Next Man Up!

March 20, 2018

It happens!  Players get hurt… it’s just too bad that it is Justin Turner who went down, but if you stop and reflect… maybe it will be a blessing in disguise. Justin Turner will likely miss a  month or more of the 2018 season for the non-displaced fracture on his left hand.  Really, he could miss two months, but the blessing is three-fold: The Dodgers get to see how others…

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Should We Worry About the Pitching?

March 18, 2018

I’ll get right to the point:  You always worry about pitching!  So, there is that. However, I do not think we should be overly concerned about pitching on this 2018 version of the Dodgers.  A number of Dodger Fans are questioning the Dodgers rotation as well as the Dodger bullpen.  Some say that the Dodgers only have one pitcher who can start and go more than four or five innings. …

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We Know What We Know and Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

March 17, 2018

Don’t think about that too long.  It might hurt your brain.  I know it did severe damage to mine… well, I’ll blame it on that anyway! Here we are – less than two weeks from OPENING DAY and we know a lot, but we don’t know what we don’t know, and that is the conundrum under which we currently operate. What We Know We Know OK, I’ll get this first…

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The Man Without a Position

March 15, 2018

On November 2, 2017, still reeling from a World Series loss, I wrote this: Kike Hernandez is looked at as a “super utilityman” because he can play anywhere… especially SS, but a lot of people are dismissive of his offense.  Me? I think there is a possibility that he could be a huge offensive force in the future. Quit laughing and listen to this: Through age 25, JD Martinez was…

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Dodger Chatter: Ramblings

March 13, 2018

Will  Corey Copping get a call to climb the hill at Dodger Stadium  during the 2018 season?  Now 24, the 6’1”/175-pound right-hander was selected by the Dodgers in the 31st round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He was one of the first young Dodger pitchers to benefit from the Driveline Program. Copping said his fastball was clocked between 86 and 88 mph at…

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The Truth Comes Out

March 13, 2018

Some Dodger fans were worried about Corey Seager’s elbow after last season when he missed the NLCS.  Many felt that he needed surgery… but there was no surgery.  Some fans even blamed FAZ for not forcing him to have surgery (yeah, that would work out well).  However, yesterday Corey Seager saw his first action in the field and (according to him) made two throws without any issues. But, the truth…

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Grandal and Kemp Lead the Charge by Going 6 for 6

March 12, 2018

It sounds funny to mention Grandal and Kemp in the same sentence because it was not that long ago that they were traded for each other. Yesterday, they were a version of the Bash Brothers as Yasmani Grandal takes back his starting job and Matt Kemp takes over in LF.  If they both stay on this path of hitting, it could be a long season for anyone that doesn’t have…

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El Gasolino: An Explosive Subject

March 11, 2018

I think it was DodgerRick who coined the moniker “El Gasolino” in reference to Pedro Baez.  He has also been called “The Human Rain Delay” because an infielder can make a sandwich and drink a beer between pitches.  I also call him “Dumb” because you can’t get major league hitters out with a fastball as your only pitch unless you can throw it 120 MPH! The offensive explosion caused by…

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Rant and Rave Saturday

March 10, 2018

Kenta Maeda appears close to mastering a changeup, which could help him pitch deeper into games.  We will see. Kenley Jansen did not make his appearance yesterday due to a tight hamstring.  Hopefully it’s just tight and not pulled. The Dodgers have 18 players OPS’ing 1.000 or more.  That’s sick!  Kyle Farmer leads the way at 1.579. Toles and Verdugo have shown they belong although Verdugo wil likely go to…

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Dodger Chatter: Batting .400

March 9, 2018

A few years ago I attempted to predict the Great Lakes Loons opening day roster. It proved to be a very difficult assignment as there are so many variables at play. First, it seems impossible to know which young players may have suffered spring training injuries, perhaps minor, or experienced other delays but it does mean they are not on the opening day 25-man roster as expected. A second variable…

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