Friday, June 14, 2024

Games 71-73 Thread: June 14-16 vs. Royals

Here's another time we had royals at Dodger Stadium.

Fri 6.14 7p: Stone vs. Ragans
Sat 6.15 6p: Yamamoto vs. Lugo
Sun 6.16 1p: Glasnow vs. Singer

Putting up a quick Game Thread as I'll be traveling this weekend. It's really disappointing to have dropped that series to Texas after opening of can of whupass in Game 1, only to watch the bats go incredibly silent for the last two games.

Cavan Biggio is not the answer, by the way.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Post-Game 69 Thread: Blowing Through Stop Sign, Pages Loses Game

RANGERS 3, DODGERS 2

Watching the play in isolation, it was maddening to see Dodgers rookie Andy Pages blow right through Coach Dino Ebel's stop sign and try to score from first on the bottom-nine Jason Heyward double to right-center.

Heyward laced a shot to the gap that was misplayed by the center fielder, scoring Will Smith from second base to make it 3-2 Texas. But it didn't look deep enough to justify the baserunning boldness of Pages, and when Pages was thrown out at the plate by a good distance, it seemed like a pretty stupid decision to try and stretch his run by 90 feet. It wasn't very close at home, and Pages cost us the game.

That said, it could be argued that Pages had already overachieved by even earning the two-out walk to get on base in the first place, so maybe we were playing with house money.

And with the nine-hole coming up next, it wasn't like Cavan Biggio, let alone any others in our expansive cast of shitty utility player benchwarmers, was going to get a game-tying RBI single after that point. But at least we would have still been alive.

At the end of the day, Pages should have known better than to take it upon himself to chance it, especially after making another baserunning blunder against the Yankees last weekend. He can't turn into the next Yasiel Puig on the basepaths.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts shielded Pages from criticism, but here's hoping he took Pages aside and told him this can't happen again.

At least I left the game early, so I didn't have to see this mess in person.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Dodgers Address Bottom-of-Lineup Woes By Picking Up .200 BA, .614 OPS Hitter

Welcome back stateside, Cavan!

The Dodgers just dealt double-A reliever Braydon Fisher to the Blue Jays, to pick up Toronto castoff Cavan Biggio.

Biggio was recently designated for assignment by the Blue Jays, a surprising move, even considering his numbers. The 29-year-old, drafted by the Blue Jays back in 2016, was batting .200 with a .614 OPS, and some redundancy had developed with the Blue Jays’ roster depth. In L.A., Biggio will have a great opportunity to re-establish himself as a versatile bench piece to support a stacked lineup. [...]

Coming up as a prospect, Biggio was paired alongside Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, a trio of second-generation players who carried the hopes of a fan base. Some of these expectations were unfairly hoisted upon Biggio, which is the nature of having a famous last name, but Biggio has handled the good and bad days admirably. Throughout his tenure in Toronto, Biggio earned respect throughout the organization, making the past week’s decisions difficult for those involved.

I know Biggio is a left-handed bat (and, apparently, the last Blue Jay to hit for they cycle, in September 2019). But picking up a 80 OPS+ guy (career 101 OPS+, so basically average) doesn't seem like it would be a huge benefit to solve that issue. Unless we're looking at Chris Taylor, still struggling with a negaitve OPS+ (-9 this season; Taylor is also right on average with a career 102 OPS+).

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Games 68-70 Thread: June 11-13 vs. Rangers

Dan Hurley, also not in the running to be new Dodgers manager

Tue 6.11 Paxton vs. TBD Dunning
Wed 6.12 Buehler vs. TBD
Thu 6.13 Yamamoto vs. TBD
All games 7p

Winning two out of three over the YankMes on the road should be cause for celebration, I suppose. But let's remember that we didn't see Juan Soto in their lineup, nor did we see Gerrit Cole in their rotation. So I'm not going to get too excited here.

I might get excited if we can dispatch the defending World Champion Rangers, even if they're 5.5 games behind the AL West-leading Mariners (Dodgers still have a 7.5-game lead over the .500 Padres), and they're a sub-.500 team this year.

I'm going to the game Wednesday night, probably to see another shaky start from Walker Buehler, who is clearly still finding his form. Hey, at least we've named our three pitchers for this series by now.

UPDATE 6/12 11p: Yamamoto's start pushed back a couple of days.

photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Friday, June 07, 2024

Games 65-67 Thread: June 7-9 @ Yankees

Fri 6.7 4p: Yamamoto vs. Poteet
Sat 6.8 4.30p: Stone vs. Cortes
Sun 6.9 4p: Glasnow vs. Gil

Baseball royalty will be on stage this weekend, with arguably two of the top three teams in the majors this year, battling it out in the Bronx. The Yankees enter the series with an eight-game win streak, but might be without the services of slugger Juan Soto, who exited Thursday's game with forearm discomfort.

The Dodgers have plenty of discomfort of their own, what with hordes of players on the injured list, not to mention smarting from two shutdown losses in Pittsburgh to start out this road trip. Sure, Thursday's 11-7 victory was nice, but what should have been a coast to an easy victory (the Dodgers were up 3-0 after three batters, thanks to a Freddie Freeman HR) instead got precarious, thanks to another shaky start by Walker Buehler, an uncharacteristic three runs allowed by Evan Phillips, and yet another Chris Taylor hitless day (to be fair, Taylor thankfully didn't start the game).

So I'm not feeling very good about entering the lions' den here this weekend. The way we're playing, I think we only take one of the three games.

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

Games 62-64 Thread: June 4-6 @ Pirates

Tues 6.4: Glasnow vs. Jones
Wed 6.5: Paxton vs. Skenes
Thu 6.6: Buehler vs. Falter
All games 3.40p

Paul Skenes is the hottest young prospect in baseball today, with a wicked 100 mph fastball that has the young Pirates pitcher referenced to Stephen Strasburg. And Skenes, from Fullerton CA, is worthy of the hype: after a late call-up likely due to service time manipulation, Skenes has gone 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and has 30Ks in 22 innings.

And seriously, when you watch these highlights of Skenes shutting down the Cubs at Wrigley Field with some wicked movement, it's pretty impressive (from May 17, 2024):

It's too bad we won't have Max Muncy in the lineup, as Muncy is one of the few guys in the Dodgers' lineup who hunts fastballs. We'll see if the rest of the guys can keep up, but I'm guessing the bottom of our order goes pretty quickly.

Skenes is also known for being boyfriend to LSU gymnast (and NCAA champion) Olivia Dunne, who has a large social media following on multiple platforms. I'm sure this Wednesday game against the Dodgers will get the requisite amount of hype. We'll see how James Paxton (still undefeated at 5-0, with a 3.29 ERA) holds up under the pressure.

Oh yeah, and there are two other games bookending the Skenes showdown.

photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo / Getty Images

Monday, June 03, 2024

Checking In On James Outman

The Dodgers' 2024 Opening Day center fielder was demoted to the minors on May 17. And since then, happy to say, Tarzan has been bringing his moribund bat back to life.

Outman, now playing for AAA Oklahoma City, is 15-for-42 with two doubles and three home runs, batting .357 with an OPS of 1.161. That is awesome news, especially given the bottom of the Dodgers' order is still challenged. Here's a recent tweet from OKC:

Here's some of the highlights:

Congrats to Outman, and maybe we can see him back up with the Dodgers soon. And perhaps Chris Taylor would consider a OKC stint to get his own bat back in order?

The Pablo Sandoval Cake GIF

I don't know why, but I just thought of this classic gif tonight. Man, this thing still cracks me up.

Scoreboard Watching (June 3, 2024): Other NL West Games

Reds' Abbott @ Rockies' Feltner, 5.40p
Padres' Waldron vs. Angels' Andreson, 6.38p
Giants' TBD vs. D'backs' Nelson, 6.40p

The Dodgers enter Monday with a 6.5-game lead on the Padres, a 8.5-game lead on the Giants, and a 10-game lead on the Snakes. Oh, and a 15.5-game lead on the Rockies.

But even though the Dodgers are the only idle NL West team today, it's always good to keep an eye out on the rest of the NL West, even if they're all in the rear view mirror. (There are some other good games on tap tomorrow, including Brewers @ Phillies (TBD vs. Wheeler, 3.40p) and Orioles @ Blue Jays (Rodriguez vs. Gausman, 4p).

My Mom Got The Tyler Glasnow Bobblehead, And Apparently, Glasnow Is Into Graffiti Art

I mean, I get the whole manga box art on the Shohei Ohtani bobblehead. But this just seems a little weird.