Pruning The Roster To Keep It Healthy

December 15, 2018

Yesterday Mark wrote, “this Dodger Team, right here, right now, is better than the 2018 version.” I will stipulate that the Dodgers may be better just for the loss of Farhan Zaidi and Turner Ward.  That may be cruel, and they may do wonderful things for their new respective clubs, but they were a disconnect for this team.  Friedman wants more of his fingerprints on the roster and approach, and…

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Yasiel Puig, Platooning, and LAD Trades

December 8, 2018

“A .209 hitter this year against left-handed pitchers, Puig was disgruntled by how he was limited to playing against right-handers, according to people familiar with his thinking who spoke under the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the subject. The frustration was said to affect his play, and Puig is now described as distrustful of management and open to playing for another team.” – Dylan Hernandez, LA…

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The Winter Meetings Are Upon Us

December 7, 2018

I was going to analyze the Dodger Bullpen today, but WOW, they have a lot of bullpen options…. so since I am not done, I will do that next week.   I will not be surprised if Friedman adds another bullpen arm or two, but it’s very likley the Dodger bullpen could be great next season without any additions. The bigger question is: “What will happen at the   Winter Meetings?”  We…

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Dodger Starting Pitching – The Best in Baseball

December 6, 2018

MLB.com named the Top 10 Rotations in baseball and the Cleveland Indians were listed as #1 with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger and Shane Bieber.  The Dodgers were listed as #2 and the Nationals were listed as #3.  I am going to take issue with that for several reasons: The Indians are likely to trade one of those pitchers. Almost NEVER does a team just use 5 pitchers during a sesaon….

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Last Year’s Bullpen Problems Were All Kenley Jansen’s Fault

November 30, 2018

Many people blame Andrew Friedman and/or Farhan Zaidi for the demise of the Dodgers bullpen in 2018.  They surmise that they failed to adequately equip the pen with the requisite number and quality of arms. Actually, “demise” is a pretty harsh word.  The Dodgers and the Red Sox, the two World Series teams, both finished the regular sesaon with identical 3.72 Bullpen ERA’s.  The Dodgers did have the better WHIP…

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All Smoke and Mirrors

November 27, 2018

In case you have been hiding under a rock, we are now engaged in the Baseball Hot Stove League where fans talk about trading everybody and his brother, sister, aunt, uncle, grandpa,  grandma as the family dog. It’s fun and we all engage in it to some degree. But, there are two rules you have to go by: #1 Believe half of what you see and none of what you…

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What Is The Financial Truth?

November 25, 2018

I love this site. Without a lot going on in this so-called hot-stove league period, it is difficult to come up with topics that generate any interest. But then Dodgerrick provides an article that piqued my interest anyway. I have been harping that the Dodgers are in a cost control mode, meaning keeping payroll below the CBT threshold for reasons outside of the Dodgers operations. The article may give fans…

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Change is in the Air

November 20, 2018

When you get to the World Series, you have a good team and no matter what, you are in position to win it.  Ask the 1988 Dodgers.  It seems absurd to me to blame the guy who assembled the team that got to the World Series for the loss.  In 2017, they were the best team.  In 2018, the Red Sox were, but does the best team always win?  I…

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RH Bat? What About Giancarlo Stanton???

November 19, 2018

What are the Dodgers needs going into the 2019 season?  We know they need a catcher.  I discussed that in great length yesterday.  I think they need a 2B other than CT3 or Kike’, but I know I am in the minority.  I think the Dodgers need a leadoff batter.  That is really not what Alex Verdugo does, but he seems the most logical…if he makes the squad, and there…

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2019 or 2020

November 17, 2018

Why do I think that there is virtually no chance that the Dodgers will sign Bryce Harper this winter?  Primarily because I do believe the leaked report that the Dodgers will not go over the CBT threshold for the next four years.  I believe the Dodgers are looking at next year’s salaries and next year’s FA class and saying that it makes much more sense to wait one year before…

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