Uribe’s pursuit of Andruwza Line continues

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Dee Gordon, SS
A.J. Ellis, C
Bobby Abreu, LF
Juan Rivera, RF
Adam Kennedy, 2B
James Loney, 1B
Luis Cruz, 3B
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF
Chris Capuano, P

Juan Uribe’s journey to ignominy looked like it might make another rest stop at the disabled list, with the infielder having sprained his right ankle while getting thrown out on the bases in Monday’s 8-2 Dodger loss to Cincinnati. However, Uribe is back in tonight’s Dodger starting lineup, thrilling legions of Dodger fans.

With Mark Ellis nearing a return from the DL at second base, the timing for a Uribe injury wouldn’t have been so bad (if it could ever be). His 2012 OPS has fallen to .539, below last year’s .557 and only 34 points above the Andruwza Line of .505, established by Andruw Jones in 2008.

In fact, Uribe is ahead of Jones’ pace — the latter came off the disabled list on Independence Day four years ago with a .543 OPS (unless you take into account the entirety of Uribe’s 119-game Dodger career, in which case his OPS skies to .551).

Update: Uribe was scratched from the Dodger lineup shortly before 4 p.m. and replaced at third base by Luis Cruz.

Update 2: Todd Coffey has gone on the disabled list, with Shawn Tolleson headed back to Los Angeles for the time being, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Times. Uribe is day-to-day.

Meanwhile, Andre Ethier is probably headed to the disabled list as soon as Wednesday, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A.

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  • Dodger prospect Raydel Sanchez threw seven innings of no-hit ball for Great Lakes on Monday.
  • The legend of the 21st-century Billy Hamilton grows. In his 78th game of the year Monday, the Reds minor-leaguer stole his 100th base.
  • Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post and Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation provides an update on the Rockies’ attempt to move to a short-outing four-man starting rotation. “Through the first 10 games of the grand experiment,” writes Renck, “the Rockies’ rotation, on a flexible 75-pitch limit that will grow if the starters become more effective and more durable, posted an 8.56 ERA, compared with a 6.28 ERA for the starters in the season’s first 65 games.”
  • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

    jon weisman is on fire today

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand – are you saying Uribe has a sprained ankle AND he’s playing tonight?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Yes, but now we’re hearing Cruz will start at third base. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, hopefully news breaks soon that Uribe has been DFA’d

  • Anonymous

    With Ned on the final year of his contract and new owners with no allegiance to him (and Donnie), it seems like their days as a Dodger are numbered 
    (absent a 2012 playoff spot). 

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      i think don baseball stays Craig

      • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

        But stan kasten took a huge sigh of relief when the dodgers finally started losing. frowning on the outside smiling on the inside. he’s no longer stuck with Ned.

        • Anonymous

          New GM’s like their own guy.

          • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

            you’re absolutely right. however I’m betting that Donny Baseball carries with him a little more, i dunno, substance/presence, i dunno, than the average manager. he may be a little old school, he might sometimes make a mistake but he’s not Joe Torre. He’s got something. substance i dunno. but he handles the players great and that’s something that’s hard to replace with today’s players. i think Stan will make an exception here. unless something unforseen happens  the rest of the year.

          • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

             I don’t think Mattingly is going anywhere.  He’s widely perceived as a success.

          • Anonymous

            Back to back years of third place finishes (in all likelihood).  Yeah, I guess he could try to make a case to the next GM. But he better talk fast because I think the new owners/GM want to make some BIG moves….

          • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

            don’t get snarky now Craig. there ARE rules.

          • Anonymous

            Back-to-back finishes in 3rd place aside, what he’s been able to accomplish with what he’s had to deal with as far as the former ownership circus last year- and finishing with the best record in baseball over the last, what, month and a half last season. And how got his team off to the best record in baseball most of this season with a team nobody expected to do nearly as well as they did, and then keeping the team (so far) still in the playoff hunt despite being hammered with injuries to key players and having to field a mish-mash of retreads and AAA players? Oh that Don Mattingly? Yeah, not very impressive…. Yeah, he won’t be around next season…. time to pull yer head out, Craig.

          • Anonymous

            @ Craig – If you really want to blame one person for the back-to-back 3rd place finishes, how about McCourt?  Mattingly seems to be doing just fine with what he has been given.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Updates to this post above on Coffey, Ethier, Tolleson. 

  • Anonymous

    it seems like just about the whole roster has been on the disabled list at some stage this year

    • Anonymous

      James Loney has been healthy all season. So has Adam Kennedy.

      • Anonymous

        I was trying to forget ;)

  • Anonymous

    Good to see Washington up 5-0 over the Gnats after 3 innings (and 11-11 in Milwaukee !! – Brewers led 9-2)

  • Anonymous

    Lincucum 71 pitches after 3 innings, giving up 3 doubles and a HR (how the mighty have fallen)

    • Anonymous

      His ERA is once again above 6. Hopefully, he can maintain it there, or even work towards 7.

      • Anonymous

        it’s important to have goals in life

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Pruett/1707390003 Terry Pruett

    I like Mattingly’s style. His eagerness to give up outs, particularly in the early innings, annoys me…but two things:

    1. Managing is not just about in-game tactics…and pretty much every manager will do something tactically that annoys every fan. I mean, by the time Torre left, I was convinced the Yankee years had never happened.
    2. In everything besides in-game tactics, I think Mattingly has done really well. He obviously has the respect of the team, and he is low key yet candid with the media…he doesn’t blow smoke. That’s why he and Ned are such a curious match. Ned, after all, is the King of the Media Schmoozers and the Prince of All Smoke Blowing to Columnists.

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      there isn’t a team more needing to bunt than the dodgers. unfortunately they’re just not good at it. 

      • Anonymous

        2 that are exceptions to the rule are Capuano & Kersh..

        • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

          absolutely. C Cap is an awesome bunter.

    • Anonymous

      I must say, when Donnie was made manager, I was disappointed, because I thought Wallach had earned it and had more experience.  But Donnie has done well, particularly at motivating the team at times when it seemed there was no reason to even try (like the second half of 2011).  So I’m convinced.

      And I also agree with Jon that he’s generally considered a success by most folks.  Even though his corner infielders aren’t.  ;)

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Calling Jon on a Rule 1, 6, 7 and 8 violation for this line: “ Uribe is back in tonight’s Dodger starting lineup, thrilling legions of Dodger fans.”

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      Good call!

      • Anonymous

        I think it might be a rule 3 ;)

        • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

          well i’m an expert in that field and I have to say no.

          • Anonymous

            Baiting, baiting ;)

    • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

       Rejected.

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        lolz

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    I do wish that one of these minor players would come up and take a spot away from one of our favorite players. 

  • Anonymous

    Not pitching against the Dodgers tonight, Lincecum gave up 7 earned runs (8 in all) in 3 1/3 innings at Washington.  It’s 8-2 Nationals after 4 1/2.

  • Anonymous

    Brewers win a wild one 13-12 with a Ramirez walk off 2 run HR with 2 outs

    • Anonymous

      That’s too bad.  I say that because I’d like to see the Brewers stay out of contention so they’ll trade us that starting pitcher who will be a free agent after this season.  :)

      • Anonymous

        I wish a certain other player had come to us from the Brewers instead of heading to Tiger town ;)

  • Anonymous

    BTW, I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but John Ely has been putting up some mighty impressive numbers at ABQ this year.  I don’t know that he’ll ever get another big-league shot (with the Dodgers, anyway), but he’s been pitching well all season long.  Yesterday may have been his best outing yet, but he’s been solid all season.  Stats: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=t342&t=p_pbp&pid=518655

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      the hit and strike out per inning stats are pretty darmn amazing. it would be interesting to see him pitch and see what he’s doing different this year.

      • Anonymous

        He’s also done even better in ABQ than on the road, despite its reputation as a hitter’s paradise.

        • Anonymous

          just in the interest of accuracy, if you look at Ely’s April stats you will see that he got off to a bad start and has not pitched well all season long. It is perhaps even more impressive that he has done so well after a poor start.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, he did pretty well in April too.  His April numbers were hurt because of his first start of the year, when he allowed 7 ER in 3 IP.  The rest of April his ERA was 3.04, with quality starts in 3 of his other 4 starts.  Here’s how he has done in his 17 starts:

            0 ER in each of 4 starts
            1 ER in each of 2 starts
            2 ER in each of 5 starts
            3 ER in each of 3 starts
            4 ER in each of 2 starts
            7 ER in each of 1 start

            So I think it’s safe to say that he has indeed pitched well all season long, even though he had one bad outing and a couple of others that were only so-so.  Pretty darn good!

  • http://profiles.google.com/michaelgreen327 Michael Green

    First, I have not been easy to please on the subject of Dodger managers, but I think the question is whether anybody else would do better than D. Baseball.  The answer, it seems to me, is no.  A better strategist might not have the personal respect that Mattingly seems to have gained from the team, and thus might cost us as much as if not more than we might gain.  Kasten doesn’t strike me as the type who makes big moves for the sake of making big moves–witness the lack of big turnover in Atlanta.

    That said, I think that every time Uribe’s name comes up, the chances of Ned surviving decline.  I look at it this way:  he recently said that with the McCourts gone, now the Dodgers can compete financially.  When he explains his signings of Jason Schmidt and Juan Uribe, then he can make a comment like that.

    • Anonymous

      I like what you say about Mattingly.  But I don’t think Ned is going to be judged solely by one player.  He’s got a bunch of black marks on his record to be sure (Uribe, Jones, Schmidt), but he’s also done some good things (Capuano, MEllis, Hairston, Abreu this year alone).

      Frankly, I think the biggest reason Ned won’t be around much longer is not his record, but rather, the fact that the new ownership management team includes a GM type guy who can easily take on those responsibilities.  Of course, they may have structured the management team that way because they wanted to replace him, but what I’m saying here is that his departure seemed almost pre-ordained by Kasten’s arrival.

      • Anonymous

        I realize you referred to Kasten as a GM type guy. He has never been GM of a MLB team. “As
         president of the Braves, Kasten, delegated all of the baseball decisions to Atlanta GM John Schuerholz.” quote from Wikipedia. The Dodgers will have a GM and I increasingly fear it will be Colletti. I hope I am wrong.  

        • Anonymous

          Thanks – I wasn’t aware of that aspect of his background.

  • Anonymous

    Well at least Lincecum wasn’t righted for the rest of the season after dominating the Dodgers woeful batsmen.

  • Anonymous

    It would be idiotic for the new owners to place any blame on Mattingly for the failings of a team that has been decimated by injuries – I don’t see any chance of it happening, just replying to the absurd statement that Mattingly will be fired at the end of the season (and finishing in 3rd place along the way, apparently). A much more telling view of Mattingly’s job was how the team performed when healthy – the best results in the game.

  • KT

    It’s I hate Tuesday because of KCAL night
     
    1st thing out of the reds pregame host is “it’s Dodger stadium where the fans are slowly filling in. They will be here by the 3rd inning and leave by the 7th”
     
    Every game I go to I’m in the park at least 2 hours before gametime and if I have the good seats which is often I’m in the park 2 1/2 hrs early and I never leave until the last out

    • Anonymous

      particularly this year (even when we were winning) if fans don’t come until the 3rd, they will miss all our scoring ;)

  • Anonymous

    Eric Stephen is reporting that the Dodgers are planning to play … that song … again at the bottom of the 8th.

    I hope Johnny Cueto throws a no-hitter tonight to put an end to that torture.

    • Jack Dawkins

      If they win, does that mean they keep playing it?  If so this will be quite a dilemma.

      • Anonymous

        They played it last night. That didn’t work out so well.

        • Jack Dawkins

          The only sliver of a silver lining about it is that it really annoys Steve Perry.

  • Anonymous

    Oswalt just got hammered in Chicago (by Youkilis amoungst others)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

      Yah its interesting to me that they would try and trade for Lee but not Youkilis. In any case his CWS OPS will now be above Uribe’s Dodger OPS. It was .528 heading into tonight.

  • Anonymous

    looking at the standings i’m a little amazed we’re only 1.5 games back, but i guess we can thank our great start for that. . .

  • KT

    Come on DP

  • Anonymous

    Good thing they got 5 innings in  – rain delay in Washington – would have been a shame to wipe out all those runs Lincecum gave up.

    • Anonymous

      So can I clarify, if the rest of the game is a washout, the result so far stands?

      • Anonymous

        Correct

        • Anonymous

          thanks

          • Anonymous

            Yes, if a game is called, it becomes “official” after five innings, or 4.5 innings if the home team is ahead.

  • Anonymous

    Brad Penny alert in DC!

    • Anonymous

      That’s a train wreck waiting to happen.

    • foul tip

       Would that be Bad Penny?

  • Anonymous

    Sure would be nice to give Cap some run support tonight.
    Not going to be easy with Cueto dealing.

    • Anonymous

      can’t help but agree with you AaSsWw, Cueto looks nasty so far. As Vin pionted out, he sports a Louie Tiant motion to go with the nasty movement.

      • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

        Most Dodger starting pitchers have probably felt like they have to give up zero runs to have a chance lately.  And they’ve been facing some very good pitchers. Cueto is yet another, alas. 

  • Anonymous

    1-2-3 inning, falling asleep already lol

  • KT

    M. Ellis would have had that one

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    Live from Rancho Cucamonga in the 1st
    Mark Ellis singles on a ground ball to center fielder James Jones.
    Matt Kemp singles on a ground ball to left fielder Mickey Wiswall. Mark Ellis to 2nd.

    • Anonymous

      I wish they would show that game on TV instead of the poop we have to watch now.

      • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

        try and stay positive Ki3

        • Anonymous

          What! , only singles. They will fit right in when they return :)

    • Anonymous

      nice! thanks for the updates UD!

  • Anonymous

    ii don’t work tomorrow WOO!!!

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone tell me when was the last time that the Dodgers reached double figures in hits?

  • Anonymous

    Good nickname for Cueto would be “The Predator”.

  • Anonymous

    Safe to say there will only be one 13-12 game today

  • KT

    good hit Dee

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

    The other day on the way to the gym Steiner announced the name of the person who would win a small prize if the dodgers hit back to back homeruns in that inning. I imagine some 10 year old kid screaming at his dad, “that’s us daddy, woo hoo” and then the daddy just rolling his eyes like ya and pigs fly. With that intro have we hit any back to backs this year?

    • Anonymous

      here’s one from April- first inning. The hitters are not in tonight’s line-up:
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/LAN/LAN201204140.shtml 

      • Anonymous

        Yup.  There have only been six games all year in which the Dodgers have hit more than one home run.  I think the only other one with two home runs in an inning was the game in Colorado in which Dee hit one in the upper deck, but the two home runs were separated by two singles.

        • Anonymous

          I see the last of those 6 times was May 22

          • Anonymous

            May 21, actually…  :)

  • Anonymous

    Cueto laughing at how easy this is as he jogs off the mound.

    • Anonymous

      all kitting aside, AJ went from 0 balls & 2 strikes to 3 balls & 2 strikes in that at bat!! (AMAZING)

      • Anonymous

        he stroke out but if you witnessed the AB you would really appreciated.

  • KT

    Come on Chris

  • Anonymous

    Bases loaded, uh oh

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      uh oh what Ki310

  • Anonymous

    Nice pitching there sir, nice pitching.

  • Anonymous

    Dumb play by Cruz there, almost didn’t get the out.

  • KT

    that play was too close at second…I slowed it down and couldn’t tell

  • KT

    second angle from the reds feed looks like he’s out but according to the reds announcers it looked like hes was safe…As I said too close

  • Anonymous

    Any truth to the rumor that Colletti is looking to trade Loney for Katie Holmes?

  • Anonymous

    Jeez, easy inning for Cueto there

  • Anonymous

    Is this the worst Dodger starting lineup ever?  I can’t remember a more punchless group of hitters.  Kennedy and Cruz and Gordon and Gwynn and Loney all in the same lineup?  Yeesh. 

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      i thought you guys said last night was the worst ever. which is it?

      • Anonymous

        It’s like part 2 of a bad mini-series

      • Anonymous

        In 1968 the Dodgers had Popovich (BA .232), Versalles (.196) and Bailey (.227) starting at 2nd, SS and 3rd for much of the season, backed up by Alcaraz (.151) and Shirley (.181).

        • Anonymous

          So not the worst ever then, I feel better Bob ;)

        • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

          nice. i remember a guy that played 2nd in the early 60s. started with B. Burright or something. he was worse than popovich but not as bad as Versalles. can’t remember his name though.

  • KT

    Way to peel off Dee

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      KT i admire your positive support. you must be an older guy.

      • KT

        I think I’m a couple behind you…put it this way…I was in LA when the Dodgers arrived

        • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

          that’s what I’m talking about baby!

  • KT

    At least James is hitting the ball hard now

  • Anonymous

    Hey guys…any word on how Matty is doing in Rancho Cu………..ga?  (too lazy to spell it)

  • KT

    Reds turning in some gems

  • Anonymous

    these guys have wings on there shoes, that looked pretty.

  • Anonymous

    i wonder what’s going through Capuano’s head on the mound at the moment, must be frustrating for all Dodger pitchers (no matter how much you are a great team first kind of guy)

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    At the end of 6, Mark Ellis has gone 2 for 4, Matt Kemp 1 for 2 with a walk and a strike out.

    Interesting to me that Matt’s DHing this game.

    • Anonymous

      Save us Mark, take that number 2 spot back

  • KT

    Nice save James

  • Anonymous

    Great pitching by Cap tonight – c’mon Blue, give him a couple runs.

  • KT

    Cappy gone after 98 pitches

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Nice to see that hit!

  • KT

    Nice hit Elian

  • KT

    Nice SAC bunt Dee
     
    Come on AJ

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    That was a mighty heater there…

    • Anonymous

      the previous pitch made that pitch that much harder… yeah, it was nasty.

  • KT

    Come on Bobby

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Balk!

  • KT

    Balk…Now wild pitch him home

  • Anonymous

    Jon Weisman… do you keep DT stats?
    As in… what is the highest number of comments ever given on DT during a game?
     

    • Anonymous

      I recall that the Manny deal evoked posts in the thousands.  Not sure about the most for a game chat, but it could be over a thousand.

  • KT

    BOBBY!!! Tie ball game

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Nice.

  • Anonymous

    2 outs …. Abreau…. Clutch.

  • Anonymous

    No shutout!

  • KT

    Come on Juan

  • Anonymous

    Bobby, I love you!

    • Anonymous

      Bob, hold the love for the player who gives us the lead :)

      • Anonymous

        Before you lead, you gots to tie!

        • Anonymous

          Some teams don’t bother with that, but I guess we only usually get 1 at a time

    • Anonymous

       (waving index finger to and fro….)
      Back off  Bob…. Didn’t you read  last night’s comments? …. Juanny’s mine… :-)  ha.

      • Anonymous

        He does have a well-turned ankle.

  • Anonymous

    Well done Bobby

    • Anonymous

      that thing was a screamer (looney tunes style) it was smoked man, yikes!

  • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

    bobby aint what he use to be but he still has almost 2500 hits. his muscle memory can get more hits than most of the isotopes with the big new mexico stats.

    • Anonymous

      used

  • Anonymous

    This Day In Baesball History
    1906 – At Cleveland, the Naps top the Tigers, 5 – 0, in game called after six innings on account of rain. To underscore the soggy conditions, Detroit outfielder Germany Schaefer plays the last few innings wearing a raincoat over his uniform.

  • Anonymous

    Big task ahead for Scotty.

  • Anonymous

    I see Bobby has been rewarded with a seat on the bench, I hope that means Donnie is confident we will bat down to at least position 9 next half innings

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    In the bottom of the 7th Matt Kemp singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch, where he was stranded. 

    Somebody might want to remind him that he’s in the Home Run Derby and not the Singles and get Stranded Derby.

  • Anonymous

    Get ready for the 1968 version of our lineup

  • KT

    swung at ball 4

  • Anonymous

    hey adam kennedy — that piitch was almost in Mary Harts lap.

    • KT

      You mean Jane Semore

  • KT

    There you go James

  • KT

    NICE CRUZ!!!

    Way to hustle BGJ!!!

  • KT

    way to add an insurance run

  • Anonymous

    Where are you Bob, someone new to love ;)

  • Anonymous

    Loney made it from first and scored wooooo!!
    Wild pitch run! Double woo!

    • Anonymous

      At first I thought he stumbled at the plate from exhaustion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

         he runs like he has a piano strapped to his back

  • KT

    Cruz with the stolen base

  • Anonymous

     Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!.

  • Anonymous

    Loney could have gotten hurt on that play man…

    • Anonymous

       Loney … I love the guy… needs to either slide or level  the catcher…

      To quote Jerry Seinfeld, “No tippy toes…”  :-)

      • Anonymous

        From what I saw, if he tried to level the guy he would have moved into the tag and he couldn’t slide because Hanagan’s leg was blocking the plate.

        • KT

          but Hanagan trapped the ball between his glove and his leg, ahard hit would have knocked it loose

          • Anonymous

            Sure, but Loney was almost passed him when the ball arrived.  Why run to the ball?  I just find it hard to be critical of the option he chose.

          • KT

            Oh I think he made the right choice…His slide was akward though

  • Anonymous

    calling gordon homer now

    • KT

      ^_^

      • Anonymous

        close

    • KT

      Warning track powr at DS

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Please review Rule 11 above… That said, Dee gave that a ride.

      • Anonymous

        I am compleeeetly sobre…  SHOTS!

        • Anonymous

           Goldschlager….

          • Anonymous

             Or.. “Three Wisemen” shot…
            Jack, Jim, Jose …
            One shot…
            Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   out.

        • Anonymous

          i was known to break that rule once or twice in the past. ;0)

      • Anonymous

         Rule #11 is my favorite one to break… ;-)

  • KT

    Good hit Elian…Come on Dee move him around

  • Anonymous

    I’m at work so I can’t see any highlights, can’t wait to get home later to see the steal of home!

    • Anonymous

       ”Aus”

      Austria?
      Austrailia?

      • Anonymous

         Austin?

      • KT

        that would be choice #2

        • Anonymous

          except it’s spelt Australia ;)

          • Anonymous

             G-Day Mate!

          • KT

            I know how to spell it I just didn’t take the time to really read it

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry KT, it wasn’t you who misspelt it !

    • KT

      Very high pitch that if the catcher caught Cruz would have been out
       
      Tony tried to bunt and in the last moment pulled the bat back…I think it blocked the catchers view…ball went to the backstop

      • Anonymous

        thanks

    • Anonymous

      it was an odd play John_From-Aus, you’ll appreciated more when you see it…

      • Anonymous

        Thanks, should it be called a wild pitch rather than a steal of home?

  • foul tip

    Gameday says Cruz stole home?  Vot es?

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Squeeze was on, but Cueto threw a wild pitch (right?) and Cruz scored standing up.

    • KT

      see my comment above

  • Anonymous

    Bruce can catch that popfly but can’t catch one against the gnats, hmmm.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Matt Kemp is batting .667. He’s ready!

  • Anonymous

    How come there isn’t a rule that says that nobody except Jon can post… ‘NPUT’????

    • Anonymous

       See? … total rule #11 violation right there…. ha.

    • KT

      If you can put a new post up then I guess you can type NPUT

      • Anonymous

        I’ll see what I can do, KT.

  • KT

    Good inning Belli

  • KT

    Good Eye SVS

  • Anonymous

    very impressed with Belisario again, only 7 pitches for the complete half innings

    • KT

      Me too

      • Anonymous

        Once we get everyone back on board/ start hitting regularly, with Belli and Kenley as our 8 and 9 guys, we are going to be a real threat to everyone the rest of the season

        • KT

          Don’t forget Lindblum as #7

          • Anonymous

            not as confident with him, but on the whole he has been pretty good

          • KT

            He’s been under a lot of pressure to be perfect….the others haven’t been used much

  • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

    KT i’m putting this potential win on you for your neverending positive waves. congratulations.

    • KT

      thank you but i’ve been trying this for the last couple of weeks
       
      I say BGJ deserves this one…He’s coming around finally

      • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

        and you’re so humble too. what a guy. 

        • KT

          I been doing everything including wearing different shirts and playing different games

          • Anonymous

            OK, but now you can’t change your underwear.  We are on a roll!

          • KT

            I’ve been going Commando so I’m ok

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    When was the last save Jansen earned?

    • Anonymous

      June 23 against the Angels.

      • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

        Feels like last season.

  • KT

    Great Catch Juan

  • KT

    Half Game Back with a 5 game lead over the Snakes

  • Anonymous

    cyber hugs!

    • KT

      ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Dodgers win, Gnats lose, 0.5 back from 1st. Feels good man.

  • Anonymous

    Scotty the Vulture!

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    That’s what I call a natural mood elevator. 

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. I’ll take a well-played 3 to 1 game over a 13 to 12 fiasco any day, all day.

  • Anonymous

    Two out of three for the first time in a long time!  We begin the second half of the season in style.

    I should have posted this earlier:  Ian Desmond went 2-for-2 against Lincecum tonight, with a single and a homer, and drove in a pair.  For his career, Desmond is now 9-for-11 against Lincecum — batting average of .818, OBP of .818, slugging of 1.273 and OPS of 2.091.

  • Anonymous

    First time that we’ve played and gained on the Giants since June 17.

    • KT

      San Diego and Colo are only 13.5 back now…coming back to the pack

  • Anonymous

    love it that Elbert gets the win by throwing 2 pitches

  • Anonymous

    At least you should all sleep well before your big day of celebrations tomorrow. I may not be able to get on DT tomorrow, so if I don’t ‘Happy 4th July’ to you all

    • KT

      Thanks John

    • Anonymous

      Yes, thanks John – Family, BBQ, Dodgers game, and fireworks. What more can you ask for on a Holiday?

  • KT

    Good Night/Day all

  • http://underdog.typepad.com/ underdog

    A win! Woo hoo, unlike yesterday all the pitchers held their own. And key contributions from Loney (!) and Cruz!

    Meanwhile, ESPN.com video on Matt Kemp’s rehab start:

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8129162&ex_cid=nhffromfb

    Ellis tomorrow, Kemp next week, along with Ethier hopefully… If Dodgers can just be a game or 2 behind at the worst, I’m feeling okay about things.

  • Anonymous

    Breakfast at Nationals Stadium? Nachos al caballo!  Nats taking BP for 11am start against the giants.

  • Anonymous

    Happy Independence Day!

    • KT

      Thanks NSX right back at you

  • Anonymous

    Gnats jumped off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning in D.C.  However, in the 6th, the Nats lead the Gnats, 7-3.

  • Anonymous

    Old Friend Edwin Jackson leaves with a 7-4 lead.

  • KT

    9-4 Nats in the bottom of 8th

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1813400086 Howard Kulzer

    Looks like Coffey will be out for the year with Tommy John surgery.

  • KT

    Nats win 9-4…time to take over 1st place

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Happy 4th of July to us! The Dodgers are tied for first with a chance to take the lead tonight!

  • Anonymous

    First-Place Fives – All Around..

  • Anonymous

    Time to retake first place tonight.

    • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

      where have you been WBB?

      • Anonymous

        I have spent a week in the hospital. Got home yesterday, and feeling much better. Some of the games I saw on the iPad, but commenting was difficult.

        • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

          sorry to hear that. hope you doing better. we need all the old guys on this site we can get.

        • KT

          Hope everything is goig great for you now

        • Anonymous

          I hope everything is OK WBB.

  • foul tip

    We’re here with baseball expert without parallel manager Jim Tracy of the Rockies…

    Since he does so well asking himself questions, we’ll get out of his way:

    “How’s my new strategy for a 4-man rotation and 75-pitch limit working out?  Well, could be better.  But is it worth continuing?  I think so.  Is it likely to take a while before the wisdom of it becomes apparent?  I believe so.  It’s a long season…VERY long, come to think of it.  Can miracles happen?  Absolutely, they can…sometimes…you just have to believe, that’s all. 

    “And, what was there to lose?  Not much.  Did I need to be seen trying something to fix the pitching?  Yes, yes. I absolutely did  Have I fixed it?  Yes, REAL good.

    “What’s that?  Is it true that my groundbreaking strategy is being named the Jim Tracy Rotation Wrecker & Bullpen Exploder theory?   Why, I hadn’t heard that.

    “Would it be quite a honor if it became widely adopted and I was given credit for it?  Why, yes…..yes, I think it would.  I’m touched…touched by the suggestion, that is.” 

     

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Pruett/1707390003 Terry Pruett

      Am I impressed by the creativity? Yes, I am.

    • Anonymous

      Hey, I think it’s a real accomplishment to drop down into a tie with the Madres!  :)

  • Anonymous

    Alex Castellanos continues to mash when he’s on the road rather than in hitter-friendly ABQ.  Yesterday he hit a three-run bomb in Omaha and scored three runs, after going 3 for 6 the night before.  I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him in L.A.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Pruett/1707390003 Terry Pruett

      I’d like to see them bring him up and say, “Ok, we’re going to play him every day for a month and see what we’ve got”.

      • Anonymous

        I think the reason they haven’t done that is that they want to be comfortable with him playing second base, and he’s not there yet.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Pruett/1707390003 Terry Pruett

          Agreed…but with Ellis coming back, his position would be LF….so maybe it would be impossible anyway.

        • Anonymous

          Ellis is owned $5.25 million in 2013 and a $1 million buy-out or $5.75 million in 2014.
          just the facts

  • Anonymous

    Mike Leake has hit two home runs this season.  When’s the last time a Dodger pitcher has done that in a season?  (I know Randy Wolf did it once but for the Phillies, before he became a Dodger.)  Has any Dodger done it since Fernando hit 3 in ’84?

    • Anonymous

      In 2000, Dreifort hit 3 and Park hit 2.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Is it legal for a fielder to trip a runner, like Hannigan did last night?

    • Anonymous

      Since Hanigan was in the act of fielding the ball, he got away with it. If he wasn’t, the answer would be no. It would be considered obstruction.

  • Anonymous

    Happy independance day everyone. Hope you all have a great day. I think the Dodgers reclaiming first place would be appropriate on such an important day!

  • http://veryolddodgerfan.blogspot.com/ veryolddodgerfan

    Ok I’m curious. What’s the most – in dodger assets – that you yahoos would give up for Babe Headley?

  • Anonymous

    Happy Fourth, everyone! Here’s to a two-game winning streak.

  • Anonymous

    Dodger.com doesn’t mention Ethier going on the DL.  In fact they mention him being ready after the all star break.  I assume that to be July 13th. 

    Oh I see the potential of Ellis coming of the DL may force them to put Ethier on the DL.  Why can’t they put Uribe on the “2 year” disabled list?

    • Anonymous

      It’s official now. Ethier is on the DL and M Ellis is activated. Since Ethier hasn’t played since June 27, he would be eligible to play when the season restarts on July 13.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT