Alexander: No, Dodgers fans, the sky is not falling … yet

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies They did not get the high-end reliever they were targeting. The Giants held on to their Will Smith, while the Mets did the same with Edwin Diaz. Shane Greene went from Detroit to Atlanta for the Braves’ No. 16 and No. 24 prospects, according to Baseball America. And Felipe Vázquez remains a Pittsburgh Pirate because Andrew Friedman was unwilling to meet the Pirates’ demand for at least one and probably two of the club’s top three prospects, Gavin Lux, Dustin May and Keibert Ruiz.That development, coupled with the struggles of a team that, after Thursday night’s 8-2 victory over the Padres, somehow has a major league-best 72 victories without a consistent bullpen – sarcasm intended – had a good percentage of the Dodgers fan base, as well as some scribes, working on their best “woe is us” material.Add to that the Astros’ acquisition of Zack Greinke to augment their starting rotation, and … OK, just ship the Commissioner’s Trophy to Houston today, why don’t you?I suspect what we are hearing here mirrors what is being said in New York and Boston. The Yankees were shut out at the deadline, failing to augment their starting rotation. The defending champion Red Sox, likewise, failed to stock up for their wild-card drive.They will play the remainder of their schedules, as will the Dodgers. And then the postseason will begin, and who knows what might happen? There are no guarantees that the pitcher who has a 1.89 ERA and 21 saves in low-profile Pittsburgh will thrive or even survive under the bright, often harsh lights of October. Nor can it be assumed that the young guys who might now be asked to shoulder a larger share of the bullpen burden are automatically not up to the task.Does anyone remember Francisco Rodriguez? He was a September call-up by the Angels in 2002, pitched 5-2/3 innings in the final 11 days of the regular season – and then pitched in 11 postseason games and recorded five wins, a 1.92 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP as Troy Percival’s setup guy for a World Series champion.Maybe May, who will make his big-league debut as a starter Friday night against the Padres, or Tony Gonsolin or someone else currently in the organization will turn out to be such a golden bullpen arm in 2019. The point is that you just don’t know.Friedman said he understands the angst, even if he can’t afford to pay a lot of attention to it.“I totally get that,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I was a fan, and being a fan means you care about today. And I think that’s great. That’s what professional sports is. There’s an entertainment factor. There’s a passion. There’s a wanting to do everything to win that day. And emotionally I feel that way, and that’s where our mind also has to fire with being crazy but not stupid. And that was the line.”The distinction?“Being crazy is being aggressive in the offers you make,” he said. “Being stupid is doing things that (don’t) just play out poorly, but at the time you know it’s a poor decision.”The issue being debated, then, is whether it would have been crazy or stupid to let go of Lux, the Dodgers’ top-ranked prospect and presumptive future second baseman. If we are still debating that into November, that means you can feel free to unleash that primal scream.But to automatically bash Friedman for not giving away the organization’s top prospects seems both crazy and stupid. Friedman and Farhan Zaidi were quite aggressive the last three seasons and certainly weren’t shy about trading prospects, and it’s probably worth pointing out that the ones they refused to part with are now prominent on the big-league roster.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Zaidi, incidentally, had an interesting first deadline as the Giants’ baseball boss, acting as both buyer and seller and declining to part with Madison Bumgarner and the aforementioned Smith as his team straddles between a rebuild and wild-card contention.I suspect if Friedman had called him about Smith, the response likely involved Lux, May and Ruiz.“I feel like we made a lot of really aggressive bids in the last few days,” Friedman said. “And at least to provide some solace once it was over, there’s a very good chance that our future selves are really happy that some of the bids we made were not accepted.“But time will tell.”In the meantime, given the unhappiness over the Astros getting former Dodger and former division rival Greinke, look at it this way: Maybe he’ll be their Yu Darvish.Feel better?jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Wednesday afternoon, after all of the deadline trades had been registered and announced, Dodgers fans started leaping off the bandwagon.I hope no one hurt themselves.This is a reminder, actually two: One, they don’t give out rings for winning the trade deadline. And two, past performance is not necessarily an indication of future results.Yes, the Dodgers nibbled around the margins Wednesday, obtaining lefty relief specialist Adam Kolarek and depth guy Jedd Gyorko to go with two depth guys they’d picked up in the preceding days, Tyler White and Kristopher Negrón. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Forecasts for Sumner County Wheat Harvest 2014 range from dire to horrendous

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The latest outlook of the Sumner County wheat harvest for 2014 is from dire to horrendous… or bad to outright dismal… or.. you get the picture.The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report stated on Monday that 59 percent of the winter wheat in Kansas is in poor to very poor condition. About 29 percent is listed as fair with just 11 percent rated as good and 1 precent excellent.Wellington Farmers Coop Manager Curt Guinn said as of last week that his elevator was expecting about half what was taken in 2013.“We took in about 4 million bushels in 2013,” Guinn said. “I’m thinking we would be lucky to get to 2 million this year.” Still, Guinn said there is a possibility that some farmers in the north part of the county could still harvest a decent crop. As for the area’s in the south and west part of the county — no so much.The Kansas Wheat Commission in its latest report estimated that the crops will be around 30.8 bushel per acre in the south-central Kansas area. In 2013, yields were averaging in the upper 60s. Some got into the 70s and even 80s. Not this year.Guinn said Sumner County farmers are playing a guessing game whether to wait out this year’s harvest and salvage a crop, putting the wheat to pasture or tilling it up and seeing if they could raise a spring crop.Currently according to the National Weather Service Center in Wichita, the area has had 2.56 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1 and 1.57 inches since March 1. Sumner County is currently in a D3-D4 drought stage – ranging from “extreme drought” to “Exceptional drought.” Exceptional drought is considered the maximum level of drought one can be (see graphic and info here). http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?KSAccording to an article in today’s Wichita Eagle, Mike Smith, an executive vice president of Accuweather states that the jet stream is unusually weak for this time in May. If it continues, it is going to be a big problem locking central Kansas in a drought.Wichita broke high temperature records three times and recorded the earliest 100 degree day in history.However, Paul Pastelock, head of the long-ranging forecasting for AccuWeather, told the Eagle the ridge of high pressure that can make for a long, hot summer when it sets up over Kansas, is likely to be south and west of the Sunflower State this year.That happened in 2013, when Wichita had one of its wettest summers on record. Nuances in where the ridge actually sets up will have much to do with how much precipitation Wichita and southern Kansas receive this summer, Pastelok said.“I don’t think it’s going to be the classic ‘dome of death,’ ” Pastelok said.The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center projects above-average precipitation for Kansas from June through August.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

D’AMATO’S ENOLA GRAY & LONG HOT SUMMER PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgTHE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PST                 HOME JOURNEY: Drawn on the far outside with “Big Money” Mike Smith up, she has the advantage of rationing her speed while pressuring Enola Gray down the hillside. A gate to wire winner of the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes here in April, 2015 as a 5-year-old, this 6-year-old mare by Good Journey has a win and two seconds from five trips down the hill. Owned by GGG Stables and Russell Sarno, Home Journey pressed the pace and finished fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in her most recent start, the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap on Aug. 5. She’ll be ridden for the third time by Smith, who guided her to victory in a first condition allowance at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Her overall mark stands at 19-5-6-1 and she has earnings of $357,009. LONG HOT SUMMER: D’Amato hopes to “have ’em surrounded,” as this 4-year-old filly by Street Boss will hope to replicate her off the pace victory in a five furlong turf classified allowance on Sept. 2. If Enola Gray and the Mike Puype-trained Home Journey duel early, it could set up nicely for Long Hot Summer, who has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Second in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes here seven starts back on June 27, 2015, Long Hot Summer could well go favored as she sports an overall mark of 12-5-2-1 with earnings of $341,875. ENOLA GRAY: Undefeated in three starts prior to running second at odds of 1-5 against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, this 3-year-old gray daughter of Grazen will try turf for the first time as she gets back to state-bred completion. Blessed with extraordinary early speed, Enola Gray, a two-time stakes winner versus Cal-breds, won her first three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths and will hope to pose an elusive front-running target under regular rider Tyler Baze.center_img ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray and Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Long Hot Summer, both conditioned by Phil D’Amato, figure prominently in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.For fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in California, the Cal Distaff, which was won last year by Joe Parker’s Our Pure Creation, will be run for the fourth time and be contested by a field of five. Desert Steel–Rafael Bejarano–120Long Hot Summer–Joe Talamo–125Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–121Out Ofthe Ordinary–Jamie Theriot–117Home Journey–Mike Smith–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more