Dodgers at Marlins

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Random Thoughts Going Into Game 75 of 2015

We are up just one game above the Giants. It will be a “pennant race” with the Giants all season. I suppose now we call it a “division race”.

If the season ended today, the Pirates and the Cubs would be the Wild Card winners. That makes our division race all the more important.

Giants are hosting the Rockies while we are visiting the Marlins. A sweep of the Marlins sure would be sweet.

We split the four game series with the Cubs.  Does that prove we can beat a team that is above .500?  Or does it prove nothing, because it was just a tie?

The only offensive player that is hot right now is Justin Turner. Everyone else has gone cold. Gonzalez has awoken recently, but he has had a bad June. Pederson forgot how to hit home runs after his five game streak. A couple recently.

Do we have a true lead off hitter? Somebody with a good OBP? Someone who can steal a base? Oh yeah, I guess not.

How long before Brett Anderson’s arm gives out?

Who will we be able to get in a major trade to shore up the starting pitcher rotation? Who will we have to trade away?

Will Corey Seager be coming up soon? His OPS at AAA Oklahoma City is now .807 in 206 plate appearances.  His fielding percentage at shortstop is .968 in 188 chances at shortstop.

Is the bullpen starting to coalesce around Nicasio and Howell as the set-up men?

Would you trade Howie Kendrick straight up for Dee Gordon? Would the Marlins make that trade?

Do you like the super-short paragraphs?  Or do you hate them, because they remind you of the poor writers at the LA Times?

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64 Responses to Dodgers at Marlins

  1. crash24now says:

    Oh geez, we’re going up against another Lefty today, Nicolino.

    • trublu4ever says:

      I noticed the lefty thing….even though we lucked out yesterday, I don’t want to try it again. The runs we scored were mostly by the regulars….and, we still didn’t hit much later in the game.

      • crash24now says:

        I guess we are 5-8 against lefties including yesterday. If I was an opposing manager, I’d shift around my rotation to throw a maximum number of lefty starters against the Dodgers. Heck, I’d even bring up a AAA Lefty for a spot start.

  2. trublu4ever says:

    I like your thread 🙂 I also think we will be getting a starting pitcher. They keep saying Seager isn’t coming yet….however, we didn’t think Puig would be coming a while back. As for Dee….I’m not a big fan of him He really faltered after the All Star game….Howie is okay …. his defense is awesome.

  3. crash24now says:

    If and when Brett Anderson makes it through the second inning tonight, his innings pitched this season will be the highest season total since 2010, when he was 22 years old.

  4. crash24now says:

    Pedro Baez is off the DL. Another solid piece to the bullpen squad. Jansen – ninth inning (but not today), Nicasio and/or Howell – eighth inning, Baez/Peralta – seventh inning.

  5. crash24now says:

    Lineup

    Pederson CF
    Kendrick 2B
    Turner 3B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Van Slyke RF
    Guerrero LF
    Rollins SS
    Ellis C
    Anderson P

  6. crash24now says:

    Great story about how Turner improved his hitting skill. Side note in this story is that Pederson worked together with Turner last off season.

    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/132701636/secret-behind-justin-turners-big-breakout

  7. lbirken says:

    Interesting question about Dee Gordon. Clearly the Dodgers lack a decent lead off hitter but one could argue Dee wasn’t really all that good as a lead off hitter when he wore Dodger Blue. Vinny refers to some players as being a “pest” and when was the last time the Dodgers had such a player? Brett Butler? Perhaps the Dodgers were wrong in trading Dee, perhaps not. Let’s see what happens the remainder of the season before we decide.

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I think I’d make the trade for Gordon right now if I had the opportunity, if it was up to me. I think, but I hope I’m wrong, that the Dodgers will regret letting him go.
    That said, I like Kendrick and he’s one of the team leaders.

  9. crash24now says:

    Dodgers are dead last in the MLB (30 teams) in stolen bases. Dodgers have 14, the next worst team is the White Sox with 22. The Reds lead the MLB with 73, and of course, leading the Reds is Billy Hamilton with 36.

  10. crash24now says:

    …..annnnnnnnnnnd that’s how you manufacture a run.

  11. crash24now says:

    Scott Van Slyke getting two back with a 2 run HR! Dodgers take the lead! Woo hoo!

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Now that’s odd two guys picked off in the same inning.

  13. crash24now says:

    Timely hitting by Rollins (with the bases loaded) scores two more runs!

  14. crash24now says:

    Wow! Brett Anderson with a crucial insurance RBI! 5-1!

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    If it’s in the park, Joc gets it.

  16. vl4eccjr says:

    IDK what’s gotten into Anderson, but I like it. 10 K’s tells me he must have eaten his Wheaties this morning.

  17. vl4eccjr says:

    Outstanding!!
    Welcome back Pedro Baez!

  18. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The last 10 Marlin outs were strikeouts for a total of 16.

  19. trublu4ever says:

    Good job Boys!

  20. crash24now says:

    I like the way Pedro Baez came off the DL by striking out the side. Almost as awesome as Kenley Jansen coming back and striking out four batters in his first inning off the DL.

  21. koufax1963 says:

    Nice Post. Nice Win. Our 3, 4,5 pitchers come with wins, now if we can get some run support for 1 and 2 maybe this team can separate from the gnats. I liked Dee, he put some excitement in the game, when he got on, but that is the qualifier, when he got on?
    That trade took Haren and gordon to get a talented pitching prospect, and then we flipped him to get Kendrick, somebody is very high on Kendrick, and I have nothing bad to say about him.
    Here is my question of the day: Will AJ actually start two games in a row, especially with brother Clayton starting today?

    • trublu4ever says:

      Actually, it may be three in a row…he started the last game in Chicago (Frias was pitching) so, I’ll bet he will start with Kersh on the mound. Then again, who knows what Donnie will do?!

      • trublu4ever says:

        Guess AJ is out today….here’s the lineup:
        Joc,cf
        Howie, 2b
        Justin, 3b
        Adrian, 1b
        Dre, rf
        Yas, c
        Alex, lf
        Jimmy, ss
        Kersh, p

  22. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It was nice to wake up this morning to find out that the Giants lost and we have a two game lead. Now I know we can’t fall out of first place this weekend. The worse that can happen would be the two teams would be tied.
    It’s a comfortable feeling, isn’t it?

    • lbirken says:

      Not comfortable enough but I will take it. However, it does make every game feel so much more exciting with the teams so close in the standings.

  23. griz says:

    Another good outing by Anderson and the pen, plus the bats appear to be coming out of the deep freeze. I’ll still want to see what the standings are like at the end of the trip, but we have weathered the storm.

  24. lbirken says:

    Interesting article about Dee Gordon in the L.A. Times this morning. Dee seems happy with the trade and makes some telling comments about how he thinks his base stealing would be hampered by the current Dodger lineup, and even commented about not wanting to take a chance last year by taking the bat out of the hands of Agon, Puig, etc. So my question: Billy Hamilton and Dee steal bases (and Dee has been caught 10 times this season) but how much has this helped their respective teams? Granted, their teams have not done well not because of these players but because overall the teams are struggling. Stats can tell only so much of a story. I still believe the analytical guys place little value on stolen bases and yet we all know a stolen base at the right time can be crucial. Just the threat of stealing a base can change the way a pitcher faces the hitter. But then again Anderson picked off two runners in the same inning yesterday, perhaps costing the Marlins runs. Managing a big league team certainly has its challenges.

    • kahliforni says:

      The Dodgers certainly don’t seem built to steal bases…but the suicide squeeze is a play Tommy used to much success. R. J. Reynolds, anyone? I’d like to see Mattingly gamble a bit more and use it, especially with this team struggling to manufacture runs. Donnie’s like a guy with a Ferrari driving 50 mph in the slow lane. Guess what? A suicide squeeze might fail. But that’s what makes baseball fun. Donnie ball is boring ball.

      • oldbrooklynfan says:

        I agree, but I think they should also try to steal some bases a little more often. It would add some variety to the offense. Mix it up a little. OR are they just going to use the steal as a surprise? It’ll surprise everyone including us. I know they haven’t been too successful lately, but they can’t be that bad.

      • colliethec says:

        Totally agree. If you don’t have guys to steal bases there are so many other little things that can be done on the base paths. Just always standing around waiting for a bomb rarely results in success.

  25. colliethec says:

    Again I want to point out that against Kersh the opposing team doesn’t sit all their regulars that are left handed hitters.

  26. messagebear says:

    Turner has surely turned into a money player and a very reliable major leaguer. His success has to be recorded as accidental to the Dodgers’ front office expectations. I also don’t see the defensive liability argument in play. So, now that he may be established as a front line major leaguer and a capable starter on most teams, do you expect the Dodgers to keep him and sign him to a contract such players would deserve? I don’t think so – they’d rather bet on an unknown such as Olivera or figure on converting a major prospect to third base, because a guy like Turner doesn’t fit the analytics of the new regime.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      It’s going to get a little touchy. Turner could go back to a utility roll. Which would be crazy.

  27. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WTG..KERSH

  28. lbirken says:

    Turner forced the Dodgers to make him an almost everyday player out him but as much as I like Justin, I agree he poses a challenge to how management seems to think.

    Of more concern to me today is once again Kershaw is behind in a close low scoring game having to exert a lot of energy to keep the opposition from scoring more runs.

  29. lbirken says:

    Another game lost started by Kershaw or Grienke. This is a disturbing trend, especially because those guys are pitching well.

  30. kahliforni says:

    From the bizarro world–starting pitching won/loss record:
    Kershaw 5-6
    Greinke 5-2
    Anderson 4-4
    Bolsinger 4-2
    Frias 5-5

  31. griz says:

    This is shaping up to be a weird season.

  32. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Got to keep that lead today.

  33. trublu4ever says:

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

  34. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That helps.

  35. trublu4ever says:

    My boy made an awesome catch!

  36. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Greinke ERA 1.58

  37. trublu4ever says:

    Awesome job Zack and Crew…..now, on to Arizona.

  38. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Dodgers were 0-9 with RISP, but we won, that’s all that counts.

  39. lbirken says:

    The best way for Zach to get a win todY is to throw a shutout. The lack of offense continues to be a big problem.

  40. griz says:

    Right now the team is getting good to excellent pitching from the starters and pen, which is where the wins are coming from. lbirk and oldbrooklyn have already pointed out the offense as a whole is not getting it done.

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