Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dodgers 'pen falls on its sword in defeat

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Dodgers 'pen falls on its sword in defeat

Relievers cough up go-ahead run in seventh and two insurance runs in the eighth inning of 6-3 loss to Marlins, throwing a spotlight an a troublesome area for the team.

By Kevin Baxter
On The Dodgers

July 25 2009, 12:09 AM PDT

Fewer than seven shopping days remain until baseball's trade deadline. And if you're wondering what's on the Dodgers' wish list, Friday's 6-3 loss to the Florida Marlins provided a not-so-subtle hint.

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A few things seem to be at work here.

The Los Angeles Times often seems to act as the Dodger's PR proxy, whereas on the east coast the scribes run the show, on the west coast the opposite is true. The fact that articles are suddenly appearing condemning in no uncertain terms the Dodger pen, with the kind of panic best left for real emergencies, is illustrative of the quote "the lady doth protest too much methinks".

These "releases" from the LA Times via Josh Rawitch are tantamount to a shortstop holding the ball in a hopeful "deek". In other words, the Dodgers have no intention of signing Roy Halladay but cannot be perceived as not interested directly, so a covert strategy is employed utilizing untouchable names from the 25 man roster, and an over-emphasis on the collapse of the bullpen to distract you and I from pondering a Halladay acquisition. This is PR 101, and is most typically utilized in the movie business of which the Dodger's organization essentially model themselves after.

No other baseball organization runs this way except the Dodgers. The issue is not the obliteration of the pen, which while overused and young IS THE BEST IN BASEBALL. The issue is deny, deny, deny and hearts and minds.

Posted by: dodger tony | July 25, 2009 at 02:12 PM


Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

How disappointing yesterdays game was. The Dodgers did a good job in catching up to tie the game and the bullpen gave it right back.

It was frustrating to watch because you can see the wheels coming off and there was nothing the rest of the team could do.

Let's hope tonight they can get it back. The good news is that it didn't hurt them in the standings.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

Last night’s game was exciting. The Dodgers were down by eight runs and quickly cut the lead in half. Then the pitchers shut the Marlins down, giving the offense a chance to catch up. And the Dodgers did that. They scored two runs in the ninth, but the task was too great. The pitching staff gave up too many too early.

It’s nice that they can come back, but the pitchers need to shut down the opposing offense. This must happen if they want to win the pennant and the World Series.

10:12 AM  
Blogger JamieB. said...

Since Tony is going womanly and is whimpering as we speak after a couple of bad losses, I am predicting Dodger victory tomorrow. Watch.

8:04 PM  
Blogger Tony Forkush said...

The Dodgers will have there first three game losing streak of the season tomorrow night, which will then go to four and then five.

After losing yet three more in Atlanta, bringing their losing streak to 7, they will return home late Sunday night and lose three more to Milwaukee. Their losing streak now at 10, they will welcome Atlanta for a quick three game losing streak, matching in losses their incredible 13 and 0 win streak to start the season. They will then jet off to Colorado and lose first place to the Rockies, losing three more.

Game over.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

I don’t know about that doomsday scenario, but I do agree that they will lose tonight and make it three losses for the first time this season. This is the test for the Dodgers going into the playoffs because they have to get by the Cards if they want to win it all. Of course, according to Dodger Tony, we will not be there anyway.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Tony Forkush said...

Dodgers snap four game skid with 5 to 3 win in ten in Busch, where bad things happen to good people, just like our last president.

Dodgers pick up George Sherril, lefty reliever from Baltimore. Still waiting with baited breath on a miracle from Toronto named Halladay.

10:55 PM  
Blogger JamieB. said...

The Jays are pipe dreaming with what they think they can get for Halladay. I see a deal happening for not as much as Riccardi is thinking as we get closer to the witching hour.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Michael Pascoe said...

They say there is going to be no trade for Halladay and he is tired of it all. But I agree with Tony and Jamie, there will be a deal and the one that makes the most sense is the Dodgers. After this four games series with the Cards, it is apparent that the Dodgers need help in pitching.

There is a guy on another blog name Sports Seriously. I don’t know where he went to, but today is a good day for one of his inspiring dissertations. I am so bummed about the recent steroid scandal that it just pisses me off. The Big Poppy for Christ sake! Baseball knows who tested positive back in 2003 and they are revealing it as they see fit. And Seriously correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it still legal in baseball in 2003? This is baseballs fault for waiting so long to ban it.

8:57 AM  

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