Braves in LA

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The Giants play in St. Louis while the Braves play in Dodger Stadium. You would think, all other things being equal, that we could pick up a game on the Giants this weekend. However, we know that this year’s Dodgers are not equal. At least Kershaw is pitching tomorrow.  Maeda is pitching tonight, and Kazmir is pitching on Sunday. These are our three best pitchers.  That ought to be worth something.

 

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115 thoughts on “Braves in LA

  1. Lineup

    Utley 2b
    Seager ss
    Turner 3b
    A-Gon 1b
    Joc cf
    Grandal c
    Trayce rf
    Crawford lf
    Maeda p

    When will Andre Ethier return and free us from Carl Crawford? The perfect storm is hitting eighth in the lineup.

    When will SVS trade places with Puig?

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    • I’m going to disagree with you Brooklyn and say Go Giants. Much like the Ned/McCourt years this team needs to get so far buried by the trade deadline that they don’t trade prospects to “save the season.” Quite the contrary, if they can get buried far enough maybe they’ll trade the likes of AGon and Jansen and get some top notch prospects for them. This team isn’t going anywhere this season, next season, or the one after that. I’m just holding onto hope that by 2019 we at least have a team worth watching.

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  2. I see Puig’s on the DL again. I presume with a hammy.

    This guy is useless. They need to either send his ass down to AAA until he can learn to play the game, or unload him to some team who’s willing to give us a couple of decent minor leaguers. And chronic hamstring injuries means he’ll never be worth a shit on a consistent basis. Time to cut ties with yet another Cuban.

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    • Puig sucks.. FO sucks. I believe he needs some time in AAA. Can’t trade him for shit right now.

      Fire Freidman and unload all the rest of the excess assistant GMs. They all suck.. Make a statement.

      Roberts also sucks… This team just has SUCK written all over it.. Just start the rebuild. This team is going no where this year.

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  3. I’m also done with Joc. Anyone that strikes out as much as he does better damn well hit like Kemp in 2011 or he’s useless.

    Let’s look at positions we’re set with going forward:

    LF – ?
    CF – ?
    RF – ?
    1B – ?
    2B – ?
    SS – Seager
    3B – ?
    C – ?

    That’s team building at its finest. I can’t figure out how our current team doesn’t get shutout every other game. Depth of crap is still crap.

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  4. I seen Thompsons shot…

    Seager has hit two tonight???

    I just tuned in. (I had to go meet with Sac-a-ja-wee-uh)

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  5. The Dodgers have 3 good youngsters in Seager, Thompson and Joc. These guys seem to be competitive among themselves. Who do we have in the minors other than them, that can hit?

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  6. A while back we said the team had no one who could carry a team for two weeks. Seager seems to be applying for the spot.

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  7. I too am disappointed at the lack of offensive production of just about everyone on this roster but am focused on Puig and Pederson. When both players came to the big leagues showing power not seen on any Dodger player for many years. However, neither has proved to be able to do anything consistently except strike out. I am not quite ready to give up on Pederson but I am on Puig.

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  8. Don’t get your hopes up to high fattening up on the Braves. The team as constructed now sucks. Starting from the GM and all the excess idiots. Roberts also.. Blow this mess up.

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  9. Roberts could still possibly grow some balls and stop listening to the metric boys in the Front Office (all useless), but Friedman needs to be FIRED. The rest of the Front Office needs to GO.
    Puig, I’m convinced, has been fed too many ‘roids or other PED’s of choice by the cartels that helped him into the country, and he’ll always be totally messed up mentally and otherwise as a result.

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  10. Getting back to Beav’s post from yesterday, I’d keep Jansen, but Gonzalez presents an interesting problem. It’s easy to see how another team would want him, he’s a proven rbi machine. We needed a player like him at first base and he’s done the job well. A team making a stretch drive could use a player of his caliber and give up some pretty good kids to get him. If he stays fine, but you’ve got to believe his production is going to fall off, so is now a good time to move him? I think it’s still too early and we’ll know more by the deadline.
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    Too early to give up on Pederson, so I’d keep working on him and let his room mates continue to develop.
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    It’s fish or cut bait time for Turner. We need some production out of that spot. Seager is the most obvious answer to that this morning. I keep wondering where all those doubles Turner hit in the playoffs went.
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    Don’t know what to say about Puig. Maybe his is just too thick between the ears.

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  11. 4HRs = 4 runs = pathetic offense.

    Just goes to prove that what looks good to the FO on paper, doesn’t mean it translates well to the field. Then again as I mentioned before, this team single handedly is setting metrics back to the stone age. They defy every single advanced statistic one can use.

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  12. My condolences to Ali’s family and close ones.
    I remember disliking him when he first came up. I thought of him as a showoff and a big mouth.
    But learned to respect him. He was all that he thought he was.
    May he RIP.

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  13. Trayce moves up to #5 in the lineup:

    Chase 2b
    Corey ss
    Justin 3b
    Adrian 1b
    Trayce rf
    Joc cf
    Howie lf
    AJ c
    Clayton p

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  14. Beav, not sure this front office is interested in acquiring anyone right now. But I am as puzzled as you as to why this team has such offensive problems, especially at home.

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  15. I’ve got to agree, it honestly is a real head scratcher why these guys don’t hit more. Way too many zeros in the box score this morning. Turner did a little something, but all around him is nothing. Most of the time it’s a struggle to put a couple of hits together.

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  16. Improvement by subtraction – I’ll take that. At least somebody with better future Dodger prospects will get the playing time, or not. If Thompson gets to play every day, that’s just fine and has been earned. If Kendrick gets more playing time, not so good, because he’s washed up too. Barnes can make something of this opportunity, and I hope he does.
    Just as a side thought – whoever brought the huge Boston deal to town ought to be DFA’d also. If the whole scheme was to bring Gonzales here, why didn’t we just do that instead of cramping our development by bringing all of Boston garbage with him. And it’s time to let Gonzales go too while he still has some trading value.

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  17. I have to admit I was a bit surprised by the news Crawford had been “fired” but maybe this sends a message to both fans and players that the status quo is not acceptable.

    I have to assume that the Dodgers had to take Crawford to make the so called Boston deal work. Agon has been solid and Henley Ramirez was too until plunked in the ribs.

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  18. I do feel bad for Crawford. From what I heard on the radio pre game show he did not see this coming. He has been working hard but apparently his body just has not responded well. He is a good teammate and we should have some compassion for him as a person.

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    • I don’t feel a bit bad for the bum.. He has been overly compensated for his sub par performance. I am just happy he is gone. Good riddance POS!!

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  19. I do have compassion for Crawford. His fat contract (Boston’s fault) and his failing body (God’s will) doesn’t make him less of a gentleman, which I believe he is. Never heard one crummy word out of his mouth.

    Very conveniently, it’s now June and it appears the TV situation will remain as status quo, meaning, the Guggs have effectively ignored Vinny in his final year…and barely a whimper from the masses who have grown accustom to this farce and still flock to the stadium. Say what you will about the Lakers but they made sure Kobe got his due. Hate to admit this, but every Dodgers loss brings the faces of Kasten, Magic, Walter, et al, front and center in my mind…and I smile. But I will say, having finally been to a game two weeks ago (for the first time in three years) as a birthday present from my brother, that the countless stadium advertisements, corporate logos, and endless cheap promotions are in full bloom. Dodger Stadium has been transformed into a huckster’s dream. NASCAR on steroids. A shame. Is it too late to bring back McCourt or Fox? Meet the new boss…same as the old boss.

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  20. Kahli, even though I have Time Warner, I share your frustration about the TV deal and will never be convinced the Dodgers are powerless to do something about it as they would have us believe. But it also seems quite possible that consumers who spend money on cable TV services
    have voted with their wallets about an unwillingness to pay more for the privilege of watching the Dodgers or switching in droves from systems that do not offer the Dodger network.

    And while I understand your adversion to all the noise and constant promotions at Dodger Stadium (can’t say I am a big fan either), the Dodgers and particularly this ownership group did not invent all of this. We don’t need to go back to Fox or McCrud and think of better times because we all know those ownerships were all about the buck as much as current ownership. What has changed is technology and the ability to sell advertising on everything including the foul poles. Did you notice that?

    I went to a WNBA game at Staples the other day and they had a DJ playing music and an open mic into which he promoted the crowd to make noise and entertain during stoppages in play. I found it annoying but most of the other eight thousand fans seemed to love it and I have to admit this guy kept fans connected the whole game. It is perhaps a generational thing but if fans hated this stuff they would respond accordingly.

    Sorry for the long comment but I have decided not to let all this garbage ruin my enjoyment for watching games in person or on TV.

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  21. Pardon me, but I still can’t help myself. I’m still rejoicing Crawford finally getting kicked to the curb. Granted they still have to eat $35 million, but I believe this is long overdue.
    Nothing personal against Carl. From what I understand, he wasn’t a prima donna, and was a good team mate. Age caught up with him, along with a lot of time on the DL. I wish him the best. Perhaps he may get picked up somewhere.
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    Meanwhile, I hope they keep this streak going. At least they’re doing what they’re supposed to do beating up on bad teams at the moment.
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    Go Dodgers!!

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  22. Did anyone go to Boston besides Loney when Agon came over? The Crawford part never really panned out in that deal but Adrian has been steady on and Punto and Beckett did a good job for the Dodgers. I’ve never thought it was that bad of a deal, but in reality CC was taking up a roster spot.
    Too bad for Crawford, a pro even if he was horribly over paid, but the youth movement seems to be gaining momentum. Why not?

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      • Agree they should trade him, but he’s at his absolute nadir in value. I’d send his ass back to OKC for a good month, then hope he rehabs his stats the rest of the year in order to trade him for something of value in the offseason.

        ‘Bout time they cut ties with Crawford. I think he may have come around with the bat a little, but he was making JP look like a gold glove in the OF. He’s set for life, so good luck to him and let’s try and get somebody in left that can actually play the position and hit like a LFer should.

        This Seager kid might be good. Too bad they surround him with crap. I’ll reserve judgement on Trayce until I see if he turns back into a pumpkin like Kike.

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  23. Time for a new regular lineup, moving Turner out of the three-hole:

    Utley 2b
    Thompson rf
    Seager ss
    Gonzalez 1b
    Kendrick lf
    Pederson cf
    Turner 3b
    Grandal c
    pitcher

    Trayce is fast and gets on base. He should be batting ahead of Seager.

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  24. what an interesting series and turn of events. Seager comes alive, although it was brewing, Maeda pulls it together Friday, Kershaw does not have his good stuff, but with the glove, the bat and his legs manages to preserve a 1-0 lead. That is a mark of a great pitcher and baseball player. Sunday Crawford is gone, SVS is back, and all the Dodgers were hitting. Perhaps Seager should move to the 3 or 4 spot. and the dodgers picked up two games on the gnats. Good weekend

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  25. I kind of thought Turner might go back in the third spot after his day off, but thankfully the line up seems to be more performance oriented tonight.

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  26. Well, at least the bullpen did a good job. That’s about it. Offense sucked, starting pitching sucked.

    Just one of those games you will have over a 162 game schedule. Shake it off and kick some butt tonight.

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  27. Not impressed with Roberts and his lineups. Unfortunately, I think he is in way over his head. But, I think the FO is really calling the shots and he is their front man.

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