The Thlot Plickens

September 20, 2017

With just 10 games left until October 1st, when the season ends, the playoff roster remains a mystery.  I think we all have a pretty good idea that certain players will be on the roster. Position Players Grandal Barnes Bellinger Forsythe Utley Seager Turner Hernandez Granderson Taylor Puig Ethier I left off Adrian Gonzalez because he is not anywhere near healthy.  The Dodgers would love to have him on the…

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Who Will be on the Playoff Roster?

September 16, 2017

Let me dispel a rumor:  Curtis Granderson will be on the playoff roster.  Bet on it!  I don’t care if he hits .000 the rest of the way.  He will be on it.  The playoffs start new season and Grandy will be there.  That’s why the Dodgers traded for him in the first place. Also, I think he will be ready! Here’s what I see in my crystal ball: Starting…

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Five Changes That Must Happen Immediately

September 9, 2017

Change #1 Of these four players, only one can be in the lineup at a time: Kike Hernandez Logan Forsythe Joc Pederson Curtis Granderson They are rally killers. Write those words down.  Live by them! Change #2 Justin Turner moves to the #2 spot in the batting order. Corey Seager moves to the #3 spot.  Yes, I know they want to split up the lefties, but Cody and Corey don’t…

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Dave Roberts Heard You All Loud and Clear…

September 8, 2017

He is no longer batting Curtis Granderson #2.   Corey Seager is back, so… Granderson is at leadoff. Be careful what you wish for. Granderson  LF Seager   SS Turner  3B Bellinger  1B Puig RF Pederson CF Barnes  C Forsythe 2B Darvish  P Oh, Taylor is sitting…  

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Kirk and Spock, West and Baylor, Kareem and Magic…

September 5, 2017

Jordan and Pippen, Mays and McCovey, Seager and Bellinger. Those guys just seem to feed off each other.  Separate, they are good, Together they are great. Cody and Corey have not been in the lineup together for over two weeks. The Dodgers are 1-10 in their last 11 games. Can you make the connection? Get it?  Got it?  Good! Boy, that was a close one last night.  One quick 14…

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Is It Time To Worry About Yu Darvish?

September 3, 2017

In a word, YES!  I was against the acquisition of Darvish or Verlander because I felt both of their arms were about to fall off. Well, it looks like Verlander glued his back on but Yu Darvish has struggled mightily this year.  Frankly, he looks no better than Ryu or Maeda… except that he pitches deeper into games…. well, except that he didn’t last night.  In fact, last night was…

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The Next Tony Gwynn? Could be…

September 1, 2017

Some fans assume that Alex Verdugo was called up for the purpose of player development, so that he could get a taste of the big leagues and help his advancement for next year.  That seems logical, but it is also a huge mistake to think that is the only reason.  It very well could be that Alex Verdugo could be a missing piece to the World Series Puzzle.  Alex Verdugo’s…

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The Rented Mule Society

September 1, 2017

The Dodger starting pitchers were beat like a rented mule by the D-Bags this week. Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill were all pounded without mercy.. and yet (Drummmmmmm Roooooolllllllllll), the Dodgers are still #1 in all of baseball in Team ERA (3.38)and Team WHIP (1.16). The Nationals are second and the Bags are third!   By the way, the bullpen is even better and is also #1 in…

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But, the Bullpen Has Been Awesome…

August 31, 2017

Anyone who suggests that the bullpen is somehow the problem hasn’t been paying attention.  Even after the past two games, the Dodgers starting pitching and bullpen remain the very best in baseball. I am not a meteorologist but I do know that sometimes it is more humid than others.  Barometric pressure, humidity, air temperature and other such things can create a good or poor environment for a pitcher.  No excuses….

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Rich Hill Should Be Banned From Arizona

August 30, 2017

Rich Hill’s ability to spin a curve ball is among the best in the majors and when he is on, his curve is unhittable (witness his last game). A rudimentary knowledge of physics should tell anyone that pitching in the desert with less humidity and “lighter” air is not condusive to a curve balls spinning and getting “bite” on the way to the plate.  Some uninformed fans might think that…

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