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The Lightning Prevents Dodger Thunder

The Lightning Prevents Dodger Thunder

It was evidently over before it started.  I think the Dodgers are afraid of lightening and it messed with their psyches.  According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA TIMES, Matt Kemp said: “I’m going to blame it on the lightning. The lightning was scary. I was up to bat worried I was going to get struck by lightning. That’s why I didn’t get that hit when I needed it.”
lightening I mean, what else could explain the dreadful hitting,  ZERO clutch hitting, James Loney doing his best Bill Buckner imitation at 1B and Hiroki serving up lollipops between strikeouts?  The team looked “lostless” (that’s a cross between listless and lost).  I mean it WAS a team effort (or lack thereof). 

You can rest assured that Joe Torre is concerned and I would not be surprised to see some wholesale changed today as the team really hasn’t been hitting for over a week.  There were some interesting subplots in last night’s game - for instance Raffy and Russell were battling to see who can get to the Mendoza line the quickest.  That should be interesting to watch.  As interesting as watching paint dry. 

All I can tell you is that baseball is a game of streaks and this too shall pass. 

Randy Wolf goes against Scott Feldman tonight and I would sit Martin, Furcal, Loney, Kemp and Loretta.  I’d play Blake at 1B, DeWitt at 3B, Castro at SS and Hoffman in CF.  Hit or sit!   That would be my mantra.  I think Joe has to make these guys realize he is serious.  It’s one thing to have a relaxed clubhouse, instead of  a tense clubhouse like last year, but it’s another to have a “country club attitude.”  Show ‘em you are serious, Joe.

 ON ANOTHER NOTE:

I found several posts by Brooklyn Dodger in the spam folder.  Since they were posts disagreeing with me, he probably thinks I jailed them, but I had no idea they were there until today, so here they are (disagreement is encouraged, even welcomed, sorry for the issue):

1. I must be missing something. Twice, comments that I wrote comparing Martin to Yadier Molina did not post. Maybe those comments were too long and I missed the message telling so. I posted stats from baseball-reference.com (I’m too busy right now to re-post the links, but they can be had at baseball-reference.com), and argued that Molina is clearly the better defensive catcher (has thrown out 48% of baserunners in his CAREER), and quite improved offensively since his .216 in 2006. Strikes out very little. Overall, he might be the better package behind the plate.

2.  I posted not too many minutes ago regarding Mark’s statement that Russell Martin was the best defensive catcher in “ALL” of baseball. That post seems to have disappeared (at least, I can’t find it). I offered the following comparison stats from baseball-reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/molin… http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marti… I argued that Molina could rationally be considered the better complete package behind the plate. He has thrown out 48% of would be base stealers in his CAREER, and has improved vastly as a hitter since hitting .216 in 2006. In fact, he hardly ever strikes out.

3. “No matter how he hits, you have to respect Russ Martin – he is the best defensive and signal calling catcher in ALL of baseball.” I hope the above wasn’t a serious remark. It’s not anywhere near reality. Without examining closely the defensive stats for every catcher in the game, the catcher that comes to mind as being the best defensively is Yadier Molina. Here are his stats vs. Martin: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/molin… http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marti… In fact, Molina is even an offensive plus. His hitting over the past few years has shown significant improvement over the player who hit .216 in 2006. He hardly ever strikes out, and has a 48% success rate throwing out runners for his CAREER. Martin may have more upside offensively, but it could be easily argued that Molina is the better overall package. Theyre even about the same age, with Molina being 7 months older.

I still don’t agree, but I respect Brooklyn Dodger’s opinion and I would never stop anyone from disagreeing with me.  Insofar as the caught stealing percentage, that stat is controlled as much by the pitcher as it is the catcher.  Dodger pitchers for the most part, don’t do a good job of holding runners (Honeycutt doesn’t seem to place much emphasis on it), but Dave Duncan is agruably the best pitching coach in baseball and his guys are generally very good at holding runners.

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10 Responses to “The Lightning Prevents Dodger Thunder”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    Hey Brooklyn — you must understand one basic fact,

    (you know, like the sun rises in the East, like flowers bloom in the Spring, like butterflies go north when it gets warmer, like soap can clean up dirty things, like Elvis sang "Jailhouse Rock," etc.)

    one basic fact, Mark only has eyes for Russell Martin. And — he is in shock this year over his performance. It hurts him deeply.

  2. Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, the Dodgers did not show up last night. They were overmatched, out played, and look lifeless.

    The quote you offered by Matt Kemp: “I’m going to blame it on the lightning. The lightning was scary. I was up to bat worried I was going to get struck by lightning. That’s why I didn’t get that hit when I needed it.”

    This guy is from Oklahoma, they have lightning all the time up (up from my position) there. But I will tell you this, if he does not start becoming the player we all expect him to be . . . he just might get struck by lightning. What he does not understand is this — God was waiting for him to hit a HR, and then the sky would have shown those lightning bolts all over — just like the one stamped on the bat of Rob Hobbs.

  3. Mark_Timmons says:

    … it makes me pine for Andy LaRoche.
    ;)

  4. Mark_Timmons says:

    Looks like Peavy might be staying put for a while…

  5. CaptainLoose says:

    Mark also has wood for Beltre. As for who is the best, that really is a subjective opinion. Stealing bases is done on the pitcher and Martin is a year younger, and hits better, so I'll take him.

    Andy LaRoche hitting .290 and leading the team in RBI's and in his first full season in the Majors. Who would have thought he was that good? I wonder how good he will be when he has been around a few years?

    Peavy's problem is in his foot, not his arm, but the same thing happened to Dizzy Dean. Peavy is still owed how much???? oh yeah, some nut keeps posting it here – $52,000,000. I wonder what dim witted GM will take him off the Pods hands?

  6. CaptainLoose says:

    Mark also has wood for Beltre.

    As for who is the best, that really is a subjective opinion. Stealing bases is done on the pitcher and Martin is a year younger, and hits better, so I'll take him.

    Andy LaRoche hitting .290 and leading the team in RBI's and in his first full season in the Majors. Who would have thought he was that good? I wonder how good he will be when he has been around a few years?

    Peavy's problem is in his foot, not his arm, but the same thing happened to Dizzy Dean. Peavy is still owed how much???? oh yeah, some nut keeps posting it here – $52,000,000. I wonder what dim witted GM will take him off the Pods hands?

  7. Mark_Timmons says:

    … it makes me pine for Andy LaRoche.
    ;)

    …who is hitting .292 and leading the Pirates with 29 RBI.

    I agree, Joe needs to take a hard stand. This is not acceptable. Sit Martin the rest of the series. Sit Kemp and Loney today.

  8. Mark_Timmons says:

    $52 mil is chump change

    Schmidt is a chump

    He got that

  9. Mark_Timmons says:

    Maybe Beltre will come home.

    Come Home, Adrian, Come Home!

  10. Mark_Timmons says:

    So, who would trade Russ Martin for Yadier Molina?

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