Barnes Loses It!

March 28, 2017

I AM POSTING THIS EARLY because I leave for Florida at 5 AM Wednesday Morning and won’t be back be back until Monday.  Hopefully Always Compete can keep you entertained – I’ll try and get a few in, but we have rented a 6 bedroom condo for the family Spring Break. Cheers! Here’s the IMPORTANT STUFF, the way I see it: Bobby Wilson hit a 2-out 2-run HR (his 4th of the pre-season)…

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Expect the Unexpected

March 28, 2017

The Dodgers agreed to a contract with Justin Masterson yesterday which will cause some peoples heads to explode… but others will get it. Low risk – high reward!  Brandon Morrow – Low risk – high reward!  MLB Trade Rumors said this: It’s not clear at this point whether Masterson will be assigned to a minor-league roster or instead spend some time at extended spring training working with his new organization’s staff….

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Monday Rants and Raves

March 27, 2017

I’m not a baseball professional, but Scott Kazmir’s hip still tightens up and interferes with his delivery – same as last year but his velocity is down.  It sounds like that unless he fixes the hip there is going to be no hop on his fastball. I’m not a doctor either, but it seems to me that if it can’t be fixed, it’s the end of the line for Mr….

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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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Some Players Are Not Going to be Happy

March 19, 2017

The 2017 version of the LA Dodgers has nearly 40 players who have shown that they deserve to be on the Opening Day Roster, but many won’t.  I am not going to include Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo or Cody Bellinger because they will be ready soon enough, but I am talking about players who have demonstrated that they belong on the big league roster.  I am not even considering Charlie…

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Clowns to the Left of Me…

March 17, 2017

Jokers to the right; Here I am – stuck in the middle with you. Clowns: Scott Kazmir threw a 5-inning simulated game on Thursday and said he felt better.  The only problem was that his fastball was at 82-84 which is 10 to 12 MPH off of what it should be.  Of course, if he is pitching in pony league, he should do well.  I don’t think he’s going to…

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Pops, Walker and The Kids

March 15, 2017

Chase Utley is POPS, Walker is not a Texas Ranger and The Kids are Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson, Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Pops I think it was a stroke of genius that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley.  He is legendary and the kids all look up to him.  Corey Seager begged the Dodgers to bring him back.  He will likely have under 200 AB’s this year…

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Logan Forsythe Could Lead the Dodgers to the World Series

March 13, 2017

Sabermetrics don’t value stolen bases and speedy baserunners as highly as some old time baseball fans eyes.  Logan Forsythe is not a speedster, but he is an exceptional baserunner with amazing instincts.  He is also a very good defensive second-baseman, but until Sunday, I had no idea how good, until he made a play I am not sure I have ever seen. On a ball hit just to the 2B…

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Mostly Raves… Except Ravin

March 6, 2017

Just so everyone is clear, I am a Willie Calhoun fan – I would love to see him overcome the odds of being a slow runner and a bad fielder and become the opposite.  I do not denigrate him because of his stature – that is irrelevant!  It’s his fielding and running, and when I say he has “tree-trunk legs,” it means that they are huge and stay in one…

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Future Dodger Starting Pitchers

March 4, 2017

Yesterday, Bluto called our attention to Q & A session with Jim Callis of Baseball America.  Callis has always been high on Yadier Alvarez but now he says he has a “Cy Young ceiling“.  He’s still high risk, but he’s really high reward.  He also mentioned Caleb Ferguson and AJ Alexy who are in the pipeline  as prospects who make make big jumps this year.  Neither are in the Top…

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