No Game Thursday Rants and Raves

June 21, 2018

Willie Calhoun has regressed immensely since the trdae to Texas. He is hitting .276 with a .321 OB% with just 6 HR in 300 Plate Appearances.  Everyone knew he couldn’t field – now it appears he can’t hit. Some former Dodger prospects are showing their worth:  Andrew Heaney and Zach Eflin are OK starting pitchers. Victor Arano is pitching well in relief for the Phillies. Scott Schebler is having a…

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FAZ and Trade Deadlines

June 18, 2018

There have been a lot of speculative discussions on a potential trade for Baltimore SS Manny Machado. Bumsrap referred to a May 4, 2018 article from an Orioles fan’s point of view.  If I am going to trade for a rental, it can only include players that are replaceable by others in the organization.  Alex Verdugo, Mitchell White, and Jeren Kendall are all replaceable, but not Gavin Lux.  If the Orioles…

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2018 MLB Amateur Draft Preview for Dodgers By AC/DC

June 4, 2018

2018 MLB Amateur Draft Preview for Dodgers By Always Compete The 2018 MLB Amateur Draft begins on Monday June 4, and continues through Wednesday June 6.  Rounds 1 and 2 will be completed on Monday; Rounds 3-10 will be completed on Tuesday; Rounds 11-40 will be completed on Wednesday.  If you believe the organization has multiple good but not great prospects, this year’s draft does not figure to turn things…

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First Week Observations

April 6, 2018

Some first week observations:  It is obvious that the Dodgers offense misses JT; the one clutch hitter in the lineup.  The only offense thus far is Yasmani Grandal.  Without any concrete evidence, it is my opinion that the Owings HR off of Jansen with two outs in the 9th on the Monday game against the DBacks had a negative impact on the Tuesday and Wednesday games.   The Dodgers have…

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Rant and Rave Saturday

March 10, 2018

Kenta Maeda appears close to mastering a changeup, which could help him pitch deeper into games.  We will see. Kenley Jansen did not make his appearance yesterday due to a tight hamstring.  Hopefully it’s just tight and not pulled. The Dodgers have 18 players OPS’ing 1.000 or more.  That’s sick!  Kyle Farmer leads the way at 1.579. Toles and Verdugo have shown they belong although Verdugo wil likely go to…

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I Am So Happy Darvish is Not a Dodger!

February 10, 2018

I was never a fan of Yu Darvish… until he became a Dodger.  Then, I rooted for him. To me he screamed “underachiever!” OK, maybe I am wrong, but I think that a professional pitcher north of 30 should understand what “tipping pitches” is and should be savvy enough not to do it.  Yet, Darvish tipped his pitches or just plain chocked!  Well, tipping pitches is choking too, so there’s…

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FAZ and Unpredictability

November 28, 2017

Anyone who really believes they know what the Master Plan is could be delusional.  One thing I have learned is that one never knows in what direction FAZ goes.  Did anyone truly believe that FAZ would have signed all three 2016 FA?  Most did not even think Hill was a consideration, and that FAZ would only sign one of Jansen and Turner.  I thought that Turner would come back (LA…

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Return on Investment – Risk vs. Reward

November 7, 2017

Many have posited (including me) that the depth the Dodgers have generated were critical in their march to 104 wins. I have also written that the depth needs to be pruned at times so that the organization will continue to grow by clearing the way for new prospects or ML 25 man roster help.  That is why I had no problem with sending Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas…

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Just Another Middle Infield Prospect – Errol Robinson

August 5, 2017

Last Monday when the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish, Tony Watson, and Tony Cingrani, the Dodgers traded four players from their top 30 prospect list; Willie Calhoun, Brendon Davis, AJ Alexy, and Oneil Cruz.  That opened the door for four new members of the Dodgers top 30.  Jacob Rhame returned to the top 30 and #is now listed at #28.  Three new members of the top 30 are: #27         Cristian Santana…

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And the Beat Goes on…

August 2, 2017

This is almost getting silly.  Are these guys even capable of losing, let alone a losing streak?  If they just win 2out of the next 4 games they will surpass that impossible streak of 42-8 when Puig first flew in. We could look at what the playoff rosters might look like, but it’s way too early.  I have a feeling there will be a few twists.  Will Watson pitch like…

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