Ryu is Officially Back!

August 7, 2017

With three straight outings of seven innings during which time he has only allowed 2 earned runs, Hyun-Jin Ryu is officially back to the guy we used to have.  His velocity is back, his curve is wicked and his control is pinpoint.  He now has pitched 91.2 innings and his ERA is down to 3.53… and falling.  His ERA is better than these starters: Carlos Martinez Alex Cobb Chris Archer…

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Depth, Depth and More Depth

August 6, 2017

Yu Darvish did not disappoint Friday night. I have to admit that I flat out did not want him (because he would most likely be a pure rental). But, Hawkeye Dodger and a couple of others, kept clamouring for him and then the Dodgers finally traded for him and the rest is history. Clayton Kershaw would be the Ace on any team in baseball. Yu Darvish would be the Ace…

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The Resurrection of ChrisTaylor

August 4, 2017

Yes, I have crappy Photoshop skills, but I spent all of 45 seconds doing it. OK, this was not my idea.  The Truth Hurts put me up to it!   Actually, this may be the second coming because some had Chris Taylor dead and buried a few weeks ago when his batting average dropped to .279. So, again some had him regressing to the mean (whatever the mean is), but…

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So, That’s What it Feels Like to Lose!

August 3, 2017

It’s been so long I had almost forgotten how it felt.  OK, I didn’t like it, so stop it now!  I am just going to ramble on today. Ramblings Brock Stewart is a mere mortal.  His ERA ballooned up to 0.87.  He will likely go down to AAA for 15 days – either him or Ross Stripling. I am looking forward to later this month and this lineup against RH…

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And the Beat Goes on…

August 2, 2017

This is almost getting silly.  Are these guys even capable of losing, let alone a losing streak?  If they just win 2out of the next 4 games they will surpass that impossible streak of 42-8 when Puig first flew in. We could look at what the playoff rosters might look like, but it’s way too early.  I have a feeling there will be a few twists.  Will Watson pitch like…

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Logan’s Run

August 1, 2017

Maybe some Dodger fans were expecting more than what Logan Forsythe has brought to the team this year.  After all, they traded TOP Prospect Jose De Leon for him.  In the interest of full disclosure, if they had known how good Chris Taylor would be, they might not have done it… but they did… because they didn’t! At the end of the year, he has a team option of $8.5…

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Friedman Doesn’t Blink!

July 31, 2017

The FAZ-bashing had already started after the Trade Deadline came and went, and all the Dodgers had done was acquire two left-handed relievers, who at first blush, looked like they might be qualified to be batting practice pitchers.  On the MLB channel the bashing had started: “If not now, when?”  Then, it was announced that the Dodgers had acquired Yu Darvish, and the FAZ-Bashers crawled back into their holes. Here’s…

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What Value Do Other Teams Place on Dodger Prospects?

July 31, 2017

So yesterday the Cubs acquired Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from the Tigers for Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Parades and a PTBNL. Candelario is the #92 MLB prospect, but Parades is the guy the Tigers really wanted. Baseball insiders think Parades has a chance to be a special SS.  The Cubs needed a catcher like Avilia so this fills two spots for them.  The Dodgers had no need for Avilia,…

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Who is Luis Ysla?

July 30, 2017

It has long been rumored that the Dodgers have been looking for a left-handed lockdown reliever, so when they traded for Luis Ysala yesterday a lot of Dodger fans laid on the sarcasm “Yeah, that’s going to win it all for us.  What are they thinking?  They only want to deal off the bone pile.” I don’t care if it is the trade deadline – FAZ is always looking for…

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It Won’t be Verlander

July 29, 2017

The Dodgers will not be trading for Justin Verlander, partly because of  a detail in the CBA that would penalize them immensely for an inflated payroll.  Here is what was reported by  MLB Trade Rumors: MLB’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement contains a previously unknown detail that could potentially affect teams that spend heavily, Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper writes. In addition to the luxury tax, the CBA includes two surcharge thresholds that could…

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