Category Archives: 2018 Dodgers

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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Stripling / Muncy dominate “first-half” awards

It is strange to call something the first half when ninety-six games have already been played and only sixty-six games remain in the “second half” but that is what MLB has decided is our season. With that in mind, the Dodgers needed all ninety plus games in the first half to climb into first place …

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What does the future hold for Ross Stripling?

On April 8th, 2016 Ross Stripling had one of the greatest debut games as a pitcher in LAD history when he held the Giants to ZERO hits while recording twenty-two outs.  More was made about the fact he wasn’t allowed to go for his no-hitter than about the fact the Dodgers had found another jewel …

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Dodger / Cubs chasing 1st place

The two teams who met in the 2017 NLCS will square off for the first time in 2018 with both teams in strange positions for them. The Dodgers are in 2nd place chasing the Diamondbacks, while the Cubs are in second place chasing the surprising Brewers. Both teams appear to have enough talent to eventually …

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Joc is on an extra base hit tear

At this point, you could write about every Dodger starter and find something amazing but today I’ll focus on Joc. Since Joc Pederson showed up as a full-time player in 2015 we have learned several things about our Joc. He is one streaky dude. One moment (for long swaths of at-bats) Joc looks very much …

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The young, the old, and the ugly

Young Caleb Ferguson gets another shot after a bad luck first outing last week giving SNLA a chance for even more family shots of his mother looking at Bambi while the hunter takes aim. I expect those big eyes will be rewarded tonight and the night will end up with happy hugs all around. Caleb …

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Finally, it appears to be Manny Bañuelos time

[Caleb Ferguson was recalled today so everything I wrote below is a moot point] It has almost been ten years since a Manny was rocking Dodger Stadium but as of right now it looks like the Dodgers will be dipping once again into the Oklahoma rotation and finally giving Manny Bañuelos his shot this coming …

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JUNE DINGERS

It isn’t your imagination if you think this version of the Los Angeles Dodgers loves the month of June.  It was the same for this group in June of 2017 when they slugged fifty-three home runs. Of course, home runs aren’t the only offensive stat, and they actually had a better OPS in July while …

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How do you play your five hottest hitters when you only have four positions for them?

The Dodgers have four positions for five very hot hitters.  Matt Kemp has been here all along,  Max Muncy announced himself in mid – April, Yasiel Puig joined the party in Mid May,  Joc Pederson got the call last weekend, and Cody Bellinger showed up this week. The June numbers are ridiculous for these fab …

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Dodgers start and end successful roadtrip with bullpen games

By any measure, the recent Dodger road trip through the Rocky Mountains and Pittsburgh was a resounding success but it wasn’t easy and Dennis Santana was as involved as anyone could be who only got fourteen outs in those six games. On the first game of the road trip, the Dodgers decided to use Dennis …

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