I’m going to be completely honest with you here. I had a recap written. WordPress ate it as I tried to publish it. And as we look at a team that just lost game number eight in a row — no really, they haven’t won since April 30 — I don’t care to spend the time to do it again. It’s really not worth it right now, for this team.
Oh but why worry!? Its only the second week in may... no reason to panic or do anything rash... its too early in the season for that. So what if we are in LAST F'ING PLACE... its no big deal so what if we are SECOND TO LAST in runs scored & just got beat by the team that is dead last in that category... let's all just keep saying everything will change once grienke and Hanley are back... folks, the problem goes much deeper than that...
I been looking at some disturbing trends in our minor league system but before I blurt out a bunch of stupidity I will confirm these trends are actually directives and not just jump to conclusions like they are pressing and fire everybody and more unintelligent statements that just piss me off
Now I see what you been doin Mike http://goo.gl/BFh1s
they arent pressing thats BS, they are pro ball players and for the most part veterans and former all stars. I sincerely doubt that they are pressing over games in may. Their hitting approach hasnt been great, but that doesnt lead us directly to the conclusion that they are pressing. If anything theyre in a slump and they need a slumpbuster. If theres one thing that can get them out of it its getting healthy and kemp returning to form, but mostly getting healthy. Lets remember that hanley and grienke are pretty big cogs in this team who we are and have been missing.
There is to much thinking now, no enjoying and playing like they are capable of doing . Pressure is a beach and it builds when things are going from bad to worse. Some of these hitters have in the past come through with RISP. Bells, Jansen (League latter part of last year) have up until few weeks ago have done us a decent job. Hitters pressing..trying to hard to do it by themselves and therefore not being patient and waiting for their pitch thus ending in bad swings at bad pitches in clutch situations.
The Dodgers seem to have a core group of players who wilt under pressure. Note that early last season, when given no chance, they played very well. When they got the new players and had a run at the playoffs, they folded. Once they were out of it, they played well again. Note, too, that this season, after an entire winter and spring of hype, they wilt. On a smaller level, note their failure rate with RISP.
The frustration of the opposite sort of team—teams that play better under pressure—is that they often lose to weak teams. But when it's playoff time, they flourish.
The common denominator is wilting under pressure. It's personality, not salary. Reggie Jackson had a big contract in NY. What the Dodgers need is guys like Reggie, who DREAM of coming up with the game on the line. That's what makes the game interesting to them. They can get bored and play badly in non-pressure situations.
Interestingly, I think Gil Hodges and Duke Snider were like this too: very talented guys who hated pressure situations.
I think Kemp wants it, Ethier wants it. But they play better when the pressure is off. Their response to pressure is to tense up, where Reggie et al's response is to focus, slow down, go into the zone.
I don't think this can be taught, or learned. So here is my serious suggestion: hypnosis. If these guys can be hypnotized (not everyone can), maybe a hypnotic suggestion could break their habitual responses and allow them to perform at their highest abilities under pressure. Ethier, Kemp; most of the bullpen; Gonzalez and Crawford, perhaps, judging by their Boston experience—would all be candidates. Maybe others.
Seriously. It couldn't hurt, and it might help.
I know it might prove to be impossible due to the law of averages, but in a way it would be kind of cool for the Dodgers to suck so bad, they lose every game in the month of May.
For the first time in ages I don' have a desire to watch the Dodgers. It is bad enough to watch for six or seven innings and then have the bully suck the win away, but Donnie Baseball is bungy jumping on my last nerve with his handling of the pen. Do I have a solution..no. But management should the have the money and far more baseball knowledge than I do, or one would think. Donnie saying that League is still the closer or he still has faith in Jansen as setup or Bells as long man is getting so old..sigh!!!!!!
Just got back from the game. Great night minus the loss
Can you make any sense of this strikeone? Because I can't.
The problem with this team
@Sangro Azul Amen Sangro..it sure does.
Huh????? Agree, they are pro ball players and they are vets. 7th they are pressing for the team and for the coach and for the owners. They can see Donnie going. They can see another change in the chemistry of the team just like last year when changes were made. The owners promised a championship team and they are going to get it sooner or later one way or the other. They are pressing. I can see it when they have runners on and pro ball players are not playing like pro ball players. I can see it when the pen has a job to do and they can't get it done because they can feel they train coming full speed behing them and they are on the tracks.
@Dodgers' 7th Ring the pitchers are head cases, the hitters are prima donnas just there to collect a check with no heart, Donnie is a bozo with no fire, don't you know how the narratives go when you lose? Ignore that the team hasn't really been healthy all season long just like the Lakers
@ericmacknight andre is captain clutch tho! adrian was a league leader in BA with RISP last year!
If not hypnotis, how about the little guy with the monotone voice who over and over tried to motivate in The Natural. Yeah that be the ticket, bring him in.
@Shadow Commish Cards know that they're doing, Brewers pick up the leftovers
@DeucesWild Wow, that's a long commute for you!
@Tony Fernandez (SVS Afficionado) I kind of don't understand how three dimensions can be represented on these charts. Also curves that might start off or on the plate and end on or off the plate.
Here's the at-bat for Van Slyke. I'd really like to know how pitch 3 is a ball yet pitch 6 is a strike.
@EephusBlue I feel this on a deep emotional level.
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy"The hand of God, reaching down into the mire, couldn't elevate one of them to the depths of degradation!" -- "Nothing Sacred" (1937)
@DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Lefty out of the pen sounds nice.
@Dodgers' 7th Ring @ericmacknight Ethier was "captain clutch" when he hit all those walk offs (don't pretend it was just randomness) but now he's a head case who just can't take the spotlight (pay no attention to the fact hat the stands are empty) and A-Gon/crawford have been traumatized by their Boston experience (pay no attention to the fact that they've been some of the most productive players so far)
@LA_Woman About an hour and a half to 2 hours, not too bad. We stayed for the fireworks and stopped off at In n Out on the way home. I'm normally home around 12 or so
And here is Shredder getting screwed even worse for the final out of the game.
@LA_Woman There aren't many close to me either but when I'm around one I make it a point to stop there, hah.
@Shadow Commish I saw an episode of Man vs Food with that place, insanely huge burritos
@DeucesWild I usually just go to El Tepayac and get their absurdly ridiculous burrito.
@Shadow Commish I'm with you, but they close well before midnight. If we stop before the game, we usually go there or The Habit
@DeucesWild I prefer Five Guys Burgers & Fries. I don't mind spending the extra dollar$ for those heavenly burgers and endless fries.
@Shadow Commish It's the perfect stop on the way home since they're all over the place at freeway exits. Plus, a double double for $3 is tough to beat