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Looking Back at The First Half

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In the 37 years i’ve been a fan of the Blue, this past first half has without a doubt been the most memorable. Currently on pace to win over 100 games for the first time since 1974, our Boys in Blue have provided us more than their share of 10 best moments of the first half, including sending six to the all-star game. 

Since Cody Bellinger’s arrival in late April, the Dodgers have been on a tear. As we now approach the 2nd half, here are some of my concerns…

  • Can Rich Hill continue to work past the 6th inning?
  • Can Brandon McCarthy stay healthy enough to pitch into October?
  • Can Cody Bellinger continue to put up his insane numbers?
  • How much offense can we manufacture without relying on the long ball?
  • Do we go after another starting pitcher for the stretch run?

What I look forward to in the 2nd half…

  • Joc Pederson to continue producing. After a slow start and a stint in the DL, Joc has “quietly” produced, hitting 8 home runs, 7 which came in June and getting his average above .240. At his current pace he could still crack 30 home runs
  • Puig to finish with 30 plus home runs and 90 plus RBI’s. Puig has certainly showed more discipline this year
  • Roberts to continue to put certain pitchers on the 10 day DL and utilize either Ryu or Maeda 
  • Starting pitchers not named Kershaw or Wood to pitch into the 7th inning, particularly Hill or McCarthy. Keeping them healthy will be key

This should be quite a 2nd half. The excitement is only beginning…

Looking Back at Drei’s Picks…

So, as we head to the 2nd half, lets look back at what Drei said back in spring about his American League leaders…

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“The Blue Jays, coming off 2 straight ALCS appearances, have lost some offensive firepower with Edwin Encarnacion heading to Cleveland but they still boast a formidable rotation. The rest of the division is capable of claiming one of the two WC spots.”

After a slow start that saw them as many as 12 games south of .500, the Jays have struggled to surpass the .500 mark. Currently in last place in the AL East by 8.5 games, the Jays, as well as the rest of the AL East, are still in contention to win the division…

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“The Tribe came within one game of bringing the city of Cleveland it’s second championship in a 5 month stretch. While The Tribe made it to the Fall Classic on the strength of their rotation, they’ve added some offensive punch by adding Edwin Encarnacion from Toronto.”

In spite of a 21-24 record at home, the Tribe heads into the 2nd half with a 2.5 game lead over the surprising Minnesota Twins. The Royals, after a slow start, also find themselves back in post-season contention, trailing the Tribe by only 3 games…

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“After surprising many in 2015, the Astros somewhat regressed last season, starting off 15-28 before finishing off with a respectable 84 wins.  The Astros, led by Jose Altuve, are being picked by many to win the AL West. With the teamwide  so-called “sophomore jinx” now out of the way, this could very well be their year they take over the west. Seattle has a pretty formidable lineup themselves especially the heart of the order, where Cano, Cruz and Kyle Seager combined for a total of 95 home runs last season. Felix Hernandez by his standards had an off season last year but is expected to lead the rotation once again.”

No one ever gets all six division winners right? Certainly there’s always got to be a sleeper. Well, it looks like the Astros have the AL West all but locked up, trailing only the Dodgers for the best record. 

So, of my 3 division winners, Cleveland has the inside track to their division. The Blue Jays, while still in the division race, need a fast start and some consistent pitching to keep them in playoff contention. The Mariners can be thankful for baseball’s 2nd wild card, where only 7.5 games separates every non-division leading AL team. 

And now, what Drei said about the Senior Circuit…

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“In his first season as the Nationals skip, Dusty Baker restored some order in leading the Nats back to the post-season, to be eliminated in 5 games by The Blue. While Dusty may be one of the finest managers of the game, going back to the 2002 World Series his teams have lost 9 straight post-season series clinchers. He can say what he wants about some of Dave Roberts moves in Game 5, fact of the matter is, once again, he was simply out-managed when it counted.”

October rematch Dusty ?

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“The Cubs, even with the loss of Dexter Fowler, are once again primed for another deep post season run…”

The Cubs World Series hangover goes beyond the loss of Dexter Fowler. Even with the WS hangover, no one could have predicted they would be 2 games under.500 and 5.5 games behind the surprising Brewers at the all-star break…

And finally…

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“Last year, Dave Roberts managed to will the Dodgers to the NLCS in spite of the numerous injuries to the rotation. While it is expected to be a 2 division race between the Dodgers and Giants once again, Colorado may not be too far behind and may even be not only the division’s but the leagues sleeper as well. If the Rockies highly touted young arms can maintain their composure in hitter friendly Coors Field, the Rockies just may make a legitimate run at the post season…”

Colorado, after a hot start, has cooled off a bit but still find themselves tied with the 3rd most wins in the NL, behind only the surprising D-Backs and Dodgers. It will be interesting to see how Colorado’s young arms hold up beyond Coors Field in the 2nd half. Arizona has had outstanding production both with the bats and arms. Any other division (Except the AL West) they are the leaders…

I predicted the Dodgers would win 95 games. At 61-29, they would only have to go 34-38 to achieve that plateau. Of course, we don’t ever want The Blue to take their foot off the pedal. The Blue has not experienced a prolonged losing streak…yet. Now before you pelt me with rotten fruit, lets remember that baseball is a marathon. Winning 100 games, especially in the Wild Card era, does not mean much. Slumps happen over the course of 162, both individually and team wise. It’s all about the timing. Should the “inevitable” happen, the best case scenario would be that it happens before October….

Extra Innings…Walk Us Off Logan

There have been many a memorable moment in this past first half. Here’s one of my 2 favorites…Logan Forsythe’s 13th inning walk-off on May 23 off Jonathan Broxton. This was Forsythe’s first game back after 30 days on the DL. Forsythe to this point was 0 for 4 with 4 Ks. Here are Drei’s Notes On A Scorecard from that Tuesday in May…

LETS GO DODGERS !!!

 

 

 

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A Tale of Two Yards…

Leading Off… Going Yard…King of The Hill…

Some longball from YAZ-MONEY and JT, and a masterful 6 innings from Rich Hill have moved our Blue 2 games closer toward The Fall Classic…

A Tale of 2 Storied Yards…

Wrigley Field…

Dodger Stadium…

The 2nd and 3rd oldest yards in the Bigs. Separated by 48 years. One is known as a classic. One, in spite being over 50 years old, defies the “classic” moniker. Both yards, A Study In Contrasts

Yet both yards are steeped in both history and charm. Both yards host teams that wear Blue…Both yards are a definite reflection on their cities. Putting aside for the slightest moment your Dodger Blue thoughts, if you are a true fan of baseball, Wrigley Field is a MUST…For all baseball fans to see…

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Sod out on Sheffield Ave…

Both yards have waited a long time to host a Fall Classic. For the Friendly Confines, it’s been 71 years…For The Ravine, it’s been 28 years…That’s 99 years combined without a Fall Classic. Someone’s wait will be over. Why not us ?

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The Blue “L” flag. A familiar site to generations of Cubs fans…A sight seen twice already in the NLCS. Let’s hope it’s flown 2 more times

9th Inning…Spotlight’s On You Kid…

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Does Urias get us one step closer to The Fall Classic ?…LETS GO DODGERS !!!

Halfway There… A Chance To Fatten Up… More Clubhouse Tension ?

Well, almost. Once the Dodgers have completed their Friday night match-up against the Mets, 81 games will be under their belt. As of right now, with 45 wins, the Dodgers are on pace to win 90-92 games. Should this happen, this will be the first time the Dodgers win 90 plus game in 3 consecutive seasons since 1976-78. Don Mattingly would also be the first L.A. Dodger to accomplish this feat and the first Dodger manager since Walter Alston’s Brooklyn teams from 1954-56. For all the heat Mattingly takes from the fans, Walter O’Malley would only offer one-year contracts to Mr. Alston, 23 total. Dodger managers sure can’t get a break can they ? 

All kidding aside, since 1954, the Dodgers have only had 9 managers in charge of the dugout 

Tension Among Each Other at The Ravine ? What’s New…

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By now, you probably have heard of all the news regarding Yasiel Puig’s… polarizing presence, most notably altercations with Zack Greinke and Justin Turner. The news surrounding Puig comes from excerpts from the soon to be released book The Best Team Money Can Buy, from Molly Knight. The book, due for release on July 14, has actually received some positive reviews .  I’m interested to see what other aspects of the team are covered beyond the obvious excerpts that has everyone talking. In spite of the recent revelations, Don Mattingly has said that the clubhouse does remain solid. 

News of Puig’s run-ins with teammates is really nothing new in the world of sports. It’s really nothing new in the real world. After all, I’m sure you’ve had and probably still have that one or two co-workers of your that you wouldn’t exactly do happy hour with, right ?

Reggie Jackson was not always like by his teammates ( To put it kindly…) , be it with the Oakland A’s or the  New York Yankees. He won 5 World Series titles during his time with those 2 clubs, 3 of those against, well… ( Thank god I was either an infant or still going though my final stages of infancy…)

During the glory years of the 70’s, Steve Garvey’s ” Mr. Clean” image wasn’t always a welcomed presence inside the Dodger clubhouse, most notably with Don Sutton, just to name some well known “rifts” throughout the history of professional sports .

Of course we all know about the on again off again rift that Kobe and Shaq have had over the years. Yet we seemed to turn a blind eye when they we’re adding more glory up on Staples Center’s south wall. Kobe has recently admitted to making some of his Lakers teammates cry.

While Puig has a way’s to go before he can be mentioned in the same category of glory, what many tend to forget is that Puig is still a baby boomer waiting to fully blossom. Expectations we’re so high for him when he came to the big show 2 years ago. Because of the high expectations, it seems 2013 is a far distant memory. Perhaps many of us are expecting Puig to carry the team on his shoulders, which may be asking too much for the young kid.

Many Dodger fans, including this one, have made the comparisons of Yasiel Puig to another former Dodger outfielder who had similar potential, Raul Mondesi. There are many similarities between the two. We can only hope that the current storyline, this time, with Yasiel Puig, has a much happier ending…

4th of July Threads…

JULY 4TH THREAD Here is the Stars and Stripes Uniform Matchups  that will be worn by both the Dodgers and Mets during tomorrow’s 4th of July matchup. I love the U.S. Flag watermark on the hats. Not very distracting and tastefully done. As for the jersey’s, being that it’s the ” MLB Holiday Edition ” look, I will give it a pass. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want this as an everyday look, patriotism and all…

Chance to Fatten Up…

Our Boys in Blue kick off a 10 game homestand tonight with the Mets. After a fast start, the Mets have been struggling and are now at .500 with a 40-40 record. With the Phillies and Brewers, the two worst teams in baseball coming to town, this would be a great opportunity for The Blue to fatten up on their  45-35 record and perhaps add on to their 3 game lead heading into the all-star break. Easier said than done of course. Just ask the Giants, who, in spite of their 9-3 record against us, have a combined 3-10 home record against the DBacks and Rockies. Yeah, that’s baseball for you…

9th Inning… Defending Our Freedom and Colors…

United as One  Have a Happy and Safe July 4th weekend !!!

Dre’s Bits and Bytes , 5/20/2014

Puig_CoPlayer0512-18 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 !!!

Gordon_Dodgerball Dee Gordon getting a little ” Dodgerball ” going in an elementary school in New York before their 3 game set with the Mets

Marls_Apple 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…

Home 6th, HanRam At The Plate 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Now it’s time for AGon to join in…

AGon at The Dish, HanRam Needs a Ride Home 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

3 have crossed the plate for The Blue. Matt Kemp, time for you to keep a good thing goin’….

Beast Mode At The Dish 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

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….

Justin Turner, It’s Your Turn…. 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

With Drew Butera at the dish, The Blue has batted around !!! Sending all 9 to bat !!!

Batting Around The Home 6th, 5/13/2014 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

Well that was fun. Good times against the Marlz, right Marlz ?

marlz ‘Til the next episode….