Balkoff!

August 19, 2018

I like Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro a lot, but Caleb is just learning how to handle the pen and Floro is just learning how to handle his improved stuff.  Dylan used to have pedestrian stuff and now he has very good “stuff” but next he has to learn to utilize it.  A pennant race is a bad time. It all goes back to the hitting… or lack thereof!  An…

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The Broken Record Continues To Play

August 14, 2018

I know I sound like a broken record.  There is NOT ONE late inning high leverage reliever on the 40 man outside of KJ.  The closest two are in Tulsa; Marshall Kasowski and Andre Scrubb, neither of whom is ready.  I am not sure how Kenta Maeda and Chicken Strip are going to change this.  There are no relievers better than what FAZ has already accumulated that will pass through…

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The Best is Yet to Come

August 13, 2018

2018 has been a season full of challenges and in no small part, the challenges were created initially by the decision the Dodgers made (and still denied by them) to not exceed the Luxury Tax Threshold (“LTT”).  Many fans don’t agree with the decision, but on every level, except my RFL (“Rabid Fan Level”), I agree with it.  I actually thought they would get below it in 2017, but it…

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Top Ten Dodger Player Questions… And Answers!

August 7, 2018

I have identified ten (10) Dodger players who are most vitally important to the Dodgers winning the NL West, NLDS, NLCS and World Series.  It’s not Manny Machado – he will get his.  It’s an adjustment, but he will be fine, great!  It’s not Brian Dozier – if Doc lets him play everyday, he will put up MVP-type numbers the rest of this season. It’s not Clayton Kershaw – I…

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Dodger Chatter: 3M – Montgomery, McKinstry, Morales

August 6, 2018

On Saturday, AC had an amazing summary of the Dodgers minor league middle infielders. Two players that were mentioned that have not drawn a lot of attention are third baseman Brandon Montgomery and shortstop Zach McKinstry. Actually their listed position is in name only as they have played at a number of positions during their minor league careers. These guys are among the many foot soldiers in minor league baseball….

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Julio Urias Changes Everything!

July 30, 2018

Just a couple of years ago at age 18, Julio Urias was the Dodgers Top Prospect. He was off-limits in any trade discussions.  He was the heir apparent to Clayton Kershaw as the Dodgers Ace.  As a rookie, he was much better than Clayton – not even up for debate!  The Dodgers handled him with kid gloves… and then the unthinkable happened. He was injured and had anterior capsule surgery…

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Any More Changes or Stand Pat

July 29, 2018

Yesterday Mark made a good argument as to why the Dodgers might want to stand pat. Today I would like to make an argument as to why the Dodgers should consider another move or two. I understand the thought that with how the Dodgers are built right now they can compete and win the NL West.  I understand why many believe the team should stay as is and let the team…

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This Team is Built for the Playoffs

July 28, 2018

Maybe this is what happens at the trade deadline: Rotoworld Injury Updates Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) pitched two innings in a simulated game on Wednesday. Next up is a three-inning simulated appearance Saturday in Los Angeles. The left-hander will likely begin a minor league rehab assignment after that. Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Julio Urias (shoulder) is a serious candidate to work out of the club’s bullpen down the…

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Postcards From The Edge

July 23, 2018

Clayton Kershaw is my favorite Dodger.  I was on the Kershaw bandwagon long before he was Clayton Kershaw.  Disclaimer:  I do not claim to be the only one to see that.  Ray Charles saw it too, but it was about 13 years ago that Roger Dodger and Voldmar and I went to Beloit, Wisconsin to see Clayton Kershaw pitch for the Great Lakes Loons, and it was as close as…

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How Do You Spell Relief?

July 20, 2018

I think the “trickle-down effect” of Manny Machado in the Dodger’s lineup will be significant.  The Dodgers really miss Corey Seager and he replaces Cory with a stronger RH bat.  This should help everyone in the lineup.  Watch Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger’s stats improve. Depending upon what happens between now and the end of the season, the Dodgers offsense could be more potent than that of 2017… and I…

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