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@MarkSimpson1  Good analysis - what do you think about shortstop, mark?  I think as far as the bullpen, JP Howell needs to get used less as a situational lefty and more as a one-inning guy - I think he wore down at the end because he got up so often.

2 weeks ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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Just please don't play Martin 150 games a year behind the plate

1 month, 1 week ago on Russell Martin: Former Dodger, Future Dodger?

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Some interesting notes:   The Dodgers hit .285/.342/.387 (avg. / obp / slugging) while the Cardinals hit .238/.284/.429 (more big hits by Cardinals).  The Dodgers left 35 on base to the Cardinals 18.  Kershaw’s line in innings 1-6 was 12-3-2-2-2-18 (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO).  In inning 7 it was 0.2-9-9-9-0-1.  The Dodgers outscored the Cardinals 15-5 excluding the 7th inning but were outscored by the Cardinals 13-0 in the 7th.  

Dodgers pitchers in the first six innings tallied a 1.13 ERA.  The ERA after that was 13.50.  The Cardinals hit 148/193/284 in the first six innings and 400/431/689 thereafter.


Ugh

1 month, 1 week ago on So Long, 2014

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@P_F_P  1988 - greatest Dodger HR ever off Doc Gooden in NY

2 months ago on Rockies 16, Dodgers 2: Carlos Frias Makes Terrible, Terrible History

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Why bat for Greinke in the 5th when you know you have a short (and unreliable) bullpen?

3 months ago on Brewers 6, Dodgers 3: The Wrong Stuff

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July 8 2014 - Tigers score 14 runs on 14 scoring plays.  Their BABIP for the game is .625.  June 27, 2011 - Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 scoring plays at Minnesota.  BABIP for the game is .524.  No idea what the record is for most single run scoring plays in a game is or what the best team BABIP for a game is.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tigers 14, Dodgers 5: The Game That Never Happened

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Mike:

With Hanley, Dodgers are 55-31

Without Hanley, Dodgers are 37-39

1 year ago on 2013 Dodgers in Review #9: SS Hanley Ramirez

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Thanks, Mike - you made the first 72 games tolerable, the next 94 games the thrill of a lifetime and the final 6, well, tolerable again - sigh.  For what it's worth, Kershaw is 4-9 overall against the Cardinals and 1-6 in St Louis.  The Cardinals beat him 4 times this year - not all his fault, as he got Kershawed in game 1.  Clayton is 3-0 in NLDS play but 0-4 in NLCS play - something he'll get right, I'm sure.  Clayton only got Kershawed 8 times in the 2013 regular season (surrender 2 or fewer runs in 6+ innings, loss or no decision) compared to 9 times in 2012.

1 year, 1 month ago on NLCS Game 6: Cardinals Lots, Dodgers Less

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Captain Puig in the NL West Basement Mutiny!

1 year, 4 months ago on Report: It’s Getting All Carlos Marmol Up In Here

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Oh God, Mike, I loved the "Puig failed to hit a 15-run homer in the bottom of the 8th".

1 year, 4 months ago on Phillies 16, Dodgers 1: Capuano’d

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@DeucesWild My life as a Dodger fan started when my mom took me out of school to go to my grandparents house (they had a color TV) to watch Sandy Koufax pitch game 7 against the Twins in 1965.  My favorite 1988 memory was Scioscia's HR off of Doc Gooden in Game 5 of the NLCS - started a train that did not stop.  Hard to imagine 25 years have gone by without another title.

1 year, 6 months ago on Giants 10, Dodgers 9: Yeah, That’s a Gut Punch

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@I Alivandi "Long Shot" is a good read, by the way.

1 year, 6 months ago on Giants 10, Dodgers 9: Yeah, That’s a Gut Punch

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thanks for the laugh!

1 year, 7 months ago on The Luis Cruz Experiment Just Isn’t Working Out

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It's a little sarcasm - lighten up a bit.  It does, however, mean the offense is horrible, as I predicted at the end of the 2012 season.  In 2012, Bochy wasted far fewer ABs on clearly underperforming offensive players than Mattingly did - that's among the reasons the Giants win and the Dodgers don't.

1 year, 7 months ago on The Luis Cruz Experiment Just Isn’t Working Out

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OPS Today:

Ryu 1000, Kershaw 856, Grienke 667

M Ellis 682, Schumaker 549, Ethier 724, Sellers 522, Kemp 564, Hairston 425, Cruz 209

1 year, 7 months ago on The Luis Cruz Experiment Just Isn’t Working Out

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Wow - 2300 words on AJ Ellis - that's just fantastic!  Hoping for a great 2013 from him if Donnie can just not have Gordon and Crawford at the top of the order.

2 years, 1 month ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #1: C A.J. Ellis

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