I-5 Freeway World Series Preview?

Ever since 1961, the year the Angels entered the American League as part of the first MLB expansion, there has been a dream of the two Los Angeles teams meeting in the World Series. To date, the two teams have made the playoffs in the same year three times: 2004, 2008 and 2009. This year, both teams are doing well with a good chance of reaching the post-season.

This could be the year for the Freeway World Series. While the past should have no bearing on future results, the Angels have given the Dodgers a lot of trouble since inter-league play began in 1997, winning 57 games while the Dodgers have only won 41 times.

There is an article written by then Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi about the Koufax-Drysdale double holdout in 1966. To me, Bavasi comes across as a real asshole. But that was a different Era, well before free agency and multi-year contracts. One thing he said does make sense “… nobody on the ball club, including me and Walter Alston, was ever going to get more than a one-year contract. As I recall, I said something like, “You’re both athletes, and what you’re selling is your physical ability, and how can you guarantee your physical ability three years in advance?” Paying players tens of millions of dollars in advance, when they no longer can perform as expected, has helped to price games out of reach for a lot of fans.


119 Responses to I-5 Freeway World Series Preview?

  1. 32and53fan says:

    What do you think about what Bavasi has written in this article, which is the first of a four part series?

  2. Buzzie was a wise old bird. I loved him as GM back in the day.

  3. BTW, Figgins has been DFA’d.

  4. crash24now says:

    DH Lineup (that is, Donnie found a way to let Dre play)

    Gordon 2B
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Kemp DH
    Crawford LF
    Ethier RF
    Turner 3B
    Ellis C

    (Haren P)

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Matt is the DH tonight….CC in left, Dre in right and Turner at 3rd.

  6. Dodger4life says:

    Thanks crash…. Have the Dodgers pulled Hanley back yet…

  7. enchantedbeaver says:

    Haren gives up 7 runs – over or under?

  8. Dodger4life says:

    Vegas has the over-under for runs scored tonight at 9.

  9. enchantedbeaver says:

    I’m perplexed why you don’t start Kemp in the OF and DH Crawford. That would at least give you the best defensive OF. Does Donnie think EVER?

  10. It seems to me, Haren should be pitching for his job tonight. Another bad outing should summon a red light.

  11. enchantedbeaver says:

    Pitiful. Have a chance to have a big inning and they flitter it away as usual.

  12. griz says:

    I’ve been hoping Haren could keep the ball in the park and give our guys a chance. Time to check the score and see if I get my wish.

  13. enchantedbeaver says:

    Fun while it lasted.

  14. A superendous throw by Puig.

  15. lbirken says:

    So many missed opportunities again.

  16. lbirken says:

    Wow, 7 innings of shut out ball from Haren. Can the Dodgers score a few more runs and put this game out of reach?

  17. A tremendous effort by Dan Haren.

  18. enchantedbeaver says:

    Where’d Haren pull that game out from? You go through Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton 3 times unscathed, you’ve done your job.

  19. YES………..WE WIN.

  20. enchantedbeaver says:

    I sure didn’t give them a chance in hell of winning this game with Haren starting. I hope he can string something together. He did a great job tonight.

  21. lbirken says:

    They don’t make it easy. Haren looked confident tonight. Good to watch the other team fail to score with a runner on second base. We have seen a lot of that this season from the Dodgers.

  22. kahliforni says:

    Thus has to be one of the sweetest wins of the year. Jansen striking out Trout and Hamilton to close it. Kemp and Ethier. Haren had to be pumped facing his ex-team.

  23. griz says:

    Looks like Haren gets another start.

  24. trublu4ever says:

    I was pleasantly surprised at the cool shown by Kenley…..he was awesome!

    • trublu4ever says:

      ….and, thank you Dan for giving us the chance to win.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I remember thinking to myself, after viewing Beav’s question about total runs scored…”I’d sure like to hear Vinny paint a positive picture of Dan Haren tonight.” And low & behold! Vinny did!!
        I too am happy with last nights win. At one point in the game though, I was a little mesmerized by the dullness of the evenings flow. Then I realized, it was Dan Haren that just hypnotized me, by throwing hitless baseball for what? 6 innings? Scoreless for 7? Both of the runs coming in the Dodgers half of the second…by balls hit to the wall.
        Outstanding Win Boy’s!!
        Haren was not only using the black part of the plate last night…he was getting the call. For a guy who throws strikes and limits walking batters. Shrinking the plate, makes it much harder to succeed…
        Way to go Haren!!

    • JhallWally says:

      Woo-Hoo, Win Streak!!! Way to go Dan Haren……

    • Dodger4life says:

      Kenley displayed 2. No! 3!! Very big balls against Trout!!!
      Jansen is a stud!!

      • crash24now says:

        Jansen’s save was especially awesome, because he had to shut down Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton with the tying run on base.

        I know Jansen has not been perfect this year, but no closer ever is. But with last night’s save, he has proven the resolve needed in pressure situations such as the playoffs.

    • Yes, I think Kenley is really coming into his own. He looks more and more confident every time he goes out there.

  25. koufax1963 says:

    GREAT game last night. I was wondering why the schedulers did not have Thursday’s game as day game, cause the dodgers have to travel EAST tonight? It will be a tired team playing friday.

  26. Dodger4life says:

    Puig looked a bit more refined in not only center last night, but in general as well. He looked to be focused on fundamentals. His quiet demeanor and two handed catch, coupled with, his amazing ability to consistently gun runners down with pin-point accuracy, was a surprising breath of fresh-air.
    Well Done!!
    Mr. Puig!!

  27. messagebear says:

    Well, that was a great Haren performance, and a great win for us. I only hope that Haren can continue contributing some wins, because that performance probably assured him of another five or six starts no matter how those go. That’s just Donnie’s way.

  28. crash24now says:

    Reportedly, Dan Haren (with help) reconfigured his mechanics before last night’s game. For one thing, he moved to the 1st base side of the pitching rubber. Whatever he did, it certainly worked. The next question is: can he repeat the success? I’m sure we don’t care how many perfect innings he can pitch, but rather how many shutout innings he can pitch.

    If I was Ned, I would still be looking for another starting pitcher, to have some insurance.

    Meanwhile, Matt Kemp continued to show his power. He took two games off away from the long ball, now he’s right back there with it. That home run swing sure looked sweet.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I seen a comment on another site, that stated, “Haren, looked to have slowed his tempo down a tad? I didn’t notice.

  29. Dodger4life says:

    It’s a So-Cali-Korean showdown tonight…
    Babe Ryu’th and Hyun Aaron

  30. crash24now says:

    Ned does some dumpster diving, and picks up righty starting pitcher Roberto Hernardez (aka Fausto Carmona) from the Phillies.


  31. zonadodger says:

    LOL….Thanks Ned

  32. zonadodger says:

    Here’s my concern. Fausto isn’t any good. He’s not really an improvement on anyone. Which means… someone’s not available, right?

    • crash24now says:

      Beckett – He can’t pitch even five innings anymore, due to his hip injury. So we get to put up with Fausto for somewhere between four and eight starts.

  33. kahliforni says:

    Joe Blanton, Michael Young, Shane Victorino…Ned’s most current haul of Phillies cast-offs. Now he can add Hernandez to that list. Phillies’ bloggers are having fun with the headlines, given the Fausto/Hernandez confusion: “Phillies trade Hernandez for players to be named.”

  34. crash24now says:

    Looks like Fausto to start the Friday game against the Brewers. Then the other shoe to drop will likely be Beckett on the DL to rest his hip.

    • Dodger4life says:

      @BillShaikin · 5m
      Josh Beckett had an MRI on hip, likely to go on DL, possible he’s out for season. Roberto Hernandez takes his spot tomorrow

      • crash24now says:

        Ouch – “out for season” – those are not good words.

        Oh well, he gave it his all, he gave us a thrill (no hitter), and now we need to move on without him.

        This does not give me a good feeling. Maybe Haren is fixed and maybe he is not fixed. Right now we have three quality starting pitchers to take us into the playoffs. We need five for August and September; we need four in October. We need a better solution than Fausto.

  35. crash24now says:

    Walks per nine innings in 2014:

    Kershaw 1.2
    Ryu 1.7
    Greinke 1.8
    Haren 1.9
    Beckett 3.0

    Fausto 4.1

  36. crash24now says:

    Gnats lost to Brewers 3-1

  37. crash24now says:

    Gordon getting another day off against a lefty.

    Turner 2b
    Puig cf
    Gonzalez 1b
    Ramirez DH
    Kemp rf
    Van Slyke lf
    Uribe 3b
    Ellis c
    Rojas ss

    (Ryu p)

  38. kahliforni says:

    Sad for Beckett. If he’s really done for the season, I wonder if he’ll call it a career. The onus is really on Haren now. He’s healthy and needs to eat up a lot of quality innings.

  39. messagebear says:

    What is sad is that we don’t have anyone in our farm system apparently deserving of being promoted to the big club as a starting pitcher. Where’s the rebuilding of the farm system? Where’s that highly touted Zach Lee? Our bunch of scouting geniuses are a bunch of zeros, nada, worthless punks, bastards.
    We were all so high on Logan White – what a POS!
    F***ing Guggenheims!

  40. Just enjoy the fact that the Giants have lost.

  41. HANLEY comes through with the bases loaded. 2-0.

  42. nedisajerk says:

    That was a rare hit with the bases loaded.

    • nedisajerk says:

      I see that Hanley was thrown out at 2nd and I don’t know why this bother me because if Calhorn thrown out Hanley than Puig should had Pujols. Pujols had so many base running blunder this year so I’m hoping Hanley being in a run down help Gonzo score.

  43. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Juan!

  44. 4-0 on URIBE’s double.

  45. trublu4ever says:


  46. The defense has been downright awesome tonight. Loving Uribe’s and Rojas’s play. And the hitting, while not great, has, up to now, been quite adequate. Good game, guys!

    • trublu4ever says:

      Hanley has some hits tonight but, he would not have made the plays Rojas made and, it could be a different ball game.

  47. lbirken says:

    The Dodgers inability to get hits with the bases loaded is beyond comprehension.

  48. trublu4ever says:

    Finally…Adrian comes through!

  49. lbirken says:

    Finally! A hit with the bases loaded! I have to say the Angels also seem to have had problems with runners in scoring position.

  50. 6-0, That’s better.

  51. crash24now says:

    Rojas made at least two plays that Hanley would not be able to do. I just hope that Stan and Ned remember those when it comes time to not sign Hanley as a free agent.

  52. crash24now says:

    Nice game from Ryu tonight. He really kept the Angel bats quiet, with a little defensive help from Uribe, Rojas, and Puig.

  53. trublu4ever says:

    Good job boys…now, on to face the Brewers….have a safe trip …. see you tomorrow.

  54. kahliforni says:

    Totally amazed Dodgers could take the final three games after looking so crappy in Game 1. Congrats to them all.

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      I agree Kahli. They looked like clowns the first game (on top of the lackadaisical series against the Cubs.) I never figured they could take 3 of 4.

  55. enchantedbeaver says:

    That last inning has got to be good for Baez’s confidence going forward. This is a rare time I applaud a Donnie decision to bring him in.

  56. It’s good to have a 3.5 game lead going into Milwaukee.

  57. Read on MLB Rumors just now that Ned’s not done perusing the pitching market. Looking for a swing man to replace Maholm. Wonder what POS will fill the bill – given that he’s got a PhD in dumpster diving.

  58. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Actually with the Dodgers leading the NL West by 3.5 games, Ned must be doing something right.

    • messagebear says:

      I got to believe that not giving Lee a try is similar to not bringing up Pederson – they don’t want to advance the arbitration eligibility unless they’re pretty sure that either one will stick with the ballclub. That must be the new GM agenda with thier prospects.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        I’d like to know the whole story with Lee. Usually they don’t want their top pitching prospects in Albuquerque, instead stashing them in AA. He obviously doesn’t carry the golden boy status he once had. I’m just wondering in his case if they want to keep him a trading chip as a prospect rather than trying him in the majors and removing any doubt that he was over hyped.

        Pederson stays in AAA I think until they can move either Crawford or Dre [this offseason] and can convince the other one that they’re a bench player now. I think Dre as a bench player has some value. Crawford as a bench player doesn’t.

        • crash24now says:

          Lee’s walk and strikeout ratios have regressed while in AAA. I don’t know how much of that is due to the PCL being a “hitter’s league”, but it’s definitely an issue.

          Walks per nine innings: AA 2013 was 2.2, AAA 2014 is 3.3

          K’s per nine innings: AA 2013 was 8.3, AAA 2014 is 5.5

          • enchantedbeaver says:

            Usually why they don’t put their top pitching prospects in Alb. Thin air – curves don’t break, balls go far.

  59. lbirken says:

    The challenge now is to follow up the big series with the Angels with a good effort against the Brewers. Today will be a big test with the overnight flight and a new member of the team taking the mound for the Dodgers in place of Beckett.

    I think the reluctance to bring up Pederson might involve the options issue and/or arbitration clock but it might be more that the need just is not that pressing. When Puig was brought up last year there was a pressing need for a player to fill a spot. While it could be argued there is a need because the current players are not doing the job, the fact remains the current players have major league contracts and are on the 40 man roster. The Dodgers are just not that desperate at the moment. As for Lee, I have to assume they do not think he is ready.

  60. crash24now says:

    Dee 2B
    Puig CF
    Adrian 1B
    Hanley SS
    Kemp RF
    Crawford LF
    Uribe 3B
    Butera C
    Hernandez RHP

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