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It’s A Sad, Sad Story

lamboJames McDonald was slotted to start the season in the bullpen, but circumstances and injuries pressed him into service as a starter.  I felt that James would be an excellent reliever, and indeed he was, last September.  However, after several really horrible starts and an ERA that sits at 8.16, James McDonald, with his confidence shattered is headed either to the bullpen or the minors.  I would send him to the pen, but maybe he just needs to start at AAA.    Going back to the minors would be a big blow to his psyche and I hope they try him in the pen as a situational reliever – he looked excellent in the first inning last night and then just blew up in the 2nd.  He’s a great kid who was devestated after his debacle.  Jeff Weaver has to take his place in the rotation until Kuroda returns.  It was a nice win and all of our starters got 2 hits except for Loney (with 1) and Martin who got zero.  Russell is struggling mightily, as are a whole bunch of catchers in the majors.   The star of the game had to be Matt Kemp, who with his glove, saved at least 4 runs.    This team may have some pitching issues, but we are doing just fine and are in a position to make a trade when other teams want to give pitchers away.  I still stand by my prediction that Loney will be traded THIS year!   (some people just like to criticize others who make predictions, but they are never wrong because they only second-guess – they can’t make their own) BTW – the above photo is of Andrew Lambo’s 10th inning walk-off HR Wednesday night!

RANTS & RAVES

  • Jeff Weaver still can pitch.  Could he be the Comeback-Player-Of-The-Year?  We may not have to go outside the organization to get a starter.
  • The pen looked excellent.  Ohman closed out an inning and then hic-uped a little, but the rest were stellar.  It’s good to have Wade back.
  • J-Brox is pitching like a former closer who used to go by the moniker “Game Over.”
  • Sweet Loretta is now 7-10 as a pinch hitter – that better than Sweeney and Saenz combined!  What a difference!
  • Dodgertown will have it’s own Zip Code  in June- 90090!

 Thursday’s Boxscore

San Diego AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Giles, RF 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 .163
Eckstein, 2B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .299
Gerut, CF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 .250
  a-Hairston, S, PH-CF 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .390
Gonzalez, A, 1B 5 2 2 1 0 2 2 .333
Headley, LF 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .264
Kouzmanoff, 3B 4 1 0 1 1 2 4 .244
Hundley, C 3 0 1 1 1 2 2 .268
Rodriguez, L, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .245
  Mujica, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Geer, P 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 .400
  Gregerson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Burke, C, SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Totals 33 5 8 4 8 8 21  
a-Walked for Gerut in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Gerut (6, Weaver), Gonzalez, A (3, Ohman).
TB: Gerut 2; Gonzalez, A 3; Headley 2; Hundley; Geer 2.
RBI: Hundley (7), Geer (1), Gonzalez, A (20), Kouzmanoff (8).
2-out RBI: Geer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gerut 2; Kouzmanoff 2; Eckstein.
S: Geer.
GIDP: Rodriguez, L.
Team RISP: 2-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.FIELDING
E: Hundley (2, missed catch).
DP: 2 (Geer-Rodriguez, L-Gonzalez, A, Gonzalez, A-Hundley-Gonzalez, A).
 
LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 .250
Hudson, 2B 4 1 2 2 0 0 1 .337
Ramirez, M, LF 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 .372
Ethier, RF 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 .306
Loney, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .313
Martin, C 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .205
Kemp, CF 4 2 2 1 0 1 0 .325
Blake, 3B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .243
McDonald, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Weaver, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
  Ohman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
  Belisario, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Loretta, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .474
  1-Pierre, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
  Wade, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Stults, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
  Broxton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 36 8 14 7 1 6 12  
a-Singled for Belisario in the 7th. b-Struck out for Wade in the 8th.
1-Ran for Loretta in the 7th.
BATTING
2B: Ramirez, M (7, Geer), Furcal (4, Geer), Kemp (6, Mujica).
HR: Hudson (3, 3rd inning off Geer, 1 on, 1 out), Ramirez, M (5, 3rd inning off Geer, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Furcal 3; Hudson 5; Ramirez, M 6; Ethier 2; Loney; Kemp 3; Blake 2; Loretta.
RBI: Ethier (22), Hudson 2 (12), Ramirez, M (15), Loretta (3), Kemp (16), Blake (15).
2-out RBI: Ethier.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Loney.
GIDP: Hudson; Ethier.
Team RISP: 5-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.FIELDING
DP: (Loney-Furcal-McDonald).
 
San Diego IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Geer 6.0 7 4 4 0 4 2 5.29
Gregerson (BS, 3)(L, 0-1) 0.1 4 2 2 1 1 0 4.72
Mujica 1.2 3 2 2 0 1 0 5.56
 
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McDonald 1.2 2 3 3 4 0 0 8.16
Weaver 4.0 4 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Ohman (BS, 1) 0.1 1 2 2 2 0 0 4.50
Belisario (W, 1-2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.45
Wade (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Broxton (S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.82
Ohman pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.WP: McDonald.
IBB: Ramirez, M (by Gregerson).
Pitches-strikes: Geer 93-60, Gregerson 16-9, Mujica 28-19, McDonald 49-25, Weaver 59-38, Ohman 15-6, Belisario 13-10, Wade 5-4, Broxton 17-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Geer 9-5, Gregerson 0-0, Mujica 2-2, McDonald 2-3, Weaver 2-6, Ohman 0-1, Belisario 2-0, Wade 0-3, Broxton 0-0.
Batters faced: Geer 24, Gregerson 6, Mujica 7, McDonald 10, Weaver 17, Ohman 4, Belisario 4, Wade 3, Broxton 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Mujica 3-0, Weaver 2-0, Ohman 1-0, Belisario 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mark Wegner. 1B: Rob Drake. 2B: Tim Timmons. 3B: Jeff Kellogg.
Weather: 63 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:08.
Att: 54,628.
April 30, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

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The Great Lakes Loons won 9-6 as Justin Miller pitched 5 journeyman-like innings.  2B Jamie Pedroza was 5-5 (think David Eckstien – not big enough, not fast enought, not strong enough – but he’s a baller).   Devaris Gordon had a triple and scored 3 runs and Tony Delmonico was 3-4.   Gordon is hitting well but has had 6 errors in the last week.

BOXSCORE

The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 9-4.  Move along – nothing to see here….

BOXSCORE

 The Chatanooga Lookouts won 3-1 behind 5 solid innings by Jesus… Castillo that is.  After hitting a walk-off HR on Wednesday night, Andrew Lambo was 1-3 with 2 walks.  He now has 8 walks in the past week, after it was pointed out that he had no walks before that.

BOXSCORE

The Albuquerque Isotopes won 6-2 behind a 6 hit, 1 ER complete game by knucklehead, ‘er knuckleballer, Charlie Haeger.  There you go!  Jason Repko hit his 5th HR, but is still hitting .222, so don’t get excited.

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42 Responses to “It’s A Sad, Sad Story”

  1. Ken says:

    Weaver IS a team player and now maybe a starter for a few weeks. Props from Torre.

    ‘What do I have to do (to stay)?’ And I didn’t have a good answer other than we wanted to stretch him out a little bit. … He went, didn’t rebel, didn’t go home, didn’t have to think about it. He didn’t like it, but he went. And I’m happy to have him back because in my mind he certainly pitched well enough in the spring to be considered for a spot.”

  2. Ken says:

    Great stat summary for April by Eric Stephens

    http://www.truebluela.com/2009/5/1/861226/dodgers-april-review-so-far-so-good

    My interpretation of the stats based upon OPS and WHIP:

    10 Great batting performances, 1 good, 3 really bad.

    3 Great pitching performances, 6 good, 1 bad, and 5 really bad.

    Overall maybe 5 All Star performances?

    Mark – There have been some great posts recently regarding who are and what to do about The Really Bads. Please keep up the good work providing us with your thoughts and insider knowledge.

  3. Badger says:

    The offense pulled it out, including my man Blake (Bill must be feeling pretty confident about now as Blake does more with a .240 avg. than anyone I know) Furcal got hits, Manny is a beast, everyone contributed and Weaver put out the fire. He deserves a start.

    Ohman looked out of sorts. It’s always somebody out there, but the rest of them pitched well. We are going to need a lot of innings out of our pen, I think that is obvious.

    Another W and a hard earned one at that.

  4. Badger says:

    Interesting stat sheet Ken. Thanks.

    Most telling for me – we have 5 players on pace for 100 runs scored and 100 rbi’s. That can’t possibly be sustainable.

    And a team WHIP of 1.286 amazes me. They must be doing it with smoke and mirrors.

    Intriguing team we have here.

  5. Harold says:

    Mark ,I have never criticized you for anything, much less your predictions. Your prediction regarding Loney may well come to be a reality. My prediction, in a previous post, is it will be a big mistake to trade him especially during the season. We seem to have a line up that works and it seems counter-productive to change it. Let Lambo come up in September to test the waters. Goodness, don’t trade Loney and throw Lambo into the fire right away. We threw Clayton in from AA and saw his stuggles last year and are also seeing them this year. Because Loney isn’t hitting homers, we are going to give a good more experienced young player for one lacking any experience? Again, I ask, why can’t we have both Loney and Lambo? Manny is a temporary piece. My prediction, two years at most.

    GO DODGERS!!

  6. Voldomer says:

    It appears that the Daily News has laid off Tony Jackson. Yet more bad news for Dodger beat writers and those who read them.

  7. Bill Russell says:

    Update for the Badger…………

    I don’t know if it’s the bet or the beard but Badger will never warm up to Casey Blake the foundation of the Dodgers. There’s a clear leader so far this year in comparing LaRoche to Blake in the early going of this season.

    LaRoche
    AB 63, R 4, H 16, HR 0, RBI 8, AVG .254, OPS .675

    Blake
    AB 74, R 10, H 18, HR 5, RBI 15, AVG .243, OPS .812

    There’s only one catagory that LaRoche is ahead of Blake and it’s by an eyelash. If LaRoche is an O for next game and Blake gets a few hits that will change.

    Maybe players like LaRoche is just a great minor leaguer but will never develop into the projections he was given by some. It could be a hard label to shake an a shadow cast upon him that will end up haunting him thoughout his career. With Andy hitting in a better lineup position then Blake you would think he would run away with this comparison.

    We will have to wait and see but I’m not branding LaRoche to be the piece of the puzzle that we gave away and couldn’t afford to live without. I’m still rooting for Andy, I just hope he can stay away from the injury bug in 2009.

    BRuss OUT :mrgreen:

  8. Badger says:

    Uh, you would think a player like LaRoche, with a total of 397 Major League at bats would “run away” from an 11 year veteran being paid $17.5 million to play on a Division Winning team filled with much better hitters? Hmm. Interesting take, and one I think you may want to reconsider. To predict that a guy with such limited experience would beat out a guy with Blake’s experience was either really ballsy, or really stupid. I have no idea whether LaRoche will get it together, but I am betting he will. Blake is a career .264 hitter with a .334 OBP and a .782 OPS, which is very pedestrian for a 3rd baseman. LaRoche has the potential to stomp all over those numbers, but it remains to be seen whether he can do it. But to think he will do it after less than one year’s worth of at bats is really asking a lot. I may pay for it, but, I need the work and am willing to root for Andy. I like him, always have. Blake? Not so much, but I have to admit that batting 8th in this lineup seems to suit him.

  9. Marionymous says:

    Just a matter of time before we sign Pedro….
    Trading Loney right doesn’t make any sense when we could just sign a pitcher…

  10. lawdog says:

    When Manny returns to Cleveland to end his career as a DH, Lambo or Paul will be the first cheapskate attempts to replace him. Hopefully one of them is able to hit .280 and whack 30 taters and we won’t have to go outside the organization to fix the lineup although we really don’t have a great 3rd baseman now and we have short term solutions at ss and 2nd base.

    The team is certainly fun to watch this year. We’re never out of a game, it seems, no matter how bad our pitching is. I hope we can sustain this. I still think we should sign Pedro so that he can teach the kids how to throw major league change ups and cutters and settle them down. Bring some stability. Right now Weaver is looking like a poor man’s Derek Lowe throwing nothing but sinkers. But his sinker is 81 mph not high 80s to low 90s like Lowe’s. It’s probably just a question of time before he starts elevating that thing and he’ll get royally tattooed if he does. Don’t forget we’ve already let him go once before and we were not the last to do so. Still, he looked like a dandy out there yesterday.

    I think adding Pedro Martinez would nail this down for us like Manny did for us last year. Otherwise, I think our pitching will be wildly inconsistent and you better get ready for a lot of 9-8 games, early blown saves, rallies, and unexpected results at games end.

    Were good enough to win it all if the kids on the staff step it up just in regard to consistency with their command. If they look like McDonald’s looked, we won’t win it which would be a shame with only the luxury of a “rent-a-Manny” in left.

  11. lawdog says:

    Why trade the future Mattingly or Boggs just because you’d like a few more home runs to go with a .345 average and 100 rbis?

    We’ve got the guys around Loney who will hit the 30 hrs/yr mark soon. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The kids will soon be ready to pitch. It’s just a question of confidence right now. Signing Pedro costs us nothing but cash–and not that much of it if you consider what we shoved into Blake’s pockets for his .240 average.

  12. Mark Timmons says:

    Why trade Loney?

    I’ll give you several reasons why:

    1. Not enough power at 1B to justify paying him $10 mil per in 2 years when he can get the big BUX;
    2. That will be about the same time Ethier, Kemp, Martin, Billingsley and Broxton will all also command the big $$$ deals as well;
    3. You need to integrate players into the lineup who will not command the big BUX for years in order to sustain your teams winning advantage;
    4. Of the following players, who would you rather lose: Martin, Kemp, Ethier, Loney, Billingsley, Broxton? We can’t keep them all. Martin is not playing that well right now and we may have other options in two years, so he could go and with Lambo we have a guy who can take Loney’s place.

    It’s not just about keeping a player or not – it’s about sustainability, and to sustain our winning ways we will not be able to keep all the players. Loney can get us a pitcher THIS year and we have a replacement (not Lambo) in Casey Blake. Yes, Lambo could step up THIS year, but I am not counting on it. Of our current crop of youngsters, Loney and possibly Martin are most likely to be gone in 2 years.

    So, you just have to see where your strength is and replace those players where you have minor league numbers. In two years, Kyle Russell may be the guy we are looking for to take Manny’s place. We have options and it’s not about which players you like or not. I like Loney and Martin is my favorite Dodger, but we will have to lose some players along the way to sustain what we need to accomplish.

    Finally, I believe that Andrew Lambo will be a better player than Loney, so if you can trade a very good player to get another very good pitcher and can replace him with a better player, you have to do it, no matter how unpopular the decision.

  13. lawdog says:

    Another poster from another Dodger Board (worldcrossing) went to the game last night and had the following to say about attendance:

    Went to last night’s game. We had a great time, of course because the Dodgers won, but also because it was the first game we had been to in 2 years. The park hasn’t changed one bit, still as beautiful as ever. The one thing that seemed a little different is how packed it was, I don’t remember the park ever being that crowded in the past. It was a promotional game, but I’ve been there on other promtional nights and it never seemed as crowded as it was last night. The fans just adore Manny, it was really great to be at a game where he hit a homerun. He hit a foul ball his first at bat and it actually dented the scoreboard, right above where we were sitting. I was really upset with the way McDonald pitched. He may end up getting sent back to the minors, but how many times can he be minor league pitcher of the year for the club? Well, at least the Dodgers won.

    Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    To which I replied:

    Hmmmm. What was the name of that silly old doofus who predicted Manny would put 5000 butts a night in the seats? Why, I think it was me–quoting a writer from ESPN and a few other old fools like Badger were silly enough to agree with me. Well, I hope Fred enjoys rolling in all that dough this year. If he had any brains he could have had him for 3 seasons instead of just one and passed over to money heaven when he was done.

    Badger had the following remark as well so you know I’m not putting words in his mouth:

    “You mean the crashing economy didn’t keep people at home. Gee, what a surprise.”

  14. Mark Timmons says:

    Attendence is not down in LA, but it is down 7% in Major League Baseball. It helps that we are off to such a good start.

    It stinks what happened to Tony Jackson – he was a great guy and a good friend. I have a call into him. He was a good inside source for me…

  15. Mark Timmons says:

    Oh, and Lawdog, Boras would not accept a 3-year deal. He thought Manny would be too old then. He will test the market this year and opt out if he gets a better offer or wait another year. No way he would sit on a 3-year deal.

  16. lawdog says:

    After this year with Schmidt and Manny off the active payroll and a good chance that Rookies will come up one by one year after year to step into the shoes of the geezers as they leave you’ll have plenty of money to Loney and the rest of them if hyou sign them before they are eligible for FA. Even Martin said he’d like to go for that. Once they are all signed to long term management friendly deals you can trade one for another young player with a similar deal–gold for gold or splurge on a more expensive guy if you want to maximize talent and give up a little profit, deal one for a superstar and richer talent (Like Bay for Manny last year).

    Loney is hitting .313 at the moment ahn d he’s been slumping. Right out of the gate he’s .329 material and if he pays attention to Mattingly, who was the same kind of hitter, he’ll probably hit better than .340 next year. He’s better than Grace right now who hit closer to .280 without much power. It’s not like he’s 35 years old and has no upside.

    You have to be patient with the players who are making progress. They don’t always grow on your timetable. Last year it would have been silly to trade Ethier for a marginal home run hitter with a few months left on his deal like Dunn. But watch the player swing. Run. Field and throw. I was telling everyone that “softee” was a diamond in the rough early last year. I remember Duke Snider’s swing and Andre has it. Loney’s timing is just slightly off, but he still hits over .300 with runners in scoring position or with nobody on. He reminds me of more of Tommy Davis with his swing when he’s right. He has gap power and makes contact. He has a dead eye and can whack them hard–hitting them where they are pitched and where fielders ain’t. He’ll soon win the first of many Golds Gloves, has a cannon arm which is wasted at first (he could have been a pitcher) James Loney is going to have a very good career.

    If I had to trade on of the guys Mover listed right now it would have to be Martin. Why would I want to do that? I don’t. I love the kid’s toughness and in the past he showed the abilities of a rare catcher who can do it all offensively and defensively. But last year and the year before at it’s end he started to fall with the bat and his throwing to second base (usually on the shortstop side on a bounce.) This last year he started to spiral downwards. He has now managed to land in Mendoza-ville. and is now ripping the ball at a fabulous .205 clip. Would I rather have that or Loney’s .313 (soon to be closer to .329 from whence he has slipped in ther past few days because his timing is off–too many foul line shots that ordinarily would be gappers) or would I rather have Mendoza with no home runs, an arm that has become inconsistent who is a damn fine catcher otherwise and can call a good game?

    That’s a no brainer.

  17. lawdog says:

    Borass wanted a 4 year contract with an option for a 5th. If we’d offered 3 years and an option for a 4th he’d have signed it in a New York Minute. Fred is the one who held out for two years max–preferably one year. And he was so arrogantly pleased with himself when he wore Manny and Boras down to his terms without compromising in the slightest.

    Some people don’t appreciate what they have until it’s gone. Others are too cheap to recognize a no lose investment when it bites them in the ass. Fred is both.

  18. Badger says:

    I think Boras would accept a three year deal if it has enough zeros in it, but I think he might get 4. I think we all believe Manny will spend his last years as a DH. If he continues doing what he has done for us, A.L. teams are going to be lining up to get him away from us.

    I follow your logic on Loney mover, and to a small degree I actually agree with it. But Loney, without any home runs is on pace to knock in 113 runs, is hitting .313 with an OBP over .400 and is also smooth around the bag. And you think you can replace this with Casey Blake? You are dreaming home boy. And not only that, replacing one player with a player who is already on the field creates a hole. Who fills that hole? DeWitt?

    I think ldawg is right about how to approach this starting pitching thing – sign Pedro. Just having him around our younger guys will help them, and between him, Weaver, Milton and Estes, we could actually get 25 starts and 175 innings. I do that before I throw Loney out there.

    There is a lot of time before the deadline. We will deal with this internally first and if that doesn’t work, a trade will be forthcoming. But I think that trade will involve prospects, not one our best hitters.

  19. lawdog says:

    Tony was a great guy with a great column. Same with Diamond Leung. Both will be sorely missed I wondered where you got a lot of or information Mover. It will be difficult to cultivate new sources. Seems like I’m always arguing with you and never get around to expressing my appreciation. You make it possible for me to be a monday morning manager and a GM with 20-20 hindsight, a veritable wonder in my own mind. Thanks for all you do! (Even if you won’t let us post political crap here.) ;)

  20. Voldomer says:

    Yes Mover, we all appreciate your work here very much.

    Be sure to stay on the good side of your boss! ;-)

  21. Mark Timmons says:

    Vold,

    Are you talking about my wife?

  22. Mark Timmons says:

    Badger,

    From what I know about the negoitations, I do not think Manny (Boras) would have taken a 3-year deal. He might have taken a 4-year deal, but 3 would have put Manny in a tough position to get another contract. This way he has a year, maybe two to decide.

  23. Mark Timmons says:

    It would be nice if Pedro could step in and be successful – it just seems highly unlikely that he could do it and stay healthy, and until he drops his demands for $5 mil, it won’t happen.

    If we could get a solid #2 for Loney, our offense would be weakened, but our pitching would be greatly improved… and you never know, Lambo may make the Leap!

    I still maintain that Russ Martin will be the best ctacher in baseball by years’ end. I also think that Loney will be a career .300 hitter, so it’s not because I don’t like him.

  24. lawdog says:

    With 23 games gone from the season you’d think Pedro’s demand would already be down to $4 million. And the fact he’ll miss another month with late spring training probably puts him around $3million.

    That’s almost do-able, don’t you think? What were wqe paying per game for Maddox last season? I’ll bet that’s in the ballpark. And they say Pedro has something left–unlike Maddox.

  25. lawdog says:

    If Torre is going to leave Ethier hitting behind Manny in the 4th position so he can be protected by Manny from first base after Manny walks, how about trying Kemp in the 2 hole in front of Manny. I can guarantee you that his .329 average would have to jump at least 40 point if he didn’t have to worry about those off speed pitches off the plate. How about a slugger hitting .369 in front of Manny with 40 hrs?

    Loney’s OBP is well over .400 this year (.423).

  26. DRomo says:

    GREAT point Lawdog. We will not take on Pedro(who will cost us nobody just money) and last year we did take on a battered, old , ineffective Maddux? And last year we had plenty of healthy pitchers!

  27. Badger says:

    Maybe the brass thinks we already have enough Pedro’s here already. We have Pedro Weaver, Pedro Milton and Pedro Estes. Let’s face it, Martinez wasn’t that good last year and now he is a year older. Maybe Jed thinks he can do better.

    I believe 3 years and an option would have gotten a deal done. Especially at close to $25M per. But, what do I know. Maybe Boras figures Ramirez is going to last until he is 42. It would not surprise me if he had 5 more good years in him. I still say Ramirez will get his $100 million.

    You guys don’t like Hudson in the two hole?

  28. Mark Timmons says:

    I am at a disadvantage because I have inside information on the deal, but Boras wanted 5 or he wanted the 1+1. I am confident that the person who told me really knew, and I can’t tell you who it was.

  29. Ken says:

    I predict that Torre’s subconscious will cause him to make incredibly stupid decisions regarding the bullpen tonight because his buddy Stutze was released by the Dodgers AAA Affiliate today. If so he is not the guy to help the kids deal with adversity.

    Hopefully I am absolutely wrong.

    Jackson, Truely Sad! Is the proliferation of Dodger Blogs causing reporters to be laid off? Or has the new MLB channel caused newspapers to be irrelevant?

  30. Marionymous says:

    Lawdog is right on as usual….
    Trading a .320 hitter is not a good move right now…
    If our pitching staff is still slumping at the all-star break, then maybe you think about doing something that drastic…but I would wait on Kuroda and Schmidt before doing that…and Sheets will provably be available after the break as well…..

  31. Miguel says:

    Wow, that is crazy about Diamond and Tony losing their jobs! What the heck is going on? I am in the process of putting together a piece about Dodgers beat writers at the LA Times. I had been piecing it together before these layoffs but they will definitely add to the conversation.

    I think that some important parts of last night’s game have been overlooked here so far. Broxton and his Uncle Charlie were insane last night, more on that in my post, http://dodgersbaseballnews.com/rally-rally-rally/. But the real thing here was that this was a division game and we took the lead 4 times from the Padres last night! There were so many lead changes it was crazy. I cannot recall a game where there were so many lead changes/rallys.

    Someone said it again here up in the comments, that we always have a chance with this lineup. I predict that we will come from behind alot more this season. Our offense is explosive for the first time in…. well since I can remember, and I’m 34!

  32. Roger says:

    Nice posts above. Mr. Jevie is in the zone tonight (so far).

    Pierre the single. Maybe the Dodgers should see about MLB changing the rules of the game, and call for a Rover or 10th player to be added to the team lineup. Then Pierre could cover that shallow left-center or right-center, catch stuff and have not very far to throw the ball back.

    On Tony Jackson. Mark and I spent a lot of time with him in Spring Training. At least several times a day, each day we were there.

    One new discussion for MLB is this: who will be voting for MVP and other awards each year? Up until now, it has been the beat writers covering a team, for like 10 year or something.

    Not bloggers, not TV announcers, not . . . . So, who will get the gig?

  33. Badger says:

    Not gonna stick around for the end of this one, but right now the Dogs are 1 for 11 against Peavy and the 1 hit as Roger just pointed out – Pierre. Somebody will be willing to take him off our hands soon, do we want him to leave?

    Kershaw looks better.

    Didn’t get checked for the swine, but the local docs tell us we have viral pneumonia that is now bacterial. A lot of it going around the west. I think I picked it up at the airport. Man, it has had me down, but I am feeling better. Supposed to climb Mt. Humphreys in two weeks but, I think I’ll pass on that one. Right now, going up the stairs I get winded.

  34. Roger says:

    Kemp made a great catch (again) . . . but he looked terrible, even stupid that last at bat. He looked at it like my grandmother at the family picnic.

    I was hoping that the Dodgers would have scored a run the last inning — then after the 5th inning, Frank and his wife could have gone in the parking lot there at Dodger stadium and with fire hoses, shot water over the stadium on to the field, and then have the umps call the game.

  35. Mark Timmons says:

    Hey, that’s a great idea, Roger!

  36. Roger says:

    Why do we not trade for Jevie. Give them the AAA team if they want them. They cannot use Loney. They do not want trash . . . no DeWitt, he would only be an extra player at the end.

    If talking trash:

    Have them pick from this package, any four players –

    Catcher: A.J. Ellis / Lucas May

    Infielder: DeWitt / Hu / Blake

    Outfielder: Paul / Repko / Pierre

    Pitcher: Elbert / McDonald / Stults / Wade

    If that is not good enough — then they would have to offer: Ethier or Kemp . . . that is about it. The other players are tied to big contracts or are really not worth a darn.

    Now there are some players the Dodgers have that are beyond the 40 man roster — like Lambo . . .

    Mark can respond to those A and AA types.

  37. Ken says:

    Another sad story – The Dodgers have decide to have Mendoza be their starting catcher.

  38. lawdog says:

    Mendoza comes through– bases loaded, two out 0-0 tie with a 3-2 count he swings himself into a pretzel but the call? Ball 4 on a half swing that should have been called a strike by a little league umpire who owed Martin money. But hey! It’s only May! And a win is a win–even if someone with the club had to bribe the first base umpire to get the winning walkl

  39. lawdog says:

    The classic Mendoza way to win a ball game on a close play: a walk off walk! But only on a half swing that leaves your arms wrapped in a pretzel and a blind 1st base ump who could tell a hold u on a half swing from an oyster on a half shell.

  40. lawdog says:

    Errr. That last one was incoherent. Let’s try again since there’s no edit mechanism:

    The classic Mendoza way to win a ball game on a close play: a walk off walk! But only on a half swing that leaves your arms wrapped in a pretzel and a blind 1st base ump who couldn’t tell a hold up on a half swing from an oyster on a half shell.

  41. Mark Timmons says:

    On the replay, it looked like he checked to me.

  42. Badger says:

    Dbacks won on a foul ball. Umps.

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