Rumor has it that after Tuesday’s extra-inning loss, the reporters were not allowed into the Dodger clubhouse for quite some time as Ned Collottimet privately with Joe Torre. What was said? Look, Ned could have called Joe or had a beer with him later, but he chose to come to the clubhouse and talk to Joe right after the game. I am sure it was a case of “kick the cat” in that Frank McCourt had already reamed-out Ned and so Ned kicks the cat and reams-out Joe Torre. We’ll never know what was said, but I guarantee it wasn’t cordial! I am sure that Joe is on notice that he has to win or he is history! That’s a good thing! Being in a comfort zone right now does us no good.
TJ Slimers of The LA Times is on Don Mattingly in today’s paper. This has been my concern for quite some time. We have 4 veteran players who are having their worst hitting seasons in quite some time (or ever) – Hudson, Martin, Loney and Raffy. What role does Donnie Ballgame have in this? We have 2 hitting coaches in Pentland and Mattingley. Is that a problem? I am losing confidence in Donnie. I mean, his own son is in his 3rd year in A ball and can’t hit above .235? What does that tell you?
RANTS & RAVES:
- Randy Wolf is 4-0 with a sub 2.00 ERA his last 4 starts. This guy has ben amazing for us!
- Here are a few stats that I stole from Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts which are very interesting: (1) Clayton Kershaw had 15 consecutive starts without giving up a HR, which is the longest in Dodger history; (2) Since the July 31st trading deadline, the Dodgers team ERA is 3.30; and (3) Even though the Dodgers have a sub-.500 record for August, they have outscored opponents 103-80, meaning that their timing was bad.
- One of the Rockie announcers said that when Kemp first came up, he asked Grady Little about him and Gardy said “This kid has the talent to be the best player in the game.“
- George Sherrill was not available on Tuesday due to an oblique strain, so all the second-guessers just didn’t have all the info Torre did.
- Raffy is down to .253 with a .319 OB% – Joe what does it take to replace him as leadoff hitter? He has a .319 OB%! He can’t leadoff. Russ Martin is a better choice and he steals more bases! I think I would give Raffy a 2 or 3 game rest and try Abreu at SS. Abreu is not the defensive equal of Raffy at SS, but he’s not chopped liver either. Rumor has it he can hit…
- Andre Ethier is in THE ZONE, this guy is becoming a monster. I predicted 30 HR/100 RBI and .300 from him this year, and as he matures, I can se 40 HR out of that bat. You can see his confidence building… This is a guy Ned needs to wrap-up long term.
- James Loney is simply not transferring his weight as he swings. Look how awkward he looks at times. That was a big HR last night, but his struggles aren’t over yet!
- The Dodgers are again #1 in ERA in MLB.
- Expect Kuroda back at the first of next week.
- Could Jason Schmidt be DFA’ed today to make room for Padilla?
- Padilla goes this afternoon and hopefully Haeger has his back. Be ready, Charlie!
Minor League Recap – 8/26/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque won 6-2
Chin Lung Hu – 2 for 4, 2B, R (.289 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 1 for 3, HR (6), RBI, R, BB (.245 BA)
Jamie Hoffman – 0 for 2 (.282 BA)
Chattanooga lost 7-3
Lucas May – 2 for 4 (.300 BA)
Andrew Lambo – 2 for 4, R (.259 BA)
Trayvon Robinson – 0 for 1 (.179 BA)
Chris Withrow – 5 IP, 6 Hits, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K’s (4.84 ERA)
Javy Guerra – 1 IP, Hit, 0 R, 0 BB, K (3.91 ERA)
Inland Empire lost 7-6
Scott Van Slyke – 0 for 4, BB, K (.288 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 2 for 4, 2 R, BB (.239 BA)
Steven Caseres – 2 for 3, 2 HR (15), 5 RBI, 2 R, BB (.262 BA)
Tim Sexton – 5 IP, 8 Hits, 7 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 4 K’s (3.50 ERA)
Great Lakes lost 5-1
Kyle Russell – 1 for 4, 2 K’s (.272 BA)
Jerry Sands – 0 for 4, 3 K’s (.219 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.274 BA)
Ogden lost 7-6
BCG – 1 for 4, HR (14), RBI, R (.336 BA)
Mario Songco – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.341 BA)
Nick Akins – 1 for 2, R, 2 BB, K (.246 BA)
AZL lost 6-5
Ivan DeJesus Jr – 0 for 2, R, 2 K’s, HBP (.000 BA)
Jonathan Garcia – 1 for 3, 3B, 2 RBI, R (.304 BA)
Bolivar Medina – 4.1 IP, 7 Hits, 6 R (5 ER), BB, 2 K’s (2.89 ERA)
Amauri Guzman – 1.2 IP, 4 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, K (3.38 ERA)
Player of the day – Steven Caseres, 1B
After 2 mediocre months to start the season, Caseres broke out in June with an incredible .418/.512/.806 line. He smashed 6 home runs and walked 14 times in 21 games. But now, it looks like a mirage as Steven has fallen hard back to Earth. His average plummeted to .235 in July and he didn’t hit even 1 home run. It’s dropped even further in August to .132 and his OPS is a miserable .522. His problem is his complete inability to hit lefties (.141 BA). He’s been great against righties, posting a .914 OPS against them. But he’ll have to hit southpaws to prove himself more than just a platoon player.