Hot Atlanta

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As the Dodgers begin their three game series in Atlanta against the Braves, let’s take a look at just where the team stands.  Yesterday, the Giants lost 9-7 at home against the Diamondbacks.  The Rockies beat the Reds 5-1 in Cincinnati.  So the Rockies are tied for first place with the Dodgers, and both of these teams enjoy a one and a half game lead over the Giants.  How in the world did the Rockies get into first place?  The old-fashioned way, by winning a majority of their series.  They took 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks, lost 2 of 3 to the Padres, took 2 of 3 from the Giants (at home), and took 2 of 3 from the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Are the Rockies playing over their heads or are they legitimate?  Time will tell.

Meanwhile, as Oldbrooklynfan said, it’s time for the Dodgers to beat up on a weaker team.  The Braves started the year losing nine games in a row to the likes of the Nationals and the Cardinals.  But in their most recent series, they swept the Marlins 3-0 on the road.

Pitching Matchups:

Alex Wood (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Williams Perez (0-0, 7.00 ERA)
Ross Stripling (0-0, 2.03 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (0-2, 6.35 ERA)
Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.64 ERA) vs. Matt Wisler (0-1, 4.61 ERA)

How is the Dodgers’ offense shaping up through the first four series of the year? Given the small sample size available, it’s a little too early to tell too much, but let’s look at the position players in descending order of hits, and show just the hits and batting averages:

Yasiel Puig, 16 hits, .356
Adrian Gonzalez, 16 hits, .314
Corey Seager, 13 hits, .265
Kike Hernandez, 12 hits, .400
Chase Utley, 12 hits, .300
Justin Turner, 11 hits, .250
Joc Pederson, 9 hits, .257
Trayce Thompson, 7 hits, .292
Yasmani Grandal, 4 hits, .444
Charlie Culberson, 4 hits, .308
Howie Kendrick, 4 hits, .211
AJ Ellis, 4 hits, .174

Before the year started, I said that the offense really needs good hitting from Puig, Pederson, and Grandal. Puig is doing pretty well, he’s hitting the ball hard and he’s getting good at bats. Pederson is doing okay; but he’s definitely a work in progress. Grandal has not yet had a ton of at bats, due to his time on the disabled list, but so far so good.

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145 thoughts on “Hot Atlanta

  1. Lineup – 7:10pm EDT, 4:10 PDT

    Chase Utley 2B
    Corey Seager SS
    Justin Turner 3B
    Adrian Gonzalez 1B
    Yasiel Puig RF
    Yasmani Grandal C
    Howie Kendrick LF
    Joc Pederson CF
    Alex Wood P

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  2. Carl Crawford doing rehab in OKC. When he comes back, he kicks Howie out of LF. Wonder when they will let Kike play LF against right-handed pitchers.

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  3. I forgot to mention in my write-up that a 23-year old kid named Trevor Story (a shortstop) has kind of helped the Rockies land in first place by hitting eight home runs in his first thirteen Major League games.

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  4. Since I don’t get to watch games on TV, I was wondering how Howie is doing in left field?
    I assume that, as a good athlete, he is fitting right in.

    Alex Wood should be pretty pumped up to pitch against his old team tonight. Lets hope that he has command of the strike zone.

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    • So far so good. He’s certainly a lot better than Crawford, who has much worse range than league average over the past couple years.

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  5. The Dodgers have been ok on defense considering all the moving parts and continuing philosophy that certain players will platoon depending on the starting pitching.

    A lot of empty seats in Atlanta and not a good start for Wood tonight. Hopefully the Dodger hitters will get him off the hook.

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  6. Williams Perez was not good last year and same so far this year. He gives up ten hits and four walks for every nine innings pitched.

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  7. Been on a phone call the last half hour; came back to the game and all I can say is “GAAAAAKKK!”

    Get some runs, Dodgers.

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  8. This team isn’t going to last long this season with Kazmir and Wood in the rotation. Other than one quick look to see how bad it is, I don’t even bother to follow along when they pitch. Both suck and are as useful as tits on a boar.

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  9. The Braves were due to win a game at home, but it seems like the closer the Dodgers are to the Atlantic ocean the worse they play.

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  10. Had to be a huge disappointment to Alex Wood today with his family and all the connection to Atlanta. However, he has to overcome this sort of distraction if he is to be successful in the major leagues. Throw this game away and hope for better results tomorrow.

    I am ok with the signing of Kendrick considering the other alternative is Utley. Hopefully one or both will be productive but if not, I hope ownership will not be afraid to eat a contract.

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  11. I caught a bad cold, so I turned the game off after about 2 innings and went to sleep.

    The front line consist of Kershaw, Maeda and possibly the rookie. With hopes that Anderson, Ryu and McCarthy can add strength later. Give me a fucking break!!

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  12. D4: Asleep, you were ten times more productive than the Dodgers were.

    The rookie, Ross Stripling, has had one great start and one very good start. Let’s hope he gets at least another very good start today.

    Kazmir has had one great start and two poor starts. Wood has had one good start and two poor starts. The cavalry, in the form of Ryu, Anderson, and McCarthy (or De Leon or Cotton or Urias) cannot come soon enough.

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  13. The thing I like about Strip, is he seems to have a good grasp on how to pitch…the other names you mentioned I believe are still trying to master this skill. The older guys are just defective parts.

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      • What I worry about is the thought that pitchers coming off injuries will be all shiny, new and ready to go. That’s not necessarily true. Ryu is having fits and starts in trying to come back, and there’s no knowing whether he will be able to pitch like he did for us in prior years. That goes double for McCarthy and Anderson.

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        • Even if any of them come back on time…(Ryu has no time line, now) They won’t be at mid season form. They will struggle, just not as bad as Kashmir Wolf or Randy Wood!

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  14. Bad starter. Check.
    Bad bullpen. Check.
    Bad defense. Check.
    Bad hitting. Check.

    Yesterday’s game had it all.

    What pisses me off to no end is that instead of committing to rebuild, or committing to win now, these assholes are going the Ned route and doing both half-assed.

    Once they had Utley, what did they need with Kendrick? For two years no less. That had Ned written all over it. Cueto, Price… we get Kazmir. That’s a Ned budget move. Rather than throwing kids out there and letting them learn, we get Crawford breaking down every other game – and that’s a Ned move. Why have 6-7 GMs on call when you could’ve just left Ned in charge?

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    • Beav, you know I despise this ownership group, but in their feeble defense, they signed Kasmir for only three years so as to not log jam legitimate arms in the minors. Price, Cueto, et al, muck up the works for 6-7 years. They got Maeda for five years but at least he can pitch. Even this ownership group finds a nugget now and then.

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    • Beav if my memory is functioning, I believe they acquired Kendrick much earlier than Utley. Kendrick started off last season with them, and Utley came late in the season.
      Kendrick is a much better fielder. Utley has the batting edge so far this year, but it’s early.

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  15. I’m going on hour three of a Gunsmoke marathon and with a headcold too boot! I’m not sure I’ll have enough energy to watch the game tonight. Gotta love ol’ James Arness! Oh and Miss Kitty too

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  16. I just got off of the phone with pre-open. I may need to reschedule Fridays surgery, due to my cough. I hope not though?

    It looks like I have 3/4 of a baseball poking through my belly button. It feels like Kershaw implanted it there with a fastball.

    I so want to move forward from this stuff

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  17. Reds took care of the Rockies 6-5 today, so “all” we need to do is win and we have sole possession of first place. Stripling’s WHIP is roughly half that of Teheran’s. No prob.

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  18. Sounds like Yaz’s hit would have definitely gotten out of the Braves old digs. Fulton County Stadium was a launching pad.

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  19. Think we have to accept the fact that this team isn’t built to win. Aged 1B. Aged 2B. Aged LF. Stripling’s probably a league average 5th starter, but Kazmir and Wood don’t even belong in a 2nd tier starting rotation, let a lone ours. Joc can’t hit the broad side of a barn from the inside with a cannon. Seager’s going to be great, but needs time. Outside of Jansen, the bully is strictly duck and cover. Its evidently a rule that not more than one guy at a time can hit. And from watching ST it was pretty easy to predict the defense was going to be lousy. Given all that Roberts doesn’t stand a chance.

    They need to get rid of the old guys and get on with the rebuild or what should take 3 years will likely take 5 if it ever completely happens.

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  20. Lineup

    Utley 2b
    Seager ss
    A-Gon 1b
    Pederson cf
    Trayce rf
    Kike lf
    AJ c
    Culberson 3b
    Kershaw p

    I am surprised to see Pederson at the cleanup spot. Just put a little more pressure on the kid.

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  21. I had to postpone my surgery for two weeks due to my coughing…My satellite provider cancelled Gunsmoke…so I’m having Festus withdrawls (Golly gum beat a pole cat in a bear hollow)..but hey did you see that double play???

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  22. WOW! Bases loaded with no outs, and gets out of the jam with a fine twin killing. Utley made a good play.
    Kershaw obviously doesn’t have his best stuff today. 😦
    I hope he gets dialed in, and gets some run support. . .

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  23. OBF, early start time on your account. You stay up late to follow games; not sure how you do it.

    This game reminds me of last year’s Dodgers that had trouble scoring runs when Clayton or Zach started.

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  24. Braves try to help Dodgers offense with gifts, but today’s offense still cannot get out of first gear. Dang it, use that clutch and grind it into second, then third gear!

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  25. Yea, I think Kershaw was safe. and an interesting point made by the annoucers, nobody jumps up and down and gets in the face of the ump anymore, it just goes to a uninspired review by someone in NY

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  26. I was hoping the umpire (Angel Hernandez), since I hadn’t seen him this season, was fired after they figured out what a lousy job he did day after day….but, fuck, we got him today!

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  27. Hell of a job from Kershaw today!!
    He did well despite not having his stuff early, and giving the bullpen a much needed rest after the previous two starters couldn’t go deep.
    Come on offense!!

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  28. Hard to believe teams still have tarps on the field. Go figure, Atlanta will have its third ballpark since moving from Milwaukee while Dodger Stadium continues to draw millions of fans.

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  29. Listening to the Dodgers radio broadcast with Rick & Charlie. I was wondering why they’re playing Prince songs every break. Turns out he croaked today at 57 at his Minnesota home.

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  30. Dat be dat!
    Off to Denver where I’ll see the Saturday game. Maeda should get the start and I’m hoping the boys win. The last three games I’ve been to, they’ve lost and looked bad doing it, so I’m due to see a win.

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  31. I drifted off shortly after my comment about the inning ending double play (This never would of happen during an episode of Gunsmoke!). I woke up just in time to see Grandal get the big hit. I’m glad to see them get a win today.

    Go Gunsmoke!! (As you can tell I think this is the best show ever produced!)

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  32. Have fun at the game Griz…I though about flying to Denver getting me a hotel, a joint and some cheap seats…I hope you get nice weather…

    Go Gunsmoke!!

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  33. Woo-Hoo, win streak!! Nice job by the team to come back and take the series after the pathetic fiasco in the opener.

    We have now played one tenth of the season and at 10 and 6 we are on pace to win 100 games. I don’t think we will, but it has been a pretty good start so far considering Wood and Kazmir have been pretty bad and the bullpen has had some rough times.

    One thing I’ve noticed about this team is that they are scrappier and seem to be more cohesive as a unit than the Mattingly led Dodgers. By scrappy I mean that they don’t just wilt and go away if they are down in a game. They keep battling til the last out. Last year, if they were behing after the 6th or 7th inning, they lost 95% of the time. I think we only won 2 or 3 games last year when we trailed going to the 7th inning. They have already exceeded that this year and we are only 16 games in. A good sign in my opinion.

    Anyway, a long way to go, but so far, its been pretty good.

    Go Dodgers!!

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