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When would Billingsley be back into a throwing program based on the latest injury? I'm sure they will buy him out but he should definitely be considered on an incentive contract. I don't think anyone will give him multi-year deal until they can see he is healthy and if he can get back to close to normal I'd take him as a 4th starter any day.
1 day, 8 hours ago on Dan Haren Exercises His 2015 Option
@NoCalExPat No personal dislike, a reflection of her job results.
4 days, 9 hours ago on Rebels have chances at Utah State, but comes up short in 14-point defeat
@the great dick tater the reality is that at this level, title contending team, to win the WS you have to have some luck. It is the difference between a shallow fly ball that the outfielder has to dive to catch and a pop up that is just out of the reach of the shortstop. Having a player perform way above career norms for a 6 week period. It is not disparaging their ability because if you are not talented there is no way you are in the position to benefit from some good luck but to act like it is some kind of magic sauce that everyone should be trying to copy is foolish. The best thing to do is keep your team highly competitive so they can benefit as well.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Logan White Leaves Dodgers For Padres
If you want to be an athletic director don't you think one of the qualifications should be the ability to hire quality coaches? So far TK Murphy has shown no ability to evaluate the situation and make the right choice in the coaching arena. She jerked Chambers around although he got the team to the playoffs, and she couldn't act fast enough to extend Hauck after his only winning season. UNLV athletics is a mess with no solution in sight.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Rebels have chances at Utah State, but comes up short in 14-point defeat
This coach indicated that this was his best team, either he has no ability to judge talent or the talent is not properly coached.
6 days, 4 hours ago on Live Blog: If UNLV can upset Utah State, the Rebels would have their first 2014 winning streak
@Jeremy_N @Ashamed Meth Goat @exceedingly boring potato A few? How about one? I've burned so many Oregon betting tickets the last few years that if Iwould have saved them I could start a bonfire.
1 month ago on A Week Of Sitting And Waiting
@Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo Since it is always hot in AZ can I suggest a light blue seersucker?
1 month, 1 week ago on Report: De Jon Watson To Leave For Diamondbacks
@Purple Drank While we saw the Rockies screw up two squeeze plays last week, when the 90' is the last 90' in scoring a run it can look mighty good. When you have someone that can bunt, like last night, it ends up being a pretty sure thing.
1 month, 1 week ago on Pedro Baez, Setup Man?
@Dustin Nosler Alright, when the lid is up, open air basketball. That's thinking outside the box.
Other than Jansen every reliever should be in a matchup role. The problem with most managers in MLB is they get suckered into trying to establish roles that must be adhered to regardless of the situation. Which is why the Brewers blew a game in which they allowed Broxton to face (I think) four left handed batters in the 8th inning. Why, because that is his role. If we had even another reliever pushing the same quality stats as Jansen I would even say that the sacred 9th inning is not locked into a single pitcher. Matchup management is the way to go.
@LA_Woman they get me cheap insurance
1 month, 1 week ago on Mailbag #11: Playoff Rotation, Mattingly’s Effect, Front Office, Joc Concerns
@Lobo @P_F_P but he is also usually gone by the 7th
how bad is your team with a gecko hitting in the 3rd spot
Pile it on.
@capnsparrow @DBrim The white sox shorts were the best. Made everyone look like a beer leaguer.
@cvrinc Great for LA residence but for those of us "in market" but not in LA we are still stuck watching it on the computer. Ban blackouts!!!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Wins above replacement loves the Dodgers’ position players, mostly
@nsxtasy at dodger stadium I've never once bought tickets ahead of time, there are so many tickets available on the drive up to the parking lot and most times you can get them at face value or less. At other stadiums I'm not sure what the resale market looks like but for Dodger Stadium support the hustlers.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 4, Padres 0: Get Used To Seeing Dan Haren
@Purple Drank @nsxtasy @Katze in de cheapau @ak825 although if you can't hit you usually can't walk either because the opposing pitcher has little fear of throwing you strikes. Unless you think throwing strikes is also luck.
@TheOcelot @DBrim Not that I want Turner starting at SS but his BABIP only has to be sustainable through October. No one is suggesting that he has become Tony Gwynn but Marco's BABIP in 2012 was unsustainable but the Gnats rode it through the playoffs.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on On Why The Dodgers Have To Deal With Hanley Ramirez’ Awful Defense
@Mike Petriello @nsxtasy wait a few years and that will be a reason to leave town not stay.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dodgers 5, D’Backs 2: Dee Gordon, Offensive Hero
@DINGERS! Love how the man boob falls. under his arm.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Brian Wilson Is Losing Velocity
@Chat dans le chapeau This doesn't provide a conversation % of runners in scoring position to runs scored which is what I want to see how the Dodgers do verse the rest of the league.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles
@PagansOedipalComplex and = or if
@PagansOedipalComplex Just from the eyeball test it appears that they often times out hit the opponent and there is always a discussion about the conversion rate during the game (the Dodgers are one for nine tonight with runners in scoring position) but I've not found that stat on a season's basis. I don't know if I notice how poorly the Dodgers do because I'm watching through blue tinted glasses and every team sucks.
@PagansOedipalComplex I understand that, which is why I'd like to see how they compare to other teams in their conversion of runners in scoring position or base runners that actually score.
@PagansOedipalComplex I that situation sure, but how does walking in front of the pitcher increase run expectancy? If Ellis hit second do you think that pitchers would be pitching around him to get to Hanley? His coveted OBP would fall closer to his BA.
@Purple Drank Do you know where to find the stats needed to determine the conversion rate?
The reason I ask is I know that Ellis is held in high regard here but walking in front of the pitcher's spot doesn't actually drive in any runs and has on many occasions just ended the inning with two runners on base. The use of obp in the article doesn't make sense to me because the ability to get on base doesn't translate into run production.
Is there an easy way to find out how well or poorly the Dodgers do in converting runners in scoring position to runs and how they compare to the rest of the league. I don't care at all about the bases loaded situation but I'm much more interested in the stranded runner rate.
@PagansOedipalComplex @Hormone Mike Can't be worse.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Nationals @ Dodgers Sept. 3, 2014: Joc Pederson Rides Again
@Omer (beercoozie) Not I as he had two WS rings on his fingers.
@ tomato @Tommy D .........................and take Ned with you.
@Tommy D If only that was Stan Kasten in the black outfit.
@foldamort choking has nothing to do with it, it is more like not having a basic plan on how to attack the specific pitcher in that situation. when even an out will produce a run there should be specific pitches that the batter should be looking for and then it is a matter of executing once the batter sees that pitch. If a batter has trouble with pitch identification (many do and are still MLB quality players) then the chance of success is less during high leverage situations.
@OCDodger Those that don't believe in situational hitting know that it will all even out. So for the next 100 bases loaded situations we will hit over .500, I guess.
What is it with the Dodgers base running, three guys trying to score from second on balls that don't leave the infield? Do they have a coach at third or a lawn statue?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Dodgers 4, Nationals 1: Clayton Kershaw gives an MVP-esque performance
Anybody know if MLB network will blackout today's game in-market?
2 months ago on Dodgers Add Five Players, Headlined By Pederson And Guerrero
Until the Dodgers figure out how to improve the offensive production from the catching position the offense will remain inconsistent. While Ellis's OBP is fine, you're not driving in many runs with a BB and Butera is just horrible.
2 months ago on Padres 2, Dodgers 1: Walked Off In Extras, Again
@LASports96 @OCDodger Is it just me or does he talk like he has had some type of stroke?
2 months ago on Dodgers 9, Dbacks 5: Much-needed offense showed up
@Jeremy_N ruled safe because the ball was in his hand but the tag was with the glove.
@Hoze That doesn't really address the protection you need if Zack opts out of his contract which I believe can happen after 2015 and Ryu is only on a four year deal so we are half way through that and he will be much more expensive to resign.
2 months ago on Tracking Yasiel Puig’s Power Outage
@Disgruntled Goat What do you think about going after Scherzer in the off-season with the Beckett/Haren money as a precaution to Zack exercising his out clause in 2016(?)
@Disgruntled Goat I've always like Billz even though he can be frustrating at times.
@Disgruntled Goat has there been any talk that both sides would be open to working a new contract?
@Disgruntled Goat yes? The CBA does allow for it or you agree that is something they should consider?
I know this is way off topic but does the CBA allow the Dodger's to exercise their buyout clause on Billingsley but then offer him a new contract? I think that the FO must have been counting on Billz returning for a healthy 2nd half at the start of the season and therefore was not too worried about going in with Beckett and Haren. The rehab injury has made everyone say that Billz Dodger career is over but why wouldn't they take a chance on his recovery with an incentive filled contract?
@Tommy D the best thing about the web, you can follow the Seattle Supersonics of OKC from afar. That is the only way to keep up with my LA Rams of STL.
2 months, 1 week ago on Dodgers 6, Mets 2: Dan Haren’s Adventurous Night
Ah, what would a game be without an early home run allowed by Haren?
2 months, 1 week ago on Mets @ Dodgers Aug. 21, 2014: Jon Niese Arrives In Los Angeles