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Sons of Steve Garvey 13 hours ago

Kemp's Doing Great! (Caveat Emptor)

Dodgers.com trumpeted yesterday that players' coach Don Mattingly was awful impressed with Matt Kemp's two-game record in right field. Hmm: PITTSBURGH -- Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez missed another start Tuesday night nursing left hand injuries, so manager Don Mattingly had Matt Kemp back in right field and Justin Turner at shortstop. Kemp, in fact, impressed Mattingly so much with his natural play in right field Monday night that Mattingly said he is considering trying Puig in center field. The reason center field is an issue is that Mattingly took that job from Kemp, who hasn't...
Sons of Steve Garvey 14 hours ago
Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field

Vin Scully, on BYO Musical Instrument Night at Ebbets Field

We don't get TWC at SoSG Worldwide Headquarters, so we apologize for the lack of new Vin transcriptions this season. But we've dipped into the archives (OK, last year's games) to bring you some fresh transcriptions we haven't run yet. Vin Scully, from the sixth inning of the Mets-Dodgers game on August 13, 2013: It was memorable to have a chance of working in Ebbets Field. It was a delightful place. On this day in 1951, for several years, the Dodgers had a group of fans who had musical instruments. They didn't play 'em well, but they had instruments. They were called the Dodgers...
Sons of Steve Garvey 23 hours ago

Post-Game 103 Thread: Haren, Eaten Up

PIRATES 6, DODGERS 1 After becoming deluded into thinking otherwise, thanks to Josh Beckett's no-hitter, coupled with Dan Haren's 4-0 start to the season by Dan Haren. But Beckett proved yesterday over his ephemeral 3.2 IP that he is not reliable, and Dan Haren came out today and evidenced why his season start was just a mirage. The back of the Dodgers' order is just a train wreck. And with each car crash, we have to suffer through Paul Maholm. Haren gave up five runs in the first two innings, and though he stretched out to a somewhat-less-implausible 5.0 IP (in which he apparently...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014
Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43) Well, who's ready for the inevitable gut punch today? Will it be a fast-regressing Haren allowing multiple home runs and getting bounced in the 4th? Will it be the Noffense? Will it be our zombie bullpen walking in three runs? Will it be because we can't field a full squad after having so many of our players hit and hurt? Will every Dodger batter swing at the first pitch? Will Dodger outfielders switch positions between Pirate at-bats? These questions and others persist. Yes, as many have pointed out the team still has as many wins as...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014

Post-Game 102 Thread: Pirates Plunder Dodgers

PIRATES 12, DODGERS 7 It was almost a game. Pirates had two solo shots in the second; Dodgers return with two runs in the top of the third (Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier RBI). Pirates get two more runs in the bottom of the third; A.J. Ellis knocks in two in the top of the sixth. but with A.J. Ellis on second and one out, the Dodgers keep Paul Maholm (who took over for Josh Beckett in the fourth) to bat. Maholm Ks, and Dee Gordon flies out. And then immediately afterward, Maholm gives up two leadoff singles, is replaced by Jamey Wright, but the floodgates are open and the Pirates...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 23, 2014
At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

Here's another post in the series recapping the Dodgers' historic trip to Sydney, Australia, for 2014 MLB Opening Day. Going into the tunnels underneath the big scoreboard, heading from the Noble and Bradman Stands toward the O'Reilly Stand. Would you believe, instead of dot racing,...sailboat racing? Back in the original seats. Wish I could remember what was on the scoreboard at this time, as it's kinda blurry (the scoreboard, as well as my memory). Game over! Dodgers win! Diamondbacks sulk off the field in defeat! More soon! Earlier: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014
Game 102 Thread: July 22 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 102 Thread: July 22 @ Pirates, 4p

Baling wire. Not shown: spit.Josh Beckett (6-5, 2.26) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 3.38). The Pirates' offense, undoubtedly frustrated after seven innings of extended-rest Ryu, today face a fresh-off-the-DL Beckett, who is currently being held together with spit and baling wire. "I feel like as long as I'm not messing up my mechanics and I feel like I can get people out, I'm just going to ride it out until the end of the year," he said. It's not exactly Mel Gibson's speech in Braveheart, but as long as Beckett can keep filling that number-four slot, we'll take it.
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

Another Cuban On The Dodgers' Horizon?

In the first rumor ESPN has posted about the Dodgers since spring training this year, ESPN.com says that the Dodgers might be interested in Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo (link insider only): Seattle may be the front-runner to land 27-year-old Cuban outfielder, Rusney Castillo. Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reported Friday that "some rival scouts suggest the Mariners, who seek a right-handed bat, are among the leading contenders to sign Castillo. ..." The speedy line-drive hitter will have a showcase in Miami on Saturday and, per Dutton, is also being pursued by the Baltimore Orioles,...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

Kemp: Right In, Rather Than Left Out

Matt Kemp started Monday's game in right field, and to his credit (unlike Kemp's agent), Kemp was saying all the right things prior to the game: “I’m just happy to be in the lineup,” Kemp said to The Times’ Dylan Hernandez in Pittsburgh. “It’s just another position to play.” It seems clear, however, the Dodgers are determined to let Kemp know they very much do not envision him a center fielder. The easy thing Monday would have been to send Andre Ethier back home to right and start Kemp in center; Carl Crawford is starting in left. Center is the more glamorous, demanding...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 5)

Okay, let's shake it up here from my last four entries in this series (links to which are conveniently posted along the bottom), and instead post some videos. Sure, they're short, but they're videos nonetheless! First, here's a quick video of Clayton Kershaw doing some warm-up throws: Next, here's the tail end of Scott Van Slyke's two-run HR (scoring Adrian Gonzalez), which ultimately proved to be the difference in the 3-1 final score (yes, that's me screaming like a madman on the audio): Finally, along with clay from California, two teams from America, and plenty of tradition: MLB...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 22, 2014

Post-Game 101 Thread: Rested Ryu Bumps Bucs

DODGERS 5, PIRATES 2 Coming off a week of rest, Hyun-Jin Ryu went 7.0 IP yielding only 5 H and 2 ER, striking out 5 and walking 1, to earn the win. The Dodgers won even with Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez sidelined, who were spending their time videobombing Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo. In their absence, the top of the lineup stepped up: Dee Gordon, 2-for-5 with a run and his 45th stolen base; Justin Turner, 2-for-5 with two runs, a double, and 2 RBI; Adrian Gonzalez, 3-for-3 with a double and a RBI; Matt Kemp, 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Juan Uribe also went 2-for-5 from the...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014
Game 101 Thread: July 21 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 101 Thread: July 21 @ Pirates, 4p

Where they took Hanley after last night's game.Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-5, 3.44) vs. Edinson Volquez (8-6, 3.65). Today's theme is injuries. As in, how many more can the already-fragile Dodger lineup take? Thanks to the handiwork of the Cardinals' pitching staff, both Puig and Hanley are questionable for today's game. Three of our five starting pitchers have spent time on the DL, as well as our catcher and third baseman. It's enough to make a general manager wonder if he should sign more players under the age of 30. Old friend Volquez is having himself a dandy little run right now. According to STATS...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014

Kemp Key For Dodgers' Second-Half Run

David Schoenfield says what we all are thinking: if Matt Kemp can rise to form and make some more highlight-reel plays in left, or center, or wherever he plays, the Dodgers should be in very good shape: OK, we're already a couple of days into the second half of the season, which actually begins well past the actual halfway point of the season, but here are the key players to watch for each National League team. [...] Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt Kemp Kemp began the second half with his agent Dave Stewart proclaiming that Kemp just wants to play every day and "his hope at some point is to get...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014

ESPN's Bowden Suggests A Trade So Crazy, Even Colletti Would Laugh

Three prime Dodgers prospects for Cole Hamels (link insider only)? Not likely... Philadelphia Phillies-Los Angeles Dodgers Phillies receive: CF Joc Pederson, LHP Julio Urias and INF Alex Guerrero Dodgers receive: LHP Cole Hamels Hamels has a limited no-trade clause that includes 21 teams he cannot be dealt to. However, he has pre-approved eight teams, and the Dodgers are believed to be on that short list. Imagine a Dodgers rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Hamels, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett (when he returns). Hamels, 30, has proven to be a good postseason pitcher and boasts a 7-4 record...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014

Three Dodgers in Keith Law's Top 50 MLB Prospects

Here's the relevant Dodgers who made the Top 50 Prospects list, from ESPN.com's Keith Law (link insider only): 5. Corey Seager, 3B | Los Angeles Dodgers Age: 20 | Current Level: High A (Rancho Cucamonga) Preseason Ranking: 18 Seager had some trouble in the Cal League late last summer after a promotion from low-A, but the Dodgers got him to firm up his front side and stay balanced through contact so he wouldn't overrotate and become too pull-oriented. That change was fortuitous: Seager has destroyed high-A all year, at his hitter-friendly home park and away from it, with 54 extra-base hits...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014

When Did Tommy Get Slim So Fast?

Love getting dressed up to go give out an award to Tom Seaver! pic.twitter.com/YjEEMh4wbE— Tommy Lasorda (@TommyLasorda) July 18, 2014Tommy looks great here, but I mean, should we be worried?
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014
Another Pederson Plug (from Plaschke)

Another Pederson Plug (from Plaschke)

No one, let alone the Dodgers, appears to be listening to Bill Plaschke's pleas to nab David Price. So, echoing others, tired ol' Plaschke has written another tired ol' article, this time in a plea for Joc Pederson: If the Dodgers offense continues in this vein, even in the mediocre National League, their playoff hopes could eventually fall off. Despite ranking third in the league in runs scored, their bats have been wildly inconsistent, having scored three runs or fewer in 46 of its 99 games, going 13-34 in those games. This is an offense that needs a burst of energy. This is an attack...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 21, 2014
Post-Game 100 Thread: Dodgers Win, Hands Down

Post-Game 100 Thread: Dodgers Win, Hands Down

Matt Kemp treated us to a little vintage Bison defense in the sixth inning.DODGERS 4, CARDINALS 3 The Dodgers eked out a win in St. Louis, but this whole series could mark a turning point in the health of the Dodgers lineup. If this sounds like a repeat from the 2013 NLCS, there's a reason for that. Kershaw stepped down from godly to merely very good tonight, working with a 3-1 lead until giving up a two-run home run to Bourjos in the sixth. Kershaw left after seven innings with eight strikeouts. (He also stole a base for good measure.) Offensively, the Dodgers didn't score a ton, but in a...
Viva El Birdos Jul 20, 2014

Dodgers @ Cardinals recap 7.20 - Cards just miss out on series sweep

Cardinals get to Kershaw; can't quite pull out the series sweep Los Angeles Dodgers @ St. Louis Cardinals Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 1.78 ERA, 1.60 FIP) vs. Carlos Martinez (2-4, 4.43 ERA, 3.63 FIP) 7:05 p.m. CT Busch Stadium- St. Louis, Missouri Today's Lineups LOS ANGELES DODGERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Dee Gordon - 2B Matt Carpenter - 3B Hanley Ramirez - SS Peter Bourjos - CF Adrian Gonzalez - 1B Matt Holliday - LF Matt Kemp - LF Jhonny Peralta - SS Andre Ethier - RF Matt Adams - 1B Scott Van Slyke - CF Allen Craig - RF Juan Uribe - 3B Mark Ellis -...
Sons of Steve Garvey Jul 20, 2014
Mattingly Wants Joc in CF

Mattingly Wants Joc in CF

From an MLBTR summary of this Ken Rosenthal video: Don Mattingly prefers Joc Pederson in center field, but he’s not yet on the active roster. In Pederson’s favor, there’s little doubt that he’s the best defensive option. Some within the organization worry about his minor league strikeout rate, and believe he’ll benefit from further seasoning. If Mattingly gets his way, the Dodgers outfield will become even more crowded, further increasing the likelihood of a trade.OK, so you've got four outfielders with contracts totaling $429 million and the manager advocating for a minor-league...

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