It’s a Great Time to be a Dodger Fan

June 20, 2017

On February 13, 2017, I wrote this: I have been telling you a few things over the Winter: Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year; Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR; Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed; Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and Cody Bellinger is ready. A few days later, I…

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R U Liking Ryu?

June 18, 2017

Yes, Ryu only went 5 innings.  Yes, he threw 105 pitches (that can be either good or bad, depending upon your perspective). Yes, he gave up 8 hits.  BUT, he only allowed 2 runs and gave up no HR to one of the best hitting teams in baseball in on of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. So, there is that!  As bad as you think Ryu might be he…

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The Dodgers Need Rich Hill

June 16, 2017

… which is precisely why they will keep rolling him out there.  His mechanics and release points are all all over place, but he has figured it out before and I believe he will do it again.  He has struggled mightily with his control as he was shut-down and then activated and shut-down again and re-activated due to blisters.  It appears that the blisters are gone, but if he is…

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Dodgers Activated Joc and A-Gon Goes to the Doc

June 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the seven-day concussion disabled list and placed first baseman Adrián González on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 12) with lower back discomfort. Pederson, who missed 16 games due to a concussion, made three rehab appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs and four RBI. In 35 games with Los Angeles…

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We’re Back!

June 11, 2017

Well, we finally got the server back to normal and this is a test post.  Always Compete has an excellent post concerning tomorrow’s Amateur Draft. He’s on vacation – I can’t say where he is – I’m sworn to secrecy, but if he doesn’t post the article in the next couple of hours, I will. I just can’t say where he is and I won’t even offer a clue… On…

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Doc Can’t Play Joc

June 4, 2017

If there ever was any doubt, Chris Taylor erased it yesterday by doing the kind of thing that legends do:  Hitting  a Grand Slam in the 9th inning, with your team down two runs, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!  Of course, it was a team effort to come back from a four run deficit – Puig had two hits, but almost everyone (except Grandal) contributed. Chris Taylor…

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Blessing or Curse?

June 2, 2017

Complaints have been registered that the Dodgers have too many starters.  That’s like saying you have too much sushi, too much money or too much beer.  It simply does not compute. I don’t think that is even possible. The Dodgers used something like fifteen starters last year so it was assumed by many they would do about the same thing this year.  That also doesn’t seem likely.  I suppose it…

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The Dodgers Need a #2 Starter?

May 27, 2017

Says who?  Name a Number 2 better than Clayton Kershaw!  He has a 7-2 record and a 2.01 ERA and then of course our #1, Alex Wood is 6-0 with a 1.69 ERA and he has pitched like 26 straight scoreless innings.  There’s not a better duo in baseball.  Of course, the Dodgers are #1 in all of baseball in tear ERA and WHIP. … and then Baez and Hatcher…

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Loyalty Versus Change

May 26, 2017

Written by Bumsrap… Duke Snider.  Hall of Famer.  For many of us he was our favorite player back in our much younger days.  We still love him.  He was a star player on a very good team for many years.  He was certainly my favorite player by far.  He caught my attention as an 8 year old and stayed in my heart. But, as I have matured and evolved I…

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A Blessing in Disguise

May 21, 2017

Julio Urias has been horrendous in his last two starts after being pretty good in his first three starts.  He has pitched 23.1 innings this year and currently has a 5.40 ERA.  The competition has hit 12 HR off of young Julio. No, that’s a lie!  He has only given up one HR!  So, is that how it works – three good starts and two bad starts and you get sent…

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