Before we go Beyond The Ballpark, here’s some off-season briefs going on around The Ravine, as the Dodgers offer a $15.3 M qualifying offer to Hanley Ramirez . Hanley has until the 10th of this month to accept his 2015 offer, or test the free agent market. Though Hanley did have a reasonable post-season, his bat was still somewhat in question during the season and was a late inning defensive replacement often down the stretch. Also, Dan Haren has opted to exercise his $10M option to return in 2015so should he be able to maintain his momentum from the 2nd half of last season, the Dodgers should have a solid rotation up to the 4th spot. Aside from the obvious needs in the bullpen, the Dodgers should also be looking to acquire a 5th starter as well, with Josh Beckett retiring and the Dodgers buying out Chad Billingsley’s $14M 2015 option for $3 million .
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Sights and Sounds, From Franklin Hills to Mid-City to the SGV
As we all know by now, Drei here know’s nothing of an off-season. Drei here likes to seek as much from this city we and the Boys in Blue call home, L.A. . So, what sights and sounds does Drei bring you today ? First up, we venture through the Franklin Hills district on a nice Saturday evening walk to the site of the first Walt Disney animation studios, where Josh here gives a brief documentary of the history behind Walt’s first studio. Also, if you happen to venture down south to San Diego and have a vesting interest what sights SD has to offer, check out Cool San Diego Sights to see what sights and activities are happening in the 619…
In the mood for a little ska ? Check out this clip from the JDozer and his band Red Sun, who hail from the 626 out in San Gabriel. The audio is a bit off, but Drei here think’s you’ll enjoy the beats that Jason has for you. This was from a recent performance over at Cheers in San Gabriel. After listening to his beats, you may be asking yourself… WHAT HAPPENED ?
And from L.A.’s Mid City, DJ Reno Sparkz shares with us some of his Funk Hip-Hop lyrics as the resident DJ/MC goes SPARKING THA GREENLAND. From Reno… ” PEEP THIZ, PEEP IT LOUD “
So these are just some of the Sights and Sounds throughout L.A. that Drei here has in store for you. What type of Sights and Sounds from local Indie talent and artists does Drei have for you next, as Drei tries to keep active and busy during the off-season ? Stay tuned… ‘TIL THE NEXT EPISODE…
Hopefully the sight of Hanley Ramirez hands raised up toward the Dodger Blue skies will be a familiar one come late October. In last nights 17-0 drubbing of the Giants at AT&T Park, Hanley would drive in 2 on 4 hits. Hopefully this is the start of big things for Hanley as we head down toward the seasons final two weeks.
Other Dodgers to Wear 13
Outguessing Ouselves Our We ?
During the home half of the first inning last night, with one out Buster Posey would single to right and Angel Pagan, who had been at second base was waved home only to be thrown out by Matt Kemp by a good 25 feet. As always, our favorite narrator of the game, Vin Scully, would point out that over the years the Giants have been known to water down their infield more so than any other team. Old school Dodger fans may recall when the Giants tried that in 1962 to slow down Maury Wills and that they may have tried that to slow Dee Gordon down. After Pagan had been thrown out by a bubble blowing Matt Kemp, Scully made notice of Pagan possibly not getting enough traction as he rounded the bases. To the halloween colored ones… Outguessing yourself a bit ?
OK, Kid. After last nights 17-0 win, you can throw a FOAM PARTY today. Just be nice and let let the other kids play too …
Interesting read in today’s Dodger Insider regarding the significance, or lack of, between regular season and post-season head to head matchups.
For those of you who may be in a panic over the Blue Crew’s 1-5 mark against the Brew Crew after being swept this weekend, as you can see from past playoff match-ups listed above, the regular season is not always a true indicator of how teams match up in the post-season, ESPECIALLY, in baseball, where 162 games are played and any team, no matter how good, can look bad during a slump against anyone, no matter how bad the opponent is. Lets take a look at recent history going back to 2008.
In 2008 and 2009, the Dodgers had 2-5 regular season records against the Cardinals and Cubs. Dodgers swept both teams in the NLDS 3 games to none. Let’s look at last season. The Braves had our number in the regular season. What did it matter come playoff time ?
“How do the Dodgers and Braves matchup ? During the regular season the Boys from Georgia took 5 of 7 against the Boys in Blue however it should be noted that 3 of those wins came during a 3 game sweep in Atlanta during the Dodgers rough start, injuries had still crippled the team and that included the loss of Hanley Ramirez. “
“The Dodgers had a slight edge over the Cardinals in the regular season, winning 4 out of 7, with the visiting teams winning their respective series. How much of an advantage either team may have on one another, who knows ? So how do the Dodgers and Cardinals matchup heading into the NLCS ? We do know that this time around both teams will be coming into this series at their best unlike during the regular season, when the Cards took 2 of 3 at Dodger Stadium back in May as the Dodgers we’re still mired in their early season funk and the Dodgers took 3 of 4 at Busch Stadium in early August when the Dodgers we’re at the height of their post all-star break run while the Red Birds we’re experiencing a swoon of their own having lost 13 of 18 during that stretch…..”
Once again, My words from last season’s preview of the NLCS . Unfortunately, we still remember the end result there. My point, fellow Dodger fans, is that there are a number of factors as to why the regular season means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when teams cross paths come playoff time. Injuries, a team slump, among other numerous factors, could have and all likely play a key role as to why certain teams dominate other teams in the regular season. Let’s also not forget, in a 162 game season, even the best teams lose at least 60 games. Let’s also not forget no matter how good a team is, every team is prone to losing streaks as well. I’ll say it again folks, no matter how good a team is, anyone can go cold at any point in the season even against some bad teams. Also ask yourself, is 6 games out of 162 really a true indicator of how one matches up against each other ? I think not.
Let’s also go back to a decade far far away, the 80s. During the 1983 season, the Dodgers dominated the season series against the Phillies taking 11 games out of 12. Come playoff time, the Phillies entered the NLCS having won 25 of their final 32 while the Dodgers limped into the NL West title. In the 1983 NLCS, it was the Wheeze Kids , a lineup of Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Steve Carlton, and Mike Schmidt, at 34 being the youngest of that bunch, and a hot bat from Gary Matthews that would do the Dodgers in.
Flash forward to 1988. This time it was the Dodgers who we’re in the short end of a regular season matchup, as the Mets, 2 years removed from their 1986 triumph and a possible dynasty in the making, who had taken 10 of 11 from the Dodgers in the regular season. The Mets, led by Doc Gooden’s arm and Darryl Strawberry’s bat, we’re heavy favorites to beat the Dodgers in the NLCS. But the Dodgers defied all odds in a series that would go the full 7 games, and well, you know what happened …
So there you have it. The regular season is a marathon. The playoffs are a whole different beast.
It’s been 26 years. Is 2014 the year we party like it’s 1988 ?
As if there was any doubt who would be named pitcher off the month for the month of June. Let the numbers, which also include his 15 strikeout no-hit performance against the Rockies, speak for themself. At this moment, Kershaw currently has pitched 36 consecutive scoreless innings. His next start will be Thursday evening art Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres.
The Sunday Slide
Pregame bullpen session , KKKKKKKKKKKKKershaw ! On this day, 6/29/2014, Kershaw would accumulate 13 Ks against the Cardinals.
From the stands and fans throughout June…
Celebrating Philippine Heritage Night and a 2nd Stanley Cup for the L.A. Kings !!!
Anze and Mini Puig together on the field after the post-game fireworks, on Philippine Heritage Night. Did I also mention we were celebrating a Stanley Cup for the Kings ?
Daniel, my lil’ bro, has it all covered tonight….
This is L.A. !!!
Hey Daniel ? Who influenced you ?</
The lil’ bro Daniel reppin’ Team L.A. . Again, I ask Daniel, who influenced you ?
The Sunday Funnies
Today, Mini Puig and his author, yours truly, pay a visit to some pre- historic friends of ours….
Somewhere in Rancho….
Mini Puig, back where it all started , is having a playful reunion with his buddy, Tremor. From Tremor to Mini Puig… ” I See You ” . Tremor couldn’t help but to pay homage to Mini Puig’s buddy HanRam .
Traveling back in time, somewhere up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains in the summer of 2006…
Yours truly is having a great time with his Jurassic buddy, Dinger ! Yeah, he may be partial the Rockies, but aside from this weekend, Dinger and Dre, or Double D, we’re actually good buds. If there’s one thing we agree on, it’s our disdain for some Seal up in The Bay. When I took this pic with Dinger on 8/30/2006, a LBSU alum was making his MLB debut for the Rox. Some Dirtbag named Troy Tulowitzky …
Josh Beckett takes the mound today for the Blue Crew as they try to make it 3 of 4 over the Rockies. The Dodgers, 29-18 away from The Ravine, currently holds a 1/2 game less over the San Francisco Giants for the NL West division lead.
Congrats to Yasiel Puig on being named National League Co-Player of the Week , driving in 11 Dodgers while belting 3 out of the yard . After a slow start, The Cuban Missile is proving that he is not one to succumb to a sophomore jinx. QUE VIVA CUBA, VIVA PUIG !!!
Dee Gordon getting a little ” Dodgerball ” going in an elementary school in New York before their 3 game set with the Mets
Dodger SuperFan Marlon Brandereno, aka El Viejo , or Kid Marlz, who you’ll see later in Dre’s Stadium Bytes, taking a bite out of this Big Apple. These are one of 3 apples that are on display on the 1st base concourse on the right field reserve level. The Apples we’re scattered throughout New York City last season as part of the All-Star festivities. Now let’s see if the Boys in Blue can take a Big Bite of of the big apple during these next 3 games against the Mets in The Big Apple as Josh Beckett takes the mound for The Blue as he takes on Mets rookie Rafael Montero, making his first big league start tonight. You can also check out more of my pics on my instagram, @good_drei .
More of Dre’s Stadium Bytes, With Kid Marlz vs. the Marlz, ahem, Marlins
In this informal edition of Dre’s Bytes, we have 5 clips here from the home 6th from last Tuesday evening against the Marlins, and a huge 6th it was for the Blue and also a nice birthday gift for Kid Marlz against , the Marlins. First up, HanRam at the dish with Dee and Puig on base…
Now that we got a good thing goin’ in the home 6th, let’s see if Crawford or Turner can get Matt Kemp a ride home. Oh yeah, with the Marlins in town, we wonder why the Miami Heat fans here in L.A. don’t show up when the Marlins are also in town . Hmmmm….
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
In my latest of my in-game scorecard notes, we feature this past Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins…
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 ?
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…
I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day be it at the stadium or wherever you chose to celebrate .
Dre’s Scorecard Notes, 5/10/2013 vs. Giants
2nd one this year of Dre’s scorecard notes. Who else keeps score at games? I’d like to see your cards and compare our styles….
Zack Greinke had another strong outing allowing only 2 runs while striking out 8 through 7….
As for the Dodger offense, they would finally come around scoring 6 runs from the 6th to 8th innings, getting key contributions from Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp, who had a big 2 out RBI single in the 6th to tie the game and followed with a solo shot in the 8th as the Dodgers would take the 3rd of 4 against the Giants, 6-2.
Unfortunately that would be the Dodgers only win of the 4 game series against the hated ones. Despite Hanley’s game tying 2 out 2 run shot in the bottom of the 9th off Giants closer Sergio Romo, the hated one’s would prevail in the 10th, 7-4, taking 3 of 4 from The Blue. The Giants, tied with the Brewers for the NL’s best record, have won 7 of 10 against The Blue this season as the Dodgers fall back to a season high 4.5 games back in the NL West.
Why Hello, Oldtimers….
Of course, since i’ve seen most of these guys play in the Dodger Blue at some point, it’s just anothet reminder I ain’t no young one myself either….LOL
Beats By Dre…
Any pregame requests ?
Good afternoon, to the 30% of you Dodger fans who are abke to see todays’s telecast….
At 12-9, half a game ahead of the Colorado Rockies heading into today’s action, considering the Dodgers recent offensive woes, the overuse of our bullpen, and of course, our porous defense at least early on, things could certainly be much worse then standing at 12-9 atop the NL West in spite of themselves. Last night’s 10th inning gaffe on a pop fly by the Phillies Carlos Ruiz on the part of Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez was a notable example of the Dodgers defensive ineptness. Dominic Brown would make the Dodgers pay by driving home the game winning RBI for the Phillies. Mattingly made no bones about the Dodgers defensive lapses after the game last night, as they have become a frustration .
Somebody call for this !!! Crawford and Hanley bump into each other during Carlos Ruiz’s pop fly that would have been the 2nd out in the 10th. Instead, Ruiz reaches on this 2 base error and would be cashed in.
Tonight, Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Blue as he goes against Cole Hammels, making his 2014 debut for the Phillies.
Other Notes and NL West Thoughts
The Giants, after a 5-1 start, have leveled off a bit and have had their share of offensive struggles as well, losing 9 of their last 14.
Nothing has gone right for the DBacks this season, who currently stand at 5-18. I felt before the season that Kirk Gibson could be on the hot seat if the DBacks don’t make a run toward the post season. I’m starting to believe he may be gone before season’s end, maybe before the all-star break.
100 Years and Counting For Wrigley
And Ode to Wrigley, from Vin Scully
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field . Wrigley Field is the 2nd oldest ballpark in the Majors behind only Fenway Park . Many historic moments have happened inside Wrigley Field, except a World Series championship celebration. If you’re like me and have hopes of hitting up all 30 MLB Parks, Wrigley should definitely be up there on your ballpark visit lists . HAPPY BIRTHDAY WRIGLEY FIELD !!!
A familiar sight to generations of Cubs fans, the blue L flag. ( The white W flag has also had it’s fair share of time up there too….)
Back in May, 2006 beneath the famous scoreboard.
Out and abouts on Sheffield Avenue, behind the RF warning track. Yes, i’m that close to the field
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Martinez Ca. Birthplace of Joe Dimaggio. Two mors stops before we get off at Emeryville to catch a bus across the bay to see the Dodgers take on the hated Giants as they try to salvage the 3rd of 3 after a couple of tough one run losses. Hyun-Jin Ryu toes the mound for The Blue against Madison Bumgarner .
After being hit on the left hand by a Ryan Vogelsong pitch last night in the 7th inning, XRays we’re negative so hopefully HanRam wont miss too much time.
Nats have the best rotation in the division anchored by Stephen Strasburg. Acquisition of Doug Fister form the Tigers will also be a boost to the rotation. If the Nats, especially Bryce Harper can remain healthy for a good part of the season, Nats will be dangerous in the NL. Nats finished last season strong, going 26-12 down the final stretch.
Braves bats will be providing some heavy lumber again this season, especially the middle of their lineup. The loss of 2 of their starters, Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, could be a hindrance to the rotation. But with an offense that includes the power trio of Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, and a strong back end of the bullpen, the Braves still remain a legitimate threat to win this division.
Phillies starting rotation still sport a formidable 1-2 tandem in Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels but age has caught up to this organization that had made it to the post-season 5 consecutive seasons from 2007-2011, appearing in 2 World Series and coming out on top in 2008. 5 years ago, I would have loved to have Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz in my lineup.
In my surprise pick, I’m picking the Marlins to finish beyond the NL East’s cellar. It will be interesting to how if NL ROY pitcher Jose Fernandez follows up his ROY campaign as he will be anchoring this young rotation. Marlins still have too many inexperience to pose a serious challenge for the division.
The Mets starting pitching should make for a lot of close games, but scoring runs continues to be an issue for them. David Wright is not the home run threat he once was. I’m also interested to see if Bartolo Colon can match his somewhat surprising performance of 2013, and I say somewhat because, yes, he will be turning 41 in May. Can he pitch 200 innings ? Having said that, Colon should still provide a steady veteran presence in their rotation.
So, as for the NL East , it appears that there is no lack of pitching from the top on down the bottom. I still see this being a 2 team race between the Nationals and Braves.
Over the last 14 seasons dating back to 2000, the Cardinals have had the most successful run in the National League, with 10 post-season appearances, including 4 trips to the Fall Classic in which they have won 2. Aside from the loss of David Freese, the Red Birds pretty much field the same personnel from last year’s squad that took them to the World Series. Their pitching staff, a good mix of veterans and youngsters from Adam Wainwright to Michael Wacha, could be the deepest in all of baseball. The offense along with Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina is also expected to put up some big numbers.
The Pirates, after going 21 consecutive seasons of sub .500 baseball, not only broke that dubious streak but won 94 games en route to a Wild Card victory over the Reds before taking the eventual NL Champion Cardinals the full 5 games in the NLDS. A lot has been made of the Bucs pitching and defense, which was certainly a huge factor in returning to post-season play for the first time in 21 years. The Bucs and their fans got a taste last year, now everyone in Steel City wants more, and they should. If they can add another solid bat or two to back Andrew McCutchen to their offense ranked 9th in the NL in scoring last year, the Bucs could make another serious run in October.
Overlooked last year was the fact the Reds made it to post-season play for the 3rd time in 4 years. However, closing out the season on a 5 game skid, including a 3 game sweep at the hands of the Pirates in the season’s final weekend at home, capped off by their Wild Card loss to the Bucs, eventually cost Dusty Baker his job as skipper. Fair ? I don’t think so. But that’s life in any major coaching capacity these day’s when even a hint of success is achieved and higher expectations are not immediately met. The big 3 run producers, Votto, Bruce and Phillips remain intact. The health of the pitching may be a question mark. The bullpen will be thin at times with the loss of Aroldis Chapman until at least June. ( Thank goodness he’s OK after being hit in the head by a line drive from Royals Salvador Perez ) .
Ryan Braun return from his suspension will definitely add some pop to the Brewers lineup along with Lucroy, Segura and Carlos Gomez. Pitching, as well as keeping key players off the DL , will be key for the Brew Crew if they are to sneak up toward the NL Central, the only division with 3 teams with 90 plus wins in 2013.
It has been 105 years since the Cubs have won a World Series. With all the youth on their team, it’s highly doubtful Wrigley Field, celebrating it’s 100th birthday, will finally be presented with a World Series triumph any time soon. Anthony Rizzo led the club with 23 dingers, and he could pass that up this season, but with a thin all-around lineup comprised of youngsters, he may not get many opportunities to drive home many runs.
So the NL Central could very well have 3 post season teams this year. St Louis with all it’s depth is the favorite to win the division, but Pittsburgh and Cincinatti, the somewhat forgotten team of last season, could pose a serious challenge for the NL Central crown.
The Dodgers are the overwhelming favorites to repeat as NL West Champions. Many expect the Blue to run away with this division. If only it we’re so easy. However, with all the depth they have, there really is no reason to think the Dodgers will not win the division unless injuries, which no expert prognosticator, can ever predict. The starting 5 could potentially have 2 20 plus game winners in their rotation in Kershaw and Greinke, and a couple of 15 plus game winners with Haren and Ryu. The bullpen, anchored by Kenley Jansen along with the return of Brian Wilson and the acquisition of Chris Perez, could be the best in the game.
Is this the year Dee Gordon solidifies his everyday spot in the infield at 2nd base ? Will the Dodgers be with 4 outfielders the entire season ? Can Matt Kemp ever return to the Matt Kemp of 2011 ? Yasiel Puig, after his breakout rookie season in which he played a huge part in the Dodgers run toward the post-season, how will he handle the pressures of higher expectations in 2014 ? Yeah, I’m being somewhat pessimistic. But that’s what fans who follow their teams closely do. Having said that, this team really is loaded. Many of these so-called issues are ones lots of teams would like to have, especially when talking about the outfield and pitching depth. I haven’t even mentioned the presence of Hanley and AGon in the lineup, also expected to put up some more big numbers this season.
Our rivals up north, the Giants, after struggling through 2013 with many of it’s players spending time in the DL and an unlikely shaky season from it’s rotation, look to give the Dodgers a run for the division. As much as Cain and Lincecum struggled, they still form a pretty formidable tandem along with Madison Bumgardner. The offense may be a question though, however, if the top of their lineup can stay healthy, Hunter Pence and of course Buster Posey could have more run-producing opportunities. How does a lighter Pablo Sandoval do in a contract year ?
There will be no shortage of runs in Arizona this year, as long as they got notorious Dodger killer Paul Goldschmidt in that lineup along with the addition of former Angel Mark Trumbo. The starting 5 is another story and the loss of Patrick Corbin before the Opening Series did not do any favors to the top of their rotation. The usually durable and dependable Bronson Arroyo should provide a good veteran presence. Will it be enough for the DBacks to pose a serious challenge in the NL West ?
The strength of the Padres, celebrating 10 years in Petco Park, has always been their pitching. Even with the changes in the outfield, Petco still remains a pitcher friendly yard. Now if only scoring runs wasn’t such an issue. Not helping matters is Josh Johnson, slated to be the Opening Day starter, is starting the season on the DL. With Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin in their lineup, will they have enough talent in that lineup to provide those two ample opportunities to drive home runs, always a tough task at pitcher friendly Petco.
The Rockies, opposite the Padres, have always been known for high offensive numbers. Playing 81 games at Coors Field certainly helps, especially when you have guys like Tulowitzki, CarGo and Michael Cuddyer in that lineup. Pitching, on the other hand, has historically been an issue for the Rockies. I really think it does have something to do with the thought of pitching in thin air , thus possibly affecting the mechanics of their starters.
As stated earlier, NL West is their for the Dodgers to take. Will they run away with the division ? No. I look for the Giants and DBacks to be the Dodgers closest contender, with the Padres and even the Rockies being possible sleepers to move up in the division. I still feel this is Matt Kemp’s team to lead. He may not be the 5-tool player that we saw in 2011 and may never go back to that form, but his presence in the lineup along with Hanley, Gonzales, Puig and either Ethier or Crawford, can still not be overlooked.
More of Dre’s Take’s…
I also would like to see Juan Uribe to build upon his performance from last year . It’s been noted that Juan struggles after a contract season. We will find out this year which Uribe we see, be it the Juan of 2011-12, or Juan Uribe of 2013.
And of course, let’s not forget our favorite Cuban, Yasiel Puig. Yes, he may be the most talented player the Dodgers have, which, when compared to a healthy Matt Kemp, is saying a lot. Yes, he still has the potential for an even bigger upside. And of course, yes, there’s also potential that dealing with the young Cuban Missile can be an ongoing issue. By now, we all know that Yasiel Puig was called out by manager Don Mattingly after last Saturday’s 7-5 win over the DBacks, in which Puig went 3 for 5. There is no denying the world of talent this kid posses. What is driving Mattingly, and others up the wall , including the fans…. ATTITUDE .
I have in the past questioned Mattingly himself on some of his decision making ( I’m sure you have too ), but in this case I see his point. They often say young talented players are the most difficult to handle. L.A. Sports fans, lets remember some guy named Kobe whom Phil, and even his own teammates, particularly some guy named Shaq, we’re not always on the same page either. Kobe and Phil still found a way to win 5 rings together. Puig will no doubt play another huge role as to how far the Dodgers go this year. Puig will also make more mistakes along the way, you know, growing pains. All of us will feel those pains along the way too. But as former MLB player Gabe Kapler said earlier this week, Mattingly can’t handle Puig by himself . Yes, like anything in any organization, it’s going to take a whole team to make this all work out. Calling a team meeting to address issues surrounding Puig is a start. Let’s see how this story turns out with both Puig and the Dodgers. This may sound crazy, but in some way’s Puig reminds me of another Dodger who had a world of talent as well as a world of baggage. Does the name Raul Mondesi ring a bell to you ? I really don’t see Puig going down the road of Mondesi, a world of talent met with unfulfilled promises. It’s all there for Puig to take, with a little help from his friends…
Dre’s NL Playoff Forecast
Pirates over the Braves. The Bucs vanquish the ghosts of 1992.
Cards taken to the limit again in the NLDS this time by Washington. Could be the premier LDS matchup
Dodgers too deep for the Bucs on the offensive side, Dodgers in 5
A repeat of last year’s NLCS, if all goes to form, this will be another evenly matched series
The World Series
It’s been 26 years, the time is now !!! Dodgers over the Tigers in 6 !!!
Hey Dre !!! Are you really the longest tenured Dodger ? It doesn’t seem that long. It’s time we get you a ring Dre !!!
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Andrei here,Southern California Correspondent for Stadium Journey Magazine and StadiumJourney.com, along with the broham, Marlon B, aka Kid Marley Marlz. We like to call ourselves, KID N DREI…2 crazed Dodger fans bringing Da Beatz and Da Talez or sometimes, both. Kid with Da Beats on SoundCloud at MDario GlutenFreeSonds, and Drei with Da Talez.