April 17, 2015
The division leading Rockies are here for a weekend series. The Dodgers, who trail by one game, are expected to bring up pitcher Adam Liberatore to fill the roster position, vacated when Carlos Frias was optioned to OKC.
The Dodgers are looking to increase their four game winning streak against the hot Rockies, who have won their last three games.
April 13, 2015
The Seattle Mariners, who some pick to be in the World Series, are at Dodger Stadium for a three game series.
The Dodgers will miss seeing the Seattle ace, Felix Hernandez, who was taken out of Sunday’s game against the A’s after five innings due to tightness in the quadriceps muscle in his right leg. He is scheduled to pitch next Saturday against the Rangers.
Brandon McCarthy, who gets his second start for the Dodgers, is 2-6 with a 3.88 career ERA against Seattle.
April 9, 2015
Our team is venturing back to the desert to play Arizona. While rattlers of the serpent kind won’t strike unless they feel threatened, it still is a good idea to dodge them. Rattlers of the NL West kind will come after you whenever you enter their territory. This generation of Diamondbacks is not as deadly as past generations, but still can cause some pain. Hopefully the Dodgers bats will pound them back into the crevices from which they emerged.
Adrian Gonzalez had an opening series for the ages, setting a major league record for his five home runs in the first three games of a season. At that rate, he will hit 270 this season. He also did something very rare by getting at least three hits in the first three games. Who cares about oddball statistics like these? The only important one was that we won the series.
Next on the mound is Brett Anderson, who is said to have excellent stuff. If he can throw 180 innings or more this year, he may be one of baseball’s best bargains. In his last start, 15 of the 20 batters hit ground balls. The new and improved Dodger infield and Brett should be a perfect match.
April 9, 2015
Just some random thoughts on a Dodgers day off.
- Too bad Adrian has the day off – he’s hot!
- Good thing the starting rotation has the day off – Kershaw pitches again on Saturday!
- Donnie should use the day off to reconsider his overuse of the bullpen. Do what you did on Monday – one inning, one reliever.
- Going to Arizona, where not only do we own the D-Backs (we were 15-4 against them in 2014), we own their pool!
- Uribe finally got a hit. Now Puig needs to get going.
- Crawford is this year’s Hanley – all hit, no glove.
April 6, 2015
At long last, the regular season is here.
The opening series with the Padres may give us a glimpse of how this year will play out. With the addition of Matt Kemp and James Shields, the San Diego crew has a great chance to be a very good team this year. Now that they grabbed Craig Kimbrel, a 27 year old that many consider to be the best closer in the MLB, they are looking very dangerous.
To fill his team with some of the elite players in the majors, A.J. Presley gave up six of his top ten prospects. They are now the most intriguing team in baseball. Of course, that is all on paper. Starting today both the retooled Dodgers and Padres will start to see how all of their offseason moves work out.
I’m looking forward to another season, made all the more fun by our conversations right here on OTD.
It’s time for Dodger baseball!
April 2, 2015
The Dodgers have packed up their bats, gloves and cleats and have departed the Valley of the Sun headed for the metropolis of Los Angeles. The Freeway Series begins tonight in Anaheim and ends Saturday in L.A.
In the annual wrapup of the Spring Training season, the Dodgers play the Angels, who lead the all-time exhibition series 63-48-3.
March 27, 2015
What a great time of year to have a birthday. The gray, freezing winter has ended and the warm days of spring beckon us to go outside and see the emerald green grass and flowers emerging from the dormant ground.
This is the time for optimism to abound. The reset button has been pressed. All teams are returned to an even footing with thoughts of post-season glory wafting though Cactus and Grapefruit league stadiums from Glendale, Az to Jupiter, Fl.
Wide eyed rookies and grizzled vets alike are hoping they have what it takes to make the team. A first chance for the former and maybe the last for the latter.
Our very own OBF has been along for the ride, and shared the hopes and dreams of the Dodgers for over 65 years. Happy Birthday Joe. I hope for this next year, that you have good health, happiness and get to celebrate a Dodgers World Series Championship!
*** UPDATE ***
🎁 It’s Wally’s birthday too! 🎂