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It’s your call — September 2015

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

It’s the sixth edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: It is October 4 — the regular-season finale. The Dodgers have a 2-1 lead over the San Diego Padres with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Kenley Jansen is pitching, runners are on second and third and the dangerous Justin Upton is up.

Upton has been extremely hot with the bat of late. In fact, in this game, he’s 3 for 3. Against Jansen, he is 3 for 14 in his career against Jansen with nine strikeouts and one homer. Yonder Alonso is on deck, and he leads the Padres in grounding into double plays. He has little history against Jansen.

To add even more pressure, if the Dodgers win, they will win the National League West. If they lose, they’re forced to play a one-game playoff against the Giants.

The question: Do you …

A) pitch to Upton
B) intentionally walk Upton to face Alonso.

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post.

Last month: With two out and one on in the bottom of the 11th inning, fans divided on whether to let Jansen bat for himself after a perfect top of the 11th, or pinch-hit with either Yasmani Grandal or Zack Greinke.

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It’s your call — August 2015

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

It’s the sixth edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: It’s the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Dodgers are tied with San Diego, 2-2 – but with two out, A.J. Ellis has walked. Kenley Jansen, who struck out the side on 10 pitches in the top of the 11th, is due up to bat. The Dodgers’ other catcher, Yasmani Grandal, is the only position player available off the bench. Adam Liberatore and Juan Nicasio are warming up in the bullpen, and Joc Pederson is due up next if anyone gets on base.

The quesiton: Do you …

A) let Jansen bat?
B) have Grandal pinch-hit?
C) use Zack Greinke, the next day’s starting pitcher, as a pinch-hitter?

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll highlight the results in the September issue of Dodger Insider.

Last month: Would you have Adrian Gonzalez bunt to break up a no-hitter in the ninth inning of a 1-0 game, swing away or try to work a walk?

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It’s your call — July 2015

Los Angeles Dodgers during game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, June 29, 2015 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 10-6. Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2015

By Cary Osborne

It’s the fifth edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: Adrian Gonzalez is at the plate and the shift is on, meaning the third baseman is playing where the shortstop usually is. The Dodgers are down, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Washington Nationals, and pitcher Jordan Zimmerman has a no-hitter going. But he’s been a little wild with his first two pitches and is down in the count 2-0. Those darn unwritten rules of baseball say one shouldn’t bunt to break up a no-hitter. But the Dodgers are trying to win after all.

The question: Do you:

A) have Gonzalez try and bunt down the third base line
B) have Gonzalez swing away
C) have Gonzalez take another pitch and try and work the count to a walk?

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll highlight the results in the August issue of Dodger Insider.

Last month: Fans mostly preferred letting Joel Peralta pitch a third inning for the Dodgers, rather than have Brett Anderson or Scott Van Slyke come in for the 20th inning.

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It’s Your Call — June 2015

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

It’s the fourth edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: The Dodgers and Giants are tied 10-10 entering the top of the 20th inning at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have emptied out their bullpen, and a tiring Joel Peralta is facing the possibility of a third inning of work. The most he pitched in a game in 2014 was exactly two innings — and he did it just once. The only guy left on the bench is Scott Van Slyke. In 2008, he tossed one inning in Single-A. The scheduled starter against the Giants the next day is Brett Anderson, with no off days in sight, but this is a divisional game, after all.

The question: Do you …

A) leave Peralta in to pitch the 20th inning
B) have Van Slyke pitch
C) bring in Anderson?

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll highlight the results in the July issue of Dodger Insider.

Last month: After Yimi Garcia gave up a one-out double to Matt Holiday, with Matt Adams up and Jhonny Peralta on deck, the Dodgers had several options, dividing reader opinion. A sampling …

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It’s Your Call — May 2015

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By Jon Weisman

It’s the third edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: It’s the top of the eighth inning, with the Dodgers leading the Cardinals, 3-2. Right-hander Yimi Garcia is on the mound in relief. He strikes out Jason Heyward but gives up a one-out double to Matt Holliday. Left-handed hitting Matt Adams is up, with righty Jhonny Peralta on deck. Lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and righty Pedro Baez are warm in the bullpen.

The question: Do you …

A) have Garcia pitch to Adams

B) have Garcia intentionally walk Adams, then pitch to Peralta

C) have Garcia intentionally walk Adams, then bring in Baez to pitch to Peralta

D) bring in Rodriguez to face Adams

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll highlight the results in the June issue of Dodger Insider.

Last month: With Zack Greinke having thrown 110 pitches and allowing no hits but walking the first batter in the top of the ninth of his 2015 debut, readers gave a slight edge to leaving him in rather than putting in Kenley Jansen. A sample:

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It’s Your Call — April 2015

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By Cary Osborne

It’s the second edition of our new Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a hypothetical situation.

The setup: It’s the bottom of the ninth inning in Zack Greinke’s first start of the season. It’s also the second game of the Major League season. He is pitching a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers, but has walked the first batter and is now at 110 pitches.

There are no outs, and the Dodgers are clinging to a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Lucroy is at the plate. He is 6 for 8 in his career against Greinke. Kenley Jansen is warming up in the bullpen (yes, we said it was hypothetical) and is ready to come in. In the only meeting between Jansen and Lucroy, the Milwaukee catcher reached on a walk.

The question: Do you stick with Greinke or bring in Jansen?

Your call: Tweet your decision to @DodgerInsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or leave a comment on this blog post. We’ll highlight the results in the May issue of Dodger Insider.

Last month: By a wide margin, readers did not want Juan Uribe to bunt in the seventh inning of a tie game. A sample:

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It’s your call

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

“Should I swing or should I bunt now?” (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

We’re trying out a new short Dodger Insider feature — also appearing in the print magazine — in which you’ll get to play manager each month and pick the move to make in a given situation.

The setup: Dodgers and Angels are tied, 1-1, with none out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Carl Crawford is on first base with a single. Juan Uribe is the batter against Angels righty Jered Weaver, who has thrown 92 pitches. On deck is A.J. Ellis, followed by Zack Greinke’s spot in the order.

The question: Do you have Uribe look to swing away or attempt to bunt?

Your call: Tweet your decision to @dodgerinsider with the hashtag #DIyourcall, or state it in the comments below.