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Friday, October 16, 2015

Plaschke: Large payroll isn’t enough to get Dodgers further in postseason

Plaschke is up to his “old-fashioned” tricks, this time pretending never to have heard of Ted Williams.

For $300 million, you would also think the Dodgers would always be covering third base — there’s only four bases to watch, right? — yet in the fourth inning they inexplicably left it open after Zack Greinke walked Lucas Duda with the infield shifted to right. Daniel Murphy, who had earlier singled and jogged to second on the walk, saw the free base and sprinted to it. Moments later, Murphy scored the game-tying run on Travis d’Arnaud’s deep foul fly ball, a 2-all tie that remained until Murphy won the game with a home run into the right-field seats in the sixth.

Mattingly blamed the naked base caper on rookie Corey Seager, but, in a broader sense, the blame will be felt by new Dodgers baseball boss Andrew Friedman. This was a case of old-fashioned hustle beating the sort of new-age baseball shift that has been implemented here by the Friedman regime. It is a shift that has sometimes succeeded but still requires more work, especially on a team with a rookie shortstop.

“We should all be kind of ... communicating, ‘Get to third, get to third,’” said Mattingly after this expensive team was once again felled by 10-cent fundamentals.

Finally, for $300 million, you wouldn’t think the Dodgers players and their manager would engage in a shouting match in the middle of their most important moment.

The enduring image of Thursday’s loss will probably be Andre Ethier waving off Mattingly and screaming, “Shut up and manage!” after Mattingly had tried to calm him down after Ethier flied out with a runner on second in the third.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 16, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, bill plaschke, dodgers, don mattingly, old school, shifts



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