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These Deals Won’t Help Us Win The Pennant…

These Deals Won’t Help Us Win The Pennant…

But, they might just help us win the World Series.  I love Juan Pierre, but would you rather have him or Jim Thome as DH in the World Series?  Well, we now have a choice.  Thome says that he is not physically able to play 1B (although I suspect we will see him there from [...]

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My, How Our Rotation Has Changed

My, How Our Rotation Has Changed

I was impressed by Vicente Padilla yesterday – he has a “live arm – ” that’s a given.   He has multiple pitches and excellent stuff, topping out at 96  MPH.  Listen-Up!  These guys don’t grow on trees, and he must have really ticked-off the Rangers.  He entered the season as the number 2 starter behind Kevin [...]

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This Team is Built for the Playoffs

This Team is Built for the Playoffs

It’s good that we have a nice lead, because we might stumble a little down the stretch, but did it ever occur to you, that with the extra days of rest in the playoffs,  this team is built for just such an occasion?  As it stands right now, Clayton Kershaw would probably start game #1 of [...]

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Breathing Room

Breathing Room

Randy Wolf pitched a masterful game and the Dodger bats came alive just in time to add some separation between the Dodgers and the Giants.  After last night’s loss, the Giants are now  7.5 games back with the Rockies 6.5 games back.  Neither team has the horses to catch us.  Our malaise is behind us [...]

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Cooler Heads Will Prevail

Cooler Heads Will Prevail

Most Dodger fans want to throw the baby out with the bathwater.  “Everybody sucks, get a new team.  We should have traded for Lee and Halladay.  I knew this would happen, blah, blah, blah.”  Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLa.com puts it all in perspective: Before you go throwing dirt on a club with a 5½ game [...]

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“He’s Growing Up, Isn’t He?”

“He’s Growing Up, Isn’t He?”

That is an understatement by Joe Torre (written by Dylan Hernandez of the LA TIMES). What Clayton is doing, is growing into one of the most dominant pitchersin MLB.  At an age when Tim Lincecum was learning to pitch at AAA, Clayton Kershaw is learning how to become an ACE.  Frankly, as much as Ihave championed [...]

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The Yankees Still Haunt Torre

The Yankees Still Haunt Torre

After last night’s debacle of the pen, the Yankees led by a walk off home run by A-Rod, claimed the best record in baseball from Joe Torre and the Dodgers.   That says it all. I felt early in the game that Billingsley was still favoring his hamstring and did not have his normal “follow-through” during [...]

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We Are STILL The Team To Beat

We Are STILL The Team To Beat

We didn’t get Cliff Lee or Roy Halladay, or for that matter Jared Washborn, but we did get George Sherrill.  Big deal you say?   I am going to suggest that it is bigger than the Phils getting Cliff Lee – here’s why:  The Phillies are heavily left-handed and another solid lefthander on our pen, who can [...]

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Wasted Opportunities – At Bat & On The Mound

Wasted Opportunities – At Bat & On The Mound

The Dodgers had 11 hits but, 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position coupled with 4 twin-killings doomed the dodgers.  We hit, but not when we needed to.  Wasted opportunities was the games’ byline, and finally it was sad to see the wasted opportunity that was James McDonald.   After James McDonald was re-called from [...]

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The State (of the) Pen

The State (of the) Pen

It was another quality start for our new Ace, but he looked mortal at times in giving up 2 earned runs.  Still, he pitched good enough to win or at least kept us in the game.   The defense made some excellent plays and then also let him down.  This is a game we should have [...]

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Mid-Season Report and Prospectus

Mid-Season Report and Prospectus

With 88 games completed the Dodgers have 56 wins, which is the best in baseball.  The last Dodger team to do this well was the 1977 Dodgers who had 57 wins at the same juncture, and went on to win 98 games.  If  we just play .500 ball the rest of the way, we will [...]

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Let the Speculation Begin…

Let the Speculation Begin…

The Blue  Jays have hung a FOR SALE sign on Roy Halliday, and Dodger fans are clamoring for a trade to be made.  Let me suggest that it’s not that simple, and the price we would have to pay would be the blood of our first-born, Clayton Kershaw!  I will say right off that I [...]

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Junkyard Dogism

Junkyard Dogism

Like most baseball fans, I like stats, but there is something I like even more.  It’s something that can’t be measured.  There are guys you would have a beer with, and guys you would go to war with.  They may be the same guy.  They may be another guy.  There are players in every sport [...]

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So Do You Want To Pay The Price?

So Do You Want To Pay The Price?

Would you like Cliff Lee?  Would ya’?  Would ya’? Pay me Elbert, McDonald, Lambo and DeWitt.  Thank you very much! Zambrano?

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Add A Starter? I Think Not!

Add A Starter? I Think Not!

Hey, I agree that  Juan Pierre deserves to play every day,  and any MLB team could use another starter, but what are the Dodgers willing to pay for something we really don’t need that badly?  Billingsley, Kuroda, Wolf,  Kershaw, and Milton could be the best staff in the NL by August.  Also, by August, Matt Kemp could be injured [...]

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We Will Have The Lead & Will Get Two All-Stars Back

We Will Have The Lead & Will Get Two All-Stars Back

On July 3rd, the Dodgers will still probably have a substantial lead in the NL West, at which time they will get two additional All-Stars for their lineup:  Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier.  We all know Manny has been gone, but so has the Andre Ethier who hit behind Manny.  With Manny in the lineup, [...]

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No Headline, Just Sidelines

No Headline, Just Sidelines

Randy Wolf has whooping cough?  A wolf should never whoop! Ohman and Vargas are pitching but the Dodgers will leave them both a full 30 days, I believe.  If you remember, I said Ohman should have started the season in the minors. Jason Schmidt may resume his rehab – yeah and I might run a [...]

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Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

The Dodgers have done exactly that.  They have seized the day.  In a NL West division, that “they” said was said to be incredibly weak (“they” are generally wrong), the Dodgers have just kept up their winning ways and still sit seven ames atop the NL West  with less than 20 games remaining in That [...]

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May 31, 2009 – The State of The Union

May 31, 2009 – The State of The Union

“Hey, how is your team doing, Buddy?” “The good news is that attendance is down, but not too much.  The bad news is that our MVP candidate has missed nearly half the season, our All-Star leadoff hitter when the season started, is hitting .240, our opening days starter has been on the DL for most of the [...]

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May 19, 2009 – Bomb Squad or Stuntmen?

May 19, 2009 – Bomb Squad or Stuntmen?

In 1988 we had Dave Anderson, Mike Davis, Pedero Guerrero, Rick Dempsey, Tracy Wooden, Danny Heap and the head stuntman, Mickey Hatcher. This year it’s Juan Pierre, Juan Castro, Xavier Paul, Doug Mientkiewicz, Mark Loretta and Brad Ausmus. They currently go by the name “Bomb Squad,” but I think that “The Stuntmen” are back. Bomb Squad may be more 2009, but The Stuntmen are timeless.

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