Joc’s Work is Done Here

May 25, 2018

The photo is Justin Turner saying “It’s been nice knowing you, Joc.” In case you have been living under a rock, Joc Pederson is very polarizing to fans. People love him or hate him. With his new swing, he has cut down his strikeouts as well as most of his his power. He will not hit HR with that swing. No way, Jose! He’s an OK outfielder, not a centerfielder…

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Rant & Rave Sunday

May 19, 2018

I am headed to LA at 6:00 AM Sunday.  I will be staying at the Sheraton in San Gabriel until Thursday. I’ll be at the Ravine Monday and Tuesday.  The Dodgers are giving the wife and I the Grand Tour Monday at 4 PM.  I am very much looking forward to it. I’ll be looking for you… E-mail me.  mark@uswatersystems.com The lead in the NL West is shrinking! Rich Hill…

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Too Little, Too Late?

May 13, 2018

Can the Dodgers Win The World Series? Well, stranger things have happened but to me it seems highly unlikely.  In fact, I think it’s close to impossible. So, do the Dodgers just play as hard as they can and go as far as they can? That sounds easy, but when your stated goal is World Series or Bust before the season, it might be pretty hard to really get yourself…

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The Most Exciting Dodger Rookie Pitcher Since…

May 5, 2018

Striker Buehler (I refuse to call him by his real name, because that is not a good name for a pitcher – in fact, I will pay for him to legally change it to “Striker” or maybe “No Hit“) has become the most exciting Dodger Rookie pitcher since… <Drumroll>…Fernando Valenzuela, who was just a freak. In his first eight starts in 1981, Fernando pitched eight straight complete games and sported…

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What Happens After Corey Seager?

May 2, 2018

  What do the Dodgers do now? Personnel wise – NOTHING .  FAZ needs rely on what they have developed.  They have shortstops that can play at the ML level, although certainly not at the Corey Seager level.  Other than Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa, there is no other comparable SS. There is absolutely no reason to make a trade for a rental like Manny Machado. But let’s be realistic….

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Get Ready for Some Change

April 28, 2018

Heading into a double-header with the Giants and having the bullpen implode is going to give rise to some roster changes today. Before I get into that, you should consider what Vegas Dodger said, so eloquently: Guys you need to relax….even though after the Rams 1 pick tonight I went out to the casino, choosing not to watch the game, sensing a negative outcome. Doc Roberts is getting frustrated with…

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Dodger Chatter: The Other Side of the Coin

April 27, 2018

Most of the talk re: minor league players on Dodger blogs centers around  those players considered to be top prospects .That is about Walker Buehler, Keibert Ruiz, Connor Wong, Dennis Santana, DJ Peters, Alex Verdugo and other highly ranked prospects. They have, for the most part, earned their recognition by their ascension through the ranks and perhaps some by their draft selection placement or signing bonus. I have no problem…

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My Thoughts About Grandal, Santana and Taylor

April 19, 2018

When the Dodgers traded Matt Kemp for Yasmani Grandal, I was probably the only Dodger fan that I knew of who liked the deal (at least, it felt like it). Boy, did I hear (repeatedly) how dumb that was. In fact, every time Grandal didn’t get a hit, which was 77% of the time or there was a passed ball or wild pitch, the idiots piled on (they still do,…

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Don’t Confuse Yourself!

April 17, 2018

I don’t know if this is where the ship turns around, but I have always said that this team has too much talent to fail very long.  This team is finally figuring out how to work the count and hit as a team… picking each other up. Some of you think the Dodgers didn’t make wholesale moves over the winter because FAZ is from a small market and is not…

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The Dodgers Are Turning Back the Clock to the Future

April 11, 2018

When the Dodgers re-acquired Matt Kemp this past winter, some fans were ecstatic while others felt he would wreck the chemistry of the Dodgers’ locker room.   Ladies and Gentlemen, the old locker room-wrecking malcontent has been replaced by the new, ingratiating and consummate teammate Matt Kemp. Matt Kemp has become fast friends with Justin Turner and even Cody Bellinger.  On Justin Turner, who still has pain in his wrist, Ken…

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