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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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The one guy the Dodgers can’t lose is lost!

Use your eyes – What do you see? I have watched the Hanley Ramirez flop into the seats over and over, and while I can see that he might be battered and bruised, I would be shocked if it is serious.  Unlike Matt Kemp’s ankle, which was nearly turned inside-out, Hanley’s shoulder didn’t seem to [...]

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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 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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