Dodgers at a Crossroads

July 17, 2018

The Dodgers are at somewhat of a crossroads at the break.  They are in 1st place in the NL West and are 3.5 games behind the Cubs for supremacy in the NL.  They are 1.0 game behind the Brewers, .5 game behind the Phillies, and are virtually tied with the Braves in the very tight NL race.  There are 11 teams within 5.5 games of the Wild Card. The AL…

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When It’s The Middle of July…

July 11, 2018

…and you have two players below .600 OPS (Barnes and Forsythe) and one barely above it (Utley @ .621), it’s time for some new blood. It’s bad enough that the Dodgers have four other KEY HITTERS hitting .245 or lower: Pederson, Bellinger, Grandal and Hernandez. The diference is that their OPS are all .779 to .843. We all know what the definition of insanity is. Let’s face it: Barnes, Utley…

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Tough Decisions

July 9, 2018

… AND SOME OF THEM MIGHT NOT BE POPULAR. It was said that the entire Dodger team watched Walker Buehler throw a simulated game yesterday – he’s not just another arm.  His stuff is electric and he should ready to start next weekend against the Angels. I have heard that he likley will not have a cap on his innings this year (within reason).  I expect to see him log…

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News, No News, Good News & Bad News

June 30, 2018

The Good News While the Dodgers couldn’t jump out of a boat and hit water last night, the good news was that Rich Hill is rounding into form and becoming the type of starter the Dodgers thought the were getting until he turned into the Poster Child of Blisters.  Thanks to Laser Technology, Rich Hill now has a bionic finger (I just made that last part up because it sounded…

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Bear Claws & Pay Grades

June 23, 2018

I have been making trade proposals for over 40 years now… and to date, I have never been right.  I was close a very few times, so I keep it up knowing that even blind squirrels occasionally find nuts.  Have you ever noticed how skinny blind squirrels are?  However, I digress….Yesterday, Always Compete (AC) wrote this in response to my trade proposal for Manny Machado: If you want to get…

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No Game Thursday Rants and Raves

June 21, 2018

Willie Calhoun has regressed immensely since the trdae to Texas. He is hitting .276 with a .321 OB% with just 6 HR in 300 Plate Appearances.  Everyone knew he couldn’t field – now it appears he can’t hit. Some former Dodger prospects are showing their worth:  Andrew Heaney and Zach Eflin are OK starting pitchers. Victor Arano is pitching well in relief for the Phillies. Scott Schebler is having a…

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FAZ and Trade Deadlines

June 18, 2018

There have been a lot of speculative discussions on a potential trade for Baltimore SS Manny Machado. Bumsrap referred to a May 4, 2018 article from an Orioles fan’s point of view.  If I am going to trade for a rental, it can only include players that are replaceable by others in the organization.  Alex Verdugo, Mitchell White, and Jeren Kendall are all replaceable, but not Gavin Lux.  If the Orioles…

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

June 12, 2018

That’s what “THEY” say.  “THEY” always say stuff like that.  Who is “THEY?  They must make the big bucks… Since Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi (FAZ) took over the Dodgers, they have shown nothing if not patience.  Depending upon the day, Dodger fans have wanted to demote, trade or get rid of Max Muncy, Logan Forsythe, Cody Bellinger, Chase Utley (well he is on the DL), Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp,…

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Joc’s Work is Done Here

May 25, 2018

The photo is Justin Turner saying “It’s been nice knowing you, Joc.” In case you have been living under a rock, Joc Pederson is very polarizing to fans. People love him or hate him. With his new swing, he has cut down his strikeouts as well as most of his his power. He will not hit HR with that swing. No way, Jose! He’s an OK outfielder, not a centerfielder…

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Shakeup in the NL West

May 23, 2018

Some people will say “Wow.  The Dodgers have only won one of their last two games and they are six games under .500. OMG! The sky is falling.  The world is ending.  The Dodgers suck!” I say: “The Dodgers have won five out of their last six games and are now only 4.5 games behind the first place Rockies.” I can’t tell you how to feel. I just know that…

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