Some Bums Rap…

March 23, 2017

Today’s blog is written by Bumsrap.  Thanks for a day off… Pitching Depth In 2008, Cole Hamels seemed unhittable for much of the season and the post-season.  He was 24 years old in 2008 when he pitched 227.1 innings in the regular season plus 35 more in the post season. That was 63 more innings total from the previous year. His worst year of his career was 2009. Here is…

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Make It Up As You Go

March 21, 2017

Today is one of those days which gives me little time to post.  The next three weeks are going to be crazy for me as I have a lot of places to go and people to see.  I wish I were in Arizona but I am headed to Florida. There are a couple of things, but then I am going to turn it over to you. If you are a…

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Some Players Are Not Going to be Happy

March 19, 2017

The 2017 version of the LA Dodgers has nearly 40 players who have shown that they deserve to be on the Opening Day Roster, but many won’t.  I am not going to include Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo or Cody Bellinger because they will be ready soon enough, but I am talking about players who have demonstrated that they belong on the big league roster.  I am not even considering Charlie…

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Life is Good!

March 16, 2017

It’s March 16th and Adrian Gonzalez will never play in the WBC again… so there is that.  He says Little League is ran better and he would be right – it’s mostly a joke! Julio Urias is pissed he’s going to extended Spring Training… and the Dodgers have more good players than they have positions.  Life is good!  Just to be clear, Urias is not going to the pen or…

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Pops, Walker and The Kids

March 15, 2017

Chase Utley is POPS, Walker is not a Texas Ranger and The Kids are Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson, Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias. Pops I think it was a stroke of genius that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley.  He is legendary and the kids all look up to him.  Corey Seager begged the Dodgers to bring him back.  He will likely have under 200 AB’s this year…

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WHY DO THEY DO IT?

March 13, 2017

I am often asked why I am such a minor league fanatic.  Certainly having as son toil in the minors for 9 seasons was a factor, but I was a fan long before that.  It started in 1969 when both a high school classmate and a high school football adversary were both selected in the June draft.  One went on to replace a 3rd base legend in Brooks Robinson (Doug…

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It’s All About Risk Verses Reward

March 11, 2017

Every Dodger fan knows that Zack Greinke signed with the D-Backs after the 2015 season for $200+ million. On Thursday, The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro  wrote this about Zack Greinke: After his first pitch of the day on Wednesday afternoon – a fastball on the outer half for a called strike – Zack Greinke stole a glance at the video board at Salt River Fields: pitch speed, 88 mph. For the second…

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I am Positive That it’s Negative

March 7, 2017

I told a buddy of mine yesterday that Scott Kazmir’s hip tightness was probably going to keep him out all season.  He said “That’s negative – you have to think positive.”  So, let me try to get over this negativity:  “I am Positive that Scott Kazmir’s hip tightness is probably going to keep him out all season.”  How’s that? This is the same problem he had last year which led to other…

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Future Dodger Starting Pitchers

March 4, 2017

Yesterday, Bluto called our attention to Q & A session with Jim Callis of Baseball America.  Callis has always been high on Yadier Alvarez but now he says he has a “Cy Young ceiling“.  He’s still high risk, but he’s really high reward.  He also mentioned Caleb Ferguson and AJ Alexy who are in the pipeline  as prospects who make make big jumps this year.  Neither are in the Top…

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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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