4 Game Series with Cubbies



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  1. trublu4ever says:

    Game 1 starting lineup:
    Puig, rf
    Pederson, cf
    Turner, 3b
    Gonzalez, 1b
    Kendrick. 2b
    VanSlyke, lf
    Hernendez, ss
    Elliis, c
    Kershaw, p

    At least it’s not totally a right handed lineup!

  2. messagebear says:

    As you all may know, I don’t have any use for Rollins. However, if he’s ever going to get hot and rise to a respectable batting average, you would think that a game where he got three hits could be a start. Most managers wouldn’t interrupt such a streak and sit him in the dugout the next day. But Mattingly isn’t most managers – some of us wouldn’t call him a manager at all. In fact, he’s been called everything but a manager on this here site. Anyway, even I wouldn’t pull Rollins after a three hit game.

    • crash24now says:

      Good call, Bear. I concur. He’s struggled all year. Then he gets hot and you sit him down? Huh?

      • koufax1963 says:

        totally agree, rollins starting hitting this series. Ideally rollins gets going, and he would return to lead-off, and move more power people like puig and pederson down the order.
        Yea Im waiting for the real rollins and kershaw to show up this season.

        • oldbrooklynfan says:

          As i said before on another occasion, I think Mattingly knows well in advance who will be in the starting lineup. It doesn’t make any difference if someone has a big night, like Rollins and Grandal had last night. I agree with you guys but I think that’s how it is.

    • 32and53fan says:

      We don’t have all the information about Rollins. Maybe he tweaked something or is sore from all the time running the bases, something he hasn’t had to do in a long time.
      I agree that if there is no other reason, than sitting him while he is hot is a lame decision.

  3. crash24now says:

    Are we gonna suck against the Cubbies just because they are over .500 this year???

    Come on, Let’s Go DODGERS!!!!!!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    Kike puts us on the board first!

  5. trublu4ever says:

    Puig is a dumb ass!

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’ve seen a lot of Dodger outfielders but I can’t remember anyone better than Pederson on defense.

  7. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I’d like to see Kershaw get that 10th K and I hope the Cubs bring in a pitcher the Dodgers can hit.

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    See yas tomorrow night.

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    Well these ain’t the same doormat Cubbies the Dodgers have gotten used to over the last few years.

  10. crash24now says:

    Two solo homers, five hits, four walks, and a big-time base running blunder. What an offense.

  11. 32and53fan says:

    When is Puig going to learn not to make bone headed mistakes on the bases?
    He took the bat out of Turner’s hands by getting picked off. Mattingly will handle that behind closed doors, but I wish we all could hear what went on.

    Kershaw is still getting strikeouts, but he is making a lot of mistake pitches this year. I hope he gets his act together. He is not pitching like a 30 million dollar pitcher.

  12. griz says:

    I saw an article on ESPN early this morning about the dingers Kershaw has been giving up. Although one of them yesterday was hanging slider, the commentators were saying his curve has not been as effective, not getting the bite, as years passed and the hitters are looking for fastballs when they get into a hitters count. No doubt other teams scout Kershaw and the word gets around about what is working against him. He’s not getting hammered, so to speak, but no run support means we’re not getting the results we’ve become used to. These are, after all, big league hitters. In a nut shell, that’s what seems to be what’s going on, right now anyway. We’ll have to take oldbrooklyn’s advice and hope this turns around soon.

  13. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s frustrating that the Dodgers continue to lose to teams that are playing above .500 and also on the road to almost anybody. Also we can’t feel to confident in winning the games that Kershaw and Greinke start. This can either get worse or turn around and get better. We can just hope it’s the latter.

  14. lbirken says:

    No matter the reason, it is still quite troubling how many games the Dodgers have lost that were started by Kershaw and Greinke.

  15. crash24now says:

    Turner’s Day Off

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

  16. crash24now says:

    Hector Olivera pulled his hamstring 😦

  17. messagebear says:

    Why is Collapso in there?

    • crash24now says:

      Theoretically, Justin Turner has a lower chance of injury if he gets a rest every once in a while. Even at age 30. So, it’s either Collapso or Guerrero. Looks like the management has no faith in Guerrero’s fielding abilities at third base.

    • nedisajerk says:

      Maybe is because Callaspo has a stat line of .293/.383/.366/.749 since joining the Dodgers and is a better 3rd baseman than Guerrero. Also in June he has been one of the hottest Dodgers this month with a .306/.390/.389/.779 and really the least of our problem you should be complaining about the offense and not him.

  18. crash24now says:

    Greinke got out of a jam. Now can we capitalize with some offense???

  19. Dodger4life says:

    That was an awesome catch by the guy bottle feeding the baby!

  20. crash24now says:

    I guess Collapse-O is playing because he’s the only guy that can get a hit.

  21. trublu4ever says:

    Hey, Dodgers…..WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. vl4eccjr says:

    One hit?
    ONE MEASLEY HIT???!!!!!

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another Greinke type game.——Thanks to Hammel.

  24. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Another road loss.

  25. vl4eccjr says:


  26. griz says:

    Does this seem familiar?

  27. crash24now says:

    Yet another sterling offensive performance.

    Yet another steaming pile of dung.

  28. crash24now says:

    Giants are winning 2-0 through the seventh. Looks like tonight will be the night they draw even with us. Likely tomorrow night the Giants will be in first place.

  29. kahliforni says:

    Greinke must wonder if he ever wants to re-up with this club. When do we stop calling this an offensive slump and start calling it a team that is mired in offensive boredom? Glad I didn’t listen to the game.

  30. lbirken says:

    Hard to understand how a team with this much talent can struggle so much to score runs and win close games.

  31. griz says:

    Until just recently we had the best pitcher on the planet and teams can score against him. So why is it that our team continuously gets shut out by just any journeyman that gets stuck out on the mound?
    This makes no sense what-so-ever. This isn’t bad luck. These guys need to knock off the cutesy videos and turn over a few tables.

  32. Dodger4life says:

    Maddons young ball club just beat up on some of the league’s top tier pitching.
    What has Mattingly’s ball club done… other than change Donnie’s horseshit excuses from swinging at bad pitches… to… I trust my guys.
    “The biggest thing that I do is trust these guys,” said Mattingly. “I trust what we’re going to be able to do. I acknowledge we haven’t been scoring consistently. But if you think I’m going to sit here and think our offense is not going to be any good and we’re not going to be good enough to win, I’m not there. I trust our guys.”
    Hold your caps everyone…we’ve shifted into trusting mode…

    • messagebear says:

      The next thing I’m waiting for is the Front Office expressing full confidence in Mattingly’s management – then maybe we’re getting closer to fixing the problem.

    • crash24now says:

      Other quotes from Donnie not reported (and not truly said, but just go with it):

      “It’s time to be complacent. Complacent about not hitting. Complacent about losing. We don’t need to change anything, we’re just fine. I trust my guys. I trust my use of the bullpen.”

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    If the Dodgers end up this year in first place, they don’t have to worry about their won and lose record as they’ll be in the postseason, BUT if they don’t their won and loss record will have to be good enough to qualify for the wild card game.
    So they better start winning.

  34. koufax1963 says:

    Dodger musings:
    I knew the cubs were good, but for them to beat us vs our kershaw /Grienke tandem, Wow! If the gnats were to play reasonable, we would be well out of 1st.
    Puig:No smiles. Is he not happy or is this his new “no-nonsense approach” ?
    He may be alone with uribe and hanram no longer there, and Gonzo isnt baby sitting him. NO big fault with his play (yes the pick off still is fresh) and cant single him out over anyone else, swinging at first pitches and popping up, or hitting in to DPs.
    What would be like to have a lights out Bull pen. I saw one last night when teh padres played the Gnats from benoit to kimbrel they just shut the bats of the gnats up, I remember the Dodgers had that, not so long ago.
    and another observation, clearly I am not intimate with the situation of anything related to Dodgers play/strategy, but I might not of put Peralta, upon his return, in such a tight game.
    I think the dodgers need a vacation, return refreshed.

    • messagebear says:

      I was thinking the same about the Peralta choice, and I didn’t think that he performed particularly well in his rehab in AAA. He is, of course, Friedman’s personal selection of relievers when he came aboard. My own feeling is that Peralta may be over the hill among other things. On the other hand, the 10th inning wasn’t necessarily to be the deciding inning until it turned out that way, so if Peralta was judged well enough to be back on the ballclub, I can see using him rather than trusting it to a rookie. The overriding issue is that this team just doesn’t perform as you would expect a collective $250 million plus ballclub to perform on the field. For that it’s basically the Guggenheims’ fault – as on the field, they’re equally overloaded and overpaid in the Front Office and general advisers category to the point where that management performance (especially Mattingly) is laughable. If we have to be losing, I like the ability to laugh at and say “screw you” to the Guggenheims, to Magic, and to all those infallible advisers who seem to be playing the role of the Emperor without clothes.

  35. kahliforni says:

    More of the same…Gonzalez will get hot and, after all, the Dodger offensive universe revolves around him. Or could it be that sometimes you need a new voice in the room? Mattingly’s “good guy,” “calm communicator” approach has now been in play for 4 1/2 years, after failing to land mangerial jobs with the Yankees (2007) and Indians (2010), before be handed the job by Uncle Joe and Ned in 2011, with no interview process to speak of. I’ve NEVER liked the mood of the team under his leadership. Too laid back, too whatever. I know I dump on Donnie regularly but, really, does anyone still think this is the guy to get this team over the top? Dodgers might start a 20-game winning streak today and I still wouldn’t change my mind.

  36. colliethec says:

    Watching the Yankees game. They are up 10-0 in the top of 9. Their pitcher gives up a lead off double, RBI single and then goes 2-0 on the next hitter. The catcher goes out and talks to the pitcher. The next pitch is a double off the wall.

    After that the pitching coach goes out and talks to him.

    I bring this up because this/these are the little things that Donnie doesn’t do while leading his team. I don’t feel he manages. For one, IMHO based on watching him manage for the last few years, he wouldn’t of had the catcher go out and talk to the pitcher when he was struggling until a few batters later nor would he of had the pitching coach out there until 2-3 runs had scored and a couple more runners were on base.

    This is an example of one of the reasons why I’m now anti Donnie. He is a nice guy and a patient guy – which can be good – but there has to be a balance. Not moving Rollins down in the order for so long or giving him a day off is another example to me.

    Last night he didn’t go to KJ until the bases were loaded. He did this a few times last year with Wilson and the year before with League. I remember they couldn’t throw a strike and walked the bases loaded before anything was done either a visit by the catcher or coaching staff. I didn’t read his reasoning but my guess based on his past moves is that he didn’t want to use KJ until it was a close situation. With runners on 1st & 2nd and no outs you are in a save situation. You aren’t going to get to a save situation if you don’t bring him in there. It’s like a football coach that doesn’t want to use his challenge play on an important scoring play in the 4th quarter because then he might not have it later. That coach would be skewered.

    This is what gets you eliminated during the post season – not playing to win but playing for the next inning or the next day & that is how Donnie manages. You don’t see Boche manage that way which is one of the reasons why they’ve won 3 in the last 5.

  37. crash24now says:

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

  38. crash24now says:

    Rally banana to lead off and get the offense started?

  39. trublu4ever says:

    Puig scratched from lineup …. hmmm

  40. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That’s something to write about: Turner’s 3 Run HR. An unusual event for the Dodgers.

  41. Dodger4life says:

    These guys have a knack for hitting home runs this season, but when will they begin to drive in runners that are in scoring position? It’s one thing to hit bombs against pitchers in the same class as Hendricks and another to hit bombs against the likes of Mad Bum and Scherzer.
    Not that I’m giving any runs back, just sayin’!
    4-0 works so far tonight

  42. oldbrooklynfan says:


  43. crash24now says:

    Nice that Peralta was able to come back tonight and get his job done.

  44. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We won this one.

  45. koufax1963 says:

    well played game, putting nicasio in,gets hit by the righty, donnie leaves him in, face lefty ( nicasio is like 300 BA with lefties) gets him out, so what is the big deal of the L/R match up?
    saw puig smiling in the dug out was refreshing! bolsinger with the double saved that inning , well done!!

  46. crash24now says:

    Nice throw by Scott Van Slyke to end the game.

  47. griz says:

    So this team can put together a complete game.

  48. trublu4ever says:

    Holy shit….we will be lucky to get 2 runs today:
    Kike, cf
    Howie, 2b
    Justin, 1b
    Scott, lf
    Yasiel, rf
    Alex, 3b
    Jimmy, ss
    AJ, c
    Frias, p

    Frias is a loose canon out there too….which to me, doesn’t look promosing!

    • crash24now says:

      Another all-righty lineup against the lefty Lester. Led by the slumping Kendrick in the 2-hole. Also featuring AJ (no-hit) Ellis as catcher. Yep, another yawner. Way to build on yesterday’s momentum, DonnieBoy!

  49. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Not a good way to attack a must win situation trying to hold on to first place.

  50. crash24now says:

    Puig Scratched – New Lineup

    Hernandez CF
    Rollins SS
    Turner 1B
    Van Slyke RF
    Kendrick 2B
    Guerrero LF
    Callaspo 3B
    Ellis C
    Frias P

    I don’t know how, but somehow the lineup just got worse compared to the one above that Tru posted. Puig out (probably because of his blister – no comment). Collapse-0 in. Guerrero moves to left field, where his defense is worse. Rollins moves back up to the 2-hole, not sure why. Kendrick in the 5-hole to take Puig’s place.

    Good grief!

  51. crash24now says:

    Hey Howie! 2-Run Double! Way to go! That’s hitting with the bases-loaded!

  52. crash24now says:

    Guerrero and Collapse-0 foil the rally by both striking out with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Geez. Just hit the ball already.

  53. koufax1963 says:

    we will take what wildness lester has, Kendrick good job, would of been nice if AG or callapso would of singled in the first

  54. crash24now says:

    Kike with the RBI triple! I like the extra base hits!

  55. crash24now says:

    Rollins cashes in Kike! Way to go! Jimmy gettin’ it done today!

  56. crash24now says:

    Keep it going now! Frias needs more run support!

  57. crash24now says:

    Ummmmmm…what’s that rule? Don’t make the third out at third base? Don’t they teach that in little league anymore? In high school? In the minors? In the Phillies organization?

  58. koufax1963 says:

    you know J-roll got it going, the attempt steal? is a positive sign, even though it didnt work. that inning could of gone nothing, but at 4-0 Im loving it

    • crash24now says:

      He was already in scoring position with two outs. Don’t need to get to third base. What he did effectively was (1) take the bat out of Kendrick’s hands with two ducks on the pond, and (2) hand the Cubbies a free out. We only get 27 outs to play with.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      He’s running on Lester.

  59. crash24now says:

    It helps that the bottom of the Cubbies order is as inept as ours. David Ross = AJ Ellis

  60. crash24now says:

    Cubbies helping Frias with the double plays. So far so good. But we could still use more run support.

  61. lbirken says:

    So far this lineup has luckily scored 4 runs. Hopefully it can score more since no lead seems safe these days.

  62. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WOW Coghlan was out from me to you as Vinnie would say.

  63. koufax1963 says:

    with lester out of the game, will JOC, GOnzo and Dre enter?

    • crash24now says:

      The defensive priority would be to bring in Joc in CF, then shift Kike to LF and get Guerrrero off the field.

  64. trublu4ever says:

    Of course not…..that’s the problem with an all righty lineup!

  65. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I like the way Frias pitched out of that.

  66. crash24now says:

    Frias got out of a 5th inning jam by himself with two k’s. Donnie needs to install the better defense.

  67. crash24now says:

    Did you ever wonder when was the last time we successfully stole a base? Yeah? Me too! It’s been like forever!

    The last time was 2 1/2 weeks ago. On June 7th, Andre Eithier stole second base against the Cardinals when Tony Cruz was their catcher.

    I’m not sure, but I think that’s pathetic. Especially in the National League.

  68. crash24now says:

    Finally got the defensive change I suggested.

  69. crash24now says:

    Triple for Turner! Triple for Turner! Triple for Turner!

  70. crash24now says:

    Six more outs to get.

  71. oldbrooklynfan says:

    And the Dodgers go quietly against another nameless pitcher……….

  72. oldbrooklynfan says:

    We needed that one with the Giants leading 7-0.

  73. koufax1963 says:

    Very impressive! with the way this series began, I was sure the Dodgers would be swept, but not getting too optimistic, but the team really turned a corner in these last two games.
    Considering the starting line up, well done, all around!

  74. vl4eccjr says:

    I have to admit, I’m pleasantly surprised. I had very low expectations with this lineup going against Lester today.
    Kudos to the bullpen!

  75. nedisajerk says:

    Madden surely like to moved his players around a lot. I bet Denorfia and Coghlan are tried of switching position.


  76. crash24now says:

    Another nice job by the bullpen!

  77. griz says:

    What goes on? Two good games in a row.
    Friedman has said the Dodgers are actively talking to other teams about starters. I think we’ll get one, I just wonder who we’ll have to give up to get it done.

  78. oldbrooklynfan says:

    When I left my house to go out to eat the Giant/Padre score was 9-5, I got really excited when I got to the restaurant, a sports bar, and saw the score was 9-8. Well we all know how it came out but that’s just one of the reasons I love this game.

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