It Could Be a Logjam!

February 20, 2017

I’m talking about the Dodgers 2017 starting rotation.   Much has been written about the staff and many fans assume that guys like Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu, who have extensive injury histories will just be injured again… and they may be right, but I happen to feel the odds are against that.  Then again, the odds were against the Dodgers having more injuries than a Chicago Emergency…

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Ruf Going!

February 17, 2017

Darin Ruf never took a swing as a Dodger – The Dodgers freed up a roster spot by urging Darin to sign with the Samsung Lions for a free Galaxy 7 smartphone and $1.1 million bux.  One more spot to go… According to Doug Padilla “Dodgers starter Julio Urias will not be pushed to the 200-innings mark this year, team president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. Urias will proceed…

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Spring Training – Day 1

February 16, 2017

The purpose of this blog is not to provide the latest breaking Dodger news – lots of other blogs do a great job of this.  This is just a safe place to talk about it. Here are today’s best Spring Training New Links: Dodgers.com ESPN.com TrueBlueLA.com  – lots of Dodger news here. For those who don’t like the fact that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley, there is this: The Dodgers’…

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Cody Bellinger – Left Fielder?

February 13, 2017

I have been telling you a few things over the Winter: Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year; Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR; Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed; Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and Cody Bellinger is ready. Former GM, Jim Bowden also has some bold predictions going into Spring…

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FAZ Strikes Again!

February 11, 2017

In case you don’t know, FAZ stands for Friedman, Anthopoulos and Zaidi – the three-headed monster (or braintrust) that ultimately makes the Dodgers deals.  I have never been a great fan of sabermetrics, nor am I a fan of platoons, but FAZ is a huge fan of platoon splits… and I know why.  I get it – it just doesn’t mean I like it.  As most of you know, I…

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200 Inning Pitchers are Becoming Extinct!

February 5, 2017

Dodger fans have been lamenting the fact that Dodger starting pitchers (not named Clayton Kershaw) are not pitching deep into games.  I have listened to this so much it makes me want to puke.  200 innings used to be the landmark by which starting pitchers were judged.  Shoot, in 1963, Don Drysdale pitched 315 innings and Sandy Koufax pitched 311 innings.  Johnny Podres pitched 198 innings and between the three…

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Building a Dynasty!

January 29, 2017

Bluto had a good comment: The Grandal trade is borderline robbery. The Chris Reed for Grant Dayton trade is ridiculously good. OTHERS SAY: “They traded away Matt Kemp” “They sign injury-prone pitchers.” That got me thinking about FAZ has done, and I make no bones about it – FAZ has made their share of mistakes.  Olivera was a big one, but they recovered nicely and moved him.  However, I do…

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Julio Urias – Wunderkind

January 25, 2017

In case you don’t know, a Wunderkind is “a child prodigy or one who succeeds in a competitive or highly difficult field or profession at an early age.”  That would be Julio Urias.  I find it incredulous that Julio Urias pitched 77 innings in the major leagues in 2016 as a 19 year old and compiled a 5-2 record with a 84 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA and yet some fans…

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The Rotation…

January 20, 2017

What goes around, comes around, so that is why a team’s starting pitchers are called “a rotation?” Get it… Rotation?  I say…  Rotation…  Son, Rotation? OK – I’ll stop. In 2016, the Dodgers used 109 different starting pitchers… well, that may be only a slight exaggeration, but they used a lot.  At one point last year, the Dodgers had seven (count ’em 7) starting pitchers on the disabled list at…

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