July 2008

What can I really say?

Yesterday was an insane day from start to finish and we expect more of the same for today. At some point I’ll try to post a little more about all that went on yesterday, but right now I’ve got to clear through the endless emails and phone calls that have come into our department.

But, at the very least, you’ve got a new thread to comment.

The desert comes to Hollywood

It’s hard to believe that the Diamondbacks and Dodgers have had the exact same outcome for eight straight days. I had really hoped we’d be tied going into this showdown, as that would’ve made it even more exciting, but it’s going to be quite a weekend around here. With the WBC announcement, the trade deadline and four games that will determine who is in first place by Sunday, I hope those of you who are local get a chance to come down here to be part of it.

Chad Billingsley’s performance last night was downright dominating. The finish was pretty exciting, too, so much so that Retrosheet’s Dave Smith (a Dodger fan from the Brooklyn days), got curious how many times a shutout has ended with a tag at home plate. Here’s what he sent me this morning:

“I looked at all games from 1954 through last night and find the following:

1) 146 games have ended on a tag play at the plate (no force plays included).

2) Only 12 of those 146 were shutouts

3) The Dodgers have been involved in 3 of the 12:

They lost 4-0 in Philadelphia on 6-07-1975

They beat Montreal in Canada 1-0 on 8-15-2002 Last night’s win 4-0 over the Giants.”

As they say, when the Dodgers and Giants meet, you never know what is going to happen and last night was a very memorable game. Let’s hope it’s the first of many shutouts in Chad’s career.

Deadline is in less than four hours…we’ll see if anything goes down. With everything going on, I might not get to post until much later in the day so keep an eye out for breaking news from Ken Gurnick on the front of the site (I honestly don’t know if we’ll do anything, so that’s not a hint that something is coming…)

 

 

Tonight's game…

Lots of preparation going on today for tomorrow’s news conference regarding the World Baseball Classic. There’s some pretty cool stuff on tap and if you have a TV in your office (or if you’re not quite of the working age yet), tune in live at 1:30 p.m. PT on MLB.com or FSN Prime Ticket (if you’re in LA) to watch the goings on.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Kemp, RF (16-game hitting streak is longest since Nomar hit in 22 straight in ’06)

Blake, 3B (.357-.400-.571 since coming to LA)

Martin, C (back in after a day off)

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

Ethier, LF (his Before the Bigs Premieres tomorrow night on Prime Ticket after the game)

Berroa, SS

Billingsley, P

Tonight's lineup

Pierre, LF

Kemp, CF

Ethier, RF

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Berroa, SS

Ardoin, C

Johnson, P

Here’s the transcript from Delwyn’s chat earlier today. We got to a ton of questions (there were over 300). For those who didn’t get their questions answered, be sure to log in early, as we see them as they come in.

A little shaking, but all is well at Dodger Stadium

For those who might have heard, we did, in fact, have a 5.8 earthquake here in Los Angeles just a short while ago and those of us working at Dodger Stadium certainly felt it. However, there was no damage whatsoever to the stadium or the people inside and the game will continue as scheduled tonight (as will DY’s web chat at 2 p.m.).

 

 

The man can talk…

Delwyn Young, one of the most talkative and funniest guys on the team, will be chatting with all of you today at 2 p.m. PT. As some of you know, during the last web chat with Matt Kemp, DY was in the room and cracking jokes the whole time, so someone asked if he would chat the next time around…voila. Check in with him later today here.

They Might Be Giants…

It’s always interesting when the neighbors from the north come to town, even if they’re not having a great season. Anything can happen and often, something does that none of us expect.

No update on Nomar yet, but he’s not in the lineup today. Stay tuned for more info on that front.

I printed out all of your messages from Russell Martin and hope to bring them downstairs today. Will let you all know once they’ve officially been delivered.

Here’s the lineup for today:

Pierre, LF

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Blake, 3B

Ethier, RF

Berroa, SS

Kuroda, P

At long last…

This is an incredible day for the Dodger organization, as Walter O’Malley is finally being inducted into Cooperstown.

Some fantastic articles about Walter came out, including MLB.com’s coverageSteve Dilbeck’s article and Bill Plaschke’s feature.  

The induction ceremony is going on live now, so check it out.

As for the lineup, plenty of debate the last few days over how to set up the outfield and obviously a lot of support from the comments here about Andre Ethier. He’s back in the lineup today and for those who missed it, he updated his Dining with Dre blog.  

Here’s the lineup:

Pierre, LF

Kemp, CF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Loney, 1B

Nomar, SS

Blake, 3B

Ethier, RF

Kershaw, P

Deadline dealing…

It’s official…Casey Blake is en route to Los Angeles, hopefully in time for tonight’s game. We acquired him early this morning for two minor leaguers…Jonathan Meloan, who pitched in five games for us last year and Carlos Santana, a Single-A catcher who is having a very nice year for Inland Empire.

The move obviously helps the big league club immediately without having to trade anyone from the team, which is pretty much every contender’s goal around this time of the year. Blake’s offensive numbers are .289-11-58 with a .365 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage, most of which would pretty much be leading our current team.

If he can get to Los Angeles in time for tonight’s game (he’s currently in the air so the chances are pretty good), we’ll obviously have a corresponding move but I don’t know what it is (nor could I really say even if I did, as it’s always important to let the player know before the rest of the world, right?)

Will post more later today.

Tonight's game

Juan Pierre is off the DL and back in the starting lineup. Delwyn Young heads to the disabled list with an oblique strain.

It’s also the first night of the Dodgers Trolley, so I’m headed off to Union Station shortly, as is the Mayor and three of our key city councilmembers.

Here’s the lineup for tonight:

Pierre, LF

Kemp, RF

Martin, C

Kent, 2B

Nomar, SS

Loney, 1B

Jones, CF

LaRoche, 3B

Billingsley, P

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