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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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Bullpen Problems? Nope! Puig Arrogant? Maybe!

.500 smells good, but until you are the lead dog, the scenery never changes.  Keep charging! The Dodgers are 15-3 in their last 18 games.  Now is the time to reel off about 10 in a row.  Bury the Rocks. 9 Shutout Innings by the Bullpen.  The Dodgers don’t have any stinking bullpen problems.  Winning [...]

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Clayton Kershaw isn’t the pitcher he once was

… and that’s good.  He’s obviously pitching more to contact now.  He can still blow it by the hitters when he wants to, but for the most part he’s pitching deeper into games by using fewer pitches to record outs. I see two things about this: It will obviously extend his career; and He will [...]

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Winning cures almost everything!

You sure have to feel a lot better about this team after the last week, but if you are honest with yourself, you still have to have some trepidation.  Here’s why: The clutch hitting is better, but not great.  It took fourteen hits to produce 6 runs.  The Phillies produced 16 runs on 21 hits [...]

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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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It’s a start… isn’t it?

Three is a row.  WOW!  I can’t remember that for a while.  Toronto turned around their horrible season by running off eleven wins in a row.  Certainly the Dodgers are just as capable of the same thing, but can they do it?  They are going to have to start to hit much better than they [...]

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It’s may be time to sell

The Dodgers had a nice win last night, but unless they can run off about 12 in a row, it appears very unlikely they will make the playoffs.  Skunks don’t shed their white stripe overnight and the Dodgers aren’t likely to suddenly become clutch overnight.  As the sun sets on the Dodgers chances to get [...]

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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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Is there a lesson here?

They lost their best player before the season started and he was never a factor.  They have one player over 27 years old.  Their youngsters have never been here before.  They have a coach that has never coached in the big leagues,and he is young and inexperienced, but he’s a motivator and he believes in [...]

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Donnie is Outta’ his League

… in more ways than one, but the instant League he is out of is Brandon who is no longer the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers (that’s assuming that Donnie has at least a modicum of common sense left).  This one is on Ned Colletti, who was laughed at when he signed League to [...]

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There May Be Light – I Hope It’s Not a Train!

The tunnel has light.  Two wins in a row is a lot for this bunch, but there is reason for hope.  I have a few observations: Hanley Ramirez is way ahead of schedule – that can’t hurt; Juan Uribe has an OB% of .388 plus he plays great defense – let’s hope Donnie leaves him [...]

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What’s wrong with the Dodgers?

ELEVEN THINGS: If you want a scapegoat, you have one.  Why would Donnie start Luis Cruz at 3B?  His defense or lack thereof was a factor.  Uribe is superior defensively and has an OB% 300 points above Cruz.  What is wrong with him?  What is wrong with Ned?  Cruz is a waste of a roster [...]

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Kershaw, Greinke and Who is #3?

Aaron Harang is gone (thankfully).  Ted Lilly will likely never be what he once was (maybe a #4, but now he’s a # 8).  That leave Capuano and Ryu as part of the Dodgers rotation, but I see them as #4 and #5 starters (you pick the order).  It also leave the Dodgers without a [...]

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Bridge to Nowhere

I know that the Almighty Stan Kasten and his Clown Crown Prince Sir Ned Colletti must have a plan to bridge the gap between the current Dodgers and re-building the farm.  The thing is: IT AIN’T WORKING! When the Dodgers traded for Hanley Ramirez for Nate Eovaldi, I was OK but not overwhelmed, as I [...]

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DODGERS PLACE HANLEY RAMIREZ ON THE DISABLED LIST, RECALL DEE GORDON

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and recalled shortstop Dee Gordon from Triple-A Albuquerque. Gordon, 25, had a .314 batting average with 19 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples and 12 RBI in 25 games with the Isotopes, while [...]

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I Tried to Warn You!

For the record, I hate people who say “I told you so” but on February 18, 2013, I wrote a column called Anybody Can Overpay.  In that column, I wrote: At a time when most Dodger fans are overjoyed and elated at the Dodgers’ prospects, I find myself very underwhelmed, even sad.  By all accounts [...]

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I Remain Unconvinced

Mark McGwire is unconvinced too.  The hitting of this team absolutely sucks.  It can change, but will it? A couple of moths ago I said I would not be surprised if this team won 80 games… or 100 games (the lineup will have to change for that to happen).  I stand by that! This team [...]

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The Big Dodger in the Sky

Whether you are Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Wicca, Taoist and any other religion, you already know about the Big Dodger in the Sky.  How do you know that he is real?  Tommy Lasorda told us so.  That’s all you need to know. What else you need to know is that he is not happy [...]

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