The wheel keeps spinning

Let’s begin by thanking Bob Timmermann for his usual impeccable savoir-faire in guiding Dodger Thoughts over the past week. He’s the best.

It was around this time last year that I truly began to feel pulled in so many directions, leading me to put this site on my backburner for more than six months. With the team inches away from the playoffs, that won’t be happening this September, though I can’t say that I feel any more adept in managing my work efforts. Single-minded focus on one aspect of my career over the winter had twists that I didn’t anticipate – what else is new?

But at least the Dodgers have gotten their act together. And it’s just kind of crazy. In 25 years, playing in the World Series, hasn’t seemed so near-fetched.

Game 7 of the World Series, if there is one, is scheduled for Halloween. Don’t tell my kids.

But that’s so far away. Playoff baseball is when dreams go on a terror ride, a mystery train that might never reach its destination. In recent times, the Dodgers have won playoff series that surprised many (2008 against the Cubs, 2009 against the Cardinals) and lost just when some thought they would win (Philadelphia, Philadelphia), the exult and the bitter in an extreme.

Imagine Friday’s relatively meaningless September game against San Francisco happened to be the finale of the National League Championship Series in October, a game that was essentially a tossup deciding whether or not Dodger fans would be elated or deflated. It almost doesn’t seem right. It’s almost too powerful to wrap your head around.

You plan and prepare and maybe even pray. You have some control over your fate, but you never really know how much. Amid all the chaos, you just hope that it’s your turn.

Dodgers at Giants, 7:10 p.m.
Kershaw CLXXX: Kershawn Jon

  • dalegribel

    Thanks Bob. Amazing facts, as always.
    Hope you had fun in Toronto, Jon.
    KT………..take it away

    • btimmer

      Now I just tell random passersby these facts. The impact is not the same.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Thanks Jon, BT for the ride

  • DS1981

    I wonder how pitchers feel when their managers put out lineups like the Dodgers one tonight. Kershaw has to be pissed. It’s almost a guaranteed loss.

    • btimmer

      The Giants lineup isn’t exactly loaded tonight either

      • WBBsAs

        And it’s the best they’ve got.

        • btimmer

          I don’t think a lineup with Brett Pill in it is the best they’ve got. They are also sitting their best defender in Crawford to get Arias in the lineup.

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

      I’m confident Kershaw never thinks of any game he’s in as anything close to a guaranteed loss. I’m also sure Kershaw’s aware of platoon strategies as well as Hanley’s injury.

      • dalegribel

        Also, over the last two months the lineup combination has rarely mattered. How many victories have had weak lineup comments since June 22?

    • package206

      This is the way Donnie manages. I think wholesale changes are bad. Resting players is fine but not as many as Donnie does over and over.

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

        Ramirez is hurt. A total of two players are being rested, and I’m sure that Bumgarner is a big reason for the Crawford one. Gonzalez has missed five games all season.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, look at the other side’s lineup and you’ll feel better.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Dodger lineup:
    Puig, RF
    Punto, SS
    Young, 1B
    Uribear, 3B
    Van Slyke, LF
    Either, CF
    A Ellis, C
    M Ellis, 2B
    Kershaw, P

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers PR ‏@DodgersPR37s
    Update on @HanleyRamirez: Irritated nerve in his back. Hanley is expected to be available to play next week. #Dodgers

  • Jack Dawkins

    Cardinals, Pirates, reds all losing. Atlanta tied with Padres in the 8th. Arizona losing in the 2nd to colorado.

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

      now the barves are losin

      • Adam Luther

        K-Shaw will get the win tonight.

  • Adam Luther

    Was at the ball park last night…I recall Scully mentioning that only three times have the Dodgers finished first and the Giants last since the move West. So I look at the Giant line-up + their vaunted pitching staff and am scratching my head wondering how they could be 20 1/2 games out of first. Amazing. Cain was on but but they looked lifeless.

    • btimmer

      It last happened in 1995, but there were only four teams in the NL West then.

    • WBBsAs

      Not much of a lineup.

      • Adam Luther

        The only team in baseball with fewer team home runs that the Giants (90) are the Marlins (88).

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    No harm
    Barves just lost to SD

  • Jack Dawkins

    Pirates lose.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Tied in StL

  • Jack Dawkins

    Vin is letting us know how non crucial this Giants dodgers late season game is. We have been treated to a discourse of Yom Kippur. Now onto friday the 13th lore.

    • 4d3fect

      Starting to creep me out a bit.

    • Jack Dawkins

      Unlikely pairings: Lily Pons the famed soprano, and tupak Shakur. Both shuffled off the mortal coil on friday the 13th according to vin.

  • Artieboy

    Keep it coming Vinny! Any famous battles fought or won on Friday the 13th?

  • Artieboy

    Nice play to make Pagan slide back into 2B.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now how about something new . . . runs for Kersh!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Reds fall

    • Artieboy

      Must be Friday the 13th!

  • Artieboy

    We helped by taking Sheffield, Bonilla, Eisenrich, Johnson, and ??? of their hands.

  • ASW1

    Just got home – I see Kershaw has the B team behind him tonight.
    M. Young has no business batting 3rd in anyone’s lineup, let alone the Dodgers.

    • ASW1

      Punto
      Puig
      SVS
      Uribe

      or

      Puig
      MEllis
      Uribe
      Ethier

      or

      Punto
      MEllis
      Puig
      SVS

      or…. there are so many better lineups than having Young in the 3-hole.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Tied in Az and Stl

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    NOW let’s get a run . . . ?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Help yourself, Kid!

  • ASW1

    Here we go

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Common Kershaw refrain: “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”

    (Zack has had to learn that song as well.)

  • Artieboy

    High fastball or curve ball down and in?
    Fastball in on the hands…oh well.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Cards won

  • Artieboy

    That was a great pitch by kid K!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Jon – wow. That is some wonderful writing. Welcome back (or I suppose I could say farewell). It was great fun reading Bob’s thoughts in your absence but it is nice to have you back in the director’s chair.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Myung on base again

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    JUANITO!!!!

  • ASW1

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOO-REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY !

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers1m
    Juan Uribe continues his dream week with a 2-run HR. Watch: http://atmlb.com/18kvrvo

  • Artieboy

    Brilliant catch!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Great all out play

  • WinnipegDave

    That was quite the catch.

  • ASW1

    Fantastic catch by the kid in LF for the Gnats

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Saved a run

  • RBI

    Tip my hat on that catch.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hanley has that one

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    DP Time

  • RBI

    Let’s go, Kershaw, let’s go! You can get these guys.

  • RBI

    That was a strike to Panda.

  • RBI

    Just finished cooking and eating dinner. Now I’m free to post. Can you tell?

    • WinnipegDave

      What’s for supper?

      • RBI

        Radiatore (curly q pasta) with pesto and arugula salad with avocado, Persian cukes, baby heirloom tomatoes, and balsamic vinaigrette.

        Oops. Better get back to this one!

  • Artieboy

    Come on Kershaw…one pitch at a time.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Hit it to juanito

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Rox’s retake the lead 3-2

    • TAFKA_Gagne55

      14 hits for only 3 runs. On the flip side, Arizona has 8 hits and 7 walks for 2 runs. Lots of LOB in that one.

  • Artieboy

    Damn…with two strikes :(

  • RBI

    Ugh ugh ugh.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    Wow, Kershaw really hit a wall this inning.

    • RBI

      Freaked out by getting two runs.

  • ASW1

    Ugly swing but sure was productive for the Gnats – and SVS defense is cringeworthy.

  • WinnipegDave

    That catch looms large as does the error this inning.

    • DS1981

      The lineup mattingly trotted out there is what looming large

  • Artieboy

    Why so many curves?

    • ASW1

      Was working great for him – went to the well once too often in that AB – and it wasn’t one of his better-executed.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    5-2 roxs

  • RBI

    Clay is struggling now.

    • ASW1

      Seemed to have lost his focus there but was able to bear down.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ok let’s get some of those back

  • Artieboy

    Way to go Ellis :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    7-2 Roxs

  • DS1981

    oh well, if the manager of the team doesn’t care about these remaining games, why should i? See you all in october.

    • Artieboy

      i care :)

      • RBI

        Me, too.

  • RBI

    Yeah!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Puig!

  • Artieboy

    This pitcher was behind to Ellis and Puig. That’s it for him.

    • RBI

      Don’t know why Posey called for that inside pitch to
      Puig, but I’m glad he did!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    no head first slide Mellis scores

  • Artieboy

    That was a good pitch!

  • RBI

    Nuts.

    • Artieboy

      6 more outs to burn.
      But that catch….beautiful baseball

      • RBI

        So true.

  • RBI

    I called that one, unfortunately.

    • Artieboy

      unfortunately :(

  • RBI

    Time to score, Dodgers. Seriously.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!

  • Artieboy

    That was a wasted pinch hitting situation :(

  • RBI

    Hope Andre is okay.

  • Artieboy

    Does that mean Crawford in LF, Puig in CF, and SVS in right?
    We will see.

  • RBI

    Feeling all alone, suddenly. Hello?

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

      I try not to post when I’m feeling negative…Don’t like to show off the negativity…I like having a positive attitude

      • RBI

        I like that about you, KT. But the angst, the angst!

    • Artieboy

      Win or lose I love my beautiful Dodgers :)

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    7-5 DBags

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

    Grrh. This is not what I hoped to see tonight.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    2 outs and no one on after the montero 3 run blast

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m glad – at this point – it is not Game 7 of the NLCS that Jon referred to in his post.
    But we will see what happens in the bottom of the 9th.

  • ASW1

    My guess would be groin injury. Have to hope Hanley and Ethier can get healthy and stay healthy for the playoff run.
    Last chance in this one – let’s score some runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado wins!

    • RBI

      Woo-Hoo!

      • Artieboy

        Down to 4!

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

    MELLIS!

  • Artieboy

    Good job Ellis :)
    Here we go

  • Artieboy

    Why didn’t Donnie leave Crawford in there?

  • Artieboy

    3-1 hitters count!!!!

  • Artieboy

    Elvis is sitting behind home plate. He lost weight :)

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

      that’s what happens when you die

  • RBI

    Sure would love Hairston to produce here!

  • Artieboy

    Yes!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    JH jr!

    • RBI

      Really good at bat.

  • ASW1

    This could be somethin’, here.

  • Artieboy

    That is so obvious to Ellis. I wonder if he signals Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot!

  • ASW1

    Good pitch

  • RBI

    Good pitch.

    • ASW1

      gotcha

  • Artieboy

    Listen to Vinny Puig. You are not the only one victimized by that slider.

  • ASW1

    2 nights in a row?

  • RBI

    Big Gonzo swing there.

  • RBI

    Too weird!

  • ASW1

    Ah, well – bad luck – g’night all – get ‘em tomorrow.

  • Artieboy

    That is a wild finish. Oh well.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    night all

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Change one letter and the headline of this post is totally prescient for the Dodger offense: “The wheels keep spinning”

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

    NPUT