Category Archives: 2017 Baseball

While my Guitar gently walks

The Indians will be playing in an elimination game tomorrow and noted baseball columnist Mike Petriello has pegged Carlos Santana as a likely hero for the Indians. Cleveland’s best bet for hitting CC Sabathia… is probably Carlos Santana. https://t.co/K0h2S4sc8B — Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 11, 2017 I’ve been writing about Carlos Santana since he first appeared …

Continue reading

Rookie mashers

I should probably wait until the end of the year but I’m just blown away by the number of magnificent rookie home run hitters this year. It looked for a while that Aaron Judge had no chance to catch Mark McGwire’s historic rookie record of 49 home runs but Judge has gone crazy and blew by …

Continue reading

2017 has been the year of the rookie 1st baseman

Dodger fans know all about Cody Bellinger hitting 38 home runs and tying the NL rookie record for home runs but there have been a plethora of 1st baseman in 2017 who are hitting home runs at a staggering pace. Rhys Hoskins is much like Cody Bellinger in that he’s a 1st baseman who has …

Continue reading

October bullpen countdown

The Dodgers have two big decisions to make come October. Who will start game three and game four, and who will make up the October bullpen. The bullpen is so crowded that when I did my breakdown of the Walker Buehler chances I forgot to mention Josh Fields who reminded me tonight how foolish that …

Continue reading

AL Wild Wild card race

The Yankee’s did enough at the trade deadline that most figured they would not only handily win a wild card spot but overtake the Boston Red Sox and win the AL East outright.  They started out that way proving the few skeptics (me) wrong and the majority correct.  Several games after the big trades the …

Continue reading

The Chris Taylor team

We like to think that what Chris Taylor is doing this year is kind of unique but is it? Seems like every team in baseball has a player who is doing things he’s never done before.  I decided to run through the league to see if I could build a team of Chris Taylors. This …

Continue reading

Befuddled Giants

Last year around this time the Giants were in first place and the Dodgers were for the first time having to confront a rotation without Clayton Kershaw. Things didn’t look good and I even said they didn’t look good. Jon Weisman said no problem, and we know who was right last summer. The Giants went …

Continue reading

What is Dee Gordon?

It has been 2 1/2 years since the Dee Gordon trade that had all sorts of moving parts. Over those three years, we have won the trade several times, lost the trade several times, and even now,  have to wonder just who is Dee Gordon? Is he the batting champion of 2015?  His first year …

Continue reading

A season of WTF

Besides the Dodgers doing their best imitation of the 1927 Yankees this year has been full of bizarre offensive seasons from players either long given up or simply far exceeding expectations from what had been their previous norms. This is like the 2004 Beltre season but from a baker’s dozen. It won’t include players like Aaron …

Continue reading

This is how you lose five of six with an ERA of 1.50

Joe Davis was wondering how the Cardinals could be losers of five of their last six games when the rotation had an ERA of 1.50.  Which made me wonder. This is how: May 16th – Lose to Boston 6  – 3. Lance Lynn starts, gives up only  two earned runs but four total runs. The …

Continue reading