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RAVIN' AT THE RAVINE--AND ELSEWHERE--2021 SEASON

 
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dodgerblue6



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PostPosted: Thu 4/1/21 10:11 pm    Post subject: RAVIN' AT THE RAVINE--AND ELSEWHERE--2021 SEASON Reply with quote

Yes, believe it or not, I'm combining them all so there won't be separate threads about Dodgers home and road games this year.

The Dodgers opened on the road, and lost to the Rockies, 8-5, at Coors Field today.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/2/21 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

14 LOB says a lot! Clayton wasn't sharp, either. Back at it tonight, though, I predict a win for Trevor Bauer's first start as a Dodger.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/2/21 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And you were right, Sunny! That's more like it. Dodgers win, 11-6.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/4/21 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The final game of the opening Series at Coors Field has already gotten underway, and the Dodgers won the third game yesterday, 6-5.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/4/21 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's crazy, but of the 4 starting pitchers in the first series, Kershaw was the least effective. I think our starting pitching is going to be just fine, including him - but having them open a season in Colorado is not a good way to judge the rotation.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/4/21 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true.

Julio Urias—so efficient! The Dodgers’ No. 4 pitcher was the most effective of all this weekend in Coors Field, throwing seven strong innings and allowing one run on three hits, as the Dodgers won, 4-2. Austin Gomber took the loss for Colorado. For the Dodgers, Will Smith’s solo shot in the eighth off Rockies reliever Robert Stephenson became the team’s first “out-of-the-park” home run this season, since Cody’s Opening Day blast was negated.

On to Oakland for a three-game set next before the boys in blue get back to L.A. for their home opener on Friday.
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PostPosted: Mon 4/5/21 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good bounceback from the Opening Day loss. Urias was tough and very selective.
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PostPosted: Tue 4/6/21 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent start for Dustin May, and the Dodgers won 10-3 at the Coliseum.
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PostPosted: Wed 4/7/21 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And vintage CK was back last night...thankfully. Dodgers win! Poor Athletics are 0-6...
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PostPosted: Wed 4/7/21 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really loving Zach McKinstry's play early on. If he keeps this up, we probably won't miss Kike as much. (I mean, I will miss Kike because of his fun personality and energy.)
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PostPosted: Thu 4/8/21 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJ must be removed from the closer's role. Dodgers lose, 4-3, in ten innings after failing to protect a ninth inning lead. They could have swept the Athletics, but after starting out 0-7, I guess Oakland had other ideas.

Home for the weekend, and the 2021 opener at Chavez Ravine.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/10/21 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please post an update! Maybe a different thread about the special ceremony. Or something at least - I'm still so excited from watching that yesterday.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/10/21 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Sunny, I know it was a superb game, and a wonderful all-around celebration, but I will get back to that shortly.

But first I wanted to post about my mixed feelings about not being there. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun 4/11/21 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With all the pomp and ceremony out of the way, the second game of the Nationals series was played on Saturday evening with Julio Urias enjoying another solid outing. The Dodgers won, 9-5, but Urias held Washington to one run for five innings. Dodger hitting handled Nats starter Patrick Corbin adeptly, scoring six runs over his six innings pitched. After the Nats scored one in the top of the first, CT3 contributed a three-run homer in the bottom of the second, and they never looked back. A.J. smacked a bases-clearing double to add three more in the seventh as the Dodgers piled on.

CK on the mound today.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/11/21 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I don't want to say "Kike Who?", but Zach McKinstry is looking very good so far in this young season.

Today, in what was being called a "rare match-up between three-time Cy Young Award winners", Clayton outdueled Max Scherzer, and the Dodgers won, 3-0. It was one of those tidy little games where both starting pitchers fared well, and the Dodgers' one-run lead held up as if a tightrope. It was Zach's double that gave them the slim edge early, and his seventh inning two-run shot provided a bit more insurance. And KJ? Well, he came in and slammed the door in the ninth, just like old days.

At 8-2 thus far, I'm happy to say that starting pitching is once again a strength for this team. As noted on dodgers.com, "Dodgers starters are now 6-0 with a 1.61 ERA in their last eight outings. The starter has gone six or more innings in seven of those eight games."

Very Happy

The homestand continues for three more games as the Rockies come in for a mid-week set. Then it's down to San Diego to rumble!
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PostPosted: Thu 4/15/21 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Dodgers have handled the Rockies well in their first two games, and now look to clinch a sweep tonight. They're off to a 10-2 start to the season.

And Mookie is back in the lineup.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/15/21 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I liked seeing KJ in vintage form for 2 outings in a row. I think using Corey Knebel in between has a lot to do with boosting his confidence because it's not all on Kenley now. Good for him though.

Obviously I hope the series this weekend goes our way. Just gotta play solid baseball and don't get too overly excited. The Padres feel they have a lot to prove and our team just has to play their own game. I think our starting pitching is much better than theirs even with their new additions.

First things first though, to sweep the Rockies tonight.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/16/21 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it took a come-from-behind win last night, but Mad Max got the message. The Dodgers are not supposed to lose on Jackie Robinson Day. So he launched a three-run shot in the seventh to put the Dodgers up, 6-5, a score which held up.

This team is 6-0 on the homestand, 11-2 on the season, and now coming into a series in which they'll definitely be challenged (given their first two opponents aren't quality competition). So, we'll see.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/16/21 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I predict a tough series. I'm sure that sounds too vague, lol. I remember all the series the 2 teams played last year and each of them was a hard fought game. In only 1 or 2 of them do I really remember the Dodgers being super dominating. Looks like our starting pitching should have a bit of an edge this weekend. But it comes down to the bullpen a lot of times in these series because the games are often close.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/17/21 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You nailed it, Sunnyblue. It went down to the bullpen and in the end, we had more bullpen arms than they did.

Dodger Blue was out in full force at Petco Park last night, because you can't keep us out. Were Padre fans louder than usual, yes--because of the limited number of tickets available and their ability to maintain some kind of "home fans" presence. But Dodger fans always find their ways to support their team with physical attendance.

The highly-anticipated game was a pitching duel for awhile, then got out of control once the two starters were out. Walker looked very good for the Dodgers. Ryan Weathers, making his first major league start, handled the Dodgers pretty well but had an early exit due to pitch count (L.A. being pretty proficient at running up counts). It had its own drama, including a benches-clearing brawl.

But when the dust had settled, it was the Dodgers 9, Padres 5.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/17/21 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tonight's game is a tense one, I'm watching it going down to the bottom of the ninth right now as I'm posting. Last night's game was long and drawn out and both teams had 3 errors each! Tonight much better defense and the pitching has been terrific. Very different games!
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