Dropping Like Flies

droppingflies

Who is dropping like flies?  Umm, let’s see:

Clayton Kershaw(back), Hyun-Jin Ryu(elbow), Alex Wood(elbow), Brett Anderson(back), Trayce Thompson, Corey Seager (stomach virus), Chris Hatcher (bad pitcher syndrome), Casey Fien (elbow), Frankie Montas(rib), Yimi Garcia, Chin-Hui Tsao, Yasiel Puig(hamstring),…

 

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72 thoughts on “Dropping Like Flies

  1. Lineup tonight (against lefty Gio Gonzalez):

    Kendrick lf
    Taylor 2b
    Turner 3b
    Gonzalez 1b
    Van Slyke rf
    Puig cf
    Grandal c
    Culberson ss
    Norris p

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  2. There is a rumor crossing the wire that Kersh may need season ending surgery. Please, say it ain’t so!

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    • uggh – all I heard yesterday was that he wasn’t touching a baseball until his back stopped hurting. This rumor is worse. If true, then the Dodgers should be big time sellers at the trading deadline.

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  3. According to reports, Dave Roberts has been quoted as saying surgery for Kershaw has not been ruled out but Kershaw has been shut down from all baseball operations. Whatever the case, it does not seem Clayton will be back pitching for quite some time. I hope that is not the case but it does seem more possible today than it did yesterday.

    If Kershaw cannot pitch the rest of the season, the Dodgers face some tough decisions going forward. Can they win a playoff spot with the current roster? Even with Kershaw and Greinke the Dodgers had problems in previous playoffs. This front office will be seriously challenged.

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  4. A-Gon is on a pace to have his lowest home run total since he was 23 years old and played 43 games for the Rangers.

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    • How about, We sucked?

      Just a rough night at the ball yard. Hopefully we will kick their asses tomorrow/today…

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  5. “Nip it in the Bud” Norris… oops, too late.

    I can’t see trading the farm just to barely make the playoffs with the rest of the team being what it is. I suppose we have to sit here and fret this FO trades the likes of JDL, Urias and Verdugo just like we had to fret every past trade deadline that Ned was going to trade Kemp, Dre and Loney. Hopefully this FO knows when and how to pull the plug.

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  6. We all knew the Dodgers would need some help to gain ground on the Giants so while we should be thankful the Giants have not won a game since the AS break, the Dodgers have not been able to string together enough victories to take advantage of the Giants bad fortune.

    So as we discuss what the Front Office should (or should not) do with regard to trades, I read an interesting article in this week’s Sports Illustrated that made a case for the Angels to trade Mike Trout, clearly one of the best if not the best player in MLB. The Angels do not have a single prospect in any of the four major current top 50 or 100 lists that rank minor league players. Trout’s value is high even with his current contract that runs to 2020 and will pay him $33.25 million each of the last three seasons of that contract. He is the face of the franchise and has a no trade clause as part of his deal and according to the article, has been assured by the GM Trout will not be traded. The article imagines a trade with the Nationals that might bring the Angels up to five top prospects with the enviable result of having Bryce Harper and Trout in the same outfield. Yes, this is fantasy and I doubt the Angels would do this but I ask, would any of you make such a deal from either club’s perspective? Would you, as GM of the Angels (or owner since he would certainly have to approve), seriously consider trading a player such as Trout, risking the wrath of your fan base in order to try to get better in a hurry? Not sure I would since there is no guarantee the prospects would develop quickly enough.

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    • Trout is young enough to build around… I would not let him go.. And, like you said, most prospects don’t make a big impact and most don’t make it at all…

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  7. Personally, I’m keeping an eye on both the NL West and the WC. where we still got the No.1 seed.
    We still have a ways to go, Things always seem to change.

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  8. Chris Hatcher is now on the 60 day disabled list. I don’t know if this is due to a severe and long-lasting injury, or if the team is admitting that he truly sucks.

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    • Raging case of suckitis. The FO still wants him around for some reason. One thing is obvious to me though – Bunnynutts has no idea how to fix him.

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    • Well, at least he is gone for awhile.. Thank God. Yeah, he sucked. But I don’t think FAZ is willing to admit it. He will be back at some point.

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  9. Good Morning here in the west and good afternoon to the others. The kershaw news is bad, lets hope it does not get worse. WE wont win any division or WC without Kersh. Any deal the FO makes would never garner a pitcher with the caliber of Kershaw. I am hopeful that a DEAL will be made to bolster our pitching, and prayers that Kershaw will return this season. The fact that we havent been ousted from the play-offs already is because now the Gnats are stumbling, this will not last long, but we have right this ship before we head into August, when we meet the gnats.
    and for todays game strasburg vs urias, please surprise me Dodgers, but I doubt it.

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  10. Urias out? 77 pitches cant finish 5th inning for the possible Win? Sorry not a recipe for a win. although hopeful.

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  11. what a BP. Baez walks the pitcher to lead off the inning, then throws a total of 23 pitches, but gets two outs, then avlian hits the batter (Murphy, perhaps better then him hitting the ball. Ha!), then walks harper(again better than harper hitting the ball), then a third pitcher for the inning, one pitch, one out.
    This Bullpen drives me crazy. I dont understand why a long man like Blanton was not getting ready, if it was known that urias was done.Certainly, Baez was not thought of as going two innings?
    Perhaps this is a defensive BP, walk or HBP the good hitters on the team, so they cant beat us with their bats. Quite a strategy, certainly worked this time, but not something I would want, These guys make belisario and troncosco look good.

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  12. I’m glad to get passed Baez(who’s going for the win) and Avilan. They didn’t have it today.

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  13. as I understand it, it is the score keepers decision who will get the win(if the Dodgers prevail), Urias cannot get the win, as he didn’t finish 5 innings.?? one thing for sure, strasburg will not get the win, I hope it will be his first loss. Amaze me Dodgers!

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  14. Since I am not watching game, Is that the sign that PUIG is traded? OR did he get hurt on his PH at bat, or was he benched? Seems strange to me that he gets put in the game for one AB, then nevers takes the field??

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  15. Good afternoon Dodger fans!
    I’m late to the party today, but with good reason. Did pre employment piss quiz & mountains of paperwork to start a new job Monday. I’m sooo looking forward to starting this new chapter in this thing called life.
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    Liberatore sure has been money coming out of the pen this season. He’s got to be at the top of the MLB heap for southpaws coming out of the pen so far this season.

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  16. WOW, Nice series win.
    I can’t remember the last time an official scorer selected a Dodger winning pitcher..

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  17. Nice to see they hung an L to that nice glossy 13-0 record. Surprised the hell out of me.

    JDL pitched great last night for OKC. Maybe he and Urias can tag team starts with one going 4-5 and the other one doing the same. It would save the bully every 5th day.

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  18. I’ve been thinking about the up and down nature of the season. Seems like our pitchers were indeed dropping like flies, with Kershaw and the possibility of surgery to top things off, a crappy series in AZ, and you start to think “This just aint goin’ to be our year”.
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    Then you consider we’ve gained on the giants, and win a series in Washington and I start to think “Maybe….”

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  19. The Dodgers have 27 games to play before meeting up with the Giants at home August 23rd.
    The Giants have 29 games to play.

    Against .500 ballclubs.
    Dodgers – 9
    Giants – 20

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  20. At least this team shows some grit. They keep battling.. A nice change from the Dildon teams that just mailed it in when they were down… Anything can happen…..

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  21. Any body know anything about this Archer kid? The Dodgers supposedly have a good chance of trading for him. The numbers are not very good, but that’s all I know.

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    • He throws a two-seam fastball between 93 to 96 miles per hour (150–154 km/h) that can reach 99 mph (159 km/h). His secondary pitches include a dominating slider at 87-92 mph, and circle change from 86 to 90 mph.[32]

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    • His career numbers are better than his 2016 numbers, but I don’t know what’s causing his bad season this year. He cannot become a free agent until the 2020 season (when he becomes 31 years old).

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  22. I would like to see a trade for Evan Longoria, which would possible regulate Utley to the bench. Has anyone have anything to say about this.

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    • Longoria plays solid defense at third base (I haven’t heard anyone say great, but good could be good enough). He’s got a solid bat with a career OPS of .839. He would provide good pop in the lineup which is sore need of improvement. Such a trade would necessitate Turner’s move to 2B, where he can provide adequate defense. Longoria would remain under team control through 2022. Provides the team an option given that Turner becomes a free agent at end of this year. Longoria is currently age 30. Could be a reasonable move, depending on what we have to give up.

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  23. I don’t think I would go for longoria, with his contract, and his age. a Third baseman? What of Turner, he is just getting together, (thank you Justin for single batted beating Strasburg), and to put Utley on the bench would be another mistake. Seriously without Turner and Utley, the dodgers would of never gained 2.5 games on the gnats since the AS break.
    But it does make me wonder, former TAMPA BAY GM now making deals with former team, reminds me a bit of Colletti and bringing Schmidt, Conte, Wilson over to the Dodgers. Now Chris Archer that is a deal to make, if it means bye to Puig, so be it.

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  24. I don’t know too much about players on other teams, especially the ones out of our division.
    I have not seen any talk of a deal for Longoria, is something up?
    I would be reluctant to send either Utley or Turner to the bench as koufax has said. However you would have to consider a deal if you were getting someone good (I know that much) that you had under control for several years.

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