Hurry Up… and Wait!

In case you have forgotten, here are the three starting pitchers rumored to be on the Dodger’s radar: Yu Darvish Last 14 Days: 7.36 ERA/1.148 WHIP Last 28 Days: 7.20 ERA/1.467 WHIP This year: 4.01 ERA/1.168 WHIP Sonny Gray Last 14 Days: 0.98 ERA/1.036 WHIP Last 28 Days: 1.39 ERA/0.835 WHIP This year: 3.43 ERA/1.175 WHIP Justin Verlander Last 14 Days: 3.26 ERA/1.034 WHIP Last 28 Days: 4.60 ERA/1.432 WHIP…

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Brock Stewart – #2 or #4?

Any way you slice it, Brock Stewart is a very good pitcher.  Currently, his stuff is worth of being a #4 or #5 “workhorse” type of pitcher. However, he could be a lot more than that and this is why I did not want to see him in the rotation this year. Brock has an excellent fastball, a nice slider (not great), and a below average change-up.  He really needs…

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Clayton Who?

The Dodgers won about 68% of their games when Clayton Kershaw was on the roster and now have won 100% of their games without him. Why the heck do we need this guy anyway?   It seems like it’s a new man or men every night… stepping up to do the job.  Kenta Maeda did his job for 5 innings and the pen nailed it with Josh Ravin pitching 3…

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I Am No Kool-Aid Drinker

I am an unabashed and unapologetic supporter of FAZ.  They have built a tremendous team and know how to utilize a full 40 man roster to their advantage because they have the depth to do so.  I also believe that a winning TEAM is greater than the sum of the individual players.  Clayton Kershaw is special.  There is no question of that.  But he is one of 40, and I…

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Life Without Clayton Kershaw

Really, it’s not gloom and doom! Last year, when Clayton had the herniated disk, everyone wondered what the team would do.  It turns out that Kershaw’s injury galvanized them and others stepped up to fill the void.  Not only did they not miss a beat, but they thrived.  I, for one, do not expect the same thing to happen this year, although I believe there is no reason to panic….

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The Second Coming of ChrisT

When the Dodgers traded Zach Lee to the Mariners for Chris Taylor, my first reaction was: He’s a backup SS – OK, but not great. He’s a utility guy who is a junkyard dog. Chris Taylor is a baseball rat! He’s an over-achieving utilityman. That means I like him. A couple of days later, I wrote: The more I read about him the more I think Chris Taylor is EXACTLY…

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Just a Market Correction

In the stock market, sometimes stocks become wildly inflated and after days or weeks of gains, the market has a few days where it drops, which is called a “market correction.”  To me, the fact that the Dodgers have now lost two straight to the Atlanta Braves is just and example of a rather obvious market correction or as someone once said “You can’t win them all.” So, don’t start…

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How Do Trades Happen?

So, when a General Manager makes a trade, they automatically go to their list of MLB’s TOP 100 Prospects and then check Baseball America’s TOP 100 Prospects.  Oh, and then they check all the articles that Keith Law, John Sickels,  Ben Badler and Will Carroll write about the player or players and then maybe the conversation goes something like this: “Hey wait, the Dodgers offered us a #29 and a…

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ANDREW FRIEDMAN and HIS 3-YEAR PLAN

Make no mistake…this IS Andrew Friedman’s team.  This is not to take anything away from the immense talents of Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos, Gabe Kapler, or Billy Gasparino.  They help put Friedman’s vision into motion.  The Dodgers caught a lot of flak from fans because of the high FO cost.  But these are all outstanding baseball people, and why is it a problem having superior FO talent?  It…

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IS THERE AN EAST COAST BIAS IN BASEBALL COVERAGE?

… AND IF SO, HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE COVERAGE OF THE DODGERS? There are several sites that I routinely check daily (or several times per day) for coverage of the Dodgers – TrueBlueLA, Dodgers.com, Dodgers Insider, LADodgerTalk (of course), the ESPN.com Dodgers team page, and others. I also check out national sports news sites to see how the national sports press is covering the Dodgers, but am frequently confronted with…

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