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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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Throwback Thursday… 10/8/2009…9th Inning, Game 2, 2009 NLDS…As Told By Vin

October baseball. When the fall air is filled with joy and heartbreak. 

Recently Dodger fans voted on their Top 20 Vin Scully moments. Without a doubt, many of your favorite ones, many that are not so obvious ( See Gibson’s home run…). 

Many of you out there have a favorite Vin moment that you we’re at. With the NLDS about to get underway, here’s my personal favorite post-season call, as told by Vin. The Cardinals one out away from tying the Best of 5 NLDS at one game apiece. Somewhere in the top deck, I’m just hoping James Loney keeps the inning alive. Take it away Vin…

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dodgers_jim-hill Celebrating with KCBS’s Jim Hill

9th Inning…Vin For President

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Election time is almost here. Not happy with either candidate? Remember, you can always write in a candidate…Even the one above !!!

 

 

 

 

Dreis Notes on a Scorecard, 5/15/2016

20160516_082344.jpg Drei’s scorecard notes…5/15/2016…THEY’RE BACK !!!  (For now…) Cardinals 5 Dodgers 2

One of the thing’s i’ve done at ballgames since I was a kid is keep score. Do I have all my scorecards of years past ? Hardly. When you live in a single unit apartment even the slightest items of size end up turning into quick clutter. These days it seems keeping score at a baseball game is a lost art. Could it be because there’s more to do at a ballpark these days than to sit through 9 innings of baseball ? Imagine that..

picsart_05-21-03.44.11.jpgWell, I guess even Kid Marley Marlz needs something else to do in the park to let out all that energy…That’s a BIG BOBBLEHEAD, KID…Once a Kid, Always a Kid, Forever a Kid, Kid at Heart

Back to the Game…

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On this Sunday night, Alex Wood would continue his trend of quality home performances, going 6 while K’ing 5 while only allowing a run. Unfortunately, another trend would continue as the bullpen would rear it’s ugly head once again, as longtime nemesis Yadier Molina would drive in the winning runs with a 2 out 2 run double as the Cards would salvage the 3rd game the 3 game series. The bullpen woes would continue into this week…

20160516_082318.jpg Not all of the Bats in Blue would take the night of as Corey Seager would go yard twice. Currently Seager is on an 11 game hitting streak having gone yard 4 times this week. A-GON, who had been pitched around 3 times by the Red Birds, should be back at the starting lineup tonight. Let’s hope Alex Wood, tonight’s starter, will think of Petco Park as Dodger Stadium south, given his struggles on the road…

Other Scorecard Notes…

You know this took place in an NL park when you see the lineup changes, particularly in the 8-9 spots. You really don’t see these changes as much in an AL Park, at least I don’t, unless the game is a runaway and the manager is giving playing time away…

Any of you out there still keep score ? How does your way compare to mine ? Or are they similar ? 

Around The NL West…

The Blue, losers of 5 of their last 6, look to get back on the winning track as they look to Alex Wood to stop the bleeding. This will be The Blue’s 16th consecutive game of 20. 4 of the last 5 games has seen the bullpen working from the 5th or 6th inning on, including last night’s blown save by Kenley Jansen, his first BS after 13 successions. Hey, Kenley is entitled to a night off. Starting pitchers not named Kershaw have not exactly helped out as of recent either…

The Giants, sitting atop the west 3.5 games, had their 8 game winning streak snapped last night by the Cubs and Jake Arrieta. 7 of those 8 wins came off a 4 game sweep in Arizona and a 3 game sweep against the Padres, who they are 7-0 against this season…

ROAD TRIP !!!!

Dodger fans ! Baseball fans ! Summer is coming up. Looking to go out on the road to follow The Boys in Blue ? Or just exploring the 30 Yards of Summer ?  Check out our MLB Ballpark Experience Rankings at Stadium Journey for some tips and travel advice for your ballpark and other sports themed journeys. Also keep an eye out for some weekend road trip tips among other upcoming sports travel advice… We’d also like to hear what you think of the rankings ? ( I know I’d like to hear from you..) How would you rank the 30 yards of MLB ? 

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10 Years a Good Dre…Sunday Night Flashback…Scott Van Slyke, The Son of the Blank Blank

The Dodgers and Cardinals have staged some epic battles over the years. Heck, I still dread the day when Tommy Lasorda once called Andy Van Slyke, son of, you guessed it, Scott Van Slyke, a BLANK BLANK ( As told by our favorite storyteller who we simply know as…Vin)

31 years later, even the sound of Vinny still won’t stop me from asking ” WHY DID YOU PITCH TO JACK CLARK ? “

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Fast forward now to a Sunday night in May, 2012… 27 years later the SON OF THE BLANK BLANK Van Slyke finds himself wearing the Dodger Blue. Having been called up from Albuquerque, the rookie finds himself in a pinch hitting role in the home 7th, with The Blue trailing the Red Birds 5-3. With 2 on and 2 out, at the plate with a 3-0 count, Drei here tells his buddy Josh ” The rookie ain’t swinging on a 3-0 pitch…”. You really don’t think the rookie is swinging away at a 3-0 pitch, do ya ?

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Not only was the 3 run blast Van Slyke’s first MLB 4 bagger, the 3 run 4 bagger, from the son of that…BLANK BLANK… would give the Blue a 6-5 lead over the Cardinals, the team the senior Van Slyke would start his career with. The Blue would hold on for the win and an eventual 3 game sweep of the Red Birds. What a moment that must have been for the SON OF THAT BLANK BLANK…

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20150614_132819.jpg Chattin it up with 2x batting champion Tommy Davis while rehabbing in Rancho Cucamunga…

picsart_05-13-11.18.24.jpg GREAT SCOTT !!! Here I am in Rancho kickin’ it with the Son of that BLANK BLANK Van Slyke…

Drei’s Thoughts…5/15/2016

With the offense scoring 18 runs in their last 3 games the offense looks like it’s starting to get back on track. The Dodgers, 4-2 in the current homestand and winners of their last 3, have a chance to do what they did 4 years ago the night The ‘Stache hit his first big league 4 bagger, sweep the Cardinals. Alex Wood, who has performed well at home this year, will take the mound as he tries to follow up on Scott Kazmir’s gem from last night. The Giants have also started to heat up, winning 4 in a row as they will try to pull off a 4 game sweep in the desert. Earlier this season it was the Snakes who pulled off the 4 game sweep up north. With the Dodgers and Giants starting to warm up and the Rockies lying only a game and a half behind, the NL West could start to be finally warming up…

Extra Innings… A SUN-DAY, FUN-DREI Tale From Kid Marley Marlz…

Marlz_Mascots1 With 4 games coming up against our neighbors down I-5, the rival mascot’s of the Halos have joined forces with our Dodger Dog and The Kid as we all hope The Blue has a big series as they attempt to take down that Red Rally Monkey… Oh yeah, that’s not the only thing Stomper and The Moose are bonding together for. The Moose is still upset over his city not having an NBA team since they bolted for OKC 8 years ago. The Dodger Dog, caught in the middle, has mixed feeling. After all, his favorite team’s AAA Team does call OKC home. Not only that, the Dodger Dog has also been a big Russel Westbrook fan since his days as a Son of Westwood…

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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 

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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

 

 

World Series Fun Facts… A Tale From Kid Marley Marlz

The last time the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets won the World Series, for the Royals, it was 1985. The Mets would win it all in 1986. 

Both teams would stave off elimination to win their series in 7 games.

Both teams would win Game 6 in memorable walk-off fashion…

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1985, Game 6… Boston vs. NY Mets, 10th Inning…

This year’s World Series match-up between the Mets and Royals will guarantee that one of these teams will end a World Series Championship drought. This series will be a feature between the Royals contact hitters vs. the Mets power pitchers. The Mets have caught fire coming off a 4 game sweep of the Cubs. This should be an exciting fall classic. 

Drei says… Mets in 6

Extra Innings… A Tale From Kid Marley Marlz…

wpid-picsart_10-20-11.09.03.jpg Hey Kid. You and your Cubbie bear buddy look like you have a lot on your minds. Yeah, being knocked out by the Mets was a bummer for both of us wasn’t it ? There’s always next year, right Kid ?

Drei’s Random Bits…

R.I.P. Oscar Taveras

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The baseball family mourns the loss of Oscar Taveras , whose life was tragically cut short early Sunday in an automobile accident….  

I’m sure many of you Dodger fans have sneaked a peak or two at this year’s Fall Classic.  I’m sure many of you enjoyed tonight’s  10-0 thrashing of the Giants from the Kansas City Royals , forcing a decisive 7th game to this years World Series, for those who care to tune in tomorrow night…

Looking Back on One of Drei’s Favorite Moments of 2014

In spite of the disappointing ending to the 2014 season, this was still, for me at least, a very memorable season.  Be it the usual routine at The Ravine, to sharing with you all my first person account of my experiences this past season, even attempting to throw some humorous and funny posts at you, to sharing my fun-filled baseball themed birthday, 2014 had plenty of memories for me.  One of my favorite moments ?  The night we clinched the NL West .  Yeah, it would have been nice if clinching the NL West wasn’t the high point of the season, but to have been there that night to experience it ?    Here’s a look back at that fun-filled evening with a light-hearted approach from with a little help from Drei’s Tales… The Magic of The Rally Pet Minion Dave 

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Featuring our Pet Minion Dave.  

That was of course one of many posts I was happy to present to you , my readers, all season long, as you have helped me reach the MLBlog Central Top 50 Fan Posts four times this season, and soon to be 5 !  With that, Drei here says… THANK YOU !!!

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Hopefully, at this time next year, the Thank You card says more than just NL West Champs…

9th Inning…

There was always a reason why Betty White was my favorite Golden Girl, as she discusses why she won’t cheer for the Giants.  This is from 2010…

The Ride That Ended All Too Soon

KERSHAW_ADAMS Just like that, the ride was over…

What Drei Said Before The Series…

 ” The Boys in Blue head to the post-season on a roll, having won 8 of their last 10.  Everything seems to be clicking at this moment for the Blue.  If their is one concern I have heading into the post-season, it is the status of our bullpen .  It is no secret that our bullpen has been inconsistent, particularly our middle relievers.  The status of Hyun-Jin Ryu is a minor concern for me but in a Best of 5 the Dodgers may be able to get away with a 3 man rotation of Kershaw, Greinke and Haren. “

As I was looking back on my pre-season NL Picks ,  it was both my fear and hope that the Dodgers could survive on a 3 man rotation.  Hyun-Jin Ryu did make it back on the hill and pitched an admirable 6 innings in game 3.  However, Dan Haren, who after a mid-season slump, finished strong but was nowhere to be seen in the post-season.

” St. Louis has had a long history of post-season success and like it or not , are one of only two teams to have success against Kershaw .  However, Kershaw just seems to get better each year ( Is that even possible ) , having won his 4th straight ERA title en route to a possible MVP season.  In a short 5 game series, anything can happen.  Will Game 1 between two game tested battlers between Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw set the tone ?  Runs will probably be at a premium here.  However, with a deeper lineup and most everyone coming back healthy, I gotta like our chances to advance … “

Why St. Louis has had continued success against our Cy Young Award winner is beyond anyone’s guess.  Aside from Game 1, runs we’re at a premium, however, even with the momentum of a strong finish and a healthy lineup, the Dodgers, sans Matt Kemp’s solo shot in Game 2, just could not come up with the timely hits, and the Dodger playoff blues against St. Louis continues . 

“Dodger Blues in Mizzou… 

1985 NLCS  0-3, Lost in 6 games

2004 NLDS 0-2, Lost in 4

2009 NLDS 1-0, Won in 3

2013 NLCS 0-3, Lost in 6

That, my friends, adds up to an overall mark of 1-8 in the post-season in The Show Me State.  Now on the positive side.  The Dodgers had MLB’s best road record this season at 49-32, so being in a hostile environment will should not phase them.  One of these stats has to give.  Let’s all hope for the latter.”

Make that, 1-10, dating back to 1985, when they  Meet In St. Louis during post-season …

“Does Hyun-Jin Ryu feel no effects of his recent injury and pitch deep into the game through at least 7 ?  How much confidence does Mattingly have in his bullpen ?”

I think by now you guys know the answer to that last question .

Plenty of Blame to Go Around

So now is the time everyone starts playing the blame game.  Truth be told, there is enough blame to be passed around .  Was this a successful season ?  It would be hard to say it was a total fail with 94 wins and a 2nd consecutive NL West Title in the books.  Compete success ?  Hardly.  When $240 million is spent on player salary, it’s expected by everyone that the season would go well beyond 166 games ( Yes folks, that’s 162 and the 4 playoff games that ended before we all had a chance to blink ) .  So today, we can only wonder, how and why did it all end so quickly ?

Much of the blame will go down to two things.  Don Mattingly, and the bullpen.  OK, 3 things.  Let’s add GM Ned Coletti’s inability to acquire a setup man that may have been the difference between me writing my post post-season post, or giving my insight to the NLCS.  It will be easy to point the finger at Don Mattingly as well, it seems as if that has been a yearly tradition around these parts.  Truth is, he was only playing the hand he was dealt.  Also, who could have seen our soon to be 3 time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw coming apart at the seems in the 7th inning, not once, but twice ?  Want some other daunting numbers ?  Clayton Kershaw is the first Dodgers pitcher to lose 4 consecutive post-season games , bringing his all-time  post-season record to 1-5.  Those 4 consecutive post-season losses ? You guessed it.  All to the St. Louis Cardinals.  So Cy K isn’t quite clutch in October.  YET ( Yes folks, I did that in all CAPS for a reason ) . 

As for Mattingly’s decision making ?  The only glaring one I really could question is using Scott Elbert in the 7th inning of Game 3 .  Nothing against Scotty, but he had only pitched a little over 4 innings in the bigs all season while practically rehabbing all season.  In one of the most crucial moments of the season with a trip to the NLCS in the balance, and we go with a setup man who has pitched , again, a mere 4 plus innings.  On the flip side, that just tells you how much confidence Donnie has in that bullpen.  $240 million spent yet the only one reliable down the stretch was our closer, Kenley Jansen, who mad a mere 1 appearance this post-season.

At this moment, rumors are flying.  The big one of course, is the status of GM Ned Coletti .  Will he be around at this time next week ?  Also, who stays and who goes ?  Do the Dodgers retool at shortstop and let Hanley test the free-agent waters ?  Brian Wilson has already indicated he will $9.5 million player option for 2015Why wouldn’t he ?  With his 2-4 , 4.66 ERA stat lines, it would be hard for him to test the open market. 

So now begins the descent into a long L.A. Winter.  One that won’t be so dry this time around.  L.A. and it’s proud Dodgers fans are thirsty for a championship.  It’s been 26 years now.  Ronald Reagan was on his last term the last time a World Championship was celebrated around The Ravine.  Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry Be Happy was the chart topper.  Yes, it’s been that long folks.  For those of you born after 1988, I feel your pain. 

I will stop short of calling this 2014 season a disappointment.  It had it’s moments.  It gave us 2 no hitters from Josh Beckett and of course Clayton Kershaw .  This past season also gave us the emergence of Dee Gordon.  This season also gave us the resurgence of Matt Kemp, who I believe will come back stronger next season.  I’ll even go so far as to say 30/30 could come back, provided he stays healthy, and that could be a big question.  We also saw Adrian Gonzalez lead the NL in RBI’s.  There was plenty of highlights to remember in this past 2014 season.  Unfortunately, none coming in a double digit day in October. 

wpid-img_6757157709345.jpeg A bit early for this Thank You card don’t you all think ? 

I do want to thank you the readers for your continued following of Good Dre in L.A. .  I always do my best to provide you with as much of my Dodger knowledge as well as other fun and at times light-hearted posts from my perspective.  I also want to give a shout-out to the Dodgers-lowdown as well for their tireless work and for helping me reach out to you the readers. 

So our off-season begins now.  That does not mean I will stop posting.  Just not as often.  I also do plan on posting other topics non-baseball related at well in a feature I will be calling, Beyond The Yard .  Hopefully, you will all continue to follow my posts and of course I will also be giving some off-season thoughts as well.  It was a memorable 2014 season, especially for me on a personal not.  Unfortunately, this joyride of a season ended all to sudden, and Just Like That… It’s Over

wpid-img_17082643137116.jpeg Hey Dre, Drei says it’s been a fun 9 season’s seeing you in the Dodger Blue !  Does Drei see Dre back in 2015 ?

 

So We Meet You Again In St Louie…

With the only LDS series tied at 1 , this ongoing feud between the Dodgers and Cardinals shifts to The Show-Me State for games 3 and 4.  Hyun-Jin Ryu will take the mound for The Blue for the first time in 3 weeks against former Angel John Lackey with the first pitch scheduled just past 6.

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No Shortage of Drama 

By now, we all know there is no love lost between these two storied franchises.  If the first two games are any indication, this series should be primed for another dramatic finish.  So far…

*Benches clearing after a hit by pitch to Puig from Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright

*An unforeseen offensive output from both teams with Kershaw and Wainwright toeing the hill in Game 1

*Kershaw surrendering 8 runs in the fateful 7th inning .  Yup, I also thought Friday was money in the bag.  

*Matt Carpenter continues to be a thorn to the Dodgers side in the post-season

*Matt Kemp showing he’s still clutch

*Mattingly’s moves being scrutinized once again

All this adds up to this series being tied at one.  The biggest surprise so far , without a doubt Kershaw’s meltdown in the 7th inning of Game 1.  With a 6-2 lead and already 8 strikeouts to that point, you just had to think the game was in the bag.  But even a sure bet can come up snake eyes, as the Cardinals would score 8 times in that fateful 7th, capped off by Matt Carpenter’s bases clearing double and Matt Holliday’s 3 run shot off Pedro Baez giving the Cardinals a 10-6 lead.

The Dodgers would not go away quietly though as they would rally themselves thanks in large part to a 2 run shot by Adrian Gonzalez and a ninth inning rally that would come up 1 run short, with Puig striking out to end the game.  

Game 2 would see the Dodgers take a 2-0 lead into the 8th inning when starter Zack Greinke, after going 7 strong would be pulled for lefty JP Howell.  However, as they say , ” The best laid plans…” , and Matt Carpenter, once again, would show why he has been a thorn to our sides in post-season play…

A huge inning ending 6-4-3 induced by Brandon League would prevent further damage, setting up what could be the biggest moment yet in 2014 for The Blue…

I think it’s is now safe to say that the love/hate relationship some of you had with Matt as recent as 3 months ago is all positively love by now…

What are the keys for a Dodger win in Game 3 ?   Will Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford break out of their post-season slump ?  Does Hyun-Jin Ryu fell no effects of his recent injury and pitch deep into the game through at least 7 ?  How much confidence does Mattingly have in his bullpen ?  These are just some of the upcoming story lines as The Blue attempts to salvage at least one in St Louis, where historically, they have had a miserable time in the playoffs…

Dodger Blues in Mizzou… 

1985 NLCS  0-3, Lost in 6 games

2004 NLDS 0-2, Lost in 4

2009 NLDS 1-0, Won in 3

2013 NLCS 0-3, Lost in 6

That, my friends, adds up to an overall mark of 1-8 in the post-season in The Show Me State.  Now on the positive side.  The Dodgers had MLB’s best road record this season at 49-32, so being in a hostile environment will should not phase them.  One of these stats has to give.  Let’s all hope for the latter.  Are you all enjoying your Blue October yet ?

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Our Pet Rally Minion Dave is ready !!!  LETS GO DODGERS !!!

Ballparks, Bytes and Bites, 626 Day From The Ravine to the 626, 6/26/2014

But First…
On This Day, 1966, The Beatles perform their 2nd to last concert ever at Dodger Stadium on this day, August 28, 1966. Their final concert ever would be the next evening up in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Dodger Stadium would be 1 of 9 MLB parks The Beatles would ever perform at . With Candlestick Park scheduled for demolition soon, Dodger Stadium will be the only MLB park left standing where The Fab Four has performed.

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We’re Baaaaaaaaack !!!

Kid N Dre bringing you our 2nd edition of Ballparks, Bytes, and Bites

Featuring once again, Kid Marly Marlz

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And Dodger Dre with the story-telling. Or as Kid Marly Marlz likes to say when Dre has his beats on …

DRE_BEATS Dre Beats !!!

There’s something about being around a ballpark that brings out the kid in all of us…

Marlz_ElysianHills Every kid dreams of making it to the bigs someday, such as this kid looking from a distance high up on the Elysian Hills ( even this 30 something kid can dream, right ? )

Once inside the stadium walls, there certainly has to be other fun things and sweet treats that bring out the kid in all of us. After all, what kid can’t resist the sweet taste of cotton candy at the ballpark, right ?

wpid-picsart_1403758081202.jpg We’re just never too old for cotton candy are we Marlz ?

Of course there are also other sweet treats inside the yard that kids big and small can sink their teeth into…

MARLZ_BIGAPPLE Whoa Marlz ! That’s quite a BIG APPLE there for a BIG KID !!!

What kid doesn’t like to play with toys ? Dodger Stadium has toys of all sizes for kids of all ages…

MARLZ_KOUFAX Here’s a flashback here. Kid Marlz and his Koufax bobblehead in 2012. Notice no facial hair for the kid ?

MARLZ_BIGBOBBLE Now that, is a big kid’s bobblehead !!!

Speaking of bobbleheads…

MARLZ_WILSONBBL1 It looks like Kid Marly Marlz is having fun with his new lil’ bro, Brian, aka, THE BEARD…

MARLZ_WILSONBBL2 See the resemblance between the two ?

On this Thursday evening, June 26th, 626 day to those in and from the San Gabriel Valley ( 626 being the main area code of SGV ) , the Boys in Blue would do battle with the St. Louis Cardinals in a rematch of last year’s NLCS.

DODGERSCARDS_SCORECARDS The Dodgers and Cardinals both have long and storied histories, having met in the post-season 3 times in the last 10 years, something the Kid and I look back on among other throwback topics in this upcoming video byte as Andre Ethier is at the plate.  It’s a custom for Dre here to “try” and call the action when Dre is at the plate…

Drei+n+Kid+Marlz%2C+626+Night+at+The+Ravine%2C+Part+1 from Good_Drei on Vimeo.

The Dodgers and Cardinals would be deadlocked in a scoreless game through 7.  As Dre here again try’s to do play by play for Dre, Marlz decides to use the moment to do some self-promoting of his instagram tag @mdario83

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/103876835″>Marlz Self Promoting @MDario83</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user29602044″>Andre Ojeda</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>  

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 8th, when Justin Turner would come off the bench and deliver…

 

Before Kenley Jansen would come in and shut the door down on the Dodgers hard earned 1-0 win over the Red Birds, Kid Marlz decides to strut his stuff to some California Love…

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/103877650″>Jansen Entrance Featuring @MDario83 (Short Version.mp4</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user29602044″>Andre Ojeda</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>  Hey Kid !  As you we’re doing your strut to some California Love, I noticed the fans behind you we’re leaving you… ( I had to get that out kid !!! LOL )

So on this Thursday evening in a hard fought match-up between the Dodgers and Cardinals, the Dodgers would prevail 1-0.  Could these two teams meet again in this years post-season ?  It’s getting close to that time of year folks…

From The Ravine to the West 626 For Some Post-Game Bites

Tonight, our post-game dining ventures take us to Alhambra located on the west end of the San Gabriel Valley on 626 day on 6/26.  Along Valley Blvd., one can find many late night Asian dining options.  On this night however, Kid Marlz and I decide to go to that one non-Asian spot on the corner of Valley and Garfield where patrons have gone for their pastrami fix for many years, The Hat.

THEHAT Having grown up not to far from here in San Gabriel, I have made many ventures to The Hat for my pastrami fix for many a years .  Sliced paper thin and piled high, marinated in it’s own juices, The Hat still continues to be my occasional late night stop especially after an evening game.

WETFRIES Some wet fries to go with the pastrami.  Looks like the Mini Beard and the Mini Puig have their eyes set on this meal.  

MARLZ_HAT1 Ready to dig in Kid ?

MARLZ_HAT2 In the meantime, while Kid Marlz is reading to chow down, Mini Puig and MIni Beard are wondering how are we going to finish all this food ?

MARLZ_HAT3 Mini Puig doesn’t seem to thrilled that Kid Marlz would chow down like that in front of them…

MARLZ_HAT4 You hungry kid ?  His lil’ bro, the Mini Beard doesn’t seem very amused , especially since the Kid isn’t sharing.  The Mini Beard looks like he’s ready to deliver some chin music to The Kid if he don’t share some of his pastrami…

MARLZ_HAT5 And the Mini Bearded one and The Kid are now at peace.  

On a side note, when Kid Marlz put some ketchup on his pastrami sandwich, that had to be the first time in all the years I’ve dined at The Hat that I’ve seen someone put some sort of “foreign” condiment on the sandwich.

Dre: ” You’re really gonna put ketchup on that ? “

Kid: ” Yeah buddy !!! ” 

Dre: ” Who put’s ketchup on their pastrami ? “

Kid: ” This guy !!! “

So, that sums up this edition of Ballparks, Bytes and Bites.  L.A. and it’s vast area is full of pre and post game dining options that many a Dodger fan has favorited.  I’m sure you have one of your own in your town as well.  So, what’s your favorite pre and post game dining spot ?

KIDNDRE_HAT Kid N Dre chowing down.  FYI, we we’re not able to finish the wet fries with our pastrami.  We aren’;t the first not to accomplish this feat.  We certainly won’t be the last.  That was a lot of food.   Even the Mini Puig and Mini Beard couldn’t help us.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this edition of Kid N Dre’s Ballparks, Bytes and Bites.  Next up, San Diego and PETCO Park.  What will Kid N Dre have in store for you next ?  Stay tuned…

minibeard You really are enjoying quality time with your new Lil Bro aren’t you kid ?  As always… Once a Kid, Always a Kid, Forever a Kid, Kid at Heart….  

DRE_BEATS_BISON Hey Kid !  You ain’t the only Big Boy who still plays with toys !  Dre got his Mini Bison to help with his Beats !!!  ‘Til the Next Episode…