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84 Consecutive Saves: Unbreakable?

         On August 28th, 2002, Eric Gagne recorded a save against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 1-0 game started by lefty Odalis Perez. It was his 45th of the year in a season where he would record 52 saves. The streak would continue for the entire 2003 season and finally end on July 5th, 2004. Eighty-four consecutive games. No one has come close to matching it. 

        Between 2002 and 2004, Gagne would pile up 152 saves. In 2003, he won the Cy Young award. Considering he had 187 total for his career, that has to be nothing short of amazing. On Wednesday night, the Dodgers celebrated this feat and Gagne threw out the first pitch. His walk-in song, Welcome to the Jungle, by Guns N Roses, blaring on the sound system, he stepped on the mound and fired a strike to Evan Phillips. Roberts had turned down his request. ” I don’t know what he is going to throw, and I don’t want him to embarrass me.” Roberts said. 

       Gagne holds the mound at Dodger Stadium in high esteem. “Every time I step on this mound, it is like a church to me”, he said. “It’s my office, on top of that little mound and walking in here with all that history, Tommy Lasorda, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, It is very humbling.” Gagne and Roberts were teammates over those years. 

        Over the streak, which lasted 87.2 innings, he struck out 139 batters and did not allow any of his inherited 123 runners to score. He allowed 2 runs, and no homers. No one has come close to matching those numbers. Gagne started his career with LA as a starting pitcher. But after 48 starts, an 11-14 record, he moved to the pen in 2002, became the closer and over the next three years he was the best in the league. He never started another game in the majors. 

        Gagne only pitched in 14 games in 2005 as an injury cut his season short. He did save 8 games and had 2,70 ERA. Home runs had been one of his big bugaboos as a starter. He gave up 47 in his first three years. Over his career, he gave up 76. So, over the next 8 seasons, he only gave up 29. 

        Gagne would spend most of 2005 on the DL. He had signed a 2-year, 19-million-dollar deal after the 2004 season. It was announced that he would undergo a second Tommy John surgery. His first was in 1997. Returning after a second TJ surgery at that time was unheard of. Since then, though, former Dodger reliever, Hong-Chih Kou did it. While performing the surgery, the doctors noticed that there was a nerve trapped by scar tissue and were able to release it with a less invasive procedure. Gagne still missed the rest of the season. 

         He had some encouraging outings in spring, but then the pain in his elbow returned. This forced him to undergo a second surgery, this time removing the nerve entirely. On June 3rd, Gagne made his first appearance of 2006, He would pitch in two games, getting one save. Then the pain in his elbow returned. On July 4th, Gagne woke up with intense back pain. An examination revealed two herniated discs. He underwent season ending back surgery on July 8th. 

       Needless to say, after not getting much bang for their 19-million-dollar investment, the Dodgers declined to extend him at 12 million. He signed a one-year deal with Texas for 6 million, with another 5 in performance bonus money. He spent some more time on the DL in 2007, but overall, he managed a 2-0 record with 16 saves and a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings for the Rangers. Texas traded him to Boston at the deadline on July 31st. He did not fare as well in Boston. He was not their closer. He was brought in to be a set-up man for Jonathan Paplebon. He was knocked around in his early outings. He ended up with a 2-2 record, 3 blown saves and no saves at all. He pitched one perfect inning against the Rockies in the World Series. 

       Eric signed with the Brewers that winter for 10 million dollars with 1 million in incentives possible. He had his worst full season in the majors, finishing with a 4-3 record, 10 saves and a 5.44 ERA. He signed a minor league deal after the 2008 season with the Brewers, but he was released midway through spring training due to a shoulder injury. He would not pitch in the majors again.

      He played for a Canadian team in Quebec in 2009, going 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA. He threw 2 shutouts, and 1 complete game. He signed with the Dodgers in 2010, hoping to make it back to the majors, but after a really bad spring, he was sent to the minors. On April 18th, he asked for and was granted his release. 

       Gagne would coach for the French team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. He was hired by the Rangers as a coach in 2018. He was released from his position in 2019. In 2007, Gagne was named in the Mitchell Report as a user of HGH. Human growth hormone. It was said he got the drug from steroids dealer, Kirk Radomski. At first Radomski said Gagne obtained them from Dodger teammate, Paul LoDuca. Radomski later said, he mailed two shipments of the drug straight to Gagne. Receipts from Fed-Ex and USPS showed that Radomski received one payment from Gagne and two from LoDuca. 

        Gagne then declined to meet with Mitchell to discuss the charges before the report was released. In a 2009 interview with the Times, he expressed remorse, not only for what he had done, but also for the fact he could not talk openly about it. The Times felt the reason was he did not want to implicate others. Later he would admit to the use of the drug and said he had used it to recover from a knee injury. Gagne also said he always gave 100% effort while he was with the Dodgers. 

        He and his exe-wife, Valerie, have four children, 2 boys and 2 girls. On July 31, 2020, Gagne was involved in multiple hit and run accidents in Terrebonne, Quebec. Police reportedly apprehended him after he fled the scene. For those of us who saw him come out of the pen those three magical seasons, it is easy to remember the excitement in the Stadium.

        The sound system blaring, Gagne running in from the pen, firing his eight warm-ups, and then shutting the opposition down. It was something to see, and it was definitely, game over! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MiLB GAME SUMMARY REPORTS

 

Las Vegas Aviators (A’s) 11 – OKC Baseball Club 7

OKC’s Class A Starter, Christian Romero, gave up a pair of 2-run HRs for 4 runs total in 3.0 IP.  He allowed 6 hits, with a BB, and 2 Ks.  He left after 3.0 trailing 7-4.

OKC scored three in the 2nd inning on a Chris Owings 2-run HR and a Trey Lipcius solo shot.

In the 3rd, OKC drew closer when Trey Sweeney tripled and scored on Diego Cartaya’s sac fly.

In the 6th, Sweeney walked and scored on Cartaya’s double, who in turn scored on Alan Trejo’s double.

In the 7th, with 2 out Diego Cartaya was HBP and scored on Alan Trejo’s second double to tie the score at 7-7.

Matt Gage and John Rooney combined to give up a single, double, triple and 2 walks for 4 runs in the 8th to give Las Vegas the win. 

  • Trey Lipcius – 2-3, 2 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (19)
  • Alan Trejo – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 2 RBI, 2 doubles (4)
  • Diego Cartaya – 1-3, 1 HBP, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double (2), SF
  • Chris Owings – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (8)
  • Trey Sweeney – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 run, triple (3)

 

Box Score

 

Tulsa Drillers 7 – Wichita Wind Surge (Minnesota) 0

Orlando Ortiz-Mayr pitched his career game.  He completed 7.0 shutout innings allowing 3 hits with 1 BB.  He registered 7 Ks on the night.  Juan Morillo and Edgardo Henriquez each pitched a scoreless inning to complete the combined shutout. 

Tulsa scored their 1st run in the 4th.  Taylor Young drew a BB and Dalton Rushing singled.  A passed ball moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Wichita’s pitcher struck out the next three, but on the third it was a wild pitch allowing the batter to reach and Young to score. 

In the 5th, Yeiner Fernandez led off with a HR.  Alex Freeland followed with a double.  Young drew a 2nd BB.  A ground out moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Damon Keith was IBB while José Ramos was unintentionally walked to force in a run.  Griffin Lockwood-Powell singled and scored 2, with the third run scoring and GLP moving to 2nd on a fielding error on the play and a 6-0 lead. 

In the 7th, Freeland opened with a single, stole 2nd, and scored on Damon Keith’s single.

Every Tulsa batter had at least 1 hit in this one.

  • Alex Freeland – 2-5, 2 runs, double (13), SB (13)
  • Griffin Lockwood-Powell – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 RBI
  • Yeiner Fernandez – 1-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (1)

 

Box Score

 

Great Lakes Loons vs West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) – Game Postponed

 

 

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10 – Visalia Rawhide (Arizona) 0

5 Rancho pitchers combined for a 1 hit shutout.  And leave it to Joe Kelly to give up the sole Visalia hit.  Luke Fox continues to build on his progress from TJ surgery with the first 4.0 innings.  He did allow 3 walks, but registered 2 Ks.

The first batter Kelly faced singled.  That was followed by a BB. Kelly struck out the next batter and that was followed with a 4-6-3 DP.

In Moises Brito’s RC debut, he got through 2.0 innings, allowing 1 free pass with 2 Ks.

Reynaldo Yean and Noah Ruen each pitched a scoreless/hitless innings.

RC scored 10 runs on 14 hits.  Sean McLain led the attack with 4 hits. 

  • Sean McLain – 4-4, 3 runs
  • Carlos Rojas – 3-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double (6)
  • Wilman Diaz – 2-3, 1 BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double (12)
  • Juan Alonso – 1-4, 1 run, 3 RBI, HR (5)
  • Doubles – Cameron Decker (5), Jeral Perez (15)

 

Box Score

 

ACL Dodgers 2 – ACL Guardians 1

 

Three 20 year RHP combined for a 7 inning no hitter.

 

  • Hyun-Seok Jang – 2.2 IP – 2 BB, 5 K
  • Ricardo Montero – 0.2 IP – 4 BB, 2 K
  • Nicolas Cruz – 3.2 IP – no BB, 3 K – Did not allow a baserunner

 

Box Score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Badger

Agree about the umpire.

Glasnow with one atrocious inning. And that’s all it takes. 5 earned in 6 innings pitched.

Last edited 8 days ago by Badger
Jeff

Glasnow seems to lack endurance in games. Command and control mistakes loses games. His dominance falters much like Lance Lynn. Of course I like him better than Lynn. Needs better coaching.

Jeff Dominique

IMO, that’s not fair. Glasnow was just as dominant in the 5th and 6th as he was in the first three innings. He made one bad pitch. I am not sure why you think he needs better coaching, or who you think that is. His 2024 WHIP is 0.93. For a SP, that is elite. #3 in MLB. Batting Average against .183 is #2 in MLB and #1 in NL. A look at his statcast page and he has a lot of elite red. He does give up too many barrel hits. Loses games? He went five starts with no run support. Why is that his fault?

Jeff

Vargas is looking like a MLB player. His swing is beautiful and he is looking comfortable in LF. Maybe he’s here to stay. He just hit a HR in the 2nd Milwaukee game.

Duke Not Snider

Smith definitely should be an all-star. Teo and Mookie are also deserving, though of course somebody would sub for Mookie.
While Smith had an epic night, perhaps Vargas had the more important game in terms of the roster and the trade deadline. He came up big when he needed it most. Given a rare start against a righty, he homered, singled and took a walk. He also made a nice running catch on a foul ball near the wall.
I still think Vargas is likely to be traded, but Outman and Pages are vulnerable too, depending on the deal. (Interesting that Vargas was taking grounders at 3B.)
Glad to see Outman back. He earned it.

Wayne

Vargas should just play every game until the trade deadline.

dodgerram

Finally the Dodgers wise up and at least think about giving Vargas some run at 3b. Have been saying that for weeks they should give him an occasional start at the hot corner to keep his bat in the lineup.
Insane they bench him immediately again after showing one more time he can hit RHP . Just stupid.

Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SandyAmoros

And we know you cant fix stupid Roberts is a turd

OhioDodger

Roberts does what he is told to do. He is a puppet.

Dionysus

A turd puppet

Bumsrap

I don’t know what that is.

Jeff

The FO algorithm says no to Vargas. Yes, just stupid.

Scott Andes

Good game. Freddie showing what situational hitting is all about. Great at-bat, just going with the pitch and knocking it up the middle into center field. The rest of the hitters should take note. That’s how it’s done. Vargas has played very well since being called up and should get more playing time. Why not start him at second and get Lux’s noodle bat out of the lineup for good?

Speaking of Lux, another 0hfer and he’s now hitting below .215 for the year. He’s still atrocious. But let me guess, he’s an all-star right and the future of the Dodgers? I’m sure there’s still people claiming he’s headed for the hall. Maybe he’ll finish the year above the mendoza line?

What a game for Smith. Three bombs. He’s Friedman’s finest draft pick and a great hitter.

Glasnow looks gassed. The Dodgers may have a problem if he’s running on empty. They need him for the playoffs and have to get him through the season without injury. They may have to give him a couple weeks off but if he can’t pitch more than 120 innings in a season then they’re going to have a big problem here.

I predicted a loss and they win again. What can I say? My track record stays unbeaten.

Last edited 8 days ago by Scott Andes
Sam Oyed

Not the best outing but he only gave up 3 hits, 2 of which were not hit that hard. He seemed unsettled once the first Brewer got on base.

Dionysus

You can’t have a track record if nobody cares.

Singing the Blue

I care. Scott is becoming our MVP (Most Valuable Prognosticator).
He contributed more to that victory than Ohtani did.
I’m preparing the trophy. Just need to make sure I spell Scott’s name correctly.

Bluto

Well played.

Last edited 8 days ago by Bluto
Scott Andes

Correction, I care.

You’ll appreciate me more when the wins start piling up.

Dave

I remember Gagne as a mediocre starting pitcher and then someone switched him to being a reliever and he was dominant. It fascinates me how that can happen. He had several pitches and as a closer he could command them all. For some reason that didn’t help as a starter, probably his mental approach.

Badger

I remember him being named in the Mitchell Report. But what the heck, if Shawn Green had used he might have hit 75 home runs and the Dodgers could have won a few championships.

Wally Moonshot

Maybe that’s May’s future if he ever comes back.

OhioDodger

The Lux show is getting old. How long is his leash?

Badger

3 weeks?

Duke Not Snider

Sounds about right…
There is more rumbling that the Blue Jays will be sellers. Lux + ??? for Bichette?
I still think it would be funny if the Dodgers also toss Biggio back to the Jays. How often has a guy been DFA”d by one team in a single season?
That said, DeJong just slugged his 16th HR and as a rental might be a better target than Bichette.
Meanwhile, the LAT’s Bill Plaschke has joined the chorus for adding a quality SP:
“They still need to find one more starting pitcher whom they can trust to take the ball in October.
“No more ignoring it. No more Lance Lynning it. No more counting on kids to suddenly grow up or injuries to miraculously heal.
“As Friday night once again revealed, if Tyler Glasnow is The Guy, they might need a second guy.”

While we wait on Yamamoto and ???, I like seeing what the rising prospects can do. Wrobleski is apparently the next man up, and perhaps we’ll see River Ryan before we see Yamamoto or Kershaw or Buehler or May…

Last edited 8 days ago by Jeff Dominique
Badger

I like the potential of Bichette becoming the franchise shortstop, coming here, getting his mojo back, signing an extension and deferring the money….

I really appreciate how Plaschke can just put it out there. “No more ignoring it. No more Lance Lynning it. No more counting on kids to suddenly grow up or injuries to miraculously heal.” You tell ‘em Bill. And his point about Glasnow is spot on. Glasnow may have 150 innings in him and about 30 of those will be needed in October.

And Yamamoto? It might be wise to plan a replacement.

Bumsrap

Maybe trade for a Hall of Famer type such as Scherzer who can take the ball in the playoffs, oh yeah, I forgot, he didn’t.

Bluto

Tajen from another board, two Plaschke headlines from the past week:

1> Lakers’ decision to draft Bronny James is a costly move toward chaos

2>Give the kid a break! Bronny James is unfairly feeling the heat

Singing the Blue

He did not make the Lakers sign Redick. He stayed completely out of that decision.

The Lakers main problem is Jeannie Buss who can’t say “no” to anybody and listens far too much to her longtime buddies Kurt and Linda Rambis who have talked her into some really bad moves in the past 10 years, not necessarily the Redick hire which I think may turn out OK.

That said, the Lakers are not likely to be successful until both LBJ and AJ are no longer with the team. And you can add Pelinka to that list.

Bumsrap

I was hoping he would have been part of a sigh and trade or that he merely left in free agency.

Singing the Blue

I always felt that Hurley never intended to leave and was just using the Lakers as leverage for a better deal at UConn, but I can’t argue with your statement about nobody wanting to coach LBJ.

Actually I guess I could argue that point. Redick wants to coach him. 😎

Jeff

LBJ will be gone soon. Think big picture.

Bumsrap

I agree and will add that the downfall started with Jeannie not listening to Jerry West and instead listening to her boyfriend.

Jeff

Sorry, it’s the players, not the owner. They need a shakeup.

Jeff

They did win a ring a few years back. DLO cannot be relied upon. They need to develop their new players. Maybe JJ can get something out of their support players.

porpoiseboy

Same here

Scott Andes

Nobody wants Lux, he’s awful and has almost no trade value.

Jeff

That’s probably the reality. Players like him are holding back the Farm and the whole development process. Vargas, who has shown the ability to play, is not getting to play enough. Something fucked up about the FO.

Duke Not Snider

Then he gets packaged with somebody who is wanted.
Lux is a former top prospect and perhaps a chance of scenery will get him back to ’22 form, when he hit to a .745 OPS.

Jeff Dominique

Plaschke has been reading LADC. 😎

Duke Not Snider

Well, he should be.

OhioDodger

Plaschke is the Angel Hernandez of journalism..

Wally Moonshot

I was willing to give Lux a pass since he missed all of last season and hitting major league pitching isn’t exactly easy. But it’s almost mid July and he’s barely hitting .200. I think he needs to go to a team that will re- work his hitting approach and get him to stop trying to pull everything.

Jeff Dominique

Bumsrap

Maybe while the Brewers are in town a couple of players could change uniforms such as BriceTurang and Vargas and Lux.

Bumsrap

Brewers aren’t getting much from their first baseman and returns a Corona boy to Southern California and a Wisconsin boy to Wisconsin.

Bumsrap

If the Dodgers were to get Turang for Lux and Vargas I am guessing, and this is just a wild guess, that Lux would play second for the Brewers and it would be Vargas that played first base.

Scott Andes

Why would any team want Lux playing second base? He’s absolutely horrendous. Nobody wants him. Why would the Brewers ever do that?

Singing the Blue

I find your geographical approach to trades very interesting. I understand Turang and Lux but is there an MLB team in Cuba?

Bumsrap

No, but Milwaukee has several restaurants that serve an amazing Ropa Vieja plus there is a car museum that specializes in 1950’s American cars. That’s the best I can do for Vargas.

Singing the Blue

On behalf of Miguelito, I sincerely appreciate your efforts on his behalf.

Jeff

Are you even watching Vargas play this time around? He looks like a completely different player. Big mistake to ship him off.

Bluto

While not infallible, the guys at Baseball Prospectus cast doubt on two things Crochet related:

1> that he would be a starter for the majority of the 2nd half (this is also echoed at TheAthletic). Rather they project he would go to the pen and then get stretched out towards the end of the season.

2> that Baltimore, for this reason, would be interested in Crochet. They throw out Fede, Lorenzen or Eovaldi if Texas doesn’t come up.

Jeff Dominique

I pointed out The Athletics comment.

I wrote this yesterday:

When approached by a The Athletic writer(s) (I think Athletic writer(s)) a couple of current GMs were asked what they would do if they were successful in trading for Crochet and wanting to monitor his innings. Their response was to immediately put him in the bullpen, and then start to lengthen him in September ready for the playoffs. A little forward thinking…planning. I like it.

Jeff Dominique

Although, I am hedging my SP pick to move Nathan Eovaldi to the top of the list, with Chris Bassitt right behind. Eric Fedde is moving higher up the list as well.

I think CWS made a mistake by not trading Crochet earlier (assuming they had a chance). The Dodgers need a starter they can count on in October. Crochet may not be that guy, and I will gladly say I was wrong if they can get Eovaldi or Bassitt.

Duke Not Snider

Eovaldi would be fun…. Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson is quietly having a strong bounce-backseason in Anaheim.

Bluto

Nice! Missed it yesterday. We were traveling.

Phil Jones

These were my thoughts from 2 days ago “My main observation is – is this a Dodger team constructed to win in the Playoffs? Let me give you 6 reasons why NOT.
Lux .217, Barnes .208, Kike .206, Heyward .205, Biggio .188 and CT3 .162. We hold out hope that the savior will arrive soon – Max Muncy @ .223.”
With 1 of the non-fab six out for a while, this should be a golden opportunity for Vargas to get a much needed, and last, change to prove himself or set his trade value. I’m thinking he will hit this time if given the opportunity.  
I’m good with Teo, Outman/Pages and Vargas.  
Vargas has certainly worked his way into the outhouse. As soon as possible there’s a defensive replacement so there’s little confidence there. Now he will sit for Outman. 
Why not give Hoese a look? I see his splits in AAA are .282/.800 v RHP and .365/.912 v LHP. Please spare me a lecture on the difference between AAA and MLB pitching.  
Jeff what’s the book on Hoese?
I’ve reached the point of no return for Biggio, Kike and CT3 as anything but gone.  
Kike – .189/.521 v RHP, .219/.635. 
CT3 – .147/.469 v RHP, .170/.549 v LHP.  
Vargas .240/.750 V RHP & .471/1291 v LHP in a limited sample. Vargas should play every day.
Biggio should have been gone day before yesterday.  

The “IF” conversation was a good one, yesterday with Badger, Pluto and Bear. Too many “IF’s” at this point in the season. We have to see how many IL pitchers will return and be worth a shit.  
Get another starting pitcher and find a 3rd baseman either internally by giving guys a look or pay the price at the deadline.
But this stretch with the same unproductive players appearing everyday, while we all prey for a miracle has gotten old to me.
Nice question by norcaldodgerfan on Brasier’s 2 and a 1/2 month calf strain.  
 

Badger

Trade Kiké, a pitcher and a catcher we aren’t going to use for prospects, take those prospects, a pitcher and a catcher we aren’t going to use and trade them for a pitcher and someone who can hit that we are going to use.

Embezzlement? After he gets out he should move back here and run for office.

Phil Jones

Thanks Bear. You are spot on with your analysis of the 6 guys who can’t hit but either have no trade value or AF won’t eat their salary. As you mentioned, Taylor isn’t tradeable with his 22.5 million being owed. I would eat a bunch of that salary to dish him now. Eat the money and check it off as a bad signing unless you really want to watch his act for another season and a half.
I have no idea what portion of Biggoi’s 4.2 million 1 year contract, we pay. If AF is paying this guy a million, again check that one off as a bad idea. Kike is owed a couple million. See ya. Lux earns 1.23 and someone might do that with the right package. Heyward is going nowhere for his 9 million, and Barnes isn’t going anywhere with his 3.5 mil as the Dodgers love him for hopefully 6 more months.
CT3 seems to have us over a barrel, with AF being unwilling, it seems, to part with 22.5 million. And perhaps Kike’s 4 million.

But we paid Trevor Bauer $61 million for 17 starts, a 6 & 5 record and 107.2 innings. That’s $570,000 per start. And we don’t want to part with 26.5 million to clean house of our deadwood? Fine time to start pinching pennies.

OhioDodger

For a team that just spent a freaking billion dollars in the off season, it baffles me that they are balking at eating $23M to get rid of Taylor. I would get rid of Biggio and Kike before Taylor however. Dodgers should have signed Profar or Pham instead of Heyward.

OhioDodger

I was an advocate for Profar over Heyward in the off season. Pham not as much. But we could use his grit on this team.

Duke Not Snider

The Dodgers can eat a lot of salary if they really want to move some of those contracts.
When Mookie comes back, he should play 2B full-time, and that would make Lux fully expendable. And Biggio has earned a DFA.
The versatility of Taylor and Kike make them more useful than Lux and Biggio.
Why not promote Hoese or Lipcius to play 3B until Max gets back?

Last edited 7 days ago by Duke Not Snider
Phil Jones

Thank You

Singing the Blue

I wonder if the 2024 version of Kody Hoese has surprised the front office as much as it has me. Up until this year he was showing all the signs of another dismal position player draft failure that the Dodgers have had more than a few of. I think Jeff made reference to that a few days ago.

I very much hope I’m wrong, but my feeling is that this year will turn out to be a one-off and not a new beginning. That said, I would much prefer to see him in a Dodger uni tomorrow than I would Biggio.

Badger

The Dodgers have three utility players, including Rojas, for situations just like this.

How’s that working for them?

Hoese is 26, has been in the organization for 6 years, is the third baseman for the organization’s AAA club, he’s hitting over .300 and OPS’n over .800 and the team sticks with Biggio.

There must be a reason. What is it?

Bluto

40 man planning with so many on the 60?

Badger

Hmm. Have to admit, I hadn’t considered that.

Bumsrap

Hurts Hoese’s paycheck.

OhioDodger

It is a farce.

Wayne

“But this stretch with the same unproductive players appearing everyday, while we all prey for a miracle has gotten old to me.”

100%!! Hopefully this present act ends by the trade deadline!

Last edited 8 days ago by Wayne
Jeff

Strongly disagree with your assessment of Vargas. He’s looking at a real turnaround. Hits and looks good in LF. Play him.

Jeff Dominique

Singing the Blue

Wrobleski tomorrow. That should be interesting.

I’m sure the White Sox will have a scout or two in attendance as will a number of other teams.

Ron Fairly fan

I think Ferris might be another lefty that should not be traded.

Jeff Dominique

Agreed.

Duke Not Snider

But they may trade a lefty for a lefty…

Badger

0 for 7 WRISP.

And they win.

That is this year’s Dodgers.

OhioDodger

Home Runs or Bust. Team is not good at eking out runs playing small ball. It will be their downfall again in the post season.

OhioDodger

Damn, I hope not.

Bluto

This may be why Vargas is now taking grounders at 3B, per Ardaya:

Max Muncy is no longer swinging a bat, Dave Roberts said today. Oblique issue hasn’t progressed. Anything rotational still gives him some discomfort.

Duke Not Snider

Speaking of relievers, there is still chatter among baseball scribes that the Dodgers may bring back Kenley.

OhioDodger

Dodgers up 9 in the loss column on the Puds.

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