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    Kevin Baxter's latest Q&A / LA Times:

    Q: Do you think that Ned Colletti is happy and satisfied about having Juan Pierre in center field for the next 4 1/2 years? Talk about a two-tool player.

    — Y. A. Takahashi

    A: Yes. I think he's disappointed with Pierre's production so far, but Colletti, like many baseball people, have faith Pierre will turn things around. After all, they're called "averages" for a reason and that reason is because, on average, those are the numbers the player will put up. And there's no reason to think that Pierre — at 29, entering the prime of his career — has suddenly forgotten how to play.

    Consider his track record:

    --Over the last four years, he's averaged nearly 204 hits a season. Only three National Leaguers have had even one season with as many during that span.

    --No National Leaguer has stolen more than the 225 bases Pierre has swiped in the last four full seasons.

    --And three times in the last four full seasons he's scored at least 96 runs.

    Take a look at the raw numbers so far this season, however, and you're right he's far below average, on pace to score fewer than 90 runs and collect just more than 180 hits. But that's assuming he continues to play as he has, and again, a look at his career numbers suggests that won't happen. Pierre has hit .281 in his career in April, May and June — five points higher than he hit through the first three months of this season. But in July, August and September, he's hit .321. So expect Pierre to get hot soon.

    However, in examining the numbers closely there are a couple of troublesome stats. Pierre has already struck out 21 times this season; he's never struck out more than 45 times in any full season. And with 11 walks and three errors, he's on his way to a career lows in those categories too.


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    Q: Is it just me or does Juan Pierre not swing the bat with any authority? We all know he lacks any power, but it seems he just drops the bat (which appears too heavy for him) through the hitting zone an hopes for bloop singles. You can be singles hitter and still swing with authority.

    Also, why are all his bunt attempts down the third base line? What happened to drag bunting for a player with speed?

    — Troy Tarchione

    A: That's been Pierre's style throughout his career. And, actually, the Dodgers would be better served if he did that more. Through the first third of the season, Pierre swung the bat with too much authority, hitting far too many fly balls. With his speed he's more effective when he slaps at the ball like a softball player and tries to beat out infield grounders.

    I realize Ichiro has 20-homer power, but in some ways Pierre's style is similar in that both players are at their best simply putting the ball in play.

    As for the bunts, Pierre worked long hours with Maury Wills during spring training trying to improve his bunting technique, but he doesn't seem comfortable drag bunting. His favored method is to either drop the ball down the third-base line if his thinks the third baseman is too deep or to push the ball past the mound and beat the second baseman's throw to first. When he does that regularly, you know he's feeling comfortable. Many players use the bunt to get them out of a slump, but Pierre says his bunting follows the rest of this game and when he's feeling good at the plate he gets better as a bunter too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keyTOarson View Post
    Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here; Penny's 3-10 with a 6+ ERA against the Mets in his career.
    Tonight he gets that monkey off his back. BP is due.

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    I feel good about this game as long as Penny doesn't fall behind early. Wolf's inconsistency, Schmidt's dead arm and Lowe's pitching just well enough to lose has made Penny THE ace of the staff.
    AND IT'S JUNE!!! Who knows....maybe we'll see this guy post-All Star break too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsqueen View Post
    I'm going to the game tonight! Anyone else on here going?

    Also, as a "thank you" present, I was given tickets for Sunday in the Dugout Club seats, like 7 rows behind home plate (includes a complimentary indoor buffet and/or in-seat service w/ free food & drink, also). I'm really kinda excited about this one! Has anyone ever done this? I heard the seats are really comfy.
    I was in the Dugout Club for Mothers' Day. The food down there is great, got myself an omelette before the game. You can even add chili to your dodger dog! And of course, the seats are amazing.

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    Tonight's lineup.

    Furcal, SS
    Pierre, CF
    Nomar, 1B
    Gonzo, LF
    Martin, C
    Betemit, 3B
    Kemp, RF
    Abreu, 2B
    Penny, P

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    Quote Originally Posted by lath19 View Post
    Tonight's lineup.

    Furcal, SS
    Pierre, CF
    Nomar, 1B
    Gonzo, LF
    Martin, C
    Betemit, 3B
    Kemp, RF
    Abreu, 2B
    Penny, P
    I'd rather have Kemp batting 6th, and Betemit 7th.

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    By the way, if you have not seen Kuo's home run vid-


    http://alyssa.mlblogs.com/


    You know I stumbled on this blog and after reading it Alyssa knows baseball and I think she is a funny mother****er. She even bags on Pierre haha.


    On Eddie Murray giving her the ball...
    “No.” I gulped and my heart started racing. “YOU,” he said while pointing his finger straight at me. “Stand up,” he commanded. And so I did. I stood up and he threw the ball to me in the stands. Time slowed down. The pressure. Oh God, the pressure. I navigated my Jimmy Choo’s in the air and low and behold . . . I caught the ball! (Insert Juan Pierre joke here.) It was a big moment for me. No one has ever thrown me a ball from the dugout before. I was so happy. I started bouncing up and down in my seat and my top lip started sweating. Thank you, Eddie Murray.

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    Alrighty...got my MLB.tv cranked up, a broom ready to get work, and beers ready to be gifted here on LGK to everyone that has posted since the Mets series started....

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    crap 1-0 Mets...

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    Even though the throw was offline, it was a hell of a throw by kemp. Is this what real arms look like in the outfield?

    oh, btw, what a smart play by russ to cut the throw and get Wright at 2nd.

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