Kershaw Strasburg

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This is a huge match up of current great pitchers, which was going to happen last year until it did not.  Well, here it is, and the game starts soon (12:10pm PDT/1:10 MDT/2:10 CDT/3:10 EDT).  I just wish the Dodgers offense would wake up from its week long slumber and give Kershaw some runs.

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22 thoughts on “Kershaw Strasburg

  1. 1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    5. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
    6. Logan Forsythe (R) 3B
    7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

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  2. Forsyth has certainly proved to be a great trade. When you can’t get Dozier, why not go for somebody barely able to hit .200?

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  3. This team just can’t match up starters with anyone to go anywhere in the playoffs – if they even make it. Especially with Kersh having an off year.

    No one can hit. Since they figured out Bellinger, there’s no one going to put up anything except against the crappiest of pitchers, and even that’s suspect considering they lost the last game in MIL against a mediocre arm.

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  4. Home runs have started to become a thorn in Kershaw’s side. Other than that he’s the Kershaw we know and love.
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    I realize the last several pitchers we’ve seen are way above average, but this run production lately just plain sucks.
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    Anyone remember Charley Dees? First baseman for the Angels in the early 60’s. Came into the league killing the ball until the pitchers figured him out and he disappeared. Couldn’t adjust. I think that’s one reason I don’t go wild about young players making a big splash until I see how they react to the pitchers adjustments. I’m hoping we don’t have a couple of Charleys.

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  5. Bubba challenged me to a 25 yard sprint today. I caught him at the pole and had to reach full throttle to do it. For the first time in 25 years, Big boy was movin’!!

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  6. Not swept, but we know which team is the bench mark in the NL, at this time. Dodgers need to SP that can go 7 innings. and weed out the BP, Romo can go.

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  7. I saw Puig’s at bat on TV last night and am not surprised at the result. In fact, I would not be surprised if opposing managers and pitchers pitch around certain hitters to get to Puig in big situations. Perhaps it is just perception but it seems to me he is just not good in the big, pressure at bats. He certainly tries and at times he makes things interesting by taking close pitches but then he finishes the at bat swinging at a pitch out of the zone. Oh well, he is who he is.

    The Dodgers won a tough game today but they seem to play a lot of tough games. Championship caliber teams win tough games on a regular basis. It remains to be seen if the Dodgers can do that. So far, they have not demonstrated they can but that could change.

    While I am not a big critic of lineups, I too am frustrated at what has become the lefty-righty matchup designs of Dodger lineups. I am sure many other managers do the same thing. It is interesting to see people wonder why a team would not put out it’s “best” lineup everyday (allowing for the occasional day off) but if you ask any manager, he would say he does exactly that. However, today’s managers use information to make these decisions based on specific matchups. The solution to this dilemma is to develop/sign position players who can hit both lefties and righties but obviously it is not that simple. Joc Pederson got himself into this situation and what he did in the minors doesn’t mean much at the major league level. Perhaps he has been exposed. I hope not but it would not be the first time. We all remember Andre early on when he seemed to hit both lefties and righties but slowly something must have changed, at least in the manager’s eyes. The unfortunate part is once a player is deemed unable to hit against both sides, it is almost impossible for that player to get the opportunities to change the perception. My guess is the numbers support the decisions.

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  8. I threw up an off day thread…

    Seager re-joined the Homer Dive Team this week, by performing his double bubble, back into it, flip…

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