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@DINGERS! Still needs to work on hitting lefties a bit. But if there's a long-term injury in LA, I could see him get the call over Buss or Baxter.
16 hours, 52 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@Lobo @Chris JacksonI'll try to check in. When they're on the road I won't have much to say. Plus I'll be watching a lot of hockey for the next eight days.
16 hours, 53 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@ThtsaPaddlin Probably a lot. I have no idea how Bob Walk and John Wehner still have jobs.
16 hours, 54 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@Lobo @Chris JacksonNot that I can see. The coaching hasn't seen anything (or at least they're not telling me about it). Vizcaino and Castro have been around all homestand to work with him.
16 hours, 55 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@DINGERS! I'm more impressed by his overall plate discipline. The kid's eye at the plate is better than most guys already in MLB.
16 hours, 56 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@Lobo @Chris JacksonMaybe. It's mostly mental, just an issue of finding his comfort zone. I think it's possible he'll get it by midseason, but there's no way to know for sure.
@Batted Bob Hanley has a stronger arm, makes up for those.
16 hours, 57 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
@SummerSaint @Chris Jackson There's potential for some impressive bridesmaids/female guests at this wedding. I'm not sharing them with Drank.
16 hours, 58 minutes ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
Guerrero played 5 games on this homestand, so the dreaded SSS warning should be applied here, but ...
He's not ready on defense. Now, his range is good for a 2B. He can catch that ball, that's not an issue. The issue is throwing. He tends to double-clutch a lot. You can tell he's thinking, almost too hard, about not screwing up. And then he screws up. (If this sounds like I'm retyping a comment about Dee from 3 years ago, I probably am). He did look a little smoother with the throws by Game 5. Still, if he's trying too hard not to screw up on the throws down at AAA, he won't do any better (and probably worse) in LA. I'm guessing that unless Gordon implodes completely, Guerrero will spend the bulk of this season with the Topes.
Now, as for the hitting, despite VND's "anyone can homer at ABQ" (she has clearly never seen Rojas try to hit a baseball), I think Guerrero is looking good there. Remember, the Dodgers do not care about the end result (homer, double, flyout, etc.). They care about how his swing looks, how he's approaching certain situations (0-2, 3-2, RISP, etc.), and how he's handling different types of pitches in those situations. Right now I see a guy who's showing some patience at the plate (not every AB, but no one does), seems to have a good grasp of when to swing and when not to, and is using the entire field instead of just being pull-happy.
Go ahead and chew on that for a bit.
Oh, and since Dustin always says it, I'll add #NotAScout here, too.
And since they're on the road, I'm gonna go to a wedding today and get really drunk. Woots!
17 hours, 1 minute ago on Catching Nothing But Grief
Topes sweep the Chihuahuas behind (gasp) good starting pitching! Red Patterson makes it four-for-four on quality starts in the series. Bullpen still needs some work, but I think this Topes team might be fun to cover after all. Especially if they keep finishing in under 3 hours.
1 day, 6 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives
Upstaging Pederson tonight is ... (wait for it) ... Griff Erickson! He's 4-for-4 with a home run, three doubles, two runs and four RBI.
It's been a weird night in ABQ.
1 day, 7 hours ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers April 18, 2014: Hanley Lives
@Tired Math Cat @Chris Jackson@Kewldood69For the record I scored higher on the math portion of the SAT back in 1995. And I was hungover when I took it.
@ABSmileBunch @Chris JacksonThe Topes are about to go on the road. Now would be a good time.
@Tired Math Cat @Chris Jackson@Kewldood69I had to take one math class in college. That's it, all that was required of me. And I slept through most of it and got a C.
@DBrim @Chris JacksonNow batting .444 (24-for-54)
@Kewldood69 @Chris JacksonIt's a well-known fact that journalists are bad at math.
Whoops, no, sorry, 3-for-4.
Your Joc Pederson update through six innings: 3-for-3, run, double.
@Disgruntled Goat @Chris Jackson@Kewldood69It's not bottled. Marble is bottling their barley wine this year, but I think it may only be available to members this year.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/8 – 4/14
@Kewldood69 @Disgruntled Goat@Chris JacksonDank and Nelson are La Cumbre beers.
@Disgruntled Goat @Chris JacksonI could send Dank and Father Nelson, their Triple IPA, which comes out Monday.
@Disgruntled Goat @Chris JacksonWould a 2014 Brewing News national IPA champion Project Dank work?
@Disgruntled Goat @Chris JacksonWANT.
@Disgruntled Goat @Chris JacksonNope. I've never had anything from there.
We've had three straight Topes games end in under 3 hours. Looking at the way the wind is whipping through here, I kinda doubt we'll get a fourth.
Miguel Rojas was just intentionally walked. You all might want to seek shelter. The end is clearly nigh.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Exhale
Zach Lee's manager says he's ready for the big leagues if the Dodgers need him. I can't disagree. Game story!
3 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 16, 2014: The Problem With Juan Uribe’s Offense
The Topes win 3-1. In 2 hours, 33 minutes. Mind. Blown.
@PagansOedipalComplex @Chris Jackson@DBrimEl Paso's roster is littered with those types.
@DBrim @Chris JacksonHe'll be fine. The coaching staff won't let it happen.
It should be noted that woulda-been HR was off LHP Tony Sipp.
Just witnessed a rarity: the ABQ wind took a home run away. Pederson blasted one to left-center, but it was knocked down flat.
On the bright side, Alex Guerrero's bat is heating up again. Single and now a double in his last 2 at-bats.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 16, 2014: The Problem With Juan Uribe’s Offense
@Barney G @SaintCookiesThat's what we used to say about the '07 Pirates.
@SaintCookies @Chris JacksonI just hope they remember to play defense in front of MAF. It was painful to watch on a couple of those goals.
Oh, and Saint Cookies, how about the Penguins giving us higher blood pressure right off the bat in Game 1?
Final line on Zach Lee tonight: 6 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. 53 of his 89 pitches were for strikes. And I would say his pure stuff looked better the other night, so that makes this even more impressive.
Tonight is the last night of media relations director Laura Verillo with the Topes. They just wheeled a dessert cart into the press box. VICTORY IS OURS!
@capnsparrow @Chris Jackson@*VND*With the exception of 1980-83 (Deutschland!), I have lived in either Colorado Springs, El Paso, Albuquerque, Tucson, Hermosa Beach, and ABQ again for the bulk of my life.
@*VND* Shh, just close your eyes and accept the hockey ...
@Noel D BRANDON SUTTER!!!
@DBrim @Chris JacksonThis is the same man who once complained about Vin Scully's style of announcing.
3 days, 9 hours ago on Dodgers’ prospect Chris Reed throws six no-hit innings
Our most curmudgeonly of official scorers is working tonight. He's been griping about everything from Lee taking too much time between pitches to the in-game promotions. Thank you, lord, for the start of Penguins-Jackets third period. I can listen to the radio broadcast now and not him.
@ryus_hadouken @Chris JacksonThere's not a lot of water out there. Maybe a 3-eyed lizard or two.
@ryus_hadouken New Mexico. WIPP is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. There was a radiation leak there recently. People freaked out even though it wasn't too serious.
@ryus_hadouken @Chris JacksonWe're not gonna let him near WIPP, don't worry. (And that's probably a "you have to be from NM to get it" joke)
@KMT59 @Chris JacksonLaura won't let us watch hockey during the game. And Pens-Jackets has been bonkers fun.
All the non-prospects did well for the Topes in the first inning. Pederson hit into a 3-6-3 DP, Guerrero flew out to end the inning. In between, Romak homered and Buss had an RBI single. Zach Lee had a pretty good first inning, allowing just a walk and striking out Kyle Blanks.
Either you've all gotten unnaturally quiet or Livefyre is malfunctioning tonight.
Topes game story, with quotes from Pederson when he finally remembered to come talk to us. Kids these days ...
4 days, 6 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 15, 2014: Jackie Robinson Day
Topes win 11-3 ... in less than 3 hours!
4 days, 7 hours ago on Dodgers @ Giants April 15, 2014: Jackie Robinson Day