Official 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers Thread : Game 4

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  1. bigpat630

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    AT least Seager will be back.
     
  2. mr jordan04

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    Seager and Turner the only guys that will play every day. Every other position/player will be platooned
     
  3. bigmike23

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    So if it’s no Harper what direction is the front office going? Cause I’m lost
     
  4. BIG LEEMELONE

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    At least they disappointed us before the season this time
     
  5. mr jordan04

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    Platoon everybody, except turner and Seager. Deal with what they have, reassess team at the trade deadline and go from there
     
  6. Los Angeles

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    y u lost bro

    Blueprint stays the same
     
  7. bigmike23

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    So flame out come playoff time ok got it
     
  8. dslee559

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    Blueprint is pretty effective. Again, in 2017 Dodgers lost in game 7 of the World Series because the player they traded for lost his 2nd game due to tipping pitches.

    2018, they lose arguably their best position player in Seager and replaced him with the best one available in the summer. If Seager was healthy last year, who knows who they would’ve traded for instead of Machado.

    I’m definitely disappointed so far this offseason but I still trust the front office to make moves this season. Kluber/Realmuto are more likely to drop a little more in value during the season because their teams become more desperate.
     
  9. mr jordan04

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    As long as the money is coming in, it doesn’t really matter
     
  10. mr jordan04

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    Dodgers in discussions to trade Joc :nerd:
     
  11. Los Angeles

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    damn joc was one of the dudes who was woke during the playoffs

    Looks like theyre clearing room for AJ, his righty bat is needed
     
  12. mr jordan04

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    Just like they were cleaning house for Bryce Harper and Realmuto
     
  13. Los Angeles

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    so youre saying theres a chance?
     
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  14. mr jordan04

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    AJ Pollock an upgrade from Kemp/Puig?
     
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    My heart tells me "no", on if he's better than Puig and Kemp, but Pollock plays solid defense with traditionally great number against lefties. If he's healthy, he's more than worth the 4/$50million. I'm just glad they did SOMETHING.
     
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  16. bigpat630

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    He needs to stay healthy.

    Realmuto incoming?
     
  17. tupac003

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    So...this is our guy?
     
  18. Lizakers

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    Stud when healthy. All around game. Defense, hitting. He does it all. But injury prone last couple yrs
     
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    trade for realmuto and resign manny? that would be :smokin
     
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    Looks like Joc is as good as gone. Nice offseason if we can pull this off :pimp:
     
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    We’ve had a need for right handed hitting for years now, then we trade two away and sign one. I guess this is just the economics of baseball and staying under the tax but smh, Yasiel :frown:
     
  22. Rockabilly Zombie

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    So the front office has a pulse after all...
     
  23. Lizakers

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    Puig a huge fan favorite and LA star
    We did him dirty
     
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  24. Los Angeles

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    It happens bro
    AJ a + defender and gives the lineup some balance, damn if dude can stay healthy lookin at all the incentives & how his contract is setup could b a good deal

    Lets get JT
     
  25. frink85

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    Some insight into the trades/signings and the FO thinking, per Olney

    There were moments in recent seasons when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about Yasiel Puig's daily approach to his work, about his consistency, and Roberts would pause and smile and look down, collecting and perhaps measuring his thoughts.

    Whatever he said after that really didn't matter as much as that initial tell.

    Puig improved his play after his brief banishment to the minor leagues in 2016, posting an .833 OPS in 152 games in 2017 and .820 in 2018, and there were stretches in which his defensive performance was as good as anyone playing the position. But there continued to be a daily mystery about the manner in which Puig would go about his business -- his timeliness at work, his preparation, how he would take his at-bats. Sometimes he was locked in and disciplined, a lot of times he wasn't.

    In the Dodgers' moves this winter, there seems to be an effort to build more consistency. Puig was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, along with Matt Kemp. Yasmani Grandal, who repeatedly struggled in the postseason after regular-season excellence, moved on as a free agent without a concerted effort by the Dodgers to retain him, in the way they kept Kenley Jansenand Justin Turner. Joc Pederson is on the trade market, having hit .228 in his first five seasons in the big leagues.

    Meanwhile, they've added A.J. Pollock, an outfielder who has been hurt often during his career but has a pristine reputation for his daily approach and preparation, and has a connection with a new member of the Dodgers' coaching staff. L.A. is talking with the Marlins about a possible trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto, who is regarded as rock-solid in his work.

    In the midst of last fall's World Series, one prominent member of the Red Sox organization noted that some of the Dodgers' hitters seemed to struggle with in-game adjustments. Time and again, he said, you could throw the same pitch in the same spot and a few of the Dodgers seemed to be helpless. The greatest challenge for the Boston pitchers, he said, was in executing the game plan, because if they did that, some of the Dodgers' hitters would simply not be able to counter.

    Dodgers veterans Turner and David Freesecombined to go 13-for-36 in the World Series. The rest of the L.A. lineup batted .137 in 153 at-bats. Cody Bellinger went 1-for-16, Chris Taylor2-for-14, Manny Machado 4-for-22, Kemp 1-for-9, Austin Barnes 0-for-11, Pederson 1-for-12 with five strikeouts. Grandal, basically benched by that point in the postseason, went 1-for-5 with four strikeouts.

    The 2018 World Series is a just a snapshot of the Dodgers' work in recent years, but perhaps helped to define the direction of some of their moves this winter.

    Chase Utley played with the Dodgers the past four seasons and became a model in how he bought in to the way the team's roster was constructed. He didn't always start, he didn't always play, in an organization that builds and utilizes depth. But every day, Utley worked to be fully prepared for whatever he was asked to do, whenever he was asked to do it, and this is part of the reason the Dodgers kept bringing him back even as age dragged down his numbers -- and why he'll continue to work within the organization.

    Similarly, Pollock has always been very serious about his work, about learning, about adapting. During the 2017 season, the Diamondbacks traded for J.D. Martinez, a serious student of hitting who often took batting practice with his personal coach on mornings before night games. In his first days with the Diamondbacks, Martinez would drive 45 minutes to find a place to hit, but Pollock offered use of the indoor cage at his Phoenix-area home to his new teammate.

    And thereafter, Pollock joined in the morning work, and armed with this new information, he got off to a great start for the Diamondbacks in 2018, generating an OPS of 1.034 in his first 36 games -- and then he got hurt.

    Martinez's personal hitting coach: Robert Van Scoyoc, who was hired by the Diamondbacks for the 2018 season, and was recently named the Dodgers' hitting coach. He has been in position to inform the Dodgers in their pursuit of Pollock, and to speak to his work ethic and preparation.

    During Game 1 of the World Series, the Dodgers' outfielders seemed to be positioned particularly deep in Fenway Park, certainly deeper than what the Red Sox staff was accustomed to seeing in opponents. L.A.'s coaching staff noted this as well and discussed it before Game 2. One of the X factors, however, was Puig, and how he might move on his own. Unlike other Dodgers outfielders, he sometimes would not carry the defensive-positioning card generated by the coaches.

    In the fifth inning of Game 2, the Red Sox rallied against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the reliever who took over, Ryan Madson. With the bases loaded and two out, J.D. Martinez punched a line drive to right field -- in front of Puig, who had been playing very deep, again, in Fenway's unusually large right field. Two runs scored, the Red Sox grabbed a 4-2 lead, and took control of the World Series.

    Moving forward, the new Dodgers will make their fair share of mistakes; the coaching staff will make mistakes. But as L.A.'s roster turns over into 2019, there probably will be fewer questions about whether one of the players has prepared in a way to put himself in the best possible position.

    Yes Puig can be frustrating at times but he matured pretty well the last two seasons post minors and was good at both sides of the field.

    The lack of playoff adjustments is on Dave and the coaches I remember yelling many times at my TV about plate discipline and how they were pitching the kids. If they’re not making the necessary adjustments and struggling after being advised, pinch hit or bench them.
     
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