Urias 2017 Debut

Urias

Gametime:  12:45 PDT.  Pitchers:  Julio Urias @ Matt Moore, a battle of two lefties.

Lineup:

2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
6. Austin Barnes (R) C
7. Scott Van Slyke (R) 1B
8. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
9. Julio Urias (L) P
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50 thoughts on “Urias 2017 Debut

  1. This thread and this game answers D4’s question:

    Can anyone name a pitcher who you think could bolster the staff, that is currently in the minors?

    Technically, Urias was in the minors up until today’s game. He will bolster the staff.

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      • Question – what is the rotation going forward? Who does Urias replace? If it’s Wood, then Wood can help the bullpen. But maybe it’s Maeda, who is floundering?

        Bullpen needs help. The FO thought Romo could be the “set-up man”. But he’s obviously not able of filling that role. Maybe Wood becomes the “set-up man”? Don’t know. Jansen remains the only reliable reliever.

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        • Wood combined with Stripling was working earlier. Baez and Fields are another good tandem. Dayton works well. Kenley. Name another? I think Hill is gonna work from the pen…they can try and control his blister problem and maybe the skin will strengthen in the process? They may be able to keep the pitch count from reaching the blister point this way

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            • Romo was a mistake from the get-go. His velocity was down last year. Why would anyone thin k then that he’s not on his last legs?

              Help from the minors is too far away after Urias, unless you want to count on Oaks for anything. Our awesomest pitching staff is at Cucamonga right now.

              2019 might be a good year.

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  2. I kinda like today’s lineup, but with two exceptions:

    1. Scott Van Slyke is done, despite hitting one home run so far this year.
    2. Cody “Bombay” Bellinger did not have a good showing last night against Cueto et al. That being said, I’m willing to give him a chance for the next five games to prove himself.

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  3. …pulling forward lbirken’s comment from prior thread…

    lbirken
    April 27, 2017 at 10:50 am Edit
    It is so easy to second guess a manager’s decisions based on the outcome. One day the magic works, the next day it doesn’t. Giving up a hit to a player like Buster Posey is certainly not something shameful but giving up a homer to a rookie or someone like Michael Morse is less acceptable.

    What concerns me more about the Dodgers is the continuing issue of leaving so many runners on base, especially in scoring position. This has been a problem for years and I doubt the analytics guys have any better answers than any of us as to how to solve this problem. Perhaps it is an issue with all teams and the Dodgers have won 4 division titles in a row with this problem. The other concern I have is the lack of power the Dodgers have displayed so far this season but that could change at any time.

    I have no idea if Dave Roberts makes out lineups based on the front office but we do know he communicates with the FO on a daily basis. How do we know this? I have heard him as well as Friedman and FAZ say they do. It would not surprise me if the FO makes suggestions but what we do not know is how much leeway the manager does have about who plays. My guess is Roberts does call the shots during the game and I think he has done a good job even if the results are not there.

    The one thing I do know is the game has changed dramatically from what many of us old timers remember. Pitchers are not as durable as we think they were and are not expected to go much beyond the 6th or 7th inning. Some pitchers seem to struggle to get past the 5th inning and we hear all the time about how pitchers fare the second and third time through the lineup. Pitch counts are so important and have been for a long time but we still talk about the innings and pitches Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson, Ryan, Carlton and so many others threw as if those kinds of players still exist. Even Kershaw seems to be an anomaly. Didn’t Lasorda get criticism for how he used Valenzuela? Today, throwing a no hitter is secondary to pitch counts and/or innings. Can you even imagine Lasorda removing a pitcher in the 7th inning that had a no hitter going? And hitters have been exposed for their inability to adjust to all the defensive shifts. How many hits has Agon lost because he pulled a ball into right field only to be thrown out at first by the extra fielder? And he is considered a good hitter.

    I do share the frustration over Utley’s inability to get untracked. I don’t think the Dodgers have much alternative right now.

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  4. I guess Bellinger’s debut points out the difficulty of plugging in a youngster from the Minors and expecting immediate results. Here are other youngster who may or may not be of help this year:

    Pitchers (other than Urias) – Top prospects Walker Buehler, Yadier Alvarez, and Mitchell White are all way down in the farm (like A league) and far away from helping at the MLB level. Buehler might be an exception, he may help in the bullpen, but much later this year. Trevor Oaks is a AAA starting pitcher who may help if needed.

    Position Players – Alex Verdugo is another left-handed outfielder who could be brought up to replace Andrew Toles if the FO decides that Toles is under-performing (yes, he is, at least so far). Willie Calhoun has a great bat but a stone glove.

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    • We seen a yacht-load of guys during Spring Training.

      Sierra – Morrow – Geltz – Schuster – Cash – Castillo – Rhame – Younginer – Parades – Sborz

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  5. Personally, I believe $ is the root of the pitching problem. Back in the 60s, player contracts didn’t hold organizations for ransom. If a pitcher developed a “sore arm” after countless innings, he was replaced by the next slug. There were always great pitchers (Gibson, Koufax, Big D, Marichal, et al), but most were just average, like today. But now, if a pitcher goes down, his multi-million-dollar, guaranteed contract goes down with him. Why are guys like Hill and Maeda are of such concern? Their super talent…or their contracts???????

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  6. Kahli brought up player contracts as another big change from the so called “old days” we remember. I agree there is a big incentive to get value for these contracts, even if some of those contracts make little financial sense.

    However, what hasn’t changed is the challenge to evaluate, develop and manage that talent. This is what separates organizations.

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  7. Another thing that has not changed: a costly bases on balls and a lapse in defense in the form of an errant pick off attempt.

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  8. That rookie arroyo for the gnats seems like the real deal, Played great D, obviously can hit, he may change the Gnats, perhaps like Manny did for 2 months, like puig did for 3/4 of a season, then again perhaps like Gehrig did for the yanks? Here comes our BP hang on to your life preservers, the water is getting rocky, winds are squaling, Avast you Mateys lets get the rally going!

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  9. Arroyo shows good discipline at the plate and hits a decent pitch for a single. In a similar situation, two Dodger hitters strike out looking. Van Slyke may have been “jobbed” on the last pitch but he missed on better pitches. Bellinger swung and missed on pitches inside and looks overmatched. Draw your own conclusions.

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  10. Buster Posey is a great player and has probably “earned” a pass but he showed a big lack of hustle on that double play..

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  11. The Dodgers have taken a lot of called third strikes today but I wonder how many actually were strikes. Still, the hitters know the ump has a slightly expanded strike zone but I can understand how difficult it is to make that adjustment.

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  12. I wasn’t feeling good today. So I feel asleep and missed most of the game.

    I’m glad the team won!

    Just don’t ask me to be happy, splitting a series to a team that has one of the worst records in all of baseball.

    Also, don’t expect me to be happy about our .478 win percentage. There’s blame for this across the board…including Doc, Seager & Kershaw.

    I’d mention some of the bright spots that look to be trending upwards…but as soon as I do…They’ll all crumble again.

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  13. How to hit the sweet spot…

    Notice the double, leg kick

    Yeah, I know.

    The drums aren’t incoming at a speed of 90 plus.

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