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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I Still Believe!

The Dodgers will win the NL West and go on the the World Series.  Some of you have already judged this team as lacking and are ready to throw in the towel and the baby and the bathwater!  NOT SO FAST! In case you haven’t heard, the season is 162 games long – that means there are 144 games left.  You can think what you want… and you will… but…

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Purely a Trainwreck!

Move On – There’s Nothing to See Here Folks!  Well actually, there was plenty to see and most of it was bad.  I think that whenever a team gives up 9 runs in the 8th inning, they have an excellent chance to lose. I was having flashbacks to the Indiana Pacers game on Thursday night where they coughed up a 25 point halftime lead.  This seals the the deal for…

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Clayton Needs To Fix This

Clayton Kershaw pitched a reasonably good game last night to stop the Dodgers losing streak as he is prone to do, but there is one aspect of his game that he needs to fix before it becomes a big problem.  Oftentimes, a person’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness and I believe that is true in Clayton Kershaw’s case as well.  Clayton’s greatest strength is his intensity and focus…

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The Kershawshank Redemption Cometh

I think that 79% of the the Dodger’s inability to hit LH pitching is 80% mental! Last year, the Dodgers never dropped below .500 until May 6, so we are ahead of schedule this year. I am encouraged by Ryu’s performance.  The stats don’t look good, but he went 6 innings last night with 97 pitches – not bad for a guy who has missed two years. I think 91…

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Should We Just Take Leave of Our Senses?

Fans, which is short for fanatics, tend to take leave of their senses when their team wins, in that they are overly elated… and they also do the opposite thing when their team loses.  They become overly downtrodden and only see gloom and doom.  After 14 games, the Dodgers are at .500.  They are 5-2 against RH pitching and 2-5 against LH pitching.  Many fans think it’s time to panic and…

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