Tag Archives: Joe Blanton

Fangraphs / Zips / Koehler

I was waiting for Fangraphs to produce an article about how Tom Koehler was a brilliant signing by the Dodgers and they did deliver an article on Koehler. On the same day, they published the Zip projections for the Dodgers. First, let’s talk about Koehler. He has been a lousy starter for almost all of his …

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2017 Transactional review part one

The 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers had their most successful regular season since 1974, and their most successful postseason since 1988. They came within one game of achieving the goal of every major league franchise, the World Series Championship. Slowly I’m going to review all the moves that got them there, with columns for the big …

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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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All eyes on Kershaw & Morrow

Clayton Kershaw has started four straight game one NLDS,  and while this will be the first time he will start against a division rival in the NLDS everything else should seem familiar. In those previous four starts, the Dodgers have won two games and lost two games. When they have won game one, they have advanced …

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Blanton won’t be coming back

In 2016 the Dodgers effectively traded Juan Nicasio for Joe Blanton with mixed results. Sure they weren’t traded for each other, but in two separate transactions,  it was basically a swapping of relief assets. Dodgers allowed Juan Nicasio to leave as a free agent who was signed by the Pirates to a two-year deal for …

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Building the LAD bullpen with BPV

One of the biggest questions headed into spring is who will comprise the LAD bullpen. Last week we looked at who the best options for the rotation were based on the BPV formula used by Baseball HQ to determine skills levels of pitchers. Again, this is how the BPV formula is calculated: Pitching BPV: ((Dominance …

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Sergio Romo the ring king heads for LAD bullpen

Sergio Romo and his three World Series rings are headed home to the Dodger bullpen. For now it looks like he’ll be replacing Joe Blanton as the main right-handed setup man for Kenley Jansen. Blanton did good work last year but will only be remembered for his hanging slider to Miguel Montero that may have cost them …

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Narrative busting day

With Kenley Jansen re-signing with the Dodgers for 5/80 today, two different narratives were busted. First Narrative – MLB players always sign for the most money. I had laid out reasons why it would be a bad idea for Kenley Jansen to sign with the Marlins even if the Marlins made the best offer. I …

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Redemption game

Rich Hill showed why the Dodger front office traded for him, Cory Seager showed why he’s the best rookie in baseball, Yazmani Grandal showed why fans shouldn’t worry about a slump in the postseason, Joe Blanton showed why one pitch won’t define his 2016 season, Yasiel Puig showed why you shouldn’t count him out, and …

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Murphy drives in four

but Dodgers still manage to eek out a one-run victory to send both teams back to the Nations Capital for the deciding game five on Thursday night. On Monday the Dodgers held Murphy in check and lost handily 8 – 3, on Tuesday Murphy, drove in four of the Nationals five runs and yet the …

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