Rockies 5, Dodgers 3

Well, six games into the second half, the offense has officially returned to its first-half form. Proving once again that you can never hide a player when he is struggling, the game found Andruw Jones in the eighth inning, when the Dodgers had the tying runs on second and third and one out. If you didn’t see it, I’ll give you one guess as to what the result was. Put it this way, it was the same result that Andruw has now gotten 29 times in 51 at-bats this season with runners in scoring position — and it wasn’t a hit, because that has only happened four times in those 51 ABs. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still waiting for one of their starting pitchers to give them a quality start, something that didn’t happen once on this trip. Kuroda became the first one to go six, but he gave up five earned runs on nine hits. … Dodgers fall to 49-52. Snakes play later, but does it really even matter anymore?

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  • El Lay Dave

    Tony, come down from the ledge!

    The DBacks are a .500 team that just lost 2 of 3 at home to a crummy, struggling team. OK, so that was the Dodgers, but still. It’s not like Arizona is threatening to run away with the West.

  • Dave R.

    Pentland, Mattingly…no one is going to be able to fix Jones other than a dietician and a personal trainer. Put is doughboy arse in extended spring when Pierre comes back. Better yet, with Rick Ankiel and more recently, Adam Loewen tranisitioning from the mound to the offensive side, let’s use Jones as a mop-up reliever. He still has a strong arm. Okay, if that’s not doable, it’s time to cut bait.

  • TeamHasHoles

    and just like that… there goes the momentum from Sunday’s game.

  • coach

    Report from PE that Dod Asst Howell?? was at Rangers/WS.today ..Crede did not play because of bad back…so that leaves Blaylock.. has only played 28 Games all year been on the DL twice hitting .276 with 4 HR and 10 Rbi all for only $6000000 a year..why would we want to do that.?. Maybe they are looking at Cabrera who hates Chicago or Jenks and move Brox back to SU

  • joshburke2

    …does it really even matter anymore? NO the D’Bags record does not have meaning. The Dodgers only concern is winning; you are absolutely correct. After today’s game, LA are 2-1 when Andruw Jones has 2 hits (3 games total and NO games with more than 2 hits), 14-10 when Andruw Jones has 1 hit, and 15-14 when Andruw Jones has 0 hits. They are 0-3 when he doesn’t have an official at bat and 19-23 when he does not play at all.

  • Tony Jackson

    Coach, I brought up Blalock to a little birdie the other day, and the little birdie gave me a definitive NO. As in, the Dodgers have NO interest in him.

  • frostmanejun

    I’d guess they were looking at Orlando Cabrera, but that would add salary and probably require us to dump somebody else who is contributing (since we can’t dump people who aren’t contributing). Tony, relax man, we were all high on the Dodgers when they were a lowly 48-50, now they’re 49-52. We usually have a surge in August…and then get cold in September, so we’re good for another month or so.

  • coach

    Thanks Tony… We all respect your wisdom ..considering where the Dodgers are now..What kind of dea would you put together in order to help the Dodgers win this thing? We know you have to be impartial but just you thinking out loud as a fan.

  • TeamHasHoles

    From Jason Starks at ESPN:

    “One team that reportedly has packed it in on Beltre is the Dodgers, after they learned that Beltre’s no-trade list specifically blocks his return to Chavez Ravine.”

    “You can add the Dodgers to the list of teams interested in Casey Blake, who is beginning to look like the bat most likely to get traded in the next week.”

    Also From Ken Rosenthal – Foxsports.com:

    “One scenario would be for the White Sox to…move rookie Alexei Ramirez to short and trade shortstop Orlando Cabrera, possibly to the Dodgers for right-hander Derek Lowe.

    A straight-up Cabrera-for-Lowe trade would favor the White Sox Cabrera is in decline while Lowe is still performing at a high level. But the Dodgers are running out of options at shortstop. They balked at the price for Uribe, failed to acquire the Nationals’ Cristian Guzman, and have been unable to strike a deal for Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson.

    Cabrera could be their best remaining alternative, unless they traded for a third baseman instead. Perhaps the White Sox would include another player in a package for Lowe if they could get back a platoon partner for Cora. Pablo Ozuna, whom the White Sox recently lost on waivers to the Dodgers, would fit.

    The Dodgers, sources say, are aggressively shopping Lowe, who is a free agent at the end of the season. Cabrera also is eligible for free agency, and the ages and 2008 salaries of the two players are comparable Cabrera, 34, is earning $9 million, while Lowe, 35, is making $10 million.”

  • joshburke2

    Yankees and Dodgers have had discussions regarding the availability of Rob Cano. This is strange but it could work. Jones, Pierre, Lowe, Kent, and (huh?)G Bennett for Cano and Damon. It’s that easy. The Yanks have needs that this trade would definitely fill for relatively cheap. The Dodgers would pay Jones salary next year, but it works.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Joshburke2,

    It’s my understanding that the Dodgers discussed a deal that would send Penny to the Yankees for Cano. However, that was before Penny went on the DL, and at a time when Cano was struggling. Cano has since turned it around with the bat, and I doubt if the Yankees would be interested in the package you suggest. The Dodgers might do it, if only to unload large contracts.

    Regarding Cano see the following:

    http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080724&content_id=3187391&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy

  • joshburke2

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/07242008/sports/yankees/posada_decides_to_delay_surgery_121247.htm

    “Dodgers have an interest in Robinson Cano and might be willing to deal Derek Lowe and outfielder Matt Kemp, but the Yankees aren’t inclined to part with the red-hot second baseman unless there is a front-of-the-rotation-type starter coming to The Bronx. Lowe, who has the stomach for big games and has AL East experience with the Red Sox, doesn’t fit that bill.

    Kemp, 23, would be viewed as a replacement for Bobby Abreu in right field next year. Kemp is batting .287 (104-for-362) with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 94 games this season. His biggest downside is striking out 107 times.”

  • TeamHasHoles

    Johnny Damon has a limited NTC. There’s 12 teams he can’t veto. Not sure which 12, but it’s worth noting.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    I wouldn’t trade Kemp straight-up for Cano. I’m looking beyond this year, and do not see second base as a long term problem. If the Dodgers ever expect to contend they need to hold onto their core of young players, and that includes Kemp, among others.

    If Colletti were to pull the trigger on deal that included Kemp for Cano, then I would know for sure that he needs to needs to be shown the door.

    The young players on the Dodgers are beginning to get the experience that they were denied last year. If ever there was a time to be patient and stay the course, this is it. I’m not particularly worried about this year, because I see this team as being on the verge of breaking out in the next year. Experience, maturity and an added piece or two over the winter, and the Dodgers will be just fine. Keep in mind that the Dodgers will be gaining some payroll flexibility after this year. Loaiza, Kent, Garciaparra and Lowe will be off the books, and possibly Penny too, if they choose not to pick up the team option for 2009. Also, the Dodgers will be aware that after next season they will be relieved of the Schmidt and Jones contracts. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some free agent activity, maybe some sensible trade activity, and promotions from the farm system (McDonald, Elbert, Hu, Abreu, and DeJesus are some of the candidates).

  • TeamHasHoles

    I agree with B.D.

  • TeamHasHoles

    Dodgers released Mark Bellhorn, Ramon Martinez & Pitcher Matt Riley. Riley was actually pitching well from all accounts and the fact that he’s a lefty makes that move kinda strange.

  • Yeager

    I think Riley was placed on the DL, rather than released.

  • TeamHasHoles

    That would make more sense.

  • Yeager

    oops, Miller DL’d Riley released, that is a surprise.

  • Yeager

    sorry for doubting your word Tony