Buy or Sell?

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After a six game winning streak, including a sweep of the Nationals and Puig’s gallop around the bases, I am in a quandry as to the buy or sell question for July 31st.  Should the Dodgers use the trading deadline to pick up some more prospects, or should they fill the known holes and go for playoff success in 2016?

The holes they are a-plenty.  Let’s start with the starting rotation.  Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher on earth, but he only goes at most once every five games days.  Kenta Maeda has become a reasonable facsimile of a trustworthy #3 starting pitcher.  Scott Kazmir, if he could stop throwing gopher balls, is another #3, or is he a #4?  Julio Urias rounds out the four-man rotation, but will the FAZ Front Office keep him in the rotation for the rest of the season.  Wait, was it four men or five men?  Uh, yeah, five man rotation, so who is the fifth?  Bingo, we got a problem.  Right now, FAZ seems to think they can fill that hole with broken promises and guys on the disabled list (Ryu, McCarthy, Anderson, et. al.)

Bullpen – Jansen (see Kershaw).  Hatcher – how the heck did he get Bryce Harper out last night?  Let’s just say Hatcher is unreliable.  Ditto Pedro Baez.  That leaves us with Louis Coleman (not bad), Joe Blanton (the ageless one), and Adam Liberatore (not bad).  Did I forget anybody?  Did somebody say How?  Or was that Howell?  JP Howell?  Who is he?  Is he still on the team?  Last time he pitched was June 17th, and he has logged 4 1/3 innings this month.  Sports a 5.06 ERA for 2016.  So I count roughly three holes in the bullpen.

Defense – not bad, so let’s move on to the offense.  Hit and Miss.  Where are the holes?

  • First base – the old man with the bad back no longer delivers the butter ‘n eggs.
  • Second base – the old man is slowing down, visibly aging this season.
  • Catcher – Grandal is not often healthy, Ellis is not often hitting
  • Right field – Puig can’t deliver the hits reliably
  • Left field – a hole currently partially filled by Kendrick and/or Thompson

Maybe Andre Ethier will come back and fill all the offensive holes with a thirty game hitting streak and monstrous home runs.  Maybe the Easter Bunny will appear on the Fourth of July.

Then again, the Dodgers are only 5.5 six games behind the Giants.  After a six game winning streak, the excitement of the 2016 season is growing.  So what say you?  Buy or Sell?

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25 thoughts on “Buy or Sell?

      • Another thing I was thinking about earlier today. I looked at the standings and seen which teams have kicked it in gear. The Cardinals. The Indians, The Dodgers. The Astros. It’s kind of like moving day at the Masters. Teams are beginning to put distance between the contenders and pretenders. Right now with the wild card within reach and the teams recent success. A complete sell-off seems foolish. A week ago not so much. I’m not certain you can use conventional wisdom with this front office though. Anything can and may happen. They could do a little of both.

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  1. Maybe we can swing a deal for Greinke.

    The little Snake devils ‘ll never go for it.

    Then again they just might.

    Hand these out to the boys in lieu of pay.

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  2. Sorry but I am not giving up now, being 6 games out, and with a whole lot of games with SF left.
    Is their improvement to be had sure:1. A starting pitcher (quality start type, not burning out the BP, and an Ace would be considered, if trade bait isnt too steep.2. Reinforce the BP, although much improved I cant rely on it as is for lights out. Thats it for this season, Im satisfied with players in the OF and IF, they can improve their individual game, I call out Kike, Agon, Grandal, AJ and Joc to improve. I give Puig a pass for now. But if the FO wants to work on next year then some pieces may need a change at first base, second base, third base and Catcher as all of point 1 above.

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  3. I would shop any one of the older guys. AGon. probably couldn’t get much back, but unload the salary.. They really need to unload this guy now. Just admit the trade with Boston was totally stupid and one of the worst all time deals ever made. It was a Ned deal, but Kasten signed off on it. Ned was not operarating with a free rein when that deal went down.. I just can’t imagine what our upper management was thinking.

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    • They may be scraping the bottom, but this kid the Dodgers are facing tonight has given up a few homeruns. 4 in a loss to Chicago and one in a loss to the Mets. He also shut the Mets down, allowing zero runs scored in his first of two meetings. How well does the ball carry in Pittsburgh this late in June? The Dodgers have some guys that can bang. This spot start, just might pan out.

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  4. I say BUY, we are definitely very much still in this race, especially the wild card, 1.05 games ahead of the second place teams, which would make us the N0.1, if we can keep up the good work.
    Believe me it’s worth fighting for. Also the Giants could go into a slump.

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  5. I think at some point the giants will slump. All teams have a soft spot during the year. It’s too early to decide whether to buy or sell.
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    Jhall, I agree it could be time to move Agon at the deadline if our pitching situation and the standings remain the same at that time. Becket and Punto did a good job for us, and Agon has been very good until just recently. Carl, of course, was a different story, but I’ve never thought of it as a bad trade. I had thought Loney would wind up being a good, solid third place hitter for us, but he has never panned out.

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  6. So are ribs apparently. Montas has broken another rib. He’s out 4 to 8 weeks again.

    Everyone’s favorite Will Venable was designated for assignment.

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  7. Venable, we hardly knew ye.
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    And welcome to the big leagues, Tepesch. We’ve got problems , Kids. We need a couple of MAJOR LEAGUE pitchers, and soon.

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