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Just Three Questions…

  1. Why do the Dodgers not hit when Clayton Kershaw pitches?  Yes, I know he is often paired against the other teams’ ace (Joe Kelly is good, but not an ace), but in 16 of Clayton’s 24 starts the Dodgers have scored three or less runs.  Clayton is the Dodgers best chance to win and it appears they mentally let up when he is on the mound.  That worries me.  It’s a sign of a team that is a little soft.
  2. What is with Brandon League?   He seems to be either very good or very bad.   I say if he gives up a just one hit, Donnie should take him out.  That means we are seeing the Bad Brandon.
  3. Why can’t the Dodgers win more than 15 road games in a row?  I mean, what is wrong with them?  Can’t the Dodgers win them all?

OK, that was five questions.  My bad!  Let’s just win this series – that’s all!

Dodger News:

  • Joc Pederson down to .275 (YIKES)
  • Ross Stripling – 5 IP; 4 H; 0 ER; 3 BB; 4 K
  • Ted Lilly a Giant?  He should have pulled a Jackie Robinson and retired instead of becoming a Giant.  I hope his arm falls off (kidding).
  • Maybe Javy Guerra should be recalled.  He is pitching very well in AAA.
  • 112 games down – 50 to go.  A 30-20 record is reasonable and gives the team 92 wins which should be enough.  Play ball!

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 issued 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 Javy Guerra notched seven saves in as many opportunities and did not allow a run in 10 appearances in July. The right-hander struck out seven and issued only two walks in 11.0 innings pitched, holding the opposition to a .211 batting average (8-for-38) in the month, while allowing just eight hits. The 27-year-old has an overall ERA of 2.32 in 18 games, including four starts, and currently has a scoreless-innings streak of 13.1 that dates to June 6. Guerra has appeared in nine games this season with the Dodgers and originally was selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

Player – INF Dee Gordon posted a .350 (35-for-100) batting average in July, collecting 35 hits, 18 runs, 19 walks and 18 stolen bases. Gordon, who was recalled by the Dodgers Aug. 5, has 44 stolen bases on the season for Albuquerque, which paces the Pacific Coast League. The speedy infielder started a current 17-game hitting streak on July 14, in which he hit .366 (26-for-71). The 25-year-old Florida native is batting .307 in 80 games this season and was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts 

Pitcher – RHP Yimi Garcia posted a 2-0 record and did not allow a run in eight July appearances for the Lookouts, striking out 14 batters against five walks and allowing only one hit. The right-hander also notched a save in the month to bring his total to 15 on the season, which ranks third among Southern League closers. On the season, Garcia has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/ 49.1) and has not allowed a run in his last 12.0 innings since June 30. The 22-year-old out of the Dominican Republic was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on January 29, 2009.

Player – INF Miguel Rojas posted a .280 batting average (25-for-75) with 21 hits, three doubles, four RBI and seven runs to take home the July Dodger Pride Award for Chattanooga. The Venezuela native recorded four consecutive multi-hit performances July 27-30 and recorded his first four-hit game on July 14 at Mississippi. In 2012, Rojas was in the Reds’ organization, where he split time between Double-A and Triple-A, seeing action in 102 games. The 24-year-old was signed as a free agent on November 13, 2012.

Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 

Player – RHP Matt Shelton went 1-0 with two saves in as many opportunities and did not allow an earned run in 11 July appearances for the Quakes. In the month, the 24-year-old struck out 17 and allowed only five walks, while limiting opponents to a .148 batting average (8-for-54). Overall, Shelton has posted a 4-1 record with three saves and a 2.64 ERA (9 ER/30.2 IP) and has limited right-handed hitters to a .178 batting average (13-for-73). The Texas native was a four-year letterman with the Sam Houston State Bearkats, where he was named the Southland Conference MVP during the 2009 season. Shelton was selected in the 24th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Player – OF Scott Schebler batted .348 (40-for-115) in 29 July games and topped the California League leaderboard with 29 RBI and 11 homers. On the year, Schebler has 24 home runs, the most in the Cal League and ranks among the league leaders in batting average (.310, 9th), slugging percentage (.622, 2nd), extra-base hits (58, T-1st), runs (75, 4th), triples (10, T-2nd), and total bases (227, 1st). The 22-year-old Iowa native was selected in the 26th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. 

Single-A Great Lakes Loons

Player – LHP Tom Windle went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA (5 ER/27.0 IP) in six July starts for the Loons. Windle limited opposing hitters to a .221 average (23-for-104) with 24 strikeouts during the month and on the year, the left-hander has yielded just one home run in 31.2 innings, posting a 1.99 ERA. The Minnesota native, who starred at the University of Minnesota, was a second-round selection of the Dodgers in this June’s First-Year Player Draft.

Player – INF Corey Seager batted .330 (33-for-100) with four home runs, 22 RBI, 16 runs and 11 doubles in 27 games in July. Seager, who was recently promoted to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, was batting .309 (84-for-272) with 12 home runs and 57 RBI in 74 games for the Loons, ranking fourth among the Midwest League leaders in slugging percentage (.529). The 19-year-old excelled against right-handed pitching this season for Great Lakes, hitting .322 (68-for-211) with nine of his 12 homers coming against righties. The North Carolina native was selected in the first round (18th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. 

Rookie-level Ogden Raptors

Pitcher – RHP Victor Araujo posted a 2-0 record with a 5.77 ERA (22 ER/34.1 IP) in his six starts for the Raptors in July. Overall, Araujo has made nine starts and has posted a 3-0 record with a 5.44 ERA (29 ER/48.0 IP) and has limited left-handed hitters to a .220 batting average (13-for-59). On the season, the 20-year-old has 48 strikeouts, which is the third-most among Pioneer League pitchers. The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on November 26, 2009.

Player – INF Brandon Trinkwon batted a team-high .361 (29-for-108) with three homers and 21 RBI in 24 games during July. The 21-year-old currently owns a 21-game hitting streak that started on July 9 and is batting .411 (39-for-95) during that span. Overall, Trinkwon ranks among the Pioneer League leaders in several offensive categories, including batting average (.362, 2nd), hits (50, T-3rd), slugging percentage (.587, 6th) and total bases (81, 6th). Trinkwon, who starred at UC Santa Barbara, was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. 

Arizona League Dodgers 

Pitcher- RHP Wascar Teodo notched two saves in two opportunities and posted a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 IP) in his six July appearances. In his 13.1 innings of work in the month, Teodo limited opposing hitters to a .133 batting average (6-for-45), while striking out 12 without issuing a walk. On the year, Teodo is a perfect 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) and is yet to allow a home run. The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on May 18, 2011.

Player- INF Adam Law batted an Arizona League-best .418 (38-for-91) with 11 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 23 July games. Law posted 13 multi-hit performances in the month, including a pair of four-hit games and a pair of three-hit games. Overall, the 23-year-old’s 21 stolen bases rank atop the Arizona League leaderboard. Law, who would become a third-generation big leaguer, was selected by the Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Dominican Summer League Dodgers 

Pitcher- RHP Francisco Martinez posted a 3-1 record with a 2.73 ERA (8 ER/ 26.1 IP) in his five starts for the DSL Dodgers, including a complete game shutout (7.0 IP) of the DSL Red Sox on July 18. During the month of July, Martinez limited opposing batters to a .194 clip (20-for-103) while striking out 17 batters. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 12, 2012.

Player- OF Ibandel Isabel batted a team-high .351 (26-for-74) in 22 games during the month of July, recording nine extra-base hits to go along with 14 RBI, 12 runs and eight walks. The outfielder has excelled against right-handed pitching this season, batting .336 (37-for-110) with 16 of his 23 RBI coming against righties. The 18-year-old was signed by the Dodgers in April out of the Dominican Republic.


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16 Responses to “Just Three Questions…”

  1. Badger says:

    “Why do the Dodgers not hit when Clayton Kershaw pitches?”

    Asked and answered.

    “A 30 and 20 record is possible.”

    But is it likely with Uruntellimaker in the lineup?

    Guerra? Sure. Anyone but League.

    Would be nice to give AGon some time off.

    Ethier hitting .294 for August, and that is good enough if he can keep it going for the entire month. But what is with the 1 to 2 home runs a month? Where has all the power gone…… long time passing. Was he maybe eating lots of houshou wu and tribuli terrestris in the past?

  2. Badger says:

    At 1:45 the Gints signed Lilly then at 5:44 they backed off signing Lilly. How can you back off after you already signed him. Get it together Rumors.

    I got a rumor… the voices in my head tell me we made three waiver wire claims.

  3. Quasimodo says:

    With League, that’s what he likes to do – he’s worked hard to get the chance to do it again. Javy Guerra is working hard for his chance to do the same. Don’t dismiss that.

  4. Badger says:

    League is like Forrest’s box of chocolates. Did you see his line last night? Idon’t trust him anymore. I would let him pitch in blow-outs, but if the game is close, and we will likely see more of them than not in the coming weeks, I don’t let him pitch.

    Mattingly on HanRam’s shoulder injury:

    “As long as he keeps going forward like this (in his recovery) there won’t be an MRI exam needed.” Mattingly said. He added “If he stalls and all of a sudden he’s not getting better.”

    That’s would I would call “head in sand” approach to an injury. Let’s look the other way and if we do it long enough, maybe something good will happen. Isn’t that exactly what they did with Kemp? Why not find out what’s wrong and then make plans accordingly?

  5. Quasimodo says:

    Buster Olney points out Kershaw ranks 88th of 92 starters for run support. Guess it sucks to be the best pitcher in baseball when you keep on giving and get so little back. He’s so good that he’s just looking at his next game to to another great job.

  6. Mark_Timmons says:

    Texas will offer him $300 million – I guarantee it!

  7. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    As for League, it’s all about the splitter. If it’s not working, then it’s batting practice for the opposition. This is no time to experiment to see if he can find the consistency he had with that pitch at the end of last year. Fastball has good velocity, but absolutely no movement. No way he can get by with just that.

    Guerra???? Maybe. But what happened to Jose Dominguez? Is he coming back anytime soon. And then there’s Brian Wilson. And what do we do with League and Marmol? Lot’s of pitcher’s, only so much room.

    I don’t have an explanation for why the Dodgers don’t score for Kershaw. Sometimes those things just happen. But the Dodgers haven’t put up many runs for anybody recently, and things have just gotten worse with Hanley out of the lineup. And I seriously doubt if A.J. Ellis “mentally letup” when he bounced into that double play with the bases loaded last night. And why was Punto bunting with a runner on second and no one out?

  8. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m sure Kershaw loves pitching at Dodger Stadium, as well as Petco and AT&T. Sure he might get more run support in Texas, but he would also be pitching in a hitters park. And I’m also sure he knows that Dodger ownership will not stand still and allow this team to continue on with a questionable offense. He also knows that a healthy Hanley and a healthy Kemp would do wonders for this offense. If the Dodgers offer him enough, I see no reason he wouldn’t be happy to stay where he’s been successful, and fully appreciated by the fan base, and fully understanding that this team is backed by an ownership ready to do whatever is necessary to strengthen the team.

    By the way, it seems to me that Uribe is slipping back into his old ways. He’s a definite plus on defense, but not the bat I would like to see at 3B.

    • Badger says:

      He’s a Texan. I have only known a few but ALL of them were Texan to the quantum core and loyal to a fault. Most Texans don’t care much care for anything Californian. I hope he stays here but would not be the least bit surprised to see him go home.

  9. Quasimodo says:

    I’ve worked in the oil fields and thus have known many Texans. My father was born in Pasadena Texas and never went back after leaving Texas in his teens. The biggest thing I’ve notice that separates Texas from most other states is Texas has more prettier women than any other state I’ve been to. Little Rock Ark. is a close 2nd. A lot of Texans leave without looking back. But there is a lot of the stereotype Lone Star proud live raise and die in Texas Texans. I think Kershaw likes the dryer air.


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