Game Thoughts

2012 MLB Playoff Chase: Dodgers still trying to become the least best NL playoff team

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The Dodgers are currently three games back of the Cardinals for the National League‘s final playoff spot. Los Angeles has a 4.5% chance of making the playoffs according to Cool Standings and a 5.6% chance according to Baseball Prospectus. Doesn’t take a math whiz to figure that 1-in-20 aren’t good odds, but gaining a game and a half over the ... Read More »

Tonight’s win expectancy chart for Dodgers/Nationals game is a middle finger, which about sums it up

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The Dodgers were sailing along to an easy 6-0 victory today when a funny thing happened on the way to Josh Beckett‘s complete game shutout. Mike Morse led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer, and two batters later, Steve Lombardozzi cut the lead by two more. By the end of the inning, it was Morse again hurting ... Read More »

The Dodgers Schedule Gets Ugly Starting Right Now

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The Dodgers start arguably their toughest stretch of the season today against the Cardinals at Chavez Ravine. After being dealt a relatively easy early season schedule, things now get ugly down the stretch. From September 13th to September 27th, the Dodgers play the Cardinals (.524) for four, then play the Nationals (.622), Reds (.604), and Padres for three each. “Well, ... Read More »

Jerry Hairston Jr. wants Paul Goldschmidt suspended for this slide, should he be?

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Yesterday, a slide by Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks drew the ire of Jerry Hairston Jr., who was playing second base. Hairston wants Goldschmidt suspended for the slide, basically calling it dirty, and you can judge for yourself above. The bad blood between the Dodgers and D-backs boiled again Wednesday after a late takeout slide of Los Angeles second baseman ... Read More »

Adam Kennedy Swing & Thought Analysis: Super Insightful Stuff Found Here

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Adam Kennedy is batting fifth (yes, fifth) for your Los Angeles Dodgers today, so in honor of that event, I thought I would breakdown a swing that he took against Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres yesterday. IT’S SUPER IMPORTANT! —– Adam Kennedy Thought Analysis: “Down by one? No problem. Adam Kennedy’s here to save the day. Sitting dead ... Read More »

Don Mattingly Regrets Nothing About His Bunting, I Regret Watching The Game

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I think Don Mattingly is probably the best manager the Dodgers have had since Tommy Lasorda, but his management of yesterday’s game against the Giants exposed what is probably his most glaring weakness. —– In the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Dodgers down one run, the team basically hit the lottery by somehow managing to get Juan Rivera ... Read More »

Controversial walk-off will be the story, but real question is what Don Mattingly was thinking

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The popular discussion about this game will revolve around the blown call that ended it, but that kind of stuff will happen from time to time, just ask the Padres. For my interests, the real discussion should revolve around exactly what Don Mattingly was thinking late in the game. —– As it got down to the late innings of a ... Read More »

Don Mattingly: Right Idea, Wrong Execution

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How did I feel about Don Mattingly‘s decision making in the bottom of the fifth against the Padres yesterday? Great decision by Mattingly, fuck stupid statistics like pitcher wins. — Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) April 8, 2012 Wait, he brought in Wright. — Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) April 8, 2012 Yeah, that basically sums up my thoughts on Mattingly’s managerial skills in ... Read More »

Clayton Kershaw Gets Ejected, Everybody Gets Mad

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After yesterday’s debacle, today certainly seemed to be must see television, but after Clayton Kershaw pitched normally to Gerardo Parra in the third inning, it did seem like today’s game would proceed normally. In the top of sixth inning, however, with Parra at-bat for the second time, Kershaw threw a strike and then grazed Parra on the elbow with an ... Read More »