Kershaw vs Trout

  
It was a hot day, humidity at 89%.  I was prepared for a miserable time.  It was a day game.  It is well known that I hate day games.  I think they scheduled two in a row to punish me.

  I was surprised to see some of the pitchers on the field tossing the ball.  
  Clayton was already out there stretching.  He has had a little more time between starts because of a sore hip.  
  I’m still not familiar with some of the new players.
  Meet Jim Johnson, one of the new relief pitchers.  He’s very tall.
  And meet Luis Avilan, another new relief pitcher
I told Donnie Mattingly I missed Mike Bolsinger.  He looked at me and told me he hadn’t been gone that long.  Sigh. He just doesn’t understand!!!

  I went up to the club to eat.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a French toast bar.  I love French toast.  This is the bananas Foster French toast.  It was yummy.
  The chef was pleased that I was enjoying the product of his labors.
  Orel Hersheiser was interviewing Jim Johnson on Sportsnet
  Yaz walked down the field as usual with his pink drink and gear.
  and worked out 
  with Clayton
  
  
  
  Austin Barnes signed a few autographs.  AJ is slated to come off of DL on Tuesday so Austin is probably going back down to Triple A.  Say hi to Barney and Mike for me.
  Kike came out amidst cheers
  and showed how flexible he really is.  Wow!
  
  
I think Andre sees me

  Scotty and Kike.  Kike and Yasiel took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge that morning.  His hair still looks wet.
  And then Scotty took a nap.

  while Kike continued working out
  Yaz and Clayton walked down the field.  
  Jimmy had a chat with the enemy prior to the game.
  Brett Anderson watched from the dugout
  Alex came out to the field to work out.  No one signed autographs.  I told my friend Veronica that I had only seen Kike come to the side to sign when she was there.  Hmmmm. There is some sort of connection there. She loves Kike and Zack Greinke.
  And then the first pitch
  It was pretty much one of those pitching duels that is actually pretty boring.  The duel was between Andrew Heaney who has a 5-0 record and our ace Clayton.  Heaney was a Dodger for half a minute before being traded. Scioscia came out to argue strikes.  He’s frustrated with his players’ offense against good pitchers. They have a 5 game losing streak.

  And Clayton continued his brilliant pitching
In the bottom of the 6th, there was finally some action.  Howie Kendrick scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Scotty Van Slyke.  1-0.

 Until then I spent most of the time feeling hot and watching the clouds

  
  and getting ice cream.  I persuaded the chef into making me a sundae with the ingredients from the Bananas Foster.  So good!
  Yaz hit a homerun in the bottom of the 6th also scoring Adrian. 3-0. 
 The fans came to life.

  Everyone was interested in the matchup of MVP Clayton and MVP Mike Trout.  
  Mike had a disappointing day against Clayton.  
  It looked like Clayton was going to pitch the 9th to complete the game but the righty lefty thing came into play. Kenley came out to finish the game off.  Kenley has been fighting a virus.  He walked two and then Pujols was able to hit a base hit.
  That base hit scored David Murphy making the score 3-1.
  It brought the guys and pitching coach to the mound to discuss what Kenley should pitch next.
  I think this Angels fan has a conflict of interest
  We beat the Angels again with the same lineup as Friday with the final score 3-1.
  
  We were all happy.
Sunday’s game is another day game, again with the Angels.  The matchup will include our new pitcher Matt Latos.  It will be his debut as a Dodger.  I hope it goes well.  Apparently he was the management’s first choice.  The Angels Wilson may be out for the rest of the season.  The Angels will send Rasmus out who has a record of 0-0 and an ERA of 0.0.  Interesting.

Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!  I hope I don’t melt in the sun.  

Greinke and the Angels

  It was a beautiful night.  The sunset was gorgeous.  The evening temperature was mild.  I was ready for a good game.  
I usually am nervous on days the Dodgers play against the Angels.  They are always a tough team to beat.  Fear Mike Trout who doesn’t seem human.  Fear Mike Scioscia who is a fantastic coach.

  
I knew there would be several new faces that I would have to learn.  Here are two:  Jim Johnson and Lus Avilan, new relief pitchers.   I’ve heard that all the new players are happy to be Dodgers.  That always helps when there is no moping and crying about being traded.  My friend was waiting to see Shane Victorino who very recently became an Angel.  He never appeared.

  Two familiar faces: Clayton with his sore hip and Brett Anderson
  I went back up to the club to eat.  The salads included my favorite loaded macaroni salad.  It must be the bacon crumbles.  The other salads were the grilled Ojai salad with candied walnuts, endive, baby spinach, pickled red onions topped with cider vinaigrette.  The salad to the right is the pozole salad with hominy, cabbage, breakfast radish cilantro (hope it wasn’t grown in Mexico) Fresno chilies which gave it an amazing spicy taste, topped with citrus vinaigrette, and tortilla strips.  The pozole salad was the in seat special.  I didn’t mind having it twice.
  The food was amazing. The red wine marinated chicken was delicious. It was in a white bean cassoulet with bacon, black kale, orange zest and walnut oil.  Everyone commented on the Ventura Coast potato gratin which had garlic chives, thyme, Sabastapol Farms cheese and triple cream. The BBQ spiced turkey meatloaf also was special.  It must have been the mustard BBQ sauce.
  Yaz stretching on the field.  He seems very flexible.  
  Zack warming up
  It must be very different at home with the new baby.  His focus seems to be a little off.  And do I detect a smile once in a while? Nah.
  Scotty Van Slyke started in left field.  He has been recovering from a sore neck.  Justin Turner has an infection on his right thigh which started as an ingrown hair supposedly.  It’s weird he would be put on 15 day DL for that unless it was one of those nasty abscesses that has to be drained and packed.  Hopefully he gets better soon.
  Kike joined him on the field.  I love watching Kike.  He always seems to be having fun.  I noticed some bananas in the stands.
  Shemar Moore of “Criminal Minds” practiced throwing the first pitch.  He is one of my favorite actors so it was nice to see him on the field.
  

Scotty and Kike

 
I saw Jim Johnson again and Alex Wood during the National Anthem.  There’s Luis Avilan behind Jim Johnson.  They look comforable in their Dodger blue.  I heard that Alex Wood was excited about being a Dodger.  That’s nice to hear.

  Yaz and Zack walked down the field.  I wonder what Yaz puts in his avita to make it pink.  Whatever it is, he drinks it before every game.
  The Good Year blimp flew overhead.  I heard that they were going to retire it soon.  I think it’s been flying since I was a child.  Maybe it is time to retire it.
  
The coaches and the umpires.  I always wonder why the umpires always rule against the Dodgers.  And why is their idea of strike zone so erratic with the Dodger pitchers?  I know I saw Adrian and Kike arguing about some of the strikes called.  Those two rarely argue anything.   And I didn’t realize Mike Scioscia was so tall.

  Zack did his little ritual around the pitchers mound
  First pitch
  I was all set with my usual in seat food:  bases loaded nachos, the baseline special, melon cup, 2 diet cokes and water.  What you don’t see is the Dodger Dog.  I don’t want to look greedy.  You can see my view of the field.
  
We didn’t have to wait long for Howie to smash a home run.  It happened in the first inning.

  Nice way to start off the game…with a lead.  1-0.  And the Dodgers were never behind.
Mike Trout tripled scoring Kole Calhoun in the 4th inning. Calhoun is another dangerous Angel.  1-1.  I thought, oh no, here we go again.  

  Then Alex Guerrero homered scoring Yaz.
  
  The score was then 3-1.  I was starting to feel a little more secure knowing that the Dodgers were hitting.  There are those days when they just don’t have it offensively.
  Yasiel singled in the 5th inning, scoring Scotty.  I was so tired of hearing all that Puig bashing.  Now that he is hitting, those fair weather fans are loving him again.
  
The score was then 4-1.

  Yaz singled in the 5th as well scoring Yasiel. 5-1.  I was getting that winning feeling.  Sheesh.  Am I catching everyone with their fingers in their noses including the umpires.  When I say candid shots, I guess I mean candid shots.  
In the 6th inning that super human Mike Trout singled scoring the other super human on the Angels Kole Calhoun.  5-2.  

  In the 9th inning the super fish finally did hit that home run we were all anticipating but against Kenley.  Kenley has allowed a few homeruns but none of those homeruns cost us  a game.  The score inched a little closer 5-3.  The Angels never did get an offensive storm started.  Thank goodness.  It was mainly a Mike Trout-Kole Calhoun show which I think most of the Angels games are.  If you take the Trout-Calhoun combo out, what do you have?
  There was a little discussion with Rick Honeycutt the pitching coach and Yaz after the homerun.  Geeez coach, it is Mike Trout!!!
  But ultimately the Dodgers were victorious.  That’s Austin Barnes to the far left.  Actually far left is Jon SooHoo, the photographer.  Then there is Lopes, McCarthy, Anderson, Joc.  I think that is AJ congratulating Adrian to the right.
  Another victory picture of the guys.  These are my favorite pictures to take.  Aha there’s my jacket…I have yet to wear it.  It’s been too hot.
The rest of the games with the Angels this weekend are day games.  Ugh.  You’ll have to listen to me complaining endlessly about the heat.  It’s expected to be in the 80’s and 90’s with 89% humidity.  That does not make for a fun game.  Clayton Kershaw will be pitching Saturday so the game should be quick  providing that he pitches far into the game.  The opposing pitcher will be Heaney who was a Dodger for half a minute. His record is 5-0 with a 1.79.  After I saw that, I wondered why he wasn’t kept when we needed another pitcher so desperately before the trading began.   They gave Kershaw an extra day of rest.  This may be good but sometimes it isn’t good to throw the pitchers off their routine.  Kershaw is one player who definitely has a routine.  Having been scratched twice, he is definitely off his routine.  Not sure who will pitch Sunday but possibly it will be Brett Anderson or even Matt Latos.  Alex Wood will have his Dodger  debut on the road.

I have to admit I really miss Mike Bolsinger.  I understand that baseball is a business and it was inevitable that he would go back down to Triple A after the trades, but it didn’t make it any easier.  All my friends have assured me that he will probably be back up before the end of the season.  He knew that his days were numbered and he as always was taking it well.  I remember the tattoo on his arm….Live For the Moment.   I’m with you, my friend.  You made my moments with you very special.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be posting after the game today so be prepared for some whining and crying about how hot and miserable I was.   GO DODGERS!!!

  

Trade Deadline

It’s Friday.  There were great expectations of a Cole Hamels, a David Price, of expected excitement.  Instead we have Matt Latos.  At least, they say, we didn’t have to give up any prospects.  At least we can look forward to next season because we didn’t give much up.

To be honest, it was Matt Latos from the Marlins and Alex Wood from the Braves.  How about Bronson Arroyo who will be on DL another year.  Also thrown in were Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan as relievers in the bullpen.  All are solid pitchers.

Unfortunately that’s not really what LA fans want.  We clamor for a little excitement.  We desire the heady thrill of a Manny Ramirez where we can smell the victory of the playoffs.  No one can deny the exhilaration we felt when Ned Coletti pulled off the magic act….Manny for almost no money.  It fired up the clubhouse.  

We are getting pitchers who will do the job.  Maybe not the best of the lot but those who can at least get us through 7 innings.  But is that what we really want?

Latos is expected to start on Sunday.  We’ll see.  He is fresh off DL.  A new face.  He is not an unproven talent from triple A.  

It’s a little sad for Mike Bolsinger.  He has been pushed out of the starting rotation and will find out his fate today.  He will either end up as a long reliever in the bullpen or else he will be back in triple A.  The management has told him that he did everything he was supposed to.  It wasn’t his fault.  His ERA is good.  He kept the Dodgers in the game.  He has a winning record but still he was pushed out.  I have to be greatful he wasn’t released or DFA’d.

  
The above is taken by Jon SooHoo.  May the force be with him.

Thanks for stopping by.  The Dodgers begin a freeway series Friday with the Angels.  GO DODGERS!!

When You Thought All Was Lost

  It was a strange night to be sure.  It was Yasiel Puig bobblehead night.  Clayton Kershaw was supposed to be the starting pitcher but he had a sore hip.  Or maybe he wanted to have an edge for the much anticipated ping pong tournament Thursday night.  There always is some sort of healthy competition between Zack and Clayton.  Mike Bolsinger took over as starting pitcher with a nights notice.   They did not announce the change until very close to the game which left me wondering whether to wear my Kershaw shirt or my Bolsinger shirt.  Everyone was wondering whether the Dodger management would finally acquire a much needed starting pitcher.  There were rumors, info leaked too early.  The trade deadline is Friday.  The moon seemed to be full which made for a strange feeling.
  The first player I saw was Kike Hernandez which is significant. You will see later in this blog why.
  Lisa, one of my good friends, was making sure all the fans were where they were supposed to be.  Nothing gets by her.  Uh hi Lisa.
  Austin Barnes scooted by.  It’s ok with Lisa.  He was on the field.
  I decided to go into the club and eat since nothing seemed to be going on.  The fare was grilled squash melange, herbed crusted tilapia, teriyaki glaze pork loin.
  The salad was a repeat of Tuesday, delicious again.
  I came back to the field and saw that Ned Coletti was being interviewed.  My first thought was that he should never have been replaced.  He would already have found a starting pitcher and probably would have gotten him for almost nothing.  I have great respect for him.
  I was eagerly waiting for a glimpse of Mike Bolsinger.  I knew he would be coming when I saw Yasmani walking across the field with his equipment and his pink drink.
  Sure enough Mike appeared but was closely followed by  camera guy so he was distracted and didn’t see me.
  Yaz and Mike stretching
  more stretching
  Yaz has a little ritual.
  Then Mike threw a few warm up pitches, maybe they were pretend pitches.  I don’t see anyone catching.
   
   He’s amazing to watch.  I’ll have to ask him if his arm is sore after throwing 90+ pitches.
  Someone was signing autographs.  Zach Lee.  He still hasn’t been sent back down.  Someone had to identify him for me.  I had no idea what he looked like.
  and then Puig arrived amid a lot of cheers…haha the fans are so freaking fickle
  He stretched a little but of course seemed a little distracted. His mama was on the field.
  Joc having a conversation with the enemy
  Yasiel’s mom threw out the first pitch.  What a wonderful lady she is.
  
  Mike and Yaz
  And then the moment that Mike and I saw each other.  He waved and smiled.  Now my day is complete.
  First pitch.  My heart was pounding.
  strike
  It was a good game for Mike.  He was taken out in the fifth because of high pitch count but when he left, the Dodgers were ahead.  Yaaay Mike.
  

It started in the bottom of the first inning.  Andre singled Howie in.  1-0.
  
I always wonder what these guys chit chat about and why are they smiling?

The A’s caught up in the top of the 4th. 1-1.

  and with Andre on base, Yasiel did what we all wanted him to do on his bobblehead night.
  Go Puig!
  He blasted a two run homerun. 3-1.  We were all ecstatic.  All I could think of was the negativity of all those Puig haters.  So now they will love him for half a minute.
The A’s scored again in the 5th making the game closer,  3-2.

They took Mike out solely because of his pitch count.  He did a great job.  JP came to the mound.

The A’s were able to score 2 on a single by Brett Lawrie making the score 3-4.  I was devastated.  For someone to score against JP is unusual. 

In the top of the 7th inning, the A’s scored again with another 2 run single making the score 3-6.  The Dodgers have not been good at coming from behind.  I thought there might be a chance since they have been hitting well in this game.  But 3 runs???

In the bottom of the 7th Adrian doubled bringing Scott Van Slyke in. 4-6.  The game was becoming interesting again.

  
  Yaz hit a crazy long bunt down the third base side which rolled to a stop fair scoring Howie. 5-6.
The Dodgers were creeping along.  No long ball.  

  The A’s were perplexed.  How could that ball roll fair??
  Then Kike was up to pinch hit. Kike has been great in a clutch.  It must be the bananas.  Someone should have told the A’s not to wear so much yellow because you can tell Kike was fired up.
  He doubled scoring Adrian and Yaz.
  
  The score was 7-6.  Kike came through again!
  There were high fives all around.
   
 Yasiel singled Kike in but was out on second after it was challenged by the A’s. 8-6.  The Dodgers rarely win in any challenge.

 Jimmy and Callaspo scored on a Howie Kendrick single making the score 10-6 going into the 9th inning.
  Kenley came out to finish the job.  Many fans already had gone home because the game was long.  Kenley allowed a solo homerun making the final score 10-7.
  
  
  I didn’t see Mike in the celebration at the end of the game.  He was responsible for keeping the Dodgers in the game through the fifth inning.  He was probably chilling or maybe sleeping.
It was a game that left everyone feeling happy.  The Dodgers are still in first place by 1/2 game.  They get a day off, some going to the ping pong tournament for charity, a Kershaw pet project.  I’m not going because I have to work and the cost was a little high…$1000 if you just want to watch.  It is for charity.  

Kershaw will pitch on Friday.  Hopefully his hip will be better.  Hopefully he wins the ping pong tournament since he will be in a better mood. The Angels will be in town.  I dread the weekend series because Saturday and Sunday will be day games.  I hate day games.  There is a heat wave so I expect 80’s and 90’s.  It’s oppressive when you are in the direct heat.

By Friday we will see if the trades have gone through.  It was assumed that the Dodgers would get Matt Latos but the whole thing fell through pending medical.  Meanwhile Hamels went to the Rangers last night. There are unsubstantiated rumors about Wood, Urias, Price.  Anything goes.  But after the homerun by Puig last night, I haven’t heard anyone demanding that he be traded.  “Fans” are just so fickle.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope the Dodgers get some rest.  See everyone soon.  

 

Day One 

  It was nice being back at Dodger Stadium.  It’s been about 16 days since the last game.  I was going through serious Dodger withdrawal.
  I was less than happy about the line to get in for early batting practice.  It wasn’t even a giveaway day.  I’m dreading Wednesday’s game which is Yasiel Puig bobblehead day.  Bobblehead giveaway days bring the worst fans.  The sold out games are terrible.  Tuesday’s game attendance was over 50,000+ which is not a sellout but makes for a crowded stadium.
  My Dodgers were out there.  It was batting practice as usual.  There’s Mike Bolsinger on the right.  I was happy to see him.  
  Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig waiting to take a few swings.  For some reason, I really love this picture.
  I have known Andre Ethier so long I recognize him by his stance, his swing, his walk.
  Swing!
  For some reason Kike always looks a little goofy.  He’s my good friend Veronica’s favorite player.  He actually gave her a hug.  It was definitely her day…she was on the jumbotron.  You go girl!!!
  Possibly the best pitcher in baseball Zack Greinke, Golden Glove and Cy Young award recipient.  Have to check out the fingernails but please don’t bite your nails.  That would be DL for sure.  He’s standing with Scott Van Slyke who was sidelined with a whiplash.  Those New York cabs!!!! Yikes!  I guess what they say is true about them.
  I really love Zack.  He’s the best all around athlete in the Dodger organization.  He can field and hit besides pitch.  I’m hoping he doesn’t opt out of his contract.
  

He  took a few pretend pitches which was fun to watch.   I wonder if he is getting any sleep with that new baby, Bode Nicholas.  I wonder if Wilsy minds.  FYI Wilsy is their much loved kitty.

  I guess Yaz likes the short hair
  Brett travels heavily on the way to the bullpen to practice.  He always carries an extra pair of shoes.
  He took a few practice pitches
  
He was a pleasant surprise.  He pitched well after an achilles injury.  The problem with Tuesday’s game was fantastic pitching by Sonny Gray, the A’s 24 year old pitcher.

I’m surprised that Dodger fans were in such an uproar about the hitting against Sonny Gray.  Actually the hitting was nonexistent.  The only way Dodgers got on base was through walks.  It doesn’t work when the Dodgers seem to be into the long ball rather than the small ball.  There is a reason that Gray’s record is 11-4.  He is phenomenal.  So I had to hear again how Donnie has to be fired.  That Mark the hitting coach should be fired.  Sheeeesh.  Can we just be happy that Anderson seems to be healthy?  The Dodgers have been slammed with the best pitchers the last few games.  These pitchers didn’t make any mistakes.

 

  
One thing I missed during the All Star Break was the food.  Tuesday’s fare of oregano and cumin spiced pork loin, kabocha squash and kidney bean casserole, arroz con Salchicha “rice and sausage” was fantastic.  I was starving for Dodger food!!  I pretty much live on ramen when I’m not at the stadium.

  The salad was outstanding..perfect for a summer day.  One of the salads was the baby gala apple arugula salad which is one of my favorites.  It was made up of rocket arugula, dried currant, cranberries, toasted pine nuts and minty yogurt dressing. The kale salad is made up of daikon, jicama, green onions, mandarin oranges and sesame ginger dressing.  Absolutely wonderful.  The iceberg chopped salad was a concoction of tomatoes, shallots, blue cheese crumbles and buttermilk dressing.  This salad was also the in-seat special.  It’s no wonder that Dodger Stadium has been named #1 vegetarian stadium by PETA.

  When I came back out to the field, Yasiel was warming up.  I heard that Zack Greinke doesn’t like him.  Is that unusual that two people who work in the same place don’t get along?  Everyone should understand that the Dodger organization is a business.  It seems moreso with the new ownership.  Yasiel and Zack come from different places, have different life styles.  They are not best friends.  So what.  I like both of them.  They definitely have different personalities.

  

Yasiel has been in the middle of trade rumors.  Everyone seems to deny that he is.  All I know is that some of the trades have come back to haunt us, notably Juan Uribe.  I get a sharp pang in my heart everytime I see him in another uniform.  Tell me again why he was traded.  I see Dee Gordon who is young, vital and wonderful.  I also see very few Dodger stolen bases this year.  Why again did he get traded?  For Howie, who probably will be gone next season?  Yasiel has had many clutch defensive plays even while in his offensive slump.  Do those count?  

  I really can’t stand those “fans” who continue to criticize Joc.  Did everyone forget he was an All Star in his rookie year and also came in second in the Homerun Derby?  He also is 23 years old.  There probably is not a better centerfielder.  There is not a more humble Dodger.

  It was Clipper night so Paul Pierce threw out the first pitch.

  Anderson made his way across the field by himself back to the dugout.  He always seems to have an armful of stuff.  He also seems to be in his own little world.

  Jimmy and Yasiel seem to have a lot to talk about.

  Anderson made the first pitch and that was about the end of the highlights for the Dodgers.

Sonny Gray threw a shutout.  Anderson only allowed 2 runs.  No run support.  The end.

  I did enjoy my ice cream.  It was good to be back at Dodger Stadium with my friends.  We were all missing each other.  

The trade deadline is nearing.  Rumor has it that the Phillies have marked Wednesday as the final day that they will look at offers for Cole Hamels.  The Dodgers have needed another starting pitcher.  This has been apparent since Ryu went on DL for the rest of the season.  They have experimented with several pitchers brought up from the minor league.  The only pitcher who has proven himself is Mike Bolsinger who has the most spin on his curve ball than any other pitcher. Through illness and injury, he has pitched his heart out. The battery of duo-aces Kershaw and Greinke, Mike Bolsinger and Brett Anderson lacks one more pitcher.  Rumor also is that our prospects are highly desired: Urias, Seagar, Lee.  The asking price is high.  I have yet to see that the new management can do better than Ned Coletti.  I always respected him. I see him quite frequently and always say hi to him.  He is a super nice guy.  But he never really got credit for his accomplishments.  So far I have been not so impressed with what the new management has done.  Time will tell.  My friends keep telling me that it’s a business.  I’m beginning to believe them.  I can’t get too attached to any player because in a heartbeat, he is gone: Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, Juan Uribe…the list goes on.

Thanks for stopping by.  Wednesday’s game will star Clayton Kershaw who is still the best pitcher in baseball.  I love my Dodgers no matter what.  I am sad when they lose.  I am exhilarated when they win.  But I am true blue.  

GO DODGERS!!  GO CLAYTON!

Latest news: possibly the Dodgers are getting Matt Latos with a .448 ERA instead of Cole Hamels.  Really????  Maybe they’ll throw Dee Gordon in the deal.

Coming Home

  
I miss my Dodgers.  They are back home again.  Tuesday will be the first home  game in 16 days.

A few thoughts.

Someone tell me again why the Dodgers traded Juan Uribe?  He just keeps on reminding us why we liked him so much as a Dodger.

Why do we keep experimenting with pitchers:  starting and relief?  When is the management going to use the big bucks for a real pitcher?  The Dodgers have duo aces Kershaw and Greinke.  Bolsinger has shown a lot of talent and gumption.  But is the management just watching as all the  available pitchers are scooped up by other teams. Rumor is that Cole Hamels will be a Dodger. The Rangers also are interested.  The trade deadline is Friday.  Brett Anderson is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday.  The rest of the week is TBD.  Is Zach Lee going to be given some more big league experience at the cost of first place.  The Dodgers began the second half of the season 4 games out ahead of the Giants.  Now it is down to only one.  

The management needs to think long and hard if they are planning on trading Yasiel.  I still can’t figure out why they traded Dee Gordon who has had an all star year so far in exchange for Howie Kendrick who will probably not be a Dodger next year.  I really dislike those trades that are more like a rental just for 1l2 a year at what cost? So far none of the trades have netted a chance at the World Series.  Yasiel is young.  There is a lot of gossip about him because of the book that pretty much downs him as someone no one likes.  Trading Uribear was a mistake because of what he was in the clubhouse as well as what he was as a player.  He seemed to take Puig under his wing.  Who is the club leader now? I don.t see anyone taking Uribears place. 

Whenever the Dodgers trade a player, he seems to blossom.  Good examples are Russell Martin and Dee Gordon.  Fear Yasiel if they choose to be foolish and trade him.
This homestand the Dodgers play the Oakland A’s and the Angels.  They are tough teams to beat.  I hope that the Dodgers don’t end up out of first and struggling to regain footing for the rest of the season.  I always fear the Giants for the team they are.  I have great respect for them as I told Angel Pagan.  They come out of nowhere and win the World Series.

Zack’s scoreless inning streak is over. Zack’s opinion: maybe now they will quit asking him about it…typical Greinke-ism.

I am looking forward to the rest of the season.  I dream of the playoffs.  

Something not related to baseball.  Prayers to the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown.  May she finally rest in peace.  Maybe now the press will leave her alone.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll be writing more on my blog since I will be taking more pictures and will be at the games.  GO DODGERS!!!

A New Baby Dodger

  Congratulations to Zack and Emily Greinke on the birth of their new baby boy, Bode Nicholas, born Thursday.  The baby looks like a mini Zack.  With a name like Bode Greinke, is he destined to play baseball like his talented Dad?
It seems that the Dodgers will continue to play against Juan Uribe, again this weekend now that he is a member of the Mets. It’s a trade that keeps on reminding the Dodgers how good a player he is.

Ian Thomas took the mound on Friday taking the place of new dad, Greinke.  He did well although the team was made up of what I call spare parts, Van Slyke, Hernandez, Barnes, none who normally start.  Justin Turner had a great game against his former team who pretty much had given up on him.  Oh well!  Puig also had a great game.  The final score was 7-2.

Mike Bolsinger was able to pitch 7 strong innings on Wednesday, the final score 3-1, not using up the bullpen. Kershaw was Kershaw on Thursday looking like an MVP, the final score being 3-0.  I expect him to pitch a perfect game again this season at the rate he is going.

Brett Anderson will pitch on Tuesday when the Dodgers return.  Today’s pitcher is still a mystery.  Greinke will pitch on Sunday.

The Dodgers have maintained at least a 3 game lead on the Giants, the only real competition in the National League West.  The Padres have pretty much tanked, 10.5 games behind.

After this weekend series with the Mets, the Dodgers will make it home again to play Oakland on Tuesday.  They will have been away for 16 days.  I really miss them.

Thanks for stopping by.  GO DODGERS!!!

Still Away But Not Forgotten

The Dodgers are still on the road.  I’m really missing them.  

  
One of these days it will be cold enough for me to wear my new jacket.  It’s been raining but also humid and hot so it’s still waiting to be worn.  

  
Zack and Clayton were named NL players of the week.

  
  They should be players of the week every week actually.
  Austin Barnes was called back up because AJ went on DL.
  
Yasmani had taken a foul ball off of his face mask, giving his jaw a good jolt.  He has not gone on DL but didn’t play in Monday’s game.  He was hit so hard, he was having problems talking.

  

Brandon Beachy had another chance to start against the Braves.  The Beachy experiment may be over.  He allowed 4 runs, 5 hits before he was taken out.  It was only his second start since having 2 Tommy John surgeries.  Maybe he needs to practice more in the minors.  The question is whether the management will trade for more pitchers, or will they continue to use what they already have.  Luckily the Padres had their way with the Giants giving them their first loss after a 5 game winning streak.  Thank you Padres.

 The Padres and Matt Kemp seem to giving the Giants a hard time.

  

I couldn’t resist posting my last picture with Matt Kemp.  
    Of course Uribear will constantly remind us of why we loved him so much.  I stll can’t figure out why he was traded except to dump salary.  No one can play better defense at 3rd base.  I miss him so much.  I’m sure that the Dodger clubhouse still misses him.

The Braves beat the Dodgers 5-7 on Monday.

  
It’s so frustrating!!!

Today Brett Anderson will take the mound against the Braves. I wonder if he’s checking the weather forecast since his games are often during inclement weather on the road.

  
I’m hoping that the Dodgers fare better against the Braves today.

Sorry about the recycled pictures.  I try to use only my pictures in my blog.  I rarely use any other pictures except Jon SooHoo’s and always give credit to him when I do use one. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I miss everyone desperately.  GO DODGERS!!!

Losing Respect

Zack Greinke continues his streak of scoreless innings. Sunday’s game was another victory for Zack. Remarks made by Bryce Harper surprised me. It made me lose a little respect after hearing his unsportsmanlike comment. So he thinks the umpires played favorites with the strike zone?? I’d like to know when the Dodgers ever get the benefit of the doubt with the umpires? Harper later amended his statement saying that Zack was a great pitcher. Well duh! He probably got the advice of everyone that his comments sounded like sour grapes and was a little immature.


And how impressed is Zack with himself? Anyone who knows him knows that he is honest to a tee. What does he think about the streak? “Nothing.” He doesn’t think about streaks. If that’s what he says, I believe it.

It is raining in Southern California. The Angels were actually rained out Sunday. That’s crazy. They play a double header Monday. Rain came complete with thunder and lightning.

Thanks for stopping by. The Dodgers are in Atlanta. GO DODGERS!!!

DC and Power Delays

Friday’s game seemed to be one fiasco after another. One power delay should be enough but there were two which cancelled the game until the next day.

Mike Bolsinger was the starting pitcher Friday. He had some problems throwing the ball to Adrian at first causing an error and then in another play, falling and injuring his left knee. When he left the game, the Dodgers were ahead by one run.  2-1. The ball was turned over to Tsao who allowed a home run.  The score going into the power delay game the next day was 2-3, the Dodgers behind by one run. The bullpen finished out the game Saturday allowing another 2 run homerun making the final score 3-5. Sadly the  Dodgers lost.

I had hopes for the game following. After all our ace Kershaw was pitching.

  
The Dodgers were well represented at National Stadium by my son.

  
He lives in Springfield VA close to Washington DC but remains a Dodger fan. It looks like he is exposing a couple of little people to the game early.

  
They all had a little Dodger blue on.

  It doesn’t hurt to ploy them with a hot dog…probably not as good as a Dodger Dog.
  They seemed to enjoy Clayton’s pitching.
  
  
Ugh. Too much cotton candy!

  
It looks like good attendance. Why not? Two super teams. Kershaw. Joc. Bryce Harper!

The Dodgers won with a scary moment when Kenley allowed a 2 run homerun in the 9th. The final score was 4-2. Yaaaay!

Sunday Zack Greinke will take the mound.

  I’m hoping for another win.

  

This is pretty much how I look when I get home from a game.

  

Or maybe like this.
It is pouring here in Long Beach. Very weird considering it is summer. This is sunny California after all. I may finally put Mike’s jacket to use and WEAR IT! 

  
Thanks for stopping by!!  Eleven more days until they come back home!! Go Dodgers!!

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