Tag Archive | "Carl Crawford"

It’s Simple – Win or Go Home!

When I looked at the Dodgers’ roster before the season started, I thought that it was likely Carl Crawford, Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe would be injured or waived before the season was over.  Crawford was injury-prone and aging, Mark Ellis was really old and injured last year and Juan Uribe was just plain crap. [...]

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Writing a legend?

Last nights game was all about a portly Korean, a Cuban refugee, a Dominican Superstar playing in great pain, an American-bearded psycho, a former prima donna playing on one leg, a Curaçaoan closer and junkyard dogism! Love him or hate him, Bill Plaschke of The LA Times can write and boy did he write a [...]

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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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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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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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The cost of living

In 1988 a Honda Accord cost approximately $13,000, while in 2013 the average cost has doubled to over $26,000.  A water softener from a professional dealer cost over $1,200 in 1988.  Today the cost is about the same, maybe less.  The average cost of a new home was $138,000 in 1988, while it is $257,000 [...]

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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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Look into the future…

A lot of you didn’t like my take on “The Trade” yesterday.  Tough!  It is what it is.  When you get angry, I know I’m close to the truth.  The fact of the matter is that the Red Sox sent the Dodgers $270 million in contracts and the Sox replaced the production with just $80 [...]

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Here’s my take on the deal

We all know that the Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for prospects, but that the Dodgers had to take on all the salary.   The Red Sox then replaced Adrian Gonzalez with Mike Napoli, Carl Crawford with Shane Victorino, Nick Punto with Stephen Drew and Josh [...]

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LF Platoon?

Donnie, Davey Lopes and even Clayton Kershaw seem to like Andre Ethier in CF better than Matt Kemp.  Could it be there will be a platoon in LF with Kemp and Crawford?  I can’t see Mattingly putting Puig and his arm in LF.  On the other hand, I suspect Kemp will play CF against tough [...]

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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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Upstaged!

You can’t judge a trade in the microcosm of a three game series, but if you could, you would have to conclude that the Red Sox got the best of the Dodgers.  At the trade deadline last year, the Red Sox shipped Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzales, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.  They [...]

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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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Game 1 – Red Sox vs. Dodgers

Lineup: Crawford  LF Puig  RF Gonzalez  1B Ramirez  SS Ethier  CF Uribe  3B Ellis   2B Fed-Ex  C Nalasco  P I will try and post tomorrow, but we have a funeral tomorrow.  A friend’s father died 7 weeks ago.  Her mother died this week.  We have to travel a long way and I’m about 30%. Go [...]

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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 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 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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