Tag Archive | "Clayton Kershaw"

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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What Nolasco is doing is bad!

Horrible! Terrible! It’s really bad… for the Dodgers chances of re-signing him. Since Joining the Dodgers, Rickey Nolasco is 7-1 with a 2.25 ERA (1.65 at Dodger Stadium).  He has proven to be an excellent addition to the Dodgers rotation.  In fact, it could be argued that he is the Dodgers #3 ahead of Ryu. [...]

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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 disease may be back

Getting off to a 30-42 start was not something I expected, but then I never imagined I would see a 46-10 run after their 30-42 start.  However, as I came to believe they could win it all, I also never thought that they would revert back to their lackluster ways… and make no mistake about [...]

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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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Why can’t the Dodgers just win them all?

Because they can’t!  That’s why. Hanley had his head up his butt most of the game as did Puig and a few others.  Andre played well, but it was just one of those days.  I hate to tell you this, but the Dodgers are going to lose a few games. Get over it.  The world [...]

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The Best Pitcher in Baseball

At age 25, Clayton Kershaw is quietly putting up numbers only a few pitchers ever have.  Among active pitchers with at least 1,000 innings pitched, Clayton Kershaw is #2 behind Mariano Rivera (2.22 ERA) with a 2.62 ERA.  He is way ahead of any other active pitcher.  All of the following have an ERA over [...]

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These are REALLY Destiny’s Dodgers!

A few days ago I said: “The only thing that can stop the Dodgers from winning their first World Series since 1988 is catastrophic injury.” Turns out Las Vegas thinks so too and the Dodgers are now 5-1 favorites to win the World Series! When Hanley Ranirez was hurt, I told you I couldn’t imagine [...]

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Ground Hog Day… again

Only thing, this Ground Hog will hunt.  Hunt you down and kill you!  Just ask Matt Harvey! In spring training (April 1, 2013) I predicted this: I will say this:  The most important player for the Dodgers in 2013 is someone not in the lineup, that being Hanley Ramirez.  If Hanley can return to his [...]

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Private Conversations

The following exchanges were overheard at Dodger Stadium yesterday: “What happened?” – Juan Uribe on the hidden ball trick used on him “What the hell just happened?” – Tim Wallach on failing to notice the hidden ball trick “What were you two thinking?” – Don Mattingly to Uribe and Wallach about the hidden ball trick [...]

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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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Six-Step Blueprint for a World Championship

By virtue of an incredible 40+ game stretch, the Dodgers are soundly entrenched in first place in the NL West and it is not likely (barring major injury) that any team can catch them.  However, the real work has just started.  Now, Stan & Ned and Company go to work on the Blueprint for a [...]

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The Puig who saved the Dodgers

You can’t help but notice the sheer joy and enthusiasm with which these Dodgers play.  The hitters are confident.  The pitchers are confident and even the fielding is improved.  Yasiel Puig has saved the Dodgers… not matter what happens from here on.  He saved Don Mattingly’s job and probably a few players jobs (in LA), [...]

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The Dodgers will not keep spending

If we have learned anything about Ned Colletti or Guggenheim, we know that they play their cards pretty close to their vests.  On the other hand, the Yankees are a 3-Ring Circus.  Lately, the Yankees have been making a lot of noise about getting their payroll down to the $189 million luxury tax level in [...]

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The KershawKemp Redemption

Rants & Raves over the Nats vs. Dodgers The fans in DC are exceptional.  If I had rooted for the Dodgers like that in Oakland, I’d be in the morgue right about now. A Nats fans asked me “How old is that guy?  I know he’s older than Uribe.”  “I said why do you think [...]

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Puig isn’t Superman

But he’s pretty good.  Look, did anyone expect him to hit .300, let alone .369 after a slump of several games?  Did you really think he would keep hitting .400+?   It’s really pretty silly to be down on him now that he’s hitting a mere .369.   He’s 22 years old and next to Hanley Ramirez, [...]

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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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Matt Garza anyone?

The Dodgers reportedly still have interest in Matt Garza of the Cubs.  The question is:  At what price?  Garza is a very good pitcher – some regard him as a #2 or #3.  With the Dodgers, he would probably be slotted at #4 right now.  A rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Garza and Nolasco would [...]

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