Next Man Up!

March 20, 2018

It happens!  Players get hurt… it’s just too bad that it is Justin Turner who went down, but if you stop and reflect… maybe it will be a blessing in disguise. Justin Turner will likely miss a  month or more of the 2018 season for the non-displaced fracture on his left hand.  Really, he could miss two months, but the blessing is three-fold: The Dodgers get to see how others…


Grandal and Kemp Lead the Charge by Going 6 for 6

March 12, 2018

It sounds funny to mention Grandal and Kemp in the same sentence because it was not that long ago that they were traded for each other. Yesterday, they were a version of the Bash Brothers as Yasmani Grandal takes back his starting job and Matt Kemp takes over in LF.  If they both stay on this path of hitting, it could be a long season for anyone that doesn’t have…


Andrew Toles is on the Team

March 8, 2018

It’s probably too early to make roster predictions, but I am going to make one right about now:  ANDREW TOLE HAS MADE THE TEAM… and not only that, he is going to be a big part of this team moving forward.  Alex Verdugo looks ready too, but he will go down to OKC, at least for a while.  It has been said that there will likely be only 12 position…


The Matt Kemp Experiment

March 4, 2018

An experiment is a procedure carried out to support, refute, or validate a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Make no mistake, the Dodgers are going to carry out the Matt Kemp Experiment… and it is truly an “EXPERIMENT.” We did  a few experiments in high school chemistry class, some of which caused violent explosions, but some were pretty…


Weekend Observations

February 25, 2018

Some Weekend Observations:   Wilmer Font was extremely efficient and effective. He had excellent command of both his 4 seamer and 2 seamer. He threw his breaking pitch just enough to show it and it was never left out over the plate.  If he continues along this path, it will be very hard for the Dodgers to not keep him on the 25 man.   On January 2, I posted…


Spring Training is Just Like Christmas in February.

February 13, 2018

Okay now that Yu Darvish is signed, sealed, and delivered to the Chicago Cubs, who is the next domino to fall?  21 of the top 50 are still unsigned, and 6 of the top ten.  Interestingly, 5 of those 6 are represented by Scott Boras (JDM, Hosmer, Arrieta, Moustakas, and Holland).  Is it collusion, or is it anti Scott Boras?   So what does that mean for the Dodgers?  The…


Get Over Darvish and Get Used To Kemp!

February 3, 2018

Just Say No Yu The Dodgers Ace, Clayton Kershaw had a 4.02 ERA in the World Series and he’s a goat? The Astros Ace, Justin Verlander was awesome with a 3.75 ERA and he is amazing? Dallas Keuchel (the Astros #2) had a 5.32 ERA in the World Series. Yu Darvish ERA in the World Series? 21.60. Let’s sign him. Hell no! On the biggest stage in baseball, namely the…


Getting Ready for Spring Training in Two Weeks

January 30, 2018

Here it is just about two weeks from players starting to report to Spring Training and they are getting the lockers ready at Camelback Ranch. The LA Beatwriters continue to sat that it is unlikely that Matt Kemp will be on the Opening Day Roster, but I happen to think Matt Kemp will be on the Opening Day Roster… unless: 1. He is physically unable to perform; 2. He is…


The Dodgers HAVE to Get Under the Luxury Tax

January 19, 2018

You may think that the Dodgers WANT to get under the Luxury Tax Threshold purely to save money and that is absolutely true, but there’s another aspect to getting under the $197 million number: If they don’t, they will likely be in violation of baseball’s “Debt Service Rule.”  Major League Teams must comply with certain debt to asset ratios, and while the Dodger assets are high, so is their debt….


Who Says This is the Same Team as Last Year?

January 17, 2018

I frequently hear this: “This is the same Dodger Team as Last Year.” “The Dodgers are standing pat.” I guess some people think that if they say it enough, it will become true.  If that’s the case, keep repeating over-and-over that you are Brad Pitt.  Poof, it will happen! READ THIS SLOWLY:  This is not the SAME team as last year.  Is it better?  I don’t know…. MAYBE.  Maybe not,…