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Blown Opportunities – Rants & Raves

Blown Opportunities – Rants & Raves
  • It’s all to easy to blame it on the pitching, and while the pitching was to blame, the Dodgers should have easily had 6 or 7 runs. 
  • Chad Billingsley’s inability to throw more than one strike in a row cost him dearly – Memo to Joe:  “As soon as Chad is over that 100 pitch count and struggles, you better take him out.  He is done!” 
  • Russ Martin looked like the Russ Martin of old, even though he got just one hit.  Ken Gurnick wrote about it today on Dodgers.com
  • The issue again was situational hitting.  Blake (who had some outstanding defensive plays) and Ethier both stranded 4 runners and Pierre, Hudson and Kemp all stranded 3. 
  • Mitch Jones is a “feel-good story” and it’s nice the Dodgers are letting him have a cup of coffee, but he is a career AAA hitter.  Major league pitchers will kill him.  I think Lambo c-bill1would hit better at this level than Jones, and Lambo isn’t close to ready.
  • Mota got the loss, but he has been pitching well of late.  Rivera just guessed right. He has a June ERA of 0.90.
  • Billingsley is still among the leagues’ elite with an ERA of 2.83, but he suffers from something many young Dodger pitchers struggle with and that is control.  It seems to permeate the entire system, making me think the Dodgers might need to approach the issue a little differently.  Case-in-point:  Scott Elbert struck out 10 in 5 innings last night for Chattanooga, but also walked 5 and was beaten soundly.  Elbert has 87 K’s in 62 IP, but has walked 30.  Billingsley, Kershaw, Miller, McDonald, Elbert and a bunch of other young Dodger pitchers all do the same thing.  I think the issue needs addressed.  Sign Greg Maddux as the Roving Pitching Czar.  Pay him whatever he wants.
  • Leach is looking better with every outing.
  • Will Ohman pitched 1 inning at AAA last night and got all 3 outs with K’s sandwiched around 2 walks.  Geeezzzz!
  • How can Repko, Hu and DeWitt all be hitting in the .250′s in Albuquerque?  That’s a “launching pad.”
  • Kyle Russell has 17 HR and 20  doubles to go with a .282 average at Great Lakes.  He should move to Inland Empire soon.
  • Devarius Gordon is on pace to steal 80 bases.  He is hitting over .300 and is RAW, RAW, RAW - Gordon is probably the SS who succeeds Raffy.
  • DeJesus should be back in a few weeks.

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15 Responses to “Blown Opportunities – Rants & Raves”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    All right, the Angles have convienced me — they are the better team in the greater L.A. area. They do what they have to do. From Hit foul balls to stay alive, to relief pitching, to making plays in the field, and the manager making moves that win.

    How much do one of those nice red Angel jersey shirts cost? I drive a red car, in fact I have had 5 red cars in my life. Only owned 1 blue car.

  2. CaptainLoose says:

    We are in first place 8 games up and the Angels are a second place team. We will getting our biggest gun back soon, and since payroll is only at 93 mil, we can afford to make a move at the deadline.

    I would say we are in pretty good shape.

    Stay Blue Roger. You'll be glad you did.

  3. I somehow knew that when the Dodgers would not offer Scossia a coahcing job, and he went elsewhere, that it was a HUGE mistake I knew he would make a great manager back in 1986. Lasorda used to say it all the time too. And Lasorda pretty much groomed him, but he still has his very own style.

    Its like Torre said, being a catcher you know what types of teams irritate you and he has built one of those teams very much on purpose. Speed, defense, good at bats, and interchangeable parts. Too bad they just have not had what it takes in the playoffs.

    I believe that there is a distinct difference between a team built for playoff baseball and one that is built for the regular season. This is why we need another dominant starter for the playoffs. Pitching is ALOT more critical for post season baseball.

  4. mark says:

    The Angels recently got Vlad back and they are hot, having won 8 in a row, but when we are ful strength, we are a better team.

  5. mark says:

    … especially if Russell gets his stroke back.

    When Manny comes back, it's like getting 2 All-Stars, because Andre Ethier can't hit unless Manny is in the lineup, so on Jul 3, we will get 2 All-Star caliber hitters back!

    Think about it!

  6. Mark_Timmons says:

    Elbert, Lindblom, Garate and others will get the September call.

    Leach, Elbert, McDonald Ethan Martin, Lindblom, Garate, Schlichting.

    4 count 'em 4!

    We would probably have to lose 4 of those pitchers (plus Lambo) to get a Top 2 starter.

    Are you willing to do that?

  7. Roger Dodger says:

    Capt' — for how many years now has the A.L. held a big edge over the N.L.? Over the last 19 years, the A.L. has won 12 World Series.

    The N.L. has not won an All-Star Game in 13 years. You have to go back to 1996 for an N.L. win.

    Or to put it another way, since 1986 the N.L. has only won 4 All-Star Games, in those 23 years.

    I believe that the A.L. has won most of the games in the interleague match-up's.

    Do A.L. G.M.'s draft better? Do they have better minor league development concepts? Do they make better trades? Does the D.H. make a difference on how to create a team (less emphasis on Pinch Hitters, and more on a solid D.H.)? Do they have better managers, and coaching staffs?

    Noticed that C-Bills only had 3 K's last night, and 5 BB's.

    In my mind, it is not the great lead the Dodgers have at this time — it is can they win big games. The game last night had play-off, world series feel.

  8. Roger Dodger says:

    As I remember Ethier's throw to the plate had no giddy-up to it at all. I think something must be wrong with his throwing arm. In his 4 years now in the majors, he is assists from the outfield have almost disappeared:

    2006 – 8, 2007 – 10, 2008, 11 — and 2009, this year, only 1 so far. Either folks are not running on him is a possibility, but I do not see the strong throws he used to make.

  9. Mark_Timmons says:

    Andre will be a 1B in the next year or so.

  10. Ken says:

    Amother Grady Little sitting last night. Torre kept Pedro I mean Bills in the game because the bull pen was overused??? Once again Mohawk needs to have 2-3 long relievers in the pen if he is going to have these 5 starting pitchers. And McDonald was available. If he is on the roster then he should have been used or they should have called up Estes to pitch 2-3 innings. No wonder Estes quit.

  11. Ken says:

    Riveria did not quess right. Mota missed Martin's glove location my more than a foot. Mota has been lights out since Honey stopped messing with him.

    Too many players choking. Apparently choking is as contagious as whopping cough.

    Too many Dodger pitchers are still throwing and not pitching. that is why their following throughs keep changing and they are so wild. Look at the easy motions of so many of the other good pitchers in the NL.

  12. doyerfan says:

    relax my friends.. its only one game, one series and one a.l. team that owns the dodgers..look at the big picture.dodgers are still the best team in baseball and there was a lot of positives to take home from last nights game.the defense was amazing and 2 hrs against a pretty good pitcher like saunders was great.martin's and furcal's swing looked to have life in them.mota took the loss because he missed location but him and leach are looking better every outing.bills struggled with location but kept the team in the game and left with a tie;but a couple of clutch hits w/ bases loaded 2 times and he would have gotten his 10th win.the dodgers didnt get that clutch hit and the angels did get that bases loaded hit from izturis and a hr from rivera.thats the story.the dodgers didn't roll over to the angels like the in the past.they played a great game decide by one bad pitch..go dodgers..

  13. Roger Dodger says:

    There is a time that one must forget the big N.L. West lead. About 3 months from now we move from the season to the post-season.

    Players cannot walk on to the field and say, "We had a 12 games lead in the N.L. West, why do we not
    just go back to the clubhouse, have a few beers and go out for dinner. We declare that we will win this game."

    There is a time that a team makes a statement. The Dodgers did almost everything they could to win that game last night. But again the Angels (who own the Dodgers), in the end, were the better team. They did what they had to do to win.

    I turned on the Cub – Cleveland game for a few minutes when the Indians had a very big lead. The Cub announcers said something like, "You know, the Cubs might come back and win this game, wilder thing has happen once an awhile." Later, the Cubs did come back, and now they are energized.

  14. lawdog says:

    You guys want to totally laugh your asses off? Go check ut these cartoons which have nothing to do with baseball, but are funnier than hell in a very bipartisan way:

    http://sendables.jibjab.com/originals

    Really, you've got to watch these. I still can't stop laughing.

  15. lawdog says:

    Ethier has a strong throwing arm. He's no Kemp, but he's defintely above average. He ust hasn't had a lot of opportunities to show it off tis year.

    We'll be right as rain when Manny comes back in 14 days. If you told me we'd be 20 games over .500 2 weeks before Manny's return I'd have called you a silly ass dreamer.

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