Day Off Musings

April 9, 2015



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.



Recap of the Worst Game of 2014 (So Far)

April 16, 2014


First, the good news:

  1. Juan Uribe scored both runs for the Dodgers.  He started the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning.  He later added a double and was pushed across the plate with Justin Turner’s single.  Uribe added a third hit, a single, later in the game.  Juan has been on a tear hitting-wise and has continued his stellar play defensively.  This game had me thinking that Uribe should be batting fifth, but then again, there was 2011-2012.
  2. Josh Beckett was able to survive a couple of major jams and actually pitched shutout ball for five innings despite walking five Giants.  He was definitely shaky, but much improved from his first start.  I’m actually looking forward to his third start.
  3. Matt Kemp hit his first single of the year!  Maybe this is a sign that he’s not pressing so hard, not trying to hit every ball out of the park.  Eventually, Mattingly will see the need to start Kemp in every game.  Later, Matt added a huge double, which may have been worthwhile, if only…

Now the bad news:

  1. The FedEx bunt.  It not only did not deliver, it took away a run by erasing Uribe just prior to the Matt Kemp double.  We could have seen Uribe scoring all three runs and won the game.  I can’t wait for AJ to return.  The FedEx/Butera platoon works on defense, but it sure puts a hole in the lineup.
  2. Chris Withrow let a run score on him, just after the team showed confidence in him by sending Paco to AAA rather than Withrow.  Of course, this was just the first time that he allowed a run this year, unlike…
  3. Kenley Jansen blew yet another save.  Dodger fans far and wide must be wondering just what is going on here.
  4. Andre Ethier was unable to convert a scoring opportunity directly after Yasiel Puig hit a one-out triple.  Ethier left him on third base with a strikeout, when “Not Every Day Dre” could have scored him with an ordinary fly ball.
  5. The non-appearance of Brian Wilson.  Of course, this is completely on Don Mattingly.  It looked like Mattingly was holding the Beard back for a possible save situation.  To me, it appeared that Mattingly was playing the extra innings just to lose the game when he inserted…
  6. Brandon League.  Why is he even still a Dodger?  When will Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten wake up, recognize the sunken costs and abject failure of the League contract, and designate him for assignment (DFA)?

Losing the first game of this Giants series after it had seemed we would win is especially troubling due to the fact that Paul Maholm is starting for us tonight.  That makes it doubly difficult to come out of San Francisco with a series victory.


He’s In But He’s Out

July 3, 2012

Gordon SS

Ellis C

Abreu LF

Rivera RF

Kennedy 2B

Loney 1B

Uribe 3B  CRUZ 3B

Gwynn CF

Capuano P


Uribe was in the lineup, but now has been scratched.  Not that it really makes any difference.  Capuano will likely pitch well, but with zero to one runs from the offense, he will be set up for another loss.

Watch out for snakes!

May 14, 2012

It is spring and rattlesnakes are once again active in California.  If you venture outdoors, keep in mind a few safety tips:

  • Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas. Wear hiking boots.
  • When hiking, stick to well-used trails and wear over- boots and loose-fitting long pants. Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day.
  • Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark. Step ON logs and rocks, never over them, and be especially careful when climbing rocks or gathering firewood. Check out stumps or logs before sitting down, and shake out sleeping bags before use.

RotoRooter may charge a little extra to clear this blockage!

Though the most common rattlesnake in the Los Angeles area is the  Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus helleri ) , a cousin of theirs, the Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) is now in town in the form of their baseball team namesake.

Clayton Kershaw takes to the mound for the opening game of the series with the D’Backs.

Matt Kemp was scheduled for an MRI to check how much damage there is to his hamstring.  He needs to end his consecutive game streak and rest for a few days to make sure he does not reinjure it. His personal desire to keep the streak going is not the potential risk of him being lost to the team for several months.

With Kemp slumping, it is fortunate that A.J. Ellis, Bobby Abreu and even Juan Uribe have contributed offensively lately.

Dodgers Play Doubleheader Today…Maybe

September 8, 2011

With Wednesday’s game being cancelled, then uncancelled, then finally cancelled again on account of rain, the Dodgers and Nationals will play a traditional doubleheader today, weather permitting.  And with a 50% chance of rain today at game time, that is a big PERMITTING.

Game 1 will begin at 10:05 a.m. PT. The second game will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The probable starters for the Dodgers are Dana Eveland in Game 1 and Chad Billingsley in the nightcap.

Third baseman Juan Uribe underwent surgery to repair a left sports hernia Wednesday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Craig Smith, and Uribe will be able to start rehab within the next two weeks.

Sports hernia symptoms include groin pain along the low abdomen where the abdominal muscles connect with the pelvis and leg. Unlike a true hernia, there is no bulging. A sports hernia is a tear or weakness in these muscles.

Unlike most sports injuries that can be diagnosed easily, there are no diagnostic tests to detect a sports hernia. A misdiagnosis by a doctor unfamiliar with sports hernia symptoms can lead to chronic groin pain and unnecessary delay in returning to athletic competition. It is best diagnosed by a specialist familiar with sports hernia who treats athletes with groin pain on a regular basis.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 8, 1955 – The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead makes it the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.

Who are these guys?

September 3, 2011

Yesterday, I left my house in Camarillo to head over to Oxnard where I get a better price on a smog check for my truck.  I flipped on AM 1450 KVEN, part of the Dodger Radio Network and recently changed from “The Boomer” baby boomer demographics programming to being part of the ESPN radio group.  I was just in time to hear the dulcet tones of Charlie Steiner describing the Braves three run rally in the second inning.

I got to Oxnard only to find that my usual place had recently changed from a “Test Only” to a test and repair station and could not test my truck until a month from now.  The proprietor recommended a couple of other places I could go to but by the time I got there, they were closed.  For some reason, Saviers Road in Oxnard is filled with Smog Check places and I was able to find one and negotiate a better price.

By the time I was finished and headed home, the score was 5-0 Atlanta.  I turned off the radio figuring that the Dodgers, who came to Atlanta winning nine of their last ten games, had run into a buzz saw of the number two team of the league.  I went home and tried to register my car online only to find that the smog certificate filed electronically from the shop to the DMV in Sacramento had not yet reached the registration web page.  Oh well, I will sort it out later.

I flipped on the TV and fired up my laptop computer to check on the latest OTD comments and was shocked that the Dodgers were AHEAD 8 to 5.  Could it be that the formerly anemic bats that the Dodgers displayed when playing better teams were suddenly energized by their recent success against the Rockies and Padres?

The Dodgers are literally a different team than they were three months ago.  PVLs like Raphael Furcal, Juan Uribe as well as a couple of stiffs named Thames and Gibbons are nowhere to be found.  Juan Rivera has been a pleasant surprise and a clutch hitter since he was cast off from the Blue Jays.  Aaron Miles continues to provide some nice at bats and the solid play of newcomers Justin Sellers and Dee Gordon have contributed to the Dodgers recent success.  Of course Matt Kemp’s career year performance and the resurgence of James Loney and Andre Ethier have rounded out the newly powerful Dodgers.

Let’s hope they can keep their winning ways.  EnchantedTheBeav thought that Blake Hawksworth’s older sister brought us good luck and wanted her back today.  What can I say?  I created this blog for the crazy bunch of regulars that have found a home here away from the scripted marketing hype of that other place.  You asked for her… you got her.  I guess you really like her great smile.

Erin Hawksworth

Erin Hawksworth Displays Her Great Smile

This Day in Dodgers History

September 3, 1917 – Phillies hurler Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of doubleheader as Philadelphia sweeps the Dodgers, 5-0 and 9-3.

Worst of the Worst?

July 30, 2011

Recently, I posted a quick Top 3 worst signings for Ned Colletti. In my belief, the top 3 are as follows:

1. Jason Schmidt

2. Juan Uribe

3. Andruw Jones

Many chose to change the order, and yet some decided to abstain. But I take to you OTD readers and bloggers alike, who are your Top 10 worst signings for Ned?

With this man, I’m sure we can all agree on some and disagree on others.

On mine, I have Loiza, Wunsch, Venafro, among others. The Ortiz brother’s count as one.

Build your Top 10 (or as many as you feel like posting) worst signings, and see where we can all agree to disagree.

This Day in Dodgers History

On July 30, 2004 – In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.