Dodger Chatter: Dodgers Pick Off John Rooney

Left-hander John Rooney made his third appearance of the 2018 season on Monday night, the first in the Class A Midwest League.

Rooney was a bit surprisingly selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

The 6’5”/235-pound native of Melrose, New York attended  Hoosie Valley High School in Schaghticoke where he posted a 35-0 win-loss record. That is not a typo.

Following graduation he headed off to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. His first two seasons with the Pride were rather pedestrian. However, in his junior year he definitely caught the attention of the college baseball nation. He went 8-2 with a 1.23 ERA along 108 strikeouts in 95 innings over 13 starts in 2018. He threw three complete games and two solo shutouts, while holding opposing batters to a .166 average. His ERA topped the Division I Colonial Athletic Association  and ranked second in the nation.

His 2018 college season was rewarded  by a Second Team All-America selection by Baseball America and a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Third Team All-America selection as well as being named the CAA Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, he was named a semifinalist for  the Baseball Golden Spikes Award. which is presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. California Golden Bears junior Andrew Vaughn was named the 2018 Golden Spikes Award winner on June 28.

As mentioned John Rooney might have been a bit of a surprise as a third round selection but not to those around  him, including himself. The big left-hander  was simply following a dream.

“You dream your whole life to play for a big-league organization and to get that chance to play the game you love on the professional level,” he said. “I’m that guy from a small upstate area that Hofstra believed could compete in Division I. And having the opportunity to learn from a great pitching coach for the last three years really helped me develop into a prospect.”

His coach at Hofstra spoke to Rooney’s character.

“I am very excited for John and his family,” said Hofstra Coach John Russo. “John is a special player and an outstanding person. He is extremely coachable, improved every year at Hofstra and is ready to show what he can do at the next level. I look forward to following his progress with the Dodgers.”

Billy Gasparino,  the Director of Amateur Scouting was unusually succinct in his assessment of Rooney.

He  said he liked Rooney’s “pitchability and deception, with the stuff to go with it.”

Scouting reports go into a bit more detail than Billy Gasparino.

Axcess Baseball Scouting Report:

He has an extremely smooth and repeatable delivery, reminiscent of former Major Leaguer Jeff Francis. He begins his windup with his hands held high covering his face. He takes a big step back as he enters his delivery.  He lands slightly closed which makes him deathly on left-handed hitters and forces righties to get on top of the plate to neutralize his natural tail. Additionally, he has a very long arm circle similar to Madison Bumgarner. This adds even more deception, hitters would much rather prefer a traditional look from the pitcher.

Baseball America

Rooney’s fastball can reach 93 mph and he also throws an above-average slider that comes across in the low to mid-80s. He does well throwing both pitches for strikes and shows at least average control.

It’s hard to argue with Rooney’s results as a junior, so if a team believes in his ability to find an average third pitch he could go off the board higher than his ranking suggests.

MLB Pipeline

The 6-foot-5 left-hander has really come into his own as Hofstra’s Friday night starter this spring, using a three-pitch mix to carve up opponents in the Colonial Athletic Association. He’ll throw his fastball in the 87-93 mph range, using his size well to create good downhill plane. His slider flashes plus with good bite, a pitch that has improved over time, even from his stint in the Cape Cod League last summer until now. He’ll effectively mix in an average changeup with some fade as well, and he’s thrown all three pitches for strikes.

Rooney made his professional debut with the Arizona League Dodgers on June 21st pitching two scoreless innings on one base hit and one hit batter. He struck out four and picked off both runners allowed at gain first base.

He pitched three scoreless innings in his second AZL appearance allowing one hit and walking one batter. As Yogi would say, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”, as Rooney again picked off both runners he had allowed to get to base. He struck out three.

On Monday evening John Rooney took the mound for the Loons against the Lake County Captains on a three inning or 50-pitch count. The three innings came first with only 35 pitches thrown, 20 of them strikes. During his three innings of work  he induced five ground balls, walked one hitter, gave up a single and struck out none, yet he faced the minimum of nine Captains. Both Lake County hitters to reach base were promptly picked off first base.

Perhaps his opponents haven’t read his college resume in which it is noted that he picked off 17 base runners in his junior year at Hofstra.

During the game Loons play-by-play announcer indicated that Rooney, even though he is 6’5’’ tall, has good sink on his pitches and he pounds the lower part of the strike zone.

The Loons on the evening were once again locked in a pitcher’s battle going to the eighth inning with a scoreless tie and breaking up the no-hitter with a Drew Avans single in the seventh inning. To that point Captains starter Jean Meija had struck out 10 Loons.

In the eighth inning the Loons broke the tie on a Deacon Liput sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. They  tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning on a Romer Cuadrado double.

On the mound left-handers Bryan Warzek and right-hander Sven Schueller followed Rooney allowing no runs. Warzek struck out six of the 10 hitters he faced. Twenty-five year old left-hander Darien Nunez pitched the final two innings wiggling out of a jam in the ninth with the aid of a runner being hit by a batted ball. Schueller was credited with the 3-0 win.

To recap, to date in his professional career John Rooney has allowed six runners to reach first base.He has picked off all six.

Photo Credit: Hofstra Athletics

This article has 134 Comments

  1. I have lost a lot of respect for The Astros as an organization. I feel that you should be treated as innocent until proven guilty, but unless that video is a fake, this is not good. FAZ would not have signed or traded for him and I respect that.

  2. maybe Rooney should be our leftie out of the pen for the playoffs, especially if there’s guys on base!

    1. With Urias and Rooney, base runners are going to park near the base and still get picked.

  3. The Jeff Francis comparison at first is not all that inspiring, but when you consider Jeff had an 11 year career, albeit not one where he dominated, that is not a bad return for a 3rd round pick. Maybe his long arm circle comparison to Bumgarner will be closer to his Dodgers career. I was excited when the Dodgers selected him. He is a typical Gasparino type pick, under the radar.
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    The Loons have been getting some outstanding pitching the second half. Since July (27 games), the Loons pitchers have thrown 5 shutouts, and held the opponent to 1 run in 6 other games. I think this is a tribute to pitching coach Bobby Cuellar. Cuellar was part of that 2016 Midwest League Championship Team. Cuellar had a big impact on Dennis Santana, Caleb Ferguson, and Leo Crawford. He was the initial professional coaching contact for Mitchell White and Walker Buehler. He was also the one coach where Yadier Alvarez last stood out.

    1. Rooney picked off both last night before making a pitch to the plate.
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      AC – don’t look now but the Loons who at last count were without a heartbeat, now have a chance to win a second half play-off berth at five games out and are 6-2 in their last eight. Just took 3 of 4 from the Lake County Captains who lead the league in home runs. Have won 10 of 13 on the road in July including today’s game.
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      As you mentioned the Loons have gotten some very good pitching in the second half and now Rooney added – Uceta, Tavarez, Carrillo, Jimenez. Relievers stepping up – Kolek, Hemmerick, Bryan Warzek (maybe LH Marshall Kasowski). Austin Drury who has survived Ogden just added and a nice Loons debut this afternoon. – one hit, one walk, two K’s in two innings relieving Carrillo and picking up the 3-2 win. Also good work by RH Jasiel Alvino who is Pedro Baez slow to the plate with a good 2-inning save this afternoon.
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      One of my favorites, Dan Jagiello, moved from the Loons to the Quakes yesterday. A 34th round selection in 2017 available for the Quakes tonight. (Throw strikes Dan.) His replacement Drury is a 2018 34th round pick.
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      Loons come home for 16 of the next 19 games but they have been a better road team this year. Time to change that.
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      Keep an eye on shortstop Deacon Liput who had two home runs today. He was the 10th selection in 2018. He comes to play.

  4. DC-this is outstanding prospect content. Thank you for the read. I like the guy already.

  5. Thanks for the write up. Someone to keep an eye on.

    6 base runners and 6 pick offs, kinda cool

  6. Dbacks get Ziegler. Since June he has been pretty much unhittable. Their bullpen just got stronger.

  7. On Urias: Remember, Young Julio did not get Tommy John surgery where you want to amke sure the ligament is healed and fused together.

    He had his anterior capsule cleaned up and the biggest problem with that is shoulder impingement from scar tissue. Having hit 94 MPH last night, I would say that is not a problem. He will probably hit 95 or 96 in the next two weeks. If he does, look for him Mid-August! He’s on his way!

  8. Three hours to go. Nl is wide open. We already made our biggest move. Waiting on cubs and Milwaukee to step up. Nl west teams likely trying to block each other. Watch out for philly. In the al cleveland pushes chips all-in. The story of the playoffs will be the four superteams of the al and the potential party crashers in the nl. Meanwhile the mariners and a’s lurk close by. Pittsburgh and washington still hanging around. Stl and sf buh-bye. We only need to worry about ourselves. Let’s keep the prime prospects so we can be here every year. No one player would tip the balance. Even degrom.

  9. Agree with all that, except the last two words.
    I think Jake MIGHT tip it. Ds, so far, like last year,
    lack that dominant post-season starter.

  10. This team needs offense too. RISP hitting is terrible just hoping a healthy JT and Machado can carry this thing over the finish line.

    Cody’s bat has disappeared and CT3 strikes out way too much and Muncy looks mortal after all.

    Hurry back JT!

  11. The DBacks traded 24 year old 6′ 5″ RHRP Tommy Eveld in the Ziegler trade. This was a win now trade. Eveld shows enough promise that he can be an outstanding reliever maybe by next year. His numbers compare favorably to Marshall Kasowski.
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    DBacks now have a back of the game relief corps of Ziegler/Boxberger/Bradlry/Hirano. Not quite at the level of NYY but getting close.

    1. Bradley looked dynamite in 8th against Cubs last week. Few pitches and a DP
      to end the inning. Always been my bias that a guy who’s telling you he’s on is
      worth more, in MOST contexts, than your ordinary ninth inning robot who
      may be, and may not…
      Lovullo (sp?) does the robot thing. B-berger looks uncomfortable warming up
      (maybe he always does; haven’t seen him enough). They flash his numbers –
      again, very ordinary closer.

      Kid second baseman takes him deep for two runs. Lovullo leaves him in for a
      towering job to right center by Rizzo. The Baseball Bible for Robot managers.
      Gotta go to my closer; can’t have anyone to replace him if he’s showing me he’s
      not on. (Rationale – I can’t give him any sign I don’t have confidence in him.
      Old Guy’s reply: if he’s not mentally strong enough to withstand someone else
      warming in the pen, he’s not strong enough to close on a championship team).

  12. Bellinger and Hill and Baez for Gleyber Torres and Dellin Betances
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    Spend for whatever it takes to re-sign Machado
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    Puig and Ruiz for Archer

  13. The two sides have a deal in place, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). Dozier is headed to Los Angeles. Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that Minnesota will take on Logan Forsythe’s contract in the deal and will also receive prospects Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer in the swap.

        1. Dodgers are tired of Taylor and Bellinger not producing. More has to be coming.

          1. 2b upgraded. Simple as that. Pitching is separate. Still expect a reliever. Maybe not a name.

          2. Forsythe not hitting against lefties. I wonder if Dozier plays every day or platoons.

  14. We actually save money in this deal too. Gives us more options for the next 25 min, or Aug 31

  15. DBacks getting Diekman from Rangers. Big advantage in the bullpen for the DBacks. Unless the Dodgers get Leclerc.

  16. Archer deal done to Pirates – For Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow + a 3rd.
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    Wilson Ramos to the Phillies
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    Mike Fiers to A’s
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    Maybin to Mariners (keeps Dee Gordon at 2B for the year).
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    Gausman to the Braves

  17. Best thing we could do for bellinger is help him not be the focal point of offense. Adding bats elsewhere takes pressure off him.

  18. Who said I was crazy for saying Forsythe could get dealt by including prospects?

          1. And righties are killing him. Hardly the 8th inning guy we were all looking for.

  19. All NL contenders have better bullpen than Dodgers. I hope dodgers win. Milwaukee has a very good line up

    1. Our bullpen will be very different come the postseason. Hopefully that’s a good thing.

  20. Get ready for some Pedro Baez late inning fun. He is a Doc favorite. Clayton has probably told Doc never let him pitch in any of my starts.

  21. Mix and match. All hands on deck. Choose your cliche and get ready for the 2018 dodgers postseason pitching staff. I think one starter is etched in stone: kershaw. Maeda, wood. Hill and stripling could all relieve. Ryu probably can only start and urias likely only relieve. Jansen and Alexander are in. Hudson, floro and goeddel are uncertain. Baez, fields, and liberatore are longshots. Axford just added. Cingrani injured. Stewart enigmatic. Sborz and Hernandez sleepers. Shit. Ferguson is probably in. Santana status unknown. Loads of questions. Let’s get there first and then maybe the answers will reveal themselves. Btw. Who did I miss?

      1. Nice. I liked paredes last year but he didnt sniff the postseason. We can throw both those guys in the mix. Thanks

    1. I just read the 25 or so comments above your’s Rudy so thanks, I needed that. Yes, at least we got Manny. Dozier is better than Forsythe. Whoopee. Low bar.

  22. Not exactly the deadline fireworks I was expecting. Still wish we would have gotten a proven reliever. Dozier fits the Dodger profile of low batting average but 15 or so yaboes. I thought he batted higher for average that he is?

  23. Banuelos. Do you think we offered him the same deal as we gave muncy last year? A full year in the minors to get straight and then maybe be a factor the following year? Because in a video I saw muncy said he knew he’d be in the minors all last season.

  24. I saw on Dodgers Dodgers bleacher report they had the Dodgers new lineup with dozier batting second. I can’t see that. His stats look like kikes so doc will probably bat him cleanup. He has some power but is not a good hitter. We already had a guy who can hit 200 with power but it is addition by subtraction getting rid of Forsythe. I don’t know how he is defensively but reports are not good. Oh well maybe he can have a torrid late season like he has had in the past.this could take bellinger out of the lineup vs. lefties. It’s a shame if bellinger doesn’t get hot but right now it is hard to believe he can get any worse. Every year dating back to mattingly we have needed a setup man and of all the traded relievers we end up with axford. I know we had morrow last but couldn’t keep him. Is there any pitcher more an enigma than Maeda? You never know what he will give you. I would not worry about his contract or ego he would go to the pen when Ryun is healthy. We need to get a productive turner back. Lineup vs. righties: Pederson, machado, turner, Muncy, kemp, bellinger,Grandal,dozier, pitcher. Lefties: Taylor, machado, turner, kemp, Muncy, kike, dozier, Grandal, pitcher

  25. Dozier saves money and gives more versatility.

    The idea of banking on starters performing as bullpen arms is a little perplexing. But it could work, I guess.

    1. I think the fo was smart to recognize we have too many starters as it is and not to add one. We’ll see how it pans out going forward. This fo has discipline which is something we used to lack during the colletti era. Even the extra outfielder situation will sort itself out. In retrospect I’m glad Diaz was the one to go over lux. Smith. Ruiz. May, maybe peters.

    2. I think Dozier makes the same as Forsythe in his 4th and last year of his contract which is this year.

        1. Devin Smeltzer is a left-handed starter with a 7.21 K/9 and a 2.04 BB/9 as a 22-year old in Double-A, but a pedestrian fastball limits his ability to start long-term. Our prospect analysts give him a presently above-average changeup and curveball, though, with both progressing to plus as well as 50 future command. It’s a 40 FV and perhaps that’s a situational bullpen arm moving forward, if Smeltzer progresses as expected. He’s not someone the Dodgers will miss, though.
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          Raley is a 23-year-old first-baseman for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate slashing .275/.345/.477 for a 119 wRC+. He made Eric Longenhagen’s “fliers with big pop” category on the Dodgers list in May, a possible future bench piece per continued development.
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          The Dodgers, really, won’t miss any of the return surrendered. With a strong player development system, the organization routinely churns out players with more to offer than when they arrived. For two months of Brian Dozier, I have to imagine other front offices are seeing similar things to what I have laid out in this piece. The Angels received two high-octane relievers for two months of Ian Kinsler, and the Phillies received Franklyn Kilome, a 50 FV starting pitcher who landed on Eric and Kiley’s midseason prospect list. The Dodgers have to be content with themselves at this moment, giving up three extraneous pieces — pieces they didn’t need — for a capable starting second baseman who’ll help during the stretch run. The Twins, on the other hand, are banking on both a Forsythe turnaround and a miracle in player development.

      1. The luxury tax is not based on current year salaries but rather AAV. Dozier signed a $20MM contract over 4 years so his AAV is $5MM. Forsythe’s option was $9MM. For some strange reason, Cots is showing the deal as a wash in luxury tax salary. The deal must have been to make it salary neutral, or Cots is waiting to understand the entire deal before updating any further.
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        As another example, Kershaw’s contract calls for an actual salary of $35,571,429 for 2018, but his AAV is $30,714,286.

        1. Interesting and thanks.

          i read that the Dodgers saved 9mm. If they didn’t it makes less sense.

  26. Bottom line: outstanding deadline for Dodgers. Upgraded only position possible. Ditched Forsythe. Created buffer in case turners out a while (or someone else). August will see more deals. Another reliever will be added. Except for Diaz no premium prospects cashed in. Excellent use of recent top ten round picks. They served a purpose.

  27. FAZ has wanted Dozier for a long time. There is definitely something about him they like. Wouldn’t be surprised if they try to sign him for a few more years.

  28. I would have liked to have gotten deGrom but I’m pretty excited about this team. The whole roster is pretty talented. Axford needs to be fixed but the guys on MLB Network said that the Dodgers must have spotted something they think they can fix. We have a lot of moving parts for right and left handed pitchers. If Urias can come back and hold down the 8th, we should get back to the World Series. I am going to the game tonight and can’t wait to feel the excitement in the air. Go Dodgers

  29. I will leave the evaluations to the great baseball minds on this site. My first impressions are as follows:

    1. Without having seen him play, I’ll trust that FAZ has done their homework, and expect that Dozier will be a major upgrade at 2nd base. If anything, he can’t be worse than Forsythe, and will at the very least be a power upgrade at 2B.

    2. What happens with Taylor when Turner returns full-time, and Manny moves back to short? We already have a logjam in the outfield, and if Muncy plays 1B, Bellinger further crowds that picture. Does Taylor re-claim an outfield spot, or does he somehow get squeezed out of an outfield that already has Kemp, Pederson, and Puig, and Bellinger, and possibly also Verdugo. And although I’m not extremely high on him, Toles is also somewhere in that mix.
    3. As for Axford, past memories of him leave me underwhelmed. I remember a guy that had no a high velocity straight as an arrow fastball.

    All that said, I imagine that the Dodgers are probably not done, and may well be active come the August waiver deadline.

  30. Dozier better than a sharp stick in the eye. Maybe he’ll get it going for the Dodgers.

  31. Axford is horrible.

    Way back in 2011, he had 46 saves, a 1.95 ERA, a WHIP of 1.14 and K/9 of 10.5. But that was a long time ago.
    He hasn’t had an ERA below 3.95 since 2011 – one year it was over 6.00 (last year). WHIPs have been close to 1.5. He walks a bunch.

    This year – 4.41 ERA, WHIP 1.255, K/9 8.8, BB/9 3.5. Hardly a guy I’d want pitching in late innings. I really don’t get it. He has literally been no good since 2011.

  32. Forsythe needed a change of scenery. It feels like one GM scratching the other GM’s back and vice versa. The Twins get a couple of players and otherwise didn’t hurt themselves by swamping expiring contracts second basemen and salaries.

  33. Once Justin Turner returns, who is the odd man out. Utley, Hernandez, Barnes, Pederson, or Taylor. I feel Utley will go on the DL

    1. Utley is the pinch hitter.
      Dozier and Muncy will share second.
      Muncy and Bellinger will share first.
      Taylor and Bellinger will share CF.
      Kemp and Pederson will share LF.
      Puig and Hernandez and Kemp will share RF.
      Turner and Machado will share 3B.
      Machado and Turner will share SS.
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      Roberts will love coming to the ballpark and managing egos.

  34. Brian Dozier has had better 2nd halves the last 2 years:

    2017: .304/.394/.591, 21hr, 52rbi
    2016: .291/.344/.646, 28hr, 56rbi

    Wow keep that going buddy!

  35. From Pedro Moura:

    GM Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers are considering “unconventional” approaches to their late-season starting pitching. By Sept. 1, they could have nine capable pitchers stretched out for several-inning stints: Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Buehler, Maeda, Stripling, Urías, Ryu, Ferguson.

  36. Starting to hear the Belli Birds calling for Cody B to take a vay cay at Rancho Cucamunga for a week or so. He has been striking out alot lately. With Dozier in the lineup, do you guys think they ought to send him down for a reset?

    1. I think it is very possible to see him sent down to reset when JT comes off the DL unless he get his game together quickly.

  37. Dozier has been on the FAZ wanted list for some time. And why not? He fits in the Dodgers mold of good power and not so good batting average. His has an OBP of .305. His slugging is the lowest it has been since his rookie year (2012). All of his slash lines are below his averages. Hopefully he will have a much better 2nd half like he has had the last 2 years. Otherwise while he may be an improvement over Forsythe, is he really better than Kike’? Is he better than CT3?
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    John Axford? Why? I heard one pundit say that the Dodgers needed to move Corey Copping because he will be Rule 5 draft eligible. So what!! He was not going to be protected, and if he is signed good for him. But Axford was meaningless to that scenario. Neither will be with the Dodgers next year, and if the trade was not made, maybe the Dodgers keep Copping. Makes no sense. Now FAZ also has to eliminate someone from the 40 man. If what FAZ was looking for was a RHRP with an ERA of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.255 why not just bring up Ariel Hernandez who is already on the 40 man. This just looks like a trade for a reliever to make a trade for a reliever, but it certainly did nothing to improve the bullpen. Unless the MLB guys are right, and the Dodgers’ pitching coaches found a flaw they can correct.
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    In summary the Dodgers got a 2B who is better than Forsythe, marginally better than Kike’, but not as good as CT3 (except with strikeouts). And a reliever I have no idea what they are going to do with.
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    The two biggest areas of need…strong late inning high leverage relief is still missing, and there is still a glut of OF, leaving Verdugo and Toles remaining in OKC until September 1. This team is marginally better than it was yesterday, depending on who goes out when Axford comes in. The Axford replacement may negate any improvement at 2B.
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    All the while, the addition of Andriese, Ziegler, and Diekman, improves the DBacks bullpen. Escobar improves the DBacks 3B.
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    Schoop significantly improves the Brewers at 2B (over Villar), Moustakis improves them at 3B somewhat, and Soria improves the bullpen. But they still have Arcia at SS, and Hernan Perez now goes to the bench. Does Travis Shaw become the SS when Schoop comes in???? They needed a SS. I am not sure that there is any improvement in the defense.
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    For the Braves, I am not sure that Duvall is an improvement over Culberson. Maybe powerwise. He used to be a decent fielding LF. Brach and O’Day are mediocre relievers, but they still may be better than who they are replacing. Gausman is an unknown. He was not very good for Baltimore this year with a 4.43 ERA, 4.58 FIP, and a 1.379 WHIP. But he is only 27 and has had a couple of decent years with the O’s. Gausman is not as good as most of the kids they have coming up, so if he cannot help in 2018…why???
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    The Cubs are an unknown. Kintzler is a better reliever than Axford, and Hamels we will have to wait and see. But he is a veteran with good post season #’s.
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    I am not sure that the Phillies improved. I think I would rather have Hernandez and Franco over Cabrera, so if there is going to be any improvement, Cabrera is going to need to replace Kingery at SS. Offensively sure, but not defensively.
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    I am not sure what the Pirates are doing. Kela was a good pickup, but they should have stopped there. The Pirates are not going to win the Central or WC this year and they got rid of their future with Meadows and Glasnow for a pitcher on the decline, but with a good contract. Whoopee. Archer no way comes close to replacing Cole. They should have just continued with their rebuild. I think Archer is waaaaay overrated.
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    The Cardinals are setting up for next year. The Giants and Nats are totally in limbo with the Nats in the luxury tax penalty, and the Giants may be as well when the season is over. They are currently projected to be over. Rockies ?????? Oh, that’s right.
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    This season boils down to Manny (best addition in the trade deadline), a healthy Ryu/Urias/Fields/Cingrani (BIG IF), starting pitchers who will have to go to the bullpen (probably not happy about it). The complaints have already started. They will also need to have big second halves from Dozier/Belli/CT3/JT and will need to have Muncy and Kemp continue to offset any of the questions in the bullpen and starting pitching. This is not 2017 where they had a 14 game lead going into August. Not a lot of room for error.

    1. I agree with most of that AC. Axford has been bad for quite sometime now. Dozier should be able to do what Forsythe used to do which is hit lefties. I would have loved to get Ziegler. I think they missed by not getting Familia.
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      I’m not sure what the Brewers are doing with Schoop. Shaw was supposed to move to 2nd. Doesn’t seem like the parts fit
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      O’Day is out for the year. I seem to recall that his wife works in Atlanta or out east which is why he didn’t sign with the Dodgers a few years back.
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      I’m with you on Archer
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      I don’t see the ability to add on before August 1st date because that usually means taking on salary.

    2. Axford has a 0.92 WHIP vs LHB in 2018. At the very least he’s a LOOGY, if they can improve him ala Cingrani then he’s more.

  38. Dozier/kike flip a coin. Axford…..what, as I said earlier addition by subtraction so subtract Forsythe. Dozier could get hot but chances are in a new league, trying to impress to get a contract, maybe he can hit a few homers. The D-Backs did well. They seem to make good additions without giving up much. Hamels could really help the cubs or not. I have read where the brewers plan on playing Schoop at ss. It seems to me they may have compromised their inf defense. The nats might be relieved to be past the deadline. Murphy with 2 homers look out if they get it going. Giants done!

  39. Btw if you can’t score off wade Miley at home in a division race I don’t know what to say. Maybe last week you hadn’t seen him but you come back and get worse. You could catch this guy barehanded. How long can you put up with Taylor and bellinger striking out over and over. I guess they are unable to adjust because it has to be embarrassing. I used to watch Javier Baez swing at some of the worst pitches ever thrown and he has overcome it. But Taylor and bellinger can’t hit strikes much less bad pitches.

  40. CT3 #7 in baseball with K’s. Bellinger is just 3 K’s outside the top 10 in baseball. A team might survive one position player suffering from such poor contact rate but with two in the top 11 in all of baseball might be the reason our offense sucks in RISP.

    Can Machado, JT and Dozier make a difference? Lets hope so, becuase Bellinger and CT3 are what their stats say they are.

    1. But for that luxury tax threshold issue this year, one of Yelich, Marce Ozuna, or Giancarlo Stanton would have been Dodgers.

  41. Did Chargois have a talk with John Rooney?

    Can these Dodgers please score some runs? This is frustrating.

  42. Dodgers’ all or nothing approach hurts them when it’s nothing. This team can’t manufacture a run to save its life.

    i agree with everything AC wrote above. Dodgers’ main need was 8th inning guy.

    Going forward, they need someone who can get on base and put the bat on the ball. Maybe Verdugo will be that guy but then there’s the OF glut that AC mentioned. They have to fix that.

    1. Biggest offensive problem has been against lefties. Puig doesn’t help against lefties. Muncy and Kemp are slumping. Against lefties the Dodgers are going to need Machado, Dozier, and Turner to show the way.

  43. Lux promoted to tulsa. Goes out with bang in blowout win. Double and triple. Santana and wong also homer.

    1. I said by August 1. They did not give me much breathing room on that prediction. It is about bloody time.

  44. Who did the Dodgers move to make room for Axford? Machado must be influenced by CT3 & Cody. He is striking out more than I would have expected & some on really bad pitches.

    1. Ariel Hernandez was designated for assignment. So it would appear that FAZ believes Axford is better than Hernandez. I hope they are right.

  45. It is really frustrating to watch the Dodgers this year. Last year you knew somebody would come through to win a game. This year it looks like nobody wants to win a game. Beuhler pitched a great game.

    These trades yesterday did not help. The only thing you can hope for is Dozier has a good August and September.

    Our two best outfielders may be sitting at AAA.

    We need Turner badly.

    1. Al,

      For some reason it does that to your and a couple of others. Here’s what I would do.:

      Create a new Profile: Idaho_Al with a new password and use that. Once I apprfove that, you should have no trouble. Then I will delete your old account.

  46. Haha the nationals are the gift that keeps on giving. Maybe dusty Baker wasn’t the problem after all.

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