Rockies 3, Dodgers 1: A Much Needed Break

nolasco_2013-07-14Not a whole lot to say about this one, really. Ricky Nolasco was fine but not great, allowing a big two-run homer to Michael Cuddyer in the fifth, and the suddenly struggling Dodger offense couldn’t do a whole lot against Jhoulys Chacin to help him out. Both Yasiel Puig & Carl Crawford eventually made it into the game, with Puig flying out to deep center to end it — with bat flip! — and the once again injury-riddled Dodgers enter the break at exactly .500, 47-47, and 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks.

If you’d known on April 1 that the Dodgers would be .500 right now, you’d have been unbelievably disappointed. If you’d known that on June 1, you’d have been beyond thrilled. It’s been a weird first “half”, but we at least have reason to watch the second. I’m not sure we could have said that just a few weeks ago.

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Noel D
Noel D

Here's a crazy stat IMO... Miguel Cabrera leads the AL in BA by .043 points (.365), and is doing so with the speed of AJ Ellis.  Compare him to Ichiro - who led or was near the top of the AL for ~10 years in hits and BA standings, while typically getting ~ 50 IF hits / year.  I have not checked, but I presume Cabrera gets only a handful of IF hits/year.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Chris Davis was left off Texas' postseason roster in 2010 and was traded for Koji Uehara in 2012?? I do not pay much attention to American League player movement, but that seems crazy to me considering the season he is having this year. Last year, at 26, was his first full season in the bigs!

Off topic, I know. Just hard for me to believe.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Midseason review time, no?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He's always had power, just had contact issues.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

"Do you have love for humankind?"

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Adrian B-, MEllis C, Hanley A+, Uribe A, Punto D, Schumaker D-, Cruz F, Carl B-, Kemp D-, Ethier C, Hairston C, Puig A+, SVS B, AJ B, FedEx B

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Gonna be some interesting ones this year.  I think about the only things we can say for certain is that Puig gets an A+++++++, Ryu gets an A, and Kershaw gets an A.  I don't even know how I'd approach the others if I were Mike

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@DBrim Thanks. This is a crazy year for him. I was just blown away by how few games he had gotten when I looked into his stats a little deeper.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

D-, D

Lobo
Lobo

@John M @Lobo @DBrim I had a moment of "Oh god, what did I just type?" but then I checked and I was like "nah, it's all good"

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I gave those letters approximately 2 seconds of thought each, haha

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Cruz doesn't deserve an F.  The letter F doesn't deserve to be associated with Cruz.


I don't know if I could justify giving Hanley an A just because of injury.  Playing time only, hell yeah he gets an A+ but I can't remember if Mike factors in time missed.  I probably agree with the other assessments though

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Kershaw A, Greinke C, Ryu A, Capuano C, Fife B+, Beckett D

Noel D
Noel D

@Vin_Skully @DBrimChris Davis

2010 - 45 GA (.192 / .279 / .292)  1 HR / 40 SO

2011 - 59 GA (.266 / .305 / .402)  5 HR / 63 SO

2012 - 139 GA (.270 / .326 / .501)  33 HR / 169 SO

2013 - 95 GA (.315 / .392 / .717)  37 HR / 110 SO  (This is the crazy year)