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The Dodgers won two of three from the
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So, apparently deciding the team had won too many games, the Dodgers on Wednesday brought in Chris Hatcher with the bases loaded and the Dodgers leading, 4-2. Two singles and a walk later, the Dodgers were trailing, 5-4. Thanks, Chris! For those not keeping track, Hatcher is 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA. In 11 innings, he has given up 10 runs, 13 hits, has hit two batters and has thrown two wild pitches. Other than that, though, he's great.
Here's a great time to get rid of Hatcher: Kenley Jansen is done with his rehab assignment. Jansen will probably be activated on Friday, meaning the Dodgers will need to make a roster move to make room for him. There's a chance Pedro Baez will have to go on the DL. He left Wednesday's game because of a sore chest muscle and will have an MRI today. If it is serious, he will be sidelined for a while. However, if he is OK, someone else will have to go. Hopefully, it will be Hatcher.
If you haven't been following along at home, you have been missing our countdown of the greatest Dodgers of all time, as chosen by you, the fans. We received more than 14,000 ballots and are counting down the 20 Dodgers to get the most votes. All of the players appear on this blog post. So far:
No. 19: Don Sutton
No. 18: Gil Hodges
No. 17: Don Newcombe
Spoiler alert: Chris Hatcher does not make the top 20.
In all my constant badgering of Hatcher, I’m not mentioning the most important thing: The Dodgers are 22-11 and in first place by five games! And starting tonight, they have four games at home against the
"They showed it on the big screen and you see it bounce, and you just know it's going to get overturned," Mattingly said after the game. "And then it doesn't. It's frustrating." According to our Dodgers blogger, Steve Dilbeck, Mattingly thinks there is a basic flaw with the replay system, now in just its second year. Mattingly believes that when a manager challenges a call and the play is reviewed back in New York, officials should not be informed of the call on the field. "I think they have to take the human element out of it and make a blind call, yes or no, safe or out," Mattingly said. "They don't know what the call is. They don't know if it's overturned."
If Kendrick had been given a hit, he would have been on base when Alex Guerrero tripled later in the inning. The Dodgers lost the game by one run.
I'm not sure if Mattingly has hit on a great solution, but what do you think? Do you think replay reviews need fixing? Email me your thoughts and your ideas for a solution and I will list the best responses in a future newsletter.
Times columnist Chris Erskine has a great look at Scott Van Slyke here. Remember Jack Clark's home run off Tom Niedenfuer in the 1985 NL Championship Series that basically eliminated the Dodgers? Van Slyke's dad, Andy, played a tangential role in that.
If you missed it, Stanton hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.