Chase Utley Night

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The Phillies gave Chase Utley a “Chase Utley Night” last night to honor his success while playing with the Phillies.  In return, Chase gave the Phillies phans a performance they may never forget.  First, he whetted their appetite with a solo home run in the fifth inning to increase the Dodgers lead to 3-1.  Next, all hell broke loose in the seventh inning.  Reliever Elvis Araujo started the seventh inning with a walk, two hits, got one out, proceeded to hit A-Gon with a pitch, then could not find the plate, walking in two more runs.  When the score was already 9-2 Dodgers, Chase Utley came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs.  Chase sent reliever Michael Mariot’s pitch into the right field stands for a grand slam home run.  The Phillies fans didn’t seem to care that they were down 13-2.  They kept making noise until Chase made a curtain call.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have another game tonight, where they send Scott Kazmir to the bump against rookie Jake Thompson.  This will be the righty’s third start in his MLB career.

JhallWally suggests that it’s time to move Reddick down to 6th or 7th in the batting order.  I could not agree more.  Just put Yasmani Grandal in the cleanup spot and leave him there as long as he is healthy.  When Grandal is healthy, he rakes.  Since June 30th, Yasmani has hit .327/.449/.740/1.189 (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) with 13 home runs in 104 at bats during 29 games.  That’s what I’m looking for in a cleanup hitter.  Not Reddick.

If Grandal gets hurt, like last August, play him if you want, but just move him back down in the order.

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42 thoughts on “Chase Utley Night

  1. Puiggy Update: Puiggy hit his third home run last night for OKC. He was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Puiggy’s slash line (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) is now .481/.548/.926/1.474 in seven games.

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        • True, but the only people who know if Puig is a good teammate are the players behind closed doors. There’s been too much innuendo from “unnamed sources” and media for my liking. How’s this. We’ll choose up sides like on the playground, and I’ll take Puig. I’ll deal with whatever matters need to be dealt with. You can have Reddick. 🙂 You can have Greinke, too. I’ll take Sale. Give me a bit of color in this national past time that’s slowly being taken over by sabermetrics and robotic players. It is, after all, about entertainment. If the Dodgers win the World Series my personal life changes not one bit. It’s the journey. Get the fun back in this game. We all hated Bonds for his infamous pirouette, but it least it stirred our blood. No wonder nobody watches baseball anymore (hey, some of us CAN’T watch it…).

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          • If Puig figures out how to hit consistently AND figures out how to keep from getting himself injured, then he should be back on the Dodgers.

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  2. This is a fascinating discussion and if we separate Puig as a specific player who can or cannot help the Dodgers and just focus on his entertainment value, I would love to watch Puig play. We have already agreed that the zany players are fun and we tolerate them when what they do does not interfere with the actual games. As fans we cannot control how other players or fans see “our” players and I never really cared how anyone thought about Puig. I have thought about what would it have been like I Bonds had played for the Dodgers and I suspect Dodger fans would have embraced him because he helped the team win games. We tolerated Manny Ramirez as long as he was hitting home runs and the Boston fans put up with him when he was winning games for them.

    The real question is what Bryce Harper said earlier this season. He was wondering about all these so called unwritten rules of baseball that clearly discourage emotional displays on the field. We hear this all the time; players should not do anything that looks as if they are disrespecting not just the game itself but their fellow players. So admiring a long home run is frowned upon as well as the bat flip that goes along with it. I do believe there is some argument for rules, written or otherwise, against outright taunting. However, I do not see anything wrong with a pitcher showing some emotion after getting a third strike in a critical situation or a hitter thrusting his arm in the air at driving in a game winning run. I don’t mind a Bryce Harper or Pete Rose who play the game with passion and energy even if I think Rose’s slide in that All Star game was unnecessary. I want to see players in the dugout celebrate a big home run or moment in a game but I realize they have a job to do and not everyone has the personality to do it. Can’t say I like the little fake selfies Gonzo and Turner like to perform but I do realize it is all in good fun and not meant to disrespect anyone. And I loved the pool party the Dodgers had in Arizona.

    I do think it is unfair to criticize Harper for how he acts as much as it is to criticize Mike Trout for being more of the stoic type of player. Each has a style of play and personality and approach to the game that works for each of them. I do not think every home run or hit requires a celebration or curtain call. If a player hits a home run and shows no emotion I am ok with it and I am ok with a player showing some emotion.

    Puig may be that type of player that we just will never understand. Our expectations for him may be unrealistic and frankly, his style of play may just not mesh with the culture of the Dodgers.

    By the way, as I type this I am watching an old Dodger game against the Phillies and heard Ross Porter call part of the game. Talk about a guy who got a raw deal from the Dodgers. He was so ahead of his time with all the stats and listening to him makes me remember how good he was at his craft.

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    • When Puig first came up you stopped what you were doing to watch his ABs and his exuberance. But ever since then that feeling is gone and we’ve just been left with the bonehead plays, poor ABs, and stories on the internet. If Puig can have some sort of epiphany in OKC and come back a smarter and hungrier player, I’d welcome him with open arms.

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  3. lineup

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Josh Reddick (L) RF
    5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    7. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    8. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
    9. Scott Kazmir (L) P

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  4. What I want

    1. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    6. Howie Kendrick (R) LF
    7. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    8. Josh Reddick (L) RF
    9. Scott Kazmir (L) P

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  5. I have to say that my evaluation of Pederson was wrong. Whomever the batting coach is has him back from the abyss. His average is over .250 and he’s cut down some on his strikeouts. That’s a monster comeback from how he looked 2/3 of last season and 1/3 of this.

    I’ll also say I was wrong about Kendrick too. Took him awhile to get going, but he’s been amazing the last couple months.

    Its the kinder, gentler me.

    Until somebody fucks up.

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  6. Happy to have people proved “wrong” as long as the results mean the team wins games. Many of the questions going into this season are still valid, especially regarding the pitching but the hitting has been the big surprise of the past six weeks or so. The Dodgers are winning games they were losing earlier in the season (and even last season) and getting down a few runs is not such a big problem. A lot of the Dodger success is because of Kendrick and Utley doing things no one expected and Turner coming to life offensively. Add to that the resurgence of Yasmani Grandal and the emergence of Corey Seager and the Dodgers have the offense we had always hoped to see. Will it be enough to win the division and go deeper into the playoffs? We will see.

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  7. Another 5 innings from a Dodger starter. At least Roberts got Kazmir out of the game quickly enough and fortunately the Phillies did their impression of the Dodgers earlier in the season.

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  8. From the land of the Gnats on next week’s showdown:

    “Those are big games in L.A.,” he (Matt Cain) said. “Those are the games you look forward to competing in. But we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to get back on the right track and find that mojo again.”

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  9. No matter what any of us thought going into this season and for the first third of it, at least now we can say the Dodgers have certainly gotten our attention.

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  10. Reddick hasn’t done much opat the dish so far. But, he at least got Puig out of the equation and pushed AGon into the 5 spot where he seems to be better suited. I think Reddick will do OK down the stretch. I like this team better without Puig… They seem to be more cohesive….

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    • I’m not too happy with Riddick, but it looks like Roberts has faith in him since he keeps him batting 4th. I know I might be in the minority but I’d rather we had Puig in RF. Other than Reddick, that is.

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  11. Amazing what three run homers do to the score and your attitude.
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    All season long I’ve looked at different dates on the calendar as milestones to gauge where we’re at and where we’re headed. Now I’m looking ahead, wondering where we’ll be at the end of the month after the Cubs and giants series. Things look OK right now, but I’m always wondering where the pitching will come from.
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    As far as Puig goes, he’s where he belongs for now. Playing and living with a little flare is fine, but there is a difference between flare and distraction. It’s OK to put yourself out there, but now you’ve got to deliver. Too often the guy is a bone head.

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  12. Wow we spend a lot time with Puig, I guess he is polarizing figure, Dodgers tried to trade him, but couldn’t, they got a substitute with Reddick, and he has not impressed me, waiting though. I guess the same thing I would say about Puig, Im waiting. The tell will come on expansion day, if Puig is not invited up to the big show, then it is clear that he was not well received in the dugout, and he will be traded to a lower tier team, for a lower tier player, who the dodgers hope develops in to something, anything. The Win was getting rid of Puig. On the other hand, a team like the dodgers, who are in a race with an opponent who on paper seems to have better SPs, would need a bat that could clobber. Puig could be that. DRE could be that. Bruce, Beltran or Reddick could be that bat, but FAZ chose Reddick (at the expense of young arms).
    All I can say it is fortunate that the other 7 hitters in the line up have healed, got their work in, have the training down, and are mashing the ball, because I LOVE BEING IN FIRST PLACE, and that would not of happened if those magnificent seven hadn’t done their work. and our discussions would not have Ice Cream or Shots, except maybe I screaming about bad decisions in the FO and shots fired at a lack luster bunch of overpaid veterans and our Ace going down. Corey Seager would be the only high point of this season.
    The season is getting fun now.

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