Rich Hill: Reason to Believe

September 17, 2017

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported yesterday that Alex Verdugo showed up late to Nationals Park on Friday, after the team already had its daily hitters meeting. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t learn of Verdugo’s tardiness until he was heading out to the field for the workout but would “address it” with him. General Manager Farhan Zaidi is on this trip with the team and said the same thing. “I…

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Memo to Self: Don’t Second Guess!

September 15, 2017

I have been really busy this week and have not had time to post, so this evening I had some time, and I sat down and was going to ridicule the fact that Dave Roberts did not put Austin Barnes in the lineup.  I started it and then the Dodgers scored 6 runs in the first two innings. Here it was: Of Course, You want the Best Hitter in Baseball…

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Order Restored to the Dodger Universe

September 13, 2017

After losing 50 games in a row, Clayton Kershaw was called in to stop the bleeding and he did!  He also got a walk, a hit and scored a run and made a great base-running play, with an aggressive slide, which you really don’t want him doing.  The trainers immediately came out, but he seemed OK.  I guess his warrior mentality won’t let him do anything less.  Roberts took him…

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This Losing Streak is Deliberate – Laissez-Faire at Work!

September 10, 2017

A team that went 92-41 up through September 1st and then suddenly loses 9 games in a row can’t happen unless it is done deliberately.  I have been considering this for a few days and I really believe that FAZ and Doc really want this team to peak at the end of the season. They knew the team was good, but they had no idea that they would run off…

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Sometimes You Have to Lose Some Battles To Win A War

September 3, 2017

All over the Dodger Baseball Blogs, fans are losing their minds about the lineups Dave Roberts is rolling out there.  They are questioning his batting orders, substitutions, resting players and use of minor leaguers. Let me remind you that Dave Roberts was the NL Manager of the Year in 2016 and is the odds-on favorite to win it this year.  So, is is likely that Dave Roberts has suddenly lost…

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Is It Time To Worry About Yu Darvish?

September 3, 2017

In a word, YES!  I was against the acquisition of Darvish or Verlander because I felt both of their arms were about to fall off. Well, it looks like Verlander glued his back on but Yu Darvish has struggled mightily this year.  Frankly, he looks no better than Ryu or Maeda… except that he pitches deeper into games…. well, except that he didn’t last night.  In fact, last night was…

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The Rented Mule Society

September 1, 2017

The Dodger starting pitchers were beat like a rented mule by the D-Bags this week. Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill were all pounded without mercy.. and yet (Drummmmmmm Roooooolllllllllll), the Dodgers are still #1 in all of baseball in Team ERA (3.38)and Team WHIP (1.16). The Nationals are second and the Bags are third!   By the way, the bullpen is even better and is also #1 in…

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But, the Bullpen Has Been Awesome…

August 31, 2017

Anyone who suggests that the bullpen is somehow the problem hasn’t been paying attention.  Even after the past two games, the Dodgers starting pitching and bullpen remain the very best in baseball. I am not a meteorologist but I do know that sometimes it is more humid than others.  Barometric pressure, humidity, air temperature and other such things can create a good or poor environment for a pitcher.  No excuses….

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Rich Hill Should Be Banned From Arizona

August 30, 2017

Rich Hill’s ability to spin a curve ball is among the best in the majors and when he is on, his curve is unhittable (witness his last game). A rudimentary knowledge of physics should tell anyone that pitching in the desert with less humidity and “lighter” air is not condusive to a curve balls spinning and getting “bite” on the way to the plate.  Some uninformed fans might think that…

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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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