Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

With Boston in mind …

From a celebratory day to a tragic one, cherish the good in one another. Find a way.

All my thoughts to those affected by the horrific events in Boston today.

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

Carl Crawford, LF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Kemp, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
A.J. Ellis, C
Andre Ethier, RF
Luis Cruz, 3B
Justin Sellers, SS
Chad Billingsley, P


Book signing for revised ‘100 Things Dodgers’: May 4


April 16 game chat


  1. Anonymous

    Despite it being frigid in Minneapolis, Joe Blanton and Kevin Correia have made it a very warm day for hitters. It’s 4-2 Twins, but everybody seems to hit the ball hard.

  2. Rachel Robinson’s introduction and subsequent response from fans made me a bit emotional. Let’s win one for Jackie!

  3. Anonymous

    C’mon Bills, 1 more

  4. Anonymous


  5. “Prior to tonight’s game, the Dodgers placed RHP Shawn Tolleson on the 15-day disabled list with a low back strain (retroactive to April 13) and recalled RHP Josh Wall from Triple-A Albuquerque. Wall last pitched on Thursday and has a 2.08 ERA (1 ER/4.1 IP) with one save in four appearances for the Isotopes this season.”

  6. With 3-2 count, two on and two out in the bottom of the first, umps delay game to sort out some undisclosed issue.

  7. LOB woes continues..

  8. Anonymous

    Right now the A’s are sporting a 6 2 0 on the scoreboard. In the 1st inning.

  9. Anonymous

    In addition to telling Bud Black and Don Mattingly to be careful today, MLB VP Joe Torre also called the Padres clubhouse today to tell Eric Stults that he had absolutely no confidence in his ability to get big league hitters out. He has it on a recording.

  10. Anonymous

    Based on the average run production from the last 3 games, that’s the ballgame. :(

  11. Anonymous

    Never trust the baseball gods to do what you expect.

  12. KT

    Start it off Carl

  13. Anonymous

    Off to mow the lawn, maybe I’ll come back to a pleasant surprise this time :)

  14. KT

    Way to go Carl…come on Mark do it again

  15. KT

    Good hit Matt…Come on AGon

  16. Dang that’s two if it stays in the park!

  17. KT

    Come on AJ

  18. KT

    Let’s go Dre

  19. KT

    Come on Carl cash him in

  20. I wish Crawford had more chances to hit with men on.

  21. Anonymous

    So far this year, the Boston acquisitions are more than holding their own.

  22. Anonymous


  23. Anonymous

    back from mowing, I am pleasantly surprised, although it looks like we could/should have scored several more runs

  24. KT

    Hey I’m back in…Yea!!!

  25. KT

    Come on Belli

  26. Anonymous

    commenting system is really mucking up today for me (sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t)

  27. Belli has been off lately. It’s Paco time.

  28. KT

    well at least there is a force at home now

  29. Not much better…

  30. Anonymous

    This could get uglier

  31. Anonymous

    Why didn’t Rodriguez throw home to start the doulble play?

    • KT

      ball hit off his glove, otherwise base hit to CF

      • Anonymous

        I knew there must have been a reason! Gameday doen’t quite fill in all the blanks!

    • KT

      hit off his glove, slowed enough for Sellers to get it close to his chest stepped on 2nd and threw to 1st…lucky to get two

  32. Anonymous

    Could have been worse

  33. KT

    Come on Mark…start it off

  34. KT

    Nice Mark…Come on Matt

  35. Anonymous

    Hindsight, I know, but I wish DM had kept Bills in for one more inning.

    • KT

      I was thinking the same thing when they hit for him

      • Anonymous

        It just felt unnecessarily panicky, and too soon to start messing with the bullpen. Now we’re on our 6th pitcher.

  36. KT

    Nice play Mark!!

  37. KT

    Good Hustle AJ!! Come on Dre you’re Due

  38. KT

    Come on Luis…just a single again

  39. KT

    Come on Skip

  40. Anonymous

    Wow. Just, wow.

  41. What in the world was that? AJ has to stay at third there.

  42. Anonymous

    Apparently they’re pressing.
    It’s definitely depressing.

  43. Anonymous

    Regarding the inning-ending DP in the bottom of the 8th, I didn’t see it, so I don’t believe it.

  44. Anonymous

    Let’s go for a baker’s dozen, Donnie.

  45. Anonymous

    DP. Pretty please?

  46. Anonymous

    Don’t see why Matt got that as an error.

  47. Anonymous

    Not our night, I guess. But there are worse things, as we well know today.

  48. Anonymous


  49. Anonymous

    By scoring 3 runs tonight, we raised our run per game average from 2.83 to 2.85.

    • Anonymous

      I hope it changes, but at the moment we are generally still hitting like 2012…………..and 2011……………and 2010……………….and

      • Anonymous

        It may not be timely, but we are currently actually tied for fifth for OPS+ in the NL, with AZ at 103, compared to the season total of 91 in 2012, 95 in 2011, 92 in 2010 and 104 in 2009 when we led the NL!

  50. Anonymous

    good night all, my thoughts and prayers are with all in Boston

  51. Anonymous

    Shades of Mike Marshall in ’74.

  52. Anonymous

    The more I see Mattingly, with his inept bullpen management and passive offensive strategy – it was almost shocking to see Mellis take a base on defensive indifference – the less I like him. And I never liked him all that much in the first place.

  53. Decided to take last night off instead of doing a recap – thanks for understanding.

    • Anonymous

      and thanks for not recapping.

      • Anonymous

        We are just pleased you are back. I would rather have for example a post that says ‘April 16 Game chat’ (with nothing else) rather than you stopping again altogether because of your valuable time restraints

  54. foul tip

    As Kasten looks at the Dodgers now, in view of long-lived Atlanta success based largely on superior starting pitching, it’s not hard to think he sees Kershaw=Maddux, Greinke=Smoltz, and Ryu=Glavine.

    Or at least hopes the Dodger trio works out as well.

    Interestingly–to me at least–only Glavine of Atlanta’s Big 3 started in the Braves’ vaunted farm system. Maddux came over as a FA, joining the Braves for $6 million LESS than NYY offered, and Smoltz came from the Tigers as a minor leaguer. Of the Dodger trio, only Kershaw came through the system.

    The Atlanta trio boasts 7 Cy Youngs among them. Not to mention Maddux’s 13 straight Gold Gloves, which is another way Kershaw shows consistent excellence.

  55. Anonymous

    Great article on Abreu (amongst others). I had almost forgotten about him

  56. New game thread up top.

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