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@Purple Drank Mike's grades always keep expectations in mind, so I was doing the same. And I wouldn't change any grades based on post season. SVS and Punto both exceeded those IMMENSELY, so I still stick by my previous grade. Giving Young and Ellis the same grade is a bit weird. Still think Young's a D, and M. Ellis is a B.
9 months ago on So Long, 2013
Fun year. I've been thinking about what your grades might look like. For all the excitement and expectations, many of the players were complete mysteries, so I see a lot more A's than usual. Gonzalez' numbers went down this year, but he was probably the most consistent Dodger, and did well during the playoffs. I'm not Mike, but I would give him an A. Even players like Either (3 WAR) get extra points for playing Center Field and not looking atrocious. The Ellises both had relatively down years, and even they were worth about 2 WAR each. I would give them B's. Puig, Crawford, Hanley and Uribe seem like easy A's because of our expectations for them. It seems like a no-brainer to give Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Nolasco all A's, and I can't see Paco, Jansen, Wilson, and Withrow not getting A's either. Van Slyke wasn't suppose to ever play, and he had an 800 OPS, so he gets an A. Punto was worth 2 WAR, so I would give him an A. Guys like Beckett, Gordon, League, Lilly and Guerrier all get Fs, but this team was full of great performances.
Fans who think all others (umpires and broadcasters) hate their team are the absolute worst sports fans. Can't stand them, and I fear becoming them. With that said, I keep getting the impression that several employees of Fox, ESPN and TBS think that the Cardinals play for free, heal the sick, and preserve the integrity of all things baseball. It's a little annoying.
9 months, 1 week ago on NLCS Game 2: No Hanley, No Ethier
@Mike Petriello @Real Tom It sounds over-pronounced. I'll concede that. But I tend to think that's because we're comparing him to a million anglo broadcasters.
Not having Lyons back is a HUGE victory. Here's hoping that Jorge Jarrin gets some time behind the microphone. He's not annoying, doesn't butcher the pronunciation of half of the names in the lineup, and he's got some famous Dodger roots. I actually really enjoyed him calling games in the preseason. Better than Monday and Steiner, at least.
Hearing Dave Vasseigh talk about the Dodgers' reasoning on the lefties is just maddening. It sounds like this team simply values pitcher-batter matchup stats (unreliable gobblety gook) more than righty-lefty (much more reliable sample size). Since Capuano had poor outings against the Cards this year, he is out. What in the world?!! That sounds fine until one realizes that Marmol is the one replacing him, and Howell is the only lefty. RIDICULOUS. As a situational reliever, Capuano fits SO MUCH better than Marmol here.
9 months, 1 week ago on The NLCS Starts In About Six Hours. Remember The Last Time That Happened?
@LordBlahppington @Real Tom San Diegans watch Monday night football, too. And they all, for some reason, think they have a bitter rivalry with the Dodgers.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NLDS Game 3, Braves 6, Dodgers 13: Blue Baker’s Dozen
game 4. sorry.
I plan on watching game 5 in an Ocean Beach bar in San Diego, surrounded by Padres fans watching a football game. Man I wish I had cable.
@DBrim I agree, but again, the strike zone seemed really unpredictable in that first inning, right? That throws pitchers off as they try to figure out what works and what doesn't. I'm not the dude that claims the Ump is wearing a Braves shirt under his gear, but it just seemed like a shifting strike zone last night, for both pitchers.
@DBrim I think we figured out that Manny's power wasn't beyond comprehension. I comprehend pretty well what was going on there.
the same does NOT go for Paco. Poor Paco.
I won't have a ton of people that agree with me, but I didn't think Ryu looked awful. The strike zone was really wonky, and for a guy that paints the corners, he never could figure out where to throw it. The ball wasn't hit all that hard most of the time. The botched double play and dribbler to the pitcher both should have been outs, and that accounted for two runs. He certainly wasn't on his game, but I really thought the strike zone threw the pitchers off last night. If we get to the NLCS, I still feel good about Ryu.
120 pitches. Let's get him in the dugout.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on 2013 NLDS Game 1: Dodgers @ Braves, Part 2
Happy to hear Vin on the radio during the 7th inning.
@ThtsaPaddlin @Real Tom I was going for Baby Vin, but all I see is air traffic controller
So this is my newborn's first playoff game. Think he's dressed up enough? https://twitter.com/ScrawnyTom/status/385953695440965632/photo/1
I am currently wearing my STOP BUNTING shirt. I don't think Donnie's looking at me
It's so weird to think that Marmol or Volquez will actually be on this roster. Here's hoping it's Volquez (ugh, my fingers feel dirty just typing that)
10 months ago on Okay, Now We Can Talk About the Dodger Playoff Roster
Today was my newborn son's first Dodger game. I think I need to take him to a few playoff games, given that this kid is good luck.
10 months ago on Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Start the Playoffs Now, Please
@Mike Petriello After all the LA radio talk last time Kenley gave up the Gattis homer, this should be interesting. Fox Radio folks (Kevin Kennedy and David Vasegh) made a huge deal about Kenley disagreeing with Mattingly
1 year, 1 month ago on Braves @ Dodgers June 7, 2013: Viva Puig
@Stache Van Smashe @Real Tom eh. Upton's ridiculously fast, and some shortstops don't get to that ball so quickly. It wasn't an error. Look, I get that Ryu deserves a win here, but Cruz's glove isn't to blame. Cruz's bat, on the other hand...
@JoeyE #FireNed @Real Tom Not so sure about that, dude. He's got range. Plus, his bat matters less if he's at SS. Thirdbasemen are supposed to hit.
Can't understand why everyone is getting on Cruz for this. Cruz is solid at short. It's the ONLY thing he's solid at.
Love Vin. So good.
1 year, 1 month ago on Vin Scully Makes Yasiel Puig Even More Fun
Hey! As I was reading this, I thought "Urias... I know that name sounds familiar." Awesome. Glad to see that Logan White had a reason to be giddy.
1 year, 1 month ago on Cardinals 5, Dodgers 3: The Pitching Duel That Wasn’t
@Mike Petriello The first time I heard him give that quote on the radio, I laughed hard. This is the first time I've heard him add the Zito bit, though. He's amazing. I don't know which I like more: AJ Ellis as Rocky, or Barry Zito taking the role of Drago the Russian boxer.
1 year, 2 months ago on A.J. Ellis, Still the Best
@Mike Petriello @Real Tom Rocky gets to the top of the mountain and yells out the name of his opponent. I love that he chose Zito.
Just read it. Also, the Guerrier video was hilarious. I hadn't seen it before reading that article. Also, Ellis gives the Rocky IV quote almost every time I hear him interview. I love it.
Many of the folks that incessantly demand that Mattingly be fired are the same sort of folks that suggest we dump that loser Matt Kemp and get a gritty winner like Delmon Young. With that said, I'm fine with Mattingly losing his job, and I'm getting closer to becoming the kind of guy that hopes for it. I've never been a huge fan, and at times I've blamed him for many problems, but I don't know if firing him will make the team better. I don't trust Colletti to choose a good replacement. Why insist that Donnie leave if there is no certainty that his replacement will be any better?
1 year, 2 months ago on Giants 4, Dodgers 3: Swept Right Out of Town
I can forgive Quentin for on-field fights, but this is nuts. Calling someone Rain Man is ridiculous. http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2013/4/18/4239466/padres-ceo-zack-greinke-carlos-quentin-tom-garfinkel
1 year, 3 months ago on Is It Time For Yasiel Puig Now? How About Now? (No.)
Mike (I know, this is regarding the OLD post- I apologize), I am happy to see that you and I completely agree on the Hall of Fame voting. I keep telling people that a vote for Jack Morris is a vote for David Wells. I loved Wells, but he's not a Hall of Famer, and he's almost the same player as Morris. Kevin Brown was better than both of them.
1 year, 6 months ago on Dodgers Invite Four Former Big Leaguers to Camp
And obviously, it's the "and others" part that I would fear. One can say that Kasten has kept Ned from getting out of hand, but even then he let Ned give up some of the only high upside prospects we had in a deal that probably shouldn't have involved them. De la Rosa should never have been included.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #38: RP Mike MacDougal
Can't help but fear that it's an Ethier and others for Beltre type deal. Does Beltre still have no-trade protection (I remember the Dodgers were on his no trade list years ago)?
As you recently noted, the "Matt Kemp or Josh Hamilton" question now has an easy answer... but what about Andre Ethier or Nick Swisher? As I remember, they were considered the big frontrunners for Best Free Agent Outfielder Not Named Josh at the beginning of the year. I still love Ethier, but I can't help but think Swisher may get a more team friendly deal. We shall see, though.
Sanchez to Tigers is official, and I like it. Verlander/Fister/Sanchez/Scherzer/Porcello is quite enviable. They're young-ish, and great.
With that said, I'm happier with Greinke. Since the Dodgers are a team that could afford Greinke, I'm very excited that we got him. He is in a tier of his own, above Sanchez. If it were another team, I might ask whether Greinke was worth so much more than Sanchez. But this team has the money, and they got the best player. It's weird being a Dodger fan these days.
1 year, 7 months ago on Once Again: Josh Hamilton Or Matt Kemp?
@EephusBlue @HarryDoyle @DBrim I agree with all that. I feel like Kasten will keep this team from making bad decisions about player development. Which is fantastic, given how tempting it could be for Colletti to rely on FA signings or trade unproven prospects for proven ones.
@VietnamDodger Agree about Kasten. He has been saying and doing all the right things regarding valuing prospects. And yes, you can say that I'm assuming too much, but this isn't a gnarly reach here. Ownership is awesome, and they spend, but that approach isn't always conducive to letting young players struggle in the bigs...
1. Ned consistently favors veterans over developing players, and even kept Ethier off the field with this philosophy. 2. Ownership wants to spend on free agents, because that is the best way to improve the team now. 3. If we had some close, developing players, I would be nervous about them signing Kubel type players rather than let them develop. I don't think it's a huge reach to say that there would be pressure on the team (and yes, from ownership) to get a slightly better player on the field now rather than let a player develop.
@DBrim I would agree about being traded for Dickey if his stock was worth more. I think they'll try to pull something, but he could be worth much more if they let him play.
And what in the world is going to happen to Bourjos? It almost makes me glad that the DOdgers don't have any MLB ready, yet developing players, because Colletti and ownership are exactly the type that would just keep getting veterans to take up the playing time. We saw it with Ethier. Some guys just need to struggle for a while.
Great points. Kemp's contract is excellent. I do have to admit that the Hamilton signing is an okay one. Not great, and certainly not a bargain, but signing a guy like that until he is 36 isn't a bad idea. But when one considers that those two star players are getting 55 Million a year for the next 5 years or so (not to mention the other long term money already committed to Wilson and Weaver), it makes one wonder what the rest of that roster will look like.
So I barely now am reading this... but I still think opt out clauses are only bad for teams. HOWEVER, I will agree that a seventh year or a No Trade Clause would have been worse. The real worst scenario (and you mentioned it only at the end) is that he signs for a new contract with the Dodgers to cover more years for more money. It's exactly like Sabathia and A-Rod at this point. He has an opt out clause with the richest team in baseball. He'll be good, and they will want to keep him, and nobody else will be willing to pay him more than the Dodgers. I'm just worried that he'll turn this into an 8 year deal when this is all over. With all that said, I agree that it's better than the alternative, and it COULD work out okay.
1 year, 7 months ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
Capuano and a low prospect for Snider would be awesome.
1 year, 7 months ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
I like the Stubbs idea a lot. I think Travis Snider would be similar, though he can't field so well. He hits lefties, and has nice upside. Unfortunately, Colletti doesn't like players like Snider, and having all this money allows him to take less risks on unproven players like Snider. That's unfortunate.
If we're throwing out somewhat realistic pie in the sky ideas, I wouldn't mind Harang for Barmes. I don't like Barmes much, but he plays a nice shortstop and he can move around the field. And it seems like a nice fit for both.
@DBrim As they should. And I think you're right. Every team gets that way right now, and that's why rumors are so wild. I doubt they are actively shopping him. After such a down year for a talented 26 year old, this would be the oddest time to sell him.
1 year, 7 months ago on Dodgers Bid Farewell to Two Pitchers And Oh Good Lord Something Please Happen Already
I know that we shouldn't trust rumors right now, but the more I hear about the Rangers listening on Derek Holland, the more I get nervous about Greinke becoming a Ranger. Although, why in the world would the Rangers trade Holland, even with Greinke? That seems silly.
@Mike Petriello @lonestarball I've liked Pagan for the past two years, and his deal might be fine, but the Scutaro deal is terrible.
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings, Day Two: Much Ado About Nothing
@Mike Petriello @EephusBlue I was thinking about their need this morning, wishing that Uribe had sucked just a tiny bit less. But Cruz could be the answer.
1 year, 7 months ago on Winter Meetings Insani-fun Is Go
@Mike Petriello @Catfishin I think he gets his deal. Don't like it, but he might get it. Unless the Yankees put up a very large two year deal. Still, I think he gets three.
@The_Real_Paul Apparently he's signing a glove for the baby. What a nice gift.
1 year, 7 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #31: SP Nathan Eovaldi
I started decorating for Christmas already. http://www.awkwardstory.com/4/post/2012/11/our-first-family-christmas-photo.html
Tim Brown reports that players love cash.
@Catfishin Yea, I think every free agent would like the Dodgers in the bidding. I don't even know how I feel about Wilson, though. I get tired of his celebrity status with ESPN, and of course he's a Giant. I'm not saying I wouldn't approve, necessarily. I would like Soria if we're going after banged up, excellent closers.
@Mike Petriello @Disgruntled Goat Agreed on Walden. Though I just read that "Brian Wilson interested in Dodgers" junk from Tim Brown. That's basically like saying "Brian Wilson likes to work by home and make way more cash than he deserves." Not much of a rumor, Tim Brown.
@Mike Petriello @ThtsaPaddlin I vote cable. I value my cheap ticket prices, even though I rarely can get to LA. On a related note, did anyone see the article in which Rob Neyer ripped Bill Plaschke for saying that the Dodgers should cut down on seats in order to avoid the parking/traffic problems? Neyer was pointing out that a move like that would ease traffic problems at the expense of eventually leading to raised ticket prices. I think he was stressing that ownership should make an effort to keep ticket costs down in stadiums like ours that still actually have relatively cheap seats available. I agree. Those bleacher seats have been a huge part of my baseball experience.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: New Dodger Television Deal to Triple Sale Price?
Have we talked at length about the possible fourth OF types the Dodgers might go after? I wouldn't mind seeing Andres Torres get a look. He hits lefties better than righties and he can play great defense. Bay can hit lefties, but he can't field and he likely wants to play somewhere he can eventually fight for a starting gig.
1 year, 8 months ago on On Reported Dodger Interest in Torii Hunter & Everyone Else
Awesome Mike. Great scoop. At least MLBTR gives you credit for breaking the news first.
1 year, 8 months ago on Official: Dodgers Win Bidding on Hyun-Jin Ryu
I was just looking at Jason Bay's stats vs lefties, and he would be a fun experiment as Ethier's platoon partner. Lot's of reasons why it wont happen for the Dodgers. Still, some team will take a shot given that he won't cost anything at this point.
1 year, 8 months ago on Pitchers Break, But You Still Need Them: Anibal Sanchez
@West Coast Ram And I get that you're making a distinction between "far left" and main stream democrats, but I still don't agree.
1 year, 8 months ago on Decision 2012: Election Boogaloo
@West Coast Ram I would have to disagree entirely. Loads of liberals have been extremely frustrated with how centrist he's been.
While I promise not to ever make a habit of sharing links from here, I wanted to share this since it happens to be baseball related. http://www.awkwardstory.com/4/post/2012/11/your-birthday-part-1.html
1 year, 8 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #18: LF Shane Victorino
@Mike Petriello So I shouldn't mention my write-in vote for Jamie McCourt as President?
I keep looking at Anibal's consistent numbers over the past three years, and I think he'd be a nice signing.
1 year, 8 months ago on Dodgers Continuing to Work Internationally
Mike, is it unreasonable to think Sanchez receives a 5 year, $70 Million deal? And would you prefer a Greinke contract to a Sanchez contract, given what you think they might get?
Better move for Dodger fans: 1) root for Anibal Sanchez to beat the Giants tonight. 2) root for Anibal Sanchez to have a terrible showing in the World Series, thus proving he's not a gamer, and moving his free agent pricetag down a couple notches, because of course that matters.
I will forever brag that I had the slightest of "scoops" on this story (knowing only that Logan White was going to Japan on secret baseball business, and having no other details whatsoever). That's right, folks. I'm an insider.
1 year, 9 months ago on Shohei Otani Coming to America, But Will He Be a Dodger?
I was so happy to find this post. Thanks Mike. So good.
1 year, 9 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #5a: 1B Carlos Lee
Question for you Mike. Logan talked about the money behind the Puig signing when he was at the BP event a few weeks ago. He was talking about how international players would have "showcases" where they would select teams and invite them to check out the player show off for a couple hours. He said that over the past few years, the Dodgers had no international presence, and weren't even invited to these anymore, since everyone knew they weren't willing to pay for these players. Logan seemed to be saying that the Puig signing was a big statement, as though now people would see that the Dodgers will spend. However, I couldn't figure out how that statement meant anything, now that the bidding wars are basically over. What am I missing?
1 year, 9 months ago on Report: Dodgers Interested in Japanese High Schooler Shohei Otani
@el serracho Yeah, it was funny to see him try to cover it up. I think he said Florida. He definitely didn't admit Japan!
Cool side note to this story: at the Vin Scully event, Dan Evans accidentally said that Logan was heading to Japan after the event, THAT DAY. Logan cringed slightly and said "uh... I'm going to Florida." Most people laughed, just knowing that we heard something that we shouldn't have heard.
Mike, thanks for writing this up. I think I had them ranked similarly. Part of me wouldn't mind Texas winning it all, but I certainly don't want them to get to the World Series and lose to a scrappy NL team. I'll root for the A's and Nats, and probably the O's. The Reds and Braves are very solid baseball teams, so I'd be perfectly fine with either of them.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Dodger Fan Guide to the Playoffs
You catch his Grantland interview? I know I asked before but I didn't see a response.
Octavio Dotel wasn't a Dodger. That's just silly. I'm sure I would remember him. Nope. Didn't happen. I'm sure of it.
Mattingly's whole philosophy was showcased in this game... and I hope management notices.
1 year, 9 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers October 2, 2012: Zito vs Capuano
After I wrote it, realized I asked the wrong question. But we don't attribute Donnie's strategy to that Ellis move, and maybe we should
When do we start blaming Donnie for all this "moving the runner over" junk? I know he didn't control Ellis, but why can't the Dodgers just try scoring from second like everyone else.
For the record, he loved the shirt.
I need to put on my NO BUNTING shirt.
@Mike Petriello @Saber Kid #293.2
Sorry that was low. It hurt just to write it.
Said Mark Ellis as he rounded second.
I just came here to ask that exact question. Im hoping.
Don't know why, but League grinning gets on my nerves. He doesn't deserve that, but he's getting it none the less.
Dodgers simply don't believe in scoring from second. Mattingly wants every runner to get to third, and now Ellis. Ugh.
could have been ball 4
I bet Ellis hates himself right now.
After all the new management and new players, our season comes down to Dioner Navarro and Jonathan Broxton.
Navarro, Dodger great.
I hate to think that Navarro may have to be Dodgers MVP at some point in this game. Gross.
Watching some other game right now... I hope Dusty's secretly wearing his Dodgers jersey under his Reds uni.
Hey Mike, did you catch the Grantland interview with AJ Ellis? It was fantastic. I'm guessing you already heard it.
When does Kenley get to pitch in a game?
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Nationals September 19, 2012
I want to know if anyone thought to say "Hey Yunel, that's a terrible idea, and you're about to offend a gazillion people. Let's just stick to playing shortstop today. Cool?" That's terrible.
1 year, 10 months ago on Hanging Out With Vin Scully, Steve Garvey, & Dan Evans At Dodger Stadium
Wow, that's absurd.
I let some dude know where he could buy the shirt, so hopefully you get some business!
Thanks for posting this Mike.
I can't really overstate how awesome Dan Evans is. And everyone else seemed to get the impression that Evans is extremely well regarded among Dodgers staff. Scully and White seemed to love the guy. He was great.
Jonah Keri saw me during the game and said that he had noticed the shirt from afar and thought it was great.
Hey Mike, late congrats to you sir. Also, the BP event was ridiculously cool.
1 year, 10 months ago on Extra Innings Just Mean More Opportunities For Futility
the thank you is because I wouldn't have known about the event otherwise.
1 year, 10 months ago on Cardinals @ Dodgers September 15, 2012: Garcia vs Blanton
Yesterday, I went to the Baseball Prospectus event. I owe Mike a HUGE thank you. Mind blowing.
Mike, you'll like this. Anyone who wonders why the Dodgers would overpay for infielders on the trade market rather than wait for free agents, take a look at this list. Wow. Look at number 10. Seriously. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/09/top-free-agent-infielders.html
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Diamondbacks September 12, 2012: Harang vs Cahill
Exactly my point. He always has. Players do their thing, so it's hard for me to really blame Mattingly (As much as I really really really want to)
1 year, 10 months ago on Stop Wasting A.J. Ellis, Please
I don't know how we could compare this team to the rest of the league in regard to walks with RISP. It's not ever purely a manager's decision. White Sox are a good example... Ventura supposedly cares about walks, but I doubt he's done much to change those famous free swingers in his lineup.
Nice! Those look delicious!
Mike, I'm waiting for your end of the year review, particularly on Mattingly. I fully understand that managers get too much credit when a team succeeds, and too much blame when the team loses. I probably blame Mattingly too much. BUT, we all see that he has a pretty solid, consistent philosophy that completely ignores the value of being on base and staying on base. It can be seen in the batting order, and in the decision to make Victorino bunt with no outs in front of Gonzalez, Kemp, Hanley and Ethier while Ellis stands at second. We saw it in the stolen base attempts during their lone win. AND... this is questionable... but I think we see it when runners are in scoring position. I get that some of these players (Hanley) are just going to swing... but I really think Mattingly tells them not to take walks when runners are on, because he so badly needs to advance them with his brilliant chess-playing mind. This Giants series seemed to magnify all of this for me, especially when Zito walked 7 guys but hardly walked the heart of the order, because they swung at bad pitches all day. I may be wrong about the RISP, but his philosophy is getting easier and easier to blame for the losses.
@Mike Petriello @DBrim @eephusblue
yeah, I've been meaning to tell him. I'll wait til I get a picture with Vin, while wearing the shirt.
@Mike Petriello I'm sure you would. I'm also sure you'll have a blast at your own event. I'm curious, did you ever consider getting Dodger bobblehead wedding cake toppers? My wife let me put a baseball reference in the vows, and I got my own Dodger bobblehead for the wedding cake. She probably regrets it, but it was incredible.
I had been living in New Jersey the past three years, so it's nice to finally be close enough to get out there. I'm hoping it's a small enough event that I can actually meet Vin. Even though he's obviously the draw now, I would have been perfectly happy listening to Logan White and Dan Evans. But not anymore. It's all about meeting Vin. I'll probably be wearing a STOP BUNTING shirt, so let's hope that Donnie doesn't show up.
Hey Mike, I wanted to thank you for posting the Baseball Prospectus event. I'll be there next week, and I probably wouldn't have heard about it if not for this site.
That was nice enough. Good job.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Giants, September 8, 2012: Kempless
This is where Mattingly drives me nuts
@WestonTaylor cool, what broadcast? I didn't see it.
He wasn't, but we can treat it like a makeup call. Are you seeing some tape I'm not, because the tag wasn't close.
@Mike Petriello @IBBFTWAgreed, I'm getting tired of that argument. We all think they should have started him later or in the bullpen, a la Medlin, but how does he guarantee them a WS victory, and how does his absence guarantee them a loss?! And most of all, this organization has made 950 good decisions to get themselves here, and they're getting ripped for making a questionable choice on the 951st decision? That team is great without him, too.
make up call. Bochy sit down.
well at least Blanco's not fast or anything. THAT would make the bad call even worse.
rare error from Cruz. Although it wasn't scored that way. Question for Mike: Do you think there's much truth to the myth that the game scorers give hits to players based on rep? That Posey ball was not a hit.
I still blame yesterday's RISP numbers on Mattingly. Today, they're facing a good pitcher.
I can't get over that those 7 walks didn't go to Ethier Kemp and Ramirez (and Gonzalez only got one). Of course, those dudes were coming up with runners on, and who in the world lets their hitters take walks when there are runners on base?
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Squander Opportunities to Fall 5.5 Out
you should manage the team with that logic.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers @ Giants September 7, 2012: It’s Go Time
that was absurd.
Nice at bat. Now bunt.
You know, if this team really tanks, and management continues their "we can fix everything in a moment" strategy, Mattingly might be gone. I'm not saying that's a good thing, because I doubt the next guy would be much better. But you have to wonder.
Tell me there were a ton of walks all you want, but this team swings or bunts whenever there are runners on, without fail. ALL THE TIME. That's fine if you don't have the 2010 All Star team batting behind you. This is inexcusable.
Great productive out.
This team is going to lock up Colletti and keep Mattingly... do they not want to win?
@Tangled Up In BlueI'm actually mocking a Mattingly quote regarding bunts. To those who question the bunts, he asks, "do you not want to win?"
I don't want to win. I don't want to win.
second ball this inning that would have been an out for Cruz
who cares about that homer
@JohnMI'll let those guys do their thing... so last inning isn't my focus. I think Donnie likes productive outs, and he tells his guys to swing if there is someone on base.
@JohnM You really don't think that's his style? He's never been high on walks. Yes, each player makes their own decisions, but I think every hitter wants to swing away. As a hitting coach, and now as a manager, Donnie doesn't value the walk.
@Frank J Lapidus
Tell your hitters to take pitches. What, you don't think he's sitting back and saying "those were some productive outs?"
Lincecum has no control and the heavy hitters are coming up... so let's swing at everything. I'm done pretending that Donnie is doing a decent job. They swing at everything! This is terrible.
I can't stand this.
Yea, Some of my closest friends are Giants fans. We get along just fine.
Despite all the "he doesn't look comfortable" comments, Kemp actually seems to be pounding the ball recently. He's just hitting it right in front of the warning track. That's actually pretty promising.
Excellent piece. I hadn't read it yet. I was hoping to see you mention the commitment to four outfielders over the next 6 years. I'm not saying that Cuban Bo Jackson is definitely going to be a legitimate Major League outfielder, but they certainly paid him like one. And let's be honest, they won't have an easy time trading Crawford or Puig without paying most of their contracts.
1 year, 10 months ago on 2012 is Important, But It's Not the Only Goal
1 year, 10 months ago on Padres @ Dodgers September 4, 2012: Hey, It’s Eric Stults!
Remember when Donnie tried to do that in the first, with no outs and the heart of his lineup on the way?
I can't stand these Giants comebacks. Come on DBacks.
Finally, a break.
We definitely need to bunt here.
The bunt angers me so much right now.
I hate it when people forget to close their parentheses. Fail.
1 year, 10 months ago on A Walkoff So Nice They Did it Twice: AJ, Ethier, & Dodgers Cruz to Victory
I love Ellis, but seeing Cruz's defense on the left side has blown me away (at least this past month, since I finally ordered MLBtv and get to see how good he is. I can put up with Hanley's defense all day if he continues to rake, but it makes it even easier when I see Cruz making leaps that cover most of SS anyway. He may not be a permanent fix, but he's been fun to watch.
This Giants game is making me happy
1 year, 10 months ago on Adrian! First LA Walkoff Ends Series On a High Note
@Mike Petriello @WestonTaylor
But yes, I would love Headley as a Dodger.
Two problems with this prediction: 1. Teams (especially the Padres) will demand everything from the Dodgers now that they've shown what their willing to give up... 2. the Dodgers have shown that they're willing to spend, but NOT that they suddenly undertand how to value players. I loved that they did not overpay for Dempster, but they still attempted to get Carlos Lee and committed over 350 million to four outfielders for the next six years. Where in the world will Cuban Bo Jackson play? They paid so much for that dude.
I don't give a rip about closer experience, but I don't mind League so much, given how he has looked recently.
1 year, 10 months ago on Dodgers Survive Colorado Scare, But May Be Without Kenley Jansen
Now is that one of the cases where the bunt should have happened?
1 year, 10 months ago on Marlins @ Dodgers August 26, 2012: Vin!
or last two outings, maybe. Haven't looked at a game log.
So I know this is a little late, and yes, he got into a little trouble in this game, but hasn't Brandon League looked a lot better the last few outings?
I think it's funny when people say the Dodgers are going to miss out on FA acquisitions now, since the complete lack of quality players is the one reason why I support moves like this. Getting a pitcher like Beckett for 15 M a season is fine. Getting A-Gon for his deal his fine. The free agent market is bad, so I totally understand those moves. Including Crawford and then paying with nice prospects, while Puig and Pederson continue to develop, makes this difficult to digest. Puig has a seven year contract. Where in the world is he going to play?
1 year, 11 months ago on Welcome to Los Angeles: Monster Adrian Gonzalez Deal All But Done
By the way, I love that I wrote this at the same time as Deuce's comment, which references shopping carts, and Bob's comment above, which references Vernon Wells. We're all on the same page.
I just can't get around the money to Crawford. Including a contract like Beckett's, or practically any other contract, to even out a trade for a superstar like Gonzalez, might make sense. I just don't see how the Red Sox were able to get rid of all three contracts AND get good players. It's lost in the shuffle because Gonzalez and Beckett will be nice fits, but Crawford's deal makes this look a lot more like Vernon Wells than we want to admit. Say all you want that Crawford is better than Wells, but the money is staggering and he had Tommy John on Thursday. The fact that these owners put up 2.1 Billion was nuts, and the fact that they can just throw a 100 Million dollar contract in their grocery cart is just as nuts. I cannot get my head around this. My friends will say I'm ruining a great moment, but I can't understand the prospect/money ratios here.
This Giants-Dodgers rivalry is cooler than it has been in years, and I can't help but thank the second wild-card for that. The second wild card cheapens the first wild card by making it a one game playoff appearance. The division title means more, and I like that.
1 year, 11 months ago on Giants @ Dodgers August 20, 2012: Bumgarner vs Kershaw
What happened to that bad defensive 2B the Braves used to have?
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Braves August 19, 2012: Beardingsley vs Minor
Billingsley! I am loving this version of Chad.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Pirates August 14, 2012: Juan Uribe Lives
I love Travis Snider. I wanted him to be a Dodger. Great move by the Pirates. They gave up a nice pitcher, but Snider has some great upside. Getting Sanchez and Snider were nice moves.
this is killing me.
1 year, 11 months ago on Dodgers @ Marlins August 11, 2012: Blanton vs Nolasco
Lets see how many times we can load the bases. No need to score, guys. Just load them.
pretty far inside.
1 year, 11 months ago on Rockies @ Dodgers August 7, 2012: White vs Harang
I feel like I just came out of a coma (vacation, really) .... but I haven't yet seen Victorino in blue. I had to explain to my wife, "you know that hard-playing Hawaiian baseball player on the Phillies, the one who is pretty good but I hate him because of the playoffs? Yeah, well, I have to like him now." I actually like that I have new reason to like him. He's been a nice player over the past five years.
Moving the runner over... Loney is such an amazing player. All the little things, you know?
not looking good
@Mike Petriello Agreed on Oswalt.
I went on vacation for the past week and just got back. Mike, have you talked much about the chances of Beckett or Oswalt clearing waivers and being traded? This past week just confirms that ownership seems to think that we have the Yankees' payroll, which is sorta fine, I guess, but not really if they don't.... but most of all... all the moves and non-moves, including Sands/Gwynn, have been relatively smart. What in the world? I picture Kasten and Colletti having a mother/son relationship, in which Kasten listens to all of Ned's calls and tells him to hang up when dangerous GMs are on the other line. "Seriously, Stan, I just want to talk to my friends!"
Wandy for the Pirates is a nice add.
1 year, 12 months ago on Dodgers @ Cardinals July 24, 2012: Kershaw vs Wainwright
When I read that Dempster was pretending that he was Dwight Howard this morning, I thought "Awesome, now Ned has all the leverage in the world and he can get Dempster for little or leave the Cubs hanging." Then I realized he's Ned. I can't stand that reporters are actually revisiting the Lee possibility, as though that's an option. It shouldn't be, especially now. I know it's just reporter's speculation, but I hate that there is somehow still a chance Ned would pull that move. He shouldn't even be thinking two prospects in my opinion. If Dempster's pulling this, then let him play baby and hope we benefit. The Cubs need to make the move. We can wait this out.