LA's Little Ethiopia. More injera, please!
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@Lobo @toomanyhatz @DBrim Of course! I'm being silly. Still, the big difference was they spent the end part of June doing just enough to win. They've started July doing just enough to lose, and frustrating the hell out of us while they're doing it. I'm sure that'll turn around again. As Vin says, this game'll drive you crazy.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Cleveland Sporting Team @ Dodgers July 2, 2014: House Money Lineup
@DBrim Yeah, but that was June. July is looking far too much like May so far.
@Purple Drank Man, I hate agreeing with Rick and Charlie, but...they're right, Butera should be running for Hanley.
@Mike Petriello Extra incentive for me is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (and the Jazz Museum, housed in the same complex). Never been, heard it's great. My wife and I are planning to make a road trip of it and include St. Louis and Chicago (I've been to both stadiums in Chicago, but love the city and she's never been).
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Dodgers @ Royals June 23, 2014: Don’t Think About The Last Time These Teams Met
The best base runner in the game is on 1st, and the hottest hitter in the game BUNTS?? Did that REALLY just happen?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on White Sox @ Dodgers June 4, 2014: The Lefty Lineup Shuffle
Batting 6th. Great. Way to show confidence, Mattingly.
I know Ethier's hitting now, but 2nd? I thought he was big on having speed up top.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Reds @ Dodgers May 28, 2014: Matt Kemp, Welcome Back
Pinch-ran for Chone Figgins? Odd for a guy with no more than a handful of stolen bases at any time in his career. I presume it was just to get him into the game.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Dodgers Call Up Jamie Romak, Trade For Johnny Monell
Proof that baseball is a weird game. We're all praying for the return of Uribe, aren't we? Unthinkable a year ago. The scary thing is it'll probably be for a higher annual value than the last contract.
The market is pretty thin out there, though. Solid D and erratic hitting will actually cost you at least $7 mil a year these days.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Here’s Who Isn’t Playing Third Base Next Year
Actually, it would be great if Mattingly would use the two interchangeably dependent on the situation rather than in defined roles set in stone. But we all know that ain't gonna happen.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Brian Wilson Returns: Welcome Back, You Big Weirdo
Also known as 'The Andruw Jones principle."
Small sample size, and the need could have been filled more cheaply. I hope I'm wrong and he's totally back and is the best setup guy in the game and then is so happy in LA he stays for the 2nd year. Love the Eeyore image, but it's not really me. I think it's more a general reaction to the ridiculousness of salaries. Kershaw's worth whatever the market will bear, but no setup guy is worth $10 mil. a year. Glad he's there in case Kenley falters, mind you. I think that's the one thing he offers that they couldn't have gotten without overpaying SOMEONE.
I would feel a lot better about it if the second year was a mutual option rather than a player one. NOT happy guaranteeing a setup guy $19 million. Basically, if he disappoints, they're screwed. If he succeeds, he's overpriced. And if he succeeds wildly, he doesn't exercise the option and ends up going elsewhere. Kind of win/win for Wilson and lose/lose for the Dodgers.
Is it wrong of me to really want Haren mainly because our pitchers' hitting, already the best in the majors, will get even better?
9 months ago on Talking Myself Into Dan Haren
Problem is you're going to end up paying their salary one way or another, and you at least have some idea how they'll play if healthy. Joc could very well be a flop. And just for some perspective, he hit .278 at Chatanooga and is not a great fielder. (The OBP is encouraging, though.)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The Dodgers Will Trade An Outfielder, Unless They Don’t
Yeah. Outfielder surplus. Just like that pitching surplus we had last year.
Just go in with four outfielders, and if you must trade one, make it Pederson. Somebody will get hurt. And Crawford ain't gonna give you more than 400 ABs anyway.
And in the unlikely event you have an extended period where all are healthy, bench either Crawford or Ethier (maybe both) against lefties, use whoever most needs the rest as DH in AL parks. The rest will sort itself out.
Why on earth are Buss and Sellars on the 40-man roster? I would have much rather kept Herrera than either of them.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Elian Herrera Is Gone Now, In Case You Cared
If Brandon League wasn't pitching as well as he's been the last week or so, I might take a chance on WIlson. But it's a crapshoot at best, and he comes along with an ego on a team that's pretty light on 'high-maintenance' players (Puig of course being the exception). I say don't rock the boat. The only parts that are worth more than a minimum price are a long-term 2B solution or an extra starter. I trust the bullpen to hold up more than I trust the Capuano/Fife #5 slot.
1 year ago on Your Worst Nightmare: Brian Wilson, Dodger?
Other than last night's game- and the whole team looked like they were engaged in a pathetic attempt to "make something happen"- he hasn't looked NEARLY as lost at the plate this year. I'll take .230/.320/.350 with good D from him and be thrilled.
1 year, 3 months ago on Juan Uribe, Paragon of Plate Discipline
I had fun just now looking at the Dodgers calendar on Yahoo! Sports. Did you know that, outside of the week of April 14-20, in which they went 0-6, the Dodgers are actually 10-5?
OK, I will stop conversing with my inner Ross Porter now.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers Look to Right the Ship on 6 Game Homestand to Close April
Yeah, but where was that HR you promised us?
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers 3, Mets 2: Juan Uribe for President
Funny old world. I was assuming we'd lose this game, then it looked like we'd win it, then we lost it. I don't blame Donnie this time, though. So I resign myself to the fact that at least we got lots of encouraging signs from Kemp and Lilly, and really, considering how poorly everyone else has fared against Harvey, I'll take tagging him for three runs as another encouraging sign.
1 year, 3 months ago on Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Now That’s a Gut Punch
@BearHunter90 @toomanyhatz Wrong Ellis- I meant Mark. Schumakers' OBP and BA are both flukes. OK, maybe not the OBP so much, but I'll take the slightly lower one that comes with occasional power and speed.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers @ Mets April 24, 2013: Sigh, It’s Ted Lilly
Schumaker leading OFF? WTF??? I get giving CC (who's suddenly slumping, don't know if anyone noticed) a day off, but I'd much rather see Ellis (who's hot) leading off, Pnnto (getting lucky, mostly, though he is a scrapper) #2 and Schumaker 8th.
I totally blame Donnie for this one. It's a game you have a chance to win, and Jansen's clearly on his game, and Belisario's clearly not. If he gets in trouble take him out, but if it's worth throwing him out there for that second inning it's worth letting him get six outs even if you lose the chance to use him next game. For all we know the second game's a blowout and we don't need him.
And he absolutely does not know how to use Skip Schumaker. And he should be either giving Uribe more chances- he certainly can't be worse than what we've gotten so far- or they should just release him. All this talk about Sellers' job being defensive- that's the one thing Uribe can DO!! I keep reading how Cruz and Sellers are easily the best defensive players there but I just don't see how either of them are better than Uribe.
1 year, 4 months ago on Orioles 7, Dodgers 5: That’s Five Losses In a Row
Kenley's on his game. He and League should trade roles. Which might happen yet this year.
1 year, 4 months ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 11, 2013: Greinke vs Marquis, Really?
Didn't think of it that way, but absolutely right. Maybe we can compromise by making it a long deal. 10/260, maybe? Might both sides be pleased with that?
1 year, 8 months ago on Once Again: Josh Hamilton Or Matt Kemp?
Tying Kemp up- at an annual value a couple million less than Grienke's getting, not to harp on that- now looks like a stroke of genius. Tie up Kershaw NOW before the price goes up again!
So they're willing to spend millions and millions on a surplus of pitching- not that I'm complaining about that- but they're not just releasing Uribe outright because it'll cost them about the same as the nail on Grienke's non-ptiching hand? The mind boggles.
1 year, 8 months ago on So Long, Scott Van Slyke
Fine, if you don't buy that, replace him with Cueto or Sele. Lincecum has had one terrible year and two great ones, Grienke has had one great one. Other than that they average out pretty similar. That's off the top of my head, too. There are plenty more that are question marks due to age or health but have a similar WAR over the past 5 years. Fact remains he's been in the top 10 for WAR precisely twice in his career- 2008 and 2009.
1 year, 8 months ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
Verlander, Cain, Weaver, Price, Kershaw, Lincecum, Gio, Felix, Sabathia, Dickey. OK, there's 10, and that's off the top of my head. I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of right off.
Take your pick. There is no metric, traditional or advanced, that puts him in the top 10-15 pitchers in baseball. He's just under that, and would be a #1 on a lot of teams, but that's still not worth what they paid. He'd need to FAR exceed expectations to be worthy of being paid more than Cain, etc., and like I said, it's never happened before in Dodgers history. It's possible my pessimism is superstitious. I sure hope so.
Yes, but only upper realm for 3 years out of 7. And it didn't bring them to where it was intended to- a winner in the postseason. I doubt there's a Dodger fan alive who wouldn't go back in time to give Piazza the exact same contract (which is what he was asking- he was a salary dump for the Dodgers to sign Brown. They could have had Piazza AND Sheffield in their lineup had they been willing to give Piazza what he wanted.)
@Dang88 @Disgruntled Goat
That's true, but I griped like crazy when the Yankees' spendthrift ways drove everyone's price up. I prefer this to being hamstrung, but I don't like seeing the team I've loved my entire life painting a giant (pun intended) target on their own backs. They better win the next 5 WS, or a whole lot of fans are going to feel very let down.
Grienke could be the #1 pitcher on many teams- still doesn't prove he's an elite pitcher. He'd be #3 or 4 on the Giants, who might still have a superior rotation when all is said and done. (I realize that's counting on a bounce-back season from the Freak, but there's a good chance that'll happen.)
Could you be a little more specific?
Hate to be Eeyore here, but the unavoidable downside here is, no matter how he performs, we have just paid a #2 pitcher as an elite. He is not elite, he never will be, and we paid him all that money simply because a) we have it and b) it was the only way to get a #2 pitcher, which we obviously needed. When Kershaw refuses to sign for uner $30 million a year, he'll have to have a few years in a row like his '09 year for this to be even remotely a good deal. And let's go back a while. Remember Don Stanhouse? Dave Goltz? Darren Driefort? When's the last time the Dodgers overpaid a pitcher and ended up getting a decent deal on it? Try NEVER! I like the Ryu deal- if he pans out into a #3, he's a relatively cheap one, puts him in team control for the perfect number of years and makes the requisite splash on the international market. Good all around. I'll be VERY happy if I;m wrong about Grienke, but I think most likely scenario is we get a good year or two out of him then he breaks down. When your best-case scenario is for it to work out as well as the Kevin Brown deal, you know you're grasping at straws.
I probably didn't express it well, but what I meant was: the first free agent signing is most likely to be the overpay/overextend. It seems more likely to me that there are other relievers out there as good that could be had later on, for less money and less years. Solid 4th outfielders that can fill in for CC if he's not ready in April are at more of a premium. Meaning, if we were inevitably going to overpay SOMEBODY, I'd rather it be another position than, as you call him, a non-elite reliever. I didn't mind the Rivera signing so much, for example, for just that reason.
1 year, 9 months ago on Brandon League Returns to Dodgers For Three Years, And The Internet is Angry
This is what Coletti does that drives me crazy. I get that sometimes you have to overpay, and make a splash early on in the signing season, but I think there were more important issues to be addressed first. If you're going to overpay/give somebody too many years inevitably, why not overpay a 4th outfielder? Or a starting pitcher? Or even a backup catcher?
Second question- has there been a single Doger FA pitcher signing of more than three years that's been trouble-free any time in the last 10-15 years? Can't think of one.
Declining Treanor was a good move, but I will miss Misty May in the stands.
1 year, 9 months ago on Pay Brandon League, or Keep a Bullpen on a Budget?
@KirkDavenport I'm a big Mark Ellis defender, but he's no Jimmy Rollins. Not that, as we both pointed out, we have anyone anywhere near that level as a leadoff guy. Crawford next year, maybe, if he can stay healthy.
1 year, 11 months ago on Diamondbacks @ Dodgers September 1, 2012: Skaggs vs Beckett
I know that Victorino hasn't really been getting on base as much as the Dodgers were hoping, but can anyone explain to me why they've switched him and Ellis? Makes no sense- Ellis is a much better #2 hitter than he is a leadoff guy- notwithstanding the fact that the Dodgers don't really have a leadoff person and haven't all year- why put Ellis, whose talent is moving runners along, in a spot where that does no good? If I see AJ Ellis getting on, moved along by a bunt and then stalled on the basepaths one more time I will lose it.
So one run each game instead of none. I suppose that's an improvement. If Capuano pitches well enough, perhaps we'll get a 1-0 win tomorrow. We sure know we won't get any hitting out of the C position (but Treanor's not Capuano's personal catcher...yeah, right).
2 years ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 21, 2012: Welcome Back, Rubby
Oh, and just to be clear- I'm not even 'defending' Loney- I'd LOVE to see him take the same stagecoach out of town that they'll hopefully put Uribe on as well. I'm just saying it's a bit too late to cut bait now when (as history shows) Loney's likely to start turning it around. Unless you have a better option (and as I've said all along, I think they don't), the time to have cut him lose would've been May, not now.
2 years ago on Dodgers @ Braves August 17, 2012: Capuano vs Hanson
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy , if you think I'm saying "lay off the poor guy," you misunderstand. I'm just saying you'll get better results out of him by leaving him alone than you will by trying to get him to change his approach in order to hit with more power. I think he has this year, and we've all seen the results. And as far as Sands putting runs on the board, I personally think .280/.340/.420 (Loney's career averages and a not unlikely sceneario for the rest of the year considering how hot he gets in September) is preferable to what we'll get out of Sands the rest of the way (.240/.310/.440 is my 'optimistic' guess- and that's not even considering that he's never proven he can be an every day MLB PLAYER, let alone regular 1B).
I've said it before, I'll say it again- Loney has had people tweak/mess with/make suggestions about his swing since day one. Folks constantly forget that he's a lifetime .288 hitter. Quit pressuring him to be the big RBI guy just 'cause he's a first baseman and let him do his thing! I honestly don't think Sands would be any better at this point. You might gain a bit of power, but his OBP won't be any better, and you lose CONSIDERABLE defensive skills. I can see bringing him up to face LHP and relegating Rivera to OF backup and PH, but I don't think mashing at Albuquerque proves much of anything.
@nsxtasy Closers should NEVER get a contract for more than two years, unless they've proven themselves for many years in a row. For every Mariano Rivera there's a thousand Eric Gagnes. Also why I think Lee Smith should be in the HoF, by the way- he was the first to do the job consistently for many years.
2 years ago on Chris Capuano Does it All As Dodgers Top Marlins
ONE OF? How about best starter as a Dodger.
You've gotta love that, by refusing to pitch around Ramirez, Ozzie let him beat 'em. Great day, despite the sightings of Uribe on the bench reminding us that he's still taking a roster spot.
At the beginning of the year I was wondering who'd by the Juan Uribe of 2012. I was betting on Kennedy, not Uribe AGAIN! Even Loney gets some work, but I guess he's not quite the black hole Uribe is, and he often gets hot late in the year. I think one of two things is happening: either he's there as motivation to other players: "this is what happens when you don't produce"- or coaches are working with him and will only put him in as PH or spot starter if he shows them something in BP.
2 years ago on Juan Uribe, Highly-Paid Spectator
Lest we forget, Loney and Rivera are both traditionally far better in the 2nd half, so retaining them is an upgrade in itself (though I know we'll never get the power from Loney we allegedly "need" from a 1B- I say quit trying to force him into the #5 or 6 slot and accept him as the #2 hitter he is). The ones I really want to see gone are Kennedy and Uribe. Time to cut your losses with Uribe and chalk it up as the failure some of us always knew it was.
2 years, 1 month ago on Open Question: How Different Will This Roster Look?
The splits I wonder about are Loney's April/May vs. June-Sept. stats. I just wonder if we'd get "better than Loney" out of any of those people for the rest of the year, which is what we're really talking about. It's not worth the expense at this point. I say deal with Loney for the rest of the year and then look to the free agent market. The position that really needs a serious upgrade is 3rd, anyway.
2 years, 2 months ago on Looking Ahead to the Inevitable Upgrade on James Loney