Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

A hero will arise

It has been a downhill ride since Kenley Jansen gave Dodger fans a heart attack when his heartbeat went on a wild ride but I can’t help but think that over the long run this extended absence will result in someone stepping up and plug the gaping gap that has plagued the Dodgers. It would …

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Dodgers trade a plethora of prospects for a double play combination that might be the best in LAD history.

If Justin Turner can stay healthy enough to play most of the time for the rest of 2018, Brian Dozier and Manny Machado will be the Dodgers double play combination and for the life of me, I can’t think of a better combination in LAD history.  The same could have been said if the combination …

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Dodgers go a different direction in 2018

In 2015 the big Dodger deadline deal was Alex Wood to bolster the starting rotation. In 2016 the big Dodger deadline deal was Rich Hill to bolster the starting rotation. In 2017 the big Dodger deadline deal was Yu Darvish to bolster the starting rotation. None of those transactions helped the Dodgers win a World …

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Grandal has a historic July

Yazmani Grandal put up a July OPS of 1.215 becoming only one of six Dodgers to ever have a July OPS higher than 1.200 with at least 80 plate appearances.  None of them were catchers, no Mike Piazza or Campy Campanella. Player Split Year PA HR RBI OPS TB Duke Snider July 1955 126 11 …

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Dodgers 2018 July Pitching Breakdown

July is in the books and a familiar face led the Dodgers staff in fWAR for the first time this year.  In a normal Dodger year, Clayton Kershaw would lead the Dodgers in fWAR about five out of six months but it took until July for Clayton to take his accustomed spot at the top of …

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Omar Estevez getting it together

20-year old infielder Omar Estevez is playing his second season for Rancho in Class A+ ball after having an underwhelming season in 2017.  Given his age, I was surprised that he dropped so far in the prospect ranking this spring as he was much younger than the age group for his level. He’s still young …

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Trammel, Vlady, and Thome highlight my HOF Sunday

Three of my favorite players were enshrined yesterday into Baseball’s HOF and I couldn’t have been happier. I’m not sure why I was a Tiger fan in 1984, but I suspect it had to do with Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammel, and Sweet Lou Whitaker.  I watched Alan Trammel and Sweet Lou combine for the best …

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Breaking down Dodger centric MLB Pipeline Mid-Season top 100

The Dodgers posted four players in the revised MLB Pipeline top 100 that came out this week. Alex Verdugo was 29, Keibert Ruiz was 38, Will Smith was 74, and Dustin May clocked in at 83. The Dodgers lost Walker Buehler who no longer qualifies as a prospect and no one else graduated into the …

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Caleb Ferguson is pitching like 2016 Andrew Miller

A bullpen ebbs and flows all season, one moment a Daniel Hudson is handling the class five rapids with aplomb, the next moment he can’t even navigate a simple class one. When one stumbles another takes his place so it is rare that a bullpen has everyone firing on all cylinders and the Dodgers are …

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MLB Pipeline has Dodger prospects on the move up and down, and even out.

The mid-season MLB Pipeline top 30 prospect list came out today and as was expected, several notable prospects were on the move up, while others were on the move down. The February edition of the MLB Dodger top 30 pipeline looked like this. Many prospects from the Pipeline Pre-2018 are gone from the list for …

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