It’s Not About the Money!

Well, at least it should not be about the money. Andrew Friedman gave Carl Crawfish his walking papers last year and ate about $32 million in the process.  It was not about the money – it was about “how well you can play.” It was about what was best for the Dodgers. Baseball is a wonderful game – you just never know what will happen. Use Your Eyes…. and Sabermetrics…

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The Alex Wood Dilemma

Andrew Miller is a 6’7” left hander from Gainesville, FL and attended University of North Carolina. He was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in 2006.  Miller was called up later that year and made his ML debut on August 30, 2006.  From 2007-2010, he bounced up and down from the MiLB to MLB (Det/Fla).  While he did have some very good starts, he never established himself…

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Andrew Toles Has Won the CF Job!

I usually wait until the next day before starting a new post, but I think Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi need to consider this RIGHT ABOUT NOW!  It can’t wait and I know they read this blog.  I know it because they call me “That Dumbass Timmons!” Andrew Toles should be the starting CF.  Game over! End of story.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  Someone said he…

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The Science Behind Dodger Batting Orders

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I would post scientific evidence of what led to Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal hitting 3rd and 4th.  Any questions?  Actually, what else can you do but throw darts?  The lineup is less important than the players in it.  I would like to see Toles in everyday. Let him play.  Of course, Bellinger has to be in it as well….

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Bye – Bye A-Gon?

So far this season, Adrian Gonzalez is hitting .250 with Zero home runs and 9 RBI.  His OB% is .337 but his OPS is .653.  This is likely the main reason the Dodgers  hitting is not up to where it should be, because as Vin Scully said “Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers’ Butter and Egg Man.” Right about now, the butter is melted and the eggs are scrambled. Other players are…

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The Big Picture

I’m a “Big Picture” guy. I am not very involved in the Day-to-Day aspects of my real business (except as necessary), but am focused on “the Big Picture.”  I was intimately involved in building the business for 15 years, but growth demanded that I become the “visionary,” and not the “Day-to-Day” Manager.  Besides, I am not nearly as good at the day-to-day stuff anyway.  So, here’s the way I work:…

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Wood Hammers Giants and Nails Start

Alex Wood is certainly making a case to stay in the rotation.  6 innings, 77 pitcher and 1 hit makes an excellent case for Alex.  If Maeda struggles on Friday, I would have Alex stay in the rotation. He was very impressive last night.  His pitch count is up to almost 80 and he can build on that.  I was impressed about Wood and depressed about the next guy I…

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Money, Money, Money (and Free Agent Pitching)

During the dialogue about the Dodgers non-desire to pay for $100M+ pitching, Scott Andes stated “Those guys are expensive because hold onto your hats here, they are good, and you get what you pay for.” Since he knows the Dodgers can afford to sign 10 Greinke’s, obviously he feels the Dodgers have no salary cap to concern themselves with.  I like it when people like to spend other people’s money….

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The State of the Union… ‘er Rotation

Hyun-Jin Ryu looked much better last night as he pitched much differently than the power pitcher he used to be.  The curve and changeup are his “go to” pitches with the fastball in the 89-90 MPH range and an occasional 91-92 MPH just for effect.  He can be effective when pitching like this, but there is little margin for error.  The way I see it, he is our Number 5….

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Starting Pitching is Overvalued…

Which doesn’t mean it is not valuable.  It’s just not worth the price. I can relate.  I drive a 2013 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab.  I could have bought the Platinum Series but it was $22,000 more and I thought that was overvalued, so I just drive the standard model.  Well it does have the twin-turbo 375 HP engine, so there is that.  But, it doesn’t have butt warmers and leather…

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