The Next Big Thing: Striker Buehler!

April 23, 2018

No pitcher should ever be called “Walker,” so I have taken the liberty of changing his name to “Striker” Buehler.  I thought about spelling his name with a “Y” instead of an “I” but that just wasn’t as effective. Also, if a pitcher struggles with an aspect of his game, like walking too many batters, which Buehler does, you should never call him by his weakness.  It’s negative thinking and…

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Kershaw’s Greatest Strength is His Greatest Weakness

April 21, 2018

I have talked about this before and I will keep talking until someone convinces Clayton Kershaw that change is good.  Clayton is still an elite pitcher… maybe the best pitcher in baseball… especially if he would not be so predictable. Hitters know he wants that first pitch strike and they are ready – especially in the Playoffs. Washington was jumping on his first pitch in the first inning and most…

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Dodger Chatter: Baseball Statistics – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

April 18, 2018

Baseball, among all of the major sports, is the one most closely linked to statistics. There seems to be a stat for just about every circumstance one can imagine. Each year the game becomes more and more saturated with statistics. The use of statistics in the greatest game of all is not new. The practice of keeping records of player achievements was started in the nineteenth century by Henry Chadwick….

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Don’t Confuse Yourself!

April 17, 2018

I don’t know if this is where the ship turns around, but I have always said that this team has too much talent to fail very long.  This team is finally figuring out how to work the count and hit as a team… picking each other up. Some of you think the Dodgers didn’t make wholesale moves over the winter because FAZ is from a small market and is not…

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What Will FAZ Do???

April 16, 2018

This will be somewhat unusual for me, as generally I am an extremely unapologetic pro-FAZ supporter, and I still am.  But to critically examine any operation, personal biases need to be thrown out, even when it comes to the Dodgers.   Sports team owners do not get into the game for short term profits.  The big profits come when the team is sold.  For the Dodgers, the ownership group has…

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Alex Freedman – Voice of the OKC Dodgers

April 10, 2018

Dodger Chatter or “DC” as we call him wants to do a blog on each  Dodger minor league play-by-play announcer. This is the first!  Enjoy! Dodger Chatter The heart and soul of baseball – minor league baseball – kicked off another season on Thursday, April 5. Four Dodger affiliates were scheduled for action with the Oklahoma City Dodgers playing a double header due to a cancellation of their game on…

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First Week Observations

April 6, 2018

Some first week observations:  It is obvious that the Dodgers offense misses JT; the one clutch hitter in the lineup.  The only offense thus far is Yasmani Grandal.  Without any concrete evidence, it is my opinion that the Owings HR off of Jansen with two outs in the 9th on the Monday game against the DBacks had a negative impact on the Tuesday and Wednesday games.   The Dodgers have…

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Dodgers Opening Day Roster?

March 21, 2018

The Dodgers are now one week away from playing for real.  Kershaw vs Bumgarner to kick off the season.  While Kershaw has not been automatic in the playoffs, he is unbeatable in opening games.  The Dodgers have been 7-0 in Kershaw’s opening games, including 2 games against the Giants.  The Giants fans I know have been drooling especially since JT broke his wrist, and the Dodgers and Giants face off…

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Should We Worry About the Pitching?

March 18, 2018

I’ll get right to the point:  You always worry about pitching!  So, there is that. However, I do not think we should be overly concerned about pitching on this 2018 version of the Dodgers.  A number of Dodger Fans are questioning the Dodgers rotation as well as the Dodger bullpen.  Some say that the Dodgers only have one pitcher who can start and go more than four or five innings. …

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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…

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