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The Bums of Summer Podcast: Cubs, Padres, Rockies Series Review

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The Bums of Summer are back in town for another Dodger podcast. We discuss headline news on Matt Kemp, the National League playoff picture and the last three series of the Dodgers.

Headline News

National League Playoff Schedule:

That’s what I’m talking about! Get ready to take some time off work because now we know when the Dodgers are going to be playing, here it is below:

NLDS-Best-Of-Five Series (2-2-1 Format): *If Necessary

  • Game 1: Thursday, October 3 (TBS)
  • Game 2: Friday, October 4 (TBS or MLB Network)
  • Game 3: Sunday, October 6 (TBS)
  • Game 4: Monday, October 7 (TBS or MLB Network)*
  • Game 5: Wednesday, October 9 (TBS)*

NLCS-Best-of-Seven Series (2-3-2 Format):  *If Necessary

  • Game 1: Friday, October 11 (TBS)
  • Game 2: Saturday, October 12 (TBS)
  • Game 3: Monday, October 14 (TBS)
  • Game 4: Tuesday, October 15 (TBS)
  • Game 5: Wednesday, October 16 (TBS)*
  • Game 6: Friday, October 18 (TBS)*
  • Game 7: Saturday, October 19 (TBS)

World Series-Best-of-Seven Series (2-3-2 Format): *If Necessary

  • Game 1: Wednesday, October 23 (FOX) at AL Stadium
  • Game 2: Thursday, October 24 (FOX) at AL Stadium
  • Game 3: Saturday, October 26 (FOX) at NL Stadium
  • Game 4: Sunday, October 27 (FOX) at NL Stadium
  • Game 5: Monday, October 28 (FOX) at NL Stadium*
  • Game 6: Wednesday, October 30 (FOX) at AL Stadium*
  • Game 7: Thursday, October 31 (FOX) at AL Stadium*

Mattingly not worried about Kemp

Dodger hitting coach and Don Mattingly chime in on how Matt Kemp has looked at the plate in the minors

[Mark McGwire] and I watched tape and he doesn’t look that far off. I know he’s not getting hits and he’s striking out, but it looks like it’s just repetition and at-bats. Just a little time. His health and the way he looks is fine, other than not getting the results.

Michelle Gardner Tweets Matt Kemp’s Stats for the Quakes:

The final on Matt Kemp in 4 games w @Quakes_Baseball 0-14, 7Ks, 1 BB. Guess it’s a good thing the #Dodgers don’t really need him right now.

Should we be nervous?

Dodgers add Michael Young

Positive & Gotta Agree with Cappy:

“Everyone has a lot of respect for the way Michael Young plays,” said Chris Capuano. “I think he’s exactly the kind of guy you want around here late in the season. He’s another guy who is a great situational hitter, a great clutch hitter. He can only make us better.”

Negative:

But at age 36, is Young on the downside of his career? Absolutely. Is he a lesser defender at third than Juan Uribe? Without question.

Dodger Home Series 

CUBS

8/27/2013, Cubs 2-3 L

Kershaw has one of his weaker outings of the year, but again gets no run support as the Dodgers lose 3-2 and,

Kershaw’s three-game win streak ended, his record dipping to 13-8, although his MLB-leading ERA stayed at 1.72, as one of the two runs he allowed was unearned, and he took over the NL lead for strikeouts with 197. The 5 2/3 innings marked his shortest start since April 23 and snapped a string of 11 consecutive quality starts. He struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter.

8/28/2013, Cubs 4-0 W

Ricky Nolasco is blowing our minds! This guy is putting on a clinic and we couldn’t be happier.

Since joining the Dodgers in early July, Nolasco is 6-1 in 10 starts. The right-hander has been at the top of his game in August, going 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six outings to stay on par with strong months from Kershaw (1.01 ERA) and Greinke (5-0, 1.23 ERA). “It definitely feels good to do that at this time for this team,” Nolasco said. “I know what’s at stake pitching here and chasing a ring.” Nolasco has not allowed a run in his past 16 innings. He struck out 11 on Wednesday — tied for the most in his career — walked one and allowed three hits. He credits his success since leaving Miami in part to joining a contender in the Dodgers, who have a comfortable lead over the D-backs in the National League West. “It definitely is a different feeling when you’re going out there pitching for this team right now with this lineup going and how dangerous we are,” Nolasco said. “I’m making better pitches. Mentally, I’m more focused.”

Benching Puig…correct move by Mattingly? PADRES

8/30/2013, Padres 9-2 W

Adrian Gonzalez shows he still has power with 2 homers on the night and Puig gets 4 hits on the night. We looked dominated and Bud Black knows it:

“They’ve got some star power,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “They’ve got some names.”

Ryu with another solid outing:

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings before hitting the wall in the seventh, rebounding from a cold and back-to-back losing starts, and even doubling in the first run to improve his record to 13-5.

More ridiculous Puig stats:

He doubled, singled three times, drove in a run, scored another and stole two bases. He fouled out in his last at-bat. In 77 games, he’s had four hits in two of them and at least three hits 12 times. The Dodgers are 54-23 in games he’s played.

8/31/2013, Padres 2-1 W

Demetrios left early because of his cursed nature only to find out when he got in the car the Dodgers tied it up and won because

Mark Ellis’ pinch-hit single in the bottom of the eighth cashed in a double by Skip Schumaker with the tiebreaking run and provided Brian Wilson with his first victory as a Dodger in relief of Chris Capuano, who contained San Diego to a home run from Ronny Cedenoin seven innings for a no-decision.

Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde aka Chris Capuano pitched well and added:

“There’s always pressure in a sense that there’s always someone ready to take your spot if you’re not getting it done,” said Capuano, who has tweaked his mechanics with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. “The only pressure is me just trying keep up with these other guys and give us a chance to win.”

9/1/2013, Padres 2-1 W

Greinke has another stud outing and continues to show us that what we have paid his is well worth it:

Greinke, now 14-3 with a 2.78 ERA after striking out seven and allowing two walks, has allowed 13 runs in his last 11 starts. He is 11-1 since June 16 and the Dodgers are 19-4 in his starts. He said he’s never had a more consistent run with his location and he’s doing everything he can to keep it going another couple of months. “I just don’t want to waste all the good starts now,” he said. “I’m just trying to keep things where they are and improve on the stuff that’s not working as good as I want it to be.”

Greinke his hitting is ridiculous:

Greinke also padded his Silver Slugger candidacy with a single (.347 average) and even stole his second base of the season, the first Dodgers pitcher to do that since Orel Hershiser in 1987.

Demetrios calls Puig’s go ahead home run a celebrates like he won the World Series.

Dodger Road Series

@ ROCKIES

9/2/2013, @ Rockies 10-8 W

Ethier is actually making sense and hitting:

“This is the difference in us between the first half and the second half,” Ethier said. “We’re relentless and never give up. We know we’ve got guys out there that when people don’t perform the way we’re used to them performing, others step up and fill the roles.”

Kershaw gets run support in his worst start of the season:

Kershaw (14-8) wasn’t in usual form from the start, walking the leadoff batter before four of the next five Rockies collected a hit. Cuddyer’s infield grounder scored Rutledge from third and Rosario plated the second run with a single to right. Arenado grounded into a double play to score Cuddyer and put Colorado up 3-1. “I think he was maybe just leaving the ball up a little bit,” Arenado said of Kershaw, whose ERA climbed from 1.69 to 3.43 in three starts at Coors Field this year. “I think he wasn’t hitting his spots entirely. … It’s not really overpowering, but his stuff, everything’s moving, so he’s just a really tough at-bat.”

9/3/2013, @ Rockies 7-4 W

Thank God Carlos Gonzalez wasn’t playing in left field. All Dodger fans would like to thank Culberson for miss judging the ball.

The strategy that yielded Rutledge’s homer also backfired on Colorado. Rockies All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who had been out since Aug. 4 with a sprained right middle finger, entered in the eighth for defense. But with Gonzalez’s finger still sore, the Rockies used Rutledge to bat for him. In the top of the ninth, Culberson — an infielder who had outfield added to his duties in Triple-A Colorado Springs — took over in left. Ellis launched Brothers’ pitch to left-center with the bases loaded. Culberson made a long sprint to the gap, arrived in time, but the ball ticked off his glove. “So I’m like, ‘All right, I’m going to catch it.’ But I got to it a little quicker, a little better than I thought, because I’ve not really had to go after balls like that,” Culberson said. “I was expecting it to be closer to the wall, but I started to pull up at the last second. Then I missed it.”

9/4/2013, @ Rockies 7-5 L

De La Rosa is now 16-6 but Walt Weiss can not describe enough how De La Rosa came back from his injury:

“It’s pretty amazing, missing a year and a half, coming back and pitching like he has,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “His thumb always hurts. It’s just to what degree. But he did a great job. “There have been a couple of times where it flared up real good and we thought he would miss a start, maybe even DL [disabled list]. We’ve talked about that route when it was at his worst. But he seems to bounce back and he seems to be able to pitch with it.”

Last 8 Games: 6-2

Overall: 83-56

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