Beachy Experiment Take Two


With the three game series in Atlanta comes the second Dodgers start by pitcher Brandon Beachy.  His first did not go too well, but it was not a complete disaster either.  He threw 78 pitches in four innings against the Brewers, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out two.  Not good.  But not terrible enough for the Dodgers to give up on him.  So today he gets another try at it, this time against his former team, the Atlanta Braves.


123 Responses to Beachy Experiment Take Two

  1. crash24now says:

    Carl Crawford on deck…

  2. kahliforni says:

    Greinke’s run of zeroes surely will result in a huge contract for him…Dodgers or no Dodgers. Does Friedman really want to let Greinke opt out and test free agency again? I wonder if Greinke would sign an extension, if offered.

    • crash24now says:

      Greinke is putting the pressure on Friedman. If the Dodgers are really serious about winning a World Series, I don’t see how they let Greinke go elsewhere in 2016.

  3. crash24now says:


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

  4. lbirken says:

    Wow, Grandal gets hit in the face and has to leave the game and A.J. Ellis ends up on the DL.

    As for Harper’s comments, I would file them in the who cares bin. He was frustrated and when he thinks about what he said, he will realize it was not the smartest thing to say. I like Harper and the way he plays the game and this does not change that for me.

    • crash24now says:

      Barnes will likely be the backup catcher next year. AJ seems more likely to be a coach or minor league manager next year rather than a player. Then the question has to be who is next on the catcher depth list after Barnes.

      I think Harper was just p.o.’d about the strike zone. A-Gon also was not happy about the strike zone yesterday, it was wider than usual.

      • The Beav says:

        I think AJ would make a good manager. I’ve always felt catchers make the best managers. I’d hire him right now as Donnie’s replacement next year. I know he’d do a better job.

  5. crash24now says:

    Who gets moved off the 25-man roster tomorrow when Crawford is back?

    a) Puig
    b) Hernandez
    c) Van Slyke
    d) Callaspo
    e) Guerrero

    I’m guessing that it’s Hernandez. However, that leaves the Dodgers without a decent shortstop backup.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Buh Bye, Guerrero…

      • Dodger4life says:

        If they are going to field the best 25 guys…Guerrero wouldn’t be one of them.

        • crash24now says:

          His monthly splits are eye-opening – OPS by month:

          April 1.505 in 28 PA’s(plate appearances)
          May 0.774 in 71 PA
          June 0.551 in 52 PA
          July 0.000 in 14 PA

          Not to mention he sucks in left field and they won’t even play him at third base any more.

          • Dodger4life says:

            He is owed just under $12 million….$1.7M this year, $5M next year and $5M the following year. If he won’t accept a minor league assignment. I say he’s gone?

  6. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I can’t help but look ahead to the Mets’ series. Where I’ll be there in person. I hope the Dodgers keep up the good work until we get there.

  7. trublu4ever says:

    Beachy sucks! Enough with the experiment!

  8. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Amazing that Turner is the Dodgers’ only .300 hitter.

  9. trublu4ever says:

    Fudging unbelievable!

  10. oldbrooklynfan says:

    That was nice.

  11. The Beav says:

    I admire Beachy for hanging in after 2 TJs, but he has no business being in the starting rotation ahead of Lee, De Leon, or even Stults, let alone starting for a team trying to win their division.

  12. trublu4ever says:


  13. trublu4ever says:

    Puig is a stupid man!

  14. messagebear says:

    Peralta hasn’t done much for us this season either, but then he’s a Friedman selection. And yes, I agree – why do we have this experiment with Beachy before we at least give Lee a chance. Prospects with lesser records have been up as spot starters, so what’s Lee done or not done to be stuck where he’s at?

  15. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Shouldn’t’ve sent Gonzalez home.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Bundy has to go! He is useless!

  17. kahliforni says:

    Bullpen really is crummy….

  18. lbirken says:

    I think even management might agree that using Beachy is an experiment but then again, why sign him in the first place if they didn’t think (or hope) he could help the team. Without all the injuries to projected starters, would he have ever been given an opportunity to start a game? But all of this does raise a legitimate question about how this management group feels about Lee.

  19. The Beav says:

    Other than Jansen and Howell and maybe Baez, the entire bullpen needs to be overhauled. Its as bad or worse than last years. The way Peralta is pitching, could League possibly have been worse? OK, so the answer may be yes to that, but there’s no way with only 3 starters, virtually no bull pen, and 2 crappy hitting OFers that this team does anything in the playoffs should they survive the season to get there.

    I was always an admirer of Friedman’s with TB, but this team hasn’t been and isn’t any better than any of Ned’s less than whole teams, and its a helluva lot more boring to watch.

    Read this post quickly. It will self destruct in 5 seconds.

  20. griz says:

    Beachy may be helpful in the future after the rust gets knocked off, but I don’t think he has enough time to do much this year. Maybe in the future, meanwhile, we need a starter and reliever.

  21. lbirken says:

    I have to agree with Beav about the bullpen.

  22. JhallWally says:

    Puig and Rollins suck.. 8 LOB. Start your second half upgrade there… Then fix the bullpen… So far, I am not impressed with FAZ!!!

  23. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Talk about SHW games, last night’s game could’ve been won if they would’ve stopped AGon at third but I guess would’ve, could’ve should’ve doesn’t help, but the Giants loss came in handy.

  24. crash24now says:

    How can Bundy not know that A-Gon is as slow as a turtle? Yes, it took a perfect throw to get him, but you don’t take that kind of chance when you are down three runs in late innings. Especially with no outs!

  25. Dodger4life says:

    As you all know I’ve been getting sick quite a bit this summer. At first I thought it was the flu, then food poisoning. The pain became unbearable in my stomach and just wouldn’t go away. So, I finally broke down and went to the Dr. They took some blood and found that my Liver Enzymes were elevated. The nurse said that her father passed away from this. Which scared me a tad, mainly due to my excessive drinking in the past (Albeit, I have been completely sober since Valentine’s Day this year). To be honest though, I’m rather surprised I haven’t keeled over from an alcohol overdose already. I would just chug shot of whiskey, after shot of whiskey, usually until 2am. One bar owner claimed I was the only patron he ever had that could come in with a $100 bill and leave with a $100 tab.
    They ran some more test and ruled out alcoholic liver, which was a big relief to hear. Anyhow, the visit to the Dr, sure put things in a different perspective and I think about this when I get the notion to have just one beer, but this isn’t often as I don’t miss it much. They think I may have some gallstone blockage now… I’m on my way now to have another test run. All that drinking sure seems wasteful in hindsight… Now, I just need to work on that herbal supplement thingy…(I’ve been sober since March on this front, mainly due to the COPD), but If Cheech and Chong came strolling by…I’d probably smile 🙂

  26. griz says:

    Cheech and Chong are a bad influence. Better to go the brownie route and listen to the Docs. And hang in there.

    • Dodger4life says:

      Thanks everyone…They poked me like I was the Pillsbury Dough Boy…The ultrasound wasn’t picking anything up. The two specialist were cute though 🙂 Find out more tomorrow. Yeah, brownies sound good griz, but making them is a lot of work. Cheech and Chong come fully prepared. Although, I got rid of the Cheech’s and Chongsie’s…They were too flakey and unreliable. When I came back from Utah they forgot to pick me up at the bus station. Cost me more money for a cab ride home then the Greyhound did. There was a reason I took Greyhound, although, I changed my plan of attack before arriving at the station…good thing too. Greyhound searched me and my bag. They searched two people out of about 150. Me and some dude with full body tat’s.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    And, here’s the lineup our fearless leader came up with for the game today:


    • Dodger4life says:

      What no Guerrero?

      • Dodger4life says:

        I see they bought some time with Beechy and Guilmet…

        • crash24now says:

          Moved the decision time to Saturday when they will presumably bring up Zach Lee for his first Dodger start. Then they will need to make the move on one of the position players – Guerrero, Hernandez, Van Slyke, Puig, or Callaspo?

          • Dodger4life says:

            Guerrero needs to go down to the minors and learn how to play a position successfully. His bat is just wilting on the bench. Plus the opposing pitchers are making him work harder now to obtain hits in the first place. He’s a man without a country , place to go at the moment.

          • Dodger4life says:

            I thought a player had to wait 10 days before being recalled, unless there was an injury on the 25 man? Saturday will be the 7th day?
            According to Major League Rule 11(b)(1), a player who is optioned to the Minor Leagues cannot be recalled until 10 days after he reports to the farm club.

            There are three exceptions to the general rule.

            First, if a team, after optioning a player, places someone else on the disabled list or bereavement list before 10 days have elapsed, the team can (with the Commissioner’s approval) bring the optioned player back before that 10-day waiting period expires.

            Second, if the club to which the player is optioned has its season — including any playoffs — conclude before the 10 days elapse, the player can come back to the big leagues at that point.

            Third, if the player is traded during the 10-day period, the team that acquires him may put him on its active big-league roster right away.

          • crash24now says:

            It’s part of the new 26-man roster rule for double headers that went into effect beginning in 2012.

            “If a player is recalled as the “26th man” and is optioned back to the minors the next day, the “10-day rule” clock (prohibiting a player from being recalled until he has spent at least ten days on Optional Assignment, unless he is replacing a player who is placed on the DL or other MLB inactive list) does not start over again. However many days toward ten that the player spent on Optional Assignment prior to being recalled as the “26th man” counts.”

          • Dodger4life says:

            Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I read that just the other day too (short term memory might not be overrated after all!) …Thanks crash 🙂

  28. crash24now says:

    We could really use a win tonight. The Giants are only 3 1/2 games back, and they have won six of their last seven.

  29. crash24now says:

    Way to go Justin Turner!

  30. trublu4ever says:


    • crash24now says:

      He helped the Braves manufacture a couple of runs.

      Where is Corey Seager when we need him? Oh yeah, he’s sick.

  31. Dodger4life says:

    Hanley’s Juan, would of huffed and puffed his way to a triple…

  32. crash24now says:

    Puig finally woke from a deep slumber or what?

  33. crash24now says:

    Fuckin’ Puig killed the rally [channeling Steve Lyons].

  34. Dodger4life says:

    I’ve seen Ostriches that were more graceful than Anderson…of course it wasn’t fielding a baseball, it was just outrunning a cop car.

  35. crash24now says:

    Any injury to his leg/ankle will forestall injury to his arm? Or will it screw up what little rhythym he had and he will hurt his arm next time out?

  36. crash24now says:

    If McCourt still owned the Dodgers, Ned would be trading for Hendrickson (Lurch), Bombko, and Loaiza.

  37. Dodger4life says:

    After doubling to the wall, Chin-hui Tsao will now change his name to Chin-hui Ethier.

  38. Dodger4life says:

    With Anderson down is Honeycutt next on the list of available starters? His current facial expression is what you’d expect from someone who has just been asked to pull off the impossible…

  39. The Beav says:

    Playing about how I’ve come to expect a Mattingly team to play.

  40. Dodger4life says:

    Juan Uribe drives in a run with the Bermuda Triangle blooper.

  41. messagebear says:

    Could it be that Pederson needs to go and put his head back together at Oklahoma City?
    Should we have traded Guerrero a couple of months back when he had value?
    Aside from Kershaw and Greinke this team pretty much SUCKS.
    Who could have expected that from this vaunted front office?
    Who would expect that any trades they make now will be any better?

  42. kahliforni says:

    Watching Uribe bat, I’m left with the pathetic conclusion that, in about a month, the Braves have Uribe stepping directly toward the pitcher on his swing…unlike his famous “stepping-in-the-bucket” Dodger swing. Do Dodger coaches have video…do they even watch the game?????

  43. Dodger4life says:

    Anyone else get the feeling that by the time September rolls around this team won’t even be able to defeat their division rivals?

    • The Beav says:

      I’m starting to think the best thing that could happen to this team is failing to make the playoffs. Perhaps we’d at least get a change in the dugout. Its not for lack of talent this team sucks.

      • Dodger4life says:

        This organization has made a glut of changes, yet the demeanor of the ballclub is still ho-hum, ho-hum…

  44. The Beav says:

    Way to battle in the 9th. Really showed what this team is made of.

  45. koufax1963 says:

    I feel like the dodgers got bushwhacked! better tomorrow?

    • messagebear says:

      This team behind the front office and managed by Mattingly is
      bush, and that’s why it gets whacked.

  46. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Look out for the brooms.

  47. trublu4ever says:

    I have nothing to say! Yes, I do….pathetic!

  48. griz says:

    In days of yore the Brave had two dependable pitchers and it was:
    “Spahn and Sain and two days of rain.” That was when there were four man rotations and pitchers went deep into the game.


    I have not come up with anything that rhymes with Kershaw and Greinke and three days off.
    The front office is going to come up with something. It’ll be a matter of what they have to give up to get it. Other teams might try to bargain a little tougher now.

  49. messagebear says:

    I’m hoping for a sweep.
    Maybe some outright humiliation will let these Guggenheims know that they need to change their approach.
    Starting with getting rid of Mattingly.
    Recognizing that sabermetrics doesn’t work in all situations – you still have to recognize talent and then develop it at the lower levels.
    Recognizing that small market success doesn’t always translate into managing a big market plus payroll and the inflated personalities that come with that.

  50. JhallWally says:

    Totally unacceptable performance… The defense let us down… If any of you out there think this is a serious WS contender, I would like to be smoking what you are.. This group is pathetic…. Alot will need to change in the next few weeks for this team to be a serious contender for a WS title…. They suck from the front office on down.. And, especially the on field manager….

  51. oldbrooklynfan says:

    I got up an hour earlier today, so I can get things done before the game starts. Here’s hoping the Dodgers can avoid the sweep.

  52. crash24now says:

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

  53. Dodger4life says:

    I misjudged the clock and the time difference…turns out the game has already started.

  54. trublu4ever says:

    Good news…..they haven’t scored on us…..Bad news…..we haven’t hit a lick so far!

  55. crash24now says:

    Should we just realign the lineup based on recent success getting on base? Then it would look like:


    and the 6/7/8 spots don’t matter, because we don’t have any other competent hitters.

  56. crash24now says:

    I’m looking forward to a bullpen game on Sunday (not!).

    As badly as this team is playing, any July trades need to help the team in 2016. How could they possibly think about going deep in the playoffs with half an offense (see above), half a starting rotation (Kershaw and Greinke) and half a bullpen (Jansen and Howell)?

  57. crash24now says:

    Wow! Collapse-o got an RBI! That’s his fifth in 38 games!

  58. crash24now says:

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Rollins with the RBI double!

  59. crash24now says:

    What? Joc Pederson got an RBI single? I was told that he only walks, strikes out, or hits a home run.

  60. crash24now says:

    Still need three more runs to win this game and avoid the sweep.

  61. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Nice shutdown inning.

  62. crash24now says:

    Six great innings by Bolsinger. Now I suppose Donnie will take him out and hand the ball to the [shudder] bullpen.

  63. Dodger4life says:

    Callaspo hasn’t been too bad. He’s been much better than Figgins, Cruz or Guerrero…

    Someone needs to tell Rollins it’s time to hang up the spikes, instead of you’re hitting too many fly-balls!

  64. koufax1963 says:

    whether we win this game or not, I feel this month the Dodgers will be out of First place. Just waiting on that deal for pitching.

  65. crash24now says:

    Why, why, why, why is Nicasio pitching in the eighth inning?

  66. crash24now says:

    Nicasio got the Terd out. 🙂

  67. crash24now says:

    Should we count this as just another Rehab game for Crawford?

    I guess he won’t be taking too much playing time away from Every Day Dre.

  68. trublu4ever says:


  69. crash24now says:

    Kenley gets it done! We win!

    Not excited about the Saturday/Sunday games.

  70. koufax1963 says:

    Good to get the W, but this club needs help. Lost 2 games in standings this week alone. Yea I know the gnats are playing lesser teams, and they will play those better teams, but this rotation is not sustainable. There are some starters that need to step up.
    If we would have lost this game and Lasorda was managing in his prime, all the tables that didnt have food on them would be toppled.

  71. oldbrooklynfan says:

    Big Win.

  72. The Beav says:

    They’ve already won as many games as I thought they would the whole trip, so any win Kersh and Greinke can come up with is a plus.

    Increased success through lowered expectations…

  73. griz says:

    Needed that from Bolsinger. Good job.

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