Life Without Clayton Kershaw

July 24, 2017

Really, it’s not gloom and doom! Last year, when Clayton had the herniated disk, everyone wondered what the team would do.  It turns out that Kershaw’s injury galvanized them and others stepped up to fill the void.  Not only did they not miss a beat, but they thrived.  I, for one, do not expect the same thing to happen this year, although I believe there is no reason to panic….

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The Second Coming of ChrisT

July 23, 2017

When the Dodgers traded Zach Lee to the Mariners for Chris Taylor, my first reaction was: He’s a backup SS – OK, but not great. He’s a utility guy who is a junkyard dog. Chris Taylor is a baseball rat! He’s an over-achieving utilityman. That means I like him. A couple of days later, I wrote: The more I read about him the more I think Chris Taylor is EXACTLY…

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Getting Ready for the Stretch Run – A Look at the Pitching

July 16, 2017

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Dodgers will be in the playoffs.  The Dodgers are now 9.5 games ahead of the D-Bags and 11.5 games ahead of the Rookies.  Neither team has the depth to come back.  However, right about now we should ask the question as to “Which players will play a role in that stretch run“?  If you look at the pitchers, it’s pretty clear that Romo,…

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Midseason Dodger Prospect Report

July 13, 2017

Baseball America just released their Midseason Prospect Report and most notably, Cody Bellinger is no longer a prospect.  Go figure – I guess hitting 25 HR for the Dodgers does bad things to your prospect status. This time, the Dodgers have only four prospects in the Top 100. Willie Calhoun jumped from #92 to #73 – That’s what happens when you hit those long-balls. Yadier Alvarez dropped from #26 to…

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I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In

July 10, 2017

So, the Dodgers currently own the best record in baseball at 61-29, which is a .678 winning percentage.  With 72 games left, they could go 30-42 and still likely make the playoffs with 91 wins.  If they just play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will end up with 97 wins which would be absurd (playing .500 ball and winning 97 games).  If they keep up their current…

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The Dee Gordon Trade Revisited

June 26, 2017

I’d Rather Have Austin Barnes at 2B Than Dee Gordon… as long as I have Kike Hernandez as one of the best supersubs in baseball. The Dodgers got a nice return for their former second baseman.  That is notwithstanding the obvious fact that Chris Hatcher has been a huge disappointment.  In case you forget, the trade was Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Hatcher, Hernandez, Barnes…

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Next Man Up!

June 24, 2017

… and the next men are Trevor Oaks, Brock Stewart and Walker Buehler.  Oaks is a back-of-the-rotation starter who is likely ready now while Buehler is a top-of-the-rotation guy who might be ready in 2018, but won’t ever be a workhorse (welcome to the new MLB).  Stewart could be a a middle-to-back of the rotation guy or an elite reliever.  Time will tell. Mitch White and Yadier Alvarez are due…

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Brandon and Brock

June 21, 2017

In a game which saw Brandon McCarthy drop his ERA to 2.87 and the Dodgers score 12 runs, Brock Stewart quietly showed why he could be a very valuable piece in the Dodger bullpen.  The bullpen is his role… at least this year.  I think he can be a starter in the future, but his exceptional control (1.4 walks per 9 innings in 2016), and arsenal of pitches makes him…

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The Dodgers Need Rich Hill

June 16, 2017

… which is precisely why they will keep rolling him out there.  His mechanics and release points are all all over place, but he has figured it out before and I believe he will do it again.  He has struggled mightily with his control as he was shut-down and then activated and shut-down again and re-activated due to blisters.  It appears that the blisters are gone, but if he is…

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Bellingerized!

June 14, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are witnessing history! Cody Bellinger is one of those  rare talents who come around to a team, once in a lifetime.  The thing is, the Dodgers have three of those talents… maybe four.  Some of you are going to say “Yeah, but his batting average is only .261.”  Yeah, and your momma wears army boots! This kid is the real deal, just like Clayton, Corey and…

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