Good Teams Bad Teams

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The 2015 Dodgers have had a Jekyll and Hyde type of performance this year against good teams and bad teams.  When the Dodgers have faced teams with Win-Loss records over .500, they have lost.  When they faced teams under .500, they won.  Let’s take a look at their record this year against the good and the bad (we’ll leave the ugly to the readers’ interpretation).

The following chart shows 2015 opponents, the Dodgers 2015 record against them, each opponent’s 2015 record, and finally, the Dodgers 2014 record against them.

Team    2015 Dodgers   2015 Opponent   2014 Dodgers

ARI              4-2                    27-29               15-4
ATL             2-1                    27-29                 6-1
COL            9-4                    25-30               13-6
MIA             2-1                    24-33                3-3
MIL             2-2                    20-37                1-5
SDP            6-3                     29-29               12-7
SEA            3-0                    25-32                N/A
SFG             2-7                   32-26                10-9
STL             2-5                   38-19                 4-3

So far, the Dodgers have fared poorly against our two likely playoff opponents, the Giants and the Cardinals.  Interestingly, the Blue Crew did much better against them in the regular season last year.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers are getting ready for another series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Will they get well playing against a lesser team?  Stay tuned….

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127 Responses to Good Teams Bad Teams

  1. crash24now says:

    Last year, the Dodgers did poorly against the Giants early, then did better against them later in the year.

  2. crash24now says:

    Rubby De La Rosa gives up a fair number of home runs, especially to left handed batters. Frankly, I don’t care the order of the lineup, as long as Rollins bats eighth and we include all of the following:

    Pederson cf
    Puig rf
    Gonzalez 1b
    Kendrick 2b
    Grandal c
    Turner 3b
    Ethier lf
    Rollins ss
    Bolsinger p

    Bolsinger usually only throws 85-90 pitches, so it’s going to be another “interesting” bullpen night.

  3. crash24now says:

    Puigless Lineup #WhatsWrongWithPuig?

    Pederson CF
    Turner 3B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kendrick 2B
    Grandal C
    Guerrero LF
    Ethier RF
    Rollins SS
    Bolsinger P

    • trublu4ever says:

      LOL….I just did the same 😉

      • crash24now says:

        I know he’s just coming off a hamstring issue. But geez, it’s just a game. Get in there and play the game. What is he, like 24 years old? I wish I was still 24. Maybe I wouldn’t get tired so quickly…….of Donnie’s piss poor decisions!

  4. The Beav says:

    With all the trouble we have with the position, I’m hoping we pick a manager in today’s draft.

  5. The Beav says:

    Beuhler? Buehler? Buehler?

  6. The Beav says:

    You know what makes me feel old? All of these kids in the draft are 8-10 ears younger than my kids.

  7. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Just hoping it makes a difference to be playing the Dbacks tonight.

  8. trublu4ever says:

    JT is hurting….don’t know how long he can stay in the game…..just hope it’s a minor injury to the knee….we need him!

  9. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice rally.

  10. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Now that’s more like it.

  11. trublu4ever says:

    And, a bomb for my boy!

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We know we’re not playing the Cards.

  13. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another really fine start for Bolsinger.

  14. The Beav says:

    Bolsinger has been a Godsend to the rotation.

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    1 Game up.

  16. colliethec says:

    Nice to see the snakes in town… & Bolsinger dealing….& Everyday Dre with a big night!

  17. trublu4ever says:

    I love beating them! Can’t stand their owner!!!!

  18. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I hope the Dodgers have enough runs left over for the remaining games.

  19. griz says:

    “Very nice, beating up on the D-backs. This way they can tread water until a way is figured out to beat the good teams!”,he said sarcastically.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      I’m only hoping they can continue to beat the lesser teams so they can remain competitive for the post season. Maybe, just maybe, by that time they will be able to go further than they have in the past two years.

  20. griz says:

    oldbrooklyn, I’m holding out for the same thing. The last three weeks have not been encouraging, but with almost three months to go a lot will change.

  21. crash24now says:

    Nice to see Dre, Rollins, and Guerrero contribute to the offense last night. I hope Justin Turner is okay.

    Maybe Ravin can be the set up guy in the eighth inning? It’s always nice to have somebody throwing 98-100 mph. I dunno though if the hitters will just be sitting on the fastball and how effective that will be.

  22. Dodger4life says:

    You’ll have to forgive me a bit here…

    But it’s hard to get excited about an assembly line win…when you deserve something made to order!

    That being said, I hope the Boy’s clock in tonight and churn out another “Model T”!!

  23. crash24now says:

    Heisey CF
    Puig RF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Kendrick 2B
    Guerrero LF
    Grandal C
    Hernandez SS
    Callaspo 3B
    Frias P

    Have I ever told you how much I hate the way Donnie just substitutes in another guy at the same position and figures he can bat him the same place in the lineup? I really don’t think Heisey is a leadoff batter. Tell me if you disagree. Put Hernandez there if Pederson needs to sit on the bench for one game.

  24. crash24now says:

    Also, just because Wacha has a slight backwards split differential, where he’s better against lefties than against righties, now you sit down all the lefties? Seems like the FO is using metrics to “strongly suggest” aka “dictate” to Donnie the lineup? Or is it Donnie?

    In other words, what happened to Joc, Dre, and Rollins?

  25. crash24now says:

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    @Dodgers

    .@iamyungjoc to @yungjoc650. Joc Pederson T-shirt is going down tonight: http://atmlb.com/1JHpw48

    I wonder how many fans will be pissed off when they show up for their favorite Joc Pederson on Joc’s T-shirt night, just to find out that Joc Pederson, who has already hit 17 homers as a rookie through June 8th, IS NOT PLAYING?

  26. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Whenever I see a lefty opposing starter I know ‘Dre will be sitting.

  27. kahliforni says:

    Gnat pitcher, Chris Heston (???), 3 outs away from a no hitter vs. Mets.

  28. koufax1963 says:

    yep A No-NO! Halloween style!
    weird line up GO Dodgers

  29. vl4eccjr says:

    Frias no bueno tonight!

  30. The Beav says:

    I see Donnie’s gimmick line-up is performing as usual tonight.

  31. vl4eccjr says:

    I keep thinking some Bruja somewhere has put some kind of spell on the Dodgers causing their ineffectiveness against southpaws. .

    • The Beav says:

      Only one who’s causing ineffectiveness against southpaws is Donnie. This RH shit has failed all season, why does he keep doing it? Play your best 8 and have at it.

      Would you play this line-up in the playoffs against a lefty? I doubt it, so why do it now. It makes no sense.

      • vl4eccjr says:

        Maybe the bruja is sticking pins in the head of a Donnie doll! LOL

      • colliethec says:

        So true Beav. It makes no sense to me for him to do it. I understand once in awhile giving a guy a night off against a pitcher he doesn’t have success with – but this is overkill.

        Dre had a couple of hits – 4 RBI’s – a dinger and is benched.

        BS…

  32. The Beav says:

    Why do we even have Heisey? The absolute apex of his career is AAA.

  33. vl4eccjr says:

    Thanks Howie!

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Well, it’s good to see some offense.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    Howie is an everyday player!

  36. colliethec says:

    I wasn’t watching but with runners on 1st & 3rd (both fast runners) and your #3 hitter who makes good contact and isn’t a home run hitter (even though he just hit one) – wouldn’t that of been a good time for a hit & run? Or did Howie swing at the 1st pitch?.

  37. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Frias was good after the 2nd inning.

  38. The Beav says:

    Ooh I missed a run. What a mighty offense.

  39. The Beav says:

    Wouldn’t we have been better off keeping Uribe if we actually have to play Collapse-o?

  40. vl4eccjr says:

    HOWIE!!!

  41. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WTG HOWIE.

  42. The Beav says:

    So who’s the set-up man du jour?

  43. trublu4ever says:

    I guess Donnie is a genius.

  44. The Beav says:

    Well Jansen made quick work of that.

    Nite all.

  45. vl4eccjr says:

    Nice job Kenley!

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We can put that one in our pocket.

  47. Dodger4life says:

    I think I have the flu again…so I missed a big part of the game. I see they won,,,

  48. colliethec says:

    Nice to get a W with the right handed lineup vs a lefty.

    Unfortunately that will probably mean more of the same in these situations.

    I just wish Donnie and the FO would learn from their mistakes.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I wasn’t impressed…..we only scored 3 runs against a lousy team and those involved were the regular guys…..I’m sure Joc or Dre could have done the same as Heisey….in fact, Dre hit a ball to the wall off a lefty….didn’t strike out…..Heisey couldn’t even lay down a bunt in to help the team. Even keeping JRoll out when he had finally started hitting the ball was kind of stupid.

  49. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, another win for Tru!!!

  50. koufax1963 says:

    Our Hitting doesn’t bother me half as much as the Bull-Pen. With the new FO revamp, and the care they took to revamp the Bull-Pen, I thought it was a priority, but I dont see a major result, really have no confidence in this BP. last year repeating itself with new names.
    So my thoughts go to Honeycutt, and his mentoring and knowledge, can he help get the hatcher-like guys in gear?

    • crash24now says:

      Buncha bullshit. If Wallach is the better tactician, he should be the manager. Hire some psychologist to stroke the highly paid players egos. That’s not the manager’s job. The manager’s job is to win games.

  51. crash24now says:

    Kenley Jansen is at the top of his game. Eight games, eight innings, one hit, no walks, fourteen strikeouts. Incredible.

    Too bad Donnie Mattingly is at the bottom of his game.

  52. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dodgers have to continually beat up on the Dbacks. Needless to say these are all big wins with the Giants breathing heavy on their necks.

  53. kahliforni says:

    Just finished reading the LA Times this morning (on their hitting woes) and I’m STILL shaking my head:

    “Wallach said the coaching staff has talked about trying create offense by putting runners in motion more often. But Wallach said they will be selective about it.

    The offense, Wallach said, is built around Gonzalez.

    ‘We’re going to try things to help us to produce runs the best way we can,” he said. “But we’re not going to make stupid decisions. We don’t want to take the bat out of Gonzo’s hands. Ever.

    ‘We’re not going to ask Yasiel, if he’s hitting in the two-spot, to hit and run. We want him to be able to get a pitch to hit. Joc, we don’t want him running into outs to say that we’re running. If we do that and Yas doesn’t get a hit, they’re going to put Gonzo on. They’re not going to let him beat them.'”

    So they don’t want Pederson on second, because they might walk Gonzalez…because Gonzalez is the key to the universe. And they won’t hit-and-run with Puig because they want him to get a nice, fat, juicy pitch to hit. As for the rest of the line-up, well hell, it’s built around Gonzalez. Tighten your seat belts and enjoy the ride. But I don’t feel this team will ever win a championship with this kind of paranoid, safety-first mind set permeating the bench. I hope Wallach is just being a good Donnie company man and doesn’t really believe this horses**t.

    • crash24now says:

      I can’t remember the phrase-ology, but I thought the key to the offensive moves during the offseason was to “extend the lineup”. “Pass the baton”.

      Basically, have a lineup where all the guys are dependable hitters. How in the world is that consistent with, as you said, “Gonzalez is the key to the universe”.

      These bozos (the Dodgers management) speak out of both sides of their mouths.

    • The Beav says:

      You’ve got 9 spots in the order, how can you build you’re offense around 1 guy? This isn’t football. The whole point of a deep line-up is the offense can come from anywhere anytime. No wonder these stiffs stand around half the time waiting for something to happen.

  54. kahliforni says:

    Funny, last night the D-backs did the “unthinkable.” They walked Gonzalez intentionally. Shudder, shudder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And not only didn’t the world cave in, but Kendrick, every bit as professional a hitter as Gonzalez, got a hit with the bases loaded.

    “Paranoia runs deep.
    Into your life it will creep.
    It starts when you’re always afraid.
    You step out of line, the mans come and take you away.”

    Friedman, be a good sport. Take this dugout brain trust away and allow this team to become a World Champion….

  55. koufax1963 says:

    OK Tonights line up looks decent, My one complaint: Why isn’t AG playing 3rd???

  56. vl4eccjr says:

    Puig says BOOM!!

  57. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice to see Puig belt one out.

  58. trublu4ever says:

    Joc just saved us a tied game! And, that’s why he needs to play…Heisey would never have caught that ball yesterday!

  59. vl4eccjr says:

    Goldschitt continues to be a big thorn!

  60. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’ve seen enough of Anderson tonight.

  61. vl4eccjr says:

    I’m amazed they still have a slim lead after that inning. . .

  62. vl4eccjr says:

    Some extra insurance would be nice. . .

  63. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Can sure use some runs.

  64. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Let’s go Kenley.

  65. vl4eccjr says:

    Sheeeit!!

  66. 32and53fan says:

    Mr. Hyde is causing the Dodgers implosion. Dr. Jekyll left the stadium when the Dodgers led 5-1.

  67. koufax1963 says:

    kenley got popped. Oh My this does not bode well

  68. vl4eccjr says:

    Howie delivers again!!!

  69. trublu4ever says:

    I love a walk off win!

  70. oldbrooklynfan says:

    H… O… W… I… E

  71. 32and53fan says:

    Howie is the man!

  72. Dodger4life says:

    Kendrick gives the assembly line an extra push, as the Dodgers roll out another “Model T”!!

  73. vl4eccjr says:

    Joc’s catch made #1 on the SC top ten! 😉

  74. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I got to give the Dodgers a lot of credit for winning with Giant victories staring at them from off the scoreboard.

  75. griz says:

    I just saw that ESPN report. Says the Dodgers took twenty college pitchers in the draft.

  76. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I like being 1 1/2 games up on the Giants, it’s breathing room.

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