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Dodgers Navigate Tough Schedule
2007-05-03 16:00
by Jon Weisman

According to, the Dodgers have been doing very well with a challenging schedule. Going into today's games, they have more wins against teams with winning records than any other team in baseball. But that's not surprising, because the Dodgers have played more games against teams with winning records than anyone except Colorado – which has only played teams with winning records so far.

It's a result of NL West teams performing well outside the division.

NL Records vs. Winning Teams
12-8 Dodgers
11-17 Rockies
8-9 Padres
8-10 Giants
7-9 Diamondbacks
6-7 Marlins
5-5 Cubs
5-12 Nationals
4-2 Braves
2-1 Brewers
2-3 Reds
2-4 Astros
2-4 Mets
2-8 Phillies
1-5 Pirates
1-9 Cardinals

Every NL West team (besides Colorado, of course) has a winning record against sub-.500 teams. Look for Colorado to get a boost once its schedule eases up. has the Dodgers first in opponents' strength of schedule and in the site's RPI rankings. ("The basic formula is 25% team winning percentage, 50% opponents' average winning percentage, and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage.") Taking one of three on the road at Milwaukee, which boasts a MLB-best 18-9 record, now doesn't seem so bad for the Dodgers. (On the other hand, it's worth noting that the Dodgers are the only team currently with a winning record that the Brewers have played this season.)

It doesn't get any easier for the Dodgers this weekend, with a road series at 17-10 Atlanta.

* * *

With the Dodgers off tonight, take a listen to tonight's 7:11 p.m. game between AAA Las Vegas and Sacramento and let me know what you think of 51s broadcaster Russ Langer.

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2007-05-03 16:10:36
1.   blue22
Ouch, St. Louis. This could be a very long year for them.
2007-05-03 16:12:55
2.   bhsportsguy
Some specs on these prospects that Keith Law named in the previous thread (and yes, they are all High School players), current High School ranking ()

1. Madison Bumgarner LHP 6-5 220 (4)
2. Blake Beavan RHP 6-7 210 (6)
3. Michael Burgess OF L/L 6-1 200 (14)
4. Tim Alderson RHP 6-7 208 (22)

I guess they don't want to make Hendy be the only tall guy in the organization.

2007-05-03 16:20:04
3.   jasonungar07
When you consider this along with 4 regulars with OBP's under .320 and a combined 7 HRs out of our 3-4-5 hitters in 28 games things aren't so bad. I should be happy...
2007-05-03 16:20:25
4.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Oh, so there's reason to be optimistic? Cool! That makes my day a bit brighter.

(Truly! I am not vialoating rule #6 or rule #7).

2007-05-03 16:23:16
5.   natepurcell

there are videos of all of them on

Burgess is generously listed as 6'1 but hes more 5'11.

2007-05-03 16:24:11
6.   bhsportsguy
In the first of many pre-draft predictions, Jim Callis of Baseball America has the Brewers taking Bumgarner at 7 and the D-Backs taking Beavan at 9.

He thinks that both teams will want to avoid the Boras negotiation hassles (BTW, in one of today's AZ papers, Boras says that he believes that RHP Max Schenzer (sp.) will not sign with the D-Backs, primarily because the guy he was dealing with before the draft left the D-Backs (I think to go to Washington) and he cannot come to terms with the new group. The prospect was supposed start his first game yesterday in the Indy league but it called rained out. Some believe that if he does what Hochevar did last year, he will be a top ten pick.

2007-05-03 16:24:22
7.   sanchez101
Its very interesting to me that the three best teams in the NL outside the West (Milwaukee, NY, Atlanta) have combined for 15 games against .500+ opponents while the Dodgers have played 20.

I like Billy Beane's outlook that the first 2 months are spent figuering out what you have, the middle 2 months are spent getting what you need, and the last 2 months are spent getting into the playoffs. If the Dodgers finish the first third of the season a top the NL West and looking good what does that mean for the anticipated mid-season shakeup involving the prospects and SP depth?

2007-05-03 16:26:03
8.   natepurcell
the savior has been summoned.

2007-05-03 16:26:15
9.   bhsportsguy
5 Do you hear much about Alderson since he is in Arizona?

BTW - I dropped the ball on summarizing Logan White's interview on BP radio, with no game tonight, I will transcribe the highlights for everyone tonight.

2007-05-03 16:26:19
10.   Bob Timmermann
Five runs on one hit so far in the first for the Ms in Boston against Matsuzaka.
2007-05-03 16:27:11
11.   sanchez101
Does the fact that this draft is deepest in HS pitchers play into the Dodgers favor? I think it can.

Are there any names out there that the Dodgers have been associated with?

2007-05-03 16:27:30
12.   blue22
8 - I knew I picked him up at the right time. I figured that Russ Ortiz stinker the other night was the last straw.
2007-05-03 16:27:44
13.   natepurcell

Brewers have been heavy on Mike Moustakas and I cant see them going prep pitcher again; this time with an even rawer prep pitcher then the last one.

2007-05-03 16:28:14
14.   natepurcell

Jack McGeary.

2007-05-03 16:33:09
15.   bhsportsguy
8 Fortunately (or unfortunately if you want to see him) the Dodgers don't host the Giants until the end of July (They don't play them until the first series after the All-Star Break).

Of course the sad thing for Bob is the unfortunate injury for Russ Ortiz that made this move necessary.

2007-05-03 16:33:09
16.   Jon Weisman
8 - "The Giants on Thursday placed starter Russ Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list with neuritis in his pitching elbow."

Neuritis is the general inflammation of the peripheral nervous system. That might describe fans in general.

2007-05-03 16:35:59
17.   bhsportsguy
8 You will hear the terms "purchasing his contract" when they bring him up because he is not currently on their 40-man roster, so someone would also have to DFAed or waived to make room for him.

Again despite Bob's insistence, that player will not be Russ Ortiz.

2007-05-03 16:38:00
18.   Gen3Blue
Just happened to drop in on a live Red Sox game. The strange thing is that Lugo seems to be considered a perfectly fine offensive and defensive SS in the American League. I thought the AL was considered a superior league( at least in offense). Anyway, I may have chosen a bad time to look in as I have seen Lugo make two errors and make out on one pitch. He is apparently hitting .245. It could be an interesting night as I intend to look in on the Amazings (with better stats than the D's) and the pitching bereft Yank. Thank the Lord for DTV and pass the butter.
2007-05-03 16:40:05
19.   Bob Timmermann
2007-05-03 16:42:56
20.   Bob Timmermann
The Mariners 1st inning in Boston:
Force at 2B - RBI
Double - 2 RBI
Error on Lugo - Run scores
Error on Lugo - Run scores
Fly out
Fly out
2007-05-03 16:45:08
21.   sanchez101
16 - Enter Lincecum?
As a prospect fan, that has me excited
As a Dodgers fan, well, this is a family website ...
2007-05-03 16:47:36
22.   Claire Malone-Evans
I think Russ Langer deserves a promotion. Maybe Rick Monday could be optioned to Bill Mueller's office.
2007-05-03 16:48:03
23.   bhsportsguy
13 Mike Moustakas is represented by Boras and since he is going to ask for an above slot bonus, Callis thinks that teams like Milwaukee and Arizona will avoid picking those players.

One potential snag to Bora's leverage are the changes for not signing an early pick.

Teams that fail to sign a first-round pick no longer receive an extra pick after the first round as compensation, but instead a virtually identical pick the following year; for example, a team that fails to sign the No. 5 pick one year will receive the No. 6 pick the next, rather than one in the 30s or 40s.

The same compensation also now exists for unsigned second-round picks, while a team that fails to sign a third-round pick will receive a sandwich pick between the third and fourth rounds.

No mention of what happens about not signing compensation picks, an aside that was brought up by Maury Allen's Business of Baseball column was that even now one month into the season and about six months after it was negotiated, the new CBA has not been published and put on the MLBPA website.

2007-05-03 16:48:06
24.   Andrew Shimmin
Lugo is a decent SS in either league. It was unfortunate how crummily he played for the Dodgers, last year. It was doubly unfortunate, considering we didn't need any more shortstops.
2007-05-03 16:49:57
25.   bhsportsguy
19 I promise no more Russ Ortiz comments.
2007-05-03 16:50:56
26.   Andrew Shimmin
Bhsportsguy is in a bold mood.
2007-05-03 16:51:37
27.   Bob Timmermann
Big upset in the NCAA men's volleyball tournament today in Columbus. Top-ranked Pepperdine lost in four sets to the IPFW Mastodons.

IPFW will play either Penn State or UC Irvine in the final.

2007-05-03 16:52:18
28.   bhsportsguy
26 The things you can do with just two astericks.
2007-05-03 16:52:59
29.   Bob Timmermann
I still hate Frank Robinson.
2007-05-03 16:53:15
30.   underdog
A Giants fan co-worker says he thinks they'll use Sanchez instead. They called up the infielder Frandsen, but could still make another roster move (but, as said above, they'd have to DFA someone). So while the rumors say Lincecum, it's still possible he's not going anywhere just yet.
2007-05-03 16:53:41
31.   Humma Kavula
19 The idea of trying to move on with your life is dead to you?
2007-05-03 16:53:54
32.   underdog
IPFW? What is that, a labor union or a college?
2007-05-03 16:55:08
33.   bhsportsguy
27 In the Women's Volleyball championships, don't they have a real tournament. Is this a function of Title IX where there are just that many more women's volleyball teams to make up for the scholarships for football.

It just seems that the men's championship consisted of winning your confenrece tournament and then going to a National Semi-Final.

2007-05-03 16:56:07
34.   Andrew Shimmin
ndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
2007-05-03 16:56:35
35.   Andrew Shimmin
Oops. There should be an "I", in there.
2007-05-03 16:56:40
36.   Daniel Zappala
I will be first in line for the petition to have the Dodgers groom Langer for Scully's replacement.
2007-05-03 16:57:06
37.   bhsportsguy
32 Since the plan to eliminate the infiltration of East Bay residents to the City did not work, how long will it take to get that highway fixed?
2007-05-03 16:57:30
38.   Gen3Blue
More from the Red Sox live. Lugo is batting lead-off because of his "great speed". JD Drew is on his third day off because of "flu-like symptoms" Even though Dice-K is not doing well yet, the Sox may do well, stacking guys like PaPi Manny, and others in Fenway. I root for the Sox only second to the D's. I must if I oppose the "Yanks".
2007-05-03 16:58:04
39.   Gen3Blue
More from the Red Sox live. Lugo is batting lead-off because of his "great speed". JD Drew is on his third day off because of "flu-like symptoms" Even though Dice-K is not doing well yet, the Sox may do well, stacking guys like PaPi Manny, and others in Fenway. I root for the Sox only second to the D's. I must if I oppose the "Yanks".
2007-05-03 16:58:35
40.   Bob Timmermann
It's still a tournament. It's just a small tournament.
2007-05-03 16:59:41
41.   Bob Timmermann
IPFW is in the same system as the only school in Division I NCAA play that goes by a palindrome: IUPUI.
2007-05-03 16:59:49
42.   Gen3Blue
Sorry for the double post, but this is great. Dice-K let in 5 in the first, and Papi already tied it up. Onward to the third.
2007-05-03 16:59:56
43.   ToyCannon
For those who want to see what a number one HS draft pick looks like, Moustakas will be playing in your West/North Valley neighborhood. Also don't forget about Matt Dominguez the best fielding 3b in HS history according to his coach and the only player to hit a home run in Dodger Stadium as a Sophmore and Junior. I'm hoping he's gets a chance to go for the trifecta.

Thu May 3 @ Taft 3 p.m.
Tue May 8 El Camino Real 3 p.m.
Thu May 10 @ Birmingham 3 p.m.
Tue May 15 @ Cleveland 3 p.m.
Wed May 23 City Section Playoffs First Round 3 p.m.
Fri May 25 City Section Playoffs Quarterfinals 3 p.m.
Wed May 30 City Section Playoffs Semifinals 3 p.m.
Sat Jun 2 City Section Playoffs Final @ Dodger Stadium TBA

2007-05-03 17:01:55
44.   underdog
Hmm, I just saw that the Mets DFA'd Chan Ho Park today...

37 Hmm? That was kindofa non-sequitur, but I'll bite. The latest:

Sounds like 880 is much closer to reopen. (A week or a month...) Meanwhile, more people are taking BART, which was free on Monday.

2007-05-03 17:03:24
45.   Zak
The positive about Lincecum coming up is that the Las Vegas team does not have to face him tomorrow night. That could have hurt Loney's and Kemp's BA down there.

46 Ks in 31 IP. Wow! Man I hate the Giants, coz I wanna be a Lincecum fan, I really do. But, it won't happen.

2007-05-03 17:06:15
46.   Xeifrank
43. Not sure where those high schools are at or who controls the turf they are in. What colors should we avoid wearing if attending those games? vr, Xei
2007-05-03 17:08:57
47.   Xeifrank
Giants blogs and fantasy baseball sites seem to be very excited about the L-Cum news.
vr, Xei
2007-05-03 17:13:33
48.   Bob Timmermann
Those high schools aren't in the roughest parts of town.

For the record:
Chatsworth - orange
Cleveland - red and black
El Camino Real - Blue
Taft - red and yellow

Ultimately, they will lose to a team wearing brown and gold.

2007-05-03 17:14:38
49.   Bob Timmermann
Oh, I forgot
Birmingham is blue
2007-05-03 17:18:06
50.   bhsportsguy
Don't forget Jonathan Meloan:
Career 65.33 IP - 110 K = 15.2 per 9 IP
2007 is down a little but he is still averaging 12.6K/9 IP.

Now Lincecum has done it at a higher level and he is other great numbers too, plus he has started where Meloan has pitched only in relief.

We'll get to see if Meloan is just another guy who can get out overmatched youngsters or if he can produce these results in AAA/Majors soon enough.

But I wanted to remind folks what we had too.

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2007-05-03 17:21:12
51.   jasonungar07

This is for Jon and everyone else from yesterday.

A short video on:

Title: How to make traffic lights change

Description: Watch this video to make traffic lights change

2007-05-03 17:21:35
52.   Gen3Blue
Cannon--for someone far away can you nail down the high schools and cities Moustakas and Dominguez play for. I do want to see.

47 As I am afraid we are going to suffer from him, I like the name L-Cum, but I am afraid it will not do. Can we come up with something slightly less derogatory that will stick. Of course L-Cum isn't inately negative, so maybe it's OK.

2007-05-03 17:25:56
53.   Gen3Blue
48 Bob--Isn't Chatsworth the Name of the UC rival in Dobie Gillis. I could be wrong, but I still like the sound of it.
2007-05-03 17:27:15
54.   Bob Timmermann
Chatsworth Osborne was one of Dobie's rivals. As played by the inimitable Steve Franken.
2007-05-03 17:27:53
55.   jasonungar07
7 If the first two months are for figuring out what we have, can you lob Bernie/Grady a call and ask him to try this?

Nomar (3b)

2007-05-03 17:32:15
56.   old dodger fan
In the Yankee-Ranger game today Vizcaino pitched the 7th inning and gave up 1 run. He got charged with a BS and got credit for the win. These are some bizarre statistics.
2007-05-03 17:35:13
57.   underdog
47 Um, Xei, can we have a different shorthand/nickname for the Giants young pitcher?
2007-05-03 17:35:52
58.   NPB

Anyone seen this piece? Please discuss. I more or less agree with him. The Dodgers need power if they're going to have a chance long-term.

2007-05-03 17:36:03
59.   Gen3Blue
Bob I love Steve Frankin, And I was almost positive he was the drunken waiter in "The Party" (Peter Sellers). But I'm afraid it was someone else. I've tried to look it up, but have never got it straight, because that guy gets confused with Tim someone.
Whoa ---Manny puts the Red Sox up Seven-Five
2007-05-03 17:36:16
60.   underdog
Or 52 beat me to it. It's not as negative as it is... just kinda wrong.
2007-05-03 17:37:41
61.   old dodger fan
How about Linc. Then when he gets sent back down we can ask about the missing Linc.
2007-05-03 17:39:05
62.   Bob Timmermann
Chatsworth High is in Chatsworth
Cleveland High is in Reseda
El Camino Real High is in Woodland Hills
Taft High is also in Woodland Hills
Birmingham High is in Lake Balboa, except it's been recently discovered that there is no Lake Balboa. If you prefer, Birmingham High is in Encino. Or Van Nuys.
2007-05-03 17:39:25
63.   underdog
Perry makes some valid points but I don't agree that Arizona is simply a better team (top to bottom I'll take the Dodgers' starting and relief pitching, at any rate so we could call it even), and I don't think San Diego has better offense than LA, which he seems to imply. I do think they need to add a bat this season though, whether it's from the minors or another team is to be seen. Especially to have a chance of going far into the playoffs. But to win the division, I think they have the players.
2007-05-03 17:39:57
64.   underdog
61 Linc works for me.
2007-05-03 17:40:23
65.   s choir
The Mets DFA'd Chan Ho Park today. Maybe the Giants will pick him up instead of going with Lincecum .
2007-05-03 17:41:04
66.   s choir
The Mets DFA'd Chan Ho Park today. Maybe the Giants will pick him up instead of going with Lincecum (snicker).
2007-05-03 17:41:39
67.   s choir
Sorry about the weird, almost-double post
2007-05-03 17:42:02
68.   Bob Timmermann
The school in brown and gold is Kennedy High which is in Granada Hills and it always gets far less press than Chatsworth despite it winning more LA City Championships.

I blame it on the West San Fernando Valley Media Bias.

2007-05-03 17:42:15
69.   Curtis Lowe
58 - First you get the money, then you get the power.

When you got the power, then you get the winnin.

Winnin love power.

2007-05-03 17:43:02
70.   Gen3Blue
58 Steves piece has some truth. The D's have to have a team that can produce runs. It doesn't have to be by power, but there is some truth because Pierre is not Wills and Kent is not Tommy Davis. I am still optimistic however. Kemp and others could freshen up this team and even add some "power".
2007-05-03 17:46:01
71.   underdog
65 and 66 meet 44, and yeah, wishful thinking! Poor Chan Ho, so hittable these days...
2007-05-03 17:46:09
72.   bhsportsguy
More random thoughts

Tonight Larry Bigbie, Matt Kemp, James Loney, and others who have been up in the majors, will not get on a plane for the short hop to Fresno, instead they will board a bus and ride 6-7 hours for a series starting tommorow.

The Suns will take a bus tonight from the Raleigh, North Carolina area and probably go the same amount of time back home to Florida.

And the Great Lake Loons will have yet another similar trip ahead of them from Davenport, Iowa to Midland, Michigan.

Fortunately for them, the 66ers have a commute of 45 miles from Lake Elsinore back home to San Bernardnino after their game.

Their MLB parent club took a charterd plane from LAX to Atlanta, got into their bus and are now in their own rooms at the Westin Hotel.

Oh and they got more per diem today than their minor league cousins get probably for a week. (Okay maybe not a week, though the last report I saw was that the average minor league player gets $20 a day while the MLB guy gets $85, plus on game days, they have clubhouse spreads before and after the game).

2007-05-03 17:46:31
73.   JimBilly4
Tough Schedule, sure, but how about our upcoming deadly dull interleague schedule. The most interesting AL team we face will be the Blue Jays. Sure the Angels are a good club, but with us playing them every year and in the Freeway (meaningless) series, I can't get excited there either. We should have had the Red Sox (3 years ago we faced the Yankees), but must have angered someone somewhere.

If we keep interleague (and it seems 100% certain we are), we need to stop the "rivalry" angle. It screws up schedule balance (i.e., StL plays the Royals 6 times while the cubs play the Sox) and only really benefits about half the clubs (yes sir, that Mariners/Padres rivalry must really pack em in). Give me the Angels once every 3-6 years and then I get really excited again.

2007-05-03 17:47:06
74.   Marty
Steve Franken is the waiter in The PArty.
2007-05-03 17:49:18
75.   Gen3Blue
Bob T. I'm really curious. I think I tried to trace the waiter in "The Party" but never got a good answer. Maybe you can use your research magic? But don't waste much time, as this is truly frivolous.
2007-05-03 17:50:49
76.   Gen3Blue
74 Is he!! I've reached nervana . Thanks. I wan to believe this and will!
2007-05-03 17:53:03
77.   s choir
58 I mentioned my disagreement with this in the last thread, but I'll say again that Perry's assumption that power rules all in the modern game is overstated, unwarranted, and unsupported in the article.

Despite having quite a few games where they have struggled to score runs, the Dodgers have managed 4.5 runs per game. Perry mentions the A's as an example of a team that can't win without offense, but the A's are scoring a full run less per game than the Dodgers.

It is an unfortunate fact that many baseball writers conflate the terms "power" and "offense." The two are mutually exclusive. It's ridiculous to state that the Dodgers can't continue to score runs without hitting homers when they did just that all season last year, and have continued that trend up until now.

2007-05-03 17:53:30
78.   Marty
76 Birdie num num
2007-05-03 17:57:53
79.   Gen3Blue
Num num indeed. This is a cult film you should be aware of if you are of an age, Actually my children are enammored of it but this could be my influence.
2007-05-03 18:01:04
80.   old dodger fan
Matsuzaka tonight
5IP 5H 5BB 7ER 1K 96 pitches
2007-05-03 18:06:24
81.   Gen3Blue
Lugo does a very impressive running in place/bat excercise on deck

birdie Numb-mum!

2007-05-03 18:10:28
82.   Marty
I saw The Party at a theater when it was released.
2007-05-03 18:11:55
83.   underdog
And look fast for Love Boat's Gavin MacLeod in The Party, too. Good ol' CS Divot.

Some hilarious scenes in that one.

2007-05-03 18:13:18
84.   Gen3Blue
82 You mean the film I assume. I was such a Sellars fan that I remember my poor kids actually having friends in for a "The Party" party. Never topped the bathroom scene.
2007-05-03 18:27:35
85.   s choir
58 I'd also like to point out that the Dodgers were not particularly clutch last year, as Perry claims. The Dodgers had an overall team batting average of .276, just 10 points less than their average with RISP. In order to compare the two numbers, you have to take sacrifice flies out of the equation (since those would have counted as extra at-bats without a runner at third). The Dodgers had 48 of those last year, out of 1475 official ABs with RISP. Add those 48 to the total ABs, and the Dodgers had a baserunner-neutral batting average of .277 with RISP, an insignificant difference from their overall average.
2007-05-03 18:30:10
86.   Gen3Blue
Uh-oh the Yanks are up 2-0 in the third. The Rangers have been hitting nothing but they are a bit better than that. With their pitching the Yanks better hope they get out of town before the Rangers start hitting.
2007-05-03 18:30:39
87.   Curtis Lowe
85 - Nice analysis.
2007-05-03 18:35:00
88.   JoeyP

It's ridiculous to state that the Dodgers can't continue to score runs without hitting homers when they did just that all season last year, and have continued that trend up until now.

Dayn Perry addressed that very point in his article. He states that the Dodgers hit way above the league average with RISP last season. Was that because they just rounded up a bunch of 'clutch' hitters, or was it a fluke?

Probably a fluke.

2007-05-03 18:36:21
89.   Gen3Blue
85 Plausible. .277 is pretty good though. Maybe hard to repeat.( esp. w/o Drew).
2007-05-03 18:40:20
90.   Fallout
38 Gen3Blue
JD Drew is on his third day off because of "flu-like symptoms"

Is that neuritis of the shoulder or the knee?

2007-05-03 18:40:30
91.   Gen3Blue
Ahh The Mets vs. The D-backs. Hard to picture a match up I would enjoy more although the Giants Vs. Padres comes to mind.
2007-05-03 18:43:51
92.   Gen3Blue
90 I should probably refrain from an opinion, and I did--amazing.
2007-05-03 18:48:36
93.   Westernmost in Flavor
What about the USU Aggies?

2007-05-03 18:55:09
94.   JoeyP
At present, the Dodgers rank a respectable seventh in the NL in runs scored, but when you look at their peripheral numbers (they rank eighth in AVG, eighth in OBP and 13th in SLG),

Troubling, bc even last year's offense did have a sufficient OBP.

They've also compiled these numbers while getting nothing of value from Schmidt, their marquee winter addition. On the other hand, fifth starter Mark Hendrickson (1.30 ERA) will clearly not keep that up, and ditto for Brad Penny (1.64 ERA) and Brett Tomko and his sub-4.00 ERA

Schmidt's a key. When the others regress, he's going to need to be there to off-set that. If he's not, it's going to be hard to stay above .500 IMO.

2007-05-03 19:10:22
95.   s choir
94 I think once Furcal gets it going that OBP number is going to improve. It'll get even better if/when the Dodgers find a solution at 3B.
2007-05-03 19:20:12
96.   imperabo
Here's another way of looking at things. They have offensive stars at the three hardest positions to get offense. They have a deep system and deep pockets to fill holes in other locations if they arise. They have excellent pitching all around. Sounds like grounds for optimism to me.
2007-05-03 19:30:14
97.   Gen3Blue
96 not unreasonable
Manny again Rsox 8-7

Yanks 2-1

D-backs 1-0 over Mets.

2007-05-03 19:30:43
98.   Fallout
Agree with 95,96. When Kent retires this team will really need to find some power.
2007-05-03 19:46:42
99.   Gen3Blue
Mets experience beggining to tell on young D-backs. This is good, but I fear we will have to deal with the Mets sometime in the future.
2007-05-03 19:55:43
100.   Bob Timmermann
But everybody calls USU "Utah State". IUPUI is like UCLA. Nobody uses the full name.
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2007-05-03 20:10:39
101.   Bob Timmermann
The Mastodons will face the Anteaters in the final for the NCAA men's volleyball championship on Saturday.
2007-05-03 20:11:35
102.   Bluebleeder87
Burgess is generously listed as 6'1 but hes more 5'11.

You know what I'm gonna start saying i'm 5'9 1/2 why not! "they" do it all the time.

ps i'm 5'7 1/2 :o)

2007-05-03 20:12:22
103.   D4P
I prefer women's pro beach volleyball over any kind of men's volleyball.
2007-05-03 20:12:27
104.   Daniel Zappala
100 Been to Logan much?
2007-05-03 20:13:33
105.   Bob Timmermann
I don't care what the good people of Logan call their university, I care about the AP style guide!
2007-05-03 20:16:50
106.   scareduck
77 - It is an unfortunate fact that many baseball writers conflate the terms "power" and "offense." The two are mutually exclusive. It's ridiculous to state that the Dodgers can't continue to score runs without hitting homers when they did just that all season last year, and have continued that trend up until now.

Unless and until you have some numbers backing this up, I wouldn't go around making broad statements like that. SLG and OBP correlate very strongly to runs scored. Smallball generally doesn't.

2007-05-03 20:18:54
107.   Benaiah
106 - "Mutually exclusive" has to be a typo.
2007-05-03 20:19:52
108.   D4P
Yeah. I can't see anyone making such a claim intentionally.
2007-05-03 20:26:39
109.   scareduck
107, 108 - and yet it is internally consistent.
2007-05-03 20:29:10
110.   D4P
True. It's confusing. Maybe the whole thing is a typo.
2007-05-03 20:32:39
111.   Fallout
103 D4P
I prefer women's pro beach volleyball over any kind of men's volleyball.

I prefer women's beach volleyball over any other kind of volleyball.

2007-05-03 20:34:24
112.   scareduck
BTW, Jon, I was listening to the Travs game earlier, and the difference between Langer and the Travs' team isn't all that great. Langer's a little mellower, but at this level, they all seem to run together. It reminds me of the guy they have doing the Astros' radio broadcasts, who sounds like he'd been pulled from the ranks of the minor league game callers.
2007-05-03 20:36:49
113.   scareduck
Was having a hard time remembering the name of the Travs' announcer when I realized that it would be pretty easy to look it up: Phil Elson.

2007-05-03 20:52:36
114.   underdog
Nice to see the Phillies trouncing the Giants so far tonight.

Surprised to see Cain get rocked that badly.

2007-05-03 21:02:23
115.   das411
114 - You are quite welcome! ;)

Did anybody else catch The Dugout's (actually really rather tasteful) tribute to the late Josh Hancock?

2007-05-03 21:08:56
116.   s choir

The typo is, I should have amended "power" to "home run power," since Perry's point was that the Dodgers aren't going anywhere unless they hit more home runs. Better?

2007-05-03 21:10:54
117.   LAT
Damion Easley helping the Dodgers to a 2.0 game lead.
2007-05-03 21:12:14
118.   D4P
"Home run power" and "Offense" are not mutually exclusive. Maybe you mean to say that they are not "synonymous."
2007-05-03 21:17:43
119.   Andrew Shimmin
Mutually exclusive means that the two can't coexist. Average or better home run power may not be necessary for an offense to be good, but it's certainly possible for a better than average offensive team to hit a lot of home runs. It happens all the time.
2007-05-03 21:21:57
120.   s choir
118 That is a better way of putting it.
2007-05-03 22:25:51
121.   natepurcell

new kershaw article.

2007-05-03 22:42:18
122.   Dodgers49
Brazoban's second night:

Sacramento Top 8th

Pitcher Change: Yhency Brazoban replaces Spike Lundberg.
Antonio Perez walks.
Charles Thomas pops out to shortstop Tony Abreu.
Kevin Melillo grounds into double play, shortstop Tony Abreu to second baseman Sergio Garcia to first baseman James Loney. Antonio Perez out at 2nd.

2007-05-03 22:57:12
123.   LAT
For all us Clipper fans who were furious when Dallas laid down for Golden State in the second to last game of the season revenge is a dish best served cold. Dallas would have cut through the Clippers like warm butter. Instead Dirk & Co. can break out the golf clubs early.
2007-05-03 23:06:18
124.   underdog
Sweet night - Mark Cuban's Mavericks get spanked, and the Giants lose. And the D-Backs lose. The 51s... not as sweet, but at least they came back a bit and Yhency pitched well.
2007-05-03 23:25:33
125.   Greg Brock
Semantics aside, the Dodgers aren't going anywhere unless they hit more home runs. The team managed to do well offensively last year, despite the lack of power, which was nice. This year, they added another Slappy Mcgee in the lineup, which isn't very nice.

The Dodgers lead the NL with a .276 average last year. We were second to the Mets in runs scored. But we've added Fredo in center, which hurts our OBP and SLG. Right now, we rank 13th in MLB in OBP, 16th in BA, and 26th in Slugging.

Our pitching isn't going to be this good forever, and our offense is a real problem. We need more boom boom, and we don't have it. I do not have a good feeling about June, July, and August.

2007-05-03 23:39:25
126.   underdog
I prefer Slappy McBunt, my good sir!

I agree our offense needs more boom, though not necessarily much of an uptick in homeruns. I do still visualize mssrs. Kemp and/or Loney coming into play at some point. That may sound naiive, but I've had visions, man, visions! They don't lie.

2007-05-03 23:45:22
127.   Andrew Shimmin
Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train,
And I was feeling near as faded as my jeans,
[Slappy] thumbed a diesel down just before it rained,
It rode us all the way into New Orleans.
I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna,
I was playing soft while Slappy sang the blues, yeah
Windshield wipers [bobbing] time,
I was holding Slappy's hand in mine
We sang every song that driver knew. . .
2007-05-03 23:47:02
128.   bhsportsguy
Following up on my promise, here is some of Logan White, Asst. General Manager said in an interview with Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus Radio that took place last week.

Since the interview went on for about 5 minutes, here is some of the highlights.

WC: How good is Clayton Kershaw?

LW: Special talent, makeup is very good. Really bright, confident not cocky, grounded, brought up the right way.
Physical size, he is 6'4" 220, power arm, 90-97 mph fastball, good curveball and change, good feel for the game. Provided he stays healthy, he will move pretty fast.

WC: Do you tend go for velocity or command of a lot of pitches or body type, when it comes to pitching prospects?

LW: Does not think it is an either or when it comes to velocity or command, starts off looking for a Roger Clemens/Randy Johnson type, good mechanics, looks for big strong arm action, good secondary pitch (curve, slider, split). Feel and command of the strike zone, look at their makeup.

WC: What is makeup?

LW: People misinterpret makeup as being the nicest guy in the world (someone to marry your daughter). Personality and makeup are not the same things. Do they work hard, do they get good grades. You want them to be aggressive and hardworking but they can have different personalities. Looking for quality people.

WC: Dodgers draft at No. 20, what kind of player do you anticipate seeing at that pick.

LW: I think it will be a good player; it would be funny to take a college player since we get accused of only taking high school players but we will end up taking a high end, high ceiling guys.

2007-05-04 00:03:24
129.   Greg Brock
One day in the black mining hills of Dodger Stadium there lived a man named Slappy Mcgee

One day, his power ran off with another guy, hit young Slappy in the eye.

Slappy didn't like that...He said "Imon get that boy..."

Slappy Mcgee, went 0 for 3, only to find 9 million dollars...

2007-05-04 00:09:44
130.   Andrew Shimmin
Rough break that Slappy had not come equipped with a gun.
2007-05-04 02:09:16
131.   Dodger Jack
Who would have thought, prior to the season, that our two best starting pitchers, at least at this early stage, would be Hendrickson and Penny? Many of this blog's commenters would have traded both.
2007-05-04 05:04:03
132.   Vishal
[124] i like mark cuban, but i'm still really happy for the warriors. i hope they go all the way.
2007-05-04 06:32:07
133.   LAT
131. I still would trade Hendrickson, right now, today. This is an aberation. Let's get some value for him while we can.
2007-05-04 07:26:01
134.   old dodger fan
133 What do you want for him?
2007-05-04 07:30:22
135.   Andrew Shimmin
Cheese danish. Or cherry. I'm not picky.
2007-05-04 07:35:20
136.   LAT
133. Someone who can occassionally hit the ball over the center field wall.
2007-05-04 07:44:46
137.   old dodger fan
We are tied for 8th (with SD) in runs scored in the NL BUT we are tied for 1st in runs scored in our division.

We are 12th in the NL in OPS but our division rivals are 8th, 9th, 10th and 13th. The Giants have the highest OPS in the division and the fewest runs scored per game.

I expect to see improvements in offense at SS as Furcal works through his spring training and at 3B as either Betemit finds his game or LaRoche finds his. I think the 1st one of those two guys to start hitting will get most of the AB's at 3B.

I think our hitting will improve and our starting pitching will fall off a bit. Barring serious injuries we should be in the hunt all year and I think we are as well positioned to survive injuries as anyone.

Because of what we did in the offseason coupled with what we have at AAA I don't know what we would be looking for. I can't imagine us trading for a LFer or a CFer because we just spent a bunch of money for new guys there. We have a 3B man at AAA that OPSed .950 at Vegas last year.

If we can get a superstar for any of those positions we might look at it but nobody is giving up superstars for Hendrickson.

2007-05-04 07:45:49
138.   Jon Weisman
New post up top.

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