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Monday, April 30, 2012

Dodgers: Guerra still closing, but missing his mojo

$wag: Nomore Guerra?

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly met privately with the team’s closer, Javy Guerra, on Sunday morning, this in the wake of Guerra either blowing a save or allowing a tied game to be untied for the third consecutive appearance on Saturday night against the Washington Nationals.

...“I’m not happy with what has been happening,’’ Mattingly said. “Obviously, you always look at things and talk about stuff. But just because Javy has had a couple of bad days, do we make a change? I look at it as 21 games in, what alternatives do we have and what happens if we make a change and it doesn’t work out? Then what happens? Do we turn to Mac (Mike MacDougal)? (Josh) Linblom? Then does it become a tryout camp?’‘

Mattingly said the one thing that prompted him to have the meeting with Guerra after Saturday—which was his first appearance since getting nailed in the right jaw by a line drive on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves—was his body language.

“I didn’t see the swag,’’ Mattingly said.

Repoz Posted: April 30, 2012 at 06:02 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: April 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM (#4119628)
I look at it as 21 games in, what alternatives do we have and what happens if we make a change and it doesn’t work out? Then what happens? Do we turn to Mac (Mike MacDougal)?
No, Jansen.

(Josh) Linblom?
No... Jansen!

Then does it become a tryout camp?
JANSEN!!
   2. bads85 Posted: April 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4119686)
Jansen closed the game on Sunday.
   3. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: April 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4119794)
Wow. Mike MacDougal is still pitching, huh?
   4. boteman Posted: April 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4119883)
Wow. Mike MacDougal is still pitching, huh?

He actually closed a number of games for those very same Nationals a couple seasons ago, but the next year when they released him you never knew if you were gonna get OK Mac or really awful Mac. He throws really hard still. It was like Henry Rodriguez without the control. YIKES!
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4119968)
Aside from Billingsley and Kershaw the whole Dodgers pitching staff is either people you've never heard of or people you may have forgotten were in the majors. MacDougal, Matt Guerrier, Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, Jamey Wright...
   6. Walt Davis Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM (#4120028)
Jamey Wright! Yes!
   7. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4120038)
I'm sorry. Henry Rodriguez was an outfielder for the Expos. Please stop recycling names. Can't your generation do *anything* original? It's not retro. It's stealing a man's name!
   8. JJ1986 Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4120041)
I'm sorry. Henry Rodriguez was an outfielder for the Expos. Please stop recycling names. Can't your generation do *anything* original? It's not retro. It's stealing a man's name!


Soon he'll be a second baseman for the Reds as well as a pitcher for the Nats.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM (#4120042)
We can only hope this guy doesn't become a top prospect.
   10. Danny Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:47 PM (#4120044)
He throws really hard still. It was like Henry Rodriguez without the control.

Implying that Rodriguez has control?
   11. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM (#4120046)
Aside from Billingsley and Kershaw the whole Dodgers pitching staff is either people you've never heard of or people you may have forgotten were in the majors.


Why all the hate for Ted Lilly?
   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 30, 2012 at 04:56 PM (#4120053)
Ted Lilly is about as forgettable as a pitcher who's had 23.3 pitching WAR over the last eight seasons and has an 0.90 ERA in three starts this year can be.
   13. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM (#4120066)
At least he spells his name correctly.
   14. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM (#4120084)
I guess I may remember him because he pitched for my team for several years, (wow, only three. I'd have guessed five) but I don't see Lilly as forgettable at all. He joins Frank Catalanatto on the "looks like a 12 year old" team, threw some punches at John Gibbons for taking him out of a game...and his name is Theodore Roosevelt for criminy's sake!
   15. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:34 PM (#4120086)
Plus!

He was drafted by the Dodgers the same year Tim Wallach retired, then was traded back to the Dodgers for Tim Wallach's son. How interesting is that!

Answer: Tepidly.
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM (#4120089)
Now that I think about it, Ted Lilly's very bland and boring appearance is what sets him apart. Look at this guy. Fairly typical ballplayer 50 years ago, but in the 21st century every ballplayer has a goatee or a soul patch or a circular goatee-plus-moustache thing or an Elvis Andrus neckbeard/chinstrap thing or a regular old beard or moustache. I bet less than 10% of the white guys in baseball over the last 20 years have been cleanshaven for their whole careers, aside from those who spent their whole careers with the Yankees.
   17. Greg K Posted: April 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM (#4120093)
He kind of looks like he could be that guy from that TV show where he got tomorrow's newspaper today.

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