Stuck in Nowhere Land, but Seeing the Light

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dodgersfanjeff
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By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers played a competitive -- and, at times, cantankerous -- series against the first-place team in their division this week.

When it was over, when the teams had showered and changed, gotten on their buses for the airport and left the testosterone behind, the Dodgers' plight only deteriorated a little bit more.

The angry moments came Tuesday, when the benches cleared twice, punches were thrown and the stakes elevated. Wednesday was more humdrum, but far from lifeless, the teams fighting for and surrendering leads, the Dodgers' depleted lineup, finally, unable to keep pace in an 8-6, 12-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Manager Don Mattingly says he thinks hope isn't as far off as it might seem.

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dod ... -the-light

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dd88
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Good find Jeff- it was a nice battle but in the end the bull pen couldn't do it. Good battle and heart, however. If the Dodger players approach every game with a heightened level of intensity just like that game, I think they can get back into the race.

dodgersfanjeff
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Thanks Dave. It'd also be nice if the bullpen could hold leads, lol. It seems like after our starters toss a good or decent game, we don't even know who to put in from 7th inning on. Pretty silly to have such a weak and unreliable bullpen. Let's just hope we can get on a bit of roll, since we're only 7 games out.

dd88
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Jeff- agreed 100%- I lost count how many losses so far we've had due to the bullpen. 10? If we had just won 5 of those, we'd be at .500 right now. Hopefully the Dodgers can make some moves before the trade deadline for one or two more reliable arms to bolster the pen.

Off topic a bit- down 3-0 to the Yankees and Kuroda right now. Why in the world did we let Hiroki Kuroda go again? I was really hoping we had retained him 2 years ago. He would have cost a lot, but way cheaper than Greinke and has a much lower ERA.

dodgersfanjeff
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Lol, for some reason 10 games blown by the bullpen doesn't seem as bad as I originally thought. Yeah we definitely need to shore up our bullpen. No point to have Kersh or Ryu go 6 or 7 strong, and we wind up losing.

I was sad to see Kuroda go too. He was also an innings eater. I'll still remember him throwing at Victorino in game 3 of the LCS, a few years ago. He might actually be the Yankees best/most consistent pitcher so far this year. Though having McCourt as an owner didn't help in us re-signing Kuroda either.

dd88
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Another game blown by the bullpen last night. Fife pitches a very nice 6 innings, and it was all downhill after passing the baton to the bullpen. SMH....

dodgersfanjeff
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Also doesn't help that we seem to make so many errors. I think we're either tied or just ahead of the Astros in errors this season so far. With a bad fielding team, a shaky bullpen, and all the other injuries, this has been a very rough 1st half or so of the season.

dd88
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^^Yup- to compete you've got to have the fundamentals down, and it's pathetic that a veteran team like this has the same # of errors as the Astros. Definitely an incomplete team- you can't overspend on certain areas (cough cough Zack Greinke) but then go cheap on critical ones such as the bullpen/closer role.

Dodgers vs the Giants right now- gotta take 2 out of 3- simply gotta.

dodgersfanjeff
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^^It's also sad that we spent $21 million over 3 years or something like that for League, who seems allergic to striking guys out.

On the bright side, Puig just keeps on hitting. Was pretty nice watching us win a close game finally too. Fortunately Ryu was also able to get out of some jams, to keep the game tied. Didn't look like he really had much command, but I like the fact that he just battled.

dd88
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Wow I did not realize that we spent so much on that wannabe closer- CRAZY. Puig is just unbelievable right now. He is single-handed responsible for a lot of these Dodger wins lately. Ryu has been a good find as well. And Jensen with the nice save.

Good job to our foreign scouting department (Puig, Ryu), but bad job to those making decisions on some of these other players.

dodgersfanjeff
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^Think we can thank Ned on some of those signings, lol. Our foreign signings haven't usually been too bad from recent memory either, with guys like Saito coming out of nowhere. Kuroda was another good signing.

It's usually been the FA signings that haven't panned out, with guys like Schmidt and Andruw Jones coming to mind.

Feels like every time Puig comes up to bat, I'm expecting him to do something. I wonder who's going to give up their spot when Kemp & Crawford come back. Crawford was actually play well before he went down, and was leading our team in runs scored at the time.

dd88
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^^Yeah I think either Crawford or Ethier may have to be traded- we'll see. Not sure who will pick up the Crawford's crazy contract, however, so it may have to be Andre. But welcome back Matt Kemp! Despite how much the "closers" (esp. League) tried to cough up the 3 run lead, Matt just wouldn't have it with that game-saving catch at the warning track. WOW.

SaVaGe-DeF
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dd88 wrote:
^^Yeah I think either Crawford or Ethier may have to be traded- we'll see. Not sure who will pick up the Crawford's crazy contract, however, so it may have to be Andre. But welcome back Matt Kemp! Despite how much the "closers" (esp. League) tried to cough up the 3 run lead, Matt just wouldn't have it with that game-saving catch at the warning track. WOW.

I think Ethier would be the easier contract to trade rather than Crawfords. Dodgers need to get rid of League, Uribe, Bellesario, Cruz, and Lilly.

dodgersfanjeff
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^Lol, good point Def. Forgot how many stiffs we still have on a $200 million+ payroll. At least Hanley has been hot for us too. Even though it's a small sample size of games he's played in.

I also think Ethier's contract may be the easier one to trade, especially with Crawford coming off another injury. We would probably just have to eat most of his contract, but lately that seems to be the Dodgers' way of doing trades.

Freaking League just can't get outs period now. Didn't 2 of those hits come with 2 strikes? At least Paco did enough to nail down the W for us, along with a nice catch from Kemp to end it. I did like the emotions he showed also. That's something, among others this team seems to be lacking. Hopefully we can get Kersh a W finally today too.

SaVaGe-DeF
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dodgersfanjeff wrote:
^Lol, good point Def. Forgot how many stiffs we still have on a $200 million+ payroll. At least Hanley has been hot for us too. Even though it's a small sample size of games he's played in.

I also think Ethier's contract may be the easier one to trade, especially with Crawford coming off another injury. We would probably just have to eat most of his contract, but lately that seems to be the Dodgers' way of doing trades.

Freaking League just can't get outs period now. Didn't 2 of those hits come with 2 strikes? At least Paco did enough to nail down the W for us, along with a nice catch from Kemp to end it. I did like the emotions he showed also. That's something, among others this team seems to be lacking. Hopefully we can get Kersh a W finally today too.

Trading Ethier for a better bullpen IMO would be worth it, because if you really think about it Kershaw and Grienke can pitch most of the times all 9 innings, Ryu has one full game under his belt but at times I fell that he doesn't give that 100% effort. The rest of the pitchers lets face it aren't that good and that's when the Dodgers need a better bullpen.

I like Paco, Jansen, and at times Guerrier.

I told my brother that Hanley was the spark the Dodgers were missing in the beginning of the season. Puig is like an arc reactor of energy.

Kemp looked all fired up and seems like he is ready to get to his old self.


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