gonzalez_2014-07-21

Dodgers 5, Pirates 2: Finally, Edinson Volquez Is Good For Something

When your offense is struggling what do you do? Well, you just find one of the worst pitchers in baseball, of course. Old friend (I guess) Edinson Volquez certainly fits the bill, and he provided just what the Dodgers needed: terrible, terrible pitching that’s conducive to offense. Volquez allowed 13 baserunners (10 hits) in 5.2 innings, allowing five earned runs, and was more valuable to the Dodgers tonight than he ever was while pitching for them at the end of last season.

It’s not just that the offense as a whole woke up, it’s where it came from. Adrian Gonzalez, fresh off three months of awful, went 3-3 with two doubles, allowing us all to hope that a nice two games (he’s reached six times in a row) is the sign that he’s about to turn it around shut up just let me have this. Matt Kemp walked and doubled while playing right field; his wRC+ is 116, and his offense remains not the problem. Even Justin Turner got into the act, scoring twice and driving in two while singling and doubling and making us not worry about Hanley Ramirez, if only for a night. Juan Uribe and Dee Gordon each collected two hits, with Gordon also adding his 45th stolen base, though he was later picked off. Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier combined to go 1-10. That’s less great.

Anyway, it was so much fun to see some offense that we’ve completed ignored Hyun-jin Ryu, who threw seven effective innings while working around trouble in the fourth. He was followed by Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen. Just the way we drew it up, right?

Finally, related to nothing, really, but since it was interesting when I tweeted it out, if you were wondering why the ballgame looked so, so awful on television tonight — insert “it didn’t look like anything, because I can’t get SNLA!” joke here — it’s because the difference between the home and road feeds tonight was just ludicrous:

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For the record, that’s probably not SNLA-specific so much as it is where the visitor’s camera feed always is for opponents at PNC. It explains a lot about how fans of different teams think that umps are biased for/against them based on more than just homerism, though. Sometimes, they really are watching a different game.


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TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Trade idea of the day. Cliff Lee and Paplebon for Zach Lee, Matt Magil and Ethier or CC. Money works out to about even and philies get a good prospect

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So we can win today, sure, but we all understand we can't ALSO win on Wednesday, right?  That's the rules.  So it's either today, or tomorrow, but not both.  Just so we're all on the same page.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Stone Brewery?

tsneddy
tsneddy

Why am I up? I must have the only 2 year old who believes sleeping in is 4:30am, ugh

FirTree7
FirTree7

Between Uribe and Turner, 3rd base probably has the best stats out of any Dodgers position this year except for right field 

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

>> Even Justin Turner got into the act

Actually, Turner has been quite good for us all year, at least he has when he's been healthy enough to play.  He has exceeded expectations (and deserves his own topic here).  The exact same thing is also true of Juan Uribe.  Heck, I've seen Uribe make one great play after another in the field, and he's been excellent with the bat as well.  Why no article about the Uribear?  He's over .300!  And of course Dee Gordon too - at bat, on the basepaths, and in the field.  Remember when we would cringe whenever a ball was hit to Gordon at shortstop or whenever he was at bat?  Me neither.

I'm not being an overoptimistic Sunshine Nellie here.  Every team has some players that exceed expectations (like these) and others that fail to meet expectations (like Kemp, Ethier, Ellis, Crawford, and lately Gonzalez, Puig, and Ramirez).  This team's offense has a huge amount of potential that it is not reaching.  The pitching rotation is bailing it out, though, and keeping the team in the race.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

You're so wrong if offensively you think Puig Hanley and Kemp aren't being meeting expectations, heck they're carrying the offense

And Gonzalez isn't "lately" struggling, it's been a good 3 months of bad

insideThePark
insideThePark

how much are you disappointed these aren't mostly Puig?

bpamd3
bpamd3

@InsideThePark (Pittsberg) I was hoping to see Puig this close but Matt is probably my second favorite Dodger behind Kershaw so it all works out. But he was really cool with the fans and joking around with them near the end of the game

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

this is Drank checking the "Real Lesbian Pics" twitter feed

0ptimus
0ptimus

Are there any other notable quakes players to pay attention to? (Other than Urias and Guerrero)

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

Watching Chris Anderson tumble towards Chris Withrow's career path is heartbreaking

DBrim
DBrim moderator

PSA: Mike's out of town this weekend, which means all of the trades will be this weekend

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

David V. says it looks like Paco is going back down tomorrow for Beckett. :-(

Also said it looks like this was a planned break for Beckett (with the All Star Break) for him to get some extra rest.

M-P
M-P moderator

@LA_Woman yeah, I think I've said that a few times. This was always the plan. They wanted that for Haren but he said no.

efb
efb

@DBrim they never do with runners on 

Uncultured Baby
Uncultured Baby

@DBrim because, catchers re smart.  it would only happen once, then meat runners caught on pitch-outs called with ground tap

 Kyle
Kyle

Super Future: Dodgers take game 1 of WS over Royals 4-1