Tommy’s Perfect Birthday Party!

September 23, 2017

The Playoff Roster Remains in Flux If you have been living under a rock, then you may not know that the Dodgers clinched the NL West last night for the 5th straight year.  They now have 98 wins and it’s a forgone conclusion that they will win more than 100 games.  You have to love a guy like Rich Hill who is peaking just in time for the playoffs.  I…

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Does It Really Matter How You Lose 62 Games?

September 21, 2017

The real is answer is “We don’t know.”  It’s likely that the Dodgers will win 100 games this year and the NL West (they will have to go 4-6 to do that). That’s an improvement of 8 games in a Division that is dramatically better, as at least one, and maybe two other teams will be NL Wild Cards.  This version of the 2017 Dodgers has been both the hottest…

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The Thlot Plickens

September 20, 2017

With just 10 games left until October 1st, when the season ends, the playoff roster remains a mystery.  I think we all have a pretty good idea that certain players will be on the roster. Position Players Grandal Barnes Bellinger Forsythe Utley Seager Turner Hernandez Granderson Taylor Puig Ethier I left off Adrian Gonzalez because he is not anywhere near healthy.  The Dodgers would love to have him on the…

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Don’t Forget the Ultimate Goal

September 18, 2017

So, the Dodgers took two out of three from the Nationals on their home field and you are upset that Stephen Strasburg, the hottest pitcher in baseball, beat them? Let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal. You have to remember a few things: The Ultimate Goal is to win the World Series. Nothing much else matters. The front office, coaching staff and the manager are very smart. The Dodgers…

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Rich Hill: Reason to Believe

September 17, 2017

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported yesterday that Alex Verdugo showed up late to Nationals Park on Friday, after the team already had its daily hitters meeting. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t learn of Verdugo’s tardiness until he was heading out to the field for the workout but would “address it” with him. General Manager Farhan Zaidi is on this trip with the team and said the same thing. “I…

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Who Will be on the Playoff Roster?

September 16, 2017

Let me dispel a rumor:  Curtis Granderson will be on the playoff roster.  Bet on it!  I don’t care if he hits .000 the rest of the way.  He will be on it.  The playoffs start new season and Grandy will be there.  That’s why the Dodgers traded for him in the first place. Also, I think he will be ready! Here’s what I see in my crystal ball: Starting…

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Memo to Self: Don’t Second Guess!

September 15, 2017

I have been really busy this week and have not had time to post, so this evening I had some time, and I sat down and was going to ridicule the fact that Dave Roberts did not put Austin Barnes in the lineup.  I started it and then the Dodgers scored 6 runs in the first two innings. Here it was: Of Course, You want the Best Hitter in Baseball…

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Order Restored to the Dodger Universe

September 13, 2017

After losing 50 games in a row, Clayton Kershaw was called in to stop the bleeding and he did!  He also got a walk, a hit and scored a run and made a great base-running play, with an aggressive slide, which you really don’t want him doing.  The trainers immediately came out, but he seemed OK.  I guess his warrior mentality won’t let him do anything less.  Roberts took him…

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Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block?

September 12, 2017

Do you remember when Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi started hoarding a bunch of “health challenged” starting pitchers? Everyone was beside themselves and complained ad nauseum about how these guys were “going to break down“, “you can’t count on them” and then “they don’t pitch deep enough into games?”  The Dodger starters are still the number one staff in baseball.  That worked out pretty good, didn’t it? In fact, I…

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I Am Certain of Nothing, But Remain Hopeful

September 11, 2017

When the Dodgers started out 12-14, I was not worried.  I felt they were a 92-98 win team.  Then they won about 80 games in a row and had 91 wins earlier than almost any other team in the history of baseball.  I felt Cody Bellinger was ready this year, but really did not expect to see him as soon as he was called up. He was a huge part…

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