Do You Think The Dodgers Still Want To Trade Kemp?

May 26, 2018

So far, this year, Matt Kemp is the Dodger’s MVP!  That’s quite a redemption for a player nobody wanted… who was supposed to just be a salary dump. Not many people even  expected him to make the team this season.  If the Dodgers couldn’t trade him (they couldn’t), it was expected that he would be DFA’ed (he wasn’t). I expected it and ever predicted it, not because I am clairevoyant,…

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Rant & Rave Sunday

May 19, 2018

I am headed to LA at 6:00 AM Sunday.  I will be staying at the Sheraton in San Gabriel until Thursday. I’ll be at the Ravine Monday and Tuesday.  The Dodgers are giving the wife and I the Grand Tour Monday at 4 PM.  I am very much looking forward to it. I’ll be looking for you… E-mail me.  mark@uswatersystems.com The lead in the NL West is shrinking! Rich Hill…

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Here’s One To Think About

May 17, 2018

Kenley Jansen and Scott Alexander appear to be “fixed.” That bodes well for the bullpen, but I would still like to see more help there.  Of course, I have always made no bones about wanting Raisel Iglesias.  Let’s take it a step farther.  Cody Bellinger is a great 1B, but what if the Dodgers had another 1B who could play the position as well and also hit? I have no…

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Did The Dodgers Turn The Page??

May 10, 2018

It was actually an encouraging game for the Dodgers as a team. CT3 got on base on 4 of his plate appearances.  Plus he actually got a stolen base.  Puig had a 3 hit night.  The Dodgers actually got a sac fly.   After the third inning they stopped chasing Corbin’s slider and worked him to where he was gone after 5.  Baez is proving to be a good low leverage…

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There Are No More Excuses For Anyone!

May 9, 2018

… and that includes Dave Roberts. Last night was a classic example of what is wrong with the Dodgers.  Trailing all of the game, in ther bottom of the 9th inning, the Dodgers Kike Hernandez homers off a RH pitcher (Write that down, Doc-a RH pitcher) to tie the game.  Chris Taylor quickly strikes out and Alex “I am screaming to be sent back to AAA” Verdugo meekly grounds out. …

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Next Man Up! It’s That Simple

April 30, 2018

As if Dodger fans were not outraged enough by losing 3 out of 4 to the Giants and the team being three games under .500, today we find out that Corey Seager needs Tommy John Surgery.  Of course, over the past few days FAZ has been skewered for just about every imaginable and unimaginable mistake they have ever made – real or concocted.  Almost everyone is saying that the Dodgers…

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Sometimes the Best Moves are the Ones You Never Make

April 29, 2018

Yesterday, these were no wholesale changes on the Dodgers’ roster.  Who the hell predicted that anyway?  What a moron!  No names will be mentioned to protect the guilty.  Never speak of this again! The first game of the doubleheader allowed the Dodger bats to break out against the Giants with 15 runs, as the Dodgers won 15-6. The Giants came back and won game 2 by a 8-3 score, even…

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Kershaw’s Greatest Strength is His Greatest Weakness

April 21, 2018

I have talked about this before and I will keep talking until someone convinces Clayton Kershaw that change is good.  Clayton is still an elite pitcher… maybe the best pitcher in baseball… especially if he would not be so predictable. Hitters know he wants that first pitch strike and they are ready – especially in the Playoffs. Washington was jumping on his first pitch in the first inning and most…

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Reliever Statistics and Minor League Report

April 19, 2018

With all of the statistics discussion yesterday, and much of it directed to relief pitching, I thought that I would gather some Dodger relief pitching comparisons, keying on inherited runners and inherited runners scored. See table below.  With the recall of Adam Liberatore, the Dodgers have now used 10 relief pitchers.  6 of those relief pitchers have entered into the games and have inherited runners.  On 13 different occasions, 20…

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What Will FAZ Do???

April 16, 2018

This will be somewhat unusual for me, as generally I am an extremely unapologetic pro-FAZ supporter, and I still am.  But to critically examine any operation, personal biases need to be thrown out, even when it comes to the Dodgers.   Sports team owners do not get into the game for short term profits.  The big profits come when the team is sold.  For the Dodgers, the ownership group has…

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