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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Next Man Up!

May 19, 2017

There are no excuses.  It’s all about just getting the job done.  When Kershaw went down last year, it was “Next Man Up!”  There’s nothing different about that with Justin Turner. Justin is a very good player, but this team is deep and Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe can play third base.  For that matter, the much-maligned Kike Hernandez can too.  While I am thinking about it, I haven’t heard…

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Next Week… or Sooner

May 18, 2017

It’s fun to sit around and play GM at times.  We can make trades without compunction for Matt Kemp, Marcel Ozuna and about any other player on the planet.  In reality, almost none of those trades ever happen.  I probably suggest more trades than anyone and I cannot remember a single one that was ever made.  I guarantee you that Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman have been working the phones…

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The Rich Pitcher

May 17, 2017

In his first game back from the DL last night, Rich Hill pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 hits while walking no one.  He gave up one run and his ERA sits at 2.77.  Some fans, like to criticize Hill because it means their irrational hatred of Andrew Friedman is somehow justified in their small minds. They criticized his rehab starts in RC because he walked a few batters because…

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Next Man Up!

May 11, 2017

But, just who is that man?  Currently, I do not think it is Andre Ethier (he may never be back), Adrian Gonzalez (another two weeks?), Logan Forsythe (at least a week away), Willie Calhoun (not ready), Scott Van Slyke (seriously?), O’Koyea Dickson (sliding badly after great start), Brett Eibner (no), Trayce Thompson (needs another few weeks) or Alex Verdugo (Verdugo is holding his own at AAA, but with absolutely no…

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This Could Be The Start of Something Good

May 6, 2017

Someone asked yesterday if I questioned some of the trades or methods of FAZ (Andrew Friedman and company) and I must admit that from the get go, I have been on the same page as they have.  I knew they were not going to sign any big name free agents to long term deals. It just did not make sense and it has never made sense.  I have been totally…

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A New Era?

May 5, 2017

Today could be the day that Adrian Gonzalez goes on the DL and Cody Bellinger takes his place permanently!  Evidently, A-Gon’s back issue is worse than his elbow.  Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com answered questions, mostly about the injury situations of Forsythe, Ethier, Kazmir and Gonzalez, where he says this about A-Gon: Gonzalez said he’s not fighting a first visit to the DL, but he also doesn’t believe 10 days will…

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The Definition of Insanity

May 4, 2017

We all know what it is – doing the same thing and thinking you will get different results.  The Dodgers bullpen did not lose the game last night.  The Dodgers lack of hitting is what doomed them. When you score only 4 runs in 11 innings against a pitcher who has an ERA of over 6.00, you should volunteer to go to the minor leagues.  Yasiel Puig is the best…

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It’s Not About the Money!

May 3, 2017

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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