Clayton Needs To Fix This

April 20, 2017

Clayton Kershaw pitched a reasonably good game last night to stop the Dodgers losing streak as he is prone to do, but there is one aspect of his game that he needs to fix before it becomes a big problem.  Oftentimes, a person’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness and I believe that is true in Clayton Kershaw’s case as well.  Clayton’s greatest strength is his intensity and focus…

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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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Should We Just Take Leave of Our Senses?

April 18, 2017

Fans, which is short for fanatics, tend to take leave of their senses when their team wins, in that they are overly elated… and they also do the opposite thing when their team loses.  They become overly downtrodden and only see gloom and doom.  After 14 games, the Dodgers are at .500.  They are 5-2 against RH pitching and 2-5 against LH pitching.  Many fans think it’s time to panic and…

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Just Say No to Platoons

April 18, 2017

The following article is from Bumsrap Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Mark Timmons or LA DodgerTalk. Examples of analysis performed within this article are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made…

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Alex Hermeling – A New Vulture?

April 16, 2017

Has another vulture emerged?  It is not the same way Phil Regan used to do it, but in the Rancho Cucumonga Quakes first 8 games, Alex Hermeling has a 3-0 record with all three wins coming in relief.  A lot of attention has been directed to Mitchell White and Walker Buehler, and deservedly so.  But on April 7, it was Alex Hermeling that pitched the final three innings in the RC…

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The Last of the Mohicans

April 15, 2017

… which is one of my favorite movies along with The Shawshank Redemption…. but I digress.  Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming: Is Starting Pitching Really Overvalued?  I’ll answer that question with one word:  HELL YES! When Jim Bowden penned a blog on ESPN Insider this week about starting pitching being overvalued, it has created a firestorm among Dodger fans that is extremely polarizing.  In particular, a quote by…

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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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Pure Junkyard Dogism!

April 13, 2017

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs on World Series Ring Night!  SWEET!!!!  I think the team decided they had seen too much partying by the Cubs at their expense. This team wants rings of their own and knows they have to take it and they took it last night.  Yeah, they are Junkyard Dogs. If Chase Utley just hits .200 he is worth it.  Did you see him score from 1st…

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Would You Like Fries With That?

April 12, 2017

I thought it might be time to play a little Ketchup… ‘er catch up! I’ve said it before and I will say it again:  Make no mistake about it, Julio Urias is the real deal.  The Dodgers will continue to use him sparingly at OKC and likely call him up in early May – they are neither confirm nor deny that, but I am pretty sure that’s what will happen….

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