Dodgers Get Clobbered, Nothing To See Here

This game should be erased from memory, act as if it didn’t happen.  The reason I put a Justin Turner picture on my last story was because it was to signify how much they miss him. Today the Dodgers sent Rich Hill to the mound to face Tajuan Walker.  You figure on paper that the Dodgers should win but the game isn’t played on paper.

The game started off well enough in the bottom of the 2nd as Yasiel Puig hit a double. Joc Pederson then hit a single and the Dodgers took a 1-0 lead. That would be the jist of the Dodgers attack tonight.  C.J. Mcfarland came to pitch the third inning for Tajuan Walker.

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In the third inning, David Peralta walked with two outs. Ketel Marte then hit a double to score a run. Paul Goldschmidt then hit a two run jack to snap him out of his funk. Meanwhile while the crickets kept singing and the Dodgers kept going quietly. In the 4rth inning Chris Owings hit a double. Deven Marrero then singled (the ball left the yard but the runners overlapped each other and the homer was ruled a single via review) to score another run to make the score 5-1. Game, set, and match.

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So Logan Forsythe seems to be injured, as if the news could’t get worse.  In the top of the fifth, A.J. Pollack hit a two run shot to make the score 7-1. Scott Alexander came in a pitched a few innings of scoreless relief.  Wilmer Font came in during the 8th inning and gave up a homer to Pollack. It’s safe to say the Wilmer Font experiment is over. Alex Avila added a homer off Font in the 9th to wrap up the scoring.

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Bellinger and Puig seem to be swinging the bat fine. The pitching hasn’t gotten it done. Let’s hope Clayton Kershaw can save us tomorrow.

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Artieboy

Whatta you gonna do?
Fugedabout it and get ready for a game tomorrow.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

They are in last place…….hard to overlook that.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

Marrero’s hit scored 2 there James. It would have been a 3 run homer but he passed Avila on the bases. Clobbered is nothing new the last 3 games as they have given up 16, 8 and 9 runs. That’s 33 in 3 games. That’s on the pitching staff, not the hitters. Puig had 2 doubles and Cody 1. They put Grandal in the 3 hole and he was 1-3. But Taylor and Seager again failed to set the table for the big guns. Taylor walked once, but then was thrown out trying to steal when he pulled up short… Read more »

package206,
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Might lose Forsythe. I do not think that matters as he has not been a key conrtributor. As a matter of fact, he has probably caused a few of the losses. As far as the rest of the team, remember everyone saying this was the same team as last year? Guess not. I don’t think this will turn out well. Maybe some will quit listening to FAZ.

MJ
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Package We probably will do ok without Forsythe as long as Farmer continues to play well, at third defensively. I don’t know why Roberts hasn’t been giving Farmer more chances to start, he and Chase, are doing the best off our bench, but Farmer hasn’t gotten the chances, like other players have, that are not producing. Both Forsythe and Kike, don’t hit righties well, so sometimes they kill us, when they are in the line up, together. I am hoping Farmer takes advantage of this chance, and maybe they will bring up Peter, or another infielder, at AAA. And these… Read more »

Badger
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Badger

I’m surprised by a couple things here. First, I’m surprised the offense has started so inconsistently. But, that happens. Teams, even the good ones, slump occasionally. I’m also surprised some here believe the team is this bad. Can’t say I’m surprised by the pitching. As you know the starting staff does not impress me. We needed another (Cole?) and we need Buehler. Who knows about the bullpen. Maybe they’re good, maybe not, it remains to be seen. The off season FAZ goal was payroll, not players. How that will work out also remains to be seen. I know we aren’t… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Badger

I don’t think the team is this bad, but I do think Roberts should go with his best line up now, so they can work together on offense, as a team.

They just started the season, so non of the players really need this many days off, including Kemp.

They already had a lot of days off in April, even before they had that day off in SF, because of the weather.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

MJ, as long as FAZ is running this team, Roberts will never trot the same 8 out there everyday. He believes in saber metrics as much as FAZ. And personally, since he is in a contract year, I do not think he has the guts to go against them.

MJ
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MJ

Michael

Most of the players on the team don’t have good numbers, to really use saber metrics, as a good tool.

Play the few players that are hitting, and players that have a good resume, when it comes to hitting.

That should still be the best line up, for this team.

And really the only excecption here, would be Farmer, but he is one of the players, that has hit, with the few chances, he has been given.

And Farmer is a far better third baseman, then Kike, and Kike isn’t hitting, anyways.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

I absolutely agree. But when I was talking about sabermetrics and such, Doc started Joc last night because he has had a lot of success against that pitcher. Even though common sense said start the veteran Kemp who has a solid track record.

True Blue, Thru n Thru
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True Blue, Thru n Thru

I’m afraid to say it, but I saw this trainwreck coming in the middle of the WS. I know Iknow, say what you want but the problems in the manager’s chair were really exposed for what they are, at least I began to see them. I had a hint of it during the long and hideous August but I wanted to not trust my head and trust my heart. I’ve watched this guy insist on playing stupid lineups and sticking with the wrong players (Reddick(son), Granderson and Pederson…see my “son” thing). Then you go to ST and you see Roberts… Read more »

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

Forsythe to the DL with shoulder inflammation. Valera called up from OKC. Kike starting todays game at 3rd and batting 8th. Taylor, Seager, Kemp, Bellinger, Puig, Barnes, Utley, Hernandez, Kershaw.

Tim Robinson
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Tim Robinson

It was mentioned in the previous thread by Package that FAZ deserved the credit when they did the good things, and I agree 100%, but they also get the blame when they do stupid things. And they are doing just that. In my opinion FAZ was ahead of the game 3-4 years as far as the use of technology and the sabermetrics went, and they were probably the smartest guys in the room along with Theo. Then other teams saw what was on the horizon and they upped the ante. Meanwhile FAZ kept to their script, dumpster diving and hoping… Read more »

package206,
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package206,

Tim Just as a matter of record. I don’t think FAZ deserves the credit when they win as you noted in your last comment. I think they get the credit for winning but credit should go to the previous regime as most of the players came from them. I also said they deserved the credit for losing when they lose. At no time should you think that I have any use at all for FAZ. I despise FAZ and and their manager. I think they are liars and do their thing at the expense of the Fans. I hope I… Read more »

package206,
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package206,

If anyone is unclear about how I feel about FAZ, please feel free to ask and I will make it even clearer.

MJ
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Tim

Good to hear from you!

I was thinking about you, because of the way the game turned out, that you had tickets for.

I sure hope you were able to get rid of those tickets, because that would sure be a terrible game, to go too, so I hope you got your money back!

And if you didn’t get your money back, I am sorry, for reminding you of that game!

Michael Norris
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Valera has pretty good AAA numbers. BA over .300 in 3 stints down there. Only has 10 games at the MLB level with St. louis. Supposed to be a good fielder. Roberts says Farmer will get time at 3rd while Forsythe is out, then puts the meek hitting Hernandez in the lineup today. What a moron. I agree with most of what you posted Tim, but most of that so called depth at AAA is unproven. The only one with more than 100 games of MLB time under his belt is Solano. Toles is on the DL too. Now the… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Taylor
Corey
Kemp
Cody
Puig
Barnes
Chase
kike
Kershaw

I can’t believe Kike is playing third base today, instead of Farmer.

Famer is a better defensive third baseman, and he deserves more at bats.

The few times Kike has played third, he has not did well there, and Kike is not hitting.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

Believe it. He is one of Doc’s Faves,,,,,,,,cares less what the stats say, I am sticking with my Kike……

Chili
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Chili

I understand what Tim is saying but I lean heavily towards Package’s take on the subject. For one I think most anyone could have accomplished what this FO has done. ALL of the major pieces were already here or in the organization. Of their 200+ additions to the organization, maybe 3 have been a plus. Friedman nor Zaidi are never the smartest people in any room, especially one that contains baseball people. Neither has ever won a title. Ever since those 2 have held titles of GM or President of baseball operations, there has been 20-30 other gentlemen that HAVE… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Tim

I think the best organization to compare to ours, is the Yankee’s organization.

I think they did a good job, of transferring from an old line up, to a young line up.

And they had some bad contracts to deal with, and they actually still have some bad player contracts, now.

Tim Robinson
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Tim Robinson

Trust me I am not a Fazophile by the farthest stretch of the imagination. I agree they’ve lied quite a bit. Package I was not trying to paint you any different, I know you hate them with a passion. I was merely pointing out that they do get some deserved credit on occasion, not much trust me. When I said the smartest guys in room I was referring to the Enron scandal in an off handed way. We all know how that turned out. When it comes to putting lipstick on a pig you have to admit they do rule.… Read more »

MJ
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MJ

Tim

I am glad to hear that!

I always try to stay on the right side of karma too, so I can relate.

package206,
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package206,

Tim
No worries, I thought I might have said something that was mistaken for the truth. No problem my friend.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

First let me say, I despise FAZ. That being said, they are not the frippen genius’s everyone said they were. They are the most active dumpster divers in the majors. They still have that small market mentality. Kike again effectively smushes a rally. Yeah he had a sac fly the inning before, but he let a cookie go right by him with the bases juiced and then grounds weakly to third for the force at home….send him down or bench him…..please………

True Blue, Thru n Thru
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True Blue, Thru n Thru

Thanks Tim, I knew there was others that felt the same way I did. We’ve both been saying the same thing, in bits and pieces, for a long time now. I had to let out a rant, as you did, we just couldn’t take it anymore. The fans of this club really do deserve better than what we have been getting for decades. We’ve received plenty of excuses for 30 years and only last year actually made it back to the WS, only to flame out marvelously. I really think this club is at a crossroads, with the lack of… Read more »

Tim Robinson
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Tim Robinson

I rest my case about them blocking minor league players. This new guy who I know nothing about, and will not judge him. But didn’t he just come over from I believe st. Louis in early April, and he’s already up on the big team. Got to be hard on the others in the minors!!!! And I am so over Orel being the Homer in the flipping world. He has gotten to the point where you can’t even listen to him. My God he drinks so much FAZ Kool aide it is ridiculous. We are crushing the dbags and that… Read more »

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

Valera was a dumpster diver pick up. Has hit well in the minors. Now the only infielder at AAA who is a Dodger draftee is Locastro. All the others are either free agents or trade pieces. Muncy, Segedin, Solano, Peter. So I doubt many egos were bruised.

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

And Locastro is outperforming all of them. He should have called up. Our infield is hurt and we need more speed.

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

Actually Yueh he is not. He is hitting .385 but only has 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He has 2 extra base hits and that is it. Valera had 6 ribbies down there and was hitting .316. I think they went for the guy with more experience. As for the speed part, that I totally agree with. The other reason is that other than 2B, Locastro has mainly seen action in the outfield and 2nd base. Valera on the other hand has played the 3 infield positions.

MJ
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MJ

Tim

Orel gets to me sometimes too, because he can be a cheerleader for some players, but not for other players.

And he goes way over board at times.

Badger
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Badger

I’m home and planted firmly in my recliner and thought I was ready to read and relax, but now I’m depressed. You guys sound like you’re throwing in the towel. We have good players and plenty of talent in the minors. I don’t much care for FAZ and their often maddening FAZthomatics but most of our real talent was already here. I’m disappointed they are now cap conscious but I am trusting they are doing it for the better good. Extend Kershaw and secure a middle order super stud and I’m mostly on board – maybe. Sign more broken wings… Read more »

Michael Norris
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Michael Norris

I am in no way throwing in the towel. But I am like most fans extremely frustrated with the way they have played. They showed some life today and Kershaw was his old self. He got bit by the HR bug again, but it was a meaningless solo shot. They go to SD for 3 now, and then come home to play the Nats. In my mind they need to go at least 5-1 in this stretch.

Badger
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Badger

They need to have 94 wins by the end of the season and have a rested full strength team ready to play more. That’s it.

How to get there. Beat up on the Padres for the next three is a good start toward 94.

Yueh_Fei
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Badger the FBZ are doing it so earn the owners more money to lay the foundation for their own extensions. There will be no quality mid rotation mid season trade, because they hold onto their trade pieces too long. I also do not think they extend Kershaw – they will try to save all they can for Seager and Belllinger. I have to say that Bellinger hitting .300 so far has been a pleasant surprise. The two difference makers I can see them getting, given their modus operandi, are Zach Britton and Cole Hamels. Cole Hamels is having a bad… Read more »

Tim Robinson
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Tim Robinson

Damn I tried to post this before but it went into the abiiss. I am not throwing in the towel. However it needs to be wound up tightly, dipped into some very cold water and snapped on the asses of 90% of this team!!!!!

Badger
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Badger

Some benching might be a good towel snap, but in my opinion that doesn’t send a positive message this early in the season. Yesterday Hernandez was hitting where he is supposed to be hitting and Pederson subbed late. Toles injury suggests to me he may be snakebit and before too long, perhaps in May, Verdugo should be given that 4th outfield shot. And Tim, I’d like to eventually hear more about your theory on Soon-Shiong. I think you’re on to something. From what I read about the guy I think he might be a good fit for the Dodgers. My… Read more »

Yueh_Fei
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Yueh_Fei

It’s a long way to go but I don’t think we are good enough to have this “just stay afloat” mentality. My point about Turner is that he will not be the savior. The men who are playing now must play a lot better with or without him.

I don’t even think the Cubs are the clear next better team. The Nationals, the DBacks and the Mets are all improved and they all believe they can beat the Dodgers in a series.