Category Archives: Series Previews

Possible NLDS Preview

The Dodgers are in Phoenix facing the team they most likely will face in the NLDS.  The Diamondbacks reached their potential one year too late to save the job of Dave Stewart but they are now playing at the level expected in 2016. This is a good team with great balance between the hitting and pitching. …

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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 …

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Braves face Dodgers with old and new

The Braves have a strange little team. They are kind of in a rebuild but in an effort to bring fans to their new park they added a slew of veterans who might or might not be around by August 1st. Bartolo Colon is gone, and strange enough the Dodgers will face him Monday Night …

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Blazing Dodger Blue meets en fuego Royal Blue

A month ago the game was figuring out where the assorted Royals were going to end up. Cain, Hosmer, Moustakas, and Vargas were the primary names being bandied about.  I had even conjectured that Cain would be a good fit for the Dodgers given the struggles of Pederson and the uncertain status of the untested …

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Cleveland Indian preview

The Dodgers have made only one trip to Ohio to play the Indians and that was back in 2003. We won’t have any notable game scores or total base games based on a three-game series fourteen years ago. Just in case you were curious David Ross has the only home run against the Indians in Ohio. …

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The Big Red Machine is coming into town

This ain’t the Bench/Morgan/Perez/Foster version but this version kicks ass the same way.  The offense was already one of the best in the National League this year, but they have ratcheted it up a notch in June, and have been the best hitting team in June. Talk about firing on all cylinders: Name OPS wOBA wRC+ …

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Zimmerman uprising

When the Dodgers played the Nationals last year in the NLDS the one thing they thought they could count on was Ryan Zimmerman not being much of a factor. The weary 1st baseman came into the postseason with the 3rd worst wRC+ in the NL. He had been horrible in the regular season.  The postseason, …

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Rockies Preview – Are they for real this time?

The Rockies play host to the red-hot Dodgers as they try to keep claim to 1st place in the Western division.  The Rockies handled the World Champion Cubs pretty good taking two of three.  Before that, they knocked off the Diamondbacks two of three. As I’ve noted before the Rockies have gotten off to great …

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Padre Preview 05/05/17 – Castaways & Prospects

The Padres have been about as bad as I expected. The rotation of castaways is fulfilling their destiny but it is the offense that has been the bigger problem for the last place bound Padres. According to FanGraphs, their starting pitching is 10th in the league which means five teams have been worse. Which is kind …

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Giant preview 4/24/17

Rarely over the past decade have the Dodgers faced a last place Giant team. I’ll let someone else figure out when was the last time but I know it has been a while. At 6 – 13 the Giant are now 43 – 57 since June 30th, 2016. At that point, the Giants were 50 …

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