Monday Rants & Raves

July 3, 2017

It’s not a sure thing that Adrian Gonzalez will be back this year.  Now, it’s looking like at least August.  How many teams can lose $40 million dollars of salary to the DL and survive?  Add in Kazmir and it’s $56 million and add Crawfish and it’s $77 million.  Can the pundits of “The Trade ” finally understand why it is felony stupid to give long-term deals to aging stars?…

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The Swiss Army Knife

July 2, 2017

Actually Kike Hernandez is a cross between the Energizer Bunny and a Swiss Army Knife.  He’s kind of a Swiss Army Bunny!  He just keeps going and going  and he has an assortment of ways to beat you.  Last night, he didn’t get a hit, but he did make a great catch in RF and took a walk and scored a run.  Of course we have seen him make plays…

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It’s All About Chemistry!

July 1, 2017

I keep reading that the Dodgers are in the hunt for a starting pitcher and frankly, I do not believe it.  What I mean by that is I do not think they are “hell-bent-for-leather” to get another starter.  That’s not saying that they won’t do it if the right situation presents itself, but they are simply not going to overpay to get another starter.  I think AC said the same…

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The Dodgers Have a Decision to Make

June 28, 2017

It’s on Kenta Maeda.  Kenta signed an incentive-laden contract with the Dodgers before the 2016 season. It’s a very “team-friendly” contract that pays for performance.  I’ll spare you all the details, but the more games Kenta starts and the more innings he pitches earns him some very significant bonuses.  That’s how Kenta makes his money and his agent gets a percentage of that money.  Do you follow where I am…

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Ricky “Freakin” Nolasco? Really?

June 27, 2017

We all knew that at some point the Dodgers would lose a game or two, but going into last night’s game the Dodgers were hitting against Ricky Nolasco, career journeyman who was 2-9 on the year with an ERA over 5.00. Ricky “Freakin” Nolasco!  Nolasco pitched 6.1 strong innings and made the Dodgers look like chumps.  OK, it’s baseball and on any given day… but Ricky Nolasco?  OK, I’m over…

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The Dee Gordon Trade Revisited

June 26, 2017

I’d Rather Have Austin Barnes at 2B Than Dee Gordon… as long as I have Kike Hernandez as one of the best supersubs in baseball. The Dodgers got a nice return for their former second baseman.  That is notwithstanding the obvious fact that Chris Hatcher has been a huge disappointment.  In case you forget, the trade was Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Hatcher, Hernandez, Barnes…

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Next Man Up!

June 24, 2017

… and the next men are Trevor Oaks, Brock Stewart and Walker Buehler.  Oaks is a back-of-the-rotation starter who is likely ready now while Buehler is a top-of-the-rotation guy who might be ready in 2018, but won’t ever be a workhorse (welcome to the new MLB).  Stewart could be a a middle-to-back of the rotation guy or an elite reliever.  Time will tell. Mitch White and Yadier Alvarez are due…

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I Confess to Being a Contrarian

June 23, 2017

If you are a contrarian in the investment community, you likely have a very good track record of making money because it has been proven over and over again, that running with the herd is a recipe for failure.  A contrarian often looks like an idiot most of  the time until they clean up the mess that the herd made with their ill-advised buying. In short, a contrarian wants to…

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Brandon and Brock

June 21, 2017

In a game which saw Brandon McCarthy drop his ERA to 2.87 and the Dodgers score 12 runs, Brock Stewart quietly showed why he could be a very valuable piece in the Dodger bullpen.  The bullpen is his role… at least this year.  I think he can be a starter in the future, but his exceptional control (1.4 walks per 9 innings in 2016), and arsenal of pitches makes him…

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Just Keep Puig at Number 8!

June 19, 2017

On Saturday, Yasiel Puig hit two homeruns and so on Sunday Dave Roberts moved Yasiel to #5 and he promptly went 0-5.  Look, I have accepted two things that I think are very important: Yasiel Puig is a great, extraordinary talent; and Yasiel Puig is a knucklehead. It’s my opinion that you just let him play and not over-think where he hits.  Keep him at #8 and leave him there….

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