Big Apple vs Big Orange

July 3, 2015

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The Dodgers start their weekend series with the Mets with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.  This is the first time that Kershaw has pitched after losing three straight. While not close to his record season last year, Kershaw has pitched much better than his record indicates.

With the International Signing Season now open, the Dodgers wasted no time stocking their farm system with a lot of  talent some countries in and around the Caribbean Sea.  In addition, since the Dodgers and blew through their international signing bonus, they have sold their international bonus slots to other teams in return for prospects.


Giants Series

June 19, 2015

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This series could impact the NL West standings. On Monday the Dodgers can be a half game behind the Giants, or 5 1/2 games ahead… or anything in between.

It is highly unlikely that the Dodgers can get another balk-off win, so their bats better warm up fast.


Howdy Dodgers!

June 15, 2015

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The folks in Texas are a friendly bunch. You can ask Enchanted and vl4eccjr.

Maybe they won’t be as friendly after a two game sweep by the boys in blue. The schedule for the next four games is weird. The Dodgers play the Rangers in Arlington Monday and Tuesday, then both teams fly to Los Angeles for a two game series on Wednesday and Thursday at Dodger Stadium. I don’t remember a back to back series against the same team in each other’s stadium, other than to make up for a rainout or in the post-season.

The Dodgers flight from San Diego to DFW* experienced a malfunction and had to divert to LAX. Airline travel is extremely safe, if you go by the miles per accident stats, but planes do go down occasionally. I shudder to think of the disaster that would occur if a MLB team plane were to crash. Though nobody likes to think about it, there is a contingency plan in place if the unthinkable were to happen. Scott’s father, Andy Van Slyke, teamed up with longtime St. Louis baseball writer Rob Rains to write “The Curse”, a novel whose premise revolves around the Cubs suffering a tragedy in which 23 members of the team lose their lives.

*Located roughly halfway between the major cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, DFW spills across portions of Dallas and Tarrant counties, and includes portions of the cities of Irving, Euless, Grapevine and Coppell. It has its own post office ZIP code and United States Postal Service city designation “DFW Airport, TX”.


#WhereWasKenley?

June 4, 2015

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Coming home after a disappointing road trip, where the team won three, but lost four games, the Dodgers play a weekend series against the league leading St. Louis Cardinals.
Splitting the series with the cellar dwelling Rockies is not a good sign.  They should have swept Colorado, or at least won three games.

Not having  Kenley Jansen last night really hurt, and it threw unwanted light on the inability of the bullpen to perform in an important save situation. The team was vague when asked about his absence. Dismissing speculation about about another episode of atrial fibrillation, the latest word was that he suffered from dehydration.  To me,  that sounds like an excuse to cover up something else.

Tonight Carlos Frias goes up against Michael Wacha. This four game series will be an opportunity to see if the Dodgers have a realistic chance of beating St. Louis in the post-season.


St Louis Blues

May 29, 2015

While blue is the color of their name on their uniform, the Dodgers have their work cut out for them to prevent that color from describing their mood after their visit to St. Louis.  The boys in blue limp into the river city atop the NL West, but down to a half game lead over San Francisco.  The Cardinals with the best record in MLB, lead the Central division by 5.5 games.

Going up against the Cards without Kershaw and Grienke will test the Dodger’s mettle.  They will have to be at their best to win this series.


Whip Out Your Banana

May 25, 2015

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Despite winning two out of the three games with the Padres, the offense is still sputtering.  A couple of games ago, Kiké Hernandez grabbed his banana and held it out so the whole team could see it.  It became known as a Rally Banana.  It didn’t work too well, but if we all shake our bananas like pom poms, maybe we can generate some excitement and cause a run spurt.
It’s worth a try.  Just beware of Braves fans bearing tomahawks.


Dry Spell!

May 22, 2015

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You know the sad story.  The Dodgers offense has entered the witness protection program.  Nobody knows where it is.

They were schooled by the World Champions about the way to play baseball.  Despite the preaching of Don Mattingly,  Mark McGuire and John Valentin, some of the guys have failed to have professional at bats and have not been able move runners.  On the contrary, Hunter Pence gave himself up by shortening his swing and hitting to the right side to advance a runner from second to third base.

The home stand begins with the Padres and Grienke on the mound.