The Best is Yet to Come

August 13, 2018

2018 has been a season full of challenges and in no small part, the challenges were created initially by the decision the Dodgers made (and still denied by them) to not exceed the Luxury Tax Threshold (“LTT”).  Many fans don’t agree with the decision, but on every level, except my RFL (“Rabid Fan Level”), I agree with it.  I actually thought they would get below it in 2017, but it…

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The Bullpen is a Symptom, Not the Disease

August 12, 2018

That the Dodgers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory  is obvious.  However, the implosion of the bullpen (Chaggy in particular) is a symptom, not the disease.  The symptom manifests itself when the disease is active.  The disease is “FailureToScoreRunsItis.”  Last night, Dodger hitters left 12 runners stranded (combined).  At the trade deadline, FAZ acquired two of the biggest bats on the market in Machado and Dozier.  Add in a…

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Which One Doesn’t Belong?

August 11, 2018

I can’t complain about the pitching changes last night.  It all boils down to Rosscup not doing his job on lefties.  Some will complain about taking Maeda out and they will be the same ones who complained when they left him in.  Rosscup doesn’t belong.  Axford looked like he does.  His first outing was horrid (the worst of his career), but he overcame another Joc Pederson outfield gaffe to shut…

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A Bag of Hammers

August 10, 2018

I am just going to say it, even if it costs me my media access… wait, I don’t have media access anymore, so here goes: Dave Roberts is dumber than a bag of hammers if he left Pedro Baez in to allow 5 runners to get on base and all score.  Even Ray Charles could see that Baez was a “deer in the headlights.” We all knew what was going to happen. …

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Dodger Chatter: Meet Loons Alfredo Tavarez

August 9, 2018

Meet Loons Alfredo Tavarez Last Friday evening 20-year-old right-hander Alfredo Tavarez pitched his second scoreless seven-inning start for the Loons in his last three starts. The native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic  was signed as an international free agent by the Dodgers on December 21, 2015. He did not go unnoticed in the Dominican Summer League in 2016 posting a 1.53 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP in 53…

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Back in First Place!

August 8, 2018

Except for bad pitch selection (4 fastballs) to his last batter, Rich Hill was again terrific.  No blisters = a very good pitcher. This is the pitcher the Dodgers are paying for and if he keeps it up, he’s a bargain!  Blisters have been his kyrptonite! The bullpen was very good again:  Floro, Alexander, Chargois and Jansen handled a hot A’s team. Oakland has the 4th best bullpen ERA in…

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Top Ten Dodger Player Questions… And Answers!

August 7, 2018

I have identified ten (10) Dodger players who are most vitally important to the Dodgers winning the NL West, NLDS, NLCS and World Series.  It’s not Manny Machado – he will get his.  It’s an adjustment, but he will be fine, great!  It’s not Brian Dozier – if Doc lets him play everyday, he will put up MVP-type numbers the rest of this season. It’s not Clayton Kershaw – I…

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Dodger Chatter: 3M – Montgomery, McKinstry, Morales

August 6, 2018

On Saturday, AC had an amazing summary of the Dodgers minor league middle infielders. Two players that were mentioned that have not drawn a lot of attention are third baseman Brandon Montgomery and shortstop Zach McKinstry. Actually their listed position is in name only as they have played at a number of positions during their minor league careers. These guys are among the many foot soldiers in minor league baseball….

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No Way to Sugarcoat This

August 5, 2018

A couple of days ago, when the Dodgers won 21-5, I reminded you that you should not get too high – that it was only one game! The 14-0 debacle last night is also only one game, but if I were you I would be very worried right about now.  Losing to Verlander 2-1 is no shame, but losing 14-0 with the offense being MIA is a sign that these…

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It’s Only One Game

August 3, 2018

21-5 is nice, but it’s the same when the Dodgers win 1-0.  It only counts as one win. It’s the same when the Dodgers lose in the 16th inning because Kike is a horrible pitcher!  You can’t get too high when you win, or too low when you lose.  A win is a win and a loss is a loss – no more, no less!  But damn, it is fun…

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