LA's Little Ethiopia. More injera, please!
Dodger fan since birth. Same age as Dodger stadium. Other interests: music (almost all of it), movies, cats.
Proof that baseball is a weird game. We're all praying for the return of Uribe, aren't we? Unthinkable a year ago. The scary thing is it'll probably be for a higher annual value than the last contract.
The market is pretty thin out there, though. Solid D and erratic hitting will actually cost you at least $7 mil a year these days.
1 day, 18 hours ago on Here’s Who Isn’t Playing Third Base Next Year
Actually, it would be great if Mattingly would use the two interchangeably dependent on the situation rather than in defined roles set in stone. But we all know that ain't gonna happen.
5 days, 19 hours ago on Brian Wilson Returns: Welcome Back, You Big Weirdo
Also known as 'The Andruw Jones principle."
Small sample size, and the need could have been filled more cheaply. I hope I'm wrong and he's totally back and is the best setup guy in the game and then is so happy in LA he stays for the 2nd year. Love the Eeyore image, but it's not really me. I think it's more a general reaction to the ridiculousness of salaries. Kershaw's worth whatever the market will bear, but no setup guy is worth $10 mil. a year. Glad he's there in case Kenley falters, mind you. I think that's the one thing he offers that they couldn't have gotten without overpaying SOMEONE.
5 days, 20 hours ago on Brian Wilson Returns: Welcome Back, You Big Weirdo
I would feel a lot better about it if the second year was a mutual option rather than a player one. NOT happy guaranteeing a setup guy $19 million. Basically, if he disappoints, they're screwed. If he succeeds, he's overpriced. And if he succeeds wildly, he doesn't exercise the option and ends up going elsewhere. Kind of win/win for Wilson and lose/lose for the Dodgers.
Is it wrong of me to really want Haren mainly because our pitchers' hitting, already the best in the majors, will get even better?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Talking Myself Into Dan Haren
Problem is you're going to end up paying their salary one way or another, and you at least have some idea how they'll play if healthy. Joc could very well be a flop. And just for some perspective, he hit .278 at Chatanooga and is not a great fielder. (The OBP is encouraging, though.)
1 month ago on The Dodgers Will Trade An Outfielder, Unless They Don’t
Yeah. Outfielder surplus. Just like that pitching surplus we had last year.
Just go in with four outfielders, and if you must trade one, make it Pederson. Somebody will get hurt. And Crawford ain't gonna give you more than 400 ABs anyway.
And in the unlikely event you have an extended period where all are healthy, bench either Crawford or Ethier (maybe both) against lefties, use whoever most needs the rest as DH in AL parks. The rest will sort itself out.
Why on earth are Buss and Sellars on the 40-man roster? I would have much rather kept Herrera than either of them.
1 month ago on Elian Herrera Is Gone Now, In Case You Cared
If Brandon League wasn't pitching as well as he's been the last week or so, I might take a chance on WIlson. But it's a crapshoot at best, and he comes along with an ego on a team that's pretty light on 'high-maintenance' players (Puig of course being the exception). I say don't rock the boat. The only parts that are worth more than a minimum price are a long-term 2B solution or an extra starter. I trust the bullpen to hold up more than I trust the Capuano/Fife #5 slot.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Your Worst Nightmare: Brian Wilson, Dodger?
Other than last night's game- and the whole team looked like they were engaged in a pathetic attempt to "make something happen"- he hasn't looked NEARLY as lost at the plate this year. I'll take .230/.320/.350 with good D from him and be thrilled.
7 months, 1 week ago on Juan Uribe, Paragon of Plate Discipline
I had fun just now looking at the Dodgers calendar on Yahoo! Sports. Did you know that, outside of the week of April 14-20, in which they went 0-6, the Dodgers are actually 10-5?
OK, I will stop conversing with my inner Ross Porter now.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers Look to Right the Ship on 6 Game Homestand to Close April
Yeah, but where was that HR you promised us?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers 3, Mets 2: Juan Uribe for President
Funny old world. I was assuming we'd lose this game, then it looked like we'd win it, then we lost it. I don't blame Donnie this time, though. So I resign myself to the fact that at least we got lots of encouraging signs from Kemp and Lilly, and really, considering how poorly everyone else has fared against Harvey, I'll take tagging him for three runs as another encouraging sign.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Now That’s a Gut Punch
@BearHunter90 @toomanyhatz Wrong Ellis- I meant Mark. Schumakers' OBP and BA are both flukes. OK, maybe not the OBP so much, but I'll take the slightly lower one that comes with occasional power and speed.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dodgers @ Mets April 24, 2013: Sigh, It’s Ted Lilly
Schumaker leading OFF? WTF??? I get giving CC (who's suddenly slumping, don't know if anyone noticed) a day off, but I'd much rather see Ellis (who's hot) leading off, Pnnto (getting lucky, mostly, though he is a scrapper) #2 and Schumaker 8th.
I totally blame Donnie for this one. It's a game you have a chance to win, and Jansen's clearly on his game, and Belisario's clearly not. If he gets in trouble take him out, but if it's worth throwing him out there for that second inning it's worth letting him get six outs even if you lose the chance to use him next game. For all we know the second game's a blowout and we don't need him.
And he absolutely does not know how to use Skip Schumaker. And he should be either giving Uribe more chances- he certainly can't be worse than what we've gotten so far- or they should just release him. All this talk about Sellers' job being defensive- that's the one thing Uribe can DO!! I keep reading how Cruz and Sellers are easily the best defensive players there but I just don't see how either of them are better than Uribe.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Orioles 7, Dodgers 5: That’s Five Losses In a Row
Kenley's on his game. He and League should trade roles. Which might happen yet this year.
8 months ago on Dodgers @ Padres April 11, 2013: Greinke vs Marquis, Really?
Didn't think of it that way, but absolutely right. Maybe we can compromise by making it a long deal. 10/260, maybe? Might both sides be pleased with that?
12 months ago on Once Again: Josh Hamilton Or Matt Kemp?
Tying Kemp up- at an annual value a couple million less than Grienke's getting, not to harp on that- now looks like a stroke of genius. Tie up Kershaw NOW before the price goes up again!