Dodging Snakes

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Our team is venturing back to the desert to play Arizona.  While rattlers of the serpent kind won’t strike unless they feel threatened,  it still is a good idea to dodge them.  Rattlers of the NL West kind will come after you whenever you enter their territory.   This generation of Diamondbacks is not as deadly as past generations, but still can cause some pain.  Hopefully the Dodgers bats will pound them back into the crevices from which they emerged.


Adrian Gonzalez had an opening series for the ages, setting a major league record for his five home runs in the first three games of a season.  At that rate, he will hit 270 this season.  He also did something very rare by getting at least three hits in the first three games.  Who cares about oddball statistics like these?  The only important one was that we won the series.

Next on the mound is Brett Anderson, who is said to have excellent stuff.  If he can throw 180 innings or more this year, he may be one of baseball’s best bargains.  In his last start, 15 of the 20 batters hit ground balls.  The new and improved Dodger infield and Brett should be a perfect match.

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108 Responses to Dodging Snakes

  1. trublu4ever says:

    Watching the Giants/Padres game…and, the Giants are taking the highly paid Pads to extra innings 😊

  2. lbirken says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers play in Arizona. Hopefully there will be drama from brush backs and hit batters.

  3. trublu4ever says:

    I think Dre should have started tonight for Puig….he kills the ball in Arizona!!!!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Well, crap…that didn’t take long!

  5. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Goldy puts us in a hole.

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Way to go Grandal.

  7. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Rollins! Tied the game for us.

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We’re even, thanks Jroll

  9. nellyjune says:

    I’ve been kind of out of the loop lately, and had to check to see what position Grandal plays – lol! I’m getting all these new players mixed up. I’m guessing AJ and Andre (and SVL for that matter) are having some good conversations on the bench these days. GO DODGERS!

  10. nellyjune says:

    Well, that’s better!

  11. oldbrooklynfan says:

    So far Yimmi’s been sharp.

  12. vl4eccjr says:

    Extras.

  13. vl4eccjr says:

    POOF!!!

  14. trublu4ever says:

    UGH!

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    They beat us.
    Good game.

  16. 32and53fan says:

    Walks by relievers are killers.

  17. colliethec says:

    The new brain trust are all about throwing strikes and not walking people.

  18. JhallWally says:

    Rats!!! Tough Loss last night. Sure hope Puig picks it up soon.

  19. koufax1963 says:

    On the better side, uribe got two hits, it was our game to win in the 5th or the 9th, did not happen. remember all those tie games in ST, well I would hope the dodgers win some in the extra innings.
    These former closers either need to get their act together, or replace them, I do not want Donnie saying in October “what better choice did I have than to leave Kershaw in”.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      After all that “improving” of the bullpen, it’s hard to imagine that the first two loses, in the first four games were suffered by the bullpen.

  20. 32and53fan says:

    …meanwhile, in Miami…

  21. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It looks like ‘Dre will play two games in a row.

  22. 32and53fan says:

    For your convenience, I created a new calendar page. Access it from the Calendar link on the top of this page. On some mobile devices, you may have to tap on the Menu link, then select Calendar.

    The link below the image takes you to the MLB calendar which has detailed information, like starting pitchers.

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hi Everybody

  24. 32and53fan says:

    Has anyone else noticed a stat in the pitching section of the box score called Game Scores? I hadn’t seen it before and didn’t know what it is. A quick visit to Wikipedia provided the answer:

    Game Score is a metric devised by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher in any particular baseball game. To determine a starting pitcher’s game score:

    Start with 50 points.
    Add one point for each out recorded, so three points for every complete inning pitched.
    Add two points for each inning completed after the fourth.
    Add one point for each strikeout.
    Subtract two points for each hit allowed.
    Subtract four points for each earned run allowed.
    Subtract two points for each unearned run allowed.
    Subtract one point for each walk.

  25. 32and53fan says:

    What is it with all the first inning scoring?

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Rough start.

  27. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Wow, that Archie Bradley, practically unhittable.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well better luck tomorrow, folks.

  29. kahliforni says:

    Dodgers last in the West. The curse of Helen Dell (relegated to one song per game–7th inning), Vin Scully (relegated to a 30% audience) and little kids (no more mid-week day games…too much gate to be lost) wreaking havoc on the soul-less, heartless, greedy Guggenheims.

    • 32and53fan says:

      You mean Nancy Bea Hefley. IMHO, replacing the organ music with the overamplified canned crap they play now has ruined the atmosphere at Dodger Stadium. At the last game I attended, it was non-stop stimuli the entire game. Overly loud music, animated signs with non-stop ads racing around, blinking lights, and more invading my brain. It was certainly not the pastoral game depicted by George Carlin.
      http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qmXacL0Uny0

      • kahliforni says:

        Wow, you’re right about Nancy Bea…shows how long I’ve been a fan. The Guggs have been around for all of two years. I’ve been a fan for 46 years. So let’s say the Dodgers win a World Championship tomorrow. Is that the bottom line…is that what baseball is about? Or is it about a relationship between the team and its fans?

  30. JhallWally says:

    Wow!! What an incredible bummer of a game. Let’s hope Greinke can right the ship.

  31. 32and53fan says:

    Game Scores tell it all: Kershaw 33, Bradley 72

  32. lbirken says:

    Rough day for our boys today. But on the bright side I had the good fortune to attend a book signing today at Cal State Northridge where Tommy Lasorda was signing copies of a new book about him. Got one for me and one for a friend.

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dodgers haven’t scored in 14 innings, far from a record but enough to have the law of averages on their side today. Well, at least in scoring some runs.

  34. colliethec says:

    With the talk about the Guggs… I will give them credit for the change that they’ve brought in terms of getting most of the idiots out of the stadium. I’ve been back to games the last couple of years and didn’t see that many people being stupid. It’s much nicer not having punks ruining the night.

    Not having Naancy Bea playing as often and the overload of loud thumping music is lame — that being said that is the way it is at most MLB stadiums now. The owners want to bring in younger viewers and I guess with the way our society has become (Short attention span – always multi tasking and on our mobile phones) that’s the way they feel to best keep peoples attention.

    I’m not a fan of all the noise and changes that are coming and have been made to MLB – such as the pace of play. I think the question posed by Khali & 32&53 — my answer would be a little of both. I want to see the traditions of baseball remain – that’s one of the things that makes it special – but I also want success and a championship for the Dodgers.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I guess we just have to get use to these changes, if we can’t do anything about them. I love organ music at baseball stadiums, it’s tough to see it being pushed into the past like many other things are these days.

  35. The Beav says:

    The slow start doesn’t surprise me. Donnie had the team stumble bumbling their way into the season the series against the Angels, and they weren’t all that great the last few days in Zona either.

    • colliethec says:

      Totally agreed. He’s been this way each season. It’s like he takes ST into June. He doesn’t have the bully figured out or how he wants to use players. He can’t fall 9-10 games back this year or we’ll be 20 games out come September.

      • The Beav says:

        He’s just like Joe, Collie. Its attrition that finally leads to the right combo/line-up. He can’t figure it out on his own.

  36. oldbrooklynfan says:

    “Dre’s first hit.

  37. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Finally after 16 innings we score.

  38. lbirken says:

    The trend at Dodger Stadium away from the organ music toward rock music and video board promos began long ago. Not sure why Nancy Bea would show up to play one song since she leaves after the 7th inning anyway. In reality, the Dodgers could use all the recorded music they have from Nancy Bea and no one would even know. I have no idea if fans really care or not about the music but the silly kiss cam definitely is popular. Go figure.

  39. trublu4ever says:

    My boy 2 for 2 🙂

  40. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Alexander comes through.

  41. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Way to go PUIG.

  42. colliethec says:

    Bad AB by Grandal there with A-Gone at 3rd and one out. He was just hacking away.

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    OK JOC

  44. lbirken says:

    Greinke is getting the close calls on those low strikes today.

  45. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Guerrero’s 2nd RBI

  46. The Beav says:

    Thought Rollins was supposed to be a good fielder. 2 more errors today. 4 in 6 games. Hell, Ramirez could’ve done that.

  47. colliethec says:

    It’ll be nice if they can get 7+ innings from ZG today.

  48. The Beav says:

    What the hells wrong with AGon? His average is down to .609.

  49. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That ends the Dodgers’ picket fence.

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    ALEX No.1 ..4 RBI today.

  51. The Beav says:

    They’ve gotten more production out of Guerrero in one game than they had out of Uribe in 4. I’d like to see him stick at third for a little while.

  52. The Beav says:

    There’s 2 outs, nobody on, up by 7, and Baez is already warmed up.

    So of course Donnie dumbass has to take him out.

  53. messagebear says:

    Now that Guerrero has had the hot hand of a game, I’m sure Donnie can’t wait to get Uribe back in there.

  54. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I guess Donnie likes tight games.

  55. lbirken says:

    Doesn’t do much for Hatcher’s confidence.

  56. colliethec says:

    Of course some will defend DM saying he’s just getting a feel for the bully and giving them some work.

  57. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This is really crazy.. Should’ve stuck to Baez.

  58. koufax1963 says:

    I miss the bubble machine.
    Errors, errors, errors J rollins?
    RVS trips and the ninth inng goes sideways due to hatcher, Paco Should just stay in
    Nice to see Alex, Joc and dre contribute
    but cant get those bases loaded situations to cash in runs, unless its the other team geez

  59. The Beav says:

    So then we have Paco. Ks a guy and gives up a single. So instead of leaving him in up by 7 and only needing 2 outs, he brings in the worst guy in the pen so that the whole thing blows up.

    Christ, if Andrew & Co haven’t seen enough in the first 6 games at what a pathetic manager Donnie is, they never will.

  60. lbirken says:

    I think the only one defending Donnie will be Donnie.

    • colliethec says:

      Nope – I know a few on FB that defend his every move. I counter their love often…

      • lbirken says:

        I don’t read too many posts on FB beyond the story or feature. Most of the comments complain about the TV situation.

        • colliethec says:

          I know – they get old but I understand the frustration. I usually see them on the TWC or Dodgers official pages. There are a couple of other fan pages that just have numskulls on it. Some that never disagree with Donnie or anything Dodger and if you say anything that they don’t agree with then you aren’t a “true” or “real” fan.

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Unbelievable all he needed was Baez and or Paco.

  62. The Beav says:

    Why is it too that other teams never seem to quit until the last out, and if we’re down by 2 or more we just roll over?

  63. lbirken says:

    At least the Dodgers leave with a win but the bullpen still remains a problem.

  64. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Imagine earning a SAVE after entering the 9th inning with a 7 run lead.

  65. griz says:

    Just back from Phoenix and the ball game last night, where I and my family showed up and the Dodgers didn’t. The d-backs obviously had a good plan for Kershaw, who could not get his curve over. Where we sat we could not tell a fast ball from a slider, but we could see his curve was ineffective, so he tried to pound the zone with hard stuff. He would get away with that at times, but too often was hit pretty hard.
    At bat, the Dodgers (what bats?) did next to nothing. The most interesting thing we saw all night was Crawford throwing a cup of water on a pigeon eating seeds in front of the LA dugout.
    32 and 52, collie and kahli have already commented on the racket and other crap that goes on in a modern ball park, and AZ is no different. All in all, it will probably be another five years before I go to another game.

  66. JhallWally says:

    d.Woo-Hoo, win streak… Not pretty, but it is a win… I wish I could reconsider my pre-season prediction.. Right now I would go with 88 wins instead of 93. I think this team is going to struggle… Unless the bullpen comes around.. I thought that was the major focus in the off season… So far, the bullpen has sucked…..

    • trublu4ever says:

      I actually think this pen is better than last years….however, Donnie still doesn’t make the right decisions….surprise, surprise! Just think, we may get our wish….gone before the end of May!

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        I think that was the worse job that Mattingly has ever done. Even I think so.
        I couldn’t understand why he didn’t let Baez pitch the ninth inning after pitching a really good eighth inning, instead of pinch hitting for him.
        7-0, for Christ sakes, let him finish it up.
        If he had trouble in the 9th then take him out.

  67. griz says:

    Hard to tell what the entire season will bring us. There are members of the pen I think will do well.

  68. crash24now says:

    Time to start using Hatcher as the mop up man until he proves that he can perform.

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