Fire Jim Tracy

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Tonight's Game

I wouldn't bother. It appears that our guys have forgotten that curve balls don't curve and breaking balls don't break in the thin air of Colorado. Go spend time with your wife (or husband), balance your checkbook, look forward to the return of the I-told-you-so's coming the other way, and find something beautiful on this loveliest of Spring days.

UPDATE: Trying to come back from the 7-0 deficit Odalis Perez pitched us in to, Odalis Perez comes up in the fifth with the score 7-4, bases loaded and two out. No points for guessing that he hit for himself. No points for guessing the result.

UPDATE 2: No points for guessing that after getting the first two outs and going 0-2 on Michael Restovich (Who dat? Your guess is as good as mine), Odalis "comes back" to walk him, followed by a run-scoring double by "John Baker," a hotel alias. Seems like Duaner Sanchez could have done that, and we might have been able to turn that bases loaded situation into some actual runs that win games.

UPDATE 3: For those of you keeping score, the cost of giving up that golden bases-loaded opportunity was one non-scoreless inning from Perez. Tremendous.

UPDATE 4: Tracy, who couldn't be bothered to pinch hit for Odalis Perez with the bases loaded (and not exactly pitching the game of his life), jumped at the chance to bat for Hee Seop Choi against a left-handed pitcher, using Nori Nakamura, possessor of a .160 batting average to strike out on three straight pitches. I don't know, I think Choi probably could have done that.

UPDATE 5: Jose Valentin leaves the game after being hit on the wrist with a pitch. Reports are not favorable. Expect Edwin Jackson to get called up to pinch-hit against lefties.

UPDATE 6: The Dodgers fall 8-6. The result had we tried to actually win this game is lost to speculation. The bullpen does a great job, as usual. And we have our second major Tracy-ism of the season, and strangely enough, it again involves allowing a pitcher to hit at a completely inappropriate time. After this one, my reservoir of goodwill has ebbed decidedly.


  • After another error to start the game off right by Hee Sop, is anyone still holding out hope that he actually has a role in the future of the Dodgers? (And I don't mean a role in destroying the 2005 season.)

    By Anonymous Hater, at 4/23/2005 06:32:00 PM  

  • Okay, hater, I'll bite.

    Your frustration is understandable and your question is fair. I haven't seen the error as my television is being held hostage by the wife watching Jane Eyre for the third time and after that the boy just has to watch Teen Titans... but I digress. I just wanted too let you know that I know what it's like to feel frustrated. (sigh)

    The good about Choi: his past record and his youth. Choi is, believe it or not, a proven hitter. At every level he has shown a very good eye and decent power. For what he's being paid (I think 350K), he's a bargain if he produces like he has.

    The bad? You know the answer as well as I do and I am Hee-Seop's self-proclaimed biggest fan. It's the *if* in that last sentence. What I have yet to see and you have yet to see is Choi hit consistently in a Dodger uni. He's picked it up the last few games but the evidence so far has been grim. The first two weeks of the season, J.D. Drew struggled to get a hit but Choi struggling was a differen story--he had the devil's own time making contact.

    My answer to you is it's early to give up on a guy who's had, I think, barely over 100 AB's as a Dodger. That's a small sample size for a guy who by all evidence should be OPSing .800 at least.

    Add to that Choi, again by all accounts, has a terrific attitude and work ethic and I think it's a guy we should stick with a little longer.

    By Blogger Mr. Landon, at 4/23/2005 07:55:00 PM  

  • Also worth noting is that there's aren't any better options at this point. Since Choi's upside is pretty high if he settles in, there's no reason to sit him against any RHP. At worst, he continues to hit .200 with more frequent-than-average walks. Grabowski won't do better. Nakamura will do much worse, and we may need him to play 3B pending Valentin X-rays.

    Which makes me Hulk-angry.

    By Anonymous Vivalos, at 4/23/2005 09:34:00 PM  

  • Next time take your own advice :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/23/2005 10:42:00 PM  

  • I suffer so you don't have to.

    By Blogger Steve, at 4/23/2005 11:04:00 PM  

  • That was an utterly embarrassing loss, that I am solely pinning on our manager.

    When a pitcher can't get an out that doesn't go to the warning track by the third inning, might it be time to get the bullpen ready?

    Of course, the bases loaded situation was a travesty, but, it came mighty close to paying off at least. (That was probably the hardest I've ever seen Odalis hit a ball.)

    Grabowski should not be the first person off the bench in every situation. His swing at ball four, then ground into a double play at bat was further evidence of this.

    Choi getting pulled was a travesty. He's been far better than Nakamura and Grabowski this year, especially if you are willing to discount his 0 for 11 start.

    Ledee already had two big hits, he should have been hitting in the eighth instead of pulling him for Saenz. (It is entirely possbile that a left handed hitter can get a hit off a left handed pitcher, even if the hitters name isn't Shawn Green.)

    By Anonymous regfairfield, at 4/24/2005 12:19:00 AM  

  • Wow. I never liked Tracy, but this year was starting to change my mind. He still does his over-managing on the L/R splits, but his running game foibles have all but disapeared (excepting one H&R I have seen this year). My biggest gripe with him this year has been his not giving Choi more play time.

    Tonight was missing only a stupid H&R or steal attempt to show case everything I hate about Tracy. I was starting to think good things of him and not just because of the record but because I thought he had actually changed.

    Tonight brought me back to where I was in February - Jim Tracy was DePo's only mistake of the off season. Very disapointing.

    By Anonymous Aaeamdar, at 4/24/2005 01:54:00 AM  

  • Hater,

    1. The "error" Choi was credited with was both the first of teh year for him and pretty immaterial since Perez never saw fit to leave the mound.

    2. Since his 0-11 start, Choi is batting 300/400/467. That's quite good.

    By Anonymous Aaeamdar, at 4/24/2005 03:11:00 AM  

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