Giant Giants Series

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Here it is – the first game of the first of three three-game series over the next five weeks against the San Francisco Giants.  These nine games will go a long ways to determining the winning team of the National League West Division.  So it seems appropriate that both teams are throwing their best available starting pitcher in game one.  For the Giants, that’s Madison Bumgarner.  For the Dodgers, it’s Kenta Maeda.  I know some of us have said that Julio Urias is the best, but Maeda has more experience pitching at the top level.

May the Dodgers continue to hit the ball like they did against the Reds in their most recent two games.

 

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73 thoughts on “Giant Giants Series

  1. I think the two of them are pretty equal right now. But I do agree that over Julio’s next three to five games, he has the capacity to show us he is the better one. For Maeda, we’ve already seen what he’s got.

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    • In no way is my statement a knock against the job Maeda has done. Urias is special and he’s settled in I believe. Hershiser says he’s cleaned up his delivery a bit. His leg kick is smoother and closer to his body now. Maeda relies on his breaking stuff to become successful. This doesn’t always pan out. Just ask Kershaw.

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  2. I hope Dave goes with the “normal” lineup….MadBum hasn’t been that great lately and, our left handers can handle him. Besides defense counts and the best should be out there! Of course, you know I’m probably wrong. I’m taking Corey to do the damage tonight…..love that kid!

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  3. I still think Anderson has the ability to become the best 3rd option. Factor in that he wasn’t privy to the advantages of ST. Plus the need to get him back due to the current state of the staff. He’s only thrown 6 innings against guys who’ve been hitting for 6 months now. Patience may be the key with him. Of course he could trip over his big Ole clown feet out in the parking lot and become wheelchair bound too.

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  4. This Is Maeda’s big game, until the next one, but he is seasoned in Japan and now in America. If comes out cool, confident and poised that would be a good thing, if he doesnt I hope he settles really quick, I know mad bum wont give up to many runs. I just hope the dodgers didnt blow their wad of hitting yesterday.
    I havent seen a line up posted, but some creativity may be in store. Kike Has had some good at bats vs Madbum, but if the Dodgers stay true to recent form; there will be multiple Dodgers that contribute to the win. I guess I would consider taking Utley out, move kendrick to 2nd. Go DODGERS!
    and really if Urias could go Thursday, I would rather see that.

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    • Maeda pitches better on 6 days rest they say. I relied on a curve as a kid. Some days you have great feel, other days you don’t. The extra day may be give his arm a fresher feel. The curve or off speed pitch has to be thrown to the optimum spot. If your arm is tired this is hard to do. Plus you need the touch to apply the correct spin time and time again. Floaters get rocked and divers go the back-stop…

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  5. As always in a big game/series. Playing solid defense is a big key. Errors could be the difference between winning and not winning.

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  6. Well then maybe Stevey guitar Millers ” dont you let nobody turn you around” since the “The Joker” days are past. Ha!
    So Utley is out, but Kike isnt In, I was close. This segedin guy might make tonight fun.

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  7. What the H is Culberson doing in this lineup?

    Hernández CF
    Kendrick LF
    Seager SS
    Turner 3B
    González 1B
    Grandal C
    Segedin RF
    Culberson 2B
    Maeda P

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  8. I think Maeda and Urias are the best two starters right now. We don’t know yet about Hill, time will tell
    The rest of them really haven’t look good in their recent outings.
    They just hafta play the games.

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  9. Kershaw should have plenty of gas in the tank…Hill should have plenty of gas in the tank….Anderson should have plenty of gas in the tank…Maeda should get rest in September. Urias if he doesn’t get shut down should get rest in the bully. McCarthy has time to get with the program too. Then there’s Ponce who’s a virtual unknown to MLB hitters, plus Strip…

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  10. My problem with Maeda or Urias is the same I have with much of today’s pitchers: high pitch counts that result in 5 inning starts. Perhaps Urias will develope better stamina as he matures bit can we say the same thing about Maeda? His struggles the third time through the lineup are well known. At least he has avoided injury. However, at the present time he is the stand-in “ace”.

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    • Still a save. 🙂 Kenley came in with a 3-run lead and he got the out…and finished the game. Makes no matter what happened in the bottom of the inning offensively. But I have to say, the Dodger starters nibble, nibble, nibble, throw soft and STILL can’t go deep into games. Weird. Those kind of guys usually eat up innings.

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  11. I was concerned the Dodgers might be flat after yesterday’s game and the plane ride home and with Bumgarner on the mound. Happy to see that concern was unwarranted. Big game for both teams.

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  12. I just listened to my first press conference with Dave Roberts. I sure like him better than Mattingly. They did a great job hiring him. He instills confidence. He doesn’t mess around with the line-up too long. If it needs a change he makes one. No way he’d of kept Rollins in the 1 spot all that long.

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    • When asked if he thought they could sustain this lead. He said he knows they will come to the ballpark tomorrow prepared to win. That has been the attitude all season and will be the attitude moving forward.

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  13. Who would have bet we’d be in first place, beating madbum last night, with the shambles the starting rotation is in. Pretty satisfying. Beat ’em again tonight.

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