Dodgers and Mets Game 5

Dodgers won the West, but it was still a disappointing season. I really thought after scoring two runs in the first inning with five great at-bats the Dodgers reached a hot streak and were going to dominate any team that came into their path.

They proved me wrong the next inning when they couldn’t score a runner in scoring position with no outs. They did that the next two innings as well. They had all the opportunities to bust the lead wide open but failed miserably. Championship teams will always find a way…

My hats off to the Mets who were clearly the better team in the last five games.

– Mattingly is gone, but he’ll probably have a job next year. He still makes some weird moves but he knows how to handle the egos of the team. Plus he reached the post season three years in a row.

– I would love to know exactly what Ethier and Mattingly were arguing about. When a players/coaches start to argue in the dugout for the baseball world to see that’s never a good sign. I expect Ethier to be gone from the team next year too.

– Mark McGuire will be fired too. The Dodgers batted .233 with runners in scoring position the second half of the season. Most didn’t have a game plan, and it appeared many were trying to come with the big hit instead of putting a good swing on the ball. McGuire can hit the ball a ton, but he never hit for average, and Pederson wasn’t able to turn it around and lost the ROY. See ball hit ball is the number 1 rule of hitting but you still need good short swings with a plan of attack for each situation.

– I hope Grienke will come back but I’m not sure what his plan is. He may wait to see the players the Dodgers lose and gain during the off-season.

– Why Grandel was in the line-up is a mystery to me. Four hits in his last 94 at-bats, and a shoulder that requires surgery. What is it with Mattingly that he loves having injured players in the line-up?

– Murphy (Met’s 2nd baseman) had three home runs in five games off the games two best pitchers. The real slap in the face was the heads up play he had when he stole third on Duda’s walk and no one was covering. He later scored. Seriously? No one covering?

– Can the Dodgers hit a sac fly…one time?!?!

– I never liked the Dodgers trading away Dee Gordon, he lead the NL in hits, batting average, and stolen bases. The ideal lead off hitter the Dodgers needed this year. Who did we get for him again?

Here’s to next year!

(All the best to the Mets, but GO CUBS!)

My Vegan Bowl Breakfast

My vegan breakfast, this is amazing and packed with protein!

1 cup of unsweetened Almond milk

2 Cups of spinach

1/2 frozen banana
1/4 Avocado
Optional Protein powder


Blend it all together.

Top with your Healthy choices: 

Pistachios, shaved unsweetened coconut, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 tablespoon Hemp seeds, Goji berries, etc.

Dodgers and Mets NLCS Game 2

Dodgers Win! Dodgers Win!
What an interesting game last night, to say the least. Lets get to the controversial part of the game as it is still being talked about and will be for years to come. 

I’ll start by stating this, as a baseball fan I didn’t like Utley’s slide, in fact I don’t like any slide that is meant to take out a defensive fielder. Unfortunaltey it is not against the rules and has been part of MLB for many years. It’s not the first slide in MLB history to take out a middle infielder. Until MLB changes the rules, those types of slides will continue to happen. This situation is being taken out of proportion because it is the playoffs.

A couple of weeks ago during the Pirates and Cubs game, Coughlin from the Cubs made a similiar type of slide that took out ROY candidate Kang. Kang was injured with the broken leg and torn ligament in his knee. But a lot of baseball people forgot about it and was not talked about at all.

I feel Utley was just playing hard-nosed baseball (he did spend his career with the Phillies) and in no way intented to hurt Tejada. Baserunners are taught to break up the double play going back to high school. There are many MLB players who have voiced their opinion on Utley’s slide, and they are on both sides of the fence.

I do believe Joe Torre should punish Utley ASAP to show it won’t be tolerated but more so to prevent anyone else from being hurt from retaliation, which is expected due to an unwritten rule in baseball (which is one of the stupidest things in the game – it has gotten way out of hand). I would hate to see a young rookie getting hurt and having his career ruined which hasn’t even started yet. 

Yes the Met’s are angry and want revenge, but the best revenge is winning and sending the Dodger’s home for the year. Not hurting another player for retaliation. Let’s hope for the series to remain clean and competitive.

A few observations of the game:

– Two homeruns off Grienke! In the same inning! Yea I almost wanted to turn the TV off and move on with my life. 

– Dodger’s scored with a runner on second and no outs! Great adjustment from Eithier.

– Eithier – great hit and driving in the first run, but horrible base running. Running to third on a ground ball to the pitcher with less than two outs? This is the playoffs not little league, never make the first and third out at third base, we learn that by high school. Playoff teams do not make base running mistakes.

– I think Kike Hernandez solidified himself as the Dodger’s starting centerfielder. 

– Being in New York and the Met’s wanting blood, its time to start Rollins at short. Rollins will know how to handle the pressure and how to protect himself. 

– Watching Gonzo hit was frustrating with having three strikeouts. But wow, what an adjustment in his fourth at-bat to drive in two runs – such a professional hitter.

– I thought Grienke hit a HR in his last at-bat, he has such a great bat flip, one of the best in MLB.

– Hatcher is great out of the pen, finally a reliever other than Jansen to have confidence in.

– Crawford has been taking horrible swings, just as bad as Pederson. Who can replace him?

– The Mets are better hitters than I expected. That HR by Conforto was jaw-dropping. Out of the park in 3.5 secs. Whoa…

– I miss Vin.

I’ll say it again, lets hope for a clean and competitive game tomorrow. 

(Yes he did go for the bag.)

Dodgers vs. Mets NLCS Game 1

Well last night was a tough game to watch. Congrats to deGrom who pitched a gem – 75 fastballs, 73 of them were clocked at 95+. That’s impressive, most impressive.

Here are my thoughts on the game:
– I don’t care how great of a pitcher you are, walks will kill you, especially when you walk the bases loaded.
– Kershaw has to get rid of those 7th inning demons, you can see his nervousness in the 7th inning, his curveball isn’t the same and three walks. So un-Kershaw like.

– Even more un-Kershaw like: his ERA in the 7th inning of postseason games since 2013 – 42.49.

– If a team can’t score a run with a runner on second and no outs, you won’t win. Turner leads off with a double and Either strikes out. Teams need to play small ball to win games against great pitching. Move the runner over, let the next two guys drive him in. One run in the post season can silence a team.

– Dodgers were taking long swings against a 97mph fastball, nearly impossible to hit. Review Wright’s swing on 3-2 pitch against Baez’s 99 mph fastball – it was perfect, short and sweet. 

– I’ve been easy on Mattingy this season, he has a tough job, to many good players on his team to keep a consistent line-up, but why start Seager and have him batting 3rd, when he started the season in Double-A? There is no doubt he is going to be a superstar but having two World Series champions sitting on the bench, doesn’t make sense to me. Playoffs give players a new clean slate, and I would prefer to see Rollins starting at shortstop, he can make things happen with a bunt and a steal and he knows what it takes to win a championship.

– Not sure if bringing Baez in to pitch with the bases loaded was a smart choice – the first batters he faces out of the bull pen are hitting .320.

– Joc Pederson needs to sit, his swing is horrible right now. What is it with the Homerun Derby that causes players to get into slumps?

It falls on Greinke tonight…again.

Of course the line up for tonight has been rearranged. That’s been an issue all season for the Dodgers, without a consistent line-up, players cannot get used to their role. 

Here’s hoping to a productive game tonight.