Lil Matt

Cool new video you gotta see.

Here’s tonight’s lineup:

Furcal, SS

Ethier, RF

Manny, LF

Kemp, CF

Blake, 3B

Loretta, 1B

Hudson, 2B

Ausmus, C

Kuroda, P



    Well, the big three amigos finally batting back to back. Is Joe actually reading ITD – nah, he’s just giving Martin a night off.

  2. trublu4ever

    It does look good, doesn’t it, Messagebear? Even with Loretta in there. I just wonder if he will leave it that way when Russell and James are back in the lineup.

  3. shad80

    Loretta rack left hand pitching but so does Loney. Ethier is hitting under .200 against lhp but Torre isn’t that dumb to take everyday dre out of the lineup

  4. Dodger4life

    Good Early Evening ITD, Dodger Faithful and Our Beloved Boy’s In Blue…..
    Snoop Dog…. Love L.A.!!! ~ Gold Glove….The Blessed Ring!!!!
    You Gotta Fight For Your Right to Party!!!!!!!
    LETS GO BOY’S!!!!!…..KICK IT!!!!!
    GO DODGERS!!!!!
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!!

  5. northstateblues

    -The Lil’ Matt Kemp video is funny. Curious to hear what the Snoop song would sound like… hope that we get to find out. And Snoop’s right, LA loves championships, not just beating the rival teams.

    -Speaking of rival teams, it was funny to see New York Giants pitcher Santana plunk San Francisco Giants batter Sandoval. Would’ve been funnier if he didn’t hit that homer afterwards. I love the movie Kung Fu Panda, and hate that the Jints have ruined it for me.

    -Would’ve been funny seeing Bochy get thrown out again… I was cheering for the umps, which are the true rival of the whining SF Giants… must be drinking the Kool-Aid the NFL team across the bay does. I should know, being a Raiders fan.

    -The Mets hats don’t work with the Giants jerseys, though, and the Mr. Met on the sleeve makes it all seem silly. Like the Mets would do a ”10s – ’20s Brooklyn Jersey against the Dodgers, and keep the NY Mets hat. Anyhow, too many Giants on TV, I think I’ve had enough.

  6. truebluewill

    Finally Matt Kemp hitting cleanup! I hope we win and score a lot of runs tonight with this lineup. Maybe Joe will keep using it. You know baseball superstition.

  7. trublu4ever

    Okay, Giants pulled one out……let’s not worry about them….JUST BEAT THE DBACKS AND IT DOESN’T MATTER!! GO DODGERS!!!!!!!!!

  8. oldbrooklynfan

    HI Everybody.
    Because the Dodgers are professionals and they are not going to panic.
    This team will not put any more pressure on itself.
    They’re loose and they believe in themselves.
    They’re not pressing.
    They’re relax and enjoying the game as they’ve done all year long.
    Nobody’s worried about the Giant’s and Rockies.
    GO DODGERS*****

  9. truebluewill

    Nice clutch hit by Ausmus to get us started! He’s done a good job in the games he’s started this year.

  10. truebluewill

    Tb4 ~ You said it. And we had our big guys up too. Not to worry I feel we’re going to get to Davis eventually.

  11. trublu4ever

    TBW ~ I think we will get to him too. I just want to score lots of runs so Kuroda can relax and continue pitching this great game.

  12. oldbrooklynfan

    It looks like Davis is having trouble throwing strikes but the Dodgers are having trouble offensively.
    I hope they get to him before they take him out.

  13. perumike

    Alright Casey! I think this is where we need to chase Davis. Or maybe do damage, but not enough for them to pull him? I kinda like having Davis in there! 🙂

  14. nellyjune

    I just saw the replay a little while ago. Thoughts and Prayers to Kuroda, family and players of both teams.

  15. oldbrooklynfan

    I hope Matt notice that the runner of first took second when he made that high, unable to be cut off throw.

  16. crzblue2

    Vin said the report from the Dodgers is “at no time did kuroda lose consciousness and there was no bleeding involved”


    I do not know what in the hell has gone wrong with this guy, but this ENOUGH! If Sherrill is not the closer from now on, I may jump off the Joe band wagon. This is truly unbelievable. Waste Kuroda’s effort like that is crap.

  18. boblee4014

    We’re not getting the big hits when we need them,
    too many dp’s. We’re playing .500 ball since the first week in july when Manny came back. Our lead is slowly melting away. Torre needs to light a fire under this team.

  19. perumike

    Who wants to bet that that toe is bothering Broxton a lot more than he is letting on? Give him a week off Joe, let Sherrill close!

  20. perumike

    I think Brox should still be our closer, but it looks like something is wrong. If he needs to take some time off, do it now, not in September!!

  21. shad80

    Broxton can’t not pitch on the road.

    Road (2009) 6.14 2 0 13 16 22 0 0 22.0 19 15 15 2 16 29 .232
    vs. Ari (2009) 1.50 0 0 4 4 6 0 0 6.0 1 1 1 0 0 8 .056
    August (2009) 4.50 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 4.0 4 2 2 1 2 2 .250

  22. bluesplash09

    un-f’ing-beleivable Brox has lost it, Sherrill needs to close before we give this division away. I wanna throw up right now

  23. colliethec

    When we get a good start, the bully blows it. When we get a bad start the bully seems to shut them down, but it’s too late.
    We’ll score a bunch of runs and win in a blowout then go cold and loose 5 out of 6 games and just score 7-8 runs as the total of those games.
    When they kept hitting into all the DP’s I was thinking to myself, once again that’s going to bite us in the butt.
    They seem to waste chances in the game and then let other teams hang close.
    Earlier in the year they had a killer instinct. They put teams away early when they had the chance. Now they don’t.
    We had the lineup for the most part that we’ve been wanting all year long and it’s produced just 3 runs. Torre needs to leave this lineup together for a few games to see what they can do.
    Manny seems to be pressing and trying to do to much. That was evident by his attempting to tag and score from 3rd the other night on a pop up just behind short. He seems to be flailing on some of his swings. He never did that last year from what I observed.
    Brox is really looking shaky now. Gave up the 2 dingers tonight and gave up one while in SF.

  24. colliethec

    RISP… 0-2 that inning alone.
    They seem to make it tough on themselves and often come back & win.
    ‘Which is great and really fun. However that won’t be the case in the playoffs. If we even make the playoffs. We will be toast.

  25. crzblue2

    We are getting beat by pretty much a tripe-A team. What is going to happen with the four-game series against St Louis? In the first half the bullpen were like voulchers getting wins. Sometimes they deserved them sometimes they just let the save get away. Oh brother. Bases loaded, one out. oy vey.

  26. trublu4ever

    The last two games have really been a huge disappointment. All losses are hard to take but, we are losing to the DBacks!!!!

  27. truebluewill

    Something has to be done about Broxton. I don’t know what. We’re not playing that well lately, not scoring many runs, when we do have a lead in the ninth we can’t afford to give it away.

  28. oldbrooklynfan

    Feels like a free fall.
    Everything is going against us.
    I just hope that the players don’t feel it.

  29. northstateblues

    We have a capable closer. Now that Brox is slipping, maybe we should use him.

    Don’t fear the (Brim) Reaper


    This bullpen collapse really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Some of us predicted it weeks ago. It was just a matter of time before the way Torre handles and misuses pitchers was going to catch up with the Dodgers, and now it has.

  31. colliethec

    I’m not saying we won’t make the playoffs. However they really need to turn something around soon.
    I would venture to say that was the worst/toughest loss of the season.
    Does this team have what it takes to go through these adverse situations and tough times. What will their character show that they are. Are they going to curl up in a ball and pout and quit? Or are they winners and fighters and going to stand up to meet the challenge that they are faced with?
    We will know in the next 6+ weeks.

  32. bluecrewgirl

    That was a game they should have won. The most important thing is that Kuroda is ok. Hopefully, he is. A shame they wasted his great effort. If Brox still has issues with his toe they should move Sherrill to the closer spot until he’s better. Sherrill was an all star closer for Baltimore last season and his #s are good this season too. I love Brox, he just doesn’t look himself.


    You have got to be kidding me. Did that really happen? on top of Kuroda getting hit. Oh well. The important thing really is Kuroda’s health. Hope he has nothing but a head ache in the morning.

  34. Dodger4life

    A little bullpen music for your listening pleasure Boy’s!!!!
    Get your head out of your asss or we are headed for Milk, Cream and Alcohol.
    I’m still positive…… I’m just callin them as I see them…..
    We need to get back to …….
    And the Big Boy!…Yeah Manny!!!!! We need to put some life back in this game!!!!!
    So which way are we going to go?????
    Lets Rock Baby…..No Excuses

  35. crzblue2

    “I’ve come to the conclusion that the two most important things in life are good friends and a good bullpen.” — Bob Lemon, 1981

  36. boblee4014

    Well, good morning everyone. I think that was the worse, pathetic, poorly managed game and a game the Dodgers showed no drive or interest in winning last night. I’m glad Kuroda was not hurt seriously. Was pretty scary. If Torre doesn’t do something, this team may not even win the wild card as they are fading very fast. Both SF and the Rocs could easily overtake us the way we are playing. If we fare badly against the Cards and Cubs, we may see our lead down to a couple of games. Not a picture I would like to see. Our team does not seem to have the same attitude we had earlier in the year. Yoo many double plays and way too many runners left in scoring position. We need to rebound starting today.

  37. enchantedbeaver

    I know you people don’t want to hear it, but we’re about a week away from sticking a fork in this team.

    Ned didn’t address the biggest need this team had during the offseason – starting pitching. And as I suspected before the season started, the bully was done by the end of July thanks to JoJo the Idiot Clown who has no concept of in-game management, nor how not to kill a bullpen. I also think its obvious that Brox has lost major velocity, and let’s face it. Troncoso’s finished too – another JoJo casualty. And I don’t care how much of a slump Loney’s in, he’s still a damn site better than Loretta. Play your best and let the chips fall where they may.

    There’s no drive on this team either. Everything last years team was during the stretch run, this years team isn’t. When they got a brief break in the August schedule playing a LOUSY team, they look like a bunch of clowns (wonder where that comes from?)

    Since Frank won’t sell the team, the least he could do is fire Ned and JoJo after this season. Quit hiring friggin ex Bay Area idiots to run the team, and quit hiring American League managers to manage in the NL.

  38. northstateblues

    I was afraid of a slide. When a team tears through the first half the way the Dodgers did, they run the risk of being burnt out by the time it counts. Our bullpen is shot, save for Sherrill, and although I do think that the team’s wilted attitude last night came from being worried about Kuroda’s condition, it would’ve been nice to see some fight.

    There’s enough time to “come back” (in quotes because we’re still in first for the time being), but our pitching is in shambles, the owner of the team is spreading his finances wide and thin. I’m still puzzled over why he chose to buy the LA Marathon [and ruin its tradition with an odd date], when he had to GO INTO DEBT to buy the team in the first place, and has no money from TV Rights coming in.

    I guess he thinks his job’s over at the end of Spring Training when it comes to tending to the Roster. Because now that we have a NEED for pitching, the pockets are bare. I bet the two Malibu houses aren’t.

    We need an owner who is Dodgers first, community second. It’s very important to give to the community, but L.A. will turn on you in a second if you can’t do your job of bringing Championships to LA. Frank must have a good heart, and I’m serious there. But we need the Dodgers to be a priority.

    The team is better than this. I know it. You know it. They know it. I’m just waiting for Plaschke to give up on ’em, because that’s usually when they come together.


    Joe is used to abusing the bullpen, because the Yankees would simply buy him some additional arms when it was needed. He has been asking for pitching every chance he got, but Ned came up with the likes of Milton and Vargas, the possibility of Schmidt coming back. I can believe that the McCheaps don’t have the ready resources to add payroll, and the last thing I want is for them to give up additional good prospects to some team that will carry the payroll for an added arm or two.

    I think that Joe is an IDIOT and already retired into the west coast scene; that Ned is totally incompetent, whom other GM’s don’t take seriously – one who can’t even spend the money he’s given with any good sense. But, most of all the McCheaps are the Big Pretender, acting like they know how to own a sports franchise, when they’re really just a couple of social climbers who don’t know the first thing about baseball, except what they observed as Red Sox fans. They’re the biggest stumbling block for the Dodgers, and they will be the big reason why this team of young promise will break up in a couple of years. That will be even harder to take than the collapse of this year’s team.

    We may need Plashke around yet, if for no other reason than maybe he can help to drive the McCheaps out of town in the not too distant future. Boston SCUMBAGS.


    Talk about insult to injury. Nothing to figure out on this one:
    Kuroda’s injury. 22, that’s 22, runners LEFT ON BASE. Another poor outing from Brox and Tronscoso (and that’s being very nice about it). Joe says Brox is still the closer, but if he is not considering Sherrill, he’s as bad a manager as some of you seem to think.
    Do I want to hear that crap about “moving on”. Hell no. Move on to what? Second place? Or third? As I’ve mentioned in past years, maybe it’s time to bring Reggie Smith back into the club house and turn over a few tables. Probably to early for that as the injury to Kuroda would cause anybody to lose focus.
    So… at the end of the day, is this as important as Kuroda’s head, or our troopers getting picked off in Afghanistan? No.
    But these people are taking millions for this “past time”, and it’s time to kick it in gear.

  41. truebluewill

    Good morning ITDers ~ I guess we all can agree between Kuroda getting hit and Broxton blowing the save, last night game was the worst loss of the year so far. My main concern is with Broxton. Just take a look at these stats:

    Apr 6, 2009 to Jun 16, 2009
    30 6 0 1.36 33.0 12 5 11 53 0 16 2

    Jun 20, 2009 to Aug 15, 2009
    20 1 0 6.41 19.2 18 14 11 25 4 9 3

    I don’t know if it has to do with his toe or whatever, but he’s not the same pitcher he was earlier in the season. One thing I felt about this team all season is: whenever they been faced with a challenge they usually respond. The only question is when. How much more of the lead will evaporate before they can turn it around. I sure hope they do. I’m not giving up just yet.

    northstateblues ~ That was a great post.

    TB4 ~ Happy Birthday!!!
    I know what you would like for a present.

  42. Dodger4life

    Good afternoon everyone…….
    I am glad to see Kuroda’s test results were good.
    Manny needs to put some explosiveness, into the offense. The opposing pitchers don’t seem to fear him the way they did earlier in the year.
    The pitching staff looks tired they have very little control on the breaking stuff….Earlier in the year we survived on ground ball outs and wicked movement….Now were getting beat by pitches up and over the plate.
    We expand the roster soon and hopefully will get some relief, until then we need to get our offensive motors running on all cylinders and it starts with the Big Boy!!!
    BRING THE RING TO L.A. IN 2009!!!!!
    NO EXCUSE’S!!!! GET IT DONE!!!!!

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