Crazy Like a Fox

June 15, 2017

This is the Brandon McCarthy the Dodgers front office wanted.  They knew his history but they also knew about changes he had made, both to his pitching mechanics and psyche.  Brandon McCarthy is making about $12 million a year and was signed for four years.  He has this year and 2018 left on his deal.  $12 million a year is a bargain for a pitcher of McCarthy’s standing. Brandon McCarthy…

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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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Doc Can’t Play Joc

June 4, 2017

If there ever was any doubt, Chris Taylor erased it yesterday by doing the kind of thing that legends do:  Hitting  a Grand Slam in the 9th inning, with your team down two runs, to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat!  Of course, it was a team effort to come back from a four run deficit – Puig had two hits, but almost everyone (except Grandal) contributed. Chris Taylor…

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Chicks Dig the Long Ball

June 3, 2017

If that’s true, then they must dig Yasmani Grandal and Cody Bellinger, who supplied all the offense the Dodgers needed to win.  I had the game on my i-phone as we were driving home from a graduation dinner with the family.  My youngest son graduated last night and then the celebration dinner.  I was following Clayton’s progress on Gameday but could not get the game in the restaurant.   So,…

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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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These Are The Dodgers I Have Been Talking About

May 30, 2017

“Kike Hernandez is a huge waste of a roster spot.” “FAZ has no idea how to build a roster.” “I have no idea why they would sign Chase Utley – he’s finished.” “DFA Hatcher and Baez.” “Chris Taylor is organizational depth.  That’s all.” “Rich Hill has never been anything reliable.” “Brandon McCarthy is a waste of a roster space.” “Alex Wood? He’s horrible! “ “Julio Urias is over-rated.” “The league…

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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 Week… or Sooner

May 18, 2017

It’s fun to sit around and play GM at times.  We can make trades without compunction for Matt Kemp, Marcel Ozuna and about any other player on the planet.  In reality, almost none of those trades ever happen.  I probably suggest more trades than anyone and I cannot remember a single one that was ever made.  I guarantee you that Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman have been working the phones…

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The Rich Pitcher

May 17, 2017

In his first game back from the DL last night, Rich Hill pitched 5 innings and allowed 6 hits while walking no one.  He gave up one run and his ERA sits at 2.77.  Some fans, like to criticize Hill because it means their irrational hatred of Andrew Friedman is somehow justified in their small minds. They criticized his rehab starts in RC because he walked a few batters because…

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Theory Verses Practice

May 16, 2017

In theory, the Ten-Day Disabled List should be a wonderful thing for pitchers, but initial results are not so good.  It appears that after being off for ten days a starter just is not quite in-sync. Ryu was obviously out of sorts (maybe he is injured) and McCarthy also looked like he needed another start before coming off the DL.  So, in reality, while it might be a tool to…

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