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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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 weeks 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.
2 months 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.
2 months 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)
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 1, Padres 0: Start the Playoffs Now, Please