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Be Careful of What You Wish For

You know, we all have ideas about what the Dodgers should do with their lineup.  I want to dump Joc.  Others want to move Puig up in the order.  Some want to bench Logan Forsythe.  I must say this: Everyone got their wish when Chris Hatchet was traded, but I think we all have to remember that this team is 50 games over .500.  They are playing the best baseball…

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Shake it Up!

I am all for trying new things, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. For instance, Yasiel Puig is arguably the best Right Fielder in baseball and has played CF at times, but has not played it very well. From what I have seen, he does not have good instincts in CF.  In my opinion, the centerfielder should be the fastest runner. Puig isn’t, although he is faster than…

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The Joc Pederson Era Needs to End

Let me start this off by saying that I believe Chris Taylor is a better Centerfielder than Joc Pederson RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!  Joc is much slower than Chris and maybe he runs better routes, but he is in no way an “elite” CF.  Chris has had little outfield experience but has become a very good LF and lets’ not forget the first catch he ever made in CF.  Joc…

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No Bull…

Ross Stripling should be better than he is.  In 50+ innings this year, he has given up 6 HR after giving up 10 home runs last year in 100 innings. Also, I hear that Ross is not very happy being a reliever – he sees himself as a starter, but he really needs to learn how to pitch better. His stuff does not play well up in the zone.  Ross…

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None of This Means Anything

In 1988, the Dodgers played the Mets eleven times during the regular season… and lost ten times!  Did that mean anything?  No!  In the playoffs that year, the Dodgers took four out of seven games from the Mets to win the NL Pennant. The Mets 10-1 record against the Dodgers didn’t mean a thing! The Mets won 100 games that year.  The Oakland A’s won 104 games that same season…

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No Bull in This Pen

The Dodgers bullpen held fast last night and Alex Wood did his part to help beat Greinke and the D-Bags.  It wasn’t pretty but our cleanup hitter banged out his 33rd Home Run and our 2nd cleanup hitter drive in another run.  If 4th is cleanup, then 8th is second cleanup – right? It was good to see Joc get a solid double as well.  If he can get it…

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Goodbye Farhan Zaidi!

He’s not gone yet.  Farhan is still the Dodgers’ General Manager, but he is as good as gone because of the Dodgers success several teams will want to hire him as their President of Baseball Operations… and he will go because they will pay him a lot of money and he will be in complete control.  That is likely what he dreams of and has been waiting for.  It won’t…

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Fast Rising Minor Leaguers

It looks like Mark has not had a chance to generate a new post, so I thought I would step in and post something that I was looking at to get a different conversation going. Wilmer Font has got to be a huge consideration for a September call up, and should be a major consideration for a bullpen spot next year. He now leads the PCL with 160 Ks in…

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Ryu is Officially Back!

With three straight outings of seven innings during which time he has only allowed 2 earned runs, Hyun-Jin Ryu is officially back to the guy we used to have.  His velocity is back, his curve is wicked and his control is pinpoint.  He now has pitched 91.2 innings and his ERA is down to 3.53… and falling.  His ERA is better than these starters: Carlos Martinez Alex Cobb Chris Archer…

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Depth, Depth and More Depth

Yu Darvish did not disappoint Friday night. I have to admit that I flat out did not want him (because he would most likely be a pure rental). But, Hawkeye Dodger and a couple of others, kept clamouring for him and then the Dodgers finally traded for him and the rest is history. Clayton Kershaw would be the Ace on any team in baseball. Yu Darvish would be the Ace…

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