Dodgers vs. Padres Take Two (or Three)

DodgersPadresShift

Donnie’s Lineup Tonight

Rollins SS
Puig RF
Gonzalez 1B
Kendrick 2B
Grandal C
Crawford LF
Uribe 3B
Pederson CF
Greinke P

Alternative offense with more production:

Pederson CF
Puig RF
Kendrick 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Guerrero 3B
Van Slyke LF
Rollins SS
Grandal C
Greinke P

Discuss.

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206 Responses to Dodgers vs. Padres Take Two (or Three)

  1. crash24now says:

    Pulling collie’s comments to next post:

    colliethec says:
    April 24, 2015 at 3:08 PM (Edit)

    Reports from MLB Network is that Hamilton could be gone from the Angels as soon as tonight – per Jeff Passen.
    Reply

    colliethec says:
    April 24, 2015 at 3:09 PM (Edit)

    Now reporting that it’s a trade with the Rangers.
    Reply

  2. crash24now says:

    What has become of Dodger4Life?

    • trublu4ever says:

      I’m worried. He no longer has his Facebook account active….just hope he’s taking some time off.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I’m still around…With my weakened immune system I’ve had trouble shaking that flu bug…It just kept coming back and back…then I was pretty weak and depleted after it finally went away. I just haven’t felt like commenting, or doing much of anything lately. I’ve seen every game. good and not so good. I don’t have much to say about the season to date, other than it is strange to see all the shifts and positioning going on. Hopefully we get back on track tonight…Thanks for wondering where I’ve been.

      • crash24now says:

        Good to hear from you, man. Get well!

        • Dodger4life says:

          Thanks again! I finally started feeling well a couple of days ago…Next year, I’ll spring for a flu shot!!

          • trublu4ever says:

            So glad you are back!

          • Dodger4life says:

            Thanks tru…it’s been a rough month. Between hot and cold flashes. I was telling the Big Dodger in the sky that if he had SportsNet LA….I was willing to come watch the season with him. Then I started to think? Either he was blacked out too, or, that I was headed in the other direction…which was okay, I hedged my bet and began working on a deal with “Diablo” to rebrand Magic Johnson!!! However, I’m glad I’m back too.

  3. trublu4ever says:

    I think Donnie just doesn’t care if we win or lose…..Dre and Alex should be in there…..Dre is performing way above Carl and Juan can’t hold a candle to Guerrero…..I’m pissed off!

  4. crash24now says:

    Dodgers bring up Sergio Santos. I recall he had a pretty good spring in the bullpen.

  5. Dodger4life says:

    Too bad Guerrero isn’t a washed up catcher with the last name of Olivo…(Haha), or, Hernandez, Navarro, or maybe Barajas, ’cause if it was…Donnie would have him starting after belting just one home-run!

  6. Dodger4life says:

    I agree with what kahli stated the other day….Why bring in Puig who might be the fastest outfielder of the bunch and certainly has the strongest arm…to be used as an extra infielder?? Where even if he manages to catch the ball and align himself in the proper direction… only has to toss the ball a few feet?

  7. colliethec says:

    1st things 1st — Glad to see you D4! You gotta let your friends know how you are once in awhile!! 😉

    As far as the lineups — I like the second one listed much more. Anyone have any connections that they can get it to Donnie? I just don’t understand his thinking. It’s almost like he knows his contract is guaranteed and he wants some extra time off so he can be around his new son.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I would have let you know if I wasn’t gonna make it collie…4 weeks of flu symptoms and 3 more getting my body’s chemistry back in shape kinda made me a little reclusive…I’m sorry!

      • Dodger4life says:

        Donnie’s wishful thinking has me bewildered as well. During the Giants series he challenged a couple of calls that had little, to no chance of being overturned. In the process he lost his ability to challenge again later if needed.

      • colliethec says:

        That’s ok I understand – glad you are getting better! You have been missed! We need you around here helping to Bring The Ring!!

  8. Dodger4life says:

    I don’t think I’ve missed a game since Spring Training started! I have slept through several innings, mostly Spring innings at that. I also can’t remember seeing Guerrero make any bone-headed plays on defense??? Not that he would be immune to making an error or 40….just that I haven’t noticed him making any yet? I have noticed his ability to swing the bat though… makes me think that Donnie saying he who competes the best will play…is about as accurate as the Guggs saying that there will be complete transparency among upper management.
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    Donnie is full of shit!

    The smart guys as in FriedZaidi and the Organic Brothers have a saying that you field a team based on what they will do, and not what they have done…I can give a rats ass what Turner hit last season, or what anyone else did. If they aren’t competing well enough to win a position this season they for darn sure aren’t competing well enough to win a division, or more!
    .

  9. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hi folks, I’m ready for another big one tonight.
    I just notice that the two lineups are both Dodger lineups.
    The second lineup looks like a “Dream Lineup”.

  10. Dodger4life says:

    The thing that I am most thankful for so far this season…is that to date… I haven’t had to suffer through any of Neds irrating bull-shit on the air… I have no clue where the Dodgers put him, but if he’s on the radio speaking to the 70 percent who can’t view SportsNet LA.??? I’d shut the radio off and go back to box-scores in the morning paper…

  11. JhallWally says:

    Not starting Guerrero over Uribe is absurd. And I still don’t know why Dildon insists on starting Crawford over Ethier and Van Slyke. Geez, what a moron.

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Puig will get hit alot because they have to pitch him inside.

  13. trublu4ever says:

    Oh, my…we’re on the board!

  14. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Finally an RBI for Uribe.

  15. colliethec says:

    Interesting that Yasmani gets booed his 1st time AB back in SD. Kemp was mostly cheered.

    & Uribe with his 1st RBI!

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. vl4eccjr says:

    WHEW!!

  18. colliethec says:

    I guess the shift isn’t the worst thing in the world!

  19. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Zack was in and out of that one.

  20. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Seems like these challengers always go against the Dodgers this year.

  21. The Beav says:

    Hey people, what’s up?

    Greinke’s all over the place tonight.

    • trublu4ever says:

      He settled down nicely last inning. I was hoping we could score a few more runs for him but,,,,so far, no cigar 🙂

  22. The Beav says:

    That Crawford’s a good one. Speed being his best asset sure plays well batting 6th also.

  23. trublu4ever says:

    Orel: “Maybe Mattingly should think about moving Joc up in the lineup”……Ha, Ha!!!! Everybody knows it except DumbAss!

    • trublu4ever says:

      …..13 walks already….I think it’s time!

      • The Beav says:

        Glad Rollins is a professional leadoff hitter. He’s always on base. Wouldn’t want someone who hits .290 and walks a lot. No, he’s better off batting in front of the pitcher where he never sees a fat pitch.

        • trublu4ever says:

          Charley: “Rollins’ hitting woes continue” ….. Donnie….PAY ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • The Beav says:

            If he has to play the guy, why not try flipping him and Joc in the batting order? Couldn’t turn out any worse than it already is.

            On the other hand, I’m ready for Seager.

          • trublu4ever says:

            That’s what we’ve been saying….Orel says so….everyone sees it except Donnie!

  24. vl4eccjr says:

    Puig’s hammy again. 😦

  25. vl4eccjr says:

    Crawford proves even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while.

  26. trublu4ever says:

    Well…Carl finally hit one!

  27. oldbrooklynfan says:

    CC on the board in the HR column.

  28. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…nice double play!

  29. Dodger4life says:

    Orel: Nomar tell us what the key to that Crawford home run was?
    .
    Nomar: Well Bulldog! With the way the wind is blowing at PetCo tonight the main key was the pre-game meal! Crawford consumed not two, but 4 poached eggs, and not the runny poached eggs over toast either. No! We’re talking the hardened kind served with a tad of Tabasco. Had Crawford turned on that ball with soft huevos, he would of had no chance of hitting it that deep. In fact there’s a good chance we would of heard a deep grunt and him mumbling something about huevos being toast! So once again props to Carl for making a solid decision earlier and choosing the 4 hardened huevos with Tabasco!!!

  30. The Beav says:

    Can we bring up Seager now?

  31. trublu4ever says:

    YAY…my boy gets a hit off a lefty!

  32. The Beav says:

    Well, its time to hit it. Try and bring this one in will ya?

    I realize though Donnie still has two innings to foul this one up. I’m sure the first will be to bring in Hatcher.

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I hope we don’t have another walk-off tonight.

  34. vl4eccjr says:

    Ruh Roh!

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Way to go Joc….rbi for you!

  36. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice to pick up this run.

  37. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Joc for the insurance!

  38. colliethec says:

    Ok – Yimi time!!!

  39. trublu4ever says:

    Good job Yimi and crew….finally a good nights sleep!

  40. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice job Yimi!!

  41. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Yummy Yimi first save.

  42. Dodger4life says:

    Chalk tonight’s game up as a good one!

  43. colliethec says:

    That’s the way you close out a game!!!

  44. Dodger4life says:

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes and the thoughts. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it here before or not, but I was diagnosed with COPD which is a breathing ailment about 15 years ago. About a couple of years ago they said it had elevated to severe…it comes from smoking and working in a severely dusty environment. It also runs in my family. So I probably should have taken better care of myself in my younger days. I quit smoking January 2nd…I quit drinking a couple months ago and I reluctantly quit puffing cannabis a couple of months ago too…I say reluctantly ’cause I enjoy a spliff as well as I enjoy a bowl of ice cream…in fact, I usually enjoyed a spliff with a bowl of ice cream…sometimes, I’d even fall asleep with my face firmly planted in said bowl of ice cream, and (YOLO) a spliff burning at my fingertips. Anyhow, those days are gone for good and now I just have to quit ice cream…or not! Maybe I’ll just stop falling asleep in my bowl of ice cream and call this a win-win situation…I’m glad to be back and happy to be feeling better again as well…again thanks for all the well wishes and thoughts…Now, it seems to be a Friday, in which the Dodgers reside in first place….and y’all know what that means…It means I’m gonna enjoy a little bit of the good life and make me a celebratory sundae 🙂
    .
    Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!
    Clap, Clap!!
    Clap-Clap-Clap!!!

    • The Beav says:

      Glad to hear all that D4. We need ya around here for seasons to come.

      • trublu4ever says:

        Same for me.

      • Dodger4life says:

        Thanks enchanted..I have this cockamamie theory that I will meet my demise 6 months to the day after the Dodgers win the World Series…I may be picking them to win 100 games, when I’m 100!!
        ,
        Let’s Go Dodgers, Let’s Go!!!
        Clap, Clap!!
        Clap-Clap-Clap!!!
        .
        Again thanks tru….

  45. crash24now says:

    Geez Louise put Puig on the DL already! Then bring up Kike Hernandez or Scott Schebler. We don’t need to see PVL Chris Heisey again.

    I give credit to D4 for inspiring the team to win tonight. Take care of yourself, buddy.

  46. crash24now says:

    I ain’t no doc or nothing, but I’m thinking’ brownies with that sundae if you know what I mean. That should do your COPD better.

  47. Dodger4life says:

    Now there’s a thought….however the old folks like brownies a lot, but they are highly anti-cannabis …although, the one who stands guard by the kitchen does dig the Stones??? Hmmmmm??? Maybe I’ll organize a music festival sometime this summer?? Gotta come up with a reason for the funny butter first though…(Perhaps I seen it on the Food Network…I’m sure it must of been a Pioneer Woman recipe!)

  48. griz says:

    Good to hear D4 is on the come back trail. I’m sure I saw some sort of weird butter in the desert round on Chopped. The judges were acting funny.
    *
    Also good to see a starter pitch a little deeper into the game.

  49. griz says:

    Our old buddy Kennedy is throwing tonight for the Pads.

  50. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This should be a good game tonight. In fact this is a good series, both teams look like they have a lot of confidence.

  51. Dodger4life says:

    Story Time:
    .
    Last Fall I had big plans to take some money I had saved up and go to Camelback Ranch for Spring Training in 2015. On the surface this sounded like a great idea. Under the surface I came to the realization that I wasn’t in good enough shape for Spring Training that maybe I should reconsider. So that is what I did. I decided instead to take a trip to Merced to see the girls, Tru and Nelly. Only I wanted to surprise them and announced on Facebook that I was headed to the great state of Oregon for a week, to tour the Tillamook Cheese Factory and take in some other sights along the way as well. Meanwhile I drove to Reno and Live blogged my Oregon trip on Facebook from the friendly confines of John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort. I figured there couldn’t be a better place for a chain smoking, overweight, semi-drunken, sports enthusiast like myself to to take a little vacation…I mean you can walk 90 feet in any direction and after becoming severely winded and unable to pull off the second leg of a seeing eye double, do a Michael Jackson 360 and be pointed at a cozy chair to rest upon while you wait for your second wind to arrive. This place had everything I required. It came complete with a sports book, many fine eating establishments, a bar in every direction you faced, pretty girls who handed out free beer and complimentary shots of Crown and a an elevator that would whisk you away to some rather nice sleeping quarters. Oh yeah, and they had a Gilley’s…and y’all know how I love a good honky-tonk! The first mistake I made in this place was getting a non-smoking room…even know I was a smoker at the time, I wanted to sleep in a room with fresh air that didn’t smell like a 50 year old ash tray…how was this a mistake you might wonder…I’ll tell ya! In order to smoke I found myself cozying up to a one armed bandit and upon lighting up, inserting $20 into the money slot. Where I proceeded to push the spin button hoping to hear the exciting sounds of Wheel of Fortune and being propelled into the part of the machine that asks me to spin the big wheel and practically guarantees that I will be a winner, winner on my way to a chicken dinner. Not only did this not happen, but i had to insert another $20 into the money slot because I still had half a smoke left and the girl who promised me a free beer hadn’t returned yet! According to my hind-sighted calculations, I could have rented a suite with a hot-tub and a balcony to smoke on, for what it cost me to smoke a pack on the casino floor ($40×20=$800) The next day I decided to change things up a bit and started my day out at the Starbucks where I’d have them write “Lonesome Loser” on my cup hoping to catch lightening in a bottle with one of the local escorts that surely would soon be making rounds across the casino floor. I decided to take my cup and advertise my semi-drunken desires upon a video bar while playing Keno. I found this to be much more entertaining than that one armed bandit I like to call Wheel of Nothing. I picked my Keno numbers by using all the Dodgers retired jersey numbers, plus I spotted this equation, one Clayton Kershaw…I figured by the time they retire #22…I’m gonna be fertilizer, so why not enjoy the moment while I can. I’m telling you it’s a lot of fun watching those Keno balls attempt congregate with the numbers 1-2-4-19-20-22-24-32-39-42-53. Of course attempt being the key word here…but I came so close so many times…and like I said it’s fun to call out the names as the balls drop…I eventually began yelling “Give me Kid K and make my day!!”
    .
    I never did bump into any escorts which brings me to my night at the fake honky-tonk called Gilley’s…I say fake because although the music was outstanding…in order to reach the dance floor you had to negotiate a series of very steep steps, or try your luck at the wheelchair ramp which consisted of several turns and switchbacks….This made it very difficult for any drunken fights to break out to the beat of Rhinestone Cowboy and whose ever heard of a honky tonk that didn’t have at least one dance floor brawl per night? And if this wasn’t bad enough they were billing the evenings event as Toughest Cowboy Night…As I kindly asked the band as they stopped to greet me…Have y’all ever played a honky-tonk having a Toughest Cowboy Competition with out a parking lot outside the swinging doors where the runner up can contest his misfortune with the eventual winner?? Of course i didn’t let this stop me from having a great time hooting and hollering my way through the evening…after about 12 shots of Crown I managed to grab some young lady and negotiate the steep steps to the dance floor, where upon our arrival the band began playing a Michael Jackson tune and sure enough I began moonwalking my way up and down the wheelchair ramp…I kid you not!! Anyhow, they decided it was time to shut the fake Gilley’s down and as I walked through the swinging doors I stumbled upon what I believed to be my people, hooting and hollering around a long table where someone would proceed to throw dice which started the chain reaction of Yippie-Kye-Aye’s and Hi-Ho Take my Silver Away’s…okay maybe they were just ooooh-ing and awe-ing…but again I was severely drunk and shortly after getting my $100 in chips, I discovered that there was some sort of rule about engaging in this highly festive activity while inebriated…But on a brighter note when they asked me to step away and come back tomorrow I was $40, or exactly one smoke ahead of the house (well at least on this night anyhow)… As fun as this table game was with it’s well monitored rowdy-ness, I enjoyed Dodger Keno much better…
    .
    I’m not sure if this was the best vacation I’ve ever taken, but it ranks up toward the top that’s for sure….and upon my exit I was able to make it to Merced and surprise the girls. I even had the pleasure of watching Nelly compete in her Triathlon…I was highly impressed and y’all would have been so proud of her as well. I mean I can’t even leg out a seeing eye double, in a climate controlled casino and here she was completing a series of three very challenging events all under the scorching sun…talk about determination!!!
    .
    I hope our Boys in Blue can show some determination tonight and leg-out enough runs to chalk up another win!!!

  52. The Beav says:

    You left me hanging D4. Did that first girl ever come back with the free beer?

    • Dodger4life says:

      Yep, I then took the free beer and decided to follow her to the source of said suds…This is how I discovered the Video Keno machine…There were about 6 other lovely ladies refreshing their tray with free suds and cocktails alike too…I’m telling you this place might not of been heaven, per say…but it may have been the waiting room to get into heaven….
      .
      Tru I’ll take your suggestion and label it under advisement….But now that I’m living the clean life I’ve got my eye on the all you can eat Lobster Buffet…so , no guarantees…besides, I’m gonna win big playing Dodger Keno…Give me Kid K and make my day!!!

  53. crash24now says:

    Rollins SS
    Ethier RF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kendrick 2B
    Grandal C
    Crawford LF
    Uribe 3B
    Pederson CF
    McCarthy P

    Nothing against Ethier, but is he a #2 hitter? I hope so.

    This is just another example of Donnie’s inept lineup setting. Lost one player? Well, just throw somebody else in there. No use trying to reconstruct the lineup. That’s too hard!

  54. The Beav says:

    I see Rollins is in his usual 4-5 outs a night position (just like our old friend JP.) Heaven forbid he give the kid a shot at it, and/or find a way to get Little Pedro’s bat in the line-up.

    And why the hell does Donnie treat Paco as a loogy? Did he not notice any of ST? The guy gets most everyone out.

    And what really pisses me off is how most of the writers slobber all over Donnie about what a great job he’s doing. Hell, you give anyone as much talent as he’s given and he’s going to win more than he loses. What he’s supposed to be doing is elevating that talent to the next level, or at the very least managing a game better than a guy with a magic 8-ball.

  55. trublu4ever says:

    YAY….MY BOY!

  56. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Oh well…..ANDRE’

  57. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice going CC

  58. trublu4ever says:

    Amazing how we haven’t had a single review go our way!

  59. oldbrooklynfan says:

    McCarthy’s at it again.

  60. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The 8th HR given up by McCarthy this year.

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    AGON MVP.

  62. griz says:

    Mccarthy sure can protect a lead.

  63. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Your boy’s looking good.

  64. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Howie does it.

  65. oldbrooklynfan says:

    #1 for URIBE.

  66. The Beav says:

    Damn. Didn’t know it was an early start tonight. Nice to see the bats wake up. I see McCarthy is still trying to set a record for HRs allowed.

    • trublu4ever says:

      He actually settled down quite nicely after the first inning….thank goodness. I’m glad we got to the POS Kennedy!

  67. trublu4ever says:

    Scott Baker is the pitcher tomorrow…know anything about him?

  68. trublu4ever says:

    Oops…spoke to soon about Brandon,…..kaboom!

  69. vl4eccjr says:

    Good thing there’s a decent lead. . .

  70. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That should be about it for Brandon.

  71. The Beav says:

    Lets face it, McCarthy sucks. He’s giving up bombs in the three parks it should be toughest to hit them in. What’s he going to do when we get to the little bandboxes back east?

  72. trublu4ever says:

    They just brought in a rookie….and, Orel says, you should bring in a reliable guy first…..yes, Donnie knows what he is doing 🙂

  73. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This is a close game now.

  74. The Beav says:

    No idea why they brought up Santos. He wasn’t doing all that well in AAA.

  75. The Beav says:

    So what’s wrong with McCarthy? Whiplash from watching the ball go the other way like a rocket?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Not sure….he called trainer out and left after Upton hit the bomb!

      • The Beav says:

        Maybe he goes on the DL they’ll finally give Lee a shot. I doubt Zach gives up 9 bombs in what, 23 innings? I for one am not going to miss him if he’s out awhile.

  76. The Beav says:

    Hope they release Santos after the game. His early start in ST was an aberration. Once he started facing real hitters instead of A and AA kids, he started getting lit up.

  77. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Good inning for Nicasio. We needed that.

  78. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Big hit for ‘Dre.

  79. vl4eccjr says:

    Dre is having a good day! 🙂

  80. trublu4ever says:

    My boy….another rbi!

  81. The Beav says:

    Dre’s earned some playing time. He’s almost like the old Andre so far this year.

  82. oldbrooklynfan says:

    So far so good.

  83. trublu4ever says:

    McCarthy….right elbow tightness….Orel: Doesn’t sound good.

  84. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Giants beat the Rockies.

  85. The Beav says:

    Guess Donnie wants to set up a save situation by bringing in Hatcher.

  86. nellyjune says:

    I got to see Corey Seager play last year when the Quakes played up here in Modesto. He was good then, and obviously he is good now in AA. Our future is looking bright for sure.

  87. nellyjune says:

    This relief pitching is hard to watch. Now that the Giants game is over, all eyes are on this one now.

  88. vl4eccjr says:

    WILD THING!!

  89. trublu4ever says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Andre is player of the game to boot!

  90. nellyjune says:

    Way to go Andre!

  91. The Beav says:

    Always a good day when you can give up 8 runs and still win.

  92. oldbrooklynfan says:

    And that ends that.

  93. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’d sure would like to see another sweep. I know,,,, so will we all.

  94. vl4eccjr says:

    Looks like Wainright is going to be on the DL for quite a while.
    My heart does not bleed. I think KARMA is finally catching up to the red birds. How many hot Dodger hitters have been put on the shelf in the playoffs the past few years due to being hit by hard throwing Cards hurlers? It’s happened too many times to be coincidental.

  95. Dodger4life says:

    Hey all….
    .
    Game 3 in San Diego, sure would be sweet to walk away with a win

    Now that Nomar and Orel have joined Charley in the booth. They should have a little Sunday lineup of there own…After Charley does the intro, he should be able to kick back with a glass of Vino and wait for the home-run call… Did I say glass??? I meant bottle!!

    • trublu4ever says:

      I don’t like Charley! And, like you say, I wish he’d let Nomar and Orel talk more.

      • Dodger4life says:

        I’m kinda liking him in this grouping…I mean I’ll take Vinny over them all. But Charley’s growing on me!

        • Dodger4life says:

          I’ve been listening to other teams announcers and Orel, Nomar and Charley are better than most….just my opinion.

          • trublu4ever says:

            Yes…better than most. But, Charley acts as though every fly ball is a home run….and, he gushes too much over the opponents.

          • Dodger4life says:

            Without Charley… At some point Nomar would be dissecting the laces on Peterson cleats and explaining how flashy it’s gonna be when he makes a shoestring catch…I think the three of them balance things out well is all.

        • 32and53fan says:

          I like Charley better now than a few years ago, though I could do without some of the corny jokes between him and Rick Monday.

  96. trublu4ever says:

    Nice throw by Joc and Justin!

  97. Dodger4life says:

    Nice job there by Guerrero

  98. Dodger4life says:

    I have to say, seeing all those Marines in the stands is pretty cool. I have to admire San Diego in this regard… Go USA!!

  99. trublu4ever says:

    Yay….Alex!

  100. Dodger4life says:

    All our rowdy friends must be at church today…I hope they’re praying for some runs…
    .
    Toss a dollar on the collection plate
    Thank you Guerrero!!!

  101. griz says:

    I don’t think you can keep Guerrero on the bench much longer. I like Uribe, though I put AG out there on third and see how long it take pitchers to figure him out.

  102. The Beav says:

    Hard to win when the offense takes the day off.

    Why is Little Pedro not in there everyday?

  103. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Missed the entire game. Glad to see that Baker had a good outing and I’m amazed to see that Guerrero hit another HR.

  104. Dodger4life says:

    I think Uribe will start hitting once he displays better plate discipline as he did back in 2013 and his defense is top notch and among the leagues best. My problem is that at the present time he isn’t producing and Guerrero is. The same scenario can be attached to Crawford in LF. One of either Orel, Nomar or Charley stated that Mattingly said that the cat and mouse game hasn’t even begun with Guerrero…meaning the opposition has yet to assess enough of his swing to form a plan to counter it. Meaning at some point they will expose his weakness…or attempt too. Donnie also said during the Spring that Andre would be given the chance to earn a starting spot…He clearly outplayed Crawford, and has done so in the regular season as well….heck, Guerrero has outplayed Crawford…yet who does Donnie trot out to LF on most occasions….
    .
    Donnie is full of excuses, or shit… (I think I shall start calling him Donnie Horseshit. I’ll bet the Dodgers have a guy following him around with a big scoop shovel, picking up road apples everywhere he goes!!)
    .
    I read that Guerrero will now play some LF.. So, instead of cutting into some of Uribe or Crawford’s playing time he will cut into Ethier and Van Slykes playing time???

  105. Dodger4life says:

    Matt Kemp looks to be off and running (better).
    .
    He has already stolen 3 bases while having been caught zero times. His 2014 season totals were 8 stolen bases while being caught five times. Oh yeah, and so far he is hitting a paltry .351. I still don’t think he is a solid leader, even if he is a decent teammate and for that reason I’m still okay with the trade…

  106. JhallWally says:

    Oh well, at least we won the series. Baker looked good. Probably earned himself another start. Now we need to return the favor and sweep the Giants at home.

  107. crash24now says:

    Tonight, Don Mattingly was put on the 15 day disabled list by the Dodgers. Said Donnie, “I’ve been dealing with what I would describe as a dead brain. It hurts, it hurts, it really fucking hurts! To use, to use, to use my fucking brain!”

    Geez Louise, Donnie, just put Guerrero in the lineup every day. I don’t care where he plays in the field. Third base, left field, right field, second base, first base, shortstop, catcher, pitcher. That cat needs to be in the lineup every single game. Not to mention that he should be in the top five in the lineup, not down at number seven.

    Wake up, you goon!

  108. crash24now says:

    Meanwhile, who is surprised that Brandon McCarthy is injured? Who will be surprised when Brett Anderson gets injured?

    Get Joe Wieland and Zach Lee going. One or both of them will need to be in the starting rotation sooner rather than later.

    • Dodger4life says:

      I guess McCarthy’s abnormally high K rate this season came with a price… I haven’t been watching any minor league ball…but something says Zach Lee isn’t the answer yet???

  109. Dodger4life says:

    Guerrero will play on Sunday May 3rd, vs the D-Backs, before the team embarks on a road trip to Milwaukee. Then again on May 7th, against the Brewers, before the team embarks on a flight to Colorado, and yet again on Sunday May 10th, against the Rockies, before the team flight back to L.A. Some of his scheduled playing time will be in LF.

  110. griz says:

    Guerrero needs to play somewhere, but what does Ethier have to do to get a decent amount of playng time?

  111. griz says:

    But Looking at the DL, Ether will probably be the every day right fielder for a bit.

    • JhallWally says:

      There is your answer Griz… Dildon needs the DL to slap him in the face… Otherwise, he will not deviate from his preconceived notions… I am just praying for the day that the Dodgers are rid of Dildon…

      • The Beav says:

        Totally agree. With Donnie, as with Joe, the only way we ever got the line-up that should be out on the field everyday is through attrition via injuries. Only way we ever got rid of JP everyday is when that guy on the Angels took him out. If it hadn’t been for that, Dre and Kemp would’ve still been losing playing time. Only thing that’s going to get Little Pedro in there everyday is an injury to Uribe, and Donnie will still split that time with Turner.

        And when is this team going to run and put a little pressure on the D? With all of the homers so far this season, Donnie’s totally in AL mode.

  112. lbirken says:

    While the Dodgers were losing to the Padres today I was attending an event at UCLA that was a lot more interesting. The had a panel discussion sponsored by the L.A. Times book club focusing on the wonderful book, “The Boys of Summer”. The panel included Roger Kahn, the book’s author, Maury Wills (my all time favorite L.A. Dodger), Bill Plaschke and Mickey Cantor. It was a lot of fun listening to Roger and Maury tell stories and answer some questions about the game as it was and how it is today. Afterwards, anyone who wanted could get autographs and I got some postcards featuring a photo of Maury signed.

    I also spoke to Plaschke as we were waiting and asked him if he knew what Magic Johnson did for the Dodgers. His reply: nothing! We then talked about some of the comments Magic has made, most recently when Magic said the current television fiasco has not hurt the Dodgers. I said maybe it hasn’t but Magic should not have said anything. Plaschke then asked me if I thought Magic has damaged his brand by some of these comments and I said he has with me. Plaschke said he may write a column about it.

    Unfortunately I did not get to ask him what he thinks of Guggenheim or Donnie.

    • kahliforni says:

      Right on, lbirk.

      I believe this is Donnie’s last year, this year being the second of a three-year contract. This off-season he’ll be a lame duck (again), and if he starts whining (again), they’ll call his bluff. And if he doesn’t complain, I think they’ll make a move, anyway. The Guggs have a bit if a cheapness about them (ironic, considering the way they throw money at players) and I don’t think they wanted to pay two full years of Donnie’s contract without him being the manager for at least one of those years. Besides, if Friedman is really a genius, he’ll want someone who can get this team to the next level.

      • JhallWally says:

        I hope your are right Kahli… I would love to see Dildon go away… He is in over his sychophant head… Just a total yes man in the image of Joe (totally overrated) Torre… The new ownership needs to move on from these losers.. Dildon and Nedcompoop…

  113. oldbrooklynfan says:

    All this discussion is very interesting but the important thing is to beat the SF Giants tonight.

  114. kahliforni says:

    Dodgers have six stolen bases in 18 games. That means every three games they steal one base. Very exciting.

    • crash24now says:

      Worse than that is that they’ve been caught stealing eight times. So they’re not very good at it.

      The best base-stealer on the team, Jimmy Rollins is old (36) and doesn’t get on base very often (OBP=.275).

      Lopes needs to spend more time with Joc and Puig (after his return from DL) to teach these guys how to steal bases in the MLB. Joc stole 30 bases in AAA, but now he’s dealing with much better pitchers and catchers.

      • The Beav says:

        He’s also dealing with having the pitcher up when he’s on first. And with that, Donnie has pretty much taken away base stealing from his repertoire. I’d like to see Joc and Rollins flipped in the batting order for a week to see how it goes, but far be it from Donnie to not play it safe and by the book, even if its Joe’s outdated book.

        You can’t give a guy that plays an AL game and likes to “tinker” with the line-up all the time a analytics driven NL team. The sooner FriedCo realizes that the better.

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