A 10-man playoff pitching staff?

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 p.m.

Feels like the Dodgers have been on the road for a long time.

Here’s a somewhat radical idea for the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster: With off days after Games 2 and 4, would it make more sense for the Dodgers to go with 10 pitchers and 15 position players.

That way you could keep a bench of Tim Federowicz, Michael Young, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, Scott Van Slyke and Dee Gordon, while still having a relief corps of Kenley Jansen, Paco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson, Chris Withrow, J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario. That’s six pitchers in the bullpen, none of them having to pitch more than two days in a row.

It figures that the Dodgers will have more trouble scoring runs than preventing them, so it might make much more sense to allocate more manpower to the offense than to an 11th pitcher like Carlos Marmol, Brandon League or Edinson Volquez who might only pitch in a lost cause.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Go BLUE!!!! Come on Dodgers let’s sweep the Gnats back into last place

  • ASW1

    Loney doubles off Kuroda to score 2, now 5-0 Rays over the hapless Yankmees.

  • btimmer

    “Carlos Marmol, Brandon League or Edinson Volquez who might only pitch in a lost cause.”

    ” I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes.” Mr Mattingly Goes to the Bullpen.

  • ASW1

    A sweep sure would be sweet, KT – let’s see how the Gnats fare against the A-team this time.

  • btimmer

    Braves tied, Cardinals leading, Pirates leading, Reds trailing.

  • ASW1

    I agree with Jon’s premise that “the Dodgers will have more trouble scoring runs than preventing them” but the question is whether or not Don and Ned will think out of the box enough to do something like that? Seems 11 and even 12-man pitching staffs are so ingrained in playoff rosters that it would be a big surprise for someone to buck the trend.

  • btimmer

    The game in St. Louis is interesting.

    • dalegribel

      Third time this year a game was interesting for only 26 outs

  • Eric Enders

    I can’t make the math work to get all those guys on the playoff roster, unless you leave Hairston off — which I find rather implausible. He’s completely redundant, of course, especially now with Young on the team, but Mattingly and Colletti have too much respect for veteran experience to do the correct thing here. Even though it would clearly make the Dodgers a better team, I can’t imagine any possible situation in which they would leave Hairston off the roster.

    I hope I’m wrong.

    • btimmer

      The Yankees made a deadline deal in 2009 specifically to pick up Hairston for the postseason. He appeared in just six games in the playoffs.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I am lost at this point. How do you keep your Hairstons straight?

        • btimmer

          Scott Hairston has never appeared in the postseason. He was on Arizona in 2007, who won the division, but they traded him to San Diego. And the Padres lost a tiebreaker for the wild card to the Rockies.

          Hairston was 2 for 7 in that game with a home run that looked to give the Padres the win, but the Rockies rallied for 3 runs in the 13th to win.

      • Onlyatriple

        the guy on the KCAL pregame show (not Eric Karros) just proposed keeping Hairston and dropping Kemp from the post-season roster. Because JHJ has, you see, won a ring with the Yankees and MK is in a slump. Yep.

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

          wow

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

            Wow indeed.

  • btimmer

    Braves win, now one game up on the Cardinals, who are leading their game in the 7th. The Cardinals need to finish ahead of the Braves to get a higher seed.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good speed CC

  • btimmer

    Game no longer interesting in St. Louis.

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

      infield hit

    • WinnipegDave

      Got love those 50 feet high choppers over the head of the pitcher to break up interesting games…
      Or not, if you are a fan of Cardinals or interesting games.

      • WinnipegDave

        Not that the chopper was 50 feet high, you understand. Just that the ball went 50 feet and then bounced about 7 feet in the air.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cards win.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Katie Sharp @ktsharp

    That’s 3 no-hitters broken up with 2 outs in 9th this year. Last time that happened was 1990

    Not sure if true but I’m sure BT will clarify if wrong

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Juanito!

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

    Man, that new TV contract can’t come too soon (assuming my local cable company picks it up). I’m so tired of these games that are restricted to KCAL.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m even more irritated that I’m blacked out in Oakland.

      • Bob_Hendley

        and yet you still post…

        • WBBsAs

          I was listening to Vin in the early innings, but now I’m being Steinered.

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats and Gnatfans claim that Flablo has lost weight. From what I’ve seen, that’s like saying Haystack Calhoun has lost weight (which he may finally have done, now that he’s dead).

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    11 HBP for Puig

    Cain 5 hit batters

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

    Some cheers heard in the phone booth after that HBP, wonder if any Dodgers took notice…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Way to get on Hanley

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Eric Stephen @truebluela

    Hyun-jin Ryu’s ERA now 2.98, behind Kershaw (1.88) & Greinke (2.67). Last Dodgers team w/3 starters under 3.00 (qual. for ERA title) was ’88

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    good job Gonzo way to get on…Come on Matty

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Bases loaded …they got us where they want us

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

    Just a bit outside…

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

      couldn’t tell CSN bay area picture glicthed right then

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

        Looks like the ump is giving that outside pitch to both teams.

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

          the only time the picture has glitched all year

  • ASW1

    Score some runs!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    PUIG!!!!

  • ASW1

    There’s ONE!

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

    And that’s why they boo him Vin, he beats em!

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

      Ha Vin said about the same thing as I typed!

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC!!

  • ASW1

    At first I thought Hanley got ahold of that one, but it kind of died out there.

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

    Tony Abreu homered? Didn’t think he had it in him.

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

      Kemp, on the other hand…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    KEMP!!!!

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

      Bison Bomb!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Desperately fighting to get on the roster?

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

          He must have watched the pregame.

  • ASW1

    Yeah, Hairston over Kemp, uh-hunh, OK.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Gold Glover Juanito

    • ASW1

      I hope so – he deserves it.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ✔ @Dodgers

    Watch Puig unleash this impressive blast to right-center field during the 5th: http://atmlb.com/1fAINot

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    RYU!

  • ASW1

    So now it’s got to be Ryu #3 – not too long ago I thought Nolasco had the 3 wrapped up.

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

      They’ve gone in opposite directions the last few starts.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    CC again! 3-4

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

      With a stolen base! Good to see going into the playoffs.

      • ASW1

        Carl saying “Don’t forget about me!”

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Dodgers PR @DodgersPR

    Estimated distance on Dodger dingers:
    Yasiel Puig: 436 feet
    Matt Kemp: 443 feet

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ✔ @Dodgers

    Watch @TheRealMattKemp break this tie with a no-doubter in the 6th: http://atmlb.com/1b4grA5

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice play Mark

  • ASW1

    Great job Ryu – nicely done.

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

      Great start, finishes with ERA under 3 with possibly one regular season start left.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Matty 2-4

    • ASW1

      Pretty sure I heard he’s hitting over .300 since he came back – how is that a “slump”?

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

        he had a bad game in SD…I think right now it’s a hit or miss game…I think he’s doing well myself and CC is heating up

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

        He’s hitting .333 with 1 home run, 2 runs, 4 RBI since coming back.

        Edit: And 2 walks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    wow belt and posey tandem

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    BW in the game now…listen to the boos

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

      Hearing how much gnat fans hate him makes the signing worth it.

      • ASW1

        And hearing the silence as he slowly strolled off the mound was even better.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Sit down Gregor

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Nice outing BW 10 pitches

  • ASW1

    Hairston looks bad – pulling his head off the ball.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    safe

  • ASW1

    Safe by a mile

  • RBI

    So safe…

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Let’s go Kenley

  • ASW1

    Sounded like someone stepped on a cat on the audio after that foul ball

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kenley give up so many two strike foul balls.

  • ASW1

    That’s a passed ball

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

      they ruled WP

      • ASW1

        Still- no way that should be WP – AJ would agree

        • RBI

          I think he told KJ the same thing when he ran to the mound.

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

      AJ should have had it.

  • TAFKA_Gagne55

    has to be a passed ball

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Ball Game!!!! 91 Wins…Still with the number 3 seed with 5 games to go

    2 behind Atl, 1.5 behind StL

    Still looks like we will be starting on the road people with game 3 at DS with Ryu starting

    http://i.imgur.com/AMbO5zV.jpg

  • RBI

    Kenley! Ryu! Wilson! Puig! Kemp!

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

      On Juan on Defense

  • ASW1

    Zito-Nolasco tomorrow – Zito’s last start as a Gnat – finally finishing out that albatross contract of his.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A lot of money for a WAR of 3.0 over seven years. With the A’s he had 30 over seven years. Yet, they were Champs twice.

  • RBI

    Hate to say it, but the only guy who seemed seriously over-matched was Hairston.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ✔ @Dodgers

    RECAP: @YasielPuig, @TheRealMattKemp homer as #Dodgers beat Giants, 2-1. http://atmlb.com/1b4oyNj pic.twitter.com/f6SBxsD9wQ

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Right now with 5 games left, st louis 4, atl 4

    To pass Atl we would need to go 5-0 and atl 2-2 or us 4-1 / atl 1-3 or us 3-2 / atl 0-4.

    To pass STL we would need to go 5-0 / Stl 3-1 or us 4-1 / stl 2-2 or us 3-2 / stl 1-3 or us 2-3 / stl 0-4

    • ASW1

      Was going to say Dodgers going 4-1, Redbirds going 2-2 might happen but then I see Cards have one left against the Nats and then 3 vs the Cubbies…

      Braves have one against the Brewers and then 3 vs the woeful Phillies – we ain’t catching them.

      • ASW1

        Come to think of it, Cubs would love nothing more than to knock Cards out of having HFA – it’s possible.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    From MSTI:NeDieterich 5 minutes ago

    http://i.imgur.com/lT0z1tI.gif

  • Jason Ungar

    it warms my heart to see folks arguing about which dodgers should be on the playoff roster. Seeing that Dre is still gimpy and Kemp/Crawford are a tightrope in terms of health in 2013 i am endorsing Jon’s plan.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ✔ @Dodgers

    Free Hugs? Vin Scully with the play-by-play of his afternoon walk through San Francisco: http://atmlb.com/1b4rWHZ

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

    NPUT