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Please pass the offense

Yes, I know that Lackey and Lester are good (not great) pitchers, but the Dodgers have scored four runs in two games and that just isn’t going to cut it.  Frankly, they are lucky to have a win in this series.  It’s back to that same lack of clutch hitting that has plagued the Dodgers [...]

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Has the wild horse been broken?

Vin Scully calls Yasiel Puig a Wild Horse because you can never predict what he is going to do next.  He will make you laugh and he will make you cry, but he has certainly brought life to a moribund team.  All good things come to an end and the Dodgers winning streak is over [...]

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Ground Hog Day… again

Only thing, this Ground Hog will hunt.  Hunt you down and kill you!  Just ask Matt Harvey! In spring training (April 1, 2013) I predicted this: I will say this:  The most important player for the Dodgers in 2013 is someone not in the lineup, that being Hanley Ramirez.  If Hanley can return to his [...]

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Don’t pinch me – I don’t want to awake from this dream!

The is uncharted water for any Dodger fan.  The Dodgers have won 38 out of their last 46 games which is an .820 winning percentage for over a quarter of the season.  It’s Ground Hog Day every day in a good way.  Don’t wake me.  I love it and hope it never ends. Rants & [...]

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Private Conversations

The following exchanges were overheard at Dodger Stadium yesterday: “What happened?” – Juan Uribe on the hidden ball trick used on him “What the hell just happened?” – Tim Wallach on failing to notice the hidden ball trick “What were you two thinking?” – Don Mattingly to Uribe and Wallach about the hidden ball trick [...]

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The return of James Loney

James Loney 23 Doubles 10 HR 51 RBI .307 BA .355 OB% .805 OPS Adrian Gonzalez 22 Doubles 15 HR 69 RBI .293 BA .344 OB% .796 OPS That is the James Loney most of us expected.  If he could have done that in LA, the Dodgers probably wouldn’t have traded for A-Gone and Crawford.  [...]

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This is a crazy game

I couldn’t help but observe the following last night: The Dodgers had only three extra-base hits and 15 singles to plate 13 runs. The Cards scored four runs but didn’t have an extra base hit. A Catcher was Pitching to a Pitcher in the 9th inning and looked like the best pitcher of the night [...]

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The Junkyard Dogs are Back!

Last year, when the Dodgers got off to a fast start, it wasn’t like they had a big star, it was just a team effort by a bunch of junkyard dogs.  Last year the junkyard dogs were Luis Cruz, Juan Rivera, Bobby Abreu, Elian Herrera, Adam Kennedy, Mark Ellis, James Loney,  AJ Ellis and others. [...]

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Six-Step Blueprint for a World Championship

By virtue of an incredible 40+ game stretch, the Dodgers are soundly entrenched in first place in the NL West and it is not likely (barring major injury) that any team can catch them.  However, the real work has just started.  Now, Stan & Ned and Company go to work on the Blueprint for a [...]

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Alan Porter is a Moron

On second thought, I’m not going to waste any bandwidth on such a moron.  Mark Ellis said nothing wrong and Porter should be suspended.  That’s all! Medical Update:  OK, I can walk, but I look like Festus (“Mr. Dillion, Mr. Dillon”).  You youngsters will have to Google that.  It also hurts a lot when I [...]

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Carlos Marmol-aid and Lyin’ Braun

What a great game last night!  This team is hitting on all 25 cylinders. Even Brandon League appears to offer hope.  That would be outstanding if he could return to form.  That’s the same as adding a reliever. I wish the Dodgers would just hurry up and call up Steven Ames…  What?  Oh!  I didn’t [...]

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With Matt Kemp, It’s Not a Lack of Hustle

It’s not surprising that you might think Kemp was not hustling when he injured his ankle.  A player doesn’t always run top speed or slide every time.  While it may have looked like he wasn’t hustling, I believe it is much deeper than that.  I believe it is a lack of concentration and/or focus, and [...]

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The KershawKemp Redemption

Rants & Raves over the Nats vs. Dodgers The fans in DC are exceptional.  If I had rooted for the Dodgers like that in Oakland, I’d be in the morgue right about now. A Nats fans asked me “How old is that guy?  I know he’s older than Uribe.”  “I said why do you think [...]

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Puig isn’t Superman

But he’s pretty good.  Look, did anyone expect him to hit .300, let alone .369 after a slump of several games?  Did you really think he would keep hitting .400+?   It’s really pretty silly to be down on him now that he’s hitting a mere .369.   He’s 22 years old and next to Hanley Ramirez, [...]

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Andre Ethier’s Blast Sinks Nats

When Bryce Harper  slid into 3B head first I yelled “He’s out!” while everyone around me was yelling “he’s safe.”  The Nats replay every good play on their marvelous scoreboard (best I have ever seen), so I said “If he’s safe, they will replay it.“  No replay – I just said “Scoreboard!“  My wife said [...]

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Praying for a National Disaster!

That means I am headed to Washington DC to watch this three game series, hoping that the Dodgers sweep, thus making it a National Disaster.  We have tickets to all three games, so I hope to have some good photos and the latest “scoop.”  I’m sure that Donnie and Ned will want to take me [...]

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Clayton Kershaw isn’t the pitcher he once was

… and that’s good.  He’s obviously pitching more to contact now.  He can still blow it by the hitters when he wants to, but for the most part he’s pitching deeper into games by using fewer pitches to record outs. I see two things about this: It will obviously extend his career; and He will [...]

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Everything from Kemp’s shoulder to Uribe’s behind

Kemp’s Shoulder On Matt Kemp’s AC joint pain, I can speak from experience.  It is one of the sharpest, searing pains you can ever have and it literally pops!  Kemp will likely not need the DL, but will have to miss a few games to  let it calm down after the steroid shot (Kemp is [...]

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Winning cures almost everything!

You sure have to feel a lot better about this team after the last week, but if you are honest with yourself, you still have to have some trepidation.  Here’s why: The clutch hitting is better, but not great.  It took fourteen hits to produce 6 runs.  The Phillies produced 16 runs on 21 hits [...]

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Think about it people!

Games like yesterday build character!  They also give a team confidence.  Hanley Ramirez for MVP? Chase Utley will cost the Dodgers something like Zach Lee, Dee Gordon and Joc Pederson.  Utley will be 35 this year, so I can’t see him being a factor next year.  He’s a DH in the AL for a couple [...]

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