Tag Archives: Justin Verlander

Taken In by the Whirling Darvish

Despite a re-arranged lineup against lefty Dallas Keuchel, the only actual personnel change manager Dave Roberts has made for tonight’s game is to replace DH Joc Pederson with wounded third baseman Justin Turner, moving Logan Forsythe to third and inserting … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Whirling Darvish

I’ve made no secret of my lack of faith, to put it mildly, in Yu “The Whirling” Darvish, who I never saw as the star number one starting pitcher that others have seen, nor have I failed to express my … Continue reading

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My Picks, as the Baseball Playoffs Begin

On the eve of the 2014 Major League Baseball Playoffs, this is what’s going to happen: One Game Wild-Card: AL Oakland over Kansas City One Game Wild-Card: NL San Francisco over Pittsburgh AL Division Series: Angels over Oakland and Detroit … Continue reading

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Major League Snub for Garrett Richards

It’s hard to believe that there have been eight starting pitchers in the American League who have performed better than Garrett Richards this season. The young Angels’ righty has taken the league by storm, recently throwing one even more overpowering … Continue reading

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Long-Term Contracts and Pitchers: Do They EVER Work Out?

In the history of huge contracts given to major league pitchers, the Dodgers have written the text book: The textbook on what NOT to do. The one caveat is that their gruesome history of throwing millions of dollars at unsuspecting … Continue reading

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With Four Pretty Even Teams, What Will Make the Difference?

On the eve of the opening of the National League and American League Championship Series’, the four teams still standing appear incredibly evenly matched. Each team has a dominant ace, if not two, and each team has a star hitter … Continue reading

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Rookie Starting Pitchers Mature or Die in Baseball Playoffs

When the Dodgers and Braves take the field tonight in game three of their Division Series, it will be rookie Hyun Jin-Ryu (14-8, 3.00) for Los Angeles and rookie Julio Teheran (14-8, 3.20) for the Braves: A vital game three … Continue reading

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Clayton Kershaw, a Dodger Now, But Why Should He Stay?

Clayton Kershaw, baseball’s best pitcher over the past four years, has not received enough support to win a single game in almost a full month. May 20, 2013 is now a key date in Dodgers’ history, and it grows in … Continue reading

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