Tag Archive | "James Loney"

Corey Seager Taken With First Pick

The last time Logan White took a position player with the first pick in the draft was in 2002 on a pitcher named Loney.   Wait!  Loney was a pitcher too – he was just converted to 1B. Oh, maybe he’s going to convert Seager to become a pitcher.  You will read all over the blogosphere [...]

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Sit James Loney NOW

Look, the time is up waiting for James Loney to get his mojo (I can’t say get it back, because he never had it).  ENOUGH ALREADY!  He is OPS’ing .680.  Jerry Hariston is OPS’ing .941, but he is not a middle-of-the-order hitter.    The Dodgers need to get some big bats in the lineup.   I have [...]

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Rant & Rave Sunday

Hiroki Kuroda is 4-6 with a 3.82 ERA for the Yankees and has given up 70 hits in 68 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.  Aaron Harang is 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA for the Dodgers and has given up 63 hits in 64 innings with a 1.35 WHIP.   Chris Capuano is 7-2 with a 2.50 [...]

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A Titantic Problem

The team that had not lost as many as three in a row has now lost five in a row!  The iceberg has destroyed  the hull.  The ship is taking on water.  There are no lifeboats.   The rats are jumping off the ship.   The world is ending.  We will all be killed! Now, take a [...]

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The Secret is to Keep Calm and Have a Plan

Calm down everyone.  This is a better team than last year and last year the Dodgers were one of the TOP 5 teams after the All-Star break.  Yes, I know that the Dodgers were just whipped like rented mules.  They had never lost three in a row this year, until the day before yesterday – [...]

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Rant & Rave Wednesday

Nate Eovaldi was better than advertised with 7 strong innings – he only threw 90 pitches and allowed 2 Earned Runs (all in the first inning).  He only walked 1 and struck out 4 while only allowing 4 hits.  After the first inning, he allowed 2 more hits the rest of the way.  He looks [...]

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Get Out of the PCL!

Badger (thanks for the Postcard) again pointed out the problems with having the Dodgers AAA team at Albuquerque.  With thin air, the curve balls are flat and the balls travel further.  This is bad for pitchers and hitters as well (because the hitters think they are better than they are).  I think it’s time for [...]

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Everything is Great… Except for 1B, 2B and 3B

The Dodgers Need a Solution at 2B, 1B and 3B, but 2B may be the most critical. Let’s face it – Mark Ellis may not be back this year and if he does come back, it will probably be in August, maybe September.  Dee Gordon has been through some growing pains and can’t be counted [...]

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Play Me Or Trade Me

Players that teams wait on year-after-year to reach their potential, seldom do.  That’s a sweeping statement and I don’t have time to do the scientific research, but it seems about right to me.  It seems like players with “potential unrealized” frequently achieve that potential with a different team than the one they start with.  It [...]

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I Still Believe – Do You?

A good beat-down is (in my opinion) better than a 1-run loss.  They both count the same in the standings, and with the beat down, you just wave it off and move on.  Next man up!  Two out of three from the D-Bags in their park – I’ll take it.  Now a day of R [...]

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Are These Destiny’s Dodgers?

Here we are, just over one-quarter of the way through the season and the Dodgers are riding high.  Injuries have been a factor, but the motto has been “Next Man Up.”  Last night, the next man was Andre Ethier, Matt Freaking Treanor and Justin Sellers.  James Loney even hits a two-run jack!  Next man up [...]

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A Wild Night at the Ravine

An ejected manager, 4 unearned runs, blown save, errors, stranded runners, leads squandered… and  a walk-off-walk – it was ugly and the Dodgers won because they never stopped trying.  Adam Kennedy went 4-4 (that’s not a misprint), James Loney was 3-4 and both Loney and Kennedy are above .250.  Tony Gwynn also had two hits, [...]

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Bring Mickey Hatcher Back

Lest you forget, Mickey Hatcher was Kirk Gibson’s replacement for the 1988 Dodgers in the World Series.  He hit a home run in the first game of the 988 World Series and proceeded to sprint full-speed around the bases.   He has been the hitting coach for the Angels under his (former) buddy, Mike Scioscia for [...]

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Kemp to the DL Was the Right Move

Matt Kemp didn’t want to do it, but happily the Dodgers training staff erred on the side of caution and didn’t want Kemp’s Grade 1 Strain become a Grade 3.  This will force him to rest, because I think Matt only knows one way to play – flat out!  It will also give Scott Van [...]

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Next Man Up!

Matt Kemp carried the team is April, but has tanked in May.  His batting average is all the way down to a Superhuman-esque .375, but now the other guys are picking him up. Mark Ellis is still looking like an excellent addition to the team with a .389 OB% as the number two hitter.  Ned [...]

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The Sky is Not Falling

This time last year, the Dodgers were 16-20 in 4th place and the fans were moaning and groaning.  Now the Dodgers are 20-11, in first place in the NL West with the 2nd best record in all of baseball and the fans are moaning and groaning.   What the…?   Look, there is no perfect team.  The [...]

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Grow the Arms, Buy the Bats

I think that was/is Logan White’s Mantra.  Logan wants to draft pitchers and if he doesn’t draft a pitcher, he converts the guy into one (Loney, Martin, Jansen).  That tells me that the Dodgers will be loathe to trade young arms… and that is good. What that means is that you shouldn’t expect the Dodgers [...]

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Rant & Rave Tuesday

I guess we have a new closer – Elbert is an animal!  If James Loney can hit just a little, he’ll save a lot of games at 1B. One of the main reasons the Dodgers are doing as well as they are is the infield defense.  Even with Gordon’s errors, the defense has been outstanding. [...]

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Rant & Rave Monday

You laughed (some of you even mocked me) at me when I said Chris Capuano would win 20 games, but here he is 3-0 with a 2.76 ERA.  Maybe he won’t win 20 games, but would you rather have him or Hiroki Kuroda?  Nuff said!  Chris Capuano is showing that he just might be a [...]

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Kershawism

One of the biggest differences in Clayton Kershaw and other pitchers is how he reacts when his teammates let him down.  In the first inning, Juan Uribe commits an error and Keshaw responded with two strikeouts.  In the fifth inning, Gordon and Loney committed back-to-back errors and Kershaw again pitched out of the jam.  Not [...]

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