Dodgers 4, Cubs 0: Ricky Nolasco, Trade of the Year

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Ricky Nolasco was fantastic and Andre Ethier & Hanley Ramirez each hit homers and blah blah blah all anyone is going to talk about once again is Yasiel Puig.

Puig was replaced by Skip Schumaker after the bottom of the fourth inning for what appeared to be no apparent reason, though the word did come down that he was not injured. From there, speculation runs wild. Was it the fact that he didn’t slide in the first inning when Carl Crawford grounded into a double play? This sure doesn’t seem like much to me…

…and to have it take several innings to warrant a benching doesn’t make much sense. Nor does that he seemingly nonchalantly fielded a few balls in right, because there was nothing about any of them seemed out of the ordinary. Dylan Hernandez reports that it’s “manager’s decision,” and I’m sure there’s far too much to come on this.

Anyway, we’ve done it again, spending too much time focusing on Puig while looking past the real stories of the day. That starts with Nolasco, of course, who was incredible in striking out 11 against a single walk and three hits — and throwing eight scoreless innings for the second time in a row. In ten starts as a Dodger, Nolasco has a 51/15 K/BB mark, and while I was strongly in favor of the trade at the time, even I never saw it turning out this well.

Ramirez’ homer was not only an absolute blast, it was his 15th of the season in just 263 plate appearances. Ethier continued his recent hot streak by parking his 10th, and Kenley Jansen finished off with yet another dominant inning.

The win puts the Dodgers back to nine ahead of Arizona as they enjoy tomorrow’s day off, though I’m guessing it’s going to be anything but quiet. With Puig around, it rarely is.

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DonSticksel
DonSticksel

I recently moved to LA and went to my 2nd game today. Two questions:

Why are there so few weekday day games on the schedule? 

I had seats in section 42 but went to the upper deck behind home plate and had a great time. Way easier to watch the game. BUT...what's that area like during the rest of the season? Was thinking I would buy seats up there, but if it's drunk rowdy, then maybe not. 

SummerSaint
SummerSaint

So if Kemp comes back while the Dodgers are in Colorado, that means he'll last for all of, what? 15 minutes?

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

The roster move would have to be a pitcher, wonder if Capuano gets DFA'd

Withrow probably gets optioned for 2 days?

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

never knew the national media to blow a non-story out of proportion for the sake of having something to talk about though...

InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)
InsideThePark (Ethier, Kemp, Puig)

What is with Mattingly leaving in starters to finish innings? I can't be too annoyed because a few years ago, when I would see a pitcher considered to be elite go 6 2/3 innings, I would think, "what he can't go 8?"

But it was 487 degrees out there and Nolasco zoomed past 110 pitches even when a runner did get on in the 8th.

11 Ks, 8 scoreless, mighty fine effort.

Much ado about nothing,

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Twitter is annoying sometimes. Where is a club supposed to go to get new talent at this time of year without getting gouged by other clubs in the trade market? They go to the junk yard and try to fix up one or two starters into pen guys. That's one place they go. I mean it's not like there's an all star player store you can go to and just buy all the elite players you want is there?

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

Probably the best thing he can do is continue to teach, with compassion. It seems to be what he's trying to do. There is only sporadic evidence that Puig is listening, but there is some.


PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

That should say something about Fife's shoulder that we'd rather have Volquez

or more likely... Ned is a fool

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

game times are usually decided by the home teams

upper deck behind home plate is not usually drunk and rowdy, pavilions and upper deck field view sections are usually where the fights happen

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@Capnsparrow Cliff Lee! (kidding)

I don't see the problem with Volquez, worst case scenario he's a bullpen piece on a contender (we need bullpen pieces especially with Dominguez and Tolleson out)

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@Catfishin padres are looking to test out september call ups while dodgers are looking to hold off a late division push.

Jobu
Jobu

@SCK MSTY Moderator of the Year 2013 @Catfishin I'd still just call up Zach Lee, but I will be shouted down by those who argue (1) not ready yet (like there is some magical number) and (2) start the arb clock too early (which would be a worry with a team that was pinching its money, but this is the Dodgers)