Brandon and Brock

June 21, 2017

In a game which saw Brandon McCarthy drop his ERA to 2.87 and the Dodgers score 12 runs, Brock Stewart quietly showed why he could be a very valuable piece in the Dodger bullpen.  The bullpen is his role… at least this year.  I think he can be a starter in the future, but his exceptional control (1.4 walks per 9 innings in 2016), and arsenal of pitches makes him…

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R U Liking Ryu?

June 18, 2017

Yes, Ryu only went 5 innings.  Yes, he threw 105 pitches (that can be either good or bad, depending upon your perspective). Yes, he gave up 8 hits.  BUT, he only allowed 2 runs and gave up no HR to one of the best hitting teams in baseball in on of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. So, there is that!  As bad as you think Ryu might be he…

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Crazy Like a Fox

June 15, 2017

This is the Brandon McCarthy the Dodgers front office wanted.  They knew his history but they also knew about changes he had made, both to his pitching mechanics and psyche.  Brandon McCarthy is making about $12 million a year and was signed for four years.  He has this year and 2018 left on his deal.  $12 million a year is a bargain for a pitcher of McCarthy’s standing. Brandon McCarthy…

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Tomorrow They Rest!

June 7, 2017

I spent all day Wednesday at IRCE in Chicago today.  I left at 4 AM and got back at 8 PM while walking about 6 miles.  It was fun and always informative, but I really enjoyed the opening speaker, Barabara Corocran… she is riveting. She once sued  Donald Trump for $6 million and won! It was a long day, but I watched most of the game on MLB.TV in my truck…

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Blessing or Curse?

June 2, 2017

Complaints have been registered that the Dodgers have too many starters.  That’s like saying you have too much sushi, too much money or too much beer.  It simply does not compute. I don’t think that is even possible. The Dodgers used something like fifteen starters last year so it was assumed by many they would do about the same thing this year.  That also doesn’t seem likely.  I suppose it…

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Who is Edwin Rios, Really?

June 1, 2017

The sad Dodgers lost last night (what a bunch of bums), so we will just focus on a question I am sure everyone has been sitting around wondering:  What is Edwin Rios, really? Well, in case you have forgotten, Edwin Rios was the 2016 Dodgers Minor League Player of the year, finishing ahead of Cody Bellinger, Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo.  That’s what he did, but who is he?  Edwin…

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If You Ain’t The Lead Dog, The View Never Changes

May 31, 2017

Well, here the Dodgers are, back in first place with about 10 players on the DL!  As one national commentator said “The Dodgers have two rosters of players – they are that deep.” The FAZ-bashers continue to show their utter lack of comprehension as they try to nitpick roster moves (Olivera, Kemp, Schebler, Peraza, Cotton, Montas, Gordon, et al).  My simple advice to them is “Never miss a good opportunity…

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These Are The Dodgers I Have Been Talking About

May 30, 2017

“Kike Hernandez is a huge waste of a roster spot.” “FAZ has no idea how to build a roster.” “I have no idea why they would sign Chase Utley – he’s finished.” “DFA Hatcher and Baez.” “Chris Taylor is organizational depth.  That’s all.” “Rich Hill has never been anything reliable.” “Brandon McCarthy is a waste of a roster space.” “Alex Wood? He’s horrible! “ “Julio Urias is over-rated.” “The league…

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Gone Racing!

May 28, 2017

There’s this little race here in Indy today that I am going to, so you won’t hear much from me.  By the way, even if you don’t like racing, it should be on your “bucket list.” It has to be one of the Ten Wonders of the World.  I am not a big race fan – can’t tell you who is in the points lead or any of that, but on…

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Maybe I See It Differently…

May 25, 2017

Last night, many Dodger fans saw a pitcher who they felt was ineffective and not in control of the game. Of course, they were right.  Rich Hill walked more than Lebron James in the NBA Finals. They felt he should be moved out of the rotation, to the minors, hung in effigy, DFA’ed or moved to the bullpen.   Last night, I saw Rich Hill have excellent movement, but he did…

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