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RAVIN' AT THE RAVINE--AND ELSEWHERE--2021 SEASON
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PostPosted: Fri 9/17/21 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm shocked Surprised because I thought I really did post this update!

The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks and gained a full game on the Jints, thanks to their loss to the Padres that same night.
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PostPosted: Fri 9/17/21 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And 24 hours later, I'm just disgusted...as the Jints won again while the Dodgers lost. Sad
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PostPosted: Sat 9/18/21 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a better update after today, but the Braves have to do their part, too.

Oh boy, we have Baseball at Breakfast tomorrow! I think for the last time this year!
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PostPosted: Thu 9/23/21 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dating back to Saturday:

Dodgers won, Jints won. Rubber game was forced in Cincinnati, which also went to the Dodgers (see Baseball at Breakfast). Then it was on to Coors Field, where L.A. has split the first two games with Colorado. Baseball at lunch later today!
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PostPosted: Thu 9/23/21 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dodgers go into action today 2 games back of S.F. because those Jints won again in San Diego last night. They must take the series in Colorado today and Mad Max II is going for them, so he will need some run support.

Yes, I am very worried about Walker. We are going to need him at his best for the playoffs run. Let him sit out the rest of the regular season and start fresh in October.
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PostPosted: Fri 9/24/21 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Sunny, thanks for the positive vibes! Very Happy

The game didn't quite go as planned, but the end result was a win, and now the Dodgers are on to Arizona, just getting underway in the first game with the Diamondbacks.

Most important is the fact that L.A. trails S.F. by only one game, again, thanks to the Padres' walk-off win yesterday afternoon.
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PostPosted: Sat 9/25/21 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sure didn't go as we thought it would! But we are down to only 8 days left of nail biting. And that's for the regular season only, lol. They keep trying to crown that orange team the winners but our guys aren't sitting back and letting them.
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PostPosted: Sat 9/25/21 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nine, if you count today. Smile

Well, how about that! Not only did the Dodgers win the first game of the series in Chase Field, but El Gato notched the W!

With A.J. and CT3 back to health, both contributed to the Dodgers' 99th victory of the year. Diamondback starter Humberto Castellanos surrendered A.J.'s 17th home run in the second inning, which put the Dodgers up, 3-0.

Arizona pecked away for a couple of runs but was never able to get much going, while L.A. scored once more in the fifth.

KJ tacked on his 35th save of the season to wrap it up, but not without some drama. CT3 displayed his speed and defensive prowess in left field on back-to-back line drives to start off the inning which most likely would have resulted in extra base hits, robbing both with spectacular plays.

The visitors outhit the home team, 10-4, but then again there was that pesky 2-for-11 with RISP stat. Sad A win is a win, but these are the league-worst Diamondbacks, not a playoff caliber team. Confused

CK takes the mound today in a ballpark that has not been his best to pitch in over the years, but that will be left behind during the intensity of a tight division race. Go Dodger Blue!

And for some perspective on how much fight the Dodgers have left in them, Dylan Hernández covers it well, this written after Thursday's game in the Times:

"Column: Dodgers’ Championship Mettle Keeping Them in NL West Title Chase"


BY DYLAN HERNÁNDEZ, COLUMNIST
SEPT. 24, 2021 4 AM PT

Their star pitcher was knocked around. Their offense was lifeless. Their lack of depth forced their second baseman to start his first-ever game in center field.

And the Dodgers won.

They won a game they had to win, their triumph at Coors Field on Thursday potentially the difference between a ninth consecutive division title and a place in a winner-take-all wild-card game.

They won a game in which they were down by a run when they were down to their last out, tying the score with three consecutive two-out singles in the ninth inning and securing a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on a two-run home run by Max Muncy in the 10th.

What else did you expect?

Did you really think that after winning the World Series, after capturing three pennants in the last four seasons, they would just fold and hand the National League West to the San Francisco Giants?

“We have a lot of guys on this team that have been in those situations,” Muncy said.

By now, the Dodgers were expected to have overwhelmed the Giants with their superior talent. But as many of their long-standing frustrations have persisted, the Dodgers have relied on a less tangible strength: their culture.

Call it experience, call it know-how, whatever it is, it’s why they’re now only a game behind the Giants with nine games remaining in their regular season, their come-from-behind victory and the Giants’ come-from-ahead defeat against the San Diego Padres marking a two-game swing in the standings.

Consider the predicament in which they were in the finale of a three-game series against the Rockies: Two outs, bases empty, trailing the Rockies by a run, 5-4.

Mookie Betts singled to right field against Carlos Estevez.

Corey Seager followed with another single, this one that ricocheted off Estevez’s right shin and bounced toward shallow left field.

Back in the clubhouse, Max Scherzer was explaining to some of the other pitchers how Trea Turner thrives in these kinds of circumstances. Scherzer and Turner were teammates on the Washington Nationals for 6 1/2 seasons before they were acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

“We just had a good feeling about what was happening,” Scherzer said. “We saw the momentum. We felt good about Trea at the plate.”

Turner stroked a single to left field and drive in Betts. The game was tied, 5-5, and headed into extra innings.

Turner has lived moments like this before. So has Scherzer. Both were part of the Nationals team that won the World Series in 2019.

“You learn that there’s not any moment that’s too big,” said Muncy, who led off the 10th inning by depositing a down-the-middle slider by Lucas Gilbreath over the center-field wall.

This remains a disconcerting time for the Dodgers.

A stretch of good health has permitted Betts and Seager to find offensive rhythms, but the offense as a whole remains inconsistent. With Walker Buehler posting a 7.32 earned-run average this month and Julio Urias’ fastball velocity declining over his last two starts, what was once an imposing postseason rotation appears vulnerable. The Dodgers don’t have the depth they were known for in recent seasons, which is why Gavin Lux started in center field.

But the countless victories over the years have infused a confidence in the team.

“We know we’re a great team,” Muncy said. “We know we can come back from any situation. We know we can win any game.”

The mindset is now as much of a part of the Dodgers as their blue caps. The mindset has become their culture.

“My six years, this is as good as I’ve seen guys, as far as wanting to pick each other up, liking and caring about each other and pulling for guys,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Roberts offered the example of Scherzer.

Scherzer was 7-0 with a 0.78 earned-run average in his previous nine starts with the Dodgers. He lasted only five innings against the Rockies and was charged with five runs, all of them earned.

“He was the happiest guy in the clubhouse when we came in to shake hands,” Roberts said.

These Dodgers have problems. Their uneven roster will force Roberts to sacrifice offense or defense to a degree that would make any manager uncomfortable. Their rotation could be low on fuel. But they know how to win and aren’t about to just give up their title. If another team wins it this year, it will have to take it from them.
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PostPosted: Sun 9/26/21 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, after posting that glowing account of how the Dodgers aren't about to give up, they played a lifeless, listless, uninspiring game which ended in a 7-1 loss to Arizona.
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PostPosted: Sun 9/26/21 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll agree that was almost embarrassing to watch. You can't have 2 games like that so close together. Where is the focus?
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PostPosted: Sun 9/26/21 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While they still had trouble scoring other than hitting solo home runs today, the Dodgers notched the win, 3-0, and got an excellent start from Julio, who recorded his 19th victory of the season. KJ was in for his 36th save of the season, while Trea and Corey contributed round-trippers, the latter hitting two. All three were served up by Diamondbacks opener Humberto Mejia.

It was the Dodgers' 100th win of the season, and they kept pace with the Water Hoarders, who swept the Rockies this weekend and maintained their two-game lead. See the Milestones thread for the individual milestones for Dodger middle infielders. Smile

A day off, then back to Dodger Stadium to host the Padres as the final week of the season gets underway.
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PostPosted: Mon 9/27/21 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are down to the last 6 games to rave at the Ravine and then how many more this year? Question
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PostPosted: Wed 9/29/21 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your guess is as good as mine. Smile

Well, I think it's safe to say Walker is back, and just in time for the postseason. Though there was talk of him perhaps skipping his final start in preparation for October due to his dreadful numbers going back to Labor Day weekend in San Francisco, there he was on the mound for the Dodgers last night as they opened a series with the Padres in Dodger Stadium. It was a typical pre-September performance for him--seven solid innings, limiting the Padres to three hits and no runs. We needed that. Mad Max II goes tonight, and hopefully both he and CK will bounce back from subpar outings as tune-ups to the playoffs.

For the Padres, Yu started and while he wasn't sharp, he still limited the Dodgers to two runs before his early exit after the fourth inning; they were then kept in check by three S.D. relievers. And of course L.A. left the bases loaded--twice--botching opportunities to break the game wide open. The final score was 2-1, with the Padres scoring their lone run off Blake Treinen in the ninth--a solo shot off the bat of Jake Cronenworth.
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PostPosted: Wed 9/29/21 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well...if the Dodgers don't overcome the Jints in the next four games to lead the West, you can't say they went down without trying. Tonight's thrilling win over the Padres evoked many memories of a previous game between these two teams, 15 years ago, which was recently recalled right here on this forum.

True--the two teams aren't fighting down to the wire for the division title like they were in 2006. But there were plenty of similarities to that game played on September 18 that year.

Of note:

-An ace pitcher spotted to an early lead, which was eventually overcome (Mad Max II tonight; Jake Peavy for the Padres then).

-Four home runs tying the game (back then, in the ninth; this time, in the eighth). Mad Max, A.J., Cody (yes, Cody!) and Corey came through, although not in consecutive at-bats as was the case 15 years ago.

-The Dodgers rallying from a 9-5 deficit to win (11-10, in 2006; 11-9 tonight).

-Two of the Dodgers' broadcasters, Rick Monday and Charley Steiner, were present in the booth 15 years ago to call that game, and were behind the mic again for this one.

-The tenth inning hero in that 2006 game, Nomar, was tonight just another Dodger broadcaster in the house.

To rewind, Ryan Weathers was the opener for the Padres in this one, and Emilio Pagan took the loss. By virtue of being in the right place at the right time, David Price got the win for the Dodgers.

Oh, and the trivia item of the night? Charley reminded us, "guess who was on that Padres team in 2006?" I strained my brain trying to think of who he would name. After a pause, he mentioned, "Dave Roberts." Now that's something I hadn't thought about in years! Surprised

At least Doc was on the right side, tonight. Smile

Two games down. Four left to play.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/30/21 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, it was a fantastic comeback for our boys knowing the Water Hoarders had already won. But is there a bit of concern that the pitcher we would be putting out there for the wild card game was a little shaky last night? I was hoping he would be back on track this time out like Walker was. Time is running out and that game is only 4 days away now.

And KJ getting the save, too. That was a big deal after the comeback.

Instead of the "4 + 1" game in 2006, this one is being called the "1 + 4" game because Mookie's solo HR got them started on the comeback an inning earlier. Yes - lots of similarities. And I didn't think of Doc being on that Padres team, either!
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PostPosted: Thu 9/30/21 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is there to say? I felt like I was reliving a nightmare, except with my Padres out of the running it did not hurt as much as the 2006 game. Forgot all about Doc being on that team!
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PostPosted: Fri 10/1/21 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adios, September, and adios, Padres. After a tough first half with San Diego, the Dodgers figured out how to manhandle them in the second half of the season, sweeping each of the last three series between the teams.

Neither starting pitcher--El Gato for the Dodgers and Vince Velasquez for the Padres--made it out of the fifth inning, but that may have been by design with the Dodgers' bigger names lined up for the next three starts as the Brewers move into town, and then--most likely although it's not a done deal yet!--the NL wild card game next Wednesday. It ain't over till it's over!

The Padres' best moment of the game will go down in history as El Niño clobbered one off El Gato in the fifth inning out of the park--all the way out of Dodger Stadium and into the centerfield plaza. He joins a short list of five other players who have accomplished this feat in the 60-year history of Our Lady of Chavez Ravine. (And only one of those was a Dodger!) Exclamation

It was El Niño's 42nd round-tripper of the year, which leads the NL.

For the Dodgers, Mookie, Corey (twice), Rojo Chingon and A.J. all homered to lead the team to an 11-5 win. It was all they could do to control fate, as they helplessly watched S.F. walk off on Arizona for a sweep, a game that concluded later than their own game.

Corey Knebel recorded the win for L.A., Velasquez the loss for S.D.
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PostPosted: Fri 10/1/21 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breathe deep - a stressful weekend lies ahead.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/2/21 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And watching helplessly. Not only did both the Dodgers and Jints win on the same night, guaranteeing S.F. of at least a tie for the division with two games left--but Clayton was placed on the IL after having to leave yesterday's game in the second inning (left forearm discomfort), and his future is uncertain. In many ways. He's a FA after the season ends, and his injury status adds question marks to that equation. But I refuse to believe he's thrown his last pitch in Dodger Blue. The crowd, fully aware of the situation, tried to pick him up at the disappointment of leaving the game with a standing ovation. So what was essentially scheduled as a regular rotation start ended up being a bullpen game anyway.

With notable Dodger-killer Eric Lauer on the mound and the Brewers up, 5-1, in the fourth, Trea Turner's grand tied the game and the Dodgers never looked back. Trea is attempting to win the NL batting title, and it looks like he may be far enough ahead of his nearest challenger to do so. A three-run seventh, highlighted by a Matt Beaty home run, put the Dodgers ahead for good, and they eventually won, 8-6.

Blake Treinen notched the win in relief for L.A., and KJ nailed down his 38th save of the season. A full house at Dodger Stadium exhaled as the Dodgers staved off another day without being eliminated.

Yet, time is most definitely against them.
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PostPosted: Sat 10/2/21 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But look, here we are and everything will hang on how game 162 goes - for both our team and the Jints too!
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PostPosted: Sun 10/3/21 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If nothing else, I just want the Jints and their fans to know this:

Our Dodgers have won it eight consecutive years, and they know nothing is guaranteed. Everyone wants to dethrone the champions, but nobody more so than the Battery Chuckers. And you've got to give them credit. They've been relentless, leading the division at the end of each individual month of the season.

But if they want to take it from our guys, they need to take it, because this team is not rolling over. They've pushed it to Game 162, and if necessary, will take it to 163. I'll give you that the scenario of all necessary game outcomes tomorrow is remote, but as long as this team is alive, they will fight.

Tonight's game saw an 8-3 win over the Brewers.
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PostPosted: Sun 10/3/21 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's the way it ends after Game 162, the Dodgers finish one game behind the Jints, with 106 wins and as such, become the winningest second place team ever.

However, because of the wild card, they will both advance to the postseason.

Still, the eight-year reign as champions of the West has ended.
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PostPosted: Mon 10/4/21 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And it's not really that big a deal if our team advances further than theirs. Also, we can start another streak next year. Very Happy

I am worried about Mad Max, though! I've liked seeing the offense clicking so much lately, and it's good to have both Trea and Corey on fire right now. But I hope this doesn't set us back too much.
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