Scoreboard Watching

World Series - San Francisco Giants v Detroit Tigers - Game 3

After Donnie mismanaged Wednesday’s game, the Dodgers find themselves just two games ahead of the Giants with twenty-two games left to play.  A big chunk (six of the 22) will be head-to-head matches with the Giants.  But this weekend, the Dodgers play the GM-less D-Backs while the Giants take on the Tigers in Detroit.  This difference in strength of schedule will hopefully advantage the Blue, and give us a chance to increase our divisional lead over the weekend.

So, will we be watching the scoreboard?  You betcha.  But the Dodgers need to take care of business on the field.  It won’t be easy, as the offense has been pathetic.  Yes, Justin Turner is still red-hot.  Carl Crawford is pulling his weight.  But Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig have gone stone cold at the top of the lineup.  Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez are not helping a lot.  Matt Kemp can help, but will Donnie put him in the lineup?  Meanwhile, Joc Pederson has misfired in his first three games, contributing five strikeouts in his first eight at bats.

As for the bullpen, an article by Dustin Nosler in yesterday’s Dodgers Digest pretty much sums it up.  http://dodgersdigest.com/2014/09/04/dodgers-bullpen-needs-saving-but-dont-expect-pedro-baez-to-do-it/  Our bullpen stalwarts are Kenley Jansen and JP Howell.  Other than that, the bullpen is weak.

With a little help from the Tigers, we may still win the division.  Another big determining factor in that success is the fact that Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start games against the Giants in both of our final head-to-head series against them.  But success in the playoffs looks gloomy given the offense and the bullpen.

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88 Responses to Scoreboard Watching

  1. crash24now says:

    Scheduled Starters for this weekend:

    Nuno(2-9) vs. Haren(11-10)
    Anderson(8-6) vs. Greinke(13-8)
    Cahill(3-10) vs. Ryu(14-6)

  2. crash24now says:

    Looks like Donnie is giving the big three (Kershaw, Ryu, and Greinke) extra rest in September to make sure they are ready for the playoffs. In my opinion, that’s a big risk, because it puts us in jeopardy of not winning the division.

  3. crash24now says:

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

    Proud papa Scott Van Slyke batting fifth today.

  4. kahliforni says:

    I won’t be scoreboard watching, I’ll be scoreboard listening. Thanks, yet again, to the genius foresight of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles and Time/Warner Cable.

  5. koufax1963 says:

    Ok I like the analysis, but the photo of gnat Crawford ?

  6. lbirken says:

    It will be interesting to see how the team performs tonight after an off day following that disaster game on Wednesday. The good news is players are better suited to “forget” the bad times than fans.

  7. crash24now says:

    Gnats 6, Tigers 0 in bottom of the third…..

  8. koufax1963 says:

    OK Rain Out- in 4th inning . keep on raining in Detroit.!

  9. Wednesday had to be one of the worse games the Dodgers have had. Lets hope they can put it behind them.

  10. Make that 2-0 on Matt’s HR.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    Giants game resumed….leading 7-0…we better nail this one.

  12. Didi Gregorius knocks in a run.

  13. One of Haren’s best starts, of late, except for the high pitch count.

  14. Howell & Wilson did their job.

  15. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!

  16. Jansen’s 40th save keeps the Dodgers up by 2 games.

  17. 32and53fan says:

    Nice post Crash. You summary was spot on. The Dodgers need to play each game with the intensity of a post-season game. A two game lead could change fast if the players don’t focus on each pitch, whether on offense or defense. The veterans can learn something from the way Joe Pederson gets set before every pitch and ready to get a good jump when he hears the cracks of the bat. Ethier also has a good stance before each pitch. This is just common sense… In Little League, I was prepared before each pitch and thought about the game situation so I knew what I had to do if the ball was hit to me. I pitched and played shortstop, but those things also should be done in the outfield. With a long season and a beat-up body, some players are not expending the energy it takes to get set before each pitch.
    My point is that to be a championship team, each player has to put out the effort to anticipate each pitch and not be in the outfield dwelling on his strikeout in the previous inning and practicing his swing before pitches.
    The Giants are no pushover team. If the Dodgers can’t sweep or at least win each series, those six games against the Giants could determine the division winner.

  18. kahliforni says:

    Only 7 teams are over .500 in the NL with five playoff spots open. Dodgers second behind Nationals.

  19. griz says:

    I see our boys lit up the score board again. A win is a win however you get it. Kudos to Haren.

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The win was what I think was typical for this team. We have to depend on the pitching. Last night’s game demonstrated the true strength of this team. Of course the more the offense can help the better but it’s still the pitching that will carry this team.

  21. Dodger4life says:

    I wasn’t feeling all that well, so, I didn’t even bother to turn the game on last night…I haven’t watched the highlights either, but upon reading the game thread…[nice series thread by the way crash]…I’m glad to see the Boy’s came out of it with a win.

  22. koufax1963 says:

    well the gnats score 4 in the first off Price, Holy whatever I thought this weekend we could get some distance between the gnats; but they think much differently.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Would you believe the Dodgers added another outfielder to the roster? …… Yep, Bernadina was added….I say WTF!

  24. The lead is only a game and a half now.

  25. That’s A-Gon’s 20th.

  26. The D-backs look like the Dodgers in the 2nd inning.

  27. Cody Ross almost tied it up.

  28. It’s amazing when pitch hitters come though. Pollack ties it up.

  29. Needless to say…we need some runs.

  30. Good job by Wright and Wilson.

  31. Finally Dee get’s his 30th RBI on that tie breaking hit.

  32. Hanley gives us just what we needed.

  33. trublu4ever says:

    Still keeping our lead over the nasty Giants….YAY!

  34. Dodger4life says:

    Woo! Hoo!!
    .
    2 in a row…at home!!

  35. griz says:

    Five whole runs?

    • Dodger4life says:

      There are only two players who on the current roster who have ERA’s over 5.00…Correia and Butera.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Going by the last 30 days alone…you could omit Butera…and add…Wright and League. With Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu and Haren all under 3.00.

  36. kahliforni says:

    L.A. Times this morning implied the Dodgers might (and that’s a big might) go with Joc Pederson on the playoff roster (if Donnie doesn’t figure out a way to blow it)…and that Ethier might be the odd man out. Somehow, that just feels wrong. Not sure how Ned & Co. could wrangle that, seeing as how Pederson didn’t arrive until Sep. 1. Guess they could always use him in place of a player who was on the DL at the time…

    • trublu4ever says:

      Right now…Puig should be the odd man out!

      • trublu4ever says:

        ….besides…in playoff games, experience matters!

        • Dodger4life says:

          If Ethier is on the playoff roster, it would most likely be as a bench bat wouldn’t it…And if that is the case…wouldn’t he most likely face a left-hander in this situation…Just asking…

          • trublu4ever says:

            I don’t know. I have no idea what their thought process is.

          • Dodger4life says:

            With Puig showing up late the other day for stretching exercises and him failing to hit the cut-off man trying to nail the guy at home-plate…I would guess there is some concern as to him being focused enough to become the center-fielder in the post season…

          • Dodger4life says:

            In the past 30 days…Ethier has a BA of .294…
            .
            With the N.L. West being as close as it is… I doubt Ethier faces too many left-handers, if any at all…

          • trublu4ever says:

            …and, he is NOT hitting!

          • Dodger4life says:

            The only other player with a lone RBI, or less, in the past 30 days…[not counting pitchers and Sept. call-ups], is Rojas, who also has 1.
            .
            Andre is in the line-up today. It may turn out he is fighting for a spot in the post-season… He has an opportunity…All he can do is take advantage of it.

  37. messagebear says:

    Andre better hit at least 2 HR’s today; otherwise he may not start again this month, or maybe this season, or maybe never again for the Dodgers.

    • Dodger4life says:

      What if they decide Puig and Joc are too big a risk to man center-field in the post season…With Kemp being stronger now…any chance him and Puig switch places and the battle is who brings more value to the team in left-field….

  38. I’m sure all this is IF the Dodgers make the post season. It does look pretty good that if they lost the division title they have a good shot at the wild card game.
    Today is a good chance for the Dodgers to put pressure on the Giants with a win, since our game will start 4 hours earlier. Maybe we can put a win on the scoreboard for them to look at.

  39. I was hoping to say that it looked like the two teams had changed uniforms but that slow roller by Gregorius ruined it by scoring a run for the D-backs after they loaded the bases.

  40. Greinke doesn’t look good 2-0

  41. griz says:

    Just came home and checked the box score and now I’m wondering, once again, how is it a pitcher with a mediocre (at best) record is made to look like a Cy Young candidate.

  42. In case you don’t know it:
    Trevor Cahill is pitching a no-hitter.

  43. lbirken says:

    Cahill should have walked Gonzalez to load up the bases.

  44. I was thinking so hard about it and A-Gon hits the 3 run blast.

  45. lbirken says:

    I find this talk about playoff rosters a bit premature. Let’s get there first. But if we do have to talk about it, unless Joc Pederson does something really dramatic during the last few weeks of the season, does he really deserve a spot? Other than hit some wicked foul balls, what has he done to take Puig’s or Ethier’s spot?

  46. The Ham & Egg & Potato man hits another 3 run HR followed by Kemp’s 19th.

  47. lbirken says:

    How quickly a game can change. Nice to see it is the Dodgers making it happen.

  48. Yep – and there’s nothing like a little drama during the last game of the season with the t-bags.

  49. Beautiful mop up by Brandon League.

  50. lbirken says:

    Good game and good series. Keep it up.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    Nice…now on to watch Gnat and Tigers.

  52. crash24now says:

    Well, the Dodgers did their job by sweeping the D-Backs. Now, finally, the Tigers are finally helping by leading the Gnat 3-0 in the fourth inning. I hope they hold on for the victory.

  53. messagebear says:

    I can’t imagine why a team as lousy as the D’Backs even belongs in the major league. When you look at what they’ve got, Andre with his 240.’s average would be a star on that squad. The only trouble is that I can’t find anybody I would want in a trade for him outside of Goldschmidt. Maybe if they want to pick up his entire remaining contract that ought to be enough. No wonder they fired the GM.

    Hey, would they take Andre if we threw in Ned?

  54. griz says:

    Doing a little scoreboard watching between “Breaking Bad” episodes. I’m also hoping Gonzales stays hot for about a month.

  55. I just watched the Giants lose to go back 3 games.

  56. crash24now says:

    Magic Number = Games Left – Games Ahead + 1 = 19 – 3 + 1 = 17

  57. crash24now says:

    When I wrote this post, I was hoping that the Dodgers would gain a game over the weekend. It just came true.

  58. Dodger4life says:

    Hear ye…Hear ye…
    .
    All You Non-Believers Believers
    .
    Our time is approaching…
    .
    Rejoice in the fun, that is sure to come…

  59. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yesterdays game was a sure sign as to the way it was played and also Saturday’s game but I’ll keep my fingers crossed until I see the magic # get a lot smaller or the lead a lot bigger. There’s still to many games to be played.

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