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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The Big Picture

April 28, 2017

I’m a “Big Picture” guy. I am not very involved in the Day-to-Day aspects of my real business (except as necessary), but am focused on “the Big Picture.”  I was intimately involved in building the business for 15 years, but growth demanded that I become the “visionary,” and not the “Day-to-Day” Manager.  Besides, I am not nearly as good at the day-to-day stuff anyway.  So, here’s the way I work:…

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Wood Hammers Giants and Nails Start

April 27, 2017

Alex Wood is certainly making a case to stay in the rotation.  6 innings, 77 pitcher and 1 hit makes an excellent case for Alex.  If Maeda struggles on Friday, I would have Alex stay in the rotation. He was very impressive last night.  His pitch count is up to almost 80 and he can build on that.  I was impressed about Wood and depressed about the next guy I…

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The State of the Union… ‘er Rotation

April 25, 2017

Hyun-Jin Ryu looked much better last night as he pitched much differently than the power pitcher he used to be.  The curve and changeup are his “go to” pitches with the fastball in the 89-90 MPH range and an occasional 91-92 MPH just for effect.  He can be effective when pitching like this, but there is little margin for error.  The way I see it, he is our Number 5….

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Starting Pitching is Overvalued…

April 24, 2017

Which doesn’t mean it is not valuable.  It’s just not worth the price. I can relate.  I drive a 2013 Ford F-150 XLT Supercab.  I could have bought the Platinum Series but it was $22,000 more and I thought that was overvalued, so I just drive the standard model.  Well it does have the twin-turbo 375 HP engine, so there is that.  But, it doesn’t have butt warmers and leather…

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I Still Believe!

April 23, 2017

The Dodgers will win the NL West and go on the the World Series.  Some of you have already judged this team as lacking and are ready to throw in the towel and the baby and the bathwater!  NOT SO FAST! In case you haven’t heard, the season is 162 games long – that means there are 144 games left.  You can think what you want… and you will… but…

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Two Week Takeaways

April 17, 2017

I said “Two Week” not “Too Weak” Takeaways! Yes, I know we lost yesterday… Yawn! I have a hunch we will lose again this year. Yasiel Puig is starting to make me believe he is getting serious about this game.  He is more focused than I have ever seen.  It would have been nice to see him homer in the 9th, but this is reality.  I’ll take .326/ 4 HR/11…

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It’s Too Early to Panic, But…

April 14, 2017

Those junkyard dogs were nowhere to be found yesterday! The Dodgers front office under Andrew Friedman has been linked to numerous players over the time he has been in charge.  Cole Hamels, David Price, Aroldis Chapman, Ryan Braun and others have all allegedly been the subject of trade talks with FAZ, but no one pulled the trigger, although Chapman almost happened.  If we are to believe the Fish Hacks, Ryan Braun…

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Pure Junkyard Dogism!

April 13, 2017

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs on World Series Ring Night!  SWEET!!!!  I think the team decided they had seen too much partying by the Cubs at their expense. This team wants rings of their own and knows they have to take it and they took it last night.  Yeah, they are Junkyard Dogs. If Chase Utley just hits .200 he is worth it.  Did you see him score from 1st…

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Would You Like Fries With That?

April 12, 2017

I thought it might be time to play a little Ketchup… ‘er catch up! I’ve said it before and I will say it again:  Make no mistake about it, Julio Urias is the real deal.  The Dodgers will continue to use him sparingly at OKC and likely call him up in early May – they are neither confirm nor deny that, but I am pretty sure that’s what will happen….

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