Some like it hot

Atlanta: 10-0 in past 10 games, 13-4 since All-Star break
Cleveland: 9-1 in past 10 games, 11-5 since All-Star break
Detroit: 9-1 in past 10 games, 12-3 since All-Star break
Kansas City: 9-1 in past 10 games, 13-3 since All-Star break
Los Angeles: 8-2 in past 10 games, 14-2 since All-Star break
Tampa Bay: 7-3 in past 10 games, 11-4 since All-Star break

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    For anyone who thinks stadium underpinnings are glamorous, that picture should disabuse them of the idea.

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      yea but that’s wrigley

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

    Man, the Dylan Hernandez story on Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers is pretty grim. http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0805-dodgers-cubs-20130805,0,7961890.story

    • Anonymous

      The tone is grim, yes. But it doesn’t really say anything that isn’t already a concern and hasn’t already been said.

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

        I think the “high-ranking officials bracing for the worst” added a new level of gloom.

        • Anonymous

          Grim was Ken Gurnick saying that Dee Gordon wasn’t playing in Albquequerque.

          • Anonymous

            Even tho they play on opposite sides of the field, can you imagine Dee going out and Puig coming in on a fly? I wouldn’t want to be in Dee’s shoes (and HE probably wouldn’t be in them after the play!).

        • Anonymous

          We’ll see. Hanley said he didn’t feel it pop and the original diagnosis was that it didn’t have the symptoms of a separation, which would be very grim.

          If he did just jam the shoulder, then hopefully he can just take a 15-day DL stint or maybe just a few days off.

          My real concern is if the Dodgers’ medical staff will take the right course of action with Hanley.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Reading about all these suspensions makes me #1 grateful that I don’t see any Dodgers on the lists and #2 makes me wonder what would have happened if MLB was paying attention in 2005 with Gagne, LoDuca and the like allegedly hitting the juice (not to mention Big Head in Fog City, which wouldn’t be a bad name for a record).

    Was there someone in the Dodgers brass who was responsible for cleaning that up and shipping those players out? Anyone ask Ned that?

    • Anonymous

      I doubt Lo Duca was traded because of PED warnings. I think DePodesta just saw an opportunity to sell high on Lo Duca to get Penny, which was the crux of the deal. I suppose the same could be said about dealing Mota in the same trade.

      Or maybe it was all just a plan to get Bill Plaschke into acting like he had been bitten by a rabid bat. Using that yardstick, the trade was great.

  • Anonymous

    The cream is starting to rise to the top and separate.

    Teams like Atlanta, Detroit, TB and Dodgers looking to run away from the pack.

    TB has their hands full with Boston, though.

    Hopefully the Dodgers will continue their winning ways and build the lead up on AZ to a point where the games against them in September aren’t so angst-ridden.

    • Anonymous

      I think angst is always going to be associated with being a Dodger fan. . . . Speaking of that, I’m angst-ious about these next two series: quality opposition and possibly lacking two of our biggest offensive guns. Still, the Dodgers have gelled as a Team and teammates pick each other up when one (or three) are unavailable.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t ever recall seeing such an injury-plagued Dodger team, with so many key players going down so frequently. In fact, I can’t recall anything similar for any other team.

    • Anonymous

      Fans of the 2013 Yankees could empathize. Granderson, Teixeira, and Jeter all came back from injuries and either quickly went back on the DL. The A-Rod situation is quite different.

      And some of the replacements, like Youkilis, got hurt too.

      • Anonymous

        Objectively, a valid point.
        But they’re the YANKEES!

      • Anonymous

        How many starting pitchers did the Yanks lose? I don’t think the Yanks’ position players lost are collectively as good as Kemp, Hanley, and Crawford either.

    • Anonymous

      They seemed key at the time in 2012 when we had a lot of injuries as well, with many of the same names (Kemp, Lilly, Ellis, Bills, Hariston), as well as Ethier, Guerrier, Uribe, Dee, Kenley, Guerra.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT
    • Anonymous

      Cute. Let’s hope they grow up in a world where the Dodgers are World Champs before their 1st Christmas. (Gotta admit, with all these injuries and the way they started, I’d settle for playing in postseason!)

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        That’s the way I started 9/23/1959…Dodgers won that day

        • Anonymous

          Now that you mention it, me too — 6/10/59!

          • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

            no but it was you who mentioned it 1st

          • Anonymous

            I was just thinking of those young ‘uns from the tweet . . . I always forget about ’59, maybe because it was in the Coliseum? Since I was born in ’59, before the Series, perhaps I was DESTINED to be a Dodger fan, even tho it didn’t happen until ’70 or ’71 (late bloomer and traveling as a military brat — there weren’t many MLB teams to root for in Libya)? Regardless of the angst, I’m proud to be a Dodger fan . . . team of Jackie and Vinny.

  • Anonymous

    Dre looks like he’s gonna hit his head on those pipes. Last thing the Dodgers need is another injured outfielder.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, the statements from the suspended players and their teams are flying all over the place. Nelson Cruz had an excuse (Some unpronounceable stomach ailment), while Jhonny Peralta gave no excuse – he chose to own it.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and A-Rod is a slimeball.

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

    Dodgers recall Gordon, option Fife

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

    Lineup: Crawford LF
    M Ellis 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Puig RF
    Ethier CF
    A Ellis C
    Uribe 3B
    Punto SS
    Greinke P

  • Anonymous

    Although I found the comments on Colletti and Mattingly amusing, this has to be reaching new heights of ridiculousness, even for a Yahoo writer : http://sports.yahoo.com/news/los-angeles-dodgers-walking-dead-mashup-ultimate-zombie-184700581.html

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

      Greg is a Dodger blogger who freelances for Yahoo.

      • Anonymous

        For the record – I’m not against ridiculousness, as I’ve been known to participate in my fair share. And, I see nothing wrong in a writer foraying into the realm of ridiculousness – was just pointing it out while providing the link for others to enjoy.

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was mildly amusing.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers lineup:

    Crawford LF

    M Ellis 2B

    Gonzalez 1B

    Puig RF

    Ethier CF

    A Ellis C

    Uribe 3B

    Punto SS

    Greinke P

    • thescrounger

      Is this one better than the one Jon posted?

      • Anonymous

        Well, it does have spaces between the names…

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        yea it’s means victory…I don’t post no victory…or have you not been paying attention since the Dodgers went on the streak

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Clayton made NL pitcher of the month:

    http://imgur.com/9Y7XH4m

  • Anonymous

    Tonight’s game free at mlb.com; hope this helps someone

    • foul tip

      Think it’s on ESPN.

  • Anonymous

    At 308, Mellis has the lowest OBP against RHP on the active roster for this year except for Punto, Gordon, and Fedex

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

    NPUT