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July 24 game chat

Dodgers at Cardinals, 5:15 p.m.
Kershaw CXXXVII: Kershuwnger Games

Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Andre Ethier, RF
James Loney, 1B
Juan Rivera, LF
Luis Cruz, SS
Matt Treanor, C
Clayton Kershaw, P

For all their woes at different times this season, the Dodgers and Angels are tied for the seventh-best record in baseball as play opens tonight …

  • With Luis Cruz’s HR last night, the Dodgers have matched Babe Ruth’s 1927 season with 60 HR, notes Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. And it’s only July!
  • James Loney nearly made his pitching debut Sunday, writes Ken Gurnick of
  • Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness delves into the rising costs of deadline acquisitions.
  • Ross Stripling, the Dodgers’ fifth-round draft pick this year, earns praise from John Sickels of Minor League Ball. “I would not be surprised if Stripling rises rapidly through the Dodgers farm system in the next year or two,” Sickels writes. “He could be an inning-eating strike machine at the major league level.
  • On this date in 1947, writes Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times, the Dodgers ended a 38-year period of being below .500 all-time as a franchise. A 6-1 victory over Cincinnati made them 4,650-4,650.


Billingsley returns from disabled list


Just when it seemed safe to get excited about the Dodgers again …


  1. Anonymous

    I’m starting to get a bit annoyed by the way BPros rates our playoff odds.

    We have MUCH better than 1/3 odds to get the one-game ticket, and/or beat the G’s.

    Is a healthy Lilly possibly in the picture in mid-september?

    • Anonymous

      I think Lilly is scheduled to be back mid-August

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care what they say, I consider the Dodgers to be division favorites who could run away with it if they strengthen the roster a bit.

    • Anonymous

      You do realize this is all based on computer simulations.

      • Anonymous

        I’m the kind of person that takes hundreds of thousands of montecarlos personally.

        But, seriously, they aren’t factoring in Ned snapping out of it and getting Fields in ASAP.

        The new ownership group isn’t that out to lunch.

        • Anonymous

          they do it every day; when the roster changes the simulations will change

  2. Dodgers pitcher Lilly throws 3 simulated innings

  3. Anonymous

    I was comparing lineups, and St. Louis has a better one by far.

    • Anonymous

      the difference was even more pronounced last night when they had their LHH in

    • This is definitely their “A” lineup, it’s very good, yes deeper than LA’s. 

      Of course, very often great pitching trumps a good lineup, and hopefully we’ll see that again tonight.

  4. peter drysdale

    Considering the Dodgers are thought of as one of the top all-time baseball franchises, it’s hard to believe they were bad enough to be under .500 for 38 years. That’s crazy.

    • Anonymous

      The Red Sox were the Yankees of baseball up until 1919.  The Dodgers’ immense success has come largely in the last 70 years.  

      • Anonymous

        For comparison purposes, the Toronto Blue Jays needed 11 straight seasons above .500 and two straight World Series championships before they finally got their career mark above .500 in 1993; they’ve yet to get there a second time. 

  5. Anonymous

    Farewell Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson.

  6. Anonymous

    I would hope Hanley Ramirez could play third; if not, we give shortstop a try. If still no fit, I’d make a first baseman out of him…

  7. KT

    Good hustle Jerry

  8. sure happy to see hairston at 3b rather than, you know, wBBas’s best friend

  9. Anonymous

    So half a half swing gets you rung up.

  10. KT

    good inning Clayton – 12 pitches

  11. ok i’m happy to trade Zack Lee for Aramis. Who is with me on that?

    • Anonymous

       Worth consideration.

    • Id rather get an exciting player like Carl Crawford… maybe he could be a Trout-like influence.

    • Anonymous

       A-ram is an upgrade from Uribe.  Of course, so am I.  I can do a Jason Kendall stance and get hit every 5th AB.

    • T.M. Brown

      Anytime you can trade a 20 year old first round pick who is the #64 prospect in the majors for a 34 year old 3B with durability and personality issues you do it! 

      • to counter i might say I always trade a prospect that no one says will be an ace and who may never pitch in the majors for the best offensive 3B available in the majors who could change the outcome of the pennant race and who is under control contract wise. filling the biggest hole you have with a guy whose been average 25-30 hrs a year forever. 34 is just a number.

  12. Treanor perfectly framed that like the masterpiece it was.

  13. KT

    Clayton is so hot he wasn’t going to waste the energy running on the dropped strike 3

  14. KT

    Good hit Jerry

  15. KT

    we know to hit them near next inning

  16. T.M. Brown

    Clayton Kershaw: Big Puma Hunter

  17. KT

    Come on DP

  18. Anonymous

    Why is Kershaw throwing low pitches to somebody who’s trying to bunt?

  19. KT

    Nice Clayton…just 44 after 3…Looking good

  20. KT

    wandy Rodriguez to the pirates

  21. KT

    good eye Dre
    Come on James

  22. KT

    Nice hit James
    Come on Juan

  23. KT

    Nice Juan!!
    Come on Luis

  24. KT

    Way to go Luis!!

    Come on Matt

  25. Anonymous

    KT, you should have a pretyped comment ready to go,
    Way to go ……
    C’mon …….


  26. KT

    Come on Clayton help yourself

  27. T.M. Brown

    It seems like the Hairston sons keep themselves in absurd, Steve-Nash-like shape WRT diet, etc. and it really shows. I know the NBA is pretty terrible when it comes to diet, especially for the younger guys, but I can’t imagine the MLB is much better (see: Ramirez, Hanley).

  28. Anonymous

    Unfortunately, the D’s have seemed to let Wain—- find his groove. But Clayton seems to also be in “the groove”.

  29. Anonymous

    Groove quickly became funk.  :(

  30. Anonymous

    I thought we were done with Daniel Murphy.

  31. Anonymous

    Just saw Jon’s Kershaw title. Love it. Okay, Clayton, settle down now.

  32. KT

    Come on James start it off

  33. KT

    Good job James
    Come on Juan

  34. that would’ve been foul yesterday. If a Dodger hit it. ;)

    Man, Kersh is leaving the ball up the last 2 innings. Maybe he really is gassed by the heat now.  So many good right handed hitters to put in vs Kershaw doesn’t help his cause either today.

  35. Anonymous

    Kershaw has lost it.

  36. This is terribly frustrating to watch.

  37. KT

    I’m not feeling well tonight and this game isn’t helping anymore…Night all…Here’s to walking up tomorrow and seeing a win

  38. Anonymous


  39. Anonymous

    It doesn’t help when you can’t get the opposing pitcher out

  40. Anonymous

    Come on Padres, do us a favour!

  41. Anonymous

    And that is that – the streak vs the Cardinals is over, lets bounce back tomorrow

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