For those of you who came here after Dem Bums was shut down, the new blog in town is Superbas at http://superbasblog.wordpress.com created by crash24now to keep the conversation going. He did a great job with his posts to Outside the Dodgers and Dem Bums in the Blue Toybox. Now it’s time for him to be in charge of his own WP blog. Good luck crash!
What happened to Dem bums? It has disappeared.
Everyone is welcome to return to Outside the Dodgers if you wish to have the news and Twitter feeds and other resources available. Or you can build up the new site, http://superbasblog.wordpress.com Crash. Either way, Dodgers fans will have an uncensored voice.
Thanks to Crash for doing most of the posts to OTD before everyone left and for creating a new site. OTD will become essentially his site if he wants to use it. I have no desire to create daily posts.
I made a mistake in giving everyone full editing privileges where anybody could delete anything and I suspect that those disappearing posts may have been an inside job. Nothing else makes sense.
The Dodgers start their weekend series with the Mets with Clayton Kershaw on the mound. This is the first time that Kershaw has pitched after losing three straight. While not close to his record season last year, Kershaw has pitched much better than his record indicates.
With the International Signing Season now open, the Dodgers wasted no time stocking their farm system with a lot of talent some countries in and around the Caribbean Sea. In addition, since the Dodgers and blew through their international signing bonus, they have sold their international bonus slots to other teams in return for prospects.
The folks in Texas are a friendly bunch. You can ask Enchanted and vl4eccjr.
Maybe they won’t be as friendly after a two game sweep by the boys in blue. The schedule for the next four games is weird. The Dodgers play the Rangers in Arlington Monday and Tuesday, then both teams fly to Los Angeles for a two game series on Wednesday and Thursday at Dodger Stadium. I don’t remember a back to back series against the same team in each other’s stadium, other than to make up for a rainout or in the post-season.
The Dodgers flight from San Diego to DFW* experienced a malfunction and had to divert to LAX. Airline travel is extremely safe, if you go by the miles per accident stats, but planes do go down occasionally. I shudder to think of the disaster that would occur if a MLB team plane were to crash. Though nobody likes to think about it, there is a contingency plan in place if the unthinkable were to happen. Scott’s father, Andy Van Slyke, teamed up with longtime St. Louis baseball writer Rob Rains to write “The Curse”, a novel whose premise revolves around the Cubs suffering a tragedy in which 23 members of the team lose their lives.
*Located roughly halfway between the major cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, DFW spills across portions of Dallas and Tarrant counties, and includes portions of the cities of Irving, Euless, Grapevine and Coppell. It has its own post office ZIP code and United States Postal Service city designation “DFW Airport, TX”.
Coming home after a disappointing road trip, where the team won three, but lost four games, the Dodgers play a weekend series against the league leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Splitting the series with the cellar dwelling Rockies is not a good sign. They should have swept Colorado, or at least won three games.
Not having Kenley Jansen last night really hurt, and it threw unwanted light on the inability of the bullpen to perform in an important save situation. The team was vague when asked about his absence. Dismissing speculation about about another episode of atrial fibrillation, the latest word was that he suffered from dehydration. To me, that sounds like an excuse to cover up something else.
Tonight Carlos Frias goes up against Michael Wacha. This four game series will be an opportunity to see if the Dodgers have a realistic chance of beating St. Louis in the post-season.
While blue is the color of their name on their uniform, the Dodgers have their work cut out for them to prevent that color from describing their mood after their visit to St. Louis. The boys in blue limp into the river city atop the NL West, but down to a half game lead over San Francisco. The Cardinals with the best record in MLB, lead the Central division by 5.5 games.
Going up against the Cards without Kershaw and Grienke will test the Dodger’s mettle. They will have to be at their best to win this series.