Is It Better To Be Lucky Than Good?

May 20, 2017

I was listening to an interview about how the Cubs were built on MLB Radio a few days ago and heard a story about how Kyle Hendricks was acquired.  First of all, I have the greatest respect for Theo Epstein and do not want to denigrate him in any way, but the story shows how sometimes it’s better to be lucky that good.  As the Cubs were being blown up, Theo…

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Next Man Up!

May 19, 2017

There are no excuses.  It’s all about just getting the job done.  When Kershaw went down last year, it was “Next Man Up!”  There’s nothing different about that with Justin Turner. Justin is a very good player, but this team is deep and Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe can play third base.  For that matter, the much-maligned Kike Hernandez can too.  While I am thinking about it, I haven’t heard…

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Next Week… or Sooner

May 18, 2017

It’s fun to sit around and play GM at times.  We can make trades without compunction for Matt Kemp, Marcel Ozuna and about any other player on the planet.  In reality, almost none of those trades ever happen.  I probably suggest more trades than anyone and I cannot remember a single one that was ever made.  I guarantee you that Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman have been working the phones…

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The Rich Pitcher

May 17, 2017

In his first game back from the DL last night, Rich Hill pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 hits while walking no one.  He gave up one run and his ERA sits at 2.77.  Some fans, like to criticize Hill because it means their irrational hatred of Andrew Friedman is somehow justified in their small minds. They criticized his rehab starts in RC because he walked a few batters because…

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Theory Verses Practice

May 16, 2017

In theory, the Ten-Day Disabled List should be a wonderful thing for pitchers, but initial results are not so good.  It appears that after being off for ten days a starter just is not quite in-sync. Ryu was obviously out of sorts (maybe he is injured) and McCarthy also looked like he needed another start before coming off the DL.  So, in reality, while it might be a tool to…

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Romo and Hatch

May 15, 2017

It used to be Starsky and Hutch but now, there is a new crime drama showing at a Ravine near you, featuring Sergio Romo, a soft-tossing arsonist who likes to start fires from the bullpen and Chris Hatcher a talented flame-thrower who is an arsonist in his own right.  The crime is that they are both still pitching… OK, throwing. The drama is… when will it end? This duo needs…

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Have We Learned Anything Yet?

May 14, 2017

The short answer for some is a resounding NO!  Thankfully, they are in the minority! One of you, sent me a comment from another site the other day.  When I read it I immediately knew who wrote it.  Of course, he is a FAZ-basher and he ended with “How long has it been since the Dodgers were in the World Series? You do know that every other team in the NL…

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Look At The Big Picture

May 12, 2017

As bad as the score was, Ryu was not bombed.  He gave up no HR’s – it was really the walks and wildness that did him in.  The Dodgers had the same number of extra-base hits as the Rockies.  Yes, he was out 10 days and yes, it was Coors Field.  Let’s not forget that he had not pitched for two years, so FAZ is trying to manage his innings so…

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Next Man Up!

May 11, 2017

But, just who is that man?  Currently, I do not think it is Andre Ethier (he may never be back), Adrian Gonzalez (another two weeks?), Logan Forsythe (at least a week away), Willie Calhoun (not ready), Scott Van Slyke (seriously?), O’Koyea Dickson (sliding badly after great start), Brett Eibner (no), Trayce Thompson (needs another few weeks) or Alex Verdugo (Verdugo is holding his own at AAA, but with absolutely no…

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Here’s The Biggest Question Yet…

May 9, 2017

It’s not “Does Chris Taylor deserve to start over Chase Utley?”  That’s not even a question.  The real question is “Does Logan Forsythe have a starting job when he comes back?”  Chris Taylor is an animal. I have always said that FAZ likes to trade for guys before they become THOSE GUYS!  They might have done just that with both Toles and Taylor!  I really, really liked last night’s lineup,…

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