Yasiel Puig screencap 6.3.14

White Sox 4, Dodgers 1: Jose Abreu is really good, the Dodgers aren’t

“I wish I could get some help from my teammates.” Yasiel Puig, probably.

On the 1-year anniversary of Yasiel Puig‘s Major League debut and his being named National League Player of the Month, it was fellow countryman Jose Abreu who stole the show.

Abreu hit his 17th home run of the season in the first inning off Dan Haren and drove in another run, and that’s all the White Sox would need to knock off the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Haren wasn’t horrible (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), but since his first two outings of the season (and before tonight), he’s allowed at least three runs in each game (24 earned runs, 10 unearned runs) en route to a 4.02 ERA. While Haren hasn’t been great (which could be examined in a future post), the Dodgers’ offense wasn’t even decent.

Facing Hector Noesi — he of the 5.83 ERA and 4.44 FIP — the Dodgers could muster just one run in six innings off the right-hander, despite getting five hits and drawing four walks. Such is the story of the Dodgers, at times.

Puig and offensive juggernaut Drew Butera had two hits apiece, but the rest of the lineup went 2-for-25. Good job. Good effort, fellas.

It took old friend Ronald Belisario all of seven pitches to set the Dodgers down in the ninth inning. It was a decidedly “blah” game with a “blah” ending.

The Dodgers (31-29) host the White Sox (30-30) on Wednesday night for the rubber game of the 3-game series. Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52 ERA) takes on John Danks (3-4, 4.66) at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

It’d be awfully nice if the Dodgers decided to go on some kind of run soon. Not a 42-8 run, but this middling has to stop. At least ‘Frisco lost tonight, I guess.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


114 comments
deblue
deblue

I just read that the Dodgers and Hanley have stopped negotiating.

deblue
deblue

Hanley Ramirez said Tuesday that there are no ongoing talks between his agent and the Dodgers regarding a contract extension.

  • Advice: "I'm three, four months from becoming a free agent," Ramirez said. "Right now, I'm concentrating on here (with the Dodgers)." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last month that there was a "significant gap" between the two sides when an extension was last discussed. Heyman also said at the time that Ramirez wanted a deal in "excess of $130 million." The Dodgers have deep pockets, but it's looking at this point like Ramirez will test out the free agent market.

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Johnnyswing
Johnnyswing

If he keeps up his stellar play this season the free agent market can have him

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Good morning.

I think the problem with this year's Dodgers (thus far), is they're boring.

The most electrifying man in sports, Yasiel Puig, is a human-highlight-reel, and it seems like he's struggling to get these guys to show some sort of excitement.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Wonder if an MLB team would study the NPB to see what the difference is.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sure would be nice if they had pitch fx there.

Lobo
Lobo

@Dustin Nosler Kind of goes down as a mark against the overuse theory, right?  I mean, those guys in Japan throw 200+ pitches in high school games.  That's absolutely insane

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Dustin, Keith Law's newest mock has our front office signing Derek Fisher.  If they did that would be hilarious.  Also listed some prep arms that he says he has heard them linked with Derek Hill, Alex Verdugo, and Cole Tucker. Does the resident #notascout have any opinions on those guys?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

Hill is No. 2 on my board (last board due out today). Other guys seem more like second-rounders. Fisher would be a low-ceiling pick. Not even a safe pick.

Kasten just needs to let Logan White do his job.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Though now that account is telling me that he might be hurt.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

He's 19, doing that to NPB players (talent level between AAA and majors).

Also he's hitting .278/.340/.444 in 100 plate appearances as an outfielder.

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

He still could be ... in 5-6 years.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Yeah. Just imagining striking it rich THREE TIMES on the international market in 2012.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Holy crap, has it really been almost two years since we were looking at signing him?  I could have sworn that was last year

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Late 2012, yeah.

moneynow27
moneynow27

So I go to sleep after 5 innings with the score 4-1, and wake up with the same final score.  After the gift win with no offense, we get no gift, and no offense.  Mattingly won't call out individual players for not hitting, and I get that, that's his style.  But we can call out players who are not hitting on the DD thread.  Gordon, Ethier, Ramirez, Gonzalez, Kemp.  The substitute 3B players and substitute catcher and of course Puig are all doing their part.  What is wrong with everyone else?

On a somewhat related note, I read that the Dodgers and Ramirez are far apart on extension negotiations, and are currently not negotiating.  If the Dodgers don't get into the postseason, I think he'll become a free agent.

Bournsa125
Bournsa125

Please get Puig back to hitting second.

InsideThePark (Stop it.)
InsideThePark (Stop it.)

there's not much difference. been on both. new trains, old trains, single, double, it's all mixed in there.

InsideThePark (Stop it.)
InsideThePark (Stop it.)

I do remember now the Coast Starlight being huge.

the newer PacSurfliner trains are decent but the old single-deck trains are terrible.

but I would never sit on a train for 35 hours unless I suddenly develop a fear of flying or cruising. I've taken the Surfliner too many times to count. Now that I think about it, the Starlight just once or twice up only as far as Paso Robles.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@InsideThePark (Girls Softball Rules) Gonna have to disagree with you there. One train runs 5h45m from SD to SLO; the other runs 35h LA to SEA. One is largely commuter seating; the other has reclining seats, roomettes, and bedrooms. One has a shitty café car; the other has 2 dining cars. Hell, Coast Starlight even has a "movie theater" (though I'd just call it a media room).

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

@InsideThePark (Girls Softball Rules) True story: A friend of mine got his MFA in acting in Florida, worked for years as an elevator operator and bellman at the Waldorf in New York, and is now a train engineer on the Starlight. Figure that career path.

InsideThePark (Stop it.)
InsideThePark (Stop it.)

isn't a Master's in Fine Arts a requisite to be a train engineer? After all, you have to "act" like you're driving the thing.

joelydanger
joelydanger

I guess one good thing lately even with the losses, It seems the defense has been better.

Casey Goldman
Casey Goldman

Oy, I remember when it was a forgone conclusion that Matt Kemp would be the all-time Dodger leader in home runs.  Remember that?  How absurd is that now?

Again.  Oy.

joelydanger
joelydanger

@TheDeliMan1 @Purple Drank Kemp couldn't work out his legs the whole winter so it shouldn't come as a surprise that his power, speed and arm are less powerful as a result. He's going to need a lot of time to regain form.

Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

i think i want to open a papa john's franchise. what do you guys think?

InsideThePark (Stop it.)
InsideThePark (Stop it.)

what are the chances Peyton Manning will be at the ribbon cutting?

How much capital do you have toward the franchising?

How much do you look to borrow?

What do you know about minimum wage laws?