The Thlot Plickens

September 20, 2017

With just 10 games left until October 1st, when the season ends, the playoff roster remains a mystery.  I think we all have a pretty good idea that certain players will be on the roster. Position Players Grandal Barnes Bellinger Forsythe Utley Seager Turner Hernandez Granderson Taylor Puig Ethier I left off Adrian Gonzalez because he is not anywhere near healthy.  The Dodgers would love to have him on the…

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Don’t Forget the Ultimate Goal

September 18, 2017

So, the Dodgers took two out of three from the Nationals on their home field and you are upset that Stephen Strasburg, the hottest pitcher in baseball, beat them? Let’s not lose sight of the ultimate goal. You have to remember a few things: The Ultimate Goal is to win the World Series. Nothing much else matters. The front office, coaching staff and the manager are very smart. The Dodgers…

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Rich Hill: Reason to Believe

September 17, 2017

Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reported yesterday that Alex Verdugo showed up late to Nationals Park on Friday, after the team already had its daily hitters meeting. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn’t learn of Verdugo’s tardiness until he was heading out to the field for the workout but would “address it” with him. General Manager Farhan Zaidi is on this trip with the team and said the same thing. “I…

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Who Will be on the Playoff Roster?

September 16, 2017

Let me dispel a rumor:  Curtis Granderson will be on the playoff roster.  Bet on it!  I don’t care if he hits .000 the rest of the way.  He will be on it.  The playoffs start new season and Grandy will be there.  That’s why the Dodgers traded for him in the first place. Also, I think he will be ready! Here’s what I see in my crystal ball: Starting…

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This Losing Streak is Deliberate – Laissez-Faire at Work!

September 10, 2017

A team that went 92-41 up through September 1st and then suddenly loses 9 games in a row can’t happen unless it is done deliberately.  I have been considering this for a few days and I really believe that FAZ and Doc really want this team to peak at the end of the season. They knew the team was good, but they had no idea that they would run off…

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Five Changes That Must Happen Immediately

September 9, 2017

Change #1 Of these four players, only one can be in the lineup at a time: Kike Hernandez Logan Forsythe Joc Pederson Curtis Granderson They are rally killers. Write those words down.  Live by them! Change #2 Justin Turner moves to the #2 spot in the batting order. Corey Seager moves to the #3 spot.  Yes, I know they want to split up the lefties, but Cody and Corey don’t…

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It’s All Dave Roberts Fault!

September 6, 2017

Remember when practically every Dodger fan (me included) wanted to get rid of Chase Utley?  Chase had hit .122 in April, but followed that up with a .314 BA in May.  In June, he was .203 followed by a .278 July.  In August he hit .239 and he is at .125 in 8 September AB’s.  Chase Utley has played a big role in this team’s success and I dare say,…

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Is It Time To Worry About Yu Darvish?

September 3, 2017

In a word, YES!  I was against the acquisition of Darvish or Verlander because I felt both of their arms were about to fall off. Well, it looks like Verlander glued his back on but Yu Darvish has struggled mightily this year.  Frankly, he looks no better than Ryu or Maeda… except that he pitches deeper into games…. well, except that he didn’t last night.  In fact, last night was…

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The Rented Mule Society

September 1, 2017

The Dodger starting pitchers were beat like a rented mule by the D-Bags this week. Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill were all pounded without mercy.. and yet (Drummmmmmm Roooooolllllllllll), the Dodgers are still #1 in all of baseball in Team ERA (3.38)and Team WHIP (1.16). The Nationals are second and the Bags are third!   By the way, the bullpen is even better and is also #1 in…

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But, the Bullpen Has Been Awesome…

August 31, 2017

Anyone who suggests that the bullpen is somehow the problem hasn’t been paying attention.  Even after the past two games, the Dodgers starting pitching and bullpen remain the very best in baseball. I am not a meteorologist but I do know that sometimes it is more humid than others.  Barometric pressure, humidity, air temperature and other such things can create a good or poor environment for a pitcher.  No excuses….

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