Gone Racing!

May 28, 2017

There’s this little race here in Indy today that I am going to, so you won’t hear much from me.  By the way, even if you don’t like racing, it should be on your “bucket list.” It has to be one of the Ten Wonders of the World.  I am not a big race fan – can’t tell you who is in the points lead or any of that, but on…

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Theory Verses Practice

May 16, 2017

In theory, the Ten-Day Disabled List should be a wonderful thing for pitchers, but initial results are not so good.  It appears that after being off for ten days a starter just is not quite in-sync. Ryu was obviously out of sorts (maybe he is injured) and McCarthy also looked like he needed another start before coming off the DL.  So, in reality, while it might be a tool to…

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A New Era?

May 5, 2017

Today could be the day that Adrian Gonzalez goes on the DL and Cody Bellinger takes his place permanently!  Evidently, A-Gon’s back issue is worse than his elbow.  Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com answered questions, mostly about the injury situations of Forsythe, Ethier, Kazmir and Gonzalez, where he says this about A-Gon: Gonzalez said he’s not fighting a first visit to the DL, but he also doesn’t believe 10 days will…

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The Definition of Insanity

May 4, 2017

We all know what it is – doing the same thing and thinking you will get different results.  The Dodgers bullpen did not lose the game last night.  The Dodgers lack of hitting is what doomed them. When you score only 4 runs in 11 innings against a pitcher who has an ERA of over 6.00, you should volunteer to go to the minor leagues.  Yasiel Puig is the best…

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The Science Behind Dodger Batting Orders

April 30, 2017

A picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I would post scientific evidence of what led to Adrian Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal hitting 3rd and 4th.  Any questions?  Actually, what else can you do but throw darts?  The lineup is less important than the players in it.  I would like to see Toles in everyday. Let him play.  Of course, Bellinger has to be in it as well….

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Purely a Trainwreck!

April 22, 2017

Move On – There’s Nothing to See Here Folks!  Well actually, there was plenty to see and most of it was bad.  I think that whenever a team gives up 9 runs in the 8th inning, they have an excellent chance to lose. I was having flashbacks to the Indiana Pacers game on Thursday night where they coughed up a 25 point halftime lead.  This seals the the deal for…

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Just Say No to Platoons

April 18, 2017

The following article is from Bumsrap Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mark Timmons or LA DodgerTalk. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made…

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A Giant Ending…

April 11, 2017

It was an ugly game, with 5 total errors by the teams, the Cubs were ahead 2-0, but the Dodgers battled back and tied the game.  The Cubs starting pitching was stellar – their relief pitching was good.  The Dodger’s starting pitching was good, but the relief pitching was stellar… until a former Giant took the mound and allowed a runner to get to third base.  The Dodger’s $84 million…

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KERSHAW IS HUMAN? WHO KNEW?

April 9, 2017

It is somewhat stunning to see Clayton Kershaw serve up three long balls in a month, let alone one game!  Like I said yesterday – peaks and valleys!  Yesterday we were on pace to win 97 games.  Today we are on pace for .500.  The Rockies are a juggernaut… running away with the division.  Alas, all is lost!  Now back to reality.  It was pretty amazing that it took Clayton…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

April 8, 2017

Five games into the season and the Dodgers are 3-2. There’s really not much to go on, but we have seen some good things, some bad things and some ugly things. In baseball, it is all about Peaks and Valleys.  Peaks and Valleys – write that down! The Good 2.25 – That’s the Dodger’s team ERA.  They are among the best in baseball. The starters ERA is 2.93 and the…

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