Monday, August 16, 2010

Dodgers Sign 1st Round Pick Zach Lee

I'm very shocked by this news that the Los Angeles Dodgers signed their 1st round draft pick, Zach Lee. This is one of the few great Dodger days of 2010.

He wanted to go to college and play quarterback for the LSU Tigers, but i guess money talks. He'll be paid $5.25 million over 5 years.

Too bad the Major League team can't win any games in August. At least our draft pick for next season will be in the bottom half.

We'll i'm off to Vegas tomorrow, will be betting on some sports games. If anyone is going to Matt Kemp bobblehead night, make sure to get me one.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jay Gibbons Resurrects Dodgers Offense


Reuters                                                     8-10-2010
A day when the pitching wasn’t spectacular, the offense picked up the slack. The Dodgers were 1-9 on the road since the all-star break. 
The Dodgers finally made a smart move this season.
The other day Garret Anderson was designated for assignment and they called-up Jay Gibbons.
In Gibbons first Major League at-bat since 2007, he singled up the middle for a single also driving in a run. Helping the Dodgers extend their win streak to 2 games on Sunday.
Joe Torre decided to give Matt Kemp the day off in the opening game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Jay Gibbons was inserted into the lineup batting 6th and playing left field.
Gibbons singled to right field in his first two at-bats scoring Ethier from third base in his second at-bat. In the top of the 4th inning, the Phillies finally retired Gibbons by striking him out.
The Phillies quickly responded to the Dodgers 7 run lead and cut the deficit to 3 runs.
In the top of the 6th inning, Gibbons comes up to the plate and smashes his first homerun as a Dodger. It was a 2 run shot giving the Dodgers an 11-4 lead.  
Torre gave Gibbons the rest of the night off.
Dodgers beat the Phillies 15-9 and extend their win streak to 3.
I’ll be watching the Giants & Padres tonight as their games just got underway. Dodgers will face Roy Oswalt tomorrow night and Chad Billingsley will be on the mound for the boys in blue.
Other Notes:
Andre Ethier reached base 6 times. Going 4 for 4 with 3 singles, Double, Hit By Double and Walk.
George Sherill walked in his 1st MLB plate appearance.
Matt Kemp pinched hit in the 7th inning and singled with the bases loaded, scoring James Loney and Ryan Theriot. Breaking out of his 1 for 21 slump.
WP: Vicente Padilla (6-3) (Dodgers 59-54)
LP: Kyle Kendrick (7-5) (Phillies 62-50)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Garret Anderson is Finally Gone

Getty Images                                             6-27-2010
One of the happiest days of the 2010 season for me.

Garret Anderson was finally designated for assignment and the Los Angeles Dodgers called up Jay Gibbons. The 33-year-old, Gibbons, hasn't played in the Majors since the 2007 season. Gibbons will wear jersey #31.

Anderson was hitting .181, 2 HRs, and 12 RBIs. He appeared in 80 games this season.

I was tired of going to games this week and seeing Joe Torre put out Anderson to pitch hit. The pitcher could of done the same thing he did at the plate.

It's time to make our run for the division lead. Only 7 games back of the San Diego Padres.

*Great picture from @MikeScioscias' blog.
No Longer Employed

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ted Lilly Leads Dodgers to Victory In Debut

AP                                                       8-3-10
Lilly started off the game a little shaky but settled down very quickly. The 2nd batter of the game, Miguel Tejada, homered into the Dodger bullpen in left field. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single on the very next pitch.

San Diego Padres couldn't do anything against Lilly. He retired 20 batters in a row while pitching 7 innings with 5 strikeouts.

Russell Martin sparked the offense just enough to give Lilly the run support he needed to win this game. With 2 runners on base, Martin hit a line drive to center field and Chris Denorfia made a diving attempt but came up empty. The ball rolled to the wall, allowing Matt Kemp and Casey Blake to score. Later in the inning, Denorfia threw out Martin at the plate with an amazing one hop to Nick Hundley.

Hong-Chih Kuo pitched another scoreless inning while walking one batter and striking out another. Jonathan Broxton gave up a lead-off single to Jerry Hairston Jr. and intentionally walked Adrian Gonzalez. The walk lead to a game ending double play off the bat of Ryan Ludwick.

Lilly earned his 1st victory with his old ball club, that drafted him 14 years earlier. Kuo received his 16th hold and Broxton earned his 21st save of the season.This snaps the Dodgers 6 game losing streak and puts them back into a tie with the Colorado Rockies for 3rd place.

Only 8 games back with 2 more games against the first place Padres. Back to work tomorrow night.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Contenders or Pretenders?


The most important week for the Dodgers season begins tonight at 7:10.
They start off a 4 game series with the 1st place San Diego Padres and end with a weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Luckily for the Dodgers, Stephan Strasburg is on the Disabled List.
The Dodgers need to win at least 3 of 4 from the Padres to get back into contention. Anything short of that most likely means the end is near for this 2010 season.
The pitching has been there for the Dodgers since the All-Star break but the offense hasn’t showed up. They haven’t scored more than five runs in 17 straight games. They need to end this 5 game losing streak.
Andre Ethier returns to the lineup tonight, after leaving the team in San Francisco to be with his wife, who was expecting their 2nd child.
It's time that the offense sets it up. Ethier and Furcal need to continue their all-star years and everyone else will follow.
Time to win some games.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Good Bye July, Hello August

What a horrible way to end the month of July. Dodgers went 11-15 in the month and 5-11 after the all-star break. They began the 2nd half losing 6 in a row. The bullpen has been shaky since the 2nd half and the offense just isn’t scoring any runs for their pitchers.

Thankfully it’s finally August.

This is when the Dodgers have turned it up the past 2 seasons. The trade deadlines were huge successes when they acquired Manny Ramirez two years ago and George Sherrill last season.

Will 2010 follow suit? Can they catch the Padres and Giants, while holding off the Rockies in the last 2 months of the season?

It should be a great start to the month. Dodgers are facing Matt Cain, who is 0-8 with an ERA of 4.28 in his 14 career starts against the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw returns from his 5-game suspension and looks to put the past behind him. (Catch the game on ESPN 8 p.m. EST)

Keep the faith and enjoy these last 2 months. Anything can happen!