Just Say No to Platoons

April 18, 2017

The following article is from Bumsrap Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mark Timmons or LA DodgerTalk. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made…

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Two Week Takeaways

April 17, 2017

I said “Two Week” not “Too Weak” Takeaways! Yes, I know we lost yesterday… Yawn! I have a hunch we will lose again this year. Yasiel Puig is starting to make me believe he is getting serious about this game.  He is more focused than I have ever seen.  It would have been nice to see him homer in the 9th, but this is reality.  I’ll take .326/ 4 HR/11…

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The Last of the Mohicans

April 15, 2017

… which is one of my favorite movies along with The Shawshank Redemption…. but I digress.  Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: Is Starting Pitching Really Overvalued?  I’ll answer that question with one word:  HELL YES! When Jim Bowden penned a blog on ESPN Insider this week about starting pitching being overvalued, it has created a firestorm among Dodger fans that is extremely polarizing.  In particular, a quote by…

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It’s Too Early to Panic, But…

April 14, 2017

Those junkyard dogs were nowhere to be found yesterday! The Dodgers front office under Andrew Friedman has been linked to numerous players over the time he has been in charge.  Cole Hamels, David Price, Aroldis Chapman, Ryan Braun and others have all allegedly been the subject of trade talks with FAZ, but no one pulled the trigger, although Chapman almost happened.  If we are to believe the Fish Hacks, Ryan Braun…

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Pure Junkyard Dogism!

April 13, 2017

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs on World Series Ring Night!  SWEET!!!!  I think the team decided they had seen too much partying by the Cubs at their expense. This team wants rings of their own and knows they have to take it and they took it last night.  Yeah, they are Junkyard Dogs. If Chase Utley just hits .200 he is worth it.  Did you see him score from 1st…

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Would You Like Fries With That?

April 12, 2017

I thought it might be time to play a little Ketchup… ‘er catch up! I’ve said it before and I will say it again:  Make no mistake about it, Julio Urias is the real deal.  The Dodgers will continue to use him sparingly at OKC and likely call him up in early May – they are neither confirm nor deny that, but I am pretty sure that’s what will happen….

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

April 8, 2017

Five games into the season and the Dodgers are 3-2. There’s really not much to go on, but we have seen some good things, some bad things and some ugly things. In baseball, it is all about Peaks and Valleys.  Peaks and Valleys – write that down! The Good 2.25 – That’s the Dodger’s team ERA.  They are among the best in baseball. The starters ERA is 2.93 and the…

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Over the Hill and Through the Woods

April 6, 2017

Evidently Rich Hill doesn’t flourish in Spring Training, and while he was not in mid-season form last night, he was pretty good.  Five innings was enough – let him go six his next start.  You have to love this guy’s story, determination and never-say-die attitude.  What are the odds that a guy finally figures it out at 36 year old and becomes a star?  Probably about the same that he…

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Kike Hernandez or Chris Taylor?

March 26, 2017

Andre Ethier is most certainly going to start the season on the DL, but Andrew Toles Grand Salami yesterday iced his place on the team.  I punched his ticket!  It also doesn’t hurt that he is hitting .348.  I think this kid may have Wally Pipped Ethier. Next up is our utility infielder position. Chris Taylor has garnered a lot of attention with his Spring success in the Cactus League.  He…

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Watch and Learn

March 24, 2017

In last years’ amateur draft, the Dodgers took Mitchell White in the second round from Santa Clara University.  This prompted a response from a Dodger fan who said that they lived near Santa Clara, California and “had never even heard of Mitchell White.”  The purpose of this post in not to ridicule that person, but rather to emphasize that Andrew Friedman and his gang know a hell of lot more…

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