and I don’t mean that Joe needs to pop a cold one after the game. THESE GUYS NEED THEIR BUTTS KICKED! Figuratively! If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
You can put a lot of this offensive malaise on Manny, but not all of it. If I were Joe, I’d start this lineup tonight:
- Perrre LF
- Repko CF
- Hudson 2B
- Thome 1B (Don’t worry if you can’t bend over)
- Loretta 3B
- Mientkiewicz RF (I don’t care if you can’t throw, run it back in)
- Castro SS
- Ellis C
I GUARANTEE THAT THIS LINEUP COULD SCORE 2 OR 3 RUNS. I would run them out there for 2 or 3 days and tell our pretty boys to go home. Say what you want, these guys need their collective butts kicked! Disgraceful, is what it is! Give those uniforms back, you can’t be impersonating Dodgers! The Big Dodger in the Sky is Mad and Will Send Down Fire to Devour You! Wait! He just did! SEE! It’s your fault California is/was burning! Did I mention you were pathetic?
Today, Seth Godin writes:
Perhaps the worst outcome most people can imagine when a project stutters is having to go, “all the way back to square one.”
Apparently, square one is an unhappy place, and far away, too.
Hey, if you’re lost, if you’ve gone down the wrong road, it doesn’t make sense to speed up and keep racing down the wrong road. Instead, the smart thing is to go back to the last spot you were in where you had a chance to find the right road and start from there.
Square one: nicer than people expect.
It’s time for the Dodgers to go back to square one. In case you haven’t figured it out, I like Seth Godin. I subscribe to his blog every day. It’s short, sweet and always inspires you to think deeply (hard for me). Helene Elliott of the LA Times writes that “Joe Torre is keeping the Dodgers’ tension level low.” That’s a good thing? These guys are men. It is what it is – their hitting stinks! They suck with RISP! They are choke artists in the clutch! Call it like it is, Joe! PREACH IT, BROTHER!
RANTS & RAVES
- Randy Wolf goes for career win #100 today.
- I think Ned is trying to Clone Ronnie Belliard, so he can start him at all 8 positions!
- Kershaw had a “bad” game and gave up 2 runs. ERA 2.89.
- Chris Withrow was named #8 on BA’s Prospect Hot List:
Team: Double-A Chattanooga (Southern)
Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO
The Scoop: After missing almost all of 2008 with elbow problems, just getting through a full season healthy would’ve been a step in the right direction for Withrow. He’s done more than that, reaching Double-A at only 20 years old. He struck out 105 in 86 innings at high Class A Inland Empire before being promoted to Chattanooga at the end of July. He’s gone 2-2, 3.95 in 27 innings since. Tuesday’s start in Jacksonville was Withrow’s best since reaching Double-A. Other than giving up a double to the opposing pitcher, Elih Villanueva, Withrow was nearly flawless for five innings, and his eight strikeouts were the most of his six Double-A starts
Minor League Recap – 9/04/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque won 5-1
Xavier Paul – 0 for 4, R, BB, K (.336 BA)
Tony Abreu – 3 for 5, 2B, HR (11), 2 RBI, 2 R, K (.356 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 0 for 5, K (.253 BA)
Chattanooga lost 7-2
Andrew Lambo – 1 for 4, K (.256 BA)
Trayvon Robinson – 0 for 1 (.239 BA)
Inland Empire won 6-5
Scott Van Slyke – 0 for 3, R, BB (.294 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 0 for 4, K (.227 BA)
Great Lakes lost 1-0
Dee Gordon – 0 for 4, 2 K’s, SB (.300 BA)
Kyle Russell – 0 for 4, 4 K’s (.271 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 1 for 4, 2 K’s, CS (.278 BA)
Jerry Sands – 1 for 3, K (.229 BA)
Geison Aguasviva – 2 IP, Hit, R (0 ER), BB, 2 K’s (1.58 ERA)
Ogden lost 5-4
BCG – 2 for 4, 2 HR (17), 2 RBI, 2 R, HBP (.326 BA)
Angelo Songco – 0 for 4 (.309 BA)
JT Wise – 2 for 4, 2B (.333 BA)
Nick Akins – 1 for 4, R (.259 BA)
Tae Hyeok-Nam – 1 for 4, RBI, R, 3 K’s (.250 BA)
Player of the day – Brian Cavazos-Galvez, OF
It figures that, on the day BA.com releases an article about him, BCG come up with a multi-homer game. That gives him 17 on the year, which is tops in the Pioneer league. The lack of walks still concerns me, but you can’t ignore these numbers.