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1 year ago on Giants @ Dodgers September 12, 2013: Remember the Giants?
I like the big lead but the Dodgers are not battle tested which was reflected in their performances against playoff caliber teams like Cincinnati and especially Boston. Every night is a must win game for Boston and that type of game grinding is different from a regular season game. Every pitch counts and every missed play is magnified.The Dodgers are World Series capable talent wise but going through the grind is a whole other ballgame. Literally. If they have an Achilles Heel that would be it.
Hilarious. After all the hating on Uribe for two years you're stuck defending him. Life is sweet sometimes. Young will help in many ways. First, he's a professional hitter off the bench who has been through the wars.Second, if anyone gets hurt you have a valuable back up.But mostly, I'm guessing the Dodgers are looking to the World Series when they might need a DH.
1 year ago on Future Dodger Michael Young Is Now Current Dodger Michael Young
Matt Kemp is a star but he is not and never will be a superstar. One good year does not a superstar make. Although he possesses all 5 tools he continues to do things he should have long ago learned not to do. He has zero baseball IQ and it shows up in a hundred little ways. Little ways that cost ballgames. Missing the cutoff man, constant base running blunders, always trying to act cool instead of just getting the job done anyway he can. I won't even mention chasing 10,000 in the dirt, low and away sliders. He's no longer a prospect. This is as good as he'll ever be..280 hitter with 20 or so home runs but a ton of strikes outs and absolutely no situational hitting skills.Yes, he's a great guy and an unbelievable humanitarian but a superstar? Hardly.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Dodgers Head Into The Bronx To Face A Team That Knows From Injuries
Eithier is what he is. A streaky head case who never will hit lefties consistently. He plays decent defense and would make a good fourth outfielder and pinch hitter off the bench. Puig needs to play everyday but if you noticed, when Arizona came in on his hands he had trouble. So lets not make him a superstar just yet. He'll need to adjust the way all hitters adjust and he can expect pitchers to keep busting him inside until he does. Who knows, maybe Kemp will notice how Puig handles that low and away slider and take the hint. Hey, it could happen.
1 year, 3 months ago on One Year of Andre Ethier
@Technogit I'm sure you haven't been in a lot of fights but McGuire was looking for somebody to deck . Matt Williams was smart enough to just grab his jersey and not provoke him. Most baseball players during fights are looking for someone to dance with but McGuire had bad intentions and the Diamondbacks were wise to not give him a reason to fight.
1 year, 3 months ago on A Brawl With No Winners Whatsoever
When you compete hard in sports things sometimes happen. Besides, most baseball fight injuries are someone getting his toes stepped on anyway.Staying in the dugout while your teammates fight would be the epitome of cowardice. Nobody wants to go to war with someone who doesn't have his back. The fault was Kennedy's for going headhunting TWICE and his suspension will likely show that. Selig is pretty wimpy himself so you never know but tonight's game should be interesting.
@This is My World I think they did use two words and the second word was "you".
There is no solution to the closer role on the current roster which leaves only the trade route.Even though they should, they won't trade Eithier and eat half his salary so that won't work either. Maybe waiting until the trade deadline will free up some players but Dodger fans need to face some harsh realities. As currently constructed the bullpen is not capable of winning a pennant. League's problems are obvious and Jansen has two pitches, both the same speed. Major league hitters will eat his lunch in the closer role. Yes, it's only June but the Dodger season is over unless they trade for new arms.
1 year, 3 months ago on Brandon League Strikes Again. Now What?
Puig is like a gigantic puppy with tail wagging. One day you'll love him and the next he'll piddle all over your carpet. There's a steep baseball learning curve and to do it in the Major Leagues is extremely difficult. He's a breath of fresh air for sure and maybe Kemp and Eithier will stop acting too cool for school and actually join in and show the enthusiasm they had 4 years ago.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Yasiel Puig, Value Added
Ryu's quote came through an interpreter and Korean is not an easy language to translate into English. Who knows what he actually said?
Puig is not ready for the big leagues. Even if he has initial success the pitchers will soon exploit the holes in that aggressive swing and he'll be back in Double A quickly. Dumb move to bring him up but it will shut the fans up for a while. Then they'll cry he was rushed and how could the Dodgers have been so stupid.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers @ Rockies June 2, 2013: No AJ, No Ryu, No Kidding
@Dang88(Never Stopped Loving Matt Kemp) @TrolleyDodger You can't know they're going to suck until they actually face Major League pitching. Sands played well early until the pitchers found then exploited his weaknesses. Most fail but every once in a while one surprises everybody and makes it. In order to do that they need the tools they acquire going up the minor league ladder.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers @ Angels May 30, 2013: Three Catchers, Zero Center Fielders
Hmmm. Bringing up a Double A, slumping, semi center fielder who doesn't hit lefties to face Major League pitching on a daily basis sounds just about right.......if destroying his confidence and setting back his development a couple of years is your main goal. He's in Double A for a reason and they should leave him there. Same with Puig. People look at minor league stats and project them to the majors. Apples and oranges. Jerry Sands tore up Triple A. And where is he now?
Mark Ellis is all baseball player while Matt Kemp is all athlete. Give me 9 of Mark Ellis any day.
1 year, 3 months ago on Angels @ Dodgers May 28, 2013: Remember Joe Blanton?
It's difficult to say bad things about Kemp because he's such a good guy but sometimes he likes to play like he's too cool for school. The ball he dropped in the first inning was a showboating error that shouldn't have happened. If you're one of those who believe "mistakes will happen" then you must admit he compounded the physical error by committing a mental error when he overthrew the cutoff man allowing the trailing runner to get to second where he eventually scored on an out. The man's problems are between his ears and booing certainly won't help. Cut him some slack because the boo birds will be the first ones on the bandwagon when he gets hot.
The solution? When Rameriz comes back, flip flop Gonzalez and Kemp in the order, protect them with Rameriz batting fifth and move Eithier to sixth. Then you have right, left, right, left which will have the added bonus of making pitching changes more difficult for opponents in later innings.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers Facing Limited Options With Matt Kemp
Matt Kemp a competitor? Hardly. A competitor doesn't keep making the same mistakes over and over like chasing sliders in the dirt. A competitor gets embarrassed when he's shown up and fights back determined no to make the same mistake again. A competitor has a battle plan every time he steps into the batters box. A competitor takes away one pitcher's pitch, in his case the slider low and away, so the pitcher has to find a new way to get him out. With his power to right center this should be an easy fix but he still insists on trying to pull that pitch. Kemp is not as much a competitor as he is a gifted athlete playing a sport in which he has no innate baseball IQ. He's a great humanitarian, nice guy and smart man but in the game of baseball he is no competitor.
1 year, 3 months ago on Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3: And That’s Why You Want Adrian Gonzalez
Mattingly is right. The Dodgers have no grit. Just a bunch of stars playing for themselves. With two outs today Matt Kemp singled to right center and trotted to first carrying his bat three fourths of the way instead of putting his head down and running hard. If he stretches it to a double he's in scoring position. It's a gamble 99% of baseball players would have taken. When your pseudo-superstar doesn't hustle the other players notice. Yes, Matt Kemp is a great humanitarian, intelligent, well spoken individual but he is no baseball player. He is an exceptional athlete playing AT a sport with no baseball IQ whatsoever. This is a good as he'll ever get so people should stop wondering when he's going to be the next genuine superstar. He's not.
1 year, 4 months ago on Dodgers 3, Brewers 1: Stars Perform, Team Wins
@Mike Petriello @TrolleyDodger Do the Giants win without that starting pitching? Of course they don't. The Tigers didn't suddenly forget how to hit. Anyway, I enjoy your stuff and read you everyday. I think we should agree to disagree on this one.
1 year, 4 months ago on If There’s One Good Reason to Fire Don Mattingly…
@Mike Petriello @TrolleyDodger Of course bats help but you need look no further than last year's World Series to know good pitching always stops good hitting.
No, I don't think managers are THE difference. You win by executing the basics over and over. We all know it's pitching, speed and defense that wins pennants. You can win without great hitting but not without great pitching. Anyway, firing Mattingly is not the answer this year. And yes, I DO realize he can't hit or throw for his players but when the mental mistakes are chronic then he bears some responsibility. Plus, by his own admission his bullpen is already a tired mess which is definitely his responsibility. It's nice that he's buddy buddy with his players but I'd much rather they hated him and threw to the right base.
I really enjoy your stuff but totally disagree on your judgement that managers just don't make much difference. Two words. Buck Showalter. His no nonsense insistence on fundamentals produces wins everywhere he goes including the ultra competitive A.L. East. When the Dodgers played the Orioles earlier this year all Baltimore players were totally into the game at all times. The Dodgers, as usual, were giggling, goofing off and looking through their "I see you" goggles.. In a long, long season fundamentals frequently mean the difference between wins and loses and managers do make a difference IMHO.
Giving up prospects for a rental is a BIG mistake.First of all, the Dodgers are more than one player away from the playoffs. The holes in the line up are all over the place. Abreu is a professional hitter but a lead off man? Come on. The two hole is covered as are the three and four but after that it's a mess. For number five you have Loney? Rivera? Uribe? On their best days, they're all .250 hitters and an out waiting to happen. And don't get me started on the catching. Treanor? Are you joking?
Pass on Dempster and let the new owners find more pieces next winter. They can't match the Giants starting four and the wild cards are beyond their reach. Oh yeah, as much as I love the potential of Dee Gordon it doesn't appear, with all his strike outs, he'll find a way to steal first.
2 years, 2 months ago on Ryan Dempster May Be Imminent, But What Then?