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That Look In Their Eyes
2008-05-07 11:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Newborn babies don't smile. They can be cute beyond all get-out (or not, it doesn't really matter), but they basically won't give you the time of day. You love them, you love them instantly, long before you get any tangible evidence that they love you back, or even like you.

And so, even if you're on your third go-round as a parent, you forget that they're capable of smiling. You grow accustomed to their alternatively stoic and sobbing approach to life. Happiness is defined as a dry diaper, a full belly or a secure swaddle. Happiness is defined as relief.

And then, about five or six or seven weeks in, the corners of the mouth turn up, and it doesn't quite seem like an accident. Maybe once every couple of days, then maybe twice in a day.

And then you come home from work on a Tuesday night, and the kid just can't stop smiling. His mouth is wide-open joy, his eyes are sparkling pools of wonder, and he's giggling from cheeks to belly. It's like a big practical joke – "Had you going there, didn't I, Dad?" — like the merry mobbing at the end of the silent treatment for Blake DeWitt after his first major-league home run, like the end of the morose Atlanta road trip and the reanimation of the Dodger franchise.

There is joy in Mudville. And the joy will ebb and flow, you realize – you'll have winning streaks and losing streaks, tickles and tantrums. You step back and realize that you can do all you can do to win a World Series or raise a child, but you don't know what will happen come October, you don't even know what could happen come the ninth inning of a businessman's special in May, and your stomach curdles in anxiety.

Put that out of your head. Think about the smiles. "All I know is that life is pretty much a losing proposition," Josh Wilker says, "so it stands to reason you should celebrate the rare victories, however small." Focus on the smiles. Focus hard.

* * *

Mets at Dodgers, 12:10 p.m.

Today's lineup:

Juan Pierre, LF
Andre Ethier, RF
Matt Kemp, CF
Jeff Kent, 2B
James Loney, 1B
Russell Martin, you can't say you're surprised
Blake DeWitt, 3B
Chin-Lung Hu, SS
Brad Penny, P

Update: The reins have been pulled on Clayton Kershaw, who pitched one perfect inning of relief for AA Jacksonville today.

Here's Ken Gurnick's MLB.com update on Rafael Furcal:

Shortstop Rafael Furcal reported improvement in his sore back and pitcher Jason Schmidt's bullpen session went without incident before the Dodgers' game on Wednesday with the Mets.

Furcal missed his second consecutive start, but said with Thursday's scheduled off-day that he anticipated returning to the lineup for Friday night's series opener with the Astros. Furcal missed the last 12 games of last season with lower back spasms, but this injury is said to be in a different area and not considered by club officials as serious.

Comments (429)
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2008-05-07 11:14:28
1.   underdog
So are people happy Martin's starting a day game after a night game? I am, assuming he's feeling good, why not? Don't they have an off day tomorrow anyway?

Not too often that the Dodgers have started all their outfielders 1-3 in the lineup.

Man, I hope Furcal comes back soon.

2008-05-07 11:16:06
2.   ryu
Glad to see Ethier back in the lineup. Hope he's not too rusty.
2008-05-07 11:17:30
3.   Xeifrank
I am surprised. Atleast he's not starting at SS, right!? :)
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 11:18:01
4.   Xeifrank
1. Two nights in a row.
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 11:18:04
5.   Kevin Lewis
Our due date is fast approaching May 12th. It is weird to have such a life altering event on the way, but to still feel surreal about it all. My wife has been a trooper. She is still working!
2008-05-07 11:19:13
6.   Gilberto Reyes
1 Martin will be fine. Besides, he has Thursday and next Monday off. I like giving Jones the next 2 days off. And a three day rest for Furcal might help him be ready for the weekend series against Houston.
2008-05-07 11:19:53
7.   KingKopitar
I don't have a problem with Martin starting so much because I'm assuming that he'll break down in 2 or 3 years and we should have May or Santana ready by then.
2008-05-07 11:20:46
8.   StolenMonkey86
3 - if Kuo is pitching, starting at SS is a day off.
2008-05-07 11:20:54
9.   fanerman
7 Well that's an optimistic look on things.
2008-05-07 11:21:00
10.   Gilberto Reyes
I just noticed that interleague play starts in 9 days. Seems a bit early this year.
2008-05-07 11:21:12
11.   Xeifrank
8. Thumbs up!
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 11:21:39
12.   Howard Fox
a rusty Ethier is miles better than Jones
2008-05-07 11:22:38
13.   underdog
And yes, I like giving Jones the day off (plus tomorrow) as well. It can't be good for his psyche right now, struggling at home, hearing it from the crowd, even when he has a couple of good at bats, when he then regresses he hears it and presses badly. Time to take a step back.

And at the worst, create a phantom injury - perhaps a pulled pinkie, a bruised ego or something.

Okay, back to work for 40 minutes.

2008-05-07 11:22:58
14.   StolenMonkey86
1 - Martin has started at catcher in 29 games, 2 games at third, and has caught at least part of every game so far.
2008-05-07 11:25:16
15.   bryanf
If only Furcal weren't out, this would be the lineup I voted for.
2008-05-07 11:25:19
16.   Damon
The real question is why isn't Marting batting #1 or 2
2008-05-07 11:26:13
17.   Gagne55
14 Yes. He could still get 162 games caught this year- scary.
2008-05-07 11:28:38
18.   Hythloday
5 - My little one turns 1 in a few weeks. I'm not sure what is weirder being on the precipice of that moment or watching your kid get up and walk away from you--as Jon notes, smiling the whole time. I envy you for those early weeks with the kid (we're likely only having the one) because they're unlike anything else and it was probably the best time I had in my life. Congrats btw.
2008-05-07 11:30:09
19.   Bluebleeder87
These starts are gonna affect Martin come crunch time. I know he's great but he is also human.
2008-05-07 11:30:14
20.   Marty
Here's a small victory. Isn't it nice that Kemp has become Torre's number one outfielder? He's in every day. I know that was my biggest worry coming out of spring training.
2008-05-07 11:30:41
21.   MollyKnight
Um, why isn't anyone else panicking about Furcal being scratched again?
2008-05-07 11:31:51
22.   underdog
19 Again, remember he's off completely tomorrow and no travel, either. And I'm sure he'll get an off day next week at some point. It's fine.
2008-05-07 11:31:55
23.   Howard Fox
21 my comment was on the last thread...we are fighting over DeWitt v LaRoche, and Furcal has come up lame...
2008-05-07 11:32:12
24.   KingKopitar
I think I'd be more worried if he was back in today because it would tell me he was trying to play through an injury again.
2008-05-07 11:33:54
25.   kylepetterson
0 Brilliant. You brought tears to my eyes, Jon. Nothing in this world compares to coming home from work and having your kid meet you at the door. My boy is a year and a half now and is the joy of my life. Thank you.

And now we return to your regularly scheduled Dodger conversations.

2008-05-07 11:34:30
26.   underdog
From the Inside the Dodgers blog, Josh posted "Furcal still out with a stiff back, but hopefully tomorrow's off day will do some good. The same goes for Andruw, who will hopefully get to clear his head and start from scratch on Friday."

Still doesn't sound too serious, sounds more precautionary, but if he's out starting the next series, I'll start to panic more. We need our sparkplug!

2008-05-07 11:34:56
27.   Kevin Lewis
21

It seems more cautionary to me, and he will get the extra day off. I guess I am glad he is not playing through the pain like last year. If he sits for the Houston series, than I will be worried.

2008-05-07 11:35:43
28.   Kevin Lewis
ahhh, by 26 seconds
2008-05-07 11:39:56
29.   Howard Fox
26 based on what I have seen with our medical and training staff the past few years...I am not reassured...
2008-05-07 11:40:02
30.   Terry A
A "Day" in My Life (last night 'til this morning):

7-year-old boy: Hits double, drives in three runs. Much rejoicing.

3-year-old boy: Wakes up at 3 a.m., gets drink of water. Immediately pukes all over me.

1-year-old boy: Wakes up at 5 a.m. with fever. Spends morning swearing a lot (in baby talk).

And yet I still disagree with Wilker's brilliant (as usual) line that life's a losing proposition. There's just too much good stuff going on. We win.

2008-05-07 11:40:16
31.   MC Safety
I'm not worried about Furcal at all. Worry about him playing a noon start after being scratched last night with a sore back?

I thought I was paranoid.

2008-05-07 11:42:16
32.   Kevin Lewis
I just noticed that Cincinnati hit four home runs in the 2nd Ouch
2008-05-07 11:42:47
33.   D4P
The same goes for Andruw, who will hopefully get to clear his head and start from scratch on Friday

Good grief.

2008-05-07 11:43:31
34.   KG16
Not worried about Furcal missing a couple of games, until I hear the phrase "back spasms" or "herniated disk".
2008-05-07 11:46:51
35.   Daniel Zappala
30 All those kids?! What are you, a Mormon?
2008-05-07 11:48:33
36.   Daniel Zappala
Seriously, if you want to see something crazy, come to Utah, I'll take you to church, and there are 50 families like Kevin's in the pews. Not recommended for Andrew Shimmin.
2008-05-07 11:48:40
37.   kinbote
I'm assuming Kuo, Broxton, & Saito are out for today's game. That leaves Park, Wade, Beimel, & Proctor.

If Penny can pitch his usual 6 innings, we can use Wade/Beimel/Proctor to close it out.

Wade needs to have another productive outing if he wants to hang onto his spot. Right now, he looks likes the most likely to be sent down when a move is made.

2008-05-07 11:50:11
38.   Kevin Lewis
36

I hope the pews are comfortable.

2008-05-07 11:52:21
39.   Bob Timmermann
I was at a Methodist church Sunday that was being used as a concert hall. They had PADDING in the pews.

Man, those Methodists have it cushy. Literally.

2008-05-07 11:53:59
40.   D4P
39
I guess there's a method to their padness...
2008-05-07 11:56:20
41.   Fallout
When will the Dodger all-star third baseman, Blake DeWitt, bat 2nd in the order? :)
2008-05-07 11:56:29
42.   Daniel Zappala
We do have padding in our pews. Unless you get there late, in which case you sit in the folding metal chairs in the overflow that stretches back into the gym.
2008-05-07 11:56:29
43.   MC Safety
40 LOL
2008-05-07 11:56:58
44.   cargill06
dusty at it again

does anyone have any idea on vloquez's pitch count. 7IP with 4 walks and 10 k's it has to be up there.

2008-05-07 11:57:10
45.   Linkmeister
40 Groan.

On the Hawai'i television front, I just turned on FSNPT and I've got the 9th inning of last night's game. Had I known it was going to be on, I coulda seen DeWitt's HR (and Alou's steal of home -- a Mets fan I know asked on his blog how that could possibly happen, and I took great joy in explaining it using DT as my source).

I am relieved not to see Fox Kansas City on that channel as I did yesterday. I have nothing against KC, but...

2008-05-07 11:58:22
46.   Samuel
44

Gameday says 118 through 7 innings.

2008-05-07 11:58:23
47.   Disabled List
Baby Thoughts
Mormon Thoughts
Church Thoughts

I'm definitely a fish out of water on DT today.

2008-05-07 11:58:25
48.   Bob Timmermann
44
118 pitches through 7 for Volquez. Presumably he'll come out now.
2008-05-07 11:59:02
49.   Andrew Shimmin
36- I went to Disneyland a couple of weeks ago. There were kids everywhere. It was a trying day. Kids are bad at standing in line; they have no respect for buffer zones.
2008-05-07 12:01:34
50.   Terry A
I know a guy who feels it is his right/calling/ministry to rub the bloated bellies of expectant mothers at his church. This is quite the spectacle.

And it's not even a cult or a sect or anything. (Well, maybe a sect, but they'd never admit it.)

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2008-05-07 12:03:05
51.   MC Safety
Volquez is filthy.
2008-05-07 12:04:21
52.   Daniel Zappala
49 Bring a squirt gun next time.
2008-05-07 12:06:07
53.   Kevin Lewis
50

I have said, "what are you doing?" many times to people touching my wife's belly without asking.

I am still laughing at the post last night about the nephew in the bathroom at Dodger stadium. Was it Marty? "Nice Shoes"

Hilarious

2008-05-07 12:06:27
54.   PHilldodger
20 The "No. 1" OF tag is nice, but let's see what happens when Kemp goes through a 2 for 12 stretch and it's decided that he only gets 2 starts in a week again. I've not yet seen a rational explanation for why Ethier sat 4 of the last 5 games. But I'm often regarded as a crank.
2008-05-07 12:06:29
55.   Brent Knapp
41 The same day Andruw Jones is hitting leadoff.
2008-05-07 12:06:37
56.   underdog
In that Reds-Cubs game, the Cubs, on the other hand, are not experiencing on of their best pitching days:

HR - J Votto 3 (7, 2nd inning off J Lieber 0 on, 0 Out, 5th inning off S Marshall 0 on, 0 Out, 6th inning off S Gallagher 1 on, 2 Out), A Dunn (6, 2nd inning off J Lieber 0 on, 0 Out), P Bako (4, 2nd inning off J Lieber 0 on, 1 Out), J Hairston Jr (1, 2nd inning off J Lieber 1 on, 2 Out), B Phillips (6, 5th inning off S Marshall 0 on, 0 Out).

Wherefor art thou, Sean Hill?

Meanwhile Barry Zito missed exactly one start, didn't pitch out of the bullpen once, and is starting for the Giants today in Pittsburgh.

2008-05-07 12:07:01
57.   Kevin Lewis
Joe's recent Banny log is excellent today, especially with the reflection on Bissinger.
2008-05-07 12:07:30
58.   bablue
Not to be overly critical, but I think people are way overrating Dewitt. He is not going to keep up his performance anywhere near this level. And its silly to say he's better than Laroche based on a months worth of at bats, while dismissing their years of work in the minors.

Dewitt (5 years in minors): .279/.333/.444 .777 OPS 57 HR 329/146 K/BB 1859 AB

Laroche (6 years in minors): .294/.374/.522 .896 OPS 92 HR 282/212 K/BB 1698 AB

Laroche is just a much better player, period. You don't forget six years worth of data because of one month. Also keep in mind just how much luck plays a factor with so few at bats. Example:

Furcal 2008: .366/.448/.597
Pujols career: .332/.423/.619

Raffy has basically been as good as Albert Pujols with the bat so far. You think he'll keep that up? Or look at Cano.

2005) LD%: 20.6% BABIP: .318 BA: .297
2006) LD%: 19.9% BABIP: .359 BA: .342
2007) LD%: 16.9% BABIP: .329 BA: .306
2008) LD%: 17.0% BABIP: .155 BA: .157

Cano is not going to hit .157. He's obviously been tremendously unlucky this year. If you look at one month's worth of data it is easy to be misled.

Dewitt has the lowest line drive percentage of anyone in the majors with more than 50 at bats. Also no one (who qualified) in the last three years has been as low as Dewitt. He has a 8.5 LD%, where the next lowest is 12.9% by Gary Matthews Jr. last year! Of the bottom 11 guys, only one had a babip over .300 (and it was .303). Most were in the .270's or lower. Dewitt's BABIP is .348. If you think he is not due for a HUGE decline then you are very much mistaken.

Maybe this sounds like I am bashing Dewitt, but I actually like him. There is just no way he is going to be a good player yet. Every game he plays over Laroche once Laroche is healthy is a mistake. Laroche is just a much better player right now. On things like these you can't let emotions get in the way, you are hurting the team if you let Dewitt play over Laroche. Unfortunately, the Dodgers may just make this very mistake. Rant over. I need to start a blog for stuff like this. ;)

2008-05-07 12:08:00
59.   regfairfield
54 Pierre and Kemp were hot, Jones has a large paycheck.
2008-05-07 12:08:10
60.   Kevin Lewis
56

Yep, and my fantasy opponent started Zito and Maine today. I am hoping for carnage.

2008-05-07 12:10:55
61.   MyTummyHurts
can I ask for one of you fellows to post the score every now and again?
2008-05-07 12:14:30
62.   Xeifrank
wow, 7 home runs. That's a lot of rally killing. vr, Xei
2008-05-07 12:14:46
63.   Daniel Zappala
Why is a day game considered a "Business Man's Special" anyway? Wouldn't it be better classified as an Unemployed/Nightshift Special?
2008-05-07 12:15:39
64.   Daniel Zappala
Who is Joey Votto, and how does he hit three home runs in a game?
2008-05-07 12:15:51
65.   underdog
Furcal should be ready for Friday says Vin.
2008-05-07 12:16:42
66.   Kevin Lewis
61

1-2-3 top of 1st 0 runs 0 hits

2008-05-07 12:16:59
67.   underdog
Vin also almost jinxed us a home run for David Wright there. Phew.
2008-05-07 12:17:17
68.   KG16
63 - because it's an excuse to take a day off, or instead of having a meeting on the links, you have it in the box seats.

Or because that's just the way they say it.

2008-05-07 12:17:54
69.   underdog
64 Votto is one of the top OF prospects in the game, maybe the best first year outfielder. Highly regarded and already raking for the Reds.
2008-05-07 12:18:16
70.   Bob Timmermann
I believe the "Businessman's Special" tag started back in the 1900s when teams in New York would start games around 4 pm to allow people who worked on Wall Street to make it to the games.

For various reasons, the name got stuck to day games with the Dodgers.

I cannot vouch for 100% accuracy of the above statement.

2008-05-07 12:18:21
71.   Hythloday
64 - Hot prospect turned real player. Dusty Baker wisely started some PVL (Hillenbrand?) over him to start the season.
2008-05-07 12:18:25
72.   fanerman
SoSG has a nice post about handling '77 Mustangs.
2008-05-07 12:19:15
73.   MC Safety
I'm pretty sure Trainwreck has Votto on his team in Xeifrank's h2h league.
2008-05-07 12:20:15
74.   ImprobableImpossible
69
Replace "outfielder" with "first baseman" and you're on the money.
2008-05-07 12:20:35
75.   Andrew Shimmin
Votto's the first baseman, right? Bruce is the outfielder.
2008-05-07 12:21:33
76.   underdog
Whoa. Angel Pagan made a great grab and then flipped into the bleachers. Hit the railing and rolled over. Hope he's okay. He's still in the stands.
2008-05-07 12:22:22
77.   regfairfield
71 Hatteberg.
2008-05-07 12:23:50
78.   Kevin Lewis
Bottom of 1st

Pierre: popped out to 2nd
Ethier: Fouled out to LF
Kemp: Ground out to SS

0-0 Top of 2nd

2008-05-07 12:24:04
79.   fanerman
Vin assures everybody that Matt Kemp can play CF.
2008-05-07 12:24:26
80.   Kevin Lewis
Off to lunch
2008-05-07 12:24:36
81.   Fallout
55 Brent Knapp
The same day Andruw Jones is hitting leadoff.

Wrong answer.
Correct answer: When he becomes an all-star.

2008-05-07 12:25:12
82.   tjdub
Had to actually work a little so this is a little late, but 30 perhaps Wilker's a little correct and the last 24 hours have shown a slight regression to the mean :)

Actually I agree, there are if one looks, too many good things to concern oneself overwhelmingly with the bad.

Tonight I get to go see my twin girls in their soccer game then head straight to my son's baseball game, then catch the Dodgers on DVR. Good times all.

2008-05-07 12:26:31
83.   Jon Weisman
"Shortstop Rafael Furcal reported improvement in his sore back ... Furcal missed the last 12 games of last season with lower back spasms, but this injury is said to be in a different area and not considered by club officials as serious. "

http://tinyurl.com/4t6x45

2008-05-07 12:28:37
84.   LoneStar7
well i got to watch the first inning on the tube, looks like I'll be here with you and gameday the rest of the day, so hello all.
2008-05-07 12:28:41
85.   ucladodger
I guess thats why Beltran's numbers arent so hot. He hit that ball as hard as a human can, but right at Loney.
2008-05-07 12:31:10
86.   KG16
85 - a very good hitter once said that the key was to hit it where they ain't.
2008-05-07 12:31:37
87.   Sam in SC
marlon anderson is still alive?
2008-05-07 12:32:28
88.   Sam in SC
83 thnx for the info on furcal.
2008-05-07 12:34:41
89.   Jon Weisman
Kershaw pitched one inning of relief today:

Carolina Top 5th

Pitcher Change: Clayton Kershaw replaces Danny Muegge, batting 9th.
Aaron Thompson called out on strikes.
John Raynor flies out to center fielder James Tomlin.
Chris Coghlan grounds out, third baseman Russell Mitchell to first baseman Greg Jacobs.

Game is 5-5 in the ninth.

2008-05-07 12:35:15
90.   KG16
the Mets are making way too much contact for my liking today... even if they are fouling balls off.
2008-05-07 12:35:21
91.   Sam in SC
that one wasn't foul.
2008-05-07 12:36:14
92.   ucladodger
90

Thats the story with Penny now. Very few swings and misses. Eventually big leaguers will make solid contact if you throw enough pitches to them (and Brad really on throws 2 different pitches).

2008-05-07 12:36:18
93.   underdog
Sheez. Come on Penny.

This is how he sometimes is in the first inning. Guess he delayed it for an inning. Might be good to settle down, Brad.

2008-05-07 12:37:12
94.   Xeifrank
Bring Guo in!
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 12:37:23
95.   JoeyP
Marlon Anderson playing 1st base is just wrong.
2008-05-07 12:37:59
96.   fanerman
Penny ain't doing too hot.
2008-05-07 12:38:03
97.   ucladodger
Brad geting killed by scrubs.
2008-05-07 12:38:04
98.   Reddog
Marlon Anderson looks like a good player. Maybe Ned could trade someone worthless for him, like Andruw Jones.
2008-05-07 12:38:32
99.   Gilberto Reyes
64 The people who don't know Joey Votto, probably don't know Andy LaRoche. They are both blue chip prospects who are extremely likely to have long sucessfull careers. Unlike Blake DeWitt. But I do love what DeWitt is doing right now.
2008-05-07 12:38:37
100.   Xeifrank
Been here, done this.
vr, Xei
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2008-05-07 12:38:37
101.   Bob Timmermann
Who else should be the Mets backup first baseman?
2008-05-07 12:38:39
102.   JT Dutch
... Well done, Penny. Who needs a sweep, anyway?
2008-05-07 12:38:41
103.   underdog
I just recalled that Penny often struggles vs. Mets, no? Alas.

Sure would be nice to not have to depend on bullpen for once in this series.

2008-05-07 12:39:59
104.   JoeyP
With the pitcher on deck and 1st base open, why not walk Casanova?
2008-05-07 12:40:23
105.   underdog
Penny for our Thoughts.
2008-05-07 12:41:05
106.   D4P
This umpire doesn't appear to call pitches "strikes" when they're in the lower half of the strike zone.
2008-05-07 12:41:26
107.   cargill06
groan
2008-05-07 12:42:42
108.   Xeifrank
WE: 23%
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 12:42:45
109.   LeeLacy
90 Penny has, so far, been completely unable to get the Met hitters to miss his pitches. He looks terrible right now.
2008-05-07 12:42:56
110.   LoneStar7
alright keep it at 4 and I'll believe
2008-05-07 12:43:01
111.   cargill06
who is this wright fellow?? he'll never amount to anything
2008-05-07 12:43:03
112.   Xeifrank
108. Make that 16%
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 12:43:09
113.   JoeyP
This is like that Padres game where Penny got singled to death.
2008-05-07 12:43:44
114.   Daniel Zappala
I'm sorry. I sat down during lunch to watch a half an inning, and that happened. I won't do it again.
2008-05-07 12:43:59
115.   D4P
Wright has been terrible this series.
2008-05-07 12:44:01
116.   LoneStar7
ok we can come back from this, granted its john maine, but still we've been given enough reason to believe we can still win it ha
2008-05-07 12:44:02
117.   underdog
That was just unlucky. I guess the Mets' RISP ailments had to end sometime. Next game would've been preferable.
2008-05-07 12:44:09
118.   JoeyP
David Wright is 0-10 with 6Ks in this series.
2008-05-07 12:44:19
119.   Disabled List
ARRRRRRGGHHH. The game is blacked out for me on MLB.tv. Stupid Mets media market.

Actually, I just checked the score. Maybe that's a blessing in disguise.

2008-05-07 12:44:39
120.   underdog
So he K's David Wright but can't Casanova Frankenstein out?
2008-05-07 12:46:51
121.   oshea2002
It's tough to be too hard on Penny - he's technically our 1 I guess but he's really more of a 2/3. I think once Bills and Kershaw are anchoring the rotation, we'll perceive Penny a bit better.
2008-05-07 12:48:28
122.   akamoroti
so much for patience at the dish
2008-05-07 12:48:45
123.   KG16
I'm suddenly glad I didn't try to take the day off to go up to the stadium... well, not really, I just want to tell myself that.
2008-05-07 12:48:48
124.   Jon Weisman
Dodgers currently lead the Wild Card race by half-a-game minus four runs.
2008-05-07 12:50:24
125.   LoneStar7
121 lets not forget this guy has been cy young caliber the past couple years, we have to hope for a little better than that, knowing that he is capable of being a number 1.
2008-05-07 12:50:28
126.   Jon Weisman
From Tony Jackson:

"... That was actually one of two ceremonial first pitches today. The other one was thrown out by Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden, much to the delight of Dodgers PR staffer Mark Rogoff. Much to the chagrin of Rogoff, she requested Blake DeWitt as her catcher."

2008-05-07 12:53:15
127.   ucladodger
This is not going to end well.
2008-05-07 12:53:21
128.   akamoroti
wow, penny is bad today.
2008-05-07 12:53:31
129.   JT Dutch
... I would say it's about time to come get your pitcher, Torre.
2008-05-07 12:54:01
130.   LeeLacy
What concerns me most about Penny is his declining strikeout rate. He's just not putting batters away on 2-strike counts.

That last hit he gave up was just plain bad luck.

2008-05-07 12:55:13
131.   underdog
Gack. Penny is awful today. How fast can Kershaw come up? Just for a couple of innings.
2008-05-07 12:55:53
132.   Bulldog1988
Can someone give an update on the score? From what I can see it is the Mets leading 4 to 0.
2008-05-07 12:56:07
133.   akamoroti
let's see if penny can get the 80 year old scrub catcher out this time.
2008-05-07 12:56:35
134.   JT Dutch
132

... It's now 5-0.

Nice screen name, by the way.

2008-05-07 12:56:45
135.   oshea2002
125 - I know he's piled up a lot of wins, but I just don't perceive him as a 1 pitcher.
2008-05-07 12:56:47
136.   underdog
I'm not worried about Penny overall; he just never does well against the Mets. Eric Stults does better against the Mets. He'll be fine next game. But today, he's not cutting it.
2008-05-07 12:56:57
137.   LoneStar7
5-0 now
2008-05-07 12:57:11
138.   bhsportsguy
Penny is going to take one for the team today. Unless the Dodgers bat around at some point.
2008-05-07 12:58:14
139.   Bulldog1988
I'm so glad that I'm not watching this game. It sounds like a disaster and it is still early.

134 - Thanks.

2008-05-07 12:58:20
140.   underdog
That should've been out at 2nd. Russell took too long and still basically got him. Looked like a tie at 2nd base but they often call that an out.
2008-05-07 12:58:35
141.   cargill06
129 He's gotta try and get penny to go 5 after kuroda's 10 out gem last night.
2008-05-07 12:58:49
142.   akamoroti
all right, got out of the inning with only 1 run. Pitch count is at 65 through 3. How many innings will he go tonight? Let's hope DeWitt gets the offense jump started, he was a part of every run scored yesterday.
2008-05-07 13:02:29
143.   Xeifrank
Penny hits here?
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:02:46
144.   Jon Weisman
Loaiza's available to mop up, isn't he?
2008-05-07 13:03:05
145.   LoneStar7
Huuu...Time for Penny to make up for the struggles a little.
2008-05-07 13:03:53
146.   KG16
Penny's a half way decent hitter for a pitcher, plus, it saves a pinch hitter for a potentially higher leverage spot later.
2008-05-07 13:03:59
147.   underdog
Hu for Tu! Er, two.
2008-05-07 13:04:11
148.   ToyCannon
Penny has a 5.08 ERA in day games with enough innings that I think we can skip the small sample size mantra.
2008-05-07 13:04:12
149.   LoneStar7
Juan started the rally last night..come on JP
2008-05-07 13:04:25
150.   akamoroti
Penny can't get the runner over either, its just not his day.
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2008-05-07 13:04:27
151.   KG16
146 - or, you know, that
2008-05-07 13:05:38
152.   underdog
Bottom of the third seems a trifle early to pinch hit for Penny, especially given the game last night. But he's been off and Loiaza is available. I dunno, not an easy call but I think they made the right one. (Until I see Penny stink it up in the next inning.)
2008-05-07 13:05:40
153.   akamoroti
Pitch Count through 3, Penny - 65, Maine - 32.
2008-05-07 13:06:12
154.   scareduck
"... the Dodgers leave who ..."

You'd think Vinny could remember the name of the guy on second. :-)

2008-05-07 13:06:23
155.   Xeifrank
152. Dodgers only used two pitchers through 7 full innings last night. The bullpen is not taxed (minus Guo). vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:07:20
156.   bhsportsguy
148 I used to think it had something to do with the temparature but its a cool afternoon.
2008-05-07 13:07:43
157.   JT Dutch
... I think the answer to the trivia question is Pena and Hershiser.
2008-05-07 13:08:59
158.   LoneStar7
154 gotta love names like that. I went to a cricket match at Lords and there was a Pakistani player named "Wasim"...and the the running joke all day was it Waswho? it Wasim!
2008-05-07 13:08:59
159.   Bulldog1988
157 - What is the trivia question?
2008-05-07 13:12:23
160.   fanerman
Ahhhhh where'd Vin go?
2008-05-07 13:13:25
161.   LogikReader
Isn't Penny the guy who has terrible starts against the Mets? and by terrible I mean abysmal. Is that just his career at Shea or the Mets overall?

Either way, something like this was expected.

2008-05-07 13:13:35
162.   scareduck
160 - a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
2008-05-07 13:15:09
163.   scareduck
161 - Charlie Steiner was saying Penny is 5-11 lifetime against the Metsies.

http://tinyurl.com/4ef5qg

2008-05-07 13:16:41
164.   StolenMonkey86
155 - Maybe Kuo will pinch hit for Penny
2008-05-07 13:17:41
165.   bhsportsguy
If you live in the Inland Empire, go check out the birthday boy.

I guess Gary Bennett wanted to be fresh to be able to play cards tonight.

James Loney, Gary Bennett and Scott Proctor will participate in a charity celebrity poker event from 6:30-8:30 tonight at San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland.

Other celebrities will include World Series of Poker champion Annie Duke, Shannon Elizabeth, Donnie Wahlberg and Sugar Ray Leonard and the proceeds will benefit survivors in Darfur, Sudan.

2008-05-07 13:19:38
166.   Bulldog1988
165 - I enjoy watching Annie Duke play. Heck, watching World Series of Poker is fun on any day when nothing better is on TV.
2008-05-07 13:20:37
167.   LogikReader
163

Thx, scareduck. So, to answer my question the answer is: both.

Bear in mind, Penny only has 6 career starts vs NY at home (4-2)

2008-05-07 13:21:13
168.   ToyCannon
Since Votto hit 3 home runs today will David Ross be playing 1st base tomorrow?
2008-05-07 13:21:53
169.   bhsportsguy
John Maine was 0-3 lifetime against the Dodgers, he was the pitcher who gave up the 3 bombs to Betemit, Kemp and Kuo.
2008-05-07 13:22:09
170.   LogikReader
165

Whatever happened to Shannon Elizabeth, anyway??

2008-05-07 13:22:56
171.   still bevens
Is there any way to check the Dodgers record on weekday home games? Theres very few of them, but every one I've been to over the last couple of years has been a total blowout.
2008-05-07 13:23:20
172.   fanerman
162 I was listening to it with mlb.tv (even with its problems, it's still the best way for me to watch the Dodgers since I live out of SoCal). Vin disappeared after a couple innings.
2008-05-07 13:25:01
173.   Gen3Blue
Just got in and uh-ohh
Looks like a "bad Penny" day.
2008-05-07 13:26:54
174.   LogikReader
I cannot believe Penny is still pitching. How'd he survive into the 5th inning?!
2008-05-07 13:30:42
175.   LoneStar7
Wow I just got the highlight of that stop made by loney, that was blistered
2008-05-07 13:32:16
176.   bhsportsguy
171 They don't play that many, you might be thinking about those Saturday afternoon home games. Also they had lost their last few home openers.

2008 - 1-0 going into today's game.
2007 - 1-1
2006 - 0-3

2008-05-07 13:32:45
177.   underdog
Vin makes a Paul Simon song reference!
2008-05-07 13:33:00
178.   Gen3Blue
Has Penny been like this all day-can't seem to get it over?
2008-05-07 13:33:38
179.   MollyKnight
Yikes.
2008-05-07 13:33:54
180.   Kevin Lewis
what are Penny's stats for day games?
2008-05-07 13:34:10
181.   akamoroti
you have got to be kidding, the pitcher is raking today.
2008-05-07 13:34:55
182.   underdog
Ugh-ly.

That was one of several not super impressive hits the Mets got off Penny today, but fair is fair I suppose. The Dodgers have had a few themselves these past coupla weeks. Oh well.

2008-05-07 13:34:58
183.   Xeifrank
Sweep Expectancy: 2%
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:35:21
184.   still bevens
176 The two that stick out in my mind was another start by Penny in which San Diego annihilated him and Peavy hit a HR, the other day game thats so painful was when Hendrickson pitched against the Marlins and gave up 8 in about 3 innings. I always keep these horror shows in the back of my mind when I consider going to a weekday day game.
2008-05-07 13:35:27
185.   JT Dutch
... Why am I not surprised that Torre allowed Penny to stay out there and lose the game for the team? Amazing stuff.
2008-05-07 13:35:50
186.   LoneStar7
theres the nail in the coffin, my goodness, a friggin single to john maine when your ahead 0-2.

I was gonna say we could still chip back at 5 in the bottom 5th, but man thats disappointing.

2008-05-07 13:36:00
187.   underdog
178 - No he's gotten it over plenty of times. But they've either fouled those off or hit 'em fair. Except for the few K's. He's just been hittable overall. Ah well. Time to move on.
2008-05-07 13:36:17
188.   akamoroti
is penny done yet?
2008-05-07 13:36:20
189.   LeeLacy
Now that we're down 7, my ability to believe has been thoroughly obliterated. How can they leave Penny in there? He has completely lost it out there.
2008-05-07 13:36:30
190.   underdog
185 Why am I not surprised you typed that?
2008-05-07 13:36:35
191.   regfairfield
185 Because we probabl weren't coming back anyway and we were just coming off Kuroda's effort last night.
2008-05-07 13:36:51
192.   Gen3Blue
Smart move-that hit bats men with one out.
2008-05-07 13:37:03
193.   Im So Blue
They show Rick Honeycutt on the dugout phone. Vinny captions it with: "Honeycutt, calling dial-a-prayer"
2008-05-07 13:37:21
194.   Xeifrank
185. They had their chance to pinch hit for Penny back in the 3rd, but Torre instead chose to get as many innings as possible out of Penny. Didn't pan out. Better luck friday.
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:37:28
195.   ucladodger
Well, I'd rather lose like this. Brad's stuff was not good today. his fastball needs to be at 94-96 to be really effective because it is fairly straight. He couldnt control his secondary pitches either, so he didnt stand much of a chance.
2008-05-07 13:37:41
196.   JT Dutch
... 112 pitches in a blowout. Just -- unbelievable.
2008-05-07 13:37:49
197.   LeeLacy
Vin just said that out of the 112 pitches that Penny threw, the Mets swung and missed just 7 times. Pretty sorry performance.
2008-05-07 13:39:27
198.   Xeifrank
I don't see how the bullpen is tired, other than Mr K.
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:39:28
199.   RELX
Based on Jon's post today, I think infanticide is in order.
2008-05-07 13:39:31
200.   D4P
Are you guys forgetting that we have Blake Dewitt...?
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2008-05-07 13:39:41
201.   underdog
Penny's outta there.

Look, Torre's had a quicker hook for other struggling starters during this good stretch, and the bullpen's come to the rescue. If he left him in an inning too long today, I don't quite get the doomsday proclamations about what should've been done today. What should've been done is Brad Penny should've pitched better. Kuroda pitching better yesterday and sparing the bullpen a lot of work would have helped a great deal, too.

2008-05-07 13:40:13
202.   JT Dutch
190

... He should have been pulled in the second or third. If it's obvious he doesn't have it, and it WAS obvious, then get him out of there early and you might still have a chance to win.

2008-05-07 13:40:20
203.   JoeyP
When does this become a Chan Ho Park mop-up game?
2008-05-07 13:40:35
204.   fanerman
Penny threw over 110 already this season. Hmmm....
2008-05-07 13:40:50
205.   Xeifrank
201. 2 pitchers pitched 7 full innings yesterday. vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:41:18
206.   D4P
Phew. We finally reached David Wright.
2008-05-07 13:41:27
207.   LeeLacy
Proctor comes in and walks in a run on 4 pitches. I guess it's important to remember that notwithstanding today's result, the Dodgers still won the series.
2008-05-07 13:41:44
208.   bhsportsguy
191 Also Derek Lowe has not pitched past 5 innings in his last several starts, Chad is no guarantee to go long and Kuroda will need to bounce back.

If there is a problem with the Dodgers sor far, they lead the NL in innings pitched by their bullpen. This is why, the Dodgers will need to carry 12 pitchers until the starters can show they can consistenly pitch deeper into games.

2008-05-07 13:41:46
209.   Xeifrank
This is going to Arizona-ize our pythagorean record. :)
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:42:39
210.   bhsportsguy
You cannot manage every game to win that day, otherwise you burn out your bullpen.
2008-05-07 13:43:02
211.   D4P
And with 10 earned runs allowed today, Penny's ERA finds itself at 4.79.
2008-05-07 13:43:08
212.   underdog
205 - Mostly Kuo in long relief, yah, but he's the only long reliever I have a great deal of confidence in.

Ugh, and Proctor's not faring too well either.

The Mets were bound to have a breakout game, the Dodgers were bound to have a bad one. This is ugly but you move on.

2008-05-07 13:43:22
213.   Tangled Up in Blue
Time to rest Martin.
2008-05-07 13:43:26
214.   skybluestoday
Oh well.

Why not let Young play a few innings, just to get him some field time?

2008-05-07 13:43:58
215.   LeeLacy
Maybe Bob knows the answer to this. When was the last time the Dodgers overcame a 10-0 deficit?
2008-05-07 13:44:23
216.   natepurcell
I didnt get to see the beginning, why did Penny suck so badly?
2008-05-07 13:44:32
217.   JoeyP
Penny cant be happy with Procter with letting those inherited runners scored.

Cant remember the last time Penny gave up 10 runs in a game.

Dodgers' Pythagorus is taking a beating today.

2008-05-07 13:44:36
218.   bhsportsguy
I think to win any game this year without Rafael Furcal will be quite an effort.
2008-05-07 13:44:40
219.   Xeifrank
210. Nobody said to do it "every" game. :)
The bullpen is not tired, and there is an off day tomorrow.
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 13:44:45
220.   Gen3Blue
Hey, when you lose, it really doesn't matter if its a laugher.
2008-05-07 13:44:57
221.   underdog
210 Stop being logical and thinking long term! That's not "sexy" enough for the 'net. ;-)

Well if nothing else the Dodgers have shown me that I do indeed have a job and have work to do and now I have no excuse to not do it. So off I go.

2008-05-07 13:45:06
222.   MollyKnight
Annnnd, Brad Penny just saw his ERA go from 3.19 to 4.79.
2008-05-07 13:45:55
223.   JT Dutch
210

... Park and Loaiza have had adequate rest. If you're destined to be blown out, then why burn Penny for over 110 pitches? And if Park/Loaiza happen to have good stuff, maybe the Mets can be held for a time and the team at least has the ability to make a game of it and perhaps win.

There's no excuse for Torre's move, or rather the lack of a move.

2008-05-07 13:46:04
224.   underdog
I agree with 213 and 214 -- rest Martin, bring in Pee Wee! Might as well get some use out of this stinker.
2008-05-07 13:46:36
225.   Jon Weisman
New career high for runs allowed in a game by Penny:

http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/bqmS

2008-05-07 13:46:58
226.   JoeyP
Hopefully the 112 pitches dont affect Penny for his next start. Not much of a point to leave him out there when you got Loaiza/Park both in the pen to mop up.
2008-05-07 13:47:40
227.   kinbote
Penny's first pitch of the game was 88mph and it didn't get much better from there. He also pushed a super-ugly 83mph something (changeup?) up there that brought back memories of the biceps grab. You can't win them all . . .
2008-05-07 13:47:56
228.   Gen3Blue
218 Some truth to that, but without Furcal yoiu have to get guys like Martin and Ethier near the top of the line-up.
2008-05-07 13:48:16
229.   Jon Weisman
Let Martin hit, then rest him if the Dodgers don't rally this inning.
2008-05-07 13:49:14
230.   akamoroti
we have a day off tomorrow also, so the bullpen would have another day to rest, so maybe the hook should have come sooner, but oh well. Let's start another streak Friday.
2008-05-07 13:50:18
231.   LoneStar7
wow good ten pitch at bat from J-Lo
2008-05-07 13:50:45
232.   Sam in SC
let's just get a couple of runs here . . .
2008-05-07 13:51:18
233.   natepurcell
So basically Penny has lost velocity?

He hasn't really been throwing hard all year.

2008-05-07 13:52:25
234.   Sam in SC
DeWitt . . . do it again, kid!
2008-05-07 13:52:52
235.   PDH5204
210 The other side of the equation is that if you focus too much on tomorrow, a lot of today's go a wasting. It wouldn't otherwise be so much of a problem if some had the mind to pitch souls such as Broxton and Saito for more than 1 inning. Sorry, throw in Beimel and Wade as well. If you had Broxton and Saito each going the 8th and 9th [i.e., Broxton the 8th and 9th one day, Saito another day], Beimel and Wade the 6th and 7th [ditto], that would free up Park and Kuo to enter early when our SP clearly doesn't have it. Proctor would be the proverbial Johnny on the spot. The problem is that we've essentially turned 4 of our pitchers [Saito, Broxton, Beimel and Proctor] into one inning pitchers.
2008-05-07 13:53:44
236.   natepurcell
Oh, I read through the last thread.

Question, on Dewitt's bases loaded single, how was that scored, ground ball or a line drive?

I ask because I honestly can't fathom Dewitt's low LD% because I have seen Dewitt hit a lot of those type of gb/line drive balls.

Judging between what exactly is a gb/ld/fb is bordering on subjectivity.

2008-05-07 13:53:54
237.   Sam in SC
not tonight, blake.
2008-05-07 13:54:07
238.   bhsportsguy
Because of the 2 off days, Penny doesn't pitch until next Tuesday, however, you may still need Loiaza or Park during the weekend.
2008-05-07 13:55:30
239.   akamoroti
chalk it up as 'one of those days'.
2008-05-07 13:55:43
240.   LoneStar7
lovely
2008-05-07 13:56:48
241.   Jon Weisman
236 - I don't know how it was scored, but it was definitely a grounder.
2008-05-07 13:58:52
242.   Jim Hitchcock
I wish Gameday would just go ahead and break, fercryinoutloud.
2008-05-07 13:59:09
243.   LoneStar7
well, all we need is another signature 10 run inning and we'll be right back in this thing..
2008-05-07 13:59:14
244.   Disabled List
Guess which guy forgot to drop Penny from the starting lineup on his fantasy team today?

THIS GUY.

2008-05-07 13:59:33
245.   natepurcell
241

Was it though? :)

2008-05-07 13:59:34
246.   bhsportsguy
236 And wouldn't any variation of scoring affect all batters.
2008-05-07 13:59:56
247.   regfairfield
Isn't this why we have Chan Ho?
2008-05-07 14:00:54
248.   madmac
Something is wrong with gameday link. I just got back from a meeting/lunch and opened gameday to check in on the game and it says Mets 12 Dodgers 0. This is a mistake, right?
2008-05-07 14:01:30
249.   skybluestoday
I still think this might be a nice opportunity to give D. Young some needed playing time on the field.

(Last time I say so, so as not to incur a Rule 8 violation)

2008-05-07 14:03:04
250.   Sammy Maudlin
I wish Torre was like my high school baseball coach."Hey Penny how about running 6 laps around Elysian Park and Andruw you can pace him!"
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2008-05-07 14:03:05
251.   underdog
248 Yep, it's just a dream. You'll wake up from it... in 3...2...1... No, wait, it's real. Sorry.

It's U-g-l-y, we ain't got no alibi.

I think we should make like the Metsblog the first two games of this series and start sniping at each other and wondering if the season is over.

No, strike that, reverse it.

Back to work.

2008-05-07 14:03:26
252.   Jon Weisman
Proctor is very quietly off to a terrible start this season. Going into this game, opponents were OPSing 1.181 with men on against him.
2008-05-07 14:03:37
253.   JT Dutch
247

... I give up. Apparently the only "logical" thing to do is to run Penny out there for high pitch counts, while watching him get absolutely hammered for more runs than he's ever given up before. Anything otherwise is "not thinking long-term" and "internet sexy", or whatever 223 was going for up there.

2008-05-07 14:04:13
254.   natepurcell
246

It would but the subjectivity of scoring is going to be marginalized the larger the sample size gets. Does anyone have Dewitt's line drive rate from the minors last year?

2008-05-07 14:07:36
255.   Jon Weisman
Okay, the freaking out about Penny should probably stop. 112 pitches is not the end of the world.

Having him face the pitcher with two out in the fifth and 104 pitches under his belt is defensible. I might have taken him out, but I can see the other side of it. I don't know why he was left in after that to face Reyes, but that's only one batter that you can't explain.

2008-05-07 14:08:06
256.   PDH5204
244 You aren't the only one. There's goes the ERA and the WHIP for the week. Now it's rely on the save, the hold, the K, the K/9, and the K/BB. Hopefully, one Edinson Volquez keeps it going.
2008-05-07 14:08:45
257.   natepurcell
255

I agree. Penny just needs to stop sucking and pitch like the staff ace. He needs to regain his velocity back.

2008-05-07 14:08:51
258.   bhsportsguy
253 Obviously we disagree, but not every game is winnable.

Had the Dodgers showed any sign of scoring today, maybe Torre manages differently, he did last night but John Maine is a better pitcher than Nelson Figueroa.

2008-05-07 14:09:14
259.   underdog
If it's any consolation, or whatever, I do agree they should've pulled Penny sooner. My only point above was that I can understand why they didn't pull him quite as early as some would've liked, even given how off he looked. He's been known to have bad innings and then get back on the horse and it was really early. On the other hand, given Penny's track record vs Mets I'd almost argue that he shouldn't have even started in the first place, But of course that wasn't going to be an option. Might as well have brought Chan Ho in but again at the time I wasn't feeling too confident in him vs. the Mets either. Ah well, some day soon we'll have Public Enemy #1, The Minotaur, to bring in as a secret weapon.

Yeah, 252 I'm more worried about Proctor lately. He's had some good innings and some really bad ones so far this season. The Dodgers will have other relief options as the season wears on but he's kinda important.

No, really, back to work, I swear. Starting now.

2008-05-07 14:09:15
260.   LoneStar7
252 yea he kinda flies under the radar, but he really hasn't been that good this year.

I tried to defend him earlier in the year, because although his numbers aren't great, he has been seemingly better when it counts, than he has in mop up like this.

2008-05-07 14:09:52
261.   regfairfield
254 Minor league splits seems to be not archiving correctly, so no. It was 14.6% in 2006.
2008-05-07 14:10:27
262.   underdog
Or, what Jon said.

What was Penny's highest velocity today, btw? Anyone know?

2008-05-07 14:11:40
263.   Sam in SC
262 I saw 94. once.
2008-05-07 14:11:44
264.   underdog
or the velocity of an unladen swallow for that matter?

Probably about the same today.

2008-05-07 14:12:10
265.   scareduck
Worst Dodgers shutout since a 13-0 loss to the Angels on June 25, 2004.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN200406250.shtml

2008-05-07 14:12:16
266.   regfairfield
14.1 percent actually.
2008-05-07 14:12:36
267.   bhsportsguy
261 If it the same site I'm thinking of, the 2007 stats are not available right now.
2008-05-07 14:13:08
268.   scareduck
262 - 88 MPH from what I've seen so far.
2008-05-07 14:14:30
269.   Xeifrank
236. I would think the "border line" LD thing evens out given a large enough sample size as all players are judged the same. Also GB% is part of the equation, so it's not like you get no credit towards your f(L,G,F) if you hit a hard ground ball that was almost a line drive.
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 14:15:10
270.   Bob Timmermann
I propose we debate a new topic:

If Peter the Great were playing in the NBA, would he be starting at the 3 or the 4?

What about Charles de Gaulle?

2008-05-07 14:15:53
271.   PDH5204
255 For me it isn't the pitch count. He just didn't have it. There needs to be a Plan B other than leave him out there to get shelled then burn the bullpen when the game is well out of hand. We should have tried to stop the bleeding after he gave up 3 and then got himself in further trouble [especially with the off day tomorrow].

244 Sorry, hadn't checked yet, but Edinson did keep it going. I expect that we'll see him in the All-Star game.

2008-05-07 14:16:49
272.   bhsportsguy
270 Napolean would have a been a 1. George Washington a 5.
2008-05-07 14:17:13
273.   LoneStar7
262 actually in that first inning he was hitting between 92-94 on all his fast balls
2008-05-07 14:17:28
274.   Kevin Lewis
MLB Gamecast drives me insane with the way every ball in play looks like a blooping fly ball. Each time I want an out, it looks like an easy fly to the outfield, only to go down as a line drive single. Ahhhhhh
2008-05-07 14:17:54
275.   Xeifrank
270. Open it up on the Griddle. :)
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 14:18:09
276.   Jon Weisman
271 - I won't argue that.

You guys saw that Young is in at 2B and Bennett in at C?

2008-05-07 14:20:53
277.   Bob Timmermann
272
Washington could have played the 5 in his own era, but he would be way undersized now. I suppose he could be a Dave Cowens or Alvan Adams type center.
2008-05-07 14:22:21
278.   bhsportsguy
277 I was considering their era. Henry VII maybe a 4.
2008-05-07 14:23:46
279.   Bob Hendley
276 - Torre looking at the options again. That's good, but don't see Young being able to spell Kent in the same way as Hu has, i.e., late inning defense. Anyway, nice to see him in there.
2008-05-07 14:25:16
280.   Terry A
Nothing like watching Hamilton & Burr scrap it out in the paint.
2008-05-07 14:25:44
281.   Jon Weisman
278 - 3.5
2008-05-07 14:27:36
282.   Bob Timmermann
280
See if people could have settled their differences by just playing one-on-one on the schoolyard, America would have had Alexander Hamilton for a longer period of time.
2008-05-07 14:28:12
283.   ToyCannon
Has any pitcher that Ned has traded for lasted one complete season?
Seo - No
Hamulack - No
Baez - No
Lance Carter - No
Mark Hendrickson - Yup but he be gone now
Dessens - Nope
Maddux - Nope
Proctor - Maybe, Maybe not
2008-05-07 14:29:43
284.   PDH5204
Jon, what position will you be grooming your son to play? IF is easier, since as soon as he can sit up, you can roll him grounders and throw some pop flys with the Nerf ball [helps him get an early start with the whole hand-eye coordination thing]. He can always switch to the OF later if that's what he prefers. I'm leaving out catching 'cause it's murder on the knees and ditto pitching re the arm [shoulder and elbow].
2008-05-07 14:29:45
285.   LoneStar7
282 I know Washington was a big man, but would really be a nation if we had challenged the red coats to a game of hoops?
2008-05-07 14:31:15
286.   ToyCannon
282
I don't see how giving small men even more of complex is something that would benefit mankind. As it is, we only have gravity on our side when it comes to the benefits that small men have over tall men.
2008-05-07 14:31:17
287.   D4P
283
That's quite the Rule-13 violation-inspiring list.
2008-05-07 14:31:39
288.   LoneStar7
Chan Ho hasn't been so bad, but they've obviously let off the gas a bit..
2008-05-07 14:32:16
289.   natepurcell
line drive! line drive!
2008-05-07 14:32:40
290.   underdog
270 "What about Charles de Gaulle?"

Not sure but he could probably put up a great deal of resistance on defense.

2008-05-07 14:33:26
291.   Gilberto Reyes
This is the least painful loss of the year. Just think how bad the Mets felt after squandering all those runners in their one run loss last night. Martin and Furcal get their rest, we take 2 of 3, and start out fresh again on Friday night.
2008-05-07 14:35:53
292.   ToyCannon
291
Yup, plus we didn't waste our prime 07:00-10:00 time. Unless you want to watch the replay tonight.
2008-05-07 14:37:01
293.   Bob Timmermann
292
Doing laundry will be such a pleasure. Perhaps I will live blog that experience on the Griddle.
2008-05-07 14:37:15
294.   Benjamin Miracord
271 He just didn't have it. There needs to be a Plan B other than leave him out there to get shelled

Didn't you listen to Penny's grandmother? She said you never take Brad out after a bad inning. It just makes him mad.

2008-05-07 14:37:17
295.   LoneStar7
292 or watch the lakers without flipping back and forth constantly.
2008-05-07 14:37:42
296.   scareduck
282 - there are a number of us who consider his absence a Good Thing.
2008-05-07 14:39:29
297.   Bob Timmermann
296
I guess we know whose ancestors were ringleaders in the Whiskey Rebellion now.
2008-05-07 14:40:34
298.   KingKopitar
282 Hamilton strikes me as a person who would like golf or tennis, not basketball. Maybe polo.
2008-05-07 14:42:50
299.   Terry A
And in any contest, Ben Franklin would've been ogling the cheerleaders.
2008-05-07 14:44:23
300.   LoneStar7
oh joyous day!
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2008-05-07 14:44:39
301.   Gilberto Reyes
292 Let's all enjoy the next two days off while the team does. by the way, ToyCannon, I always loved Jimmy Wynn even though he replaced my first favorite player Willie Davis. That 1974 team was the one that made me a lifetime Dodger fan when I was 9 years old. Buckner, Crawford, Ferguson, and that familiar infield. Sutton, Rau, Mike Marshall. Good memories.
2008-05-07 14:45:14
302.   Bob Timmermann
The Mets haven't had a CG 9-inning shutout since 9/6/2006. Oliver Perez shut out the Braves 8-0. The Mets had two rain-shortened shutouts last year by Maine and Glavine.
2008-05-07 14:45:38
303.   underdog
Man! Saw that I just missed an Andruw Jones double.

Guess my prediction for that yesterday was a day late.

2008-05-07 14:45:45
304.   Jon Weisman
284 - Well, I have an older son who's almost 4, and he doesn't have a position yet other than maybe Hot Wheels racer, so the jury is definitely still out. In fact, there might be a mistrial.
2008-05-07 14:45:45
305.   LoneStar7
come back time, If Druw is gonna double to right field, anything is possible right now!
2008-05-07 14:46:03
306.   D4P
Miley's double does not look like a line drive in Gameday...
2008-05-07 14:47:05
307.   Benjamin Miracord
Hey, Andruw Jones suddenly has a two-game hitting streak. :-)
2008-05-07 14:49:21
308.   underdog
Boy, they really want this CG for Maine, don't they?

They are hoping there will be no sinking of Maine in this inning.

Man, that's awful. I'm clearly loopy from lack of air today.

2008-05-07 14:49:58
309.   LoneStar7
how well did Jones hit it?
2008-05-07 14:50:11
310.   LoneStar7
309 oops just got the vid on gameday
2008-05-07 14:50:36
311.   Bob Hendley
301 - Fond memories as well of Wynn. Saw him do the hat trick against the Padres.
2008-05-07 14:50:36
312.   underdog
Actually, I don't quite get why the Mets have left in all their starters save the injury replacment earlier. Given the score, you'd think they'd be resting a player or two, too...?
2008-05-07 14:51:24
313.   Bob Timmermann
For years in which there is pitch data, the most pitches in a game for a Mets starter in a shutout is 166 by David Cone back in 1992.
2008-05-07 14:51:51
314.   Suffering Bruin
My best friend called last night to brag that he was ditching work and going to the game. He was bragging because he knew I couldn't.

I'd like to say something, ah, creative to him. Something like...

I'm open to suggestions.

2008-05-07 14:51:55
315.   underdog
And there will be no complete game today, either.
2008-05-07 14:52:02
316.   LoneStar7
haha that was the worst possible way I imagined him getting a double lol, but maybe it'll helps the confidence..and hey hey no shut out!
2008-05-07 14:52:17
317.   Kevin Lewis
What is the biggest deficit a team has come back from in the 9th?
2008-05-07 14:52:46
318.   Bob Timmermann
312
The Mets already were resting starters.
2008-05-07 14:53:07
319.   underdog
314 - No comment really necessary, as the game was probably punishment enough. But you could give him a Nelson Munitz "Hah. Hah." and point at him and laugh if that will help.
2008-05-07 14:53:07
320.   Kevin Lewis
Yea, no more complete game for Maine. I got look for some bright side in my fantasy matchup
2008-05-07 14:53:20
321.   bhsportsguy
Old friend alert. Actually, we could see several old friends out of the bullpen in the next week or so.
2008-05-07 14:53:49
322.   PDH5204
304 So, the older son is grooming himself for Nascar. Have him watch that one GEICO commercial [so he'll know to take them into the wall]:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWgpGVGeL_g

2008-05-07 14:54:09
323.   bhsportsguy
C'mon double steal, that will shake them up.
2008-05-07 14:55:15
324.   Gilberto Reyes
301 1974 Cy Young Award Voting
1st Mike Marshall - Dodgers
2nd Andy Messersmith - Dodgers
4th Don Sutton - Dodgers
2008-05-07 14:55:22
325.   scareduck
With Kemp's RBI single, this is now the Dodgers' worst blowout (11 runs or more) since their July 17, 2007 15-3 drubbing by the Phillies.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN200707170.shtml

Mark Hendrickson was on the mound for the Dodgers that day and gave up seven runs in three innings, all earned.

2008-05-07 14:55:42
326.   Bob Timmermann
I believe the most runs made up in the ninth inning is 7.
2008-05-07 14:57:43
327.   Terry A
We do not discuss drubbings by the Phillies, and we do not discuss games in which the Phillies were the drubbees until very late in the game...
2008-05-07 14:58:22
328.   LoneStar7
well..go phillies
2008-05-07 14:58:58
329.   Gilberto Reyes
My lasting memory of Duaner Sanchez as a Dodger will always be when he three his glove at the ball in Arizona, awarding the baserunners 3 bases.
2008-05-07 14:59:41
330.   scareduck
325 , 327 - the Dodgers also beat the Phils by the reverse score, 15-3, on August 22:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/PHI/PHI200708220.shtml

2008-05-07 15:01:21
331.   fanerman
So how was Jones's 2B?
2008-05-07 15:03:08
332.   Bob Timmermann
July 28, 2001:
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/2001/B07281PIT2001.htm

May 1, 1973:
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1973/B05010SFN1973.htm

Those were the biggest deficits overcome with 2 outs and nobody on in the 9th inning.

2008-05-07 15:03:21
333.   Kevin Lewis
329

I keep trying to tell people that rule on my Softball team for Friday nights. They still throw their gloves. One of these days it will turn a single into a triple.

2008-05-07 15:03:53
334.   Bob Timmermann
332
Excuse me, the latter is not a case of a team scoring 7 with 2 outs and nobody on.

Just the former.

2008-05-07 15:04:48
335.   Bob Hendley
331 - A pop up into short right.
2008-05-07 15:09:16
336.   Bob Timmermann
There was also this game back on April 19, 1900 when Boston, trailing 17-8 going to be the bottom of the ninth against Philadelphia, scored nine times in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

And then lost 19-17 in 10 innings.

https://griddle.baseballtoaster.com/archives/350988.html

2008-05-07 15:09:34
337.   Bluebleeder87
oh my gawd, we got ROYALY spanked today...
2008-05-07 15:09:39
338.   scooplew
314 How about, "I've been busy. How'd the game go Wednesday?"
2008-05-07 15:11:18
339.   Kevin Lewis
332

Wow, that second game goes to show how bad walks can be. Only 3 hits that inning!

2008-05-07 15:12:46
340.   Bob Hendley
314 - How about, I didn't want to see the Mets scrubs go up against the Dodger jaggernaut, anyway. How did it go?
2008-05-07 15:17:53
341.   bhsportsguy
Dodgers are 2 games over .500 on during my lifetime on my birthday.

The Lakers, in far more important games are 5-3 thus far, they won their first LA title on the latest date an NBA playoff game had ever been held to that point.

2008-05-07 15:17:59
342.   underdog
Did Dodger fans really boo Andruw Jones after he doubled? (As Tony Jackson mentions in his blog entry) Or were they actually saying "Druuuw" for once? If the former, that's pretty pointless and mean-spirited. After they were classy and applauded Pagan's tumble into the stands earlier in the game. Guess they were just grumpy by the 9th.
2008-05-07 15:19:34
343.   bhsportsguy
342 They were some boos after Saito gave up his second hit last night.

I doubt they are yelling Druw.

2008-05-07 15:21:42
344.   gpellamjr
It's hard to tell just watching on TV, but it sounds like there are boos in some of the weirdest situations (flyouts in the first inning, the Dodgers give up a single). It really seems like a culture of booing is developing.
2008-05-07 15:21:46
345.   Kevin Lewis
342

That is embarrassing

2008-05-07 15:25:05
346.   D4P
342
They also might have been saying "Ruuuuuuu-dolf".
2008-05-07 15:25:54
347.   Bob Timmermann
344
Dodger Stadium has been a den of booing since the Fox people took over. It's extraordinarily disheartening to me.
2008-05-07 15:27:29
348.   underdog
344/345 - Seriously. I feel like they should start doing some PR and pre-game education about this, but it's a pretty hard thing to control. As noted earlier, that can just lead to more booing, rebelliously. It's just class-less.
2008-05-07 15:29:39
349.   underdog
Mets fans were pointing out on MetsBlog that they were pleased to see Mets fans actually cheering for their guys at Dodger Stadium, after hearing so many boos in games at Shea Stadium this year. i.e., fans on the road are behaving friendlier towards their players than those at home. (Smaller sized group, admittedly.) Of course these same posters were also pleased to hear Dodger fans booing Andruw. As if it's good to see if it's not your guy. Sounds like the disease of booing has spread all around.
2008-05-07 15:30:14
350.   Kevin Lewis
Granted, I have only been to two or three Cardinals games, but I never heard them boo their own team. Is this more of a coastal thing? Or big market? AKA, Mets, Dodgers
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2008-05-07 15:30:33
351.   LoneStar7
347 agreed its just stupid now, people just boo because they don't know any better. It pisses me off knowing that their so many clueless fans in there booing just for the heck of it.
2008-05-07 15:31:20
352.   bhsportsguy
Its amazing that Jones doesn't play and still he gets criticized.
2008-05-07 15:31:39
353.   Kevin Lewis
The best I can do is not be someone that boos his own team and to raise my children the same way. I guess lead by example?

I tend to ask people why they are booing at Dodger games.

2008-05-07 15:34:26
354.   bhsportsguy
353 Usually, the response is something to do with I pay my money and I could do what I want at the game.
2008-05-07 15:34:34
355.   ToyCannon
347
It all started when they traded Piazza and made Dodger fans root for players they couldn't stand like Sheffield and Brown.

The cancer from these two players then spread from the clubhouse to the bleachers and is now ingrained in anyone who started going to Dodgers games before the trade.

Only those who went to DS pre-Piazza trade are immune from the effects.

It is whispered that only a Dodger World Championship can cleanse the poison.

2008-05-07 15:35:37
356.   ToyCannon
after the trade
2008-05-07 15:37:57
357.   Bob Timmermann
Cardinals fans will boo Jason Isringhausen if he blows a save. Despite their reputation, Cardinals fans are not all that much different than fans of every other team.

Except Marlins fans because they are nonexistent.

2008-05-07 15:39:56
358.   Kevin Lewis
Seriously, that stadium is just plain empty on game day. Very sad and eerily quiet
2008-05-07 15:40:07
359.   Bob Timmermann
In my infamous run-in with Cardinals fans in 2005, they cheered when J.D. Drew got hit by a pitch. And they hoped he got hurt more.
2008-05-07 15:41:08
360.   bhsportsguy
Laker fans booed Kobe for approximately 30 seconds (in total) last Opening Night.

I'm fairly certain at some point, they yelled MVP later on that evening.

2008-05-07 15:42:10
361.   scareduck
I remember being at a game in 2003 when Eric Karros was announced as a Cub player, and he got roundly booed, including by one of the people sitting next to me. I asked that person why they were booing, and he replied that it was because Karros had signed with the Cubs. I told him that Karros hadn't asked to be on that team, and that it was the Dodgers' decision to trade him, which got an, "Oh", out of him.
2008-05-07 15:43:32
362.   LoneStar7
I was 9 when he left, all I can remember from that far back was Rauuuuuul! and how badly he was booed during the contract dispute. That must be when it actually started.

I'm too young to remember numbers, but I remember my dad explaining that he wanted alot of money..

2008-05-07 15:43:36
363.   underdog
357 Riddle:
Q: How does a Marlin fan's booing go?
A: Boo-echo, echo, echo.... Boo-echo, echo, echo...

355 It could also be related to more anger burbling up in our society in general these days, but that's a whole 'nother topic to broad to go into here.

2008-05-07 15:44:03
364.   ToyCannon
357
I used to feel that way about Luke Hochevar until it was pointed out that his greed gave us our steed.
2008-05-07 15:45:02
366.   underdog
Too broad.

Er, two broads walk into a bar.

Er, speaking of which, I have to walk out to a meeting now, and perhaps it's just as well.

2008-05-07 15:45:22
367.   fiddlestick
357 "Despite their reputation, Cardinals fans are not all that much different than fans of every other team."

Except in their own estimation, I've found.

2008-05-07 15:46:29
368.   LoneStar7
362 made that sound like Raul was being booed, but yea I remember Rauul being the first player I ever heard have a chant for having "oo" sound in his name.

And then separately, when Piazza was booed as a Dodger.

2008-05-07 15:49:37
369.   ToyCannon
363
That is because they are not hanging onto those smiles like Jon suggested.

By the way Jon, it is to bad your excellent post got trodded on by such a bad game. The smile when you get home should wipe out any bad taste the game gave you this afternoon.

I don't have any kids but my cats are usually happy to see me. That works for me.

2008-05-07 15:51:24
370.   LoneStar7
Does John Blog from Dodger Stadium?
2008-05-07 15:51:40
371.   LoneStar7
370 Jon* sorry
2008-05-07 15:52:26
372.   Bob Timmermann
367
Cardinal fans were pretty much normal fans and acted like everybody else until Peter Gammons anointed them in the 1990s as the "best fans in baseball." Then they started to believe their own press clippings.
2008-05-07 15:59:38
373.   underdog
Dave Campbell on ESPN Radio served up the same load of hooey about the Cardinals' fans before the Cubs-Cards Sunday game awhile back. He was asked what the difference is between that rivalry and the Yanks-Red Sox rivalry and said "basically the fans are classier than they are in the NY-Boston rivalry, especially in St Louis." I kid you not.
2008-05-07 16:00:11
374.   underdog
(And while it's basically sort of true, it's not as true as he thinks it is.)
2008-05-07 16:02:18
375.   bhsportsguy
Cargill there is hope

Late breaking news per Dodger Talk

And maybe this is why no Loiaza today, Dodgers have place Estaban Loiaza on the 15-day Disabled List, retroactive to Sunady May 4th, means that the first day he could come off the Dl would be May 19th or 20th (I can never get that straight).

Right now, I would expect to see Brazoban make the move since Torre has hinted that he would be next in line but the 17th looms out there.

2008-05-07 16:08:00
376.   Jacob L
That game stunk, but it was perfectly acceptable as a substitute for working this afternoon. I mean, you may as well get completely shut down offensively on the same day when your pitcher gets knocked around. And vice versa. Loney made a couple of nice plays. Russell got a few innings off. Dodger dog tasted pretty good.

Still, I'd better see some smiling kids when I get home.

2008-05-07 16:09:08
377.   Jacob L
376 Oops. Let me rephrase that.

That trip to the doctor's office stunk, but . . .

2008-05-07 16:09:14
378.   Jim Hitchcock
348 I'm still waiting for the Dodgers to activate the Beachball Control snipers on the light towers.
2008-05-07 16:11:11
379.   regfairfield
Cardinals fans cheer their pitcher when he allows one run in eight innings. Who else would do that?
2008-05-07 16:11:29
380.   Bob Timmermann
377
My cover story for you would have been more fun.
2008-05-07 16:14:41
381.   Jim Hitchcock
OK, you've aroused my curiosity. What cover story?
2008-05-07 16:22:20
382.   Jon Weisman
369 - "The smile when you get home should wipe out any bad taste the game gave you this afternoon."

I'm counting on it.

370 - Nope.

2008-05-07 16:32:33
383.   Xeifrank
375. Interesting. Loaiza on the 15-Day DL. Torre said Guo won't be starting the 17th and Loaiza will be on the DL. Who does that leave? Park or one of the kids in the minors. Or Joe changes his mind on Guo. Joe never changes his mind though. He's not a flip-flopper. :)
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 16:33:31
384.   Xeifrank
382. But you blog from the ski slopes!
vr, Xei
2008-05-07 16:36:42
385.   Jacob L
380 The colonoscopy or did I miss something?
2008-05-07 16:39:08
386.   Jon Weisman
384 - Well, things happen occasionally ...
2008-05-07 16:41:04
387.   Jim Hitchcock
386 So, you're not going to tell him about the secret underground bunker beneath the drive-in?
2008-05-07 16:41:47
388.   Jim Hitchcock
380 Yikes!
2008-05-07 16:57:38
389.   SgtWyatt
Man, what a disappointing game. The only highlight was that I got on Dodger Vision for the first time ever (and they showed my "SCULLY" jersey, which was pretty cool.

I was happy to see a number of Dodger fans (including myself) give Maine a standing ovation when he finally walked off the field in the 9th. Even though as a Dodger fan I was happy to see the CGSO broken up, I have to give credit where credit is due. Maine pitched a gem of a game and was deserving of being recognized, regardless of the color uniform he was wearing.

2008-05-07 17:23:53
390.   Marty
I've got the Nats/Astros game and old friend (and I use that term very loosely) Odalis Perez is the Washington pitcher. He's been staked to a 2-0 lead.
2008-05-07 17:52:22
391.   D4P
FJM has a tidbit on Pierre via Buster Olney, that echoes my recent observations regarding his ostensibly more patient approach at the plate. (BTW: I swear these MSM writers get a lot of their material from blogs, without giving credit where it's due...)

Olney:

Juan Pierre has always been an old-school free-swinger, someone who hacks first and asks questions later. But in the first five weeks of his season, there has been a dramatic change in Pierre.

"He's picking through pitches," said one talent evaluator. "I think with the competition going on" -- with four Dodgers outfielders competing for three spots -- "he had to re-think a little bit the way he was playing. In the time I've seen him, you can really see him trying to get on base, in a way that's different from in the past. There's a deliberate thought process going on there. His at-bats look different."

That's because they are different, so far. Entering Wednesday's game, Pierre is averaging 3.67 pitches per plate appearances, more than a quarter of a pitch better than the 3.40 pitches per plate appearance he averaged last year, and he is hitting .316, with a .388 on-base percentage. He's never had an on-base percentage of greater than .378.

FJM:

So you're welcome, Juan, for inspiring you to change your approach and revitalize your career.

Next up: Bill Plaschke turns his back on Juan and accuses him of playing too much like a computer.

2008-05-07 18:08:48
392.   LoneStar7
KC beating up on the Angels currently, always good to see.

and 391 that plaschke comment is classic, and probably going to be in the paper tomorrow hah..

2008-05-07 18:14:51
393.   Dodgers49
Suns keep Mudcats quiet

>> "I felt a little fresher out there today," McDonald said about his seven-inning outing. "There was a little more life in my pitches, and my arm was feeling good.

"The key was getting ahead of hitters and throwing strikes. I used my fastball and tried to use the four quadrants of the strike zone, going high and low, inside and out." <<

http://tinyurl.com/5ac894

2008-05-07 18:21:53
394.   Reddog
Speaking of players getting booed, its going to be really hard to tell if and when Hu is ever booed.
2008-05-07 18:22:55
395.   Sam DC
Well, two days after I Id'd the Post's Len Shapiro as a printwriter I enjoy, he gives us this: "Bully for Buzz"

http://tinyurl.com/44bp6u

Here's the flavor: "And none of the above is even remotely meant to suggest that blogs ought to be banned. On the contrary, bloggers are certainly entitled to their often uninformed opinions, sometimes based solely on information gathered by the working press with far more access, sources and scruples than most of them."

Sigh.

2008-05-07 18:24:42
396.   Icaros
Next up: Bill Plaschke turns his back on Juan and accuses him of playing too much like a computer.

Hilarious.

2008-05-07 18:25:46
397.   Dodgers49
Injury frustrates LaRoche

>> LaRoche hit .318 (7-for-22) in six games with Double-A Jacksonville and is batting .238 (5-for-21) with two home runs and four RBIs in seven games for the 51s.

"Hopefully I won't be here very long," LaRoche said. "As soon as I get my timing, hopefully I'll be back up at L.A." <<

## A couple of his throws to first base were low, though, and LaRoche said his thumb is still not 100 percent healthy.

"It's all right. It's coming along; I can get by with it," he said. "It's not 100 percent, but I can swing OK and I can throw the ball OK." ##

%% The 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound slugger also sprained his left big toe in a recent game with Jacksonville and said it will take three weeks to heal. %%

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/18721304.html

2008-05-07 18:32:50
398.   Dodgers49
Top center prospect reportedly trying to head UCLA's way

http://tinyurl.com/4nk9uq

2008-05-07 18:34:24
399.   Marty
395 Interesting he mentions Kissing Suzy Kolber since a WaPo editor just got fired for revealing he was one of the KSK authors.
2008-05-07 18:40:51
400.   Bob Timmermann
Raise the Jolly Roger!

Bucs win!

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2008-05-07 18:54:55
401.   Jon Weisman
395 - If the opinions are based on the research of the pros, how are the opinions uninformed?
2008-05-07 19:04:04
402.   Sam DC
That's not a bad question. And fair enough to point out that pros generally have greater access and sources, but lumping scruples in there is a pretty big deal and a pretty different kind of issue.

I think we need a word other than "blog" because that word really makes people say ridiculous things.

2008-05-07 19:06:57
403.   LoneStar7
398 if he gets released from LSU, our recruiting class would be pretty rediculous if he is granted leave, and chooses to then come to UCLA, our fab five recruiting class along with DC, Keefe, a healthy Roll and possibly shipp and Luc could be off the charts.
2008-05-07 19:11:18
404.   gpellamjr
402 I doubt that would do much good. There was a large movement in the Communist Party (CPUSA) that held that, if you changed the name of the movement, people would all become Communists because of the rightness of the ideals. Check and see how the Committees on Correspondence are doing.
2008-05-07 19:12:42
405.   LoneStar7
401 Hey Jon, I'm a relatively new reader of Dodger Thoughts, and to your work, just out of curiosity I was wondering if you blogged from the Ravine.

I know you obviously have other work and stories to write, but I was just kind of curious as to how much time you get to go to games. The blog is great, I love spending Dodger games in the thread, keep up the good work.

2008-05-07 19:14:52
406.   jet
{58} I know the train may have left on this subject, but I just got here. Re: LaRoche versus DeWitt: You use LaRoche's 'superior' minor league career to say he's hands down the best option for the Dodgers at this level. But exactly what has LaRoche done in the Majors outside of playing poorly, as well as not very often, because of his propensity for injuries? There's tons of highly touted minor league players with great minor league stats that can't make the jump. Blake DeWitt as of now is performing extremely well, especially when he's doing the vast majority out of the eight spot. Also, you leave out defense. As of last week, (before his two error game), DeWitt had the highest fielding percentage of any third baseman in the Majors.
2008-05-07 19:15:58
407.   Sam DC
OF Joel Hanrahan pitching for the Nationals v. Houston. He's really found a home in the bullpen after losing it as a starter last year.

Consistently at 95-97 on the gun, with far better control.

2008-05-07 19:25:48
408.   Jon Weisman
406 - Why don't you read the comments in yesterday's thread - we had a really good discussion. Get back on that train, as it were. Among other things, you'll find that there's no agreement that LaRoche played poorly in the majors.

404 - Thanks. For better or worse, I have a job and a family that prevent me from going to Dodger games very often these days.

2008-05-07 19:29:22
409.   Jon Weisman
Phillies-Diamondbacks 1-1 in the third.
2008-05-07 19:33:45
410.   Sam DC
Folks see the foul ball story from today's game in the LAT?
2008-05-07 19:36:30
411.   Jon Weisman
Jeanne Zelasko's terrible year:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-zelasko8-2008may08,0,5180886,full.story

2008-05-07 19:51:42
412.   LoneStar7
408 of course I figured as much, one reason I asked is that as a 19 year, I'm obviously still at that stage where I'm kinda figuring out what I might like to do after college.

I've dreamed of working with the Dodgers organization in some way, whether it be through PR or some position that isn't automatically filled by ex-players or managers. My godfather took on sports writing in England, covering Stoke City football, and later English football in general. One thing he told me was that when he began working for the team he loved so much, work and pleasure didn't mix especially well.

He felt he lost that joy of being a fan when his team became his job, so I sort of wondered if becoming a sports writer almost took you away from being just a fan.

2008-05-07 19:54:28
413.   Jon Weisman
412- I wouldn't say that it did, but I never did cover the Dodgers on a regular basis. It's definitely a grind of a job, though.

If you're willing to work for low pay for a while and move around a lot, a career in baseball is easily yours!

2008-05-07 19:55:40
414.   Bob Timmermann
412
And if you want to work for the Dodgers, you can look forward to capricious firings.

I work for the government. I look forward to paperwork that allows me to be capricious.

2008-05-07 20:06:18
415.   LoneStar7
413 414 Hah yea it does sound like a tough road the top, and unpredictable, who knows, the sports world is so competitive, maybe I'll just try to make money elsewhere and open a real sports bar somewhere haha.
2008-05-07 20:09:23
416.   Eric Enders
406 really got my dander up for some reason and I can't really allow it to go unresponded to. Eleven points:

1) Yeah, last Tuesday DeWitt has the best fielding percentage in MLB. What does he have now? 18th best, among guys with 100 innings or more. There is no reason to use a stat which dates from last Tuesday instead of today, except that the more recent stat doesn't support your argument as well as you'd like it to. This is an egregious example of a cherry-picked stat. It is, to paraphrase Vinny, using a stat like a drunk uses a lamppole -- for support rather than illumination.

2) Even if DeWitt were still leading in fielding percentage, the sample size so far is still small enough that it's highly affected by randomness, and conclusions cannot be reliably drawn from it.

3) Even if sample size were not a problem, fielding percentage is a near-meaningless stat in the first place.

4) LaRoche has not been given enough playing time in the majors to draw conclusions from his play one way or the other.

5) Also, what little playing time has gotten came while playing through an injury.

6) Even so, his play in the majors cannot remotely be called "poor." His lack of power made him arguably -- arguably -- mediocre, but not poor by any stretch of the imagination. He played good defense at third base and posted a .365 OBP. Of the six guys who played 3B semi-regularly for the Dodgers in 2007, this was the highest OBP -- and a good 40 points better than everyone else except Betemit.

7) While LaRoche's propensity for injuries is certainly a strike against him, it has no bearing whatsoever on the question of who should be playing third base when both DeWitt and LaRoche are healthy, which was the question under discussion.

8) You give DeWitt credit for hitting in the supposedly difficult eight spot, but give LaRoche no similar credit.

9) DeWitt's performance has certainly been laudable so far, but there is ample reason to believe -- indeed, it's virtually guaranteed -- that it will drop off. His past doesn't indicate this kind of ability as a hitter, and his line drive percentage, which is the worst in the league, indicates that he has not taken the proverbial "great leap forward," but rather has simply benefited from a lot of good luck. This is not to say that DeWitt shouldn't get credit for what he's done -- he should -- but the Dodgers would do well to realize that there is very little chance it will continue.

10) The quote marks in your reference to "Laroche's 'superior' minor league career" indicate that you do not believe it is actually superior to DeWitt's. The numbers have been stated earlier in the thread, so you can seek them out, but they show that LaRoche's record is not only superior to DeWitt's, but vastly superior. They're not even in the same ballpark.

11) "There's tons of highly touted minor league players with great minor league stats that can't make the jump." -- This isn't really true. Players who have reached the high minors and put up the kinds of numbers that LaRoche does usually are highly successful in the majors. The players who "can't make the jump" are generally either a) Players who played well in the lower levels of the minors but fizzle out at higher levels, or b) Players who put up numbers that are misleading for one reason or another, such as advanced age or playing at altitude. LaRoche fits neither of these categories. Once a player reaches the AA level and dominates, he is extremely likely to succeed in the major leagues. This is amplified by the fact that in LaRoche's case, the glowing scouting reports match the numbers.

2008-05-07 20:10:06
417.   jasonungar07
The kid was smiling. Dad was not. Brutal first game ever...Oh well..whatcha gonna do, can't be competitive in them all I guess.

Ok, I swear I went thru this thread and saw Nothing about Loazia going on the DL.
http://tinyurl.com/4ukruy

2008-05-07 20:15:47
418.   Eric Enders
417 It snuck in there a couple of places.
2008-05-07 20:16:16
419.   Jon Weisman
417 - 375, 383
2008-05-07 20:22:54
420.   jasonungar07
Ah there they are..lol ok..cool.

Personally I can't wait for LaRoche to prove people wrong. There does seem to be an anti LaRoche camp for whatever reason. Me, well I don't know, but what I do know is he at the very least was just as good as most of his peers while playing together who we all think could be all stars (loney, kemp, martin) and thats in black and white. And I go on that with a passion and truly do not understand why someone who just watches baseball for fun would write after 93 MLB AB's that he stinks but more power to them I guess. It would benefit the Dodgers most if both were great players.

2008-05-07 20:22:54
421.   Marty
D4P, thanks for the hulu.com referral. I'm taking advantage of it to finally start watching Arrested Development. I have to say, I enjoyed the first two episodes of season 1.
2008-05-07 20:54:58
422.   regfairfield
I'm curious, can anyone find an example of someone who walked more than they struck out for a sustained period of time in the minors, and didn't have some success.

I always use this to claim that someone will perform well in the majors, but I really have no evidence to back it up.

2008-05-07 20:59:05
423.   68elcamino427
Eighteen months seperate my three kids, now 26, 24, and 23. Great post Jon. Savor the moments. When my eldest was six, I was working 70 tp 90 hours a week.
There came a Saturday morning that I wasn't working, just hanging out with the kids. I looked at those three kids and realized what I had been missing. I never got home any later that six pm on a week night again and very rarely did anymore weekend work.
You step back and realize that you can do all you can do to win a World Series or raise a child. Is there anyone in the world who is more fortunate that a child who is wanted and loved by both a mom and a dad?
2008-05-07 21:06:51
424.   Bob Timmermann
Shane Victorino and Conor Jackson with a nasty collision in Phoenix. Victorino is staying in, but Jackson is leaving and looks dazed. Victorino's helmet hit him in the face as he crossed first running out a dropped third strike.
2008-05-07 21:11:40
425.   Dodgers49
Beware everyone, Bob is out there somewhere. :-)

Boy hit by Prius says he couldn't hear it

http://tinyurl.com/5m223e

2008-05-07 21:14:01
426.   Eric Stephen
424
It's kind of a let down that Micah Owings is only 1-3 with a double.
2008-05-07 21:16:59
427.   Bob Timmermann
It's a car, it's not Wonder Woman's airplane.
2008-05-07 21:17:46
428.   Jon Weisman
423 - Thanks, Elcamino

NPUT

2008-05-07 21:18:41
429.   Jon Weisman
Cargill might be happy soon.
2008-05-08 00:29:23
430.   jet
{406} My harried life doesn't permit me to visit Dodger Thoughts as often as I would like to, therefore I miss a lot, including the LaRoche/DeWitt discussion. Sorry I missed it.

{416} It's too late and my eyelids are too heavy to respond to everything, but I find it humorous that you quote Vinny about how a drunk uses a stat like a drunk a lamp pole --when actually, it was Vinny who was endlessly drumming that best fielding percentage stat into my head over the air. So, apparently, he was cherrypicking himself.

Your last point is quite debatable: just off the top of my head there's Drew Henson, the Yankee phenom third baseman who couldn't make it. Lots of guys come out of nowhere, and maybe this is the case with DeWitt, or maybe it's his 15 minutes. Or it could be fifteen years. Also, what's the difference between 'mediocre' and 'poor'? I have nothing against LaRoche, nor am I related to DeWitt -- I just want the Dodgers to win. It just seems that every time LaRoche is given a shot either injuries or performance or a combination of the two hold him back. I mean you can gripe about DeWitt's line drive stats etc. and call him lucky and the sample size too small etc., but the fact is he's getting it done and we should be glad for that. LaRoche will get his shot as soon as DeWitt goes into a prolonged slump, then we'll have a better idea. Unless Garciaparra nudges both aside, which would be a shame.

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