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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 year, 4 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.
1 year, 4 months 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 year, 4 months 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.
1 year, 4 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.
1 year, 4 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)
1 year, 5 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.
1 year, 5 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, 8 months 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, 8 months 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, 9 months 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, 9 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, 9 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, 10 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.
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 2 months ago on Zack Greinke Can Opt Out, and That’s a Good Thing
Capuano and a low prospect for Snider would be awesome.
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 2 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.