Day Off Musings

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Just some random thoughts on a Dodgers day off.

  • Too bad Adrian has the day off – he’s hot!
  • Good thing the starting rotation has the day off – Kershaw pitches again on Saturday!
  • Donnie should use the day off to reconsider his overuse of the bullpen.  Do what you did on Monday – one inning, one reliever.
  • Going to Arizona, where not only do we own the D-Backs (we were 15-4 against them in 2014), we own their pool!
  • Uribe finally got a hit.  Now Puig needs to get going.
  • Crawford is this year’s Hanley – all hit, no glove.

 

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22 Responses to Day Off Musings

  1. crash24now says:

    Anderson vs. Anderson tomorrow night

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I’m wondering if you’re referring to Crawford seemingly losing the ball that Upton hit for a homer in the first inning last night. I agree he looked funny waving his arms but he had no chance of catching the ball. (LOL)

  2. koufax1963 says:

    OK OTD- salient point, of seeing what good potential Donnie might have, perhaps it was called from the brain trust above but the double switch Donnie called for putting turner at 3rd batting ninth and keeping Baez in the game was good stuff. We don’t give Donnie much love here, but that was the managerial decision that wins games. Love it.
    Like last year A-Gon is the consistent stick, last April and now this April so far, Just thank you!
    Dodgers faced some good pitching this series, I hope it helps them when thy face lesser and when we play the elite staffs.

    • colliethec says:

      Agreed with Donnie’s moves last night & your comment. Now if he could do that with regularity that would be great. He has improved each year – but then reverted to his old self when the pressure gets high. I have and will give him credit when he makes the right moves.

  3. lbirken says:

    Three games in really doesn’t tell us much about how this team will do but the Dodgers did take the series and is not that the goal? Not sure why most of you think Donnie overuses a bullpen when I see other managers do pretty much the same thing. As much as we may not like it, pitch count is important and few starting pitchers seem able to last more than 5 or 6 innings and few relievers are asked to go more than one. Sometimes the move works and sometimes it doesn’t. As for the Dodger bullpen, can anyone really blame Donnie for not fully knowing exactly what he has? Did anyone really prove anything during Spring Training? This bullpen and the back end of the rotation is on the new front office. I realize it is Donnie’s job to figure out how to use what he has and hopefully he will.

    Of course, Agon cannot be expected to continue his torrid pace but I have to laugh when I think about some of the comments made here during spring about his expected decline. So far, he looks great. Of more concern to me is if and when Puig will ever figure out how to hit at the major league level. He seems to have the talent and raw ability and I do realize he had little minor league seasoning. However, as the face of this team as far as marketing goes, he needs to step it up and prove once and for all he is the real deal.

    • crash24now says:

      Um…Puig hit major league pitching pretty well in 2013 and in 2014. Yes, he slumped in August last year. Yes, he is slow to get started this year, both in ST and in the first three games. But the guy has a .303 career batting average and a .882 career OPS.

      • colliethec says:

        Puig also smoked a couple of balls last night to CF but they were run down. As far as Donnie’s moves — He over manages is (IMO) what drives me nuts. There are guys in the pen that could face more than one batter and Donnie get’s so in love with the righty/lefty match ups. Last night was an example where he left the guys in and let them do their thing. The other thing that bugs me is that he seems to take awhile to figure out what he has. He’s had all ST and seems to not know yet where he wants guys from the pen. If you think back to the last few years — He’s been that way as well with the slow starts and using guys in the same spots where they aren’t successful (Like when he kept using League as the closer instead of KJ).

  4. 32and53fan says:

    Crash, I’m sorry that I didn’t check before creating a post for the Arizona series. We can refrain from using it until the game begins tomorrow.

    I’m happy with the way things went with the Padres. They scored in the first inning in each game, a situation that may have been demoralizing in the past. This team seems like it will be able to score throughout the whole lineup. I think that Rollins and Kendrick will have a big impact this year. Hopefully Puig and Pederson will benefit from their professional approach at the plate. Power hitters are often all or nothing, lots of homers, but four or five times the strikeouts. On a pitcher’s count, it’s better to shorten your swing and put the ball in play, than swing from the heels and striking out.

    • crash24now says:

      I’ve seen nothing but good stuff from Rollins and Kendrick. I expect to see the same all year long.

      Puig’s gotta get going – he’s a big hole in the “long lineup” so far. Grandal has yet to get his first hit, but it’s early.

      Gonzalez, right now, is simply “see the ball, hit the ball”.

  5. koufax1963 says:

    A day-off, I think I’d like to do that to. I’m interested in the padres playing the Gnats tonight. I have no love for Halloween hustlers.
    it was the weirdest thing, wen I log on to this site, it brought me to an old 2014? post Titled “willoghby” with a twilight zone theme going to October of 1949 game red barber was doing.????

    • crash24now says:

      Two minor-leaguers go to the Orioles – Ben Rowen and Chris O’Brien.

      But for Ryan Webb to be added to the 25-man squad, probably Darwin Barney gets the boot. Then we’re back to a five-man bench.

    • crash24now says:

      When we bring somebody up to be the fifth starting pitcher on the April 14th, we’ll have to kick out one of the eight relievers. No telling who that will be. Probably one of the three that have options (Paco, Baez, or Yimi).

  6. kahliforni says:

    Ouch, LA Kings eliminated. With the Guggenheim TV debacle, little left for me but scraps on the table. Fire Donnie. Fire the guy who hired Donnie. Fire the guy who hired the guy who hired Donnie. Well…two out of three ain’t bad!

  7. JhallWally says:

    Our old buddy, Eovaldi is pitching for the Yanks tonight against the Red Sox…. I hope he does well….

    • 32and53fan says:

      Another old buddy to be, Rubby De La Rosa, is now on the D’backs.. Coaches and team executives have said he has the best pure stuff on the team when it comes to the quality of his pitches. He is still Sandy Koufax from 1957, very inconsistent control and command. We might see him this weekend.

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