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Lee-ma Time?

The season started yesterday as Mark pointed out and so far we are 1-0.  The bats are back! If Cliff Lee were to join this team, would he be our #3 behind the rejuvenated Chad Billingsley?  Fear the beard has an entirely new meaning. You can make the argument that Cliff Lee is one of [...]

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In it for the long haul

The Good As the trade deadline has come to a close, I think that we are all in agreement that our offensive line-up has been significantly upgraded with the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino.  Some think we paid to steep of a price for Victorino and we might have; only time will tell.  [...]

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The Han Man Can!

Not only did Hanley put the dogs up in the bottom of the 10th on a bomb to left center field, he prevented me from having a heart attack.  “Hanley has lost his mojo”….yaaaa, ok!!!!  He was bored in Miami!  This kid can play.  Clutch hit in clutch times! This game could have easily gone [...]

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Here We Go Again…

The Dodgers have a penchant for trading for guys with bad attitudes named Ramirez and parlaying that into some sort of “mania.”   Is LA ready for “HanleyMania?”  On May 5, 2102, I wrote this: I know the Dodgers would love to have David Wright.  He may never hit over 20 HR again, but he’s [...]

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Just My Take…

Ted Lilly appears to be on track to return late this month or early August. RDLR will be back in the bullpen in September.  The Dodgers will use him judiciously, but he will be back and he should be back.  It will be good for his 2013.  Let him pitch. Kemp and Ethier should be [...]

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What The Dodgers Need Right Now

The Dodgers Bench is in good hands with Rivera, Abreu, Hairston, Gwynn, Hererra and Cruz.  Great Bench!  Unfortuneately, most have been starters and therein lies the problem.  Note:  Adam Kennedy is not on the list, although he isn’t as bad as some may think. Catcher – The Dodgers need for AJ Ellis to just be [...]

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Patience is a Virtue Most Fans Don’t Have

Do You Like to Wait? I didn’t think so.  The same Dodger fans who lament the losses of Pedro Martinez, Carlos Santana, Shane Victorino, James McDonald and others, are also the same ones who complain when a young player doesn’t immediately make an impact.  Look, baseball is not an easy game and for every Bryce [...]

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Never Underestimate the Power of Junkyard Dogism

Junkyard Dogism – def. “The State of being a junkyard dog, that is an under-appreciated, plain and untalented species which on occasion can rise and bite someone in the ass.” Going into the last game before the All-Star Break, the Dodgers can still be in first place if they win or the Giants lose.   Who [...]

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What’s Wrong With Clayton Kershaw?

Clayton’s WHIP is higher than it was last year at the All-Star Break, but his ERA is lower than it was at the same juncture last year.  However, if you have been watching Clayton Kershaw as long as I have been watching him, you know that something is wrong and I am going to give [...]

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Now What?

Realistically, Dee Gordon is out for the year.  Oh, he’ll probably be back but with the amount of time he will miss due to surgery, it’s unlikely he will be much of  a factor.  What should the Dodgers do now?  Herrera is not an everyday Shortstop, neither is Hairston, Jr. and forget about IDJ2 – [...]

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Rant and Rave Monday

Dee Gordon’s injury is bound to keep him out of the lineup until after the All-Star Break, likely longer.  The MRI today will tell the tale. The Junkyard Dogs are back after a brief vacation.   Next man up! Nate Eovaldi who has struggled of late, goes against LH Wade Miley who has been great this [...]

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What to do… NOW!

Uribe, Hairston, Kennedy, Loney, Gwynn, Treanor, Herrera, Gordon, Abreu and DeJesus are all the same player.  Yes, they are the same player in that all have 2 HR or less and most have a slugging percentage of below .400.   The Dodgers can’t win with that many “Punch and Judy” hitters on the roster.  They just [...]

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Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid

That is one of my favorite quotes of all time. I think it is THAT time.  You know, THAT time when you realize that you will be labeled as insane if keep doing what you’ve always done and believing the results will be different.  It is time for a change, actually CHANGES!  While I am [...]

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It’s Time You Got Educated

It appears to me that some of you have no clue how to buy something… and get a good deal.  Most of you want to be able to trade an obscure player for Ryan Braun – it doesn’t work that way! When you say that “this player’s stats are not as good as Loney’s or [...]

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Rant & Rave Sunday

Hiroki Kuroda is 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA for the Yankees and has given up 70 hits in 68 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.  Aaron Harang is 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA for the Dodgers and has given up 63 hits in 64 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.   Chris Capuano is 7-2 with a 2.50 [...]

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AJ Ellis Has Evolved

When I first noticed AJ Ellis about 6 or 7 years ago, I said: “someday  this guy will be a good backup catcher in the majors.” Here we are 6 or 7 years later and AJ Ellis is an All-Star Catcher at the age of 31. How did this happen? I think this song explains [...]

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Here Comes the Cavalry

Matt Kemp to the rescue.  It appears he is rested and ready after homering in his two rehab starts. The Dodgers survived without him and should be better with him back. SVS is most likely the “odd-man-out.”  Juan Rivera will be back on Thursday and Jerry Sands will say bye-bye too.  A platoon in LF [...]

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Play Me Or Trade Me

Players that teams wait on year-after-year to reach their potential, seldom do.  That’s a sweeping statement and I don’t have time to do the scientific research, but it seems about right to me.  It seems like players with “potential unrealized” frequently achieve that potential with a different team than the one they start with.  It [...]

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Are These Destiny’s Dodgers?

Here we are, just over one-quarter of the way through the season and the Dodgers are riding high.  Injuries have been a factor, but the motto has been “Next Man Up.”  Last night, the next man was Andre Ethier, Matt Freaking Treanor and Justin Sellers.  James Loney even hits a two-run jack!  Next man up [...]

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A Wild Night at the Ravine

An ejected manager, 4 unearned runs, blown save, errors, stranded runners, leads squandered… and  a walk-off-walk – it was ugly and the Dodgers won because they never stopped trying.  Adam Kennedy went 4-4 (that’s not a misprint), James Loney was 3-4 and both Loney and Kennedy are above .250.  Tony Gwynn also had two hits, [...]

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