Giants are in town

May 7, 2012

The Dodgers, who have several players with nagging injuries, have limped back to LA after a losing road trip against two teams near the bottom of their division.

Ted Lilly hopes to get the team back on the winning track tonight.

Former Dodger pitcher Bobby Castillo suffered a stroke according to the blog Vin Scully is my Home Boy.

Our new owners have flat out lied to us about Frank McCourt getting revenue from current operations.  Frank has to be sitting at home giddily laughing his ass off thinking about how he was able to buy the Dodgers using none of his own money, rip the organization into several different legal entities, avoid losing the team to the MLB by using bankruptcy laws, and sell the team with about a billion dollars going into his pocket, and still be getting 7 million dollars a year income from leasing the land.  I’d like to see what would happen if any of us tried to sell our houses, but keep the land and charge the new buyers rent for the privilege of letting the building rest on our property.

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Down to the Wire

September 28, 2011

In another of one of those “there is no excuse for that” kind of games, the Dodgers took us on a roller coaster of emotions ride last night, losing in ten innings 7-6 after leading 6-1 going into the bottom of the 10th with two outs and the bases empty.  It was one of those losses where I am completely fed up, want to shut off the laptop, and put some mindless drivel on the DVR.  Alas, there are deadlines to meet and another OTD post must be published.

Prince Fielder decided to have his first three home run game yesterday, tying Matt Kemp for the league lead.  Hopefully, Kemp will reciprocate and come up with a couple of his own today.  Accomplishing that difficult, but not impossible feat, would put Kemp in the elusive 40/40 club and make him number two behind Tommy Davis for the most RBIs in a season by a Los Angeles Dodger.

Ted Lilly is on the mound tonight for the last game of the season.

This Day in Dodgers History

September 28, 1997 – With his 40th home runs, catcher Mike Piazza sets a single season Los Angeles Dodger record. Duke Snider holds the franchise record slugging 43 round-trippers for Brooklyn in 1956.


Welcome Back Stephen Strasburg / The Mind of Mattingly

September 6, 2011

Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals fireballing phenom, will make his season debut today against the Dodgers.  Last year, Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA before undergoing the Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in September.  He was on a rehab assignment by August, going 1-1 with a 3.54 ERA in six games.  Tuesday’s start, against Ted Lilly, will be Strasburg’s first big league game since Aug. 21, 2010.

If Strasburg can pick up where he left off, last year he routinely posted a close to triple digit fastball and a wicked curve, the currently struggling Dodger offense will face quite a challenge.

Lilly, who had a 2.35 ERA in August after a mediocre June and July, is looking for his first three-game winning streak of the season.

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Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly wants more offense for 2012.  Mattingly says the team needs to boost its offensive production, but that could deplete the team’s pitching, one of its few strong points.

More from Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times:

…Don Mattingly said that if he had to decide between the Dodgers‘ adding a quality bat or a quality arm over the winter, he would take the bat.  “A solid bat is something we’ve got to have or we’ll right back to where we were,” Mattingly said.  By that, he means before their mid-July acquisition of Juan Rivera, who has helped transform the Dodgers’ offense from abysmal to respectable.  “It tells you what one bat can do to your lineup,” Mattingly said.

But at what cost?  With the Dodgers in bankruptcy and their ownership situation in limbo, adding offense could force them to subtract pitching.  Starting pitching has been about the only part of the organization that hasn’t appeared compromised by its financial troubles.

Anchored by Cy Young Award candidate Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers’ rotation has the third-lowest earned-run average in the National League behind the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.  The Dodgers were designed this way. They went into spring training with six established starters — Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla, who was sent to the bullpen.

When Garland and Padilla went down because of season-ending injuries, they called up top prospect Rubby De La Rosa, who was armed with a 100-mph fastball. When De La Rosa was lost to an elbow operation, they replaced him with another top prospect, Nathan Eovaldi.  “Every time we walk out there, you feel like you have a starter who’s going to keep you in the game and give you a chance to win,” Mattingly said…

This Day in Dodgers History

September 6, 1981 – With his seventh blanking, Dodger lefty Fernando Valenzuela ties the major league rookie record for shutouts beating the Cardinal, 5-0.


On the Road Again

August 15, 2011

The Dodgers completed their second series sweep of the season against the hapless Houston Astros – the worst team in baseball.  Today, they hit the road and will play the Milwaukee Brewers – tied for the second best team in MLB.

Ted Lilly, who has a 2.37 ERA despite losing 2 out of his last three games, will go against the Brewers.  Ex-Dodger Randy Wolf, with a 3-0 record and 2.57 ERA in his last trio of games, goes up against his old team.

Will the Dodgers keep up their winning momentum or slide back into their losing ways?

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 15, 2006 – With the 4-0 blanking of the Marlins, the Dodgers win their sixth consecutive game and 17th in 18 games. The stretch is the team’s best run since the Brooklyn Superbas went 20-1 in 1899.


Looking For Another Sweep

August 3, 2011

The Dodgers will try to complete two consecutive series sweeps against the Padres tonight.  Almost a month ago, the Dodgers swept the Padres starting with two 1-0 shutouts.  After last nights 1-0 shutout win, the Dodgers had better score several more runs tonight with Ted Lilly on the mound.

Raphael Furcal has continued the tradition of ex-Dodgers that do great things once released from the surly bonds of McCourt.  Raffy had a three run homer and finished with 4 RBI’s in today’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Kudos to Ned Colletti for letting him have a chance at a ring and auditioning for a new contract rather than sitting on the bench while the Dodgers evaluate Dee Gordon the rest of the year.

From selltheteam’s post on the last thread, tonight’s lineup:

Gordon SS
Miles 3B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Rivera 1B
Navarro C
Gwynn LF
Carroll 2B
Lilly P

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 3, 1959 – In second All-Star game played this summer, Yogi Berra’s two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Mid-Summer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.

UPDATE – They Looked But Did Not Find

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 4, 1908 – In Brooklyn, the last-place Cardinals blank the Brooklyn Superbas (Dodgers), 3-0. The entire Washington Park contest is played with just one ball.

(Some things never change.)

 


Ned Half Franked It!

August 1, 2011

No more playing games, no more talking through reps or speaking eloquently so as to mire the truth in lies. Ned messed up this Trade Deadline worse than any other deadline. In what other deadline have we seen this team become worse while trading something, gaining nothing and trading for nothing worthwhile in return. We were neither buyers nor sellers. We were spectators, and horrible at that. Not only did we leave it up to the players to decide the teams fate, but when that power was shifted to Ned, he gutted the farm of the one player that could make an impact on this team, for players that will fizz out before they turn 30. Can you say CAREER MINOR LEAGUER?

In one fell swoop, we lost our Top Minor Leaguer and showed the rest of the baseball world that we have stupidity pouring out of our “managements” ears.

1. Hiroki should have been traded, but due to the fact that he was given ridiculous amounts of money for mediocrity, even if bare assistance from the lineup resulted in much of his problems, he even received a No Trade clause. What the hell did Ned do besides give a trade chip the leverage to take advantage of the team for no reason at all?  Not only did he do so with right, but he did it with his damn pride intact, as if the team owed him anything. A lot of teams were looking at him as the Trade Jewel other than Ubaldo, but he didn’t want to seem as though he was being thrown out the door. As if his performance and age was not important in today’s game. As if? This one will hurt further, because his denial of a trade factored into the other trade, made out of desperation, and the lack of further trades.

2. Trayvon Robinson, former standout at Crenshaw High was traded to the Red Sox for a Catcher, RP, and a SP. What’s the problem here.? They’re all 24 and older, in AA ball, not very good offensively or refined in pitching mechanics or 2nd out pitches. The two pitchers figure to become relief pitchers in the long run, and the 24 yr old Catcher, whom is being touted as the next coming of David Ross, not much offense, but plenty defense, career backup type player, for a budding big leaguer who led the team in HR’s, RBI’s etc., is just that, not much. We needed offense, blue chip players, but instead we got the busted items from the 99 cent only store.

3. Raffy was traded for beans. Not literally, but you get the point. A former All-Star, one of the best in the league, reduced to being sold off as a deduction in what amounted to a career full of injuries, and lack of production. He will always be remembered for his cannon arm during his first contract with the team, but by the time the 2nd contract was signed, he was a shell of his former self. Now, he goes to a Cardinal team loaded to compete and make a run at the title. In return, we get a good AA ball player, in return for paying almost all of his contract. I mean, did I miss something? Did Frank suddenly strike oil or something? Unless he’s going to pay Raffy’s contract with Monopoly money, THIS IS A JOKE. Good for the future or not, Raffy was traded for a minor leaguer who will become a 4th OF, and not something we need.

4. With the need to ship out Hiroki, Carroll, Ethier, Lilly, Guerrier, Broxton, and anyone else old, slow, under-performing, etc., or anyone that deserves a chance to help a playoff ball club, ie. Carroll, for prospects to restock our farm, we didn’t do a thing. We stood pat, and we will regret it next season. You think this season was horrible. Imagine almost $45 million coming off the record books, and no obligation to actually use that money on major league talent. Imagine a team that has a rookie starting in as many as 6 positions next year, a starter, and like 2 bullpen spots. Imagine our Opening Day payroll at $65- $89 mil range. Imagine having Matt Kemp be the only hitter, with Ethier traded away for scraps or fringe major leaguers. What about the year after, when contracts of Bills, Lilly and others come off or something of the like of books. This team is mediocre at best right now, but with next season already looming on the horizon, I do feel sickened.

All in all, with the many holes needed to be filled and restocked, Ned chose to sell his talent short, and for that, I hope he loses his job, or worse off, dies choking on his own words in trying to find a way to spin today’s debacle. What’s next? We needed a catcher, 2nd Basemen, 3rd Basemen, 1st Basemen, etc.; position players, but all we got was more outfielders and pitchers. No need to forget the fact that Lucas May, Carlos Santana, etc. were traded last season and seasons past, but now we have been weakened with no end to this nightmare in sight.

WHAT’S NEXT

Well, the WAIVER Trade Deadline comes up next, and as we all know, Ned sure does know how to pick ’em round this time as well. Maybe this time will be Sands, Rubby, DeJesus or Dee’s time to be traded for more career minor leaguers. Heck, they’re just the way Frank likes ’em – young, cheap, and obedient.

Sad to say, I won’t be taking my daughter to a ball game anytime soon.

This Day in Dodgers History

On August 1, 1957 – In a 12-3 win over the Cubs,
Gil Hodges hits his 13th and last career grand slam in
Brooklyn Dodger history. The first baseman’s bases-
loaded shot off Dick Littlefield establishes a new
National League record previously shared by Rogers
Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.


Pictures of Lilly – Not Very Pretty

July 24, 2011

Los Angeles Times blogger Steve Dilbeck says the Dodgers have to be concerned over Ted Lilly’s struggles.

“Overall he is 6-10 with a 5.08 ERA. And few of his numbers are good. Opponents have a .473 slugging percentage against him, fifth highest in baseball. He’s allowed 24 home runs, fourth highest. Runners have stolen on him 23 times, tied for first.

After allowing six runs in five innings Saturday, he now has a 7.47 ERA in his last seven starts.”

Today’s Lineup
Gwynn LF
Furcal SS
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Miles 3B
Loney 1B
Navarro C
Carroll 2B
Billingsley P