One More on FAZ and My Final 2018 WS Autopsy

November 3, 2018

I hope you all bear with me. I would like to somewhat continue the FAZ discussion from yesterday.  And then to give one last autopsy report on the 2018 WS. As Mark indicated, FAZ took over a team that had a payroll in excess of $250MM. One would think that a team with that payroll would be loaded.  However when they arrived on the scene, the team had only 3…

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LA Dodgers vs. Boston Red Sox – 2018 World Series

October 22, 2018

WELCOME TO THE FALL CLASSIC 2018!! By the time the Dodgers and Red Sox square off in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series, it will have been 356 days since the Dodgers went down in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.  It will be 30 year’s this month since the last Dodgers WS victory.  This year’s WS can make all of those bad memories go away (at least…

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Now To The NLDS

October 4, 2018

Now that the Dodgers are in the NLDS, I thought I would take a look back to see how they got here.  While I never gave up hope, I absolutely had my doubts.  I had concerns about how the team was structured, and in game management.  It became apparent that the primary focus for the front office was to get below and stay below the competitive balance tax threshold. If…

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No Blame Here!!

September 22, 2018

I understand the frustration in losing last night to the Padres.  But I am not going to blame this on Doc or the lineup.  The two questions I did have before the game were Kike’ and Freese in the lineup and Bellinger not.  But Kike’ and Freese were fine last night and certainly not the problem.  Kemp has been getting key hits lately, so I am not going to blame…

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The Joc Pederson Show

September 18, 2018

Evidently, there are worse things than not being able to hit LH pitching.  Many of us on this blog were growing weary of Joc’s two steps back after his one step forward. Well, last night, Joc hit his 22nd and 23rd HR, as the Dodgers leadoff hitter and is currently OPS’ing .843. So that we don’t forget, here is how most baseball people rank OPS: Rating OPS Excellent 1.000 Great…

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The Slime Art of Second-Guessing

September 1, 2018

OK, you all likely know what happened last night:  Joc Pederson drove in the first run against Zack Greinke. Hyun-Jin Ryu had pitched 7 strong innings when Roberts pinch-hit for him with Kike Hernandez.  On a 2-2 pitch from Greinke, Kike jacked the ball out of the stadium to tie the game at 2-2.  Next, Dylan Floro played the role of set-up man and shut down the D-Bags in the…

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Roster Expansion

August 28, 2018

So, who is coming to help on Saturday when rosters CAN expand?  The current 40 man is filled with players on the DL.  How many of those are legit, who knows?  Well I guess FAZ does.  Another consideration might be how many of the Rule 5 eligible draftees do the Dodgers want to take a look at in September.   Current Dodger relievers on the 40 man:   Julio Urias…

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This too Shall Pass – I Just Wish it Would Hurry up!

August 15, 2018

A new pitcher… same result!  Baez, Chargois, Floro,  Alexander and now Maeda.  All have failed as the stopper.  A good argument could be made that the biggest mistake FAZ made was not spending $7.0 million to re-sign Tony Watson, but here’s the rub: when any pitcher is suddenly thrust into the “closer role,” the weight of the world is on their shoulders and failure is the norm.  How Watson would…

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The Bullpen is a Symptom, Not the Disease

August 12, 2018

That the Dodgers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory  is obvious.  However, the implosion of the bullpen (Chaggy in particular) is a symptom, not the disease.  The symptom manifests itself when the disease is active.  The disease is “FailureToScoreRunsItis.”  Last night, Dodger hitters left 12 runners stranded (combined).  At the trade deadline, FAZ acquired two of the biggest bats on the market in Machado and Dozier.  Add in a…

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Which One Doesn’t Belong?

August 11, 2018

I can’t complain about the pitching changes last night.  It all boils down to Rosscup not doing his job on lefties.  Some will complain about taking Maeda out and they will be the same ones who complained when they left him in.  Rosscup doesn’t belong.  Axford looked like he does.  His first outing was horrid (the worst of his career), but he overcame another Joc Pederson outfield gaffe to shut…

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