Chicken Strips and Chicken Bleep

June 27, 2018

Ross Stripling was not sharp last night, but he battled and did a credible job, however Baez owns him (he should never pitch to Baez again – just put him on); and I thought Ross was tiring, so I had no issues with Roberts taking him out. He might have done better… or it could have been worse.  Yasiel Puig took the blame for the loss… and rightfully so. He just…

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Hernandez, Grandal, Hudson and Puig

June 24, 2018

That sounds like a law firm, like Dewey, Cheatem and Howe…. but it’s not. Kike Hernandez I suggested this over the Winter and I am going to suggest it again:  It’s time to play Enrique Hernandez everyday!   Yes, I know he has a history of not hitting RH pitching, but he also has a history of hitting some pretty big home runs off RH pitchers.  This year, he has 91…

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Bear Claws & Pay Grades

June 23, 2018

I have been making trade proposals for over 40 years now… and to date, I have never been right.  I was close a very few times, so I keep it up knowing that even blind squirrels occasionally find nuts.  Have you ever noticed how skinny blind squirrels are?  However, I digress….Yesterday, Always Compete (AC) wrote this in response to my trade proposal for Manny Machado: If you want to get…

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No Game Thursday Rants and Raves

June 21, 2018

Willie Calhoun has regressed immensely since the trdae to Texas. He is hitting .276 with a .321 OB% with just 6 HR in 300 Plate Appearances.  Everyone knew he couldn’t field – now it appears he can’t hit. Some former Dodger prospects are showing their worth:  Andrew Heaney and Zach Eflin are OK starting pitchers. Victor Arano is pitching well in relief for the Phillies. Scott Schebler is having a…

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A Birthday and Belated Father’s Day

June 19, 2018

Yesterday was my youngest son’s 19th birthday, so we had plans to take him out to dinner last night.  He’s now past the age now where he wants a party like when he turned 18.  Like his 18th year of life, his 19th birthday was very eventful. This is the kid who was All-City, All-Conference and All-State in football and was team MVP on a team that won the State…

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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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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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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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