Anything But Conventional

June 17, 2018

Just to clarify – yesterday I did not say that Stripling was the Dodger’s Ace… yet!  Just that he could be by the end of the season and a lot of that depends upon how he pitches the rest of the way.  Unlike Alex Wood who was  often hitting 97 MPH early in the season last year, which was totally unsustainable for him, Strip is usually 92-94 MPH with an…

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Do the Dodgers Have a New Ace?

June 16, 2018

When I wrote the title, I wondered if I was really serious… and let me assure you, I am!  Before this season started, I wrote that Ross Stripling just needed to accept that he’s a reliever… and even if he was a starter, he would never be any more than a #5 or #6.  Boy, was I wrong! Dead wrong! Ross never bought into accepting he was a reliever and…

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If You Ain’t the Lead Dog…

June 13, 2018

Arizona is hot again.  The Dodgers are hot. Both teams are 8-2 in the last 10 games as they start pulling away from the pack.  The Dodgers are breathing down the D-Bags backs.  The Dodgers are now back to leading the National League in Home Runs and are just six runs behind the Braves for the league lead. The even better news is that the Dodgers pitching staff has moved…

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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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Just Ride Out the Storm

June 10, 2018

A lot of Dodger fans mocked and ridiculed Farhan Zaidi for saying three weeks ago that the Dodgers needed to hit more Homeruns? What? That’s stupid! Shows what he knows… Here we are, three weeks later… and the Dodgers were leading the NL is homeruns and were on a 16-5 streak…. well, after last night they are 16-6 and 2nd in HR.   Maybe Farhan should say “How do you like…

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What Comes Next For The Dodgers

June 9, 2018

  Editorial Note – I wrote this before the Buehler injury. The 2018 Amateur Draft is now over.  All that is left is the signing of the draft picks.  The Dodgers did not select a high school player in Round 11 indicating to me that they expect the top 10 to be close to the bonus pool + 5%.  There will be some savings with picks #9 and #10 as…

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Eyes Wide Open

June 7, 2018

In the first 45 days of the season, the NL West could have buried the Dodgers, but they didn’t… and then the Dodgers went 15-5 in their last 20 games, so they are right back in it.  You can call them “lucky” for what they have done in the past 20 games… and you might be right, but they were about as unlucky as you can get before that.  This…

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The Cream Always Rises to the Top

June 2, 2018

Three Under .500 – Three Outta’ First. That’s part of what you should know… but there’s a whole lot more than that. The cream always rises to the top! Yes, up until the past couple of weeks, the Dodgers have played poorly… for a variety of reasons, some valid, some problematic. The cream always rises to the top! So far, the Season of 2018 will be known as the Season…

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Holding out for a Hero

May 31, 2018

The Heroes of last nights win were many: Stripling, Kemp and Muncy have been playing hero with regularity, but it was good to see Cody and Joc get a couple of hits – this is a step in the right direction for getting them untracked.  Both players have been working very hard behind the scene on their swings. Joc may be a .350 OB% guy with that swing, but he…

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Down on the Farm

May 29, 2018

The Dodgers minor league system is filled with “depth” pieces.  As therealten pointed out, perennially competing for the playoffs and a potential WS takes a toll on the Dodgers draft slot. The last time the Dodgers had a top ten draft slot, they did very well with a HS pitcher from University Park, Texas…Clayton Kershaw.  In 2016, the Dodgers had the #20 selection and drafted HS SS, Gavin Lux.  In…

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