Rant and Rave Friday

April 7, 2017

So Adrian Gonzalez is still having issues with his elbow.  How much?  We do not know.  It has sapped his power but the silver lining is that it is forcing him to go the other way and that may be a blessing in disguise.  At this stage of his career, I like him at #5 or #6, but the Dodgers currently don’t have a true cleanup hitter.  More about that…

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April 6, 2017 Game Chat

April 6, 2017

Todays’ Lineups Pos San Diego Padres Pos LA Dodgers LF 1.  Jankowski (L) LF 1.  Toles (L) CF 2.  Margot SS 2.  Seager (L) 1B 3.  Myers 3B 3.  Forsythe 2B 4.  Solarte (S) 1B 4.  Gonzalez (L) 3B 5.  Schimpf (L) CF 5.  Pederson (L) RF 6.  Renfroe 2B 6.  Utley (L) C 7.  Sanchez (S) RF 7.  Puig SS 8.  Aybar (S) C 8.  Barnes P 9.  Weaver…

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Over the Hill and Through the Woods

April 6, 2017

Evidently Rich Hill doesn’t flourish in Spring Training, and while he was not in mid-season form last night, he was pretty good.  Five innings was enough – let him go six his next start.  You have to love this guy’s story, determination and never-say-die attitude.  What are the odds that a guy finally figures it out at 36 year old and becomes a star?  Probably about the same that he…

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World Series or Bust!

April 3, 2017

A few years ago, a blog called The Post Game was published with the picture I just posted on the cover page.  There is no photo credit, but they evidently photoshopped it, so kudos to them. I hope they don’t mind my using it.  In the article they quoted Clayton Kershaw: “It’s funny that’s a headline story — World Series or bust,” Kershaw told ThePostGame. “I feel like every team…

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The Tuneup is Over – It’s Time to Play Ball!

April 2, 2017

Opening Day for Baseball Season is today!  The Dodger have their opening day on Monday and it looks like they are firing on all cylinders.  Corey Seager could get out of bed and single on the way to the bathroom. I have just a few thoughts about the approach of the season: The Dodgers may not need a Brad Brach – before the season is over Yasiel Sierra could be…

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State of the Dodgers Through Different Prisms

March 30, 2017

While I love to read Dodgerrick’s comments, I think that he and I look at the state of the Dodgers in different prisms, but he asked some questions earlier that got me to thinking.  While I may have initially taken exception to the tone (my perception, not his intent) of the questions, they are nonetheless legitimate and fair. Anyone betting on which starting pitcher goes on the DL 1st?  Now…

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Watch and Learn

March 24, 2017

In last years’ amateur draft, the Dodgers took Mitchell White in the second round from Santa Clara University.  This prompted a response from a Dodger fan who said that they lived near Santa Clara, California and “had never even heard of Mitchell White.”  The purpose of this post in not to ridicule that person, but rather to emphasize that Andrew Friedman and his gang know a hell of lot more…

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Willie or Won’t he Calhoun?

March 22, 2017

Willie Calhoun is a very polarizing figure – you meet him you immediately like him!  You watch him hit – you love him.  You watch him run and you wonder, and you watch him field and you become nauseous.  Any manager would love to have his bat but very few could tolerate his fielding. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi have shown repeatedly that they value defense.  I challenge any sane…

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Some Players Are Not Going to be Happy

March 19, 2017

The 2017 version of the LA Dodgers has nearly 40 players who have shown that they deserve to be on the Opening Day Roster, but many won’t.  I am not going to include Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo or Cody Bellinger because they will be ready soon enough, but I am talking about players who have demonstrated that they belong on the big league roster.  I am not even considering Charlie…

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Clowns to the Left of Me…

March 17, 2017

Jokers to the right; Here I am – stuck in the middle with you. Clowns: Scott Kazmir threw a 5-inning simulated game on Thursday and said he felt better.  The only problem was that his fastball was at 82-84 which is 10 to 12 MPH off of what it should be.  Of course, if he is pitching in pony league, he should do well.  I don’t think he’s going to…

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