Posted on 11 March 2014.
Just not a lot! It’s just too small of a sampling, especially this year! Don Mattingly could have won a lot more games with regulars and major league pitchers, but he has simply used Spring Training as a way to look at a lot of players. Ignore the records. Ignore the averages. I keep hearing [...]
Posted on 09 March 2014.
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Now a Founding Partner of Historic Dodgertown, Hideo Nomo has returned to visit the facility fresh off his election into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. Nomo partnered with former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former teammate Chan Ho Park in managing Historic Dodgertown in 2012. [...]
Posted on 08 March 2014.
It’s another Saturday night and I ain’t got nobody. I got some money cause I just got paid. My wife and son are working at the Ice Cream Shop. I’m watching Duke and Carolina and the Dodgers – I’ve got it made! Carolina and Duke on the TV – Dodgers on the i-Pad. (Click on [...]
Posted on 08 March 2014.
… not because they will be out of the race, but for two reasons: They have a plethora of starters IF (BIG IF) they all stay healthy; and If they stay healthy, this is the Dodgers chance to get younger. I have not been a huge Zach Lee fan, but he showed me something yesterday [...]
Posted on 06 March 2014.
Of course, there is still a lot of time left in Spring Training, but with his Granny last night Alex Guerrero has the edge at 2B over Dee Gordon. Rojas has no chance. Figgins is utility, but Guerrero is now the leader of the pack, with his .294 BA and team-leading 6 RBI. I still [...]
Posted on 05 March 2014.
Lest we forget, Red Patterson is a pitcher who could see some time in LA soon. Ken Gurnick has a nice piece on a guy we often overlook, who quietly has become a good pitcher. Trayvon Robinson with a HR against his former club? It’s sad to see haw far his stock has dropped. Look [...]
Posted on 04 March 2014.
Of course, you all know that I put as much validity into PECOTA as you do in believing that I am a writer! Here’s who PECOTA says will be the TOP 15 players. Noticeably absent is Hanley Ramirez. As is Yasiel Puig. I stole the following data from The Flagrant Fan, since I don’t subscribe [...]
Posted on 03 March 2014.
It seems that the Dodgers’ blogosphere is all up in arms about Ross Stripling’s elbow. “OMG, he should have told someone.” “Why did he not just stop?” The people who ask these questions have obviously never played professionally or maybe even at an amateur level. If you quit something every time you felt a twinge, [...]
Posted on 02 March 2014.
Alexander Guerrero won’t have any problem acclimating to 2B, but he will have trouble with hitting. He will open the season in the minors. Matt Kemp will be ready to play by Mid-April. Chad Billingsley will return in May Josh Beckett will be a pleasant surprise… at least the first half of the season. Dan Haren will [...]
Posted on 27 February 2014.
I can see a scenario where the Dodgers win 105 games this year and I can see where they could win 85 games. This is a hard team to predict. Here’s why – consider this: Dee Gordon could be the starting 2B or back at AAA; Alex Guerrero could be the starting 2B or in [...]
Posted on 26 February 2014.
Assuming Matt Kemp will come back by summer and be healthy, he is going to have to change his style of play. No longer can he be the guy who runs into walls, steals bases and runs with reckless abandon. If he wants to stay on the field, he is going to have to change [...]
Posted on 24 February 2014.
Everyone is busy considering who will make the Dodger’s 25 man roster this year, but that may be the wrong question. Will Figgins win a job? That’s not the question. What about Turner and Gordon as a 2B platoon? Not relevant. Will Alex Guerrero be anything close to a starter at 2B this year? Maybe… [...]
Posted on 20 February 2014.
I don’t think the question is whether Hanley Ramirez will soon move to 3B (because he won’t). I think the real question is: “Will Hanley Ramirez be a Dodger next year?” Don Mattingly may have given us a glimpse of what the answer might be in this LA TIMES article by Dylan Hernandez: “There’s going [...]
Posted on 18 February 2014.
A Guest Blog from Roger Sobin (aka RodgerDodger): Matt Kemp entered baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers via the draft in 2003. After spending some time in the minor leagues he entered the major leagues in 2006 playing in 52 games for the Dodgers at the age of 21 I believe that from the beginning [...]
Posted on 17 February 2014.
You have to root for Chone Figgins after reading Bill Plunketts’s piece in the OC Register. Did you see Clayton Kershaw’s Ping-Pong Charity Event? http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8010468/v30187131/clayton-kershaws-ping-pong-4-purpose-event I will humbly proclaim that I can beat anyone there… except Clayton! I have difficulty with lefties. Especially ones as good as he is. I can take the rest. No [...]
Posted on 16 February 2014.
The State of the Infield: Hanley Ramirez is happy and healthy and wants to remain a Dodger for the rest of his career. Oh, and by the way… he’s not moving off of Shortstop! You can take that to the bank. Quit talking about him moving to 3B, because it ain’t happening for at least [...]
Posted on 13 February 2014.
I can’t even spell Erisbel Arruebarruena, let alone pronounce it! Therefore, I shall now refer to him as “The Pirate” – You know Arrrrr… Can he play? Will he play? Will he make the team? I have no clue! I have no clue if Guerrero will make the team. Dee Gordon looks like Mr. Universe! [...]
Posted on 11 February 2014.
I have tried to hang in there, but at the very least, I am going to have to take some time off. I am content to read and not comment. I don’t want to break up this community. Do any of you want to take over as moderator and keep the site going? E-mail me [...]
Posted on 09 February 2014.
Here’s the long and short of it: The Dodgers don’t know if Josh Beckett will be healthy and they know that Chad Billingsley might not be healthy until May or June (although it could be earlier). Paul Maholm could benefit from pitching at the Ravine and he usually pitches better at the start of the [...]
Posted on 08 February 2014.
So, today pitchers and catchers report and we don’t have to worry about Ronald Belisario getting a Visa… or even a Mastercard! But seriously folks… This season has the potential for a World Series title or a train wreck! Last season was magical in the fact that they won like 45 out of 50 games [...]