The day and week ahead

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.

Starting Thursday, I will be largely away from Dodger Thoughts for approximately one week, finding myself at the Toronto International Film Festival for Variety for the second year in a row. Game chat threads are set up for each day of action, and the reliable and effervescent Bob Timmermann will be offering his insight as much as his schedule and inclinations allow.

With the magic number for clinching the National League West at 12, Timmermann’s fair reign potentially will include a celebration post.

I imagine there is some concern that the Dodgers are peaking and/or counting their chickens too early, what with their ferociously strong summertime run and tonight’s start of Edinson Volquez in Coors Field.

To that, I offer these soothing thoughts:

1) For those who think they’re peaking too early, well, the lineups of the past two days offer the antidote. I’m practically ready for Don Mattingly to be given a breather and Manny Mota to manage the team for a day.

2) Even if Volquez gets torched, cutting a break to the guys in the potential postseason starting rotation offers a greater good. And Volquez might not get torched.

3) Though there are famous stories of hot teams in the summer flaming out in the fall, there is no cause-effect relationship there. There are plenty of stories of teams that peaked at the last possible moment and still didn’t win the World Series.

4) These Dodgers are hungry. I don’t know if they’re hungry in the same way as the fans who have waited 25 years or their entire lives for a World Series title, but they did not come this far just to go through the motions in October. Don’t buy into the idea that losses are inherently a character flaw.

5) Ultimately, we have limited control over whether the Dodgers win or lose. So just treasure every moment you can.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    The always reliable BT at the controls…that’s good also

    • btimmer

      TOO MUCH PRESSURE!!!!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s what she said.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers lineup:
    Hairston LF
    Punto 2B
    Ramirez SS
    Young 1B
    Van Slyke RF
    A Ellis C
    Uribe 3B
    Schumaker CF
    Volquez P

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      lol, spring training lineup.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Got this on MSTI: Off The Wall 79 2 minutes ago

    http://i.imgur.com/JTkbA0R.png

  • WinnipegDave

    Welcome back to Canada Jon… we hope you enjoy your stay.

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

      Thanks :)

  • NoahUCLA

    I think if it weren’t for Kershaw, Greinke would have a solid shot at winning the Cy Young this year. Fernandez has been awesome and could have been the Cy Young and ROY, but with a great September Greinke could have overcome him. At this point though, it’s Kershaw’s unless he pitches a whole month of 5 inning 5 run ball.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely agree re Zack. When the season started, I was excited with 2 previous CY winners, then for both of them to live up to the hype . . . great!

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

    It’s a pity the Blue Jays have had such an unexpectedly awful season. You might have had a chance to see a pennant-race game at that big ol’ stadium there.

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

      Frankly, I’m glad I don’t have to deal with the traffic as I race from the airport to my first screening.

      • RBI

        Hope you get to see the documentary Faith Connections by Pan Nalin. He’s a friend, and a lovely guy…

  • package206

    I will be in Cincinnati for the 3 game set this weekend. I hope crazy Donnie does not put out the kind of lineups he has been playing. Almost all subs. I know, I know, Donnie’s lineups have been winning but I would like to see the regular Dodgers. His luck is due to run out. These tickets are not cheap behind home plate.

    • btimmer

      I have a feeling that Mattingly wanted to do more resting of his regulars against a team that wasn’t in contention. Remember that the rotation was juggled so the top guys will pitch on the weekend.

      • package206

        Hope you are right.

    • ASW1

      I agree with btimmer – pretty sure Donnie wants to see how the team stacks up against a playoff contender in Cincy – there is plenty of time to give the regulars more rest against all of the games remaining vs. the NL:West.

  • btimmer

    Arizona beats Toronto 4-3 in 10 innings

    • WBBsAs

      Toronto loses to Arizona 4-3 in ten innings.

  • dalegribel

    I had the thought today that if the Dodgers are going to give starters a few extra days between starts and hopefully the bullpen too (see Dylan Hernandez tweets), why wasn’t Stephen Fife recalled and/or Javy Guerra? Certainly the extra arms couldn’t hurt even if there are no October expectations.

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

      Fife was recalled.

      • dalegribel

        Quite obviously, I missed that. Thanks.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers (83-55) have a winning percentage of .601 with 24 games remaining.
    Here are their only seasons since they moved to L.A. in 1958 with a higher winning percentage:
    1974 — .630 (102-60) — lost World Series to A’s.
    1962 — .618 (102-63) — lost NL playoff to Giants, two games to one. W-L includes playoff games.
    1963 — .611 (99-63) — won World Series vs. Yankees.
    1977 — .605 (98-64) — lost World Series to Yankees.
    The highest winning percentage ever for the Dodgers since 1900 was .682 (105-49) in 1953 in Brooklyn, followed by a World Series loss that year to the Yankees. From 1951 through 1956, they were above .600 five times and at .597 once (1954). From 1941 through 1956, they were above .600 in 10 of 16 seasons.

  • foul tip

    Eric Stephen says Cappy to sub for Ryu v. Reds. Ryu issue back stiffness.

  • jim hitchcock

    Add erudite to reliable and effervescent. No pressure, Bob!

  • WBBsAs

    I will be paying attention for the rest of the regular season, but I won’t be worrying very much unless there’s a major injury.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was Toronto where “Argo” broke out last year? Interesting to hear what impresses you, Jon.

    Meanwhile, especially loved (and try to keep in mind) #5 above.

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

      I was at the “Argo” premiere there – it definitely played well though I didn’t realize it would win best picture.

      • btimmer

        And years from now, we will wonder why “Argo” won Best Picture. Not that it wasn’t good, but it was a movie that was directed by BEN AFFLECK.

        History’s Greatest Monster.

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

          Nah. 2013′s Greatest Monster. There are prior claimants to History.

          Sometimes I think the Internet’s pop culture vultures are 60% foolish and 40% uncaring. I’m in the latter group.

      • WinnipegDave

        Just got my hands on Amour from the library – the last of the 2012 nominees for Best Picture that I have yet to see. Depending on how captivating the Dodgers game is, I may watch it tonight with the Mrs.

        • btimmer

          The feel good movie of 2012!

  • WinnipegDave

    I realize that this is completely off topic, but I am curious what kind of downloading speed people are running through their internet provider these days. I have been running at a miserly 256 Kbps for a very long time and am finally making a jump to more. Any thoughts on how much more would be good?
    Thanks.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      What was Tim Allen’s phrase — “More power!” ??

      • WinnipegDave

        Good ol’ Home Improvement. Although I still accidentally refer to the whole show as Tool Time.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Easy to see why . . . and I’m sure they wouldn’t complain!

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

      just tested with 10 browsers open…I get 16.90Mbps download and 1.50 Mbps upload…I never noticed a problem…I have the second fastest speed with AT&T

      • ASW1

        I have the exact same – no complaints.

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

      Time Warner’s local outlet – Oceanic Cable – I’m getting 16133kbps download and 1083kbps upload speeds.

    • WinnipegDave

      When people tell me that they can stream live webcasts, tv shows, etc from their computers – I just look at them like they are from the future.

  • John_from_Aus

    nice start Jerry

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung with his 1st rbi as a dodger

    • btimmer

      I didn’t know he was Korean.

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

        Grins. Confused me too.

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

        Inside joke over on MSTI…just brought it over here

    • scooplew

      We will Ryu your sense of humor.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yay for team . . . and Young!

    • ASW1

      Yeah – good for Young – 2 hits and now and RBI – now he can relax.

  • scooplew

    A lot of hits for us on 0-2 counts lately. Nice.

  • scooplew

    OK, Edinson, we got you your run. Now shut them out!

    • ASW1

      If that happened, we could go ahead and just give Honeycutt Yoda status.

      • scooplew

        Yoda’s singular status remains unchallenged.

        • foul tip

          So, Obi Wan Edinsonobi is a non-starter….?

          But then we kinda thought maybe not already.

  • scooplew

    Lincecum allowed five runs in 5.2 innings for the Giants today, raising his ERA to an even 4.50. He is a free agent after this season. He was paid $22 million this year. I wonder if the Giants will attempt to resign Lincecum and, if so, for how much. How much might he get on the open market?…The Giants are leading the Padres 8-5 in the 7th in their continuing battle to stay out of the cellar.

    • ASW1

      I’m rooting for 1st to worst – very few teams have finished last in their division after winning the WS – I know the Marlins did after one of thier fire sales but that doesn’t even really count – Giants expected to contend – they basically brought back the same team they won it all with – Giants of 2013 would be a good addition to the list

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is Coors the Home of the Triple?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    OK let’s get those back

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ✔ @Dodgers

    Take a look at Michael Young getting his first RBI as a member of the #Dodgers with an opposite-field single: http://atmlb.com/15wanvB

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

    Hmm. The Dodgers’ lineup doesn’t have too many big boppers in it today. Might be tough to come back.

    Mr. Volquez’ mechanical adjustments aren’t taking yet.

  • scooplew

    Edinson Volquez is
    a) simply off to a bad start
    b) pitching in a hitter’s ballpark
    c) tipping his pitches
    d) pitching from the wrong side of the rubber
    e) past his prime
    f) costing us a chance to gain a game on the Braves
    g) a reclamation project still in process
    h) all of the above

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

      h)

  • scooplew

    Pitching matchups over the weekend vs. the Reds:
    Friday — Capuano-Leake
    Saturday–Greinke-Latos
    Sunday–Kershaw-Bailey

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    If we lose by 1 run, I’m going to be pissed at the second base ump

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

      For those of us who can’t see it, what happened?

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

        ball hit to ss Hanley threw to Uribe high….Uribe ran the runner all the way back to second and tagged him…ump was screened on the play and called him safe…Donnie asked for a ump help and the 2nd base ump said no

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

          Ah. Yep, not asking for help would annoy anyone.

  • foul tip

    Well, Edinson has given up the cycle, including the not-easy to allow triple. That’s something, anyway.

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

      in coors…not easy…they have more triple alleys than AT&T

  • foul tip

    Now I see AJ has a passed ball. Is Edinson contagious?

  • btimmer

    What happened to Arenado?

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

      jammed thumb

      • btimmer

        Thanks

  • btimmer

    Is there a Disqus delay?

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

      sat

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Rockies aren’t showing replay…did he foul it off?

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, we should have a nice cadre of PHs.

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

      Gonzo the 1st to come off the pine

  • RBI

    Not looking like our night.

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

      we fielded the AAAA team…didn’t expect much too much…but felt we could still win if thing fell our way…they haven’t

  • foul tip

    Carlos Danger.

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

    Pfui. Bad game all around.

  • RBI

    I really do not understand balks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I go away to help my son with his toilet training and all hell breaks loose…doubt this AAAA team can come back from 5 down

  • Spence

    Just let Fife have his spot back in the rotation. And looks like Brian Wilson has the lead on both Marmol/League for that final bullpen spot

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung 2 rbis

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Shoe!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nicky with the walk

  • RBI

    I thought he had it.

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

    Almost, Hanley.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Night all

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

    How come the Dodgers never give Volquez the run support he deserves? :)

  • RBI

    Strange game, I thought. Weird calls, passed balls, twitchy balk, etc.

  • ASW1

    Didn’t watch the whole game tonight but from what I did catch it struck me as the definition of a throw-away game. Bad calls, bad lineup, bad starting pitcher, bad ballpark, etc etc.
    Cincy will be infinitely more interesting.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was like you, catch the game sporadically . . . and yet the Dodgers still made a game of it at the end — that was encouraging.

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

    Given Volquez’s unhappy history (“a frightening 8.34 career ERA at Coors Field”, Gameday’s wrap says), why on earth did Mattingly start him there, and why didn’t he say “Thanks, but can’t I have a test someplace that hasn’t already eaten into my head?”

    • foul tip

      Maybe they figured see how he handled things at the very worst and go from there.

      All things considered, could have been worse. Did K 4 in his 4 IP and actually didn’t give up a run in inning 4. Maybe the trend will be his friend.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    First this guy knocks a ladies phone on the field:

    http://i.imgur.com/ez2KGv5.gif

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Then he spills another ladies beer on her, Happy fan:

    http://i.imgur.com/iq6C6mT.gif

  • btimmer

    NPUT