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They just keep making a splash

Yasiel’s throw.

Withrow, Howell.

Ethier off the bench.

League! Marmol!!


Puig’s dash.

Gonzalez …

Oh my goodness.



From 0-8 to 39-8: Dodgers have every reason to appreciate success


August 16 game chat


  1. Joanna Casey

    I just got the chills reading this. I love my Bums through and through, but right now… we are watching something so so special.

  2. btimmer

    “They just proved why they’re hot right now,” Mets starter Dillon Gee said. “They came back from behind every single night. They’re grinders.”

    The G word for the Dodgers! In May, grinding was the sole province of the Giants according to ESPN.

    • foul tip

      Probably a lot of grinding in AZ too lately….as in grinding of teeth watching the Dodgers win.

  3. foul tip

    Bullpen last night—-7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K, Couple ERAs down there now low 2s & moving down.

  4. WinnipegDave

    I realize that this is 2013 and not 1988. I understand that this only August and clearly not October. New York and Doc is not the same as LA and Gee. However…

    From the ninth inning on, my mind kept going back to this game and I would say that last night was an acceptable facsimile.

    • ASW1

      Love that game – one of my all-time favorites. Without Scioscia’s 9th inning blast off Gooden, Gibby never get his chance at all his subsequent heroics.

  5. foul tip

    After musing yesterday which of Marmol or League the team might cut loose if it decided a roster decision came down to that choice, checked B-ref. It shows Marmol clearly has been far more dominant.

    A few career numbers–

    Marmol: 551 IP, 365 H, 710 K.

    League: 458 IP, 434 H, 331 K.

    Incomplete numbers, of course. But Marmol has allowed 186 FEWER hits than IP and struck out 159 MORE than IP. You don’t see that every day.

    And that’s with historically not being real clear where the ball was going part of the time.

    Not hard to see why the Dodgers would take a flyer on him. They said they thought they could fix him,. They may have. SSS warning and all that, but he’s not missing the strike zone much last couple times out. After those last couple outings, the team is not about to cut him loose.

    Meanwhile, back at the Cub ranch, Guerrier lost for the season due to injury. To be fair, he had pitched well for them, usual SSS warning.

    • WBBsAs

      Mármol remains extremely erratic.

      • KT

        not last night…He looked really good

        • ASW1

          Lately, he’s been looking better and better with each appearance it seems.

        • WBBsAs

          I agree he looked much better last night, but years of his history do not inspire confidence. I remain a Mármol (and League) skeptic.

          • Bob_Hendley

            OK, but tell us how you feel about the bearded one.

          • WBBsAs

            Whether he’s wearing a beard or a burqa, he’s just another dubious retread.

  6. KT

    Amidst all the madhouse there is the magic. And the Dodgers have now won 8 straight, 13 out of 14, they are 40 and 8, they have won 12 straight series, everything they do is magical, and it’s Adrián González driving in Yasiel Puig.

    Another incredible moment here in the Magic Castle and the Dodgers spilling out in joy with one thought in mind – let’s go out and get the veteran, Adrián González. And Puig is out there to grab him as well.

    One way our another. Dodgers were down 4 to nothing tonight then it was 4 to 2. They rallied in the 9th inning as Andre Ethier hit the magical home run to tie and darned if they don’t win it in the 12th. – Vin Scully

    • ASW1

      This morning’s Times says the Dodgers lost 2 of 3 to the Rocks July 12-14 @ DS.
      Where’s that chart of the series streak?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks, KT. . . . I said before, but I’m hoping a benefit of this great magical ride is that Vinny realizes how much fun this group is and keeps on keepin’ on!

  7. KT

    From Mike Petriello on MSTI

    “They won because Jerry Hairston hit Mets closer LaTroy Hawkins in the most unfortunate of areas, and then being fortunate enough to have Mets manager Terry Collins decide to leave Hawkins in despite post-game quotes that included “I feel like I got kicked by a mule, and it hurts. … I can walk a little bit now. But at first I couldn’t walk at all. … When I lift my leg, I can feel my balls in my throat, but I thought I could get through it.”

  8. KT

    Puig’s follow through on the throw to nail Byrd. I love this picture:

    • foul tip

      Well…..Superman can fly, you know.

    • That’s very reminiscent of (dare I say it) Willie Mays after he caught the Vic Wertz ball in the ’54 World Series. He whirled, threw, cap flew off, and he was sprawled out just like that.

      • JHT

        Puig actually launched his body into the throw. Mays was falling back.

    • JHT

      Awesome image.

  9. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers3m
    The only way to cool off the #Dodgers: a cryo-chamber. Photo Blog:

  10. thescrounger

    No game today, let’s talk safety.
    Bullpens on the playing field should be banned. They should be fenced off, relocated if necessary, so balls into them are out of play and players do not have to risk life and limb to catch a foul ball, which, often as not, carries into the stand anyway.
    All walls in play should be padded. Six inch blocks of Styrofoam would do this easily and cost effectively.
    All walls should be at least four feet high above the playing field so players won’t fall over them. True a player could jump over it but his momentum would effectively be vertical which would greatly reduce the likelihood of a player injuring himself.

  11. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers5m
    Where in the #WalkOff is @ClaytonKersh22?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks for the collage . . . I’m impressed with how the Kid has always been happy for others, something which is contagious with this group which has become a TEAM.

  12. KT

    Wanna see the best bullpen in baseball?

  13. KT

    J.P. Hoornstra ‏@jphoornstra3m
    Turns out you guys had a lot to say about last night’s #Dodgers game. So @tfmoore went all @storify on it:

  14. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers5m
    Hello City of Brotherly Love. #WheelsDown

    • Bob_Hendley

      For NPR, some pretty off the wall comments in the posts. Never would have thought that.

    • ladodger34

      It’s fun to see articles like this on places like NPR.. but I still have to take issue with quotes like this “”I went through the Frank McCourt Dodger years. They were so miserable,” he says.”

      The tail end of the McCourt years were indeed awful, because the cracks in the foundation were showing. However, from ’04-’09 (yes, there were bad years mixed in), it was much more enjoyable to root for the Dodgers than during the Fox/Daly years. I got to go a really great divisional series game (Lima Game) and see two NLCS games during that time. I was pretty far from miserable during the McCourt era and I would imagine that most fans were as well.

      Heck, that time period might have even been better than the end of the O’Malley years.

  15. KT

    Here more Photos from yesterday’s game:

    Jon SooHoo ‏@JonSooHoo16h

    8/14/13-Something Current-LAD-5,NYM-4 by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

  16. KT

    Jon SooHoo ‏@JonSooHoo3m
    8/15/13-Something Current-Dodgers arrive in Philadelphia by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers

    • Bob_Hendley

      I have half a mind to drive up there. Got to get my neighbor, also a Dodger fan into the idea. Last time he went there they slashed his tires (California plates).

      • KT

        Do it have a great road trip…it will be fun….it’s less than my road trips to DS

      • WBBsAs

        There’s good train service from DC to Philly, isn’t there?

  17. KT

    yasielpuig ‏@YasielPuig 25m

    Dándole de comer a mi amigo Uribe

  18. KT

    Dodgers Nation ‏@DodgersNation2m

    According to @THEREAL_DV, the Dodgers don’t plan to activate Brian Wilson before tomorrow night’s game. Story:

    Dodgers Nation ‏@DodgersNation1m

    Don Mattingly and company want to see Wilson pitch in a simulated game against Dodgers hitters before giving the go ahead.

  19. foul tip

    At Cliff Corcoran says NL Cy Young competition no longer even close.

    “1. Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Dodgers (1)

    Season Stats: 11-7, 1.88 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 4.46 K/BB, 7.3 IP/GS, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 190 ERA+

    Last Three Weeks: 2-1, 1.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 7.8 K/9, 6.50 K/BB, 7.5 IP/GS

    Kershaw has allowed three runs in a game just once in his last nine
    starts, all of which were quality. In the exception, he struck out 10
    men. His ERA over that stretch, dating back to June, has been 1.57, his
    WHIP 0.67. In his two loses and one no-decision over that stretch, the
    Dodgers have scored a total of just one run. He is the only pitcher in
    baseball with 85 or more innings pitched and an ERA below 2.23. He has
    thrown 182 1/3 innings and his ERA is 35 points below that mark. This
    race is no longer close.”

    Old friend Kuroda shows up at #5 in his AL analysis. A snippet:

    “… foisting himself onto this list and to the top of the adjusted ERA+
    leaderboard. Kuroda’s eight scoreless starts of at least seven innings
    this season lead the majors. No one else has seven.””

  20. KT

    This, I think, is the coolest photo I’ve ever seen of Dodger Stadium:

  21. KT

    Know this has been here before a long time ago but here it is again:

    • SaMoDodger

      Love this kind of stuff. Can you imagine a baseball stadium in Venice today? The parking would be a disaster.

      • John_from_Aus

        Great read, i wasn’t aware of all the history

      • Bob_Hendley

        Wouldn’t the fans arrive in gondolas?

        • WBBsAs

          Hemingway in Venice, according to Michael Palin: “It didn’t stop Hemingway playing baseball with friends in his room. The ball, a pair of tightly rolled woollen socks, was hit so hard that it smashed clean through one of the windows and out into the street. According to Hotchner, the manager pointed out that no one had ever played baseball in any of the rooms throughout the 300-year-old history of the Gritti. For this reason he had decided ‘to reduce Signor Hemingway’s bill by ten per cent’.”

      • WBBsAs

        Terrific article, I remember the last years of the original PCL, when I was a Seattle Rainiers fan until the Tacoma Giants (gnot the Gnats) came to my hometown. I can’t remember who became the Vancouver Mounties, but I believe the Oakland Oaks became the Sacramento Solons.

  22. btimmer

    Bill Shaikin passing on a report from a Philadelphia TV station that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has been let go.

  23. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers1m
    Zack Greinke and the #Dodgers take on Cliff Lee and the Phillies today at 4:05 PT:

    • thescrounger

      Nobody here knew that????

      • KT

        Ok AND????

      • KT

        You’ve made 8 comments on this site and two of them have been snide remarks both against me…Do you have a problem that I’m unaware of?

        • thescrounger

          You’re right, that is my problem and I won’t bother you with it again… I just get annoyed at your frequent posts because so many of them are redundant and unnecessary. I swear off reading any comments from now on.

          • There’s probably a happy medium where you read the comments but follow the site’s commenting guidelines.

          • John_from_Aus

            KT, you keep commenting exactly how you do

    • scooplew

      Thanks for the reminder. I hadn’t realized that it would Lee facing Greinke. I have a meeting with a client at 6:30. I hope we have it wrapped up by then.

  24. btimmer

    Ryne Sandberg will manage the Phillies tonight. And presumably until he discovers that the Phillies have a lot of underperforming players who are paid too much.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ruben Jr. didn’t tell him?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      > ” a lot of underperforming players who are paid too much.”
      That’s how I heard the Dodgers described back East. . . . Let’s hope the Phills don’t have a wakeup call like the Blue did!

  25. KT

    Ken Gurnick ‏@kengurnick 5m

    Wilson, wearing uniform No. 00, will face Matt Kemp, among others.

    Eric Stephen ‏@truebluela1m

    Release him RT @kengurnick: Dee Gordon took Wilson to the warning track

  26. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers51s
    Brian Wilson, wearing No. 00, faces Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Nick Punto in sim game:

  27. KT

    J.P. Hoornstra ‏@jphoornstra33s
    #Dodgers option Dee Gordon to Albuquerque and recall Scott Van Slyke.

  28. KT

    Dodgers lineup:
    Crawford LF
    Puig CF
    Gonzalez 1B
    Ramirez SS
    Van Slyke RF
    Uribe 3B
    Ellis C
    Ellis 2B
    Greinke P

  29. John_from_Aus

    I hope the Phillies don’t play like ‘let’s do it for Charlie’ sort of mindset

    • RBI

      Just thinking the same thing. Hoping this doesn’t light a fire under them, just in time for us.

  30. scooplew

    The Phillies had planned to honor Manuel before tonight’s game for achieving 1,000 wins as a manager. They won’t be doing that now.

    • KT

      Yea they honored him by showing him the way out…go figure
      He didn’t I guess he’s trying for unemployment

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