And the Beat Goes on…

August 2, 2017

This is almost getting silly.  Are these guys even capable of losing, let alone a losing streak?  If they just win 2out of the next 4 games they will surpass that impossible streak of 42-8 when Puig first flew in. We could look at what the playoff rosters might look like, but it’s way too early.  I have a feeling there will be a few twists.  Will Watson pitch like…

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Friedman Doesn’t Blink!

July 31, 2017

The FAZ-bashing had already started after the Trade Deadline came and went, and all the Dodgers had done was acquire two left-handed relievers, who at first blush, looked like they might be qualified to be batting practice pitchers.  On the MLB channel the bashing had started: “If not now, when?”  Then, it was announced that the Dodgers had acquired Yu Darvish, and the FAZ-Bashers crawled back into their holes. Here’s…

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What Value Do Other Teams Place on Dodger Prospects?

July 31, 2017

So yesterday the Cubs acquired Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from the Tigers for Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Parades and a PTBNL. Candelario is the #92 MLB prospect, but Parades is the guy the Tigers really wanted. Baseball insiders think Parades has a chance to be a special SS.  The Cubs needed a catcher like Avilia so this fills two spots for them.  The Dodgers had no need for Avilia,…

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Who is Luis Ysla?

July 30, 2017

It has long been rumored that the Dodgers have been looking for a left-handed lockdown reliever, so when they traded for Luis Ysala yesterday a lot of Dodger fans laid on the sarcasm “Yeah, that’s going to win it all for us.  What are they thinking?  They only want to deal off the bone pile.” I don’t care if it is the trade deadline – FAZ is always looking for…

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Brock Stewart – #2 or #4?

July 27, 2017

Any way you slice it, Brock Stewart is a very good pitcher.  Currently, his stuff is worth of being a #4 or #5 “workhorse” type of pitcher. However, he could be a lot more than that and this is why I did not want to see him in the rotation this year. Brock has an excellent fastball, a nice slider (not great), and a below average change-up.  He really needs…

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Clayton Who?

July 26, 2017

The Dodgers won about 68% of their games when Clayton Kershaw was on the roster and now have won 100% of their games without him. Why the heck do we need this guy anyway?   It seems like it’s a new man or men every night… stepping up to do the job.  Kenta Maeda did his job for 5 innings and the pen nailed it with Josh Ravin pitching 3…

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I Am No Kool-Aid Drinker

July 25, 2017

I am an unabashed and unapologetic supporter of FAZ.  They have built a tremendous team and know how to utilize a full 40 man roster to their advantage because they have the depth to do so.  I also believe that a winning TEAM is greater than the sum of the individual players.  Clayton Kershaw is special.  There is no question of that.  But he is one of 40, and I…

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Life Without Clayton Kershaw

July 24, 2017

Really, it’s not gloom and doom! Last year, when Clayton had the herniated disk, everyone wondered what the team would do.  It turns out that Kershaw’s injury galvanized them and others stepped up to fill the void.  Not only did they not miss a beat, but they thrived.  I, for one, do not expect the same thing to happen this year, although I believe there is no reason to panic….

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ANDREW FRIEDMAN and HIS 3-YEAR PLAN

July 18, 2017

Make no mistake…this IS Andrew Friedman’s team.  This is not to take anything away from the immense talents of Farhan Zaidi, Josh Byrnes, Alex Anthopoulos, Gabe Kapler, or Billy Gasparino.  They help put Friedman’s vision into motion.  The Dodgers caught a lot of flak from fans because of the high FO cost.  But these are all outstanding baseball people, and why is it a problem having superior FO talent?  It…

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Getting Ready for the Stretch Run – A Look at the Pitching

July 16, 2017

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will be in the playoffs.  The Dodgers are now 9.5 games ahead of the D-Bags and 11.5 games ahead of the Rookies.  Neither team has the depth to come back.  However, right about now we should ask the question as to “Which players will play a role in that stretch run“?  If you look at the pitchers, it’s pretty clear that Romo,…

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