    A few short weeks ago I would have expected something to happen with the Dodgers. But it looks as if Ned has decided the price was too high for what he wanted and will stand pat for now. I would not be surprised to see something happen before September but would not be surprised if no deals are made. Wishy washy enough for you?

  64. lbirken says:

    Have to give some props to Andre Ethier. He survived the trade deadline last season and so far, he has survived it this season.

    • messagebear says:

      Yeah, it happens when you’re clever enough to grab a huge contract that nobody else wants to assume and when you’re really not worth getting any good prospects in return.

      Actually for Andre’s sake I wish he could get a fresh start somewhere else. I’ve always liked him personally, and he’s certainly handled his predicament as a class act and a team player.

    • 32and53fan says:

      It shows that Ethier is a class act and a team player. He easily could have bitched and moaned about losing his everyday playing status and caused a problem in the clubhouse. Instead, he said he wants to be on the team and contribute when he can to winning in the post season.

      • 32and53fan says:

        Messagebear… It shows that brilliant fans think alike. I typed my first sentence, (and my whole reply) before I saw what you wrote. 😀

  65. 32and53fan says:

    I am a little surprised that the Dodgers didn’t do anything, but happy they kept their top prospects. If this team stays healthy and just plays up to the career averages, they have more than enough to win. Detroit and Oakland have really improved their pitching and could be tough in the World Series, although I think Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu can match them.

    • crash24now says:

      We will still need a marginally good #4 starter in the playoffs. Perhaps this is Beckett, but with a torn labrum in his hip, is he really going to last through October?

      It’s not too late to insert Joc into the mix, but how does he fit? He’s been hitting the home runs in AAA, but will that translate to MLB homers in September and October? Might be nice to have Joc and Van Slyke as lefty/righty power guys on the bench in the playoffs.

  66. kahliforni says:

    Kind of a sad day for Tampa Bay fans. Economics. That’s why, when I look at the endless cash flow atop Chavez Ravine, I can’t help but wince at what I consider to be a so-so team of Colletti and Mattingly…and the 26-years-and-counting championship drought.

  67. crash24now says:

    Lineup

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

    Kemp’s OPS by month in 2014:

    March/April .814
    May .655
    June .900
    July .909

    Crawford:

    March/April .501
    May .871
    July .486

    For crying out loud, Kemp needs to be batting #5 or higher. Yes, he strikes out. But get him closer to Puig and you’re going to see a bunch of runs.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      Makes as much sense as batting the Clydesdale 3rd.

      • crash24now says:

        If Kemp is back in Beast Mode, then do the following:

        Gordon speedster, but .793 OPS
        Puig .943 OPS
        Hanley .827 OPS
        Kemp .819 OPS
        A-Gon .767 OPS
        Ethier ! .721 OPS vs RHP / Van Slyke 1.088 vs LHP
        Uribe .765 OPS
        Ellis .594 OPS
        Pitcher

        Crawford’s OPS vs RHP this year is .659

  68. Well Ned didn’t do anything today. Whether that’s good or bad we’ll find out in the future.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      For a change I’m proud of Ned – he didn’t screw things up. He didn’t help, but he didn’t screw things up. I’m happier watching this team be good for a long time than I am getting one championship and more years of crap.

      Interesting that even after all these years its still the typical “Ned Premium” when he talks to other GMs about Price or Lackey, but then they take far less from another team. This tells me that most GMs think that (A) Ned is a moron, or (B) they have absolutely no respect for him, or (C) both A & B.

      I did catch Law on ESPN last night touting Pederson as a 60 or 65, which is an above average major leaguer, and touting Seager as a 70, which is a superstar. So good job Ned not F-ing that up.

      Wonder if we see Seager next year, especially if they don’t resign Hanley?

  69. 5 wins in a row and counting.

  70. Off and running 1-0 Dodgers.

  71. enchantedbeaver says:

    9th inning and Kersh is still pumping in 94mph fastballs. Amazing pitcher.

  72. We won the game and Kershaw was brilliant again.
    That’s 6 in a row.

  73. messagebear says:

    Glad that we stood pat at the trade deadline. If our guys are performing at the level they’re capable, we can really go into the playoffs and should go right into the WS. Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu can match up and be a notch above anybody else’s threesome, and that should go a long way. When you look at the other top teams’ makeup in our league, I don’t see a combination of front line pitching, plus Puig, Kemp, Gonzalez (when men are in scoring position), and Ramirez for a consistent offensive threat. I think everybody else has bigger holes in their teams. So let’s keep the momentum going and maybe pick up just some bullpen help if we can do so without giving up top talent.

    As for Ramirez, I don’t see us signing him unless he’s willing to settle for a year or two on the contract, because his physical condition doesn’t deserve more than that – not his fault, but it is what it is.

    • I thought that Colletti was going to part with one of the three top prospects to get David Price if just to get a better shot at winning the World Series but I’m also glad he didn’t pull the trigger.

    • kahliforni says:

      bear, I’m a bit less optimistic. This team can not seem to get out of the National League and into the World Series to begin with. However, I do see the National League as down this year. That said, I just think this team has too many holes on the bench, in the bullpen, and behind the plate to face what is now going to be a formidable pitching staff in the American League representative. I’m also not sold on our manager. But hey, the ’88 Dodgers looked overmatched on paper, so let’s just play ball and see, or should I say “hear,” what happens.

  74. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, win streak………Nice job Kersh……

  75. griz says:

    I got up this morning, checked the score, and wondered who in the pen gave up the run. A.J. is right. We’re spoiled.

    • It’s too bad we’ve gotten to the point that any time Kershaw doesn’t achieve a small goal we’re hurt by it. I wanted so bad for him to strike out 10 and pitch a shutout forgetting the most important thing was achieved. We won again. Six in a row..

      • lbirken says:

        I was there last night and when the Braves got their first hit early, you could feel the disappointment of the crowd. Sometimes we expect too much but then again, Kershaw expects a lot as well.

  76. crash24now says:

    Kershaw struggled a little, gave up nine hits and finished with 111 pitches. But the key point for me was that he finished with zero walks to go along with his nine strikeouts. That is Kershaw.

    The most incredible thing about Kershaw is that he has improved every year. I suppose he had a slight blip in 2012. Just look at his WHIP and K to BB ratio by year:

    Year WHIP K/BB

    2008 1.495 1.92
    2009 1.228 2.03
    2010 1.179 2.62
    2011 0.977 4.59
    2012 1.023 3.63
    2013 0.915 4.46
    2014 0.824 10.00

    • crash24now says:

      More about the WHIP (Walks and Hits per 9 innings):

      Kershaw led the MLB in WHIP in 2013 and is currently leading the MLB in WHIP in 2014.

      Kershaw is the leader amongst all active pitchers with his current career WHIP of 1.067.

      The all-time record WHIP in a single season is .737 – Pedro Martinez in 2000.

      The all-time career record WHIP is .968 – Addie Joss from 1902 to 1910.

      Ten pitchers all-time have a career WHIP lower than Kershaw. They include:

      Addie Joss .968 1902-10
      Ed Walsh 1.000 1904-17 (Big Ed)
      Mariano Rivera 1.000 1995-2013 (The Sandman)
      Monte Ward 1.043 1878-94
      Pedro Martinez 1.054 1992-2009
      Christy Mathewson 1.058 1900-16
      Trevor Hoffman 1.058 1993-2010
      Walter Johnson 1.061 1907-27 (The Big Train)
      Mordecai Brown 1.066 1903-16 (Three Finger)
      Charley Sweeney 1.067 1883-87

      Minimum 1000 Innings Pitched

  77. enchantedbeaver says:

    Hope they don’t just mail it in against the Cubbies. I’d hate to lose one or two to them.

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