How to Make a Baseball Lineup Part 2

Move your proven power guy up in the lineup.


Gordon 2B

Puig CF

Gonzalez 1B

Ramirez SS

Kemp RF

Crawford LF

Uribe 3B

Ellis C

Greinke P


I’d like to see Matt Kemp hit a few more HR’s this week forcing Donnie to move him up another notch.


111 Responses to How to Make a Baseball Lineup Part 2

  1. crash24now says:

    Step 1. Get Donnie to pull his head out of his ass.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    On a bright note….Chris Perez was placed on the DL with bone spurs 🙂

    • trublu4ever says:

      Brought up Carlos Frias.

      • trublu4ever says:

        …who figures to be the long relief guy for Maholm.

        • messagebear says:

          I thought Maholm was now gone too with pending surgery.
          On another point, I thought that Elbert had been DFA’d at ABQ, but then I noticed that he pitched an inning yesterday, so there’s something wrong with that information.

    • JhallWally says:

      Thank you baseball gods…. Perez is a worthless POS!!! I don’t usually wish for an injury, but in League, Perez, and Malholms case, I am all for anything that gets them out of our lineup….. They suck that bad….

  3. Almost game time – Let’s go Dodgers – clap, clap – clap, clap, clap!

  4. enchantedbeaver says:

    I call game.

  5. messagebear says:

    The team is certainly sucking again, but then they are playing the best team in LA.

  6. I’ve been watching the game on MLB.TV on my new computer but I have to see my Tech Support guy because I can’t watch the game and comment at the same time. Luckily MTV Extra Innings has an away feed tonight, which I forgot about, so I’m watching the game on the Angel feed now.
    The channel the Dodger feed is on is being held up by the Yankee/Tiger game.

  7. Good news I just got Scully.

  8. crash24now says:

    When is Crawford going back on the DL so they can bring up Pederson?

  9. crash24now says:

    I don’t know how long I can stomach watching this game, what with Larry King sitting behind home plate.

  10. kahliforni says:


  11. messagebear says:

    Why is Crawford playing at all, and if Donnie absolutely must play him, why not bat him ninth? I’m no longer that much of an Andre fan, but I would bet that Andre can still hit above .230.
    We need the fans to rise up and chant – “We want Andre, Andre, Andre! We want Andre, Andre, Andre!” Only Crawford could make me suggest something like that – how sad.

  12. Unbelievable first inning by Greinke. Can we catch up?

  13. kahliforni says:

    Donnie’s handling of Ethier remains a mystery. Ethier has better numbers across the board except for stolen bases. Higher BA, Slugging %, on-base %…and let’s not even talk defense. Not sure what message Donnie is sending. But Kemp walked on four pitches with Crawford “protecting” him.

  14. Ethier reminds me of me. When I was working they wouldn’t give me a promotion, hoping I’d quit, but I never did and ended up with a fine pension and SS.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Ouch! Looks like we are back to normal.

  16. kahliforni says:

    Any one else tired of the Dodgers continually being embarrassed by the Angels? Sleep walkers. Maybe Ethier needs to slug Donnie to wake this team up.

  17. I don’t know what makes a team win or lose. Sometimes they win and sometimes they lose. If tonight’s game was a boxing match the Dodgers would’ve been knocked out in the first round. The Angels scored 4 runs in the first inning and all they needed was one.
    This guy Garrett Richards was way too much for them, tonight.

    • JhallWally says:

      Well, Hanleys’ defense sure didn’t help…. Please don’t extend him…

      • trublu4ever says:

        He hasn’t exactly been smashing the ball either.

        • trublu4ever says:

          It’s baffling to me that when one guy goes cold, they ALL go in the deep freeze. It would be okay if one is off his game but, come on, all eight at the same time!

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            The woes of this team come down to, (A) It wasn’t built correctly by Ned – players weren’t picked per position to compliment and mesh together. Hey, let’s just throw a bunch of aging overpaid guys together and they’ll do just fine. And (B) Donnie hasn’t defined anyone’s roll, nor does he get the most out of his personnel (among the many other things that Donnie can’t do including making out a line-up to everyone’s strengths.)

            Its gotten to the point I just don’t care anymore. No team will EVER win with Ned and Donnie at the controls, and Kasten & Co. are fine with that.

            Its funny that the Dodgers try and align themselves with the Kings all the time because no two franchises are run any more oppositely.

  18. koufax1963 says:

    when we get to the WS this year,(yes I am optimistic!), this is the type of team will will play (Angels, As, Tigers, Os pick one) and they dont make big errors, they are consistent and have pitching that does not give in. I see the Dodgers aren’t ready for that, got about one month to get the perfomance engine that this expensive car has tuned up or we may be out of the play-offs(now that was pessimistic)

  19. Dodger4life says:

    Where’s the Beef Fight!!
    One of the things I noticed this week…was the look of determination on Kemp’s face as he approached the batters box. He had the look of a prize fighter waiting for round 1 to begin.
    I don’t see that look from any other player at the moment…including, but surely not limited to Puig.
    This team gives off a vibe…that is more in line with hope, than one of faith!
    This season, so far, at least to me anyhow. They haven’t shown enough determination as a unit, to succeed as World Champions.

  20. messagebear says:

    Looking at any matchup of the division leaders, I’d have to say that the AL really dominates – don’t know why that is, but it’s very evident this year. And, they’ll have the home field advantage. Don’t know that Kershaw can make the difference.

  21. crash24now says:

    If nothing else, last night’s game proved that the Dodgers cannot go into the playoffs with just three solid starters. Sure, Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu are really good, but that doesn’t guarantee a win every time out. We need a fourth starter that can give us a very good chance to win in his playoff starts. Who will that be?

    Not Haren nor Beckett, as they have run out of gas. Not Zach Lee, his K/BB ratio has gone south this year. Carlos Frias? Questionable. Red Patterson? Don’t know. Ned is going to have to pick up a “Waiver Wonder” this month.

  22. koufax1963 says:

    A good starter is welcome, but that alone will not solve the mystery. Certainly the BP needs reinforcing, yes Maholm and Perez out, but league, wilson, howell and jansen are going to be worn out, and there is inherent incosistecy in that group too. And how many runs have the dodgers scored lately, the 8 runs vs SF on a friday night are distant memory now. van slyke should be in left, crawford has had his chance to get going, and now I think he should just be gone.
    And all this is too much for Ned to acquire and for Donnie to manage.

    • crash24now says:

      By all rights, left field should be a platoon between Joc Pederson and Scott Van Slyke. When will Kasten, Ned, and Donnie wake up to this reality?

  23. Dodger4life says:

    I believe, I read that Figgins has run out of rehab time… A decision on his whereabouts should be forthcoming….

  24. trublu4ever says:

    Kemp, Ethier, Crawford and Beckett cleared waivers …. Hanley was claimed/blocked.

  25. kahliforni says:

    tru, where did you find this info????

  26. lbirken says:

    Yes, I am tired of the Angels continuing dominance over the Dodgers. And no, the Angels are not the best team in L.A. They do not play in L.A., they play in Anaheim. So they are the best team in Southern California.

    It appears to me Donnie has decided on a mostly set lineup the past few weeks and has established roles. Whether the players can adapt to the lineups and roles remains to be seen. Justin Turner can and maybe Van Slyke can but clearly Andre Ethier has not been able to adjust to not playing. Matt Kemp has responded to moving to right field. I have no idea if Van Slyke would be a better choice in left over Crawford. The problem with this team continues to be its inability to score runs in general and particularly to come from behind. If anyone knew how to fix this problem it would have been fixed.

    I will admit to wondering why it seems the Angels just play so much better against the Dodgers. I don’t watch the Angels on a regular basis and they have had their share of issues. It just seems when they play the Dodgers the Angels put on a demonstration of how the game should be played. I know a lot of this can be attributed to Mike Scoscia, but even he has been on the hot seat.

    And please media, stop this discussion of teaching Puig a lesson. Pujols caught Puig napping and took advantage of it. I still belive Puig will win more games for the Dodgers than he loses with the way he plays. I don’t think Pujols did it to teach Puig a lesson; he did it because he could. Did Pujols want to show up Puig? I don’t care if he did and neither should anyone else.

  27. kahliforni says:

    As far as a minor leaguer riding to the rescue, there are no Puigs in the minors. He had a monster Spring last year and should have made the team outright…but bear’s and enchanted’s favorite reality –player arbitration and control–kept him down until Donnie’s neck was in the noose. To think that Pederson or Seager or Urias is going to morph into Puig’s kind of presence doesn’t make sense. So that leaves the waiver wire. Ned and Co. would be doing Crawford or Ethier a favor by moving him to a team that needs an outfielder, will play him every day, and maybe pump a bit of confidence into him, unlike this current Dodger nightmare. That the Guggenheims might have to eat salary has been taken care of very nicely by Time-Warner…at the viewing public’s expense (or non-expense) of course.

  28. crash24now says:

    Lineup against lefty Santiago

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

  29. crash24now says:

    Paco going on the DL….uhhh

  30. kahliforni says:

    “It was the first time this year Rodriguez pitched two innings and he didn’t bounce back well. On Monday he said he was sore and played pre-game catch under the watch of vice president of medical services Stan Conte.”

    This is a new record for Donnie…blowing out a pitcher in one appearance.

  31. messagebear says:

    Conte is a jinx, if not an all out incompetent. If I wasn’t feeling well, or needed to be evaluated for any reason, I would keep Conte as far away from me as possible. Just think of all the injuries and mishaps that the team has had since Conte has been around. And who brought him here?

  32. enchantedbeaver says:

    This is why this team sucks. Leadoff double and he never moves off 2nd base.

  33. enchantedbeaver says:

    I call game again. See you tomorrow.

  34. Paco has a strained teres major muscle. There have been a few pitchers who’ve suffered from this, among whom is Clayton Kershaw and Michael Pineda. Here’s a quick description: So the teres major would bring your arm down toward your body when you are holding your arm up. However, in order for your arm to lift the teres major needs to stretch, and if it is in spasm (knots) it can’t stretch, so you can’t lift your arm.

    It’s no wonder Paco can’t throw.

  35. Kershaw looks very ordinary tonight.

  36. It’s good to know the Giants lost.

  37. trublu4ever says:

    I think Puig should be benched for a few games ….. he is not playing like a team player!

  38. I’m stuck listening to the Angels announcers, who are somewhat slanted in their comments. But they hit the nail on the head with this: “The Angels look determined. The Dodgers do not.” Only Dodgers with a sense of purpose tonight look to be Dee and Matt. Maybe Van Slyke, too. But Puig has lost his patience at the plate, Hanley looks like he doesn’t care. The swag is missing from the majority of this team, and I wish they could fix it. It’s very sad to see.

  39. Like the Kemp of old.

  40. I kinda felt Pujols’ HR coming.

  41. It was good to see ‘Dre put wood on the ball enabling the play to be made. It would’ve been pathetic if he’d of struck out. It was a good ending for us.
    WE WON.

  42. kahliforni says:

    Really happy for Ethier. May not have been a 500-foot HR, but he got the job done….no strike out, no pop up.

    Just before Pujols’ HR, TV flashed six at-bats career against Wilson. I’m amazed, with all their respective years in St. L and SF, that they’ve faced each other so few times.

  43. Ok, not a Hollywood ending for this game, but Dre did his job and Iannetta didn’t. We win, the gnats lost – up another game. All in all, a good night.

  44. koufax1963 says:

    I have no faith in our BP, I exhale; and most of time cringe when, anybody not named Jansen comes in from the bullpen, and many of these guys were closers on other teams, we should have one of the best BPs in the majors. Sad for Kershaw, who “wobbled” and then got it done. I think NED is going to make a deal, but say Kemp for Hamels doesn’t do it for me. Very unacceptable that Gordon leads off with a double, and Donnie does not bunt him over to 3rd, then a fly ball from #3 would of scored him. yes I get it, puig is suppose to knock gordon around, that works vs the gnats but not vs angels, Id rather have the fundamental going on, then wishing for the hit. Puig has got to learn to bunt if he remains in the 2 hole, and then next year we work on his base stealing ability. also his taunting, little league behavior has got to stop, and start respecting the other players, other team and baseball in general. Grow up, Yasiel! there is much to learn.
    Very pleased with Kemp, Uribe, especially AJ and Dre in the ninth!
    Gain a Game, avoid a sweep, woohoo!

  45. enchantedbeaver says:

    Surprised they showed a little spunk last night. Usually they just fold.

    Wilson sucks, yet Donnie insists he’s the set-up man. That’ll kill them in the playoffs.

  46. trublu4ever says:

    According to reports, good ol’ Bud Selig, has banned our bubble machine.

  47. kahliforni says:

    I still like Wilson. Getting beat one-on-one by Pujols is no disgrace. If there’s “one guy that can’t beat you,” then Wilson got him out. His name is Trout. Yeah, it’s a shame Kershaw didn’t get the W, but who cares? Better learn to love Wilson, because I doubt Ned is going to Dumpster Dive or waiver-wire dive and find anyone better. Sometimes a great hitter wins. When Hanley goes yard and wins a game, do we celebrate him…or berate the poor slug who gave up the dinger?

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      If it was just one game Kahli I’d agree with you, but Wilson has pretty much stunk all year and has no business being the set-up man. There hasn’t been a game all year that I haven’t cringed when they bring him in. I’d give Howell the assignment until he proves he can’t handle it. Wilson’s already proved he can’t.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I would have to agree with both points.

        Donnie is going to use Wilson.
        He has been far from consistent this season.
        I do wonder where Elbert sits on the 2014 radar.

        • crash24now says:

          Elbert should be on the radar, since he’s about the last effective lefty available.

          Maybe we can ask Ethier to pitch, if he’s not too busy…………………………..

          • Dodger4life says:

            Can Crawford throw his eephus from a slightly elevated 60 feet, 6 inches. We could call him the bubble-loogy machine and Dre could play left…

  48. Dodger4life says:


    I’m told the bubble machine will be back in #Dodgers dugout tonight.

  49. lbirken says:

    Ugly but much needed win last night, thanks to the Angels playing an unusual game of giveaway. What struck me most troublesome about these two games is the Angels big time players contributions at the plate while the Dodger big time players, for the most part, did not.

  50. kahliforni says:

    Agreed, lbirk. With the Dodgers shelling out big bucks on Alex Guerrero…Corey Seager considered “can’t-miss”…and Dee Gordon becoming a top lead-off man, where does that leave Hanley Ramirez down the line? I just don’t see them re-signing him to any long-term deal. As for Agon, who knows at this point? He’s signed through 2018 and he’s 32-year-old right now. Dodgers need to get creatively younger while Kershaw is still a dominant force. Ned and Donnie prefer older, proven PVLs. I have a suspicion the Dodgers won’t see the World Series this year, in spite of their starting pitching. Management really needs to decide if Ned and Donnie have the “necessities” to bring a World Championship to LA. I say no. And I have a feeling Kasten told Ned no more prospects for the likes of Dotel, Victorino, Hendrickson, Nolasco, etc., etc., etc. This year’s inactivity hardly sounds like the real Ned.

    • crash24now says:

      Future state of the position players:

      AJEllis – At age 33, his hitting has really slumped this year. Catcher could be a huge hole to fill for 2015.

      Gonzo – may have a couple more years left.

      Gordon- We’re set at 2B for a while.

      Ramirez – His offensive production no longer offsets his defensive ineptness. Seager’s not going to be ready next spring, maybe late 2015 or early 2016. Use Guerrero and Rojas to fill in until Seager’s ready?

      Uribe – Has been great in 2013/2014, but face it, he’s getting old. We need to pick up somebody, unless Guerrero and Seager can handle ss/3b.

      Outfield – Looks like Puig, Pederson, Kemp, and Van Slyke.

      • kahliforni says:

        Funny, they signed Guerrero as a SS and decided to “move” him to 2B because of Ramirez. Then Gordon comes alive at 2B. Dodgers still project Seager at 3B. So does that mean Guerrero is back at SS??????????????

        • Dodger4life says:

          Just spit-ballin’ here…

          Guerrero’s value resides in his bat, one we haven’t seen yet. Arubarunner has the glove…

          • crash24now says:

            Guerrero’s bat is working in the minors. He hasn’t spent much time at shortstop down there, so that means that Ned&Co are thinking that Hanley’s coming back??? By 2016, I’d like to see an infield of Seager at 3B, Guerrero at SS, Gordon at 2B, and Arruebarrena as super utility guy.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Has anyone heard who put the claim in on Hanley….

          • crash24now says:

            Nope. By the way, there’s a new post up!

  51. Dodger4life says:

    Yep, you hardly get a chance to chip away at a successful pitchers era.
    Sometimes you just need to have some big balls and go balls to the walls, to do some damage.

    You’ll get your balls to the wall, man
    Balls to the wall
    You’ll get your balls to the wall, man
    Balls to the wall – balls to the wall


  52. crash24now says:

    Chone Figgins got the ol’ heave ho (DFA).

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