Don’t Go Down With The Ship, Doc!

October 19, 2017

Early in the year, Chase Utley was mired in  a horrible slump and fans started calling for him to retire.  Dave Roberts had faith in him and after hitting .122 in April, he bounced back by hitting .314 in May, and he has been serviceable since then.  He plays great defense, is a wonderful teammate and at 39 years of age, he just looks to be over-matched at the plate…

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The Quick and the Dead

October 13, 2017

It was only a month ago that many fans and national pundits said the Dodgers were the biggest choke artists in the game The Diamondbacks and the Indians were the hottest teams in baseball and were everyone’s darlings, while the Nationals had the best 1-2 starting punch in baseball which should play well in a short series.  The Dodgers dropped to 4th or 5th in the power polls, even though…

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Nats or Cubs…Who Cares…Bring em On

October 10, 2017

This was a great series. Sure some can point out the RISP issues, but I contend that Zack Godley, Robbie Ray, and Zack Greinke had something to do with that. They are all good pitchers who have battled through problems all year.  The DBacks had the 3rd best ERA and 7th best WHIP in all of MLB. They have an outstanding pitching staff.  The DBacks won 93 games, tied with…

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Two Down, Nine To Go!

October 8, 2017

Rant & Rave Sunday Saturday morning I was listening to MLB Radio and the announcers were saying that the Dodgers 1-4 hitters had to have a good series, because their 5-8 hitters were “almost irrelevant.”  Yeah right!  Conventional wisdom is often wrong and never were they so wrong as last night when the Dodgers 5-8 hitters scored 7 of their 8 runs. It appears that Roberts and the front office…

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“Just Win, Baby!”

October 7, 2017

I am not sure if Al Davis coined that phrase, but he  sure used it a lot! Clayton didn’t have his best stuff last night as he struggled with his command. But, he continues to ignore my advice.  I tried to tell him. These guys are jumping on his first pitch.  All he has to do is change that up a little. Don’t make every first pitch a strike.  But,…

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104-58 and Some Fans Are Still Unhappy!

October 2, 2017

The Dodgers just completed the best season in the LA Dodgers history and some fans are still unhappy! I am convinced that if the Dodgers win the World Series and don’t sweep everyone, everygame, some fans will say “Yeah, but they did it the hard way – they should have won 11 games in a row.  FAZ should be fired!”   The Dodgers just took two out of three from the…

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The Process Is Working!

October 1, 2017

Home Field advantage goes to the Dodgers throughout the playoffs!  That is a big deal! The Dodgers have won the NL West every year since Andrew Friedman took control of baseball operations, and they have advanced further every year. Yet, there are “the Unbelievers” – they somehow doubt that his methods work.  Latest case in point:  Bill Shaikin of THE LA TIMES writes that How Dodgers fare in postseason will show…

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Who Should Be The Dodgers Catcher?

September 28, 2017

Lert me start all this by saying that I was TOTALLY in favor of the Dee Gordon trade.  I thought Austin Barnes and Kike Hernandez would be very good players.  FAZ parlayed Andrew Heaney into Howie Kendrick who played a nice role for the Dodgers a couple of years ago and even though Chris Hatcher was a bust as a Dodger, I would still do that trade in a New…

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Bay of Puigs: Reading Between the Lines

September 24, 2017

Once a Knucklehead… Always a Knucklehead We all saw Puig get thrown out trying to steal 2B at the end of Saturday Night’s game and Dave Roberts was unusually vocal in his displeasure.  It turns out that the blown steal just may have been “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”  I am not privy to what is going on, but I have heard whispers that the Dodgers locker room…

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Does It Really Matter How You Lose 62 Games?

September 21, 2017

The real is answer is “We don’t know.”  It’s likely that the Dodgers will win 100 games this year and the NL West (they will have to go 4-6 to do that). That’s an improvement of 8 games in a Division that is dramatically better, as at least one, and maybe two other teams will be NL Wild Cards.  This version of the 2017 Dodgers has been both the hottest…

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