Anything But Conventional

June 17, 2018

Just to clarify – yesterday I did not say that Stripling was the Dodger’s Ace… yet!  Just that he could be by the end of the season and a lot of that depends upon how he pitches the rest of the way.  Unlike Alex Wood who was  often hitting 97 MPH early in the season last year, which was totally unsustainable for him, Strip is usually 92-94 MPH with an…

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Just Win Baby!

June 14, 2018

One day, it’s 12 runs, the next day it’s 3.  It can be pretty. It can be ugly and it can be pretty ugly! It’s just about doing the little things necessary to win… like Kike Hernandez acting like a ballerina around a bat and a catcher.  Just win, Baby – that’s all! I thought Yasmani ended it in the 9th – that’s as far as you can hit the…

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

June 12, 2018

That’s what “THEY” say.  “THEY” always say stuff like that.  Who is “THEY?  They must make the big bucks… Since Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi (FAZ) took over the Dodgers, they have shown nothing if not patience.  Depending upon the day, Dodger fans have wanted to demote, trade or get rid of Max Muncy, Logan Forsythe, Cody Bellinger, Chase Utley (well he is on the DL), Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp,…

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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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Eyes Wide Open

June 7, 2018

In the first 45 days of the season, the NL West could have buried the Dodgers, but they didn’t… and then the Dodgers went 15-5 in their last 20 games, so they are right back in it.  You can call them “lucky” for what they have done in the past 20 games… and you might be right, but they were about as unlucky as you can get before that.  This…

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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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Shakeup in the NL West

May 23, 2018

Some people will say “Wow.  The Dodgers have only won one of their last two games and they are six games under .500. OMG! The sky is falling.  The world is ending.  The Dodgers suck!” I say: “The Dodgers have won five out of their last six games and are now only 4.5 games behind the first place Rockies.” I can’t tell you how to feel. I just know that…

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Here’s One To Think About

May 17, 2018

Kenley Jansen and Scott Alexander appear to be “fixed.” That bodes well for the bullpen, but I would still like to see more help there.  Of course, I have always made no bones about wanting Raisel Iglesias.  Let’s take it a step farther.  Cody Bellinger is a great 1B, but what if the Dodgers had another 1B who could play the position as well and also hit? I have no…

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The Dodgers Two Best Players

May 15, 2018

In order understand what a complete, unmitigated disaster this 2018 Dodger team is, it helps to look at who their best players have been so far this year.  Unquestionably the two players who have carried the Dodgers to what little success they have had in 2018 are Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal.  What is ironic is that most Dodger fans wanted Grandal gone and Kemp was not even supposed to…

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Too Little, Too Late?

May 13, 2018

Can the Dodgers Win The World Series? Well, stranger things have happened but to me it seems highly unlikely.  In fact, I think it’s close to impossible. So, do the Dodgers just play as hard as they can and go as far as they can? That sounds easy, but when your stated goal is World Series or Bust before the season, it might be pretty hard to really get yourself…

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