Total Lack of Focus

October 16, 2018

Never underestimate the power of focus.  Conversely, never underestimate what happens when you lack focus. Case in point: Yasmani Grandal:  For whatever reason, Grandal is at home with his wife (again)… at least in his mind. Three passed balls, 2 errors. Strikeouts, can’t advance runners.  His head is somewhere else.  There are no excuses – you do or you don’t do. I’ll talk about what I think the Dodgers should…

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From goat to GOAT

October 14, 2018

One day you’re the goat, and the next day you’re the GOAT.  Okay maybe not GOAT, but certainly greatest hitter on that day.  After going 0-5 with 4 strikeouts and an error in Game 1, Justin Turner goes 2-4 and hits a go-ahead 2 run HR in Game 2.  With CT3 on 1st base after an infield single, Justin Turner hit a 2-0 splitter that stayed up over the middle…

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Tough To Watch

October 13, 2018

In a game where the two best hitters struck out 7 out of 10 plate appearances, this was a very hard game to watch much less write about.  Unfortunately for the good guys, JT’s strikeouts were much more problematic than Christian Yelich’s.  The Blue put up a good fight late, but Game 1 goes to Craig Counsell in his chess match against Dave Roberts.  It appears that Counsell played Roberts…

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And Then There Were Four

October 11, 2018

With the Yankees being TKO’ed by the Red Sox, the slate is set.  The Red Sox play the Astros while the Dodgers play the Brewers.  Many Dodger fans didn’t think the Dodgers would be one of the last four teams standing…. but here they are!  Think about this: The Dodgers are one of the TOP FOUR TEAMS IN BASEBALL! I think that the Dodgers will be one of the last…

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Keep The Faith

October 8, 2018

I don’t know how to react to last night’s game. There was so much bad that happened and a lot of good.  It is easy to concentrate on the 2-out walk to the pitcher followed by a grand slam HR.  However, Buehler followed that by retiring the next 10 batters, including 4 strikeouts.  It is entirely plausible that without that walk to Newcomb, the Dodgers shutout the Braves for third…

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Projected 2018 Dodgers NLDS Roster

October 2, 2018

Now that the regular season is through, we can begin to speculate as to what will make up the NLDS roster.  It really shouldn’t be that difficult for 23 of the 25 players, but those last two will surely draw some scrutiny. IMO the givens:   Starting Pitching (4): Clayton Kershaw Hyun-jin Ryu Walker Buehler Rich Hill   Bullpen (8): Kenley Jansen Kenta Maeda Alex Wood Pedro Baez Scott Alexander…

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The Dodgers ARE in. HOW is the Question…

September 30, 2018

We should know the answer by later in the afternoon (EDT). The Dodgers will play: At the Brewers in the Wild Card game; At the Cubs in the Wild Card game; Verses the Rockies in Game 163; or Verses the Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS. It could take me until this evening to explain it all, so we will just wait and see what happens, but the best…

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Player Development is not Always Linear

September 29, 2018

Pitchers and hitters don’t progress from one stage to another in a straight line. That’s what we would like, because we like predictable.  We like things neatly arranged and sequential, but baseball player development happens so differently… and sometimes, so maddeningly different than what we like, that we are frequently frustrated beyond belief. This time last year, Striker Buehler, who was then named “Walker” Buehler,  was stinking up the joint…

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And the Magic Number is 5

September 25, 2018

The Magic Number is down to 5.  The Rockies do not look like they are going away, so the Dodgers are going to need to win this race.  I am more than fine with that.  On a night that showcased another of those all RHH lineups against a very good LHSP, the players came through when they needed to.  The team scored 7 runs with only one solo HR, so…

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Is This the 2017 Big Blue Again?

September 20, 2018

I like contrarians.  They keep us thinking.  Sometimes we end up supporting a player more vociferously than may be called for.  Think Bums and Joc, Mark and Grandal, MJ and Toles, and of course me and Wood. Most of us have been frustrated with how this season has unfolded and have made some disparaging comments regarding FAZ or Doc, or players such as Joc, Wood, Puig, Dozier, CT3, and lately…

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