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The Hottest Team in Baseball

The Hottest Team in Baseball

I was obviously wrong when I said that Joe Torre had lost this team and Rick Honeycutt couldn’t coach anymore.  My deepest apologies to them both – NOW DON’T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN! (smile) Team ERA is now 4.53 as the Dodgers leapfrogged the Nats to take the 11th spot.  They need to get to [...]

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Now These Are The Dodgers

Now These Are The Dodgers

While still leading all of major league baseball in hitting at .277, the Los Angeles Dodgers are quietly lowering their team ERA and raising their fielding percentage.  They have climbed from 15th to 12th in fielding and have shaved almost a run off their team ERA.  It now sits at 4.63…  and dropping.   The [...]

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It Was Just The Pirates

It Was Just The Pirates

I wondered and now I know. The Dodgers didn’t right the ship – it’s just that the Pirates are THAT bad, but against a good team like Milwaukee, the Dodgers have ZILCH. Chad Billingsley suffered first-inning woes, but then settled down and pitch 5 more very good innings.  He pitch good enough for the Dodgers [...]

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Rant & Rave Tuesday

Rant & Rave Tuesday

I think James McDonald and Josh Lindblom will both play a big role with the 2010 Dodgers. If Hiroki Kuroda can continue to hit 95 MPH on his fastball and mix up his pitches like he has, he will be an All-Star this year. The Kiddie Corps of Chad and Clayton are starting to hit [...]

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The Real Dodgers Plan

The Real Dodgers Plan

Maybe you have wondered why the Dodgers didn’t spend much money over the past off-season.  Maybe?  You have absolutely wondered that if you are a Dodger fan.  After all, the owners were getting a divorce and arguing over money and control, so that’s it – McCourt is bad and he won’t spend any money. Many [...]

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The Patient is Comatose

The Patient is Comatose

No one realizes more than I do that this is a 162 game season.  I am not worried about our pitching – it will come around (do you really believe that Kuo and Belsiario will continue to have double-digit ERA’s?  Sherrill?  I worry about him, but he can’t be THAT bad, can he?). I am [...]

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Why Joe Torre Should Be Fired

Why Joe Torre Should Be Fired

First of all, I do not call for the firing of a Hall-of-Fame Manager like Joe Torre without a great deal of thought and considerable regret.  After all, he is one of the greatest ever, but for “whatever reason”, he has lost his edge.  He is going through the motions, he’s “mailing it in.”  Maybe [...]

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www.JoeTorreShouldBeFired.com

www.JoeTorreShouldBeFired.com

There’s too much talent on this team for them to be playing so badly.   Of course, if you are a McCourt Basher, you will say “I told you so” and if they don’t change direction, you will be right. There is too much talent on this team for them to be playing FUNDAMENTALLY BAD [...]

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This Team Plays With The Fire of Joe Torre…

This Team Plays With The Fire of Joe Torre…

which is ZILCH! Let me be the first to say: www.JoeTorreShouldBeFired.com Should I start the site?  I already own it.

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Progress.  I See Progress

Progress. I See Progress

Clayton Kershaw was imperfect but pitched well enough to win.  It only takes a pitch “here or there” and he’ll not walk anyone. Then our closer blew a save, but the pen came through with 4 innings of excellent pitching.  George Sherrill “righted his ship” with 1.1 innings pitched and Carlos Monasterios was impressive in [...]

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No Matter How You Spin It…

No Matter How You Spin It…

Charlie Haeger has a 6.46 ERA – It is what it is, and thus far, he is not the Dodger’s Savior.  It was Joe Torre who said “you don’t catch a knuckleball, you defend against it.“ The Dodgers have 18 errors.  The manager and coaches have to take a large portion of the blame for [...]

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The Figurehead Needs to Go Figure

The Figurehead Needs to Go Figure

After a promising first inning where the Reds went down 1-2-3, Chad Billingsley suddenly started “grooving” pitches and giving up hits.  ”Here it is right down the pipe for you, go ahead and hit it,” and they did.  Chad didn’t walk anyone in his three pathetic innings.  Instead, he pitched like a man who had [...]

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Second-Guessers Are Never Wrong

Second-Guessers Are Never Wrong

Now that it’s all over, we can look back and say that Joe Torre should have brought Jon Broxton in and we would have won right? Broxton has never been known to blow a game right.  Broxton breezed last night, right?  Now, if he had brought in Brox and he had lost the game, you [...]

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Predictions?  Forget it!

Predictions? Forget it!

Some Dodger fans really seem depressed because certain sites or publications are not picking the Dodgers to finish 2nd or 3rd in the NL West (not all).  Before I go any further, I do want to acknowledge that there is a correlation between what the national websites and publications predict and reality.  The correlation is [...]

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Logan White Interview

Logan White Interview

During my 8-day trip to Camelback Ranch last week, on Thursday, March 25th, I sat down with Logan White in his office for a twenty-minute  interview which lasted about an hour an a half. While it is impossible to present it all, I have selected certain aspects of the interview which I think you will [...]

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Camelback Ranch – March 25th AM

Camelback Ranch – March 25th AM

The Dodgers and A’s tied after nine innings last night 3-3. Hiroki Kuroda pitched 5.1 strong innings allowing just 1 Hit and 2 BB to go with 2 Strikeouts.  In addition to the two strikeouts, he had 8 fly outs and 6 ground outs.  With Joe Torre set to name the 5th Starter today, it [...]

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Phoenix Municipal Stadium – March 24th vs. Oakland A’s

Phoenix Municipal Stadium – March 24th vs. Oakland A’s

Dodgers Starting Lineup: Furcal  SS Kemp  CF Ethier  RF Ramirez  LF Loney  1B Blake  3B Anderson  DH DeWitt  2B Ellis  C Hiroki Kuroda Starting followed by Josh Lindblom. Pre-Game Notes: Joe Torre says Russ Martin will start a minor league game tomorrow  and that he feels “good.”  I won’t be surprised if Martin is our [...]

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Camelback Ranch Report – Noon – March 22nd

Camelback Ranch Report – Noon – March 22nd

DODGER UPDATES: Jamie Hoffman was returned to the Dodgers by the Yanks who took him in Rule 5 (as I suspected).  This is the second time the Dodgers almost lost him.  Is he back for good?    The Dodgers should be much better at AAA. Some Dodger Brass feel that Charlie Haeger cannot pitch in [...]

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Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

Arguments can be made who should hit where, but I do think Joe Torre has a definite plan of hitting Kemp right behind Furcal (who has looked re-juvenated this Spring) and ahead of Ethier with Manny at Cleanup.  This is all subject to change, but that lineup followed by Loney and Blake would give excellent [...]

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Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Opening Day Roster Initial Prediction for 2010

Starting Pitching ($22,800,000): Kershaw (He will pitch great but with a losing record) $425K Billingsley (He will figure “IT” out this year) $3,850,000 Padilla (Will surprise us this year) $5,025,000 Kuroda (50% probability of injury) $13,000,000 Stults (Will continue to pitch very erratically until Torre gives up on him) $500K Relievers ($11,550,000): Broxton (Will have [...]

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