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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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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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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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DODGERS RECALL SCOTT VAN SLYKE; OPTION DEE GORDON TO TRIPLE-A ALBUQUERQUE

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today recalled outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned infielder Dee Gordon to Triple-A. Van Slyke, 27, will be making his fourth stint with the big league club this season and has a .242 batting average with seven doubles, six homers and 15 RBI in [...]

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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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This is a crazy game

I couldn’t help but observe the following last night: The Dodgers had only three extra-base hits and 15 singles to plate 13 runs. The Cards scored four runs but didn’t have an extra base hit. A Catcher was Pitching to a Pitcher in the 9th inning and looked like the best pitcher of the night [...]

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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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Carlos Marmol-aid and Lyin’ Braun

What a great game last night!  This team is hitting on all 25 cylinders. Even Brandon League appears to offer hope.  That would be outstanding if he could return to form.  That’s the same as adding a reliever. I wish the Dodgers would just hurry up and call up Steven Ames…  What?  Oh!  I didn’t [...]

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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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Think about it people!

Games like yesterday build character!  They also give a team confidence.  Hanley Ramirez for MVP? Chase Utley will cost the Dodgers something like Zach Lee, Dee Gordon and Joc Pederson.  Utley will be 35 this year, so I can’t see him being a factor next year.  He’s a DH in the AL for a couple [...]

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I am not confident in this team…

But, with six wins in a row, I am hopeful.  A week ago, the Dodgers were 12 games under .500.  Now it’s six and I am hopeful. Just not confident!  If they can reel off another six, maybe I’ll get that confidence back. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are the leaders of this team, but [...]

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A Twist of Positive

OK, I have been very negative about this team for quite some time and while I have been spot on, there is reason for hope.  The only thing that worries me is that Ned will make one of his dope-fiend moves and mess it up.  I mean, why does he keep Cruz on the team [...]

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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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Right Reasons, Wrong Things

By criticizing some Dodger players the past few days, Don Mattingly has all but admitted that he has lost this team.  He is frustrated as we all are and wants the team to fight, not just play.  That sums up what is wrong with the Dodgers more than anything else.  Donnie said what he said [...]

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Todays game shouldn’t matter…

Win or lose, this team needs a new direction and it has to start with the manager.  Most of you were excited with the team Ned put on the field (not me so much), so Ned won’t get axed mid-season.  The rest of the Dodger brass proclaimed their satisfaction with the team but declined to [...]

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So you think a manager doesn’t make a difference?

Do you really believe Joe Torre or Don Mattingly could have taken that rag-tag bunch of wanna-be’s, never-were’s and utilitymen to the 2000 Olympics and beat the heavily favored Cubans to win Gold for the USA?  No way, Jose!  Some people admire Donnie’s calmness.  That’s just the way he is.  Very little emotion.  Unflappable, some [...]

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Worse than even I imagined

I have always been a positive person.  Each year I have faced the season with optimism and have always felt that the Boys of Summer were full of promise every Spring.  It was not hard for me to see a silver lining in seasons of doubt.  I was frequently accused of having my eyes clouded [...]

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