Those former Braves aren’t yet loving L.A.

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Jim Johnson wipes his face after Pittsburgh Pirates’ Aramis Ramirez drove in Starling Marte with one of the Pirates’ nine runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Jim Johnson wipes his face after Pittsburgh Pirates' Aramis Ramirez drove in Starling Marte with one of the Pirates' nine runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Jim Johnson isn’t the toast of the West Coast. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Alex Wood has made two starts for the Dodgers, neither great, neither awful. In the first, he yielded four earned runs and 10 base runners over 6 1/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Phillies. In the second, which occurred Sunday in Pittsburgh, he lasted only five innings and yielded three earned runs and nine base runners. He exited with L.A. leading 5-3. For the seventh inning, the Dodgers summoned …

Jim Johnson, another part of the 13-player three-way trade between the Dodgers, the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves. Johnson retired the first batter he faced. He would retire one of the next nine. Here’s how the inning unraveled:

Strikeout looking, hit by pitch, single to right, single to right, sac fly, single to center, walk, infield single, single to center, single to left.

Johnson’s unhappy totals: Six hits, one walk, one HBP. And, because Jung Ho Kang greeted reliever Joel Peralta with a three-run homer, Johnson was charged with eight earned runs in two-thirds of a inning. And a blown save. And a loss, his second in three nights. He’d also yielded the game-losing single in the 10th on Friday.

In four appearances as a Dodger, Johnson hasn’t yet worked a scoreless inning. (He worked scoreless innings in 19 of his final 21 appearances as a Brave.) As a Dodger, he has recorded 11 outs against 12 earned runs and 15 base runners. He’s 0-2 for his new employer with an ERA of 29.45.

The Dodgers still lead the National League West by three games over San Francisco. (The Giants were swept by the Cubs in a four-game series as the Dodgers were dropping three in Pittsburgh.) The massive trade that was supposed to secure the division title for L.A. hasn’t brought immediate dividends. Mat Latos, acquired from Miami, is 0-1 as a Dodger with a 6.30 ERA. Wood is 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA. Yes, that’s a small sample size, but the Dodgers are such a high-profile team that nothing seems small.

From Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times: “When the Dodgers pulled off their three-team trade-deadline deal last month, much of the focus was on Mat Latos and Alex Wood, the two starters they picked up. But almost as significant to the front office was the addition of relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan. Neither end of that deal has worked out as the Dodgers planned, however, with Latos and Wood going winless and posting a 5.91 ERA in two starts each. Yet they look like Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale compared to Johnson.”

From Mark Saxon of ESPN LA: “The Dodgers went shopping for bulk goods rather than name brands when they conducted their business before the trade deadline. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the quality of their returns has been negligible thus far. That might be putting it kindly.”

From Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register: “If you’re fond of snap judgments, Johnson, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan and Mat Latos combined for an 8.68 ERA in their first week as Dodgers and took the loss in all four defeats on their new team’s 2-4 trip to Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, Hector Olivera hasn’t made an out as an Atlanta Brave. (OK, so he hasn’t yet been activated. Details, details.)

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HUDDYS1FAN
HUDDYS1FAN

It's going to be another four to five years before we can rate this trade. By then not many fans will care unless the Braves come up way short. Although I doubt any of the players involved will ever be of note after their careers are over.

mark513
mark513

Its way to early to tell if the this trade works out but a column had to be written about something I guess. I was listening to 680 the fan this morning and Steak was comparing the lineup of the 95 team to this year's team and bemoaning the lack of star power. Hey cha cha please do us all a favor and go back to Boston, I know you are trying to generate ratings and I guess it worked because I listened, 10 minutes of my life I will never get back, but here is a news flash since 1999 this team has not done squat, squat, squat. 1991 to 1999 were great years, yes we choked but they were classic chokes and 91 was not a choke just a great World Series. Since 99 and especially the last 10 years this team has done nothing to really get excited about, Hart has at least acknowledged that we have been on the decline for almost a decade and is looking to reverse the trend. Bully for him, unfortunately we are still strapped with those useless toads at Liberty Media for owners but at least there is some small sign of life and an attempt to recreate the best years. It may not happen, but as a paying customer for many years until the last 5, I am now at least looking at this team and remembering something odd hope!

HUDDYS1FAN
HUDDYS1FAN

@mark513 Braves should have won the 1991 WS in six games against the Twins. Except for Bobby Cox forgetting how to manage a nine inning baseball game they would have done just that.


p.s. Charlie Liebrandt lost two of those games. He shouldn't have ever been let anywhere near the mound.

EmoryEagles
EmoryEagles

Mark, do you think Wood's struggles might be related to not yet being comfortable on his new team?  I'm sure he thought he was part of the long-term pan here and the trade must have shocked him.  I can certainly understand it taking some time for his "head" to get sorted out.

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@EmoryEagles Wood does let emotion affect his pitching, but he is what he is.  A decent No. 3 or No. 4 as long as he doesn't get too upset.  

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

So the Dodgers still win the trade. They're getting innings out of all our guys. We haven't gotten one at bat yet from their guy. Dodgers win!

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

@TreeRollins  The Dodgers haven't won anything.  They may have actually made their team worse.  They had to call up the kid to try to save some face with their fans.

Boeingdawg
Boeingdawg

Wood will be fine. Young man has been a Georgia boy his whole life, except for his stint with the Miss. Braves in AA. LA is a culture shock, as is being traded for the first time.

Johnson is simply a case of water finding its level.

Hopeless in ATL
Hopeless in ATL

Peraza was called up and is starting tonight, playing and batting second, for the Dodgers. 

SmyrnaGeorgia
SmyrnaGeorgia

Jim Johnson doesn't surprise me, as he has been really inconsistent all season- glad to see him in blue. Wood was a little better, but if this new guy can hit, it will have been a good trade. This one didn't bother me like some others did.

Rick_James
Rick_James

Must be the LA cost of living shock..

reckingball
reckingball

Need to see Olivera play, hope that he is pretty good.

Hammerman
Hammerman

Dodgers should have known better.Does Bloomingdales do business with the 99cent store?

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

I'm sure we all feel bad for LA and those journeymen who have taken another journey.

NOT!

TomGaff
TomGaff

That headline may be true, but Chris Johnson sure likes Cleveland! His first game played, he went 4 for 4(two doubles included). How is that possible? He didn't have 4 hits in a month with the Braves?

CarrollSanders
CarrollSanders

@TomGaff Oh but 4/4 doesn't really mean anything according to the stat geeks....his ANWAR and CPR and RSVP is still a -.08893 which puts him in the bottom third of all infielders who play north of the mason-dixon line, with 80% or more of their games being played after 7PM EST and when the avg temperature is 80 degrees or higher blah blah friggin blah.  I will never understand the Chris Johnson thing here in Atl.  Always seemed like a quality player with a fire about him.  For some unknown reason, higher-ups and fans just hated him.  best of luck in Cleveland dude!

Bogey
Bogey

Although the early returns in LA are shocking, nobody should ever come to a conclusion on any player after one week.  Johnson started poorly with us, then got it together - expect him to be decent (but he's added significant pressure on himself).  Wood will be what he is:  a bottom of the rotation reliable starter with average stuff.


The writers say Avalon has been fine so far, but I would surmise that when the dust clears he will be the worst of the lot for LA.


As far as Olivera.....patience.  Glass is half empty thinking (which most of you have) would tell you he'll struggle with a new team at first - I just want him to get and stay healthy for the rest of the season and get his legs under him.


Next year will tell the tale on him.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@Bogey Wouldn't want him to put any stwain on his wilttuh hammies now would we?  Maybe by year 4 of his contract, he'll man up enough to put in a few token appearances.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

Do you think Olivera might be willing to put on a uniform, oh, I don't know... maybe by the middle of next season?

Chris Stef
Chris Stef

You think he doesnt want to be playing?

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@Chris Stef Pretty much.  No one sits out that long for a hamstring pull.  He's just sitting back watching the money roll into his bank account.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@Chris Stef He does not speak any English, who knows what he wants, other than the money, of course!

JAS0N
JAS0N

"Jim Johnson, another part of the 13-player three-way trade between the Dodgers, the Marlins, and the Atlanta Braves."


This is not a complete sentence.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@JAS0N That's ok. Not really sure why the word "trade" is used.   In order for something to be a trade you're supposed to receive something in exchange for what you gave up.  Hasn't happened thus far.  Not going to hold my breath waiting for it.

SupremeGrandPoobah
SupremeGrandPoobah

@GregoryM @SupremeGrandPoobah @JAS0N Injured infielder received.  Injured pitcher received.  Number 1 prospect gone.  Good pitcher gone.  Young infielder #1 prospect given up will become something in the league.  Old geezer, not too likely.

BiCurious_Barack
BiCurious_Barack

It must be those delectable Southern California   IN-N-OUT BURGERS, Animal-Style,  served with those scrumptious Animal-Style fries..    



I can't resist them, either, and they slow me down after I savor them.



FarTrain
FarTrain

Just "shows to go ya"  that the "looser" and mediocrity mentality instilled by FG is hard to get rid of. BTW, not only did the Braves do it to the Dodgers, they stuck the Padres with the Upton brothers, and now look where they are. The Pads were a "sure thing" with all the other trades they made along with that one, and spent "Yankee-type" money doing so.  You would think these teams would be a little more wary of the Braves offers the last couple of years.

Getting_Older
Getting_Older

@FarTrain Now blaming Fredi for every other teams' failure also.  Wow, that is harsh.  

The Padres knew exactly what they were getting in the trade:  One great reliever, one good hitter that is very streaky and  strikes out a lot, and one terrible hitter.  They have stayed pretty much true to form in SD.

AtlantaSportsVictory
AtlantaSportsVictory

Remember how everyone was killing the Braves for the trade? So far so good.