Game 64, 2015

Dodgers at Rangers, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSW

Carlos Frias goes for the Dodgers while Yovani Gallardo goes for the Rangers. Frias is 4-3 with a 3.86 ERA and has had three quality starts in a row. Gallardo is 5-6 with a 3.45 ERA but 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last five starts.

In case you’re wondering (I was), Rangers Ballpark in Arlington got a new name as of last season, when an insurance company paid $5 million a year for the rights to call the place Globe Life Park.

Lineup:

Hmm. A-Gon gets a day off from fielding and Callaspo is at 3rd base. Guerrero seems to be Mattingly’s go-to pinch-hitter these days, which suits me but probably not Alex.

  • john galt

    Mattingly makes it pretty plain to the FO and everyone else that he doesn’t like Guerrero. Hmmm.. Bud Black’s available and he’s a smart manager… Let’s DFA Mattingly!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would be easier for me to believe that it is the FO that doesn’t want him to play, making him better trade bait in his willingness to waive the clause in his contract.

      • package206

        Are you saying that you think that Donnie is getting help from the FO in playing or making lineups?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Mine was a rhetorical device.

          • WBBsAs

            We may have some people here who take The Onion literally, Hendley.

          • john galt

            Mr. Wolf

          • WBBsAs

            Malamutes > huskies

        • john galt

          The GM decides who is on the 25 man roster. The GM decides to hire or fire the Field Manager. Not much of a stretch to understand that the FM tries to make the GM happy, given that the alternative is unemployment…

        • john galt

          He probably is. So what? RHIP…

      • john galt

        Good point.

    • package206

      Can’t figure out the FO, huh?

  • john galt

    I guess most of the “fans” here haven’t figured out the game is in the second inning…

    • Maybe they’re not used to Central Time.

      • john galt

        And maybe they’re….

  • WBBsAs

    Kendrick’s playing fine D tonight.

  • john galt

    Been doing some more thinking about Guerrero. Actually, the club can trade him without his permission. But. He then becomes a Free Agent at the end of the season. Ergo, other clubs don’t want to pay a reasonable amount for him. I don’t really see where this should be a problem to anyone, it’s just people being stubborn.
    Dodgers: They obviously don’t like him. Not playing him doesn’t help anyone. Play him while you can, build up his value, trade him and move on.
    Other clubs: What’s the problem? Trade for him; If he works out, he’s a free agent, sign him. If he doesn’t perform well, kiss him goodbye, little lost.
    Guerrero: If the Dodgers play him and he does well, his value goes up. If he doesn’t and you can’t trade him, kiss him goodbye. It was only money, and little by these days’ standards…

    • package206

      I think the only team that could benefit from Guerrero are the Dodgers. Paying him only 4mil this year and 5 mil in 2016 and 2017 is a little money for a player who I think has pretty good worth. The problem of course is that there is not room for him at least till next year if they don’t keep Kendrick. He could maybe take Turner’s role and Turner move to 2nd or 3rd with Olivera taking the other base. I just think there is no one who would give a player away and then watch Guerrero walk.

      • WBBsAs

        Guerrero hasn’t embarrassed himself at third so far, but it’s doubtful he can match Turner’s glove there.

        • package206

          Maybe he could play winter ball somewhere and learn?

          • WBBsAs

            His bat might be good enough to offset his defensive shortcomings, but he’s not likely to improve defensively at his age.

      • john galt

        From what I see, I can’t believe they want to play him. This can’t enhance future relations.

        • package206

          John, I think Alex is a very good hitter. He seems to be a natural and they are hard to find. They would do well to develop him in the winter and keep him in my opinion. I do agree with you though I think someone doesn’t like him whether its Donnie or someone else who knows. That is just a guess.

          • john galt

            Could be just the curse of being signed by Ned…

    • WBBsAs

      Whether he’s good or not, the Dodgers would get little in return because clause brings great uncertainty.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thanks for the clarification as regards the opt out clause.

  • john galt

    Clone Turner!

  • WBBsAs

    Baserunning blunder by Callaspo.

  • RBI

    What a time to start watching.

  • RBI

    Per the conversation below, I am puzzled by DM’s decision to keep Guerrero on the bench. He must have made someone mad.

    • He said he really liked Guerrero as a pinch-hitter.

      • john galt

        ông nằm

      • RBI

        Sorry, but that’s lame for an AL game.

  • WBBsAs

    Well, it was a bad travel day.

  • Frias melted down fast.

    • john galt

      Life is hard for Dodger pitchers. I can’t understand why they’re not all mental cases.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s been good, though. After the previous day’s travel nightmare and five strong innings in Texas heat, I’m willing to cut him a little slack.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Texas heat, yes, but imagine that he at traveled there at least the day before..

  • WBBsAs

    The Mariners have taken a 1-0 lead over the Gnats in the first.

  • john galt

    They sure make it look easy.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jeez, old friend Tolleson. (remind me again why he wasn’t protected).

  • WBBsAs

    Mariners retake lead at The Phone Booth.

    • RBI

      Mariners win!

      • WBBsAs

        Gnats lose.

  • WBBsAs

    At least the Gnats and Pads collaborated last night.

    • john galt

      They cooperated, not collaborated

      • WBBsAs

        They collaborated in maintaining the Dodgers’ division lead.

        • john galt

          The sun rose in the East today.

  • foul tip

    From the Oops dept via TBLA:

    “Tolleson, who the Dodgers tried and failed to sneak through outright waivers after recovery from back surgery in November 2014, has a 2.74 ERA in 93 appearances with 102 strikeouts in 102 innings since.”

    • WBBsAs

      Tolleson spent the entire 2014 season with the Rangers, pitching in 64 games. He pitched only one game with the Dodgers in 2013, walking the only two batters he faced.

      • foul tip

        So if that’s the case, we also have an item for the TBLA Oops dept.

        Eric very rarely makes factual errors. But anyone can.

        Main point is the FO struck out on that particular waiver move. IIRC they lost reliever Javy Guerra to the White Sox in the same way about the same time.

        • Bob_Hendley

          By FO you mean Ned, no?

          • foul tip

            Afraid not. Sale to Guggenheimers finalized May 2 2012.

            http://news.yahoo.com/dodgers-sale-finalized-magic-now-among-owners-192104752–finance.html

            “LOS ANGELES (AP) — The tumultuous Frank McCourt era is over for the Los Angeles Dodgers”

            I never tire of reading that. ;-])

          • Bob_Hendley

            That is a wonderful headline! (but Tolleson was lost in Nov 2013 and Ned was GM until Oct 2014).

          • foul tip

            Yep…took ’em a while to DFA Ned, so to speak. Wonder how short a leash he was on?

        • WBBsAs

          Possibly just a typo; I have a lot of confidence in Eric’s reporting, but I’ve noticed errors and omissions that suggest the absence of close editorial attention.

          Guerra I don’t think they worried about losing, but Tolleson proven more durable.

          • foul tip

            IIRC Guerra did fairly well for a while. But now in Charlotte, on the DL.

            “Guerra will use his time at Charlotte to round into the form he showed
            in 2014 in the White Sox’s bullpen (2.91 ERA, 7.4 K/9, and 3.9 BB/9 in
            46 1/3 innings over 42 games).”

            Sounds like a word-for-word team PR release.

            Respectable career numbers but nothing overwhelming. Some control issues, too, if memory serves.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thanks. No mention on what the trade off was at the time, i.e, who was protected by taking Tolleson off the 40? I don’t recall being impressed when this happened.

      • foul tip

        May have left him exposed in Rule 5 draft, IIRC. This sounds like they didn’t view him as anyone worth worrying about, especially in light of his surgery.

        Interesting paragraph in story, straight from the where are they now dept.:

        “The Dodgers had to replace his innings somehow, and right-handers Chris Withrow, Jose Dominguez and, later, Carlos Marmol and Brian Wilson, all held down the fort.”

        Hmmm……believe the fort has been stormed.

        http://www.insidesocal.com/dodgers/tag/shawn-tolleson/

  • RBI

    The “Cardinal Way”?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/sports/baseball/st-louis-cardinals-hack-astros-fbi.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

    The F.B.I. and the Justice Department are investigating whether officials for the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

    • john galt

      Wonder what Package thinks of this? A Power-Boost Milkshake seems mild by comparison… How can anyone expect honesty and integrity from the players when owners and club officials are so completely without honor?

      • package206

        I have always liked and respected the Cardinals as my Mother was a lifelong Cards fan but if the charges are founded and true, then punishment should be swift and severe. I have lost any respect I have had for Cards. MLB cannot run the risk of being viewed as accepting cheating in any way, shape or form. I will refer to it as Cardinalgate.

        • WBBsAs

          Life sentences for their proofreaders and fact-checkers!

        • No! No more “gates!” Boring! 😉

          • package206

            Get used to it big boy.

    • From Sports Illustrated:

      Authorities suspect that Cardinals employees hacked the Astros partly
      to sabotage Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was previously a
      Cardinals executive.

      Law enforcement believes Cardinals employees hacked into the Astros’
      network after Luhnow departed the team for Houston in 2011. The New York Times reports that team employees were concerned that Luhnow had brought structural
      information from the Cardinals’ computer network to Houston.

      That’s what non-compete agreements are for, Cardinals.

  • john galt

    The Dodgers are missing the leadership Matt Kemp provided.

    • WBBsAs

      And his two homers, .624 OPS, and sterling outfield defense.

      • john galt

        And none of that has to do with leadership. Sometimes people need someone to get into their face and ‘encourage’ them to perform better. A happy club is not a performing club.

    • foul tip

      Several authoritative accounts have called what he provided clubhouse discord, at least last year.

      • john galt

        He who signs the paychecks (Or has the ear of this person) can say anything. Disagree at your own risk. I can see where other people would envy his charisma.

  • WBBsAs

    On the Padres’ new interim manager, per MLBTR: “The 56-year-old Murphy was in his third season as El Paso’s manager and spent the two years prior to that managing for San Diego’s A-Ball affiliate. He also has an extensive college coaching career, most notably with Arizona State. Murphy was long hailed as one of the best coaches in the college game, but his time at ASU wasn’t without controversy. Murphy was reportedly forced to resign in 2009 after allegations of academic fraud and recruiting violations marred his tenure as the team’s head coach.”

    • Hmph. I always did think those ASU guys were crooked. (Says the U of A partial alumnus.)

      • WBBsAs

        College sports is inherently corrupt, but some more flagrantly than others. The worst are football and basketball.

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