Dodgers Opening Day Roster?

March 21, 2018

The Dodgers are now one week away from playing for real.  Kershaw vs Bumgarner to kick off the season.  While Kershaw has not been automatic in the playoffs, he is unbeatable in opening games.  The Dodgers have been 7-0 in Kershaw’s opening games, including 2 games against the Giants.  The Giants fans I know have been drooling especially since JT broke his wrist, and the Dodgers and Giants face off…

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Should We Worry About the Pitching?

March 18, 2018

I’ll get right to the point:  You always worry about pitching!  So, there is that. However, I do not think we should be overly concerned about pitching on this 2018 version of the Dodgers.  A number of Dodger Fans are questioning the Dodgers rotation as well as the Dodger bullpen.  Some say that the Dodgers only have one pitcher who can start and go more than four or five innings. …

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Weekend Observations

February 25, 2018

Some Weekend Observations:   Wilmer Font was extremely efficient and effective. He had excellent command of both his 4 seamer and 2 seamer. He threw his breaking pitch just enough to show it and it was never left out over the plate.  If he continues along this path, it will be very hard for the Dodgers to not keep him on the 25 man.   On January 2, I posted…

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Spring Training at Camelback Ranch

February 18, 2018

Camelback Ranch is a Holy Place where Dodger Fans convene every Spring to make a pilgrimage to the Big Dodger in the Sky!  Yes, there is a Dig Dodger in the Sky… disagree and we have to fight… to the death! [DISCLAIMER: In today’s political climate, I am forced to say that is a joke, otherwise the FBI might be taking me away.] If you don’t go to Dodger Insider…

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Spring Training is Just Like Christmas in February.

February 13, 2018

Okay now that Yu Darvish is signed, sealed, and delivered to the Chicago Cubs, who is the next domino to fall?  21 of the top 50 are still unsigned, and 6 of the top ten.  Interestingly, 5 of those 6 are represented by Scott Boras (JDM, Hosmer, Arrieta, Moustakas, and Holland).  Is it collusion, or is it anti Scott Boras?   So what does that mean for the Dodgers?  The…

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Hot Stove Heating Up??

January 27, 2018

Three weeks before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report, and the free agent market is still in slow motion.  MLBTR listed 50 top free agents.  Of those 50, 25 remain unsigned, including eight of the top ten.  Of those eight, only Darvish is rumored close to signing.  What’s to become of the other seven; JDM, Hosmer, Arrieta, Moustakas, Cain, Lynn, & Holland?  There are no fresh rumors.  Four of…

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The Dodgers HAVE to Get Under the Luxury Tax

January 19, 2018

You may think that the Dodgers WANT to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold purely to save money and that is absolutely true, but there’s another aspect to getting under the $197 million number: If they don’t, they will likely be in violation of baseball’s “Debt Service Rule.”  Major League Teams must comply with certain debt to asset ratios, and while the Dodger assets are high, so is their debt….

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Rants & Raves

January 16, 2018

So, lots of times when trades are made, it’s because one team see somthing in a player that they believe they can “fix.” The Cubs signed Jason Hayward thinking they could “fix” his swing… they couldn’t. When the Tigers got JD Martinez he was already “fixing” his swing and they thought they could help… they did.  On case worked, the other didn’t!  The Gerrit Cole trade is a case where…

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These Dodgers Are Better Than Some Think!

January 14, 2018

Buster Olney recently listed his TOP 10 SUPER UNITS.  Now, this will likely change as more players sign contracts or more trades are made.  In fact, Gerrit Cole being traded to the Astros arguably changes the Starting Rotation Power Ratings. Here’s where the Dodgers landed on Olney’s lists: Top 10 Rotations Nationals Dodgers Indians The Astros could now be #1 on paper. Top 10 Lineups Astros Yankees Dodgers were #10….

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Thinking Outside the Box

January 3, 2018

The Hot Stove is Cold… We are all going stir-crazy! OK, let’s get really crazy: The Dodgers trade Matt Kemp, Pedro Baez and Clayton Kershaw to Texas for Cole Hamels and Jose Leclerc.  That frees up $35 million in 2018. Next, they sign Yu Darvish as a Free Agent and trade Yadier Alvarez, Yusneil Diaz, Jordon Sheffield and Kenta Maeda to Pittsburgh for Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. Rotation: Hamels…

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