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For many Southern California natives its a dream to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Only few get the chance to do so. Come tomorrow one of them will get that chance to live their dream. Saturday the Dodgers and Marlins completed a trade that sent RHP Ricky Nolasco to Los Angeles for 3 Prospects in Steven Ames, Angel Sanchez, and Josh Wall. The Marlins has Nolasco on the trade block since early June and it was rumored that the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres were one of the many teams that were interested in trading for him. For Nolasco this is a dream come true to play for the team he grew up cheering for and watching.
For the Dodgers this was a no brainer to make the trade for Nolasco and the price wasn’t steep at all. Los Angeles has lost numerous Starting Pitchers to injury and is struggling with the 4-5 rotation of starting pitching. Nolasco right now is currently pitching 5-8 with a 3.85 but as shown before a change of scenery can really change things (Hanley was batting .247 with Miami before being traded to L.A.). This Tuesday Ricky Nolasco will make his Dodger debut in the middle of the Dodgers hot streak.
Nolasco’s dream has came true and now it’s time for him to step up and help this Dodger team continue it’s push for the NL West. We all know this isn’t the last move the Dodgers will make to improve the team but this could be the start of the Dodgers getting really active in the market like last season. For now Ricky Nolasco will have the chance to help this Dodger team and fill a void that was left by injuries. Ricky Nolasco Welcome to the Dodgers
Two teams with storied history clash in Interleague play. It’s been 3 years since the Dodgers and Yankees played (2010 Series at Dodger Stadium). This is the first time the Dodgers will make a regular season visit to Yankee Stadium (New and Old Yankee Stadium that is) and the Dodgers first visit to the Bronx since the 1981 World Series. While many baseball fans are excited for this the expectations aren’t as high as we all thought they would be. The Dodgers are in last place in the NL West and both teams have been hit by injuries but regardless it’ll still be an interesting series in what will be the start of a Home and home 2 game each series.
Now when you at the current Yankees and Dodgers roster there’s very few connections between the two teams. We all know Don Mattingly is one of the Yankee greats but many also have to remember he was a coach under Joe Torre when they were both with the Yankees. Current players like Jerry Harriston Jr was a member of the Yankees 2009 World Series Championship team. Hiroki Kuroda, who is having another solid season with the Yankees, Was the Dodgers starting pitcher from 2008 to 2011. We all know Mattingly will get a good reaction from a lot of the Yankee fans in the Bronx. This game is also lacking the “Star Power” as many say with injuries to both teams BUT to many it’s Dodgers/Yankees so hey.
As far as the game goes this will be an important series for both teams. For the Dodgers this series along with the Padres series will determine a lot for the Dodgers and their NL West fate and for the Yankees they can move closer in the AL East standings. It’s June so games really do matter here. If the Dodgers want to pull of the win then they’ll need a good showing from their bats with runners in scoring position (RISP). Too many times in games where the Dodgers get guys on base and then their bats go completely missing. Also the Bullpen will need to not add fuel to the fire. That’s basically all I have to say on the Bullpen as I have nothing nice to say about them. The sense of urgency have to come here and be ready for a ball game. While playing at Yankee Stadium is an amazing thing along with being in New York City, They can’t afford to be in awe in the Stadium. You have to come ready to play baseball.
This is going to be a great series in my view. The Dodgers and Yankees twitter account already went back and forth with each other and many Dodger faithful made the trip to the Bronx. It will be a good series in New York. When the Yankees come to Los Angeles in July you can expect a good anticipation and hopefully some key players healthy as well. As for now just sit back and enjoy the Dodgers vs Yankees.
The Dodgers are currently off today as they make their way and prepare for a two series east coast road trip. While that’s going on the Dodgers prospects are currently in action and working towards getting to the Dodgers. So I figured why not take a look at the Dodgers top prospects and how they’re doing right now. The likes of Zach Lee and Joc Pederson have been faring pretty well in Double A and has the attention of a lot of Dodger fans right now….Well the current struggles and Injuries with the Dodgers don’t help at all. We’re going to leave out Yasiel Puig, Alex Castellanos, Chris Withrow seeing they are with the Dodgers right now. Lets take a look and show some love to the Dodgers Affiliates and Prospects.
Single A Great Lakes Loons- The Great Lake Loons currently have a 8 game winning streak going on right now thanks to a win over Western Michigan. Looking at the Loons in the Midwest League’s Eastern division they’re still struggling with a 25-41 record. Tomorrow Great Lakes will take on Lake County Captians (Cleveland Indians Affiliate).
Prospect Watch: Dodgers 1st round draft pick from 2012 Corey Seager has been pretty good with the Loons. Seager is currently batting .282 with 22 RBI’s and 4 HR. Scouts believe he could be better than his brother Kyle (Mariners) at 3rd Base. Many Dodgers fans should keep an eye out for him in the years to come. Pitching Prospect Angel Sanchez has been struggling in Great Lakes. Sanchez is 2-6 with a 4.59 ERA in 13 games that he started. He has a lot to learn and figure out If he want’s to get called up back to Advanced Single A.
Single A (Advanced) Rancho Cucamonga Quakes- This is a team I actually had a chance to see in person back when Hanley had a rehab stint there. The Quakes lost 8-4 to Stockton pushing their record to 30-37 and giving them 4 straight losses. Aj Ellis had a rehab stint with the Quakes but went hitless in that game. It is how ever unknown if players like Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford will be headed there for a Rehab stint as well.
Double A Chattanooga Lookouts- The team that has brought you Yasiel Puig you guys. Chattanooga right now lost their series opener to the Huntsville Stars to drop their record to 32-34 in the Southern League. This team currently holds a host of Dodger Prospects in the Top 20 right now. It’s also unclear if the Lookouts will be having any players coming for a rehab stint let alone if Yasiel Puig will come back. Gut feeling is once Crawford and Kemp are back then the answer will be yeah. How long will be the big question.
Prospect Watch: As noted earlier the Dodgers have a lot of their Top 20 Prospects in Chattanooga. Most notably Zach Lee who was named Southern League player of the week from May 27th to June 2nd. despite a 5-4 record Lee has been impressive with a 2.63 ERA. Lee is the Top Dodger pitching prospect out there and some believe that he should be called up to be given a chance. Another guy who has had his name thrown around about being called up to the Dodgers is Joc Pederson. Pederson is another player I had a chance to see play in Spring Training and I have to say I am impressed with him being in the Outfield. Joc is currently batting .302 with 25 RBI’s and 8 HR. He also has a .386 OBP (On Base Percentage) which leads the team (Yasiel Puig is 3 points below Pederson). Many believe he could get called up soon if it comes to it but honestly don’t see him getting called up until September. Chris Reed, who was the Dodgers 1st round draft pick in 2011, is also with the Lookouts. You may remember Reed was a reliever at Stanford but right now the Dodgers developed him into a starting pitcher after liking the assortment of pitches he had. This season he has a 2-6 record with a 4.13 ERA. Reed is a guy who could develop into a good starting pitcher but I do believe he will be a reliever when called up. Onelki Garcia is another can’t miss Dodger pitching prospect who is quickly making his way through the Dodger farm system. currently pitching a 3.96 ERA with a 0-3 record Garcia could be a complete package despite what stats show. If he can stay healthy and develop a curveball then he’ll be up in the system in no time.
Triple A Albuquerque Isotopes- Might as well call this team the New Mexico Dodgers because pretty much everyone has played on the Dodgers or tried out for them at some point. The Isotopes split their last series with River Rock at 2 games a piece. This weekend they have a four game series with Memphis. Albuquerque is currently 1 1/2 Game’s back of Round Rock (Texas Rangers AAA) for 2nd place in the Pacific Coast League’s Southern Division. Also worth noting that Elian Herrera and Tony Gwynn Jr lead the Isotopes and all Dodger Minor League Affiliates in Batting Avg. The two along with many like Dee Gordon, Matt Magill, and Josh Wall have played for the Dodgers this season and last.
Prospect Watch: Really there’s only one player that’s on this roster and that’s pitcher Matt Magill. Magill, who had time as Starting Pitcher with the Dodgers, is currently 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA. During his time with the Dodgers Magill some what struggled going 0-2 pitching a 6.51 ERA. Likely Matt Magill will be up and down this season in terms of where he pitches. Alex Castellanos and Chris Withrow are currently with the Dodgers right now due to the number of injuries the team suffered.
Many Dodger fans were calling for it and last night at Dodger Stadium they got what they wanted. After the Dodgers loss to the Rockies Sunday the Dodgers wasted no time in calling up their top prospect in Yasiel Puig. This move came after Carl Crawford injured his hamstring in Colorado. Sunday Puig was left off the Lookout’s Line-up (Dodgers Double A Affiliate) and was seen in street clothes being congratulated by teammates. That was a for sure indication that he was going to the Dodgers. Monday night Puig lived up to his hype against the Padres. He went 2-4 with two singles and made an incredible throw to get the last out of the ball game. Yes you can say Puig was impressive in his debut.
I was at the game and had a chance to see him play in Spring Training in Arizona. Without a doubt he is indeed a very good ball player. I was impressed with his debut last night but I was shocked Mattingly had him leading off. I was looking for him to not try and hit a Home Run every at bat and he did a good job of doing just that. I do hope he keep this up consistently and help this team. Yes he will have bad games and that will be expected but so far he did pretty good. His plate discipline and how he handles the curveball will be something to keep an eye on. He has Speed but it won’t mean much if he can’t get on base.
Is Puig here to stay? Who knows? When Kemp and Crawford get healthy Puig will likely get sent back down. Scott Van Slyke has been playing good for him to earn a stay if there’s room. Well there has been rumbling of Ethier getting traded in the near future and with his play as of late that could come by trade deadline (It’s a guess). Another thing is how he play’s during his time with the Dodgers. If he continues to impress then there has to be room but if there’s things that shows that he still needs work then he’ll be back in the Minors. While Puig is not the answer to the Dodgers problems he has shown in one game that he can be a spark. Weather he keep’s this up or not will be on him but Yasiel Puig will be a very good player and can only get better….Pretty good if you’re a Dodger fan and scary if you’re not.
Well folks we are here! The annual Freeway Series between the Dodgers and Angels. Two teams down the I-5 from each other clashing in what is now a 4 game home and home series. 2 in LA and 2 in Anaheim. If you are unfamiliar with how I-5 Bias works allow me to walk you through. A good Friend to the Blog Kristen, who is a huge Angels fan and runs a great blog called This Is A Very Simple Game (http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/), and I go through a set of questions talking about Dodger/Angel baseball. Without further or due we bring you I-5 Bias!!
1) So, the 2013 Dodgers and Angels. Hmmm…how can I put this delicately? What the hell happened??
Matt: Well with the Dodgers I am still trying to figure out what is going on. This season hasn’t been the start we all expected for them. To be fair Injuries has hit the Dodgers pretty good but that’s no excuse. Between issues with batting with RISP, Bullpen meltdowns, and mismanagement in games the Dodgers have found themselves in a good hole.
Kristen Says: While I love SABR and all of the increased attention even the average fan pays to statistics and analysis these days, the drawback is that no one is satisfied until they have a specific, detailed answer to performance questions these days and, I’m sorry, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. I mean, if there were a specific, detailed answer to the question of the Angels slower than molasses in a blizzard start to the season, don’t you think the problem would have been quickly solvable? In a nutshell, I think this was a perfect storm for the Angels. Heading into the season, player transactions were very tightly concentrated on beefing up the offense, and very much at the expense of the quality of the Angels starting rotation while virtually ignoring the bullpen. I was already queasy over the idea of assuming the offense would always pick up the pitching and then Murphy’s Law struck with a vengeance with a series of injuries taking out the only ace in the Angels pitching staff, turning the starting rotation and bullpen into personnel revolving doors, removing key set up pieces from the lineup and hampering the starts of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton – severely, in the case of Pujols. Does that fully explain the Angels start? Perhaps not for everyone, but when you throw in the added pressure of not living up to sky high expectations as each new calamity occurred, it explains things for me…not that I’ve been obsessing over this since Opening Day or anything…*whistles innocently*
2) Be honest. Do you think the Dodgers/Angels’ issues are fixable? How fixable? And what would it take at this point for you as a fan to call the season a success?
Matt: Yes I do believe it is but that’s up to the Manager. Switch up the line up to where it’s more effective to get runs, Make better bullpen decisions and not put the same guys who keep blowing the game in. As far as what will make this season successful? Winning and getting back to the Playoffs is what will save this season. At the start all the expectations were going to be on but missing the playoffs after spending on the Starting Pitching and making changes will be a disapointment. They have to get it in gear ASAP.
Kristen says: Well, don’t look now but the Angels offense is back online, the pitchers are performing well enough and then some, and the guys have quite a nice little winning streak going on heading into the Freeway Series. And the cherry on top? Ace Jered Weaver is coming off the DL and scheduled to pitch on Wednesday…the game I have tickets for. Score! If this level of play continues, then I will count the Angels season a success, no matter what the standings say at the end. It’s not that I don’t care about making the playoffs, I very much do. And I’m not counting the Angels out at all. If they keep playing like this, anything is possible especially with two wild card opportunities. No, I’m just acknowledging the fact that when a team digs themselves this deep of a hole to start the season, they are no longer fully in control of their own destiny – final standings are as much a matter of the other teams having off days as your team having good ones, something that we as baseball fans know you can hope for all you want but never, ever count on.
3) There have been talk/rumors of Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia possibly getting fired. Do you believe it’s time for them to go or should they even take blame?
Matt: I’m going to be straight up with Mattingly. From the looks of this he isn’t the right fit for the Dodgers. He has mismanaged games on his part and at times shows lack of fire but as of late he is starting to pick up that fire and take action. Benching Ethier and Kemp as well as calling out the team is a start right there. Now should he take blame. Yes but not ALL of it. Blame has to go around to everyone on their part. Mattingly has messed up on his part and it’s going to cost him his job at some point.
Kristen says: Nope. Never. You will not see me calling for Sosh’s head over this. Not going to happen. I may cringe over his bullpen management from time to time…er…all the time and yes, there have been and will always be instances of mismanagement. But I really think that as fans we have a tendency to point to the handful of mismanaged plays and ignore the rest of the game. Besides, injuries aren’t the manager’s fault. Personnel changes are not the manager’s fault. And somehow, despite all of the setbacks, the Angels are climbing back into this race and I think that that speaks volumes for the players’ grit, of course, but also for Sosh’s ability to keep them together even through the rough times.
4) One more uncomfortable question: What do you think about emergency/closed door team meetings — players only or otherwise? Are they ever effective or do they just feed the drama?
Matt: You know about those meetings I actually really like them. You have time to really air out whatever issues their are and talk about what you have to do as a team to get it going in the right direction. The Media will always make it more than what it needs to be but they are an effective way to talk as a team to get things going in a positive spin.
Kristen says: I think that, like any other tool, closed door meetings can be useful at times, useless at others and downright detrimental at others. I think a team meeting certainly can turn things around and, when such things become necessary, I do love it when the players show enough passion, initiative and team spirit to take ownership and have their own meeting. Here’s the thing though. Back in the day, fans would never hear about a closed door meeting or certainly not about every closed door meeting. Now we hear about every single one, often as they’re happening. Frequently we even hear what was said at the meetings – pretty contrary to the point of ‘closed door’ don’t you think? This is the part I don’t think it healthy. It adds to the drama and it also leads to the tail wagging the dog. When things start to go downhill, everyone expects a closed door meeting creating external pressure for the meeting to happen, rather than the meeting just occurring or not occurring naturally in keeping with the rhythms and chemistry of that particular team.
5) With the new schedule and league realignment, rivalry matchups including the Freeway Series have shrunk from 6 games to 4 for the season. Do you like this development or is it messing too much with tradition, albeit a relatively recent tradition?
Matt: Well I ALWAYS have enjoyed the freeways series. To be honest I don’t have an issue with the series being 4 games because you have 2 in LA then right then another 2 in Anaheim. So more of a 4 game series home and home. I know this will eventually end up being a Opening Day match up soon with the realignment so 4 games isn’t bad. Though I did like the 6 game format.
Kristen: I love the Freeway Series and the rivalry fan energy that both surrounds it at the ballparks and spills over into our work and social lives for a few days. I’m really going to miss that lasting for two full series and, to be honest, a shorter more compacted Freeway Series cuts into my ability to attend one game at each stadium, a mini-tradition Seth and I have enjoyed for a few years. But, at the same time, I get the necessity of trimming down the rivalry matchups under the new schedule. I also understand how awkward and underwhelming two series’ worth of rivalry matchups were under the old schedule for teams/fan bases who had no natural rival and were stuck with 6 games against an, in essence, MLB manufactured and assigned rival. So, while I’m disappointed for Angels and Dodgers fans, I get that this was the best course of action.
6) Make your predictions now. Which team will win the Freeway Series and with what record?
Matt: With what I have seen from the Dodgers they for some reason can’t get it together. Against St Louis they were shut out where they didn’t even show up and Yesterday where errors took them out of the game. This series starts off with Greinke and Ryu so it’s not pitching that I am worried about but the lack of offense. With that said I see this series going 2-2. Dodgers taking one in LA and one in Anaheim but with the Dodgers I really don’t know what to expect out of them at times especially with a hot Angels team coming into Dodger Stadium.
Kristen says: The Angels are hot right now and, since the start of interleague play, have owned the NL, including the Dodgers. I predict the Angels will win 3 out 4.
Meet the Bloggers Bonus Question: Do you enjoy the Freeway Series and, if so, what is your first/best Freeway Series memory?
Matt: Theres so many favorite memories and moments from this series. I enjoy the Freeway Series because it’s two teams that’s close to each other clashing. As far as my favorite/best Freeway Series memory wellll theres so many that I can’t pin point on one. Mine would have to be my first trip to Angels Stadium in 2009. The night before Juan Rivera (Angels player at the time) hit a walk off Home Run. This night Jarred and Jeff Weaver pitched against each other. The Dodgers won that night but what made it memorible was that it was my Very First Freeway Series that I witnessed (The First of Many).
Kristen says: I can’t pick out one specific, favorite memory – there are just too many! But the thing I love the most about the Freeway Series and the warm, fuzzy sense of family tradition I get from it. Growing up, my family primarily rooted for the Dodgers, but the Angels were Grandpa’s team, so I always knew both teams and loved watching them play each other. And, coming from such a Freeway family, as it were, my parents always took my sister and I to at least one Freeway Series game. There was no interleague play when I was a child so the Freeway Series was a pre-season exhibition. This meant that the Freeway Series was frequently my first live baseball game after the long winter without, adding to the specialness of t occasion.
Lately I haven’t updated my blog due to other stuff I wanted to take care off but with the Dodgers issues I couldn’t keep it in much longer. As many of you guys know the Dodgers are currently in last place in the NL West right now. Not the start we all expected. Many are saying it’s still early but you have to keep in mind that every game from here on counts. My issue with the Dodgers right now is inconsistency from all ends. Hitting with Runners in Scoring Position (RISP), Managing, and Bullpen. For this post I wasnt to touch on Bullpen because right now it seems to be the thing that is bothering this team right now along with any fans. From what was a nightmare two seasons ago is a nightmare now.
What is going on Bullpen? Why are you adding fuel to the fire? Last season the Dodger bullpen was one of the best in the NL. Right now they don’t even look anywhere close to it. Guys like Matt Gueirrer and Ronald Belisario are giving up hits left and right while Brandon League is blowing saves or giving up a ton of runs before making the save. It does get frustrating and annoying to watch time after time. In a formula of a winning and contending ball club you must have good pitching from Starting Pitching down to the bullpen. The Dodgers bullpen at this moment is not doing its justice. Right now the Dodgers bullpen is 12th in the NL with a 4.41 ERA. Opposing batters are also hitting .263 against the Dodger bullpen. That is not good boys and something has to be done. Something has to be done about this.
Now what is it that can be done you ask? Well let me first say this. I have no clue because there’s no such thing as an instant fix to a problem. With the closer situation you have to put Kenley Jansen in there. He has proven that consistently he can make saves. Yes he tends to go to the same pitch that batters will pick up on but he can get the job done. Middle Inning relievers is where you have t take a gamble there but you can’t keep counting on Belisario and Gueirrer to break out of it. You got Paco Rodriguez and JP Howell there that you can throw in and can get the job done. You can’t trade for bullpen help at this moment and you have injuries to players like Shawn Tolleson and Scott Elbert so you have to work with what you have at the moment. I honestly believe this was something the Dodgers should’ve addressed in the off-season along with Starting pitching. The NL West is a tight race and NOBODY is really out of it but the Dodgers aren’t helping themselves. It’s time for the Dodgers to shake up the bullpen because what they’re going with now is not working.
The Dodgers have not gotten off to the start many of us would imagine. At the moment are 7-8 which is a game below .500 which record wise you can work with. Well if you’ve seen the Dodgers play then you’d feel like it’s a lot worse than that. Los Angeles have really been struggling with their bats and bullpen. It’s really frustrating to watch and it’s an ongoing thing. In the series against the Diamondbacks and Padres (in LA) The Dodgers have been having issues hitting with RISP (Runners In Scoring Position) and Pitching (Mainly Bullpen). The Dodgers will be in Baltimore for the weekend series against the Orioles and the chance for them to get their act together is out there with the DH rule in effect. As of now we just want to know what is going on with the Dodgers. Why are they struggling so much? Who is to blame for such struggles with the team? Is this an easy fix and what can be done about it? Well let me tell you this in advance. The answer is not Trading Ethie or Kemp, Brining up Puig, or Firing Don Mattingly.
Offensive Struggles: Yes the Dodgers are facing the same problem they did last season. Leaving men on base, failing to score runs, even getting on base at times. Currently the Dodgers 28th in the MLB in Batting Average with RISP (.171). How the way I look at it is based on the line up Mattingly puts out there. You have Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis who have done a good job getting on base. Then you have Matt Kemp who is having a slow start to the season. Just when you think Kemp will knock the runs in he either grounds into a double play or flies out to the point where the runners can’t advance. It’s not just Kemp that is doing it but all over the line up. The Dodgers can not keep this issue if they want to win games. They have good hitters we all know this but whether they’re in the right place in the line up or not. I think Mattingly should move some players around and see if it works to affect because what they have currently isn’t working and that showed the last two series.
Bullpen issues: Oh where do I start with this one? It looks as if the Box of Pain have made is return and adding more fuel to the fire than helping put it away. The Dodgers Bullpen have been a serious issue right now with all the hits and runs being given up. The Dodgers bullpen have an ERA of 4.02 (15 in MLB). While that’s middle of the pack it seems a lot worse when watching. The last series against the Padres the Dodgers pitching had a bad series overall in what many would like to say a “Throw away series”. Not much can really be done with the bullpen at this point but they have to help the Dodgers stay in position to win ball games.
I still think the Dodgers will get things in order. Thursday the Dodgers got a day off as they traveled to Baltimore. Hopefully this game they can play better and keep themselves at a respectable position. Yes it is early Dodger fans but you have to remember that April games are important as well so there has to come a point where they must get it together. Right now the Dodgers on the pitching end are hurting with Zack Greinke out till June and Chris Capuano on the 15 DL but batting/Position wise Hanley Ramirez is making his return really soon. Hopefully he could provide the help the Dodger offense need. At 7-8 the Dodgers can turn it around with two good series on the road trip So anything could happen. It’s early but Dodgers MUST get things flowing here.
So usually I talk baseball on here but after the article I read today I couldn’t keep myself from talking about this issue. In an article Deadspin.com put out today there were Dodger fans sitting in the seats behind home plate at yesterday’s game. Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick apparently did not like what he saw and made the notion of giving the group an ultimatum. They could change seats and keep their Dodger gear on or wear Diamondbacks gear and stay in those seats. The Dodger fans stayed in their seats and changed their gear. Now this whole story from the start to the end just flat out upsets me. I didn’t know you couldn’t sit in certain seats without wearing the home team’s gear. I mean if you payed that type of money to sit there then you should have a right to wear whatever as long as it wasn’t offensive am I right?
Reading the article I found out that there is a Policy amoung those seats. The Diamondbacks ask opposing fans to refrain from wearing the opposing team’s gear when perchasing those seats due to high visability. So you mean to tell me that someone who is a fan of the opposing team can spend $3,000 for those seats behind home plate yet they can’t support the opposing wearing their gear? I understand that the stadium have a policy that has to be followed but that is completely wrong. If I spent that much of my hard earned money to sit there and I am not offending anyone with what I am wearing then why should it matter if I am on TV and behind the dugout sporting the opposing team’s gear? We know the Dodgers and Diamondbacks meet in Arizona mostly Dodger fans are in the Stadium. It’s not the opposing team’s fault that attendence isn’t that great in Arizona. The group spend $3,000 just to sit there with all the benifits that’s given along with the Policy that’s in place at other ballparks. If asking the opposing team’s fan to refrain from wearing their gear to support that team and FORCING them to wear Diamondbacks gear is seriously horrible and dumb. As an owner Ken Kendrick should have other things to worry about than what opposing team fans are wearing behind home plate.
Another beef I have is the group of Dodger fans behind those seats. I understand they were the victims of the whole ordeal but why would you just flat out willingly change gear just to keep those seats? You did the good thing by refusing to move from those seats but to change gear just to stay there? I hope that’s just something to use when they get a lawyer and challenge that policy. Honestly I believe they should NOT have moved or agreed to change into Diamondback shirts just to make the Owner happy and abbide by the policy. I understand those are $3,000 seats but at the same time you are being forced to do something that at any other ball park you wouldn’t have to do. I will not call out their fandom (Yet) until action, or lack there of, is taken.
Ken Kendrick and the Diamondbacks should have that policy changed. As a MLB Owner theres more important things to handle than worry about what the opposing team’s fans wearing their gear in $3,000 seats. That’s money in your pockets anyway so why should it matter? Worried about the image or reputation of the attendence at the games? That’s already out due to the attendence at Diamondback games and the attendence of their last playoff apperence. There are many Dodger fans who live in Arizona or make the trip to see the Dodgers play. If they or ANY teams fan base spent that much to see and support their team then why should it be an issue? Ken Kendrick and the Diamondbacks need to have things evaulated if that’s a main worry of theirs.
Last night the Dodgers defeated the Padres 3-2 thanks to Juan Uribe’s home run in the 8th Inning. While the Dodgers managed to grab the win their victory was overshadowed by what took place in the 6th inning. The Dodgers were up 2-1 with Greinke pitching and Carlos Quentin at bat. If you saw the game or watched the video above then you have a good idea where it went from there. Greinke threw a pitch where it hit Carlos Quentin. Quentin charged the mound and from there it went. Benches cleared and tempers flared as things really got heated between the Dodgers and Padres. Matt Kemp came from center field to charge into the pile to protect his pitcher. After a few minutes things kind of settled down on the field. Zack Greinke was taken off the field due to injury from a hit he took from Carlos Quentin but things picked up once again when Jerry Harriston Jr charged towards the Padres dugout. Things were really heating up between the two teams. Lets go ahead and fast forward to after the game. The Dodgers win 3-2 but many are awaiting the update on Zack Greinke. Vin Scully gives those who are watching at home the update that Zack Greinke had a fractured Left Collarbone in the scrum.
On my twitter account many fellow Dodger fans were upset about the whole thing with Carlos Quentin and it’s safe to say he has become public enemy #1 in Dodgertown. I saw some say that Greinke was at fault here. Many different opinions about it last night and today. Well here’s my take on it. I fail to see how Zack was in the wrong for the whole thing. Carlos Quentin claims the whole thing was not an accident by Grenkie and many San Diego media outlets along with others agreed. Two things they fail to realise was that it was a one run game (2-1) and it was the bottom of the 6th inning. Another thing people don’t realise is that Quentin gets hit by pitches a lot. Not cause pitchers don’t like him but because he crowds the plate when batting so why charge the mound now when you’ve been hit so many times from crowding the plate. I get Greinkie and Quentin have had history before but honestly was Zack waiting 4 years just to hit him again? That don’t make sense at all. Quentin makes a great point, All of this could have been avoided. It could have if he just took his base in a calm manner like before.
Now what about Jerry Harriston and Matt Kemp? We know Harriston wasn’t happy and charged towards the Padres dugout because a player from the Padres was joking about Greinke’s injury. That really made Harriston upset and he let them know how upset he was. Kemp on the other hand was ejected along with Harriston. Why was Matt ejected was beyond me. We saw him charge from the outfield to the pile but who wasn’t in that pile??? Apparently Kemp may have bumped an umpire through the whole thing and that was the cause for the ejection. He also was saying a few things as well. After the game Kemp and Quentin had a few words for each other outside of the stadium where they were both held back by teammates and police. Kemp told Quentin “We’ll see B***h”.
It’s unclear whether Kemp, Harriston, and Quentin will be suspended for their actions Thursday night. MLB was looking into it today and Matt Kemp is in today’s line-up for their game against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. We know none of the Dodgers players and fans are happy about this. Don Mattingly was obviously upset and called for Quentin to be suspended until Greinke can play again. I honestly agree with Don Mattingly because it was uncalled for and a bonehead move that got a player injured. These two teams play on Monday at Dodger Stadium so things could get interesting. Right now I just hope the Dodgers focus is on Arizona this weekend and not looking forward to Monday.
Opening week is in the books and it has been a real memorible one. We have seen Sandy Koufax throw out the first pitch, Clayton Kershaw hit his first career home run as well as shut out the Giants. We saw the debut of Hyun Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke pitching and Carl Crawford do work as the lead off hitter. Yes what an eventful week it was for the Dodgers. As Los Angeles prepares for their week long road trip lets look back at Opening Week.
Epic Moment of Opening Week: As if Opening Day wasn’t big enough with the game the Cerimonial first pitch was huge. Magic Johnson was prepared to throw out the first pitch until Don Mattingly came out and made a change. The cange turned out to be non other than Sandy Koufax. The Whole stadium erupted including myself. It was crazy to see and how the way the whole thing was played out wasell done including the video on how the ball got there.
Play of the week: There were a lot of good plays this week but I believe this has to go to Clayton Kershaw and his Home Run. The fact that no one expected him to hit a home run and how the way he got under it was something else. Hit a home run and have a complete game shut out against the hated Giants? What more can you ask for?
Carl Crawford was hurt?: From the time of the trade last season and on the huge question mark was at Left Field and carl Crawford. Crawford missed the rest of the 2012 season with Tommy John Surgery when he was with the Red Soxs. When the Dodgers traded for him people expected him to be out at least until June. When Spring Training came there was talk that Crawford playing April 1st until he had a set back which had many fans wondering if Crawford will even play Opening Day. Well late Spring Training Crawford played and made it to start on Opening Day and it seems as if he wasn’t hurt. Crawford has been playing really well Opening week batting .450 leading off for the Dodgers. Carl Crawford is doing this playing little games to really get him going and being eased into the line up. If he can stay healthy then there’s no doubt that he can help this team get into a position to strike.
Slow start for Kemp and Cruz: Matt Kemp and Luis Cruz have really been in a funk to start out the season. Matt Kemp who really had all of Spring to heal up seems to not get it together at the moment. When ever they have an opprotunity to do some damage and get runs on the board they either strike out or hit into a double play. Yes it’s early in the season but you can’t do that with runners in scoring position at all. Kemp and Cruz will get their act together but right now the slow start really hurts.
Zack Greinke Debuts: Zack Greinke was the most sought after Pitcher during free agency. When the Dodgers signed him he was expected to be number 2 behind Clayton Kershaw. April 5th Greinke made his Dodgers Debut and did not disapoint at all. Zack managed to pitch 6 innings striking out 6 batters and only giving up 2 hits. Batting wise he went 1-2 (Error was charged in his first at bat) and even manage to some what break up a double play. Zack Greinke had a good game and makes another start in San Deigo April 11th. I would love to see if he can follow up with a repeat of last week.
현 진 류(Hyun Jin Ryu): Another Pitcher the Dodgers signed in the off-season was the Korean stand out Hyun Jin Ryu. Through out Spring Training Ryu had to quickly adjust to MLB baseball. The exhibition game vs Anaheim he was fantastic which had many fans really looking forward to seeing him pitch. His debut game was something else. April 2nd Ryu made his first career start against the Giants and was knocked around quite a bit. Ryu gave up 8 hits in a 3-0 loss to the Giants. If anything this is all apart of the process of him adjusting to the MLB. His last start Sunday vs the Pirates was a better game. Yes he gave up 5 hits and a bomb to Andrew McCutchen but he struck out 6 in 6 innings. While some say he had all of spring training to adjust many have to remember he pitched limited games and it’s still an adjustment when the regular season comes because he’ll be pitching more frequently. Hyun Jin Ryu will be in a learning process for a few starts before he can really get it together.
What will we learn from the Dodgers on the road: Getting an early road trip in will show what the Dodgers can do in streatches like this. If anything we’ll see if the Dodgers can fix their problems with the slow start and leaving runners on base. San Deigo and Arizona will be interesting to see. My main concern is the Arizona series just for the fact the D-Backs have had the Dodgers numbers quite a few times before.