Win One To Clinch

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The Dodgers need to win just one of the four games in San Francisco in order to clinch the division.  I’d like to see them do it in a “one and done” situationThis first game featuring Zack Greinke will be a great time to clinch the division.  This second game featuring a pitchers’ duel between Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner will be a great time to clinch the division.

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165 thoughts on “Win One To Clinch

  1. That is a good line up. Seager will be the secret weapon, Id just rather have crawford (My Man, you go Carl!) lead off and put seager back, but I cant argue with “put your hot bats up in order”. Gonzalez will be the other wild card, Does he still have a sore back, of course, but can he play? The Dodgers have not won at the phone booth all year, and Giants have not beat Grienke, so wow this is the game that is pivotal.
    To finally win in SF, will be season changing. GO DODGERS!

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  2. another plan, be ready to put rollins in at SS and move seager to 3rd, and SVS to First, if the “playing Hurt” Turner and Gonzo arent getting it done. Do not take out Dre for Heisey.

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  3. second base is toss up_ Utley or Kendrick??? what is really key is frustrating Peavy, He has a good career record vs. the Blue, but some bad calls, poor gnat execution or even better several hits in a row and Peavy begins to unravel.

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  4. I decided to invite Big Mama, from the trailer park tattoo story over to watch the game tonight. She’s a Giants fan. I’ve been taking a lot of crap from her and her friend Julie who is also a Giant fan these past few years. It’s all in good fun though… it’s gonna be fun to actually have some spirited live discussion for a change. Although, we’ve been trading jabs all day anyhow!
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    Go Dodgers!

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  5. Nice job by Hatcher after giving up a hit. During the inning Orel talks about how important it will be in the playoffs for the Dodger pitchers to perform bit with the anemic Dodger offense, it might matter. Then Charlie says; you have to get there first.

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  6. Doesn’t work when the ball is hit in the air. Figures, the Dodgers open innings with singles but can’t get the runner to third. Giants get two singles, one on an 0-2 count and get the runner to third. Another epic Dodger fail.

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  7. Two runs allowed in seven innings pitched isn’t bad, but I think Greinke just gave up the Cy Young to Arrietta on that outing, plus the fact that the votes will be there for the Cubs’ underdog.

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  8. Agree; Although Zack pitched well, that one double by the gnat “secret weapon” (as SF announcers call them) to bring in 2 runs, sort of blew his CY bid. If he would of got a Win then a different story, but anemic hitting with RISP leads to Zack being denied and the Dodgers not clinching.
    So here comes MADBUM, out goes Dre and so should Joc with Kike back in. Grandal is having problems, Im for having AJ start and perhaps catch some fire. Kendrick over Utley, after Utley’s performance last night.

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  9. I shudder to think what Madbum will do to Mattingly’s all-righty line-up. I truly believe the Dodgers’ season-long hitting woes are a direct reflection of a line-up that has never been allowed to settle in, and continues to be shuffled, re-shuffled, and re-shuffled again and again and again.

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  10. Crash’s suggested lineup vs. MadBum

    Ruggiano lf
    Seager ss
    Kendrick 2b
    Gonzalez 1b
    Turner 3b
    Van Slyke rf
    Hernandez cf
    Ellis c
    Kershaw p

    Seager and Gonzalez are the two best hitters on the club. They should be in the lineup.

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  11. I think Mattingly is thinking correctly, I like the line up and the changes to yesterday. Last year the Dodgers cliniched the Division vs the Gnats, lets do it again this time on their field!

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  12. I made a bet on the game last night. Loser treats the winner to the salad bar at Sizzler. Even know I did everything in my power when we got a runner on base (Stand up and do your chicken wind and taco dance) it wasn’t enough to push a damn Dodger runner across the plate. I ain’t giving up just yet. I went double or nothing on Kershaw and the Boy’s tonight and threw in some P.F. Chang’s to seal the deal!
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    Man these guys are playing like a bunch of losers…I don’t care what they THINK they are playing like!

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    • amazing! you picked the same players as Donnie did, just a different order. SVS is really #8, he may have the best BA vs. Madbum in the line up. I hope AJ hits, as well as every other Dodger in this line up. GO DODGERS!

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  13. Finally! What a way to finish off the Giants. I would have said it might take a shutout for the Dodgers to win with how the team has been struggling but it is so satisfying to win it this way.

    I will say I have always felt the champagne celebration just for making the playoffs might be a bit of overkill since all that has been won is the opportunity to keep playing but with all this team has been through, let the fun begin.

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  14. The guy I am happiest for is Andre Ethier. Most of us thought he would not be in a Dodger uniform by the end of last season, by the time the season began or by the end of July. Here he is, despite Donnie’s unwillingness to let him hit against lefties, celebrating with his teammates telling Jerry Hairston he, Andre, has a lot more important at bats to take in his career.

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  15. Will wonders ever cease? Not the game Kershaw pitched or that they eventually clinched, but that there was plenty of offense against Bumgardner.
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    Looks like Seager is close to being our everyday ss. If Rollins decides to hang ’em up I’d do my best to keep him in the organization.
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    I tend to think Hernandez needs to handle the lion’s share of center field for the rest of the year. Easy to say after last night, but until Joc rids himself of that heavy bat and cuts down on his swing, he will continue to make too many outs.
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    Puig needs to take the rest of the year off. Go with what we’ve got. A healthy, locked in Puig would be our best shot, but I don’t believe there is enough time left to get that.

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    • I agree. Shut him down and let the hammy heal properly. I don’t think Puig would be hitting any better against lefties than Ruggs is anyway, and Ruggs seems to have the same pop.

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  16. OK, let’s play the roster game. Heres’ mine for the NLDS:

    Ellis
    Grandal
    Gonzalez
    Kendrick
    Rollins
    Seager
    Turner
    Ethier
    Crawford
    Van Slyke
    Perderson
    Hernandez
    Ruggiano
    Puig–(Utley or Guerrero, only if Puig can’t play)

    Kershaw (L)
    Greinke (R)
    Wood (L)
    Anderson (L)
    Jansen (R)
    Hatcher (R)
    Avilan (L)
    Howell (L)
    Nicasio (R)

    The rest of the pitchers are all horrible…take you pick of 2:
    Baez (R)
    Frias (R)
    Garcia (R)
    Johnson (R)
    Liberatore (L)
    Peralta (R)

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    • I agree with D4, Utley over Puig and Guerrero.

      Baez makes it in my book. The other two spots would be between Garcia and Peralta. Its Russian roulette when you bring either guy in anyway. Its either Garcia’s live arm or Peralta’s experience. I’d tend to go with Peralta just because Garcia can get rattled under pressure.

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      • I’d like to see what Frias has…He throws hard and was just as efficient as any of the others in the 4th and 5th spot when used as a starter. Baez throws hard , but also gives up untimely home-runs. I’m thinking Baez and Frias.

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  17. Orange clouds turned to dark clouds, it is sprinkling in SF. and the Great Dodger in the sky Is Smiling.
    Really proud of the Dodgers of how they got it done, with such authority, and repeat when necessary.

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  18. Let the boys celebrate for one night (last night). After all, they accomplished what they set out to accomplish 162 (157) games ago. The division title. One step at a time. One celebration at a time.

    Now that the divisional title is clinched and the celebration is over, it’s time to prepare for the NLDS against the Mets, which starts Friday October 9th. Not sure whether it starts in New York or Los Angeles. Not sure how much emphasis the organization will put on winning home field advantage versus just making sure everyone is ready to win the NLDS. Certainly the players that get on the field over the next five games will give it their all to try to win the home field advantage (HFA). The decisions that the organization makes on balancing out HFA vs. rest, momentum and readiness should be taken in context.

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  19. Here’s the rest of the schedule for the Dodgers’ playoffs. NLDS starts Friday, Oct 9th, in a 2-2-1 format. Days off for travel. NLCS (2-3-2) starts two days after the scheduled fifth game of NLDS. So there is a “rest bonus” for finishing the NLDS early. Same for the WS (2-3-2) – starts two days after the scheduled seventh game of NLCS.

    If the Dodgers win the NLDS in three games and the NLCS in five games, then Kershaw could pitch Game 1 of each series.

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  20. By the way, that’s 21 games for Seager and 21 games getting on base. Still needs three straight games getting on base to tie Junior Gilliam’s Dodger record.

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  21. Lineup

    Crawford LF
    Rollins SS
    Seager 3B
    Ethier RF
    Utley 2B
    Grandal 1B
    Barnes C
    Pederson CF
    Bolsinger P

    Not terrible. Almost like we’re still trying for home field advantage. Gonzalez gets the night off for his back/pinched nerve. Grandal doesn’t have to wear the tools of ignorance. Hopefully the offense can perform like last night.

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  22. It’s scares me thinking about games started by Bolsinger, Anderson and Wood. They’re like giving the opposing team batting practice. If this doesn’t end it might be curtains for us. Look out, it looks like the Gnats have another ringer at first base tonight. a Nick Noonan.

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  23. I didn’t know the Pirates got there 10,000 franchise wins last Thursday. The Yankees 1 win away.

    On Opening Day 2015 the Pirates’ loss to the Cincinnati Reds represented its 10,000 franchise loss and making it the fourth MLB team to achieve this distinction, after the Philadelphia Phillies, the Atlanta Braves, and the Chicago Cubs. Their victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 24, 2015 made them the 7th team in MLB history to reach 10,000 wins.

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  24. Looks like the boys partied a little too much last night judging from their performance so far. Considering they haven’t really won anything other than a weak division, perhaps they should’ve tempered it a bit.

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      • There is no excuse for this OBF. Its evidently impossible for this team to sustain any type of feel good about it beyond Kersh & Greinke start, and even then its only 50/50 that they can score them 2-3 runs on a good night. SOS I expect from a Mattingly coached team. No momentum going into the playoffs. No motivation to win home field advantage. No nothing.

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        • I read this morning that the celebration went a little overboard. Several players weren’t in the best playing shape yesterday.

          “Yeah, we’re full of alcohol and champagne and stuff like that,” Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford acknowledged with a chuckle. “In the back of your mind, you’re playing for home-field advantage. But you know we’re still in the playoffs.

          “We partied all night in the clubhouse last night. Today was one of those days you just try to make it through.”
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          I don’t get it? At what other level of baseball, can you get away with this crap…These guys are supposed to be held to the highest form of professionalism in the game. Something is amiss in the ranks of leadership!

          http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dodgers-685536-home-day.html

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          • Here’s Donnie the philosophical genius talking about human nature while protruding his normal equidae nature.

            “I think human nature-wise it’s a little bit of a day that’s kind of flat,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged. “You kind of hope your starter will go out and give you four or five innings, keep you in the game and guys can get into the flow of the game. But I think human nature-wise, there’s a few of them where it’s hard to get going that next day.”

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  25. I know the boys had a good time last night and perhaps a bit of a letdown is to be expected but tonight’s game is a big disappointment to me with home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs still out there.

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    • Sometimes we forget that the other team also has some of the best baseball players on the planet. On any given day, a player like Mike Leake can step up with a masterful game. Kevin Kennedy just said that even if all the Dodgers were in the lineup, it probably wouldn’t have mattered; Leake was just that good tonight.

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  26. Once again Donnie is making sure the beat up players are getting some rest heading into the post season and this time I can’t help but agree with him. We’ll need a productive Adrian, Turner, Kendrick to go deeper than the last couple of years. That 2-8 stretch, especially that crap in Colorado is what will ultimately blow the home field advantage.
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    I had thought until recently that Anderson was reliable, but his last couple of outings have left big doubts about his coming through against NY.My opinion of Wood and Bolsinger is worse. One of these three and the bull pen will have to step up for us to be successful this month.

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  27. I don’t know how the Dodgers will make out in the NLDS but I should have a lot of fun pasting pictures from the News and the NY Post in my scrap book which I continue to use whenever the Dodgers are in the Post Season. This will be especially fun because there should be plenty of pictures since it involves a NY team.

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  28. Lineup for 12:45pm (PDT) game

    Crawford LF
    Kendrick 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ethier RF
    Seager SS
    Utley 3B
    Grandal C
    Hernandez CF
    Anderson P

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  29. Reading the OC Register article about partying, and having Crawford chuckling, not only makes my flesh crawl, it tells me that the Dodgers feel they’ve reached the mountaintop already. Maybe not all the players, but a bunch. So that’s the current culture on this team? Get drunk and stay up all night for winning exactly…..what? A division? No wonder this organization is 27 years removed from a trophy—and counting.

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  30. Just another game in which the Dodgers are cruising when things quickly change to make things more challenging. Looks as if Kenley will get his chance to close a game that still matters.

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  31. As a fan I think today’s win is big because it still keeps the possibility of home field advantage alive and because of the performance by Anderson, not to mention it came against the Giants on their field.

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  32. Kenley nails it down! Dodgers tied with the Mets.

    In other news, Dodgers need to finish ahead of the Mets, because they lost four of seven games to the Mets this year. #JulyGamesMatter

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  33. Anderson pitched very well. the hook a pitch too late, but kenley provided the shut down. Hudson was a class act today, Dre got a triple, scored, RBI and Utley played 3rd remarkably well

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  34. Does anyone else remember when AGon said next year (2015) we need to have home field advantage?
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    Fast forward to today…
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    “I don’t buy into any of that stuff,” first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said of home-field advantage.” You play the games and you win some, you lose some. You can’t say, ‘Oh, we won because of this.'”
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    What a bunch of horseshit!!
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    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/los-angeles-dodgers-new-york-mets-2015-nlds-home-field-advantage-100115

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    • I’m not trying to be negative. It just irks me to hear this rhetoric. You can’t tell me that last season when Kershaw was struggling in St. Louis, the crowd noise and excitement didn’t effect him at all. You can’t tell me that when this happened it didn’t effect the majority of the team. Well, you can tell me so, but I’ll never buy into it! I’m not saying the opposing team can’t overcome the home crowd. Just that it does have an effect on things.

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      • Sounds more to me like a guy that has a ready made cliché/excuse for when they don’t play good enough to earn home field advantage. Its almost like he’s expecting to lose.

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        • Agreed! It also sounds like a Donnie cliche. I’m gonna go with what Gonzo said right after getting bounced from the playoffs, as being the sentiment that came from the heart. I wouldn’t have any problem with him saying, we haven’t been playing well so far down the stretch! We need to improve. It is possible that this improvement will come against the Mets as the team without HF advantage. It is also possible that it comes earlier…We’re not giving up on the season. Period!

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  35. I know this news is a couple of days old now, but I just seen the interview with Donnie discussing Puig’s miraculous rehabilitation. Mattingly claims that no one has ever went from running at 80% one day and jumped up to running at 100% the next day. If this is true, then my suspicion would be that for some reason, (maybe he feels distanced by his teammates) Puig has been lollygagging and less than truthful of his abilities. Like I said, it is just speculation, but I also suspect y’all were right in saying that he’s a problem in the clubhouse?

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  36. Looks to me that this news about Puig’s miraculous improvement should be viewed with a big dose of skepticism. in the interview Donnie goes on to say instructional league ball is not the same as mlb and he looks at roster issues, how players added or left off the play off roster effects the team as a whole. I’d be tempted to have Puig stay in Az for the duration.

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    • Big dose of skepticism and bullshit. Puig is a bonehead and needs to go home and rethink (I don’t think he is capable of abstract thought) his dedication to the game. I don’t think he should be on the playoff roster. He has been out too long and it takes weeks to get back to hitting and getting into a batting groove. And, he wasn’t exactly doing so well at the plate before he went down…

      I hope he is traded this off season… Package him with Crawford and send them to Miami… Crawford goes back where he came from and they will love Puig down there… Geez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • I’ve thought for a long time that we ought to get rid of Puig. Who needs him? Let’s get something of value and part ways. No way should we let him take part in the post-season.

        Actually, if I had my way, I’d deport the bastard – to Mexico, where he entered with the help of drug cartels.

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  37. I had thought home field was a goner, but maybe not. I still think the 2-8 stretch is what will cost us if we do not get it. Donnie should be able to field a strong enough team to win and get the banged up guys a LITTLE time off as there are 5 days between the end of the season and the first Mets game.

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