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Rant & Rave Monday

Rant & Rave Monday
  • Was it Larry Bowa who suggested that Matt Kemp be traded?  Was it because he sometimes runs through Bowa’s stop signs, like yesterday?  Casey Blake ran through Bowa’sStop Sign yesterday as well. Take aways those two runs which Bowa tried to strand at 3B and the Dodgers may have lost.  The question is:  Is Bowa losing it at 3B?
  • Matt Kemp looked like superman with his game-saving diving catch in CF.  The X-Man made a leaping catch in RF to also save the day.
  • Here’s ALL you need to know to decide whether to keep Anderson or Paul –  Which player makes the Dodgers a better team?  That’s all that needs to be considered. Paul is better defensively, has a better arm, has speed that can serve the Dodgers well as a pinch runner, and has shown he can hit major league pitching.  Paul has nothing more to learn at AAA  and the Dodgers need their best players on the big league roster.  The Dodgers need 5 outfielders because of Manny being a liability in LF and requiring more rest and defensive replacements.  The Dodgers will do a disservice to their fans, players and Paul by demoting him.  That’s the long and short of it.
  • Dontrelle Willis wants to play for a West Coast team – he worth a “look see.”  He’s only 28 – maybe some one can resurrect his career.  He’ll only cost the minimum…
  • Roy Halladay – Perfect!  What can you say?  He’s the best in baseball!
  • Here’s what the following Dodger players will do if they keep up their current pace:
Player HR 2B RBI
Blake 24 37 91
Kemp 36 32 94
Ethier 49 49 168
Manny 11 28 111
Loney 13 45 100
Raffy is on track for 44 SB/27 Doubles and 11 Triples

Additionally, Ely is on pace to be 10-6, Billingsley 19-6 and Kershaw and Kuroda are projected at 16-10.  Of course, it doesn’t mean that will happen, but you never know…

  • Scott Elbert was optioned and Travis Schlichting was recalled from AAA – pay no attention to his stats.  The PCL skews everything.
  • Since Charlie Haegar has an injured toe, Carlos Monasterios is getting another start.  This is good!
  • If you think the reason the Dodgers didn’t offer arbitration to Hudson and Wolf was so they wouldn’t have to pay draft picks, you are clinically insane.

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17 Responses to “Rant & Rave Monday”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mark – I spent 35 years with junior high school students. I am clinically insane, first to do it at that level for that length of time, and secondly as a result of doing it. I know you are not accusing me. I am just confessing.

    I don’t believe we wouldn’t pay for a superdstud draft pick if we could ever get another. I believe we were concerned O Dog and Randy would win in arbitration and didn’t want to pay that. I also think Logan tests the waters to see who would sign if drafted after the Luke Hochevar incident. At least, if you have the chance, you might ask him that.I do question if the reason for not pursuing youngsters in Latin America and the Far East is a financial thing.

  2. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Mark,

    If memory serves me correct, you left out a nice catch by Reed Johnson. But that being said, I agree with everything you wrote about keeping Paul. And yes, Manny is going to need to be frequently rested and pulled for defensive purposes. And for a while at least, Torre may want to take it easy on Ethier.

    Badger,

    In the last thread you said of Randy Wolf that “He is a .500 pitcher on a .420 team.”

    True enough, but it doesn’t wash. The Brewers are a .420 team because they CAN’T PITCH. Their team ERA is currently 14th in the league at 5.21. On the other hand, they are 3rd in the league in hitting at .266, 2nd in runs scored, 2nd in HRs, 2nd in OBP and 2nd in Slg.

    In his 66.2 innings this year Randy Wolf has given up 73 hits, and 33 walks. To make matters worse he’s served up 9 HRs. But at least his 4.46 ERA is better than the team’s 5.21.

    Based on the above I wouldn’t want him in our current 5-man rotation. And let’s not forget his stellar playoff appearance last year. If we get to the postseason, he’s not a guy I want in my rotation. I don’t know if the Dodgers will spend anything to add an ace-type pitcher. But if they were paying Wolf $10 million there is no way they would spend it.

  3. Badger says:

    Doesn’t wash? Why does it need to be washed? It’s an opinion, not a shirt.

    Based on the fact we barely have a 4 man rotation let alone a 5 man rotation, I will take Wolf’s 66 IP of 4+ERA and so would the Dodgers – if it came cheap, because that’s what we are at the moment – CHEAP! If the Brewers didn’t have Wolf, and only had a 4 man rotation, they would be under .420.

    But, since the Dodgers are the worst fielding team in all of baseball, maybe Wolf stats would be worse here. And that is yet another reason he may have chosen to join Hudson and leave town even if offered arbitration.

  4. lawdog says:

    We could worse for looksee as our 5th starter?

    Riding the D-Train Out of Motown
    by Matthew Carruth – May 29, 2010

    In a bit of dark hilarity, the Detroit Tigers’ official Twitter feed just announced that Dontrelle Willis will be designated for assignment tomorrow in order to make room for Detroit to recall Max Scherzer.

    It’s an oddly forward thinking move given that Willis’ baseball card numbers aren’t horrific this season, Max Scherzer’s are and the Tigers are in second place of the AL Central. Of course, what matters is going forward and ZiPS gives us a great comparison there. It has Willis with a 5.48 FIP for the remainder of 2010 and Scherzer at just 4.19.

    Still, that would seem to be the end of Dontrelle Willis, the Detroit Tiger. Acquired from the Florida Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera mega deal, Willis was eligible for arbitration but the Tigers instead elected to ink him to a three-year, $29 million contract to cover the 2008 through 2010 seasons.

    Things went belly up immediately for Willis and Detroit and never got better with multiple injuries, the pitching version of the yips and anxiety problems. Combined over the three seasons, Willis has pitched just 101 innings and been credited with 0.3 wins below replacement.

    I don’t have to spell out how that is a poor return for the money. The question I am more interested in at the moment is what’s next for Willis. There’s no indication that he’s found anything that would bring back his successes with Florida, but he is still just 28 years old and his 2010 isn’t as disastrous as his 2008 and 2009 were. Assuming the Tigers do not find a trade partner within the next ten days and Willis hits the free agent market with no financial incentive, he could make a mildly intriguing pick up.

    I would be surprised if he didn’t flee back to the National League. The odds that he starts putting up mid-3 FIPs again are remote, but I can envision some roughly league average performances in the NL and for the league minimum, Willis might shift from being one of the biggest sunk costs in baseball to actually a valuable investment.

  5. lawdog says:

    It’s looking like that disastrous “big toe injury”, to date unspecified, may actually be a career threatener!

    Haeger? Scratch that

    May 30, 2010 | 11:06 am

    The Dodgers have scrapped plans to activate knuckleballer Charlie Haeger to start Tuesday. Haeger aggravated an injury to his right big toe during his rehabilitation start Saturday with Class A Inland Empire.

    Rookie Carlos Monasterios will remain in the rotation for now, Torre said. Rookie John Ely will start Tuesday, with Monasterios to follow Wednesday.

    – Bill Shaikin in Denver

  6. SpokaneBob says:

    Does anyone else believe that we would be a better team if Carroll was the everyday 2B?

  7. Insane says:

    The 2010 Major League Draft . . . Why the Dodgers have #28 in the first 51 picks. Isn’t that great. Expect Logan to select a right-handed pitcher, who’s arm will need surgery on March 22, 2011. Then he will not throw a pitch into the middle of July 2012, and in August pitch 15 innings in “A” ball.

    http://www.baseballrumormill.com/2009/05/2010-mlb-draft-preview/

    First round
    The draft order will be determined based on the 2009 MLB standings, with the worst team picking first.[1]
    Pick Team
    1 Washington Nationals
    2 Pittsburgh Pirates
    3 Baltimore Orioles
    4 Kansas City Royals
    5 Cleveland Indians
    6 Arizona Diamondbacks
    7 New York Mets
    8 Houston Astros
    9 San Diego Padres
    10 Oakland Athletics
    11 Toronto Blue Jays
    12 Cincinnati Reds
    13 Chicago White Sox
    14 Milwaukee Brewers
    15 Texas Rangers [Compensation 1]
    16 Chicago Cubs
    17 Tampa Bay Rays
    18 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [Compensation 2]
    19 Houston Astros [Compensation 3]
    20 Boston Red Sox [Compensation 4]
    21 Minnesota Twins
    22 Texas Rangers
    23 Florida Marlins
    24 San Francisco Giants
    25 St. Louis Cardinals
    26 Colorado Rockies
    27 Philadelphia Phillies
    28 Los Angeles Dodgers
    29 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [Compensation 5]
    30 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    31 Tampa Bay Rays [Compensation 6]
    32 New York Yankees
    [edit]Supplemental first-round selections
    These will be “sandwich picks” after the first round as compensation for losses of free agents during the 2009–10 offseason.[2]
    Pick Team
    33 Houston Astros [Compensation 7]
    34 Toronto Blue Jays [Compensation 8]
    35 Atlanta Braves [Compensation 9]
    36 Boston Red Sox [Compensation 10]
    37 Los Angeles Angels [Compensation 11]
    38 Toronto Blue Jays [Compensation 12]
    39 Boston Red Sox [Compensation 13]
    40 Los Angeles Angels [Compensation 14]
    41 Toronto Blue Jays [Compensation 15]
    42 Tampa Bay Rays [Compensation 16]
    43 Seattle Mariners [Compensation 17]
    44 Detroit Tigers [Compensation 18]
    45 Texas Rangers [Compensation 19]
    46 St. Louis Cardinals [Compensation 20]
    47 Colorado Rockies [Compensation 21]
    48 Tampa Bay Rays [Compensation 22]
    49 Detroit Tigers [Compensation 23]
    50 Texas Rangers [Compensation 24]
    51 St. Louis Cardinals [Compensation 25]
    [edit]

  8. Mark Timmons says:

    I think we will see a semi-platoon there at 2B soon.

  9. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I have never liked Dontrelle Willis (inlcuding when he was with Florida), so I don’t see myself starting to like him now, no matter how cheap. However, perhaps, maybe, or whatever, he could possibly be effective in short stints as a lefthander out of the pen. Couldn’t be worse than Sherrill. And he adds an extra dimension as a lefthanded pinch hitter off the bench. Might be worth a look at the big league minimum the Dodgers would have to pay.

  10. Mark Timmons says:

    The cost for the Dodgers to sign draft picks would have been minimal, but I am not sure that the Twins or the Brewers have been in the habit of giving up draft picks to sign free agents. It’s likely that they NEVER have (I don’t have time to look it up), so the dynamic changes if the Dodgers offer arbitration to Hudson and Wolf, and I don’t see either the Twins or Brewers being interested in giving up their top draft picks, which leaves Wolf and Hudson, where? There’s a good chance it would have been back with the Dodgers.

    The agents know all this stuff too. You are a smart guy, Badger, I don’t know why you don’t want to see this.

  11. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Insamen,

    I have never seen the Dodgers pick the player they were projected to pick in pre-draft analyses. I don’t think Logan White reads that stuff.

    In case you’re interested, Baseball America projects that the Dodgers will pick Justin O’Conner, the top rated high school catcher out of Cowan HS in Muncie, IN. Actually, he sounds like a Logan White pick, since he has a background “as a pitcher with a 93-95 mph fastball and a hammer curveball”, according the Baseball America.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Mark – not sure why my user name is now, “Anonymous”. It’s a lot harder to spell than Harold.

    GO DODGERS!!

  13. Badger says:

    The thing is mover, I have no problem with Hudson at second base and Wolf in the rotation. None whatsoever. Last year that combination got us to within a couple of games of going to the World Series. All we needed was Halladay and the picture is complete.

    Now? Man I don’t know where this thing is headed, and neither do you.

  14. lawdog says:

    I think we should check Dontrelle out. He is probably going to be a better bet for the rest of this year than Padilla. And I don’t think either Montasario or Haeger will be effective enough to be our 5th starter on a regular basis.

  15. lawdog says:

    Carroll deserves to at least platoon with DeWitty. I understand why Spokane Bob likes him. I think we need to keep DeWitty on the team and in the lineup. You shuffle DeWitt to third to rest Blake and shuffle Carroll to short to rest Furcal–who’s been stinkin’ it up of late. is suggesting. He’s a little quicker in the field and they both hit the ball well enough.

    Mewonders how long it will take Ethier to get back in the groove he was in when he broke his finger.

  16. Michael says:

    I hate to say, those hats suck. Chad is on pace to strike out 27 batters but give up 10.5 bombs. The only way to fight fire is with fire. Break out the lumber, nicely said Manny just went yard. The ball is flying in LA tonight.

  17. Badger says:

    Wow what a game. 2 unearned runs and a bottom of the 9th balk and the Dodgers get handed a win.

    The dbacks are inventing new ways to give away games every day.

    Well as they say, I’d rather be lucky than good. Tonight, the Dodgers were lucky.

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