Grandal is a Goat!

June 29, 2017

That’s what THEY say. It was a ball that Grandal should have caught or at least blocked and then if he made a good throw, the runner would have been out.  It was really two errors on the same play.  If he makes that play, they Dodgers and Angels are probably still playing right now.  Nevermind that there would have been no bottom of the 9th without Yasmani’s blast to…

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The Dodgers Have a Decision to Make

June 28, 2017

It’s on Kenta Maeda.  Kenta signed an incentive-laden contract with the Dodgers before the 2016 season. It’s a very “team-friendly” contract that pays for performance.  I’ll spare you all the details, but the more games Kenta starts and the more innings he pitches earns him some very significant bonuses.  That’s how Kenta makes his money and his agent gets a percentage of that money.  Do you follow where I am…

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I Confess to Being a Contrarian

June 23, 2017

If you are a contrarian in the investment community, you likely have a very good track record of making money because it has been proven over and over again, that running with the herd is a recipe for failure.  A contrarian often looks like an idiot most of  the time until they clean up the mess that the herd made with their ill-advised buying. In short, a contrarian wants to…

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R U Liking Ryu?

June 18, 2017

Yes, Ryu only went 5 innings.  Yes, he threw 105 pitches (that can be either good or bad, depending upon your perspective). Yes, he gave up 8 hits.  BUT, he only allowed 2 runs and gave up no HR to one of the best hitting teams in baseball in on of the best hitter’s parks in baseball. So, there is that!  As bad as you think Ryu might be he…

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Tomorrow They Rest!

June 7, 2017

I spent all day Wednesday at IRCE in Chicago today.  I left at 4 AM and got back at 8 PM while walking about 6 miles.  It was fun and always informative, but I really enjoyed the opening speaker, Barabara Corocran… she is riveting. She once sued  Donald Trump for $6 million and won! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va5oTjuYOvc It was a long day, but I watched most of the game on MLB.TV in my…

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The Silver Lining

June 6, 2017

It was a loss and losses always stink, and while Ryu didn’t have his A-Game, there was certainly a silver lining to it. Number one, Ryu hit 94 MPH on the gun – that’s a huge thing; and Number Two, he went 7 innings.  To me, that is also as huge.  He also did not walk a batter.  That’s pretty big too.  Oh, by the way, this was against the…

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Blessing or Curse?

June 2, 2017

Complaints have been registered that the Dodgers have too many starters.  That’s like saying you have too much sushi, too much money or too much beer.  It simply does not compute. I don’t think that is even possible. The Dodgers used something like fifteen starters last year so it was assumed by many they would do about the same thing this year.  That also doesn’t seem likely.  I suppose it…

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If You Ain’t The Lead Dog, The View Never Changes

May 31, 2017

Well, here the Dodgers are, back in first place with about 10 players on the DL!  As one national commentator said “The Dodgers have two rosters of players – they are that deep.” The FAZ-bashers continue to show their utter lack of comprehension as they try to nitpick roster moves (Olivera, Kemp, Schebler, Peraza, Cotton, Montas, Gordon, et al).  My simple advice to them is “Never miss a good opportunity…

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Maybe I See It Differently…

May 25, 2017

Last night, many Dodger fans saw a pitcher who they felt was ineffective and not in control of the game. Of course, they were right.  Rich Hill walked more than Lebron James in the NBA Finals. They felt he should be moved out of the rotation, to the minors, hung in effigy, DFA’ed or moved to the bullpen.   Last night, I saw Rich Hill have excellent movement, but he did…

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Next Man Up!

May 19, 2017

There are no excuses.  It’s all about just getting the job done.  When Kershaw went down last year, it was “Next Man Up!”  There’s nothing different about that with Justin Turner. Justin is a very good player, but this team is deep and Chris Taylor or Logan Forsythe can play third base.  For that matter, the much-maligned Kike Hernandez can too.  While I am thinking about it, I haven’t heard…

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