The State of the Union… ‘er Rotation

April 25, 2017

Hyun-Jin Ryu looked much better last night as he pitched much differently than the power pitcher he used to be.  The curve and changeup are his “go to” pitches with the fastball in the 89-90 MPH range and an occasional 91-92 MPH just for effect.  He can be effective when pitching like this, but there is little margin for error.  The way I see it, he is our Number 5….

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Starting Pitching is Overvalued…

April 24, 2017

Which doesn’t mean it is not valuable.  It’s just not worth the price. I can relate.  I drive a 2013 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab.  I could have bought the Platinum Series but it was $22,000 more and I thought that was overvalued, so I just drive the standard model.  Well it does have the twin-turbo 375 HP engine, so there is that.  But, it doesn’t have butt warmers and leather…

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Clayton Needs To Fix This

April 20, 2017

Clayton Kershaw pitched a reasonably good game last night to stop the Dodgers losing streak as he is prone to do, but there is one aspect of his game that he needs to fix before it becomes a big problem.  Oftentimes, a person’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness and I believe that is true in Clayton Kershaw’s case as well.  Clayton’s greatest strength is his intensity and focus…

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The Kershawshank Redemption Cometh

April 19, 2017

I think that 79% of the the Dodger’s inability to hit LH pitching is 80% mental! Last year, the Dodgers never dropped below .500 until May 6, so we are ahead of schedule this year. I am encouraged by Ryu’s performance.  The stats don’t look good, but he went 6 innings last night with 97 pitches – not bad for a guy who has missed two years. I think 91…

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The Last of the Mohicans

April 15, 2017

… which is one of my favorite movies along with The Shawshank Redemption…. but I digress.  Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: Is Starting Pitching Really Overvalued?  I’ll answer that question with one word:  HELL YES! When Jim Bowden penned a blog on ESPN Insider this week about starting pitching being overvalued, it has created a firestorm among Dodger fans that is extremely polarizing.  In particular, a quote by…

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KERSHAW IS HUMAN? WHO KNEW?

April 9, 2017

It is somewhat stunning to see Clayton Kershaw serve up three long balls in a month, let alone one game!  Like I said yesterday – peaks and valleys!  Yesterday we were on pace to win 97 games.  Today we are on pace for .500.  The Rockies are a juggernaut… running away with the division.  Alas, all is lost!  Now back to reality.  It was pretty amazing that it took Clayton…

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Over the Hill and Through the Woods

April 6, 2017

Evidently Rich Hill doesn’t flourish in Spring Training, and while he was not in mid-season form last night, he was pretty good.  Five innings was enough – let him go six his next start.  You have to love this guy’s story, determination and never-say-die attitude.  What are the odds that a guy finally figures it out at 36 year old and becomes a star?  Probably about the same that he…

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DODGERS AND “THE ARM”

April 5, 2017

Disclaimer: This post is by DodgerRick.  The opinions in this post are not necessarily those of Mark Timmons (it was fun to say that).  However, you have to consider what he says.  It is well-reasoned and thoughtful. Enjoy and praise him if you want more.  Here’s Rick: I am a skeptic when it comes to the current age of the tissue-paper arm. Baseball babies pitchers like never before but there are more…

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It’s a Start!

April 4, 2017

Anytime the season starts with a Giant loss, especially a fantastic bullpen meltdown and a Dodger win, It’s all good! Obviously, there is a long way to go, but you might as well get off to a good start against the AAAA Little Sisters of the Poor.  I think Clayton Kershaw makes more than the whole team… and it’s easy to see why! Seven straight Opening Day wins! Joc Pederson…

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World Series or Bust!

April 3, 2017

A few years ago, a blog called The Post Game was published with the picture I just posted on the cover page.  There is no photo credit, but they evidently photoshopped it, so kudos to them. I hope they don’t mind my using it.  In the article they quoted Clayton Kershaw: “It’s funny that’s a headline story — World Series or bust,” Kershaw told ThePostGame. “I feel like every team…

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