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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Hurry Up… and Wait!

July 28, 2017

In case you have forgotten, here are the three starting pitchers rumored to be on the Dodger’s radar: Yu Darvish Last 14 Days: 7.36 ERA/1.148 WHIP Last 28 Days: 7.20 ERA/1.467 WHIP This year: 4.01 ERA/1.168 WHIP Sonny Gray Last 14 Days: 0.98 ERA/1.036 WHIP Last 28 Days: 1.39 ERA/0.835 WHIP This year: 3.43 ERA/1.175 WHIP Justin Verlander Last 14 Days: 3.26 ERA/1.034 WHIP Last 28 Days: 4.60 ERA/1.432 WHIP…

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Brock Stewart – #2 or #4?

July 27, 2017

Any way you slice it, Brock Stewart is a very good pitcher.  Currently, his stuff is worth of being a #4 or #5 “workhorse” type of pitcher. However, he could be a lot more than that and this is why I did not want to see him in the rotation this year. Brock has an excellent fastball, a nice slider (not great), and a below average change-up.  He really needs…

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Clayton Who?

July 26, 2017

The Dodgers won about 68% of their games when Clayton Kershaw was on the roster and now have won 100% of their games without him. Why the heck do we need this guy anyway?   It seems like it’s a new man or men every night… stepping up to do the job.  Kenta Maeda did his job for 5 innings and the pen nailed it with Josh Ravin pitching 3…

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Life Without Clayton Kershaw

July 24, 2017

Really, it’s not gloom and doom! Last year, when Clayton had the herniated disk, everyone wondered what the team would do.  It turns out that Kershaw’s injury galvanized them and others stepped up to fill the void.  Not only did they not miss a beat, but they thrived.  I, for one, do not expect the same thing to happen this year, although I believe there is no reason to panic….

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Just a Market Correction

July 22, 2017

In the stock market, sometimes stocks become wildly inflated and after days or weeks of gains, the market has a few days where it drops, which is called a “market correction.”  To me, the fact that the Dodgers have now lost two straight to the Atlanta Braves is just and example of a rather obvious market correction or as someone once said “You can’t win them all.” So, don’t start…

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IS THERE AN EAST COAST BIAS IN BASEBALL COVERAGE?

July 17, 2017

… AND IF SO, HOW DOES IT EFFECT THE COVERAGE OF THE DODGERS? There are several sites that I routinely check daily (or several times per day) for coverage of the Dodgers – TrueBlueLA, Dodgers.com, Dodgers Insider, LADodgerTalk (of course), the ESPN.com Dodgers team page, and others. I also check out national sports news sites to see how the national sports press is covering the Dodgers, but am frequently confronted with…

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Andrew Friedman is Garbage!

July 17, 2017

From TrueBlueLA: Just because Dodgers are.doing well , people want to say Andrew Friedman has done a great job. Ive been someone who has been saying for a long time that he is an absolute horrible leader for this team. He runs this team like je ran his budget Marlins. Signing recalmation projects cheap, McCarthy , Anderson, avooding Big Name FA Scherzer, Cueto, Greinke, and more, and trades away promising farm system arms…

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Getting Ready for the Stretch Run – A Look at the Pitching

July 16, 2017

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will be in the playoffs.  The Dodgers are now 9.5 games ahead of the D-Bags and 11.5 games ahead of the Rookies.  Neither team has the depth to come back.  However, right about now we should ask the question as to “Which players will play a role in that stretch run“?  If you look at the pitchers, it’s pretty clear that Romo,…

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Destiny’s Dodgers

July 15, 2017

No words are necessary! No trades may be necessary… other than for a LHRP. What’s wrong with an outfield of Taylor, Pederson and Puig? Why mess with a good thing?  

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