Friday, August 17, 2018

Series Thread (Games 123-125): August 17-19 @ Mariners

Friday 8/17 7p: Buehler vs. LeBlanc
Saturday 8/18 7p: Hill vs. Ramirez
Sunday 8/19 1p: Kershaw vs. TBD

It's a tale as old as time, but the Dodgers' season needs to turn around with this series, or we're doomed. There's positive thinking for you!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Series Thread (Games 120-122): 8/13-15 vs Giants

Mon, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Madison Bumgarner
Tues, 7p: Alex Wood vs Andrew Suarez
Wed, 7p: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Derek Holland

Friday, August 10, 2018

Jansen to Miss 3-4 Weeks For Irregular Heartbeat

Ouch.

We may have had a great comeback victory vs. the Rockies last night, but the high altitude of Coors Field felled closer Kenley Jansen, who has had heartbeat issues flare up in Denver in the past:

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss about a month with an irregular heartbeat, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Jansen was taken to the hospital with the issue before Thursday's game at Colorado.

Manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers' 8-5 victory that Jansen was at the team hotel earlier in the day and didn't feel right. Jansen called the trainer and was taken to the hospital.

Jansen has dealt with an irregular heartbeat in the past. Roberts said the right-hander had his medication with him on the trip and will visit his cardiologist in Los Angeles.

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Jansen spent a month on the disabled list during the 2011 season because of blood-thinning medication he was taking to treat an irregular heartbeat. In 2012, he was out again after suffering an irregular heartbeat during an Aug. 27 appearance in Colorado. He underwent a procedure on his heart on Oct. 23, 2012, to return it to normal rhythm.

Get well soon, KJ!

Meanwhile, get us another reliever, Farhan! (And get rid of Pedro Baez while you're at it. My favorite quote from the post-game interviews last night came from Dave Roberts, describing Baez' four-run, three-hit, one-third-inning meltdown last night (at the end of the video montage): "Baez has had three or four days off, and that’s a spot where he’s got to go up there and get outs." Well, that didn't work so well for Pedro. Or us.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Series Thread (Games 116-119): August 9-12 @ Rockies

Thurs 8/9: Ross Stripling vs. Tyler Anderson LAD 8, COL 5
Fri 8/10 5.40p: Kenta Maeda vs. Jon Gray
Sat 8/11 5.10p: Walker Buehler vs. Kyle Freeland
Sun 8/12 12.10p: TBD vs. Chad Bettis

We're back in second place, 0.5 games behind Arizona and 2.5 games ahead of the Rockies.

We really need a big series here.

If I only had a sign...

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UPDATE 8/10, 11.40a (Sax): Wow, what a comeback. When Baez gave up that Iannetta three-run HR to change a 3-1 Dodgers lead to a 5-3 deficit, I was disconsolate to say the least. But the Dodgers came back with home runs from Cody Bellinger to tie it, and Brian Dozier to ice it, and won Game 1, 8-5.

I'll take it.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Series Thread (Games 114-115): August 7-8 @ Athletics

Tuesday 8/7 7p: Rich Hill (4-4, 3.63) vs. Sean Manaea (10-7, 3.38)
Wednesday 8/8 7p: Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.55) vs. Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64) Mike Fiers (7-6, 3.48)

First off, I don't like calling these two-game escapades a "series." It's like calling a one-night stand a "relationship."

But all the talk is going to be about Rich Hill's return to Oakland (67-46 on the year, five games better than the Dodgers' 62-51 record), given it was the last team on which Hill pitched (in 2016), and he hasn't faced them since. But what about our opposing starter, and why isn't he getting more press? So Manaea vowels in his name! Why isn't that getting more press?

Manaea is no slouch, having pitched a no-hitter against eh Red Sox on April 21 of this year, when Boston had a winning percentage of .894, making them the best team to ever be no-hit. Strangely, Manaea's feat only had him share the AL Player of the Week award...along with Manny Machado (11-for-22 with five HR, two doubles, eight RBI, seven runs scored). I'd be happy if Machado could erupt like that again in Oakland tonight.

Dodgers start the day a half-game back of first place Arizona, who is also two games in front of the Rockies.

Seager Opts For More Surgery

This time, on his hip. From ESPN:

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Tuesday in New York, the team announced.

Seager is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right (throwing) elbow, which he had in early May.

Seager is expected to resume baseball activities in January and be ready for spring training, the team said.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Post-Series Thread: Still Nervous Time Regarding Houston

Well, that series didn't quite go as I had hoped.

Coming off a killer pair of victories against the Brewers, we hosted the Houston Astros only to get shut down by Justin Verlander (14 Ks) on Friday, then slaughtered 14-0 on Saturday, before winning Sunday's finale in a tense 3-2 victory.

Sunday's heroes were Walker Buehler (8 Ks over 5.1 IP), new Dodger Brian Dozier (two-run double in the bottom of the first, to put the Dodgers up 2-1), and Cody Bellinger (RBI double in the third). Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. And while our squad nurses injuries to Alex Wood (tendinitis), Erik Goeddel (right lat inflammation), Yasiel Puig (oblique), and Matt Kemp (ankle, not to mention a batting slump), Houston also came away with injuries to Lance McCullers and George Springer (whose leadoff HR Sunday was thankfully short-lived). That's a lot of casualties in a weekend series, which compounds the overall concern about the Dodgers' chances to win a World Series with this squad.

The LAT's Dylan Hernandez greeted us this morning with concern not of the Astros, but of winning the NL West:

When the Dodgers moved into first place for the first time on July 12, the expectation was for them have a comfortable lead over the Diamondbacks and Rockies by now.

Only the anticipated midseason surge by the Dodgers hasn’t materialized and here they are, still clustered with a group of so-so teams. And if the season ended Sunday, neither the Dodgers nor the Diamondbacks would be in position for a wild card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves would play in the wild card game.

“I think that it’s a lot [harder] than saying you get to first place and you’re just going to leave everyone behind you,” manager Dave Roberts said.

The reality is that the Dodgers aren’t as good as they were last season. As much as Andrew Friedman’s front office was credited with building a team that reached the World Series, it’s undeniable that the group’s efforts were aided by a league-high payroll.

The Dodgers are now operating with a budget, the $197-million luxury-tax threshold.

They have something of a feast-or-famine lineup. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig were sidelined with injuries Sunday, but the Dodgers nonetheless started eight position players who averaged almost 19 home runs between them. Remove Manny Machado from the group, however, and the highest batting average entering the game was Joc Pederson’s .261.

If the Dodgers were criticized in previous seasons for constructing teams that were better suited for the regular season than the playoffs, the opposite is now the case.

But look, we ended up the weekend tied with the Diamondbacks, whom we can watch play the Phillies tonight at 6.40p (Arrieta (9-6, 3.32) vs. Godley (12-6, 4.46)). We may get back to outright first place by the end of the night, while we enjoy our first off-day since the All-Star break, before pitting Rich Hill against his former Sean Manaea and his former team.

And, Roberto Osuna didn't pitch this weekend, saving Osuna from inevitable boos, and allowing the Astros to postpone heralding the further erosion of any possible integrity for another day. So that's a win, I suppose.

Lest you fall down the Dylan Hernandez rabbit hole, I should remind you that Baseball Prospectus' playoff odds have the Dodgers at a 62.1% chance to win the division, with the Diamondbacks at 29.0%. We still wield the World Series of any NL team (13.3%), trailing only Houston (17.0%) in the majors.

Ah yes, Houston. I'm hoping we don't have to see them again this year, as this series didn't give me a lot of hope. But we move on.

Let's lick our wounds and get cracking on the divisional title, boys.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Series Thread (Games 111-113): 8/3-5 vs Fuckin Assholes

Fri, 7p: Alex Wood vs Justin Verlander
Sat, 6p: Kenta Maeda vs Lance McCullers Jr.
Sun, 1p: Walker Buehler vs Gerrit Cole

These fuckin assholes again.

Thanks Orel for the post; UPDATE from Sax (6:37p):

Well, last night was the first time I'd been to the stadium in a long time, and it was really cathartic to be there for that 21-5 explosion over the Brewers. I'd been filled with hangover dread for a lot of this season, having gone to a number of games early on (when we were falling nine back of the NL West lead), and the team looked like it hadn't yet overcome that bitter World Series loss from last year. Neither had I, for that matter.

Last night, for me, set the Dodgers rejuvenated. Not only did we re-take the division lead and now sit a game ahead of Arizona and two games ahead of Colorado, in first place--but the trade deadline moves to pick up Manny Machado (what an arm!) and Brian Dozier (two HR in three games now ties the season output from his successor, Logan Forsythe), but it was a full beatdown of a decent team vying for the lead in its own division. We made the Brewers look like chumps last night, Christian Yelich and his hometown fan club (who sat a couple levels up, behind me) notwithstanding (local boy Yelich was pretty great last night, to be fair).

And here come the Astros again, still playing with racist idiots, but now recently fortified with a player suspended by the league for an alleged domestic violence incident. This, from an organization that earlier cited its "zero-tolerance" policy on domestic violence. Uh huh.

The Astros are worthy of your hate. Let's hope we didn't use all of our offense in Thursday's game.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Careful What You Axford: Dodgers Add RP & Dozier

Also: Farewell, Logie Bear! We had some good WS memories.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Series Thread (Games 103-106): 7/26-29 @ Barves

What we missed last series.

Thurs 4:35 PM Rich Hill vs Anibal Sanchez
Fri 4:35 PM Clayton Kershaw vs Mike Foltynewicz
Sat 4:10 PM Alex Wood vs Sean Newcomb
Sun 10:35 AM Ross Stripling vs Julio Teheran

Puig's back, which can only help...? I know the win stat is bullshit but it'd still be nice to see Kershaw get one someday. Will Muncy wind up with more rookie-season HRs than Bellinger? And how did we not have a "Max Muncy" label until now?

Friday, July 20, 2018

Series Thread (Games 97-99): 7/20-22 @ Brewers

Oh yeahhhhhh.

Fri, 5:10p: Rich Hill vs Wade Miley
Sat, 4:10p Clayton Kershaw vs Chase Anderson
Sun, 11:10a Alex Wood vs Brent Suter

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mannywood! Part Deux


It's gratifying to see the front office do something after passing on Giancarlo Stanton and Yu "Bullet Dodged" Darvish during the offseason. And they still manage to stay under their precious luxury tax threshold. Now we have a better chance of losing to an AL team in the World Series!

graphic: ESPN.com

Monday, July 09, 2018

Series Thread (Games 90-93): 7/9-12 @ Pads

Your starting nine!

Mon, 7p: Clayton Kershaw vs Luis Perdomo
Tues, 7p: Rich Hill vs Eric Lauer
Wed, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Joey Lucchesi
Thurs, 7p: Ross Stripling vs Tyson Ross

Guys, I don't know who the Dodgers are anymore. Are they the trainwreck of April? The monster of June? The powerhouse that swept the Pirates? Or the helpless kittens who dropped two of three to the Angels? Anyhoo, the Padres are usually good for what ails us...let's see which Dodger team shows up.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Series Thread (Games 87-89): 7/6-8 @ Halos

Fri, 7p: Kenta Maeda vs Felix Pena
Sat, 4p: Ross Stripling vs Deck McGuire
Sun, 5p: Alex Wood vs Andrew Heaney

Monday, July 02, 2018

Series Thread (Games 84-86): 7/2-4 vs Bucs

Mon, 7p: Alex Wood vs Nick Kingham DODGERS 17 (!!!), PIRATES 1
Tues, 7p: Ivan Nova vs Clayton Kershaw
Wed, 5p: Joe Musgrove vs Rich Hill

Sunday, July 01, 2018

LeBron? LeBron! LEBRON!!!

Paul who??? Welcome to the Lakers, LeBron!

graphic: ESPN

Friday, June 29, 2018

Series Thread (Games 81-83): 6/29-7/1 vs Rox

Fri, 7:10p: Rich Hill vs Tyler Anderson
Sat, 4:15p: Kenta Maeda vs German Marquez (on Fox)
Sun, 1:10p: Chad Bettis vs Ross Stripling

What happened to the Rockies? After finishing March through May with a 30-26 record and landing in first place, they've gone 9-16 in June and dropped to fourth. The Dodgers have trended in the opposite direction and find themselves 3.5 behind those pesky Snakes, who they don't face again until the end of August.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Series Thread (Games 77-80): June 25-28 vs Cubs

The Cubs' last visit to Dodger Stadium.

Mon 6/25 7p: Maeda vs. Underwood Jr. LAD 2, CHC 1; Maeda 9 Ks; Hernandez HR; Taylor PH HR
Tue 6/26 7p: Stripling vs. Lester
Wed 6/27 7p: Wood vs. Hendricks
Thu 6/28 12p WTF is up with this game time: Kershaw vs. Quintana

Our last series against the CUbs, last week, was a bummer: Monday postponement game turned into a doubleheader Game 1 win, but the Dodgers lost the nightcap, and then dropped the series with a 0-4 shutout on Wednesday. Sure, sweeping the LOLMets this weekend might be a bit of a boost (and the Cubs were swept in a four-game series in Cincinnati). But as we sit six games above .500 and 2.5 games back of the Diamondbacks, this is the best test of mettle that we'll have before the All-Star Game.

I hope JT's game-winning HR yesterday augurs a power comeback for Red Turn 2!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Series Thread (Games 74-76): 6/22-24 @ Mets


More to come!
We swept the Mets that's all you need to know!

6/22: LAD 5, NYM 2: Bellinger grand slam
6/23: LAD 8, NYM 3: Kemp PH grand slam
6/24: LAD 8, NYM 7 (11): Dodgers hit seven HR (Hernandez 2, Bellinger 2, Muncy, Pederson, and Turner in extras)

photo and edits from Sax
but that first line is all Orel baby

Monday, June 18, 2018

Series Thread (Games 71-73): June 18-20 @ Cubs

Memories: Our last visit to Wrigley Field.

Monday 6/18 5p Tuesday 6/19 9a: Maeda (4-4, 3.61) vs. Chatwood (3-5, 4.12) LAD 4, CHC 3; Kyle Farmer wins it in the ninth
Tuesday 6/19 5p: Hill (1-2. 6.30) vs. Montgomery (2-2. 3.31)
Wednesday 6/20 11.20a: Stripling (6-1, 1.76) vs. Lester (8-2, 2.28)

The Dodgers are rolling, having not lost a series in their last nine series (8-0-1), climbing back to 1.5 games behind Arizona with a 37-33 record. But the Cubs are also gaining momentum in their chase with Milwaukee, where they're only a half-game back and a much more formidable 40-28 record.

But we haven't seen this team since...oh yeah. And remember this guy? Well, he's on the DL and won't be pitching this series. And his replacement, whom we'll see Saturday, is complicating plans for Darvish's return.

A win in this series would portend great things before traveling to New York for the LOLMets, and then coming back home for four straight against this Cubs team again. Let's see if we can put our opponents in their cubby holes.

UPDATE 6/18 5p: The weather isn't cooperating for this first game, however (and Kris Bryant looks pretty bad in shorts; see below). No start time announced as of yet.