Kids and Veterans

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The Dodgers are using an interesting mix of youth and veterans to win in 2016.  Corey Seager is the most obvious example of the successful youth brigade.  Yesterday, Vin Scully said that Seager is playing like a ten year veteran.  For the offense, add successful sophomore slugger Joc Pederson, 27 year old Yasmani Grandal, and the latest bench players 24 year old Andrew Toles and 27 year old rookie Rob Segedin.  That’s the youth brigade that has injected energy into the Dodgers offense.

Veteran position players Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner, and Howie Kendrick had a slow start in 2016, but have kicked into gear and are providing the punch necessary to win.  Chase Utley, the grizzled 37 year old, was successful early, tailed off in the middle, but now is back and contributing more than ever at the lead off spot.

Julio Urias leads the youth in starting pitching and is joined by Ross Stripling and yesterday’s hero Brock Stewart.  Kenta Maeda is a blend of youth and veteran-ness, bringing the experience of the Japanese League into his rookie year with the MLB.  Veteran pitchers have had a tough time staying healthy, but even still are contributing.  Rich Hill may be a season saver.  We are still looking forward to Clayton Kershaw’s return.

The bullpen isn’t so much youth and veterans, but more like older inexperienced pitchers and veteran pitchers.  Right now the bullpen is being led by Kenley Jansen (obviously), veteran Joe Blanton, Adam Liberatore, and Grant Dayton.  Pedro Baez would be added to that list if he could just figure out how to keep the ball in the park and be more consistent.

Today, the Dodgers travel to Coors Field, where they begin a three game series, with starting pitcher Kenta Maeda facing Jon Gray.

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44 thoughts on “Kids and Veterans

  1. Right Fielder report from Sunday Aug 28th

    Andre Ethier 2-for-3 with a double in A league
    Yasiel Puig did not play – in Saturday’s double header, was 2-for-7 with double – AAA
    Josh Reddick 0-for-1
    Rob Segedin 1-for-3
    Andrew Toles 0-for-0, HBP, scored only run

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  2. From the link above, am I to understand this writer had lunch with Friedman, and was told that “Puig does not have friends in the clubhouse”?. well if Puig is a distraction, irritant in the clubhouse then he should go.
    Entitled people live in bubble, don’t realize that it is actually them, not everybody else.
    I would think the month of August would of been a therapy session for him. But if in Bubble, nothing will change. I would think Roberts would just have an open discussion with the team, and get their input if they want him called up and send that back to the FO. of course, there will be the slippery slope answers, which are, and always begin with: “If” as in If puig conducts himself professionally, If Puig Plays well,If puig puts the work in, If Puig would stop singing the macarena., “Then I might be able to stand him.” He may be humbled, I don’t know.
    But I dont want the good mojo going on now in the clubhouse to be ruined by somebody that is a “maybe”.
    My Ideal RF story would be the healthy and productive return of every day DRE!

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    • After spending most of the season recovering from his injury, DRE will not be every day. But I place trust in DRE that every at bat and every inning in the field he will give his utmost. It would be amusing if he played his way into the every day lineup, pushing out Reddick. I just don’t expect it to happen.

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    • Does anyone else see the revelance in the fact that Puiggy was sent down shortly after he wore the Scully shoes. I’m just saying…Vinny is a humble servant who has turned down the opportunity to have a statue in his likeness.

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  3. Justin Turner’s Day Off

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

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  4. I got some unsettling news today. I told y’all the doctor released me, unless I needed to see him. It turns out my wound has closed up, but is infected underneath. I’m headed back tomorrow.

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    • It’s a big expense to see a short season ballclub. I thought about it though. My brother goes to quite a few AAA games with Bees.

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  5. Hopefully tonight is just a letdown from the past two series although that is a lame excuse for getting blown out in Colorado. The offense has been down since the opening game of the Giants series and continues to tonight’s game. The normally reliable bullpen fell down as well. I am sure Roberts did everything he could to prevent this from happening but it did.

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    • Someone said that good teams win 60% of the time and bad teams win 40% of the time. No telling who’ll win on any given night. Let’s hope tonight will go our way.

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  6. Not much to say about last night, except you’ll get that once in a while. That Gray kid looked good and our bp didn’t. Nothing to add but get ’em tonight.

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  7. Increment weather on the road can sap a teams concentration. Especially without having a pitcher who can will them to victory in these situations. Let’s hope they fare better for the series.

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  8. Besides our loss last night, what really pissed me off was no retaliation on those guys hitting 3 of our guys (Corey twice!) As wild as Baez was, he could have easily done it!

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