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2021-04-21 1:17:36 PM  
This is the best 18 game start any MLB team has had since the 2018 Red Sox!
 
2021-04-21 1:29:32 PM  
They're an All-Star team.  I would expect nothing less.

/enjoying watching the Madres underperform
//not enjoying watching the Cubbies struggle to hit .200
 
2021-04-21 2:06:30 PM  
They have three Cy Young Award winners, and one isn't good enough to make the starting rotation.  Not because he's bad, but because they have five starters better than him.

Literally any member of the team can hit a home run at any time.  Or a single.  Or just stare at four balls and walk.  You literally can't intentionally walk somebody to get to a weak player, because there are no weak players.  I mean Mookie Betts followed by Corey Seager followed by Justin Turner followed by who is this kid I don't know his name he was called up last week but he just homered so um.
 
2021-04-21 2:46:12 PM  
What most people call cheating is really just trying too hard.  Do try to keep up.
 
2021-04-21 3:03:44 PM  
I am playing MLB The Show 21 on Xbox. First time playing.

Hitting is hard.
 
2021-04-21 3:07:47 PM  
Mostly I just think Trevor "spin rate" Bauer is easy to dislike
/it really is a great team
 
2021-04-21 3:15:53 PM  
Meanwhile there's a Brewer's pitcher whose served up 40 K's and not a single BB in four appearances.
 
2021-04-21 3:40:22 PM  
They're using the "cough code" from Get Smart. Soon to be followed by the "choking code".
 
2021-04-21 3:41:29 PM  
Question: if the Dodgers were divided into two different teams, with everyone healthy and talent equally distributed, could they be playoff-caliber clubs?

The Achilles heel would seem to be rotation depth -- someone would have to count on David Price being a #3 or #4 starter, and who knows who is #5 for either team. Otherwise, I would think they're close. I count 14 players on the roster who would surprise no one if they were named to the All Star team, and three who would surprise no one if they were MVP (again, assuming full health).
 
2021-04-21 4:14:01 PM  

red5ish: Meanwhile there's a Brewer's pitcher whose served up 40 K's and not a single BB in four appearances.


Just a kid from Bakersfield
 
2021-04-21 4:27:33 PM  

Super Chronic: Question: if the Dodgers were divided into two different teams, with everyone healthy and talent equally distributed, could they be playoff-caliber clubs?

The Achilles heel would seem to be rotation depth -- someone would have to count on David Price being a #3 or #4 starter, and who knows who is #5 for either team. Otherwise, I would think they're close. I count 14 players on the roster who would surprise no one if they were named to the All Star team, and three who would surprise no one if they were MVP (again, assuming full health).


Yup.  Having six good starters is actually kind of low for the Dodgers-there have been times in recent years where there were arguably as many as eight decent starting pitchers on the team.  And you definitely could field somebody at each position twice.
 
2021-04-21 4:31:07 PM  

Super Chronic: Question: if the Dodgers were divided into two different teams, with everyone healthy and talent equally distributed, could they be playoff-caliber clubs?


It would be close.   At least one of the teams would be a Wild Card and the other might sneak in if it were in another division.

This was the Rickey question that Bill James used to ask:   if you took Rickey and divided him into two players:   the Oakland Rick and the NY/late career Rickey, would either of them make the HoF?   Turns out that both would get votes but would probably fall a little short.    Same with just a couple other players, like Barry with Pittsburgh and SF, or Tris Speaker with Cleveland and Boston.

Yeah, these Dodgers are loaded.
 
2021-04-21 4:36:18 PM  
14-4? That's a nice start. They only need to win 21 of their next 22 to keep pace with the '84 Tigers.

It will be interesting to see how they play things if they're within spitting distance of 117 with a week or so to go.
 
2021-04-21 5:19:50 PM  

Geotpf: Super Chronic: Question: if the Dodgers were divided into two different teams, with everyone healthy and talent equally distributed, could they be playoff-caliber clubs?

The Achilles heel would seem to be rotation depth -- someone would have to count on David Price being a #3 or #4 starter, and who knows who is #5 for either team. Otherwise, I would think they're close. I count 14 players on the roster who would surprise no one if they were named to the All Star team, and three who would surprise no one if they were MVP (again, assuming full health).

Yup.  Having six good starters is actually kind of low for the Dodgers-there have been times in recent years where there were arguably as many as eight decent starting pitchers on the team.  And you definitely could field somebody at each position twice.


But even then, if the front of one rotation is (say) Bauer, Buehler and Urias, and the front of another rotation is Kershaw, May and Gonsolin, you can probably plug in Price and Graterol as your #4 guys, and then some randos at the end of the 40-man roster for #5. I'd think those teams would still be playoff-adjacent with that kind of talent in each lineup.
 
2021-04-21 5:21:40 PM  
Another fun fact about the Dodgers: last night's game against the Mariners set a record for fewest total bases between the two teams in an interleague game. Two singles and a double = four total bases.

/sad Mariners fan
//at least it means they pitched well
 
2021-04-21 5:27:11 PM  
Didn't I see this before?

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2021-04-21 5:27:15 PM  
One more thought about my split squad idea: when I say "with everyone healthy" (meaning Bellinger and Gonsolin and Lux are all available), that is of course a big leap -- at some point in the season, someone will surely get hurt, and those teams wouldn't have the depth that the current team has to fill the void. Most teams look good on paper if only everybody would stay healthy for 162 games. Part of what makes these Dodgers so great is the fact that they don't need to get 162 games from anyone.
 
2021-04-21 5:55:22 PM  

Super Chronic: Geotpf: Super Chronic: Question: if the Dodgers were divided into two different teams, with everyone healthy and talent equally distributed, could they be playoff-caliber clubs?

The Achilles heel would seem to be rotation depth -- someone would have to count on David Price being a #3 or #4 starter, and who knows who is #5 for either team. Otherwise, I would think they're close. I count 14 players on the roster who would surprise no one if they were named to the All Star team, and three who would surprise no one if they were MVP (again, assuming full health).

Yup.  Having six good starters is actually kind of low for the Dodgers-there have been times in recent years where there were arguably as many as eight decent starting pitchers on the team.  And you definitely could field somebody at each position twice.

But even then, if the front of one rotation is (say) Bauer, Buehler and Urias, and the front of another rotation is Kershaw, May and Gonsolin, you can probably plug in Price and Graterol as your #4 guys, and then some randos at the end of the 40-man roster for #5. I'd think those teams would still be playoff-adjacent with that kind of talent in each lineup.


No farking way he's a starter. I don't want him pitching two innings in two days, FFS.
 
2021-04-21 6:15:06 PM  

Super Chronic: One more thought about my split squad idea: when I say "with everyone healthy" (meaning Bellinger and Gonsolin and Lux are all available), that is of course a big leap -- at some point in the season, someone will surely get hurt, and those teams wouldn't have the depth that the current team has to fill the void. Most teams look good on paper if only everybody would stay healthy for 162 games. Part of what makes these Dodgers so great is the fact that they don't need to get 162 games from anyone.


Yup.  Right now Bellinger is out long term, Lux medium term, and Betts should be back on Thursday.  No real problem with one squad; a big deal if you split them up.
 
2021-04-21 6:57:59 PM  
As a big Dodger fan who has become very used to being disappointed come October, I'm just going to enjoy the good baseball and not get my hopes up this year. If they win it all, great, but I'm not going to call them a lock for anything other than making the playoffs.
 
2021-04-21 8:27:04 PM  

devilskware: Didn't I see this before?

[images.fineartamerica.com image 680x900]


Looks like Gritty.
 
2021-04-21 9:38:42 PM  
No matter how good or how deep your team is, you're going to hit a stretch where the bounces don't go your way. Even if they do keep those minimized, the key to 117 is a division schedule you can steamroll, and I don't think they can steamroll the Padres.
 
2021-04-22 1:27:02 AM  
I'm a Giants fan, and... the Dodgers don't need to cheat to be good, they just have a lot of good players, hence they are good.
 
2021-04-22 3:40:12 AM  
Anyone can do good with a 211 million dollar 26 man roster

Its actually easy to fix. Either everyone is given the same amount of money to use with a hard cap you are not allowed to top under any condition, or each different division is hard capped at 2x the lowest payroll in the division itself.


But the reality is that everyone knows that the dodgers spent the last 12 years failing to be the best so they just became the trumps of baseball and bought their way to the top since that was the only thing they could actually do to win
 
2021-04-22 6:57:08 AM  

red5ish: Meanwhile there's a Brewer's pitcher whose served up 40 K's and not a single BB in four appearances.


they start checking his balls yet?
 
2021-04-22 7:54:54 AM  

Trainspotr: 14-4? That's a nice start. They only need to win 21 of their next 22 to keep pace with the '84 Tigers.

It will be interesting to see how they play things if they're within spitting distance of 117 with a week or so to go.


That 35-5 start was so amazing.
 
2021-04-22 9:55:41 PM  

lifeslammer: Anyone can do good with a 211 million dollar 26 man roster

Its actually easy to fix. Either everyone is given the same amount of money to use with a hard cap you are not allowed to top under any condition, or each different division is hard capped at 2x the lowest payroll in the division itself.


But the reality is that everyone knows that the dodgers spent the last 12 years failing to be the best so they just became the trumps of baseball and bought their way to the top since that was the only thing they could actually do to win


They drafted more of their roster than the Padres did. Seager, Bellinger, Kershaw, Jansen, Smith, Bueller, Urias, on and on and on, those guys were drafted and came up through the Dodgers farm system.
 
2021-04-22 10:17:02 PM  

Trocadero: lifeslammer: Anyone can do good with a 211 million dollar 26 man roster

Its actually easy to fix. Either everyone is given the same amount of money to use with a hard cap you are not allowed to top under any condition, or each different division is hard capped at 2x the lowest payroll in the division itself.


But the reality is that everyone knows that the dodgers spent the last 12 years failing to be the best so they just became the trumps of baseball and bought their way to the top since that was the only thing they could actually do to win

They drafted more of their roster than the Padres did. Seager, Bellinger, Kershaw, Jansen, Smith, Bueller, Urias, on and on and on, those guys were drafted and came up through the Dodgers farm system.


Plus some guys they heisted from other teams - Taylor, Turner, Muncy.

I mean, the payroll is what it is. It's true that most teams wouldn't be able to keep all that talent, let alone be able to sign Betts and Bauer. (And take on a pretty-much-useless David Price as part of the cost of getting Betts.) But to say the team just spent 12 years failing and then bought a title is some pants-on-head stuff. No matter how many World Series they won ("only" one), eight consecutive division titles constitutes a bona fide dynasty.
 
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