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Lee-ma Time?

The season started yesterday as Mark pointed out and so far we are 1-0.  The bats are back!

If Cliff Lee were to join this team, would he be our #3 behind the rejuvenated Chad Billingsley?  Fear the beard has an entirely new meaning.

You can make the argument that Cliff Lee is one of the best all time postseason pitchers ever or you can argue he has lost his last three postseason starts and is not the same pitcher.  I still take him in a heartbeat!

If this is going to be our rotation:






Sign me up for the World Series.

  • AJ Ellis-maybe we should move him to clean up and drop Ethier to 8th? (ok, kidding..well, maybe)
  • HanRam- We see you!
  • Loney-So he grounds into a double play, then cranks an RBI double-Loney being Loney
  • Victorino- nice single but going to need a whooooole lot more
  • Kershawshank Redemption sighting
  • Our next series with Arizona will be much different…I have a prediction….
  • You can’t look past the fact that no one knows what tomorrow will bring

Without further ado, the July Winners of the Dodger Pride Awards……

 Los Angeles Dodgers Announce

July Winners of Dodger Pride Awards

 LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the July winners of the Dodger Pride Awards.  The Dodger Pride Awards were created in 2008 by General Manager Ned Colletti, and are given on a monthly basis to the players at each level of the club’s minor league system who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style. The players and staff on each respective club vote for the awards.

 The winners for July are as follows:


Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes

 Pitcher – RHP FERNANDO NIEVE ranked fifth in the PCL with a 2.17 ERA and had the circuit’s seventh-lowest opponents’ batting average with a .219 mark, going 2-0 in five July starts. The 30-year-old allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his starts during the month, including three quality starts and his July 13 start atNashville when he allowed just four hits in 6.0 scoreless frames. Overall, Nieve is 5-6 with a 5.44 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) with the Isotopes.

Player – 1B/OF JERRY SANDS tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with eight July home runs and tied for third on the circuit with 26 RBI, while batting .327 in 27 games in the month. Sands was named PCL Player of the Week for the period of July 23-29 after becoming just the fifth player in PCL history to hit two grand slams in a game, doing so in the second game of Albuquerque’s doubleheader on July 29 at Nashville.  He joined Gregorio Petit (Oklahoma City, 2010), A.J. Pierzynski (Salt Lake, 2000), Babe Pinelli (San Francisco, 1929) and Pete Schneider (Vernon, 1923) as the only PCL players to accomplish the feat. Overall, the 24-year-old is batting .279, including a .311 mark with runners in scoring position, and ranks among the league leaders in home runs (19, T-7th) and RBI (79, 3rd).


Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts

 Pitcher – RHP MATT MAGILL went 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA, the 11th-lowest mark in the Southern League, in five July starts. The 22-year-old limited opponents to a .215 batting average during the month while walking only three and striking out 30 in 29.0 innings. The Simi Valley native was honored with his third selection as Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 9-15, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and striking out seven in his only start during the week against Pensacola. Overall, Magill leads the league with 119 strikeouts in 107.1 innings and is tied for third on the circuit with eight wins (8-5) and a 4.11 ERA in 20 starts. Magill is in his fifth professional season after being selected in the 31st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Player - IF RAFAEL YNOA led the Southern League with 39 hits and ranked second on the circuit with a .348 batting average, behind only teammate Nick Buss, in 27 July games. Ynoa, who will turn 25 on Tuesday, put together a 19-game hitting streak from July 4-26, batting .429 (33-for-77) during the run. Overall, Ynoa ranks fifth in the Southern League with a .292 batting average and has excelled in his role as the Lookouts’ primary leadoff hitter, posting a .331 batting average and .415 on-base percentage in 45 games batting first.


Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

 Pitcher – RHP ANDRES SANTIAGO posted a 1.76 ERA (8 ER/41.0 IP) and went 2-0 in five July starts for the Quakes. The right-hander ranked among the California League’s best in the month in strikeouts (48, 1st), opponent’s average (.147, 2nd), WHIP (0.73, 2nd), ERA (1.76, 3rd) and innings pitched (41.0, 3rd). Overall, the 22-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA (38 ER/86.1 IP) in 16 games (14 starts) this season and is limiting opponents to a .214 batting average, including a .188 mark at home. The Dodgers’ 16th-round selection of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft was recently promoted to Double-A Chattanooga.

Player – OF JOC PEDERSON batted .336 (39-for-116) with seven homers and 22 RBI in 28 July games, including a three-home run game on July 1 against High Desert. The Palo Alto native led Rancho Cucamonga in many offensive categories in July and ranked among the California League leaders in home runs (7, T-3rd), hits (39, T-4th), stolen bases (10, T-5th), runs (26, T-5th), RBI (22, T-8th), extra-base hits (13, T-10th), batting average (.336, 12th) and on-base percentage (.414, 12th). The 20-year-old is batting .300 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in his third professional season after being selected by the Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out ofPalo AltoHigh School.


Single-A Great Lakes Loons

 Pitcher – RHP MICHAEL THOMAS went 2-0 and converted all three save opportunities, striking out 16 over 11.0 scoreless innings in 12 July relief appearances for the Loons to earn his recent promotion to Rancho Cucamonga. Overall, the Forest Hill, MD native went 4-2 with a 1.24 ERA (7 ER/51.0 IP) in 37 appearances with the Loons this season, limiting opponents to a .190 average. Thomas was selected by the Dodgers in the 35th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

 Player – C PRATT MAYNARD led the Loons with 14 RBI in 22 games during the month, batting .296 (24-for-81) with seven doubles and a pair of home runs. The 22-year-old backstop hit safely in 19 of 22 July games, including seven multi-hit games. On the season, Maynard ranks second on the team with a .341 on-base percentage while batting .266 (65-for-244) with three homers and 30 RBI.


Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors

 Pitcher – RHP ROSS STRIPLING did not allow an earned run over 17.0 innings in six July starts for the Raptors. The right-hander fanned 19 and walked only one batter, limiting opponents to a .155 average and a 0.57 WHIP in July. Overall the 22-year-old is 1-0 with a 0.45 ERA (1 ER/20 IP) with 25 strikeouts and two walks in eight games (six starts). Before being drafted by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Stripling twirled a no-hitter againstSan DiegoState on May 12 as a member of the Texas A&M Aggies.

 Player – OF JEREMY RATHJEN ranked second in the Pioneer League with a .394 batting average in 26 July games for the Raptors, which included a 12-game hitting streak and a Pioneer League Player of the Week honor for the period of July 16-22. The 22-year-old ranked among the Pioneer League leaders in July in hits (41, T-1st), on-base percentage (.496, 2nd), runs (25, T-3rd), stolen bases (7, T-6th) and RBI (18, T-12th).  Since being selected in the 11th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out ofRiceUniversity, the outfielder is hitting .363 with a .472 on-base percentage in 38 games and ranks among the Pioneer League leaders in many offensive categories.


Rookie-level Arizona Dodgers

 Pitcher – LHP MIGUEL SULBARAN allowed just three combined earned runs in five starts during the month of July, going 2-1 with a 1.05 ERA and a 9.2 consecutive scoreless innings streak in his last two outings. The 18-year-old Venezuelan right-hander has struck out 34 batters and walked just four through seven starts for the season, while tossing at least 5.0 innings and allowing two earned runs or less in six of those games. Sulbaran currently ranks second in the league with a 1.51 ERA while holding the opposition to a .237 batting average (.225 in July).

 Player – IF ZACH BABITT collected multi-hit games in five of 11 contests during the month. The 22-year-old second baseman walked eight times and struck out just once in his last eight games, while adding stolen bases in each of his last three contests. A 10th-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Babitt is batting .313 (5-for-16) with runners in scoring position and .333 (9-for-27) with runners on base this season.


Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers

 Pitcher – RHP WASCAR TEODO joined the Dodgers’ rotation after 10 relief appearances, tossing 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings in his first three starts while allowing just seven hits and striking out 13 batters. The right-hander allowed two earned runs in his first appearance in July, but has not been scored upon since, shutting out the opposition over his last 23.2 innings overall. The 18-year-old is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 13 appearances (three starts) this season, leading the team in ERA while holding the opposition to a .157 batting average in 41.1 innings of work.

Player – OF JORKY INFANTE began to heat up in July after a slow start to the season, batting .323 with four doubles, a triple and seven stolen bases in 25 games during the month. The switch hitting utility man drew 13 walks while striking out just eight times during July. He made starts at shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions and posted four consecutive multi-hit games as part of an eight-game hitting streak in which he hit .461 (12-for-26) with four walks, a double and three stolen bases.


39 Responses to “Lee-ma Time?”

  1. Jae says:

    Who was it that said they wanted another catcher instead of AJ Ellis?

    Can’t hit? Silly.

    I see Jerry Sands is finally putting it together. He hit his 20th HR last night.

    Corey Seager is hitting .236 and Puig has played 3 straight. I wonder when the Dodgers will move him to AA?

    When does RDLR pitch next?

  2. Ken says:

    Forget Lee.

    Leave AJ at the bottom of the order. Platoon Ethier.

    2013 – Loney hits .280 with 100 Doubles; 100 Double plays, and 100 RBIs :)

    Some of these guys in the minors are very late bloomers.

    Volstad – Now there is a guy with potential.

  3. Roger Dodger says:

    Early in the season I felt A.J. Ellis was just a AAA-guy that got a break because the team did not take care of its catching slot with a better player.

    About two (2) weeks ago I watched A.J. really attack a ball, hitting a double down the left-field line. The next day I mentioned that here — that I liked his approach to the plate and maybe he had found himself (and left that up there for a walk approach to hitting).

    Since then he has been attacking the ball. And I stand corrected from my early season position on him — because of his newer approach to the plate.

    Keep him down in the lineup, because that makes the bottom of the lineup more powerful with a line-drive hitter, attacking the ball.

  4. Badger says:

    Would like to have Jed’s phones tapped right now.

  5. Rob says:

    Would the twins ever put Morneau on waivers, the guy is heating up and he could be the one bat we could be missing

  6. Rob says:

    If bills pitches like that the rest of the way we don’t need lee.

  7. Bball says:

    I have a few questions about the lee situation. The dodgers have till tomorrow to work out a deal right?and my next one is, if they don’t work out a deal can he get put back on waivers for another team to claim or is that it? if someone could answer these for me it would be appreciated thanks

  8. SpokaneBob says:

    Fear the Beard indeed David. It seems to me and my Daughter that Bills has a whole new demenor. Maybe now that he looks like a grizzled vet instead of a puppy he has the confidence to pitch like he has the last 3 outings.

    • the truth hurts says:

      Bob, you might be right….hopefully he doesn’t shave the beard or we might be in for a world of hurt…..

  9. Bobby says:

    From Steve Hensen’s Yahoo article re. the waiver rules:

    In addition to allowing the claiming team to take a player under his existing contract, waiver rules allow the posting and claiming teams to negotiate a deal for 48 hours. If a trade can’t be reached, the waiver claim expires and the player returns to his original team. That same player can’t be placed on waivers again for 30 days, meaning that if Lee doesn’t become a Dodger he won’t play in the 2012 postseason because a player must be on a roster before Sept. 1 to be playoff eligible.

  10. Roger Dodger says:

    We can talk all day about C-Bills and his head and re-finding it and all . . . but as Badger and Mark have said in the past — post season pitching is different. And if going into the post season — facing other teams best pitchers, stands full, and media all over the place — it is step-up time.

    I think the Dodger ownership wants to be really ready with pitching and their final fielding lineup and not smoke and mirrors.

  11. Bobby says:

    I agree. Bills may step up and get us into the playoffs, but I won’t trust him as our 2 until he wins a game 2 in the playoffs.

  12. Gonzo says:

    Lets not jinx Bills! I still don’t trust him. I personally like the Blanton trade. He has the post season experience and is a ruthless Bulldog he hates to lose. I’ve like his demeanor since his Oakland days and hope he is resigned after this season as a 3 or 4. He can teach Bills about mental toughness.

    It looks like Walter has gone all in for this season knowing that he has a lot more $$. It is really good being a dodger fan this season. regardless of the outcome of this season, I know that the future is going to be even better.

  13. Bill Russell says:

    I think it’s too early to put Bills back up on a pedestal. Remember it was the Cubs he was facing last night.

  14. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Been very busy, and will remain so for the forseeable future. Haven’t had to time to post, nor even to watch games on a regular basis (especially since Dodger games on the west coast start at 10 pm here in the east). But I still follow the Dodgers as best I can.

    Regarding Lee. I’m not sure if I want the Dodgers to succeed in signing him now. That contract could become onerous if he fails to perform up to his usual standards. However, with respect to Dodger finances, I’m no insider, so I really don’t have a clue as to the level of risk the Dodgers would be taking. But I do suspect, that the Dodgers’ ownership is loaded, and that there’s more than enough spare change around after the $2 billion purchase. These are pretty smart people, and I’m guessing they went into this with a loaded warchest and their eyes wide open. Just the appearance of attempting to build a winner is likely to increase attendance, stimulate merchandise sales, and increase the value of sponsorship. And with a new TV deal (regional network or a lucrative contract with large media outlet) around the corner, I’m guessing that the Dodgers are in a position to gamble, and could afford the worse case scenario with Lee, and still have bundles of cash to invest in players this coming winter.

    That said, and if my assumptions are correct, then I’m all in on the Dodgers acquiring Lee. If it can be done with cash only, that would be fine. If it costs us some prospects, then so be it. As I’ve pointed out before, the Dodgers have already begun the process of re-stocking the farm system, so I’m confident that the talent pipeline will continue to grow going forward.

  15. SpokaneBob says:

    It’s been 3 games in a row, not just the Cubs. I just hope it continues. There is no jinxing Bills, either he does it or he doesn’t.

    • Bill Russell says:

      I agree Bob, He pitched very well against STL on 7/23 (very impressive), On 7/28 he beat a punchless Giants team without the Panda and Pence but only had 2 strikeouts. Last night against the Cubs team he pitched well striking out 7. I hope he keeps it going. Go Blue

  16. Badger says:

    I think you are right about the deep pockets of our new owners Brooklyn. And of course making the splash as quickly as possible to fill up the seats and grease the t.v. contract is something we already talked about and makes perfect sense.

    But I had a thought yesterday that didn’t get much of a response and I think it still may be true. Philly is having an off year, it happens, but that core group is signed for another year and obviously they have deep pockets there as well (172MM payroll). They traded us two of their guys who are FA’s after this year. It was like ah, go ahead and see if you can help those guys win a few games in post season and we’ll get a few new young players and get you back here for another run next year. Everything I read today says Lee is going nowhere. I think Philly may believe they can win another one with that group. The more I think about it, the more I believe we won’t be getting Lee because I believe Philadelphia won’t take the chance of not being able to replace his spot in the order. The Angels just might re-sign Greinke and who else is there to do what Lee does? I think Philly knows he may only have one good year left, but that is all they need from him.

    Now that I have said all that, watch us sign him.

  17. Badger says:

    Josh Willingham not in Twins starting lineup today. He has played 1B before………….

  18. Roger Dodger says:

    Deep money pockets, big time players, and success –

    One would think that those three work “all the time.” But not necessarily so. The chemistry needs to be there. Players, great players, have to give their all, work together, and want to win. Not just cash their paychecks.

    Lee or no Lee. Greinke or others that might come over the winter. That is the real job of the GM and manager — get players that can play together and win. Heck, we have seen Florida and Arizona in their younger days — win with no big Yankee lineup.

    We will find out soon just what these present Dodgers are made of.

  19. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Badger, I agree that it’s unlikely that the Phils let Lee go. But, then again, you never know. Their GM can say anything he pleases about Lee not going anywhere. He could be serious about that, and maybe not. However, I seriously doubt if the Phils have plans to re-sign their traded players after collecting prospects from elsewhere. That’s a strategy that could easily backfire. And yes, I’m sure they have relatively deep pockets, but nowhere I think, as deep as the Dodgers pockets. If they do everything right, the Dodgers could draw over 4 million. The Phillies can’t, since their ballpark only holds 40-45,000. 45,000 x 81 = 3,645,000. Potentially, with 56,000 seats, if the Dodgers filled the ballpark for every game, they could draw in excess of 4.5 million. Most likely not going to happen, but with a winner they could get close.

    Also, not so sure that the Phillies core is as strong as it once was. Rollins isn’t getting any younger at a demanding position, Chase Utley will probably never be the player he was, and Ryan Howard is also questionable. And if they can’t get back Hunter Pence and Victorino, they will have holes to fill. Given some of the payroll they’ve let loose, maybe they will have some money to spend in free agency next year. But with Washington on the upswing in the east, it may well be that the pendulum is swinging in the wrong direction for them. Might be swinging in the right direction for the Dodgers.

    Maybe the Angels will sign Greinke, maybe not. Besides, with their deep pockets the Dodgers have the potential to acquire high priced talent via trades, and/or salary dumps.

    By the way, I getting tired of hearing that the Dodgers could be the Yankees of the West. I’d prefer to see that pendulum swing, making the Yankees aspire to be the Dodgers of the East.

  20. Bobby says:

    Thats a cute concept Brooklyn, but with 27 championships vs. 6, Im guessing it takes at least 75 years before the Yankees wish they were like anyone else.

    We’re a storied, historic franchise. But 27-6? Yes, I’d like to be Yankees west.

  21. Ken says:

    The Dodgers better not get shut out tonight against this bum!

    ERA with bases loaded 117.00 :)
    BA at night .356
    ERA – Ahead in the count 8.04

    Runners at
    1 & 2 – ERA = 20.25
    1 & 3 – ERA = 19.29
    2 & 3 – ERA = 21.60
    3rd – ERA = 81.00
    Scoring Position – ERA = 30.18

  22. Badger says:

    The Dodgers have never been close to $172MM in payroll. They probably will get there now, but it is going to take more than a few months to build what it is the Phils, Red Sox and Yankees have done with payrolls over $170MM each. And I know payrolls don’t necessarily guarantee championships. For me it’s more about relevance. Those teams with such exciting players win games and are always in the hunt. And, they not only win games, they win influence. They Yankees and Red Sox are on t.v. everywhere all the time, even here in Arizona. People not only fill up the park where they play, they want to see them on television. And the Yankees not only get the t.v. revenue, they outdraw the Dodgers, even with an average ticket price that is $20 higher.

    As for what the Phillies might do next year, it was just a theory. If anyone could pull it off, it would be Amaro. If Lee stays, they will have a solid staff next year. Their core is not that old – Utley and Howard are both 33, Rollins is 32. I think they can still get it done if they can all stay healthy. You can bet they will do whatever it takes to make another run at it.

    I would sure like to see the Dodgers build their own dynasty. That might take a year or two, but it would be worth it.

  23. RogerCraig says:

    I think the Phils run is over.

    Howard is coming off major surgery and is getting older. Rollins has declined the past 3 years. Utley needs to play 1B – he has physical problems and Halliday and Lee are on Social Security.

    They have issues!

    • Badger says:

      uh huh.

      I would take Howard over our first baseman in a heartbeat. I would trade Ellis for Utley in less time than that. Cruz for Rollins anyone? Halladay (with help from Lindlbom and Papelbon) just shut out the dbacks.

      You may be right. The Phils run could be over. But there is some talent there that cannot be overlooked.

  24. Bobby says:

    RDLR tonight in Cucamonga: 2ip, 0 runs 0 hits 1 bb, 4k

    He was supposed to throw 60 pitches, but there was some 15 min delay between innings for some umpire’s health issue (he was fine), and they thought instead of Rubby waiting so long between innings, just end his night now. He wound up 29 pitches in 2ip

  25. gionfriddo says:

    You must have missed the memo, Utley has a degenerative knee that will never be the same and is owed 15 million next year.. I’d keep Ellis over him (Utley will never play over 120 games again).. Of course any one would take Howard over Loney or Rivera, but that contract is an albatross (95 mill over the next 4 years) and he is deplorable with the glove(and that’s being kind)…bottom line, the Phils DO have some good veteran pieces left but the hour glass is about empty.

    • Badger says:

      No, I didn’t get the memo. But what I did get was Utley on my fantasy team and he hasn’t missed a game since he came back and is OPS’ing .852. Ellis? uh, not even close. If we are making trades for an immediate run, I’ll take a 2B with his power over a .259 hitter any day. Ellis is also two years older than Utley.

      Howard’s contract? Contract? What contract? I thought we weren’t concerning ourselves over contracts? And do you really think talking defense when comparing those two is relevant? If you do, I might point out that Loney has a negative dWAR this year.

      The Phillies aren’t done. It’s an off year for them, but they are still good.

      • Reggie says:

        I think they are relevant, but done.

      • gionfriddo says:

        Utley has not missed a game since he came back?? that is great, cuz he missed the first 46 games of ’11 and the first 76 games this year.. On top of that his lateral movement @ 2nd is getting worse– to the point where he will need a move to 1B in the near future ( I would have no problem getting him to play 1st for us).. Unfortunately this is not fanstasy baseball.. On a very bright note, Yasiel Puig has hit 2 bombs tonite…

        • Badger says:

          You are right. This is not fantasy baseball. The guys who are scoring big in fantasy baseball are not Dodgers. The lone exception is Kemp. And he too has been gone half the year.

          Utley at first base sounds good to me.

  26. Ken says:

    2 runs against a bum. 3 “unearned runs” against these pitchers. The Dodgers are not yet a World Seres team!

  27. Bill Russell says:

    I couldn’t agree more Mr Ken.

  28. Bobby says:

    Meanwhile Jerry Sands with another HR tonight

    He’s on absolute fire


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