Just a Hiccup – Nothing Terminal

August 28, 2017

Two losses in a row!  The sky is falling!  We are doomed! Not really.  The Dodgers just have the hiccups. They don’t have cancer or heart disease! It will all be fine. It’s a 162 game season and there is no way you can “bring it” every day.  No way, no how!  You can try, but somedays it just ain’t there.  The last I checked, the game was played by…

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Rant and Rave Sunday

August 27, 2017

Last night’s game?  Forgetaboutit! Move on – nothing to see here folks. The team is still on pace to win 115 games.  To break the record they will have to have a .717 winning percentage. With the resting of players and looking at roles for the playoffs, it seems unlikely that they will go the requisite 25-9 the rest of the way in order to beat the record.  The record…

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The Big Blue Dodger Machine

August 26, 2017

I still like the name “The Big Blue Wrecking Crew” but that was another time and another team.  We can’t use the same name again – there are rules against such things.  The 1988 Dodgers were comprised of “The Stunt Men” who include Mickey Hatcher, so that was a fitting moniker too. I thought of other names like “The Blue Juggernaut.”  But, the way this team is built with a…

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King of the Hill

August 24, 2017

I was elated at the way Rich Hill pitched last night. He has had difficulty this year with the blisters and being on and off the DL and failing to get the “feel” for his game.  He has had some good outings starting in July, but, last night he finally put it all together and it is now apparent that the Dodgers have a #1 and three #2’s! Rich Hill…

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Pedro Baez is Easy to Hate

August 22, 2017

Would it surprise you to know that for the past 365 days, Pedro Baez’s ERA is 1.62?  Would you be shocked to discover that with RISP, hitters are batting .104 against Pedro? Would you believe that Pedro Baez is much better in a high leverage situation that a low leverage situation?  All of that is true. Look at the stats (all from Baseball-Reference): Low Leverage Situations: BA – .271 Medium…

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These Are the (Junkyard) Dog Days

August 21, 2017

There’s not much left for the Dodgers to play for… except maybe immortality!  Being immortalized as the best team in the history of the game could be quite and incentive.  The Dodgers are playing at  .713 clip and could eclipse the record of 116 games.  It’s a longshot and it really means nothing, but it’s withing access.  No other teams are within a dozen games of the Dodgers record.  The…

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What’s Up Doc?

August 17, 2017

Doc is what is up! Dave Roberts, who in his rookie season as the Dodger’s manager, won the Manager of the Year Award is a shoo-in to do it again in his second year.  He’s so far ahead, there’s not a second place.  Of course, FAZ gave him an embarrassment of riches, but he has managed it almost flawlessly. I still know of three or four morons who criticize FAZ…

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Be Careful of What You Wish For

August 16, 2017

You know, we all have ideas about what the Dodgers should do with their lineup.  I want to dump Joc.  Others want to move Puig up in the order.  Some want to bench Logan Forsythe.  I must say this: Everyone got their wish when Chris Hatchet was traded, but I think we all have to remember that this team is 50 games over .500.  They are playing the best baseball…

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Shake it Up!

August 14, 2017

I am all for trying new things, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. For instance, Yasiel Puig is arguably the best Right Fielder in baseball and has played CF at times, but has not played it very well. From what I have seen, he does not have good instincts in CF.  In my opinion, the centerfielder should be the fastest runner. Puig isn’t, although he is faster than…

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None of This Means Anything

August 11, 2017

In 1988, the Dodgers played the Mets eleven times during the regular season… and lost ten times!  Did that mean anything?  No!  In the playoffs that year, the Dodgers took four out of seven games from the Mets to win the NL Pennant. The Mets 10-1 record against the Dodgers didn’t mean a thing! The Mets won 100 games that year.  The Oakland A’s won 104 games that same season…

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