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James Loney lives on… and on… and on

RIP James Loney and the Dodgers’ Offense We all knew that James Loney was loved and respected by his fellow Dodger teammates, but there was no way anyone could predict that almost the entire Dodger team would dedicate the season to James and  decide to all do their best James Loney impersonations since the trade.  [...]

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Do Something, Even if it is Wrong!

You can do nothing… and maybe that’s the right thing to do. Or, you can do something… and maybe that’s the right thing to do. Sure, you can say it’s not the hitting coaches fault, because the players have to actually hit the ball.  The coach can’t hit it for them.  You can say that [...]

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Sheets Had a Ticket to Ride

Tonight I literally thought I was in Los Angeles in 2006 against the Padres. First Hanley to center, then Poney to right, and my boy Luis Cruz to left. I was still waiting for Nomar to come up and then I saw AJ Ellis step to the plate and snapped back into reality. Defense Harang [...]

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Swallowed by the Cracks and Failed by the Pen

Some games, you have to win with pitching.  The Dodgers didn’t do that last night.  Chris Capuano continued to pitch extremely well… well enough to win.  Maybe Donnie should have kept him in, but it’s easy to second guess.  At any rate, he brought in Belisario who allowed both runners to score, preventing Capuano from [...]

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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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Still Crying Over Youkilis

Kevin Youkilis is hitting third for the White Sox and has raised his batting average to .249.  He hit the game winning homerun last night and scored two runs, but the Dodgers weren’t interested.  They were stupid then and they are stupider now.  Here’s the deal:  my son-in-law is a Red Sox fan and he [...]

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Rant and Rave Monday

Dee Gordon’s injury is bound to keep him out of the lineup until after the All-Star Break, likely longer.  The MRI today will tell the tale. The Junkyard Dogs are back after a brief vacation.   Next man up! Nate Eovaldi who has struggled of late, goes against LH Wade Miley who has been great this [...]

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Junkyard Dogism

The game was blacked out on MLB.com last night (Indy is too close to ChiTown I guess) so I was relegated to watching the highlights on MLB.com.  Drat! Junkyard dogs never say die.  You gotta’ kill ‘em or they will kill you in the end.  What a motley crew!  They just keep on winning.  They [...]

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Case Closed!

For the record, I like Kenley Jansen – I especially like his demeanor on the mound.  I like that he glares at the hitter and is ready to throw the ball as soon as he gets it back from the catcher.  The Dodgers had a previous closer, also a rather large man, who sometimes looked [...]

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Can’t You Just Enjoy the Ride?

In the Spring of 2011, I predicted that the Dodgers would win the NL West – that didn’t happen and since then many fans have really been down on the Dodgers, some even predicting last place finishes in 2011 and 2012.   I have no doubt that some of your judgement was clouded by your immense [...]

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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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Guerr – Ate!

The Brewers went hungry when Billingsley and Jansen were on the mount, but when anyone whose name started with “Guerr” pitched (Guerrier & Guerra), the Brewers ATE them up.  This is not a column about Tony the Tiger. It would be a knee-jerk reaction to call for a new closer right now – after all, [...]

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Rant & Rave Saturday

Ladies & Gentlemen, let me introduce to your your 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers who now at 7-1, have the best record in Major League Baseball. Koufax didn’t do it.  Drysdale didn’t do it.  Neither did Osteen, Sutton, Valenzula, Messersmith or Kershaw.   Johnny Podres had the Dodger record (which was eight) until Aaron Harang struck out [...]

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Lopes was a Ghost and the Dodgers were toast

Lopes was a Ghost and the Dodgers were toast

It’s all Davey Lopes fault.  See what happens when he’s gone.  He had a death in the family and had to leave the team. In the past 30 years, the Dodgers have a perfect winning  record with him, but have lost thousands of games without him. There you go.  That’s all you need to know [...]

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That Big Letter C

That Big Letter C

I know that Ivan DeJesus, Jr. should have fielded that ball cleanly and turned the double play to end the game and if he would have done that Jon Broxton would have recorded a save.  But he didn’t.  You can use that as an excuse, but I’ll bet J-Brox would tell you he still should [...]

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K & K: Stone Cold Killers

K & K: Stone Cold Killers

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, Camelback Ranch – I fly home tonight so today’s game is it for me.  Jared will cover the next few days after I leave. This morning Jared and I listened to a half an hour of Lasorda and Simers bantering, ridiculing and baiting each other.  It was hilarious.  I wish I [...]

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There Were No Games Yesterday

There Were No Games Yesterday

I know that you know the Dodger afternoon game yesterday was rained out, and you think that the Dodgers played the D-Backs at Talking Stick.  However, you would be mistaken if you thought the Dodgers played.  Oh, they were there in body, but not in spirit.   Dee Gordon was the only highlight.  Well, I re-tract [...]

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Hitting?  What Hitting?

Hitting? What Hitting?

These guys could jump out of a boat right about now and not even hit water… let alone a little white baseball.  I know it’s early.  I know the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. I know most of the Dodger starters are not in there.  I know that with most of the positions secure, [...]

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I Told You It Was Bad…

I Told You It Was Bad…

According to multiple sources, Vicente Padilla will have surgery to repair a nerve/muscle problem in his arm.  He could miss the whole season, or not.  However, he can’t be included in the Dodger’s plans this season.  Padilla was a key part of the pitching staff, so we can’t minimize his loss. So, now it on [...]

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