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Loaiza and Park - Pray for Dark
2008-04-07 21:20
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

At least the Dodgers made a game of it in the sixth.

* * *

J.D. Drew's first 28 plate appearances as a Dodger: 0 for 25, three walks, five strikeouts.

Andruw Jones' first 28 plate appearances as a Dodger: 3 for 26, two walks, eight strikeouts.

So there's that ...

* * *

Juan Pierre's career batting average is now .3006.

* * *

Dodger Thoughts, October 3, 2007 (Comment 60):

I want (Mike) Piazza to be our backup catcher and I want Delwyn Young to learn to be our emergency catcher so that both can pinch-hit at will. How's that???

Well, I got half of it.

* * *

Great Joe Morgan story from Joe Posnanski.

Comments (63)
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2008-04-07 21:24:37
1.   madmac
Thanks for being the voice of reason Jon
2008-04-07 21:28:39
2.   LogikReader
Just responding to what Frip wrote in the last thread.

Far as 'Druw, I'd seen some of his struggles in 2007 as well, so my assessment is basically an accumulation of the end of last year plus the ST plus this first week. Granted, we all know Andruw won't hit below the Mendoza line all year, but I'd heard from Braves fans about his tendency to pull the ball too much. Of course, all of this might just mean he starts off slowly, which many players do. I think what I'll do in a moment is run some splits for Druw, year by year from 2005 up to now. I'll report the results in a moment.

2008-04-07 21:30:00
3.   nofatmike
It bugs me that Piazza is unemployed. It's not like Gary Bennent will be knocking the fences or anything.
2008-04-07 21:32:29
4.   KG16
would Penny give up #31 for Piazza?

And could anyone here imagine the crowd reaction the first time the PA guy said, "Your attention, please. Now batting for the Dodgers, number 31, Mike Piazza"?

2008-04-07 21:32:31
5.   Frip
1 Jon must grow weary of being the voice of reason. I wonder if he says unreasonable things to store clerks just to take the pressure off.
2008-04-07 21:36:01
6.   Sam DC
5 Hah.
2008-04-07 21:36:45
7.   Bluebleeder87
Tomorrow is another day & Mark Davis will be pitching... I'm also stocked to see Matt Kemp in there tomorrow (hopefully he waits back on the ball the way he was early in ST) With our 5th starter pitching my hopes were not that high.
2008-04-07 21:38:10
8.   StolenMonkey86
1 - It's all part of being the philosopher-king.

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, after all.

2008-04-07 21:39:32
9.   eusmus
Kemp is going to get eaten alive by Davis' junk, thus opening the door for a full-on LF platoon of Kemp/Pierre.
2008-04-07 21:40:09
10.   regfairfield
5 I could do it if I wasn't such a jerk about it.
2008-04-07 21:41:34
11.   LogikReader
2

Fascinating results. In 2005 and 2006, he hit about the same (about .261/.360/.550/.900 with 20 HRs) in the first half and the second half.

In 2007 here's how it broke down:

1st half 'druw: .202/.299/.384/.684 with 12 HRs
2nd half 'druw: .244/.321/.442/.761 with 14 HRs

2008-04-07 21:43:56
12.   LAT
A DT first: Jon LAT'd himself at the end of the last thread.
2008-04-07 21:44:05
13.   underdog
9 That's the spirit!

Well, as they said in some old movie, "Tomorrow's another day." I'd be quite happy if the Dodgers took this series, though, yeah, Davis has given them some trouble in the past and of course this is his final game for awhile so the adrenaline will be flowing and the schwartz will be with him.

2008-04-07 21:48:58
14.   Sac Town Dodger Fan
Has Mark Reynolds first HR ball landed yet?
2008-04-07 21:50:33
15.   Hallux Valgus
bald, shirtless Loaiza with his gold chains is very gross.
2008-04-07 21:55:43
16.   Marty
Young certainly looks like a catcher. He's all short and stout. Kind of like a teapot.
2008-04-07 21:55:59
17.   Louis in SF
Last year I had the pleasure of watching Piazza hit in Oakland before he got injured and he was something. Then I saw him in BP in Seattle and granted it is BP, but he was just a line drive gap hitting machine. I would love to see him on the Dodgers as a pinch hitter but it will only be in my dreams.
2008-04-07 21:57:20
18.   Jon Weisman
5 - .My temper surfaces a lot more offline, I'm afraid.
2008-04-07 21:59:10
19.   LAT
So am I the only person who thought the host of the Twlight Zone was Rod "Sterling" instead of Rod "Serling" or does everyone know this?
2008-04-07 22:02:13
20.   GMac In The 909
Baseball is an easy game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You never start Juan Pierre again. Ever.
2008-04-07 22:04:33
21.   Daniel Zappala
I'm OK with a Dodger loss today, because I just scored a great deal on tickets at Stubhub for the 15th of April. Infield Loge, Section 144, $24 each. Looks like Kuroda will pitch, and they're giving away Jackie Robinson commemorative t-shirts to the kids. Sure, it's against the Pirates, but you can't have everything.
2008-04-07 22:07:40
22.   natepurcell
21

You might be out of luck. Last I heard, it was 3 kid shirts for family.

You can't have all seventy of them fighting over 3 shirts.

2008-04-07 22:09:12
23.   Sac Town Dodger Fan
McLouth from Pit is the real deal, should be fun to watch a CF actually get on base every once in a while.

KU Jayhawks last title- 1988
Dodgers last title- 1988

Hmmmmmmmmm

2008-04-07 22:14:48
24.   Daniel Zappala
22 We'll have the older ones pretend to be parents of the younger ones. Our plan is to make them run out of shirts.
2008-04-07 22:15:12
25.   Daniel Zappala
And to top it off, after I wrote off the Angels game, they win with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Fantastic!
2008-04-07 22:15:40
26.   sporky
Dunno if this has been posted before, it bears repeating because it's too dang cute.

From Diamond:

>>Also in the bullpen, rookie Ramon Troncoso has been made responsible for carrying a gnome wearing a Dodgers cap out to 'pen during games. The gnome was introduced to fit in with the new greenery that was put in the Dodger Stadium bullpen for this season. Now, according to Joe Beimel, it's the bullpen's good luck charm.<<

2008-04-07 22:16:07
27.   natepurcell
24

Take it to the man. Nice, I like it.

Very...edgy....dare I say...Shimmin-esque?

2008-04-07 22:16:50
28.   natepurcell
26

Gnomes are awesome.

Although being one...not so awesome.

2008-04-07 22:19:28
29.   Marty
Pierre went 0-4. Kemp was 1-1. Seems pretty obvious to me.
2008-04-07 22:19:35
30.   Daniel Zappala
27 I'm way edgier than a bullpen gnome.

Is the bullpen now going to be sponsored by Travelocity?

2008-04-07 22:22:19
31.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Hong-Chih Kuo plz...
2008-04-07 22:26:35
32.   LogikReader
You know, all month I was wondering what happened to Phys and Hud. It looks like they switched places: Rory Markas is working the TV booth while Physioc takes over the Radio broadcast.

Its a strange flip flop, however, I enjoy Rory Markas much more, despite his tepid call of tonight's Walk Off GS. Now, whatever happened to Terry Smith?

2008-04-07 22:27:26
33.   Gagne55
28 Why does no one ever want to be a gnome? Sure, they have -2 strength and are slow, too small to carry powerful weapons, and don't carry heavy loads. But they do get +2 constitution, a +1 size bonus to attack and AC, low light vision, and bonuses on illusions, craft, and listen checks as well as combat bonuses against giants and goblins.

Gnomes make good wizards and bards.

2008-04-07 22:29:45
34.   Gagne55
Come to think of it, that may be Tronsco's new found secret. The gnome has been casting illusion spells to make his fastball look like a curve, changeup look like a fastball, etc.
2008-04-07 22:29:46
35.   silverwidow
We made a trade!

Eric Hull to Boston for minor league SS Christian Lara (presumably, according to Tony Jackson's hint).

2008-04-07 22:30:45
36.   Jon Weisman
The good news: "To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging ..."

http://tinyurl.com/4k5joo

2008-04-07 22:32:08
37.   trainwreck
Leave it to Boston to take a chance on Hull. Damn, intelligent baseball minds.
2008-04-07 22:40:53
38.   Gagne55
Ah... good old D&D baseball where there's the old modifiers:

strength- affects distance ball goes on contact, also used for throwing out baserunners

dexterity- improves bat speed, affects chance of making contact, also also for infielders whether or not they handle ground balls they reach

constitution- ability to play long strings of consecutive games, avoid the DL and be less affected by 'nagging injuries

intellegence- ability to judge flyballs and ground balls off contact

wisdom- judgement of the strikezone, also helps in baserunning judgement

charisma- ability to give good interviews and get better press than is deserved on merit of play

2008-04-07 22:47:50
39.   Louis in SF
Lara, is a switch hitter, who according to a site I just looked at has speed but no power. Seems we might have been able to get something better for Hull.
2008-04-07 22:50:43
40.   Gagne55
39 Kind of tough to hold out when there is only a 10 day trade window.
2008-04-07 22:54:25
41.   dzzrtRatt
Plaschke or Simers column to come, possibly as soon as tomorrow:

"Jones vs. Hunter: Angels trump Dodgers again."

I'm just sayin'... He hit two bombs to win their game tonight.

2008-04-07 23:05:47
42.   underdog
39 How could we have gotten something better for a pitcher who's barely pitched in the majors at all, and didn't do all that well when he did? Not that I don't think the Dodgers should've given him more of a chance, but it's clear there was something about him that didn't thrill their scouts.

Ah, D&D Talk, it doesn't get any nerdier or better than that.

Name the show:
"He thinks being the Dungeon Master gives him the license to mess with our heads."
"Oh, I'm Sorry. Perhaps I should let you encounter kittens and grandmas so as not to upset you."

2008-04-07 23:06:15
43.   Lexinthedena
As much as I would love to see Kuo get the 5th starter job, Loaiza's bad 1st inning doesn't warrant demotion....he looked great after that.

Are the Dodgers 0-3 when Pierre starts?

2008-04-07 23:09:37
44.   underdog
There's also a good Latin soccer player named Christian Lara.

But on the baseball player:
http://www.soxprospects.com/players/lara-christian.htm

and a few years ago, Jim Callis wrote in his Red Sox prospects write up: Fluid shortstop Christian Lara made BA's Top 10 Prospects list in both leagues in his first season in the United States.

2008-04-07 23:09:58
45.   Lexinthedena
I had made a friend in grade school who introduced me to RPG's and had weekly gaming at his house...I thought that it was totally cool, and had know idea that it was considered nerdy until I saw the SNL skit "Geek, Dweeb, or Spaz"...
2008-04-07 23:10:33
46.   68elcamino427
Kemp goes opposite field with a pinch hit single tonight:)
He had a pretty good at bat.
2008-04-07 23:19:39
47.   silverwidow
This Lara kid needs Rule 5 protection after 2008, which makes the trade a complete waste.
2008-04-07 23:21:50
48.   ToyCannon
Cool news about the Angels. I had put the game on pause to do some things. Now I have a reason to put it on play.
2008-04-07 23:45:36
49.   fanerman
46 Yay!
2008-04-08 00:03:11
50.   scareduck
25 - you and me both, Daniel. After the Tribe got it to 4-2, I switched off the game and flipped to KUSC to prevent the pending concussion when my head beat down on the steering wheel. About ten minutes later I get a call from Helen asking if I were listening to the game. "No," I told her, and lo and behold but Torii Hunter slammed the Angels to victory with his second homer of the game. That's -- that's just crazy talk.

So I had her punch "record" on the DVR, just in case spooks had visited the TV.

Oddly enough, it was the second time in one day that I had given up on a game as won or lost. I was listening to the XM broadcast of the Cubs-Pirates game, and per custom, the home (Pirates) feed was going. You could hear the air leaking out of the broadcast booth after slap-hitter Ronny Cedeno hit a bases-clearing double that put the Cubs up 7-0 in Pittsburgh's home opener.

Of course, the Cubs' pitching staff couldn't hold that lead, and so it went into extras, and the Cubs eventually won it 9-7, the final tally being scored on a humiliating bases-loaded walk.

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2008-04-08 01:27:47
51.   imperabo
38 In Bonds' defense, giants can exceed 18(00) strength naturally.
2008-04-08 02:17:58
52.   Michael D
43

We won Sunday so we are 2-2 when he starts so far.

2008-04-08 04:22:57
53.   D4P
The year before joining the Dodgers:

Drew: .305/.436/.569/1.005
Druw: .222/.311/.413/.724

So there's that ...

2008-04-08 04:50:38
54.   Johnny Nucleo
51 Very funny.

For you D&D types... maybe you've seen this, but this thing showed up on the lawn a few weeks ago after Gary Gygax died.
http://tinyurl.com/3cq96n

2008-04-08 05:31:02
55.   MollyKnight
'Cause we all ended up loving JD Drew.

Oh, wait.

2008-04-08 05:31:44
56.   MollyKnight
Fantasy dork alert: I just traded Jose Reyes, Chipper Jones, and Eric Byrnes for Miguel Cabrera, Raffy, and Curtis Granderson.

And I never trade!

2008-04-08 06:15:54
57.   Ken Noe
56 I just benched Andrew Jones.
2008-04-08 06:35:36
58.   D4P
57
From your fingers to Joe Torre's lineup card.
2008-04-08 07:11:40
59.   dianagramr
30

The gnome has a better fastball than Park ...

2008-04-08 07:17:53
60.   dianagramr
56

Fastasy dork alert: Last week I picked up Andre Ethier off the FA list and dropped Jacoby Ellsbury.

(yeah, it was a strange draft for me, and there are only 7 owners in our mixed league ... so everyone has an all-star team)

Ethier hasn't cracked my starting lineup yet, as I have Chris Young, Lastings Milledge, Torii Hunter, Corey Hart and Jeff Francoeur in the outfield, with Junior Griffey at DH.

2008-04-08 07:33:06
61.   Jon Weisman
53 - Very true.
2008-04-08 07:46:01
62.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-04-08 07:49:53
63.   madmac
right now we have one OFer playing well and that's it. I'm not ready to give up on the others just yet. Kemp and Druw BOTH look terrible. Lets give the same patience to Druw as we want management to give Kemp. Sure Druw was bad last year, but that was it. I'm not sure he's gone the way of the Gonzo just yet.

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