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@SpaceOptimusDamus (optimistic math cat) @craigary Thanks, I try to be an optimistic cat, too. ;) Though this season has been a real test of that.
1 week, 6 days ago on Who Is Responsible For the Never-Ending String of Dodger Injuries?
On the plus side, Hanley looks to be making great contact right off the bat. He had some bad luck of his own last night--some good defense and/or balls hit right at people, before finally doubling late. If we could just have a frickin lineup in which we have Kemp healthy (plus Puig!), CC back, Van Slyke + Ethier platooning, AJ Ellis back (not that Fed and Hernandez are doing that poorly), Punto healthier, and then HanRam plus Gonzalez mashing, they should score more runs. But, y'know, it's hard to feel confident that this will happen for more than like a day before someone else gets hurt.
Thanks for doing this Mike. Someone had to! Despite the fact that there are *some* reasons for *some* of the injuries -- or at least some are less surprising (like CC's hammy and the fact that Kemp is still recovering from his from last year, and a couple of the pitchers are older) -- I still don't remember seeing a team with this much crap, fluky bad luck in a long time. I mean we had two pitchers injured in the same inning the other night. Fortunately both appear okay but sheesh. Might as well blame Jobu or Shpunt or whoever alongside the training staff. I do think Ned shares some blame for putting together a somewhat aging or injury prone roster (again, just in some cases, doesn't explain all), and even the farm/drafting staff for not getting us enough good depth in the minors--though how many systems have depth at every single position which is about what the Dodgers have needed this year. It's the "perfect storm" of fluke luck, a few aging players in worst case scenarios, bad luck with pitchers, and whatever curse has been laid upon us.
Hard to blame Donnie when more than half his desired lineup has been out or banged up and 7 starting pitchers (!) have been on the DL.
@JFK03 Dave Cameron who also called the Mariners the 6th best org in baseball (thus we call him Dave "#6 Org" Cameron) about 4 years ago and nothing since then has shown them to be within 15 spots of that designation. But anyway, I digress.
1 month, 1 week ago on So You Want to Fire Your Manager
@LurkingAtWork @Shmolnick As I said above, Joe Maddon is the one guy I think would get better results. Maybe. And he's not available. Trey Hillman? Please. Tim Wallach? Like him, but see no evidence he would manage much differently or be an improvement. Tony LaRussa? (as a Giants fan acquaintance insists to me will be the next Dodger manager) No. Davey Lopes might be more fiery than Donnie, maybe he'd get results, I don't see much from his track record to suggest it though.
Mike and Jon Weisman both killing it today in addressing this topic. Will this shaddup the masses looking to tar and feather a scapegoat? No. But it's something. (As I've said before, unless the Dodgers can somehow finagle Joe Maddon away from Tampa, which I'd fully support, I'm not sure who else is out there who would be a clear improvement. I'm frankly not sure who's out there who has the magic elixir that would fix all the injuries and some of the general (mis)management at this point other than maybe Gandalf the Grey. (I think he's busy.)
@Lobo @craigary thanks, wasn't sure how to do that and test it without screwing something up.
2 months ago on Is It Time For Yasiel Puig Now? How About Now? (No.)
@da purple drank @craigary Yep, as I said with Kershaw... hoping that was just a blip. Cain has been bad in just about every start though, other than vs our offensively-challenged Dodgers.
While I won't mock too much because I want to make sure Kershaw's one bad start was just that, a blip, and other aces are struggling, too, I can't say I mind seeing Matt Cain so shitty right now. He's getting rocked again. What is the Giants SP ERA?
Mike, as per our discussion on Twitter, I did this pic for you. (I wish I'd had time to dig up that episode and make a better still frame but we work with what we got. ;) )
I can only add this, because everything else has already been said.
2 months ago on Padres @ Dodgers April 15, 2013: Jackie Robinson Day
@capnsparrow LOL. So wrong.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Giants @ Dodgers April 3, 2013: Juan Uribe Lives! Kevin Gregg Does Not!
@dodgersdan @Hoagiebum Fortunately the undeniably talented McCutcheon doesn't pitch for Pittsburgh. ;)
@capnsparrow Also is it too much to ask the Cards get a little revenge for the playoffs and win their series in SF? Probably shouldn't get my hopes up.
@EephusBlue @DeucesWild Both you guys are right in your way. It sucks, because it's the Giants, but it's early.
Also remember how hot the Dodgers were in the first half of last season? I'd still prefer a good record early but it's often zero indication of how a team will end up.
@Lobo Schumaker's fine. Also with Hanley healthy we'd get a lot less Uribe or Punto and no Sellers. But Schu was a solid pickup as a rotational guy off the bench. Of Colletti's off season moves (there weren't actually that many) both Schu and JP Howell were pretty good under the radar pickups.
@NativeWharf Naw, it's over. Didn't you get the memo from the irrational ship-jumpers below? ;)
@lafan4life78 Based on 3 games? Good call. I bet they go 1-161 myself. /jumps off bridge