Not as Bad as we Heard

March 1, 2017

Yasiel Sierra: Of course, I did not see him pitch yesterday, but the announcers were impressed and so was Dave Roberts. They said he threw a “heavy ball.” His fastball is 97 and he has a heavy slider which he tended to use too much until the Dodgers told him he could not use it until he had two strikes.  His problem has always been command.  He was switched last…

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This is Now Andrew Friedman’s Team

February 27, 2017

The Dodgers were ranked #14 in Organizational Ratings in 2014.  In 2015, Andrew Friedman was hired and they climbed to #3 and in 2016 they were #1.  Now, they are rated #4 by BA.  Of course, the FAZ-O-PHOBES will try and say that Colletti’s Front Office was largely responsible and that Friedman did not deserve the credit and then they say “Look, they traded away 4 pitchers and are now #4….

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It’s Early, But Keep Your Eyes Open

February 27, 2017

I watched the Brewers feed yesterday. I sometimes do that just to hear what other baseball people have to say about the team and certain players.  On e of the Brewers announcers said this: “The Dodgers have 10 legitimate Major League Quality Starting Pitchers.”  “This is a team with a great deal of depth. They are built for the long haul.” I actually think it’s more than 10, because at…

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It’s the Fight in the Dog!

February 25, 2017

Paul DePodesta once said “If it can’t be quantified, it’s not important!”  I am sure that is part of the reason why he in no longer in baseball. He is now the stat guru for the Cleveland Browns.  In the book Moneyball, in which DePo was one of the characters, you also heard that he did not value defense very much.  I guess that’s why he is so comfortable in Cleveland…

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W.A.G. on Opening Day Roster

February 24, 2017

Only a moron would try and predict what the Opening Day roster will look like this early in the Spring. It’s way too early. There will be injuries – there always are; There will b e surprises – there always are!  That is why W.A.G. Predictions are so inaccurate.  In fact, you likely have to be a moron to even hazard a guess, so here goes: Starters Grandal -C Gonzalez …

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It Could Be a Logjam!

February 20, 2017

I’m talking about the Dodgers 2017 starting rotation.   Much has been written about the staff and many fans assume that guys like Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who have extensive injury histories will just be injured again… and they may be right, but I happen to feel the odds are against that.  Then again, the odds were against the Dodgers having more injuries than a Chicago Emergency…

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Spring Training – Day 1

February 16, 2017

The purpose of this blog is not to provide the latest breaking Dodger news – lots of other blogs do a great job of this.  This is just a safe place to talk about it. Here are today’s best Spring Training New Links: Dodgers.com ESPN.com TrueBlueLA.com  – lots of Dodger news here. For those who don’t like the fact that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley, there is this: The Dodgers’…

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Cody Bellinger – Left Fielder?

February 13, 2017

I have been telling you a few things over the Winter: Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year; Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR; Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed; Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and Cody Bellinger is ready. Former GM, Jim Bowden also has some bold predictions going into Spring…

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FAZ Strikes Again!

February 11, 2017

In case you don’t know, FAZ stands for Friedman, Anthopoulos and Zaidi – the three-headed monster (or braintrust) that ultimately makes the Dodgers deals.  I have never been a great fan of sabermetrics, nor am I a fan of platoons, but FAZ is a huge fan of platoon splits… and I know why.  I get it – it just doesn’t mean I like it.  As most of you know, I…

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200 Inning Pitchers are Becoming Extinct!

February 5, 2017

Dodger fans have been lamenting the fact that Dodger starting pitchers (not named Clayton Kershaw) are not pitching deep into games.  I have listened to this so much it makes me want to puke.  200 innings used to be the landmark by which starting pitchers were judged.  Shoot, in 1963, Don Drysdale pitched 315 innings and Sandy Koufax pitched 311 innings.  Johnny Podres pitched 198 innings and between the three…

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