Two Down, Nine To Go!

October 8, 2017

Rant & Rave Sunday Saturday morning I was listening to MLB Radio and the announcers were saying that the Dodgers 1-4 hitters had to have a good series, because their 5-8 hitters were “almost irrelevant.”  Yeah right!  Conventional wisdom is often wrong and never were they so wrong as last night when the Dodgers 5-8 hitters scored 7 of their 8 runs. It appears that Roberts and the front office…

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“Just Win, Baby!”

October 7, 2017

I am not sure if Al Davis coined that phrase, but he  sure used it a lot! Clayton didn’t have his best stuff last night as he struggled with his command. But, he continues to ignore my advice.  I tried to tell him. These guys are jumping on his first pitch.  All he has to do is change that up a little. Don’t make every first pitch a strike.  But,…

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Clayton Has to Change for the Dodgers to Win!

October 5, 2017

I was stuck on the tarmac in Houston for three and a half hours Monday evening so I pulled out my Kindle and re-read “The Best Team Money Can Buy” by Molly Knight, and a few things really jumped out at me. But the biggest one is that  Clayton Kershaw is a creature of habit… maybe borderline OCD.  On the days of the games he pitches, he has a very precise…

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Nothing is as Constant as Change

October 4, 2017

As we await to find out who the Dodgers play in the first round of the playoffs, I think it’s appropriate that we look ahead and see what types of changes could be on the horizon for the Dodgers in 2018. Changes in Players Of course, we do know that Andre Ethier’s contract us up and unless he wants to sign a “Chase Utley” type contract, his Dodgers career is…

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The Process Is Working!

October 1, 2017

Home Field advantage goes to the Dodgers throughout the playoffs!  That is a big deal! The Dodgers have won the NL West every year since Andrew Friedman took control of baseball operations, and they have advanced further every year. Yet, there are “the Unbelievers” – they somehow doubt that his methods work.  Latest case in point:  Bill Shaikin of THE LA TIMES writes that How Dodgers fare in postseason will show…

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Boy, That Was Fun!

September 30, 2017

NOT! The Dodgers looked lifeless and disinterested last night for two reasons: 1.  THEY WERE! 2.  IT’S COLORADO! The game didn’t mean anything as the Dodgers had a 2 game lead over the Indians going into last night game.  Today, they have 102 wins and the Indians have 101.  Kershaw pitches today and I have a sneaking feeling Darvish will pitch Sunday. Ryu should probably never pitch at Coors again….

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Who Should Be The Dodgers Catcher?

September 28, 2017

Lert me start all this by saying that I was TOTALLY in favor of the Dee Gordon trade.  I thought Austin Barnes and Kike Hernandez would be very good players.  FAZ parlayed Andrew Heaney into Howie Kendrick who played a nice role for the Dodgers a couple of years ago and even though Chris Hatcher was a bust as a Dodger, I would still do that trade in a New…

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Flip the Switch – It’s Go Time!

September 27, 2017

Well hey little Hollywood You’re gone but you’re not forgot You got the cash but you’re credit no good You flip the script and you shot the plot I remember I remember when the neon use to burn, so bright and pink So bright and pink! Saturday night kind of pink! Yes, the Dodgers flipped the switch. In the past 6 games the Dodgers have won 5.  They are averaging…

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Check, Double Check, Check Mate!

September 26, 2017

Logan Forsythe is picking a great time to peak!  Check! The Dodgers 5, 6, 7 and 8 hitters did most of the damage last night. Check, Check, Check, Check! Yu Darvish looked to be the equal of Clayton Kershaw and with six games to play.  Check! El Gasoline makes me nervous.  Chhhhhheeeeecccccckkkkkk! Segedin might be making a case to be on the roster!  Check! 100 wins!  Check! The Dodgers are…

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Bay of Puigs: Reading Between the Lines

September 24, 2017

Once a Knucklehead… Always a Knucklehead We all saw Puig get thrown out trying to steal 2B at the end of Saturday Night’s game and Dave Roberts was unusually vocal in his displeasure.  It turns out that the blown steal just may have been “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”  I am not privy to what is going on, but I have heard whispers that the Dodgers locker room…

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