Deuces Are Wild – The Magic # Currently Stands At Two

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  1. I forwarded this mornings comments to the new thread…

    griz
    September 26, 2015 at 8:14 am Edit
    All told, last night was a dud. We all know how the game went, but I also had to put up with the Rox announcers and statisticians. For the majority off the time you’d barely know there was a game on. One of them is retiring,which took a lot of time, and then they went on to babble about not much, hogging the screen and, oh yeah, the game a little. Turned them off. Normally they are pretty knowledgeable.

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    griz
    September 26, 2015 at 8:23 am Edit
    I’d like to think we could get a couple of good games out of the back end of the rotation and stay ahead of the Mets. They don’t seem to be there, though.

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    • Griz, I opted for the premium package when I subscribed to MLB.tv this season. Which I then run through my tv with an HDMI cable. I wanted every opportunity to hear Vinny and felt the added expense was worthwhile. Sometimes though, I switch over to the other feed just to see how they sound. I tuned into the Root Sports feed for a few minutes yesterday and found them to be fairly pleasant. I didn’t stick around though…so, I can understand your frustration, especially when behind in the game.

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  2. Nice going. I thought somebody would forget Leo. But to my recollection, the Dodgers didn’t have numbers in front of their uniforms back when Leo was managing them.
    Unless he wore that number when he returned to the team, years later.

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  3. deefore, you’re correct in that the Rox announcers are pleasant and they are smart baseball guys, but last night they got several more people involved and the game was sort of pushed aside. Except when the Rox were hitting home runs that looked like they were going to fly to Wyoming.

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  4. Anyone watch the Rangers/Astros game? That 9th inning was insane and Gregerson had a meltdown.

    Top 9th: Texas
    Luke Gregerson pitching
    Elvis Andrus struck out swinging
    Josh Hamilton struck out swinging
    Will Venable at pinch hitter
    Will Venable singled to right center
    Will Venable to second on fielder’s indifference
    Delino DeShields reached on an infield single, Will Venable to third
    Delino DeShields to second on fielder’s indifference
    Shin-soo Choo reached on an infield single, Will Venable scored,
    Delino DeShields to third Shin-soo Choo to second on fielder’s indifference
    Prince Fielder singled to right, Delino DeShields and Shin-soo Choo scored
    Ryan Strausborger at pinch runner Adrián Béltre hit by pitch, Ryan Strausborger to second
    Will Harris pitching
    Drew Stubbs at pinch runner
    Mitch Moreland grounded out, second to first 3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors TEX 7, HOU 9.

    This why fielder’s indifference totally suck and they even pulled off a double fielder’s indifference that look risky since they pitched to Fielder. The ball was hit to Lowrie so of course he couldn’t tagged Venable passing him to 3rd but DeShields got an infield single instead of Lowrie could’ve gotten the easy out at 2nd to end the game.

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  5. With what we have for 3 and 4 starters, this team has NO chance in the playoffs against the Mets. I guarantee they lose at least one of Kersh’s or Greinke’s starts for lack of hitting against good pitching.

    I also like Donnie WhyPlayForHomeFieldAdvantage Mattingly leading the team these last 9 games also. Its worked out so well the last two seasons.

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  6. Charley said that Yimi pulled the string on that last fastball.
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    Pull the string
    To throw a pitch that breaks sharply and perhaps late. A pitcher has only “pulled the string” if the batter is fooled into swinging where the pitch was going, not where it ends up, therefore striking him out. The image is of a marionette jerking to one direction as a string is pulled hard. It could also be referring to a simple changeup that causes a batter to swing and miss. This is to say it’s as if the ball is attached to a string and the pitcher is yanking the ball away as the batter swings at it.
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    Of course Orel quickly bailed him out as he always does.

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  7. Yes Home field advantage is looming as important in the division series. Dodgers at Home, Kershaw at home, yes it would really make or break the division series whether we start on the road or stay at home.
    I would like it if the dodgers won one at Coors, but if not, this is all coming together for popping champagne in SF. Go Dodgers

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  8. Sometimes I just don’t know about this. Pittsburgh, who seems to be peaking, goes into Denver and cleans the Rockies out. We go into Denver and….

    I think we’ll all agree that momentum would be a good thing to get back about now.

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    • Seems to be a totally different mindset Griz that Torre and Donnie have that defies traditional baseball knowledge, logic, and their own managing methods.

      While other teams are trying to peak and play their best baseball, Donnie’s players are tired so he has to rest them. This is totally opposite thinking though from how he’s managed all year by getting the “regulars” (whatever that definition may be in Donnie’s mind) extra rest during the year. If he’s getting these guys extra rest during the year so they’re fresher down the stretch, then why do they need rest now? It doesn’t make sense. Donnie’s still trotting out ST line-ups with no consistency from game to game. How are they ever going to play as a cohesive unit when you don’t know if you’re even playing? Or I’m sorry, resting?

      Donnie has never and will never get anything more out of a ball club than the bare essentials, which is why they’ll never win anything more than a division of weak teams.

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  9. Thank you Nomar for telling me how impressed you were with Utley’s throw to second base on a balk call and Orel for telling me how difficult this game is to watch. Such insight should not go unnoticed.

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  10. Donnie Baseball’s platoon system is robotic, uninspired (check his team lately), B-league stuff. You’d think he’d WANT to give Ethier ABs against lefties right now. But hey, he only hit a home run and double yesterday, 3 RBIs and a run scored. But he can’t hit lefties. It’s been decreed. He has 46 ABs against lefties all season to prove it.

    But the FO is no better with this garbage pitching staff. On Monday, if Greinke can’t win game 1, I wouldn’t even pitch Kershaw against Bumgarner on Tuesday. Because if they lose that game with Kershaw on the mound, they’ll get swept.

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  11. I agree the pitching has been an issue but the struggles the Dodger offense has had all season long driving in runners from third base or second base with less than two outs has been a huge problem.

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  12. I suppose so, Beav, but it would disturb me as a manager to have my guys looking so flat and just plain crappy. Like there is nothing at stake. I always think of Reggie Smith but maybe it would be more appropriate if Kershaw turned over some tables.

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  13. Another example of how hard it has been for the Dodgers to score runs, especially when they are not hitting homers. Today they load the bases with three singles with no outs and then score 3 runs without hitting the ball out of the infield, giving up two outs in the process. Some games that might be enough but not today.

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  14. Early in the season, and maybe even before the season began this four game series in San Francisco looked big. A few weeks ago we all were hopeful the Dodgers would have the division wrapped up and home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Even as recently as a few days ago it looked as if the Giants had run out of gas. How quickly things have changed.

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    • Funny, they need only one game up there to celebrate in front of the Gnats. But I’m not exactly confident, even with Greinke and Kershaw. Each game they lose the collar will grow tighter. Stranger things, eh? And it’s looking more and more like three cross-country flights if they DO get in.

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    • We really need to win tomorrow with Zack throwing…..if, we wait until Kersh pitches against Bum, we will have the same crappy lineup we had today.

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      • If the front office is determining these line-ups, then they ought to be fired. If its Donnie determining these line-ups, then he should’ve been fired long ago.

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        • I heard they may have tried to influence the lineups. But, Donnie should have had the balls to tell them it wasn’t working! Amazed the Front Office can’t see it themselves!!!

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  15. I really can’t say I’ve got a good feeling about any of this. Yeah, we’ll win the division but then what? After Zack and Clayton, then what? We suffer from lack of pitching, struggle to score against good teams and after the last week I’m not confident about our chances. Maybe I should have stayed in Holland.

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  16. If the Giant sweep, God forbid, the Dodgers still have 3 games left with the Padres to finish things off. That’s as far as I can see. The NLDS is an entirely different story. The Dodgers will have to get past the Mets and “degromsyntergaardharveymatz”. What a stinking storm!!!

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  17. We will probably never know if the front office has any influence over the lineups but one would have to assume there are discussions about it between the manager and the front office. So I would agree that any criticism of the lineups has to be shared.

    As you all know, I often take the middle ground with regard to Donnie or even Torre when he was here. However, I would love to sit down with Tommy Lasorda and get his opinion not so much on what kind of job either of these two guys did but about his philosophy of match ups, analytics and what it takes to get a team with decent players to perform at a higher level.

    There is another stat that I did not consider until I heard it again this morning on the radio. The Dodgers have never reached post season play three consecutive seasons. Never under Alston, never under Lasorda, two of the most successful Dodger managers in terms of championships and time in uniform. The current team is on the verge of accomplishing that feat under Mattingley.

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    • Not to steal any of Mattingly’s hard-earned thunder (?!?!?!?), but Alston had to fend off 7, and then 9 teams (expansion in 1962) to win the pennant outright, Tommy faced five inter-division foes, and Mattingly faces all of three. The FO says they like him because he communicates well with the players, especially sharing bad news, like “you’re not playing” or “you’ve been DFA.” The FO surrounds him with myriad bench coaches to help his in-game shortcomings. But the FO is no better…they seem to have a billion guys up there, too. I know times have changed. But baseball hasn’t, not really. I want a leader as a manager. Not a great communicator. There’s a huge difference.

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