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Another Loss Turns the Dodgers Blue

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on May 9, 2014

Another fun win and more redemption for Voggy. I loved his quote after the game: “My focus is not to prove people wrong anymore but to prove people right who believed in me.”

A great reminder of what a winning mind set looks like.

Hector continues to do what he does in extra innings.

Pablo jacked his batting average all the way up in to the .170’s with a hit in 5 at bats.

The only one not all smiles was Machi who reportedly was seen doing a slow burn in the clubhouse after the game when told he didn’t get the W.

Hammer Maholm? Indeed.

 

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  1. SanDawg said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    great win and the road trip roll continues!

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      By the by Dawg, in one of my pro leagues, I traded for Arenado, Holland, and Yelich today for Kemp, Headley, and Cespedes. I needed a 3rd baseman and especially, a good closer . . . Happy with this deal.

  2. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Awesome win. An “in your face” win. Puig is now on buzz watch the next two games. MadBum is probably taking a bat to a commode in the clubhouse right now…

  3. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    MadBum giving the Bums some Big Country Love. Hell yes!

  4. blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Nice. Loving this, but things become tougher tomorrow.

    • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Cain is due. Watch him out-duel Greinke tomorrow. No worse than 6-4 on the roadie. Another win would be HUGE (two game swing). BEAT LA!

      • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

        Yeah, I hope so too Chi. It will be a bitch if his finger opens up.

  5. paulinasia said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    And I do think the G’s definitely ARE inside the Bums’ heads… so cool.

  6. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Worst possible outcome now is a 6-4 roadie vs. tough teams and a historical nightmare location (PNC). It’s all gravy now, so go for more wins, Giants!…

  7. Bozo said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Well, well, well. A glorious end to the Vin Scully droning.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Clown, did you know that shit about Bochy being born in France? I had no idea until Scully mentioned it. Same thing with Arias sharing one bathroom with a gazillion family members and the stuff about Pagan growing up too. Scully does drone on, but I always learn something new from listening to him.

      • Bozo said, on May 10, 2014 at 4:47 am

        No, I didn’t know those things. I also didn’t know that bunting was like a poached egg on toast, not much to it. I also didn’t know that the reason stolen base percentages are up is because catchers hit better now. Or that Vin was a teen during Diocletian’s rein as emperor of the Roman Empire (OK, I made the last one up). Sorry, but for me it’s gotten to the point where I really can’t stand the guy anymore.

  8. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I guess we should know tomorrow how bad Belt’s thumb fracture is. Whatever they say, I’ll add 3 weeks to it…

  9. pawliekokonuts said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    To use, Thomas Lasordian syntax, Fecking glad we fecking beat those fecking feckwad Dod-fecking-gers, fer feck sake.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Did you hear his faux pas about Stiviano? Said he wished someone runs her over in their car. What a putz. Apparently, he’s bosom buddies with Sterling.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

        at least Tommy don’t sugarcoat nothing — more like pork-rind-grease-salt-sugar-coat

  10. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Great wins against the Bums…kick ass roadie so far, but it really sucks losing Belt. The options are not great. I like the idea of having Hector out there for most days. On CSNBA they are saying a month minimum. Fuck!

  11. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Whatdya’ guys think? Who’s going to take 1st base while Belt’s out? I’d put Hector over there until he proves he can’t field the position…

    • pawliekokonuts said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      my boy Arias; watch him blossom

      • SanDawg said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        I’m totally down with a Hector/Ishi/Buster combo platter.

  12. pawliekokonuts said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Hey, guess who sports the best record in the NL? (And we came close to sweeping Pittsburgh, did we not?)

    • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Lost two in the Steel City…and had to rally from down 6 in the 6th to win that one in extras…

      • pawliekokonuts said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        I grant you that, but as Baggarly said, the down-6 win was not supposed to be a win, if you will, so the next-day’s replay loss sort of evened that out

  13. SanDawg said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Blade–I went to the Pads game last night and I loved Yelich. Real smooth swing, runs well, looks real athletic. Looks like an up an comer.
    I scooped Xander Bogaerts off the waiver wire after someone cut him today. I’m all about big upside and cool sounding names.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Initial trade offer I sent involved Ozuna, Headley, and Cespedes for just Holland and Arenado . . . He countered with Kemp, minus Ozuna. I told him I was giving up two outfielders and told him to throw in Yelich. He agreed. I was surprised, because like you said, this kid is a stud in the making. He has only scratched the surface.

      Oh yeah, I was conflicted having a Bum in my FL lineup, so glad to get rid of Kemp.

  14. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Agree…Hector would be my first choice at 1st and I would bring up another catcher to take Belt’s spot while he is out. I just don’t see Arias as an option there every day. Only time I want to see him there is on a day when Buster needs a true day off and you put Hector behind the dish.

  15. SanDawg said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I can’t stand Lasorda—and its not one of those deals where I love to hate him. However, I don’t mind him taking a shot at Stiviano. Sterling is a horse’s ass, but she’s not real high on my list either.
    I actually won’t mind seeing Sterling drag this out and be a thorn in the side of the NBA. I love a messy public spat/PR nightmare and this could be good theater.

    • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Bank on Sterling not going out quietly. The guy will sue a mosquito for taking a bite. He’ll drag it out to bid up the price…

  16. zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Miller and Kruk were talking about Adam Duvall, who’s played mostly 3b, but some games at 1b, too, for the Grizzlies. He does have 11 HRs, although only hitting .259. Seems like a stretch that he’d get the call-up.

    • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      I wouldn’t hold my breath.

      • zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

        Yeah, you’d like a AAA call-up to be hitting at least .300, raking consistently. The Giants don’t need a Bowker-ganger call-up.

  17. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Just heard on the post game that Ishi is on the DL in Fresno. I don;t see him as an option anyway. I would mix and match with Posey and Hector, and on occasion if one of them needs a day off, then maybe you run Arias out there.

    • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Bingo. But, at some point they’ll have to bring up a utility player for the bench. I don’t think they’ll carry 13 pitchers again for long…

  18. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Just saw where the NIners traded for Stevie Johnson (WR from Buffolo). Surprised as hell they haven;t drafted a corner. I thought that was their most glaring need.

  19. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    First rounder Jimmie Ward figures to be the nickel corner; seems to be the plan unless he’s a bust…

  20. zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I think Mattingly is a guy stuck managing a team full of guys that he doesn’t particularly like. He’s “old school,” and a lot of his best players are decidedly not that. That has to grate on him. Seriously, who’d want to have to hang around HanRam and Puig all the time? And Kemp and Ethier have the body language of pouters now. The 4 starting outfielder extravaganza isn’t working so far.
    And has been mentioned, Mattingly’s not that good of a manager, anyway. It’d be nice just to bury these guys in the next few weeks.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Zumiee, spot on. I had Kemp on one of my FL teams until I traded him today, so I had to keep track of whether he was starting or not. Consequently, you end up reading a lot of stuff about the day to day shit going on with him and the Dodgers as a whole. Frankly, it’s a cluster fuck in the LaLaLand outfield. Kemp perceives himself as still an MVP and he takes it as a slight when Donnie Baseball benches him. It came to a head the other day, where Mattingly made an announcement about Puig and Kemp being the starters and Crawford and Ethier being platooned. He only did this to placate Kemp. He still is going to sit him, until Kemp puts up numbers commensurate with his perceived value. Yep, it’s a circus there.

      • paulinasia said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        Dodgers as a “hole”… I like that, Steve.. :-)

      • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        I spotted that as soon as I posted it . . . Subliminal thoughts going on there Paul. Hole . . . mmmmmmm. :-)

      • zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

        Yeah, several games ago Kemp pinch-hit for Ethier, and that had to fry Ethier.

      • zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm

        And platooning Ethier and Crawford is hilarious, both being lefthanders. What a fun clubhouse that must be.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      Almost forgot about Kershaw who was livid when he was told to do one more minor league rehab game. I wish I could find the quote, but he was absolutely pissed off at Mattingly and Colletti for forcing him to waste another game in the minors . . . He was right too, as he pitched lights out. Wasted performance.

  21. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Shit. Bochy said at least 6 weeks on Belt on the post game…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Easily 6 weeks and I bet they are sugar coating it Chi. Count on it being 7-8 weeks.

      • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        blade, I posted earlier to add 3 weeks onto whatever time frame the Giants say… ;)

      • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:19 pm

        Well, I agree with that, especially when you are dealing with the Giants medicos.

  22. unca_chuck said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Shit Chi I said that here 2 hours ago. Maybe they bring up Cortez the Killer (Villalona) He’s on the 40-man . . .

    • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      I saw it…could not remember who said it, Charlie…

  23. unca_chuck said, on May 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    I’m baffled by this draft for the Niners. They had a shot at Stanley Jean Baptiste. And they traded down and still didn’t take him. They draft an RB and they already have 6 runners. They must not be very high on Gore or Lattimore. I like drafting Martin, the center from USC. And another LB is fine since we are dinged up there, but they traded down to have 7 picks tomorrow?

    • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Somebody’s got to go from the RB corps. Too many now. According to the draft touts, Carlos Hyde is the #1 runner in a mediocre RB pool. He’s big and runs over people. If Lattimore is healthy and good, Hunter is now the third back. Gore may actually be in danger of getting cut — he makes too much…

  24. zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    If Sandoval picked his game up, that alone would solve a lot, too. I’m still trippin’ on him swinging at that pitch over his head tonight. That’s just nuts.

    • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      I didn’t see it, but I believe it. How difficult can it be for a veteran MLB hitter to have the control to just decide for a game or two that “I will not swing at a high pitch”. Manny Sanguillen was a bad ball hitter, same with Vlad Guerrero. Panda is beyond that now into the nutzo ball hitter…

    • paulinasia said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm

      Kind of makes me wonder if he’s just not seeing the ball very well. It’s like he makes up his mind before the pitch whether or not he’ll swing, and if he’s decided to swing, he’ll swing at it no matter where it is…

      • zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:12 pm

        It really bugged me when Miller and Krukow just laughed it off. That would never happen with the Mets broadcasters. Darling and Hernandez would be tearing Sandoval a new one for doing that. There’s NO WAY Sandoval is going to come out of his funk doing that. It’s not going to work swinging at crazy high pitches and lunging at low pitches. Some of that stuff worked for him in the past, but not anymore.

      • SanDawg said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

        Flem said on the radio it was the highest pitch he’d ever seen a batter swing at

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      What about that first one he hit? It was a grounder to the left side and I could have sworn it hit dirt before crossing the plate. Hilarious.

      • zumiee said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        Yeah, it’s just crazy. He needs to be benched, but now with Belt hurt, that’s not going to happen. With no one to replace him, Sandoval retains some leverage.

    • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      That was crazy…forehead high. We all know Pablo is a free-swinger, but shit, that added a whole new dimension…

  25. paulinasia said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Yeah… “See the ball, hit the ball”, which worked pretty well for him for awhile there, only works if he can actually, you know, see the ball.. and can actually, you know, hit the ball…. He’s f-ing lost at the plate and I wonder how much longer the team can “wait for him to come out of it”.

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      I forgot who said this (earlier this morning), but I would like to see Crawford hit 2nd and Pablo hit 7th or 8th (switch him and Hicks interchangeably). I like this lineup:

      Pagan, Crawford, Posey, Morse, Pence, Sanchez, Sandoval and/or Hicks.

      • chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

        I like it….give Bochy a call…

      • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm

        Down with that. If Sandoval is playing, put him down the LU, he’s not hitting well enough to hit any higher than 7th…

  26. snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    At least Panda got a walk tonight. 0-3 otherwise. Now at .171. It’s time fans stop giving him a pass on this swinging at crap style. It’s not working. Past results are not a guarantee of future success. He’s 28, not 23. The Giants always seem to say they can’t stop him from free swinging, he can’t change, or if he did, it would screw him up. Really? How much more screwed up would it be compared to a weakass .171 and .283 SLG after 130 PAs into the season?…

    • blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Well, the good news is that we’re going to get a bargain when he resigns. Call it the “Home Town Face Plant Discount.”

      • snarkk said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        There is that. ;)
        I hope he turn this crap around and hits .350 for two months…

  27. chipower9 said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Night Flappers…

    Let’s take the third from the Bumbinos tomorrow.

    • Nipper said, on May 10, 2014 at 3:16 am

      I concur.

  28. blade3colorado said, on May 9, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    ‘Nite all.

  29. willedav said, on May 10, 2014 at 7:27 am

    OK, quick look at the 1b options. Hector C every day Posey at 1b, keeps bats in the LU. Defense, hmmn.
    Morse to 1b, blanco to LF. Blanco is better hitter/OB than he has shown imo, good D and OB. Maybe Craw hits second after all.
    Arias or Hector at 1b, no except in emergency extra innings. But Arias at 3b in small doses can’t be worse than Pablo right now.
    Ishi, who is still hurt…classic good field no hit. But why pick him up in first place unless they liked him?
    Cue the Flap poll

  30. willedav said, on May 10, 2014 at 7:40 am

    When you look at it, Dodgers OF really is f-ed up. Ethier Kemp platoon puts one very expensive guy on the bench, pisses both off and neither of them are hitting much. Crawford is top of order guy/oft injured defensive liability run out of leadoff by Gordon hot streak.. Van Slyke kid I’d guess is a Mattingly fav, but again if he starts him there’s more disgruntled vets sitting out.
    And of course the elephant in RF, airheaded Puig. Reminds of b-ball player who can either shoot you into or out of a game…you have to play the guy and just hope the embarrassing f-ups are minimal. But he is completely uncoachable and won’t even listen to peers.

  31. willedav said, on May 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I said this while ago, but seriously Colletti’s dodgers are team built on quicksand.
    Hanley has 6 errors already at SS, where he can’t last. Gordon might be OK at 2b but he was terrible SS previously. Uribe is in there for his offense only.
    With AJ Ellis out they have tried 3 other Cs, Fed guy they sent down Butera and now Olivo.
    Puig still does crazy stuff in OF, missing cut off men and zoning out. Ethier and Kemp shells of former selves.
    Pen way less than it was cracked up to be and Mattingly has zero clue how to manage it. League is the next Carlos Marmol. SPs are their saving grace.

    Giants have owned these guys; LA when playing team other than D Backs very high priced ordinary.

  32. unca_chuck said, on May 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Leave Sanchez on the bench and call up Susac. Love to see him play up here.

    .339 / .431 /.565 /.995.

    3 HRs and 13 rbis in 16 games at Fresville.

    • snarkk said, on May 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

      I wouldn’t bring him up. Only 808 PAs in the minors. Only 72 at AAA so far, in PCL which is an inflated batting average league. Plus, if they call him up now, doesn’t some free agency clock start ticking?…

  33. snarkk said, on May 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    BF has a new thread up…


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