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Kershaw XV: Kershawn of the Dead
2008-08-23 10:38
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Dodgers at Phillies, 12:55 p.m.
Today's Lineups
Los Angeles
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
Jeff Kent, 2B
Manny Ramirez, LF
Nomar Garciaparra, SS
Casey Blake, 3B
James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Clayton Kershaw, P
Philadelphia
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Chase Utley, 2B
Pat Burrell, LF
Ryan Howard, 1B
Shane Victorino, CF
Jayson Werth, RF
Pedro Feliz, 3B
Chris Coste, C
Cole Hamels, P
Clayton Kershaw enters today's game with five consecutive quality starts, totaling 31 innings, 34 baserunners, 29 strikeouts, two home runs allowed and a 1.45 ERA. His pitch counts for those games have been 86, 89, 100, 108 and 96.

* * *

Since he essentially became the starting right fielder this month, Andre Ethier has sat out four games. On the days before being benched, he is a combined 1 for 17 with two walks.

On August 12 against today's left-handed starter, Cole Hamels, Juan Pierre started and went 1 for 4. Ethier grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, then had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth.

Ethier, who homered Friday night, is starting today.

Outfield/designated hitter starts for the season, through Friday:
113 Matt Kemp
99 Andre Ethier
79 Juan Pierre
55 Andruw Jones
19 Manny Ramirez
18 Delwyn Young

Outfield innings this season:
1,032 Kemp
899 Ethier
666 Pierre
488 Jones
177 Ramirez
148 Young

* * *

If Russell Mountain catches nine innings today, that will give him exactly 1,000 for the season.

Comments (111)
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2008-08-23 10:49:50
1.   Jon Weisman
That commercial where the milk is spilled on the rollover minutes does not work for me at all.
2008-08-23 10:52:16
2.   GoBears
I hope Martin does catch 9 innings, because, barring a late-inning move to 3rd, catching fewer than 9 would mean either an injury or a Dodger loss (no bottom of the 9th).
2008-08-23 10:52:35
3.   caseybarker
It rings true for me: both my sister-in-law and mother-in-law are allergic to milk.
2008-08-23 10:54:51
4.   Jon Weisman
2 - Or the Dodgers lead 21-0 in the seventh inning.
2008-08-23 10:55:26
5.   D4P
1
IIRC, they use some kind of term like "milky minutes" or something. Is that a real term...?
2008-08-23 10:59:52
6.   GoBears
4. Yeah. Although it wouldn't shock me to see Martin stay in a game like that. Torre works in mysterious ways.
2008-08-23 11:03:29
7.   Tripon
I hope The Office makes a bunch of Joke Biden jokes since he was born in the area.
2008-08-23 11:05:51
8.   Bluebleeder87
3

i always loved milk as a kid so my mom would use me as an example... my sisters would get all jealous. :o)

2008-08-23 11:08:13
9.   Bluebleeder87
looking at the standing just now (thanks Marlins!) we're still only 2 games back. whoo hoo!
2008-08-23 11:11:24
10.   silverwidow
0 "If Russell Mountain catches nine innings today, that will give him exactly 1,000 for the season."

Is that something new?

2008-08-23 11:14:03
11.   Tripon
7 As in Scranton, Penn.
2008-08-23 11:15:09
12.   dzzrtRatt
Both Florida and Philly, but Florida especially, are fighting to stay in the NL East race now that the Mets have figured things out. I suspect both AZ and LA will lose 2/3 or worse this weekend.

We need more games against the Padres and Nats!

2008-08-23 11:24:56
13.   Jon Weisman
10-It's what I like to call a "play on words!"
2008-08-23 11:29:59
14.   cargill06
What happened to J Mac last night?
2008-08-23 11:30:01
15.   Dodgers49
51s' pitching, power pave way to win

>> Blake DeWitt had a triple and a double, Chin-lung Hu went 3-for-4 with a double, and both drove in two runs. A.J. Ellis had two doubles, and Angel Chavez went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

51s starter Jerome Williams (1-2) shut out Colorado Springs (66-66) on two hits and one walk in five innings. Relievers James McDonald and Justin Orenduff each allowed one hit and no walks in two innings. <<

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/27308454.html

2008-08-23 11:33:11
16.   Alex41592
Kyle Russell had two home runs yesterday and is OPSing 1.004 at Ogden in 51 games. He leads the team in HR's, RBI's, total bases, and walks. He also leads the team in strikeouts. 25/63 K/BB. He also doesn't have an error in the field.
2008-08-23 11:37:44
17.   Alex41592
16 - Correction. 63/25 K/BB ratio. .315/.402/.602/1.004 is his line.
2008-08-23 11:38:11
18.   Bluebleeder87
16

we were warned about Kyle Russell & his K tendencies but it looks like he is putting up good enough numbers to were the K's wont matter?

2008-08-23 11:39:24
19.   Bluebleeder87
17

hopefully he can do that in the higher divisions, but it dose look pretty promising.

2008-08-23 11:43:38
20.   regfairfield
18 They're an indication that you'll struggle against better pitching.
2008-08-23 11:44:11
21.   scareduck
15 - McDonald's first appearance as a reliever all year.
2008-08-23 11:44:41
22.   das411
as asked in the last thread, sorry Underdog but much like Nate, having a real job has considerably cut in to my DT time...

(also I was at Shea last night trying to root against Los Mets while surrounded by "52,000" of their fans, many of whom were dressed like empty seats!)

2008-08-23 11:48:47
23.   bigcpa
Kyle Russell can backup 39-year old Manny in 2011 then take over in 2012. That is if Mark Shapiro hasn't stolen him by then.
2008-08-23 11:49:32
24.   Dodgers49
Manny feels like 'I'm on vacation' with Dodgers

>> "The guys have received me with open arms, it's been great," Ramirez said of his new teammates. "It feels like I'm on vacation; I'm here for another month or two. After this, I don't know what's going to happen. I'm living day by day." <<

## Ramirez has surprised his new teammates with his defense as well.

"He gets real jumps in the outfield," Loney said. ##

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/26354995/

2008-08-23 11:50:12
25.   Tripon
While Andruw Jones hasn't been able to play with a tweak in his right knee for the past four games, he has been serving as first base coach for Class AAA Las Vegas. The 51s lost 13-0 with Jones coaching first on Thursday, but came back to win 12-0 last night. -via Diamond Lueng.

Mariano Duncan. YOU ARE ON NOTICE.

Andruw Jones, the only 1st base coach getting paid $18 million a year.

2008-08-23 11:50:51
26.   Tripon
23 What about Andrew Lambo?
2008-08-23 11:52:10
27.   Bluebleeder87
Manny's D has pretty pretty "rad"
2008-08-23 11:53:24
28.   silverwidow
26 Lambo is a top 5 prospect. Russell isn't in that class.
2008-08-23 11:54:15
29.   scareduck
25 - the only first base coach IN THE MINORS getting paid $18 million a year.

0 - Does today's post title mean you think the Dodgers are playing like zombies, Jon?

2008-08-23 11:56:37
30.   Tripon
28 I was referring more about Lambo taking over Left Field if and when Manny leaves. I don't know how good a fielder he is, but I'm going to assume he's not as good, as say Andre Ethier, and more like Manny since the Dodgers seemed to have moved him from 1st base, to Right field, and then to left field.
2008-08-23 12:04:33
31.   silverwidow
30 I think Manny will be a Yankee next year, so it's a moot point for me.

It's hard to say where Lambo will end up defensively, but his bat will get him to the majors.

2008-08-23 12:22:45
32.   MJW101
If the PVLs like Nomar, Kent, Maddux, Lowe etc. are not resigned then there should be about $23M available in 2009 (assuming Blake is resigned at about $9M) to sign a pitcher (CC) OR a hitter(Manny?). Since we cannot afford both what do we need most in 2009, an ACE pitcher or a power hitter?
2008-08-23 12:32:46
33.   Tripon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Lizarraga

The only Loon to have a wikipedia page at the moment.

2008-08-23 12:36:30
34.   Tripon
Rosenthal says its very possible that both Eva Langoria and Troy Percival returning in Sept. Very possible. VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERY possible.
2008-08-23 12:39:13
35.   Pedro Astacio
The Desperate Housewife is going to play for the Rays?

SWEET.

2008-08-23 12:39:38
36.   bigcpa
34 I found that equally annoying.
2008-08-23 12:51:11
37.   Tripon
Tim McCarver? What the heck did we do to deserve this?
2008-08-23 12:53:14
38.   Andrew Shimmin
Update on a link I posted the other day. The moral of the story is: don't moon another professor unless you have tenure.

http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/762502.html

2008-08-23 12:55:10
39.   Andrew Shimmin
Baby bull?
2008-08-23 12:57:22
40.   bigE
Forget that, what about "Sunshine"?
2008-08-23 12:57:48
41.   trainwreck
38
Poor, D4P.
2008-08-23 12:58:16
42.   Alex41592
37 - Being a good team gets you Tim McCarver A LOT. And if you're really really good you get Joe Buck too. It's what happens when FOX rules the baseball world.

I hope we see Buck and McCarver a lot in October.

2008-08-23 13:01:22
43.   Tripon
41 What did he do, punch a guy in the face?
2008-08-23 13:02:19
44.   Andrew Shimmin
McCarver sticking up for Scully is like Kenny G defending John Coltrane.
2008-08-23 13:02:50
45.   bigcpa
Interesting how Ardoin pronounces his name... sounded like ARD-WAN not ARD-WAH.
2008-08-23 13:03:45
46.   trainwreck
Awww, now I get to see that physics professor TV commercial you guys were talking about.
2008-08-23 13:04:16
47.   Bob Timmermann
45
Now we're going to have Cajuns from two different states argue over the pronunciation and spelling.
2008-08-23 13:05:36
48.   Tripon
46 Why would I ever buy a TV from that guy? He's an albino!
2008-08-23 13:05:59
49.   Andrew Shimmin
The Phanatic should be doing play by play.
2008-08-23 13:08:24
50.   Andrew Shimmin
47- Having taken three years of French, I can state categorically that anyone who fails to drop the "n" from the pronunciation is worse than Enron.
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2008-08-23 13:10:09
51.   Rob M
How did Utley hit that pitch? Damn.
2008-08-23 13:10:27
52.   MonkeyBlue
Give me a break.
2008-08-23 13:10:32
53.   Tripon
3-0 Phillies. Yeah, Kershaw was due a game like this.
2008-08-23 13:10:42
54.   Andrew Shimmin
Stupid wind.
2008-08-23 13:10:49
55.   Marty
Pat the Bat hit that one kinda hard.
2008-08-23 13:11:12
56.   dzzrtRatt
Quality start looking less likely this time for Kershaw.
2008-08-23 13:12:23
57.   JoeyP
Burrell would be a good addition to the Dodgers if they dont re-sign Manny.
2008-08-23 13:13:55
58.   Bob Timmermann
Start sending good thoughts to Chris Volstad now.
2008-08-23 13:16:44
59.   Tripon
Burnell wouldn't be a good fit for Dodgers stadium. Unless we can do some sign and trade thing with the Phillies.
2008-08-23 13:19:40
60.   fracule
1 Sorry, I'm late to the dance Jon, but I totally agree with you about that commercial. They make the roll-over minutes seem like they are fun to waste. Also, I really hate the MLB blackout rules. Here in the Portland market the are showing the CWS vs Rays game on fox instead of the Dodger game. What!? How lame do you have to be. Why are they doing that?
Because of that though, I have no way to watch the Dodger game as it's blacked out on MLB.tv. MLB has some really good policies aimed at alienating fans. Cheers.
2008-08-23 13:19:44
61.   Tripon
sign and trade getting rid of our two extra outfielders, I mean.
2008-08-23 13:23:43
62.   Alex41592
60 - You're not missing anything.
2008-08-23 13:25:53
63.   Andrew Shimmin
Mmm. Ribs.
2008-08-23 13:27:43
64.   fracule
60 I'm a Kershaw fan, but yeah, rookie arms, the most potent offenses in baseball, and tiny yards very rarely ever combine for good.
2008-08-23 13:30:52
65.   Alex41592
Kershaw hit Rollins, made a good pitch to Utley who singled to right and Burrell hit the left side of the fair pole. Those are the details for those who can't watch.

Loney going opposite field again. Pretty.

2008-08-23 13:31:28
66.   Andrew Shimmin
Golden G-d.
2008-08-23 13:31:38
67.   Alex41592
RUSSELL MARTIN! Killed that! 3-2 Phillies.
2008-08-23 13:33:08
68.   MonkeyBlue
Nice I think Martin should stay at the 8th spot! no pressure at all!
2008-08-23 13:36:37
69.   Bob Timmermann
Two things that won't be televised:
1) the revolution
2) the Padres-Giants game today. The debut of Dirk Hayhurst!
2008-08-23 13:37:10
70.   superbas
ever since his hot start after the asb, kemp's been reverting back to hacking at anything thinking he could hit it
2008-08-23 13:38:06
71.   trainwreck
69
Kind of odd the game is not even being shown here.
2008-08-23 13:39:48
72.   Alex41592
71 - It conflicts with the FOX exclusive timeslot. No game starting after 12:30 or before 4:00 p.m can air unless by FOX.
2008-08-23 13:41:09
73.   trainwreck
Dang you, Fox. I am missing such a great game.
2008-08-23 13:42:45
74.   Andrew Shimmin
Kemp does have only one walk in his last 93 PAs, coming into today. He's OPSing .868 (if my math is right) over that stretch.
2008-08-23 13:46:18
75.   Alex41592
Tony Jackson speculates at who the third catcher will be in September and will McDonald NOT be called up?

http://www.insidesocal.com/dodgers/2008/08/reinforcements.html

2008-08-23 13:48:50
76.   Tripon
Can't see why McDonald won't be called up. He's already on the 40, and can be an effective long man or set up guy. Unless he's injured?
2008-08-23 13:51:07
77.   Gagne55
72 That 'or' should be an 'and'; otherwise the entire day is balcked out.
2008-08-23 13:51:38
78.   Tripon
Blake's a hacker. So is Nomar. And so is Manny who is now a singles hitter. And so is Casey Blake.
2008-08-23 13:53:06
79.   Tripon
Mark Sweeney. ...Mark Sweeney you are not a good player.

...And what the heck Rosenthal. WHAT THE HECK.

2008-08-23 13:54:41
80.   Alex41592
77 - I just take what's given to me.

Regular Season Weekend U.S. National Live Blackout: Due to Major League Baseball exclusivities, live games occurring each Saturday with a scheduled start time after 1:10 PM ET or before 7:05 PM ET and each Sunday with a scheduled start time after 5:00 PM ET, will be blacked out in the United States.

2008-08-23 13:54:59
81.   MC Safety
Ken Rosenthal is really dumb.
2008-08-23 13:56:42
82.   Bob Timmermann
Kazmir and Vazquez with some Hippo Vaughn vs Fred Toney action in Chicago.
2008-08-23 13:58:39
83.   trainwreck
I was not listening. What did Rosenthal say?
2008-08-23 13:59:30
84.   Gagne55
80 Fair enough. As a math major that really irks me though.
2008-08-23 14:00:23
85.   MC Safety
How have our young guys displayed a sense of entitlement this year?
2008-08-23 14:00:55
86.   Alex41592
82 - Hippo Vaughn just gave up a HR.
2008-08-23 14:06:40
87.   Alex41592
Kershaw's first hit!
2008-08-23 14:07:06
88.   superbas
just 2999 more CK!
2008-08-23 14:07:23
89.   MC Safety
83 Blah blah blah Dodger management has really been frustrated by some of the younger players sense of entitlement...blah blah blah Manny Ramirez has really humbled the Dodger youngsters. Then McCarver argued semi smartly Ramirez showed a similar sense of entitlement in Boston and then it went to commercial.
2008-08-23 14:08:33
90.   Tripon
85 By putting up better numbers and having enough talent to be in the major leagues. The best part was McCarver was so flabbergasted at the whole thing that McCarver had to point out to Rosenthal and everyone else, "WAIT. MANNY HAD THE SAME SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT IN BOSTON.!?!?!?!"
2008-08-23 14:09:55
91.   trainwreck
89
We must find the Rosenthal mole and flush them out.
2008-08-23 14:14:48
92.   Gagne55
I liked Rosenthal when he first came out. But he's gotten really annoying over the last couple years.
2008-08-23 14:14:56
93.   Alex41592
U.S.A vs. Spain in the men's basketball gold medal game will be carried LIVE across the country tonight at 11:30 P.M PST on NBC. 2:30 a.m in the east etc...
2008-08-23 14:15:50
94.   MC Safety
91 I need something to flush out my brain.
2008-08-23 14:20:05
95.   LAT
Will today's 5th be yesterday's 6th?
2008-08-23 14:20:35
96.   trainwreck
That was bad.
2008-08-23 14:20:44
97.   Alex41592
That's a shame.
2008-08-23 14:21:22
98.   MonkeyBlue
Well isn't this a kick in the head.
2008-08-23 14:21:42
99.   JoeyP
Clayton's at 90 pitches.
I'd pull him after Ryan Howard.
2008-08-23 14:21:50
100.   LAT
That that is a 2B and not an E is the worst rule in baseball.
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2008-08-23 14:23:09
101.   JoeyP
Howard got the 3-0 green light & didnt miss.
2008-08-23 14:23:12
102.   LAT
Put Pierre in CF.
2008-08-23 14:23:29
103.   Alex41592
How can you blame anybody for losing a ball in the sun in a road game. It happens all the time. Just move on.
2008-08-23 14:24:26
104.   LAT
102 Sorry bad joke, cause Torre probably will put him in.
2008-08-23 14:24:36
105.   MC Safety
102 Why?
2008-08-23 14:26:19
106.   JoeyP
Kershaw/Maddux back-back is going to wear out the bullpen.

Kershaw because they are are trying to conserve his innings, and Maddux is only good for 70 so pitches a game.

2008-08-23 14:46:22
107.   Marty
I just found a $50 bill on the ground. That's the most money I've ever found.
2008-08-23 14:49:54
108.   Andrew Shimmin
Joe Biden's father's old boss must have moved out west.
2008-08-23 14:53:53
109.   scooplew
103 It appeared that Kemp did not have his sunglasses on. Well, he had them on his head, but not over his eyes.
2008-08-23 14:54:05
110.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-08-23 22:25:55
111.   Joe Pierre
I was at the game today.
A little one sided, but the usual game for the Dodgers when they play an east coast team in the east.
It always seems they play like they are not ready for prime time.
Also they play their worst when they are nationally televized.

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