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Rockies @ Dodgers April 25, 2014: I Don’t Believe Charlie Blackmon Is Real

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Pretty much every time someone brings up the stats to date of a player, whether good or bad, I usually reply with this: Charlie Blackmon is hitting .410/.453/.692. That’s the same Blackmon who hit .291/.321/.416 in parts of three seasons prior to 2014, and while there’s at least some evidence that this is a tangible improvement, the point is this: April is weird. Anything can happen over a few weeks of play. A guy like Blackmon, starting in right field tonight for Colorado, can put up a ridiculous month with a . 391 BABIP. It’s so, so early. It doesn’t mean that Blackmon is great and Chase Headley and Allen Craig are terrible. April is weird.

Rockies
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
RF
Blackmon
2B
Gordon
3B
Arenado
RF
Puig
LF
Gonzalez
SS
Ramirez
SS
Tulowitzki
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Morneau
CF
Kemp
C
Rosario
LF
Crawford
CF
Dickerson
3B
Uribe
2B
LeMahieu
C
Federowicz
P
Lyles (R)
P
Beckett (R)

Still, the performances we’re seeing right now count. It’s not like when we get to September, we’ll say that the wins gained in April didn’t matter, because they do, and as the Dodgers get their first look at Colorado and their league-best — by a lot — offense, the fact that Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki and Justin Morneau and friends are tearing things up matters, especially when Josh Beckett is the one who has to deal with all of that.

Fortunately, the Dodgers get to face off against Jordan Lyles, who somehow, in the age of everyone striking out at all times ever, has managed to whiff a mere 14 in 23.2 innings.

The Dodger lineup Lyles will face features Carl Crawford hitting sixth, the first time since 2012 he’s hit lower than second. Crawford has, admittedly, been terrible so far. But if there’s hope, it’s this: his 23.5 percent line-drive rate is the best of his career. His .269 BABIP is the lowest, by a lot. It’ll turn around for him if that keeps up. It basically has to.

ThrowsRelieverThurs 9/22Fri 9/23Sat 9/24Sun 9/25Mon 9/26Tue 9/27Wed 9/28
LAvilán108-17OFF-8
RBáez-13-14OFF--
RBlanton12--18OFF--
RChavez--14-OFF-15
RColeman----OFF18-
LDayton-14--OFF12-
RFields-26--OFF15-
LHowell---8OFF--
RJansen1314-21OFF--
LLiberatore--15-OFF--
RRavin9---OFF-6
RStewart----OFF7-
RStripling-57--OFF-43
LWood----OFF19-

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964 comments
PuigCatcher
PuigCatcher

TellMyWife is pretty darn annoying. This cat wont criticize the Dodgers for anything.  Its one thing to have a positivity boner, but geez.  Have some objectivity. League inheriting 2 runners and allowing 1 to score isnt a bad job? Really.  Goodness. 

Please dont go into higher education. We need teachers that actually give a fuck.

PuigCatcher
PuigCatcher

@Barney G @PuigCatcher @TaintsnifferMcGillicutty  i'm not here to make friends. I'm here to talk Dodgers and if the Dodgers are sucking and somebody thinks thats acceptable or ok, then i'll call them on it. If they cant handle being asked to defend their opinions, then thats on them.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

Can you imagine if it was Puig who got tossed for arguing strike calls there going into extra innings?  Plaschke would be shrieking so loudly right now it would be making dogs bark in Beijing.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@MScottEiland  I really don't care about that very much. He shouldn't do it. But I can understand being so pissed cause it was fucking egregious. Hernandez needs to go he makes baseball look bad

Peaky Blinder
Peaky Blinder

i like how we rip cc and ethier to shreds, but throw kemp in there too, guy hasn't done anything

PuigCatcher
PuigCatcher

@a tomato  yeah kemp's strikeout rate is a huge concern right now.  I dont want him to go all Juan Encarnacion on the Dodgers.

very smart towel
very smart towel

@a tomato  Kemp at least has positive WAR, unlike CC and Andre... and that's in his limited time back from a serious injury

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

I hope they don't make Nicasio look like a Cy Young Award winner tomorrow. With Maholm pitching, they'd better score like six runs..

insideThePark
insideThePark

I do love the sound of the bat when it comes off a Yasiel Puig triple/HR

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Well shit. lets get back to winning tomorrow. Hey at least they caught the damned ball tonight

very smart towel
very smart towel

Crawford and Ethier have combined for -1 WAR already. Yikes.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

Woulda been nice if Kenley wasn't overused in stupid situations. Cause he coulda like, pitched...

Peaky Blinder
Peaky Blinder

Scoring runs helps, takes pressure off bullpen, alleviates need for extra inning games, etc.