Pirates 3, Dodgers 0: Locked Down

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You know, we just destroyed Ned Colletti on the Trayvon Robinson deal a few years ago. I mean, completely crushed him, and not just me, either. Every other Dodger blogger I respect and most mainstream writers too took glee in punishing the Dodger general manager for what seemed to be an out-of-nowhere and beyond foolish deal.

Now here we are almost two years later and Robinson has washed out with Seattle and is hitting .235/.321/.355 for Baltimore’s Triple-A team in his age-25 season, Tim Federowicz has beaten out Ramon Hernandez once and for all, and Stephen Fife… well, the Dodgers lost tonight, but he was once again pretty decent. I still don’t see much more than “fifth starter” out of him, but I will take “two earned runs in five innings” most nights out of a fifth starter, and Fife has been on a pretty consistent streak of keeping runs off the board, even somehow managing to miss some bats along the way.

Of course, none of that really matters when your offense gets shut out again, and while this isn’t the first time that’s happened this season — and it sure as hell won’t be the last — this one was a little harder to take. Jeff Locke has been decent this year, but he’s hardly elite, and despite the injuries the Dodgers have suffered this is still a lineup that had Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, A.J. Ellis, & Andre Ethier in it.

That’s most of a major-league lineup, in theory, yet the Dodgers could do no more than five singles, a walk, and a Jerry Hairston double. (At least two of the hits came off the bat of Puig, pushing his line to an absurd .487/.512/.846.) We can blame injuries all we like — and we do — but sooner or later the guys who are playing are going to need to contribute too. It’s not April any longer, or even May, and June is now half over. If this team plans to turn the season around… well, the time is now.

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MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Mitch Williams knew we'd suck this much. Dude has baseball IQ

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Drank why do you hate Kyle so much?

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Oh god, have the 2013 Dodgers become the 2009 Giants? A team that by and large sucks, except for an amazing starting pitcher?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

MIKE I'M GOING TO ARGUE SOMETHING WITH YOU JUST BECAUSE I CAN

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

lol I love Man versus Food.

But one day, Food is going to win. Like permanently.

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

Skip Schumaker, over Alex Castellanos. It's like this team wants to lose. Castellanos has a better bat and a better glove. So instead we'll go with Shorty McGrit? You might as well send Castellanos back down if you're going to have him ride the bench for Skip.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Omer sadly, I'll take that. Because that means we're on the verge of the WS.

With that said, no way this team is the 2009 Giants.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Hopes to one day see "Man vs. Drank". But we already know the outcome.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Purple Drank @DBrim In other news, Plaza figured out that he was bozo'd and robbed us of some entertainment.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I know what you mean. The Sports Anchor at the station I work at despised the 2009 Giants because they were so awful, but he was happy when Timmy took the mound, until the team would blow it and he took the loss.

Something we're getting used to when Kersh starts.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Being ignored does that to an ATTENTION WHORE

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Tony Fernandez (Aramis Ramirez Petitioner) @EephusBlue were I making out the lineup, it would have AC over Skip. But I really can't see much here to get aggravated about. AC is nearly 27 with zero big league track record, he's not a great defender, and there's a righty on the mound. Yes, I'd prefer to have him in too, but... eh. This isn't a fight I can get invested in.