Slow Start

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It’s been a slow start to the season.  The Dodgers have won four of seven and currently sit in third place.  One-fifth of the original starting rotation (Rich Hill) is already on the DL.  That’s him at the top of the page.  Clayton Kershaw gave up three home runs in one game including back to back home runs.  Never happened before.

Hitting left handed pitchers is still a problem.  The Dodgers lost two of three games in which the opposition started a left handed pitcher.

The offense has shown both signs of strength (lots of homers, especially Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager, and Yasmani Grandal) and signs of ineptitude (shut out once, scored one run once, and scored two runs once).  Seager has already made a couple of errors in the field, likely due to too little time on the Spring Training field.  Puig has already committed at least two TOOTBLAN’s (Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop).  The first was an outright TOOTBLAN, when he tried to steal third base with two outs and down by three runs.  The second was a head scratching TOOTBLAN, when he was doubled off first base, because he didn’t see the umpire signal that Gonzalez’ single was a trap and not a catch.

Tonight (at 5:05 pm PDT / 8:05 EDT), the Dodgers bring their slow starting team into Chicago to play the World Championship Cubs.

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35 thoughts on “Slow Start

  1. Some may say slow and easy is okay because the season is 162 games. I don’t. I say let’s beat the left handed starters, kick the Cubs’ ass and retake first place.

    Let’s Go Dodgers!

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    • I think they should take advantage of Lesters inability to keep runners close to the bag. Especially in the colder climate?

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  2. It would indeed be a good thing to take advantage of Lester’s inability to hold runners on and actually do something about it this time. I’d really hate to see that foolishness Hernandez was pulling in the playoffs again. If your going to steal then steal the damn base and forget about the clomping around.

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  3. Gee it wood be too bad if Alex pitches so well, the Dodgers FO says, what the hell, lets just leave Blister Man on the DL.

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  4. A step in the right direction.

    1. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Franklin Gutierrez (R) LF
    5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    6. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    8. Joc Pederson (L) CF
    9. Alex Wood (R) P

    Joc Pederson is not a platoon player.

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  5. Regarding the Dodgers having bases loaded and a 3-0 count on the batter, in the words of the immortal and all-seeing JhallWally…”Pathetic!!!!” I predict that Kiki, Van Slyke, and Toles will not be on the major league roster come mid July. Serviceable ball players, but not difference makers. I see, instead, Ethier, Thompson and a player, via a trade, in their places.

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  6. Both teams missed opportunities to score runs tonight until the Cubs broke serve. Hopefully the boys have a relaxing but odd day off and come out strong on Wednesday.

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  7. Our guys certainly don’t look like world beaters to me. Not yet, anyway. The cubs tried to give them the game, but, (you have to channel John Belushi here) “Noooooo!” And that was after the tedious cubs celebration of their win last year. I guess if it’s 110 years between championships you’ve got to milk it for everything you can.

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  8. I was worn out from the days activity, so I moved from the baseball room to the bedroom. Shortly after Wood was relieved I fell asleep, until about the 8th inning. So it was hit and miss for me last night.

    Let’s remind ourselves that the weather last evening was not conducive to playing baseball let alone, top of your game baseball.

    It was frigid. Sure both teams faced the same wind, the same cold, the same rigidness that comes from being cold…The Cubs live in Chicago and face these conditions…I would assume regularly. The Dodgers don’t.

    Let’s also remind ourselves that the rain-delay, followed by the drawn out banner raising ceremony, on top of it being Opening Day at Wrigley was not of the norm…

    Birken is right in saying that both teams let the game slip away when they had opportunities to take control…

    Wood did a good job if you ask me…If Puig makes the catch, one that we’ve seen him make before, only in warmer weather. He probably keeps cruising into the 5th…His pitch count was much lower than Lesters at that point.

    Romo did a fine job as well…

    The Dodgers have plenty of potential in the dugout in order to capture the crown…Plus I don’t think any of MLB’s 30 clubs are playing WS baseball after one week.

    There’s still a lot of work ahead for our boys…and both the weather and the team will heat up.

    I’m not trying to deter anyone on here from having fun and letting the boy’s hear our concerns.

    If Andre is on the DL for an undetermined amount of time…He should just stay there.
    Play the Kids!

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  9. I knew we were going to lose last night. It just wasn’t in the cards for us…..with the all day love fest by ESPN and, the long rain delay…….not to mention the showing of every damn Cubs special moments between innings….I am proud that we hung in there until the bitter end.

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    • Don’t forget that frigid wind.

      Growing up in Oregon and Washington from years 11 and 20. I can remember playing in rainy, windy, bone-chilling temps. Living in Idaho, I’ve witnessed the local high school ball-club clear the field of snow in order to get practice in.

      It’s hard to maintain the optimum feel in your hands, feet and body to stand around and play baseball. Pitching in the wind and rain was the worst…

      I may change the thread later to reflect it being an off-day?
      I may go find the Easter Bunny too though…I hear he’s bringing Bubba a Dodger tee-ball glove full of goodies.

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