A Slim Lead


As the Dodgers travel to Arizona, they are trying to maintain their lead over the San Francisco Giants.  Meanwhile, the Giants get a day of rest today, before taking on the Stanton-less Marlins in Miami for three games.

The Dodgers lead over the Giants recently has been consistent, yet very small.  Over the past eight days, our lead was never less than one game, nor never more than two games.

The NL West has been a two-team race between the Dodgers and the Giants since May 16th.  Since then, with only one exception, the Giants have been chasing the Dodgers.  On May 29th, the Giants overtook the Dodgers, holding a half game lead on that day.  However, the next day, the Dodgers re-took the lead and have not relinquished it ever since.


115 Responses to A Slim Lead

  1. crash24now says:

    Carl Crawford is scheduled to begin rehab games this week.

  2. crash24now says:

    We’re going up against an ex-Dodger tonight, Allen Webster. Webster tends to give out lots of free passes and a few gopher balls. Guessing at the lineup for tonight:

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

  3. kahliforni says:

    Still scratching my head why Van Slyke batted for Ethier yesterday with the bases loaded against a right handed pitcher. It has nothing to do with Van Slyke. Just wondering what went through Donnie’s head and Andre’s head…

    • trublu4ever says:

      I was just as perplexed…..Scott is supposed to come in when a lefty throws…..maybe Donnie had another brain fart!

  4. trublu4ever says:

    We are lucky to have any lead at all ….. everyone on the team needs to step it up or we will be toast. As for Carl…..you know how I feel about him.

  5. griz says:

    I also had to wonder about that move and what Ethier thought about it.
    Certainly would be nice if the batting order started to produce on the same level as the pitchers.

  6. crash24now says:

    Capps is much worse against lefties than against righties. Was Dre suddenly hurt or sick? If not, it seems obvious that it was a Donnie screw-up.

  7. crash24now says:

    Hey Beav, how’s it going?

    The previous batters had been facing a lefty reliever. I was wondering whether DonnieBoy ASSUMED the Marlins would leave in the lefty, so he announced SVS, basically taking the bat out of Dre’s hands. Either way, just another Donnie screw up.

    I have given up all hope that he will ever learn how to manage. Just waiting for him to be canned.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      Since there was a lefty pitching when Andre came to the plate, I think he would have continued to pitch if Andre was batting, instead of SVS. There would not had been a pitching change if SVS wasn’t pinch hitting. IMO.

  8. crash24now says:


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

    • crash24now says:

      How does Donnie live with himself, he’s gone off his normal L/R/L lineup; now it is LRRLRLLLR. It’s almost as if the front office is setting the lineup??? Actually, just more of the same from Donnie. He bumps along during the season, learning about his players, then making adjustments. As others have pointed out, Donnie’s spring training starts in April and runs most of the season.

  9. koufax1963 says:

    each pitcher facing their former team as drafted. for today, that hitting better start, no team seems easy when not hitting, every opposing pitcher is spectacular. for the future im waiting on a new #3 before the trade deadline. the giants are only going to get better with Cain, Peavy and pence coming back. For donnie, what will he amaze me with? and of course , Carl has to play, either he is good or he is show trade bait, but “Dre will have a sore” or something. It is the way Donnie rolls.

  10. Dodger4life says:

    Webster is throwing a no-hitter…

  11. trublu4ever says:

    We look like shit!

  12. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Ethier’s 10th.

  13. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Grandal stay ahead of ‘Dre.

  14. trublu4ever says:

    Getting a little better!

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    20 for JOC.

  16. Dodger4life says:

    The 2014 Dodgers ended up hitting 134 home-runs. Pederson just cracked the 100th for 2015.

  17. lbirken says:

    This team has taken on Joc Pederson’s persona: home run or strikeout.

  18. vl4eccjr says:


  19. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Too bad the Dodgers can’t hit HRs with men on base.

  20. koufax1963 says:

    not understanding why bolsinger is PHd for by AG with only 48 pitches thrown and a 4-0 lead?

  21. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s good to see Rollins come through.

  22. vl4eccjr says:

    Has Rollins finally gotten with the program?

  23. lbirken says:

    What do you know? A timely hit by Rollins to drive on two runs. Now can the bullpen protect the lead?

  24. koufax1963 says:

    too bad about Bolsinger. come on bullpen!

  25. trublu4ever says:


  26. vl4eccjr says:

    Liberatore’s suffering from cranial rectal inversion. . .

  27. lbirken says:

    Darn. Not much you can do when a hitter takes a one handed swing on a pitch just off the plate and hits a triple.

  28. oldbrooklynfan says:

    This game’s been an eye for an eye

  29. vl4eccjr says:


  30. Dodger4life says:

    Good Night, Baseball
    Good Night, Everyone….

  31. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Just two hits in that inning.

  32. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dbacks were sort of due to beat the Dodgers.

  33. 32and53fan says:

    What a waste of three homers in one inning.

  34. griz says:

    I think it was just yesterday I said the pitchers were doing good and the hitters need to step up. Well, six runs should be enough to beat anybody and then the pen implodes.
    Shows you what I know.

  35. griz says:

    I just looked at the box score and it’s damn near enough to ruin your day.

  36. The Beav says:

    The way I see it:

    1. This team isn’t worth my time, which is why I haven’t been around lately.

    2. This team has as much or more talent than any other in baseball, so I feel its safe to say they are more than underachieving. That falls squarely on Donnieboy that he can’t motivate and demand more out of them. The injury excuse is just that because they still have more talent up and down the roster than 90% of the rest of the teams. Its Mattingly’s job to use that talent to its fullest, and he’s failing miserably as usual.

    3. To that end, no matter what happens this season will be a success because:

    A – they fail to make the playoffs and Donnie gets fired.
    B – they make the playoffs and get bounced again in which case Donnie gets fired.
    C – they win the whole thing, which is the point of playing.

    • crash24now says:

      I hope you are right about 3A and 3B. I worry about scenario 3B, that the Guggs are going to be too namby/pamby about tossing Mattingly on his can.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      It’s hard to believe we’re still in first place.

  37. crash24now says:

    I guess our lead got even slimmer last night.

  38. kahliforni says:

    Best news to be found in LA TImes Sports section: Scioscia at odds with GM Dipoto. Scioscia, by the way, can opt out of his contract after this season.

    • crash24now says:

      Don’t tease us like this. Can you even imagine if “Loser Yankee/Rookie non-Manager Donnie Boy Baseball Mattingly” would be replaced by “Legacy Dodger Catcher / Experienced Manager Mike Scioscia”?

      Dodger blogs everywhere would explode. Fans would dance on the streets. The Dodgers may win the Pennant (is that even a thing anymore?).

      • kahliforni says:

        Prelim speculation has him perhaps interested in the Philly job (his hometown) or Miami or SD. But I’ll bet he’d love to finish his career as a Dodger.

  39. The Beav says:

    Why are some of my posts getting partially dropped (as above) or dropped altogether? There wasn’t any cursing, just the letters B S. Yet another reason I don’t come on here much anymore, censorship.

    • messagebear says:

      I’ve had a number of recent posts dropped also, but then I do refer to the Guggenheims, etc. as A-holes, but that’s my style when I think it necessary. There’s obviously a censor at work on this blog, but I pretty much don’t see the point of voicing opinions to the same restricted and small audience anyway, or any more, so good luck to you all with this blog. I’ll probably go elsewhere.

  40. griz says:

    I do, of course, wonder about Donnie at times, but I’m not down on him like some of us on here. Although I do find the arguments against him a little more convincing as time goes by, and who wouldn’t want Sciosia? Nobody I can think of.

  41. crash24now says:


    Joc cf
    Howie 2b
    Justin 3b
    A-Gon 1b
    Puig rf
    Dre lf
    Grandal c
    Rollins ss
    Frias p

    We need lots of runs!

  42. lbirken says:

    I think all this talk about what Guggenheim will do if the Dodgers do not make it to the W.S. may be a bit premature but I suspect should that really happen, management might not have much of a choice. I agree with The Beav that the Dodgers have so much more talent and yet this team seems incapable of executing typical baseball plays such as hit and run (or run and hit), bunting and so forth. I see too many strikeouts and big swings. Yes, this team hits a lot of home runs but most seem to come with no one on base while the hitters continue to leave too many runners in scoring position. The bullpen has had its ups and downs as well.

    I heard Mark McGwire interviewed the other day and he talked about how the hitters are getting out on the “pitcher’s pitches” even though they talk about this everyday. I think he is a good coach and can teach hitting but at this level, the coaches can only do so much. And with all the infield shifts it makes hitting even more difficult, especially for the type of hitters on this team.

    But even those of us who do not think Donnie is all that bad have to admit that this team is underachieving, and if that continues, something will have to be done to correct that.

  43. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Giants lost, we can relax a little tonight.

  44. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Amazing!!! Grandy’s really clouting them.

  45. griz says:

    Interesting article about Puig and some of his team mates attitudes toward him in the Bleacher Report. As the Dodgers continue to underachieve, I wonder if this has anything much to do with the teams performance.

  46. vl4eccjr says:

    CSN Bay Area did a similar article. I’m thinking since Hanley & Uribe’s departure, that only leaves Agon to hold the reigns. Not an easy task.

  47. Dodger4life says:

    I think Orel should liven the broadcast up by bringing a baseball pinata. Then he can narrate what the team is doing correct and not so correct in the batters box, while Charley demonstrates with the swing of a bat. Of course if Nomar was around he could do commentary while Orel worked his pinata magic.

  48. lbirken says:

    Watching Frias tonight reminds me the Dodgers have had to make due with 2\3 of the expected rotation missing.

    As for Puig, it is hard for me to accept whether anyone likes him or not is why the Dodgers are having problems. However, if Donnie is willing to say what he did recently about Puig’s lack of preparation, one can only assume his teammates feel the same way. If they could get the right deal, I would not be surprised to see him dealt.

  49. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dodgers better hurry up. We all know it’s tough for them to come from behind, late in the game.

  50. vl4eccjr says:

    WTG Howie!!

  51. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Dodgers 1-8 w RISP as of the moment.

  52. trublu4ever says:

    Puig should have been replaced…not Dre! Donnie did it again!

  53. vl4eccjr says:

    Howie is dialed in tonight!!

  54. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WE got the lead.

  55. lbirken says:

    Glad Howie showed up tonight.

  56. vl4eccjr says:

    Grandal adds some insurance!

  57. oldbrooklynfan says:

    4 RIBBY’s for Grandal.

  58. vl4eccjr says:


  59. vl4eccjr says:


  60. vl4eccjr says:

    Gracias Kenley!
    Rubber game tomorrow. . .

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    WE WIN!!!

  62. lbirken says:

    6 runs not enough last night but enough tonight.

  63. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It would be great to win this series and after the day off take on one of my home town teams in this 4th of July Weekend.

  64. crash24now says:

    Uh oh, here comes the all right-handed lineup.

  65. griz says:

    It would be great to head home with a winning road trip.

  66. trublu4ever says:

    Giants lost on a 3 run walk off homer….YAY!

  67. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Have to hold on to this early lead.

  68. oldbrooklynfan says:

    The Dback announcers are calling Kendrick the “Dback Killer”

  69. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Hoooldin’ on.

  70. trublu4ever says:

    Jansen time.

  71. lbirken says:

    It’s never easy.

  72. vl4eccjr says:

    Finally a winning road trip!!!

  73. oldbrooklynfan says:

    2 1/2 up again.

  74. lbirken says:

    So with all the drama surrounding the Dodgers, they end the road trip and a long stretch of games 2.5 games ahead of the Giants.

  75. trublu4ever says:


    • JhallWally says:

      Woo-Hoo!! Win Streak!!!!

      • trublu4ever says:

        I know we won the game but, a lot of folks didn’t realize how we really didn’t perform, once again, with runners on base…..we should have had more than 4 runs ……. and, when you look at Donnie’s famous all righty lineup…..the ones doing most of the damage (except for Kike) were the regular guys…..Howie and Justin…..so, who’s to say we wouldn’t have had 6 or more runs with Agon, Dre and Joc in there! And, for sure Yas!

  76. griz says:

    Winning road trip!!! I was apprehensive when this trip started, but the Dodgers went 6-4 and are headed home with a 2.5 game lead. As they are right now, I still don’t think they are a top tier team, but one way or another changes are coming.

  77. JhallWally says:

    The Dodgers should rid themselves of Puig. Get what you can while the price is reletively high.. He is a cancer. A total prima donna asshole…

  78. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Bring on the Mets!!!!!!!!!!

  79. griz says:

    I’m 50-50 on Puig, I guess you could say. Part of the time I think patience is needed because of his youth, coming from a different culture blah, blah, and the rest of the time I think like Jhall and tru.
    I really do not think Gonzalez is going to baby (emphasis on baby) sit him and why should he. You’d think he would start to get it by now. In the end, I think because he has so much talent we’ll probably have him for a couple of more years and we’ll have to hope for the best.

    • The Beav says:

      Puig has a wealth of talent, and an even bonier bonehead than Kemp. Here again though is another instance where the current coaching staff has no clue how to bring forth and harness all of his potential. I don’t think he’ll ever put up the numbers Kemp did in 2011, but he’s certainly capable of 75% of it.

      As for these all RH line-ups, I’m beginning to think the FO has a lot of input, but its hard to say. Those line-ups seem metrics driven, but then again, its something Donnie did before with Nedtrics.

      If any of the line-ups are FO metrics driven, it would explain why Donnie’s still around – he puts up with the meddling and cows to their wishes as the quintessential yes man.

      I guess that means then we don’t have to worry about Scioscia becoming manager anytime soon.

  80. zonadodger says:

    LTNS Folks….Dodgers signed Cahill?????lol…..AAA bound i’m hoping…You all take care until next time

  81. lbirken says:

    While I think Puig has a lot of talent and ability, I no longer can accept the excuse of his age or heritage for whatever deficiencies he may have. He has to take responsibility for his own desire to improve. My guess is the coaching staff has tried to get through to him and maybe Puig has been receptive, maybe not. Perhaps his teammates have tried and have given up on trying to help if that help is not wanted. If the Dodgers can get some quality pitching for him they would have to seriously consider such a deal.

  82. griz says:

    League has been dfa. Apparently never regained his fastball.

  83. oldbrooklynfan says:

    It’s time to bring on the Mets

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