Today's lineup

Grady’s switching things up a bit today…

Lofton, CF

Furcal, SS

Garciaparra, 1B

Drew, RF

Kent, 2B

Ethier, LF (big league debut)

Robles, 3B

Navarro, C

Perez, P

20 comments

  1. griffon64@webmail.co.za

    Shaking up the lineup worked well enough to show Little is a thinking manager ( except when leaving pitchers in for 7 runs innings ) but really, Dodgers, what is going on? Last place NL West is too good for how this team is fumbling along right now.

    I get up every morning at 04:00am to watch this team, due to living in a GMT+2 timezone. Could someone rely that to the team perhaps? If they can’t play for pride or for the huge chunks of money they are paid, maybe they can play for one office worker who spends the Southern Hemisphere winter mornings huddled in front of the computer and the winter days bleary-eyed from lack of sleep.

    Go Dodgers!

    PS: I’m glad Weaver is ******* so bad it shut up that all-caps fan boy of his 😉

  2. kssparkuhl@cableone.net

    Odalis! For the love of Pete and the sanity of Dodger fans throughout the world, please stop taking that “Jekyll and Hyde” concoction of yours!

    What is it with this guy anyway? I’ve never seen a a pitcher who “loses it” faster than Odalis Perez does. Well, except for Bob Welch early on in his career. But Tommy never left Welch in long enough to do any damage, and was good for AT LEAST 7 innings per start before the dam broke. Is it a mid-game break-down of mechanics? Is it a lack of heart? Is it fatigue? Could it be the extra weight he’s packed on lately? Or a combination of some or all of the above?

  3. kssparkuhl@cableone.net

    Oh yeah… and now that you have the run support you’ve been crying for, would you please take the time to learn how to pitch again?!!!

  4. fthomas7055@charter.net

    On Odalis: he’s a headcase, pure and simple–always has been. Has talent, but little if any maturity. I was hoping they would have traded him before the season . . . but, he’s a left-hander, and . . . More to the point (mine, anyway), I’ve been a Dodger fan since 1954; over the past 2 years, I’ve begun to lose the love.

  5. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    Could the lineup have backfired here?

    Lofton, while an excellent leadoff man, tripled in Odalis, which is a lot of running for the guy. While it was nice to bat it in, should third base coach Rich Donnelly have held Lofton to a double and kept Perez at third to save some energy? Combined with emotional issues, that certainly cut into his durability. Would some time away for him perhaps be in order to help clear his mind?

  6. euhlman@bwr.eastlink.ca

    Fthomas. Hang on. I have been a Dodger fan since the early 50’s also. First outfield I remember was Furillo, Snider and Pafko. IF – Campanella, Hodges, Robinson, Reese, Cox. Broke my heart living here on the east coast of Canada when they moved to LA. Loyalty has never wavered. Anytime I get frustated I look for a picture of the white uniform, the best in baseball or go through my collection of Snider baseball cards. Being a Dodger fan is pretty special. Your love may wain a bit but will return. I bet you still look at the Dodger website every morning when you get up. I do. Good to hear from a Dodger fan as old as I am. Go Dodgers.

  7. fliegel@ptd.net

    Tell Little to see what every fan sees. When the pitcher starts to fall apart , TAKE HIM OUT! This is what got him fired from Boston and he hasn’t learned from it! As for the all Star voting nobody on this team is worth the trouble.

  8. lohmeyet@fleishman.com

    Please…please….PLEASE, tell me this is NOT the team we’ve been promised. And, I bet I could be speaking for the “everyday” Dodger players. The other night in San Diego we get three more outs and we slip out with a sweep. Instead, we put in Carter to what, so he can get some innings in? For the love of God fellas, this ain’t little league. I’m a good and fair fan, but I’m extremely frustrated.

  9. lohmeyet@fleishman.com

    Mr. Euhiman,
    I completely agree, growing up we lived in Springfield, MO. My father became a Dodger fan in 1947 when they signed Jackie Robinson. We only saw the Dodgers if they happened to be on game of the week and listened to them on CBS radio on Wednesday nights if they were at home. Box scores were usually a day late, but we cheered and followed as much as we could. The only thing matching my frustration with the Dodgers is the love for them. Being a Dodger fan is a gift and I’m thankful to my Dad for it.

  10. drj884@yaho.com

    I feel that its too early to give up on this team, but there are some serious warning signs that Little’s easy going management style may not be working….. While JD Drew has a great game yesterday, there’s no excuse for that double play. Im sorry, if you cant hustle back to the bag on a line drive, that will cost you. In this case we will never know because he made the 3rd out, but winning teams don’t have the best played doubled up because he was too lazy to even jog back to first. And regarding the Odalis meltdown, again, how does he not get pulled or at least talked to after he gives up 2 runs, laods the bases, and gives up a laser beam foul ball that would have gone 500 feet if it didn’t hit the stands? Clearly, he has a history of meltdowns. Yes Grady he does “need to get” Tracy out, but he was cashed- maybe not physically, but mentally, that was CLEAR. This team CAN’T be in a tussle for last 5-6 weeks into the year it’s just too good. It looks poorly coached so far. Still waiting to throw out a runner in May? Cant win that way either. This is the bigs guys!

  11. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    According to the LA Times, McCourt went over to Colletti and “vented” for a few minutes after the grand slam, presumably borrowing from the style of Tommy Lasorda’s famed rant on David Kingman. This adds a lot to my confidence in him.

  12. fthomas7055@charter.net

    euhlman and lohmeyet: yesd to all you’ve said, here . . . I will hang in . . . and, yes, I do check the website every morning . . . often stay up late to at least see how they’re doing through, say, 5 innings. To be really practical, I think all we need is a really good set-up guy, or two, and “Game Over,” assuming he comes back to his old form. Anyway, I’ll keep pulling for them.

  13. sjrodrig@usc.edu

    I love the comment that griffon64 made about Weaver and the all caps guy. Reading this stuff makes my day. Let’s hope the Dodgers do better this homestand than last. Maybe a good momentum shift is coming.

  14. jesuispret@aol.com

    silly me. i live on the east coast (philly) and i thought the game was over when i saw the 5-0 score on the crawler on espn.

    as i mentioned before, perez just has a 5o cent heart. i don’t think depodesta had intentions of bringing him back, and i don’t think perez wanted back (remember his comments about longing to play in fenway), but now we’re stuck with him.

    and yes, does anyone this side of brett myers flame out as easily as perez…geeez, this guy is scarey…and now its because he ran out the triple and his mom is sick and blah, blah, blah..(well, don’t freakin’ show up alright, until everything is perfect in your world)..and great play on the double play ball as well..

    on a positive note, nice to see little at least shake up the lineup. in good conscience you can’t have a leadoff guy and clean up guy hitting their weight and hope to win.

    maybe we can swing a deal for dontrelle in july – maybe billingsly, laroche and holton

    would do it.

  15. jesuispret@aol.com

    silly me. i live on the east coast (philly) and i thought the game was over when i saw the 5-0 score on the crawler on espn.

    as i mentioned before, perez just has a 5o cent heart. i don’t think depodesta had intentions of bringing him back, and i don’t think perez wanted back (remember his comments about longing to play in fenway), but now we’re stuck with him.

    and yes, does anyone this side of brett myers flame out as easily as perez…geeez, this guy is scarey…and now its because he ran out the triple and his mom is sick and blah, blah, blah..(well, don’t freakin’ show up alright, until everything is perfect in your world)..and great play on the double play ball as well..

    on a positive note, nice to see little at least shake up the lineup. in good conscience you can’t have a leadoff guy and clean up guy hitting their weight and hope to win.

    maybe we can swing a deal for dontrelle in july – maybe billingsly, laroche and holton

    would do it.

  16. kssparkuhl@cableone.net

    Billingsley is untouchable, but if you want to trade Perez, I’m all for it! (tic) No way the Dodgers will trade Billingsley if they know what’s good for them.

  17. euhlman@bwr.eastlink.ca

    lohmeyet and fthomas. Great to see long time Dodger fans on this site. Fthomas I knew you would be on the site again today. I check it often also for any news as well as LA times and Las Vegas, Jacksonville and Vero Beach sites. Hoping for a season that will start a progression to another championship in time. You are right – a couple of successful set up men and healthy Eric Gagne would sew up a lot of games. Think Colletti did a good job on short notice. I have always felt though that Dan Evans was on the right track and was wrongfully dismissed. Think Billingley will be on board in July if Perez or other starter can’t get on track. Really don’t want to see him traded. However, may well depend on how the team is doing.

  18. bigd33ea@yahoo.com

    the dodgers cant trade billingsley. they might not make all the brightest moves, but they arent stupid. i think if the pitchers continue to struggle, seo and perez especially, we could see billingsley by june. as long as he keeps pitching like he has been.

  19. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    Odalis in the past has complained about lacking run support. Ironically, run support has done him in. In each of his starts except one he got a good first couple innings. If the Dodgers gave him minimal run support, he did well, as though it’s what he’s used to. He seems to change when he gets a lot of run support, though, and the only game he has won when the Dodgers had given him more than a 2 run lead while pitching included Grady yanking him in the middle of the 6th. So it appears that there is a paradox here, that Odalis may be better off if the Dodgers offense struggles.

    But on the other hand, it shows that he could have been successful with Dodger teams of old, where they’d score a guy on small ball and say “there’s your lead.”

  20. patriotacts425@comcast.net

    Also now that Ethier’s up, can you ask him why he nicknamed Takashi Saito “Sammy”?

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