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Let’s talk Dodger baseball…

Memo to Everyone:

  1. Play nice with each other.
  2. Talk Dodger baseball.

Memo to Dave:

  1. Good Luck to you and your boys
  2. Thanks for staying away.

Memo to Badger:

  1. The fights always involve you “me – what did I do?” ;)
  2. You goad and then get them to punch you and act all innocent.
  3. Talk Dodger baseball.  I’ll kick your ass later! ;)

Tonight’s Lineup:

  1. Crawford  LF
  2. Puig  RF
  3. Gonzalez  1B
  4. Ramirez  SS
  5. Ethier  CF
  6. Ellis  C
  7. Schuamaker  2B
  8. Hairston  3B
  9. Nolasco  P

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54 Responses to “Let’s talk Dodger baseball…”

  1. Rob says:

    Hopefully Crawford can find his strike zone tonight. He has been caught looking lost at Thr plate.

  2. Dodgerdog says:

    I hope Nabisco can really be the player we hope for. The test is not this game, the test will be how he pitches after the adrenaline buzz is gone. I actually expect a good outing tonight but have my doubts to just how quality a starter we acquired. For the time being, Ned seems to have finally come up as a good dealer on this deal, 1 out of 20 ain’t bad, is it.

    Big game, tonight could actually be the difference maker for the season. Why? To lock up a series win against the top team in the division is a great way to leave for the All-Star break. The mental game is a big thing, leaving on a positive note makes the players stay in a good mind set on their days off. Positive mindset might mean a player works out on his break rather than blow it off and not work out on his break, hopefully you see what I mean by the importance of the positive mindset when leaving on a break.

  3. Bobby says:

    Huge game plus we’re going up against jackass Kennedy.

    I’m sure nolasco would love to impress his teammates and drill Kennedy.

    I personally would not mind if he did, but the win is more important

  4. Bill Russell says:

    I thought everything would be all Peaches and Cream in here with the teams big turn around. Why am I getting a warning for others behavior? Just Kidding. I just skip the posts that I don’t want to read. Nolasco is the key tonight. There’s nothing that I want more then to see Kennedy get lite up tonight……………….

  5. AnewBlueDay says:

    If the Dodgers continue on their present surge and play like we believe they can . . .

    And then make the post season, and have success there . . .

    Donnie could be Manager of the Year,

    Ned could be Executive of the Year,

    A player: Hanley, Puig, AGon . . . could be MVP,

    Kershaw, Ryu, Greinke . . . could by the Cy Young for the year . . . .

    Success does give rewards.

  6. Badger says:

    Read a great piece in ESPN The Magazine from October of last year. It was about how “peak” years in MLB players has gotten younger as we distance ourselves from the steroid era. They also named players who have the enormous contracts and how many millions per WAR point they will cost. Crawford and Gonzalez were both in the top 10. I think we knew that but as long as they stay on the field the Dodgers are willing to pay the price. Another study I read a while back said players like Manny and ARod earn their money by putting butts in seats. If the team is entertaining, people will show up. If the players are on the right side of 30, the team will win.

    FYI, peak years for pitchers in 29 and hitters 27-28. We need to find the players on the way up AND develop our own. I believe Kasten knows how to do this.

  7. Badger says:

    And thanks Mark. Point me out while OD runs this board over the cliff. Nicely played.

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Mark,

    First, let me commend you for shutting down the site temporarily earlier today. That non-baseball stuff can get awfully bothersome, even malevolent. Bill above has the right idea when he says “I just skip the posts that I don’t want to read.” Problem is, that’s not always easy to do when people are throwing word bombs at each other, one post after another. Hopefully, everyone gets the message, and we stick primarily to baseball, more specifically, Dodger baseball.

    I don’t see any need to drill Kennedy tonight. Nobody drilled Greinke last night, and hopefully this stuff is over between these teams. I think both teams have already proved their manhood. Now it’s just time to play baseball, or as Vinnie would say, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.” We already have enough injuries on this team. No need to take any unnecessary chances of adding to the list.

  9. Mark_Timmons says:

    OD is gone.

    Dave is gone.

    You are here.

    Shadduuppp and post!

    ;)

  10. Mark_Timmons says:

    I was going to write a piece on that.

    I think it is right on.

    Just about everyone was on steroids a few years ago.

  11. Badger says:

    Kirk Gibson on pre-game talking about Puig – “right now he has youthful enthusiasm and incredible raw physical tools. What he lacks is wisdom. When they come together, he will be even more fun to watch.” He is what we are looking for – talent on the right side of 30.

  12. Adrian says:

    “The Dodgers are looking to move Ted Lily to the bullpen.”
    Not a good idea! That was the main reason of early struggle.
    why don’t they learn from the past?
    Lily should be released if not tradeable!

  13. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Badger,

    You’re definitely at the top of my list of most respected people on this site. You’re articulate, knowledgeable, insightful, opinionated (in a good way), and just plain fun to read. I’m a little tired now, otherwise I’m sure I could come up with a bunch more superlatives. However, after reading through the tiresome exchange earlier today (I should have taken Bill’s advice and skipped over it), I couldn’t help but think you would have been better off letting your inner maturity take hold, and simply stay above the fray. It’s hard to do, but in this instance I believe you would have been better off just ignoring the trolls, and maintaining the high ground to which you’re better suited. After a while they probably would have just gotten tired and went away. Or, if they continued without any response from you, everyone on this site with even half a brain, would have recognized them as the aggressors, and I’m sure Mark would have known how to handle them. I seriously doubt he would tolerate anyone running “this board over the cliff.” If he did, then I’ve completely misjudged him.

  14. Badger says:

    Good advice Brooklyn. Thank you.

    Kennedy at it early. Make him pay.

  15. AnewBlueDay says:

    Have to watch the Diamondbacks broadcast tonight — That is what you probably have as well Badger; the local feed up there in Sedona.

    Crawford just cannot get it going at all. Has he tried a bunt even??

    Had Chemo yesterday — so little sleep the first night or two — just watch some of the DVR recording I have ready till about 4 am, then sleep finally kicks in. Tomorrow night will be fine.

    Looks like the steroid era really changed baseball in its heyday. Some guys hit and pitched as never before, and extended their playing lives; which cost owners and fans more money. And, in some cases, kept others in the minors because they were clean and just could not excel like the cheaters.

    Kennedy is really a turkey. Hitting Hanley. Either he is just wild at times and loses command — or his mean streak just kicks in and likes to take shots.

  16. AnewBlueDay says:

    Wonder if there will be a number of players on the official squad for the All Star teams who will bail?

    Just want a few day off, body hurting, not wanting to show, have personal problems . . .

    So others get named . . . maybe AJ Ellis, he has been super of late.

    Maybe Ryu, he has some nice games, especially against the Giants.

    Also, what is up with the D-Back fans, booing Puig so much? Gee, he is new, a kid, and I would think they just would want to see him. But the booooos. That kind of tells me many of those fans have the Giant illness — just hate the Dodgers.

  17. jerry says:

    uribe sit,s to night after hitting in some big run..dont under stand that..go donnie.

  18. AnewBlueDay says:

    Crawford finally took my advice, and bunted.

    Puig has not hit the ball far or deep in awhile . . . lots of singles. Find, he can have a month of singles, but that is all.

  19. Michael says:

    I second Brooklyns lauding of your character and Mark regaining the helm of his ship.

    Badger, I too would like to payback this Mofo Kennedy. I’m thinking League for the plunker, he needs a break, Skippy Scu,??? who gets the honor of a 10 game suspension?

  20. Bball says:

    Oh puig. I have absolutely no problem with his play and hustle as long as we are winning. Dumb move yes. Ill take it like I said as long as we’re winning

  21. Jason says:

    There sure is a difference between aggressive base running and stupid base running.

  22. Badger says:

    There is the lack of wisdom Gibson was referring to.

    I understand the sentiment Michael. How about getting an 8 run lead and send Dominguez in to deck Goldschmidt? Better yet, take the high road and just hang another L on them.

  23. Idaho al says:

    I have been watching Webster pitch for Boston against the Mariners. He went 2.1 innings and gave up 6 runs.

    Direct TV only has the Dbacks feed this evening. I certainly miss Vin.

    Puig is aggressive, but trying to go home in that situation is stupid. It cost us a run. I hope we do not need that run before the game is finished. I did not see anybody talking to Puig after that play, and I think Mattingly should of talked to him immediately. Puig has played enough baseball to know better.

  24. Quasimodo says:

    We need to let payback come around another day. We’ll be returning home at .500 and 1.5 back!

  25. Quasimodo says:

    I have directv, but being in So. Cal. K-Cal9 part of the package.

  26. Idaho al says:

    I did not like the trade for Nolasko. I did not think we needed another average pitcher. After watching him pitch five innings this evening, Nolasko looks better than average. It will be interesting to see what they do with Lily when he come back. Putting him in the bull pen just makes Mattingly’s job that much harder.

  27. Badger says:

    I do have the local feed and I must say Brenley’s attitude really changes when the dbacks play the Dodgers. He is usually funny and very informative about both teams and the game itself. But he hates the Dodgers and it changes his delivery for the worse.

  28. Quasimodo says:

    Vin brought up the subject of Lily’s return and said that Mattingly or Lily (hard to tell which the way Vin worded it) said he’d probably work from the bullpen.

  29. Quasimodo says:

    Nolasco seems a great fit.

  30. Bill Russell says:

    Vin said that Lily requested it. He might as well request it before Don says he’s not good enough to start on this team. We have a very good chance at a sweep tomorrow. Go Blue

  31. Bill Russell says:

    Free agent and former Giants closer Brian Wilson has been training in Hawaii and could pitch for scouts near the beginning of August, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets. Wilson had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and has not pitched since last April. Here are more notes from around the National League.

    I wonder if he might be worth a look? We could probably use another relief pitcher for the late innings.

  32. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me that Puig is trying to pull everything, including pitches away. When he first came up he was getting hits to right field.

    Maybe in the long run Puig’s mistakes will be the catalyst that helps him grow up faster. The talent is definitely there, and over time I suspect he will get better and better. But as is usually these case, there will some bumps in the road.

    I’ve got MLB.tv, and have been getting the Dodger feed. Vin Sculley has been talking about how Goldschmidt swung at a lot of first pitches when he first came up and has become more patient. I suspect that’s true, and I’m guessing that the same thing will happen with Puig. Maybe the mistakes we’re seeing and the lack of patience at the plate (but he did draw a couple of base on balls tonight) is at least part of the reason the Dodgers decided to have him open the season at Chattanooga.

  33. Badger says:

    He took some walks. That’s a good sign. You can tell he doesn’t like to do that. The book on him is under the hands, high and away. If he lays off those pitches, and continues to punish mistakes, his OBP will remain over .400. Brenly kept talking about what his attitude will be like when he suffers his first 0 for 30. That will only happen if he gets frustrated at not being thrown a strike. This is a player that can square up balls over the plate well enough that he should not see any prolonged slumps.

    Nolasco is a professional pitcher. If you look closely at his stats, you will see a level of consistency over the years. Not great, but steady. He is just what this team needs to follow our first three starters.

    Lilly? If he is healthy enough, he could still fit as a 5th, and he will be given a shot at pitching because of his contract. He did start 33 games 2 years ago, but, he is now 37 with that history of injury. I think maybe it’s time to just swallow that contract, this is the last year, and move on.

    It’s coming together people. And we are doing it without Kemp. Imagine that lineup if he was thumping at a 35 HR pace.

    MSTI made a great argument for Utley. We can get him here with the right package, keep him here a couple of years, then with an arrangement send him back to Pilly to retire there. It can be done. He may even want to come here and if that’s the case, he can talk to Amaro and they can make it happen.

  34. AnewBlueDay says:

    Puig great try for that ball in deep right center . . . and off his glove . . .

    He ended up throwing his glove on the ground — as the D-Backs announcers said: was like being in Little League . . .

    I tend to agree. It was frustration in his part that he did not catch the ball, but a major league professional player should not throw his glove on the field like a Little Leaguer.

    Puig does have a lot to learn.

    Like mentioned above, his dash for home and was out, as Vin said, “From me to you.”

    Also, Puig’s power seems to be gone, probably not getting the pitches he would like to handle.

    The D-Backs are wondering just what is up their playing right now — but heck, they are facing outstanding pitching and a team on the way up. And they know it.

  35. Bball says:

    Lets not bash puig guys. This guy is just what the doctor ordered. He is very raw and immature but ill take him over 99% of the rest of mlb. And Ef bob brenley. Who cares about him. He’s just mad cuz he knows the trains acomin and its not stoppin.

  36. Rob says:

    This is great! I live in gnats country up here in northern Cali and these fake gnats fans are jumping ship big time. I hate the stupid animal hats and all of these dumb fake fans using their injuries as excuses why they are losing. They are basically missing pagan and vogelsong, like that compares to the DL stints the Dodgers have endured.

    • Quasimodo says:

      Well injuries are a pretty fair excuse. We all know that. If we were to see HanRam go on the DL again we’d not have as great chances to jump ahead in this division. Giants fans deserve their team having a few more as they gloated so strongly when Dodgers suffered so many stints on the DL. Its tempting to go trolling at their sites just to tell them so, but I’ll remind myself to handle Dodgers victories with more grace.

  37. Badger says:

    I only care about Brenly’s opinion because he is one of the most knowledgeable baseball announcers I have ever listened to. His bias really comes out when he is doing Dodger games. He even admits it.

    You can bet Mattingly is concerned about Puig’s intensity. Other teams will be working on a way to use it against him. I know I would. Pouting in the outfield is nothing more than immaturity. This kid still believes he is Superman. He is not. As he starts making outs, and he will, Mattingly and the staff will need to help him handle it. It’s a process.

  38. Pete M. says:

    BBall… Puig isn’t/shouldnt be immune from criticism… He knows the game and is just flat out immature… Harper’s choke sign to an opposing pitcher in the minors didn’t go un-noticed an he has matured preety darn well. If Puig is instrumental in a ‘L’ I’m sure Donnie will chew him out like Lopes did last week.As a matter of fact, I thinks Lope’s teeth marks are still fresh…
    Not worried about power… Impressed with accepting the free pass…he can beat you on the paths for sure…one more thing, I don’t think AGon is getting enough love…

  39. Bobbie17 says:

    Another dominant win. I think the D’backs collectively sense that this Dodger team will put pressure on opponents in a lot of ways, and errors are the result. Opponents have to play a near perfect game to beat the new Dodgers. How the tables have turned! We can thank, almost single-handed, #66. I also have to commend our Manager for managing differently, using his bullpen better (especially Paco), and the front office for taking a real chance on some of the farm players. There is an infusion of youth and an energy the team has not had in years. The trick now will be to keep it up. And to be sure to keep the Giants down where they belong.

  40. Badger says:

    I always thought hitting a baseball was the single most difficult thing in sports. Not according to this article:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/sportSkills

    Riding a bull is apparently more difficult. As is running fast. And running far. Figure skaters endurance is right up there. Auto racing is hard on the nervous system. Gymnasts flexibility is over the top. Interesting read.

    You’re right Pete. Nobody is immune to criticism. Puig does a lot of things wrong right now, but what he does right has more than made up for it. And though Gonzalez is up on the list of $ per WAR point, who cares? He is good for this team. Let Guggs worry about writing the checks. I’ll take AGon’s clutch hitting and be grateful for it.

  41. Dodgerdog says:

    I mentioned this before, Nabisco would have a great game last night, the real test comes in the remainder of the season. He was geeked up last night and I knew he would be lights out. What does he give us when the he is geeked down a notch or when he isn’t feeling his best or is tired. That’s when we find out what we actually got.

    Puig is amped all the time, yes it costs some but the cost has proven so far to be worth the trade off. His youthful enthusiasm is what ignited this team, so dont’ forget that. At this point in his career, I don’t want him toning it down, not one bit, there is plenty of time for him to tone it down. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.

    One other observation, UPS isn’t the only thing that is brown.

    • Quasimodo says:

      Every game is a test. Nolasco is now on the mound playing for the team he grew up loving, a short drive from his parents house and in front of a crowd that he was once a part of. That’s something that’s not likely to wear off very soon. I’m sure he feels if he died tonight he’d have a complete life and would go out with a smile. The boy in him is alive and happy and that’ll make for the best to come.

  42. Bobby says:

    Puig’s craziness is one reason Im glad we have a vet stabalizer like A-Gone.

    He’s a really respected guy, and you can be sure he’s gona help Puig mature.

    Hey, Donnie Baseball is a pretty good mgr these days!!

  43. SpokaneBob says:

    It looks like We now have 4 pitchers who can handle the bat.

    Anyone think Bellie got Montero last night for a little payback?
    He was active in the brawl.

    • Bill Russell says:

      Yes, I think the Bellie pitch was a payback. He played it off like it wasn’t however. Great move.

  44. Quasimodo says:

    I couldn’t tell. But I’ll take your word for it as the umps also saw things that way. And besides all that…..you’re Bill Russell.

  45. Bill Russell says:

    Bro, I’m just a Dodger fan with the AKA Bill Russell. The last time I spoke with Tommy was in Camelback 2011.

  46. Bill Russell says:

    Does everyone think that Arizona hears the foot steps?

    • Badger says:

      Yep. They know the Dodgers have it going on. And they know their pitching has been faulty.

      “OD is gone.” Mark McTimmons

      Really?

  47. Quasimodo says:

    Any which way, I respect that.

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