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Kevin Greene

2013 LA DODGERS Thread

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Back on topic to the game.....Adrian Gonzalez owes Uribe a new car, and Puig just makes baseball fun. Loved seeing him give Sager and the camera guy a Gatorade bath....

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Alll Dodger fans are rooting for Pittsburgh now so the Blue gets Home Field.

Go Bucs, beat then Redbirds!

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Cardinals are a Class Organization and the one team I wanted to face the least. 

Tough game so far tied at 2.

 

Go Dodgers!

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In one very aggressive reach to take a lead in the eighth inning, in a game that had stood tied at 2 since the third inning, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made the play. Adrian Gonzalez had led off the eighth with a five-pitch walk. He thus became their second baserunner since the third inning. Already, the Dodgers had done little against Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, or the two relievers who followed. Who knew if there would be another chance? "It's one of those," Mattingly said, "that you've got to shoot your bullet when you get a chance." So, with none out, with Yasiel Puig going to the plate, in a tied game on the road, against the best catcher in baseball, Mattingly sent Dee Gordon to first base. Gonzalez jogged to the bench, where he'd spend the next six innings, or until Beltran's final big moment. "If we don't use him there and the next guy hits a ball in the gap and he doesn't score," Mattingly said, "we're going to say, ‘Why didn't you use Dee?'"
 

This is why I despise the lineup Mattingly uses where he has Puig hitting behind Gonzales. It completely neutralizes one of Puig's best weapons, speed on the base paths. So many times this year Gonzo would be on and Puig would get a hit and would only be able to trot to first and not attack the defense like he wants to.

This mistake is made every day when Matttingly puts Puig in the 5 spot instead of leading off or even bat him second behind Crawford if he wants. Idiot moves made before the game even starts. Grrrrrrr.

 

 

 

A funny thing happened when Mattingly sent Dee Gordon to run for Gonzalez. Unwittingly, he'd sent Dee Gordon to run for Hanley Ramirez as well. He'd marginalized not simply the Dodgers' best hitter, but their two best hitters. Ramirez, who'd batted .500 in the division series, did not see another pitch for the remainder of the game. In a game that could have been decided on one pitch, neither Gonzalez nor Ramirez took another swing, so Mattingly could take his one shot.

 

See, Ramirez bats in front of Gonzalez, the left-handed hitter who'd batted .333 in the last series and hit 22 home runs and drove in 100 runs in the regular season. There is no gain, on many nights, to pitching around Ramirez. Gonzalez was on the bench, however, and at first base and in the cleanup spot – behind Ramirez – was Michael Young, the sturdy pro who had a mere 29 at-bats, including the division series, in a month.

 

 

Please Angels, fire Scioscia.

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Welp, looks like this series was over when the Cardinals took Hanley out in his first at bat.

Still waiting for a Dodger pitcher to retaliate and bean Beltran hard.

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I'm going to game 5!! GO BLUE!!! They may pitch Greinke on short rest, not sure how I feel about it, but game 4 is a must win we need to put pressure on STL.

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Clayton hasn't pitched too well tonight, but he's also not getting calls that have been strikes the entire series. Oh well not going to blame the Umps for the bats doing their disappearing act again.  I will be salty about Hanley being hurt though.  Would be a much different series with him at 100%....

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