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Don’t pinch me – I don’t want to awake from this dream!

The is uncharted water for any Dodger fan.  The Dodgers have won 38 out of their last 46 games which is an .820 winning percentage for over a quarter of the season.  It’s Ground Hog Day every day in a good way.  Don’t wake me.  I love it and hope it never ends. Rants & [...]

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The return of James Loney

James Loney 23 Doubles 10 HR 51 RBI .307 BA .355 OB% .805 OPS Adrian Gonzalez 22 Doubles 15 HR 69 RBI .293 BA .344 OB% .796 OPS That is the James Loney most of us expected.  If he could have done that in LA, the Dodgers probably wouldn’t have traded for A-Gone and Crawford.  [...]

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The one guy the Dodgers can’t lose is lost!

Use your eyes – What do you see? I have watched the Hanley Ramirez flop into the seats over and over, and while I can see that he might be battered and bruised, I would be shocked if it is serious.  Unlike Matt Kemp’s ankle, which was nearly turned inside-out, Hanley’s shoulder didn’t seem to [...]

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Andre Ethier’s Blast Sinks Nats

When Bryce Harper  slid into 3B head first I yelled “He’s out!” while everyone around me was yelling “he’s safe.”  The Nats replay every good play on their marvelous scoreboard (best I have ever seen), so I said “If he’s safe, they will replay it.“  No replay – I just said “Scoreboard!“  My wife said [...]

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Praying for a National Disaster!

That means I am headed to Washington DC to watch this three game series, hoping that the Dodgers sweep, thus making it a National Disaster.  We have tickets to all three games, so I hope to have some good photos and the latest “scoop.”  I’m sure that Donnie and Ned will want to take me [...]

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Bullpen Problems? Nope! Puig Arrogant? Maybe!

.500 smells good, but until you are the lead dog, the scenery never changes.  Keep charging! The Dodgers are 15-3 in their last 18 games.  Now is the time to reel off about 10 in a row.  Bury the Rocks. 9 Shutout Innings by the Bullpen.  The Dodgers don’t have any stinking bullpen problems.  Winning [...]

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Clayton Kershaw isn’t the pitcher he once was

… and that’s good.  He’s obviously pitching more to contact now.  He can still blow it by the hitters when he wants to, but for the most part he’s pitching deeper into games by using fewer pitches to record outs. I see two things about this: It will obviously extend his career; and He will [...]

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Winning cures almost everything!

You sure have to feel a lot better about this team after the last week, but if you are honest with yourself, you still have to have some trepidation.  Here’s why: The clutch hitting is better, but not great.  It took fourteen hits to produce 6 runs.  The Phillies produced 16 runs on 21 hits [...]

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It could have been worse…

HOW! I really don’t get it, but it seems that soft-tossing lefty journeymen who pitch like crap own the Dodgers.  Take away the Dodgers two rookies and they were DOA.  I just don’t get it. Chris Capuano will lay an egg like this every now and again, but remember how good he was the past [...]

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I am not confident in this team…

But, with six wins in a row, I am hopeful.  A week ago, the Dodgers were 12 games under .500.  Now it’s six and I am hopeful. Just not confident!  If they can reel off another six, maybe I’ll get that confidence back. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are the leaders of this team, but [...]

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It’s a start… isn’t it?

Three is a row.  WOW!  I can’t remember that for a while.  Toronto turned around their horrible season by running off eleven wins in a row.  Certainly the Dodgers are just as capable of the same thing, but can they do it?  They are going to have to start to hit much better than they [...]

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It’s may be time to sell

The Dodgers had a nice win last night, but unless they can run off about 12 in a row, it appears very unlikely they will make the playoffs.  Skunks don’t shed their white stripe overnight and the Dodgers aren’t likely to suddenly become clutch overnight.  As the sun sets on the Dodgers chances to get [...]

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A Twist of Positive

OK, I have been very negative about this team for quite some time and while I have been spot on, there is reason for hope.  The only thing that worries me is that Ned will make one of his dope-fiend moves and mess it up.  I mean, why does he keep Cruz on the team [...]

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I refuse to use the D word!

I told you that I would not write about such a deplorable team as the D_______ until they made changes and I meant it.  Instead, I will tell you about the Indianapolis Indians, the AAA affiliate of the Pirates who just dominated the D________. On the team are four (4) former D_________, namely: Ivan DeJesus [...]

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Is there a lesson here?

They lost their best player before the season started and he was never a factor.  They have one player over 27 years old.  Their youngsters have never been here before.  They have a coach that has never coached in the big leagues,and he is young and inexperienced, but he’s a motivator and he believes in [...]

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Donnie is Outta’ his League

… in more ways than one, but the instant League he is out of is Brandon who is no longer the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers (that’s assuming that Donnie has at least a modicum of common sense left).  This one is on Ned Colletti, who was laughed at when he signed League to [...]

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Underachievers All!

Three Stinkin’ Runs!  3! What a bunch of underachievers! That seems to be all the runs the Dodgers can get most nights.  We have watched almost two months of this nonsense.  Capuano wasn’t lights out, but he was good enough to win on most teams.  But, not on the 2013 Dodgers.  This bunch is 5th [...]

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I am tired of these lying Dodgers

They told us that Magic Johnson would be “hands on and in his office every day.”  That was a damn lie.  I see him everywhere that has to do with the Lakers or the NBA, but he has no office in Dodger Stadium and he rarely shows up at games. The Dodgers told us that [...]

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You can’t cheat the Baseball Gods

I guess that’s what it comes down to.  Guggs and Company rode into town and threw money at problems like the fire department throws water on a fire.  They over-bought, over-paid and over-spent.  Then, they openly bragged about their resources and the Baseball Gods spanked them.  There’s something really bad wrong with this team.   That’s [...]

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What’s wrong with the Dodgers?

ELEVEN THINGS: If you want a scapegoat, you have one.  Why would Donnie start Luis Cruz at 3B?  His defense or lack thereof was a factor.  Uribe is superior defensively and has an OB% 300 points above Cruz.  What is wrong with him?  What is wrong with Ned?  Cruz is a waste of a roster [...]

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