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@Sangro Azul Actually if the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor the movie would have been titled Angriff Angriff Angriff not Tora Tora Tora.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9: What In The Holy Hell Just Happened
@Matt Kemp's Bath Towel @Luke X I bet Showalter would have. Not that I think Showalter is the end all, but he does know how to manage a bullpen to greatest effect. And he is not afraid of going against convention.
@exceedingly boring potato @Luke X And it used to be that the "status quo" was never to bring your closer into a tie or losing game. Watching their best bullpen option never get used in a close contest. You hit the nail on the head - use him in the highest leverage situation. That was the "gut" call Mattingly should have made in the 7th.
@exceedingly boring potato @Luke X Not sure why it would never happen. It is about realizing you HAVE to do something to shut down the onslaught and turn the momentum shift. The ballgame is in the balance and it is the monumentally critical game one of a short series. With only risky options otherwise in your bullpen, I think it is the smart and ballsy decision.
I think the critical mistake was not how he handled Kershaw. It was bringing in a rookie (Baez) with no experience to speak of when he needed to reverse the tide of momentum, like NOW. He was only down a run. Bring in Jansen, your best chance to stop the bleeding immediately. After the walk to Grichuk by Baez I begged him ( well, the television actually ) to bring in Jansen to shut it down, any more damage would build an insurmountable deficit. The Holliday homer was the killer. This is a "gut" call based on being in game one of a five game playoff, not by-the-book bullpen management. I don't think Mattingly is that bad about managing a mediocre bullpen but he is by-the-book.
If we need to nominate a goat here, it is not Young. I'd nominate Punto for the dunderhead pick off. How can a veteran player make that mistake in that situation?? And after he'd actually done something offensively. Incredibly head-up-the-ass-ish. Second place to Howell for giving up the jack to a 97 pound weakling. In this series that run might as well have been five.
1 year, 5 months ago on NLCS Game 4: Cardinals 4, Dodgers 2, So It’s Come To Michael Young at Shortstop
Give up 2 hits and still lose? Talk about Mattingly all you want but both of these losses are on the offense. Puig is killing us - he is simply overmatched by Molina and whomever is on the mound. His expressions say he is in for an 0 for the series. You have to move him down.
1 year, 5 months ago on NLCS Game 2: No Hanley, No Ethier
Cue Randy Newman
2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 Dodgers in Review #24: RF Andre Ethier
Agree - it does not make sense to me when other teams are talking to Hunter about a starting spot. Only makes sense in conjunction with other moves and, despite what seems like slim liklihood, that would be moving Ethier.
Everyone wants to act like the Dodger checkbook is bottomless, but flinging money around foolishly in any sport will come back to bite at some point. Don't forget who put up a big chunk of the billions to buy the club - they will need a return on their money. Seeing some well-reasoned frugality would not be a bad thing.
2 years, 4 months ago on Official: Dodgers Win Bidding on Hyun-Jin Ryu
Don't recall any discussion here of Stephen Drew for SS, moving Hanley to 3B. Maybe the Drew name is banned on this board since J.D. slunk out of town. Assuming Drew's knees are sound and the terms are right (2-3 years , $8-9 million per), I'd prefer that to the aging glove of Youk and stone glove of Ramirez trying to hold down the left side. Drew and Ramirez defensively wouldn't conjure up Schmidt-Bowa memories of the 80's Phillies teams, but pickings are slim..
And if the Red Sox are shopping Ellsbury, as Bowden at ESPN suggests (he is in his walk year with Boras as his agent), would you trade Ethier straight up for Ellsbury (a Bowden trade scenario)? Dodgers likely only get a year of Ellsbury (but with walk year motivation) but get rid of a bad contract, and solve their leadoff hitter for a year anyway. Boston doesn't want Ethier's contract either but they do have a hole in rightfield and have shown interest in Ethier in the pasat.
2 years, 4 months ago on Dodgers Interested in Kevin Youkilis, And Why Not?