Brock Brock

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Brock Brock ‘Em, Rock Rock ‘Em, Sock Sock ‘Em, Block Block ‘Em, Clock Clock ‘Em, Hock Hock ‘Em, Lock Lock ‘Em, Pock Pock ‘Em, Knock Knock ‘Em, Spock Spock ‘Em, Tick Tock ‘Em, Chock Chock ‘Em, Mock Mock ‘Em, Shock Shock ‘Em, Joc Joc ‘Em, Doc Doc ‘Em, just don’t Walk Walk ‘Em!

In Brock Stewart’s latest start, he was crippled by the errors committed by the defense around him.  His ERA in 2017 is still an unblemished 0.00.  His WHIP is a low 0.840, having given up just ten hits and four walks in 16 2/3 innings.

If you cannot discern Brock Brock in the above picture, he is the one in blue on the left.

 

Logan Moves Down

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I’ve been complaining about the use of Logan Forsythe as the #5 hitter behind Cody “Bombay” Bellinger in the lineup against right-handed pitchers.  Forsythe only has three total homers this year, and his batting splits against righties are very low.

Yesterday, Logan sat on the bench against the Jose Berrios.  Today, Logan is back in the lineup against Ervin Santana, but he has been moved down to the #6 position behind Joc Pederson.  I would have gone with Grandal in the #5 position rather than Joc, but I think that the more important thing is to get Logan out of the #5.

Who Woulda Thunk It

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Early this season, in Spring Training and into April, who woulda thunk that the Dodgers would go on a red-hot winning streak through June and July?

  1. Who woulda thunk that Chris Taylor would become our everyday lead off hitter?
  2. Who woulda thunk Scott Kazmir would be on the disabled list for the whole season (and the team is no worse off due to that fact)?
  3. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers could hit against left-handed pitchers?
  4. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers would have seven hitters with double-digit homers on July 19th?
  5. Who woulda thunk we would lose starting left fielder Andrew Toles to injury for the rest of the season, and that would be a catalyst to the red-hot summer?  Toles was hitting .274 with five homers in 96 at-bats when he went down.  The Dodgers are 47-15 after the May 9th game in which Toles sustained his injury.
  6. Who woulda thunk we would lose 20 year old phenom Julio Urias to a season-ending injury, and go on a streak without him?  Urias was put on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder on June 14th.  The Dodgers are 25-4 since then.
  7. Who woulda thunk that wily veterans Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez would both go down with back injuries, and the collective team reaction is a “meh” shrug, along with winning 27 of 31 games since Adrian Gonzalez’s most recent active game with the Dodgers?
  8. Who woulda thunk Alex Wood woulda gone 11-0 to start the season?
  9. Who woulda thunk Kenley Jansen woulda struck out 51 batters before issuing his first base-on-balls of the season?
  10. Who woulda thunk that Rich Hill would be blister free and able to pitch seven innings in a game?
  11. Who woulda thunk that Yasiel Puig, banished to the minor leagues last August, would be second on the team with 18 home runs?
  12. Who woulda thunk that Joc Pederson, who hit only one dinger through May 20th, would now have nine dingers and sport an OPS of .822?
  13. Who woulda thunk Cody “Bombay” Bellinger would be this good?
  14. Who woulda thunk that Dodger4life would have christened Bellinger with the nickname “Bombay” before he hit any of his 26 MLB bombs?
  15. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers would be leading the Giants by 29.5 games in mid-July?

Well, it’s all true.  Today the Dodgers start a ten game home stand by hosting the Atlanta Braves in a four game series.  Brandon McCarthy will start things off against Mike Foltynewicz (R).   Signs of the Dodgers success:

  • Dodgers are now three games above the Astros for World Series home advantage.
  • Lead the second-place Rockies by eleven games.
  • 31-4 over the last 35 games.  The last time that happened in the MLB was in 1977 with the Kansas City Royals.
  • Lost to an NL opponent just once in the past 35 games.
  • 57-18 since Cody Bellinger joined the club.
  • 41-6 when both Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger start the game.
  • 30-4 since Justin Turner came off the disabled list.
  • Swept twelve series this year, including the last four straight.
  • Won eleven straight games going into tonight’s game.
  • Won 44 consecutive games for games where they were leading at any time during the game.

 

Maeda vs. White Sox

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Tonight, Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers goes up against Carlos Rodon (L) of the White Sox.  Whether it’s fair or not, Kenta will need more help from the Dodgers offense than what Clayton Kershaw got last night.  Tonight’s lineup features the right-handed side of certain platoons:

1. Chris Taylor (R) LF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) DH
4. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
5. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
6. Austin Barnes (R) C
8. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
9. Trayce Thompson (R) CF

 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers success just keeps rolling along:

  • Dodgers are now 2 games above the Astros for World Series home advantage.
  • 30-4 over the last 34 games.  The last time that happened in the MLB was in 1977 with the Kansas City Royals.  The last time it happened in the NL was 1936 with the New York Giants.
  • Lost to an NL opponent once in the past 34 games.
  • 56-18 since Cody Bellinger joined the club.
  • 40-6 when both Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger start the game.
  • 29-4 since Justin Turner came off the disabled list.
  • Swept eleven series this year, including the last three straight.
  • Won ten straight going into tonight’s game.

Joc Jack

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Joc Pederson has been hitting some home runs lately.  This really helps the team offense, since adding one more player to the power potentials makes the whole lineup more dangerous.

Since Joc came back from his concussion disabled list time, he has hit 6 home runs in 55 at-bats.  That’s just a Bellinger-esque 9.2 at bats per home run.

Joc Jack is hitting a very healthy .297/.426/.709/1.136 in the month of June.  That’ll play.

Angels – Dodgers in the O.C.

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Tonight, the Freeway Series moves to Anaheim.  That’s in Orange County.  It’s not in Los Angeles.  It’s not even in Los Angeles County.  It’s Anaheim.  So call yourselves the California Angels or the Anaheim Angels, already.  Or the Orange Angels, if you wish.

Tonight Hyun-Jin Ryu goes up against Alex Meyer.  Will Corey Seager or Justin Turner or Yasiel Puig be ready for this one?  We’ll just have to wait for the lineup to come out.

Joc Pederson seems to be ready.  He’s been on an offensive tear of late.  Of course, Cody Bombay Bellinger is always ready.

Big Rockies Series

Every time the Dodgers travel to Denver, we wonder how the Dodgers will outhit the Rockies at the mile-high stadium.  But this time, the Rockies have to be wondering whether they can keep up with the Dodgers’ three home run per game pace.