Just a Hiccup – Nothing Terminal

August 28, 2017

Two losses in a row!  The sky is falling!  We are doomed! Not really.  The Dodgers just have the hiccups. They don’t have cancer or heart disease! It will all be fine. It’s a 162 game season and there is no way you can “bring it” every day.  No way, no how!  You can try, but somedays it just ain’t there.  The last I checked, the game was played by…

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Rant and Rave Sunday

August 27, 2017

Last night’s game?  Forgetaboutit! Move on – nothing to see here folks. The team is still on pace to win 115 games.  To break the record they will have to have a .717 winning percentage. With the resting of players and looking at roles for the playoffs, it seems unlikely that they will go the requisite 25-9 the rest of the way in order to beat the record.  The record…

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The Big Blue Dodger Machine

August 26, 2017

I still like the name “The Big Blue Wrecking Crew” but that was another time and another team.  We can’t use the same name again – there are rules against such things.  The 1988 Dodgers were comprised of “The Stunt Men” who include Mickey Hatcher, so that was a fitting moniker too. I thought of other names like “The Blue Juggernaut.”  But, the way this team is built with a…

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King of the Hill

August 24, 2017

I was elated at the way Rich Hill pitched last night. He has had difficulty this year with the blisters and being on and off the DL and failing to get the “feel” for his game.  He has had some good outings starting in July, but, last night he finally put it all together and it is now apparent that the Dodgers have a #1 and three #2’s! Rich Hill…

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Pedro Baez is Easy to Hate

August 22, 2017

Would it surprise you to know that for the past 365 days, Pedro Baez’s ERA is 1.62?  Would you be shocked to discover that with RISP, hitters are batting .104 against Pedro? Would you believe that Pedro Baez is much better in a high leverage situation that a low leverage situation?  All of that is true. Look at the stats (all from Baseball-Reference): Low Leverage Situations: BA – .271 Medium…

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Be Careful of What You Wish For

August 16, 2017

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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No Bull in This Pen

August 10, 2017

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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Depth, Depth and More Depth

August 6, 2017

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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So, That’s What it Feels Like to Lose!

August 3, 2017

It’s been so long I had almost forgotten how it felt.  OK, I didn’t like it, so stop it now!  I am just going to ramble on today. Ramblings Brock Stewart is a mere mortal.  His ERA ballooned up to 0.87.  He will likely go down to AAA for 15 days – either him or Ross Stripling. I am looking forward to later this month and this lineup against RH…

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And the Beat Goes on…

August 2, 2017

This is almost getting silly.  Are these guys even capable of losing, let alone a losing streak?  If they just win 2out of the next 4 games they will surpass that impossible streak of 42-8 when Puig first flew in. We could look at what the playoff rosters might look like, but it’s way too early.  I have a feeling there will be a few twists.  Will Watson pitch like…

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