I Confess to Being a Contrarian

June 23, 2017

If you are a contrarian in the investment community, you likely have a very good track record of making money because it has been proven over and over again, that running with the herd is a recipe for failure.  A contrarian often looks like an idiot most of  the time until they clean up the mess that the herd made with their ill-advised buying. In short, a contrarian wants to…

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Brandon and Brock

June 21, 2017

In a game which saw Brandon McCarthy drop his ERA to 2.87 and the Dodgers score 12 runs, Brock Stewart quietly showed why he could be a very valuable piece in the Dodger bullpen.  The bullpen is his role… at least this year.  I think he can be a starter in the future, but his exceptional control (1.4 walks per 9 innings in 2016), and arsenal of pitches makes him…

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It’s a Great Time to be a Dodger Fan

June 20, 2017

On February 13, 2017, I wrote this: I have been telling you a few things over the Winter: Julio Urias is going to have a breakout year; Yasmani Grandal will come close to 40 HR; Willie Calhoun won’t play 2B due to horrible defense and lock of foot speed; Among Ryu, McCarthy and Kazmir, at least two will be contributors; and Cody Bellinger is ready. A few days later, I…

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Just Keep Puig at Number 8!

June 19, 2017

On Saturday, Yasiel Puig hit two homeruns and so on Sunday Dave Roberts moved Yasiel to #5 and he promptly went 0-5.  Look, I have accepted two things that I think are very important: Yasiel Puig is a great, extraordinary talent; and Yasiel Puig is a knucklehead. It’s my opinion that you just let him play and not over-think where he hits.  Keep him at #8 and leave him there….

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R U Liking Ryu?

June 18, 2017

Yes, Ryu only went 5 innings.  Yes, he threw 105 pitches (that can be either good or bad, depending upon your perspective). Yes, he gave up 8 hits.  BUT, he only allowed 2 runs and gave up no HR to one of the best hitting teams in baseball in on of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. So, there is that!  As bad as you think Ryu might be he…

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Optical Rectumitis

June 17, 2017

Have you noticed that a few certain fans like to bang on Friedman and Company about trading away Cotton, Montas, Holmes, De Leon, Peraza and Schebler but fail to mention anything of value FAZ has done? ME: “Wow, Alex Wood is doing great!” FAZ-BASHER: “Squirrel! That Rich Hill really sucks, even he says so.  FAZ is an idiot!” Schebler (.252) and Peraza (.258) are playing OK in a hitter’s ballpark,…

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The Dodgers Need Rich Hill

June 16, 2017

… which is precisely why they will keep rolling him out there.  His mechanics and release points are all all over place, but he has figured it out before and I believe he will do it again.  He has struggled mightily with his control as he was shut-down and then activated and shut-down again and re-activated due to blisters.  It appears that the blisters are gone, but if he is…

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Crazy Like a Fox

June 15, 2017

This is the Brandon McCarthy the Dodgers front office wanted.  They knew his history but they also knew about changes he had made, both to his pitching mechanics and psyche.  Brandon McCarthy is making about $12 million a year and was signed for four years.  He has this year and 2018 left on his deal.  $12 million a year is a bargain for a pitcher of McCarthy’s standing. Brandon McCarthy…

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Bellingerized!

June 14, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are witnessing history! Cody Bellinger is one of those  rare talents who come around to a team, once in a lifetime.  The thing is, the Dodgers have three of those talents… maybe four.  Some of you are going to say “Yeah, but his batting average is only .261.”  Yeah, and your momma wears army boots! This kid is the real deal, just like Clayton, Corey and…

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Dodgers Activated Joc and A-Gon Goes to the Doc

June 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the seven-day concussion disabled list and placed first baseman Adrián González on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 12) with lower back discomfort. Pederson, who missed 16 games due to a concussion, made three rehab appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs and four RBI. In 35 games with Los Angeles…

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