The Bullpen is a Symptom, Not the Disease

August 12, 2018

That the Dodgers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory  is obvious.  However, the implosion of the bullpen (Chaggy in particular) is a symptom, not the disease.  The symptom manifests itself when the disease is active.  The disease is “FailureToScoreRunsItis.”  Last night, Dodger hitters left 12 runners stranded (combined).  At the trade deadline, FAZ acquired two of the biggest bats on the market in Machado and Dozier.  Add in a…

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Which One Doesn’t Belong?

August 11, 2018

I can’t complain about the pitching changes last night.  It all boils down to Rosscup not doing his job on lefties.  Some will complain about taking Maeda out and they will be the same ones who complained when they left him in.  Rosscup doesn’t belong.  Axford looked like he does.  His first outing was horrid (the worst of his career), but he overcame another Joc Pederson outfield gaffe to shut…

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Back in First Place!

August 8, 2018

Except for bad pitch selection (4 fastballs) to his last batter, Rich Hill was again terrific.  No blisters = a very good pitcher. This is the pitcher the Dodgers are paying for and if he keeps it up, he’s a bargain!  Blisters have been his kyrptonite! The bullpen was very good again:  Floro, Alexander, Chargois and Jansen handled a hot A’s team. Oakland has the 4th best bullpen ERA in…

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Any More Changes or Stand Pat

July 29, 2018

Yesterday Mark made a good argument as to why the Dodgers might want to stand pat. Today I would like to make an argument as to why the Dodgers should consider another move or two. I understand the thought that with how the Dodgers are built right now they can compete and win the NL West.  I understand why many believe the team should stay as is and let the team…

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AC Rant – Can the Dodgers Do A 1988 Repeat?

June 29, 2018

In the last thread, Tylerdurden31 stated that “If it clear we are one if the best five NL teams. We could be the best right now (even after an abysmal start). Between now and October we will experiment, test, and look for new ways to get production. Occasional failures like today must be tolerated in order to locate the growth potential in our roster. Win games? That’s last year. This…

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Flavor of the Week

June 26, 2018

Injury News Julio Urias, who has only been throwing off a mound for a few days, hit 88 MPH on the gun yesterday.  He is set to thow a couple more bullpen sessions this week and hopes to pitch soon.  The Dodgers are very encouraged.  I would expect to see him pitching out of the pen this year.  After hitting 88 so quickly, I would think he can find another…

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Fergie Is Awesome!

June 24, 2018

I’ve always like Fergie Duhamel, back to when she was originally with Wild Orchid, and now she does her own music. In High School, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student, spelling bee champion, and a Girl Scout. She’s just the All-American Girl. However, her rendition of The National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game was a low point.   But who can forget her in this song by the Black Eyed Peas? So, Fergie is…

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Bear Claws & Pay Grades

June 23, 2018

I have been making trade proposals for over 40 years now… and to date, I have never been right.  I was close a very few times, so I keep it up knowing that even blind squirrels occasionally find nuts.  Have you ever noticed how skinny blind squirrels are?  However, I digress….Yesterday, Always Compete (AC) wrote this in response to my trade proposal for Manny Machado: If you want to get…

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What Comes Next For The Dodgers

June 9, 2018

  Editorial Note – I wrote this before the Buehler injury. The 2018 Amateur Draft is now over.  All that is left is the signing of the draft picks.  The Dodgers did not select a high school player in Round 11 indicating to me that they expect the top 10 to be close to the bonus pool + 5%.  There will be some savings with picks #9 and #10 as…

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Joc’s Work is Done Here

May 25, 2018

The photo is Justin Turner saying “It’s been nice knowing you, Joc.” In case you have been living under a rock, Joc Pederson is very polarizing to fans. People love him or hate him. With his new swing, he has cut down his strikeouts as well as most of his his power. He will not hit HR with that swing. No way, Jose! He’s an OK outfielder, not a centerfielder…

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