Next Man Up!

May 19, 2017

There are no excuses.  It’s all about just getting the job done.  When Kershaw went down last year, it was “Next Man Up!”  There’s nothing different about that with Justin Turner. Justin is a very good player, but this team is deep and Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe can play third base.  For that matter, the much-maligned Kike Hernandez can too.  While I am thinking about it, I haven’t heard…

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Next Week… or Sooner

May 18, 2017

It’s fun to sit around and play GM at times.  We can make trades without compunction for Matt Kemp, Marcel Ozuna and about any other player on the planet.  In reality, almost none of those trades ever happen.  I probably suggest more trades than anyone and I cannot remember a single one that was ever made.  I guarantee you that Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman have been working the phones…

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The Rich Pitcher

May 17, 2017

In his first game back from the DL last night, Rich Hill pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 hits while walking no one.  He gave up one run and his ERA sits at 2.77.  Some fans, like to criticize Hill because it means their irrational hatred of Andrew Friedman is somehow justified in their small minds. They criticized his rehab starts in RC because he walked a few batters because…

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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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This Could Be The Start of Something Good

May 6, 2017

Someone asked yesterday if I questioned some of the trades or methods of FAZ (Andrew Friedman and company) and I must admit that from the get go, I have been on the same page as they have.  I knew they were not going to sign any big name free agents to long term deals. It just did not make sense and it has never made sense.  I have been totally…

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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 Kershawshank Redemption Cometh

April 19, 2017

I think that 79% of the the Dodger’s inability to hit LH pitching is 80% mental! Last year, the Dodgers never dropped below .500 until May 6, so we are ahead of schedule this year. I am encouraged by Ryu’s performance.  The stats don’t look good, but he went 6 innings last night with 97 pitches – not bad for a guy who has missed two years. I think 91…

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Two Week Takeaways

April 17, 2017

I said “Two Week” not “Too Weak” Takeaways! Yes, I know we lost yesterday… Yawn! I have a hunch we will lose again this year. Yasiel Puig is starting to make me believe he is getting serious about this game.  He is more focused than I have ever seen.  It would have been nice to see him homer in the 9th, but this is reality.  I’ll take .326/ 4 HR/11…

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It’s Too Early to Panic, But…

April 14, 2017

Those junkyard dogs were nowhere to be found yesterday! The Dodgers front office under Andrew Friedman has been linked to numerous players over the time he has been in charge.  Cole Hamels, David Price, Aroldis Chapman, Ryan Braun and others have all allegedly been the subject of trade talks with FAZ, but no one pulled the trigger, although Chapman almost happened.  If we are to believe the Fish Hacks, Ryan Braun…

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