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Jolly Roger Hoisted on Dodgers

Jolly Roger Hoisted on Dodgers

The Jolly Roger Was Hoisted On The DodgersIt’s a rare and shameful occurrence when the Jolly Roger is hoisted at PNC Park, especially when it is hoisted on the NL West Division Leading Dodgers.  That should be the last we see the skull and crossbones all weekend.  Let’s make sure of it!  I think last night was just a simple case of the young Dodgers losing focus (some of the old ones too).  Jon Garland pitched well enough to, well be included in the playoff rotation, but he probably won’t be included.  Then again, he could be.  Maybe not.  Indecision may, or may not be part of my problem. 

Critical Thinking:

  • Before the season started, I read a lot about how Brad Ausmus was a bad pickup and the Dodgers overpaid for him at the time he was signed.  After last night’s game he was hitting .301 with a .350 OB%, playing good defense and most importantly being a very positive influence in the clubhouse.  In reality, the Dodgers may have underpaid for the value given.  I wonder if he’ll be tempted to play another year?
  • James Loney’s head was not in the game last night.  He looked like glazed ham!  Wake Up, James!  Get those 100 RBI.  You’ll get a nice raise next year.
  • Speaking of raises, Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times writes about the Dodgers young players and how they are in line for BIG RAISES next season, to the tune of $20 mil or more.
  • Dylan also reports that Tim Wallach is traveling with the Dodgers this trip.  One has to wonder if he might be in line for an expanded role with the Dodgers?  Let the rampant speculation by all the critics begin…
  • The Dodgers team ERA  is sitting at 3.40.  The other playoff teams should be in mortal fear.  I’m serious!
  • We are still 3 games better than anyone in the league in the battle for home-field advantage which I feel is a MUST!
  • Our magic number is 4, until someone tells me differently.
  • In Chad Billingsley’s next start, Joe Torre should just do what Joe Giardi did with Joba Chamberlin last night.  He simply told him he was taking the “best 10″ to the playoffs.  Chamberlin had a 9.00+ ERA over the past several games.  It worked as Chamberlin went 6 strong innings.   Put the pressure on Chad and see how he responds!
  • I am going to give you a prediction: Clayton Kershaw will SIZZLE in the playoffs.  Here’s a quote from the kid:  “I love being part of something. I want to be a big part of the team. I want to be that guy that they give the ball to.
  • Randy Wolf goes today.  12 wins would look good on his resume.
  • NJ Slimers writes in classic fashion about Manny:

Game over, and he hits me with a sweatband, “the only thing you hit all night,” comes the obvious retort.

I start chatting with Casey Blake, and Ramirez wants to know why I would spend time with someone who hasn’t even played in the game.

“You had the same amount of hits as he did tonight,” like every pitcher in baseball now — feeling free to challenge him.

“That’s why you’re really mad at me,” says Manny. “I took Disneyland away from you.”

“You’re Manny Ramirez and you’re hitting .256.”

“I’m hitting good,” he protests, the laughter not bothering him at all. “I hit the ball hard right at people. You want me to go move the fielders?”

It’s also what makes him so likable, bouncing back the way few others can in a game that demands it.

“I’m so relaxed at the plate I almost look drunk,” he jokes when asked if he’s pressing.

“You wait, I’ll be there when it counts in the playoffs.”

I call it “bravado,” and he says, “no way.”

“You won’t admit you aren’t the same hitter,” and he says, “Sometimes they get me.

“But I think I’m still the best.”

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31 Responses to “Jolly Roger Hoisted on Dodgers”

  1. Badger says:

    Things sizzle when they are getting burned Mark.

    Simers makes a good point – Manny is hitting .260 post All Star. .376 OBP, so, pitchers are still being cautious with him. I have a feeling St. Louis and Philly will go right after him.

    Some times Loney looks drugged. But I look for a solid post season from him.

    As for Billingsley, do you really believe there is any way he is not on the post season roster?

    Every inning Wolf pitches from here on out is scary to me.

  2. ken says:

    “not every critic is a genius, but every genius is born a critic…genius has the proof of all rules within itself.”
    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

    Mark – Thank you for being satirically critical of people’s criticing methodology.

    Ausmus – I Agree
    Loney – I Agree
    Raises – I Agree and have previously expressed same with anticipation of long days for Ng in the future
    Wallach – I Agree and previously expressed same
    ERA – Maybe, depends on the day because the Dodger pitchers can have some really bad days
    Home filed – I Agree
    Clinching – Maybe 3 because of the series victory by the Dodgers – currently 12-3. However that mey not be the rule
    Bills – I Agree
    Kershaw – Maybe, Hopefully
    Wolf – I Agree
    Manny – He is weird

    Mark you enable our criticism well!

    Updated ACE Meter (2009 Starts with Dodgers Only)

    Garland 2.31
    Wolf 3.04
    Kuroda 3.18
    Kershaw 3.24

    Billingsley 3.73
    Padilla 3.73

    My Critical Analysis says that picking the 4 starters to pitch in the playoffs has become a no brainer. In fact if Bills pitches poorly on Tuesday against SD I would switch to the playoff 4 man rotation the next day. Padilla should be moved to long relief for the rest of the year.

    Donnie T-Ball it is the 26th of the month and half of the starting position players are hitting less than .250 for the month. That should be a sufficient sample size to encourage you to go to work especially since the playoffs start in 10 days.

  3. Badger says:

    Hey, my three starters are at the top of the Ace meter!

    BTW, I never heard of an ace meter. Where did you find this thing? And how can it have any credibility when Kershaw is 4th on the list? He hasn’t pitched but 2 innings in 3 weeks. Not exactly ace stats now is it.

  4. DRomo says:

    Wallach is traveling with the team because the AAA season is over (which he was voted Manager of the Year). The AAA manager always comes up to the big club at the end of the season. Lorenzo Bundy did it for a few years, Scioscia did it when he was our AAA guy,& even Kevin Kennedy did it back in the day. The speculation isn’t very smart unless the speculation is he might get a start at 3B. I might want to see him get an AB before Jim Thome.

    Yesterday was a sloppy game, too sloppy! On the bright side it did increase our shot to clinch the division at Dodger Stadium South AKA Petco Park!

    Have a great day Lady and Gentlemen!

  5. Badger says:

    I still can’t find anything in the fantasy sites or roto world about an “ace meter”. Looks like ken ain’t talking either.

    But I did find thisat rotoworld:

    - Clayton Kershaw (non-throwing shoulder) is slated to make a relief appearance in the first series of the week and then perhaps a start in the second series. That start, though, probably wouldn’t come until next Monday. It makes him a poor play in most formats.

    Doesn’t sound to me like the fantasy world thinks much of Kershaw’s late season ace status. Unless this Monday start he comes out with guns blazing for 7 innings, I don’t expect to see him start in the first post season series.

    Yeah, Wallach around this time of year is no surprise. He knows a lot of these guys very well, so it makes sense to have him close.

  6. Mark Timmons says:

    I also think that Wallach could have an “expanded role” within the organization shortly.

  7. Badger says:

    I had an expanded roll this morning. It was huge. It was cinnamon. With icing. Heated. Coffee. Hot. Boring. Me.

  8. Badger says:

    Hey Mark, you watching this Indiana team? Wow. Those guys are good.

  9. Illini Dodger says:


    I have to disagree with your fan/critic assessment. Being a fan is a lot like [the same??] as being a customer at a restaurant. You pay your money [tickets, souvenirs, mlb tv subscriptions, magazines, etc, etc] and you expect something good in return. When you don’t get the good return, and you don’t complain, are you a sap or a fan? I’m a fan of a restaurant when I consistently get good meals there.

    I know the reply. You have no loyalty, right? I guess so. I gave up on the Cubs in 1969, and I’m really glad I did. I guess I just want some dividends for the emotional and monetary investment I have in the Dodgers. If I don’t get it, and I don’t complain, I’ll get an ulcer. ;}

  10. Illini Dodger says:

    BTW, It’s been 20 years ++ since our lat W in the WS. There’s a lot of loyalty here. We’re not Yankees fans!!

  11. Badger says:

    Hoosiers got hosed.

    Well said Illini.

    Looks to me like the Dogs are idling. I believe they believe they can turn it on whenever they want.

  12. A Shot of Haeger says:

    They’re playing in slow motion. They really need to finish this off and get some regulars some rest.

  13. Kay in L.A. says:

    I am a FAN!! It is time for all the True Blue glazed-eyed Dodger fans/critics to CLOSE RANKS and get behind those dudes on the field!! Pray, holler, cheer, shout, cry…. whatever, but mainly, BELIEVE. This is our team and let’s stand proud.

    Hey, you Dodgers out there reading the blog. Know that millions of L.A. fans believe in you and now is the time to step it up… STAND AND DELIVER!! Do you want this thing as much as we do?

    I hope I am being gushy and slurpy enough to annoy Gonzo, haha.

    Dodgers had some serious, bona fide travel woes between D.C. and Pittsburgh, arriving at their hotel @ 6 a.m. L.A. time. Then, the bus driver got “lost” on the way to the stadium. Yesterday is forgotten.

    We have seen all the elements throughout the season, the capability, the promise, the deliverance, the learning curve…. NOW, let’s see all the elements, including our PASSION, come together.

    Are you on the bus?

  14. Badger says:

    I am on my couch.

  15. Blue Haze says:

    Does it stop at the mall, I need to pick up a gift for a friend?

  16. Badger says:

    Hey Haze, as long as you are down there, could you pick me up some mint chocolate chip? It’s hot again here and I need a refreshment.

    Thanks man, I’ll catch you on the flipper.

  17. Bill Russell says:

    Count me in on the bus ride Kay, win lose or draw I’m on board. I am back at the beach today in La Jolla again. San Diego country. I just love the cooler weather here and walking around with my Dodger gear on. I don’t get to watch the game tonight but I will be following it online. If the sticks come around at the right time we have as good a shot to win as anyone. I’m reading Joe Torres book this weekend. So far so good. Sorry Ken. Go Blue

  18. Bill Russell says:

    I don’t know if you should eat anything that Haze brings you Badger. There could be some surprises between the mint and chocolate.

  19. DRomo says:

    Charlie Steiner is calling the game? Did they fire Eric Collins? Someone say yes!!!

  20. Buddy says:

    I’m listening watching this from NY and have to admit I’m more preferential to Steiner.

  21. Buddy says:

    Actually, the sound is screwed up on It keeps switching from Monday on radio to Steiner and Lyons.

  22. Badger says:

    Good point Bill. Though if Haze was going to take me out, he would have done it by now. Better not chance it.

    Cancel that order Haze.

    Manny was on base 5 times tonight. That’s pretty good I think.


    Sherrill got one out, gave up a walk and a hit, which is a 6 WHIP I believe, gets the W? Somethin’ patently wrong with that.

    OK, magic number update……. Cards had the lead, did they finish the job?

  23. Badger says:

    Badger, yes, the Cards beat the Rockies.

    We are in the play-offs.

  24. Badger says:

    Thanks Badger.

  25. Badger says:

    You’re welcome.

  26. DRomo says:

    anybody else hoping the Rockies win tommorrow? That way we can win on the field Monday. It would suck to have to win tomorrows game then wait for the Rockies/Cards game to end until the celebration starts. I’d like to win Monday and celebrate on the filed in Pittsburgh!

    • ken says:

      I want the Rockies to win because I think that the Braves are currently playing better than the Phillies and I do not want the Braves to catch the Rockies in the Wild Card Race. Go Rockies!!


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