• Bob_Hendley

    Maeda with the Zach-like defense!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig looked awful good in that AB.

  • RBI

    Getting close. Getting excited. Maeda looks sharp, yes?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Let’s see how he deals with the two lead off singles, but yes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    See that Roenicke landed with the Angels.

    • scooplew

      Did he set an unofficial record as shortest time as a Dodger coach?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Probably now in a better position to assume a managerial role. (Scioscia now in his 17th year!)

  • scooplew

    Joc Pederson
    2015 season: .210, .346, .417, .763; K’d 170 times in 585 PA (29.1%) and in 480 AB (35.4%)
    2016 exhibition: .291, .350, .45, .805; K’d 22 times in 60 PA (36.7%) and in 55 AB (40.0%)
    In a small sample, he has a higher batting average and is striking out at a greater rate.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Very strange spring numbers as he experiments with different approaches.

      • Bumsrap

        I like his latest stance with his front foot slightly more closed and his heel on the ground. He no longer takes those deep breaths before getting into the box either. For the first time in awhile, he looks comfortable at the plate.

        Seager on the other hand looks like he hasn’t played too many games of late which of course he hasn’t.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Law said that Maeda’s arm speed betrayed his pitches, but Albert certainly didn’t see that change coming.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Vin talking about how 1988 is receding deep into the mists of time.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Heck of a long time. 28 years is about half the time I have been a fan of the Bums since 1958, when I was a kid on the Islands in 1958.

      • Bumsrap

        I prefer Bums over the Bums. The Donald and I are different that way. But nice to know I have a long term fan.

      • WBBsAs

        My earliest Dodger memory is the 1956 Series, which they should have won.

      • DXMachina

        For me it’s been since 1961, so 28 years is almost half of that. To be fair, the early part of that time really spoiled me.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So the Angles are using a DH and we are having the pitcher hit.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Heavy blow to the Snakes, A.J. Pollock fractured his elbow. Let’s hear it for depth.

    • WBBsAs

      Pollock’s a very fine player, difficult to replace. Inciarte was their depth, but he’s a Bravo now.

      • foul tip

        That awful Snake FO should have seen this coming and never traded Inciarte.

        /takes tongue out of cheek/

        • WBBsAs

          Everybody knows you don’t trade “impact players.”

    • HLKLA

      Other teams have players who get injured?

  • foul tip
  • WBBsAs

    More base-ball aujourd’hui en Estade Olympique.

  • WBBsAs

    Toronto broadcasters critiquing Phlablo’s contract and his benching for Jeff Shaw’s son.

  • Howard Cole boldly predicts where the Dodgers will end up.

  • We may have lost another member of our group. In my email yesterday I wrote that I didn’t understand why Disqus closed comments when it did. I got this from Audit:

    If you cared enough to make a new post every day, like most bloggers, it would cease to be a problem… Please remove my name from your mailing list.

    • WBBsAs

      One less whiner, I guess.

    • Bumsrap

      RIP

    • foul tip

      It was pointed out to him before–I know; I did it–that you actually have other things going on that require your attention. And that this blog doesn’t pay you real well. Further, that you deserve credit for stepping up and doing it, not such mindless criticism.

      He either will not or cannot understand. Bon voyage.

    • RBI

      Wow. That makes no sense to me. You have always been clear about the role of this site, and I have always understood it to be for those of us who grieved the passing of Dodger Thoughts and wanted somewhere to go to keep us from losing our minds during the season. Emphasis on The Season. I am so grateful you are still willing to do this. Otherwise where would I go?

    • package206

      Link, even though I know you don’t agree with most if any of my comments, I know that you spend much time and effort keeping this blog alive. I know that most here appreciate it and I hope you continue to do so.
      Bob Hendley– After giving much thought to your last comments to me about a month or so ago I want to make one thing perfectly clear. I was not booted off DT. If you can prove that, then do so or retract that statement. I find it appalling that you would accuse me of such a thing. I get that many do not want me to post here and it is fine with me if that is the case. I think for you to say that I was asked to leave DT is low and not true. Jon never asked me to contact him by email or discussed my behavior here in any way,. If you don;t want me to post here it is your right to say so but to lie is over the top. Please feel free to ask Jon Weisman if you do not believe it. I will not post here for now because most of those here can’t stand criticism of any player or part of the Dodgers organization. Suggesting that something was a mistake or taking the wrong direction is looked upon with disdain to the point of character assassination by lying which is very sad.

      • package, you’re welcome to post here.

        You write this: ” Suggesting that something was a mistake or taking the wrong direction…”

        Not quite right, at least by me. Add the word “Constantly” in front of the sentence and you’ll more accurately describe why I get frustrated with you.

        • scooplew

          Package, I hope you remain a part of this blog in 2016. We need all hands on deck this season.

          And, Link, thanks for your tireless efforts to keep this blog alive. I think it will be more meaningful than ever this year to help us through what I fear will be a trying season for Dodger fans, although I hope that I am wrong. Right now we’re 0-0.

  • Apparently no Gameday for today’s game, so we’ll just have to keep talking here between NCAA games.

    • Bumsrap

      Game is on MLB Network

  • Bumsrap

    Today’s Dodger lineup at Angels:

    Crawford LF

    Utley 2B

    Turner 3B

    Gonzalez 1B

    Puig RF

    Seager SS

    Pederson CF

    Van Slyke DH

    Barnes C

    (Wood P)

  • I spoke too soon. Gameday is now up, for those away from their television sets.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s also watchable on MLBTV, and some people say the streaming quality has improved dramatically, though I don’t notice much difference.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Where is Charlie Steiner? It is Nomar and Orel and some voice that is new to me tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      Haven’t heard Steiner for some time, and am hoping he’s been abducted, with Dodgers unwilling to pay ransom. The new guy, can’t recall his name, is pretty good.

      • I don’t think Charley’s gone. The new guy may be Joe Davis.

        • WBBsAs

          We can still hope. Unlike Steiner, Davis appears to do his homework, and his voice is not so grating.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Trout says hello to Zach Lee.

    • Well, Lee can console himself with the realization that Trout’s done that to a lot of guys. Trout has been in the league since 2011, every full season since 2012. He’s never finished below 2nd in MVP voting in those four seasons.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, in his four full season since age 20 he has average more the 9 WAR per year. His top four comps in BR are Mickey, Frank, Ken and Hank.

  • scooplew

    I wasn’t feeling too good about our team prior to the Freeway Series.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I try not to bemoan or even celebrate too much what happens in spring training. We certainly have a tough row to hoe starting Monday. Even in the best of years we are destined to suffer through at least 70 losses.

  • Via ESPN: Dodgers: 2B Howie Kendrick and C Yasmani Grandal both will begin the season on the DL. Kendrick has a strained muscle in his left calf and Grandal has a right forearm strain.

  • WBBsAs

    For anybody who enjoys sandlot ball – literally – see http://tinyurl.com/hdv5j9v

    • Reminds me of softball on Kwajalein.

      • WBBsAs

        Kwajalein looks lushly green, especially compared to the Atacama.

        • Part of it is. The end where married housing was built has actual grass and trees.

          • WBBsAs

            I think I’d feel really claustrophobic on an atoll.

          • You got vacation time every six months. I flew back here in 1976 to see the only preseason NFL game ever played in Hawai’i. It’s a five-hour flight. Friends went to Ponape on their time off.

            No question it’s ripe for claustrophobia, though. 2 1/2 miles long, about half-a-mile wide.

  • Opening Day roster announced.

    Starting pitchers: Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda, Alex Wood and Stripling

    Relief pitchers: Jansen, Chris Hatcher, J.P. Howell, Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia, Coleman

    Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Seager, Turner, Hernandez, Culberson

    Outfielders: Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Crawford, Van Slyke, Thompson

    Catchers: A.J. Ellis, Austin Barnes

    Disabled list: McCarthy, Montas, Anderson, Bolsinger, Ethier, Grandal, Guerrero, Kendrick, Ravin and Ryu

  • WBBsAs

    What’s worse than being subjected to GBA, in lieu of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” Having Steiner as the vocalist, perhaps?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, Ross as one thing in common with Clayton (never having pitched above AA).

  • John_from_Aus

    My win – loss prediction for the year 90-72. Where that gets us is anyone’s guess. Thoughts?

    • Bumsrap

      I like 90.

      • Bob_Hendley

        91-71 has a nice ring to it and splits the difference.

        • WinnipegDave

          92-70 feels about right. 42 in the first half and 50 in the second.
          Or something like that.

    • WBBsAs

      Being a pessimist, I’ll take 95-67.

  • John Oliver thinks the Yankees are elitist in their ticket policies.

    • WBBsAs

      What qualifies a royalist to talk about baseball?

  • NPUT