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Dodgers 8, Rockies 2: So Long, Colorado

We’re going to lightning-round this one out, because the Rockies are terrible and no one paid attention to this game past the sixth inning and oh my god it still took four hours and there’s another post coming.

  • The featured image to this post is Adrian Gonzalez sliding safely into home, which was funny because the bases were loaded and catcher Wilin Rosario decided he didn’t want to simply make it a force play, for some reason.
  • Josh Beckett threw five shutout innings — ERA, I know, but 2.26! — but was lifted after only 82 pitches and five innings. With what we’ve heard about his “general soreness” and the All-Star break looming, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if there’s a phantom DL stint coming so he can rest up for the second half.
  • Carlos Triunfel has no place on a big league roster, for like a dozen different reasons.
  • Triunfel was only in because Miguel Rojas left after being hit by a pitch — with the bases loaded! — in the right forearm.
  • Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Gonzalez all had run-scoring hits.
  • Lest you ever try to use caught stealing numbers to evaluate catchers, look no further than Nolan Arenado taking second base off Chris Perez basically before Drew Butera even caught the ball.
  • Perez, by the way, allowed only a single unearned run in 1.2 innings, but man did he not look good doing it. Why is he still here again?
  • Yohan Flande,” “Brooks Brown,” and “Tommy Kahnle” are not only all real names, they each pitched for the Rockies today. This team.

The Dodgers don’t return to Colorado until September 15. I’m pretty okay with that.


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106 comments
Bozo'd2
Bozo'd2

in thoughts on Chris Perez... Ned has shown an ability to get things done when needed. I expect a move soon.

bumblue
bumblue

A's vs Dodgers in WS

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

If DK told you in April that Dee Gordon would be an All-Star, he would repeatedly tell you this without stopping even though you would tell him that you got his point.

efb
efb

INDIAN FOODDDD

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

if you'd told me in april that we'd have four guys going the ASG and none of them were Matty, Hanley, or Adrian I'd have called you a liar (in the politest way possible)

Lobo
Lobo

@Disgruntled Goat To be honest, Hanley is the only one of that group that I would have expected before the season to make the all star team

bumblue
bumblue

Goes s2 how u, can't judge a player by his uniform.

insideThePark
insideThePark

latter 3 are not known for seeing pitches, RATHER trying to put balls in play.

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

I still can't believe that Dee Gordon, All-star, is actually happening...

insideThePark
insideThePark

more than half the season has gone by and he's batting over .300, .OBP above .350 and has over 40 steals.

It happened.

M-P
M-P moderator

I would put money on Beckett to DL.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@Mike Petriello he could just skip a start in SD and then he wouldn't be needed again til Pittsburgh. But that would allow them to bring somebody up for either the pen or just his start the days line up 

just Paul
just Paul

I saw "Brandon McCarthy traded" and thought yay, I can start cheering for him again. Then I saw "to the Yankees..." sigh. 

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@ALVX @PagansOedipalComplex @capnsparrow @Paulstracized  the difference the past 3 seasons has been a win per season approximately

given McCarthy's 78 xFIP-, would have costed the A's nothing, plus the fact that Oakland is a cavern, wouldn't you see if McCarthy can pitch to his peripherals in O.co as opposed to giving up your SS of the future, and your best OF prospect, plus a PTBNL?

Samardzija is good, but pitchers break down, you aren't keeping him past the end of next season, and he's only given you 115 ace level innings in his career, he hasn't even thrown a full season of excellent ball, he's been decent, but nothing that Homer Bailey hasn't done

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

watching this tigers-rays game makes Drank think


That Rays series at Dodger Stadium last year was probably my favorite series of the year

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

maybe second to that Giants series last year in June

just Paul
just Paul

@Purple Drank I remember it only because Dee made like 3 errors in a game, and even Kershaw was pretty visibly frustrated which is rare. 

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@DBrim It was a gnarly slide. Not exactly stellar baserunning. I kind of wish he were in a padded parka out there, with foam on the inside of it.

nudibranch
nudibranch

@DBrim Funny thing is that he struck out his only two batters in the fifth.

insideThePark
insideThePark

they assumed Kershaw would get on so they didn't want to waste their vote on borderline pitchers

Lobo
Lobo

@efb I dunno, that's a pretty solid group of starters to vote for

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

good thing Ned won't overpay for Zobrist because Zobrist only has 20 RBI this year