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  • Zach Lee pitched seven innings of shutout, three hit ball last night, but not at Albuquerque… the Isotopes were in Omaha.  Think how much better he might progress if he didn’t have to pitch in the equivalent of Coors Field half the time.  Stan, get the Dodgers the hell out of Albuquerque!
  • Andre Ethier will most certainly be traded.  I guarantee it… almost!  If the right AL team traded for Ramirez and Ethier they could punch their ticket to the Series (think Boston, NY or Seattle).
  • I think it would be a breath of fresh air to the team to have Erisbel Arruebarrena at SS and Joc Pederson in CF.  Pederson would have to hit second so his swing would have to cut down.  Also, the defense would be dramatically improved.
  • At some point, you have to try the youngsters, although Ned is loathe to do so!
  • Trade Paul Maholm for a prospect… like yesterday.  Scott Elbert will be ready soon.  Call up Yumi!
  • Ramon Troncoso pitched an inning for Omaha last night against the Isotopes.
  • Darnell Sweeney and Scott Schebler both have a chance to be very good players, but both have a ways to go.
  • Juan Uribe was 2-4 in his first rehab assignment and as quiet as it kept, may be the best #6 hitter in baseball.
  • Kyle Farmer was 3-6 last night (.310) – he will be moving up!
  • So will Cory Seager!
  • I predict that Kershaw will throw another no-hitter THIS year!  Beckett showed him how!  ;)

Time for a little Pit Bull with Ke$ha:

World-Cup-2014

  1. Michael says:

    Back to back? Next start Tuesday in KC, can’t wait. Thinking Jocs long swing is the result of being at Alburquacky, how could he resist going for the fences? Si on Arruebarrena, he will shore up the D for sure. Just dropped in to say old friend Jerry Sands is the starting DH and batting 5th tonight for TB. Can you believe a soccer team has 5 goals in a game? France, unreal

    • Badger says:

      Trade Ethier. Somebody will be getting a good player. Better get something in return.

      Don’t trade Hanley. We will need his thunder to advance in playoffs.

      Joc will need some time to adjust to real ML pitching. Even Jamie Romak hits at Albyquerky. Leave Joc there and learn him to cut down on his K’s.

      Kershaw will not get that lucky. Too many things have to go your way for a no-hitter. He probably will get another one before his career is over.

      I was watching a soccer match yesterday and dozed off. Soccer to me is rather boring. I think it would help if the goal nets were larger. Same with hockey. And please, soccer players, enough with the dramatics. Those guys flop more, and are worse actors, than NBA players.

  2. idahoal says:

    I believe Either and Crawford should be traded. If we can get some good prospects for Handley, I would make the trade. I would also trade Maholm, Perez and the 40 year old from the bull pen. There are plenty of young arms in the minors who can be brought up to replace the old guys in the bull pen. Do not count on it. Colletti loves these old guys. He signed them. He would have to admit he made a mistake. He will not do it.

    • Michael says:

      I generally find soccer boring also but this World Cup is pretty good, like the Olympics too. Unless Ned gets an offer he can’t refuse Hanley is here for the rest of the year.

  3. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Is Colletti really loathe to try youngsters? I’m not so sure, as long as he has high quality youngsters to try.

    I believe Colletti became GM in 2006. Isn’t that the year that the Dodgers tried some youngsters named Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Chad Billingsley, and anyone I’m not thinking of now? Haven’t we also seen some other youngsters over the years given prime roles, like Kershaw, the above cited Ramon Troncoso, Scott Elbert and Jerry Sands, and Dee Gordon when he originally broke in at shortstop. What is Puig if not a youngster, and until his recent TJ, Chris Withrow was taking on a prominent role. Others, some good, some not so good are Kenley Jansen, Javy Guerra, Matt Magill, Paco Rodriguez, Shawn Tolleson, Jose Dominguez, and Josh Wall. And I’m sure I’ve forgotten some.

    I honestly don’t think Colletti is unwilling to give youngsters a prominent role. The problem has mostly been the paucity of high quality talent in the Dodgers organization. But that’s beginning to change. Also, let’s not think that Colletti makes personnel decisions in a vacuum. I’m sure that Stan Kasten and others in the Dodgers re-built executive hierarchy have something to say about who ultimately dons a Dodgers uniform.

    I’m still holding my judgment on Colletti until I see what he does in the coming years working in a totally different environment, which includes growing resources down on the farm. The Dodgers will still spend money to fix problems short term when that’s all that’s available to them. But I have a feeling that they’re going to have a larger base of young talent to choose from over the next several years, and that Colletti won’t be reluctant to dip into that pool. And like I said, the people above Colletti, like Stan Kasten, appear to be committed to building mostly from within in the years ahead.

    I know that Kyle Farmer was only drafted last year, and has obviously hit well in his two years with the Dodgers. But he’ll be 24 in August, and has still not played above Low-A. He’s going to have to perform well at higher levels before I’m convinced. But he’s probably someone to at least keep an eye on. It would appear that he should probably be moved up soon, unless the Dodgers have good reason to bring him along slowly.

    I’ve read the Dodgers outfielder trade rumors today. Probably is a good chance that at least one of them will go, and Ethier would appear to be the most likely candidate, i.e., unless a team out there is willing to offer a kings ransom for Matt Kemp.

    Is Scott Elbert really ready? Hope so, but without faith. I’d just give that one time to play out. A September call-up might be the more likely scenario. I seriously doubt if the Dodger want to place him in stressful situations at this stage.

    Could the Dodgers actually get something for Maholm? Maybe. Teams do some strange things.

    • Campy says:

      The way Kemp has been hitting lately he has either: raised his value as trade bait or taken his name off the “tradeable” list. Either way it is good for the Bums. There is a good chance Either will be gone but the guy we need to move is Handley. Crawford could just as well be DFA for all he helps us, but it will be near impossible to trade him.

  4. Jim Edwards says:

    I was at the Quakes game last night…Uribe looked okay but he didn’t really test his hamstring…HE did smoke a line drive off the left center wall..Other than that it was a pretty boring game…

  5. Badger says:

    Why the dislike of Crawford? He has an OPS+ over 100 8 of the last 10 years and 2 years in a row. Is it his problem staying healthy? If he can give us 100 games he will put up a 1.2 WAR. Not worth his contract of course but as a role player that ain’t bad. Championship teams often have vets like him coming off the bench in clutch situations. I doubt we can trade him. Ethier is tradeable. As has been pointed out repeatedly, Andre earns his money – IF he is an everyday player. Crawford is a pro. I have faith he will contribute.

    I don’t trade Kemp. Puig, Ramirez, AGon, Kemp, and Uribe. That’s a strong middle of the order. Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett. That is one strong post-season starting rotation. We can try some younger players late summer and see who might show enough mettle to possibly take into post season (I doubt that happens but, who knows). This year is about the veterans. And the veterans are about succeeding in post season. We have the team to do it. Keep them healthy and make sure they are peaking in September.

    • Campy says:

      Don’t dislike Crawford, just that he is always injured and it’s tough to be productive if you are on IR. It’s strange how some people seem to be hurt so much and others are there every day. AGon is the one that is a puzzle to me. He started off hot but has done very little lately. What’s up with him? If AGon and Crawford can come back strong they will provide some run production, but now that Kemp is hitting, where do you play Crawford?

      • Badger says:

        I answered this an hour ago but don’t see it here.

        Where do I play Crawford. I use him as a sub for both RH outfielders. July, August and September are brutal. Everybody will need time off now and then. In a pinch, Crawford can play anywhere in the outfield. That, and LH PH late in games is how I use Crawford. This of course only works if Ethier is moved. If that doesn’t happen there is no real answer for how to use either one of them.

  6. Watford Dodger says:

    Turner back in tonight – makes it a long batting line up with AJ at 8. Can’t believe we are talking about trading Hanley or Crawford or Ethier. Seems to me we are doing ok as we are. They will all have their opportunities to play. One of them is always injured anyway. Badger is right – Joc’s not ready yet. Just let the cards play out. It’s the pen that Ned needs to look at.

      • Badger says:

        We don’t. But how do you intend to use him? The same way we started Gordon? If Joc was a catcher or a third baseman we could put him in there now and see how he responds. But he plays a position that is already overloaded. We have to move more than one player to give him a shot. Not worth the risk in my estimation. This is a team built to win it all. I wouldn’t make wholesale veteran changes just to give a rookie an opportunity. His time will come. Maybe not here, but it will come.

  7. the truth hurts says:

    Hanley stays, no need to break up the chemistry at this point, we might win it this year. I ride or die with the current squad, minus Ethier in a trade.

  8. Roger Dodger says:

    Mark, is there a LOG-ON button I am missing? I have to hit “reply” to someone, then log-on, then go to leave a reply at the bottom.

    Thanks, Roger

    • Michael says:

      You can hit that little pen on the bar on top to log on then carry on. Apparently Mark isn’t laying a cookie on us because every time I close my browser I need to log in all over but this may just be a Safari, Apple or dumb ass user thing or a combo of the 3. It’s all good and may I say again, this latest version of LADodgertalk is excellent, thanks Mark

  9. Michael says:

    Chatty Kathy tonight. Just glad to see and hear Vinnie again. When we play the Dbacks I have to view their feed and the same thing with the Rockies. Some people have all the luck. Ogden, Utah home of the rookie league Raptors

    Badger who was giving medical advice earlier or anyone else, Is there anything to worry about Vins drooping left eyelid I noticed on the pre-game show?

  10. Roger Dodger says:

    If I am the GM for an hour — I take some money and Carl Crawford and offer him in a trade.

    Why? He seems to injure every now and then. And — can really only play LF and DH against an A.L. team.

    Ethier can play all outfield positions. The Dodgers still need a center fielder, and Kemp is best now for LF; so Ethier is the man, for now. I would like Joc for center, but only for a major injury to a key outfielder do I bring him up till at least September.

  11. Roger Dodger says:

    I forgot to menton — the Dodger starting pitching is finally listening to me. I told them — just pitch NO HITTERS and the Dodgers will win more games. See what happens when they follow instructions !!!!

  12. Badger says:

    Well, Ethier is the better, everyday player and that is what he would be easier to trade. With him a good GM would get something in return. With Crawfordbyou get nothing back and swallow a ton of salary.

    Droopy eyelid isn’t necessarily a medical problem. It’s common in old folks. Vinny is old folk.

    Dodgers should be up by 4. Clean it up boys.

  13. BOB says:

    Happy Happy to read that Kershaw was house hunting yesterday in LA. If Sandy and Magic called me I might look for a house in LA too!

    GO D-BACKS. Well just for a couple more days.

    Giant position players were playing everyday and as a result are burned out, plus they really miss Pagan. The best time to Surge is when the opposition is tired.

  14. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Trade Ethier yesterday. Should have caught that ball in the 8th. In addition to being a lousy fielder, he’s lost his power. Can’t believe that other teams aren’t seeing the same thing. Maybe there’s a stupid team out there, but it’s hard to believe that the Dodgers could get a lot in return, especially if they expect the receiving team to take on most, if not all, of his contract. He’s a shell of the player he was, so I don’t care what his WAR was the last couple of years. As of now: WAR = -0.2, dWAR = -0.5, and oWAR = 0.3. If the Dodgers can save significant dollars that will enable them to do more down the road, I’d be satisfied with that. But perhaps they could even get back a useful player or prospect.

  15. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    And I’m not sure that a speedier CF might not have gotten to a couple of those balls hit to center in the 9th. Ethier is clearly a defensive liability, and no longer the threat he used to be with the bat. I’m not sure if Pederson is ready, but I suspect he would be better than Ethier, and maybe a lot better. In the long run Pederson probably is best suited to LF, but for now, assuming nothing else happens, he’s probably their best bet in CF.

    Kenley’s not looking so great either. Looks like he’s lost some movement on the cutter. But overall, even with this tough loss, I remain confident.

  16. Quasimodo says:

    Well, I’ve been reading that several signs of advancement of my liver decease I’ve been with for more than 3 years. I’ve taken tests that where they draw excess of 10 vials of blood and I can recognize the tests I’m taking now are the same as test I’ll be taking this coming week. I had to point blank ask “do I have hepatitis C?” just two days ago. I could go on and on with this but there is no-way I have an exclusive here….At any rate, I think now is a good time to offer a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for sale. Priced at $7,500 firm and has less than 800 miles. I won’t deliver or guarantee anything. I’ll email photos to only the seriously interested. Actually its a S&S motor and 5 speed trans in stock 94 Harley`soft tail frame. its a pretty bike. To hear it run you’ll have to travel here to Barstow So. Cal. I hope I’m not too far out of bounds, Mark. My phone # is 760-514-2391 But not till Sunday.

    • Badger says:

      Cannabis oil. Read up on it. Also start some liver flushes. Lemon or lime juice, olive oil and garlic followed by elimination teas. You might also read up on Essiac tea. Raw food diet would also be advisable. Get proactive Quas.

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