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One Mis Step for Melky, One Giant Step for the Dodgers

Losing Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension for being as big of a cheater as Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds does not automatically hand the NL West title to the Dodgers… but it doesn’t hurt.  He is arguably their best player this year.  When are these guys going to learn they will get caught if [...]

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A Long-Needed Blowout

Chad Billingsley looks like a Number Two to me.  Fear the Beard.  The Dodgers needed a blowout last night.  Almost everyone got in on it.  It’s only one game, so they have to come out and win again today behind Clayton Kershaw.  1-0 or 11-0 count the same. The Snakes dropped to 5.5 games in [...]

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3 Out of 4 on the Road

… and rolling.   One at a time.  Just win the series.  Smell the rare air of the penthouse. As I predicted over a week ago, Yasiel Puig is going to Rancho.  They play tonight. Let’s see how he handles their final 21 games. Nice win last night, Shane Victorino paid dividends.  Kemp remains hot, Ethier [...]

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The Mantra: Win The Series!

The Dodgers won Game 1 of the Marlins series, lost Game 2 and then took Game 3 5-0 when Chris Capuano (He’s done – he ran out of gas) almost pitched a no-hitter.  He now is 11-8 and most certainly won’t win 20, but his 10 K’s and 2 hits in 8 innings should erase [...]

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Matt Kemp is the Good, James Loney is the Bad and Juan Uribe is the Ugly! I thought that as the Dodgers begin the stretch run of the final 50 games, it would be good to put things into perspective.  Until Wednesday, the Dodgers had been Gawd-Awful for a few games, but that is just [...]

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30-20: Do The Dodgers Have It In Them?

The Dodgers started the season 30-13, so they are 30-39 since if my math is correct.  There are 50 games to go and this team has shown they are fully capable of going 30-13 or 30-39.  Can they go 30-20 the rest of the way?  Absolutely they can.  Will they?  They have did it before [...]

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Blanton’s De-Blue

Since the “start of the season” Thursday, the bums are 3-0. Undefeated! Nice to complete the sweep of the Cubbies at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 1998, but really, did we expect anything less?  If we plan on winning this division, that has to happen.  Vin said it best “We have to continue [...]

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To Lee or Not to Lee… That is the Question…

Whether tis nobler to sit pat and hope that Bills and Blanton can flash the necessary form to win or whether to pull the trigger and give up the prospects Philly is demanding.  We should know today.  Stay tuned… I think last night’s lineup is the best Donnie can do.  I like that lineup a [...]

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Lee-ma Time?

The season started yesterday as Mark pointed out and so far we are 1-0.  The bats are back! If Cliff Lee were to join this team, would he be our #3 behind the rejuvenated Chad Billingsley?  Fear the beard has an entirely new meaning. You can make the argument that Cliff Lee is one of [...]

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The Season Starts Now

The Dodgers have played 106 games and have won exactly 56 of those games.  That means there are exactly 56 more games in the season.  If the Dodgers go .500 the rest of the way, they will win 84 games.  That’s not enough.  They need to win at least 5 or 6 more than that [...]

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In it for the long haul

The Good As the trade deadline has come to a close, I think that we are all in agreement that our offensive line-up has been significantly upgraded with the additions of Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino.  Some think we paid to steep of a price for Victorino and we might have; only time will tell.  [...]

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The Quick and the Dead

Special Trade Deadline Edition Ned has already made a deadline deal (Hanley Ramirez) and he did it on the quick.  Quick Ned, make another or the Dodgers might be dead! It’s just my opinion, but I think the Dodgers will get Ryan Dempster AND Alfonzo Soriano.  Look, it’s no secret that Ryan Dempster wants to [...]

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The Han Man Can!

Not only did Hanley put the dogs up in the bottom of the 10th on a bomb to left center field, he prevented me from having a heart attack.  “Hanley has lost his mojo”….yaaaa, ok!!!!  He was bored in Miami!  This kid can play.  Clutch hit in clutch times! This game could have easily gone [...]

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There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

Ryan Dempster wants to be a Dodger, not a Brave. The Cubs feel they have no leverage on the Dodgers because of Dempster’s 10-5 rights. The Dodgers need a hitter (or two) as well. The Cubs are re-building and want salary relief. The Dodgers want to win and have bucks to burn. I have the [...]

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Flash: Dodger Hitters Waiting For HanRam To Save Them

After Hanley Ramirez scored one run and drove in the other in a 3-2 loss, it became apparent that the Dodger hitters were done hitting and simply waiting for Hanley to do it all. I’m not sure that will work, but that appears to be their mindset. James Loney is the worst. How about the [...]

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Here We Go Again…

The Dodgers have a penchant for trading for guys with bad attitudes named Ramirez and parlaying that into some sort of “mania.”   Is LA ready for “HanleyMania?”  On May 5, 2102, I wrote this: I know the Dodgers would love to have David Wright.  He may never hit over 20 HR again, but he’s [...]

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The Three Stooges Have To Go

I want you to answer each of these three questions realistically and honestly (no matter how much you hate the player): James Loney projects to hit .245 with 3 HR and 44 RBI this season while his seasonal averages are 10 HR/63 RBI and a .284 BA.  Do you expect him to keep hitting as [...]

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Dodgers Top Prospects

I think it’s silly to rank prospects by a number.  Almost everyone has Zach Lee as the Dodgers Number One Prospect.  He’s a decent prospect, but I don’t think he’s a number one.  Even though he started rather poorly this season, I think Allen Webster may ultimately be better than Lee.  How do you rank [...]

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What The Dodgers Need Right Now

The Dodgers Bench is in good hands with Rivera, Abreu, Hairston, Gwynn, Hererra and Cruz.  Great Bench!  Unfortuneately, most have been starters and therein lies the problem.  Note:  Adam Kennedy is not on the list, although he isn’t as bad as some may think. Catcher – The Dodgers need for AJ Ellis to just be [...]

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Patience is a Virtue Most Fans Don’t Have

Do You Like to Wait? I didn’t think so.  The same Dodger fans who lament the losses of Pedro Martinez, Carlos Santana, Shane Victorino, James McDonald and others, are also the same ones who complain when a young player doesn’t immediately make an impact.  Look, baseball is not an easy game and for every Bryce [...]

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