Depth, Depth and More Depth

August 6, 2017

Yu Darvish did not disappoint Friday night. I have to admit that I flat out did not want him (because he would most likely be a pure rental). But, Hawkeye Dodger and a couple of others, kept clamouring for him and then the Dodgers finally traded for him and the rest is history. Clayton Kershaw would be the Ace on any team in baseball. Yu Darvish would be the Ace…

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So, That’s What it Feels Like to Lose!

August 3, 2017

It’s been so long I had almost forgotten how it felt.  OK, I didn’t like it, so stop it now!  I am just going to ramble on today. Ramblings Brock Stewart is a mere mortal.  His ERA ballooned up to 0.87.  He will likely go down to AAA for 15 days – either him or Ross Stripling. I am looking forward to later this month and this lineup against RH…

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Logan’s Run

August 1, 2017

Maybe some Dodger fans were expecting more than what Logan Forsythe has brought to the team this year.  After all, they traded TOP Prospect Jose De Leon for him.  In the interest of full disclosure, if they had known how good Chris Taylor would be, they might not have done it… but they did… because they didn’t! At the end of the year, he has a team option of $8.5…

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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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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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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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Midseason Dodger Prospect Report

July 13, 2017

Baseball America just released their Midseason Prospect Report and most notably, Cody Bellinger is no longer a prospect.  Go figure – I guess hitting 25 HR for the Dodgers does bad things to your prospect status. This time, the Dodgers have only four prospects in the Top 100. Willie Calhoun jumped from #92 to #73 – That’s what happens when you hit those long-balls. Yadier Alvarez dropped from #26 to…

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Maybe You Shouldn’t Fixate on Batting Average

July 12, 2017

Lots of old school baseball fans look at batting average as evidence of a player’s worth.  While not entirely wrong, batting average does not give a complete picture of a player’s value, much like temperature does not give a true indicator of comfort without humidity!  Batting average is a simple formula based upon the percentage of times a player gets a hit as compared to at-bats.  Who would you rather…

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A quick look at the last 30 games leading into the All Star Break

July 11, 2017

This post is by Bumsrap (not Mark Timmons).  Thank You, Bum! The Dodgers (61-29) enter the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and have won 26 of their last 30 games. The last 30 games is what finally separated the Dodgers from Arizona and Colorado; two teams that kept on winning with the Dodgers until they couldn’t. Here is a look at those 30 games and the players…

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