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So was Puig playing baseball out there or this:

http://tinypic.com/r/8x0sg2/8

40 minutes ago on Cubs 8, Dodgers 2: Arguably the Weirdest Game Ever

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the day after... WAR!

8 hours, 38 minutes ago on The Day After Absolutely Nothing

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he must have really good teammates.

10 hours, 7 minutes ago on The Day After Absolutely Nothing

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left handed bench bat that can play all 3 OF positions

11 hours, 11 minutes ago on The Day After Absolutely Nothing

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So after Kershaw's recent mastery, was reminded of one of my fav. Koufax quotes.

"A quality start isn't 6 innings, a quality start is shaking hands with the catcher." -Sandy Koufax

19 hours, 6 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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Tony La Russa learned it via telegram

19 hours, 7 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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3 weeks ago, Dan Haren was in the building for Friday Night Fireworks. Tonight? Deja vu all over again.

the jokes write themselves

19 hours, 14 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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a CGSO was on the line

19 hours, 15 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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leaving out key details.

Up to that point, kershaw had gone 8.2IP scoreless.

19 hours, 16 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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so the 6-game winning streak was great and all, a new one starts tomorrow.

19 hours, 17 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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my first game back to Dodger Stadium after a 9-year absence was a Chad Billingsley start shortly after he turned 22. He happened fo go 7 innings, 0 ER.

Zach Lee's time is ticking...

19 hours, 48 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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I was wondering had the ump initially called him out, would there have been conclusive video evidence to overturn the initial call.

19 hours, 53 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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morning Brim. How close was Kershaw to that CGSO?

21 hours, 33 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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nah. this isn't the year for stat chasing with the missed time.

maybe another year when he's had the benefit of a full season and one where he somehow avoids the melt-down game that EVERY pitcher, even the elite ones, will experience in at least one start per season.

21 hours, 34 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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well tonight was an example where that last inning was a higher stress affair. in the end, I'm glad HE got to finish what he started, on its own, no issue. but I would not like to see his next ten starts finish in the same manner.

and there is no risk to messing up his groove. the occasional extra day of rest due to a team off-day is welcome even for routine-driven guys like Greinke. Kersh and Greinke got extra rest around the All Star break and they appear just fine.

lastly, Kershaw will have a low inning count "for the season" but if he's tops in innings from May on by a large margin, then it makes no difference, he will be worn down.

and a meaningless late September Kershaw start will be like a 5 innings, with a September call up cleaning up the rest so no spooking his routine.

21 hours, 37 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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the 1.12 ERA is a meaningless stat to chase because the pitcher's mound was 4 feet high in 1968 and "advances in medicine" to "aid sluggers in injury recovery only" did not exist.

22 hours ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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"lets assume that off days create enough space for him to get 11"

NO, LET'S NOT ASSUME THAT.

You want Kershaw fresh for the playoffs.

So let's assume he only gets 9 more starts since the division will be clinched by the 3rd week of September

22 hours, 6 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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like the old adage goes, "a gif is worth a thousand words."

22 hours, 12 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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Beckett is one of the more intriguing Dodgers to me because if the season ended today, he would be slated to pitch a game 4, if necessary.

I will never forget his no-hitter and until this hip issue showed up, he pitched well enough to keep the team in the ballgame more times than not.

I'd be all for putting Beckett on the DL after this 8/3 Sunday start against the Cubs to get more PT time in so he can help get the team to the middle of September.

Sub in someone else in his start against the 8/8 Brewers.

Sub in someone else in his start against the 8/13 Braves.

So when Beckett comes back, here's what his cream puff schedule will look like:

1. 8/19 Padres

2. 8/24 Mets

3. 8/31 @ Padres again

***WAIVER WIRE DEADLINE***

4. 9/6 Diamondbacks

9/11 Team Day Off ---> Skip Beckett in the rotation

9/12-9/14 vs SF (no Beckett appearance)

5. 9/16 @ Colorado

6. 9/21 @ Cubs

9/22-9/24 vs SF (no Beckett appearance)

7. 9/27 Colorado (second to last game of the season, may be meaningless)

After this Sunday's start, IF YOU DL Beckett (that is the key) and he can come back (probably more important), you are counting on just seven regular season starts from Beckett, possibly less. If the Dodgers clinch by the middle of September, then you only needed 4 starts out of him and then the last few starts will just be an audition for a postseason start; hopefully he passes and will be ready to go for one game 4 start in the NLCS.

And this doesn't factor whether an "Edison Volquez from 2013" -type shows up prior to the waiver wire deadline.

It's no secret Beckett's days in Dodger blue are numbered so why not put him in the best position to succeed by shutting him down one more time and let Maholm (gulp) or Red Patterson (meh) cover for him during the dog days of summer?

Pros: we get to see whether either has anything-- in Maholm's case, anything left. In Patterson's case, anything promising.

Beckett gets one last shot (literally if it involves cortizone) to see if his hip can hold up.

#Beckett2DL

22 hours, 49 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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A.J. took a bad foul pitch to the knee, had to play with lots of discomfort the last 3 innings of tonight's contest.

I hope he gets the rest of the weekend off Fri-Sun.

So you just may get your wish.

23 hours, 16 minutes ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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it can improve with rest depending on whether or not the labreal tear is minor or severe. as far as the information we know, it's an "impingement" NOT an "avulsion"

comparing that to metastisized lung cancer is a leap when you don't know the degree of the tear. I heard multiple times "hip impingement."

you CAN come back from THAT by strengthening the muscles around the hips, getting PT, and minimizing rough wear so that it is manageable. If he's not further damaging his hip and so long as the pain doesn't cause him to alter his pitching, he can go.

So say you skip two Beckett starts and replace that with 10 innings of Red Patterson. Beckett gets no fewer than two weeks to daily rehab, get his legs stronger and do no further damage.

he has the best access to doctors / surgeons and can opt for surgery in the off-season also.

23 hours, 29 minutes ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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also, before I go.... that curve.... just......

unfair.

sick.

1 day ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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The "3 Outfielders" Gif is gonna be beaten into the ground.

"what do you mean we're out of pizza?"

"A parking ticket?!"

"Sorry, she has a boyfriend,"

"I lost my wallet last week."

"Sorry, we're closed, come back next week."

etc etc

1 day ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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Chad should supplant the nickname The Flyin' Hawaiian...

perhaps The Gif'in' Hawaiian.

Having a 4th writer on the Big Island to never miss a recap.

#Clutch

1 day ago on Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Oops

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At the rate Kershaw is going, he might have the Cy Young wrapped up by 9/1.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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he's probably working on it in between bites of loco moco and spam musubi

1 day, 2 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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he's Mr. Jennifer Lawrence a.k.a. The Beast

1 day, 2 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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shoulda brought the outfield in and had 4 shortstops today.

No outs recorded by an OFer? u sure, @KMT59?

1 day, 2 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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ouch, Butera it is. I'd give A.J. the entire series off, see if he can go Monday.

Or DL him and bring up.... gulp.

1 day, 2 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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literally an inch away from a CGSO.

a W is still a W.

Kershaw is 3/5 away from another Cy.

I'm glad he got a chance to finish what he started.

1 day, 3 hours ago on Braves @ Dodgers July 31, 2014: A Reminder About Waivers

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so much for the waiver wire

1 day, 8 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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I'm so over #HugWatch,

onto #BroomWatch

1 day, 8 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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Scherzer, Sanchez, Price, Porcello, Verlander

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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Cole Hamels won't be put on waivers.

another team with a worse record than the Giants will claim him

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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maybe someone can convince him he can close the 8th inning

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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tl:sr

shorter alternate version: Dodgers sweep the Cardinals.

NEXT.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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This was a team that started Skip Schumaker in CF last year so keep those eyes peeled

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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baby! don't you start with that nonsense.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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maybe one throwback Beckett performance in the NLCS is what I'm hoping.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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The Dodgers can just make moves internally.

Paco and Dominguez for Maholm and Perez.

Red Patterson for 2 serviceable starts to rest Beckett's hip if necessary.

Joc a September callup and let him play everyday once the division is clinched.

This is too good to be true. I have my rose-colored glasses on today.

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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okay that makes sense

1 day, 11 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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Yes Price is a significant upgrade over Smyly.

Scherzer, Price, Sanchez in a short series will be tough.

But now you have to pick between Verlander (2014 version) and Porcello for a game 4 and it will be Verlander.

The Rays should have insisted on Porcello over Smyly.

Glad the Dodgers didn't gut the farm for Price.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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that was fhe best deadline deal since SPR

1 day, 12 hours ago on Congratulations, You Survived the Deadline

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he's not, that's why he was first on the list.

Lackey won't do diddly in the postseason

1 day, 12 hours ago on Two Hours To Go

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Lackey, Lester, nor Price, nor Lackey would have guaranteed a World Series.

Not super excited about a potential Game 4 Beckett start in the playoffs but I'm glad the Dodgers did not get fleeced and kept their best prospects at the deadline.

1 day, 12 hours ago on Two Hours To Go

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Price to the Tigers!

Wait, that wasn't it?

1 day, 12 hours ago on Two Hours To Go

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Lester can just re-sign with Boston after the season is over.

What was Oakland thinking???

1 day, 12 hours ago on Two Hours To Go

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Cespedes in Fenway's left field? holy moly...

1 day, 12 hours ago on Two Hours To Go

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