Dodger Magic Continues: 2017 Continues to Be Great Year to be a Dodger Fan

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UPDATED    Dodgers Sweep the Giants with magic walk-off win in the 11th inning.  The walk-off win wasn’t your average amazing walk-off either.  The Dodgers debuted a rookie by the name of Kyle Farmer who doubles in the bottom of the 11th inning with two men on, to seal the win and sweep.

In the past I have been critical of the Dodgers management for not fixing the pitching staff (specifically the bullpen).

Well, it might be an understatement now but 2017 is shaping up to be a great year to be a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  With the Dodgers who currently possess the best record in Major League Baseball, while they continue to break records within the organization for wins and team leaders, it might also be an understatement to mention the Dodgers are playing really well in 2017.

And for Dodgers fans everywhere, it gets better.  To be a fan of the Dodgers in 2017 is to watch their arch-rival SF Giants cling to dead last in the National League west division standings.  For us Dodger’s fans, it is a beautiful thing to watch as the Giants flounder day in a day out while the Dodgers win and break records.

And why are the Dodgers winning?  The Dodgers have an abundance of All-star players, Rookies and raw talent.  Take Rookie sensation Cody Bellinger and players Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Alex Wood, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, Logan Forsythe, Yasmani Grandal, Joc Peterson, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes,and Chase Utley for example.  What a year they all are having!  Okay, let’s take the entire team and watch as each game means a different hero to take center stage.   Recently, we’ve seen Justin Turner claim top spot for batting average while Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger (among others) provide that much needed hit when it counts in the bottom of the ninth.

So ask me if it’s exciting to be a Dodgers fan in 2017?  That would be an understatement

 

Go Dodgers!


From MLB: How the 2017 Dodgers stack up against other MLB teams

From the LATimes – Kyle Farmer’s Walk-off Win

Dodgers Win 8th Straight with Rookie Farmer’s walk-off to sweep Giants

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Win Streak at 11

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2017: A Great Year to be a Dodger Fan

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UPDATED    Dodgers Sweep the Giants with magic walk-off win in the 11th inning.  The walk-off win wasn’t your average amazing walk-off either.  The Dodgers debuted a rookie by the name of Kyle Farmer who doubles in the bottom of the 11th inning with two men on, to seal the win and sweep.

In the past I have been critical of the Dodgers management for not fixing the pitching staff (specifically the bullpen).

Well, it might be an understatement now but 2017 is shaping up to be a great year to be a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  With the Dodgers who currently possess the best record in Major League Baseball, while they continue to break records within the organization for wins and team leaders, it might also be an understatement to mention the Dodgers are playing really well in 2017.

And for Dodgers fans everywhere, it gets better.  To be a fan of the Dodgers in 2017 is to watch their arch-rival SF Giants cling to dead last in the National League west division standings.  For us Dodger’s fans, it is a beautiful thing to watch as the Giants flounder day in a day out while the Dodgers win and break records.

And why are the Dodgers winning?  The Dodgers have an abundance of All-star players, Rookies and raw talent.  Take Rookie sensation Cody Bellinger and players Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Alex Wood, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, Logan Forsythe, Yasmani Grandal, Joc Peterson, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes,and Chase Utley for example.  What a year they all are having!  Okay, let’s take the entire team and watch as each game means a different hero to take center stage.   Recently, we’ve seen Justin Turner claim top spot for batting average while Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger (among others) provide that much needed hit when it counts in the bottom of the ninth.

So ask me if it’s exciting to be a Dodgers fan in 2017?  That would be an understatement

 

Go Dodgers!


From the LATimes – Kyle Farmer’s Walk-off Win

Dodgers Win 8th Straight with Rookie Farmer’s walk-off to sweep Giants

Walk-off Wonders

Dodgers Baseball

Dodgers keep rolling

Win Streak at 11

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Why do some baseball teams play, some do not: My MLB Scheduling Gripe

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Why do some Major League Baseball teams get specific days off, while other teams do not?

For example, the Los Angeles Dodgers played the Chicago White Sox July 19, 2017 but then must fly home to LA to play the Braves at 7pm on July 20th.  Yet, the White Sox team gets Thurs July 20, 2017 off.  They then fly or drive a short distance to Kansas City to play Friday.

Now I can completely understand a day off for teams to fly and support it.  So to my point, why don’t the Dodgers get a day off to fly nearly 2000 miles home?  I can only think of one reason for this:  Money.  The Dodgers bring in more money than other teams so it’s probably in the best interest of MLB (and management) to keep them playing more often.   If anyone knows for sure, I would be delighted to know.

Meanwhile, Go Dodgers!


 

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Superbowl 50, the Panthers, the Broncos and a inexcusable replay call….

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My favorite football team happens to be the Minnesota Vikings who were not playing in Superbowl 50 2016.  However, a bad call is a bad call especially when there is re-playable game video tape with multiple viewing angles.

This year’s grand football game featured a decisive play in which the Panthers QB Newton threw a pass to Jerricho Cotchery who at first glance appeared to fumble the ball.  The pass was ruled incomplete and until the instant replay was displayed showing a different story.  The throw was clearly a complete pass but the referee decided to ignore the video replay results and let the incomplete pass ruling stand.  Why? we can all surmise but it shouldn’t happen in the first place. Only two plays later the Denver Broncos would score the game’s first touchdown to take the lead.    Now I believe that it was this play that allowed the Broncos to get their first touchdown.

Now a bad call is one thing but one in which includes a video taped replay?  I don’t see how this can be allowed to happen–unless the referee has some invested interest in helping the other team win.

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If the Dodgers Started the Baseball Season Today

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If the Los Angeles Dodgers were to start the baseball season with the team we see today, I believe they would not even make it to the playoffs this time.   Right now I believe the team is mediocre at best–much like the past few years.

First, the team has lost their second best starting pitcher Zach Greinke and have not added any replacements worth mentioning.   The bullpen has not been fixed, which has been leaking for a few years now.  Adding two or three great pitchers to the bullpen would go a long way to helping the team stop those leaks when the game is on the line.   If they expect to have a chance at the World Series they must at least add two more strong starting pitchers and trade Alex Wood.  Brett Anderson should only be used in an emergency or a 10 plus inning game.

The offense hasn’t changed in terms of adding great hitters.  In my opinion re-signing Chase Utley was a wasted resigning which will only return similar mediocre results seen from the 2015 season.  Without great pitching, both starting and from the bullpen, and without great hitters throughout the lineup, the Dodgers can only expect the same sorry outcome we have seen from the last three years.

Come spring training and the start of the 2016 season, I do hope the front office cares about truly fixing the team to better than championship caliber.   The holes are real and the holes are big.  Time will tell if they fill the holes and build a better team or if their fat paychecks hinder them from caring about the fans.

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Dodgers Fans Rejoice: Kansas City Royals Beat NY Mets to Win 2015 World Series

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The 2015 Kansas City Royals baseball team proved that you don’t need a $300 million dollar plus payroll like the Los Angeles Dodgers to win a World Series.  What a team needs is a solidly deep pitching bullpen, reliable starting pitching and great hitters in the clutch.   The Dodgers and New York Mets both proved that a weaker bullpen loses games and inconsistent hitting will also lose games.

I hope the upper management for the Los Angeles Dodgers will take notice from this 2015 World Series that money doesn’t necessarily win games, but great players win games.  In addition, computer analytics can hinder winning a game when it’s great pitching, battering and old-fashioned baseball playing that it takes to win.   In 2014 and 2015 the Dodgers seemed to forget about playing old-time Dodger baseball with small ball and by adapting to each play as it unfolds.  The management of late has appeared to become more concerned about what a computer says about a situation, overall game statistics and pitching counts regardless of how the players are playing.   Of course without solid pitching from the bullpen and reliable clutch hitting,  no amount of flexibility is going to win a game.

It is my opinion that when good players are left alone to play baseball and the coaching and management knows the right times to step aside, great things will happen on the field for the team.  The 2015 Royals proved just that by not only winning the World Series but because they were able to come from behind to win three of the five games in the series.    The 2015 Kansas City Royals are a team all baseball clubs should be watching and be taking notes on how winning baseball is played.

 

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If the Dodgers Don’t

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And for the third straight year, if the Los Angeles Dodger’s intend on being a serious contender in the post season, they must fix their pitching woes and the continued “not being able to hit” in the clutch.  They must spend some of the millions they have on players who are great at hitting and pitching when it counts.    Sadly for us fans however, I get the feeling upper management doesn’t really care about winning it all because whether win or lose, they get paid plenty.    So in the meantime, we Dodgers fans won’t hold our breath for things to change but we’ll keep rooting for our team anyways.

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The Elephant in the 2015 Dodgers’ Clubhouse

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If it hasn’t become apparent to everyone who follows baseball, with a recent sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Colorado Rockies, there is a elephant in the Dodgers’ clubhouse.  This elephant that not many in Dodger management seem to want to talk about is the Dodgers’ bullpen and good pitchers or lack thereof.   This year the Rockies sweep has kept the Los Angeles Dodgers’ magic number stalled at two, but the bigger problem that needs addressing is why they have struggled at all–since 2014.  To me and other fans, it has been simple to figure out–the Dodger’s pitching, particularly the bullpen, needs fixing.  However, for unknown reasons to us fans, upper management went for supposed hitters (who have also struggled) yet if a team expects to win a tight game it is essential they be able to hold one run games.  So now we are seeing what happens when a baseball teams’ bullpen leaks.  Until the Dodgers get their pitching fixed by adding good, solid  pitchers (starters and relievers), I predict they continue to have trouble winning games–even if it means the need to win one against the last place team.

 

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