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Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Game Thread (September 16 - 19)

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  1. MZA

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    Game 1: September 16th
    Time: 6:40 pm
    TV: PRIME Ticket
    Radio: AM 570/KTNQ 1020
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    Game 2: September 17th
    Time: 6:40 pm
    TV: KCAL
    Radio: AM 570/KTNQ 1020
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    Game 3: September 18th
    Time: 7:10 pm
    TV: PRIME Ticket/ESPN
    Radio: AM 570/KTNQ 1020
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    Game 4: September 19th
    Time: 12:40 pm
    TV: PRIME Ticket
    Radio: AM 570/KTNQ 1020
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    END THIS NOW. YOU'RE BETTER THAN THEY ARE SO GO OUT AND PROVE IT
     
  2. irish

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    easy sweep









    ...for the d'bags :suicide:
     
  3. mugs

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    We clinch in this series
     
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    Dodgers may get Kemp back today
    Puig also confident he'll return to starting lineup in Arizona
    By Austin Laymance | MLB.com

    LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers could get reinforcement in the outfield today with the possible return of Matt Kemp.

    Kemp, who has been on the disabled list since July 21 with a sprained left ankle and also dealt with a tight right hamstring during his ongoing rehab process, will be tested by club officials during workouts before the Dodgers' series opener in Arizona.

    "I've been told that depending where he's at, it could be tomorrow," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday of Kemp's return. "We want him to be healthy. It's a possibility if everything would go perfect."

    Yasiel Puig was not available to play the field Sunday because of tightness in his left hip, but the rookie felt well enough to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Giants.

    Puig grounded into a force out to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the game and said he expects to play during a four-game series in Arizona that begins today.

    "It shouldn't take very long before I'm back in the lineup," Puig said through a translator.

    Puig came out of Saturday's 19-3 loss after five innings. He was shaken up after a diving catch in center field, but he remained in the game and ran hard on the bases before Mattingly took him out.

    Puig and Kemp aren't the only Dodgers banged up heading into the club's 10-game road trip.

    Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has not played since Thursday. He had two cortisone shots in his lower back Friday to treat a nerve that was causing tingling in his left hamstring.

    "Hanley is feeling great today," Mattingly said Sunday. "He's kind of pushing to get back in there soon. I want Hanley to play right away, honestly. As soon as he can play I want him to play."

    Outfielder Andre Ethier has not played since he irritated his left ankle running the bases Friday. He walked out of the clubhouse with a protective boot over his left foot following Saturday's game. Mattingly said Ethier was feeling better Sunday, but the outfielder has not done any running to test his ankle.

    Outfielder Carl Crawford in considered day to day with tightness in his back.

    "We've dealt with it here and there, usually it's been a day or two days with that," Mattingly said.

    Despite a list of nagging injuries to some of his best players, Mattingly did not seem too concerned Sunday.

    "I'm pretty confident that these guys are getting healthy and we'll be able to get everybody back in there," he said.

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    The Return of Matt Kemp?
    Posted Today by Mike Petriello

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    All indications are that Matt Kemp is going to be activated from the disabled list today, and if he is, he’ll most likely be in the starting lineup tonight.

    I have no idea what Kemp can contribute, because the reports from his latest rehab have just been so all over the place, from the 0-for-18 with a walk performance with Rancho Cucamonga to the four homers in a simulated game to the time just ten days ago when we thought he was done for the season. It’s not realistic to say that any of us can really have expectations for him, not with how much of a disaster 2013 has been for Kemp, and not when he’s had exactly five MLB plate appearances in more than two months, all coming in that lone July 21 game in Washington when he seemingly destroyed his ankle.

    That game was so long ago that the Dodger victory over the Nationals that day put them into a tie for first place with Arizona, and the Dodgers now have a 10.5 game lead over the Diamondbacks as they kick off a four game set tonight. (Technically the magic number is four, but it’s really two for the next few days, since they’re facing one another head-to-head and there’s no way to have a Dodger win without a corresponding Diamondbacks loss.)

    Now Kemp is likely ready to give it another shot, and the team he returns to is a very different one than the one he left. It’s a team that’s certain to make the playoffs, but one that’s also dropped eight of its last eleven games, as Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier have all missed time due to injury, as Clayton Kershaw has been good but not his usual elite, as Paco Rodriguez looks tired, as Ricky Nolasco finally had the implosion start we probably all figured was coming, as A.J. Ellis continues to struggle, and as a team supposedly in the hunt for the best record in the National League actually started an outfield of Jerry Hairston, Skip Schumaker, and Chili Buss on September 15. (!)

    Kemp’s (assumed) return isn’t going to change all that, though as I’ve said I’m not going to worry all that much about what guys who have no role in October like Buss or Onelki Garcia or Stephen Fife do right now. If he’s the Kemp we saw for most of the first two months before his injury, it might even drag things down further. But he just might be the healthiest regular outfielder right now, and as the Dodgers still have a pretty solid amount of buffer time before the playoffs, it’s more than worth seeing what he can do.

    This team needs some health and some energy right now. I’m not sure if Kemp can provide both or even just one. I do think it’d be foolish to forget that it wasn’t all that long ago that he was in the conversation for the best player in baseball, and so there’s nothing but upside here. Bring it on, Matt. (I hope.)

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    Let's sweep this bkitch!
     
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    It's going to be great to celebrate on these fucker's home field. Bummed Ian Kennedy won't be there to enjoy that shit, but at least Montero, Para, and Gibson will. I think we are going to smack the shit out of them. 3/4 Wins
     
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  9. chris

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    Matt's gonna shock the world. WS MVP. I'm confident as fuck.
     
  10. CapnTreee

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    Let's hope so Ford... lets hope so.

    I just want Matt to use these next two weeks to find ANY form of his previous swing... singles or not.

    But I'm not getting my hopes up either... it just doesn't seem like his head is in the game... No confidence... No swagger...
     
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    Dodgers lineup:
    Punto SS
    Ellis 2B
    Gonzalez 1B
    Puig RF
    Ellis C
    Schumaker CF
    Uribe 3B
    Buss LF
    Ryu P
     
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    LMAO, how do you know all this? Have you watched him play in a sandlot somewhere recently? He had plenty of swagger his last game(And 1st game back), almost hit for the cycle, carried the offense and swaggered his way into a fucked up ankle!
    #yeahswagger.
     
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    No kemp! Damn it.
    LOL @ Puig with the miraculous healing again. Roids or faking injuries? WTF?
    Not a great lineup...guys better play over their heads tonight.
     
  14. CapnTreee

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    Puig is youthful... remember that far back? Shit heals overnight...

    But no Kemp?!? I thought you had the hotline to DBB's desk???
     
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    Yeah, I agree, trying to get into his mind and his feelings from just viewing on TV, or even if we were at the games, is just a recipe to set up false narratives (See: Chad ;) ) We have no idea what the hell goes through the minds of these players, and if they are all MLB players, then they all have gone through the mental toughness of the game and are well suited for it.

    The dude plays mad confident, that's never ever going to be a problem, the only confidence he'll lack is if he can't trust his legs.

    Realy, the minimum we need Kemp to be is to hit lefties pretty well and not fuck up too much on defense. If he can do that, then him/Crawford can split time easy and I'll be satisfied. Hitting righties well, stealing bases, and hitting for massive power are all luxuries to me. I don't wanna put .900 OPS expectations on him for the rest of the year: Hit lefties well, and this team is much better with him on it.
     
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    A.J. hitting 5th and Uribe 7th is strange to me. Little lineup stuff doesn't matter, I'll say that a lot but I just always wonder the thought process for some of the stuff. Probably the pitcher, maybe he thinks AJ hits those types of pitchers better. Idk
     
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    VS. Cahill...AJ .955 OPS/Uribe .425 OPS
     
  18. CapnTreee

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    really? wow... I wouldn't guess that AJ EVER had that type of OPS stat...
     
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    I hate going off 19 and then 8 ABs, but wtv, that's probably what it is. I don't think Don goes based only off those numbers to be honest though, but I think that's what he uses as his quick excuse to the media. I've heard him often say he gets a lot of info from Alex Tamin (the head stats guru on the team) so he probably gets more info beyond those combined 27 ABs, like how AJ and Uribe fare against similar style pitchers.
     
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    I wasn't agreeing with the lineup decision, just pointing out the obvious stats that I think Don looked at to answer your question on why AJ is 5th...LOL

    I think AJ is an awful hitter lately and has no business near the middle of the order and on that same note, Uribe's been a house of fire...bat him 5th IMO.
     
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