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Just Rants & Raves

Just Rants & Raves
  • With 94 games down, we have just 68 games to go.  If we just go .500 the rest of the way, we will in 94 games.  No too shabby.  However, I don’t see us dropping off that much.  If we play just 6 games above .500 we will win 100 games and frankly, I would be surprised if we don’t win 100 after watching this team all year.
  • Kuo pitched another scoreless inning on back-to-back days last night and will pitch again Thursday or Friday.  If all goes well, he should be activated by next week.  It is  not outLA-Logo of the realm of possibility that he could last for two months.  TWO MONTHS!  That’s all.  He was on of the best in the league last year and if he can do it again, he’d be a HUGE addition to this team.  DeWitt will probably go down when Kuo is activated.
  • Belisario and Wade are progressing and it’s sad to say, but what will happen to Weaver, who has helped us a lot this year? 
  • When Belisario and/or Wade comes back next week, who goes down?  I suppose Leach could be the guy, but it could be Weaver and Vargas are the odd-men-out.  Hopefully, the Dodgers could trade Jeff to a team where he can pitch a little more.  The Cards liked him at one time.
  • Tony Abreu has a 13-game hitting streak at AAA and has 5 HR in 87 AB’s and is OPSing 1.000.  He was once an elite prospect, and he’s a switch-hitter.  If I were the Dodgers I would be trying him in RF as well.  
  • Josh Bell went 4-4 last night (.287) and hit his 25th and 26th doubles.  He could see AAA THIS season.
  • Doug Mientkiewicz is due back in a couple of weeks (says he).  He can play LF, RF, 1B and 3B.  Could Loretta be the odd man out?  He’s dropped to .239…
  • Matt Kemp continues to do it all.  He is 3 RBI’s from leading the team, and he hits 8th?  His OB% has climbed to .390.
  • According to Miguel, he is alive and partly well.
  • After getting hit on the hand last night and having to leave the game, the X-Rays on Manny  Ramirez were negative.
  • I’m anxious to see how Chad Billingsley responds to his start tonight.

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37 Responses to “Just Rants & Raves”

  1. DRomo says:

    OK here is my Billingsley prediction. Chad will do well tonight because it is the freaking Reds. He will walk more than he should but will finally win his 10th game.

    I also think we win 100 games this season but I fear the curse of the last few 100 win teams. Also the teams that clinch early seem to be complacent in Oct. Let’s hope Joe and company keeps this team hungry!
    I am hoping if Kuo comes back he is used EXTREMELY sparingly. That poor arm of his is ready to fall off.

  2. Mark Timmons says:

    Excitement is running high on this board today. The lines are jammed…

  3. Mark Timmons says:

    In the last 5 years, 4 out of the 5 teams that won 60 games FIRST went to the World Series!

  4. Badger says:

    These Dodgers got a taste last year. I think getting to the NL play-offs is not the real goal. They already did that. These guys want a ring.

    Chad’s stuff is too good to sustain a slump. The Reds is the team to snap a slump. I too look for 6+ innings of 1.0 WHIP.

    I agree with your take on Kuo Romey, but, a reliever used sparingly by Torre? Yeah, good luck with that. If Kuo can pitch, he will pitch every day if needed.

  5. Mark Timmons says:

    Torre rarely used him on back-to-back days last year. He only pitched 39 times out of the pen.

  6. DRomo says:

    “Torre rarely used him on back-to-back days last year. He only pitched 39 times out of the pen.”

    Good point Mark but the other 326 days of the year Kuo was duct taping his arm back to his body.

    My fear about having so much success during the regular season is as recent as last year the Angels won 100 games and started printing World Series tix. Just to get their asses handed to them round one! I was happy to see that. Flash foward to this year we are first to 60 and well on our way to 100+ wins and with the talks of everyone else improving their teams and not much about us I smell an ass whooping.

    Or maybe it is just being a Dodger fan for all my life you somewhat expect to have your heart ripped out?

  7. Mark Timmons says:

    Here’s the difference:

    We are not doing business as usual. The Fred Claire, Tom Lasorda, Kevin Malone, Paul DePodesta GM years are behind us, and our scouting, consultants and technology are as good as it gets. For instance, do you know that the Dodgers chart every pitch on video and radar as well as every swing and every catch on all their minor league teams? That’s huge!

  8. Roger says:

    just noticed this:

    Why the Dodgers need Halladay
    Comment July 22 Foxsports.com (scroll down) “The Padres are the only National League club getting fewer innings from their starters than the Dodgers. While Dodgers manager Joe Torre occasionally might pull his starters too quickly, he would not need to do anything of the sort with Halladay. The Dodgers’ problem in acquiring Halladay or Lee — besides the questions about owner Frank McCourt’s willingness to take on salary — remains their lack of elite pitching prospects at the upper levels. Catcher Russell Martin no longer would qualify as the centerpiece of a blockbuster. His OPS ranks among 18th among the 23 catchers with enough plate appearances to qualify for the league leaders, and the Jays have a highly regarded catching …”
    —————————————–

    Mark, do you have that stat on Russell? If you, you have kept it from us . . .

  9. Mark Timmons says:

    Of all MLB Catchers with more than 300 Plate Appearaces, Martin is 6th in OPS and 3rd in OB%.

    … and he’s having a bad year!

  10. Mark Timmons says:

    He would be 7th in OPS if you counted Victor Martinez, but nealy half of Martinez AB’s have been at 1B.

    Some of the others ahead of him have DH’ed too.

    Martin is bad this year, but he’s still good when he’s bad!

    His lack of powe is what drops his OPS!

  11. Mark Timmons says:

    … besides the Dodgers won’t trade Martin.

  12. DRomo says:

    I dont think the Dodgers are crazy enough to treade Martin mid season. But I see the point to what Roger is saying. Trading for a Halliday or Lee makes sense because they both can win, dominate and save the bullpen!! Maybe the last point is more important. I hear we are looking for bullpen help as well as a starter. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

    The Dodgers scouting and GM work has been great of late but until they convert that into a ring. In this market it doesn’t mean much!

  13. Mark Timmons says:

    McCourt didn’t pony up the big bucks for Manny, Blake and Furcal to just win the West. He wants to win it all, because winning a World Series makes dollars and sense. But, you can’t give away the farm, or Bills or Kershaw.

  14. Mark Timmons says:

    I’d tell the Jays “Here’s what we will give you:”

    1. DeWitt
    2. Bell
    3. McDonald

    Pick 1 of the following players:

    Lambo
    Russell
    Lindblom

    Pick 1 of the following players:

    Ethan Martin
    Nathan Evoladi
    Chris Withrow

    Take it or leave it!

  15. DRomo says:

    Not to shabby Mark. What would you give for Lee? He maybe had for less even. And wouldn’t be a bad consilation prize.

    I also think you ae right that McCourt wants to at least make it to the World Series and hopefully win it. He is in it to win it this year. The biggest reason is to validate himself. He knows he has been criticized mercilessly, and I think he can prove he is a good owner by getting a ring or at least putting the Dodgers on top of the National League once again!

  16. Roger says:

    McCourt wants a ring. Righ-toe. IMO, he is about 2 pitchers short.

    The other teams have been building their teams, not for the season, but for the post season. We have not.

    It might be to “give up, part, of the farm” — but it not. Maybe the ring deal might not be.

  17. SpokaneBob says:

    Mark,

    It seems to me that Martin is having much better at bats lately. He is swinging at better pitches and is hitting well in July. Furcal and Ethier seem to be heating up as well. If our offense gets back to scoring early and offten it will take some of the strain off the staff.

    I don’t want to trade Lindblom…….I have a good feeling about his future.

    Romers,

    How long have you been a Dodgerfan. Most of the old farts on this board remember a time when we expected to win every year. I think we are on the verge of getting back to that. Younger fans and old ones alike have suffered since ’88.

  18. lawdog says:

    Hu, Lambo, Herrera, Stultz, Lindblom and Threets would probably be enough for Wyatt’s buddy Doc. We wouldn’t miss them.

  19. Mark Timmons says:

    Hu, Herrera, Stults and Threets would get you a box of batting practice balls. Used!

  20. Mark Timmons says:

    Tonight’s Lineup:

    1. Furcal, SS

    2. Hudson, 2B

    3. Ethier, RF

    4. Blake, 3B

    5. Loney, 1B

    6. Kemp, CF

    7. Martin, C

    8. Billingsley, P

    9. Pierre, LF

    No Manny on Manny Bobblehead Night. Maybe he’ll pinch hit.

    I wonder if the Manny Bobblehead has a syringe attached to it’s butt?

  21. Mark Timmons says:

    Quick!

    Which Dodger pitcher has the most innings?

  22. Badger says:

    After the second inning – Billingsley.

    Before this game starts – Wolf.

  23. Mark Timmons says:

    You are assuming Billingsley can get to the 2nd!

    ;)

    I was amazed by that stat!

  24. Badger says:

    I would have guessed Wolf just because you said “quick”. The obvious answer was of course Bills.

    Interesting line-up. I like it after the first 8 hit. Pierre, Furcal, Hudson, Ethier. Not bad. I would move some people around, but, I have said that many times already.

  25. Roger says:

    More “professional” views on possible Dodger trades:

    6:49pm: ESPN’s Peter Gammons says the Dodgers are still in the mix for Halladay. Pros for the Dodgers are a number of Single-A and Double-A prospects and the willingness to take on Halladay’s contract. Cons are a lack of near-ready pitching prospects, and absence of Toronto scouts at Dodger games.
    ———————————————

    So Toronto is not even scouting Dodgers. I assume they mean even the minor leagues. Interesting.

  26. Mark Timmons says:

    Beautiful opposite field HR by Andre – He stayed on the ball and hit it where it was pitched to tie the game. Nice.

    We have 3 pitchers who I think are “near ready.”

    McDonald
    Lindblom
    Elbert

  27. Badger says:

    Maybe it’s been made clear to Toronto that nobody on the ML staff will be included in the deal. It doesn’t say that Dodger minor league teams aren’t being scouted. In fact, all minor league systems are continually scouted. I doubt the Dodgers have anyone good that is not on Toronto’s radar, and that includes McDonald.

    Bills looks ok, right? 51 to get through 4.

  28. Mark Timmons says:

    Still too many dad-gum WP’s!

  29. Skaml says:

    Watch how Martin fields pitches that hit the ground and then watch other catchers. His fingers point down so the ball pops up out of his glove and away. With the fingers up, you can trap the ball, the ball stops in your glove.
    It’s not really the pitchers, Martin needs to learn how to catch balls in the dirt.

  30. Badger says:

    I reckon Manny’s hand feels ok.

  31. Mark Timmons says:

    Man-O-Manny!

    Who writes these scripts?

  32. Mark Timmons says:

    Skami,

    I am watching the Reds feed and their announcers (Brenly and Chris Welch) both former baseball players (one a manager) have raved about Martin’s ability to block pitches in the dirt. They said that most catchers wouldn’t have caught many of them. I happen to totally agree. When you have a 93-95 MPH cutter with “late movement” in the dirt, all you can do is react and Martin is one of the best I have ever seen at it.

    Since I watch so many away feeds, I hear that kind of stuff about Martin all the time.

    And, how in blue blazes can you get the fingers up and still keep it from bouncing under you? Answer: You can’t! You can’t catch most of those balls – you can only hope to block them.

  33. Mark Timmons says:

    Here’s a good statistical analysis of Martins’ defensive ability:

    http://www.memoriesofkevinmalone.com/2009/01/russell-martin-is-sorta-good_31.html

  34. Voldomer says:

    As Manny said, “Wow!”

    How’s that for demoralizing an opponent–you get a break with Manny out of the lineup, then he does this.

  35. Mark Timmons says:

    Also Martin has just 1 passed ball. Those are handed out by the oficial scorers. Either Martin pays them off or they don’t believe the wild pitches are passed balls.

  36. Badger says:

    Fingers up? I don’t understand that.

    Martin has a Gold Glove, doesn’t he? I think they only give those out to good defenders.

    Manny, he’s pretty good.

  37. Voldomer says:

    VERY interesting information in an article just posted at the LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dodgers-fyi23-2009jul23,0,6597284.story) on the Halladay situation, especially the first paragraph:

    Trade deadline near

    As the Dodgers pursue Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, one of the Blue Jays’ top scouts watched the Dodgers play Tuesday and Wednesday. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, asked whether he had exchanged names with the Blue Jays, said: “We know who they have interest in.”

    The Dodgers have assigned scouts to watch Halladay’s last two starts. Logan White, the Dodgers’ assistant general manager for scouting, watched Halladay and Cleveland Indians ace Cliff Lee this week, although it is uncertain whether the Indians would trade Lee.

    The Dodgers do not plan to include Clayton Kershaw in a Halladay trade offer. Steve Springer, the Blue Jays’ scout in attendance at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday, could help Toronto determine whether another player on the Dodgers’ roster might fit in a package for Halladay.

    The Dodgers consider minor league shortstop Devaris Gordon all but untouchable, although they could reconsider if the Blue Jays would discuss a package that did not include a major leaguer. Other minor leaguers who could be of interest include pitchers Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin and Chris Withrow, third baseman Josh Bell and outfielder Andrew Lambo.
    _______

    OK, Ned (and surely Torre too) knows what is up, so who played (or played significantly) and who did not?

    Kershaw–no, which matches the article’s assertion that he will not be traded

    Wolf–obviously no

    Billingsley–maybe? I’d be very surprised, and LA would then need another starter in addition to Halladay. I can’t see this happening, but it is a possibility.

    Broxton–intriguing. There was no real need for him to pitch tonight except to get work (otherwise off three days before the next game), and his absence Tuesday is easily explained by him having pitched the three previous days. Might Ned spin him to Toronto as a centerpiece for Halladay and replace him with Cordero from the Reds? (Or, could there be a three-way deal that sends Cordero to the Jays and also nets LA another reliever from the Reds?)

    Loney, Kemp, Martin, Ethier–theoretically it could be any of these. DeWitt obviously is not a target since he didn’t play. No one else (Blake, Manny, Pierre, Furcal, Hudson) is feasible. Of these, though, one would think it would have to be an outfielder since LA lacks another everyday option at C or 1B.

    I think it is Broxton (plus prospects), or maybe Ethier (especially if Wells came back to LA). Toronto just dumped Ryan, they would have Broxton under control for several years, and for PR purposes they’d be getting back an All-Star. I’d hate to see him go, but closers are much easier to find than Halladays. Cordero could be had, or if Kuo and Belisario really are almost ready to return, Troncoso or Mota could get the job.

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