Tag Archive | "Yasiel Puig"

Tough decisions to make

Here’s what I think today: It appears that Andre Ethier will miss the NLDS but likely make the NLCS if the Dodgers prevail… and I believe they will! I do not think there is any scenario in which Dee Gordon makes the playoff roster – you are thinking with your heart if you believe that.  [...]

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Are you ready for some playoffs?

I want to throw out the possibility that Andre Ethier might not be 100% for the first round of the playoffs and could possibly sit, making space for Hairston, but I prefer Scott Van Slyke.  I have no inside info on that, but it could happen.  Probably not, but you have to consider it.  I [...]

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Just wait until next year…

There’s still a lot of season left and the Dodgers could play deep into the playoffs, even win it all!  But, they are hard to watch right now, so I am going to look forward to next season.  I can’t stand this team right now, but hopefully it will change soon.  So, here’s next year: [...]

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Playoff roster

It’s premature, of course, but I’m going to take a stab at the playoff roster.  Of course, the following position players HAVE to be on it (barring injury) because they are starters: AJ Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Mark Ellis Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Carl Crawford Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Yasiel Puig Then, there are also a [...]

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You should pay me to talk crazy…

… because when I do, these guys play out of their a$$! The Dodgers all read LA Dodger Talk and are bent on proving me wrong.  That’s a fact (and I’m a Rocket Scientists too).  Juan “Freakin” Uribe!  Holy Cow! Bring it! OK – here’s the inside scoop on Guerrero:  It’s the same as Puig [...]

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Look into the future…

A lot of you didn’t like my take on “The Trade” yesterday.  Tough!  It is what it is.  When you get angry, I know I’m close to the truth.  The fact of the matter is that the Red Sox sent the Dodgers $270 million in contracts and the Sox replaced the production with just $80 [...]

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Here’s my take on the deal

We all know that the Red Sox traded Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford to the Dodgers for prospects, but that the Dodgers had to take on all the salary.   The Red Sox then replaced Adrian Gonzalez with Mike Napoli, Carl Crawford with Shane Victorino, Nick Punto with Stephen Drew and Josh [...]

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LF Platoon?

Donnie, Davey Lopes and even Clayton Kershaw seem to like Andre Ethier in CF better than Matt Kemp.  Could it be there will be a platoon in LF with Kemp and Crawford?  I can’t see Mattingly putting Puig and his arm in LF.  On the other hand, I suspect Kemp will play CF against tough [...]

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Clueless in LA

Predictably, when the Dodgers acquired Michael Young from the Phillies, sides were taken and lines were drawn in the sand.  One side used stats to condemn the deal while the other side used hope as a basis to approve the deal. I submit to both sides, here and now, that neither side knows what the [...]

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The case for keeping Andre Ethier

As you all know, I do not like “THE TRADE.” I like Adrian Gonzalez but Josh Beckett and especially Crawford are boat anchors, in my opinion.  Carl Crawford has a weak arm, is highly injury prone and inherently unreliable… and he can’t play CF.  Maybe CC can go to the AL and DH (that’s a [...]

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The disease may be back

Getting off to a 30-42 start was not something I expected, but then I never imagined I would see a 46-10 run after their 30-42 start.  However, as I came to believe they could win it all, I also never thought that they would revert back to their lackluster ways… and make no mistake about [...]

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Game 1 – Red Sox vs. Dodgers

Lineup: Crawford  LF Puig  RF Gonzalez  1B Ramirez  SS Ethier  CF Uribe  3B Ellis   2B Fed-Ex  C Nalasco  P I will try and post tomorrow, but we have a funeral tomorrow.  A friend’s father died 7 weeks ago.  Her mother died this week.  We have to travel a long way and I’m about 30%. Go [...]

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Don’t stick your head in the sand

Yesterday, I wrote this: “OK, I am going to throw out a couple of ideas for NEXT year.  It always pays to think ahead.  Don’t kill me.“  Then I made a suggestion that Puig could be traded to the Marlins for Stanton and prospects.    I did not say that I would make the trade.  [...]

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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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Why can’t the Dodgers just win them all?

Because they can’t!  That’s why. Hanley had his head up his butt most of the game as did Puig and a few others.  Andre played well, but it was just one of those days.  I hate to tell you this, but the Dodgers are going to lose a few games. Get over it.  The world [...]

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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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