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It’s Not Too Late to Save the Season

Only July 14, 2018, the Cardinals had lost two games in a row to the Cincinnati Reds and looked lifeless.  The St. Louis Cardinals have always thrived on continuity. Bill DeWitt Jr. has owned the team since March 1996, and he  has had two managers in that span: Tony La Russa, and then Mike Matheny replaced him in 2012. Under DeWitt, the Cardinals have won 10 division titles and made the postseason 13…

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel…

Turns out, it WAS a train! Be careful what you wish for (Kenley Jansen) – you might get it!  Kenley sure has had some dramatic losses for us this year.  I blame his Doctors – they said he could pitch.  It was obvious he could not! Malpractice is what it was! According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Jansen may have been too amped up: Jansen said he was so excited…

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The End is Near, Because the Pen is Here

Most of you probably don’t believe it, because the Dodger bullpen has been awful many times during this season, but it went from awful to deplorable when Daniel Hudson, Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen went down.  Of course, Kenley was the biggest loss and there’s no way to replace him. That will likely come to an end tonight as if Kenley is approved by his Doctors to play again.  In…

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Balkoff!

I like Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro a lot, but Caleb is just learning how to handle the pen and Floro is just learning how to handle his improved stuff.  Dylan used to have pedestrian stuff and now he has very good “stuff” but next he has to learn to utilize it.  A pennant race is a bad time. It all goes back to the hitting… or lack thereof!  An…

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Logjam in the Outfield

Friday night’s game was nice, but it’s just one game.  The starter did his job, the bullpen did theirs (it’s a lot easier when it’s not close) and the hitters certainly did theirs. Kemp and Machado are coming out of their slumps and the Dodgers are still two games back of the D-Bags. These guys now need to build some consistency (which is breed with confidence) and start a winning…

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Murphy’s Law

From the Dodgers point of view, it turns out that Murphy may have been a optimist. In a week where if something could go wrong, it did go wrong, and then wronger and wrongest!  I have always maintained a “glass half full attitude.” The storm generally passes and it’s never as bad as the “glass half empty” people say. Here’s a little more about Murphy’s Law: Fabian Ardaya of The…

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What is Really Wrong With the Dodgers

It’s easy to blame the Dodger woes on pitching… particularly “the Bullpen” and for most of the season and especially, the past 5 days, they have been the Dodger fans’ whipping boys. As much as we may want to blame the Dodger woes on the bullpen, we really can’t.  That’s not the problem. Oh, it could be better, but that is simply not what is wrong with this team. The…

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This too Shall Pass – I Just Wish it Would Hurry up!

A new pitcher… same result!  Baez, Chargois, Floro,  Alexander and now Maeda.  All have failed as the stopper.  A good argument could be made that the biggest mistake FAZ made was not spending $7.0 million to re-sign Tony Watson, but here’s the rub: when any pitcher is suddenly thrust into the “closer role,” the weight of the world is on their shoulders and failure is the norm.  How Watson would…

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The Broken Record Continues To Play

I know I sound like a broken record.  There is NOT ONE late inning high leverage reliever on the 40 man outside of KJ.  The closest two are in Tulsa; Marshall Kasowski and Andre Scrubb, neither of whom is ready.  I am not sure how Kenta Maeda and Chicken Strip are going to change this.  There are no relievers better than what FAZ has already accumulated that will pass through…

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