August 24, 2011
I have been too busy the last few days to keep up with the Dodgers. Instead of hearing about Navarro being DFA’d when it happened, I just found out about it after midnight. It is bad enough to get canned because you suck, but to be shown the door due to “philosophical differences” including lack of hustle and being unprepared is really embarrassing.
This Day in Dodgers History
August 24, 1960 – During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over I’ll count to three, and on three everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”.
July 20, 2011
Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 shutout innings Wednesday, getting 12 strikeouts and retiring 25 out of 29 batters as the Dodgers defeated the Giants 1-0. Tim Lincecum also pitched good allowing only a 7th inning solo home run by Dioner Navarro. This reminds me of the Dodgers teams of the early 1960’s that depended on great pitching and had to scratch for runs.
From May 1, 1961 until June 1, 1966, Sandy Koufax pitched ten games in which the final score was Dodgers 1, other team 0. All games were complete game shutouts except for one in which Sandy got a little help from Ron Perranoski.
Time will tell whether Kershaw will continue to put up those kind of numbers, but at the same stage of their careers, Kershaw is way ahead of where Koufax was at the same age.
Colletti Cans Coach
Ned Colletti fired Dodger Hitting Coach Jeff Pentland following Tuesday’s game. He cited a lack of focus by the team’s struggling offense as reported by Tony Jackson in his ESPN Los Angeles blog. Colletti said he wanted to send a message to the players. I’m afraid that the only message he has succeeded in sending was for a player to get out of LA as soon as they hit free agency.
After Wednesday’s 1-0 victory in which the Dodgers were 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position on the first day new Hitting Coach Dave Hansen was in charge, Jackson tweeted:
A Dodgers position player who shall go nameless, as we entered clubhouse after game: `Well, that change of hitting coaches worked out well.’”
Way to help the team morale, Ned.
July 18, 2011
Since its on everyone’s mind – who do we root for this series? On the one hand, how can you ever root for the Gnats? On the other hand, we know what Ned’s thinking. A three game sweep by the Gnats almost assuredly means Ned at least won’t be a buyer at the trade deadline. A three game sweep by our boys in blue would almost certainly mean Ned will trade the farm, or what’s left of it. I’m of the opinion even winning two will encourage Ned into thinking he can find the right piece(s) to make a run, even though we’ve already lost a game in the standings since the all-star break, which flies in the face of Ned’s “if we can make up one game a week” scenario.
Billingsley may make the decision easier. He’s been pitching well of late, but not so coincidentally it was with A.J. Ellis behind the plate. Now that A.J. is back in the desert and its Barajas/Navarro, will Billz revert back?
Who will you be pulling for this series?