Second Half


Second Half Thoughts

1.  The season is already more than half over, as the Dodgers have already played 90 games (51-39!  woo hoo!), not just 81 games.

2.  The Pederson family.  Joc’s dad, Stu Pederson, got a cup of coffee (maybe two cups) with the Dodgers in 1985.  He got into eight games, played eight innings in the outfield, and never got a hit in five plate appearances.  He did register an RBI, however, with a sacrifice fly.  Joc’s brother, Champ, is actually Joc’s oldest brother.  Joc has another older brother, Tyger, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2013.  Tyger played in the Arizona League in 2013, then for an independent team in 2014.

3.  Trade Potentials?   The Dodgers need at least one more good starting pitcher that will ensure their entry into the playoffs, as well as their successful movement through the playoffs and into the World Series.  Keep in mind that Brett Anderson last pitched 175 innings in his first season (2009) at age 21.  In all of his career since then, he has not broken 113 innings.  He’s got 108 innings so far in 2015.  Starting pitchers that may be available at or near the July 31 trade deadline include Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto, among others.

4.  The good:  Greinke has been great.  Justin Turner is hitting well.  Andre Ethier is arguably the Comeback Player of the Year.  Joc Pederson has proven how important it is to have a real center fielder on defense.  Plus, those dingers.  Adrian Gonzalez has shown why the Dodgers made a big trade with the Red Sox.  Remember James Loney and his .764 OPS?  Yeah.

5.  The bad:  Jimmy Rollins is still barely above the Mendoza Line.

6.  The sad:  Yasiel Puig misses his buddies, Juan Uribe and Hyun Jin Ryu.  Does that affect his play?  Who knows?


54 Responses to Second Half

  1. crash24now says:

    Baseball will finally be back in session tomorrow afternoon at 4:05pm PDT. Dodgers at the Nationals.

  2. crash24now says:

    There will be lots of competition in trading for starting pitchers. For example, the Astros are interested in Cueto and Samardzija.

    • The Beav says:

      To be honest, with Mattingly as manager and this group of underachieving ballplayers, I wouldn’t give away the farm for any frontline starters. Its not going to matter anyway.

  3. crash24now says:

    An addendum to second half thoughts: Carl Crawford is still in rehab, playing today with the Oklahoma City team. He’s hitting .389 with OKC through five games so far.

  4. kahliforni says:

    Add Hanley to the list of departed Puig buddies.

  5. koufax1963 says:

    And I think the Bull pen woes need to be acknowledged.
    Yes a front line starter and a a relief bridge to Jansen is required.

  6. crash24now says:

    Dodgers batters sorted by OPS. Includes all current Dodgers with more than 50 at bats.

    .927 Grandal
    .915 Turner
    .875 Gonzalez
    .853 Ethier
    .851 Pederson
    .771 Puig
    .763 Van Slyke
    .762 Guerrero
    .761 Hernandez
    .758 Kendrick
    .667 Ellis
    .666 Callaspo
    .604 Rollins

    • nedisajerk says:

      lol you did have McCarthy on that WHIP list since he not current no more and on the DL and lose for the season so it make since to used Crawford and has exactly at 50 PA”s with a .669 but you did say current.

  7. crash24now says:

    Dodgers pitchers sorted by WHIP. Includes all current Dodgers with more than 15 innings pitched.

    0.554 Jansen
    0.843 Greinke
    1.024 Kershaw
    1.098 Garcia
    1.119 Baez
    1.130 Howell
    1.160 Liberatore
    1.217 McCarthy
    1.247 Bolsinger
    1.405 Nicasio
    1.550 Frias
    1.582 Hatcher

  8. crash24now says:

    So add Grandal and Jansen to “the good” list.

    Add Frias and Hatcher to “the bad” list.

  9. JhallWally says:

    Please trade Puig… Get what you can while his value is still high…He is going to underachieve and self destruct.. Please, Please, Please unload him while you can…

    He is the proverbial “Village Idiot”.

  10. griz says:

    I suspect Jhall is right, but I think he is with for at least a couple more seasons.
    As with the last trip, I’ll be very interested in the standings when it’s over.

    • crash24now says:

      Good point Griz. Dodgers have a tough ten game road trip, while the G’nats have three sub-500 teams during the same time frame.

  11. crash24now says:

    Lineup against the Nationals

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

  12. lbirken says:

    After a few days with no meaningful baseball games, time to get back to it. As much as I love baseball, the season is too long and while players and coaches will not say it, I do think it affects play. I know the season has been the same number of games for many years but the trend the past 5-10 years of altering game times for TV or other reasons and all the difficult travel as a result has to take a toll on the players. And then I see baseball is considering expansion? There do not seem to be enough quality players now; what would it be like if there were more teams? And how would adding teams affect the schedule? I doubt the season will be shortened unless the loss revenue could be made up to the owners.

  13. griz says:

    I was watching some commentary about the Astros on ESPN this morning and heard how They live and die by the home run, can’t play small ball, do not hit with RISP, and they need to make a deal for another starter. Sounded so familiar, I had to keep checking to be sure they were not talking about our guys.

  14. crash24now says:

    Carl Crawford will likely be activated on Monday (his 20 day rehab time period ends Sunday).

  15. The Beav says:

    I easily see a 3-7 road trip. 1 win in each city.

  16. Dodger4life says:

    I’m guessing Bolsinger is hurting….Grandal set up outside about 6 times and all but one pitch was off the plate on the inside.

  17. Dodger4life says:

    Pop! Pop! Pop-Pop-Pop! Pop-Pop-Pop-Pop-Pop!
    AGon with a 2 run Blast!!

  18. Dodger4life says:

    Bolsinger ain’t even in the vicinity of Grandal’s target

  19. Dodger4life says:

    By the way crash…I enjoyed reading the intro to this thread…

  20. trublu4ever says:

    And, we are back!

  21. lbirken says:

    What will happen next to the Dodgers? They have had issues with rain (even at home), snow, cold weather, power failure (twice), mechanical issues with a plane and who knows what else. Wow?

  22. lbirken says:

    Watching Giants-D’backs on TV and it is raining. I guess no one thought to close the roof.

  23. crash24now says:

    How did you manage to make a comment at 5:48pm that shows up after birk’s comment of 9:52pm? The time gremlins have followed us from ITD! Yikes!

    • Dodger4life says:

      It is a reply to one of my comments that I deleted myself. When I deleted the original comment, the reply, which remained, shifted to the bottom of the thread at that time, but kept it’s original time stamp. Where everyone else fits in after the fact, is beyond me??

      • Dodger4life says:

        Sorry I caused confusion…After I seen where the reply landed I just decided to leave it and see what else happened? I swear, I only delete my own comments. I am not the culprit to all the other disappearing comments.

        • crash24now says:

          No problem, D4Life. Do you think our powerful (ha-ha) offense will score any runs today?

          • Dodger4life says:

            We’d better! Were a run behind as it stands. I’m more focused on Kershaw and how he performs today. He’s been struggling at times gaining a good feel for his curveball. Public Enemy #1 needs to break loose!

            Call Me Crazy! Call Me Crazy! Call Me Crazy!

            I do think they’ll score on Fister, yes!

  24. crash24now says:

    Just go back to playing day games already.

  25. Dodger4life says:

    AGon’s dinger ties it up!

  26. koufax1963 says:

    Well this is not what I want happening. First we tie, than blow it on one pitch to a pinch hitter. Baez did good.
    Then I hear our draft pick that decided to stay, rather than go back to school, has to Have TJ surgery. What kinda of scouting goes on around this club?

  27. koufax1963 says:

    look at these comment way behind the time, I thought mine was deleted but its just burieds at the right time.

  28. lbirken says:

    Another tough loss on the road. It will be interesting to see how the team responds in the second game.

  29. koufax1963 says:

    Hate to see it, not afraid to say it: Joc is going down hill, time to send him to the fix it shop. last 25 or so AB, 5 Hits, 1 RBI 10 SOs!!
    and really need more than Agon has sole run scorer. CRAP!

  30. Dodger4life says:

    Kershaw seems to be throwing more curveballs today…they also seem to be breaking better and on target.

  31. lbirken says:

    Nothing comes easy but we get an important win with Kershaw looking really good. Now time for some rest and another game tomorrow.

  32. griz says:

    Is any lead ever really safe with this bull pen?

  33. oldbrooklynfan says:

    A fine time (for them) for the Giants to be on a winning streak. They keep cutting our first place lead. Just wondering what it’ll be tonight.

    • oldbrooklynfan says:

      WOW this comment belongs further down. For the minute I thought it didn’t print out and than I found it up here.

  34. trublu4ever says:

    I would like to take this time to thank the person at Word Press who completely ruined our blog…..thanks to you, we may not be here much longer……good job destroying our hangout!

  35. crash24now says:

    Thank you Scherzer for the wild pitch!

    (Since Puig couldn’t get the job done).

  36. crash24now says:

    I started a new post – the order of these comments is too much!

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