Rant and Rave Friday

So Adrian Gonzalez is still having issues with his elbow.  How much?  We do not know.  It has sapped his power but the silver lining is that it is forcing him to go the other way and that may be a blessing in disguise.  At this stage of his career, I like him at #5 or #6, but the Dodgers currently don’t have a true cleanup hitter.  More about that…

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April 6, 2017 Game Chat

Todays’ Lineups Pos San Diego Padres Pos LA Dodgers LF 1.  Jankowski (L) LF 1.  Toles (L) CF 2.  Margot SS 2.  Seager (L) 1B 3.  Myers 3B 3.  Forsythe 2B 4.  Solarte (S) 1B 4.  Gonzalez (L) 3B 5.  Schimpf (L) CF 5.  Pederson (L) RF 6.  Renfroe 2B 6.  Utley (L) C 7.  Sanchez (S) RF 7.  Puig SS 8.  Aybar (S) C 8.  Barnes P 9.  Weaver…

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Over the Hill and Through the Woods

Evidently Rich Hill doesn’t flourish in Spring Training, and while he was not in mid-season form last night, he was pretty good.  Five innings was enough – let him go six his next start.  You have to love this guy’s story, determination and never-say-die attitude.  What are the odds that a guy finally figures it out at 36 year old and becomes a star?  Probably about the same that he…

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DODGERS AND “THE ARM”

Disclaimer: This post is by DodgerRick.  The opinions in this post are not necessarily those of Mark Timmons (it was fun to say that).  However, you have to consider what he says.  It is well-reasoned and thoughtful. Enjoy and praise him if you want more.  Here’s Rick: I am a skeptic when it comes to the current age of the tissue-paper arm. Baseball babies pitchers like never before but there are more…

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April 4, 2017 Game Chat

I am going to try something new and it’s up to you if it continues.  Maybe you want it… maybe you don’t. The ball is in your court. This is the place to talk about the game… Starting Lineups: Pos Padres Pos Dodgers LF Jankowski (L) 2B Forsythe CF Margot SS Seager (L) 1B Myers 3B Turner 2B Solarte (S) LF Gutierrez 3B Schimpf (L) RF Puig RF Renfroe 1B…

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It’s a Start!

Anytime the season starts with a Giant loss, especially a fantastic bullpen meltdown and a Dodger win, It’s all good! Obviously, there is a long way to go, but you might as well get off to a good start against the AAAA Little Sisters of the Poor.  I think Clayton Kershaw makes more than the whole team… and it’s easy to see why! Seven straight Opening Day wins! Joc Pederson…

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World Series or Bust!

A few years ago, a blog called The Post Game was published with the picture I just posted on the cover page.  There is no photo credit, but they evidently photoshopped it, so kudos to them. I hope they don’t mind my using it.  In the article they quoted Clayton Kershaw: “It’s funny that’s a headline story — World Series or bust,” Kershaw told ThePostGame. “I feel like every team…

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Trickle Down Isn’t Just Economic Policy

We now know who comprises the 25 man roster.  Is it what I would have chosen?  Probably not, but I do understand the reasons for the selections.  I was disappointed that Chris Taylor was not selected, but I understand why Kike’ was valued more as utility player.  I understand that Taylor is an infielder that needs to learn OF.  If Seager goes on the DL, it will not be Kike’…

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