10 Game Home Stand

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101 thoughts on “10 Game Home Stand

  1. Kahli wondered if Donnie was “resting” Ethier by not playing him when a lefty is on the mound. Ethier started tonight but as soon as a lefty came in the game, Van Slyke hit for Dre. Seems to me the question has been answered.

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  2. Another “tough” game for Kershaw. By tough I mean another close low scoring game left to the bullpen and a game in which it looks like Clayton had to expend a lot of energy and throw a lot of pitches.

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  3. I see Peraza is out now for the rest of the season with a bad hammy. This team better seriously think about dumping the current medical and training staff. No team can possibly have as many hamstring injuries as this team incurs year after year.

    Gints need to lose a couple games so they don’t actually think they have a chance.

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    • The Rally Bums were 8-2 in the last ten games. They need to go 9-1 in the next ten. The amount of players on the DL with just hammy’s is overwhelming. I agree replace Conte!

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    • Donnie don’t know shit lest what Friedman and Co. tell him he knows. First its a 6-man rotation. Now its a 4-man.

      Schebler’s launched a couple of bombs. I don’t know what kind of future he has, but I see him as great trade bait this winter for some pitching.

      Anyone think since no one’s missing Puig and they’re playing much better ball without him that he too becomes expendable this winter? We need pitching, pitching and more pitching.

      This Seager kid looks to be the real deal.

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  4. Okay folks…..Donnie has once and for all gone off the deep end:

    Barnes, 2b
    Utley, 1b
    Ruggiano, lf
    Seager, ss
    Ellis, c
    Guerrero, 3b
    Heisey,rf
    Pederson,cf
    Wood, p

    THIS IS TRULY PATHETIC!

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  5. I’m pissed off and the game hasn’t even started yet! Mets lost another game…we really could have improved our chances for home field advantage.

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  6. I must say I am always amused when the Dodgers win a game with a lineup such as tonight that creates so much negativity prior to the game but Donnie and the boys could not have asked for a better game after Tuesday’s game that went into Wednesday. With a day off tomorrow and an exhausting and late game the day before, why not give a few of the regulars a rest, especially players like Turner and Gonzo who played the entire game the night before. Of course, Donnie had no way of knowing Wood would toss a one hit shutout through eight innings so perhaps Donnie got lucky. So be it. That being said, it is clear Donnie will not let Ethier hit against a lefty if at all avoidable but doesn’t Dre share some of the blame for this with his lack of production against lefties the past few seasons? Van Slyke could not go tonight due to a problem with his hand. That being said, I would understand it if Ethier had a bit of resentment at seeing Heisey, a player who the Dodgers got rid of and then somehow got him back, get playing time and play right field.

    On a personal note, I was at Tuesday’s marathon game which marks the second time this season I have been rained on at Dodger Stadium, the second long extra inning game and the third long game in terms of time. Go figure the day after a 16 inning game that took around 5 1/2 hours was followed by a game that barely lasted a little over two hours.

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    • Both Donnie and Joe before him have won games with the crappiest line-ups. No explaining it I guess. Normally scoring only 2 runs is going to get you beat, much less against the Rox, but that’s baseball. They stand no chance in the playoffs with this team, so I suppose this will be the year they go all the way.

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    • I remember being at a rain-interrupted , extra-inning game a few years back…when I used to attend games. Walking back to my car (parked outside the stadium, of course, near the Police Academy, because I’m cheap and parking rates are obscene) I saw a coyote walking down the sidewalk, just as nonchalant as you please. That’s how late and deserted the area was.

      As for Donnie and Ethier, I’m sure those two have one of the frostiest relationships on the team, dating back to last year and beyond. Me? I play Ethier against all comers unless there is a late-inning match-up against a lights-out lefty; then, perhaps, I pinch hit. But to play Heisey over Ethier just because they bat from a different side precludes all the intangibles of defense, leadership, and experience. As I’ve said before, Mattingly seems to manage like a robot…no feel for the in-game nuances of ebb and flow. I was surprised he lifted Wood with a one-hit shutout, but I was OK with it. As Donnie said, they’re trying to win a division.

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  7. The last OFF day for the Dodgers this season. The only way Dre will hit Lefties is if he bats vs. Lefties.
    So Donnie Start Dre vs. Lefties. Have Batting practice vs. Lefties. Dre is all important, I wish Donnie would get that straight. Pitching: 6 man rotation to 4 man rotation, I dont know what is going on, but my thought is we want Grienke, Kershaw and Anderson to get some rest before the play-offs. Perhaps Donnie is going in for the kill now, and then rest those arms after the clinch? Kershaw just seems to be laboring of late.
    Perhaps if the hitting would start and the runs be scored then the pitchers could pitch to contact and have an easier time, than trying to be perfect with only a 1 or 2 run lead to protect.
    The Rollins bad finger thing, is this the answer to having Seagar be our regular SS in the play-offs, and Rollins will be called in for the close game steal a base situation.
    Crawford, Ethier, Pederson, SVS, Hiesey, schleber, Puig. Looks like the Dodgers still have an OF problem.

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  8. Heisey’s hitting a buck thirty eight against lefthanders. Dre’s hitting .200. .200 ain’t great, but last time I checked, .200 > .138. Heisey’s worthless. That’s why they got rid of him once. What was the point of bringing him back? Certainly isn’t because he can hit lefties.

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  9. Good but expected response to my comment about Ethier vs Heisey. Early in his career Ethier seemed to do ok against lefties (no, I did not look up the stats but I am sure someone will and my thanks to whoever does it) but the past few years when he was playing almost everyday his production must have gone down enough for management to take notice. I doubt all the practice against lefties in the world will change Donnie’s mind and allowing him to play against lefties to “get the practice” will not happen at this stage of Dre’s career with the Dodgers. Andre will take the high road and say little about it. For me it is enough he is still with the team after all the talk about him being traded last year and then again this year. He does not owe me or the Dodgers anything but his best effort and as far as I am concerned, he has always done that. that being said, and you all know I seldom second guess anyone, but I felt it was a mistake to hit for Ethier in the August 31 game that went into extra innings and because it led to Sergio Romo entering the game in a critical part of the game, a move that should have been anticipated and avoided at that spot.

    But enough about that. Clearly the Dodgers have some big decisions to make regarding the rest of the schedule and assuming they win the division. In past years home field advantage has not seemed to be a goal if it meant continuing to allow the regulars to play deep into games. Will this be an issue this season or just another talking point for fans? Who will be left off playoff rosters? Will a convenient injury make these decisions easier (or more difficult)? Will the Dodgers willingly go into the playoffs with a rookie shortstop with about 30 major league games under his belt? Will there be enough players without hamstring, hand or finger issues left to field a competitive team?

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  10. Apparently parking your vehicle during the playoffs will be such an elevated and uplifting experience, that it will cost you more money to do so in 2015!
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    NLDS: $15 in advance, $25 at gate
    NLCS: $20 in advance, $35 at gate
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    In 1983 you could get 4 seats on the field level, behind home plate, with parking, to a regular season game, for under $30 bucks.

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    • Thank god. Actually, a couple of games too late in my opinion. It was an incredibly bad trade to begin with. Even Faz is not infallible. They have made their share of Neds.

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  11. well if it was the HR pitch Latos threw up in the 16th, then I have some sympathy, Latos should never of been in that game! Dont get me started on that game. Its seems to me Seager should play SS. The Bat over the glove with this team. I know it was suppose to be built as improved defense. The “kendrick factor” seems interesting to me. Im a Turner fan, I cant see Utley playing anything but 2nd base. But will Kendrick be where he was?

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  12. well we were swept by the Pirates last time. Kershaw, Latos and Wood started those last 3. I expect a different outcome this time around. I think the Dodgers are hitting better and pitching better than those August games.

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    • The Ruggiano/Ethier platoon is working well. They are both above .300 for the past 30 days. Seager has been “En Fuego! Hey, look at the kid go”, with his .426 BA in 47 AB!! Someone/everyone out in the pen needs to show stability from here on out. I’d like to see Frias grab a spotlight and run with it. I think he has the stuff if he can get the mindset right?
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      The Bucs are tough though…87 wins tough!

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  13. Interesting that the news Latos has been DFA’d came on the same day Bill Plaschke has an highly complementary and positive article about Ned Colletti printed in today’s L.A. Times. Plaschke does make a point in stating that the roster does have Ned’s signature while Ned himself seems out of place on the Dodger pre/post game TV shows. The article talks about the trade for Ethier and how Ned and Andre have some sort of bond, the development of Seager, Pederson and others who are still with the Dodgers when others might have traded these prospects, and other positive attributes. It did mention the trade for Manny and the trials and tribulations of working under the McCourt fiasco but no mention was made about any of the many moves that cost the Dodgers a lot of money with little or no return. Ned was reluctant to DFA anyone but current management does not seem to have that problem. My own feeling is Ned was certainly not as bad or as stupid as some on these pages think and did have to work under some difficult constraints. By the same token his willingness to dumpster dive, at times seemingly out of desperation, can not be forgotten even with the financial constraints under which he was working.

    But let us not let current management off the hook. This team has made some interesting moves that have some similarities to things Ned did, namely going after players with whom they had some sort of relationship. We used to kid Ned for his ties to former Giants. Frideman and company have gone after players familiar to them from previous organizations. Perhaps this is common. The Latos deal, however, is one big failure although it is too early to tell if the players the Dodgers gave up will amount to anything. And what is it about Chris Heisey that we are missing? The Ruggiano deal is a winner, at least so far.

    What does this mean? Sometimes a deal works out and sometimes not. If a team wins, the failures are forgotten.

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    • I’m still scratching my head over the Uribe deal. Not sure what Friedman, et al, were thinking on that one. We all agree we’d rather see Turner’s stick, but Uribe was a clubhouse leader, a great defender (as in late inning), and a happy guy who related to the Latino players. And while others here are eager to dump Puig, I feel his upside is still enormous. He’s a loose cannon and a blockhead sometimes, but a gifted one, nonetheless. Puig’s semi-dismal season is another reason Uribe is missed.

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