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Missed Opportunities

The bottom of the 10th summed it up perfectly…

Agon-strikeout

Kemp-strikeout

Hanley-strikeout

Time is running out.  Tonight was a must win game leading 3-1 going into the 8th and we blew it.

Will this team ever find chemistry? Will we ever go on that long win streak?  Maybe we are saving it for San Fran?  These Dodgers make it hard to believe.

I guess the bullpen is to blame for this one, thank goodness the Giants lost to remain 4.5 back.  John Ely struggled but it never should have made it that far, this was on Guerrier.

All is not lost though,

Guess who finally got “A” big hit tonight? Shane Victorino.

My original post was going to bash “Victor-no-where” to the highest degree but all that changed in the top of the 7th.  This guy has been so bad anything would have lifted my spirits.  Remember, September is all I am concerned about right now…..I don’t give a hoot about any previous stats because it is all about catching that FIRE down the stretch!

 

  • Ethier has redeemed himself, I would like to take back my “Mr. Softee” insults as well
  • Kershaw was brilliant, I mean brilliant…..we are so lucky to have this kid
  • Cruz, hitting and defensive machine (except for the throw in the 10th)
  • Running mistakes, better fix those quick, talking to you Mark Ellis and Agon!  Both men at third base in different innings, Ellis picked off in the 1st and Agon leaning on a ground ball in the 6th….why do we always have problems on the base paths?  Kemp will have another one or two for us before the season ends
  • Let me give credit where credit is due, what a game by Mark Ellis
  • Buzz kill Guerrier blew the win for Kershaw sending it to extras and will deprive me of 2 hours of sleep tonight/this morning, thanks Matt!

Kemp barely missed a homer and hit a single but still looks extremely lost and high on something.  There is no emotion coming from him.  I really don’t know what to think of it.  Maybe he misses the spotlight.  Did he suffer some sort of head trauma running into the wall?  He is emotionally or physically hurt, one or the other!  The MVP chants are skeptical at this point.

Remaining schedules going into San Fran:

Dodgers          Gints

3@SF              3vsLA

2@AZ              3@COL

4vsSTL            3@AZ             crap

3@WAS          4vsCOL          crap

3@CIN            3vsSD             crap

3@SD              3vsAZ

3vsCOL           3@SD

3vsSF               3@LA

24 games         25 games

-14 away         -12 away

-10 home         -13 home

ONE GAME AT A TIME! 

Bats need to be in full swing, tough road ahead for the division but we all knew that.  Oh yeah, maybe going to need a little “pitching” as well.  Sure could use Bills right about now, bummer.

Do you believe?

29 Responses to “Missed Opportunities”

  1. Roger Dodger says:

    We are in Iceland. Have seen scores daily on the ship. Not good. Very limited TV as sports channels have been out for four days.

    Suck it up and get these guys to play like champs. We return the night of the 14th.

  2. DRomo says:

    I love Kemp. I think he is still a great player. BUT, I have been saying for a while now that he is not what he was. Something is up. He is hardly clutch. He can’t steal bases any longer and is more of a singles/doubles hitter since he’s been back. But those singles and doubles have been coming with no one on. He looks frustrated and confused.

    The wild card seems like our best shot. And it is not too late to go on a run but something needs to happen soon! Victorino has been a dud. I’ll admit I thought he would be great here and have something to prove. All he has proven to me is that he will be given a 1 yr deal somewhere else next season.

  3. Rob says:

    It looks like kemp is wondering where is that swing he had in the beginning of the year. Victorino has glimpses of what we are looking for from him but he has to many 0-4 days. I don’t see this team coming together this year but I hope I am wrong. The injuries in the pen seem to be mounting up as well.

  4. Badger says:

    Kris… of course you are right.

    “Dispute not. As you rest firmly on your own faith and opinion, allow others also the equal liberty to stand by their own faiths and opinions. By mere disputation you will never succeed in convincing another of his error. When the grace of God descends on him, each one will understand his own mistakes.”

    We just have to wait for the hand of God to slap some sense into those with cement heads. I got time.

    Sometimes picking up where you left off is difficult. Momentum you know. A body at rest and all that. Same thing happened to Chris Young this year. He was off to the best start of his career then got hurt and was out a long time. He never really got that momentum back. I hope Kemp can find his mojo before the end of the year, but time is running short.

    Agon-strikeout

    Kemp-strikeout

    Hanley-strikeout

    KKK

    Well, that might make some out there happy.

  5. Bobby says:

    That was a bad stretch-run loss.

    A good team needs to beat a team like SD, up 3-1 in the 8th. Guerrier lost us a huge game/opportunity.

  6. Ken says:

    Yesterday’s game was lost on Sunday when Torre Jr. mismanaged the bullpen again and had too many relievers pitch after Harang went only 5 innings, and then an extra inning fgame occurred the next day. Oh and Ned screwed the bullpen and the Dodgers in March when he refused to sign a real long reliever. Been saying this for years. Padres scored 3 runs after Honeycutt went to the mound. Good coaching!

  7. Gionfriddo says:

    Game was mismanaged when Guerrier was allowed to start the 8th.. At that point I’m thinking Belisario can’t go due to a tired arm.. But, then to turn to him when Guerrier has given it up?? Terrible use of the bully, bottom line.. That was a back breaker– momentum gone, 4 game win streak gone, and IMO a shot @ the west title (hope to hell I’m wrong)..

  8. Badger says:

    Anytime your starters only go 5, it could lead to problems.

    Ned signed a long reliever in Jamie Wright, but it would appear the Dodgers need another one. The stats say our bullpen is lower middle of the pack. We are currently 20th in bullpen IP, and 12th in ERA, 10th in BLSV, 17th in SV%, 20th in WHIP, so, it’s not like we have the worst in the league. Not really near the best either. And it sure seems we are getting fewer 8 inning starts these days. How about a complete game every now and then?

    The bullpen needs to be addressed. The strength of our starting staff could be improved as well. To be real contenders, we need offense defense and special teams to be top 5 in every important category.

    So far, this new offense isn’t as impressive as we hoped it would be. So far, we are still a .500 team and have been for a few months.

  9. Michael says:

    Like I said last week, this is Matts’ team and it will go only as far as he takes them. It’s a confidence game and Kemp needs to get it back.

  10. Ken says:

    Any one want to bet 50 pushups that Cruz will not catch Kemp and become the Dodger’s 2012 leader in batting average? I will bet that he will.

  11. jerry says:

    i agree with ken..the pitche coach ..are a waste of time..they go out there .say a few word..then the next man up hit some thing big.just because the pitching coach could pitch..does nt mean he can teach. that happen in every trade out there..some are teacher and some are not..honey cant even teach someone a new pitch

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “How about a complete game every now and then?”

    That would be nice. And the lack of complete games is to a degree the product of an offensively challenged team. Too many tight games inevitably lead to an overworked pen.

    • Badger says:

      The Yankees are at about $198MM now, and they intend to “slash” to below $189MM. Cut one player and they are there.

      I just don’t see them changing their model all that much. They make the play-offs every year. They make a boat load of money every year. Why change?

  13. Gionfriddo says:

    Bills to 60 day DL.. His season is done and the elbow might need surgery .. Steven “Paco” Rodriguez is up… Wow, from the CWS, to a 2nd rd pick, then rifling thru A ball and AA to reach the show– @ 21… Wow!! Let’s hope he continues to deal out of the pen cuz Choate needs help… Question for Ned, why the hell wait to bring up
    Rodriguez ? Why not before Aug 31?? Question 2 for the Ned- why is Steven Ames NOT on the same flight with Rodriguez???

    • Ken says:

      Paco – Welcome to Triage, better bring your own trainer.

      $21 mil on the DL and $18 mil in deferred comp

      See the Dodgers really are just a $100 mil payroll team.

      Only one more pitcher, Fife, available to be added unless more pitchers go on the 60 Day DL or Angle or Uribe get DFAd.

      • Badger says:

        Can’t anyone still be added to the season roster? If we have injuries, they must be able to be replaced. We just can’t take them to the play-offs…… right? If we need pitching to finish the year, then DFA the dead weight.

        It’s beginning feel more and more like …. wait ’til next year.

        • Ken says:

          Fife is the only pitcher left on the 40 man

          Who is dead weight? Angle, Uribe and ????

          Ned will not want to add any other minor league players because he does not want to start their clock and service time. Paco was a surprise but also a necessity.

          Yes it is beginning to feel alot like next year. Better seep the Giants!

          • Badger says:

            I see what you mean.

            Well, the dead weight I see is Uribe and Treanor. Not needed. And somebody on that 40 man should have been 60 day’d a few weeks ago to make room on that roster, but it’s too late for that. The play-off roster is set.

  14. Bobby says:

    pathetic once again

  15. mica says:

    Frustrating team we got.

  16. mica says:

    The ball isn’t jumping off kemp’s bat anymore. That ball he hit to the wall wasn’t a home run. It may have landed at the base of wall. Maybin’s glove wasn’t over the wall! Earlier this year, he crushes that ball well over the fence. I still maintain he’s lost his juice…figuratively or literally. The dude looks lost. Like he can’t believe he isn’t as strong as he once was. He doesn’t understand why it isn’t the same. I think all professional sports athletes use PED’s…usually the players are ahead of the curve. Only the careless get popped. I think Kemp may have been spooked by Melky’s suspension and abruptly stopped for fear of a suspension. Does anyone find it curious that Kemp was a very outspoken supporter of Ryan Braun? He wouldn’t want to be on record chastising Braun if he was dirty. I don’t know if he is or isn’t.

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