Tuesday evening was a tough night for us Dodger fans. Our worst nightmares were revealed when the announcement of Clayton Kershaw’s back examination on Wednesday broke during the Dodger’s 6-5 win over the Brewers. We’ll all be holding our collective breaths as Clayton undergoes testing in Los Angeles. The Dodgers simply can’t afford to lose Kershaw for any amount of time. While the rotation and our hearts were crumbling, the Dodgers were gutting out a victory in Milwaukee.
Since a few of you think I am so “negative” I will say this. This club does have some mettle. They proved that on Tuesday as Julio Urias finally earned his first MLB win and picked up his first MLB hit. Joc Pederson made a fantastic catch as he crashed into the center field wall which probably saved the game for the Dodgers. Fortunately Joc is ok, and x-rays were negative. 21-year old kids tend to heal quickly, or have quicker recovery times. I’m not worried about Joc, but I am worried about Kershaw.
In the second game of this three game series, 24-year old prospect Brock Stewart will be making his big league debut against right hander Junior Guerra. The Dodgers faced Guerra when the Brewers were at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers @ Milwaukee
Brock Stewart-0-0 vs. Junior Guerra-4-1
Game Time – 5:10 PM – TV – SNLA
Stewart is here because well let’s face it, the Dodgers have nobody else to call up. This is no disrespect to young Brock, only a statement of fact. Stewart was pitching at triple-A Oklahoma City when he got the call. He tossed 9 games at Tulsa this season and posted a 3-3 record with a 1.12 ERA. In 3 games at OKC Stewart was 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA. He’s only been pitching professionally since 2014, so I would keep your expectations very low.
Junior Guerra faced the Dodgers back on June 16 and earned a no-decision, despite allowing five earned runs on five hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Guerra is the 31-year old rookie and is having a solid season for the Brewers. He’s 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in 10 starts. This is Guerra’s second career start against the Dodgers.
Guerra vs. Dodgers
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On a different note, I would like to address some of the hostility on this blog’s boards over the last day or two. I believe it is completely unnecessary and I would like for it to stop. Please remember that this is a Dodger blog and based on opinions. If this was all just news and reporting it would be boring. I like to have fun and I want you guys to have some fun too.
I don’t have time to be policing these boards so I expect for all of you to conduct yourself in a manner befitting of an adult. Don’t take everything I write here too seriously.
The internet is for fun, not for seriousness and anger. If something I’ve written angers you, fine, but don’t take it out on other posters here. You all know by now that I am not a fan of moneyball or Andrew Friedman. I don’t think the club is moving in the right direction. Agree or disagree is your choice. That doesn’t mean I think every move the brain trust has made has been awful. However I think most of them have been lackluster at best. The problem is the “depth” that everyone was raving about this spring never really existed. It was made up by the moneyball butt kissers, (Not any of you guys of course). Again please understand I am not calling anyone over here a butt kisser.
Because when you are forced to start Nick Tepesch in a major league game, you have no depth. When you bat Kike Hernandez, he of the blistering .189 average at lead-off every time a left hander is on the mound, you actually have no depth. Because when you are starting Chris Taylor at third base and have a 235 million dollar payroll, then say it with me, YOU HAVE NO DEPTH. When gas cans like Chris Hatcher and Pedro Baez are wasting roster spots, and your starting catcher is hitting .183 with more strikeouts than hits, then you do in fact HAVE NO DEPTH. Not to mention you’ve also spent payroll wildly ineffectively.
I love you guys, I really do, but some of you need to face the realities of the 2016 Dodgers. The club isn’t terrible, but the only reason they are 43-36 is because of Clayton Kershaw’s super human talent, and a few of the kids. That’s it.
Which brings me to my next point; I want to assure all of you why I run this blog. There are three reasons. One of those reasons is not money. This blog is not making me money, unless you call the 50 dollars per month I earn from adsense revenue money. Most of that goes to paying domain fees, and hosting renewals. I don’t do this for a living. I have a day job that pays my bills. I do this for three reasons.
- Love of the Dodgers.
- Passion for Dodger writing
- To provide all of you a neutral place to discuss the Dodgers.
Mostly it is because of all of you. Believe me when I say that I love all of you, and respect and appreciate your readership. Whether you love the front office or not everyone’s opinions are welcome here, as long as you act accordingly.
I think Roger Dodger said it best in the following comment.
Most of us, we who post here, are life-long, or at least long time Dodger fans.
There are many Dodger blogs or sites for fans to read and post thoughts and ideas. Some of them can be cheerleader types. I believe this one is based presently in reality of what is happening down on the field of play.
The owner of this site, Scott, is being realistic most of the time and criticizes 1) the playing by the Dodgers players 2) the roster moves by the G.M. 3) the long-range plan of the braintrusts. Finally, 4) some of the line-ups used by the manager; which are about the same as the last manager.
1) most of the players on the roster are not having very good seasons. Most. Some are actually terrible. 4 players have spent much of the season below .200 and starting a number of games, not just pinch-hitting. 5 or 6 players are around .250 when they should be higher. AGon has not been the player of old.
2) Roster moves seem to happen daily with this GM. Some from injuries, others to fill in a roll. And some to try out other players that MIGHT be better than what is here.
3) And the long-range program plan — seems to be, hold any bright young prospects and do not trade them. Go to Dollar General every week to see what cast-off is on the shelf and give them some money and bring them in. And then sit back and wait for the young superstars to be — become real major league producing players. BUT THIS IS LOS ANGELES and fans expect more than a .500 club.
4) and these left / right line-ups that still keep the team around .500.
Scott I am with you — tell it like it is, not sugar-coat it. (Harrison Ford in 6 Days & 7 Nights).
Kudos to you Roger. You get this whole thing. My words may be polarizing, but I will always speak the truth.
I think we all just need some good news about Clayton Kershaw to make us feel better. I know I do.