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July 31, 2006

Dodgers Pick up Julio Lugo and Greg Maddux in Seperate Trades

by @ 5:45 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Man, this better pay off.  The Dodgers shipped Joel Guzman and Sergio Pedrozza for Julio Lugo.  Guzman was definitely a keeper so that’s what makes this trade very risky.  And with Rafael Furcal, it’s hard to say exactly how Lugo is going to fit in.

While I’m not really happy with that trade, Cesar Izturis for Greg Maddux is a deal I like.  Maddux has struggled since a nice start in April but hopefully a change of scenery will do him good.  Izturis is a slappy and I won’t miss him too much.

July 30, 2006

Dodgers Show Signs of Life, Sweep Nationals

by @ 5:42 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

I’m glad that horrible stretch is over.  And with rumors of the Dodgers possibly trading for Miguel Tejada, we could have some help on the way.  Even with the three wins this weekend, the Dodgers have an up hill battle though.

Friday was a beatdown.  The Dodgers had their 13 runs by the sixth inning and Chad Billingsley had a very nice start.  He gave up a single run on four hits and five walks with five strikeouts in six innings.  J.D. Drew hit a grand slam and Russell Martin had three hits and three runs.

Russ Martin’s two run double in the seventh was the difference in yesterday’s game.  Martin finished the game with four RBIs, including two on his fifth homerun of the season.  Olmedo Saenz scored two runs in the 7-5 win and Derek Lowe improved to 8-7 with five mediocre innings.

The Dodgers came from behind to top the Nationals this afternoon.  Down 3-2, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a solo homerun in the seventh to tie the game up.  Then Cesar Izturis doubled home a run in the eighth to give the Dodgers the lead.  Jon Broxton picked up the win and he’s now 2-0 while Takashi Saito picked up his ninth save of the season.  Newcomer Wilson Betemit had three hits in his Dodger debut today.

Next up is a big three game set against the Wild Card leading Reds.  There’s no better way to make up ground then to beat the leader, so this is obviously a huge series.  The Dodgers are still in the NL West cellar, but they’re only five games out and could jump to third with a good series.  The Dodgers trail the Reds by five games for the wild card and have only three games in front of them (with the Brewers tied with the Dodgers).

July 29, 2006

Dodgers Trade Danys Baez and Willy Aybar to Braves for Wilson Betemit

by @ 5:25 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

I like this trade.  Danys Baez hasn’t throw well in quite some time, and while I like Willy Aybar’s patience, Wilson Betemit will give the Dodgers one more solid option in the infield.  Betemit has nine homeruns in 199 RBIs.

July 27, 2006

Dodgers Drop Eighth Straight Game After Sweep by San Diego

by @ 2:11 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

Eight straight losses.  What a horrible collapse by the Dodgers.  While they might have been playing above their heads to move into the top spot in the Wild Card prior to the break, this stretch has really done them in.  They now trail nine teams and are 6 1/2 back in the Wild Card, and they’re dead last, 7 1/2 games back, in the NL West.  To throw more crap on the shit pile, Nomar Garciaparra is now hurt.

Monday’s loss may have been the most disappointing.  The Dodgers came back from three down to tie it in the eighth only to lose it in the eleventh.  Andre Ethier was on fire and he went four for four with two homeruns and three RBIs.  Carrara took the loss and he dropped to 0-1.  Derek Lowe was okay in the start.

Tuesday’s game was close until the Padres opened it up in the ninth inning with three runs.  Mark Hendrickson dropped to 0-4, but Danys Baez should get an assist in there because his three run ninth put the game out of reach.  Kenny Lofton homered for the first time this season and Rickey Ledee had two hits and a run.

Our ace got knocked around yesterday and Jake Peavy made us look bad to complete the sweep.  Penny gave up six runs on nine hits through five innings and he’s now 10-5.  Rafael Furcal went three for four with a homerun in the 10-3 loss.

Next up is three games against the Nationals.  I’d be relieved, but they’ve been hot but they’re less then two games behind us.  Sigh.

July 26, 2006

Dodgers Trade Odalis Perez and Minor Leaguers for Elmer Dessens

by @ 2:33 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Odalis Perez has been horrible this year, so this wasn’t too big of a surprise.  Dessens has been less horrible, so it’s nice to get another arm before the trade deadline.  Sounds like Dessens will work out of the pen and spot start for now so he’ll basically just fill Perez’s spot, hopefully doing better then the whiner did.

July 25, 2006

Bill Mueller Possibly Out for Season

by @ 2:23 am. Filed under 2006 Season

This was disappointing to read, if not completely surprising.  The Baseball Injury Report at the Hardball Times talked about how Bill Mueller’s arthritic knees will probably cost him the rest of the season.  Mueller was hitting the ball well in his short stint with the team and it would have been nice to have him down the stretch.  Guess not.

July 24, 2006

Clayton Kerkshaw Lights Up Gulf Coast League

by @ 9:16 am. Filed under 2006 Season

There’s no doubt that the Dodgers know how to draft, and this year the Dodgers had the number seven pick.  Clayton Kerkshaw was their pick, and as Kevin Goldstein talks about in his latest column, Kerkshaw has been very good in his stint for the Gulf Coast League.  He’s eighteen years old and has 21 strikeouts. vs. one walk in 16 innings, and the one walk was to the second hitter he faced.   The Dodgers may be struggling now, but I like their prospects over the next five years.

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July 23, 2006

Dodgers Lose Ugly in Sweep By Cardinals

by @ 6:10 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

1-10.  That’s the Dodgers record since the All Star break.  And during that streak, the Dodgers went from the wild card leader to five games back.  Just as worse, the Dodgers are tied for last in a tight NL West.  The Dodgers also have had their best offense in a while, and all they could manage was two runs in three games against the Cardinals.

Brad Penny threw a really nice game on Friday, but he got no run support.  The Dodgers managed six hits and four walks, but nobody crossed the plate in the 2-0 loss.

Yesterday, we lost to Jeff Weaver of all people.  Nomar Garciaparra singled home a run in first and that’s all the Dodgers managed the entire game.  In the meantime, Aaron Sele gave up two homeruns and dropped to 6-4 on the season. 

This afternoon, the Dodgers lost 6-1 again.  The only run was scored in the ninth on Russ Adams RBI double.  Chad Billingsley was roughed up through five innings and he’s now 1-3. 

The losing streak has to end and this would be the perfect time to do it.  Next up is a three game series over the first place Padres.  There’s no better way to pick up games then to beat the division leader.

July 21, 2006

Dodgers Continue to Struggle, Lose Three Against Diamondbacks

by @ 5:31 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

This is probably the worst possible time to slump.  Heading into the break, the Dodgers were in the lead for the Wild Card.  Since then, three teams have passed them for the Wild Card and the Dodgers now sit in fourth place in the ever changing NL West.

Aaron Sele was knocked around on Monday, as was reliever Beimel.  Three runs usually won’t do the trick either.

Our lone win came on Tuesday.  A great start by Chad Billinglsey gave us the edge in this game.  He threw seven shutout innings and struck out four.  Kenny Lofton had two hits and two runs and Nomar Garciaparra had a triple, a single, a run and an RBI. 

Wednesday game was the ugliest.  The Dodgers got shut out on six hits and Derek Lowe got knocked around.  Yesterday wasn’t too much better as the Dodgers ran into Cy Young candidate Brandon Webb.  The Mark Hendrickson deal keeps looking bad because he’s now 0-3.

Next up is a three game set against the Cardinals.  Fortunately it’s at home because the Cardinals have been very good in their new park.  With the wild card race being so tight, every game is important.  And someone has to pick up the slack, because Jeff Kent is on the shelf again.

July 16, 2006

Dodgers Drop Four Straight, Swepth by Cardinals

by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

The timing on this one couldn’t have been worse.  The Dodgers were in the drivers seat for the Wild Card and they drop four straight. The closest team to the Dodgers before the break, the Reds, then win four straight.  The end result of all this is, we’re now 2 1/2 back of the Reds for the wild card and we’re 2 1/2 back of the Padres in the NL West (tied with the Giants).

Thursday’s game was the first of two one run games in the series.  Nomar Garciapara got the Dodgers going with a two run shot in the third but that’s all they’d score.  Jim Edmonds tagged Giovanni Carrara in the seventh with a two run shot to tie it up and then neither team scored until the fourteenth inning when Albert Pujols took Odalis Perez deep to win it.  Chad Billinglsey threw five shutout innings but the one knock was he walked five.

On Friday, Chris Carpenter completely shut down the Dodgers.  Two singles were all the Dodgers managed and Nomar Garciparra’s 22 game hitting streak came to an end.  Derek Lowe took the loss and he dropped to 7-6 on the season.

Yesterday was the second one run extra inning game of the series.  Mark Hendrickson’s best start as a Dodger went to waste when Danys Baez gave up an RBI single to Scott Rolen in the tenth to finish the game up.  The Dodgers scored their only run in the first inning on J.D. Drew’s RBI double.

I think today, the Dodgers just wanted to get out of town.  Brad Penny was awful and he gave up six runs in five innings.  Odalis Perez was even worse in mop up time and he gave up five runs in two innings.  Olmedo Saenz went three for four with a homerun and two runs and Kenny Lofton was three for three.

Next up for the Dodgers is a very important four game series against the Diamondbacks.  After that horrible stretch, the Diamondbacks are now back in the mix and they trail the Dodgers by only a half game.  Three of four would be nice and would give us at least some cushion over all the teams trying to catch up to them in a tight NL wild card race.

July 9, 2006

Dodgers Split Series With Giants, Lead in Wild Card Heading Into Break

by @ 6:11 pm. Filed under 2006 Season

It wasn’t perfect, but we did get two wins.  And while the Padres have now won five straight and they’ve pushed themselves out to a two game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers are now on top of the consolation prize.  They lead three teams in the Wild Card race, and in my opinion, a playoff spot is a playoff spot.

On Thursday, the Dodgers went down 5-0 early.  They then clawed their way back into the game with some solid pen work but came up a run short.  Mark Hendrickson took the loss and he’s now 0-2.  Kenny Lofton had two hits and he scored two runs in the 5-4 loss.  Nomar Garciapara extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a single in the third inning.

Neither team’s start got the job done in Friday’s game.  In fact either the Giants or the Dodgers scored in every inning except for the fourth inning.  By the end of seven, the game was tied 6-6 when Nomar came up huge.  In the eighth inning, Nomar hit a two run shot to give the Dodgers the lead.  Nomar finished the game with three RBIs and two runs and J.D. Drew doubled twice and scored two runs.  Danys Baez got the win and Takashi Saito picked up his seventh save.

Yesterday started out as a Giants blowout and the only thing that stopped it from being so was a late inning flurry by the Dodgers bats.  Derek Lowe didn’t even last five innings and he gave up seven runs.  Toby Hall drove in three runs and Ramon Martinez had three hits and two runs.

Today, Aaron Sele continued to amaze.  He pitched six solid innings and he improved to 6-2 and he outdueled Jason Schmidt.  The final was 3-1 and Nomar singled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

Next up will be a four game series in St. Louis after the break.  The Cards were having a rough time but they’re turning things around.  Hopefully we can knock them back down a peg.

July 6, 2006

Dodgers Sweep Diamondbacks, Move Into Three Way Tie For First Place

by @ 3:00 am. Filed under 2006 Season

Man, are things getting interesting.  The Dodgers won three straight against the Diamondbacks and just like that, we’re back in first place.  Problem is, so are the Padres and Rockies.  While we’re not there quite yet, we could definitely have a situation like the 1967 AL pennant race, where the NL West is anybody’s to take even heading into the final weeks of the season.

Monday’s game was unusual.  Derek Lowe wasn’t exactly sharp but he picked up the win.  And Nomar Garciapara was hit by three pitches.  Andre Ethier got it done with the bat though.  He went four for five with two RBIs and a run.  J.D. Drew and Jose Cruz, Jr. both scored twice in the 10-4 win.

Tuesday was more the same.  The Dodgers ran up the score and won 11-3 with Andre Ethier once again have a spectacular game.  He only had one hit but it was a triple and he finished the game with four RBIs.  J.D. Drew went two for two with an RBI and three runs.  Aaron Sele picked up the win and he gave up two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts though six innings.

Last night’s game was the closest.  The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but then proceeded to give it up.  In the ninth, the Diamondbacks scored two runs to make it 5-4, but Takashi Saito stranded men at first and second to end the game.  Andre Ethier hit a solo homerun, his sixth homerun of the year. 

Next up is a four game series against the Giants, who are a game and a half back of the mess in the NL West.  At this point, the Dodgers just have to win, regardless of who the team is.  And we definitely don’t want a fourth team being so close, not that the Giants aren’t already.

July 3, 2006

Dodgers Drop to Fourth Place, Brad Penny Makes All Star Team

by @ 3:13 am. Filed under 2006 Season

It doesn’t take much in this division.  The Dodgers dropped the final two games of their series with the Angels and just like that, we’re in fourth place.

Brad Penny, our All Star representative, got the job done on Friday.  He gave up only a single run on seven hits with six strikeouts in seven innings of work.  Andre Ethier hit his fifth homerun of the season and drove in two and Nomar Garciapara (more on him) had two hits and two runs in the 6-1 win.

It went downhill from there.  Mark Hendrickson had a poor start and while four of the five runs he gave up were unearned, he did give up seven hits and two walks in five innings.  Nomar got a hit to extend his hitting streak to 13 and Matt Kemp had two hits and an RBI in the 9-2 blowout loss.

Yesterday, John Lackey and the Angels pen shut us out.  Nomar did double so he has a 14 game hitting streak and Chad Billingsley took the loss.  He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks through six innings.  In all, the Dodgers struck out 15 times.

Brad Penny made the All Star team, but Nomar Garciapara, who leads the league in hitting, didn’t.  Nomar is part of the fan vote in though so be sure to stop by MLB.com and vote often for Nomar.

Next up is the Diamondbacks and they’re the one team that’s behind us.  We need to make sure we keep it that way.

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