Tag Archive | "Dee Gordon"

Pecota Loves the Dodgers

Of course, you all know that I put as much validity into PECOTA as you do in believing that I am a writer!  Here’s who PECOTA says will be the TOP 15 players.  Noticeably absent is Hanley Ramirez.  As is Yasiel Puig. I stole the following data from The Flagrant Fan, since I don’t subscribe [...]

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Lay off Ross Stripling

It seems that the Dodgers’ blogosphere is all up in arms about Ross Stripling’s elbow.  “OMG, he should have told someone.”  “Why did he not just stop?” The people who ask these questions have obviously never played professionally or maybe even at an amateur level.  If you quit something every time you felt a twinge, [...]

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Predictions and WAG’s

Alexander Guerrero won’t have any problem acclimating to 2B, but he will have trouble with hitting.  He will open the season in the minors. Matt Kemp will be ready to play by Mid-April. Chad Billingsley will return in May Josh Beckett will be a pleasant surprise… at least the first half of the season. Dan Haren will [...]

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85 to 105

I can see a scenario where the Dodgers win 105 games this year and I can see where they could win 85 games.  This is a hard team to predict.  Here’s why – consider this: Dee Gordon could be the starting 2B or back at AAA; Alex Guerrero could be the starting 2B or in [...]

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The Dodgers Need a Centerfielder

Assuming Matt Kemp will come back by summer and be healthy, he is going to have to change his style of play.  No longer can he be the guy who runs into walls, steals bases and runs with reckless abandon.  If he wants to stay on the field, he is going to have to change [...]

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The Team That Starts May Not Be The Team That Finishes

Everyone is busy considering who will make the Dodger’s 25 man roster this year, but that may be the wrong question.   Will Figgins win a job?  That’s not the question.  What about Turner and Gordon as a 2B platoon?  Not relevant.  Will Alex Guerrero be anything close to a starter at 2B this year?   Maybe… [...]

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Goodbye Hanley?

I don’t think the question is whether Hanley Ramirez will soon move to 3B (because he won’t).  I think the real question is: “Will Hanley Ramirez be a Dodger next year?” Don Mattingly may have given us a glimpse of what the answer might be in this LA TIMES article by Dylan Hernandez: “There’s going [...]

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Hanley is Staying at Shortstop… at Least for Now!

The State of the Infield: Hanley Ramirez is happy and healthy and wants to remain a Dodger for the rest of his career.  Oh, and by the way… he’s not moving off of Shortstop!  You can take that to the bank.  Quit talking about him moving to 3B, because it ain’t happening for at least [...]

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Enter the Pirate!

I can’t even spell Erisbel Arruebarruena, let alone pronounce it!  Therefore, I shall now refer to him as “The Pirate” – You know Arrrrr… Can he play? Will he play? Will he make the team? I have no clue! I have no clue if Guerrero will make the team.  Dee Gordon looks like Mr. Universe! [...]

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The future is now!

I hope the Dodgers are done in the free agent market and with all trades.  They are set.  It’s not an ideal lineup, but what lineup is?  Those of you who want an All-Star at every position are either Closet Yankee Fans or delusional.  It ain’t happening.  Guggs and Company has money, but they have [...]

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Put on your seat belts and let’s go outside the box… way outside!

When I first tell you this, you will want to vomit!  I guarantee it, because that’s what happened to me when I first thought of it. So, without further ado, I am just going to spit (vomit) it out: The Dodgers trade  Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Dee Gordon, Zach Lee, Ross Stripling (I hate to [...]

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Fall is in full swing

This is what my back yard looked like this morning… and most of the leaves are still in the trees.  Maybe the wind will blow them toward my neighbors… Dodger Notes: So, Elian Herrera is now a Milwaukee Brewer.  He was getting a little long in the tooth, but I liked him.  So long, Elian [...]

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Is there a plan?

Mercifully, for Dodger fans, the World Series is over.  At this juncture, I would be hard-pressed to say that the two teams in the series were not the best two organizations in baseball.    They both took different paths to get there, but both teams have one thing in common: Not many long-term contracts. The Cardinals [...]

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Forget about Robinson Cano and David Price

If Stan Kasten is smart (and I am not certain how smart he is) he won’t even consider free agents like Robinson Cano or David Price and here’s why: The Dodgers currently have nearly $170,000,000 in Guaranteed Contracts to their players for 2014 and that does not include the $25 million they will have to [...]

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Parting Shots

No longer junkyard dogs.  That title was taken by the Cards and Red Sox. I told you months ago that Clayton Kershaw would get a contract around $300 million and most of you said I was crazy.  How do you like me now after this report from ESPN? The Los Angeles Dodgers offered left-hander Clayton [...]

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Just wait until next year…

The Cardinals own Clayton Kershaw.  They beat him like a rented mule. Mercifully, it is over.   Now I can concentrate on my Indianapolis Colts.  This was a tough season and I am weary.  This site will be open for comments, but I will be gone for a while.  You know what to do. Back to [...]

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Counter Culture

It’s painful to have to write this stuff but it is absolutely true.  The Cardinals have a culture of winning that started long ago and is from the top-down.  It used to be true with the Dodgers.  Not so much anymore. Dave Duncan set the standard that the Cardinal pitchers have followed for almost two [...]

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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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The Dodgers can win without Kemp and Ethier

We already know that Matt is gone for the playoffs and I am going to assume that we are being kept in the dark by the Dodgers and that Andre Ethier’s injury is worse than we know.  I am going to assume that the Dodgers won’t carry a pinch hitter who can’t play the field [...]

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Ned should have gotten five outfielders

Matt Kemp is done!  Sounds like ankle and shoulder surgery.  Andre Ethier is hobbled and may not be able to run.  Actually, it sounds like Ethier should miss the NLDS, but the Dodgers may be forced to put him in there.  He has four days to heal his ankle, but to me it seems that [...]

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