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Twists and turns

There’s bound to be some twists and turns starting Friday as the Dodgers open the NLCS in St. Louis.  Some of this will happen, but not all: Andre Ethier will start in CF Friday Paco Rodriguez will be replaced with Carlos Marmol on the NLCS roster Ryu will be replaced by Edinson Volquez Ricky Nolasco [...]

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Bluebloods and Junkyard Dogs

You gotta’ have ‘em both!  Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and the Bluest of the Bluebloods, Clayton Kershaw all stepped up and did what Bluebloods do.  Kershaw, who will ultimately go down as the greatest Dodger pitcher ever, showed why he is so great and helps you understand why he will be even better [...]

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DODGERS ANNOUNCE POSTSEASON ROSTER

ATLANTA – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 25-man roster for the 2013 National League Division Series, which begins tonight with Game 1 at Turner Field in Atlanta. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 p.m. ET/5:37 p.m. PT. The Dodgers will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players. The roster is as follows: Pitchers [...]

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This feels like 1988 deja vu all over again!

The Dodgers star outfielder went down during the playoffs and had one meaningful at-bat in the World Series – and I mean “meaningful.”  The Dodgers were given no chance, but everyone forget about the Stuntmen, led by Mickey Hatcher.  The 2013 version of the Stuntmen, I call them “junkyard dogs,” will lead the Dodgers to [...]

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Tough decisions to make

Here’s what I think today: It appears that Andre Ethier will miss the NLDS but likely make the NLCS if the Dodgers prevail… and I believe they will! I do not think there is any scenario in which Dee Gordon makes the playoff roster – you are thinking with your heart if you believe that.  [...]

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Are you ready for some playoffs?

I want to throw out the possibility that Andre Ethier might not be 100% for the first round of the playoffs and could possibly sit, making space for Hairston, but I prefer Scott Van Slyke.  I have no inside info on that, but it could happen.  Probably not, but you have to consider it.  I [...]

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Playoff roster

It’s premature, of course, but I’m going to take a stab at the playoff roster.  Of course, the following position players HAVE to be on it (barring injury) because they are starters: AJ Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Mark Ellis Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Carl Crawford Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Yasiel Puig Then, there are also a [...]

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Rants and Raves

Clayton Kershaw has an ERA over 5.00 at Coors, so yesterday’s game was hardly a surprise, however the mental aspect of the game could be weighing on him as much as the fact he has pitched 209 innings already.  7 games he should have won that the Dodgers lost.  That’s a toll.  Compare that to [...]

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The case for keeping Andre Ethier

As you all know, I do not like “THE TRADE.” I like Adrian Gonzalez but Josh Beckett and especially Crawford are boat anchors, in my opinion.  Carl Crawford has a weak arm, is highly injury prone and inherently unreliable… and he can’t play CF.  Maybe CC can go to the AL and DH (that’s a [...]

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Please pass the offense

Yes, I know that Lackey and Lester are good (not great) pitchers, but the Dodgers have scored four runs in two games and that just isn’t going to cut it.  Frankly, they are lucky to have a win in this series.  It’s back to that same lack of clutch hitting that has plagued the Dodgers [...]

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Has the wild horse been broken?

Vin Scully calls Yasiel Puig a Wild Horse because you can never predict what he is going to do next.  He will make you laugh and he will make you cry, but he has certainly brought life to a moribund team.  All good things come to an end and the Dodgers winning streak is over [...]

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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 Junkyard Dogs are Back!

Last year, when the Dodgers got off to a fast start, it wasn’t like they had a big star, it was just a team effort by a bunch of junkyard dogs.  Last year the junkyard dogs were Luis Cruz, Juan Rivera, Bobby Abreu, Elian Herrera, Adam Kennedy, Mark Ellis, James Loney,  AJ Ellis and others. [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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