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My main problem, other than the fact that I just like watching Matt Kemp play baseball in Dodger Blue, is that in the past couple of weeks we've seen our two best hitters (which apologies to Puig) in Hanley and Kemp leave and be replaced with a declining 36 year old and Joc Pederson, who underwhelmed in his major league debut. We have a weaker lineup as a result. Yeha, okay, we'll hit better in the 8 spot, but that hardly makes up for it in my mind.
To me, the better play was to keep Puig and off-load Carl Crawford or Ethier on somebody, which would have left Kemp, Pederson, and Kemp to field an outfield somehow.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on So Long, Matt Kemp
@TellMyWifeISaidGoodbye @lakersfan713 I don't agree, but whatever. I really doesn't matter.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Night That Blew Up Baseball
I really don't like or understand the Kemp trade at all. I think all we did is make the team worse.
Remember that when you hear the Dodgers are hiring too many “nerds” and not enough “baseball people.”
Life-long Dodgers fan, long-time reader of Mike's work, but very infrequent poster here.
At the risk of sounding uninitiated, I have wondered whether there are too many sabermetric guys in the new front office and not enough baseball guys. I think a good organization needs both, so it's good to see Scott Bream as a new hire.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers Reportedly Add Three More To Front Office: Bream, Carr, Finley
So what the heck has been wrong with Kershaw, anyyway?
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Julio Urias dominates in first Dodgers’ spring start
So long, MTSI. I don't post here, but it's been a daily stop for me for years. I'll definitely migrate over to Dodgersdigest.com.
1 year ago on Death To MSTI. Long Live MSTI.
@Chavez Ravine Fiend @lakersfan713 That was pretyt comical, wasn't it? Also, things have gotten pretty bad when you have to relay on Juan Uribe to produce in the top half of the lineup.
Certianly Ethier in CF is pretyt scary, too, but at least he has experience.
Anyway, I get - the sentiment seems to be F-it, at least we get to see what he can do now. I can't argue with that.
1 year, 8 months ago on Merry Puigmas
Puig in CF is what scares me. He'll be fine at the plate; at least as good as Tony Gwynn or someone else. But hte idea of sticking a guy with this little experience in CF when he's not a CFer in the first place is a little frightening. And it's not like the Dodgers can afford to give away hits and runs right now.
I don't want to see the guy scarred by a bad appearance on the big league team before he's inevitably sent back down.
I hate to be the downer here, but as exciting as it will be to see him in the bigs, personally I wish the Dodgers would have gone another direction.
Yikes - sorry about the typos. It's called a failure to a proofread.
1 year, 8 months ago on Will Matt Kemp’s Truly Awful May End With a Disabled List Trip?
If Kemp goes on the DL, I think they ought to consider bringing Gwynn up. At least he's a legitimate centerfielder, and really, can he bring less offense than Kemp recently? Kemp was, what, 1 for 13 with like 10 strikeouts in the last few games? My bring up Pedeson before he's ready? Same with PUig: he's not capable of playing CF and he's apparenlty not ready wuite yet either.
I haven't read the comments on this, but it seems to me that moving him down is the only way to go. You just can't keep him in either the 3 or 4 spot when he's getting close to zero production. I think we should wait till Hanley is back, then going with something approaching this:
2) M. Ellis
8) the immortal Juan Uribe.
Does this make sense to anyone?
1 year, 8 months ago on Dodgers Facing Limited Options With Matt Kemp
@Mike Petriello @lakersfan713 I'm not really blaming him so much as asking the question. I'm not enough of a technical baseball guy to pretend to know what Kemp's problem is, but I wonder why the hitting coach hasn't figured it out.
1 year, 8 months ago on If There’s One Good Reason to Fire Don Mattingly…
I'm sorry, but I fail to see how Tim Wallach or someone else assuming the mantle of managerial leadership from Donny Baseball is going to make Kenley Jenson pitch better, or make Brandon League not be horrible in save situations, or make matt kemp play like Matt Kemp again.
Ownerhsip needs to look to the guy who put the team together to find fault for the bullpen's failure and for hte host of mediocre to horrible utility players we have, and to Mark McGuire for Matt Kemp's failure to hit this season
Okay, Mike, after reading your article and watchingthe replay several times, I recind my question on the previous thread about what Adrian was doing. You're right - the fault lies with Quentin.
Mattingly being as old school as he is, I have no doubt somebody's going to get beaned on Monday night.
1 year, 9 months ago on Nothing But Bad News From the Brawl That Injured Zack Greinke
@JohnM Somebody's almost assuredly going to get plunked today - Mattingly is old school. And frankly, they deserve it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 11, 2013: Greinke vs Marquis, Really?
Has anyone seen a shot of what Adrian was going during this situation? Shouldn't he (along with Ellis) be running towards Q?
I hope that we throw at the Padres pitcher in the next game.
This is slightly off-topic, but it doesn't appear to me that Zach Lee did all that well in AA ball last year. I know how you feel about ERA, but regardless, 4.50 or so isn't very good. IS he overrated, or am I overreacting?
2 years, 3 months ago on Pitchers Break, But You Still Need Them: Hiroki Kuroda
I fervently hope that you're right and I'm wrong. I'm just in a cynical mood this morning.
2 years, 5 months ago on Kemp, Dodgers Knocked Out in Colorado
Sorry to be negative, but this team just isn't going to make the playoffs. They aren't good or consistent enough. There's always next year.
Errr...I meant, "sign Dwight..."
2 years, 6 months ago on No News Is Same News In Dwight Howard Sweepstakes
Fuck Dwight. I'm sick of the whole thing. Since Bynum and move on.
More importantly, someone please convince me that (a) the Lakers don't intend to go into another season without any backup SG on the roster, (b) the Lakers' plan isn't for the only backup SG to be Skyenga, or (c) the Lakers another realistic plan to keep Kobe's minutes at below 47.9 per game. I haven't seem even a peep of news on that more important front.
Okay, that came out a little more negative than I wanted. That's why I should proof-read these things, which I don't do. Sorry.
You really are looking at this too negatively, though. Nash's game isn't built on speed. His shooting touch is still there. He's a guy who can, and is, still playing at a very high level. He and Kobe and Gasol will figure it out. All of that passing and scoring ability? Great things will be in store.
I for one think Kobe will be better and more efficient at this stage of his career off the ball with a real PG.
Who cares about the future - this team is built for the now. If they were thinking about the future, they would've amnestied Kobe (stop laughing, and no I'm not advocating that), traded Gasol for a trade exception and draft picks, and either traded Bynum or tell him that he has the con. That's not how the Lakers operate, and it's not how they've ever, ever operated.
Don't worry, 2015 and beyond will work out. It always does.
2 years, 6 months ago on Desperate Lakers Overpay For Steve Nash
That's just stupid, and so are you.
First, Nash has shown almost no signs of decline. His assit rate and raw numbers are as high or higher than ever. His shooting percentage is as high as ever. His game is built on smarts, court vision, passing ability, and the ability to run the pick and roll to perfection.
So now we have that Kobe guy - you know, the #5 all-time leading scorer in NBA history and undeniably the 2nd best SG ever - coupled with a sweet, sweet passing PF. Three guys who each may have hte highest basketball IQs at their respective positions in the league.
Personally, I'd give up to 1st rounders in themid to low 20s in a heartbeat for this.
Defense isn't worse; it's unchanged. If anyone knows how to do PG-deficient D, it's the Lakers. After all, even though he's slowing down, they still have that other guard - what's his name again? - who's made, what, 9 or 10 All-NBA defensive teams?
Depth: they can still get depth. How's this affected by the Nash deal? They just have to pci kthe right couple of players with their mini-MLE and min salary tools. Between Goudlelock and Darius Earvin-Kareem-Worthy-Johnson-Odom, it looks like at least one of them will be a shooter. And don't you think having one of the best PGs, oh, you know, EVER, in practice every day, who happens to be on a 2 or 3 years fixed plan to retirement, might just help out a guy like Darius Morris, who's a pass-first PG but needs to become a real NBA player? Instead of him having Derek Fisher (we love 'ya, but you were always a short SG) or Ramon Sessions (That's my job, not yours, for the long term).
Does this guarantee a title? Of course not. is this a big, big day for the Lakers? Absolutely.