I don’t make “knee-jerk reactions” about each game. I look at the entire body of work of a player or manager or anyone. A player or manager can have a bad day, week, even a month, but when it keeps up and becomes a bad couple of months or a bad season, then you know there are issues. To try and draw many conclusions about players after three weeks is just plain silly. [...]
I keep hearing that Anderson and McCarthy were bad signings by the Dodgers, but no one has offered any better options… other than Haren and I don’t think any Dodger fan was excited about Haren. FAZ absolutely did not want Haren – maybe it was his surly, aloof demeanor… no one was sad to see him leave.
The Dodgers signed Anderson for $10 million on a one year dea[...]
Look, it’s clear, that Justin Turner is no SS – he can spell someone there in a blowout, but that’s it. Jimmy Rollins is a very, very good SS, but he’s hitting his weight. I am not advocating giving Guerrero the job, but let’s see what he can do. Sit Jimmy for a game and let’s see Alex’s leather. I have no reason to believe that he can or c[...]
Jimmy Rollins can bat first – I wouldn’t hit him there… right now… maybe ever, but that’s an opinion. There is no right or wrong. Yasmani Grandal is hitting #5. Many of you wouldn’t do that, but again, it’s an opinion. By the way, the fact that he stays at #5 should tell you what Friedman and Zaidi (FAZ) think of him. I rarely second guess bec[...]
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They say that to be the best, you have to beat the best. The Giants were World Series Champions last year, the Dodgers weren’t and they still can’t beat the best – no excuses! Well, I think there is an excuse – Don Mattingly is a poor excuse for a manager!
It’s not the pitching – you won’t win many games when you s[...]
… at least last night he was. It’s like that some times. Urias gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 4 innings while Anderson only gave up 4 runs on 9 hits in 4 innings. Anderson gave up two extra-base hits, once of which was just missed by Joc Pederson by just and inch or two. As you know, I am high on Anderson. He was dinked and dunked last night, just like Urias who also gave up only two[...]
Joe Wieland went 5 innings yesterday in a game that only went 5 innings. He allowed 2 hits, 0 walks and struck out 5. His ERA is now 1.80 and he is 2-0. I think there is a better than 50/50 chance that he will be the Dodgers next spot starter called up. It’s either him, or Bolsinger (2-0 0.00 ERA) or Lee (2-0 0.75 ERA). The Dodgers are developing quite the depth at AAA OKC. [...]
If you happen to think Yasmani Grandal was the Dodgers third choice as a catcher in the offseason or that he is only here until the Dodgers find someone better, then I have to conclude that you have been misinformed.
Did the Dodgers HAVE to trade Matt Kemp? Of course not! They tried to get Russell Martin and Miguel Montero first, but it wasn’t because Grandal was their third ch[...]
I don’t have much time today – I’m driving to my daughter’s house which is 3 hours away. So here’s a driveby:
How about that bullpen? Two lefties with a righty sandwiched in-between.
Yasmani Grandal is hitting just .208 but his OPS is .700.
I think after he gets comfortable with the pitching staff, his hitting will follow.
The Dodgers announced that they will have a statue made of Jackie Robinson, which I am in agreement with, but I think there needs to be four more. They are as follows:
Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale (one statue with one throwing RH and one LH)
Three players who are legends and three legends.[...]