Over the Hill and Through the Woods

April 6, 2017

Evidently Rich Hill doesn’t flourish in Spring Training, and while he was not in mid-season form last night, he was pretty good.  Five innings was enough – let him go six his next start.  You have to love this guy’s story, determination and never-say-die attitude.  What are the odds that a guy finally figures it out at 36 year old and becomes a star?  Probably about the same that he…

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April 5, 2017 Game Chat

April 5, 2017

Lineup: Pos Padres Pos Dodgers CF Margot LF Toles (L) 1B Myers SS Seager (L) 2B Solarte (S) 3B Turner RF Renfroe 1B Gonzalez (L) 3B Schimpf (L) 2B Forsythe C Hedges CF Pederson (L) SS Aybar (S) C Grandal (S) P Cahill RF Puig LF Jankowski (L) P Hill (L) Game Notes

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DODGERS AND “THE ARM”

April 5, 2017

Disclaimer: This post is by DodgerRick.  The opinions in this post are not necessarily those of Mark Timmons (it was fun to say that).  However, you have to consider what he says.  It is well-reasoned and thoughtful. Enjoy and praise him if you want more.  Here’s Rick: I am a skeptic when it comes to the current age of the tissue-paper arm. Baseball babies pitchers like never before but there are more…

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April 4, 2017 Game Chat

April 4, 2017

I am going to try something new and it’s up to you if it continues.  Maybe you want it… maybe you don’t. The ball is in your court. This is the place to talk about the game… Starting Lineups: Pos Padres Pos Dodgers LF Jankowski (L) 2B Forsythe CF Margot SS Seager (L) 1B Myers 3B Turner 2B Solarte (S) LF Gutierrez 3B Schimpf (L) RF Puig RF Renfroe 1B…

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It’s a Start!

April 4, 2017

Anytime the season starts with a Giant loss, especially a fantastic bullpen meltdown and a Dodger win, It’s all good! Obviously, there is a long way to go, but you might as well get off to a good start against the AAAA Little Sisters of the Poor.  I think Clayton Kershaw makes more than the whole team… and it’s easy to see why! Seven straight Opening Day wins! Joc Pederson…

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World Series or Bust!

April 3, 2017

A few years ago, a blog called The Post Game was published with the picture I just posted on the cover page.  There is no photo credit, but they evidently photoshopped it, so kudos to them. I hope they don’t mind my using it.  In the article they quoted Clayton Kershaw: “It’s funny that’s a headline story — World Series or bust,” Kershaw told ThePostGame. “I feel like every team…

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The Tuneup is Over – It’s Time to Play Ball!

April 2, 2017

Opening Day for Baseball Season is today!  The Dodger have their opening day on Monday and it looks like they are firing on all cylinders.  Corey Seager could get out of bed and single on the way to the bathroom. I have just a few thoughts about the approach of the season: The Dodgers may not need a Brad Brach – before the season is over Yasiel Sierra could be…

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How Do YOU Judge Trades?

March 31, 2017

Well the Freeway Series has started and this gives FAZ one more chance to scout and decide if they want to pull the trigger on a Caleb Ferguson/Mitchell Hanson trade for Mike Trout.   Sure it is silly and extreme, but it is only slightly more silly than some of the Cole Hamels trade proposals I read.   It’s easy to sit back and look at results and say that was a…

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State of the Dodgers Through Different Prisms

March 30, 2017

While I love to read Dodgerrick’s comments, I think that he and I look at the state of the Dodgers in different prisms, but he asked some questions earlier that got me to thinking.  While I may have initially taken exception to the tone (my perception, not his intent) of the questions, they are nonetheless legitimate and fair. Anyone betting on which starting pitcher goes on the DL 1st?  Now…

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Barnes Loses It!

March 28, 2017

I AM POSTING THIS EARLY because I leave for Florida at 5 AM Wednesday Morning and won’t be back be back until Monday.  Hopefully Always Compete can keep you entertained – I’ll try and get a few in, but we have rented a 6 bedroom condo for the family Spring Break. Cheers! Here’s the IMPORTANT STUFF, the way I see it: Bobby Wilson hit a 2-out 2-run HR (his 4th of the pre-season)…

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