Day Off Musings

April 9, 2015

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Just some random thoughts on a Dodgers day off.

  • Too bad Adrian has the day off – he’s hot!
  • Good thing the starting rotation has the day off – Kershaw pitches again on Saturday!
  • Donnie should use the day off to reconsider his overuse of the bullpen.  Do what you did on Monday – one inning, one reliever.
  • Going to Arizona, where not only do we own the D-Backs (we were 15-4 against them in 2014), we own their pool!
  • Uribe finally got a hit.  Now Puig needs to get going.
  • Crawford is this year’s Hanley – all hit, no glove.

 

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Scoreboard Watching

September 5, 2014

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After Donnie mismanaged Wednesday’s game, the Dodgers find themselves just two games ahead of the Giants with twenty-two games left to play.  A big chunk (six of the 22) will be head-to-head matches with the Giants.  But this weekend, the Dodgers play the GM-less D-Backs while the Giants take on the Tigers in Detroit.  This difference in strength of schedule will hopefully advantage the Blue, and give us a chance to increase our divisional lead over the weekend.

So, will we be watching the scoreboard?  You betcha.  But the Dodgers need to take care of business on the field.  It won’t be easy, as the offense has been pathetic.  Yes, Justin Turner is still red-hot.  Carl Crawford is pulling his weight.  But Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig have gone stone cold at the top of the lineup.  Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez are not helping a lot.  Matt Kemp can help, but will Donnie put him in the lineup?  Meanwhile, Joc Pederson has misfired in his first three games, contributing five strikeouts in his first eight at bats.

As for the bullpen, an article by Dustin Nosler in yesterday’s Dodgers Digest pretty much sums it up.  http://dodgersdigest.com/2014/09/04/dodgers-bullpen-needs-saving-but-dont-expect-pedro-baez-to-do-it/  Our bullpen stalwarts are Kenley Jansen and JP Howell.  Other than that, the bullpen is weak.

With a little help from the Tigers, we may still win the division.  Another big determining factor in that success is the fact that Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start games against the Giants in both of our final head-to-head series against them.  But success in the playoffs looks gloomy given the offense and the bullpen.


First place Dodgers host Braves

July 29, 2014

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After that huge sweep of the Giants, our team returned to home base. With a day off to relax at home, the Dodgers should be healthy and ready to take on Atlanta.

To open the three game series, Josh Beckett goes up former Dodger Aaron Harang. Zack Greinke takes on Alex Wood on Tuesday, followed by Clayton Kershaw vs Julio Teheran on Wednesday.


A Giant Series

July 24, 2014

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This weekend series with the Giants could be a turning point for the season. After getting their butts kicked by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dodgers fell to 1.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants. After the game on Sunday, the Dodgers will be anywhere from 4.5 games behind, to 1.5 games ahead of the current divisional leader.

From Chris Haft’s article in mlb.com:
“The Dodgers aligned their post-All-Star-break rotation so their top three starters — Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu — would face San Francisco in this weekend’s series at AT&T Park. By contrast, Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s top priority was the first series after the break, which happened to be at Miami. He arranged the starters by pecking order, with All-Stars Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson receiving the first two starts, reflecting Bochy’s belief that, with some exceptions, no single game is bigger than another.”

Several articles indicate that the Dodgers would like to trade Matt Kemp, including one from Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal that includes this excerpt: Manager Don Mattingly and Kemp are at odds, sources say, in part because of Kemp’s publicly stated desire to return to center field. Informed recently by reporters that Kemp views himself as a center fielder, Mattingly said, “That’s fine. He can view himself however he wants. I’m playing him in left.”


Dodgers Look for NLCS Revenge

June 26, 2014

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With the Cardinals in town for a four game series, the Dodgers look to improve on their lifetime record of 1,047-1,078 against the Redbirds.  The Blue are throwing their best four starters, Josh Beckett, Hyun-jin Ryu, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw.

The last time the Dodgers played St. Louis, Clayton Kershaw performed like a mere shell of his current self (Game 6 of the NLCS).  This time, Kershaw has the momentum working in his favor, as he works to improve on his current streak of 21 scoreless innings.

Puig thought he hit a home run in Game 3 of the NLCS, but when the ball hit the wall, he had to turn on the hyper-drive to turn his hit into a triple.  We’ll be looking for more of this hyper-drive gear, not only from Puig, but also from Gordon.

Dee may or may not steal many bases off the stingy Yadier Molina, but look for the possibility of extra bases with every hit to the outfield.  Gordon has been on an extra base tear of late, as he has hit three of his league leading nine triples in the past nine games.


Last Place Phillies Coming to Town

April 21, 2014

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Hit me here, not there.  Hit me here, not there.  Hit me in the ribs, don’t go for the head.

Oh, those were the days.  The Phillies were a good team.  Now they are languishing.

 

Meanwhile, the outfield conundrum continues.  I assume that Cliff Lee will be facing three right-handed outfielders, by name of Kemp, Puig, and Van Slyke.  Scott Van Slyke has really raked against lefties, leaving little chance that either Ethier nor Crawford will be starting tonight.

Kershaw and Ellis are on the mend, but still won’t be back for a little bit.  So the Dodgers’ job this series is to take two or three from the Phillies, while the Giants and Rockies battle it out for second place.  San Diego visits the red-hot Brewers.  The Diamondbacks are already eight games down.


Dodgers Disability Update

April 8, 2014

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If it’s April, then it’s time to update the Dodgers DL.

 

On the DL

AJ Ellis – Surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.  Second time around for this meniscus.  Likely out until late May.

Clayton Kershaw – Back muscle tear, hopefully he will be back sometime in May.  The sooner the better, but make sure you are ready.

Chad Billingsley – Coming off a Tommy John surgery, he may be available in May, and boy, do we need him.  He could replace Paul Maholm in the starting rotation.

Onelki Garcia – He’s on the 60 day DL recovering from left elbow surgery.

Brian Wilson – Dead arm disease – he hopes to return by tax day.

Scott Elbert – Surgery on his left shoulder will likely keep him on the DL all of 2014, if not longer.

Josh Beckett – Recovered from losing a rib, now trying to stave off an ankle injury, he may move off the DL on Wednesday just in time to start against Detroit.

 

Off the DL

Matt Kemp – returned on Friday April 4th, hit two HRs on April 6th and hopefully he will stay of the DL for the remainder of 2014.

 

One foot in the DL

Yasiel Puig – Bonehead play sliding into first base has him sitting on the bench with a sore left thumb.

Drew Butera’s bat has been on the DL since 2007, which was the only year in professional baseball that he hit above .220.  And that was in AA ball.

Ned’s brain – Why else do we have Figgins on our bench?  At least we got rid of Baxter.