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Drei’s Notes On A Scorecard…4/6/2017 vs Padres…End of an Era For L.A. Sports

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Greetings. Welcome to my first edition of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard. Today, our scorecards come from my first game of the year on 4/6 as The Blue would conclude their final game of a 4 game series with the Padres. On the notes from above, through 4, The Cuban Missile would do his damage from the bat, twice, driving in 2 runs each time for a total of four runs. That would be 3 home runs in two days for Yasiel Puig…

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Holy Charity From The Friars…

The Blue would score 6 more from the 6-7th innings en route to a 10-2 shellacking of The Friars. During that frame, The Friars would issue 8 walks, forcing in a run while also stealing one as well on a double steal. The Blue would only need 3 hits during that 6 run frame..

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A Not So Holy Welcome

This would be Jarred Weaver’s first start in a Padre uniform. Weaver would go 5, being taken deep twice by Puig. Weaver was acquired in February off free agency after a successful stint with the Angels.

Brandon McCarthy would go 6 strong, striking out 4. Luis Avilan and Chris Hatcher would have strong outings out of the ‘pen, with Hatcher striking out 3 in 2 innings.

So those are my first Notes On a Scorecard for 2017. It’s great to be back at the old ballgame…

Drei’s Ballpark Tales

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Featuring Blue Dog and his cousin from Rancho Cucamunga, Tremor…

 

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Nice day for these two to take in a ballgame…Nice of Tremor to make the trek from Rancho to see the big club with his cousin Blue Dog…Tremor’s Quakes kick off their season this week…

End of An Era for L.A. Sports…

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With the Kings 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks tonight, an golden era has come to an end. Bob Miller, the L.A. Kings announcer of 44 years, is hanging up the mic. Miller had experienced some health issues earlier this season however he did come back to broadcast the Kings final two games, including their home finale yesterday. 

Though the Kings will be left out of the post-season, this decade is been the kindest to Miller, as he would be on hand for their 2 Stanley Cup conquests in 2012 and 2014. 

L.A. sports fans, already and admittedly spoiled by Vin and Chick, all agree that of the 3, Bob Miller is undoubtedly the most underrated. Much of that of course has to do with the long history of success by both the Lakers and Dodgers.

Between the 3, a total of 16 World Championships we’re won by their respective teams. Today really does mark the end of a golden era in L.A. sports. Thank You Bob !

9th Inning…R.I.P. Mr. Potato Head

Over the years, the Dodgers have had many a celebrity pay The Ravine a visit. One of the biggest and long time Dodger fans from the Hollywood circuit passed away this past week. Don Rickles, a regular and a frequent player during the early days of the Hollywodd Stars game, passed away at the age of 90. In this clip from 1985, Don Rickles does a roast of The Boys in Blue…R.I.P. Don Rickles

 

 

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Notes on a Scorecard…Closing Out The First Half…

As the first half of the season came to a close, after going a little more than a month without setting foot inside Dodger Stadium, or a MLB stadium for that matter, I made it back to The Ravine. In a span of 8 days, I caught 4, kept score for 3. The 4th game, that will be a SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI tale from Kid N Drei. 

Speaking of tales, the last time Drei kept score, my Notes on a Scorecard feature was, for one day renamed, Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard. Hey, when you’re keeping score for 17 innings, you come up with more than just notes…

Sunday 7/3/2016 vs. Colorado…

 In the home 1st our rookie sensation Corey Seager would extend his hitting streak to 17 games…

Brandon McCarthy, making his first start in over a year, strikes out 8 Rockies in 5 innings…

Though the Blue would end up sweeping the Rockies, Puig would yet be involved in another base running gaffe, this time in the 4th inning. If you check Yasmani Grandal’s 4th inning AB, it will say a popout 5-4 DP. Of course, it would involve Puig… 

As for Grandal, he would atone for the unusual P 5-4 DP with this solo shot in the 7th…

It’s not often one gets asked to atone for a P5-4 DP  is it ? Grandal would have another huge night 5 days later…

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Tuesday 7/5/2016 vs. Orioles

With the Orioles in town for the first time since 2004, this would be the 27th team I’ve seen the Blue play at The Ravine. Once the Twins and Royals come through, which may be awhile, I’ll be able to say that I saw the other 29 at The Ravine…

On this night, Kenta Maeda wasn’t exactly sharp. He would battle his way out of trouble, until the top 5th, when Orioles slugger Manny Machado would do damage…

 

That 3 run shot would be the difference as the O’s would snap a 5 game losing streak with their first regular season win at Dodger Stadium…

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Other streaks that we’re snapped… Corey Seager’s 19 game hitting streak…The Dodgers 9 game home winning streak as well as their own 5 game winning streak…

For some reason, the Black and Orange on the Orioles doesn’t elicit such evil hatred…

OH Say Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave…

Orioles fans bringing a Baltimore anthem tradition inside The Ravine…

Thursday 7/7 vs Padres

 Unlike Brandon McCarthy, Hyun Jin Ryu’s first start of the season was anything but memorable, surrendering 6 runs in only 4 2/3 innings. Ryu would strike out 4, but this solo shot by Melvin Upton Jr. may have been a sign of things to come…

We would not know this at the time, but this would be Drew Pomeranz’s final game on the hill for the Padres, as he would toss 7 scoreless while limiting the Blue to 2. It’s that time of year folks where teams look to bolster their rosters for the stretch run. Too bad he couldn’t bolt for Boston soon enough. With the Red Sox coming to town next month, we just may see him yet again…

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So this 3 game stretch  featured some firsts ( McCarthy’s and Ryu’s first starts, the Orioles first regular season win at Dodger Stadium ) a lot of work put in by our bullpen, and last ( Pomeranz’s last game as a Padre… ) and last but not least, a return of Kid N Drei…

 I have no idea why Kid N Drei decided to go all hipster on this Thursday night… Perhaps SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI will have a better ending ?

Dreis 1st Half Thoughts…

At 51-40 and 6.5 games back, the Dodgers are actually on pace for 91 wins. For all the injuries to our rotation and our offensive inconsistencies, if I we’re to give Dave Roberts a mid-season grade i’d say he’d get a solid B. With the acquisition of Bud Norris and the return of Brandon McCarthy and Hyun Jin Ryu, our rotation may have gone from one of the thinnest to one of the deepest. When Kershaw comes back from the DL it will be interesting to see who goes to the ‘pen. I said prior to the season the Dodgers would win 91 games en route to a 4th straight NL West crown. Will it be enough to overtake the hated ones ? Let the 2nd half begin…

9th Inning…Kid N Drei

 Oh the things we do when The Blue is having a long night. Even our pet Minion Dave doesn’t look so happy…

Extra Innings…Late Night Bites with Kid N Drei

 Kid N Drei with the Big Bites from Fat Sal’s… ( Never again Kid is Drei doing “Hipster Thursday”…LOL )

 

Drei’s Post All-Star Thoughts

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(Photo: Jon SooHoo)

The Stars in Blue…Kershaw, Jansen and Corey. Some of you may have been wondering what up with the road grey’s since Petco Park in San Diego, home of the Padres, a National League team, was the host. Seems like a legitimate head-scratcher. Hopefully, this explanation of NL Parks hosting the Mid-Summer Classic 4 years in a row will clear up confusion. I really don’t see the big deal of who is determined the home team in a high profile exhibition game that occurs once a year. The only players who it would greatly impact are those who play there 81 times a year. Now, ask me how I feel about the current format where the winner decides what team gets home-field in the World Series, and that’s where my rant comes in. Yes, I get that former commissioner Bud Selig wanted to change things up after the 2002 All-Star Game fiascoA better solution? How about letting position players who have already been taken out return if deemed necessary? It couldn’t hurt the integrity of the game could it? If anything, this could add some late inning spice toward the game, especially with fans wandering if their favorite player from said team would actually come back later and, what, get that game-winning hit? 

The fact that a high-profile exhibition game that has no bearing on the standings could determine later on if a team with 88 wins gets home field over one with 100 plus wins gets home field in The Fall Classic makes absolute no sense. This would definitely not fly in the NBA or NHL, especially the NHL, where their ASG is void of any real physical contact ( If any at all…). 

Of course, I am not the only one who is not crazy over the “This One Counts” theory, as one L.A. Times beat writer has come up with his five ways to improve the All-Star game.

As for being the road team in Petco Park…

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The greeting  Kershaw, Jansen and Seager wasn’t exactly so hospitable. Corey Seager heard the Beat L.A. chants as he entered the yard. It’s OK kid, the fact that our neighbors to the south, ones who have always looked up to L.A, would yell the chant to you is the ultimate compliment. Just wait ’til you hear it yelled directly at you in San Francisco. That’s beyond the ultimate compliment…

Plenty of Season Left to Hit The Road…

Stadium Journey

With the Mid-Summer Classic now over, the 2nd half of the season gets under way. I know plenty of you Dodgers and baseball fans are just itching to get out on the road on your Stadium Journey to follow the Blue or your favorite team through all 30 yards. Check out our new look as we have partnered with the good folks over at Scout.com. I know there are a lot of you Dodger fans heading to Arizona this weekend. Here’s some tips for you following the Blue to the desert this weekend

9th Inning…

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Hey Kid !!! It’s Time For…

Notes on a Scorecard…@San Diego…Uh, Make That Drei’s Tales From a Scorecard, 5/22/2016

Leading Off…From The Park…The Park at the Park…

screenshot_2016-05-26-15-01-49-1.pngSunday Morning….All is calm and serene for now… It’s a nice day to take The Kid to the park…

wp-1464411811513.jpeg All is still nice and calm at the park. With the day just beginning, Kid Marley Marlz has plenty of energy to blow some bubbles… ( Is that an old Matt Kemp shirt he’s sporting…backwards ? )

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Looks like Marley ain’t the only kid having fun at the park…You know, he is a big kid…A Big Kid at Heart… Drei will just leave him alone with the other kids for now…Drei will just check out the action inside…The Park…That other Park… We’ll check back with Kid later…

Drei’s Tales…Tales From a Scorecard…

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Pregame…

Gametime…Dodgers vs. Padres…Innings 1-11

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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When I decided to bring back Notes on a Scorecard I wanted to share my style of scorekeeping from games I attend. Having watched the game long enough, whatever comes out should be no surprise. But hey, when you got 17 innings worth of notes, those notes can easily become a tale…Drei’s Tale…That’s baseball, right ?

Innings 1-4

Not much happening with the bats between the Friars and Dodgers. Kenta Maeda, who had been on a recent struggle, has struck out 5 through 4. Looks like he’s ready to snap out of his first MLB funk, right ?

Home 5th

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Uh, not quite. Kenta would run into a wall in the home 5th, facing 8 batters, giving up a 2 out single to their pitcher Colin Rea, and finally this bases clearing triple to Wil Myers, which may have ended the inning if Puig takes a better route on this pop ? This won’t be the last time we talk about our favorite Cuban Missile…

With the Blue now trailing by 4 heading to the top 6th, Drei here is starting to feel just a bit uneasy. The Blue have lost the first 2 games of this series in walk-off fashion. The Blue are on the verge of getting swept. The Blue entered the game losing 5 of their last 6. The slide started the previous Sunday. Who was there ? Of course, your’s truly, as evidenced from the first of Drei’s Notes on a Scorecard

Top 6

Kenta Maeda, after a flawless first 4 innings, is pulled from the game for a pinch hitter. Kike Hernandez starts off the inning with a walk. Is this the beginning of a rally ?

Our rookie SS Corey Seager would finally put the Blue on the board with this RBI single. Last time I did NOAS Corey had himself 2 4 baggers. The Blue would score 3 in this inning and they too would  send 8 batters to the dish, chasing Colin Rea. The Blue now finds themselves down only a run. 

Howie Kendrick, looking for his first hit of the game, is a victim of robbery, thanks to this great play by Wil Myers…

Howie, a victim of some thievery, is now 0 for 3 to this point. Looks like his stat line won’t be much today…

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Top 7, Dodgers Still Trailing 4-3

That’s until Justin Turner, pitching for Pedro Baez, after turning in a scoreless 6th. does this…

With that solo jack, we have a new ballgame !!!  Can we actually pull this off ? All  tied up at 4, heading to the top 8th… Hey Howie ?  Howie gonna do this Howie ?

Howie Kendrick, 2 innings prior a victim of robbery, picks a fine time to blast his first 4 bagger of the season, giving The Blue their first lead of the game. 

Home 8th, Dodgers Now Up 5-4

4 outs away from salvaging the final game of the 3 game set, Kenley Jansen comes in on a double switch, taking over Trayce Thompson’s spot in the 5 spot. Enter Carl Crawford in Left Field in the 9 spot. OK, runner on first, two outs, Melvin Upton Jr. at the dish for The Friars. Two nights prior Jansen would blow his first game of the season thanks to Upton’s 2 run walk-off blast. Jansen, called upon again for a 4 out save… You certainly don’t think lightning will strike twice…

Did I mention that baseball can be such a maddening game ?

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My notes through 8. I you can’t fully read my notes, I totally understand. You know what folks, we’re now at that point where you realize hey, I’m keeping score in an NL ballpark. And through 8, we’re just getting started…

Top 9, All Tied a 5…

After leading off with a single, Puig would advance to 2nd on a wild pitch. However, A.J. Ellis would fail to move him over. Or was it really on A.J. ?

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While the card may show a 5-3 putout, that really should have been a Sac Bunt. Puig should be at 3rd. Now you may be saying that Puig scores on Carl Crawford’s fly ball to center, but then again, if Puig is at 3rd with only one out and first base open, is CC being pitched to ? Nonetheless…PUIG !!!!! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING !!!!  WE’RE YOU EVEN THINKING ? !!!! 

After an eventless home 9th, to extras we go. I think Drei better check up on Kid Marley Marlz out at Park at the Park to see how he’s holding up…

 Kid Marlz, playing some ball with the lil’ kids, trying to stretch his double into a triple, is nailed at 3rd by the lil’ kids… Drei couldn’t be any happier to make the call…YOU’RE OUT KID !!!

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” IS THAT RIGHT DREI ? “

11th Inning…Padres 90 Feet From a Sweep

After a quiet 10th from both teams, The Friars threaten in the home 11th and are primed for the sweep as they appear to put runners on the corners with no outs, if not for this bizarre play…

In spite of Melvin Upton’s base running gaffe, the winning run is still only 90 feet away. However after 4 intentional wide one’s Adam Liberatore is able to pitch himself out of a jam. More free baseball. Time to get some new scorecards. While I’m at it, I’ll head to the park and check on Kid Marlz…

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It’s been a long day…Kid Marley Marlz looks beat (And yet the Kid has the nerve to call Drei,  Viejo…LOL)… Oh well…Back to the ballgame…

Innings 12-17…New Scorecards…A Clean Slate

With some new cards in hand, it’s time to re-do the lineup cards…

 

Nothing dramatic would happen in innings 12-13, however, with day slowly turning into night, the lights are turned on in the top of the 13th. Rules state that if lights are turned on, they must be turned on in the top half of the inning. Also in the top half of the 13th, Dodger middle reliever J.P. Howell would make a rare plate appearance. That’s what happens in an NL Park when a game goes this late and you’ve run out of position players to pinch hit…

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Innings 14-16…Can the Blue Close This Out ?

The Dodgers would present themselves a golden opportunity in the top half of the 14th, loading the bases with no out, only to have Carl Crawford do this… On the first pitch…To a pitcher with an E.R.A over 9…

Crawford, who started the day on the bench yet still had 5 at-bats, would all but kill off a potential winning rally as the Blue would come up empty handed. Opinions from many a Dodger fan about Carl Crawford could be heard throughout the yard…We’ll just say they we’re just that…Opinions…

15th Inning, Opportunity Strikes Again…

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The Blue would once again present themselves an opportunity to dent the scoreboard. The top half of the 15th would also see the appearance of…CLAYTON KERSHAW ! Yup, Kid K would make an appearance as a pinch hitter for J.P. Howell. It was nothing dramatic however as he was in for the purpose of moving the runners over. Makes sense. Use a starting pitcher that’s used to handling the lumber to move the runners 90 feet. Gotta love these extra inning strategic moves that mostly if not only occur in an NL park.

 Kershaw would manage to move Howie Kendrick over from 2nd to 3rd on a groundout. Heck, Kershaw would even steal 2nd. All that would go for naught. The top half of the 15th did have some minor drama to end Padres 3rd baseman Yangervis Solarte had to battle the mound on this inning ending pop…

With the Padres not doing much with the bat themselves, Yasiel Puig would lead off the 16th inning. Chance for Puig to atone for his base running gaffe in the 9th. What does he do on the first pitch? HE BUNTS ! POPS UP TO THE PITCHER ! WHAT WE’RE YOU THINKING ! (Didn’t I say that 6 innings ago?) In spite of this, the Blue would still put runners on 1st and 2nd but fail once again to bring home the go-ahead run…

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The Dodgers would load the bases once again and with one out, Puig, in spite a 2 for 6 performance at the plate, would be in the hot seat for much of the afternoon. Can Puig finally do something in the clutch that doesn’t result in a Dodger or their fans shaking their head once again?

HEY ! Puig finally comes through in the clutch !!!! THAT’S WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT !!!

The Blue would tack on 2 more runs to widen their lead to an “insurmountable” 4 runs. Ross Stripling, the Dodgers 9th pitcher of the day, would pitch his 3rd and final inning. With the game approaching half past 7 and most of the fans already home for dinner, this would happen…

After the sprinklers we’re inadvertently turned on, no doubt on timers, Ross Stripling, in his third inning of relief, would finally shut this down…

After 5 hours and 50 minutes, The Blue would finally prevail, 9-5.

Postgame Notes…

  • A combined 16 pitchers we’re used
  • 127 total at bats

For the Dodgers…

  • The Dodger bullpen would pitch a combined 12 innings, allowing only 1 run
  • P. Howell and Ross Stripling would pitch 3 scoreless innings each
  • Chase Utley would have the most AB’s for the game, going 3 for 9
  • Carl Crawford, inserted in the 8th inning, would wind up with 5 AB’s.
  • Adrian Gonzalez, 1 for 7 officially, however, was walked intentionally twice late in the game
  • Howie Kendrick with a huge game, going 4 for 8, slugging his first HR of the season, 12 total bases and 2 runs scored
  • In spite of his gaffes, Puig would have a great day at the plate as well, going 3 for 7, including the go ahead 2 run RBI single in the 17th.

For the Padres

  • Luis Perdomo would pitch 5 innings of relief before running out of gas in the 17th, allowing 4 runs during that frame
  • Melvin Upton Jr. already with a huge series, went 3 for 7 with a 2 out RBI triple off Kenley Jansen that would tie the score at 5.
  • Former Dodger Matt Kemp would have a long day at the plate, going 0 for 7 with 3 Ks

Also, on a personal note, that was my 6th overall extra innings game at Petco Park. My record in extras, 5-1. The 17 innings tied my personal high from April 29th, 2007, at…You guessed it…Petco Park…That afternoon/evening I would come down with a case of Baseball Fever

This was, no doubt, A Hard Days Night…

The Final Line Scores…

For the Dodgers…

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For the Padres…

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I think it’s time to give Kid the good news…

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Drei: WE WON KID !!! WE WON !!!

KID: It’s Christmas already Drei ? Daaaaaaang, that was a long game…

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Hey Kid, I know you’re still a big Matt Kemp fan, but it’s time some certain special…YOU…Gets YOU a new shirt…A Puig shirt? Because like YOU…Puig is a Kid at Heart, who, like YOU… finds a way to drive Drei up a wall… Like YOU…Never a dull moment with…YOU

Hey, Christmas did not come early now did it…

“Is that right, Drei ?”

So there you have it. Notes on a Scorecard…Tales From a Scorecard. Exhausting is only one way to describe how this day went. Did I cover everything? Probably not. But hey, the scorecards are here for you to look at and make out your own tale.  Oh yeah, since then, the Blue has won 7 of their last 9. In the end though, this tale had a happy ending….

Extra Innings…

An appropriate title to finish this tale…

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20160522_125459.jpg Gotta pay my respects to Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn…

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You know Kid, as much as Drei loves a good ending, Drei will be just as happy if this win comes after 9, you know, Save the Drama

‘Til The Next Episode…

 

 

 

 

 

Drei’s 2016 N.L. Forecast

Leading Off…

Here’s what Drei had to say heading into last season…

“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…It’s been 27 years now. There are enough Dodger fans out there young enough asking what was it like to have experienced a World Series victory.”

Don Mattingly guided The Blue to their 3rd consecutive division title with 92 wins, yet the hot seat never cooled, sending to a much cooler summer climate, Miami. It’s been 28 years now, and Dodgers fans of all generations are growing somewhat impatient for that October experience…

N.L. East

Two of baseball’s best pitching staffs just may reside here in the NL East. The Mets return the bulk of their starting rotation that led them to their first World Series appearance since 2000 and with Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndegaard and Steve Matz ready to take on a full season, this team could be primed for another WS run. The Nationals, last year’s favorites among many of the experts to win the WS, still posses a pretty potent all-around lineup to compliment their strong rotation, anchored by Stephen Strasburg. Injuries and the lack of team unity played key roles in the Nats late season meltdown, costing Matt Williams his job.   The lineup will once again count on Bryce Harper to put up some big numbers along Wilson Ramos, Danny Espinosa and their newest addition Daniel Murphy. It is hoped that proven skipper Dusty Baker will be able to keep this team completely focused. Dealing with players with adverse personalities is nothing new for Dusty. Let’s not forget he managed both Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent for several seasons. The Braves and Phillies, once the class of this division, could are in serious rebuild mode and could both potentially lose over 100 games…

N.L. Central

The Cubs made some key off-season moves, including the additions of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist to an already dangerous lineup. Much of the attention will be focused on their pitching, considered to be one of the deepest with the top 3 in the rotation of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Many are picking the Cubs to not only go deep into October but to also win that big Fall Prize that has eluded them the last 108 years. This could just be their year…

The Pirates, post-season participants for 3 consecutive seasons, will be highly competitive again this season even the the loss of A.J. Burnett and J.A. Happ from their rotation. The rotation still has a top 1-2 tandem between Gerrit Cole and Francisco Liriano. The lineup is still anchored by Andrew McCutchen, and his supporting cast with Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco is pretty dynamic themselves. It may be a stretch to pick the Bucs to finish atop the Central, but a 4th consecutive post-season appearance is not out of the question. Now if they could just find a way to avoid that dreaded wild card game. The Pirates, riding their most successive run since 1990-92, may have 3 consecutive post-season appearances under their belt but two consecutive one and done’s may unfairly have Clint Hurdle in the hot seat should the Bucs fail to make a deep October run…

The Cardinals, owners of last years best record in baseball, lost starter John Lackey to the rival Cubs and will be without Lance Lynn for the season. If Adam Wainwright can remain healthy throughout the season, along with Michael Wacha and Carlos Martinez, both who are still young, and the addition of Mike Leake, there’s no reason the Cardinals should not be able to compete in what could be baseball’s best division for the second consecutive season. If Matt Adams and Matt Holliday can rebound from injury plagued seasons, this lineup, along with Matt Carpenter at the top, could quietly be one of the leagues best.

N.L. West

I’m not going to lie. Though I do truly believe the Dodgers will win the West for the 4th consecutive season, I am mostly going with my heart. But hey, most so-called experts rarely ever get their predictions on the mark, right ?

Much has been made of the off-season moves within the division and it is expected to be a 3 team race between the Dodgers, Giants and Diamondbacks. The two big additions to the rivals was the addition of Johnny Cueto to the Giants, and of course the addition of Zack Greinke away from the Blue over to the DBacks, who we’re among the league leaders in offense last season. 

Spring Training has not entirely been so kind to the Dodgers, who already are beset by some health issues in the back end of the rotation. The good news, in spite of our early season worries, not every Dodger got hurt during Spring TrainingThe top 3, led by Kid K with Scott Kazmir and off-season addition Kenta Maeda, will give the Blue a formidable front end of the rotation. My concerns however are how will Maeda, coming off a solid spring,  hold up in his first big league season… Can Kazmir stay healthy and retain his 2015 form ? Can Alex Wood bounce back from his 2nd half swoon and prove to be a legitimate 4th starter ? Hyun-Jin Ryu, who missed all of last season, is expected to give the rotation a boost if he should return by mid-May at the earliest.

The outfield, even with the loss of Andre Ethier until at least June, is still pretty deep, however these questions loom…Will Puig finally display a full season of his potential ? Can Joc Pederson cut down on his strikeouts and improve upon his on base percentage ? Can Carl Crawford stay healthy enough until Andre returns ? It’s expected that Crawford and Scott Van Slyke will be platooning in left field. The infield will be a good combo of experience and youth. This lineup has the potential to put up some big numbers and could have 3 30 plus home run boppers in Adrian Gonzalez, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. If Puig can give us a 20/20 season, and Joc can hit somewhere in the .270’s our offense should be allright. 

So everyone expects a 3 team race here in the NL West. The Rockies and Padres are not expected to do much and there have been talks that the Friars are looking to unload some of their key acquisitions from last year, including Matt Kemp. If the Padres are out of contention by July, I see Kemp, who in typical fashion had a strong finish last season, heading to one of two possible sleepers, Seattle or Miami ( Yeah, Kemp reunited with Mattingly, playing with Dee Gordon, and Barry Bonds as his hitting coach. Hmmm )

NL Wild Card

Cubs over the Cards. Again, after this one-game elimination game is over, talks and debates will resume over an expanded WC series… 

NLDS

Cubs over the Pirates. The Pirates will finally be playing in an actual playoff series, only to be disappointed once again by everyone’s pre-season favorites. Does an appearance past the WC keep Hurdle off the hot seat ?

Dodgers over the Mets. In another closely contested series, this time, it’s OUR Boys in Blue who prevails 

NLCS

In a battle of two teams who have 97 years combined without a World Series appearance, someone finally ends their drought. Why not us ? Dodgers over the Cubs

As I’ve admitted, my pick of our Blue going all the way is for all intents and purposes, from the heart. The Blue is expected to contend once again this season. They may be banged up right now, but hey, no team goes through a full 162 game season without some dings and scratches, right ? 

World Series… A Battle of Blue

It’s been 27 years. In that time, we’ve endured 2 Bush’s, and we may be on our way toward a 2nd Clinton…. Oh yeah, it would be great if we can give Good Ol’ Vin a Grand Sendoff, right ?

9th Inning…A Tale From The Park…With KID N DREI…

20140831_164815.jpg Because Kid Marley Marlz has all that ” Kid Like ” energy during the off-season, Drei needs to take him to the park…

20140831_164829.jpg ” HEY KID ! When are we gonna come up with that Dodger song ? ” Kid Marley Marlz may call me Dre Beats, but it’s The Kid who spits out The Beats and the Everyday Blessings, while Drei, well, Drei just tells The Tales.  Hey Kid ! When our we gonna do that Dodger song ?… ‘Til The Next Episode…Close us out KID !!!

Everyday Blessings… Kid Marley Marlz

 

 

Magic Number Fun Facts… 15, Never Forget…

Leading Off…

 “The President of the United States has said it is time to go back to work. And so, despite a heavy heart, baseball gets up out of the dirt, brushes itself off and will follow his command. Hoping in some small way to inspire the nation to do the same.”
-Vin Scully, September 17, 2001

Also, re-blogged from last year. The Magic Number on this day was 15, just like today, ironically enough. Also, some images from various ballparks honoring our nations colors as well as those who serve to protect…

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

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Shawn Green would don the Dodger Blue from 2000 to 2004. In 2001 Shawn Green would set a franchise record by slugging 49 home runs in a single season. In 2002 he would set a Major League record by recording 19 total bases on May 23, slugging 4 home runs in a single game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. I often felt that Andre Ethier and Shawn Green had a lot of similarities between them except for the fact that Shawn kept his emotions to himself and Andre wore his emotions. Another fun fact about Shawn Green. His walkup tune, Song 2, the WooHoo song, by Blur, and the 40,000 plus fans yelling in unison…WOO-HOO !!!…

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With Shawn Green at the Heal the Bay Beach Cleanup, February 2011.

Other Notable Dodgers Who Wore 15

Davey Lopez
Rafael Furcal

9/11 Ballpark Tributes

13 years ago today, our country, our…

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Keeping SoCal Blue…Magic Number Countdown…19

From the 6-1-9…PETCO PARK

KID N DREI_ PETCO ON LABOR DAY We’re Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack !!!! Ah, make that…HE’S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK !!! It’s been a while but Kid Marley Malrz is back joining DodgerDrei at the park and on the road !!! It’s been a while, Kid ! ( OK, only 3 months, but still… ) KID N DREI is back !!! Turning PETCO and the 619 Blue, after yesterday’s 5-1 victory over the Padres, taking 3 of 4 in San Diego. The Dodgers have now won 11 of 13 and are a season high 20 games over the .500 mark. The Blue travels up the road up I-5 for a 3 game series against the Angels, with Zack Greinke to take the hill for the Blue in search for his 15th win. The Dodgers have taken 6 straight against the Halos going back to last season, the longest winning streak in the series…

From the 7-1-4… Angel Stadium

Dodgers_Blue Angel Time to turn the O.C…BLUE !!!

Drei’s Ballpark Tale…Play Time… With Kid N Drei

I did say that Kid N Drei is back. Well, every now and then, Kid N Drei, as some of you may know, tend to forget that they’re all grown up. Heck, who say’s you can never be a… KID AT HEART…

KID N DREI_BUBBLES 1 Hey Drei, this is a really cool playground they got here in Diego…

KID N DREI_BUBBLES 2 Hey Kid, I bet I can wave more bubbles than you !!! BUBBLES !!! Hey Drei ! It’d be cool if the Dodgers brought back the Bubble Machine for the rest of the season, you know, the stretch drive… Hey MLB… KID N DREI Want Their Bubbles Back !!!

On This Labor Day…

PETCO Park_Marines Honoring those who serve not only on Labor Day but throughout all 365…

Magic Number Countdown…19…Jim Gilliam

Re-blogged from last year, on this exact day, ironically enough. If this pattern holds to form, we should have the NL West clinched by the 24th…

A Good Drei With Kid N Drei

image Jim Gilliam would play for the Dodgers in both Brooklyn, 1953-57, and Los Angeles from 1958-1966. He was a 2 time all-star, in 1956 and 1959, was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1953 and would play in 4 World Champion Dodger teams in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles, in 1955 during Brooklyn’s lone championship, and in 1959, 1963 and 1965. He would be named player-coach in 1964 then serve as full time coach in 1967 until his death one day prior to the 1978 World Series and ni ne days prior to his 50th birthday. Jim Gilliam is the only Dodger not inducted into the Hall of Fame to have his number retired.

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Jim Gilliam. Brooklyn Dodgers 2B,3B , 1953-57, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1958-1966 .

Extra Innings…

Sunday Fun-Dre In The Park
image OUT AT THIRD ! Hey, it’s another Sunday Fun-Dre at the park, with Kid Marly Marlz…

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