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Batter Up
2008-04-29 15:23
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

You don't have to put in too much time to move into the top 100 on the all-time Los Angeles Dodger plate appearance chart (at Baseball-Reference.com). Active Dodgers on the list:

44) Jeff Kent: 1,754
54) Rafael Furcal: 1,497
71) Russell Martin: 1,192
75) Andre Ethier: 1,047
77) Nomar Garciaparra: 1,024
96) Juan Pierre: 788
123) James Loney: 596
131) Matt Kemp: 560
167) Chan Ho Park: 399
231) Derek Lowe: 238
234) Brad Penny: 226
308) Andruw Jones: 94
330) Chad Billingsley: 75
335) Blake DeWitt: 68
351) Chin-Lung Hu: 59
359) Delwyn Young: 53
363) Mark Sweeney: 52

The top 25 is another story. Bill Buckner holds that spot with 3,081.

Willie Davis is No. 1 with 8,035.

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10 p.m.

Update: Jonathan Broxton is unavailable tonight and went to have an MRI, Tony Jackson reports.

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2008-04-29 15:27:44
1.   D4P
Ahh: games that start at 7:10 in the eastern time zone.
2008-04-29 15:31:41
2.   Xeifrank
1. We'll have the weather man delay it three hours for you. :) vr, Xei
2008-04-29 15:33:19
3.   D4P
So, does anyone around here still watch "Scrubs"?

A couple comments/questions:

1. Are we supposed to think that Kelso is now off the show?

2. A likely scenario: Dr. Cox is offered the chief of medicine position. He resists, despite much cajoling from Jordan. He finally agrees to accept the position, after he and JD share a "special" moment in which JD expresses his respect and support.

2008-04-29 15:34:17
4.   Jon Weisman
3 - I haven't watched last week's yet, so I didn't read your comment.
2008-04-29 15:35:46
5.   Kevin Lewis
3

Never have, probably will one day

2008-04-29 15:36:11
6.   trainwreck
UFC [tough guy] Chuck (Iceman) Liddell almost put the hurt on a drunken partygoer last week at a Malibu bash thrown by Dodgers pitcher Brad Penny. The wanna-be stumbled up to Liddell and started shuffling, with his fists up, saying:"C'mon, Iceman, let's see what you got!" Liddell just laughed and gave the guy a playful swat on the arm, which knocked the wobbly boozehound off his feet. The Iceman was nice enough to help him up. -- NY Daily News
2008-04-29 15:37:01
7.   D4P
4
Oops, there's a bit of a spoiler, though nothing too surprising.
2008-04-29 15:38:44
8.   D4P
5
The first 4 seasons or so are great, and definitely worth watching.
2008-04-29 15:39:38
9.   silverwidow
Uh oh...

Broxton taken for MRI (Tony Jax).

Who comes to the rescue? Jon Meloan?

2008-04-29 15:42:52
10.   D4P
Looks like ARod's getting an MRI as well.
2008-04-29 15:46:21
11.   Bluebleeder87
9

He wants to be a starter... How about Brazoban?

2008-04-29 15:50:25
12.   still bevens
Here's the commentary on Broxton from Rotoworld. Can't tell if the last sentence is sarcastic or not.

Broxton might have a lat strain similar to Rich Harden's. He'll miss at least tonight's game. If he's forced to the DL, the Dodgers could call up Yhency Brazoban or Ramon Troncoso. The decision to cut Rudy Seanez at the end of the spring is looking more foolish by the week.

2008-04-29 15:50:41
13.   uduser
Liddell is a pretty nice guy, I hope Brad cleans up his act.

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2008-04-29 15:50:44
14.   cargill06
9 mri on what? his fastball has been in the low 90's for the most part, as opposed to mid to high 90's
2008-04-29 15:52:05
15.   silverwidow
14 Dodger Stadium radar gun is not accurate.
2008-04-29 15:52:32
16.   Marty
Grand Theft Auto IV is out to rave reviews. Unfortunately, I have to wait for the PC version.
2008-04-29 15:52:37
17.   ToyCannon
Scrubs was great last week. Still my favorite show even it if isn't what it was. I thought 30 Rock would take it over but it has been weaker and it doesn't have the history with me to let it knock Scrubs off my list.

While I find the genius and the geek to be incompatiable in the same mind, I'm really enjoying the annoying character in Big Bang. The Time Machine story line was the best they have done. The easy geek jokes should get old after a while and I'm curious how they plan to combat it, but I've enjoyed the 1st season.

2008-04-29 15:55:31
18.   Lexinthedena
Does anyone know tonday's lineup?
2008-04-29 15:56:37
19.   Jon Weisman
12 - "The decision to cut Rudy Seanez at the end of the spring is looking more foolish by the week. "

Oh please. Is that tongue in cheek? If they seriously think that, they've just dropped off the face of the earth in my mind.

2008-04-29 15:56:48
20.   ToyCannon
16
I never had you down as a video game guy.

Iron Man is actually getting great reviews at Rottentomatoes. Jon's Variety guy really liked it. I have a weakness for anything Marvel and hope they pull off this new studio gig. This is the 1st movie they self produced and the rebirth of Marvel is one of the great business/entertainment stories of the 21st century. If anyone is ever interested in a David versus Goliath story read "Comic Book Wars" and it will make the rebirth of Marvel even more special.

2008-04-29 15:56:59
21.   Jon Weisman
18 - Click the link above.
2008-04-29 15:57:58
22.   ToyCannon
19
That is why Rotoworld is free and Rotowire costs you some coin.
2008-04-29 15:59:28
23.   scareduck
Xeifrank -- care to elaborate on who you consider the two worst GMs in the game? I was looking at the schedule (you said two days from today would be a meeting of the teams with the two worst GMs)

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/schedules?date=20080429

and I was having a hard time seeing what you were looking at.

2008-04-29 15:59:46
24.   D4P
17
I still laugh while watching Scrubs, but I find myself not really liking the show. The supporting cast is still solid, but JD and Elliot have been "dialing it in" for a while now.
2008-04-29 15:59:52
25.   ToyCannon
Losing Broxton would be nasty. I wonder if Kuo can hold up to a real setup role? Okay that was silly, of course not. How about, I wonder if Kuo can hold up until Broxton can come back?
2008-04-29 16:00:17
26.   scareduck
19 - they're not always spot on. Is Rotowire?
2008-04-29 16:01:02
27.   Xeifrank
or someone could kindly re-post it.

Furcal, SS
Ethier, LF
Kemp, RF
Kent, 2B
Martin, C
Loney, 1B
Jones, CF
DeWitt, 3B
Lowe, RHP

2008-04-29 16:01:58
28.   Jon Weisman
Someone mentioned earlier that McDonald was scratched from his start? This is pie in the sky, but maybe a callup?
2008-04-29 16:02:00
29.   Xeifrank
23. Go to Bucs Dugout blog and they are running the contest. Sabean is in the finals. Colletti is currently battling Ed Wade in the other semi. I am assuming the final matchup will take place about 2 days from now, but not sure. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:02:11
30.   Michael D
I have to stop playing Grand Theft Auto to watch the game. So we better win.
2008-04-29 16:03:43
31.   Xeifrank
28. McDonald. Starter or reliever? If Broxton went down, would the Dodgers move Loaiza back to the pen and call up a starter? What makes the most sense? I would guess Proctor then becomes the setup man, not somebody from the minors.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:04:00
32.   Daniel Zappala
1 Games in my own time zone are not enough to keep me happy. Every time I see the Dodgers playing in Florida, where there are two teams the public won't support, I become unhappy that Utah has no MLB teams. If I can't have a team in Utah, I at least want a regional barnstorming team. The Mountain Rockies would be a great team. Games in Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise and Cheyenne. The Mountain Rockies: baseball in the high country.
2008-04-29 16:04:11
33.   Eric Stephen
I got in on the ground floor with Scrubs and have loved it ever since.

D4P, to answer your question, isn't this the final season? If there are but a scant few episodes left, the character in question can still appear now and then but if that person is off the show it's only for a few episodes.

2008-04-29 16:04:20
34.   ToyCannon
26
Is anybody? It always depends on who is doing the writing. I'm sure when Erickson is writing the rotowire stuff he is spot on when it comes to analysis but given they do this 24/7 who knows who is actually writing this stuff.
2008-04-29 16:04:37
35.   Ricardo
What time is it in LA? Here it´s 08:04.
2008-04-29 16:04:58
36.   fanerman
16 20 My roommate has GTA4 pre-ordered, but he probably won't play it until after his finals are over. I don't know if I'll be playing it yet.

I love Marvel stuff, too. I dunno if I'll be watching Iron Man in theaters, though.

2008-04-29 16:07:51
37.   Jim Hitchcock
16 The day after I bought Vice City, a 70 something old man mowed down 13 people at the Santa Monica Promenade.

Didn't stop me from playing, though.

2008-04-29 16:08:08
38.   ToyCannon
Yankee's might lose Posada as a full time catcher. That could be quite a blow. I think if a team has a top notch catcher, losing that catcher might be the biggest blow because the step down to the backup catcher is usually quite large.

While Martin may or my not be our best player, I think you could easily argue the step down from Martin to Bennet would be largest step down in performance then any other position the Dodgers have.

And of course, I'm just stating the obvious I was await the 04:00 game box scores to start kicking in.

2008-04-29 16:10:31
39.   Dodgers49
LuGo gets his wish and starts against us today, batting 5th.
2008-04-29 16:10:46
40.   Linkmeister
32 Hey, if many of those college teams were once in the WAC, and UH is still in the WAC, then couldn't we add Hawai'i to that list of rotating game sites? We've got a perfectly useful stadium out here; seats 50,000.
2008-04-29 16:11:01
41.   underdog
McDonald to replace Broxton wouldn't make much sense to me. (Not that I wouldn't be excited to see a McDonald ML debut this year.) More sense would be Troncoso again or Brazoban. Of course, we're jumping the (radar) gun since we don't know any more about Broxton, could be just a precautionary thing.

And I really think that Roto comment on Seanez was sarcastic. They can be pretty facetious. I hope so, for their sake, anyway.

2008-04-29 16:11:16
42.   regfairfield
35 Are you in Nova Scotia or something?
2008-04-29 16:12:29
43.   underdog
16 "Grand Theft Auto IV is out to rave reviews. Unfortunately, I have to wait for the PC version."

I had to think twice about what you meant by PC. The other kind of "PC" might make a GTO game last about 5 minutes long.

2008-04-29 16:13:10
44.   underdog
Atta boy, Dre!
2008-04-29 16:13:38
45.   Daniel Zappala
40 Out of region. You'd have to take the Padres. The Mariners would cover Portland and Montana. The Twins could cover the Dakotas.
2008-04-29 16:13:58
46.   underdog
Big crowd on hand to watch their first place Marlins. Must be at least a couple of thousand people, or a thousand more than they usually draw.
2008-04-29 16:14:54
47.   Daniel Zappala
43 Heh. In my household, we're anxiously awaiting the new Mario Kart for the Wii.
2008-04-29 16:15:31
48.   underdog
Yay, Andrew "Batting Practice" Miller!
2008-04-29 16:16:48
49.   Xeifrank
BABIP of .667 so far. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:17:55
50.   blue22
49 - But what's his LD%?
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2008-04-29 16:18:35
51.   underdog
Yay, RBI!

Okay, that was a bit of lucky hit for Martin, but we'll take it. Kent's shot went for an out so it works out.

2008-04-29 16:19:44
52.   Xeifrank
50. Assuming all the hits were LDs it would be 80%. BABIP is now .600 and the WE is 59% and the jinx is obviously lifted.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:19:45
53.   Andrew Shimmin
Brutal left side of the infield for the Marlins.
2008-04-29 16:20:57
54.   Andrew Shimmin
Only line drive of the inning was Kent's out. Kemp's single was hard, but on the ground (which is not the same as a seeing-eye single, Mr. Steiner).
2008-04-29 16:21:32
55.   Xeifrank
The big battle for first place in the AL East between the Ray$ and Orioles is underway. vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:21:39
56.   Ricardo
42. No, I don´t live in US. That´s why I love the East coast games. A game in LA usually starts at 11:10 here.
48. So,that´s why the crowd hasn´t arrived!
2008-04-29 16:22:23
57.   LogikReader
This Broxton report can't be for real. So far, TJ's blog is the only source for the report. I trust Tony so we know Broxton will get the MRI, but this whole business about being forced to the DL? C'mon Rotoworld, I don't need the extra spin. We can't assume he's headed there already.
2008-04-29 16:22:33
58.   underdog
Okay, speaking of weak hits...
2008-04-29 16:23:57
59.   underdog
Man, the Golden God's got a gun. Runner got a great jump and Martin still nailed him.
2008-04-29 16:24:50
60.   Xeifrank
58/59. Please feel free to provide more detailed commentary for those online. :)
Thank you!
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:25:14
61.   still bevens
Dan Uggla looks like a psychopath in his gameday photo.
2008-04-29 16:26:47
62.   underdog
60 I'm online too. ;-)

Okay, as you wish, I have the MLBTV on my work computer. After Lowe gave up a little dribbler hit to start off, Martin nailed the baserunner trying to steal, and the next two batters went out meekly. Inning over. 1-0 Dodgers after 1.

2008-04-29 16:27:10
63.   LoneStar7
nice start there....for all following online, Russ made a wonderful throw to pick off ramirez at 2nd
2008-04-29 16:28:24
64.   Xeifrank
Let's see if the Walrus can get a hit. SoSG is gauranteeing that this is his breakout game. vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:29:05
65.   Xeifrank
Single to third? Bunt or too hot to handle?
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:29:13
66.   underdog
Andruw Jones with an infield single!

{faint}

2008-04-29 16:29:30
67.   Dodgers49
Suns report

>> Around the bases: The Los Angeles Dodgers promoted RHP Yhency Brazoban (0-1, 2.53, two saves) to Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday's game. ... After six games with the Suns, IF Andy LaRoche will continue his rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas. LaRoche, who's recovering from surgery on a torn thumb ligament, went 7 for 22 (.318) with one double and one RBI. Up next: The Suns are scheduled to send Sturtze (0-1, 19.29) against Tennessee Smokies RHP Justin Berg (0-3, 3.49) to open a five-game series at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. <<

http://tinyurl.com/5dgpd8

2008-04-29 16:29:35
68.   underdog
And the Solution with an infield double play. Ah well.
2008-04-29 16:29:42
69.   ToyCannon
Saito shouldn't feel so bad anymore. Nate McLouth just hit his 7th home run in April, and off Johan Santana no less.
2008-04-29 16:30:40
70.   Xeifrank
69. wow, Nate's going Brady Anderson on us.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:31:00
71.   scareduck
29 - thanks for that clarification. Must be Bucs vs. Nats.
2008-04-29 16:31:03
72.   underdog
Derek Lowe with a bloop single that fell in between three Marlins. That was not the best communication effort I've seen from fielders. I hope the Dodgers don't use up all their luck in this one game.
2008-04-29 16:31:14
73.   Andrew Shimmin
The left side of their infield is not alone in its brutality.
2008-04-29 16:32:45
74.   underdog
Raffy with a smash double down the left field line. Lowe stops at third.
2008-04-29 16:32:48
75.   Xeifrank
5 hits and 5 outs, only one run.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:33:01
76.   Xeifrank
make that 6 hits.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:34:50
77.   LoneStar7
come on matt!
2008-04-29 16:35:03
78.   Xeifrank
Miller's BABIP is .600.
Hope Kemp can ____ one out.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:35:23
79.   underdog
Andre walks. Bases loaded.

Kinda cool to see Andruw and Pierre in the dugout chatting together. At least Pierre's cordial to him, even if some among us probably wish neither of them were in the dugout.

2008-04-29 16:35:30
80.   LoneStar7
atta boy, here we go bases loaded single for matty 3-0
2008-04-29 16:35:37
81.   Xeifrank
This will be the first of two Dodger grand slams tonight. :)
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:35:39
82.   scareduck
The Bison is loose.
2008-04-29 16:36:01
83.   underdog
And Bison drives in 2 with a single between short and third, the Dodgers favorite spot today.
2008-04-29 16:36:16
84.   Xeifrank
81. we'll take the single. Miller is indeed brutal. BABIP of .636
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:36:49
85.   underdog
Are they taking Miller out already? Wow. They cut to a commercial before I could see, but I assume that means, yes.
2008-04-29 16:36:51
86.   Xeifrank
Headed out. Will be following on the radio. Or perhaps I will mute it and count the cows.
vr, Xei
2008-04-29 16:37:15
87.   Eric Stephen
2002 Draft Dodgers
On the 25-man: Loney, Broxton, Young, Martin
Others on the 40-man: Miller, McDonald, Stults
Unsigned Future #1 Overall: Luke Hochevar

2003 Draft Dodgers
25-man: Billingsley, Kemp
DL: LaRoche
40-man: Paul, May
In MLB with another team: Wesley Wright

2004 Draft Dodgers
25-man: DeWitt, Wade
40-man: Orenduff
On the way: Elbert
In MLB with another team: Justin Ruggiano
Unsigned Future #1 Overall: David Price

Is the 2002 Dodger draft the best in team history? Is it one of the best drafts of all-time?

In 1968, the Dodgers drafted Bobby Valentine, Bill Buckner, Tom Paciorek, Doyle Alexander, Joe Ferguson, and then later (in the secondary phase, which no longer exists) nabbed Steve Garvey & Ron Cey.

Time, and perhaps James McDonald, will tell which draft was better, but it's cool to be reaping the rewards of such great drafting.

2008-04-29 16:37:16
88.   DXMachina
Gotta love Furcal running on LuGo's arm.
2008-04-29 16:37:30
89.   Jim Hitchcock
I'd really rather be watching this on TV.
2008-04-29 16:38:14
90.   LoneStar7
double steal, no throw..next pitch kent drives in two with a single!

5-0 Blue

2008-04-29 16:38:45
91.   Eric Stephen
Rick Monday just called Kemp "the runaway locomotive". 5-0 Dodgers on a 2-run single by Kent.
2008-04-29 16:38:49
92.   DXMachina
All with two outs.
2008-04-29 16:39:15
93.   scareduck
91 - Rick Monday is not Cool.
2008-04-29 16:39:35
94.   D4P
Looks like another laugher.
2008-04-29 16:39:40
95.   underdog
5-0. We'll take that. Miller gave up a few non-smash hits, but also got hit pretty hard.
2008-04-29 16:40:00
96.   ucladodger
Man, when i saw Miller in college i thought he was going to be a star. He was throwing 96-97 with movement down in the zone with a slider that had some nasty bite. Now he barely touches 90, cant control the ball in the zone, and just has a little loopy slurve. The Marlins better hope Maybin turns into something or else they got royally screwed on that trade.
2008-04-29 16:40:08
97.   DXMachina
91 - Yeah, I heard that. I said "No, the Bison." to my computer.
2008-04-29 16:40:48
98.   Andrew Shimmin
If Furcal were the Fish's shortstop, the game would be scoreless.
2008-04-29 16:41:45
99.   Eric Stephen
96
Miller is still only 23 (well, on May 21). He's been beaten like a drum thus far in 2008 but he just needs some time in the minors to develop and by next year or sooner should contribute positively to the Marlins.
2008-04-29 16:42:17
100.   underdog
98 That seems like a stretch, but definitely wouldn't be 5-0.

96 I don't think Miller should be judged too harshly yet. He just needs some more seasoning. Or perhaps a lot.

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2008-04-29 16:43:00
101.   Ricardo
96. Maybe I´m wrong, but I remebert that everyone thought that the Tigers would pick Kershaw instead of Miller.
2008-04-29 16:43:25
102.   ucladodger
99

I dont know how much development will matter if his stuff doesnt improve. I mean, he's lost a good 6-7 mph on his fastball. Its hard to go from a power pitcher to a finesse guy at the age of 23.

2008-04-29 16:43:40
103.   LoneStar7
Just mentioned on the tube that JS threw 78 pitches today and felt good..
2008-04-29 16:43:42
104.   underdog
Nomar would've had that double.

(I keed, I keed...)

2008-04-29 16:44:13
105.   underdog
Gonzo at the plate with a runner on 2nd! Gulp!
2008-04-29 16:44:58
106.   regfairfield
101 That's because everyone thought the Royals would take Hochevar over Miller.

Oh, and he's only got one option left, better hope he figures things out soon.

2008-04-29 16:45:34
107.   ucladodger
Well, that was predictable.
2008-04-29 16:46:21
108.   Eric Stephen
106
The perils of an instant major league contract. Wasn't Wily Mo Peña in the same situation? Out of options while still very green.
2008-04-29 16:46:31
109.   underdog
Darnit! The LuGo drives in a run with a single. C'mon Derek, has all that southern Cal sun gotten to your competitive side?
2008-04-29 16:46:31
110.   madmac
has the Bison become more clutch? Not long ago talk was he couldn't hit with men on and bases loaded fagetaboutit. but now he's an animal. more specifically a bison
2008-04-29 16:46:55
111.   CanuckDodger
96 -- But Andrew Miller went to college in NORTH CAROLINA. Nearly 300 years ago, William Byrd II knew he would come to a bad end.
2008-04-29 16:47:10
112.   LoneStar7
Dodgers get the force at 2nd, 1 out rabelo on 1st
2008-04-29 16:47:55
113.   Eric Stephen
A certain someone going for win #350 is down 1-0 in the 3rd inning to the Phillies.
2008-04-29 16:48:30
114.   Bluebleeder87
It just isn't any fun when you can't find the remote...
2008-04-29 16:48:55
115.   Eric Stephen
111
Canuck, is it too early to rate the 2002 draft ahead of the 1968 draft (see 87 )? I need an expert opinion.
2008-04-29 16:49:48
116.   Andrew Shimmin
100- It seems like it should be, but take away Martin's single in the first, and Kemp's in the second, and neither inning leads to runs. Of course, if Martin's single had been an out, the second inning wouldn't have been the same batters, so it doesn't really work. But no runs should have scored in either inning. And that's not even including Lowe's dunker, that should have been caught.
2008-04-29 16:49:56
117.   underdog
Derek Lowe is a "consistent horse" according to the Marlins' TV scouting report.

So we have a horse and a bison out there.

2008-04-29 16:50:52
118.   regfairfield
108 I don't remember if that was just him being called up way too fast.

The Marlins are probably very upset that the Tigers had Miller throw five innings in the FSL in 2006 before calling him up.

2008-04-29 16:51:00
119.   scareduck
100 - MSG?
2008-04-29 16:51:09
120.   Ricardo
I´d like to watch Andruw Miller hitting, it´s very funny. It looks like he´s trying to slice the ball.
2008-04-29 16:51:20
121.   ucladodger
113

2-0 now. Jayson Werth is unreal right now.

2008-04-29 16:51:21
122.   scareduck
117 - and a freight train.
2008-04-29 16:51:53
123.   ToyCannon
113
A couple of great matchups tonight. The guy going for win number 350 against young hot shot Cole Hammels, and the 1st ever beat down for 1st place between the Orioles and Rays after opening day.
2008-04-29 16:52:09
124.   twerp
From Today in Baseball (last item will sound familiar to Dodger fans, tho it didn't involve them)

---1922: The NY Giants hit 4 inside-the-park HRs.

---1986: Roger Clemens set the ML strikeout record of 20 (no mention if any where chemically-enhanced).

---1933: Senators catcher Luke Sewell tagged out two Yankee runners at home on the same play. Lou Gehrig had held up, thinking a fly ball would be caught. Duke Walker closed up on him, and both were tagged out.

Wonder what Bowa will do if something like that happens now? We could get the answer to whether a human actually can explode...

2008-04-29 16:52:39
125.   underdog
122 It's like a children's story out there.

The Horse gets a K and then a close out at first on comebacker. And inning over.

Okay, I better do some actual work now for awhile.

2008-04-29 16:53:11
126.   D4P
Jayson Werth is unreal right now

I guess Ned's gut isn't as good at player evaluation as he thinks it is.

2008-04-29 16:56:18
127.   ToyCannon
126
I have to admit that while I admired what Werth did for us in 2004 I felt he was a steroid story and that he would never duplicate 2004 again. It took 3 years but he certainly is back on track. My wife thought he was the best looking Dodger on the team. Come to think of it she hasn't been to as many games since he left the team.
2008-04-29 16:56:37
128.   madmac
I think if Werth was actually able to play the last year or so he was with the Dodgers then there is a good chance he'd still be a Dodger. It did seem he was a lost cause.
2008-04-29 16:57:23
129.   Bluebleeder87
latissimus dorsi Picture of [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Latissimus_dorsi_.PNG ]
2008-04-29 16:57:26
130.   Jim Hitchcock
OK, Blake...the wind's blowing out for you.
2008-04-29 16:57:30
131.   ucladodger
Did Andruw just open up his stance today?
2008-04-29 16:58:16
132.   D4P
Andruw Jones is so not Ned's kinda hitter.
2008-04-29 16:58:24
133.   LoneStar7
James Loney's wikipedia page refers to him as

James Anthony "The Bull" Loney

could this be a roster just full of wild animals?

2008-04-29 16:58:57
134.   Bluebleeder87
& a little more courtesy, wikipedia >>The latissimus dorsi is a triangular, flat muscle, which covers the lumbar region and the lower half of the thoracic region, and is gradually contracted into a narrow fasciculus at its insertion into the humerus. This makes up some of the armpit and stretches down near the gluteus.
2008-04-29 16:59:02
135.   Dodgers49
110 has the Bison become more clutch? Not long ago talk was he couldn't hit with men on and bases loaded fagetaboutit. but now he's an animal. more specifically a bison

Yes, but not just "clutch." He has appeared to me to be a different hitter as of last Friday. I'm still waiting for a followup story to appear in print/online as to what brought on this change.

2008-04-29 16:59:09
136.   ucladodger
Blake with some wheels. nice.
2008-04-29 17:00:18
137.   CanuckDodger
115 -- Since we know how the entire CAREERS went for the guys who made the majors from the 1968 draft, it is going to be another 20 years before we can compare the 2002 draft with 1968.

Comparing modern day drafts with the two stage-drafts is also inherently difficult for another reason. The Dodgers drafted 101 players in 1968, and 52 in 2002.

2008-04-29 17:00:32
138.   LoneStar7
2nd and 3rd, two out, off a nice D-lowe bunt...lets see what raffy can do.
2008-04-29 17:01:32
139.   D4P
Good grief, Miller is all over the place.
2008-04-29 17:02:11
140.   LoneStar7
Wild Pitch, Andruw slowly but surely makes his way home. 6-1
2008-04-29 17:03:36
141.   waterboy100
i dont watch a lot of games on tv and i want to know. have the dodgers been playing well, or has opposing pitching been bad? i went last wed and friday and it seems that the dodgers are manufacturing good runs
2008-04-29 17:04:06
142.   Bluebleeder87
87

you gotta think great scouting & plenty of luck was involved but wow pretty cool, the Penguin & Steve Garvey alone...

2008-04-29 17:05:19
143.   underdog
141- The Dodgers are playing better, and they've faced some erratic pitching, too. But they've been getting clutch hits, more so than the first week or two, it would seem, bullpen's been better, and for the most part their starters have been better, too. One game at a time, though...
2008-04-29 17:06:05
144.   Bluebleeder87
141

I feel like the Rox (I'm sure some will agree with me) could have very very easily had there way with us but depending on who you ask, our bullpen was clutch or the Rockies hitters were just really bad.

2008-04-29 17:06:42
145.   waterboy100
143 sounds good to me. what is the concensus playoff wise?
2008-04-29 17:07:04
146.   Bluebleeder87
143

It's games like the weekend that get you out of slumps so I'm cool with what ever gets us over the hill.

2008-04-29 17:08:09
147.   Bluebleeder87
145

We're crossing our collective fingers as of right now, but ask us later when they REALLY GET HOT, & I'll probably have a different answer WaterBoy100 :o)

2008-04-29 17:08:30
148.   scareduck
An Uggla swing and the Dodgers' lead is cut by four.
2008-04-29 17:09:05
149.   Jim Hitchcock
145 Waaaay to early...
2008-04-29 17:09:07
150.   waterboy100
147 sounds good to me. the name is ben btw.
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2008-04-29 17:09:16
151.   fanerman
Uggla homer. Nobody on-base at least.
2008-04-29 17:09:24
152.   Gen3Blue
I thought I made a few prescient remarks before I figured out I had been LATed an hour ago.
2008-04-29 17:09:34
153.   underdog
That dinger off Lowe was golfed, seemed like a pretty low pitch. DLowe was not a happy camper.
2008-04-29 17:09:35
154.   Jim Hitchcock
Whoops. too...
2008-04-29 17:09:45
155.   Zak
148 Cut to four, you mean. Yuo had me worried for a second. Made me go check Gameday.
2008-04-29 17:10:25
156.   LoneStar7
great play by raff to end the inning, nice back hand and a strong throw...How did that Uggla looking swing take that ball all the way out?
2008-04-29 17:10:34
157.   underdog
145 - Consensus about playoffs? Check back in September and we'll tell ya. ;-)
2008-04-29 17:12:22
158.   Gen3Blue
To four is less scary, indeed.
2008-04-29 17:13:13
159.   waterboy100
106 sorry to revive an old comment, but how do options work?
2008-04-29 17:14:26
160.   Marty
10 hits, 9 singles.
2008-04-29 17:14:38
161.   ToyCannon
Remember a few weeks ago when you all were making fun of the Tiger offense?
2008-04-29 17:15:31
162.   Jim Hitchcock
Ethier's single pushed his avg. up to .321. For an inning there, he and Kemp shared .313.
2008-04-29 17:16:15
163.   ToyCannon
159
It is complicated and hard to answer here. If BHsportsguy was around he'd point you to a Rob Neyer link that explained them in detail.
2008-04-29 17:16:24
164.   nofatmike
When is it appropriate to point out an "interesting game" is going on? 4th inning? 5th?
2008-04-29 17:16:58
165.   LoneStar7
How many RBI's do we have in the last 3 games now with two out?...last it felt like 2 outs automatically ended the inning.
2008-04-29 17:18:10
166.   waterboy100
163 well, searching for rob neyer helped. got this:
http://espn.go.com/mlb/s/transanctionsprimer.html

pretty handy

2008-04-29 17:18:40
167.   scareduck
161 - Kenny Rogers vs. Phil Hughes: the moveable object meets the resistable force.
2008-04-29 17:19:21
168.   Bluebleeder87
Cantu!
2008-04-29 17:19:46
169.   scareduck
Lowe is clearly not 100%. He should be getting groundball outs.
2008-04-29 17:20:42
170.   Andrew Shimmin
LuGo looks weird, cleanly shaved.
2008-04-29 17:21:14
171.   Ricardo
161. Not a nice night for another top prospect, Phil Hughes.If the Dodgers are out of contention after the ASG, Ned could send Lowe for the East Coast team.
2008-04-29 17:21:26
172.   underdog
For Pete's sake, Lowe, how about getting Gonzo out one of these times?
2008-04-29 17:21:30
173.   fanerman
161 Tigers offense? I thought we were making fun of ESPN.
2008-04-29 17:22:26
174.   Bluebleeder87
170

I know... It's one of those "must shave to look younger type ones"

2008-04-29 17:22:57
175.   LoneStar7
a nice double play, but not until a sac fly to center...still up 6-3...but yea something may be off, too many balls in the air for lowe
2008-04-29 17:23:49
176.   nofatmike
174 I wonder if his daughters suggested that...
2008-04-29 17:24:34
177.   Bluebleeder87
We have to monitor him very closely but I'd give him every opportunity to win.
2008-04-29 17:25:25
178.   underdog
Raul Striker, Marlins announcer and character from Airplane!.
2008-04-29 17:25:44
179.   Ricardo
That´s funny:

- Giambi walked on a full count.
- S.Duncan walked on a full count, Giambi to second.
- Ensberg walked on a full count, Giambi to third, S.Duncan to second

2008-04-29 17:26:12
180.   underdog
Get the feeling that the Dodgers might need to score a couple more runs just in case...?
2008-04-29 17:27:29
181.   Bluebleeder87
Reading up on what the Blue Ox™ injury is, I'm not to worried but I have to admit I've never heard of that type of injury.
2008-04-29 17:28:00
182.   KG16
173 - I was making fun of both, but mostly the World According to ESPN
2008-04-29 17:28:07
183.   LoneStar7
ahhh....close, andruw took one to the warning track
2008-04-29 17:28:27
184.   underdog
Darnit!

Andruw came oh so close to a home run, I thought for sure it was gone at first. Caught right at the fence.

2008-04-29 17:29:24
185.   Ricardo
Another full count for Kenny Rogers.
2008-04-29 17:30:10
186.   Bluebleeder87
just keep the ball down D-Lowe & let your sinker works it's magic.
2008-04-29 17:31:32
187.   KG16
catching up on gameday... seems that both of these teams are having trouble hitting the ball to right field.
2008-04-29 17:31:36
188.   Bluebleeder87
184

The way good 'ol Stainer called it it got me excited really quick, then not so much.

2008-04-29 17:32:32
189.   Marty
Gameday seems to have narcolepsy
2008-04-29 17:32:54
190.   Bluebleeder87
Great Loney just great, ugh!
2008-04-29 17:33:13
191.   ucladodger
That might be the reason why James will never win a gold glove. He is way too nonchalant on some plays throughout the year.
2008-04-29 17:34:33
192.   Bluebleeder87
if my old coach would have gotten a hold of Loney he would have made him run 5 times around evergreen park.
2008-04-29 17:35:01
193.   D4P
That might be the reason why James will never win a gold glove. He is way too nonchalant on some plays

cough Andruw Jones end cough

2008-04-29 17:35:14
194.   KG16
190 , 191 - a little play by play for those of us still at work, please
2008-04-29 17:37:12
195.   ucladodger
193

Not even close. Andruw is only like that on fly balls that he has tracked down. And to my knowledge, he's never dropped one where he does the "catch with eyes semi-closed, behind head, etc" move. James just gets lazy sometimes, and it could really come back to bite Lowe.

2008-04-29 17:38:06
196.   LoneStar7
He's just a classic lefty...very skillfull and looks good doing it, soft hands, but also very casual, easy swinging, but sometimes too nonchalant.

I feel like its the same reason Ernie Ells doesn't win more majors, or at least finish in the top 3 or 5 more often

2008-04-29 17:38:40
197.   scareduck
180 - prescient.
2008-04-29 17:38:43
198.   ucladodger
195

And there it is. and then James completely misses the relay and lets Hermida go to third. Terrible defensive inning for James, and now we have a game.

2008-04-29 17:38:50
199.   LoneStar7
and it does come back to bight us dammit
2008-04-29 17:39:13
200.   Bluebleeder87
Loney error = 2 runs, so there you go.
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2008-04-29 17:39:24
201.   ucladodger
There is no way that error should be on Kemp. James just flat out dropped it.
2008-04-29 17:39:31
202.   MMSMikey
hey derek, sack up and make a pitch.
2008-04-29 17:39:38
203.   LogikReader
Gee whiz. It is a good game so far, but Derek Lowe has the concentration of a six year old.

Give me a break, Derek.

2008-04-29 17:40:16
204.   LAT
We will feel the loss of Broxton before this game is over.
2008-04-29 17:40:32
205.   MMSMikey
jesus, how about you pick up loney, make a pitch and get out of the inning.
2008-04-29 17:40:45
206.   scareduck
199 - you forgot the "l" in "blight".
2008-04-29 17:40:59
207.   Bluebleeder87
194

Loney had an easy easy grounder but he dropped it & then was late giving the ball to D-Lowe for the play at first.

2008-04-29 17:41:28
208.   D4P
Derek Lowe has the concentration of a six year old

..., three year old on the West Coast.

2008-04-29 17:41:35
209.   scareduck
203 - Lowe was giving up line drives before. That something was wrong with his stuff has not a lot to do with his concentration.
2008-04-29 17:42:06
210.   LogikReader
Murphy's Law takes full effect today with Broxton sidelined.
2008-04-29 17:43:32
211.   LoneStar7
206.
haha in my anger i actually severely misspelled bite, but thanks for trying to cover that up for me.
2008-04-29 17:44:18
212.   LoneStar7
and also how do you hyperlink the comment numbers, sorry new to dodger thoughts
2008-04-29 17:45:09
213.   ucladodger
What of a waste of 6 runs by Lowe. as I've said before, he is one of the most frustrating pitchers I've watched. Usually good, sometimes great, other times awful.
2008-04-29 17:46:28
214.   Bob Timmermann
212
Just click on the help button right above where you comment and it will be all explained.
2008-04-29 17:46:56
215.   scareduck
212 - put square brackets around them, thus: [212 ]
2008-04-29 17:48:28
216.   Andrew Shimmin
Young goes to second because Uggla went into the stands to make the catch. It was a remarkable grab.
2008-04-29 17:48:57
217.   ucladodger
Well, that was just great.
2008-04-29 17:49:14
218.   LoneStar7
215 and 214
thanks
2008-04-29 17:49:42
219.   MMSMikey
terrible game. nice job by lowe unable to make 1 pitch to get out of that inning.
2008-04-29 17:49:44
220.   Andrew Shimmin
Amezaga made a great catch, too. Reversion to the defensive mean should take longer than this.
2008-04-29 17:51:53
221.   overkill94
Greetings from London!

I was a bit frustrated when I woke up after a whopping three hours and realized it was only 1 a.m. I then pleasantly realized that I could actually track the Dodger game (among others). When I first started we were up 6-1 and a lot of my fantasy players were actually doing well. Since then the Dodgers lost their lead and Ian Snell started getting rocked :(

2008-04-29 17:52:07
222.   Zak
We need Miller back in this game. Man, Lowe's stock has dropped dramatically for me today.
2008-04-29 17:52:52
223.   LoneStar7
gut check, lets see if this team really is putting it together a bit.
2008-04-29 17:54:28
224.   Bob Timmermann
221
At least I know I'm safe now. My archenemy has left the country. But I hear he has operatives working for him.
2008-04-29 17:55:16
225.   dzzrtRatt
Rick Monday just announced last inning that the Marlins are moving to Louisiana!

He said they're tearing down the Sugar Bowl to make way for the Marlins' new stadium.

He's also mentioned a few times that the Marlins owner sold naming rights to the stadium to a compamy that went out of business, despite which the name was retained for two more years. But he never mentioned the name of that company.

2008-04-29 17:57:13
226.   Gen3Blue
I've got to give the Marlins Fans credit. Dan Uggla goes into the stands and makes a catch and the fans make an effort to pick Uggla up and let him show the ump the ball. I can think of several parks where the fans would have tried to strip the ball from Uggla and get in a shot for good measure.

I have the Marlins announcer, and while they were Okay initially, as they have gotten excited, they are about as obnoxious as most homers.

As was true with the 10 inning first, I am intruiged that if an offense gets ahead by about 5 or more, it almost always does nothing for many innings. I don't think this only happens with the Dodgers, but it is surely an opportunity for study.

2008-04-29 17:57:57
227.   overkill94
221 What do you think I'm in London for? You may be safe for now, but the wheels have been put in motion.
2008-04-29 17:58:05
228.   eekrock
226 - that made me want to double check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st...

Hello everybody!

2008-04-29 18:00:23
229.   Bob Timmermann
225
There is no stadium called the Sugar Bowl in Louisiana. The New Year's Day game has been played at Tulane Stadium (which was torn down a while ago) and the Louisiana Superdome.
2008-04-29 18:01:32
230.   eekrock
228 my apologies, Gen3Blue, I meant 225
2008-04-29 18:03:48
231.   Bluebleeder87
Poor Loney man you should have seen his face it looked like he'd killed a puppy or something
2008-04-29 18:03:57
232.   Bob Timmermann
225
The naming rights to Dolphins Stadium are controlled by the Dolphins, not the Marlins.
2008-04-29 18:07:18
233.   overkill94
Are we really getting dominated by Doug Freakin' Waechter right now? Yikes, come on boys, stop being so laid-back!
2008-04-29 18:07:43
234.   ucladodger
Pretty sad Waechter is shutting us down. Dude was terrible the last 2 years in Tampa, coming off shoulder surgery, too. Just taking bad swings at some really hittable pitches.

I also thought it was funny that when talking about the Rays young pitchers, they mentioned all but Edwin Jackson. This year, Edwin would be the 2nd or 3rd best starter on the staff right now.

2008-04-29 18:11:34
235.   scareduck
231 -

I'm just a Loney boy
Loney and blue

2008-04-29 18:12:22
236.   Bluebleeder87
OK94 am I confusing you with somebody else?? How old are you if you don't mind me asking
2008-04-29 18:13:56
237.   Andrew Shimmin
The Marlins are slow learners.
2008-04-29 18:14:44
238.   LoneStar7
yea baby a pitch out, russell makes a good call and throws him out, 2 out...i'm feeling us get some of the momentum back, one more out
2008-04-29 18:14:50
239.   Bluebleeder87
231 hehehe
2008-04-29 18:14:53
240.   D4P
Running on Martin strikes me as "stupid".
2008-04-29 18:15:29
241.   LoneStar7
alright there we go, come on now fellas, get us a run
2008-04-29 18:17:01
242.   overkill94
236 I'm 27...
2008-04-29 18:21:56
243.   overkill94
Where is everybody? You guys are my only entertainment right now!
2008-04-29 18:23:34
244.   LoneStar7
haha i think we're watching anxiously...dewitt on a bloop with 2 out, lets see if mark can do anything for us
2008-04-29 18:23:41
245.   Marty
Professional hitter Mark Sweeney up.
2008-04-29 18:23:54
246.   Bob Timmermann
Some of us have to work.

Presumably many people are on the roads. And it's very hard to drive and type on the blog at the same time. Except for the poster we all call "Flamey."

People on the East Coast would stay on the job longer so they could slack off and watch the game.

2008-04-29 18:25:09
247.   Andrew Shimmin
DeFault was only out by about eight feet.
2008-04-29 18:25:13
248.   D4P
Making sure Sweeney bats when there are already two outs is a good strategy.
2008-04-29 18:25:24
249.   Bluebleeder87
your the white dude I was talking to on DT day right?
2008-04-29 18:25:45
250.   LAT
Thats what we need, get our only healthy 3B hurt in a collision at hiome plate. Good thinking Bowa.
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2008-04-29 18:26:32
251.   LoneStar7
holy hell...sweeny smokes one and bow waves dewitt all the way around from 1st, out at the plate after an attempt to bull over rabelo
2008-04-29 18:26:44
252.   overkill94
249 Ummm, I don't think so. I was there, but I don't believe I talked to you at all.
2008-04-29 18:26:47
253.   MollyKnight
Was that a touchdown spike from that catcher?
2008-04-29 18:27:01
254.   ucladodger
Good move, Larry. Get a guy thrown out by 10 feet with our best hitter on deck. GThat was a good relay, but even a bad relay has Blake easily. Terrible, terrible decision.
2008-04-29 18:27:09
255.   Bob Timmermann
251
Just a reminder, it's "holy heck" around here.
2008-04-29 18:28:01
256.   LoneStar7
* sorry sweeney and bowa
2008-04-29 18:28:07
257.   D4P
Bowa needs to be a little more constricting with his baserunners.
2008-04-29 18:28:25
258.   ucladodger
How is it the "right play" Steiner? If you have a weak hitter on deck, then yes. If your best player is on deck and the guy will get hung out by 3 yeards, you dont send him.
2008-04-29 18:28:47
259.   LoneStar7
oh sorry about that 255
2008-04-29 18:29:02
260.   ChicagoDodger
251 You left out the part about Rabelo waking up from his 10 minute nap while waiting for Dewitt to get to home.

What the heck was Bowa thinking?

2008-04-29 18:30:07
261.   Bluebleeder87
It was some other dude then, sorry.
2008-04-29 18:30:50
262.   Marty
Maybe Bowa can get himself ejected. Fire up the team.
2008-04-29 18:33:20
263.   DodgerBakers
225 and 232
It used to be called Pro Player Stadium after it was called Joe Robbie Stadium.

We always made fun of it by calling it Panty Park or some other derivation of Underware Stadium.

2008-04-29 18:35:56
264.   scareduck
263 - Panty Park? Why for so?
2008-04-29 18:36:48
265.   scareduck
260 - LOL!
2008-04-29 18:37:33
266.   LoneStar7
great pitch joey. got LuGo in on the hands
2008-04-29 18:40:21
267.   Ghost of Carlos Perez
I really like the new Gameday feature with video of the highlights. As disappointing as the out at the play was, it made me laugh to see the catcher throw the ball down like that.

One beef with Gameday: if you click on the pitchers to see their stats you get numbers for batting (against, presumably).

2008-04-29 18:41:19
268.   BlueCrew Bruin
I've never seen a catcher spike the ball like that. Is that something that would warrant getting a fastball in your ear your next time at bat?

Edit: Rabelo's at bat came and went as I was typing so I guess not. :-)

2008-04-29 18:43:05
269.   JoeyP
Please swing the bat Raffy.
2008-04-29 18:44:08
270.   JoeyP
Thank you for not swinging Andre.
2008-04-29 18:45:11
271.   DodgerBakers
264 I think they made sports underwear etc.
2008-04-29 18:48:13
272.   Andrew Shimmin
268- Martin spiked the ball, that way, once. I don't remember the game, though.
2008-04-29 18:48:20
273.   scareduck
267 - it's always been that way.
2008-04-29 18:48:44
274.   JoeyP
It'd be nice if Kemp would take a walk every now and again. How many ball 4's can you swing at?
2008-04-29 18:48:55
275.   JT Dutch
... Yeah, way to go Jeff!!!
2008-04-29 18:49:00
276.   ucladodger
Baller, old man style!
2008-04-29 18:49:10
277.   Andrew Shimmin
Good throw gets Ethier, there. Happily, that throw wasn't good.
2008-04-29 18:49:44
278.   JoeyP
Thats quite a bit of 2-out RBI singles over the last week.
2008-04-29 18:49:51
279.   Sam in SC
another good reason to have a bunch of twenty somethings on the bases; they're fast.
2008-04-29 18:50:11
280.   fanerman
Clutch!
2008-04-29 18:50:36
281.   ucladodger
274

I actually dont think he swung at any. Those were pretty borderline pitches, and with Kemp's luck, he would have K'd each time.

2008-04-29 18:51:08
282.   D4P
Dodgers are on a roll. It was bound to happen sooner or later.
2008-04-29 18:51:27
283.   Sam in SC
please, sammy. no drama tonight. I gave at the office.
2008-04-29 18:51:38
284.   JT Dutch
274

... With the way umpires have been calling pitches on Kemp, nothing's a ball.

2008-04-29 18:52:23
285.   Bob Timmermann
ProPlayer was a division of Fruit of the Loom that specialized in sports clothing and they tried to sell licensed gear, but Nike, Reebok, and adidas knocked them out of the market.
2008-04-29 18:52:26
286.   LoneStar7
Woohoo, we some vintage sammy stuff here though, lets go boys!
2008-04-29 18:54:32
287.   overkill94
Britain's coverage of the NBA playoffs is quite strange. They're showing the Dallas-NO game, but their feed still has 9 minutes left in the game. Plus, they keep cutting away from the game to recap the other series and doing some analysis.
2008-04-29 18:57:32
288.   fanerman
Nice pitch!
2008-04-29 18:58:49
289.   Brent Knapp
274 284 At least the ump is being consistent. To me it looks like Beimel and Saito have gotten their share of borderline pitches tonite too.
2008-04-29 18:59:22
290.   Sam in SC
that was fairly vintage sammy.
2008-04-29 18:59:30
291.   JoeyP
12 singles
6 2-out RBIs
Winning 1 run games
Livin good.

13-13.

2008-04-29 18:59:36
292.   LoneStar7
oh wow, boom thats the stuff right there...here we go....back to .500
2008-04-29 18:59:47
293.   JT Dutch
... Not pretty, but I'm sure they'll take it.
2008-04-29 19:00:08
294.   LAT
Hopefully battling back from 5 runs down only to lose in the 9th will energize the Dodgers and break the back of the Marlins for the next two games.
2008-04-29 19:00:13
295.   El Lay Dave
Hey, four game winning streak, and five of the last six.
2008-04-29 19:00:33
296.   bigcpa
Return of the good Saito! Wipe off those 2 blown saves and we're 15-11.
2008-04-29 19:00:47
297.   overkill94
Jolly good show chaps! Cheerio, spit-spot.

Or...we win!

2008-04-29 19:00:54
298.   fanerman
290 A weak popout and 2 backwards K's is vintage enough for me.
2008-04-29 19:01:19
299.   Bluebleeder87
I had to step out but I see the Dodgers scored one more run (thanks Yahoo GD!) & Saito is in to close shop
2008-04-29 19:02:55
300.   Brent Knapp
296 We came back and won the last game Saito (or maybe we should say Bennett) blew. We'd be 14-12 if Saito didn't blow any games.
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2008-04-29 19:06:46
301.   Bluebleeder87
I just noticed bobblehead Beimel got the W....
2008-04-29 19:10:15
302.   bigcpa
300 OK then I want back the 2-1 rain delay fiasco.
2008-04-29 19:12:06
303.   LeeLacy
301 Rip Van Beimel has been solid thus far.
2008-04-29 19:13:24
304.   El Lay Dave
302 You'll get nothing and like it! ;)
2008-04-29 19:15:16
305.   Gen3Blue
Hey, I have to admit once the
Dodgers went up 7-6( Kent and all), I went to the Smarket and got back barely to see Sammy win. .500
Really it would behoove us to keep winning close games becauase Saito implies he is best when he pitches an inning every day.
You have to be Happy about this.
2008-04-29 19:27:43
306.   El Lay Dave
Tony Jackson also reported on his blog that Sweeney will start on Thursday. The scheduled starter for Florida according to their web site is the right-hander, Badenhop. Seems weird to sit Loney against a righty, but when else can Sweeney start? If Torre is really daring, he could start a Loney, Kemp, Ethier OF - is the LF wall in Dolphin Stadium well-padded?
2008-04-29 19:30:40
307.   dzzrtRatt
234 Your beef is with journalist and historian Rick Monday.
2008-04-29 19:31:30
308.   eusmus
I'm happy Saito got the save, but that strike zone was pretty laughable.
2008-04-29 19:35:20
309.   Sam DC
I zipped through the last few posts and didn't see any mention -- did folks catch Jon's nice mention on LA Observed (link at right)?
2008-04-29 19:35:41
310.   bigcpa
308 Shades of Eric Gregg '97 in the same building.
2008-04-29 19:35:49
311.   Eric Stephen
Shaq misses an amazing amount of layups these days.
2008-04-29 19:36:24
312.   El Lay Dave
310 Eric Gregg provided a lot of shade.
2008-04-29 19:39:43
313.   LogikReader
No wonder Rory was doing the Angels game yesterday. Steve Physioc sounds like he has a bad case of the flu tonight.
2008-04-29 19:40:26
314.   LogikReader
The way the A's pounded the Angels last night I'd be sick too. If I was an Angels fan, that is.
2008-04-29 19:43:26
315.   Dodgers49
In last night's Las Vegas' game:

>> In the bottom of the sixth, 51s starter Eric Stults retired the first two batters, but went on to allow a Chase Lambin RBI single and left with the bases loaded. Reliever Yhency Brazoban promptly gave up a grand slam to Chris Barnwell to put the Isotopes up, 6-3. <<

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/18359229.html

2008-04-29 19:43:38
316.   Bob Timmermann
Tulowitzki left the game in San Francisco with an injury and now Atkins is playing second, Barmes is playing short, and Ianetta is playing third base.
2008-04-29 19:48:10
317.   LogikReader
So in Arizona, the Astros have really poured it on and they're beating the Dbacks, 6-2

ahem, btw...

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

2008-04-29 19:49:05
318.   Eric Stephen
316
Ianetta is playing third base

It's contagious! I expect Bengie Molina to man the hot corner for The Giants next week.

2008-04-29 19:49:08
319.   El Lay Dave
309 At the rate Kevin Roderick, we'd better post a permalink also. It's a nice nod to the commenters, too.

http://tinyurl.com/4s93nd

2008-04-29 19:50:01
320.   El Lay Dave
319 At the rate he posts entries ...
2008-04-29 19:50:52
321.   Eric Stephen
317
That game has featured the debut of wunderkind Max Scherzer.
2008-04-29 19:53:15
322.   Eric Enders
Is that the same Max Scherzer who writes and produces his own plays at Rushmore Academy?
2008-04-29 19:56:19
323.   Bob Timmermann
Dead to me:
Wes Anderson.
2008-04-29 19:57:26
324.   El Lay Dave
316 From the AP: "Utilityman Jeff Baker, who has started five games at second this season, was scratched from the lineup against the Giants Tuesday night after he broke a blood vessel in his hand." Now I understand why Hurdle had to go with a wacky IF so early (Tulo left in the first). Iannetta has homered off Lincecum.
2008-04-29 20:02:15
325.   Eric Enders
We are now only three games behind the Wild Card-leading Cardinals.

Woo!

2008-04-29 20:02:47
326.   Eric Enders
I am choosing to pretend 323 doesn't exist, by the way.
2008-04-29 20:08:34
327.   Eric Stephen
325
Plus, now that we are 13-13 we have reached the first goal in the "first we reach .500, then we can think about other goals" managerspeak.
2008-04-29 20:25:33
328.   Greg Brock
326 As am I.
2008-04-29 20:31:23
329.   El Lay Dave
BTW, did "Rushmore" come up in SNL alum movie thoughts the other day? I'm thinking it didn't.
2008-04-29 20:39:42
330.   ryu
Can this be true? Vin Scully is on Facebook?

http://tinyurl.com/6o9f5l

2008-04-29 20:48:19
331.   Sam DC
Rest in peace Gordon Bradley.
2008-04-29 20:53:18
332.   Indiana Jon
Anyone watching Scherzer pitch? I hope he's not really this good.
2008-04-29 20:54:31
333.   Bluebleeder87
317

they've been on such a tear this month hopefully they string a few loses & WE STRING A FEW W's

2008-04-29 21:08:32
334.   Icaros
Bob's hatred of Wes Anderson has long been one of my biggest DT disappointments, rivaled only by his 2005 guarantee that the Dodgers would finish ahead of Arizona.
2008-04-29 21:10:19
335.   Indiana Jon
Anyone have any current news on Scott Elbert? Last I heard I think he was in extended spring training. Is there any chance he gets into some games soon?
2008-04-29 21:17:12
336.   Bob Timmermann
Wes Anderson owes me several hours of my life back.

I know that Wes Anderson is a cinematic visionary. I just hate his vision. But I'm afraid the Wes Anderson people are going to get to me just like the Roger Kahn people did.

2008-04-29 21:29:58
337.   underdog
Can we all agree that Wes Anderson gives good soundtrack, at least?

I like his movies, but actually think I like the soundtracks better than at least two of his films.

Okay, bottom of the ninth in Arizona. Go Astros!

2008-04-29 21:33:55
338.   Im So Blue
330 That's gotta be an imposter.
2008-04-29 21:37:24
339.   overkill94
337 Gives good soundtrack? Is that like giving good helmet?
2008-04-29 21:41:54
340.   underdog
Yesssss! Byrnes strikes out with a man on, game over, Astros win, Dodgers gain a game for once.
2008-04-29 21:42:23
341.   Greg Brock
I love Anderson's movies, but they're not getting better. Rushmore, Tenenbaums, and Life Aquatic are wonderful, but rank in that order. Darjeeling Limited was okay.

I'm a huge fan, but there you go.

2008-04-29 21:51:08
342.   MollyKnight
Owners of the longest winning streak in baseball. Yah!
2008-04-29 21:58:05
343.   underdog
Boy, I hope that streak continues for at least one more day. I'd love to see Chad get a win for a change. If Cain can do it this week, so can Bills. C'mon boys, make it 5!

I just watched "Paddle to the Sea" on DVD, which I hadn't seen since I was probably around 8 years old in elementary school. Then followed it with "The Red Balloon" and later I'll watch "The White Mane." It's great stuff, but it temporarily makes me wish I had kids to share it with. Although my cat seemed to enjoy them for awhile. No DVD extras though, and they're all short, no idea why the released them separately.

Er, anyway, buenos noches!

2008-04-29 22:05:50
344.   Bob Timmermann
Noche is feminine.
2008-04-29 22:10:36
345.   Gagne55
"The scheduled starter for Florida according to their web site is the right-hander, Badenhop"

Infielders better beware when he pitches to Brad Hawp.

2008-04-29 22:11:52
346.   Johnny Nucleo
323 Boo. You are no fun.
2008-04-29 22:16:52
347.   Bob Timmermann
I believe the court has stipulated that I'm no fun.
2008-04-29 22:18:44
348.   Marty
My name is Marty and I approve of 323
2008-04-29 22:24:56
349.   Icaros
348

Yeah, I know about you, too. But I just feel sad for you guys, sad with a touch of funny, like Anderson films.

I agree they aren't getting better, though I proclaim Tenenbaums the peak.

2008-04-29 22:28:13
350.   Bob Timmermann
I believe Marty and I are quite happy. And if you meet us, you won't have to waste 2 1/2 hours wondering if we said something funny or we just spent the time being pretentious.

I'm pretentious from the outset.

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2008-04-29 22:29:11
351.   Greg Brock
348 Come on! Et tu, Marty?
2008-04-29 22:38:14
352.   Marty
Wes Anderson is horrible. But enough about that. Is anyone watching the melt down on Costas by some guy named Buzz Buzzinger? It's classic.
2008-04-29 22:40:38
353.   Eric Enders
Buzz Bissinger wrote the book Friday Night Lights. He's also the guy who wrote a fawning and utterly ridiculous book about Tony LaRussa.
2008-04-29 22:43:17
354.   underdog
I missed the thing about bloggers on Costas - is it worth taping the rerun, or has it not happened yet?

But since I'm already half asleep, I guess I'll go to bed and tape the rerun to be safe.

2008-04-29 22:45:39
355.   CanuckDodger
Xavier Paul had quite a night. 5 for 5 with 2 HR's and 2 doubles.
2008-04-29 22:49:56
356.   Eric Enders
Our Class A affiliate has a new microbrew named after it.

"Loons Summer Ale will be available at select bars and restaurants as well the Dow Diamond – the home of The Great Lakes Loons – throughout the 2008 baseball season. You can also pick up a ½ gallon growler of Loon's Summer Ale fresh from the brewery during our Saturday public hours. But hurry! Loons Summer Ale will go away at the end of the summer."

http://www.tricitybrewing.com

2008-04-29 22:54:28
357.   Dodgers49
345 "the scheduled starter for Florida according to their web site is the right-hander, Badenhop"

I'm not sure where you're getting that. Both the Preview and Probable Pitchers links at the Marlins website indicate Olsen is pitching Wednesday.

http://tinyurl.com/4scld2

http://florida.marlins.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers.jsp?c_id=fla

2008-04-29 22:55:34
358.   Eric Enders
The Marlins announcers tonight also made repeated references to Olsen pitching tomorrow.
2008-04-29 22:59:10
359.   Marty
Leitch has posted his take on Deadspin.
2008-04-29 23:07:39
360.   Dodgers49
Dodgers' success is on the level

Of the Saito who was on the mound on this night, Torre said, "That was him" -- as opposed to the impostor who blew two of his previous four save opportunities.

Saito credited a small adjustment he made to his delivery before his previous outing, with the help of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

http://tinyurl.com/4usfw3

2008-04-29 23:42:55
361.   Eric Stephen
Was Buzz Bissinger really the best choice to articulate the anti-blog argument? What a dinosaur.
2008-04-29 23:45:41
362.   Reddog
Winning a game like this is big. The biggest thing though is seeing the 2007 Saito show up for the first time this season. If Saito is truly back, that is great news.

Let's extend this streak to five tomorrow!

2008-04-29 23:46:57
363.   Eric Enders
361 From our perspective, yes, he probably was.
2008-04-29 23:53:00
364.   Bob Timmermann
Buzz Bissinger is just 11 years older than me. If he's a dinosaur, then I'm a mammoth. At best, I'm an australopithicene.
2008-04-29 23:53:14
365.   Bob Hendley
Just touched down in these United States and picked up a newspaper (its more real to me-grew up in a different time), Flipped to the sports section. Of course, no boxscore for the Dodgers, but spent about a hour looking at the team stats. I really love this team.
2008-04-30 00:01:07
366.   Jon Weisman
NPUT
2008-04-30 00:03:35
367.   El Lay Dave
357 345 refers to 306 , which is about Thursday.
2008-04-30 05:23:05
368.   Bluebleeder87
317 its about time, yes.

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