The Art of the Pitch

February 1, 2019

As I mentioned yesterday, the Dodgers have been #1 in MLB in ERA and WHIP over the past two years. I see no reason why that trend won’t continue. In fact, I agree with Rick Honeycutt that the pitching can get even better in 2019. First of all, the Dodgers have a glut of starting pitchers, but two of them will likely be gone after this season, namely Rich Hill…

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What Kind of Help is on the Way?

January 8, 2019

I think some GM’s think that they have Andrew Friedman “over the proverbial barrel” since he has already moved three key players off the Dodgers roster.  Right about now everyone is trying to sell high and buy low and there’s not a lot happening, all over the hot stove league.  But, if you think Friedman traded four players for the privilege of overpaying for others, you are smoking some really…

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

December 28, 2018

With apologies to the late great David Bowie.  I continue to read about all the possible changes coming to the Dodgers, and I have zero comfort that any one of them will ever transpire more than another.  I do believe that there will be at least one significant change, maybe more, which is why the negative comments on the Reds trade are curious, unless it gives those who just do…

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The Roadmap to Bryce Harper

December 18, 2018

Are the Dodgers in on Bryce Harper?  Yes, even Ray Charles can see that!  A better question is “Will the Dodgers really try to sign Bryce Harper?  The answer is the same answer I give when people as “Do you wear boxers or briefs?”  I say “Depends.” Bada Bing! But seriously… Bryce Harper has “IT” – the “IT FACTOR.”  He would be an instant fit for LA. Yes, the Doders…

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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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State of the Farm

November 26, 2018

I am sitting continuing to try to understand how the Board of Trustees and the AD at USC have chosen to retain perhaps the most over his head coach in all of NCAA Football, Clay Helton. Rudy mentioned that both Westwood and South Bend are cheering loudly, but my radar has all of the Pac 12 and South Bend laughing at this. Oh well, enough pity party for me. It’s…

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Let’s Get One Thing Straight…

October 30, 2018

OK, let’s get a bunch of things straight! Not a bad finish for a team that “was just trying to get under the luxury tax.” Yep, I heard that all year. It wasn’t about winning, it was only about Tax Evasion.  Evidently, FAZ wasn’t too bad for guys who don’t care about winning.  But, I do and it was a bitter end to a tumultous season. The Dodgers were beaten…

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2018 Great Lakes Loons Year in Review

September 23, 2018

The Great Lakes Loons of the Class-A Midwest League really presented a “Tale of Two Cities” scenario during the 2018 season. In the the first half of the season they posted a 24-44 won-loss record, the lowest in the Midwest League and perhaps challenging for the lowest in all of Class-A ball. During the second half they put together a record of 36-33 with a blistering 27-10 stretch starting during the…

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2018 Texas League Champions – Tulsa Drillers

September 21, 2018

The top prospects on the Tulsa roster at the beginning of the season were Mitchell White, Yadier Alvarez, DJ Peters, Yusniel Diaz, Will Smith, and Keibert Ruiz.  Mitchell White was injured in the beginning and did not seem to get back on track until the end of the season.  Yusniel Diaz was traded to Baltimore in the Manny Machado trade.  Will Smith was promoted to AAA on August 1.  Yadier…

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Preliminary Top 10 Dodger Prospects

September 6, 2018

DISCLAIMER: There is not much to talk about the big club that hasn’t been hash and re-hashed until you needs some hash, so I’m going to dream about the future. This will prevent me from vomiting in my Wheaties.  I thought it might be fun for AC/DC and myself to compile a preliminary TOP 10 DODGER PROSPECTS so that we don’t have to think about the big club these next…

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