The End is Near, Because the Pen is Here

August 20, 2018

Most of you probably don’t believe it, because the Dodger bullpen has been awful many times during this season, but it went from awful to deplorable when Daniel Hudson, Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen went down.  Of course, Kenley was the biggest loss and there’s no way to replace him. That will likely come to an end tonight as if Kenley is approved by his Doctors to play again.  In…

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Balkoff!

August 19, 2018

I like Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro a lot, but Caleb is just learning how to handle the pen and Floro is just learning how to handle his improved stuff.  Dylan used to have pedestrian stuff and now he has very good “stuff” but next he has to learn to utilize it.  A pennant race is a bad time. It all goes back to the hitting… or lack thereof!  An…

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Logjam in the Outfield

August 18, 2018

Friday night’s game was nice, but it’s just one game.  The starter did his job, the bullpen did theirs (it’s a lot easier when it’s not close) and the hitters certainly did theirs. Kemp and Machado are coming out of their slumps and the Dodgers are still two games back of the D-Bags. These guys now need to build some consistency (which is breed with confidence) and start a winning…

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What is Really Wrong With the Dodgers

August 15, 2018

It’s easy to blame the Dodger woes on pitching… particularly “the Bullpen” and for most of the season and especially, the past 5 days, they have been the Dodger fans’ whipping boys. As much as we may want to blame the Dodger woes on the bullpen, we really can’t.  That’s not the problem. Oh, it could be better, but that is simply not what is wrong with this team. The…

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This too Shall Pass – I Just Wish it Would Hurry up!

August 15, 2018

A new pitcher… same result!  Baez, Chargois, Floro,  Alexander and now Maeda.  All have failed as the stopper.  A good argument could be made that the biggest mistake FAZ made was not spending $7.0 million to re-sign Tony Watson, but here’s the rub: when any pitcher is suddenly thrust into the “closer role,” the weight of the world is on their shoulders and failure is the norm.  How Watson would…

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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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