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Kershaw To Start Tuesday
2008-07-21 15:44
by Jon Weisman

JJJ alternative Clayton Kershaw will be recalled to start Tuesday's game in Denver, various reporters are reporting.

In the meantime, I just have to say, I'm worried about the Rockies. Yes, the Dodgers had a huge day Sunday, but a sweep by Colorado - which just swept Pittsburgh - would put the Rockies only three back of Los Angeles.

* * *

Dodgers at Rockies, 6:05 p.m.

Update: From Josh Rawitch at Inside the Dodgers:

LaRoche will play the entire series...Nomar just a little achy, which is why he's out...Kershaw could be up again soon according to Joe Torre and when he comes up, he's likely up for the rest of the year...Jason Johnson will be the long man out of the bullpen going forward...Sweeney's activation is on hold and we'll have a plan for him by the time the road trip is over...we're looking at a weekend rehab outing for Penny and an early August return to the bigs.

Comments (905)
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2008-07-21 15:50:38
1.   MollyKnight
2008-07-21 15:52:20
2.   fanerman
It's a series reboot. Tomorrow: The Minotaur Begins
2008-07-21 15:53:14
3.   trainwreck
Woo Hoo!

Los Angeles is once again Land of the Minotaur.

2008-07-21 15:53:37
4.   underdog
Poor JJJ. Well, not really, and I'm tickled to see Kershaw back, but still.. some small part of me feels for him.

A little.

2008-07-21 15:53:55
5.   cargill06
0 but if we sweep col, i think we can ofically call those pesky rockies "dead"
2008-07-21 15:54:19
6.   cargill06
time for Xei to re-run his simulator #'s
2008-07-21 15:54:54
7.   underdog
Recommended pre-game viewing Tuesday:

2008-07-21 15:55:37
8.   Kevin Lewis
Maybe you are still feeling the after taste of the double header loss last year.
2008-07-21 15:55:44
9.   trainwreck
You are a noble sports fan.
2008-07-21 15:56:13
10.   Kevin Lewis

curse the god, slay the beast

2008-07-21 15:56:30
11.   underdog
9 - Probably just overly empathetic. I make a poor sports fan in that regard.
2008-07-21 15:56:31
12.   Jon Weisman
1 - back atcha
2008-07-21 15:57:01
13.   underdog
10 - Become a Legend!
2008-07-21 15:57:32
14.   sporky
2008-07-21 15:58:43
15.   sporky
Tulowitzki is also being activated today.
2008-07-21 15:59:44
16.   Neal Pollack
Jon, we are not going to get swept by the Rockies. MAYBE we lose two out of three. But more than likely, we win two out of three. Other than the Marlins series--which was close and probably lost due to Jones' competence at the plate--we've been in charge more often than not lately. The Rockies just aren't that good.
2008-07-21 16:02:25
17.   Eric Enders
1 , 12 I took too many math classes, I guess. I was wondering what the heck three was greater than.
2008-07-21 16:03:22
18.   Sagehen
The Rockies are dangerous and should not be taken for granted.
2008-07-21 16:03:37
19.   trainwreck
2008-07-21 16:03:51
20.   wronghanded
It is way too early to count the Rox out. This time last season did anybody think they were a threat at all? They are a good winning streak away from being right in contention.
2008-07-21 16:04:46
21.   wronghanded
17 0, 1 and 2?
2008-07-21 16:05:31
22.   Eric Enders
As for Sagehen's 110 in the last thread --
I think it is not overstating the case to say that Andy LaRoche's career, to a certain extent, is riding on each at-bat he has tonight. For the first and perhaps last time, thanks to DeWitt's flailing, the door has creaked open a tiny little bit. If he hits tonight and keeps on hitting, he may become the Dodgers' third baseman for a decade. If he plays poorly tonight, it could, for all we know, be the last genuine chance he ever gets.

No pressure, Andy.

2008-07-21 16:06:23
23.   regfairfield
20 If only they had a remotely useful pitcher...
2008-07-21 16:07:21
24.   underdog
17 I {heart} your answer.
2008-07-21 16:08:05
25.   underdog
23 - Aaron Cook isn't useful?
2008-07-21 16:09:11
26.   bigcpa
Happy 6th B'day DT and Happy 3rd b'day to Lil' CPA.

If LaRoche can put together a good day we'll see 3 LHP's in a row starting Weds. One shining moment Andy. This time it counts. You gotta have heart.

2008-07-21 16:09:41
27.   wronghanded
23 Cook is good, Francis still has time to rebound, Jimenez has pitched much better lately. It's still too early IMO.
2008-07-21 16:10:10
28.   LogikReader
Greater than symbol and a 3... quite a compliment
2008-07-21 16:11:05
29.   regfairfield
27 The Rockies success last year came from a ton of stuff you can't count on. Great health, terrible pitchers being mediocre, and great middle relief. They don't have any of that on their side this year.
2008-07-21 16:11:52
30.   underdog
29 - Stop jinxing this series!
2008-07-21 16:12:17
31.   Jon Weisman
22 - I think people are overestimating the impact of LaRoche's single last night on Torre. I don't think Torre felt LaRoche could never get a hit. He just likes DeWitt.

A big game could of course help LaRoche, but I don't think doing so would lock him in. A lousy game keeps him where he is - occasional starter. And either way, he's still trade bait.

Of course, it's hard to make sense of what the Dodgers are thinking. The press reports seemed to suggest that Matt Kemp never took a pitch in his life before Sunday's ninth inning.

2008-07-21 16:12:55
32.   trainwreck
I guess the Durham trade was Doug Melvin's version of the Lugo trade. Durham's just sitting on the bench.
2008-07-21 16:14:38
33.   El Lay Dave
31 I wonder how long before the word 'showcase' appears (again) in this thread.

Of course, it's hard to make sense of what the Dodgers are thinking.

There are reports that other general managers have this problem as well.

2008-07-21 16:14:47
34.   Tripon
Julio Lugo can still start. At rookie-A ball.
2008-07-21 16:14:52
35.   Xeifrank
6. haha, yeah... I will have to rerun them.
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 16:15:11
36.   Jon Weisman
32 - That analogy doesn't track. Lugo played the most right after the Dodgers got him.

Unless you mean Ruddy Lugo.

2008-07-21 16:16:08
37.   wronghanded
29 Out of curiosity, what was their record last year on this date and how many games back were they?
2008-07-21 16:16:33
38.   fiddlestick
I have a miniscule sliver of optimism for Andruw Jones going in to this series. He put the bat on the ball consistently yesterday and had a couple where it sounded like he hit it towards the end of the bat, but his timing was much better.
2008-07-21 16:17:16
39.   the2ndbeaner
yea just heard that on
2008-07-21 16:17:33
41.   Eric Enders
31 "A big game could of course help LaRoche, but I don't think doing so would lock him in. A lousy game keeps him where he is - occasional starter. And either way, he's still trade bait."

To clarify, I don't think a big game tonight would lock him in -- it would lock him in for tomorrow. And a big game tomorrow would lock him in for the next game. Et cetera. Five good games in a row and he probably gets himself a couple of weeks worth of starts. He's at the point where his chip stack is low and he's all in, and he needs to double up about five hands in a row.

If he has a poor game tonight, on the other hand, I can see him becoming something significantly less than an occasional starter. Such as the guy who gets sent down to make room for Sweeney. Or the guy who gets traded for John MacDonald.

2008-07-21 16:18:18
42.   regfairfield
32 I think he was meant to though, he doesn't really solve any of the Brewer's problems.
2008-07-21 16:18:26
43.   Kevin Lewis

Speaking of Kemp, I am really like him as the lead off man.

2008-07-21 16:20:48
44.   Eric Enders
Does Kemp's success in the leadoff spot mean that Pierre, upon his return, is no longer a "nine innings a game, 162 games a year" player?
2008-07-21 16:21:38
45.   Eric Enders
I haven't clicked on it yet, but I see The Juice has a new link on the sidebar about LaRoche starting.
2008-07-21 16:21:49
46.   trainwreck
I just meant that they gave up a couple prospects for a guy that is primarily going to be back up.
2008-07-21 16:21:53
47.   ToyCannon
I'm not to happy that Clayton is coming back and making a start in Colorado. I'd rather let JJ get the start and give Kershaw the nod later this week.

Would have liked to see Nomar's hot bat continue to sizzle in Colorado. With Stults and Wells the ball will be flying. Last time we say the Rockies, Corpus couldn't get anyone out. He has righted himself so it won't be as much fun getting into their underbelly.

Come on Andy, make us proud, we need your bat now. All in all an excellent last 24 hours.

2008-07-21 16:22:26
48.   underdog
Durham was supposedly acquired to spell Weeks a couple of times a week, and if Weeks continues to struggle, possibly play more than that. So him not starting today doesn't really mean that plan goes out the window.

Man, the Giants really could've scored at least one halfway decent prospect for him, couldn't they? Maybe not.

2008-07-21 16:22:33
49.   natepurcell
comments 39 and 40 to be deleted. This guy is going around to various Dodger blogs and message boards and doing that.
2008-07-21 16:23:07
50.   sporky
It's hard to take your boss seriously if his tongue is purple from grape Jolly Ranchers.
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2008-07-21 16:23:39
51.   Jon Weisman
47 - I had sort of convinced myself that Johnson might be a workable choice, so I will always wonder ...

Unless Johnson comes in in relief.

2008-07-21 16:24:07
52.   Eric Enders
47 I have pounced on Kershaw for my fantasy team but placed him firmly on the bench for tomorrow's start. There are three types of pitchers Coors isn't kind to:

1. Those who walk a lot of batters.
2. Fly ball pitchers.
3. Pitchers with lots of movement on their breaking pitches.

2008-07-21 16:24:18
53.   Eric Stephen
Entering play last July 21, the Rockies were 49-47 and 4.5 GB both the Padres & Dodgers.

Also, the Dodger had the best record in the NL as late as July 23, 2007 (tied with Mets).

2008-07-21 16:24:19
54.   berkowit28
From ItD:

Kemp, RF

Ethier, LF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

LaRoche, 3B

Berroa, SS

Stults, P

LaRoche is starting! So is Kent, you'd think he needed a day off, and Berroa, not Izuna. And Jones....

2008-07-21 16:24:36
55.   Eric Enders
50 Closet Rockies fan?
2008-07-21 16:27:40
56.   berkowit28
Sorry, I hadn't seen the lineup posted on the previous thread - didn't knopw there was yet another thread (post). I didn't see the line-up here or two back. Sorry for being redundant.
2008-07-21 16:28:00
57.   underdog
51 Which he may. Even if Kershaw pitches okay. (Or he may come in today if Stults falters.)
2008-07-21 16:28:05
58.   sporky
55 Shameless Red Sox fan, unfortunately.

I gave him my leftover blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers (blech).

2008-07-21 16:28:31
59.   underdog
56 - Sokay, we're all still in shock, too. ;-)
2008-07-21 16:29:59
60.   Sagehen
I would add that "success" for LaRoche does not necessary mean he needs to go 3 for 4 with 2 homeruns. He does need to turn in consistently good at-bats, though -- you know, like he did the first time he came up. Let's say he has a game like Kent had the other night with 3 hard slams fielded by the thirdbaseman ... I'm not sure the heroic homerun at the end of the game would be necessary to keep Torre interested.
2008-07-21 16:31:18
61.   wronghanded
53 Thanks for the info, its amazing to me that the NL West seemingly took a huge collective step backwards this year. How do you go from 4 teams over .500 to 0?
2008-07-21 16:31:51
62.   Howard Fox
50 and just what is wrong with Jolly Ranchers?
2008-07-21 16:33:02
63.   Sagehen
44 Only an idiot would bench one of your top two hitters in terms of homeruns, BA, OBA, and/or SLG in favor of Pierre (and I'm not even using the less traditional stats here)...
2008-07-21 16:33:48
64.   sporky
62 Nothing...?
2008-07-21 16:34:34
65.   trainwreck
I didn't know there are now blue Jolly Ranchers. I kinda want one.
2008-07-21 16:35:11
66.   Howard Fox
60 I think the way Torre plays favorites, it will take 3 for 4 and 2 homers to get LaRoche on the radar...

I think in Torre's mind, he is resting DeWitt just as he is resting Nomar...

2008-07-21 16:35:23
67.   Sagehen
I see where Eric Stults will be starring in the prequel to Battlestar Galactica, Caprica ... oops, wrong spelling. Can we give the guy a better nickname now? Tonight's starting pitcher: Eric "Caprica" Stults.
2008-07-21 16:35:47
68.   Howard Fox
64 good you can keep your
2008-07-21 16:38:15
69.   fanerman
67 As a casual Battlestar Galactica fan... I don't get it.
2008-07-21 16:39:25
70.   Xeifrank
Ok, the Dodgers gained about 2% win probability on tuesday with the switch to Kershaw via what the simulator thinks. The Rockies win probability on tuesday is now 58.46%. The run total only changed a fraction. For pitcher projections the simulator takes the pitchers stats for the past calendar year and makes adjustments for luck, by adjusting stats to give each starting pitcher a league average BABIP against. Jimenez has put up some decent numbers in the past 12 mos, with a fairly low HR rate. vr, Xei
2008-07-21 16:39:35
71.   sporky
65 You can have all of mine. The taste isn't worth the blue tongue.
2008-07-21 16:40:09
72.   still bevens
69 Eric Stolz or however your pronounce it (the drug dealer from pulp fiction) is starring in the upcoming BSG prequel series.
2008-07-21 16:40:43
73.   sporky
Heh - oblivious-purple-tongued boss is off to a faculty meeting.
2008-07-21 16:40:57
74.   Eric Enders
The mention of Kent's HR reminds me... that was the third ninth-inning homer in Kent's Dodger career.

Two of those came in seemingly meaningless situations, when the Dodgers were far behind. Both times, however, the batters following Kent rallied to win the game.

2008-07-21 16:42:32
75.   Sagehen
69 From the LATimes website: "Caprica" is the "Battlestar Galactica" prequel, and it takes place 51 years before "Battlestar's" action begins. ... Polly Walker and Eric Stoltz will also star in the prequel." (See the Show Tracker link from the first page for more information).

That said -- don't tell me anything. I'm only through disk 2 of season 2 on Netflix.

2008-07-21 16:42:52
76.   68elcamino427
Jolly Ranchers always reminds me of my kids playing in Little League games. Wow, time does fly.
Happy 6th DT!
2008-07-21 16:44:26
77.   dzzrtRatt
Re: LaRoche. I think he needs to keep in mind what Torre cares about. Actual offensive results are secondary. He's into the aesthetics of baseball, and whether his players follow his direction.

He's like an 15th century Italian art teacher. Whether the paintings sell or not is not his business. He just wants you to do the brush strokes correctly and achieve his standard of beauty. An 0-4 with good swings, defined visually as far as I can tell, is better than a 2-4 with ugly swings. Vladdy must give him nightmares.

2008-07-21 16:46:47
78.   dzzrtRatt
Jolly Rancher is a poorly-designed snack. The ergonomics are all wrong. You can't eat it without getting sticky, and once you start eating it, you can't put it down anywhere or it will get dirty or get stuck. If you need both your hands, you have to put it in your mouth and look like a total geek.

For these reasons I don't think I ever finished a Jolly Rancher.

2008-07-21 16:48:08
79.   Doctor

At least we miss Cook. Have to think the D's can score some runs on the 3 pitchers we see- I expect high scoring games- advantage Dodgers b/c of the pen.

2008-07-21 16:48:43
80.   Bumsrap
66 I think the way Torre plays favorites, it will take 3 for 4 and 2 homers to get LaRoche on the radar Not if those hits come on the first pitch. Hits arn't good unless they come on the 8th pitch for the younger guys.

Now if only Loney were hitting 4th and Kent 5th...

Great to see what LaRoche might do today. Been there, seen that with DeWitt for awhile.

2008-07-21 16:49:02
81.   blue22
78 - Remove wrapper. Place in mouth. Enjoy candy.

How are you getting sticky?

2008-07-21 16:49:49
82.   trainwreck
I'm with blue22 here. I don't get how putting a Jolly Ranger in your mouth is geeky.

Ring Pops, now that is geeky.

2008-07-21 16:50:16
83.   blue22
78 - Oh, you are probably talking about the big sticks! I had forgotten about those - I only think of the little guys you pop in your mouth.
2008-07-21 16:51:10
84.   LoneStar7
83 not as bad as push pops though
2008-07-21 16:51:46
85.   sporky
I was googling to find a picture of Jolly Ranchers and came across this:

Jolly Rancher Beer

2008-07-21 16:52:41
86.   still bevens
75 Season two is pretty great. The beginning of season 3 is epic then it fades real quick. Hang in there tho because season 4 picked up after I thought they had jumped the shark.
2008-07-21 16:53:01
87.   fanerman
I remember ring pops. I thought they were sooooo cool when I was a kid.
2008-07-21 16:53:24
88.   trainwreck
I swear they got from the Simpsons, even though Homer says Skittles.
2008-07-21 16:53:27
89.   LoneStar7
oh and great to see andy in there tonight, i would've enjoyed an ozuna sighting though
2008-07-21 16:54:47
90.   trainwreck
I nearly choked to death on one. I have no idea where my dad learned the Heimlich Maneuver, because he just punched me in the back.
2008-07-21 16:55:49
91.   blue22
So I missed a lot this weekend. Was there any reasoning as to why Maza and not Berroa was replaced? Is Berroa considered the superior defender?
2008-07-21 16:58:58
92.   Eric Enders
Bob's guessing games are getting ridiculously difficult.
2008-07-21 17:02:52
93.   Michael D
I think the thing with DeWitt and LaRoche is that most managers like a guy who plays good defense, and DeWitt looks a guy who plays good defense. I think thats what keeps him in there. If he was playing terrible D he'd be out of there already. So what LaRoche needs to do is flash the leather out there, oh and don't strike out looking because managers really hate that.
2008-07-21 17:03:44
94.   regfairfield
88 I've tried Skittlebrau, it's not worth it.
2008-07-21 17:07:34
95.   Bob Timmermann
Not for some people.
2008-07-21 17:08:23
96.   JayB
44 Your question about Pierre leading off leads to another question in my opinion. At what point in this 2nd half does Torre start benching A.Jones if he continues to struggle. "If" Pierre is healthy, I see him back in the lead-off spot. "If" Pierre is not 100%, I see him in the 2nd spot or even possibly the 8th spot. Personally I would move Kemp back into a power spot. But I think a lot depends on where Jones goes from here, and whether Torre will finally make the decision to use Jones more as a Platoon player!?
2008-07-21 17:11:18
97.   MC Safety
88 94 I'm trying so hard not to break Rule 13.
2008-07-21 17:12:19
98.   silverwidow
From Josh Rawitch at ITD:

UPDATE 2: LaRoche will play the entire series...Nomar just a little achy, which is why he's out...Kershaw could be up again soon according to Joe Torre and when he comes up, he's likely up for the rest of the year...Jason Johnson will be the long man out of the bullpen going forward...Sweeney's activation is on hold and we'll have a plan for him by the time the road trip is over...we're looking at a weekend rehab outing for Penny and an early August return to the bigs.

2008-07-21 17:13:21
99.   Jon Weisman
97 - You broke it. Rule 13 includes no mentions of Rule 13 ...
2008-07-21 17:14:05
100.   sporky
98 So who's out? The Borg?
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2008-07-21 17:15:08
101.   LoneStar7
99 what is this rule that shall not be named?
2008-07-21 17:15:44
102.   LoneStar7
98 johnson long man out of the bullpen? and what of Kuo, does he move into setup man?
2008-07-21 17:16:32
103.   Eric Enders
At least you can take comfort in the fact that Jon broke it too.
2008-07-21 17:16:57
104.   Jon Weisman
101 - The only time it is referenced is when it is broken. And then it is referenced as vaguely as possible.
2008-07-21 17:17:42
105.   Jon Weisman
103 - I can break it for the same reason Vin Scully can break rule 9.
2008-07-21 17:17:52
106.   Gen3Blue
So what happens if Jones doesn't start to bring up his batting average. ( I know BA isn't a very sophisticated stat, but when its over .400 or under .200 it can stand by itself.)
2008-07-21 17:17:59
107.   trainwreck
My jaw just hit the floor. Awesome news!

Willy Aybar just hit a mammoth home run.

2008-07-21 17:18:38
108.   sporky
101 It is the result of watching/hearing Justin Guarini or ingesting syrup of ipecac.
2008-07-21 17:18:49
109.   Eric Enders
That post was full of good news... even this sounds vaguely sinister if you're Mark Sweeney: "Sweeney's activation is on hold and we'll have a plan for him by the time the road trip is over..."

Not "we'll activate him." "We'll have a plan for him." Like, becoming a hitting coach in the GCL. Or being frozen in carbonite.

2008-07-21 17:19:45
110.   LoneStar7
105 haha gotcha

Should we be nervous for stults in colorado, i feel like he could get knocked around a bit in coors

2008-07-21 17:23:18
111.   sporky
98 I'll see it before I believe it. Torre's as reliable as Wikipedia.
2008-07-21 17:28:41
112.   Gagne55
110 Let me put it this way. Nobody will have to worry about violating rule 9 tonight.
2008-07-21 17:30:02
113.   twerp
Depending on how things go, Ned might consider Greg Maddux II before or at the deadline. The Padres are going nowhere. They still might ask too much for Maddux from a division rival, especially the Dodgers. But it might be worth checking out..

Without Maddux in '06, there's a good chance the Dodgers don't win the division. He may not be now even what he was then, but he's had some good starts this year.

He's not a #2 any more, maybe not a #3, let alone a #1. But he might fit in at the backend if Lowe is traded. Penny is iffy. If Stults falters, Maddux might be a better answer.

Maddux is about as PVL as they come, in the good way. His savvy rubbed off on the Dodgers in '06. It should again.

Maddux as mentor to the Minotaur....has a certain ring to it.

It'd be great if Maddux would agree to be a swingman, which if he's as team-oriented as he's been described, he might. Unlikely for a future HOF, probably. But...

There could be far worse things than Maddux in the middle of a key game of a key series, throwing 8 pitches and getting 3 outs for a few innings (or more), bailing out a struggling starter. And he's always prepared mentally and knows the league, both additional advantages.

The Dodgers don't need help selling tickets, but increased attendance when Maddux pitched at DS probably would go a long way toward paying most of his salary.

And IMO, when he retires the Dodgers should do whatever they can to hire him as roving pitching coach, or something, for as long as the team can keep him. IIRC, he does live near LA.

2008-07-21 17:30:49
114.   KingKopitar
If you have Comcast, they're having a free preview of MLB Extra Innings all this week. I'm watching Toronto at Baltimore right now. Apparently, the guy from The Money Store commercials used to play baseball.
2008-07-21 17:36:28
115.   Alex41592
Extra Innings is on a free preview for those on DirecTV as well.
2008-07-21 17:37:17
116.   Bob Timmermann
Rickie Weeks says, "Ray Durham that!"
2008-07-21 17:40:47
117.   MC Safety
99 Sorry, Jon. Won't happen again. At least this didn't take place in the 6 Year Anniversary thread.
2008-07-21 17:41:16
118.   Eric Stephen
I don't think the Dodgers will make a play for Maddux, especially with Penny and perhaps Schmidt due back within the next few weeks.
2008-07-21 17:42:24
119.   Eric Stephen
The old "light a fire under the struggling incumbent infielder" trade. Shades of the Dodgers acquiring Robin Ventura and Tyler Houston!
2008-07-21 17:42:55
120.   Bob Timmermann

(Laughs out loud for several seconds)


(Laughs more loudly)


2008-07-21 17:44:27
121.   fanerman
I feel like watching the Gargoyles series...
2008-07-21 17:44:55
122.   KingKopitar
Man, the sweet sound of Gary Thorne. I don't miss having the NHL on ESPN but I do miss Gary.
2008-07-21 17:44:57
123.   Howard Fox
118 I think Penny at best is iffy this year, and Schmidt will never happen...that being said, I don't see Maddox here either
2008-07-21 17:45:47
124.   Howard Fox
Schmidt won't pitch again until the 2010 season
2008-07-21 17:47:47
125.   ToyCannon
Are you feeling as confident about that chuckle as you were when you proclaimed that Mr. Kuo would never ever throw a meaningful inning again for the Dodgers?
2008-07-21 17:48:17
126.   Eric Stephen
I'm also expecting Darren Dreifort to come out of retirement soon, so he's an option. He's only 36 you know.
2008-07-21 17:49:15
127.   ToyCannon
If he needs another surgery I'd expect him to retire.
2008-07-21 17:50:47
128.   ToyCannon
Amazing that he's only 36. I hope he can walk without pain. As far as stuff goes he is probably a top ten Dodger pitcher. To bad it rarely translated to amazing pitching.
2008-07-21 17:50:52
129.   Eric Stephen
I'm also expecting Ryan Leaf to one day come out of retirement, and play well for the Raiders, just to stick it to Chargers fans.
2008-07-21 17:54:55
130.   berkowit28
98 100 Don't you think it's more likely that Falkenborg replaces Proctor, when Proctor comes off the DL and Falkenborg continues to play several times better than Proctor?
2008-07-21 17:56:14
131.   Bumsrap
2009 Dodger rotation:


Wake up Colletti, it was just a bad dream

2008-07-21 17:57:43
132.   overkill94
Man, I'm surprised the Pirates-Astros game doesn't have more offense yet, the starters for the game are sporting ERAs of 9.77 and 10.29 coming into the game. At the beginning of the game they mentioned that the Pirates' starter (John Van Benschoten) has the worst career ERA for any pitcher with more than 80 IP or something like that (8.96 in 83 1/3 IP).
2008-07-21 17:58:21
133.   berkowit28
If Kent were achy I don't think he'd tell anyone. A little odd that it's Nomar sitting and Kent playing at this moment, but maybe it's good for Nomar (to be resting), if not Kent (to be playing when he looks fatigued).
2008-07-21 17:58:24
134.   trainwreck
Yes, another jerk headcase is what we need.
2008-07-21 17:58:32
135.   cargill06
if schmidt doesn't throw another pitch again does this sound right?

worst pitching contracts (last few years)
1. zito
2. schmidt ($47 million for 1 win)
3. pavano

2008-07-21 17:58:57
136.   jtshoe
Is it possible LaRoche is playing the series in Colorado for a couple reasons?
(a) to give him confidence to get into the lineup AND (b) to boost his numbers a bit to make him more attractive in a trade. I know a 3 game series is small sample size, but he certainly has a better chance to show his power potential off here.
2008-07-21 17:59:03
137.   trainwreck
I remember when Bob laughed at me for saying Edwin Jackson would amount to something.
2008-07-21 18:00:53
138.   D4P
Bob needs to leave Dodger-related predicting to the experts.
2008-07-21 18:02:28
139.   cargill06
137 is he wrong?

i agree with him.

2008-07-21 18:04:07
140.   D4P
Edwin Jackson currently has an ERA+ of 97, which would be worth roughly $10 million a year if he were 35+ years old.
2008-07-21 18:04:12
141.   Woden325
Tulo's back. Let's hope some anger-management classes figured in his rehab.
2008-07-21 18:04:21
142.   trainwreck
I was being sarcastic. Though, I still got hope for Edwin.
2008-07-21 18:04:33
143.   ToyCannon
I think he's right, just was curious how confident he was that he's right.
2008-07-21 18:04:44
144.   trainwreck
Wow, really.
2008-07-21 18:05:24
145.   ToyCannon
Yes, he's already amounted to something when you consider the state of pitching in baseball.
2008-07-21 18:07:15
146.   cargill06
145 so years of crap in the past and future means you amount to something?
2008-07-21 18:07:47
147.   nofatmike

"what is this rule that shall not be named?"

You have to drink a gallon of olive oil to find out.

2008-07-21 18:08:21
148.   Eric Stephen
Welcome to Thunderdome!
2008-07-21 18:08:22
149.   cargill06
hey alright, but they're right, he's never taken a pitch in his life.
2008-07-21 18:08:40
150.   D4P
Edwin Jackson is 24 years old.
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2008-07-21 18:09:09
151.   scareduck
Leadoff double by RMON. Nice.
2008-07-21 18:09:16
152.   regfairfield
Huh, it was a lot better yesterday. Weird how the adjusted average ERA slipped from 4.52 to 4.13 in one year though.
2008-07-21 18:09:42
153.   cargill06
150 and he already has a nice track record of crap in the minors and majors
2008-07-21 18:10:25
154.   Woden325
Kip, dial it back.
2008-07-21 18:10:29
155.   thinkblue88
Happy Birthday Dodgerthoughts!
I'm so happy for this site and wish Mr. Weisman the best of luck in any future endeavors.

Yay Bison!

2008-07-21 18:10:50
156.   Tripon
Edwin Jackson's only going to be an average pitcher in the long run. I think the Dodgers should only focus on keeping above average pitchers.

On that note, here's Chuck Tiffany's current stats.

2008-07-21 18:12:10
157.   nofatmike
136 "to boost his numbers a bit to make him more attractive in a trade."

Not to put a damper on anything, but I do remember Wilson Betemit playing at 2 base up in Colorado like a week or so before he got traded.

2008-07-21 18:12:21
158.   MonkeyBlue
Please don't be really hurt Ethier.
2008-07-21 18:12:21
159.   regfairfield
I didn't realize how few strikeouts Edwin had. Amazing what improving a team's defense will do.
2008-07-21 18:12:47
160.   nofatmike
157 2nd base*
2008-07-21 18:13:30
161.   D4P
Paying someone like Edwin Jackson a pittance is a lot better than paying a David Wells/Esteban Loaiza multiple million dollars every year.
2008-07-21 18:13:35
162.   Tripon
2008-07-21 18:13:39
163.   trainwreck
Yeah, same here.
2008-07-21 18:13:44
164.   MonkeyBlue
Ethier is sooooo! hot!
2008-07-21 18:13:49
165.   Eric Stephen
Extra base hits are awesome. God bless Kip Wells.
2008-07-21 18:14:42
166.   Tripon
161 But in the end, if Edwin Jackson was a mistake by the Dodgers. It was a minor mistake. Its not as if Edwin Jackson is going to be the next Pedro Martinez.
2008-07-21 18:15:01
167.   bigcpa
Vin just called this an unimportant start for Kip Wells. I don't know what to make of that.
2008-07-21 18:15:48
168.   Tripon
167 Vin expects Wells to be gone by the 3rd inning?
2008-07-21 18:15:51
169.   regfairfield
Trading Edwin Jackson was probably the right thing to do. There's no way we would have carried him during his eight ERA first half last year.

Trading him for Danys Baez wasn't.

2008-07-21 18:15:56
170.   Eric Stephen
This may sound elitist, but as a customer who has already purchased Extra Innings, I don't like the scroll on the screen telling me I'm watching a free preview of Extra Innings.
2008-07-21 18:16:39
171.   Woden325
[167} I thought Vin didn't do road games.
2008-07-21 18:16:43
172.   D4P
I'm not talking about whether Edwin Jackson was a mistake by the Dodgers, though now that you mention it, is there anyone here who supports the idea of trading Jackson and Tiffany for Danys Baez and Lance Carter?

Yuck. I think I just broke the unmentionable rule.

2008-07-21 18:16:47
173.   Tripon
2008-07-21 18:16:57
174.   Eric Stephen
Kind of disappointed that Martin only got a single.
2008-07-21 18:17:05
175.   MonkeyBlue
Time to knock him out early.
2008-07-21 18:17:06
176.   cargill06
jesus, how is tulo's range? how did that get through?
2008-07-21 18:17:28
177.   trainwreck
Real cool elitist.
2008-07-21 18:17:44
178.   Eric Stephen
He doesn't do road games east of Colorado, except on rare occasions in recent years.
2008-07-21 18:17:49
179.   scareduck
Three batters up, two runs in. This is nice. Can we send a thank-you note to Clint Hurdle?
2008-07-21 18:18:04
180.   larry slimfast
vin does west coast games and i think he meant to say unimpressive.
2008-07-21 18:18:26
181.   Tripon
171 I think Vin only does NL West road games now. He was with the team in Ariz.
2008-07-21 18:18:29
182.   bigcpa
Kemp leadoff-o-meter: .309/.373/.500
2008-07-21 18:18:39
183.   Eric Stephen
Somewhere Paul Wilson is nervously waiting to open champagne.
2008-07-21 18:18:54
184.   Gen3Blue
Wow, the heat and humidity back east, as well as my grandson, had me so worn out I listened to 20 minutes of Rockie's announcers, before I figured out something was wrong and found Vin.
2008-07-21 18:19:41
185.   trainwreck
One of the few games I can clearly remember.
2008-07-21 18:19:57
186.   Tripon
3-0 Dodgers on a Loney single. Vin's just ripping into Kip Wells.
2008-07-21 18:19:59
187.   Eric Stephen
A one-Hawper to the plate is not enough to get Martin.
2008-07-21 18:20:09
188.   MonkeyBlue
Wow, Kip is getting beat down. Fool is done.
2008-07-21 18:20:23
189.   Michael D
Good news Kip, here comes your first out!
2008-07-21 18:20:29
190.   thinkblue88
I have never heard Vin be so critical of an opposing player.
2008-07-21 18:20:36
191.   larry slimfast
first out of the inning here
2008-07-21 18:21:06
192.   Gen3Blue
Well, Jones should be able to handle this.
2008-07-21 18:21:06
193.   MC Safety
Yeah, tell em' Vin!

Vin said he'd be ticked off if he was a Rockies fan!

2008-07-21 18:21:24
194.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
What's Vin saying?
2008-07-21 18:21:29
195.   bigcpa
The ultimate something's-gotta-give moment here.
2008-07-21 18:21:59
196.   Bob Timmermann
Resistable force meeting moveable object.
2008-07-21 18:22:07
197.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
195 - Resistible force meets the movable object.
2008-07-21 18:22:13
198.   Woden325
190 What's he saying? Kip's just back from a pretty bad injury. It's not like he wants to suck this badly. I assume.
2008-07-21 18:22:42
199.   Eric Stephen
We've all been there.
2008-07-21 18:22:44
200.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Great minds think alike, Bob.
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2008-07-21 18:22:55
201.   Woden325
Where do I send the thank you note for Andruw?
2008-07-21 18:22:55
202.   Tripon
BTW, Jones has a .375 OBP with .zero slugging over the last 7 games.
2008-07-21 18:22:57
203.   Alex41592
Absolutely horrible.
2008-07-21 18:23:01
204.   bigcpa
5 straight sliders accd to sportsline.
2008-07-21 18:23:20
205.   MonkeyBlue
I really hate Andruw.
2008-07-21 18:23:29
206.   Eric Stephen
Is there a Grabowski Principle equivalent for batters? Andruw striking out against Wells has to qualify as one.
2008-07-21 18:23:33
207.   thinkblue88
"and i'll be honest with you, if i was a paying rockies fan, i'd be ticked about this performance"

Something like that among other stuff said.

Maybe the heat is making him agitated. =)

2008-07-21 18:23:46
208.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
240 - Gameday said the last pitch was a change.
2008-07-21 18:24:02
209.   larry slimfast
vin just said 'showcase' for laroche
2008-07-21 18:24:04
210.   Tripon

Vin said that the fans should be really mad that they're paying to watch a pitcher like Wells that hasn't pitched since April.

2008-07-21 18:24:06
211.   Michael D
We really need to do something about Jones. We really can't allow him to hit anymore. Ned needs to understand his very job may very well depend on swallowing his pride and finding a way to get Jones off the big league team.
2008-07-21 18:24:58
212.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
208 - 204, 240, whatever.
2008-07-21 18:25:27
213.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
211 - Concur.
2008-07-21 18:26:06
214.   Rob M
Andy's getting some good hacks in.
2008-07-21 18:26:12
215.   Tripon
If Andruw Jones was on an AL team like the Angels, they'd DH for him, and have the pitcher hit.
2008-07-21 18:26:58
216.   underdog
Uh oh, Juan Pierre Is a Hard Worker anecdote alert by the Rockies' announcers.
2008-07-21 18:27:14
217.   fanerman
215 Can they do that?
2008-07-21 18:27:22
218.   Eric Stephen
Woo hoo, an honest PA.
2008-07-21 18:27:22
219.   Rob M
Nice AB Andy!
2008-07-21 18:27:27
220.   MonkeyBlue
Andy! nice at bat!
2008-07-21 18:27:27
221.   thinkblue88
2008-07-21 18:27:31
222.   Alex41592
GREAT job by Andy.
2008-07-21 18:27:37
223.   Woden325
210 Ah. Well that's fair enough, I suppose.
At least the pen has been spared the last few games.
2008-07-21 18:27:40
224.   Tripon
Is Berroa a Double Play machine? Because he sure isn't a hitting savant.
2008-07-21 18:27:54
225.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Big-league plate appearance for Andy.
2008-07-21 18:28:14
226.   underdog
Good eye Andy!

Now you've loaded 'em for Grampa Snipes, though.

2008-07-21 18:28:18
227.   Bob Timmermann
As I have likely said here close to 50 times, the DH in pro ball can bat only for the pitcher.

It's different in college ball.

2008-07-21 18:28:24
228.   fanerman
2008-07-21 18:28:30
229.   Jon Weisman
Honest at-bat from LaRoche.
2008-07-21 18:28:42
230.   Bob Timmermann
If Berroa doesn't get an RBI here, he never will.
2008-07-21 18:28:48
231.   Ken Noe
I'm guessing Jones has until JP returns.
2008-07-21 18:28:51
232.   Tripon
2008-07-21 18:29:03
233.   Eric Stephen
This sport is awesome.
2008-07-21 18:29:07
234.   MonkeyBlue
HAHAHAHAHA! nice hit Angel.
2008-07-21 18:29:12
235.   Rob M
Wells looks so bad. The fact that Andruw swung 3 times without even getting a piece of the ball is amazing. Something's wrong with him. Something more than just him sucking. He can't see the ball.
2008-07-21 18:29:17
236.   Alex41592
Angel Berroa gets a 2 RBI single. Jones should be ashamed of himself.
2008-07-21 18:29:18
237.   fanerman
227 But you like explaining things, right?
2008-07-21 18:29:24
238.   underdog
A better hitter is on deck. Just take a walk, Blade.
2008-07-21 18:29:26
239.   sporky
209 Dagger through my heart.
2008-07-21 18:29:40
240.   trainwreck
Okay, did someone on DT sell their souls to the devil before this game?
2008-07-21 18:29:45
241.   Michael D
The beating will continue until morale improves!
2008-07-21 18:29:51
242.   underdog
I take it back - Snipes is a hitting machine!
2008-07-21 18:29:56
243.   Rob M
Stults is gonna hit a rope.
2008-07-21 18:29:57
244.   MonkeyBlue
Holy crap Vinny... stop it you're killing me.
2008-07-21 18:29:58
245.   Tripon
Vin's still harping on the injustice of paying for a Rockies game.
2008-07-21 18:30:04
246.   scareduck
166 - there are several important points to be made here:

1) Jackson still had an option year at the time he was traded.
2) No, he wasn't the next coming of Doc Gooden. So what? He was still young and could have amounted to something (and probably would have given his age). Leaving him in the minors was the best way to find out what that was.
3) The lousy haul on the trade was the result of Ned systematically undervaluing young players.

I'm amazed that there's even any debate on this point.

2008-07-21 18:30:13
247.   68elcamino427
Lightning strikes as Angel collects the RBIs
2008-07-21 18:30:23
248.   larry slimfast
i forgot who was pitching for the dodgers and i was trying to figure it out without looking it up and then berroa ruined it for me. jerk.
2008-07-21 18:30:24
249.   Tripon
Woo! RBI for Eric!
2008-07-21 18:30:35
250.   thinkblue88
Congrats Senor Snipes!

Vin calling Kip Wells a "batting practice pitcher" and wondering if fans can get their money back.

It just sounds so weird this stuff coming from him.

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2008-07-21 18:30:42
251.   underdog
240 I was going to but then saw Wells was starting.

Actually, I wonder if Kip Wells' hand is still bothering him.

2008-07-21 18:30:44
252.   Rob M
An un-frozen rope, apparently.
2008-07-21 18:30:55
253.   Alex41592
Nice screen by Berroa.
2008-07-21 18:31:13
254.   Bob Timmermann
It depends upon the level of pedantry I can display.
2008-07-21 18:31:14
255.   Woden325
Rule-1. This is just one of those games when everything's going to stink.
2008-07-21 18:31:48
256.   Eric Stephen
The last time Kemp batted twice against the Rockies in the first inning, he hit a slam and the Dodgers scored 10 in the opening frame.
2008-07-21 18:31:52
257.   MonkeyBlue
The only way to stop this if Jones get up to bat 3 times.
2008-07-21 18:31:54
258.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Kip must've made Vin mad, because Vin never tees off on guys just for badness.
2008-07-21 18:32:14
259.   regfairfield
We're scared that a team starting Ian Stewart and playing Jeff Baker at 2nd is going to catch us?
2008-07-21 18:32:16
260.   underdog
Man, I'm actually starting to feel sorry for the Rockies here. Not pretty.


Hey stop it folks, you're torturing those of us who don't get Vin!
(The Rockies' announcers aren't bad at all, mind you, but... I miss Vin.)

2008-07-21 18:32:23
261.   Woden325
258 ran over his dog?
2008-07-21 18:32:47
262.   Buffalo Jones
This reminds me of a dodgers-rockies game at coors a while back when Denny Neagle was pitching.
2008-07-21 18:32:47
263.   Tripon
2008-07-21 18:32:51
264.   scareduck
246 - oh, and he would have been cheaper than the junk the Dodgers subsequently got to pitch in relief, and likely as good.
2008-07-21 18:32:51
265.   68elcamino427
Matt an Mattingly could be working together for some time.
2008-07-21 18:32:54
266.   thinkblue88
Woot! Kemp!
2008-07-21 18:33:05
267.   Rob M
This is getting really ugly.
2008-07-21 18:33:06
268.   Eric Stephen
10 batters, 1 out.
2008-07-21 18:33:24
269.   trainwreck
Okay underdog, I am starting to feel kind of bad for Kip Wells.
2008-07-21 18:33:52
270.   underdog
Wells go bye-bye.
2008-07-21 18:33:54
271.   KingKopitar
Didn't it look like Kemp was way late on that? That was almost all arms and he hit a ground rule double.
2008-07-21 18:34:01
272.   Eric Stephen
but a sweep by Colorado - which just swept Pittsburgh - would put the Rockies only three back of Los Angeles

Excellent reverse jinx, Jon. :)

2008-07-21 18:34:01
273.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
Who mentioned that Paul Wilson game?
2008-07-21 18:34:09
274.   LeeLacy
Wow-the way things are going, Andruw could potentially get all three outs for us this inning. Unbelievable offensive display by the rest of the lineup.
2008-07-21 18:34:19
275.   nofatmike
Double-Double for Matt Kemp.
2008-07-21 18:34:29
276.   sporky
269 Me too.
2008-07-21 18:34:36
277.   Jon Weisman
Didn't Kemp cap a 10-run inning against Colorado with a slam this year? Or am I dreaming.

I'd check but I'm not at my computer.

2008-07-21 18:34:46
278.   Rob M
271 To me that looked like Kemp recognized the breaking ball, waited on it and drove it to the gap in right center.
2008-07-21 18:34:55
279.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
By the way, if you're at Chase Field where the game has yet to start, how bummed are you to see a 7-spot in the first inning for the Dodgers?
2008-07-21 18:35:11
280.   fanerman
2008-07-21 18:35:28
281.   Bluebleeder87
Psychologically when the Snakes look at the scoreboard it can only benefit the Dodgers.
2008-07-21 18:35:29
282.   underdog
269 - See? The empathy thing is contagious, even if you don't want it. Imagine a Jason Johnson vs. Kip Wells matchup. Naw, don't.

This is cool - I may actually be able to go back and finish my "Spaced" review early now without any distractions.

Did I mention Patton Oswalt is on several commentary tracks, and so is Quentin T?

2008-07-21 18:35:42
283.   Alex41592
The pressure is on Arizona. But, NO lead is safe in Coors. This feels great.
2008-07-21 18:36:05
284.   bigcpa
Kemp leadoff-o-meter .319/.382/.522
2008-07-21 18:36:21
285.   LoneStar7
who was the last dodger to hit two doubles in the same inning?
2008-07-21 18:36:35
286.   underdog
274 Oh lord, or very possibly at least the third out. That would be rather sad, too. It's Feel Sad for Overpaid People Day.
2008-07-21 18:36:45
287.   Eric Stephen
Yep, April 26 at home against the Rox.
2008-07-21 18:36:58
288.   Bluebleeder87

I hear you man, MK has had a great last few games.

2008-07-21 18:36:59
289.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
275 - You might just inspired my choice of dinner, depending on whether my wife feels like cooking the lime chicken like as she was planning.
2008-07-21 18:37:49
290.   trainwreck
2008-07-21 18:37:49
291.   Eric Stephen
Who mentioned that Paul Wilson game?

[Takes a bow]

2008-07-21 18:37:52
292.   Tripon

All true, but if the Dodgers have proven over the last 4 or 5 years, its that the Dodgers can produce young pitching, starting or relieving. And its not as if the Dodgers are going to start a rotation filled with young pitchers, because they're constantly looking to sign veteran starting pitching despite their strength. I just don't mind loosing Edwin Jackson because we have better options than him.

2008-07-21 18:38:19
293.   Bob Timmermann
Kemp is the first NLer to have two doubles in an inning since Geoff Jenkins of the Brewers did it against Mark Mulder of the Cardinals on 9/24/2005.

The Sporting News Record Book lists the batter as "Miguel Cabrera, Milwaukee."

Jorge Posada and Jermaine Dye each had 2 double innings last year.

2008-07-21 18:38:27
294.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
291 - I remember watching that game and being stunned how slow Griffey Jr. was in center.
2008-07-21 18:38:39
295.   sporky
Please let that be enough...
2008-07-21 18:38:48
296.   Eric Stephen
Kemp has doubles in each of his last 3 PA.
2008-07-21 18:40:02
297.   scareduck
Only the second time in Rockies history that a Rockies starter has given up seven or more runs at home while leaving the bump with one or fewer outs recorded. On August 16, 1995, the Cubs crushed Colorado 26-7 against Bret Saberhagen.

2008-07-21 18:40:26
298.   LoneStar7
293 amazing, and thanks
2008-07-21 18:40:37
299.   regfairfield
292 Eric Stults is starting tonights game.
2008-07-21 18:40:59
300.   68elcamino427
#27 - The Bison (yes he is coachable)
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2008-07-21 18:41:08
301.   Tripon
What's Kip Well's ERA now?
2008-07-21 18:41:35
302.   underdog
Well in happier news for the Rockies, I'm sure they're glad to see Tulo back, eh Woden?
2008-07-21 18:41:44
303.   regfairfield
301 5.40
2008-07-21 18:41:45
304.   Bluebleeder87
to be honest I'd be more confie with a 40 run lead...
2008-07-21 18:41:52
305.   Eric Ferrari
Special request to Eric Stults......NO WALKS PLEASE.
2008-07-21 18:42:07
306.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
297 - Totally forgot Sabes' brief time as a Rocky/ie.
2008-07-21 18:42:34
307.   scareduck
297 - oops, August 18, 1995.
2008-07-21 18:42:42
308.   Tripon
To Ned:

Bet you're glad that I nixed the trade for C.C. now huh?

Love, McCourt.

2008-07-21 18:42:56
309.   Bluebleeder87
another thing about Stults is that he knows how to pitch in hitter friendly ball parks.

evident in playing for vegas.

2008-07-21 18:42:58
310.   whodat807
I turn the game on a half hour late, and I miss eight runs? Not exactly an unhappy surprise.
2008-07-21 18:44:06
311.   Jon Weisman
Russell Martin got his 200th career RBI.
2008-07-21 18:44:41
312.   dontraiseplz
Kip Wells did his absolute best to walk Andruw Jones but he wouldn't take.

7 pitches out of the strike zone and he gets the K.

2008-07-21 18:44:56
313.   Tripon
I'll be happy when Matt Holiday's out of the NLWest.
2008-07-21 18:44:57
314.   scareduck
305 - you lose.
2008-07-21 18:45:24
315.   Gen3Blue
Never feel secure with this kind of game' especially at Colorado. But Stults can actually throw strikes, and that can be effective with this kind of lead( sorry I said that, he just walked someone).
We better get a few more runs, boys.
2008-07-21 18:45:53
316.   LoneStar7
2008-07-21 18:45:53
317.   Eric Ferrari
So Vin hinted that the Dodgers might be "showcasing" LaRoche. Any Ideas from anyone here as to whom the Dodgers might be showcasing him for ?
2008-07-21 18:45:56
318.   Tripon
Oh crap.... We might be in trouble.
2008-07-21 18:46:02
319.   trainwreck
Uh oh.
2008-07-21 18:46:26
320.   sporky
295 !!!!

You're up EIGHT runs :(

2008-07-21 18:46:30
321.   fanerman
6 straight balls.
2008-07-21 18:46:47
322.   scareduck
305 , 314 - times two.
2008-07-21 18:46:54
323.   Tripon

Seattle? They're going to need a 3rd Baseman once they deal Beltre.

2008-07-21 18:47:09
324.   regfairfield
317 Oakland and Cleveland could use a third baseman.
2008-07-21 18:47:32
325.   Eric Stephen
I'm pretty comfortable with an 8-0 lead, even with 2 walks by Stults. Call me crazy.
2008-07-21 18:47:33
326.   Eric Ferrari

That's the only way they can get back in this game IMO.

2008-07-21 18:47:49
327.   underdog
The Rockies' announcers were saying that Jerry Crawford is a very impatient ump and was trying to hurry Stults along earlier this inning. And was just trying to hurry up that conversation.
2008-07-21 18:48:02
328.   LoneStar7
anyone else see juan whiff that bare handed grab, hes not ready... : )
2008-07-21 18:48:16
329.   Bluebleeder87
this umpire wants right down the pipe!!

come on blue!!

2008-07-21 18:48:16
330.   dontraiseplz
feels like the the ump is squeezing him a bit.
2008-07-21 18:48:40
331.   Woden325
302 Sorry, I was raiding the liquor cabinet.
2008-07-21 18:48:46
332.   Alex41592
Stults is getting squeezed when he's up eight.
2008-07-21 18:48:51
333.   ucladodger
Talk about a squeeze job. That 1-2 non strike call is pathetic.
2008-07-21 18:48:59
334.   Eric Ferrari
I think I'd do the deal for Beltre.
2008-07-21 18:49:13
335.   underdog
And someone in the Dodgers dugout was barking at Crawford asking where one of those balls called was. The ump yelled back "It was outside!"

Man he really does have a micro strike zone.

2008-07-21 18:49:17
336.   MonkeyBlue
That was scary.
2008-07-21 18:49:55
337.   Woden325
301 Gameday has it at 5.40. He started with a 2.1, I think.
2008-07-21 18:50:05
338.   Jon Weisman
A slightly better look at Leno with my name.

2008-07-21 18:50:12
339.   Tripon
Yikes, I don't think Eric's going to make it to five innings the way this game is going.
2008-07-21 18:50:31
340.   Eric Ferrari
Maple bats are just stupid. He hit it on the nose and it split in half on that replay.
2008-07-21 18:50:36
341.   MonkeyBlue
Stults didn't look good. I hope he shakes it off in the next inning.
2008-07-21 18:51:11
342.   bisonjones
The Bison rocks!

Re: 262

Hey, Buffalo Jones, is there enough room on this board for the two of us? :)

BTW, the start to this game does not stink.

2008-07-21 18:51:14
343.   underdog
Rather than showcasing LaRoche for other teams, how about showcasing him for Torre and the internal staff? These starts this week, if he does well, how about keeping him, rather than dealing with an overpriced 3B on a downward trajectory? (And I like Beltre, I do.)
2008-07-21 18:51:23
344.   Jon Weisman
Gurnick on LaRoche, rumors, etc.:

2008-07-21 18:51:27
345.   trainwreck
He looks like the child of Rod Sterling and Wilford Brimley.
2008-07-21 18:51:29
346.   fanerman
I really hope that this string of starts (assuming it happens) LaRoche gets is not because management wants to trade him. It'd be absurd that the first real chance he gets to show he belongs is happening because management already decided he didn't belong...
2008-07-21 18:51:36
347.   Eric Stephen
That's a scary looking goatee.
2008-07-21 18:51:41
348.   Bluebleeder87
Jerry Crawford is a very impatient ump and was trying to hurry Stults

man that is wrong on SO many levels.

2008-07-21 18:52:57
349.   LoneStar7
2008-07-21 18:52:59
350.   Tripon
Hee. The Rockies are making Jeff Kent look like the Jeff Kent of 2000.
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2008-07-21 18:53:13
351.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Casey Blake and Adrian Beltre?

I'll stick with LaRoche, thank you very much. Hopefully by the end of this trip LaRoche will impress enough that if they do deal him his value will be high...

... actually, I hope he impresses enough that Torre chooses to play him.

2008-07-21 18:54:40
352.   MonkeyBlue
Hit parade conitnues!
2008-07-21 18:54:58
353.   Who Is Karim Garcia
What song shall we play during this hit parade?
2008-07-21 18:55:04
354.   LoneStar7
#7 James Loney
2008-07-21 18:55:05
355.   Woden325
Aw, geez.
2008-07-21 18:55:22
356.   trainwreck
We should never trade Loney to the Rockies.
2008-07-21 18:55:33
357.   Tripon
Andruw Jones is up again.
2008-07-21 18:55:54
358.   underdog
This is really easy. It can't be this easy, can it? I'm just going to enjoy it.
2008-07-21 18:56:04
359.   Marty
I guess we can't be showcasing Jones.
2008-07-21 18:56:33
360.   Tripon
To be showcase Jones, there's gotta be something to showcase.
2008-07-21 18:56:36
361.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Andruw's baseball swing makes Charles Barkley's golf swing look poetic.
2008-07-21 18:56:42
362.   68elcamino427
Yes - #7 James Loney - another Mattingly devotee
2008-07-21 18:56:53
363.   Bluebleeder87

So you guys think La Roche is gonna be traded or what? sorry man, I'm still a little woozie from exercising.

2008-07-21 18:56:59
364.   LoneStar7
she swings, she misses
2008-07-21 18:57:12
365.   Marty
Showcasing Jones is like taking a Yugo to Earl Scheib.
2008-07-21 18:57:22
366.   trainwreck
Andruw Jones makes me miss Juan Pierre, which disturbs me beyond belief.
2008-07-21 18:57:31
367.   Bob Timmermann
Your honor, can I stipulate that Andruw Jones is not hitting well?
2008-07-21 18:57:48
368.   Eric Stephen
Tonight's game is like an unbelievable run at the blackjack table. Problem is, Andruw keeps splitting 10s and hitting on 15 with the dealer showing a 6.
2008-07-21 18:57:48
369.   MonkeyBlue
Jones is done.
2008-07-21 18:57:48
370.   underdog
I know, Druw, I know, it's hard to catch up with those 84 mph fastballs.

I see Delwyn Young is warming up in the bullpen.

2008-07-21 18:58:08
371.   thinkblue88
Haha! Now that was funny!
2008-07-21 18:58:14
372.   berkowit28
208 258 As Vin said later, he held it against the Rockies, not Wells, that he was allowed to stay in so long with no backup in waiting. He actually said "It stinks!" He obviously it was immoral that the Rockies let an injured pitcher in for his first time with no reserve in place. And you know how Vin can become indignant when he detects unfairness and immorality.

I wonder when he might start feeling about the Dodgers letting Jones go out there day after day.

2008-07-21 18:58:19
373.   scareduck
If this keeps up, Andruw could have a six or seven strikeout game.
2008-07-21 18:58:28
374.   Eric Ferrari
I've never in my 30 years seen anything like the decline of Adruw Jones.

If McCourt was true to his words, he'd release him.

2008-07-21 18:58:30
375.   Woden325
It's really disappointing to watch Druw flail around like this. On the other hand, he's making it easier on Spier.
2008-07-21 18:58:57
376.   Tripon
I just want to know what the heck was Ned Coletti thinking after Jones batted .220 last year.
2008-07-21 18:59:24
377.   ucladodger
He just cant see. Thats really the only explanation. The guy was a Hall of Famer and now cant hit crap pitchers. He just cant see.
2008-07-21 18:59:25
378.   underdog
Clint Hurdle is currently day dreaming in the dugout, with a little cartoon cloud-shaped bubble above his head with a Dodger line-up made up entirely of Andruw Jones clones.
2008-07-21 18:59:48
379.   thinkblue88
Andy Laroche=Walk Machine
2008-07-21 18:59:53
380.   MonkeyBlue
Andy! another sweet at-bat.
2008-07-21 19:00:07
381.   trainwreck
I am worried Ned's going to take these walks as a bad thing.
2008-07-21 19:00:09
382.   ucladodger
And Andy Laroche can see very well. The guy knows the strike zone.
2008-07-21 19:00:24
383.   Eric Stephen
2 plate appearances, 15 pitches, 2 walks for LaRoche this evening.
2008-07-21 19:00:26
384.   LoneStar7
Druw, patience is a virtue.


2008-07-21 19:00:28
385.   underdog
Andy is a walk machine!
2008-07-21 19:01:04
386.   Kevin Lewis

Just clogging the bases

2008-07-21 19:01:22
387.   Tripon
Ah, there's that Double Play.
2008-07-21 19:01:27
388.   Woden325
2008-07-21 19:01:38
389.   Bluebleeder87
my '09 prediction is that A.Jones will be come-back-player-of-the-year for '09.
2008-07-21 19:01:47
390.   Marty
Andy Laroche, walking to Seattle.
2008-07-21 19:02:13
391.   Michael D
With JAWFAL I imagine Ned's cell phone has about 5 missed calls from Billy Beane trying to trade him Huston Street.
2008-07-21 19:02:17
392.   trainwreck
Well that certainly is a bold prediction.
2008-07-21 19:02:52
393.   LoneStar7
389 fairly safe choice, all he has to do is hit .200 and he'll win it
2008-07-21 19:03:10
394.   Kevin Lewis

It is nice to have someone else with discipline like Ethier. I feel so much more comfortable knowing the hitter won't chase junk all the time.

So, can we just bring in Young, move Kemp to center and ride it the rest of the season?

2008-07-21 19:03:12
395.   Bluebleeder87
I don't understand the rezoning behind this La Roche situation.

I just don't.

2008-07-21 19:03:15
396.   Who Is Karim Garcia

It's his swing. His hips fly open way, way, way too early. HIs entire backside is half way out the box.

2008-07-21 19:03:27
397.   thinkblue88
If LaRoche gets traded, I hope it's to the A's. That way, I can still root for him and watch him blossom.
2008-07-21 19:03:36
398.   Eric Stephen
This game is about one hour old, and the Rockies have only batted once.
2008-07-21 19:03:59
399.   whodat807
389 That might be possible, since Druw only has to go from historically horrible to simply horrible to vastly improve upon the embarrassment this season has become for him.
2008-07-21 19:04:24
400.   Tripon
389 Not as a Dodgers. I'm fairly sure Andruw Jones is going to be playing somewhere on the East Coast next year. Be it by DFA, or a trade where the Dodgers pick up more than half of his salary.
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2008-07-21 19:04:31
401.   bisonjones
392 , 389
Yeah, but comeback player of the year stats for Jones might be 7 HR, 48 RBI and a.235 bA.
2008-07-21 19:04:54
402.   larry slimfast
hit laroche 7th. hit jones 8th and tell him to swing for the fences. andy will walk a lot. andruw will strike out a lot but he might get lucky every once in a while.
2008-07-21 19:05:26
403.   Woden325
That's how you use the bat, Tulo.
2008-07-21 19:06:35
404.   MonkeyBlue
Stults... yessssh
2008-07-21 19:06:36
405.   Bluebleeder87
IMO this umpire has a very small strike zone.
2008-07-21 19:07:00
406.   LoneStar7
I'm having a hard time clapping when Andruw catches a fly ball, even though stults is the one responsible for the recorded out
2008-07-21 19:07:27
407.   Gen3Blue
I think the Dodgers will need a few more runs to win this game, but so far I am confident they will get them.
2008-07-21 19:07:29
408.   JoeyP
395--> I nominate Bluebleeder for most creative ways to spell words.
2008-07-21 19:07:36
409.   overkill94
Good lord, I wouldn't expect that the Dodgers will be in the Matt Holliday sweepstakes after reading about their demands:

Adenhart, Kendrick, AND Saunders or Santana? Sheesh.

2008-07-21 19:08:12
410.   Kevin Lewis
There was a video on comparing Druw's swing from a couple of years ago to now. It validates what we know about Andrew not going with the outside pitch and keeping a closed stance. He just can't drive anything moving on the outside of the plate.
2008-07-21 19:09:02
411.   Xeifrank
WE: 96%
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 19:09:39
412.   trainwreck
Well he's not getting traded during the season.
2008-07-21 19:10:18
413.   fiddlestick
Andruw-- you don't have enough reputation left to keep guys from going 1st to 3rd when you don't charge the ball.
2008-07-21 19:10:22
414.   JoeyP
Taveras gets on base an awful lot for a lead off man.
2008-07-21 19:10:31
415.   Marty
I was waiting for Gen3Blue to voice concern. He says what I deep down think with all the teams I root for.
2008-07-21 19:10:43
416.   Woden325
2008-07-21 19:10:44
417.   Who Is Karim Garcia

Forward it to Andruw Jones, please.

2008-07-21 19:10:47
418.   Kevin Lewis

Tex would make a lot more sense for the Dodgers.

2008-07-21 19:10:59
419.   MonkeyBlue
409. No in the Majors is worth that much.
2008-07-21 19:11:06
420.   Bob Timmermann
What magical hold does the East Coast hold for Andruw Jones?

Or is he like Gerald Henderson who felt that Western Conference basketball in the NBA wasn't "real" basketball?

2008-07-21 19:11:21
421.   Eric Stephen
Sounds like Kuo time! (only half kidding)
2008-07-21 19:11:47
422.   sporky
My last day of work is also a countdown to the trade deadline (i.e. Andy Watch). I wonder if his agent asked for a trade.
2008-07-21 19:11:59
423.   bisonjones
Wow, with a 9-run lead, Stults finally gets his strike/ball ratio to tilt in favor of strikes (20/19).
2008-07-21 19:12:12
424.   trainwreck
I hope Taveras stays in the NL West (but not on our team) for a long time.
2008-07-21 19:12:59
425.   trainwreck
Why in the world did he say that?
2008-07-21 19:13:32
426.   overkill94
418 I don't think Tex can play 3B anymore
2008-07-21 19:13:38
427.   Bob Timmermann
Last player to hit four straight doubles was Matt Murton.
2008-07-21 19:14:18
428.   Kevin Lewis

He is not being showcased...or if he is, it is for our own management.

2008-07-21 19:14:36
429.   Bob Timmermann
The older Gerald Henderson.
2008-07-21 19:14:37
430.   whodat807
423 He's just shaking off rust, I think.
2008-07-21 19:14:48
431.   trainwreck
Darn, I was hoping Kemp was going for the double cycle.
2008-07-21 19:15:30
432.   overkill94
412 The article talks about O'Dowd shopping Holliday to a few teams and what he's reportedly asking for in return
2008-07-21 19:15:33
433.   trainwreck
I figured that, but what was his reasoning?
2008-07-21 19:15:33
434.   Tripon
420 Oh, I just think its more like a Maddux situation where he prefers to play on the West Coast. I don't think Andruw Jones ever got comfortable playing in L.A., and then he got off to this horrendous start and it kept on snowballing from there. You don't think the Braves or the Yankees or the Marlins wouldn't take a flier on him for the league minimum?
2008-07-21 19:16:25
435.   trainwreck
Yeah, I just meant he won't get traded with those demands.
2008-07-21 19:17:48
436.   Bob Timmermann
Because Gerald Henderson was one of the most evil creatures that ever had cells with a double helix shaped nucleic acid in them, i.e., a 1980s era Celtic.
2008-07-21 19:17:52
437.   Tripon
Hmm, when was the last time Martin got an extra base hit? Its like he morphed into Paul LoDuca with better defense and feel for the pitching staff. Also, he's not pimping out HGH for Eric Gagne, but you get the idea.
2008-07-21 19:18:19
438.   Eric Stephen
Pouring it on!
2008-07-21 19:18:29
439.   sporky
If Ned entertains thoughts of trading Andy, I hope someone (preferably Logan White) beats some sense into him with Alberts' "Molecular Biology Cell" textbook.
2008-07-21 19:18:43
440.   trainwreck
This would be a great game to showcase Kent.
2008-07-21 19:19:06
441.   sporky
*of the Cell.
2008-07-21 19:19:13
442.   Kevin Lewis
By the way, this game has made all worth it.
2008-07-21 19:19:27
443.   Eric Stephen
Martin had a double on Friday.
2008-07-21 19:19:36
444.   Bob Timmermann
Maddux has only played on the West Coast since 2006. He did pretty well playing in Chicago and Atlanta.

I just don't think Andruw Jones stinks because he is upset about getting stuck in traffic.

2008-07-21 19:19:43
445.   underdog
The Rockies' announcers are very decent fellows but they're not interesting enough to fill the spaces in a one-sided rout like this. They're trying but it's painfully boring. But I'm still enjoying the game itself -- thus I'm now playing Radiohead on my iTunes.
2008-07-21 19:19:43
446.   Tripon

You mean the Dodgers are going to give Kent another 9 million to play next year?

2008-07-21 19:20:04
447.   trainwreck
Me too, except about the sense part.
2008-07-21 19:20:12
448.   whodat807
Martin would have tagged himself out, had he been behind the plate for that play.
2008-07-21 19:20:24
449.   scareduck
377 - Age-related decline.
2008-07-21 19:21:15
450.   sporky
After scoring those 2 runs, the Rockies' WE went from 2 to 1%.
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2008-07-21 19:22:07
451.   LeeLacy
This scoring-every-inning thing ... I'm kind of liking it.
2008-07-21 19:22:35
452.   Eric Stephen
Dodgers have 16 runs in their last 4 innings.
2008-07-21 19:22:47
453.   Woden325
bang goes the shutout. Thank goodness.
2008-07-21 19:22:50
454.   Tripon
Wow, thats a long homerun.
2008-07-21 19:23:01
455.   trainwreck
Holliday says take that 1%!
2008-07-21 19:23:10
456.   MonkeyBlue
Stults is very shaky.
2008-07-21 19:23:27
457.   Eric Stephen
The Rockies have now requested the Angels add Brandon Wood to their Holliday package after that HR.
2008-07-21 19:23:29
458.   sporky
WE is still 1%.
2008-07-21 19:23:54
459.   underdog
Going on a Holliday....

And there goes the shutout.

(Is he really nicknamed "Big Daddy" or is that weird Rockies' announcer thing?)

2008-07-21 19:24:10
460.   OhioBlues12
Did Martin actually score? Gameday has the score at 10-1 now, Vin keeps saying that it is 11-1.
2008-07-21 19:24:10
461.   whodat807
Man, that was a nice swing.
2008-07-21 19:24:23
462.   Eric Stephen
Yahoo apparently disallowed Martin's run, as they have the score 10-1 LA.
2008-07-21 19:24:34
463.   overkill94
Yahoo's box score refuses to acknowledge that Martin scored on Kent's double. Did they give Iannetta an error on that one?
2008-07-21 19:24:50
464.   Woden325
459 I've never heard it before.
2008-07-21 19:24:53
465.   underdog
452 It's all Don Mattingly, I tells ya!
2008-07-21 19:27:03
466.   scareduck
463 - MLB Gameday is doing the same.
2008-07-21 19:27:20
467.   whodat807
I liked mlbtv better when it didn't have commercials.
2008-07-21 19:27:37
468.   Tripon
Oh man, that recap of the Dodgers first inning was hilarious, especially with the way Stults was walking like a penguin.

And wow, Andruw Jones got a base hit.

2008-07-21 19:27:44
469.   overkill94
Andruw got a hit! A real one!
2008-07-21 19:28:14
470.   Who Is Karim Garcia
Way to raise that average, Andruw.
2008-07-21 19:28:30
471.   scareduck
My hopes for a six strikeout game for Andruw are dashed.
2008-07-21 19:28:40
472.   underdog
Holy smokes! A solid hit!

The pre-inning laser surgery did the trick.

2008-07-21 19:28:58
473.   trainwreck
Huston Street is in the corner of my Gameday. What an ominous sign.
2008-07-21 19:29:02
474.   Woden325
Spier isn't a long relief guy, and is probably out of gas.
2008-07-21 19:29:30
475.   Bob Timmermann
It's 10-1 on ESPN too.

But it's not! It's 11-1!

2008-07-21 19:30:06
476.   Tripon
Wow, I'm starting to turn around to LaRoche. He might just get 4 walks with no hits. And that must put a smile on Torre's face.
2008-07-21 19:30:21
477.   Woden325
KOA said 11-1. I don't get it.
2008-07-21 19:31:13
478.   Tripon
Scratch that, Andy LaRoche got a hit. Hee.
2008-07-21 19:31:19
479.   overkill94
2008-07-21 19:31:19
480.   MonkeyBlue
This LaRoche guy is pretty good!
2008-07-21 19:31:20
481.   LoneStar7
yes! that feels wonderful...another SOLID at bat
2008-07-21 19:31:20
482.   Bob Timmermann
Except now it's 12-1.
2008-07-21 19:31:30
483.   Alex41592
12-1 on the LaRoche RBI single.
2008-07-21 19:31:35
484.   nick
you know, to find a hitting season as bad as Druw's this year, you have to go all the way back...I mean, over. To DC. Willy Mo Pena. This year. They're neck and neck, though Willy Mo seems to have stopped playing. Injury?
2008-07-21 19:31:57
485.   Eric Stephen
3 PA, 22 pitches, 3 times on base.

And LaRoche's average is above .200 now! (.208)

2008-07-21 19:32:09
486.   Woden325
Now 12-1. I have no idea why the online things aren't scoring it right.
2008-07-21 19:32:13
487.   underdog
But an RBI single is even better than a walk!

Atta boy Andy!

Yeah, I agree, Speier must be tired at this point.

2008-07-21 19:32:14
488.   whodat807
Nice game by LaRoche today.
2008-07-21 19:32:17
489.   Bob Timmermann
Pena had shoulder surgery today I believe and he's out for the year.
2008-07-21 19:32:45
490.   Bluebleeder87
I've heard the Dodgers want Beltre but forget that man...
2008-07-21 19:33:04
491.   underdog
484 - Wow, I had no idea he was faring so poorly, too.
2008-07-21 19:33:24
492.   Tripon
Does the Rockies have any long relievers? Leaving Spier like this is horrible for them.
2008-07-21 19:33:31
493.   Woden325
Gameday is now reporting the correct (egregious) score.
2008-07-21 19:33:41
494.   Bluebleeder87
Dude, Kemp is on everything.
2008-07-21 19:33:51
495.   underdog
Cool, the Dodgers broke Yahoo, too. Well done.
2008-07-21 19:34:32
496.   Woden325
Herges is probably the Rox longest reliever. And he's warming up.
2008-07-21 19:34:37
497.   underdog
492 - maybe we could trade them Jason Johnson between innings.
2008-07-21 19:34:48
498.   still bevens
I hope this whole 'showcase' thing is Vin just speculating. DeWitt's BA has finally dropped in the .250 range which is what I was speculating it would take to pry him from Torre's cold dead hands. But its weird because if any hitter embodies the Joe Torre Approach(tm) its Andy. Dude makes pitchers work, plain and simple.
2008-07-21 19:34:58
499.   berkowit28
471 Not necessarily, at the rate the others are hitting.
2008-07-21 19:35:45
500.   Buffalo Jones
497 My name is Jason Johnson so I kind of like having him on the team.
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2008-07-21 19:36:13
501.   Eric Stephen
The announcers were saying they really don't have a long man, and that Mark Redman was the closest thing to one but he was recently DFA'd.
2008-07-21 19:36:23
502.   natepurcell
But its weird because if any hitter embodies the Joe Torre Approach(tm) its Andy. Dude makes pitchers work, plain and simple.

That's a huge reason why I feel this situation is baffling to me.

2008-07-21 19:36:55
503.   Eric Stephen
I forgot about the King of the NL West.
2008-07-21 19:37:15
504.   spacebrother
First time in forever I've seen everyone in the lineup with at least one run. Surreal.
2008-07-21 19:37:18
505.   LogikReader
In case you were worried, I remember the Dodgers playing the Rockies about this same time last year. I thought maybe the Dodgers were "showcasing" Betemit back then, but I see he only started one of the three games.

I'm not assuaged completely, but just in case, I think I like the odds of LaRoche staying.

I hope I'm right!


Ned Colletti did at least one midseason trade every year since his hire. Please, oh please, don't make a bonehead trade this year involving any of our youngin's. I beg you, Ned. Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make.

2008-07-21 19:37:44
506.   Bluebleeder87
I don't understand the necessity to make a move for the sake of making a move.
2008-07-21 19:38:04
507.   68elcamino427
Matt Kemp is getting hot at the plate. It would be great to see him carry the team on his back for a few weeks.
2008-07-21 19:38:14
508.   Gagne55
I wonder if there will be a write up on Bad Altitude about this game.
2008-07-21 19:38:29
509.   Tripon
2008-07-21 19:38:31
510.   Eric Stephen
Only Andruw is missing an RBI, too.
2008-07-21 19:38:39
511.   nick
489 aha!

Only 7 outfielders in MLB history have 200 PA with as bad an ops+ as Jones had beginning the day. Only 3 have more than 210 PA.

What does history teach us? That either Jones will start to hit better very soon, or we won't have Andruw Jones to kick around anymore...

2008-07-21 19:38:58
512.   Bluebleeder87
Zeros in Zona.
2008-07-21 19:39:35
513.   Woden325
Tulo seems much improved after his last injury.
2008-07-21 19:39:52
514.   Gagne55
504 And the pitcher has two of them lol.
2008-07-21 19:40:37
515.   nick
502 the "Joe Torre approach" was, I think as a Yankee fan, an accident of offensive talent, rather than a skill Torre looked for...
2008-07-21 19:40:48
516.   Who Is Karim Garcia
You're telling me Todd Hollandsworth hit one up there? Come'on!?!?
2008-07-21 19:40:50
517.   Woden325
508 As gloomy as Mark's been lately, probably.
Also, wow. Way to go Ian.
2008-07-21 19:41:03
518.   Tripon
I don't understand the necessity to make a move for the sake of making a move.

GM's gotta show they're doing something for the "fans", and the Owner. Although I wonder if McCourt is expecting to trade anyone of value on the current team to get a hitter. McCourt did nix the proposed C.C. trade.

2008-07-21 19:41:13
519.   underdog
Stults really needs to eat 6 innings in this game. This isn't the kind of game you want to plow through your bullpen if you've scored 12.
2008-07-21 19:41:28
520.   sporky
WE still isn't budging.
2008-07-21 19:41:30
521.   Bob Timmermann
Not that everybody scored, but the Braves set a record in the linked game with 15 different players scoring a run:
2008-07-21 19:42:17
522.   68elcamino427
Stults at 62 pitches
2008-07-21 19:42:48
523.   Gagne55
517 Mark has always seemed kind of emo about the Rockies.
2008-07-21 19:44:52
524.   Tripon
Wonder how the Humidor can work for only one team?
2008-07-21 19:45:24
525.   underdog
523 - He listens to Sunny Day Real Estate?
2008-07-21 19:45:52
526.   Woden325
523 In his defense, it ain't easy being a Rockies fan. They usually stink; and even when they don't, they still play second banana to the Broncos.
2008-07-21 19:46:06
527.   Bluebleeder87
Great idea Torre bring in Falkenborg (fly ball pitcher) into this game.
2008-07-21 19:46:22
528.   underdog
{in Colonel Klink voice:} "Stuuullltttssss!"
2008-07-21 19:46:28
529.   Tripon
That was an very odd play.
2008-07-21 19:46:56
530.   MonkeyBlue
Feels like the Marlins game.
2008-07-21 19:47:28
531.   Eric Stephen
Hey George Frazier, it's ANDY!
2008-07-21 19:47:31
532.   Gagne55
Well, the Rich Harden deal is paying off for the Cubs tonight. It's too bad the Big Unit is matching him.
2008-07-21 19:47:56
533.   MonkeyBlue
Wow. HOOKED!!!!!!!!!!
2008-07-21 19:47:59
534.   underdog
That ball was smoked. And then Snipes played hoops with it, like was Sidney Deane again.
2008-07-21 19:48:24
535.   Eric Stephen
Wow. Really, a 10-run lead isn't big enough to let Stults pitch longer?
2008-07-21 19:48:57
536.   Gagne55
Stults pulled already?
2008-07-21 19:49:18
537.   Uncle Miltie
Am I the only one who thinks that Torre is nuts to take out Stults with a 10 run lead? Talk about overmanaging....
2008-07-21 19:49:19
538.   underdog
Not when Holliday could quickly make it 12-6.
2008-07-21 19:49:19
539.   sporky
Penny would've thrown a tantrum.
2008-07-21 19:49:25
540.   jtrichey
I'm sorry, but that's just ridiculous. Stults hadn't really even pitched that badly. This is a player's manager?
2008-07-21 19:49:49
541.   Eric Stephen
Snipes just pointed to the bullpen and said, "I'll take the chump." And in comes Falkenborg.
2008-07-21 19:49:57
542.   Bob Timmermann
There's an orange alert for Matt Joyce in Kansas City. This is an orange alert.
2008-07-21 19:50:02
543.   Bluebleeder87
I'm gonna laugh if Torre brings in Falk here.
2008-07-21 19:50:25
544.   Woden325
Tigers - 15
Royals - 0

At least the Rockies aren't the only ones getting beaten like a rented mule.

2008-07-21 19:50:28
545.   trainwreck
Gameday says injury delay.
2008-07-21 19:50:42
546.   underdog
I actually thought Stults did pitch pretty badly. Though I agree I would've left him in there for another batter or two. His pitch count was already almost 80, he didn't throw enough strikes and they were hitting him pretty hard. Am I watching a different game?
2008-07-21 19:50:44
547.   Eric Stephen
Start laughing!
2008-07-21 19:50:49
548.   Bluebleeder87
oh man. COME ON TORRE!!
2008-07-21 19:50:58
549.   Gen3Blue
I think the Borg could be a bad choice at this time.

But I'm surprised about Stulze, for he was one of a very few or our pitchers I thought could throw strikes.

2008-07-21 19:51:24
550.   Tripon
Man, Falkenborg is going to walk him.
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2008-07-21 19:51:50
551.   underdog
541 Hah hah. "I may be a chump, I just said that wasn't my name."
2008-07-21 19:51:50
552.   sporky
Great try.
2008-07-21 19:51:51
553.   Eric Stephen
Almost a great play after a weird bounce.
2008-07-21 19:52:04
554.   Tripon
Crap crap crap. Gotta stop the bleeding here.
2008-07-21 19:52:30
555.   Bluebleeder87

For my taste Torre messed this up, if I were Stults my ego would be crushed. Even if Falk gets out of it, I don't like the move.

2008-07-21 19:52:47
556.   underdog
Oooo, an infield hit, Andy made a great effort on that one. I thought he was gonna nail him but forgot how well Holliday runs.
2008-07-21 19:52:51
557.   Bob Timmermann
Interesting game so far in Phoenix.
2008-07-21 19:53:01
558.   sporky
WE finally up to 2%!!
2008-07-21 19:53:15
559.   68elcamino427
Where's Chick?
It's nervous time.
2008-07-21 19:53:39
560.   KingKopitar
Does anyone else think people are going to say that Dewitt could have made those defensive plays?
2008-07-21 19:54:26
561.   underdog
560 - God, I hope not. That would be unfair.
2008-07-21 19:54:34
562.   sporky
558 Never mind.
2008-07-21 19:54:53
563.   Gagne55
557 So interesting it could invoke rule 9 violations!
2008-07-21 19:54:58
564.   Jon Weisman
540 - I'm a Stults booster this year, but Stults did not pitch well. 20 batters, nine baserunners, 11 outs on 74 pitches.
2008-07-21 19:55:15
565.   Bob Timmermann
Isn't Stults' ego going to be crushed more after he gets sent back to AAA?
2008-07-21 19:55:21
566.   Pedro Astacio
If we don't score any more runs this game, I'll be pretty worried.
2008-07-21 19:55:29
567.   underdog
554 That reminds me, have to empty the litter box. I won't be able to write tonight without feeling queasy.
2008-07-21 19:55:40
568.   Uncle Miltie
560- I doubt it.

Great job by Joe going to the bullpen so early with a 10 run lead. Not like we're going to need these relievers later on in the series.

2008-07-21 19:56:12
569.   underdog
564 - Thank you, I was starting to think I was in a parallel universe.
2008-07-21 19:56:31
570.   Eric Stephen
I thought the second play by LaRoche was a good one, in that he showed good reactions to make that play even though the throw was off.

DeWitt's strength has been his plays on bunts, so his charging the ball and throwing on the run perhaps would have been better served on that play. But I'm not sure he would have made it anyway.

2008-07-21 19:56:52
571.   sporky
Helloooo Herges!
2008-07-21 19:57:01
572.   The Trolley Dodger
564 "Forget it, Jake. It's Coors Field."
2008-07-21 19:57:09
573.   Lexinthedena
That was uncool Torre. Very uncool. Stults has been decent. Was squeezed hard by the umpin the 1st. Let him get the win.

560 I can hear Plashke typing it now.

2008-07-21 19:58:05
574.   underdog
568 - So you're convinced Stults was pitching well and would've gotten Holliday? I'm not. Like Jon said, I really like Stults, but he pitched very poorly tonight. I guarantee that Torre did not want to pull him that early at all, no manager would.
2008-07-21 19:58:10
575.   Gagne55
Stults hasn't really pitched well his last few starts. He had that one shutout then went back to being the AAAA pitcher he's always been.
2008-07-21 19:59:12
576.   Eric Stephen
Multiple hits in 6 straight innings!
2008-07-21 19:59:18
577.   Tripon
I don't mind the move. This is Coors Field, and the situation can turn on you. It might be that the rotation spot Kershaw takes is Stults though.
2008-07-21 19:59:32
578.   underdog
Ah fuhgedaboutit. I stopped caring a few minutes ago.

Russell's got 3 hits as does Kent.

Boy, there's no Rule 9 on AZ Snake Pit.

2008-07-21 20:00:25
579.   Bluebleeder87

with 2 outs I would have let him [Stults] work on 1 more batter (maybe 2) So your saying you would have pulled him Jon?

2008-07-21 20:00:41
580.   Alex41592
Joyce is up in Kansas City.
2008-07-21 20:01:05
581.   Tripon
I feel the AZ Snake Pit is filled with bitter men who cling to photos of Bradon Webb. But that's just me.
2008-07-21 20:02:11
582.   overkill94
Former trade interest Jack Wilson isn't doing much to boost his value lately. With tonight's 0-4 he is now hitless in his last 19 at-bats.
2008-07-21 20:02:11
583.   Bob Timmermann
L.A. Dodgers team record for hits in a game is 25.

And Jon and I were there:

2008-07-21 20:02:30
584.   Eric Stephen
Runs in 5 straight innings, and bases loaded none out in the 6th inning. I like those odds.
2008-07-21 20:02:37
585.   Bluebleeder87
2008-07-21 20:02:46
586.   MonkeyBlue
LONEY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2008-07-21 20:03:01
587.   Bluebleeder87
well close to it. :o)
2008-07-21 20:03:02
588.   Eric Stephen
Triple machine!
2008-07-21 20:03:07
589.   thinkblue88

J Lo!!!

2008-07-21 20:03:07
590.   thinkblue88

J Lo!!!

2008-07-21 20:03:08
591.   Woden325
18-zip Detroit now. Definitely not a rule-9 game.
2008-07-21 20:03:10
592.   natepurcell
Come on Wild Bird, bake me a turkey!
2008-07-21 20:03:13
593.   Tripon
Man, Loney would be a hall of famer at CO.
2008-07-21 20:03:20
594.   sporky
WE down to 0%.
2008-07-21 20:03:23
595.   Xeifrank
the field goal is up.... and it's good. Loney from 49 yards.
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 20:03:24
596.   Alex41592
James Loney LOVES Denver. I think we can breathe now.
2008-07-21 20:03:39
597.   trainwreck
Everybody dance now!!!
2008-07-21 20:03:53
598.   Eric Stephen
That's the best guy they could have hit! :)
2008-07-21 20:03:55
599.   MonkeyBlue
Wow, they hit Andruw.
2008-07-21 20:03:59
600.   underdog
Loney likes hitting in Coors, don't ya think?

The Dodgers convert the two point conversion.

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2008-07-21 20:03:59
601.   Pedro Astacio
It really sucks we have to burn up the bullpen in this blowout.
2008-07-21 20:04:07
602.   Tripon
Andrew Jones has reached base two out of four. I'll take that .500 OBP from him.
2008-07-21 20:04:08
603.   trainwreck
2008-07-21 20:04:08
604.   natepurcell
2008-07-21 20:04:15
605.   Gen3Blue
Hey--Jumbo got hit.
2008-07-21 20:04:44
606.   underdog
Man. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that hit by pitch.
2008-07-21 20:04:47
607.   Eric Stephen
14 career triples for Loney.

No RBI for Andy.

2008-07-21 20:05:19
608.   Bob Timmermann
Matt Joyce singled, but the yellow alert is still in effect!
2008-07-21 20:05:36
609.   underdog
I think an Andruw Jones HPB makes the WE% go down to -15 for the Rockies.
2008-07-21 20:06:37
610.   Bluebleeder87
My future prediction for Loney is that he'll hit 4 dingers in Colorado one day.

we can dream can't we :o)

2008-07-21 20:07:03
611.   Eric Stephen
21 runs in their last 6 innings.
2008-07-21 20:07:15
612.   Bluebleeder87
1-0 zona.
2008-07-21 20:07:36
613.   Tripon
Hee, Vin. I love you. Hope Kershaw can at least go five innings.
2008-07-21 20:07:53
614.   underdog
When do you start subbing guys? I'd actually bring in Ardoin in an inning or so, and maybe Ozuna for Kent...
2008-07-21 20:08:16
615.   overkill94
No more interestingness in Phoenix
2008-07-21 20:08:17
616.   Bob Timmermann
The Tigers are two runs shy of the AL record for biggest shutout win.
2008-07-21 20:08:40
617.   underdog
Yeah, more I think of it, c'mon Torre, take Russ out.
2008-07-21 20:08:54
618.   Bluebleeder87
I didn't realize Randy Johnson did the lefty righty thing...
2008-07-21 20:08:54
619.   Bob Timmermann
Excuse me, 3 runs short. The record is a 2004 22-0 win by the Indians against the Yankees.
2008-07-21 20:08:58
620.   Woden325
Rule 9 canceled in AZ.
2008-07-21 20:09:15
621.   Xeifrank
Let's pretend we are playing against Detroit. We need three runs to tie. :)
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 20:09:32
622.   Gagne55
So much for Harden's no hitter.
2008-07-21 20:10:19
623.   KingKopitar
What's this "J-Lo" business, I thought we were going with Crazy Eyes?
2008-07-21 20:11:02
624.   Eric Stephen
I still remember the front page of the day after the Indians shut out the Yankees 22-0. The picture was of the scoreboard.
2008-07-21 20:11:14
625.   Gagne55
614 I'd bring in Ardoin now actually. This one is in the bag.
2008-07-21 20:11:20
626.   underdog
Gee, a shattered bat. Haven't seen that before.


And here's Ozuna, on cue.


I was liking the Rockies' broadcast until they introduced the dreaded {cue deep booming voice} SIDELINE REPORTER {echo}. Sigh.

2008-07-21 20:12:08
627.   Woden325
KC busts up the shutout.
2008-07-21 20:12:42
628.   Gagne55
616 Not anymore.
2008-07-21 20:13:03
629.   Bob Timmermann
The Royals scored a run, so the game in KC is really not interesting at all unless Matt Joyce gets a swing in the ninth.

He would bat 8th.

2008-07-21 20:13:26
630.   underdog
The Rockies must like having Tulo back.

Now if only he could pitch, too.

2008-07-21 20:13:58
631.   Gagne55
626 MLB should really only use ash bats. The maple bats shatter and are too dangerous. Somebody is going to get hurt.
2008-07-21 20:14:09
632.   Eric Stephen
Loney is the first LA Dodger to start his career with 3 straight seasons of 4 or more triples.
2008-07-21 20:14:49
633.   Woden325
630 I would settle for cloning Aaron Cook.
2008-07-21 20:16:10
634.   Eric Stephen
I should add that Mondesi missed the cut because he only had 1 3B in 91 PA in 1993, but then had 5 or more triples in all six full seasons with LA.
2008-07-21 20:16:38
635.   fanerman
632 That's pretty funny. Sloney of all people.
2008-07-21 20:16:40
636.   Gagne55
633 You realize it would take about 20 years before the Cook clone could be productive in the majors...
2008-07-21 20:17:00
637.   underdog
Bloop hits, infield singles, feh - stop doing this kinda thing, Rockies!
2008-07-21 20:17:41
638.   Paul Scott
Torre/Colletti on LaRoach:

"Colletti, who initially said he was looking for a shortstop to replace the injured Rafael Furcal, has said he's expanded his search to include third basemen.

Among the ones rumored to be available are Cleveland's Casey Blake and Seattle's Adrian Beltre, which creates the appearance of a showcase performance for Andy LaRoche, who Torre said would start Monday night and possibly all three games of the Rockies series."

This has probably been posted, but I came in at post 633, so if it has I will hopefully be forgiven.

2008-07-21 20:18:09
639.   Woden325
The fat lady has not yet sung.
2008-07-21 20:18:39
640.   still bevens
632 Thats amazing. I assume Coors field has to help out with a good number of those but I could be wrong now that I think about it a little more.
2008-07-21 20:19:26
641.   sporky
638 LaRoach?
2008-07-21 20:20:00
642.   Woden325
639 Nor has she lost her voice.
The number one thing that irritates me about the Rockies this season is their propensity for loading the bases and leaving them that way.
2008-07-21 20:20:04
643.   Eric Stephen
Tonight's triple was Loney's first three-bagger at Coors Field.
2008-07-21 20:20:04
644.   Bob Timmermann
Coors Field, Chase Field, and AT & T Park are all good parks for triples.
2008-07-21 20:20:11
645.   The Trolley Dodger
KC mounting a comeback! :)
2008-07-21 20:20:50
646.   MonkeyBlue
639. Only scoring one run a inning. No real comeback when the opposing bullpen blows.
2008-07-21 20:21:03
647.   Paul Scott
As in La Roach. My feeble attempt. :)
2008-07-21 20:21:32
648.   Woden325
636 Not real cloning, I mean sci-fi insta-clones.
2008-07-21 20:21:47
649.   still bevens
Ardoin is suiting up...
2008-07-21 20:21:57
650.   Bluebleeder87
It looks like Ardoin is coming in to relieve Russell Martin, I like that one.
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2008-07-21 20:22:15
651.   Bob Timmermann
Last year on this day, Luis Vizcaino won both ends of a doubleheader for the Yankees.

Lo how the mighty have fallen. I guess he switched places with LaTroy Hawkins.

2008-07-21 20:22:17
652.   Eric Stephen
I wonder if Falkenborg is taking one for the team by pitching a ton of innings tonight then heading back to AAA for Kershaw tomorrow.
2008-07-21 20:22:30
653.   overkill94
Man, this ump really does have a tight zone
2008-07-21 20:22:41
654.   Tripon
I'm just going to assume that Gary Bennett is not going to return this year.
2008-07-21 20:23:09
655.   sporky
654 One can only hope...
2008-07-21 20:23:15
656.   Bluebleeder87
I mean to disrespect to tall people but Falk looks kind of goofy up there (batting)
2008-07-21 20:23:54
657.   Eric Stephen
The last Dodger to have 3 extra base hits in a game was Kemp in June vs. Colorado.

The last Dodger to have 4 XBH was Pierre, last year in Washington.

2008-07-21 20:24:01
658.   LogikReader
Vin notes the Dodgers legendary 22 run game at Coors was on this date in 2001. Holy moly! Are you kidding? I remember that game! Gagne started the game and I thought "man he's not holding this lead."

Obviously this was before he started closing.

2008-07-21 20:24:38
659.   Bob Timmermann
I will never shake your hand.
2008-07-21 20:25:24
660.   Paul Scott
657 Who was the last Dodger to have 3 HR in a game? ;)
2008-07-21 20:25:26
661.   MonkeyBlue
How are the D Backs winning? sigh...
2008-07-21 20:26:10
662.   fanerman
Bison Patience™
2008-07-21 20:26:16
663.   Jon Weisman
Dodgers are currently tied for sixth place since 1956, most runs in a game without a home run, NL.

The top mark is 19.

2008-07-21 20:26:21
664.   Bob Timmermann
The guy who didn't win NL Player of the Week that time. They gave it to Shawn Green!

That's going on the obelisk.

2008-07-21 20:27:18
665.   whodat807
Nice to see Kemp work a walk.
2008-07-21 20:27:51
666.   trainwreck
Underdog, Broncos released Mike Bell. Think they will go after Lamont Jordan when we release him?
2008-07-21 20:28:19
667.   Bluebleeder87

oh man, I still remember you posted something about going to the batting cages...

you didn't paint a pretty picture Bob, sorry.

2008-07-21 20:29:24
668.   Bob Timmermann
Vin should know where the soft underbelly of Europe was in WWII.

It wasn't Italy.

2008-07-21 20:29:33
669.   Tripon
Heh. Vin taking a shot at the D'Backs bullpen. The soft underbelly indeed.
2008-07-21 20:29:45
670.   underdog
666 Heh. I'd literally forgotten he was on the team. And no, I don't think they'll go after Jordan. Not if I have something to say about it. Plus I think they're going to like Ryan Torain as a backup.
2008-07-21 20:29:59
671.   Eric Stephen
What's this? An inning without a run? Inconceivable!
2008-07-21 20:30:04
672.   MonkeyBlue
Blow up this team. They failed to score!
2008-07-21 20:30:05
673.   trainwreck
Darn, I wanted to score a run every inning.
2008-07-21 20:30:26
674.   Woden325
Hey, a zero on the linescore. How'd that get there?
2008-07-21 20:30:41
675.   underdog
663 - Betcha someone goes yard before it's all over.
2008-07-21 20:30:45
676.   Eric Stephen
A fitting post number for Broncos talk! :)
2008-07-21 20:31:32
677.   LogikReader

I literally don't remember that game. I had to be reminded by a jumbotron clip that Hee Seop Choi hit 3 HRs against the Twins three years ago.

2008-07-21 20:31:50
678.   Woden325
673 The Rockies were the last team to pull that off.
I believe they ran the streak to something like 14 consecutive innings over 3 games.
2008-07-21 20:31:57
679.   trainwreck
Can't argue with that.
2008-07-21 20:33:21
680.   Bob Timmermann
And the Rockies did it on the road, not at home.
2008-07-21 20:33:22
681.   Bluebleeder87
Let's go Wade, keep 'em at bay.
2008-07-21 20:33:39
682.   underdog
676/679 - I was gonna say it fits a Raider's posting, but to each their own. ;-)
2008-07-21 20:34:41
683.   trainwreck
It is because I did not mention Al Davis. If I did, then 666 would have been perfect.
2008-07-21 20:34:45
684.   Tripon
Micah Owens is trying to close for Randy Johnson.
2008-07-21 20:34:48
685.   Bob Timmermann
Cycle alert canceled in Kansas City. Stand down.
2008-07-21 20:35:18
686.   Woden325
Why no mugshot of Cory Wade on gameday. New callup or trade?
2008-07-21 20:35:38
687.   overkill94
Owings is definitely an odd choice for such a high-leverage situation. I assume Lyon is unavailable, but wouldn't Qualls or Pena be the better choice?
2008-07-21 20:36:01
688.   thinkblue88
Tony Pena Jr with a 1-2-3 inning for the Royals.
2008-07-21 20:36:50
689.   Woden325
Wow, a 12-pitch at bat. Nice work, Matt.
2008-07-21 20:36:59
690.   Bob Timmermann
I've tried to find the MLB record for most runs scored in a game without a homer. The game with the most runs, 36, by the Cubs in 1897 saw the Cubs hit two.
2008-07-21 20:37:01
691.   Jon Weisman
For the time being, I'm calling this a save opportunity for Wade.
2008-07-21 20:37:22
692.   Bluebleeder87

I guess they thought he wasn't gonna survive the bigs, but he's proven other wise.

seriously man, what's up with that.

2008-07-21 20:37:45
693.   Eric Stephen
Wade has been on the roster since April 24.
2008-07-21 20:39:00
694.   Eric Stephen
LaRoche showed Eric Stephen hops on that double. Although he wasn't going to get a glove on it anyway.
2008-07-21 20:39:19
695.   Woden325
WE: 1% WooHoo!
2008-07-21 20:39:21
696.   Andrew Shimmin
Still 1-0 in AZ, going into the bottom of the eighth.
2008-07-21 20:40:36
697.   overkill94
688 Looks like he should consider a permanent switch. Lord knows it's not working out for him as a hitter.
2008-07-21 20:40:42
698.   Gen3Blue
Now its Wade, the only other guy I could count on to throw strikes, walking someone---and in he comes.

We better score a few more runs!

2008-07-21 20:40:57
699.   Tripon
So, we're calling in Broxton to close this right?
2008-07-21 20:41:26
700.   MonkeyBlue
Bah! end this game already. The bullpen is lagging.
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2008-07-21 20:41:28
701.   Bluebleeder87
Tulo is hitting & he's got an awesome glove, watch out!
2008-07-21 20:41:48
702.   sporky
695 Back down to 0%.
2008-07-21 20:43:14
703.   Woden325
702 I know. I think it was just mocking me.
2008-07-21 20:43:53
704.   Bob Timmermann
The Cubs haven't lost a game in which they gave up just one hit since 1975.

They did it TWICE in 1965.

2008-07-21 20:43:56
705.   underdog
Back to work for a bit. Someone ping me if the Rockies score a touchdown.
2008-07-21 20:44:30
706.   Bluebleeder87

for some reason I like Troncoso to close up shop but we shall see.

2008-07-21 20:45:36
707.   Tripon
Whoa, Ozuna. Awesome.
2008-07-21 20:45:43
708.   sporky
Fangraphs should include a decimal point.
2008-07-21 20:46:09
709.   underdog
But I did get to see Ozuna with a hit!
2008-07-21 20:46:28
710.   Bluebleeder87
I hope Loney goes yard here.
2008-07-21 20:48:42
711.   Bluebleeder87
Andre Ethier "Before the Bigs" July 31st looks like a good one.
2008-07-21 20:48:50
712.   68elcamino427
Jonsey, Jonsey, Jonsey.
What're we gonna do wit ya?
2008-07-21 20:48:53
713.   Eric Stephen
James Loney has three career games with 5 or more RBI, including tonight. All have been in Coors Field:

9/28/06: LAD record 9 RBI (16-11 win)
5/3/08: 6 RBI (12-7 win)
tonight: 5 far.

2008-07-21 20:49:32
714.   Bob Timmermann
The Cubs still have not lost a game when they gave up just one hit since 1975.
2008-07-21 20:49:35
715.   fanerman
2008-07-21 20:50:18
716.   dontraiseplz
Tony Pena Jr, shortstop, struck out Pudge Rodriguez in a 19-4 blowout.

Maybe Loney can pitch the 9th. He's dominant here.

2008-07-21 20:51:32
717.   Woden325
712 On KOA they were describing him as looking "Baffled" at the plate.
2008-07-21 20:51:59
718.   Bob Timmermann
Now the DBacks are trying to become the first team to have just two hits in a game as a homer and a triple since the Dodgers did it against the Mets on 8/14/2005.

The Dodgers broke up a Pedro Martinez no-hit bid with a one-out triple by Antonio Perez and Jayson Werth followed with a homer. The Dodgers won 2-1.

2008-07-21 20:52:21
719.   Bob Hendley
704 - You called?
2008-07-21 20:52:41
720.   Tripon
Chad Qualls gets the ball in the 9th for the D'Backs.
2008-07-21 20:53:06
721.   Eric Stephen
Heh. Your ears must have been burning.
2008-07-21 20:53:22
722.   sporky
2008-07-21 20:53:27
723.   Tripon
Maybe Andruw Jones can pitch the 8th and 9th.
2008-07-21 20:53:32
724.   MonkeyBlue
What play by Angel.
2008-07-21 20:53:33
725.   Eric Stephen
Always bet on black. Nice play Snipes.
2008-07-21 20:54:13
726.   Bluebleeder87
Maybe Loney can pitch the 9th. He's dominant here.

Now we're talkin' I'm sure it will happen eventually but everything has to fall into place though.

2008-07-21 20:54:51
727.   JJ42
725 that was awesome
2008-07-21 20:55:00
728.   Woden325
723 He can look baffled on the mound!
2008-07-21 20:55:27
729.   Alex41592
2 on and nobody out for the Cubs. 2-0 AZ Top 9.
2008-07-21 20:55:35
730.   Eric Stephen
It would be kind of cool, in an "I hope he doesn't get injured" sort of way, if Loney can pitch with Russell Martin behind him at SS.
2008-07-21 20:55:47
731.   Bluebleeder87
2 on NO OUTS in Arizona, 9th inning.
2008-07-21 20:55:47
732.   Bob Timmermann
Chad Tracy is your most recent DBack to blow a DP chance in the 9th inning.
2008-07-21 20:56:14
733.   Icaros
Sounds like Matt Holiday's at-bat music is Eddie Murphy's "My girl wants to party all the time party all the time party all the time."
2008-07-21 20:56:22
734.   Tripon
You don't think the Rockies would be pissed off if Loney pitched?
2008-07-21 20:56:32
735.   JJ42
they just played "party all the time" by eddie murphy and rick james at coors field. seriously.
2008-07-21 20:56:33
736.   Bob Timmermann
Derrek Lee's numbers against Chad Qualls are evocative of Pedro Guerrero against Julio Solano.
2008-07-21 20:56:56
737.   LogikReader
There was a botched double play just a moment ago in AZ. Very similar to the one in the 9th inning yesterday vs the Dodgers.
2008-07-21 20:57:26
738.   MonkeyBlue
Get out of here Ozuna!
2008-07-21 20:57:29
739.   Alex41592
Drew doesn't screw that DP up.
2008-07-21 20:57:35
740.   Bob Timmermann
I shouldn't have tried to bring up the Julio Solano good luck charm. Lee went 6-4-3.
2008-07-21 20:57:39
741.   LogikReader
and just like that, the Dbacks turn an actual DP, to leave the Cubs to their last out.
2008-07-21 20:58:32
742.   sporky
Red alert?
2008-07-21 20:58:36
743.   JJ42
I just realized Ozuma is wearing #14, the number Hu was wearing earlier this season.
2008-07-21 20:58:54
744.   Woden325
Cycle Alert, Bob?
2008-07-21 20:59:14
745.   Eric Stephen
291 wins for Johnson.
2008-07-21 20:59:15
746.   68elcamino427
A mere nine run lead
2008-07-21 20:59:19
747.   Bluebleeder87
much needed win for Zona but they have been playing shaky the last few games.
2008-07-21 20:59:59
748.   LogikReader
We score 16 runs and the other team has a cycle alert?

Where's the justice?

2008-07-21 21:00:26
749.   Bob Timmermann
Yellow alert for Matt Holliday. This is a yellow alert.
2008-07-21 21:00:51
750.   Jon Weisman
Rockies have matched the Dodgers with five consecutive innings of scoring - despite leaving 12 men on base in the game.
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2008-07-21 21:00:57
751.   sporky
I need to study my alerts.
2008-07-21 21:01:15
752.   Bob Timmermann
Oops, it's a RED alert. RED alert for Holliday.

This is no drill people!

2008-07-21 21:01:44
753.   Woden325
751 Get thee to Thief River Falls, MN!
2008-07-21 21:01:54
754.   Andrew Shimmin
The key is over at the Griddle, on the sidebar.
2008-07-21 21:02:47
755.   Bob Timmermann
Sporky was right. I was wrong.
2008-07-21 21:02:49
756.   Andrew Shimmin
He hit a triple? It's not in the boxscore. . .
2008-07-21 21:03:36
757.   MonkeyBlue
Nice double for Angel!
2008-07-21 21:03:45
758.   Bob Timmermann
Oh wait, I was right the first time.

The alert has been downgraded to yellow.

2008-07-21 21:03:52
759.   Eric Stephen
"The American Express card. Don't steal home without it."
2008-07-21 21:03:53
760.   sporky
I was wrong. Bob was right (as always).
2008-07-21 21:04:50
761.   Bob Timmermann
But I wanted to defer to the gentle lady.
2008-07-21 21:06:24
762.   Woden325
If we could wipe out that first inning, this would be a much more interesting game.
2008-07-21 21:07:09
763.   Tripon
Lets not wipe the first inning.
2008-07-21 21:07:17
764.   Eric Stephen
I really love the photo of Kemp crossing home plate with the go ahead run yesterday.

2008-07-21 21:08:09
765.   Woden325
763 Pretty please?
2008-07-21 21:08:44
766.   Andrew Shimmin
761- I just like directing people to your sidebar. . .
2008-07-21 21:09:14
767.   sporky
766 So did Suffering Bruin.
2008-07-21 21:09:54
768.   68elcamino427
Bison gets it!
2008-07-21 21:10:15
769.   MonkeyBlue
Wasted double. BAH!
2008-07-21 21:10:16
770.   Bluebleeder87
I'm still wondering who Torre is gonna go with for the 9th.
2008-07-21 21:11:03
771.   Jon Weisman
Odalis Perez is scheduled to start Saturday at Dodger Stadium according to
2008-07-21 21:13:17
772.   natepurcell
That was a good AB by Kemp, almost hit it out opppoooo.
2008-07-21 21:13:39
773.   Bob Timmermann
I'll be there!
2008-07-21 21:13:43
774.   Eric Stephen
Tonight is the 6th game the Dodgers have scored 16 or more runs at Coors, and in all but one of them they have given up at least 7 runs.

2008-07-21 21:14:00
775.   LeeLacy
Here's a question for Bob: When is the last time a team scored 16 or more runs without hitting at least one home run?
2008-07-21 21:14:47
776.   Eric Stephen
The last game I saw Odalis pitch at Dodger Stadium was the final game of the 2004 NLDS against St. Louis.
2008-07-21 21:15:05
777.   Bob Timmermann
I'll let other people handle that one.

Especially since Jon already answered the question.

2008-07-21 21:15:28
778.   underdog
Man, why is Martin still in there? Waiter, I'd like to request an Ardoin please.

Or is Ardoin starting tomorrow?

2008-07-21 21:16:55
779.   Tripon
We're wasting Kuo on this clunker of a game?
2008-07-21 21:17:07
780.   Eric Stephen
Courtesy of 663 , 2002
2008-07-21 21:17:13
781.   MonkeyBlue
The Dodgers have to waste Kuo too? Thanks Torre.
2008-07-21 21:18:19
782.   Eric Stephen
Whomever get the win tonight (probably Falkenborg), it's going to be ugly.
2008-07-21 21:18:22
783.   sporky
Good grief.
2008-07-21 21:18:42
784.   underdog
Man, the Dodger pitching has not been solid at all tonight. Fortunately the Rockies pitching has been, well, liquid.
2008-07-21 21:18:48
785.   Alex41592
778 - Ardoin will start Wednesday afternoon.
2008-07-21 21:19:31
786.   Tripon
I have to believe Chan Ho Park's going to get a start somewhere this week.
2008-07-21 21:19:38
787.   MonkeyBlue
What a ugly win... if the score holds.
2008-07-21 21:19:56
788.   Eric Stephen
I hope the Rockies' streak of scoring in innings doesn't extend to tomorrow.
2008-07-21 21:20:21
789.   underdog
It doesn't help either pitching staff that the ump has a three inch strike zone.
2008-07-21 21:20:45
790.   sporky
Torre's been getting a lot of exercise tonight.
2008-07-21 21:21:05
791.   Woden325
789 Agreed.
2008-07-21 21:21:12
792.   MonkeyBlue
What a strange and ugly game.
2008-07-21 21:21:13
793.   Eric Stephen
Park is probably matched up with Kershaw tomorrow, meaning he comes in if/when Kershaw can't go long. I would have thought Kuo might have that role, but in he comes now.
2008-07-21 21:21:15
794.   Tripon
You're bringing in Kuo already? Hopefully he'll be the last pitching change.
2008-07-21 21:21:24
795.   underdog
785 - Ah. Thanks.

786 - Or come in for Kershaw, or relieve after Johnson, or come in for Kuroda. I believe we'll see everyone this week.

2008-07-21 21:21:35
796.   overkill94
782 I'm guessing it'll be DT favorite Hong-Chi Kuo :)
2008-07-21 21:22:49
797.   Paul Scott
As far as Joe is concerned, this is where Kuo shines.
2008-07-21 21:23:06
798.   underdog
So how many runs have the Dodgers scored since Mattingly's been back, you ask?

A: 32 in 4 games.

2008-07-21 21:23:44
799.   Bluebleeder87
I kind of like Kuo here & his K factor.
2008-07-21 21:23:55
800.   68elcamino427
The night of the ump with the tea cup strike zone. Glad Kershaw didn't get this guy behind the plate.
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2008-07-21 21:24:08
801.   LeeLacy
777 , 780


2008-07-21 21:24:10
802.   sporky
Yeesh, this ump's strike zone is the size of
Pierre's noggin.
2008-07-21 21:24:34
803.   MonkeyBlue
What the heck Ozuna? I know you made the catch but let the outfielders handle that oen.
2008-07-21 21:24:35
804.   Bluebleeder87

you know what though it is Colorado so I can kind of see Torre's logic on this one.

2008-07-21 21:25:42
805.   MonkeyBlue
Kuo restores order.
2008-07-21 21:26:00
806.   Bluebleeder87
That's just nuts Russell is still in there.
2008-07-21 21:26:02
807.   larry slimfast
Kuo and Broxton are big dudes. They should be some sort of posterized duo.
2008-07-21 21:26:25
808.   sporky
Colorado's WE hasn't exceeded 3% since the 4th inning, and yet Torre's insisted on 3 more pitching changes.
2008-07-21 21:27:13
809.   Bluebleeder87
I think this is the longest thread (game thread) of the year, that's pretty cool.

I'm part of it. :o)

2008-07-21 21:27:37
810.   Tripon
I find it odd and hilarious that the Dodgers had to use Russell Martin to advertise a Brad Penny Bobblehead day.
2008-07-21 21:28:35
811.   Bluebleeder87

Broxton is the kind of big dude I'd use as head of my security team.

if I was rich.

2008-07-21 21:28:49
812.   oshea2002
Why are they even having Brad Penny bobblehead night?
2008-07-21 21:29:07
813.   68elcamino427
Torre's not tak'in his pedal off the metal till the D's are over .500
2008-07-21 21:30:18
814.   JJ42
Ozuna has the same batting stance as Beltre
2008-07-21 21:30:20
815.   Bluebleeder87
You take your tame Pierre, it's o.k.
2008-07-21 21:31:55
816.   Xeifrank
Simulator just played 10,000 games with score 16-8 with current game parameters and the Dodgers won 9998 of them.
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 21:32:11
817.   Tripon
812 Because the Dodgers thought that Penny would be better than he is, and people might actually come to see him pitch.
2008-07-21 21:32:13
818.   Woden325
There's the first 1-2-3 inning. Wow.
2008-07-21 21:32:31
819.   overkill94
812 It's been a very strange year for bobbleheads if you ask me:

Torre - a manager?
Saito - not a bad choice, but the dude's already 38
Penny - not really one of the more popular Dodgers and having a poor year
Beimel - Troy from WV must have voted like a million times

So when do we get Ethier, Kemp, Billingsley, and/or Loney bobbleheads?

2008-07-21 21:32:45
820.   oshea2002
Jones got spared a 4th K there.
2008-07-21 21:32:45
821.   trainwreck
Astros are apparently close to acquiring Randy Wolf. I have no idea why they think they are still in it.
2008-07-21 21:33:37
822.   larry slimfast
I would have let Stults finish the 5th for his own benefit but I have not disagreed with any of the changes. Maybe waste another inning on Falkenburger... maybe.
2008-07-21 21:33:37
823.   Woden325
819 I have a dual bobblehead of the Rockies radio announcers. That was a strange promotion.
2008-07-21 21:34:05
824.   natepurcell

Dodgers have a terrible marketing department.

2008-07-21 21:34:07
825.   Paul Scott
819 In another stadium after Ned trdes them for some PVL.
2008-07-21 21:34:13
826.   Bob Timmermann
That's sort of like the Pirates picking up Matt Morris last year.
2008-07-21 21:34:15
827.   underdog
I don't have a problem with the pitching changes at all, other than that he had to make them. As Bbleeder said, it is Coors, and the fact is most of the Dodgers pitchers tonight were not effective at all. If anyone had really shut things down, they would have probably used two less pitchers. Thus: The Kuominator. :-)
2008-07-21 21:34:16
828.   Xeifrank
The thread is loading too slow for me to search if Bob has already posted this, but what's the most runs scored (or how long in history do you need to go back) for a team to score 16 runs without hitting a HR.
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 21:34:36
829.   Woden325
Oh, and did Bob ever officially stand down the cycle alert?
2008-07-21 21:35:01
830.   Bluebleeder87
back to back 16 win season is pretty good no? I think it is...
2008-07-21 21:35:08
831.   overkill94
817 It was only "Bobblehead #3" on the promotions schedule, so they decided to make it Penny sometime during the season. Definitely an odd choice but I guess you have to factor in the fact that Penny's one of the longest-tenured Dodgers.
2008-07-21 21:35:35
832.   underdog
822 - Mmmmmm.... Falkenburger... Ooooo.... No mayo, just mustard.
2008-07-21 21:35:37
833.   Bob Timmermann
What's so bad about a Penny bobblehead doll? He was very good last year. He is the longest tenured player on the team.

These things are decided before the season starts. It makes perfect sense to me.

2008-07-21 21:35:43
834.   sporky
831 I think he IS the longest tenured Dodger.
2008-07-21 21:35:53
835.   68elcamino427
Kuo on the mound
8 run lead
3 outs to go
Dodgers ....
2008-07-21 21:36:24
836.   Tripon
819 Does Martin have a bobblehead? He's arguably the most popular Dodger now, and he doesn't have the love/hate relationship that Kemp gets at times.

Also, I would pay for a Chan Ho Park Bobblehead.

2008-07-21 21:36:31
837.   Bob Timmermann
Not until the game is over.
2008-07-21 21:36:45
838.   underdog
Isn't a Loney bobblehead kind of redundant?
2008-07-21 21:37:05
839.   Icaros
Why does it sound like birds chirping? Do they play some type of nature soundtrack at Coors?
2008-07-21 21:37:57
840.   oshea2002
I wonder what the Pads could get for Wolf, and I also wonder if he wouldn't just go right back there after the season ends.
2008-07-21 21:38:14
841.   Bluebleeder87
as a goof I'd love a Ned Colletti bobblehead...

removable rug included.

2008-07-21 21:38:14
842.   Woden325
837 If I'm not mistaken, Holliday's out of the lineup.
2008-07-21 21:38:21
843.   underdog
You know, a touchdown and a two point conversion and the Broncos tie this one up.

{Shake head cartoonishly}

Huh-what? Oh, baseball. Never mind.

2008-07-21 21:38:46
844.   oshea2002
I want a Kuo bobblehead night. Holding a bat.
2008-07-21 21:39:13
845.   Jon Weisman
828 -

Dodgers are currently tied for sixth place since 1956, most runs in a game without a home run, NL.

The top mark is 19.

2008-07-21 21:39:16
846.   underdog
839 Those are crickets. And pins dropping.
2008-07-21 21:39:42
847.   Tripon
A Kim Ng, and Logan White bobblehead combo.

Because after Ned is fired, McCourt will just let them split GM duties.

2008-07-21 21:39:49
848.   Bob Timmermann
Cycle alert canceled.

Stand down.

2008-07-21 21:40:10
849.   larry slimfast
Don't gimme no Falkenburger. I ain't that hungry.
2008-07-21 21:40:11
850.   JJ42
819 I have a bobblehead of Ethier from when he was in the Minors. Funny thing is that whoever designed it make him right-handed.
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2008-07-21 21:40:53
851.   Xeifrank
848. That was called a Rose Parade float.
vr, Xei
2008-07-21 21:41:01
852.   Woden325
Never give up! Never surrender!
2008-07-21 21:41:45
853.   Tripon
Could be worse, the Dodgers could have gotten into the Rubber Ducky fad that was around a few years back. You too could play with a Jeff Kent rubber ducky in the bath tub.
2008-07-21 21:42:05
854.   oshea2002
These are the kinds of road games in Colorado I remember from the 90's. Neverending.
2008-07-21 21:42:52
855.   Icaros

Right now I'm munching on some Jeff Kent toast.

2008-07-21 21:42:53
856.   underdog
852 - Heh. The Rockies need to "activate the Omega 13."
2008-07-21 21:43:30
857.   Tripon
Man, Kuo is awesome. The one guy that I have total confidence in all day.
2008-07-21 21:43:53
858.   underdog
C'mon, kid, let's blow this thing and go home!
2008-07-21 21:44:03
859.   Gagne55
836 Martin had a bobblehead night last August. August 2 IIRC.
2008-07-21 21:44:07
860.   Tripon
Oops, spoke too soon. Torre doesn't look too worried though.
2008-07-21 21:44:26
861.   Bluebleeder87
Nice hitting by Hawpe, shorten up his swing & all, good job...
2008-07-21 21:44:50
862.   Tripon
Tulo loves Daft Punk? Learn something new every day.
2008-07-21 21:44:55
863.   Jon Weisman
Seven unanswered runs.
2008-07-21 21:45:00
864.   underdog
Jeez, even Kuo's being touched here.
2008-07-21 21:45:07
865.   Gagne55
858 doesn't "blow this thing" usually mean lose it?
2008-07-21 21:45:26
866.   overkill94
833 see 831

The Dodgers' team ERA is really taking a hit tonight. Looks like the Borg will get the win after all.

2008-07-21 21:45:29
867.   Lexinthedena
I blame the ump for Kuo leaving his fastball up.
2008-07-21 21:45:41
868.   oshea2002
Even my favorite pitcher has gotten hit tonight.
2008-07-21 21:46:02
869.   Bluebleeder87
you gotta handed to Tulo, A 6 HIT GAME.
2008-07-21 21:46:03
870.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
This is still going?
2008-07-21 21:46:03
871.   Icaros
This is ridiculous.
2008-07-21 21:46:17
872.   Woden325
5-5! Tulo's batting average went up by 26 points in this game. So far.
2008-07-21 21:46:29
873.   Tripon
Noooooooooooooooooo Broxton. You don't need to come into this game. We're going to need you tomorrow.
2008-07-21 21:46:31
874.   Bob Timmermann
I hope to get off my "Teams losing a game while getting 20 hits post again."
2008-07-21 21:46:39
875.   underdog
That must be the first time, like, ever, right? The consecutive innings scored and still losing by 6 runs.

Who is this guy and what has he done with Kuo?

2008-07-21 21:46:44
876.   MonkeyBlue
2008-07-21 21:46:57
877.   CanuckDodger
Kuo has nothing but a fastball tonight.
2008-07-21 21:47:20
878.   Penguin
i can't believe Broxton is warming up
2008-07-21 21:47:33
879.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
This is the series' Coors Field game (tm).
Wouldn't be a visit to Denver without one.
2008-07-21 21:47:36
880.   68elcamino427
... Win!

Dodgers Win!

Kemp, Ethier, Martin, Loney!

2008-07-21 21:47:45
881.   MonkeyBlue
OVER!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!
2008-07-21 21:47:45
882.   underdog
I think Rick Honeycutt should be activated to come in to finish this. Throw that sinking pitch, Honey!
2008-07-21 21:47:59
883.   trainwreck
2008-07-21 21:48:01
884.   Tripon
Finally! This game is over. I'm going to try to forget about this game.
2008-07-21 21:48:17
885.   Jon Weisman
Rockies LOB: 16
2008-07-21 21:48:19
886.   underdog
Or not.

We win!


2008-07-21 21:48:57
887.   MonkeyBlue
Clayton pitches tomorrow. I not sure he can past five inning.
2008-07-21 21:48:58
888.   sporky
If I had an obelisk, Jerry Crawford would go on it.
2008-07-21 21:49:04
889.   oshea2002
Better the tight strike zone was tonight then tomorrow with Kershaw on the mound.
2008-07-21 21:49:17
890.   underdog
So Falkenborg does get the win in the battle of Dodger pitchers who did not want to get the win.
2008-07-21 21:49:27
891.   LeeLacy
The Rockies surpassed us in the hit column.

Can't remember the last time I was feeling nervous in the bottom of the 9th of a game in which the Dodgers were leading by 6 runs.

Wasn't pretty but we're still tied for first. I'll sleep well tonight.

2008-07-21 21:49:48
892.   Bluebleeder87

He just kind of stretched out his arm he didn't throw any balls I don't think.

2008-07-21 21:49:50
893.   Woden325
Man, that was a weird game. Exciting though. Earlier this season, I would have expected the Rockies to fold like a cheap lawn chair. At least they're stringing hits together finally.
2008-07-21 21:49:55
894.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
While I was out for a leisurely dinner, and buying tequila and bourbon (for cooking, I swear!), I missed 26 runs and 38 hits.
So, what were the highlights?
2008-07-21 21:50:03
895.   underdog
Agree with both 888 and 889.

Weird, fun game, and thanks for the company all.

2008-07-21 21:51:05
896.   Eric Stephen
Maybe its the anniversary, or maybe its Jay Leno-induced activity, but we seem to have a ton of comments tonight.
2008-07-21 21:51:07
897.   underdog
894 - The first inning was a huge Dodger hit parade. Matt Kemp had two doubles - in the first inning. It was all downhill, or uphill?, from there.
2008-07-21 21:52:25
898.   Gold Star for Robot Boy
897 - I was around for that part, actually. We left in the bottom of the second, with the score at 9-0.
2008-07-21 21:52:59
899.   Tripon
It didn't go downhill for the Dodgers until Torre had to pull Eric S. out.
2008-07-21 21:53:09
900.   Jon Weisman
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2008-07-21 21:53:22
901.   Bluebleeder87
Will Clayton Kershaw come back with a vengeance?!?! I don't know, I just hope he pitches a good game & gives the Dodgers a chance to win.
2008-07-21 21:53:23
902.   fanerman
Andy LaRoche Showcase Watch:
1-3, 1B, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R
2008-07-21 21:53:28
903.   Woden325
897 Downhill for the Dodgers in my opinion. Without the first, this game would have been a Rockies win.
2008-07-21 22:05:08
904.   underdog
903 Well, if we're just erasing select innings, can we erase the Rockies 4th and 6th? ;-)
2008-07-21 22:31:54
905.   Megaballs
In fairness to Ned and Joe, there's no showcase of Laroche, just a realization that we're in a pennant race and tinkering must be made.

"Lets see what we have in Laroche before the deadline"...they probably have a 3b trade on the table...that the mentality.

Ned's trade deadline push is on with Kershaw, Ozuna for Maza, Sweeney on ice...

2008-07-21 22:34:10
906.   Megaballs
Ned's tinkering usually entails lateral moves adding age and salary or scrap heap stuff.

It seems he's under orders not to trade talented youth away.

Laroche should be safe.

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