Tag Archives: Chris Taylor

Dodgers who are en fuego

First the hitters.  Even though Keibert only has nine at-bats I wanted to include him because six for nine with only two strikeouts in his first taste of major league camp is outstanding. Estevez got no love from anybody when prospect lists were announced but he played a solid 2nd/SS and picked up four hits …

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Speedcast Nuggets

Statcast has a stat called sprint speed which is defined below. Sprint Speed is Statcast’s foot speed metric, defined as “feet per second in a player’s fastest one-second window.” The Major League average on a “max effort” play is 27 ft/sec, and the max effort range is roughly from 23 ft/sec (poor) to 30 ft/sec (elite). …

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Ten most interesting Dodgers in 2018

MLB posted their ten most interesting players for 2018 and our own (for now) Matt Kemp made the list. 9. Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers As awkward springs go, it’ll be tough to top this one. The Dodgers reacquired their former All-Star outfielder (and the two years and $43.5 million remaining on his contract) in a complicated …

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Are the Dodgers in decline?

Craig Minami in the TrueBlueLA comments asked this question. Is this a team on the rise, a team at the pinnacle or a team that be in some small decline? I started to answer but realized why I stopped posting lengthy comments at truebluela. By tomorrow, they will be gone,  so I thought I’d answer …

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Lest we forget 2017

I may have already written this column several times this year but before 2017 ends, now would be a good time for me to remember why 2017 was the best Dodger season of the 21st century. Wins Wins Wins – 104 in total in the regular season and ten more in the postseason for a …

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Did Puig measure up at age 26?

Back in February I asked if Puig could measure up to other LAD outfielders who had breakout seasons at the age of twenty-six? Even though his OPS+ was only 118, the growth he showed as the season progressed makes me say yes. He started out hitting eighth but by the time the Dodgers had gotten …

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Only Bellinger and Kershaw crack top MLB award player finalists

Cody Bellinger is a shoe-in for the 2017 NL ROY but that will probably be the only hardware the team with the best record in baseball will acquire. Clayton Kershaw is in the finals with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg for the NL CYA. At one time this summer it seemed as if the Dodgers …

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2017 NLCS victory was partially driven by the shortstops

Dodger NLCS Shortstop Stats sorted by OPS with at least eight PA: Series/Player BA OBP Slug OPS 2017 Chris Taylor 0.250 0.400 0.875 1.275 2017 Charlie Culberson 0.455 0.385 0.818 1.203 1978 Bill Russell 0.412 0.444 0.471 0.915 1974 Bill Russell 0.389 0.421 0.389 0.810 1981 Bill Russell 0.313 0.316 0.438 0.753 1985 Mariano Duncan …

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Chris Taylor is what Dodger fans prayed for

You can’t really quantify the impact that Chris Taylor has had on the Dodger season. You could try it with fWAR but you would be missing the complete picture. Chris Taylor was a 2nd baseman when Logan Forsythe got hurt early Chris Taylor was a left fielder when Andrew Toles went down for the season …

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Forget past failures of October

I was thinking about something Jon Weisman tweeted yesterday I remember the euphoria after the Dodgers’ NLDS sweeps in 2008 and 2009. It’s sobering to recall what came next. Hoping 2017 is less cruel. — Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) October 11, 2017 and it made me realize the only way to really enjoy this upcoming NLCS …

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