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Kershaw VII: Kershaw Na Na Na, Sha Na Na Na Na Na
2008-06-26 10:15
by Jon Weisman

Winless Dodger lefty? I'll show you a winless Dodger lefty. From June 1988 to June 1989, Fernando Valenzuela went 19 starts between victories.

His last loss in the streak came the night before the Dodgers' 22-inning game in Houston. Mike Scott beat Valenzuela and the Dodgers, 1-0. From Jerry Crowe's game story in the Times:

In the left-hander's last 10 starts, the Dodgers have scored 20 runs, only 15 of them while Valenzuela was still in the game.

"As Happy could tell you," said Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda, motioning toward former Dodger pitcher Burt Hooton, a clubhouse visitor, "when your team isn't scoring runs for you, all you can do is keep working and keep working until they do."

Said Hooton, unsmilingly: "And cuss your hitters." …

Mike Scioscia commented on the adjustments Valenzuela, who had an ERA of 4.75 during the streak, was making.

"He's a different pitcher than he was. I think he's learning what he's going to have to do, but he's been just a pleasure to catch and watch improve over the last couple of months.

"I said in spring training that you shouldn't judge him in the first month. He had to learn what to do. But he's kept us in every game."

Valenzuela no longer relies only on his fastball and screwball, instead mixing a wider variety of pitches, Scioscia said.

"He has more of a balanced attack," he said. "He has a couple of different breaking pitches, a couple of different screwballs and even a couple of different fastballs.

"And he's going to be able to change speeds better than he did before, which is phenomenal because he was tremendous at changing speeds.

For the remainder of his Dodger career, Valenzuela went 23-21 with a 3.99 ERA, including of course a no-hitter.

* * *

Commenter StolenMonkey86 noted Wednesday that the Fangraphs website offers a statistic on "out-of-zone swing percentage," which he comments might better measure a player's plate discipline and patience than pitches per plate appearance.

Through Monday:
20.26% Russell Martin
23.78% Rafael Furcal
25.87% James Loney
26.28% Andre Ethier
27.74% Jeff Kent
27.87% Blake DeWitt
29.19% Juan Pierre
33.65% Matt Kemp

* * *

At Bronx Banter, Alex Belth links to a 1989 clip of George Carlin talking baseball on Kiner's Korner.

Meanwhile, at Cardboard Gods, Josh Wilker finds Tommy John a bit dismissive of Pedro Martinez.

* * *

Your infield today: James Loney, Andy LaRoche, Angel Berroa, Russell Martin.

Today's lineup:
Pierre, LF
Kemp, CF
Martin, 3B
Loney, 1B
LaRoche, 2B
Young, RF
Berroa, SS
Ardoin, C
Kershaw, LHP

White Sox at Dodgers, 12:10 p.m.

Comments (157)
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2008-06-26 10:26:09
1.   LogikReader
Gah!! LAT'd again.

I was responding to the post about "going 5 years without ESPN"

I haven't seen Sportscenter in full in a very very long time, not sure exactly how long.

Generally, the only thing I watch on ESPN is actual sporting events, but there happen to be a lot of them.

I don't really need SC. Reports, I can go to rotoworld, yahoo sports, etc. Highlights, there's,, team websites, youtube, etc. Analysis, that's what we do here at Dodger Thoughts.


Will Kershaw get a win this year? The odds would have to favor him today, but Danks is pitching for the Sox. Danks is having a good year so far.

2008-06-26 10:26:34
2.   fanerman
Kershaw V, plus Kershaw II, = Kershaw VII: Adrian's Revenge!
2008-06-26 10:26:48
3.   fanerman
I don't think anybody named Adrian is playing in this game.
2008-06-26 10:26:53
4.   KG16
I think Joe is doing the old Billy Martin routine where he's just picking names out of a hat to make the line up. And then deciding where everyone can play.
2008-06-26 10:28:13
5.   JoeyP

Navarro will likely be an AL All-Star this year.

He's 2nd in the AL in OPS at catcher (.835)----> Mauer is at .837

His overall line: .326/.379/.456

Too bad Ned sold him A.) for Hendrickson, and B) when his value was lowest.

BHSportsguy said its a reach to criticize Ned for trading Navarro..If we cant criticize trading a good young catcher for 1.5 season of Mark Hendrickson---> then what should Ned be criticized for? Thats about as bad as it gets.


Also, good lineup today.
I like LaRoche at 2nd, and Russ at 3b.

The eyesore remains Pierre at the top, but Torre doesnt get paid 4 mils to just sit there. He's an mlb manager. Its his job to make stupid decisions and give us fans something to talk about each game.

2008-06-26 10:28:14
6.   LogikReader
Now, I'm 26 so Fernando was slightly before my time. What is a "screwball"? I keep hearing about it, but apparently nobody pitches it today.
2008-06-26 10:29:44
7.   Louis in SF
It is great to see that they are finally giving La Roche a chance at 2b to sub for Kent. Hope this is a sign of things to come.
2008-06-26 10:29:58
8.   Doctor
Ah, its the ol' stack the lineup with righties VS a leftie who is more effective VS righties move.
2008-06-26 10:30:15
9.   fanerman
6 It's a breaking ball that breaks in the opposite direction of natural. Since Fernando was a lefty, his broke to the left, while a typical slider would break to the right.
2008-06-26 10:30:40
10.   KG16
6 - a screwball is a backwards slider, meaning it breaks the opposite way as a slider. Nomo use to throw one, I think
2008-06-26 10:30:50
11.   LogikReader
By the way, you guys nailed it with LaRoche sitting after hitting a HR the game before!
2008-06-26 10:33:13
12.   Jon Weisman
Nomo didn't throw a screwball that I recall.
2008-06-26 10:34:30
13.   Neal Pollack
Please to enjoy my irrational, poorly-reasoned attack on Juan Pierre in this week's LA City Beat:

2008-06-26 10:34:40
14.   KG16
12 - I could have sworn that someone on the Dodgers staff in the last 10 years threw a screwball, thought it was Nomo, may be completely off though.
2008-06-26 10:35:03
15.   MC Safety
LaRoche at 2nd base!


2008-06-26 10:35:08
16.   Frip
Does anyone know, statistically, what are the peak ages for a baseball player, and at what age does their perfomance start to decline?

If anyone has a link to a good article about age/performance, that would be great too.


2008-06-26 10:35:46
17.   gpellamjr
14 I think I remember Ross Porter repeatedly saying that Ismael Valdez threw a screwball, but I don't actually remember seeing him do it.
2008-06-26 10:36:24
18.   Alex41592
That is a most interesting infield combination. A Martin to LaRoche to Loney DP would be fun to see.
2008-06-26 10:37:49
19.   KG16
18 - I'd prefer to see a DeWitt to LaRoche to Loney double play, but I'll take what I can get.
2008-06-26 10:38:34
20.   Jon Weisman
14 - I don't know - it's pretty rare, because it can really wear on your arm.
2008-06-26 10:40:07
21.   Alex41592
19 - Before the game is through there may be a chance to see that.
2008-06-26 10:40:47
22.   KG16
The wikipedia page on the screwball is rather interesting, particularly the part about Dr. Mike Marshall's opinion on teaching it. I seriously had no idea that Mike Marshall (pitcher) had a PhD. Also interesting is the blurb on Carl Hubbell
2008-06-26 10:41:29
23.   regfairfield
12 The only person I can recall who threw one recently is Jim Mecir.
2008-06-26 10:41:32
24.   wronghanded
6 Screwballs are still thrown today but are now called either 2-seam fastballs or circle change-ups.

I love this line-up (well at least 2-6) I think we're going to give Kershaw some good run support today.

2008-06-26 10:42:49
25.   Penarol1916
Was it The Hardball Times that had an article about the death of the screwball in the last week or two? I believe that they claimed that it was the cut fastball, which provided movement in the same direction without so much wear on the arm, that helped to kill it.
2008-06-26 10:42:56
26.   68elcamino427
Off to the game. Today win number one will be win number two of the new win streak.

Finally, Andy gets a look at 2B. Andy hits the ball hard today as the friendly competition between Andy and Blake heats up :)

Let's go Andy! Make Mr. Torre look like a genius!

2008-06-26 10:43:48
27.   Terry A
So everybody's OK with Ardoin playing instead of DeWitt?
2008-06-26 10:44:49
28.   Xeifrank
is there a trend starting where Ardoin is going to catch Kershaw's games? Or just a recent coincidence?
vr, Xei
2008-06-26 10:45:30
29.   Penarol1916
25. Just checked the article, it was the split-finger fastball that killed the screwball and it was from June 16.
2008-06-26 10:46:17
30.   silverwidow
Berroa playing everyday makes me sick.
2008-06-26 10:46:43
31.   fanerman
27 It's a day game after a night game. Russell shouldn't catch, but I'd rather have his bat (and Andy's) than DeWitt's.
2008-06-26 10:46:57
32.   El Lay Dave
6 I'm old enough to remember Jim Brewer throwing screwballs, let alone Fernando. He was still in the pen when 22 Iron Mike Marshall got here.
2008-06-26 10:48:39
33.   El Lay Dave
30 His defense has been surprisingly adequate. His bat, about what we thought.
2008-06-26 10:48:46
34.   68elcamino427
The commonly known old school reference point is a peak at age 28, obviously, that is a gross generality. There are early bloomers and late bloomers. It's more about the physical development of a person's body.
Look at Stluts as an example ... wonder what Kershaw will look like at age 28?
2008-06-26 10:49:15
35.   Xeifrank
16. Here is one such study. vr, Xei

2008-06-26 10:49:48
36.   Jon Weisman

If you go to around page 55 of the Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, there's a chapter that wraps up the screwball pretty nicely.

2008-06-26 10:50:18
37.   LogikReader
Interesting stuff in the Tampa Bay/Florida game going on. Top 6th as of now.
2008-06-26 10:50:21
38.   wronghanded
Scott Shields probably has the best screwball/2-seamer in the game right now. When Fernando threw his did it break at a 45-degree angle down and away from righties or was it straight across the plane like a reverse slider?
2008-06-26 10:50:38
39.   GoBears
Peak age, acc. to Bill James, is about 27 for hitters (on average, and b/w 26 and 28 for nearly all hitters). And I seem to remember reading something recently that said that that hasn't changed in 50-60 yrs or more. Pitchers might peak a little later, given the different injury profiles and changes in same over time.

Sorry, I don't have a cite handy, but that's the punchline.

I don't think any Dodger has thrown a screwball since Fernando, at least not as a regular part of the repertoire. And while I'll defer to someone who has actually, you know, pitched, it doesn't sound right to me that the screwball has just been renamed the circle-change or 2-seam FB. The screwball requires a horrific outward torque on the elbow, as I recall.

2008-06-26 10:50:45
40.   underdog
30 Nobody's tickled with it, but who do you suggest they play everyday at short instead right now?

Ramon Martinez is at Vegas - we could call him up!

I like this crazy line-up. Hope the defense doesn't let the Minotaur down.

2008-06-26 10:52:09
41.   regfairfield
40 I would much rather have Martinez than Berroa.
2008-06-26 10:52:29
42.   Xeifrank
37. Tampa Bay is doing great so far this year. If the Dodgers can't win it all this year, I sure $$$ hope $$$ the Rays do! Especially at 150:1 odds. :)
vr, Xei
2008-06-26 10:53:06
43.   LogikReader

Those are Mellencamp-esque odds right there!

2008-06-26 10:54:16
44.   silverwidow
Nobody's tickled with it, but who do you suggest they play everyday at short instead right now?

Not many will agree, but Ivan DeJesus Jr. This is ONLY if Furcal misses the rest of the year.

2008-06-26 10:57:18
45.   Xeifrank
43. Those odds are printed on a ticket(s) that is currently sitting in my wallet. :) Which may shortly get moved to a safety deposit box.
vr, Xei
2008-06-26 10:58:45
46.   wronghanded
39 I pitched until about 2001 (through college) and actually had a brief stint with the Solano County Steelheads (in a now nonexistant independant baseball league). While working with Mike Scott (ex-Major Leaguer and pitching coach), he said "Wow you throw 2 different screwballs?" I replied "No, thats my 2-seamer and my circle change-up." He then replied "You can call it whatever you want but those pitches are screwballs." If you watch guys like Scott Shields, they pronate their arm outwards after release to get that type of "running" action on their pitches, essentially a screwball from my understanding of the pitch.
2008-06-26 10:59:40
47.   JoeyP
With the D-Bax headed for a below .500 record---> I'm wondering if the NL West has ever had every single team below .500 this late into the season?
2008-06-26 10:59:54
48.   GoBears
34. It's true that there are early flameouts and late bloomers, but in the articles that I'm alluding to (but not citing - where is Bob?) the thousands and thousands of major league players allow for a nice normal distribution of peak performance, with the mean/median/mode at 27 (maybe 28) and a very steep bump in the late 20s in general (steep rise to the peak, and steep decline afterwards). So sure, there are people in the tails, but most players are covered by the generalization (well if it's normal, then 2/3rds of players are within one standard deviation of the mean).

Part of the reason that it seems like the peak is later is that and many HOFers are in the right tail (it's that sustained greatness that makes them HOFers) and we don't remember very many of the early flameouts, unless they were hugely hyped or ROYs or something like that. Moreover, all those guys like Stults whose peak is a first shot at the majors at age 27-28, and then disappear again are easy to forget, but just because their peaks are lower (AAAA), doesn't mean they happen at a different age than for most everyone else.

2008-06-26 11:01:42
49.   JoeyP
44--> I agree with you. DeJesus has a good glove, and the best patience of any player the Dodgers have had since Russ Martin was at AA.

He's got no power, and maybe MLB pitcher would pound the K zone against him knowing he cant hurt them going deep---> but I have to think playing him now would be more beneficial to the Dodgers both now and for the future than Angel Berroa.

2008-06-26 11:02:40
50.   El Lay Dave
8 Danks is slightly backwards in his career splits.
against RH batters: .270 .327 .450 .778
against LH batters: .284 .356 .455 .811

I always wonder how much skew ends up in a LHP starter vs. LHB split - given how much managers love to avoid starting their LHBs against LHPs, does it follow that LH starters face an inordinate percentage of LH batters that are simply really good hitters since those batters are the ones that stay in?

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2008-06-26 11:06:30
51.   Jon Weisman
47 - September 27, 2005

2008-06-26 11:06:42
52.   jujibee
A screw ball has more to do with the twisting motion your hand/elbow go through while the pitch is being thrown. The movement is generated from the arm twist whereas a 2 seam fastball and a circle change generate the movement from grip and release, not so much an arm twist like the motion similar to a wrist when throwing a curve ball.
2008-06-26 11:08:13
53.   LoneStar7
LaRoche at Second! I guess its not quite dewitt, laroche, berroa, loney with russ behind the plate....but this has to be the best infield we've put on the field in a while
2008-06-26 11:08:25
54.   Frip

"[Bowling Green State University statistician Jim Albert] examined the productivity of hitters born over six decades, and found that Bill James's 1930s sample of players, for whatever reason, peaked at a younger average age than any before or since.

Players born in the:

1910s - 28.0 peak
1920s - 28.6
1930s - 27.1
1940s - 28.9
1950s - 28.7
1960s - 29.8

It's fair to say then, that most players through history have peaked closer to age 29 than 27."

I wonder why baseball players peak later than other athletes? Maybe it takes more years for the eyes to adjust to a speeding baseball.

2008-06-26 11:11:48
55.   regfairfield
54 Way less athletic ability is required to be a baseball player than any other major sport.
2008-06-26 11:12:09
56.   KG16
what happened to the new gameday? It serious looks like the old NES baseball video game.
2008-06-26 11:12:12
57.   LoneStar7
51 woohoo, my birthday
2008-06-26 11:13:24
58.   KG16
56 - although the new command functions on the hitting screen are pretty cool.
2008-06-26 11:16:19
59.   Frip
55 Way less athletic ability is required to be a baseball player than any other major sport.

Not sure if you're just being silly, but maybe baseball takes both athletic ability AND hand-eye experience, to finally get a feel for it, which happens at a later age.

2008-06-26 11:16:46
60.   LogikReader
Game in Florida between TB/Fla no longer interesting.

Han Ram hits one out to break it up.

2008-06-26 11:20:04
61.   underdog
I like DeJesus' prospects, too, and maybe if Furcal is going to be out for the whole season (God forbid) then that would make more sense but I worry it'll just be throwing him to the wolves too early which could affect his confidence. As with Hu, who seriously regressed at the plate. I have faith that both of them will be pretty good, but not convinced DeJesus is ready yet. I guess we could try him but again it depends on Furcal's status. If he's back in July then I wouldn't bother. I don't see how Ramon Martinez would be any better at the plate than Berroa (and yes, he couldn't be much worse, either) and Maza. The thought of Maza + Martinez on the team doesn't really excite me any more than the current situation.
2008-06-26 11:21:43
62.   MollyKnight
I'm late, but: Yay Stults, Yay!


2008-06-26 11:22:41
63.   fanerman
59 Those two statements aren't mutually exclusive.
2008-06-26 11:28:31
64.   Jon Weisman
I wouldn't give up on Hu yet.
2008-06-26 11:28:40
65.   Frip
63 Those two statements aren't mutually exclusive.

Well they aren't much of anything, since his comment about athletic ability is nonsensical. If I were him I would have simply said that baseball is less stressful on the body.

2008-06-26 11:31:09
66.   GoBears
46. Well, I said I'd defer to an actual pitcher, and so I shall. I sit corrected. Thanks.
2008-06-26 11:32:44
67.   underdog
64 As I said, "I have faith that both of them will be pretty good" :-) and I do. Hu will be back. Probably in September. They will probably have to decide on DeJesus vs. Hu at some point, though.
2008-06-26 11:33:12
68.   OhioBlues12
Why is Hu on the 7 day DL?
2008-06-26 11:37:49
69.   Marty
No, the question is What is Hu doing on the DL? I don't know!
2008-06-26 11:39:41
70.   GoBears
65 His comment about athletic ability is perfectly sensible. Wear and tear is part of it - catastrophic injury cuts short careers in contact sports more readily than in baseball - thus making for earlier retirements. But while many MLB players (most, nowadays) are terrific athletes, many are not, especially as they age and balloon up. Think of all the guys who end up at 1b or DH because they can't field a position any more. In basketball or football, they would move to the bench (less playing time, lower performance) or to retirement if they couldn't keep up any more.

I think regfairfield's point about the effects of age athleticism is right on target. And, yet again, I wish you'd aim for a little more civility in your comments.

2008-06-26 11:40:32
71.   bhsportsguy
Jay Bruce is the only 21 year old position player with more than 25+ PA in the major leagues. Justin Upton is the only 20 year old position player with more than 25+ PA this year. There are only 10 22 year old positions players that are with 25+
plate appearances. That's a grand total of 12 players in the major leagues who are 22 and younger.

Ivan De Jesus, Jr. just turned 21 in May and it would be a really bad idea for him to be promoted this year and maybe even next year.

2008-06-26 11:40:41
72.   wronghanded
66 I hope my comment didn't come off as entitled (that wasn't my intention), I actually was just always know as a pitcher with a ton of movement (short on velocity unfortunately 84-87). I could be wrong but regardless of how a pitch is thrown, if it has the same action and velocity, it is essentially the same pitch.
2008-06-26 11:41:30
73.   fanerman
65 It's not nonsensical; perhaps you're having different definitions of the word "athlete" and are having a semantics conflict.

The amount of energy someone needs to exert to play baseball isn't as high as something like basketball or soccer. Players don't have to be fast or agile or strong to be good at baseball. Players have to have certain attributes, like reaction time, to be good, but is reaction time an "athletic" trait?

2008-06-26 11:42:07
74.   fordprefect

pretty good typing skills for a 2 1/2 yr.old.

2008-06-26 11:42:21
75.   fanerman
72 I didn't read any entitlement. I thought it was an interesting anecdote, and I had no idea that you're a pitcher.
2008-06-26 11:50:33
76.   Indiana Jon
This is definitely the most interesting lineup of the year. As long as it has Laroche, I like it.
2008-06-26 11:52:20
77.   Jon Weisman
Forty years ago, Bobby Bonds hit a grand slam against the Dodgers in his first major league game

2008-06-26 11:52:39
78.   wronghanded
75 Yeah I still play recreationally but am nowhere near as good as I was in my young 20's, I just love the game. A few pretty serious injuries derailed my dream of pitching in the bigs but that story is a dime a dozen. Do you play?
2008-06-26 11:59:02
79.   scareduck
56 - yeah, wow, man is that ugly.
2008-06-26 12:06:33
80.   underdog
Jon, please tell me this is a joke.

A new BH90210? Gack.

2008-06-26 12:07:55
81.   larry slimfast
55 59 63 [etc..]
Baseball is far more of a craft than a talent. Athletic ability has much to do with it for sure but, a certain amount of mental maturity and repetition is required to really succeed at the top (major league) level. Hence, the "schooling" (can you tell I'm from the south?) that goes on thru an average of 5 levels of minor leagues. This is likely the reason for the later peak in age with regards to production.
2008-06-26 12:07:55
82.   KG16
79 - but you can zoom in and out and rotate the view, so, I'll take the trade.
2008-06-26 12:08:10
83.   bhsportsguy
80 I believe this has been in the works for a while.


2008-06-26 12:10:39
84.   underdog
{cry} And Jessica Walter, Mom Bluth, is in it! And Tori Spelling returns. {yack}


Go Clayton!

2008-06-26 12:12:57
85.   Frip
The topic is peak performance age. And the measure of baseball players vis a vis age, is batting performance, not fielding, which cannot be adequately measured.

Either way, bringing athletic ability into it still has no place in a discussion of peak-performance-age among various sports.

Yes, baseball does not require the body stress of other sports (as I mentioned), but that does NOT explain why the peak batting age is 29 instead of 22. It may explain why the peak age of a running back is not 29. But we already knew that.

2008-06-26 12:13:12
86.   underdog
Russell! He's so athletic and dreamy!
2008-06-26 12:13:16
87.   Jon Weisman
80 - Naw, that's old news.

But, um, it's not like they're remaking Casablanca.

2008-06-26 12:14:32
88.   Jon Weisman
So, the game started ...
2008-06-26 12:14:37
89.   underdog
Atta boy Clayton!
2008-06-26 12:14:56
90.   Jon Weisman
... and LaRoche is in the thick of things!
2008-06-26 12:15:53
91.   underdog
87 Yah, it's not a matter of sacrilege. It's more a matter of "For the love of god why subject us to this again!" but it's not like I watched the first one more than a couple of times. Sort of like the Prom Night remake this year. The original wasn't very good, but why remake it, and the remake was terrible.
2008-06-26 12:16:46
92.   underdog
In better news, Mad Men comes out on DVD next week.
2008-06-26 12:18:08
93.   underdog
Atta boy Toby!

Tee hee.

2008-06-26 12:22:39
94.   bhsportsguy
It as if Juan Pierre does anything positive, the comments drop off.
2008-06-26 12:23:50
95.   LoneStar7
new game day is freaking me out
2008-06-26 12:24:36
96.   bhsportsguy
No rabbits on the base paths yet?
2008-06-26 12:24:48
97.   underdog
Oo, that was pretty close to a swing for the Bison but we'll take it.
2008-06-26 12:25:13
98.   cargill06
94 i was just about say that.
2008-06-26 12:25:19
99.   underdog
The rabbit is at 2nd. the Bison is at first. The rooster crows at midnight.
2008-06-26 12:25:22
100.   bhsportsguy
Well, that was not a good swing by Russell there (I write this not seeing the swing).
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2008-06-26 12:26:13
101.   MC Safety
I hate it when guys do what Martin just did. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
2008-06-26 12:26:31
102.   underdog
The Rabbit is at 3rd, rather.
2008-06-26 12:26:48
103.   underdog
Another very close play over there.
2008-06-26 12:26:49
104.   LoneStar7
double steal! nice Joe
2008-06-26 12:27:40
105.   fanerman
Double steal!
2008-06-26 12:27:43
106.   bhsportsguy
Tony Jackson is now counting 0-2 RISP.
2008-06-26 12:27:53
107.   underdog
Andy Alert!
2008-06-26 12:28:32
108.   bhsportsguy
Make that 0-3 RISP.
2008-06-26 12:28:39
109.   KG16
99 - dude, I almost laughed out loud when I read that, and I'm on a conference call with the federal court. not good
2008-06-26 12:28:47
110.   underdog
Ah well. We worked up that pitch count at least!
2008-06-26 12:29:39
111.   underdog
109 - Cool, and alas I could not figure out an animal nickname for Loney so couldn't carry that any further.
2008-06-26 12:30:26
112.   LoneStar7
not a good sign..oh well, was loney's line drive to second well hit or a softy?
2008-06-26 12:33:06
113.   dzzrtRatt
Vote for Russell Martin to play third at the All-Star game!
2008-06-26 12:33:09
114.   underdog
Who's that kid playing third base today? he's pretty good.
2008-06-26 12:33:36
115.   underdog
112 It was a pretty good hit but soft enough to be a pretty easy play, too.
2008-06-26 12:35:36
116.   Andrew Shimmin
Still want to talk about Pierre?
2008-06-26 12:36:04
117.   Neal Pollack
Wow. That throw from Pierre was truly unbelievable. He barely made the cutoff man from shallow left, AND he double-clutched.
2008-06-26 12:36:05
118.   underdog
And now the rabbit was run on.

Bummer, Clayton had him 0-2, too. Waste a pitch, kid.

2008-06-26 12:36:23
119.   El Lay Dave
And the #5 hitter Nick Swisher...bunts??!? Crazy Ozzie, thank you.
2008-06-26 12:36:43
120.   Gen3Blue
Nightmare play. Then, again Clayton doesn't have to put these men on.
2008-06-26 12:37:09
121.   El Lay Dave
119 Oops, a little late, and, bite me, it works.
2008-06-26 12:37:19
122.   bhsportsguy
116 Hey, I just think its unfair to just rag on him on all the time and ignore the fact that he got a hit, stole 2 bases and did not require Loney to get a hit to score a run. Two out, a decent runner on second who is going on anything, is going to score.
2008-06-26 12:37:42
123.   Jon Weisman
A pitcher with control issues is told to intentionally walking the No. 8 hitter in the second inning. That's lame.
2008-06-26 12:38:20
124.   okdodge
So I can't get gameday on my work computer, any suggestions for other websites that people like?
2008-06-26 12:38:22
125.   Neal Pollack
True enough, 122, but he only got on base because the catcher dropped a foul.
2008-06-26 12:38:44
126.   underdog
Atta boy K'shaw!
2008-06-26 12:39:39
127.   underdog
123 Even with the AL pitcher on deck, though?
2008-06-26 12:39:58
128.   DaveP
122 - are you actually watching or following online?

The ball was in Pierre's glove before the runner even touched 3rd base. Pierre was in relatively shallow left field.

Pierre double clutched and then made a pathetic throw that has to be cut off without a play at the plate. Anyone else throws him out or the runner is held.

2008-06-26 12:39:59
129.   Andrew Shimmin
122- I was being a wisenheimer.
2008-06-26 12:40:06
130.   underdog
124 - I guess you can try Yahoo's gamecast or whatever it's called.
2008-06-26 12:40:31
131.   bhsportsguy
125 All I ask is to be fair, you don't have to like him but he's on the team because Ned signed him, he didn't volunteer for this job.

You want to get upset at Ned about the signing fine but when the game starts and he does his thing, at least acknowledge it.

2008-06-26 12:41:15
132.   underdog
128 That was pathetic indeed. He has a noodle arm. I think BH's point, if I'm not mistaken, is that if Pierre does something good people are quiet. When he does something bad, which that was, there are 20 comments to that effect. Is that accurate, BH?
2008-06-26 12:42:50
133.   okdodge
130 Yahoo's gamecast is pretty lame though, there's gotta be something better out there, right?
2008-06-26 12:43:36
134.   underdog
133 Um, MLBTV? :-) or try CBS Sportsline?
2008-06-26 12:43:39
135.   Jon Weisman
127 - Yes.
2008-06-26 12:43:49
136.   bryanf
133 You could try Sportsline's GameCenter. My fantasy league is through them and it's not too bad...
2008-06-26 12:43:51
137.   Andrew Shimmin
My theory is, if you think something nice should be said about Pierre, say it. That way, it gets said, and you don't have to rely on my being nice, a losing battle if ever there were one.
2008-06-26 12:44:47
138.   Jeromy
Sometimes I use CBS sportsline's game center
2008-06-26 12:44:50
139.   underdog
2008-06-26 12:44:53
140.   Gen3Blue
Here comes the black hole, and its fairly long.
2008-06-26 12:45:01
141.   bhsportsguy
132 Basically.

BTW, Toby Hall's splits against lefthander pitching.


Its a small sample but still.

2008-06-26 12:45:42
142.   fanerman
Argh Snipes Senior!!!!
2008-06-26 12:45:50
143.   natepurcell
Berrora should just bunt every time he is up.
2008-06-26 12:45:50
144.   underdog
My mom always said "If you can't say something nice about Juan Pierre, don't say anything at all." Or something like that. I was pretty young at the time.
2008-06-26 12:45:57
145.   bhsportsguy
137 Well that is true.
2008-06-26 12:47:18
146.   underdog
Okay, that was one crazy mo-fo slide n' play there!
2008-06-26 12:47:37
147.   Jon Weisman
I actually thought he was joking when I first read this.

From Gurnick:

Dodgers to go to six-man rotation

(Torre) said a sixth starter would allow an extra day of rest for hard-throwers Kershaw and Chad Billingsley, as well as pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is expected to return from the disabled list to the rotation next week. Torre said the idea stems from the fact that the Dodgers play 20 consecutive days leading to the All-Star break. When Kuroda returns to the rotation, Chan Ho Park will return to long relief.

Torre said the rotation would be re-evaluated for the resumption of play after the break, depending in part on the uncertain return of Brad Penny from the disabled list.

2008-06-26 12:47:43
148.   underdog
Why was his foot off the bag anyway? I guess the throw was too wide.
2008-06-26 12:48:30
149.   Jon Weisman
141 - I'll go with, "He's Toby Hall."
2008-06-26 12:48:31
150.   underdog
Kershaw is no Stults with the wood.
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2008-06-26 12:48:49
151.   Marty
Gameday seems to be full of itself.
2008-06-26 12:49:43
152.   okdodge
It's official: CBSSportline > Yahoo

Thanks for the suggestions.

2008-06-26 12:50:28
153.   fanerman
Well, at least we got through almost the entire black hole that inning.
2008-06-26 12:51:08
154.   Daniel Zappala
Bummer. My browser was stuck on yesterday's scores so I thought the Dodgers scored 2 runs in the first again.
2008-06-26 12:51:14
155.   fanerman
152 I like fangraphs, too.
2008-06-26 12:51:19
156.   El Lay Dave
That was Berroa's fifth GIDP in 54 PAs, about 1/11. Loney's team-leading 16 GIDP are in 315 PAs, about 1/19.
2008-06-26 12:51:56
157.   Jon Weisman

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