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Dre’s Friday Bits and Bytes, 5/16/2014

Tonight’s happenings in the world of L.A. Sports…

greinke Zack Greinke takes the hill for the Blue as they take on the Arizona Diamondback for the 4th time this season as the Blue looks to build upon their 7-1 mark against the Snakes as they embark on a 10 game road trip. After finishing 3-4 on their current homestand against the Giants and Marlins, the Blue will also look to improve upon their 13-7 road record . Also…

That’s right ! GO KINGS GO as the Kings and Ducks battle it out in Anaheim tonight in Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference semis with as the Kings look to return to the Windy City for a rematch of last years Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks . There is certainly no shortage of sporting events for L.A. sports fans tonight…

Early Concerns ?

With the Dodgers currently 5 games behind the Giants, this certainly was not the start the Dodgers and the fans had hoped for. However, we must remind ourselves that this is a long season and that there is certainly more than enough time to get back in the race. Whether we should expect a repeat of last seasons 40-8 run, well, that may be asking much to repeat that feat. Here’s some numbers to look at…

Prior to and after last seasons summer run where they went 40-8, the Dodgers had a combined record of 52-64. Going into tonight’s action , aside from their 7-1 record against the DBacks, they would be as of right now 15-19 against the rest of the Majors, including a 3-7 record against the Giants. So we do know how good this team can really be. We also know too that this team can be really streaky as well. Believe it or not, the Dodgers are actually in better shape at this time then they we’re at this time last year. So yes, it is a little to early for us, including this fan here, to be pushing the panic button right away. A little tweak here and there and in no time we got ourselves a pennant race.

Also, some other numbers to chew on around the bigs

The Cardinals and Nationals, 2 other clubs expected to win their respective NL divisions, are also off to pedestrian starts as they too also sit only 2 games above .500 . In the AL East, the defending champion Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays, the two expected to finish atop the AL East, are both struggling as well with a combined 38-44 record as those 2 as of right now occupy the bottom half of the AL East. 3 of the 4 teams mentioned here we’re last years LCS participants, with the Red Sox winning it all. We certainly don’t expect these teams to continue to struggle, do we ?

Dre’s Scorecard Notes, Tuesday 5/13/2014 vs. Marlins

dodgersfish In my latest of my in-game scorecard notes, we feature this past Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins…

marlinscard Josh Beckett continues to impress after sitting out virtually all of last season, pitching 6 1/3 innings against his former club, striking out 4 and allowing only 1 run. Would Beckett finally get some run support ?

dodgerscard Josh Beckett finally get’s those runs as the Blue would score 5 times in the home 6th, started off by a 2 run double by Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers would also tack on runs in the 7th and 8th, as they would pull away from the Marlins. This is the 2nd game in a row I would attend that the Dodgers would score in the 6th-8th en route to a win and , Josh Beckett’s first win since 2012.

HanRam getting the scoring started for the Blue in the 6th

Beckett’s strong start

Best of luck to Marlins pitching sensation Jose Fernandez , who underwent successful Tommy John surgery. Here’s to a full recovery and a long career ahead of you .

Dre’s Bytes….Celebrating a Birthday, OK, a Belated Birthday, at The Old Ballgame

IT’S BACK !!! Dre’s ballgame bytes !!! Doin’ it again this season and tonight, we got El Viejo Brandoreno here…

Tuesday Night at The Ravine, 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

And later on that evening, with the Dodgers comfortably up in the 8th, as we mess around somewhere inside of Dodger Stadiums hallowed halls…

Somewhere Inside The Ravine from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed your night out at the park celebrating your belated birthday against the Marlins….Marlon !!!

More of Dre’s bytes to come…TO BE CONTINUED. Happy Friday everyone !!! LET’S GO DODGERS !!! GO KINGS GO !!!!

Dre’s Thoughts 5/5/2014, HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO !!!

Putting It All On The Line

Can we all put to rest all the talk about Yasiel Puig not being a team player ? He may not have succeeded in making this game-saving catch, but I think he may have won more hearts over among Dodger fans with this outstanding effort. The Cuban Missile may still be a work in progress, but let’s not question his heart and effort.

Also…

josefernandez Marlins sensation ace Jose Fernandez, last years NL Rookie of the Year, checking up on Puig after the game.

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO !!!

Dodger fans, where you may be celebrating today, perhaps you may have this tune ingrained in your heads…

Probably the most played song among Dodger fans today.

Also…

Cinco_Dog How ’bout this Dodger fan showing some spirit on this Cinco de Mayo !!!

Team L.A.

Kings_Dodgers Tonight is another busy night for our locals, with the Dodgers beginning a 3 game series in DC against the Nationals tonight, with Zack Greinke taking the hill for the Blue as he looks to go 6-0 on the season. Let’s also not forget the Kings, who look to take a commanding 2 games to none lead in their NHL Western Conference showdown against the Ducks in Anaheim. We also can’t forget the Clippers as the begin their 2nd round Best of 7 NBA Western Conference showdown tonight in OKC as they take on the Thunder. This should also be another intriguing match up as well with Chris Paul and UCLA’s own Russell Westbrook showcasing the spotlight for their teams.

HAPPY CINCO EVERYONE !!! No shortage of games for L.A. fans on this Monday night !!!

Off Season Insta Pics and Dre’s Conference Title Picks….

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As you can tell, Dodger Stadium is almost ready to play host for next weeks NHL Stadium Series matchup between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks.  This will mark the first time a regular season NHL outdoor matchup will take place out here in the west.  Hopefully, this is the first of more to come.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a peek inside….. 

Ok, my conference title picks…

AFC

Denver over New England in a shootout, with Manning coming out on top 38-34

NFC

In a hard fought, black and blue matchup, the 49ERS come out of this on their way for the Quest for Six, 20-17. This game couldn’t be more evenly matched . Two teams , two coaches that can’t stand each other. Points should be at a premium and my 20-17 projection may be a bit high. I’m looking for the Niner running game to be the difference . Oh yeah, you all do know by now i’m also a 49ERS fan. You say being a 49ERS fan in L.A. is sacreligious ? Well, I guess Matt Kemp never got that message either….

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Yup, even The Bison is a huge Niners Fan !!!!

Enjoy the games everyone !!!

Drei’s Random Thoughts for 4/10/2013

 

On This Day, 1947….

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Jackie Robinson become the first African-American baseball player in the Major Leagues, starting at 2nd base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Prior to his Brooklyn day’s, Jackie had played for the Dodgers minor league team in Montreal, the Royals.  And the game of baseball would get a much needed and long overdue change….  Speaking of baseball in Montreal, I really do hope that city gets another chance at hosting an MLB team….

Happy Birthday Dre !!!!

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Happy 31st to Andre Ethier !!!!  And here’s to many more Happy Dre’s !!!  The pic above is from the Rancho Cucamunga Quake’s FB page, from last year during Dre’s rehab stint.  Also….

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A Happy Belated Birthday to you as well A.J. !!!!  I’ve had the chance to see A.J. play at AAA Albuquerque and here in L.A.  .  It’s been great following your progress A.J. !!! 

Hockey at Dodger Stadium ?

It’s looking like a Kings vs Ducks game will happen sometime in January of 2014.  I have always wanted to see the NHL give us the chance to host a Winter Classic game to show that a warm weather city like L.A. is more than capable of pulling this off.  This would really be great for Kings, Dodgers, and even Duck fans…

 http://articles.latimes.com/2013/apr/07/sports/la-sp-elliott-nhl-20130408