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Monday, April 11, 2011

Dodgers Seek to Upset Rivals on their Home Turf

Dodgers @ Giants
7:15 pm
Game 1

Ironically the new Dodger, Juan Uribe, will be receiving his World Series ring in a private ceremony in San Francisco before the game starts. During this past winter whenever I encountered a Giants fan, they would almost always be bitching about Uribe signing with the Dodgers. Juan was key in their fluke World Championship victory of 2010. He hit an important sac fly to win game 4 of the NLCS, and slammed a game winning HR in game 6. It will be interesting to see how the fans react to his return to AT&T Park.

Tonight will be another matchup of leftys on the mound. Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 2.08 ERA, 17 Ks) will be vying for another win against SF for the Dodgers. For the Giants, Madison (isn't that a girl's name?) Bumgarner (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2 Ks) (he has "bum" in his name *giggle*) will take the mound.

The Dodgers now have a record of 5-4. Their record could have been better if it wasn't for the two throw-away games essentially forfeited by Mattingly. The Giants 10-0 blowout, and last night's Elyapocalypse were hard to watch. For me, every game counts. We cannot be nonchalant in giving up a win here or there. Putting out your best lineup in and out every day is how you edge out your competition. Miles, Ely, and Cormier have no reason to be playing at this level. Ely, with a little more experience, could be perhaps a future big leaguer. But, alas the other two need to go.

Let's talk about Matt Kemp. Wowza, he's off to an impressive start. in 32 at-at bats he's hitting .438, with 14 hits including 1 HR, 4 RBIs, and 6 stolen bases. But wait, what's even more substantial is that he's only struck out 3 times!


Matt Kemp posing for GQ Magazine. I'm not sure he has a future as a model.


Furcal 6
Carroll 4
Ethier 9
Kemp 8
Uribe 5
Loney 3
Thames 7
Barajas 2
Kershaw 1

Looks like Furcal is okay and back in the lineup tonight after tending to a sore wrist. Carroll is batting second thankfully. Thames, sigh, is starting in left field.

Go Blue!

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