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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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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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Worst Hitting Team in Baseball?

The Dodgers have been shutout 10 times!  If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got.  Unless you are truly insane, you have to start by ditching the current hitting coach.  Maybe it’s not his fault entirely, but he’s not blameless.  It’s late in the year to do that, [...]

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Rant & Rave Thursday

There isn’t much to rave about, so please excuse me while I rant. The Dodgers looked like Champs against the Giants and Chumps against the D-Backs. Paul Goldschmidt’s body block of Jerry Hairston, Jr. in the 8th inning of yesterday’s game should be reviewed.  I agree with Hairston that the runner at 1B should have [...]

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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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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 Swagger is Back!

You can feel it. If Juan Uribe gets hot…  I’ve always thought highly of Juan.  [wink, wink, wink] Behind the scenes trades are being discused.  Teams are trying to get all they can.  Ned is trying to buy for as little as possible. The rumor is the Dodgers have offered Gould and Withrow for Dempster, [...]

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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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Never Underestimate the Power of Junkyard Dogism

Junkyard Dogism – def. “The State of being a junkyard dog, that is an under-appreciated, plain and untalented species which on occasion can rise and bite someone in the ass.” Going into the last game before the All-Star Break, the Dodgers can still be in first place if they win or the Giants lose.   Who [...]

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The Magic Is Gone

No, I’m not talking about the team.  I’m talking about Magic Johnson.  In the beginning, Magic said he was going to be “hands on” and there in his office everyday.  He doesn’t have an office and he’s NEVER there.  My only question is why did Guggs and Company feel they had to use Magic Johnson [...]

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From First to Worst in Under Two Weeks

The Dodger implosion has been nothing short of legendary as they have plummeted from the Penthouse to the Outhouse in less than two weeks.  What a fall by a bunch of marginal major leaguers who have no business of being on a major league field!  Adam Kennedy, take your wheelchair and AARP card and go [...]

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Yasiel Puig & Other Legends

Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler were both rated as better players than Yasiel Puig, but they got a lot less money than the Dodgers are giving Puig.  Is he worth it?  Do the Dodgers know something others don’t?  I certainly don’t know.  There’s not a lot of information and scouting reports on him.  Ben Badler [...]

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The One and a Half Club

The Los Angeles Dodgers are averaging 1.5 runs per game over the past 10 games.  Predictably, they are losing most games.  Flash: Ned Colletti says the Dodgers need more pitching.  In those past 10 games, the Dodgers are giving up 3.9 runs a game.  Now, unless the  pitchers the Dodgers get can pitch and hit [...]

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Underachievers and Overachievers

Honestly, this is no time to panic, but I do feel that Kevin Youkilis could have give the Dodgers a shot in the arm.  He’s younger than Pujols and is finally healthy after two unhealthy years.  Just like Pujols hitting .190 was not going to last, Youk is not going to keep hitting .225. (actually [...]

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Reinforcements Needed, Like Now

The Dodgers have dramatically exceeded expectations this year.  They are in first place in the NL West and still have the best record in the National League.  They have accomplished this mostly without the best player in the National League, without one of their starting pitchers and their second baseman who has been the foundation [...]

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