Schedule Similarities: Dodgers and Giants

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Now the Dodgers have pushed their lead to three games, thanks to a sweep of the weak Diamondbacks, coupled with the Tigers managing one victory out of three games against the Giants.  Last weekend featured the last of the major strength of schedule differences between the Dodgers and the Giants.  The rest of the nineteen game remaining schedules for the two leading National League West clubs are very similar:

1.  Home and home three game series with each other

2.  Home and home three game series with weak NL West teams with identical 59-84 records (Dodgers versus the Rockies and Giants versus the Diamondbacks).

3.  Host the Padres for a single series (the Padres are at Chavez Ravine for three games, then they finish their season with four games at AT&T Park).

4.  Travel to a weak team for one series:  The Dodgers are at the Cubs (64-79) for four games, while in the same week the Giants are at the Padres (66-76) for three games.

Will the Dodgers be able to hang on and win the division?  A lot of the answer will depend on the six games with the Giants.  The rest of the answer will be based on the Dodgers’ ability to win series and sometimes sweep the weaker teams remaining on their schedule.

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129 Responses to Schedule Similarities: Dodgers and Giants

  1. crash24now says:

    At least it looks like A-Gon is heating up, while Matt Kemp continues to be an offensive force.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    I think Donnie will decide whether we win or lose. I know, the players have to play. But, who will the Great One put out there on a daily basis? And, who will be the guy out of the pen?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Bochy is good manager and that scares me the most.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Shush your mouth…
        .
        Just kidding tru…
        .
        Bochy did win manager of the year in 1996 while coaching the Padres.

        Bud Black won in 2010 with the Padres

        Dusty Baker won both in 1997 and 2000 with the Giants.

        Jim Tracy won in 2009 with the Rockies

        Two Arizona managers have won the award…Bob Melvin in 2007, and the man who just watched his team get swept in L.A.. Kirk Gibson in 2009
        .
        Who was the last Dodger manager to win the award and what year???
        .
        Loaded Bonus Question – Name the two cities in which Mike Scoiscia won his awards…

  3. koufax1963 says:

    The Padres are Pests, especially vs the dodgers. I don’t discount any team, cubs, rockies, if the dodgers are to win the west it will be done head to head with the Giants. Will the Dodgers have a game plan for each at bat? I hope Ryu, Grienke and Kershaw saw Detroit beat the SF, because that is how we need to pitch them. The giants are fully stacked now, Pagan in the line-up, and Posey is on fire with the Bat, and Pence and Pandaval not far behind. The 2nd base job is done by a guy named panik, who has been very consistent, and Timmy is not in the rotation, replaced by Petit, doing a good job. They also are giving posey more time at First, rather than catching, and their catcher Susac does rather well when called upon.
    In short, this is a much more balanced and fortified Giants team since we saw them last. Im not sure the dodgers have made any solidifying decisions on what their line up is, and nobody on the team seems to want to own their position, with exception of Kemp, Gordon, Gonzo and a nod to Uribe. But as we know Donnie will tinker, and the carosel of OFs will continue, hopefully with good results, as they are all capable of a starting job, but only 3 get on the starting line up. Dodgers Bullpen is still a sore point, inconsistency, so I understand why Donnie may have trouble replacing pitching. League and Wilson are typical examples, so in a game handed over for the BP to win, tequila may be required. So lets get through the padres, while the giants taking batting practice vs the D-backs. This weekend seems to be: Can the good Starting arms of the Dodgers Baffle the Hot bats of the Giants.
    Stay tuned. out-managed? Yes count on it, but can the Dodgers win despite Donnie, lets see.

    • JhallWally says:

      Nice post K63…. I especially like your ending… About being out-managed… I had to laugh… It seems everyone knows that Dildon doesn’t have a clue…

  4. crash24now says:

    Kershaw Lineup

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

  5. IMO the Dodgers have to play good winning baseball. Never mind “weaker teams”, you never know how “weak” a team is on any given day. I wouldn’t go by the other teams W-L record. Many of these team play a lot looser because they have nothing to lose..

  6. trublu4ever says:

    Puig is no bueno!

  7. What a shot down the RF line by Uribe.

  8. Well the Pads got one back.

  9. Good to see Puig come through.

  10. A nice productive out by AJ.

  11. 8-1 on CC HR makes it even better.

  12. After all that it’s a 5 run lead again.

  13. lbirken says:

    What a season. Two no hitters by Dodger pitchers, two times the Dodgers hit and run into a triple play, and now a three error play in which the opposition scores two runs. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

  14. koufax1963 says:

    Hmmm, could a something like that Puig throw to first happen in a play off game? Yes we shall win this game, but that was not pretty in many ways. Fortunately the ERA was not affected.

  15. ~Kahliforni~ With runners on first and second and one out Rivera hit a fly out to Puig. Puig threw it wild to first, Ellis threw it wild to second, Ramirez threw it wild to home and the both runners scored.

  16. Looks like Hanley’s heating up.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    Woo-Hoo…another win!

    • JhallWally says:

      Double Woo-Hoo for Kersh…. He pitched thru 3 errors…. I’ve said it before, we are watching baseball history… Enjoy it while you can… Nice to see the offense show up… I like the new lineup….. Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. crash24now says:

    Magic number is now 16.

  19. JhallWally says:

    Just a thought, but, Russel Martin will be a free agent after this season… And, the Dodgers desperately need help at the catching position… Could we possibly see Russel return???????????
    It might not be a bad idea….

    • kahliforni says:

      Looking at base stealing stats, A.J. Ellis has thrown out only 2 of every 10 base stealers. Martin has thrown out 4 of every 10 base stealers. Who woulda knowed?!?!?!?!?!?!

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    These non-Kershaw games are the ones I worry about the most. Roberto better be on his game tonight and give us about 6 good innings. I can’t wait till we get that magic number down to a single digit. Right now it’s just too high.

  21. messagebear says:

    We obviously don’t have anybody catching who can hit; nobody catching who is worth promoting to the majors; nobody catching in the minors who can hit; apparently nobody catching anywhere who can hit and can even be drafted by the Dodgers. Martin sounds like a reasonable choice if he’d consider coming back to the likes of Ned and Donnie. Please, anything but letting Ned come up with another of his yearly catcher additions.

  22. kahliforni says:

    Here are Ned’s dumspter-diving 2015 free agent catchers:
    John Buck
    Ryan Doumit
    Nick Hundley *
    Gerald Laird
    Russell Martin
    Jeff Mathis *
    Wil Nieves
    Ronny Paulino
    A.J. Pierzynski
    David Ross
    Geovany Soto
    * club option

    And Ned’s incredible solutions last winter for this championship-aiming squad—4 catchers and their BA:
    Olivo, M .217
    Butera, D .188
    Ellis, A .186
    Federowicz, T .125

  23. messagebear says:

    Can Andre practice a little catching in his spare time?

  24. lbirken says:

    Interesting idea about Russell Martin. I sure thought he would be the Dodger catcher for years but then he got hurt and that was that. I find this a difficult situation because I am a big A.J. Ellis supporter for the way he handles the pitchers. I am wondering if he just never fully recovered from his injuries. He used to be a better hitter with regard to getting on base. I am also a FedEx fan because he was so nice at spring training and willing to stay and sign autographs. I have to imagine he had a tough year and I am sure the Dodgers expected him to be a better than he has shown. My guess is A.J. will be back next season because there really is not much better out there as an everyday replacement. If the Dodgers hit better with RISP, Ellis’ offensive problems would not be as important.

  25. Back to scoreboard watching, at least for me.

  26. Thanks to Hanley it’s 2-0 Padres.

  27. It’s not a good start tonight as the Dodger trail 3-0

  28. Gyorko makes it 5-0 with a 2 run HR.

  29. I really don’t think that Hernandez pitched all that bad. Just bad fielding. And wouldn’t you know – just when we finally get the bats woken up, the gloves go to sleep. Aaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!

  30. crash24now says:

    The gloves already went to sleep last night.

    I noticed that Puig slipped another slot in the lineup. Much lower and he will be out of the lineup.

  31. AGon’s 23rd HR with Dee on, 5-2 Pads.

  32. enchantedbeaver says:

    I enjoy how Mattingly always has his team playing at peak efficiency, especially in September. Its almost scary the intensity they display night after night. Why its almost like the only ones that can stop this train are the players and Donnie himself.

  33. enchantedbeaver says:

    And Ned… I’m telling you his late season pick-ups are beyond belief. I know when I watch I can’t believe what’s going on.

  34. The Giants, after winning, can enjoy the end of this one.

  35. crash24now says:

    Hanley’s bat does not offset his bad glove. Not tonight and not for the playoffs.

  36. lbirken says:

    I understand Hanley gets called out for his errors tonight but Hernandez still has to make the pitches to get the next hitter out after the first error. He didn’t.

    • JhallWally says:

      Sorry Birk, but, this loss goes squarely on Hanley…… We are not talking about a front line pitcher here… This is a #5 starter…. They need all the help they can get… Although, to your point, Hernandez also sucked…..

  37. JhallWally says:

    Hanley sucks!!!! Bottom line… Championship teams are strong up the middle… He is a huge liability… His bat can no longer carry his sorry ass defense…

  38. griz says:

    Ditto lbirk’s post. This isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs. I wonder what it will take to light a fire under Puig and Ramirez. I keep reading where Hanley has reverted to 2012 and sulks and Puig does not put much into preparation. We’ll have our result of the season soon and we know Ramirez will be elsewhere next year, but what about Puig?

  39. kahliforni says:

    Ned created a team built on pitching and mashing the ball…at the expense of defense. But this team doesn’t mash the ball. Their power totals are laughable. So the Dodgers now have a team weak on defense to back up a lights-out starting staff. Ned???

  40. koufax1963 says:

    Puts even greater pressure on the dodgers to win tonight. Hanley is going to be playing SS through the end of this season, if healthy. Show me another SS on the team with the potential pop Hanram has in his bat, why just Monday night he was smacking the ball. Agree errors are not tolerable in play-offs and a September pennant race, and last night that was verified. And Cashner getting that double. Disgrace. This is the team Ned built, the one Donnie puts out in the field, Vetrans baby, players that can take the pressure, remain cool, not blow it, take good at bats, field cleanly, throw accurately and when needed, so tonight and especially this weekend they need to Man UP!
    I have confidence in the Dodgers as they are, each time they take the field, until they prove otherwise. As they did last night, that game was winnable, but was not happening.
    Start over tonight, get a win, and perhaps the snakes can win too.
    Last night was really bad, much worse loss than the wedneday game vs the Nats.

  41. crash24now says:

    Funny how a slim lead can change in a blink of an eye. Some dumb ass on the radio was commenting Monday morning that a freeway series is likely, since the Dodgers have a commanding (3 1/2) game lead over the Giants.

    Now that lead has been cut to 2 1/2 games, and we quickly revert to scoreboard watching, hoping that the Snakes can top the Giants to make up for our loss last night. We can’t count on that happening. The division is going to come down to the six head-to-head games with the Giants. The defense needs to show up to back up Ryu/Greinke/Kershaw.

    If we don’t win the division, what happens? Donnie will be forced to use Kershaw to win the wild card “play-in” game. Then Kershaw will not be available to start Game 1 of the NLDS. That would put us in a hole from the get-go.

    I don’t want to jinx him, but it almost seems as if there are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and a Kershaw victory.

  42. crash24now says:

    Mike Petriello has a nice discussion of the Hanley Ramirez at shortstop conundrum in today’s edition of the Dodgers Digest.

    http://dodgersdigest.com/2014/09/10/on-why-the-dodgers-have-to-deal-with-hanley-ramirez-awful-defense/

  43. koufax1963 says:

    If we dont win the division, it means the team has gone well past competitive. So the measly WC playoff game is small consequence.
    Yes Ill take it rather than being out of play offs. With a win tonight, the smiles will return, the Dodgers just cant have bad games like last night, and certainly not this weekend. I think Donnie has a A-game line up, that has some flex in the outfield. If puig does not hit, then he should sit? I dont know if donnie feels that way, if puig shows up late, does not put work out time to good use and does not show good calibur play in the field, then I think donnie will sit him. But I speculate that Donnie thinks Puig is on the cusp of coming out of his funk, but is that true? He really has not been around long enough to know the tendencies. Thats why I loved Lasorda he knew when to be a cheer leader or when a player needed a kick in the butt. Crawford is not coming out soon, he has been hitting. Kemp is solid. Id like puig to get it going, but right now Van Slyke or Dre getting HBP is better than what puig is doing at the plate.

  44. lbirken says:

    I stand by me comments about last night’s game. While one player can make a game changing play or have a game changing at bat, what about all the other opportunities for those things to happen that don’t? I realize Hernandez is a “#5” but he did not even last three innings. Perhaps the hitters should be given credit for getting the hits. I was at the game last night and I can tell you the air was sucked out of the stadium when Cashner hit the double. There was hope but not a lot of confidence the Dodgers could bounce back, probably because the team has not done so often enough this season. But after the third inning, the Padres had no hits until the 8th inning. In that time the Dodgers had opportunities to score runs but failed. The Dodgers had the tying run at home plate in the ninth with Gonzalez on deck. Did the Dodgers get beat by better pitching? Perhaps, and those things will happen. Did they get beat by better defense? Perhaps, and those things will happen too. My point: this is a team game where players will strike out with runners in scoring position and errors will lead to runs.

    I also agree with the column about what to do about Hanley Ramirez. Donnie has little choice than to keep running him out there. Stop blaming Ned for making that trade. At the time the Dodgers had no shortstop. He helped carry the team into the playoffs last season and it clearly missed him when he could not play.

    As for Puig, I have no idea what is happening with him. He has talent but still makes silly mistakes. His approach to the plate since the All Star break has to frustrate the coaching staff. It seems as if the count is 0-2 every time he comes to bat and he hits nothing but ground balls. Is it time to sit him and let Andre get more playing time in either right or center? Would you move Kemp back to center and hope the move does not affect his hitting, which seemed to get better in a hurry once he moved to right? Certainly Joc Pederson is not the answer, at least not yet.

    I find it odd that the Dodgers, a first place team, has so many issues this late in the season that have nothing to do with injuries.

  45. kahliforni says:

    There’s no doubt Hanley plays until the Dodgers are eliminated. That’s a no-brainer. The guy’s a stud. The Dodgers won’t win or lose a World Series just because Hanley is at short. Puig? I would sit him today and the off-day is Thursday. He looks mentally and physically spent, to me. But come playoff time, he has to be in there, just like Hanley. They are a big part of the best the 2014 Dodgers can offer. What’s the cliche about not changing horses in midstream or dancing with the guy that brought you?????

  46. Dodger4life says:

    The discussion today has been enjoyable…
    .
    I read this morning…again, not sure where…that Puig hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium over the Pavilion in batting practice the other day. As he left the cage, he was given a round of applause by the team.

    I’d gamble that Hanley and Puig, will figure out what it is, that is keeping them from fulfilling their potential on the field. When they do, that happy-go-lucky attitude will return.
    .
    Would I move Kemp back to center…If Kemps legs and ankle were in shape to handle the position…I think it may be the best option available. Puig in my mind, isn’t refined enough yet, and his mistakes seem to be magnified when they do happen. If Kemp isn’t up to the challenge, and he said the other day, his legs weren’t where he would like them to be…Andre is the next best option… other than not being able to cover the amount of ground that a true center-fielder would, he was steady out there.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Who knows though, maybe young Joc is a quick study…there is still a little baseball left in the regular season.

      • lbirken says:

        After his two starts, in which he got his first hit but did not do anything terribly exciting, it seems Donnie is reluctant to put him in pressure situations. He has not done well when given the opportunity. Of course, I do not put much stock into his performance so far. Lots of players started slowly and struggled before finally making it big.

  47. koufax1963 says:

    Well the starting line up is out there on the Dodgers web. Puig Leads off, gordon on bench, with justin turner playing second and batting second, Hanley moved down in the order, nothing else too surprising, if that is not enough.Well donnie I would rather have Dee leading off and playing second, but this as far as you will hear/read my thoughts. Glad you didnt put Barney in at second, we need hits and that is something Turner has been giving all year. I dont know I guess donnie feels Dee needs two days off? Lets out slug the padres tonight because pitching wise it is a toss up, but I really hope Haren sees this as his BIG GAME.

  48. koufax1963 says:

    With the kennedy stats up, what stands out is Dres BA vs him with 2 HRs, Let Dre play tonight!!! GO DODGERS!

  49. crash24now says:

    At this point, Dre is pretty much the forgotten man.

    Meanwhile, the magic number is still 16. Huh, that’s a familiar number. I wonder which Dodger wears that number on his uniform?

  50. Hanley makes it 2-0, knocking in Turner.

  51. 3-0 on CC’s double scoring on Uribe’s single.

  52. Haren was simply magnificent tonight.

  53. Crawford 4-4 and another RBI.

  54. koufax1963 says:

    funny, I believe this is not a save situation, does kenley really need the work?, at 4-0 perhaps someone else or “its a day off tomorrow”, so he can rest then. funny gnats leading 4-0 also. ugh afetr snakes held them scoreless through 8. A win! GO Dodgers!

  55. trublu4ever says:

    Excellent job boys.

  56. We, at least, hold on to the 2 1/2 game lead.

  57. crash24now says:

    At this point in time, I would have to say that Crawford is no longer a liability, rather he has become an asset.

  58. enchantedbeaver says:

    For all of Haren’s woes and ups and downs, you can’t ask much more out of your #4 starter than 13 wins. Hopefully he can make it 16 before the season’s over.

    • JhallWally says:

      Yep Beav, but just remember, he was our #5 starter…. He has done very well…

      Now, what would you do with Puig???? I am not down with his act. I think we would be better served with Kemp, Crawford, Ethier, Van Slyke, and Pederson… JMO

      • trublu4ever says:

        Me too! The deal breaker for me was the night before when he didn’t hustle to first base on a ground ball. Besides, he can’t hit a fastball! That’s all they are throwing a him.

      • enchantedbeaver says:

        Slump he’s in I’d sit him for a few games and see if he can heat it back up the last week of the season. He does, he plays. He doesn’t, then Dre’s my CFer and I might even be inclined to leave him off the playoff roster. Can’t hit the broad side of a barn right now and is only slightly more tolerable than Andruw was.

  59. messagebear says:

    Can Puig theoretically be sent back to the minor leagues?
    Just saying because the guy may need a bit of carrot or the stick approach.
    Secondly, how about requiring him to play over the winter in one of those leagues?
    I don’t care for the guy’s general deportment regardless of his age.
    For the rest of this season management will do with him whatever they will, but if he is to develop the potential that everybody has seen in him, something has to change.

  60. koufax1963 says:

    Regarding Puig, I thought something more personal might be getting at him, so I read today fron the Canadian press that a florida man was arrested yesterday in connection with “smuggling” puig from cuba to mexico. Ransoms were raised, a smuggler in mexico killed and puig denies all, as if he would really know. There may of been threats issued t puigs family. All a bit much, if true or not, the media attention must be distracting.
    Nice win last night, and I thought the snakes might just beat out the gnats last night.
    I still have to wonder, why use jansen, he didnt pitch well, bailed out by a DP and threw 17 pitches, IMHO, not necessary. Need him this weekend at full capacity.
    Dre got a hit! perhaps he should of been in CF the whole game.
    Now the future: hope the snakes can win today, dont expect it, but that leaves it as it should be this friday Bumgarner vs Ryu.

  61. griz says:

    I don’t think the d-backs could beat the sisters of the poor right now let alone the giants. My sister and brother in law (from Phoenix) were here last weekend and they made no mention of baseball at all. They are fans and the last time I went to a game down there my sister was dancing all around celebrating the beating the Dodgers were getting, but we let them slide and made no mention of the fine club they have this year how the Dodgers were doing against them. Just wore my new LA hat.
    *
    I see the jackass’s at ESPN are at it again, showing new york and the orioles rather than a race out west. I thought we’d get at least one of the games this weekend, but it looks as though we are being shut out.

  62. koufax1963 says:

    Ok Ill side with the majority, Jansen should of gone in, for all the good reasons the good fans here have stated. Lights out In SF!
    Cant believe ESPN would not show the gnats / dodgers series. Do they not know good baseball. I’ll concede we will 2.0 games up come friday. Do think every game is important, but to win friday and flatten Madbum, would be great.

    • kahliforni says:

      Dodgers struggle against lefties and Bumgarner is one of the best. Ryu will have to bring his A+ game. I have a gnawing suspicion the lead will be 1 game come Saturday morning…

  63. lbirken says:

    Should make for an exciting weekend. Hopefully the Dodgers will rise to the occasion and at least take two of three.

  64. crash24now says:

    Gnats win, lead shrinks to two games, magic number stands at fifteen. The opportunity exists this weekend to shrink the magic number to nine.

  65. enchantedbeaver says:

    This weekend will go a long ways towards telling if this team is really a contender or just a pretender.

  66. messagebear says:

    If we can’t win two out of three with Ryu, Greinke and Kershaw pitching (doesn’t really matter who against), we won’t really last very long in the playoffs. So be it! I don’t really want to contend for the wild card.

    It’s really interesting to see how the true contenders are finishing the end of the season – Baltimore, Angels, even KC. They’re playing like they’re ready to go to the World Series. We’ll see after this weekend if we have the same kind of makeup.

  67. koufax1963 says:

    Look at Pittsburgh coming in. Dodgers should really like to knock the gnats around, but I concede they did not have pagan last time, and it is key to keep him off the bases, and posey and pence, panik are hitting, with a pandavol is swinging at anything and making the best of it.
    Dodgers really need to have a plan with each at bat. Share what they see coming from the Pitcher. Bochy will insist upon for his team.
    GO DODGERS!

  68. oldbrooklynfan says:

    As long as the Dodgers don’t get swept in this series, they’ll be in first place when it ends on Sunday.

  69. Dodger4life says:

    One of the things that concerns me as the team begins play against the Giants tonight. Would be the fact that as of late…they have returned somewhat, to making errors and exercising less than good judgement on the field and bases.

    • crash24now says:

      Good call D4Life – this crap doesn’t play in the playoffs, and this weekend is the playoffs. Play some good clean ball, boys, and get the job done. Get your heads on straight before the game starts.

      • trublu4ever says:

        ….and, please, Donnie, don’t over think your lineups…just put the best players out there….NO MATTER WHO IS PITCHING!

        • JhallWally says:

          LOL Tru…. Dildon is not capable of abstract thought….. He was a pretty good first baseman that got his job because he was a sycophant to another overrated catcher that just happened to get a gig with a good team(Torre and the Yankers). The Dodgers went in the wrong direction when they hired these Yankees. And, an even more erroneous direction with the Nedcompoop-Giant catastrophe……..

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      No one’s ever going to accuse Mattingly of having a well prepared team that plays with any intensity on a consistent basis. He took a team that was charging last year and screwed around in September costing them home field advantage and all the momentum it built during “the streak.” Hillman got the axe for that, but it should’ve been Donnie. If he screws up again (which I fully expect) I hope this year it falls squarely where it should.

      IMO though, last year’s team was the one that had a real chance of going all the way. Way too much lacking on this years squad – inconsistent bullpen, no bench, no one having a career year with the bat, Donnie’s just as dumb as ever… I’m just not seeing it.

      • crash24now says:

        What we’ve got going for us this year is five (or six) healthy outfielders. In fact, all the starting position players are healthy. The one body that we are missing late in the season is Beckett.

        Maybe this is a good thing. If Donnie blows it, he can’t blame his failure on injuries. A win-win – if we win, we win. If we lose, we win, because Donnie will be fired. (I say that with blue-colored glasses on. We have been taught by Bear that the Guggenheims are a bunch of stupid wusses who won’t fire Donnie.)

      • JhallWally says:

        You don’t have to be Nostradamis to foresee that this team is not WS worthy……. Nedcompoop and Dildon as your GM and Manager.. I’ve said it before (since they were hired), we will not win a WS with them…. I stand by my guns…..

  70. JhallWally says:

    I think we will fare well tonight and going forward with the Giants……….. I am eagerly watching and waiting to see what kind of balls this team has…. This series will go a long way in revealing what this team is made of… I am optimistic and hopeful……… Let’s Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. griz says:

    While I have my doubts, I’m also eager to get this series started. Now we’ll see how serious these guys are. Or not.

  72. koufax1963 says:

    I cant be negative, Dodgers in first place! IMO, Gordon, Puig, HanRam, Gonzo, Kemp, Crawford, Uribe, Ellis, Ryu for tonight.
    I might even be tempted to bat Ryu 8th and Ellis 9th.

    • trublu4ever says:

      If Bum is throwing for the Giants tonight, you know he will load up on righties. However, as even Vinny pointed out, we do NOT hit lefties well, regardless of who is batting.

      • koufax1963 says:

        Well Tru I know you will be hearing K and K from the TV and not Vinny, but it is time to hit the BUM, hence I did not put DRE in center tonight, but with the way puig has been hitting, I could go for DRE or SVS. Im hoping PUIG has a big game, like the last friday night he played at the phone booth. I think it would be a mistake not to start Crawford, he has been Hot. and GONZO is the RBI machine.

      • crash24now says:

        In head-to-head against Bumgarner, the following Dodgers do well: Puig, Turner, Uribe, Van Slyke, and Barney. That’s it.

        The problem, though, is that Puig is still buried in a funk. I think Donnie will still play him, though. What would I do? Who gives us the best chance to win?

        Turner has to play 2b, since Uribe will play 3b. That puts Gordon on the bench, which is okay, both because he’s in a bit of a funk himself and he doesn’t do well against Bumgarner.

        The big question is what to do with Puig? Can Crawford hit a lefty, given his recent hot streak? Yes, he actually has done well against lefties this year (although it is a small sample). So I’d go out on a limb and go with:

        Crawford
        Turner 2b
        Gonzalez 1b
        Kemp
        Ramirez ss
        Van Slyke
        Uribe 3b
        Ellis c
        Ryu p

        Geez, that is difficult, because who do you ask to play cf? Probably better to go with:

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

  73. griz says:

    Scott Elbert?!?!?! Adding someone who hasn’t pitched in the bigs for two years at this stage seems unusual, but we all know the pen needs something. Will he be post season eligible?

  74. Dodger4life says:

    WARNING – I’M DRINKING TONIGHT…
    .
    BLUE MOON AND HORNITOS REPOSADO

  75. Dodger4life says:

    My new gravatar is simply to try and awaken the Dodgers bats…

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