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Elbert On His Way Up
2008-08-28 18:44
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers plan to recall Scott Elbert on Friday, according to Tony Jackson of the Daily News.

Update: Clayton Kershaw will be optioned to Las Vegas to make room for Elbert, but return after September 1, in time to make his next scheduled start, according to Diamond Leung of the Press-Enterprise.

Comments (86)
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2008-08-28 18:46:25
1.   Bluebleeder87
nice. I've never seen him pitch so.
2008-08-28 18:47:54
2.   LogikReader
9-2 Nationals.

Jon, what did we do to deserve THIS?

2008-08-28 18:48:01
3.   scareduck
Answering 278 from the prior thread, the Nats have swept only Seattle (6/13-16) and Cincinnati (8/1-3) this year.
2008-08-28 18:48:23
4.   Tripon
The nats are the better team. What do you expect?
2008-08-28 18:50:18
5.   Bluebleeder87
Here is a little something on Elbert (video included) [ http://tinyurl.com/5hudnm ]
2008-08-28 18:50:26
6.   Tripon
Anyway, our revenge is that the Dodgers losing to the Nats knocks them out of last place to get first pick of the draft. No Stephen Strasburg for them. Hahahahahaha.
2008-08-28 18:51:18
7.   silverwidow
Congrats Scott! At this point in time, he is probably more ready for the majors than Kershaw.
2008-08-28 18:51:25
8.   Bluebleeder87
THE CYCLE! Guzman.

where is Bob?

2008-08-28 18:51:45
9.   thinkblue88
CYCLE!!!
2008-08-28 18:51:54
10.   LogikReader
My comment was 10 minutes too early.
2008-08-28 18:52:18
11.   D4P
I think there have been two cycles this year, and Bob missed both of them.
2008-08-28 18:53:00
12.   scareduck
"Cycles are more rare than perfect games" says Rick Monday.

Unreal.

2008-08-28 18:54:05
13.   Bluebleeder87
is Bob:

a) in jail after a saloon brawl
b) on vacation [again]
c) just hagin' out
d) who knows.

2008-08-28 18:54:11
14.   thinkblue88
I'm pretty sure he meant no hitter.
2008-08-28 18:54:54
15.   Bluebleeder87
at least it's a good 'ol fashion whoopin'
2008-08-28 18:55:03
16.   scareduck
14 - of course, but my jaw was dropping after he said it.
2008-08-28 18:55:06
17.   LogikReader
I have to admit, this is really cool to see someone hit for the cycle, although I hadn't tuned in for the first 3/4 of it.

Congratulations to Cristian Guzman!

2008-08-28 18:55:10
18.   thinkblue88
Troy From WV must not be enjoying this game.
2008-08-28 18:55:19
19.   Sam DC
My kid also has Guzman and Zimmerman on his fantasy team.

Bob frowns.

2008-08-28 18:55:24
20.   scareduck
I repeat: Merry-Go-Round Broke Down.
2008-08-28 18:55:32
21.   JRSarno
This is an unmitigated disaster. I don't want to be dramatic, honestly, but it seems almost impossible to refute the proposition that there is something VERY wrong with this team.
2008-08-28 18:55:44
22.   trainwreck
Stanford TD. 3-7.
2008-08-28 18:56:42
23.   scareduck
21 - sure, Frank McCourt.
2008-08-28 18:57:08
24.   Tripon
Er, Steve Lyons. THE DODGERS ARE STILL THE DODGERS.
2008-08-28 18:57:24
25.   JRSarno
23 - Totally agree.
2008-08-28 18:58:55
26.   Bluebleeder87
why all the frowns! I'm mustering out the best comedy my dna coding can muster!
2008-08-28 19:00:21
27.   Bluebleeder87
it's gonna be cool seeing Elbert & I'm especially gonna be interested in watching McDonalds come up also.
2008-08-28 19:00:44
28.   JRSarno
26 - I guess it's just the timing. No 7 game road skid is fun/acceptable at any point of the season, but it's just so darn deflating that it's NOW - and to be comprehensively beaten by the Nats, it's just salt in the wounds.
2008-08-28 19:03:17
29.   LogikReader
Welp... to be honest, if we got this far, we might as well go for the jugular and lose all three in Arizona as well. At least we'd be making history :)
2008-08-28 19:03:24
30.   thinkblue88
21.
C
1b
2b
SS
3b
LF/CF-Pierre/Jones

Really, only Ethier and Kemp are having great years, both setting career high's offensively.

Everyone else is having a down year.

On the pitching end, Billingsley and that's it. Oh and Kuo coming out of the bullpen has been spectacular, along with Broxton.

2008-08-28 19:04:21
31.   Bluebleeder87
28

we still have a few more games left, plus, we have 6 (6!) with the snakes.

2008-08-28 19:06:10
32.   thinkblue88
hahaha,,,we got swept by the Expos. LOL.
2008-08-28 19:06:48
33.   Tripon
Howie Kendrick to the DL, Richard Brandon Wood recalled to the Angels. And yes, Richard is his first name.
2008-08-28 19:07:10
34.   Bluebleeder87
(it probably wont mean much but) do you guys think the blue crew will have a closed door meeting?
2008-08-28 19:08:05
35.   scareduck
33 - apparently he was drafted as "Dick Wood". I wish I were kidding.
2008-08-28 19:09:16
36.   trainwreck
Stanford puts one through the uprights.

3-10.

2008-08-28 19:09:59
37.   Tripon
35 One reason the Angels drafted him? A guy named Trickie Rickie has to be good with the stick.
2008-08-28 19:13:34
38.   scareduck
32 - the last time the Dodgers were swept by Les Expos (or their successor team, the Nationals) was 8/4-6 in Montreal. The Dodgers were in third place, the Expos in fourth.
2008-08-28 19:15:48
39.   scareduck
And Jon Garland has already given up three runs in the Angels game. Just not a good day.
2008-08-28 19:16:11
40.   scareduck
38 - 8/4-6 in 1998.
2008-08-28 19:17:00
41.   Tripon
I would rather be swept by those Montreal Expos teams, at least we'd be making bad French-Canadian jokes. Instead, we just lamented the demise of the Dodgers realistic chances for the playoffs. (Yes, we're only 3 and a half out, but a team doesn't go on a 7 game losing streak and expect to win anything in a middle of a playoff race.)
2008-08-28 19:18:03
42.   trainwreck
It is all tied up in Palo Alto.

10-10.

2008-08-28 19:18:36
43.   Tripon
39 Is there any reason why they keep on yoking Brandon Wood around? He gotta be better than Itzuris/Aybar/Figgins.
2008-08-28 19:20:50
44.   trainwreck
Great catch by Stanford WR.
2008-08-28 19:23:28
45.   oshea2002
I like how Stanford lost the black in the uni's. I'm hoping Oregon State looks like this when we play them 4 weeks from today.
2008-08-28 19:25:57
46.   trainwreck
Nice to see the Pac-10 officials are in their regular mid-season form.
2008-08-28 19:26:02
47.   oshea2002
I'm no Ed Cunningham fan, but he's spot on in his assessment of this ridiculous replay process.
2008-08-28 19:31:44
48.   trainwreck
46 yard TD for the Cardinal.

10-17.

oshea2002 looking like Dionne Warwick.

2008-08-28 19:38:19
49.   trainwreck
So much for defense. Beavers tie it up.
2008-08-28 19:40:18
50.   trainwreck
LOL. Ed Cunningham thinks Oregon State and Cal can beat USC for Pac-1o title. LOL.
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2008-08-28 19:45:52
51.   Tripon
So, can the Dodgers win 81 games?
2008-08-28 19:58:29
52.   silverwidow
Kershaw optioned to Vegas, per Diamond Leung.

Elbert coming up.

2008-08-28 20:04:37
53.   Jon Weisman
52 - It's just a procedural move to get Elbert here before September 1. Kershaw will be back.
2008-08-28 20:09:27
54.   silverwidow
53 Elbert coming up early means they want him for the, um, playoffs...
2008-08-28 20:12:50
55.   natepurcell
54

playoffs!?!?! lolz.

2008-08-28 20:13:27
56.   fanerman
54 It's a sign of faith in the team that they'll get out of the slump fast enough...
2008-08-28 20:17:36
57.   milkshakeballa
54 playpffs??!!??! playoffs??!?!?! your talking about the playoffs?!?!?!? PLAYOFFS?!??!?!?
2008-08-28 20:19:36
58.   Tripon
Kershaw won't be playoff eligible then? I thought you had to be on the 40 man?
2008-08-28 20:21:14
59.   bhsportsguy
58 He is on the 40-man.
2008-08-28 20:24:12
60.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Boys. I think our dodgerthoughts picnic angered the Gods. You guys had to go and play hardball with Matt Luke, didnt you?
2008-08-28 20:27:03
61.   Eric Stephen
60
This is clearly the fault of the Two Andrews.
2008-08-28 20:29:38
62.   trainwreck
Went out to do some yard-work. Looks like I did not miss much in Pac-10 game.
2008-08-28 20:29:51
63.   Them Blues
Lambo - 6 RBI tonight (HR, 2B) giving him 11 since being bumped up to Jacksonville this week.
2008-08-28 20:30:15
64.   Andrew Shimmin
As a pretend D'backs fan, I take full credit, er, responsibility.
2008-08-28 20:31:08
65.   trainwreck
Jim Harbaugh already was out-recruiting UCLA; they are going to kill it now.
2008-08-28 20:31:32
66.   LogikReader
If that's true, Andrew, it sure backfired on the Dbacks too.

Who can possibly win the weekend series?

2008-08-28 20:32:44
67.   Eric Stephen
This was posted after the Dodger loss Tuesday, and before the Webb game in San Diego by the AZ beat writer Nick Piecoro:

"The Dodgers have already lost and the Diamondbacks have Brandon Webb on the mound tonight. Basically, if they don't lead by at least 3 1/2 games by the time the Dodgers come to Chase Field on Friday, it's got to be a disappointment."

At least the Dodgers helped out in this regard.

2008-08-28 20:33:30
68.   Andrew Shimmin
66- I'm responsible for the Dodgers' collapse. Other Andrew is responsible for the D'backs' collapse. For some reason.
2008-08-28 20:33:51
69.   scareduck
43 - Brandon Wood was not somebody you wanted on your major league roster prior to about July 17, if memory serves. He had huge holes in his swing, struck out constantly, and just wasn't major league ready. Then in a doubleheader game on that date, he just started hitting and hitting and hitting, and more importantly, taking walks. It wasn't Jason Giambi levels of walks, but it was very noticeable compared to his previous levels of production. I don't know for sure (and I have the database to prove it but I'm too lazy to run the queries) but I would guess that something like half to 2/3rds of his 30-odd home runs hit in the PCL this year came after that date. I mean, it was like a light switch came on and all of a sudden he was back in the Cal League and torching balls everywhere.
2008-08-28 20:34:29
70.   scareduck
68 - My sister-in-law is responsible for World War II.
2008-08-28 20:35:21
71.   Andrew Shimmin
68- Oh! When he called Chris Young the sixth best player in the history of the game (or whatever the ranking was) at the beginning of the year, that's what killed the Snakes.
2008-08-28 20:36:35
72.   scareduck
69 - I was close. The date was July 19, and he's hit 17 homers since then; during that time, Wood has hit .350/.433/.755 with 21 walks and 39 strikeouts in 143 at bats.
2008-08-28 20:39:14
73.   Tripon
69 I see. Good to know.
2008-08-28 20:51:45
74.   whodat807
Just got back from the game. I was trying to stay positive, but watching them stink up that (remarkably boring) new stadium made me unleash so many rule 1 violations that my girlfriend insisted we leave by the seventh inning. I stayed around to watch Bison's at bat, and watching him strike out looking really put a cherry on top of a really terrible night at the ballpark.
2008-08-28 20:53:25
75.   whodat807
Anyone been watching enough Pirates games to confirm the reports that Andy LaRoche's been lackadaisically throwing away his first real shot at a major league job?
2008-08-28 20:55:40
76.   El Lay Dave
74 Speaking of The Bison, he was 0 for Washington (14 PA), in front of the man who inspired his nickname.
2008-08-28 21:00:37
77.   GMac In The 909
Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson was sharp tonight. Just another nail in NedCo's coffin, IF McCourt is paying any attention at all.
2008-08-28 21:01:26
78.   GMac In The 909
75 It's pretty common knowledge that Andy likes to walk and not run.
2008-08-28 21:03:19
79.   trainwreck
Looks like Stanford is going to be 1-0.
2008-08-28 21:05:29
80.   Tripon
Ned Coletti eats babies, and hates America.
2008-08-28 21:06:16
82.   milkshakeballa
Is Ned really going to get fired this year? Or are we going to let him sign Casey Blake and Pedro Feliz this off season for veteran leadership"?
2008-08-28 21:07:18
83.   trainwreck
Chad Johnson's legal name is now Chad Ocho Cinco.

Fail!

2008-08-28 21:21:29
84.   oshea2002
79 - Stanford's recruiting was already picking up, they've landed some big guys and are in on a couple of really big guys. That said, the empty seats won't help with recruiting (nor will the sea of orange on Monday I guess). Harbaugh is a rising star - Stanford is a mere stop along the road for him.
2008-08-28 21:35:19
85.   John Hale
84
Is 7000 tennessee fans a sea of Orange?

(Thats the UCLA estimate)

And it would be 3,000 more then saw Petyon Mannin play there a decade ago. If I remember correctly UCLA recruited fine despite the crowd size after that. Of course the 20 game win streak helped.

I will go back to lurking but in my opinion the Dodger negativity should not be diluted with UCLA negativity.

2008-08-28 21:35:29
86.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-08-28 21:39:02
87.   trainwreck
85
Brian Dohn said he expects it to be 40% Tennessee.

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