Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Oh For May

Believe it or not, this man has a nine game hitting streak going.

Believe it or not, this man has a nine game hitting streak going.

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.

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Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

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...

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

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

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

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.

Dbarone
Dbarone

Alright what the fuck is going on now

aarlan2
aarlan2

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.

ericmacknight
ericmacknight

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.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

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.

aarlan2
aarlan2

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!!!!!!

aarlan

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

Shelby Miller absolutely made the Rockies his bitch tonight. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

I sent my friend GeoGuessr, her reply? "Africa and Australia look alike, I don't like this."

aarlan2
aarlan2

@Dodgers' 7th Ring 

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. 

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

@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

aarlan2
aarlan2

@ericmacknight 

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.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@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.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

@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)

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@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

Dang88
Dang88

I hate 5 guys so greasy

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@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. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Shadow Commish @LA_Woman  Only two Five Guys within 25 miles of me. So no... not very many in LA. One is in a mall I never go to, and another is in Westwood Village where I never go (parking is impossible). The third is way out of the way in El Segundo.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman @Shadow Commish Yeah, they're all over the place now. Really good burgers and you can pick all the toppings you want. I hate to say that I've never been to El Tepayac, but I've heard good things

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Shadow Commish @DeucesWild  Never heard of Five Guys -- are they in LA?

"absurdly ridiculous burrito" indeed. Can't remember the last time I was at El Tepayac.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@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

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild I prefer Five Guys Burgers & Fries. I don't mind spending the extra dollar$ for those heavenly burgers and endless fries. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@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