Monday, May 16, 2011

T-Jax on Dodger Bats: 'Lifeless'

Andre Ethier does his best imitation of the Dodgers' offense.

The Dodgers are getting desperate at the plate, but is anyone surprised? Having stronger pitching than hitting has always been the Dodger way. A lack of hitting prospects — turns out Jerry Sands is not the answer — limits the Dodgers' options. But don't worry — Frank says we're doing great!

AP photo

27 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

I'm not giving up on Sands. The kid barely had a cup of coffee in the minor leagues and is being called on to fill some huge offensive gaps. Time will tell, but from what I've noted he's capable of some disciplined at bats and clearly has some power lurking. Meaning, he's not James Loney.

Josh S. said...

That's a terrible impression. He's on base.

rbnlaw said...

Free James Loney: just be caller number 7 to claim your prize.

Josh S. said...

@DB: It seems like the masses haven't given up on Sands either. The crowd reaction to him yesterday when he had an opportunity to tie it up was HUGE. Sure, he didn't get the job done, but a lot of people believed he could.

Neeebs said...

Sands is trying to punch everything to the right side. I've yet to see him pull a ball.

He's shown no power since the call up.

I'd say send him down for some more seasoning. It can't be worse.

Dusty Baker said...

Were you at the Yard yesterday, Josh?

Did you get a kids' Loney BP jersey? If so, you need to send us a picture of you wearing it.

Josh S. said...

@DB: Nah, the reaction came though on the ol' TV box.

I thought about taking Luke to get a jersey, but I kinda want him to have loftier aspirations.

Fred's Brim said...

Agreed on Sands and his at bats - I was furious when they pinch hit Dinner for him in the game on Saturday. It was obviously a matchup thing because Dinner switch hits, but Jerry wouldn't K on three pitches

Pistol Pete Reiser said...

Sands'll be alright. We're asking a LOT of him, and we're all feeling desperate - it's really a shitty spot for him to be in.

The power will come, and the average will get better. I continue to have hope.

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, PPR.

Dusty Baker said...

Ps-

Karina, I've now more than outdone myself in terms of remaining positive for the day. I now can move on to surlier pursuits in the GT.

Fred's Brim said...

Why can't we hit at home? Or a better question might be how are we hitting at all on the road?

Look at these ridiculous splits!

Can we sell the rest of our home games? It may be our best chance

Dusty Baker said...

Look at these ridiculous splits, too!

http://tinyurl.com/3rcv3fb

Josh S. said...

That's nothing! You should see our "1988/All Years Since" World Series title splits.

Neeebs said...

^LOL

rbnlaw said...

Bingo!


BTW, those were some cunning stunts, DB!

Steve Sax said...

hilarious splits riffs, you guys

Neeebs said...

Since we are splitting.

A change of avatar is in order.

Neeebs said...

@RBN:

I had to read, "cunning stunts" over again, because my brain was reading something else.

rbnlaw said...

Wash yer mind, Neeebs!

Or is it your split personality getting the better of you?

Dusty Baker said...

Wash yer hair, TIMMEH!

Dusty Baker said...

Just reading some headlines from around the league. Noted this one:

Theriot playing through defensive slump

My god, not only is he the chief LHWG, he's also a LFWG (Light Fielding White Guy) these days. If he were still on the the Dodgers, we might just cease to exist in space and time.

Dusty Baker said...

^ and without running any numbers, I'm going to go ahead and make the assumption that Theriot is also fighting through an offensive slump at this time, but that the reporter judged that to be a "Dog bites man" story line unworthy of demanding column inches.

Neeebs said...

^If he were still on the Dodgers he would be a team leader.

Dusty Baker said...

Heh. True, Neeebs.

Then the requisite:

(cries)

Neeebs said...

I thought we move the requisite (cries) to the more appropriate (barfs)

Dusty Baker said...

(choffs)