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Notes On a Scorecard…5/23/2017 vs Cardinals…One is a Lonely Number

Leading Off… Brotherly Love

Champ Pederson, older brother of Joc Pederson born with down syndrome, would start the evening off throwing the first pitch to JP on a night the Dodgers would give away bobbleheads of Young Joc…

If you love a classic pitchers duel between 2 of the leagues top pitchers between Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn, this 3rd edition of Notes is for you, with neither disappointing as both pitchers we’re on top of their game. The lone run of the game up to the 9th would come on a solo shot in the home 1st by Yasmani Grandal. 

Through 5 Kershaw would face the minimum 15 batters, his only blemish a one-out single by Yadier Molina, who would be erased on a stolen base attempt (Or perhaps a busted hit and run, all things considered?)  20170528_140550

As I mentioned earlier, that must have been a busted hit and run if Yadier Molina was the one running…

After allowing a 2 out solo shot to Grandal in the first Lance Lynn would retire 22 of the next 24 batters through 8, striking out 10.20170528_141149

Of Lance Lynn’s 10 Ks, 4 of them went by way of Logan Forsythe. This would be Forsythe’s first game back from the DL and what a rough night he’s had…To this point…

Kershaw of course was nothing short of outstanding, striking out 10 as well. Both Lynn and Kershaw would combine for 20 Ks through 8.  

With Kershaw 2 outs away from a complete game shutout, a wild pitch that Grandal would have a hard time locating would score Randal Grichuk from 2nd base, knotting the score at one. 

Nonetheless, Kid K would pitch a complete game, striking out 10, allowing only the 1 run and 3 hits, only one more than what Lance Lynn would allow. 

Extra Innings…

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Now it’s become a battle of the bullpens. Through 10, both teams have combined for 24 strikeouts and 4 hits. Time to flip the pages… 20170526_184158 The game would take through 13. The Cards, as has been the case all night for both teams. would post nothing but goose eggs. The Dodger bullpen would allow only 1 hit in this span while tacking on another 3 strikouts, bringing their total to 14 for the night. Time to head to the home 13th, still tied at 1. Yes Dodger fans, that’s Jonathan Broxton’s name inserted as he would enter the game for the Red Birds in the home 13th. Though Broxton was our one time closer, most Dodger fans only remember Broxton for two pitches and a Sunday Night meltdown….

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Enter the home 13th and 4 more Dodgers gone way by the K side, bringing the total now to 18. Broxton would strikeout Puig to bring the total to 19. One out away from heading to the 14th and my 6th ever 14th inning stretch. Broxton would walk Kike Hernandez. The walk to Kike, who would come in the top of the 11th, felt like a hit. Yeah, it was that kind of night for both teams. That would bring up Logan Forsythe, who earlier struck out 4 times. Could Forsythe avoid a 5th K? 

Forsythe would do more than avoid the 5th K, delivering on a 2-out walk-off double. Something about Broxton giving up big hits to right field in clutch situations… As for Logan Forsythe, well, how often do you see one strikeout 4 times yet be the games hero? That’s baseball…

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In all, both the Cardinals and Dodgers would combine for a total of 7 hits, 4 for the Red Birds, 3 for the Dodgers. Both teams would also combine for a total of 33 strikeouts, 19 for the Red Birds, 14 for the Blue Crew.

Other Notes…

The 19 strikeouts for St. Louis would tie a club record. It would also mark the first time in 8 games an opponent held to three or fewer hits while striking out 19 times would win. 

This was also the first game since at least 1913 that had 14 strikeouts on both sides and four or fewer hits on both sides. 

It also marked just the third time in Major League history where both teams’ pitchers allowed four or fewer hits in a game of at least 12 innings.

Kershaw has struck out at least 10 batters in 53 starts and the Dodgers are 42-11 in them.

 

 Innings 1-10…

Innings 11-13…

Speed up this grand game? NEVER !

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Looking Back on the 1st Half

With the first half of the season under the belt, the Dodgers at 51-39 sit 4.5 games in front of the Giants for the lead in the NL West. Yet there are skeptics out there, Dodgers fans included, that feel they haven’t done enough to please the bookends. There are the cries out there that the Dodgers can’t beat teams with winning records, most notably, the Cardinals and Giants, whom they have a combined record of 5-14. But when you look at the overall picture, the Dodgers owe no apologies to anyone.  In spite losing 2 of our Opening Day starting pitchers for the season due to injury, not to mention an offense that has been either hot or cold at times with nothing in between, Mattingly has, in my opinion, done a good job keeping it all together. ( That will not stop me from questioning his decision making in the 2nd half…) .

The Rundown

Even beyond what Zack and Kid K have given us ( Even for what Kershaw by his standards considers a slow start ), the backend of the rotation has done an admirable job, particularly Mike Bolsinger. Our current backend, however, has at times had difficulty going deep into games, no doubt influencing Mattingly’s decision to split up the rotation to start the 2nd half.

Around the diamond, The Blue overall has been pretty solid. Not flashy, with exception of Young Joc, but solid. It is possible that we may have 6 players with 20 plus HR’s at seasons end, with Joc already having a lock and Adrian more than a lock (  10- Justin Turner 14- Yasmani Grandal 10-Andre Ethier  10- Alex Guerrero ). If Puig can stay healthy in the 2nd half, it would not be out of the question for him to cross the 20 HR plateau as well, barring any trade involving The Cuban Missile. 

With the power display our Boys in Blue have displayed, the Blue has also showed an inability to score when not playing long ball. As the schedule gets more difficult in the 2nd half, with matchups against the Nationals, Mets, and the surging Pirates and Angels and a much improved Cubs team, and of course, and 7 more against the hated ones, the Blue will have to show they can win games without necessarily having to rely on the long ball.

As great as our 1-2 combo of Greinke-Kershaw has been ( Yes, I did put Greinke in front because he has been our ace to this point ), if the Blue is to take any pressure off the starters, run production will be a key. It will also be interesting to see what additions by subtractions ( Yes, I do mean possible trades and acquisitions ) will take place, in particular, starting pitching to help alleviate the lack of innings from the backend. Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto are names that still get talked about.

As much as I was thrilled with Joc’s performance in the HR Derby ( I love the new HR Derby format ), it is my hope that he does not fall too much in love with that HR swing that has had a reputation of slowing down past HR Derby champs in the 2nd half. I still feel he will cross the 30 plus HR plateau. What I want to see is how he, like any rookie especially with his gifts, will continue to progress in making adjustments to big league pitching given he’s more than made a name for himself already, which means pitchers will be making their adjustments on him as well. What I want to see is If he can continue to show steady improvement average wise. If he can get his average above, I’ll say, .245, continue to get on base and display his stellar D, I don’t see why he should not be NL ROY. I feel he will no doubt cross the 30 plus HR .

OK, just some of my brief thoughts as we head into the 2nd half.  Also, for those of you who are still worried about our struggles against the Cards and Giants ? Here’s some food for thought…

DogsDodgers The Doyer Dog and The Coney Dog. Oh, not that food for thought…

This food for thought. Going back to 2008, when faced against teams in the post-season whom they struggled with during the regular season…

2008-9, 2013 NLDS vs. Cubs, Cardinals and Braves

Went 2-5 against all 3 in the regular season. Swept both the Cubs and Cards, beat the Braves 3 games to 1.

2009 and 2013 NLCS vs. Phillies and Cardinals

Went 4-3 against both in the regular season. I think you know the rest…

Around The Horn… What Drei Said in April…

In the American League….

East

What Drei said…

” If there was ever a case for parity ( a word we’ll be hearing throughout the season ) in one division, the AL East makes a case. ”

Only 6.5 games separate the last place Red Sox from the Yankees, the all-star breaks division leaders, to the surprise of many. The AL East is still wide open for the taking

Central

“The Royals we’re carried for much of last season by their pitching, particularly their bullpen. However the loss of James Shields could be the difference between the Royals making another October run….”

Kansas City has been a strong home team this season, leading the AL with 30 home W’s. The Twins, picked here to finish last, have been a pleasant surprise and sit only 4.5 games behind the Royals

West

” The Angels, baseball’s best team record wise last season, will be putting up some loud offensive numbers again with Mike Trout ready to take leadership down I-5. The starting 5, anchored by Jared Weaver, is not as dominant as the starters in Seattle but is still formidable. Having 2 lefty’s in the rotation should help the Halos as well… “

After a slow start, the Halos offense has begun to heat up, erasing a 7.5 game deficit to the surprising Astros. The Halos are primed for another division crown and may be the AL’s best team heading into the 2nd half

In the National League

East

What Drei said…

“The main concern in the nations capital will be the health of the lineup. with their key players, Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman playing in 100 games or less in 2014. This team is still pretty deep talent wise and should run away the the NL East…”

The Nats we’re also slow out of the gate but have recovered nicely heading into the 2nd half. The Mets, struggling offensively until a strong finish, are only 2 back of the Nats.

Central

” After going 21 consecutive seasons without a winning record, the Bucs have made it to the playoffs in 2 straight. After suffering through a long stretch of futility, one could not blame a Bucs fan for raising expectations. “

A furious finish by the Bucs to the first half, which saw them take 3 of 4 from the division leading Cardinals, has the Steel City primed for yet another post-season run. A good friend of mine, a Buc fan since the We Are Family days, told me the other day they’re not settling for a Wild Card this year. It’s possible that baseball’s 2nd best team may be playing in the one-game WC. The Bucs and Cards have been that good. The Cubs continue to be the sleeper

And of course…

The NL WEST

” Since Don Mattingly took over the managerial reins in 2011, the Dodgers have improved their win total by an average of 4 games. Should that trend continue into this season, the Blue Crew should finish with 98 wins, and yet, he seems to be on the hot seat every season… “

” The Padres may be the divisions most improved ball club, and the additions of Kemp, Justin Upton, and the addition of James Shields to an already highly regarded pitching staff led by Tyson Ross, could have the Friars in contention for a spot in October… “

Of course, that so-called hot-seat has not cooled off any, at least among a good amount of Dodger fans. As for the Friars, they have been anything but contenders. As for who got the better end of the deal during the off-season trade that involved these two clubs ? Our neighbors to the south have admitted as much . The Giants, for all their dominance against The Blue this season, have had stretches of prolonged losing streaks, something The Blue, with their occasional offensive struggles, have managed to avoid.

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Drei’s Mid-Season Rankings vs. ESPN’s Rankings

As you will see, our rankings don’t differ much, with the biggest differential being the Orioles, where Drei has them 5 spots lower than ESPN’s ” experts “…

1. Cardinals –  2. Pirates –  3. Dodgers +1  4. Royals -1 5. Nationals  – 6. Angels +1  7. Astros -1  8. Yankees –  9. Twins – 10. Cubs –  11. Mets +1 12. Giants +1 13. Tigers +1  14. Rays +3 15. Blue Jays – 16. Orioles -5 17. DBacks +3 18. Rangers – 19. Red Sox +2  20. Indians -4 21. White Sox +1  22.  Braves -3  23. Mariners – 24. A’s +1  25. Padres +1  26. Reds -2 27. Marlins  +2  28. Rockies -1  29. Brewers -1  30. Phillies

So here we go into the 2nd half, as usual , with more questions than answers. Does Drei do any change-ups from his pre-season picks ? Nah. Still sticking with…

Mariners to win the AL West, in spite of their disappointing season  to this point filled with high expectations. A resurrection of Refuse to Lose, 20th anniversary ?

The Halos over Boston in the Wild Card, even with Bostons struggles…

The Dodgers over the Tigers in the Fall Classic, though through the looks of things as of right now, Motown may have to go the route of the Wild Card…

 

Filipino Night to Another SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI… THIS IS HOWIE DO IT !!!

The themed nights the Dodgers throw are nothing new for the organization and it’s fans and throughout baseball. Since the MY TOWN theme night of 2009, the Dodgers have kept the theme nights simple. However, like the good old game of baseball, there we’re hits and misses.

The Hits…

DODGERS_ FIL NIGHT SHIRT Of all the Filipino Night shirts the Dodgers have provided us over the years, this has to be the best . As a true blue blooded Dodgers fan, the shirts should be blue every year. I just love how the signature interlocking L.A. logo pays homage to The Philippine flag.  Good call by The Blue. Also of note, Filipino night since 2012 has been celebrated during the week of Philippine Independence, another good call by our Boys in Blue. DODGERS_FIL NIGHT GROUPPhoto by Edel P

SWING AND A MISS… While I do applaud the Dodgers efforts for reaching out to the Philippine community of Los Angeles, their attempt at doing a Filipino themed Super Dodger Dog was quite a miss. Not a total miss, but for a brief moment, I’m going to go from Good Drei In L.A. to Ask A Filipino…

DODGERS_FIL DOG 2 Our resident Dodger Dog doing his best to honor The Blue’s efforts at this Filipino Dog…

DODGERS_FIL DOG So here it is, The Filipino Dog, a Super Dodger Dog with diced spam, pineapple cubes, chicharrones and Sabrett’s sweet onion glaze. Sounds more like a Hawaiian theme to me even with the ties the Philippines and Hawaii may have with each other. As for the chicharrones, I guess you could say they could be a substitute for Crispy Pata. If I had been the one giving this Dodger Dog a Filipino theme, I would have used shredded pork adobo meat on top of the Dog. Not even difficult to prepare, as any Filipino can prepare pork or chicken adobo. ( If I really wanted to go full-on Filipino theme, I would actually use sisig, ( Leave a comment if you want to hear more on that…) Overall, Filipino Night was once again a success. As for the in-game highlights… That won’t be the only case of robbery by the Young Joc…   And THAT… IS HOWIE DO IT !!! As for ” HOWIE ” did it in the stands…

Let The Music Play

Last week, it was reported that our beloved organist Nancy Bea Hefley would not be returning next year because she no longer fit in with the organizations plans. Well, thanks to the loyal Dodger fans both young and old ( Including this old one here…), Nancy Bea Hefley has been offered a lifetime contract with the organization.  Now how about giving Nancy Bea some more playing time ? Hey, I’m not against in-game entertainment. I get the fact that the overall baseball experience must keep up with the times, but hey, Nancy Bea is just as much a treasure to Dodger fans of all ages as our Boys In Blue are on the field…

NANCYBEA With Nancy Bea, August 2014

Wanted For Robbery

If that earlier clip of Joc Pederson robbing the DBacks Yasmani Tomas of a potential tying 3 run home run had you buzzing for more, how ’bout this from PETCO on Sunday that saved the game for The Blue. It’s being talked of as perhaps the catch of the year so far. With The Blue eventually winning in extras and taking the series from the Friars, it’s even being talked of as The Catch that may have cost Bud Black his job as Padres skipper.

9th Inning… Another SUN-DAY FUN-DREI !!!… From Rancho…

As our Boys in Blue we’re taking 2 of 3 down south in Diego and Young Joc was committing robbery,  Drei here would pay a visit to Rancho to see some potential future Dodgers.

RANCHO_JOE BROUSSARD With Rancho Cucamonga Quakes pitcher Joe Broussard, donning the Sunday Dodger Blue look

Every now and then a minor league player works his way up to the bigs from the Single A level and comes back for a rehab before heading back to the big show…

RANCHO_SCOTT VAN SLYKE Here I am kicking it with The Stache… Scott Van Slyke. It was nice to see him back where it all started, even if it was at Inland Empire when the 66ers were the Dodgers Single A affiliate at the time. I also had a chance to see him play at Albuquerque. Looking forward to seeing you back in The Big Blue, our offense could use your bat

Extra Innings… Fun N Games With Drei

RANCHO_AFTER SHOCK Drei and his Jurassic buddy… AFTERSHOCK !!! Stylin’ the shades no less…

Magic Number Fun Facts…23

AGON Adrian Gonzalez, currently the team leader with 91 RBI’s, is on pace for another 100 RBI season. AGon is also currently batting .277 . Looking for a big September from AGon…

GIBSON Of course he needs no intro. Though these day’s as manager of the DBacks his organizations actions and to an extent some of his as well have not made too many Dodger fans happy . While many of you know of his biggest feat from October of 26 years ago, DID YOU KNOW ?… Kirk Gibson never once made it to the all-star game ?

Tonight’s Lineup

STARTINGLINEUP0902 Tonight marks Joc Pederson’s first MLB start as Clayton Kershaw looks to win his 17th. At the moment, the Dodgers currently stand 2 games in front of the Giants in the NL West. The Giants have won 7 of their last 8 to cut the Dodgers deficit.