Stephen Strasburg – is this guy for real?

Just noticed that Stephen Strasburg got another win last night and as a few of us were talking in the office today, it seems more and more likely that he’s going to be starting for the Nationals against the Dodgers during our next homestand in our first game against Washington (Aug. 6).

As much as it would be nice to miss him, I’m actually looking forward to seeing him pitch just to witness the hype. And if we can beat Ubaldo (the only ones to do it so far), who’s to say we can’t beat this young phenom? To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best! Anyway, I’d imagine tickets will start flying for that game once people realize that he’s scheduled to pitch so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Meanwhile, as impressive as he’s been, he hasn’t had a complete game yet (or a shutout), which is exactly what Chad Billingsley did last night when we needed it most. He was very impressive and gave the Dodgers their first complete game of the season.

Incredibly, we looked it up and over the last 10 years, 19 different teams have had one or no complete games in a season and six have gone to the playoffs – the Yankees in ’04, ’07 and ’08, the Dodgers in ’06 and ’09 and the Twins in ’06. So, while it would be nice to have a bunch of complete games, not having many clearly doesn’t preclude you from reaching the postseason.

I’d imagine each of those teams had pretty impressive bullpens but I wonder if any had two All-Stars on the back end like Kuo and Broxton.

Gotta keep it going tonight…


  1. Dodger4life

    Good day everyone
    I agree with Josh…..Gotta keep it going tonight.
    Enjoy the game tonight everyone….
    BEAT NY!!!

  2. nedajerk

    I post this last night but I guess espn didn’t updates so here the new 1. Actually Polanco took #2 over Prado. WTG Furcal finally he has enough PA’s.

    1. Rafael Furcal, LAD .337
    2. Placido Polanco, PHI .318
    3. Martin Prado, ATL .317
    4. Marlon Byrd, CHC .314
    5. Angel Pagan, NYM .311


    Josh, you raise an interesting question. We all want to see the best players and the big games, but as a fan, what are you hoping to see when Strasburg, Lincecum, Pujols or any other superstar plays at Dodger Stadium? If these players perform well during those games, there is a chance their performance will lead to a Dodger loss. Do you want to see Strasburg strike out 10 Dodgers or Pujols hit a monster homerun if it costs the Dodgers a game? Or, do you want to see the big time pitchers for the oppostion get bombed or the big time hitter so strike out?

    I want to see the Dodgers win and it is perfectly o.k. with me if someone like Pujols strikes out 4 times. I admit seeing Strasburg would be interesting because of all the hype and potential this player has and the excitement. However, while I might admire a dominating performance, I would much rather see a Dodger win.

    Bonus question: Are you rooting for the opposing pitcher to complete a no hitter against the Dodgers or do you want to see that last hitter break it up even if the Dodgers still lose?

  4. Dodger4life

    Good to see you earning your money Josh…..Now if we could just get everyone else on the same page…..
    Come on Big Bucks!!!! Whammy!!!!

  5. oldbrooklynfan

    It’s great to see one of our starting pitchers go all the way.
    Billingsley now has an average of 6 innings per start and it took him until now to get there but the main thing is he did.
    And a shutout to top it off.
    Now let’s see if Kuroda can make this thing a habit as he goes against Takahashi.
    My neighbors are wishing me luck but they won’t say what kind.
    The Mets have started the same way we have after the All*Star break, let’s not be the ones the doctor ordered for them.
    GO DODGERS!!!!!!

  6. jhallwally

    Hello gang!!! Nice job by Billz and Blake last night. Wow, we needed that.
    In answer to your bonus question lberkin, I was fortunate to be present at Dodger stadium for Valenzuela’s no-hitter. I was also present April 8, 1994 when Kent Mercker pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers. It was 6-0 going to the bottom of the 9th and I was hoping Mercker would get the no-hitter. It is pretty cool to actually be present for something that rare. Regardless if it is for your team or not. Luckily, I’ve been on both sides and witnessed two no-hitters. Also got to see Maddux no hit the Reds for 5 innings in Cincinnati before a rain delay took him out of the game. Let’s go Dodgers!!!! Win Streak!!!

  7. jhallwally

    Also, lbirken, if it had been a 1-0 game going to the bottom of the ninth, I would have been rooting for us to break it up and tie the freaking game.

  8. enchantedbeaver

    Hey Wally! Jeez brother, I finally had to give up last night trying to get something to post on here.

    I see Joe’s back to his “play a vet out of position rather than let the kid play against all comers” BS again.

  9. nedajerk

    VS. LEFT: .232 / .598 VS. RIGHT: .290 / .851 HOME: .240 / .679 AWAY: .311 / .898

    According to the number Torre want another right handed bat in there.

  10. jhallwally

    Hi’Ya Beav!!! Yep, I got super time warped and gave up myself!!! At least it is Carroll. I like having him in the lineup. Not sure why he doesn’t play the young outfielders as Manny is thankfully out of here next year. I guess its because he isn’t likely to be around either.

  11. enchantedbeaver

    I’d just as soon see Carroll playing 2B where he belongs though and Belliard on the bench. Belliard doesn’t bring anything to the table and he’s a pisspoor 2B to boot. I really don’t think this team is going to go anywhere to where they can’t let Paul play LF the rest of the year and see what’s he’s got.

    Have I ever mentioned I hate Joe Torre?

  12. jhallwally

    Hey Beav, is Martin a complete dead stick or what? Geez!! What’s funny is, he will probably want a raise in arbitration. Christ, we can get a journeyman backup catcher to hit .240 and drive in 40 runs.

  13. jhallwally

    Yep Beav, I think you’ve mentioned it!!! LOL!!! I also hope he retires!!! I’m not crazy about his style.

  14. enchantedbeaver

    Its like the song from Smokey and the Bandit – he’s got a long way to go and a short time to get there.

    Half these jerks can’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag, and Martin’s their king. Maybe we should make a new movie – Chokey and the can’t hits.

  15. nedajerk

    Martin just miss one. Well you could had Blake at LF but isn’t that risky? He does have the most experience in the OF.

  16. nedajerk

    That why Belliard and GA aren’t PH and I guess that why they struggle even Loretta struggle. That’s why GA needs to retired.

  17. enchantedbeaver

    No Shad, I want Paul in LF – what can any of these other guys do that Paul can’t, especially against this soft tosser?

  18. nedajerk

    Well you can why GA is keep and Paul in the minor for him to play everyday. After seeing that played he **** up he should be down there. I want Hoffmann up here now and he can played all 3 OF’s position.

  19. enchantedbeaver

    Putting Carroll/Belliard over Paul is almost like putting JP over Kemp or Dre (not that Paul’s in thsir class, but then I’d take JP over Carroll [as a LFer] or Belliard too.)

  20. trublu4ever

    Shad ~ you know it will be Paul sent down when Reed comes back. That’s the way Joe does business!

  21. enchantedbeaver

    Kemp still screws up too, so maybe he should be back in the minors? They’re all human and are going to make mistakes once in awhile.

    IMO Hoffmann isn’t ever going to be much of a big leaguer. Paul needs the experience… This team is going nowhere… Seems a great time to let him play and see what he’s got on a day-to-day basis, especially if you’re considering him as the everyday LFer next year.

    I like it Tru!!

  22. nedajerk

    I want Paul to played everyday and would love to have him in my fantasy baseball league next season and hope he get the job when Manny is gone.

  23. oldbrooklynfan

    Stick your chests out for MARTIN for throwing out both Wright and Reyes trying to steal 2nd. WTG RUSSELL.

  24. truebluewill

    oldbrooklynfan Just got in went to the Yankee game tonight and saw another boring Yankee win. Did see A-Rod hit HR # 599.
    Kuroda working on another gem for the Dodgers. Wish we can score more runs.
    Did I mention I HATE the Mets!

  25. kpookiemon

    Come on, Joe, let Kuroda finish it, ya meddler. He’s been cruising with no effort. It’s not like the bullpen is lights out. Go back to the press box…

  26. kpookiemon

    I think Torre is liking Carroll in the line-up more and more. Joe sees him as his #2 hitter behind Furcal and I can’t say I disagree. He brings a tough mentality. DeWitt, Blake, and Paul are going to have to rotate to get Carroll in every day.

    Did Frank sell yet?

  27. dodgereric

    Screw Torre for not letting Kuroda try for the shutout. So what if he had 112 pitches. Billz had 109 when he walked to the mound to start the ninth last night. And Kuroda retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. The only one that got on was on that pop up that Belliard misplayed. I’ll take it back if Kuroda asked to be relieved, but only that.

    And there are two reasons that Paul wasn’t allowed to start in left. 1 – Torre never trusts any young player not named Jeter and 2 – it’s the ol’ left/right BS. Lefty starters in the last two games = Paul not starting. BTW, Paul is hitting .278 against lefties this season and .268 against righties.

  28. nellyjune

    Great game tonight Dodgers!!!!! Two well pitched games…………. wow!!!!

    Hey Dodgereric!!! How ya doing?

  29. nellyjune

    I was watching that Red Sox game Shad. That is just so sad about Lackey’s no-hitter turning sour real quick, but we as Dodger fans know the feeling of no lead is every too big.

  30. nellyjune

    See, Phillies aren’t hitting the ball so who goes?………………the hitting coach.

    Have we had any coach lose his job while Torre has been manager?

  31. nedajerk

    You should’ve been aware that Kuroda wasn’t going to get the cg/shutout with that high PC. How many times have we seen Kuroda to finish the game and his PC was under 100? Do you remember the Apr 9 and May 2 games? Those 2 games had a PC of 100 and 96 through 8th innings so what’s make us think he was going to let him pitch the 9th with a PC of 112? This is such a risk of a 35 years old.

  32. dodgereric

    Pitch counts suck. They are one of my biggest problems in the way the game is approached nowadays. Simply put, if you don’t let a guy stretch it out past 100 pitches, he’s going to get tired when he approaches that total. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Shad, I know perfectly well that Torre wasn’t going to give him a chance. That’s what pisses me off! And “How many times have we seen Kuroda to finish the game and his PC was under 100?” How many complete games do you think were under 100 pitches? Answer: I don’t know, but the percentage has to be less than 5%.

    Do you know what the opposition is hitting against Kuroda once he gets to 100+ pitches this season? They were 3 for 14 = .214 before tonight. He used 11 pitches in the 8th and got all 3. So that gets him to 3 for 17, and that’s .176.

    Do you know what the opposition is hitting against Kuroda once he gets to 100+ pitches in his career? .214.

    As I said in my previous post, Kuroda had them by the neck. If you were in the Mets’ dugout, what would be the best thing you’d like to see in the ninth, other than Sherrill? Answer, anyone other than Kuroda. When a pitcher has your number on any given night, it’s a lift in the dugout to see him out of the game.

    I like Kuo. I like him a lot. But a shutout is a special thing and I think he deserved a shot at getting one.

  33. dodgereric

    And as I told you last night, if one guy got on against Billz in the ninth, Kuo was coming in. Why else was he warming up? To demoralize the Giants?

  34. nedajerk

    Well I wrote this last night. That wouldn’t been dumb if Kuo got into this game and got lit up and I wonder why Kuo can’t pitch back to back game but he does have 2 games already stretching 2 innings out of him? Maybe he can pitch in back to back game if his PC is low. I always wonder if Kuo had just thrown 4 pitches to 3 batters would he come back out the next day. I’m going to add something else to this and that’s if he had thrown 7 pitches to 6 batters would he pitch back to back games? I don’t know why Kuo was warming up and I think Mattingly totally forgot and wanted to used Kuo as a decoy. To bad last year Belisario and last year Troncoso isn?t here. I like Kuo to but if somehow he would’ve pitch and had like something around 15 pitches and had a saves than he probably would’ve been available for a 3 days since he would?ve thrown like 35 pitches.

  35. nedajerk

    Well he does a batting average of .278 so it’s such a small sample size which means nothing. We all know that platoon with Ethier and Kemp in RF when someone think Ethier can’t hit lhp which is was a lied and it look like we have the same problem with Paul. Paul doesn’t start vs lhp and the last time I check he was hitting under .250 at that time. I see you said he’s batting average is around .278 probably a good time to used him vs lhp and it probably just matchup purpose which it just stupid imho. If he not going to played Paul in LF against lhp why not bring up Hoffmann? Why not bring up Gibbons or Lindsey?

  36. nellyjune

    I think anytime a pitcher has gone 8 innings and has a shut out, he should have a chance for the complete game shut out. Pitch count is a BS number that makes the pitcher think he should be getting tired at any giving point. The young pitchers that I am around certainly don’t see it that way. They want to pitch until they have lost it and then some beyond that.

  37. enchantedbeaver

    Two exceedingly well pitched games for sure, but you’re not going to win too many games scoring 2 runs, especially against soft tossers. The offense is totally anemic. That’s why I just don’t see this club going anywhere. Doubt they even score tonight against Santana.

    I like Carroll as a back-up, but his bat’s no more potent than JPs was. Couple that with Wussybat and the pitcher’s spot and you’ve no chance to put up many runs. Even DeWitt’s got more of a chance to push something home than Carroll, and Paul’s got more of a chance than DeWitt. I just don’t get JoJo’s [non]thought process.

  38. crzblue2

    HEllo ITD!
    Memo to Beliard: Stop swinging for the fences. My friend Lore took a pic of Belliard (the one on the big screen where it looks like he has eyeliner on) and she said she was going to post it saying “MIA since 2009”
    Tonight is the 55 since ’55 poster featuring Vin Scully! Is also This is My Town Brooklyn. I’ll be wearing my Jackie Robinson jersey but sitting in my usual spot with my friends.

  39. selltheteam

    Tru: Finally!!!!!!!!!!
    Finally the Dodgers did something right and listened to Eric.
    Now if the judge would just listen to Bear and force Frank (and Jamie) to SELL THE TEAM!!!!!!

  40. trublu4ever

    They are saying that the Dodgers have been talking to Astros with a list of players in exchange for Oswalt. Who do you think they would be?


    I also would like to see what Paul can do if he knows coming to the park everyday he will be in the lineup, even if it is until Manny is healthy enough to injure himself again. I think we all know Joe does not trust young players.

  42. nedajerk

    Schlicting 6’4, Weaver 6’5, according to ESPN…Kenley listed at 6’6

    Wow we might just have the biggest bullpen in the league now.

  43. oldbrooklynfan

    I ya doin’ Everybody.
    Wow we’ve seen some great pitching the last two nights. Now we have two guys Padilla and Santana, that can give us more of the same.
    But I have a feeling the bats are coming out tonight. Both teams are way over due.
    A win tonight over my home town Mets will really put the Dodgers on there feet.

  44. trublu4ever

    Got some more information on the Oswalt deal…..I’m hearing Xavier Paul and Kenley Jensen. Astros want four so there will be two more I suppose if this deal happens.

  45. nedajerk

    Wow that lineup is interested tonight. Ethier 2nd, Kemp 3rd but I want Loney in the 4th hole.
    LA Dodgers
    AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
    R. Furcal ss 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
    A. Ethier rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306
    M. Kemp cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
    C. Blake 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
    J. Loney 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304
    R. Martin c 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246
    B. DeWitt 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275
    J. Carroll lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
    V. Padilla p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143

  46. nellyjune

    I am also glad somebody seems to be listening to Eric. I hope Kenley does well. Can’t wait to see what he can do.

    Let’s Go Dodgers!!!!

  47. enchantedbeaver

    Be just like Ned to trade next years LFer and a promising arm for someone that won’t make a difference to this team anyway.

  48. enchantedbeaver

    ‘Bout what I expected against Santana – nothing. And Oswalt’s going to make any difference? This team can’t score and can’t field. Ned sure knows how to build ’em.

  49. nedajerk

    lol @ Loney yahoo
    Scoring Summary
    Top 1st: NY Mets
    – D. Wright struck out swinging, J. Reyes stole home, L. Castillo stole second
    Top 2nd: NY Mets
    – J. Loney homered to deep center
    Bot 5th: LA Dodgers
    – J. Carroll hit sacrifice fly to right, R. Martin scored

  50. enchantedbeaver

    How can you confuse Ned with a real GM?

    How can you confuse Joe with a manager?

    Its these mysteries of life that keep me up nights.

  51. trublu4ever

    I blame Joe for not letting Padilla go more…..just proves he doesn’t believe we can score two runs.

  52. enchantedbeaver

    Again I have to queery – How would Oswalt help this team when you have an idiot manager and nobody that can hit or pick up the ball?

  53. jhallwally

    I blame Joe for not letting Padilla go more…..just proves he doesn’t believe we can score two runs.

    By trublu4ever on July 23, 2010 10:26 PM

    I think you are right Trumom!!!

  54. jhallwally

    Good point Beav!!! Oswalt has a losing record with Houston because the offense s*cks. Just like ours!!!

  55. enchantedbeaver

    The trouble is Wally, it doesn’t need to be “this era of baseball” if they’d just let starters pitch like they used to (especially JoJo.)

  56. nedajerk

    I’d rather seen Jensen after Weaver. Nice inning Travis and shouldn’t be blame for that hit from Bay. You’re ERA only been inflated by other relievers. Krod always seem to own us for some reason. lol 1 ER’s in 14 innings.

  57. dodgereric

    This game went into the toilet when the Idiot Torre hit for Padilla in the 7th with absolutely no chance of tying the game. No chance, you say? Absolutely no chance, especially by putting Belliard in there. He’s hitting a gaudy .216 for the season and an absolutely AWESOME .120 since June 12th.

    OK, at that point the game was in the toilet. It got totally flushed when The Idiot Torre had to turn to the Arson Squad because he took out the only guy who was keeping us in the game. Geez, at that point doesn’t anyone with any common sense figure out that our only shot at this game was to hope that Santana ran out of gas before Padilla?

  58. enchantedbeaver

    “As in recent years, the Dodgers are seeking players to plug holes without decimating the farm system or their pocketbook. Colletti has done well in these situations, landing Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake, Greg Maddux, Marlon Anderson, Jon Garland, George Sherrill and Ronnie Belliard among others in similar midseason deals, often absorbing little or no salary increase. ”
    “But the Dodgers have not picked up the kind of contracts that would come with top-line starters like Roy Oswalt or Dan Haren, and they are not believed to be serious pursuers of those two now.”
    “And they’ve been stung enough (Cleveland’s Carlos Santana in the Blake trade, for example) to be reluctant to part with multiple top prospects, especially if there’s also a hefty contract to inherit.”

    If Ned does so well, then how exactly did he get “stung enough”? He hasn’t decimated the farm system? And when has he ever inherited a hefty contract?
    The farm system IS decimated because they won’t take on a hefty contract (not to mention they won’t sign high draft picks.)

  59. enchantedbeaver

    It would be a nice fluff piece if the writer didn’t contradict himself.

    On the otherhand, Ned always dicts himself.

  60. enchantedbeaver

    Notice too they only mention the moderately successful acquisitions. How about the other 300 that juuuuuuust didn’t quite work out?

  61. jhallwally

    We took a 45M bath on Schmitt and are now taking a 20M bath on Manny!!! Throw in Andruw the cow for another 30M. Geez!!! How in the hell’ is this guy still here?!!!!!! Phew and Tomko debacles. The list goes on and on.

  62. dodgereric

    The numbers don’t lie, shad. Oh, here’s another one for you. How about something a little more recent than June 12th? Since June 28th he’s hitting .088. A couple more weeks of this and he’ll surpass Anderson for the biggest piece of crap on the team. Other than Sherrill, of course.

    Hey, e! I was just reading a Rosenboob article that’s remarkably like the one you posted:

    “These are the Mets and Dodgers, for crying out loud.

    High-revenue franchises that should be flexing their muscles in the trade market, bidding for Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren and any other big-money player who strikes their fancy.

    Instead, the Mets and Dodgers ? who face each other this weekend at Dodger Stadium (Saturday, MLB on FOX, 4:10 p.m. ET) ? are more likely to settle for scraps as they each search for both a starter and reliever.

    Maybe the Mets will get a starter such as Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly. Maybe the Dodgers will get a reliever such as Diamondbacks righty Chad Qualls.

    But Oswalt? Haren? Please.

    The Dodgers, in particular, might sniff around on both pitchers, and various reports indicate they are prepared to increase their payroll, if only modestly.

    That was the kind of deal the Dodgers made with the Indians for third baseman Casey Blake at the non-waiver deadline in 2008 ? well before Frank and Jamie McCourt embarked upon their messy little split.

    That?s right, none of this is exactly new.

    Blake proved a worthy pickup, helping the Dodgers to back-to-back appearances in the NLCS. But if the Dodgers had not needed the Indians to cover his salary, perhaps they could have made the deal without including catcher Carlos Santana, who is now emerging as one of the best young hitters in the majors.

    General manager Ned Colletti has performed admirably under these obvious financial constraints, acquiring not just Blake, but also Manny Ramirez, Greg Maddux, Jim Thome, Ron Belliard and others in mid-season trades the past two years.

    Perhaps he can work similar magic to land Oswalt, who is owed approximately $6 million for the rest of the season. The Astros are willing to include cash in the deal for the right players. But the Dodgers? system is not what it was a few years back; Coletti has precious few players to give.

    Frankly, the Dodgers already should have dealt for a pitcher of Oswalt?s caliber; they?ve had numerous chances. Specifically, if their budget had more accurately reflected their revenues, Colletti might have had the prospects and dollars to trade for left-hander Cliff Lee.”

    BTW tru, if Colletti trades this Jansen kid before we even get a chance to see if he’s the real deal, they probably ought to not let me within 10 miles of Dodger Stadium.

  63. enchantedbeaver

    Yup Wally, the Beav’s irritated. And you know nothing good ever comes from an irritated Beaver.

  64. jhallwally

    Agreed Dad!! LOL Beav!!! I have a feeling you’ll need alot of Vagisil to make it thru the rest of this season!!!!

  65. jhallwally

    It’s been too long Dad/Chevelle!!! I hope all is well with you and yours. We miss you tremendously!!!

  66. enchantedbeaver

    Furcal – coming back down to earth
    Carroll – 2nd coming of JP with his popgun
    Dre – not hitting his weight lately
    Kemp – Hasn’t done much since Ned called him out
    Blake – sliding downhill like an olympic bobsled
    Loney – streaky, and he’s on a cold streak
    DeWitt – no hitter he
    Martin – Tommy Boy
    Pitcher – none of our pitchers can even remotely hit
    5 runs in 3 games is probably a big output for this motley crew.

    Naw Wally, just a good night’s sleep and staying off the bicycle sould do it!

  67. dodgereric

    Me and mine are about as good as we have a right to expect, my friend! I hope the same is going on with you and yours!

    I just noticed something interesting. We are 3 – 7 in our last ten games. All three wins have come on shutouts. In the 7 losses, we’ve given up 40 runs.

  68. enchantedbeaver

    Maybe you should be using Jamie to soothe the itching and burning and hooking up with the Miller High Life 🙂

    Didn’t mean to ignore ya Dad – how’s tricks? (Oh crap, that’s a Jamie question – got the cards mixed up.)

  69. nedajerk

    lol I can’t believe you mention those name again Wally I thought we were done with them when they left and retired.

  70. jhallwally

    Doing well Dad, thanks!!! I figure, 4 million fans in attendance, one quarter buy Nachos…. That’s $7M. I’m living large!!!!

  71. jhallwally

    LOL Shad!!! Yep, I’d like to forget them also. However, when people bring up how well Ned has done, I don’t think you can ignore the fact that his boners far outweigh his good deals. Throw in Baez, Lurch, etc…… Ned is a baffoon!!!!!

  72. enchantedbeaver

    Martin’s like Tommy Boy in the restaurant scene with his naughty little pet whenever he comes up with runners on. Total waste of a spot in the batting order. Don’t know if there was any juice involved when he first came up of if he just plain flamed out. Lucas May was doing pretty good last I checked. Of course if Ned hadn’t have gotten “stung” we might have a real hitter behind the plate.

  73. dodgereric

    Hiya e! No worries! I’ve been ignored by better than you! LOL!!!

    Back in submission hell again. And speaking of this broken-down piece of crap…….(kind of symbolic of …. oh, never mind)

    You know, we’re constantly complaining about the state of this blog. Well, Josh, I have a suggestion.

    For the past 3 weeks, as a Kings’ fan (the LA hockey team, not the NoCal basketball team), I’ve been following their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk on the Kings’ official blog:

    This site has been deluged with more posts than we’ve ever done here and it keeps coming back for more. Plus, you can put little photos to ID yourself! Man, I would LOVE to see what guys like enchanted could come up with!

    And speaking of that blog, you ought to visit it to read these guys. It’s very reminiscent of this one in that there is great debate without any name-calling.

  74. jhallwally

    LOL Beav, so true!!! I’m thinking some juice and amphetamines had something to do with Martins early success!!! He looks very old for 26. Bat speed is way down.

  75. jhallwally

    Gee Dad, is there really a way we don’t have to get submission errored and time warped? It is annoying to relive the old 486DX days!!!

  76. jhallwally

    Enjoy it now Ned, the party is going to end. I don’t think you have a future as a GM after this!!!!!

  77. jhallwally

    Sorry Ned, but you’ve got to have baseball instincts. Trumom and Nelly have more on the ball than you!!!!

  78. enchantedbeaver

    You really gotta wonder how Ned even has a job. When Frank WAS willing to spend the money, look what Ned came back with – Phew, Schidt, The Cow and a de-roided Manny. My count that’s about $172 million blown on those 4 players. Is there any doubt that if Frank magically said, “Here’s another $172 million to spend Ned” that Ned would come back with anything better than he did before? The man can’t judge talent and has no baseball acumen. You could get someone off the street and they’d have a better chance of picking players at random.

  79. dodgereric

    Don’t even joke about that e. Kovi’s cousin was just released by the Vladivostok Minks because his ERA had ballooned to 8.90 and refused a trade to the Pirates for someone named Taschner. Rumor has it that Ned is offering two AA prospects and a couple of matched sled dogs as long as the Minks pay his salary for the rest of the season.

  80. jhallwally

    Yep Beav, if Ned and Frank did this with a big corporation, there would be a Senate investigation about misappropriation. They would be looking at jail time.

  81. jhallwally

    Dodgers with McCourts are kind of like Intel. Flying high with smoke and mirrors. Gonna have a big crash!!!!

  82. enchantedbeaver

    Maybe Frank’s looking for a government bailout because the Dodger’s franchise is “too big to fail.”

    Yeah E, and I bet they’re our highest ranking sled dogs too!

  83. jhallwally

    I’m no expert, but, sell now Frank. The Dodgers still have some value and appeal. Another year or two of your ownership and I believe the price goes way down.

  84. dodgereric

    Yeah, I think I’m going to hit it too. My batting average for posts actually getting thru is no better than Belliard’s lately. Less than one in ten.

    Goodnight enchanted and you too jhall, if you’re still out there!

  85. nellyjune

    It was great to come on here after I got home from another crazy day of travel baseball and see my Cleaver Family boys engaging in conversation. It’s been way to long. Alot of great posts throughout the day and night.

    …………..and enchanted, it’s ornery with a capital “O” for you :)))

    As far as the game, I didn’t see any of it, but it’s not hard to figure out what happened just based on what I was viewing via my phone. I was hoping to see Kenley Jansen pitch if anything. Eric, I really hope they didn’t just bring him up only to let him go. That would really suck big time!!!

  86. kpookiemon

    “The Dodgers made a dramatic move to address their bullpen woes Friday, promoting inexperienced flamethrower Kenley Jansen from Double-A Chattanooga and designating for assignment journeyman Justin Miller.”

    “The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder has split time this season between Class A Inland Empire — where he had a 1.50 ERA in 11 games with 28 strikeouts in 18 innings — and Chattanooga — where he had a 1.67 ERA in 22 games with 50 strikeouts in 27 innings. That’s 78 strikeouts in 45 innings combined with a 1.60 ERA.”

    I’m all for it…and throw out the rest of Ned’s dumpster-fed pitching staff and replace it with all the other unknown 22-year-old studs hiding in AA. For the most part, the ITDs mantra has not changed from 2008: PLAY THE KIDS.

  87. nedajerk

    It look like everytime we called someone up than someone get released.

    Jul 24 Kiko Calero RP Released by LA Dodgers
    Jul 24 Kenley Jansen RP Called up from minors by LA Dodgers

  88. nedajerk

    Go figure I check Trashner numbers and go figure and if you can’t hit him join us vs LAD 24 0 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 18.1 14 3 3 0 10 14 1.47 1.31 .203


    The articles talking about potential trades were a lot about nothing. The most telling part was when Ned says he is making a lot of calls but no one is calling him back. But isn’t it even more telling when everyone is getting excited about a young pitcher who has been pitching professionally for what, about 10 minutes? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for any player who can help the Dodgers but if this is the best we have in our system, something is terribly wrong.

    I also agree that making a deal for an Oswalt at this time might not be worth whatever it does cost. The Dodgers have no replacements for any everyday position players so what is the point of trading any of them? Even the Padres have to score some runs to win games. Take last night, for example. Even if Padilla had remained in the game and not given up any more runs or had the bullpen not imploded, the Dodgers still lose 2-1.

    Let’s hope the Dodgers come out with a better performance today on Fox. As I recall, the Dodgers have not done very well in games on Fox or ESPN this season.

  90. philliesdodgerfan

    I don’t see what the big deal is with Strasburg. I think he gets way too much attention just because of his strikeouts. His first game was excellent, but since then he has been just average. Also the Phillies killed Ubaldo Jimenez. My two favorite teams are now the only teams to defeat Ubaldo!

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