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Old 08-23-2019, 03:45 PM   #201
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Cheering for a losing team is an exercise in patience, and a complete acceptance of the Bob Uecker broadcasting in Major League. Let's look at what a complete clusterfuck of a year, 1991 has been so far:


Major League worst record of 31-70.

Last in the NL in:
Runs Scored
Avg
OBP
Runs Against
Starter ERA

Second to last in NL in:
HR's
SB
Bullpen ERA

So pretty much everything, last or second to last. Only fielding is 9th. (BRIGHT SPOT!!)

Pitching:

Frank Viola, 31: 4.69 ERA; 1.54 WHIP; 82 ERA+; 2.39 RS per game
- Graded as a 3-Star talent, Upper mid rotation quality

Danny Darwin, 35: 4.13 ERA; 1.21 WHIP; 93 ERA +; 1.76 RS/G
- Averages 4 2/3 innings per start; Graded as a 2.5-Star talent, Back end quality

Ed Wojna, 30: 2.96 ERA; 1.26 WHIP; 144 ERA+; 2.57 RS/G
- Waiver wire pickup from Philly. Made 10 starts; Graded as a 2-Star talent; Spot start quality

Peter Chapin, 32: 4.51 ERA; 1.37 WHIP; 85 ERA+; 2.35 RS/G
- Grades as a 1.5-Star talent, Spot start or possible back end quality

Arthur Rhodes, 21: 5.62 ERA; 1.81 WHIP; 68 ERA+; 1.41 RS/G
- Grades as a 1-Star talent, Spot start quality at best

Bob Patterson, 32: 3.53 ERA; 0.97 WHIP; 108 ERA+; 15/19 Saves, 17.6 IRS%
- Grades as a 3-Star talent; is the closer, but scouted to set up at best

Tomas Ubiera, 26: 3.78 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 101 ERA+; 2S, 1H, 14 GF
- Grades as a 3-Star talent; Set up is ideal.

Sergio DelRosario, 26: 5.83 ERA; 1.55 WHIP, 66 ERA+, 5H, 11 GF
- 2-Star talent; can hit 100+ on the gun, scouted as a situational/mop up guy.

You can see the incredible lack of talent, and what they've done so far this year. The offense has been awful. The pitching has been below average with slightly above average at it's finest. {edit: I totally forgot to mention that Patterson, the closer, is #2 on the team in wins, with 5.}

The lineup right now....ugh.

Just at first base alone, the team has used Von Hayes, Pete O'Brien, Franklin Stubbs, Lee Stevens, Jim Presley and finally Carmelo Martinez. Stubbs was released and then resigned a few days later. It's been a total shitshow. Catcher has had the same problems.

The team has a .290 OBP, and 57 team homers. Only Inky is even in double digits in dingers. Albert Belle leads all of baseball with 36. They haven't been no-hit yet either, but they have been 1 hit, by Tom Glavine, twice. Once was a leadoff single, before Glavine set the next 27 down in order.

Here's the current positional outlook:


C Hector Villanueva, 45 GS, .629 OPS, 81 OPS+, 48.4% CS%
- 2-Star, marginal ML player. Waiver claim from Oak. Helluva cannon arm.

C Mike Bishop, 50 GS, .589 OPS, 68 OPS+, 40% CS%
- 2-Star, backup at best. Planned start to begin the year.


1B Carmelo Martinez, 12 GS, .807 OPS, 126 OPS+.
- 1.5-Star, borderline bench player. First is well documented above.

2B Geronimo Pena, 86 GS, .634 OPS, 79 OPS+, 10SB/13CS. .988 fielding
- 1.5-Star, starter all year, here for his defense.

SS Dick Schofield, 93 GS, .553 OPS, 58 OPS+, .968 fielding
- 1.5-Star, 2-time gold glove, here for his defense.

3B Ken Caminti, 96 GS, .633 OPS, 78 OPS+, 6 HR, 35 RBI, .963 Fielding
- 2-Star (3 Pot), pretty average all the way around.

LF Pete Incaviglia, 92 GS, .780 OPS, 117 OPS+, 17 HR, 54 RBI
- 2.5 Star, the only real damage producer in the lineup. Average starter.

CF Daryl Boston, 86 GS, .750 OPS, 111 OPS+, 16 SB
- 2.5- Star, somehow lost his role recently, considered a good starter

RF Lee Stevens, 69 GS, .659 OPS, 85 OPS+, 7 HR, 28 RBI.
- 2-Star (3 Pot), played a lot of 1B too, 2nd on team in HR. Borderline starter.

So that's the sad status of a terrible ballclub. The only bit of hope right now is that the Dodgers have the #4 farm club in all of MLB. They will have another high pick this year of course and these guys are close to needing to make the jump already.

Carl Everett, 20, (12th prospect) Playing A-Ball
Bobby Abreu, 17, (18th), High A Ball
Andy Pettitte, 19, (24th), AAA
Raul Rodarte, 21, (52nd), Low A
Damian Miller, 21, (55), High A
Shawn Estes, 18, (78), Rookie
Pat Rapp, 24, (94), AAA

You just know that someone from this list is getting called in September.

Anyway. It's rather pathetic to watch this team day after day. They lose, a lot. And the Expos are almost as bad. Kind of funny that just a few years ago, they both were dominating.
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:36 AM   #202
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It was only a matter of time.

After multiple one-hitters, the Dodgers were finally no-hit this year, and by the Giants no less.

Greg Hibbard (5-12) lowered his ERA to 4.65, as the former 2nd rounder, and 40th overall pick threw his 1st no-no and 7th career shutout. Hibbard walked 3 and struck out 3.\


Arthur Rhodes (1-15) went the distance, allowing 1R, 4 hits and striking out 5.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:52 PM   #203
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If not for Dick Schofield knocking a single, LA would have been no-hit again. Greg Swindell was just killing us. I thought we were done. This is at least the 3rd 1 hitter this year, to go with the no hitter from just a few days ago. What a year of futility.



LA is now, sub .300 at 34-83. We are 37.5 games out of first place and 5.5 games behind the Expos for the next worst record in all of Major League Baseball.
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Old 09-10-2019, 12:58 PM   #204
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September 8th, 1991


WTF?

Somehow this Dodger team has won 7 straight, and all 6 in September. They've run up and past Montreal for next worst team, but are still 6.5 behind the Blue Jays for the next place. Those 6 wins match the total the team had in June. That leads to an interesting thought. Those 3 teams played had 9 World Series appearances in the last 10 years, winning 3. Now they are the bottom 3 teams in the league.

LA pulled an aged Jeff Reardon (35) off the waiver wire and installed him as closer. He was 1-8, with 11 saves and 9 blown saves with a 6.15 ERA with the Phillies. Since coming to LA he's 1-4 with 5 saves, 2 blown and a 5.63 ERA.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:15 PM   #205
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That's that then.



Next game up, the Dodgers Frank Viola shut down the Pirates, while the Pirates Melido Perez struck out 14 in 7 innings of work. With 2 out in the 9th, and an out away from the shutout, Viola served up a game tying gopher ball to the Pirates George Bell (who they got off of waivers from Houston earlier in the year). The Pirates then pulled out the win in the 12th off of Arthur Rhodes (1-17) after he walked Brian Harper to lead it off, and then Damion Easley cracked a double down the line that Harper was able to score on. So much for the win streak.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:50 PM   #206
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Ok, forget everything I said. The Dodgers have not dropped 7 straight, with no wins since the streak. This most recent one was particularly Dodgers like.

Bottom of the 11th, Arthur Rhodes (1-18) came in and walked 4 straight for the literal walk-off loss.


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Old 09-17-2019, 09:18 PM   #207
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End of the 1991 Regular Season

The Dodgers finished tied with the Expos for last place with a 54-108. That included a 14-13 September that had our 7 game win streak, the only month with a winning record.

I'm happy the season is over. It was a bit of a slog as a fan.

Danny Darwin (113) and Frank Viola (101) were the only starters to finish the year with a positive ERA+. Darwin over 34 starts held batters to a .238 average with a 3.42 ERA. While Viola had 36 starts, a .282 OAVG, and a 3.84 ERA.

Bob Patterson was the most valuable guy out of the pen. His 18 saves lead the team. Opponents his .244 and his ERA was a 3.56, with an ERA+ 109.

Among batters the most impactful players of the year were Pete Incaviglia (.241 avg/ 27 HR/ 78 RBI/ .743 OPS/ 107 OPS+), Daryl Boston (who eventually lost his starting job)(.264 AVG/ 22SB/ .725 OPS/ 104 OPS+), Lee Stevens (.261 AVG/ 15 HR/ 52RBI/ .718 OPS/ 101 OPS+) and Darren Lewis (who took Boston's job in CF)(.260 AVG/.343 OBP/ 18 SB/ 1.9 WAR/ 95 OPS).

That was it. Hard to win when that is the extent of your offensive pop and you really only have 2 good pitchers and a half decent set up guy you're using to close. Pretty brutal.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:33 PM   #208
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1991 Playoffs

NLCS

New York Mets (102-60) v. Houston Astros (99-63)

Mets

Most runs scored, least runs allowed, best record in MLB.

Lead by 30+HR bombers Bobby Bonilla (.300/30/96) and Reuben Sierra (.310/34/124) and a double play combo that has 8 gold gloves between them of Ozzie Smith and Robby Thompson. A pitching staff with Doc Gooden (16-7, 1.91 ERA). A reborn Jack Morris who missed nearly 16 months recovering from shoulder surgery the last 2 seasons only to put up a 2.55 ERA and throw 225 innings on his 36 yr old, reconstructed shoulder. Mike Morgan, whose only 2 winning seasons have been the last 2, and who probably wishes he'd made the All Star game putting up a 6.5 WAR. Then look at the bullpen where either Roger McDowell or Randy Myers can finish the night, and the team is free to use Charlie Liebrandt (2.93 ERA/ 221 IP/ 133 ERA+) now in the playoffs. This is the team to beat.

Houston Astros

NL Leaders in HR's, 3rd in offense, 2nd in runs against, and #1 defense.

Lead by Fred McGriff (.261/33/114), John Kruk (.324/18/91), Barry Larkin (.268/17/73), and Benito Santiago ( .274/20/88). The biggest blow is the recent loss of Lenny Dykstra to injury for the rest of the year, with a broken thumb.

This team has always had pitching, and this year it continues. Tom Candiotti (188 ERA+, 270 IP, 24-5, 2.03 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), Greg Swindell (2.11, 181 ERA+), Dennis Martinez (2.62, 146 ERA+), and Bruce Hurst (2.57, 149 ERA+). In the pen, it's Tom Henke (32S/ 2.08 ERA), trade acquisition Mark Eichhorn (the Expos former closer)(15S, 4.16) and Alejandro Pena (2.43, 5S, 157 ERA+).

The 'Stros aren't as stocked as they have been, but they are still dangerous.


ALCS


Baltimore Orioles v. Chicago White Sox
both at 101-61

Baltimore Orioles

2nd in runs, 5th in runs against, first in defense

A blasting offense with Griffey Jr (.328/32/134), Ripken Jr (.287/30/127), Wally Joyner (.280/27/101), Ellis Burks (.255/28/112). Both Delino Deshields (.314) and Kenny Lofton (.308) added offense.

The staff consists of Jimmy Key (3.18, 134 ERA+, 1.13 WHIP), Nolan Ryan (3.78, 113 ERA+, 1.34 WHIP) and closer Xavier Hernandez (36S, 1.83 ERA), who happens to be a rookie who was drafted by the Cubs and released by 3 teams before he got here.

Chicago White Sox

Best offense overall, 6th in runs against, 11 in defense.

This team has one of the best offenses of all time. They don't even need a pitching staff.

Barry Bonds (40/40; .335/45/137, 44SB, 206 OPS+, 1.096 OPS); Albert Belle (.315/58/171, 182 OPS+, 1.019 OPS), Paul Molitor (NL Batting Champ; .350/18/91), Todd Zeile (.305/29/102), Harold Baines (.276/22/82), and Devon White (.259/16/79; 41 SB).

Pitching? Who cares?

Only Jose DeLeon (107 ERA+) was above 100 as a starter. Lee Smith closes (29S; 2.33 WHIP, 182 ERA+)

I just want to say LA was dumb for trading Smith for Darryl Boston, even though Boston has added something to this loser team

And....AND!!! We have to talk about this trade that sent Belle from the Rangers to the White Sox THIS YEAR! On Feb 12, right before the start of spring training, the Rangers acquired OF Troy Neel. Neel at one point was the #74 prospect in MLB in '89, was selected to the AAA All Star game that year, and last year came off the bench for the Sox. Apparently, the Rangers thought he was hot shit. He did bat .277/20/82, with a 4.9 WAR and .800 OPS. Not awful, but my god, Belle had already homered 33 times in '89, then spent most of '90 in AAA where he won a Silver Slugger, but who would have seen what happened this year? Oh, and they also shipped Doug Jones, who had been an absolute bullpen horse for the Rangers, saving 30 in '88 and 19 in '89. In fact, he'd been important. With the White Sox, he only pitched in 74 games and threw 122 innings, with a 4.20 ERA, and a 1.27 WHIP. That has to be the worst fucking trade of the year.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:48 AM   #209
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1991 NLCS

Shocking.


The Mets were 7-5 against the Astros this season and came in as favorites to win the whole thing and repeat as World Champions. The Astros staff had other things in mind as they shut the Champs down.



1: 9-3 Astros
2: 4-2 Astros
3: 4-3 Astros
4: 5-1 Astros


It was tight overall, but the Astros were just that much better every game, and they only hit 2 homers the entire series. Former Dodger prospect Doug Jennings, who was starting for Dykstra played well, and John Kruk was the NLCS MVP.



ALCS

The offense was on display and we knew it would be. The Sox lead the

series 8-4 during the season and it continued here.



1: 8-3 Sox
2: 10-8 Orioles
3: 14-6 Sox
4: 9-5 Orioles
5: 3-2 Sox
6: 7-2 Sox



Where the entire Astros team only hit 2 HR's, the White Sox had 4 players hit 2 or more. Baines, Bonds and White all went deep 3 times in the 6 game series, while Belle added another pair. Griffey was held to a .222 average and the Orioles staff couldn't keep up. Harold Baines was ALCS MVP.



The White Sox are heading to their first World Series since 1959 to face the Houston Astros who won it all in '88.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:40 AM   #210
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1991 World Series

Game 1

Five lead changes, 3 blown saves (both closers and Doug Jones), and Tom Candiotti winning player of the game despite a 44 game score (lower than the Sox Witt, and he was knocked out in the 5th!). It should have been Eichhorn who was finally able to lock it down for the Astros after they took the lead in the bottom of the 8th.



Astros win 7-6.


Game 2

Astros pitching is again on display as Greg Swindell goes 7, with 7 K's while spreading 5 hits. Benito Santiago had 2, 2-out RBI singles, and that helped push the Astros to a 5-1 win. Bonds and Belle (Killer B's) have been kept totally in check so far. Astros lead 2-0


Game 3

The Sox carried a 3-0 lead late, only to have the Astros rally. Jose DeLeon was pulled in the 7th only allowing 1 hit. The Sox bullpen was on the hook after Doug Jones surrendered 4 hits, and John Henry Johnson couldn't keep them off home plate. The Astros once again used Henke in the 8th and after a lead off double by Jerry Browne, Eichhorn was called on again. A groundout, and a walk to Pagliarulo saw runners at the corners with 1 out. Oil Can Boyd was brought in to face Devon White. He fought back from on 0-2 count, but eventually flied out. One out away from a commanding 3-0 lead, Paul Molitor doubled on a gapper and Browne scored and put the winning run on 3rd. Bonds was walked to load them up for Belle, who singled in the winning run. Sox win 5-4.


Astros lead 2-1.


Game 4

A pitching duel? Bruce Hurst and Jamie Moyer go head to head and the Sox are the first to break a 1-1 tie in the 7th. Pena struggles out of the pen in the series continue and a 2-out double from Molitor propels the Sox to a 4-1 win over the Astros to tie the series up. Sox win 4-1.



Game 5

Tom Candiotti is so clutch. The reigning Cy Young and MVP walks 4 and allows 6 hits over 8, but nobody can score. The Astros get a 2-run jack from McGriff in the 6th and Henke closes to put the Astros on the brink with a 3-0 win as we head back to Houston.


Astros lead 3-2


Game 6

Pitchers duel? Again? Yep. Dave Stewart, who won 60 games over 3 seasons for the Astros got the start for the Sox, back in his old digs of the Astrodome. On the mound for Houston, was the game 2 killer, Greg Swindell. Neither pitcher would yield. It was zeros all night until the bottom of the 7th when a Fred McGriff drive found the seats in right field. Swindell struck out 7 over his 8 shut out innings. While in no less than 3 innings the Astros got the leadoff man on, only to have the next batter get doubled up. Tom Henke pitched a 1-2-3 9th and the Astros won again, 1-0.


Astros take the World Series in 1991.


Final Thoughts

The powerful White Sox got just one home run in 6 games. That stat alone defines this series. We've talked about just how dominant the 'Stros pitching was and that is the proof in the pudding. Bonds was held to .261/.346/.304. Belle was held to .250/.280/.292. Even Fred McGriff only hit .200/.292/.550, but it was that one HR that mattered. Greg Swindell won 2 games with a 0.60 ERA, walked none and struck out 14 to take home World Series MVP honors. He also went 2-3 with the bat. In the postseason he's a career .250/.273/.400 batter in 24 plate appearances. In the regular season he hits .105/.138/.130. Pitching is still a big deal, even if you've got a couple Killer B's.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:05 AM   #211
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The very first day after the Series, Frank Viola ops out of his contract. I can't say I blame him, and the team fires it's first year GM, then offers me the job. It's tempting, but I really want to keep this as a fan game.

LA heads into the offseason with the 2nd lowest payroll in baseball and at the very least, enough budget space to move them back up at least to the middle of the pack. The young prospects aren't ready for the run yet. I wonder how they'll figure this one out.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:12 AM   #212
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1991 Gold Gloves


AL


P Roger Clemens SEA (1)
C Mike Lavalliere MIL (2)
1B John Olerud NYY (2)
2B Roberto Alomar CLE (2)
3B Tim Wallach CAL (4)
SS Tony Fernandez KC (3)
LF Ellis Burks BAL (2)
CF Eric Davis CAL (1)
RF Roberto Kelly BOS (1)


NL


P Dwight Gooden NYM (2)
C Benito Santiago HOU (2)
1B Mickey Morandini CIN (2)
2B Willie Randolph MON (3)
3B Chris Sabo ATL (1)
SS Barry Larkin HOU (2)
LF Steve Finley SF (2)
CF Ron Gant PHI (1)
RF Lance Johnson STL (1)


Rolaids Reliever of the Year


Xavier Hernandez BAL 36/41 S 14/3 IR 21.4% IRS 1.83 ERA


Brian Harvey SF 33/40 S 18/2 IR 11.1 IRS 2.33 ERA
-2nd Award


Silver Slugger Awards


AL


C Mickey Tettleton NYY (2)

1B John Olerud NYY (2)
2B Delino DeShields BAL (1)
3B Todd Zeile CHI (2)
SS Cal Ripken Jr BAL (6)
LF Barry Bonds CHI (7)
CF Ken Griffey Jr BAL (1)
RF Jay Buhner TEX (2)
DH Albert Belle CHI (1)


NL



P Danny Darwin LA (1)
C Chris Hoiles PHI (1)
1B Fred McGriff HOU (2)
2B Julio Franco PHI (5)
3B Charlie Hayes NYM (1)
SS Matt Williams SD (1)
LF Ruben Sierra NYM (2)
CF Kirby Puckett MON (3)
RF Larry Walker PHI (2)


Rookie of the Year

AL



Javy Lopez BOS .305/12/75
- Chipper Jones and Mike Piazza were 2nd and 3rd respectively.



NL


Juan Guzman CIN 11-15, 3.71 ERA 218K's
- Jose Martinez was 2nd


Manager of the Year

AL



Joey Halford BAL (1)


NL



Bill Virdon HOU (5)


Cy Young

AL


Tom Gordon CLE (1)

- Lead the AL in ERA, K's, WHIP
- Jim Abbott NYY was the only other player to get a first place vote.



NL


Tom Candiotti HOU (2)
- Lead in W, IP, BABIP, 7 SHO
- All 26 first place votes


MVP

AL


Albert Belle CHI (1)
- lead league in doubles, HR's, RBI's, and SLG
- Bonds got 2 first place votes


Tom Candiotti HOU (2)
- Back to Back Cy Young and MVP. Historic.

- Tom Glavine was the runner up, Larry Walker 3rd with the other 5 first place votes.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:44 AM   #213
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LA avoids arbitration by coming to 1-yr terms with:
P Sergio DelRosario
C Tom Dodd
P Peter Chapin
P Bob Patterson
P Ed Wojna

3B Ken Caminiti
C Hector Villanueva

LF Pete Incaviglia

2B Geronimo Pena
1B Lee Stevens


LA announces that they have signed Mets GM Donald Withington to a 4-yr deal. He's been the architect of a team that hasn't won less than 90 games since '84. LA doubles his pay to get him from the Mets.


LA also makes a completely unconventional announcement. By signing HOF Pitcher Gaylord Perry as the team's new hitting coach. Interesting choice.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:29 AM   #214
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1991 First Year Player Draft


Last season LA grabbed a couple of good prospects, and this year we have the #2 pick in the draft. Let's see who this new hot shot GM decides to take.


1 (2) OF Richard Hidalgo - 16yo kid out of high school only wanted his slot bonus. The team couldn't afford the big name player with "The Franchise" on his head out there.

1 (32) P Chris Holt - 20yr old college kid who throws 5 pitches from a sidearm slot.

2 (41) SS Jeff Patzke - 18 yr old, could play a number of infield positions, might develop, or maybe not. Who knows?

LA rounded out the first 5 rounds with names like: Larry Sutton, D T Cromer, Rene Arocha, and Mike Moyle.


Not a great pool to be honest, not a great draft either.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:40 AM   #215
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Free Agency has been a bust so far. They've tried here and there, but all the names are walking.


C Rick Wilkins was drafted from the Mets in the Rule 5. He would be starting right away if nothing changes.



The team signed veteran outfielder, 4-time All Star, and Silver Slugger winner Lloyd Moseby from the Angels. Moseby hasn't played over 100 games in a year since '87. He's only his 22 HR's in the last 4 years combined. He gets a minor league deal to start.



Frank Viola signs with the Pirates for about 750k more per season than the contract he walked away from in LA.


Halfway through the offseason and nothing to show for it.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:52 PM   #216
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The 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day Roster

The off season was not kind. As bad as LA was, they were 24th out of 26 teams in change in WAR. That's not good for looking ahead. You'll see the struggles that this team will face as we explore the roster. The only good news for the future, is that the Dodgers now have the #1 farm system in baseball, with the 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th top prospects in baseball, and another 5 in the top 100.

Pitchers

1. Rene Arocha - A 26yr old, 4th round pick who not only made the team as a rookie, but heads up the teams staff. Arocha is under a lot of pressure here. This is far beyond anything he had to be anticipating.

2. Peter Chapin - He's 33 now, and lost a league leading 19 games last year as the #3 guy. He was just above replacement player level last year. No reason to expect more from him this year.

3. Pat Rapp - He's a 24 yr old rookie, former 2nd round pick who went 9-11 with a 5.59 ERA last year in AAA. He's still the Dodgers #4 pitching prospect and in the top 100 league wide.

4. Arthur Rhodes - He's 22 with 2 seasons under his belt and you have to wonder if getting pressed into action has been good for him. He's posted sub replacement level stats, with a 4-28 career record and a 5+ career ERA. He needs to fix his major control problems.

5. Andy Pettitte - If you thought Rhodes was young, Pettitte is only 19 and the team's top pitching prospect. He bounced between AA and AAA last year. He did good, but this is way before his time.

RP David Peck - Had a rough year in 33 games for LA last season. His 7.83 ERA was turning heads for all the wrong reasons.

RP Lyle Swepson - One of the more reliable arms in the pen last year. Posted a 3.75 ERA in 32 games. His 1.58 WHIP wasn't awesome, but serviceable.

RP Tony McKinney - A good arm in AAA, who was just getting settled in with the main team when he lost time with an injury. In 30 career games at the ML level, he has a 3.54 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

SU Scott Baker - He has struggled with injuries, but been effective when he's been on. Gets to the upper 90's with his fastball, has above average stuff.

SU Joe Grahe - Grahe is transitioning from being a starter to the bullpen. The rookie, former 14th round pick, went 6-3 with a 4.84 ERA in AAA last year. Set up seems like a big role for him, but the bullpen is this as it is.

CL Bob Patterson - The anchor of the bullpen last season, and he'll have to do it again. He's got good stuff, very good control and a lively fastball. He got 18 saves last year. It would be better to have him setting up, rather than closing. He's the only lefty in the pen.

Catchers


Rick Wilkins - Rule 5 Draft Pick from the Mets. Wilkins split time between AA and AAA last year. He was a former 2nd round pick by the Royals.

Hector Villanueva - He worked his way into the starting lineup last year, was best known for his good arm, and occasional power.

First Base

Lee Stevens - Split time last year between first and the outfield, but now looks to be holding down the job at first. Was one of the more dangerous bats toward the end of the year. Enters his 3rd year of ML service.


Jack Clark - The Ripper is a 5-time All Star, and 2-time Silver Slugger, but he's also 36 now. His productivity dropped from 42 dingers to 15 and his average from .256 to .223. He can still get on base and has a good eye, and some pop in his bat.

Second Base

Geronimo Pena - He's an offensive liability with speed and some average defense. Replaceable, but there's nobody worthy enough to unseat him.

Jeffrey Wilson - Wilson is nearly 32, and is still pretty quick on the bases. He started for the Reds back in '88 and scored over 100 runs, but fell out of favor and only played in 131 games the last 2 years. His career .215 average isn't going to get him any awards.

Third Base


Ken Caminiti - He's been a regular fixture in the lineup for 4 years now enters his last contract year. He still hasn't lived up to his future projections, but he isn't hurting the team either.

Dave Hansen - Only used as a pinch hitter last year. Hansen only started one game. If he's pressed into a lot of action this are not going well for the team.

Shortstop

Dickie Thon - The departure of sure fielding and light hitting Dick Schofield opened the door for the spring training signing of the 33 yr old Thon. He still stole 20 bases, hit 10 homers last year. We are his 4th team in 4 years. He's still below average with the bat, and with the glove.

Dave Rhode - Rhode is the teams utility guy, and he moves around the infield where needed. His best attribute is his baserunning ability. He's not going to be starting anytime in the future.

Outfield


LF Ricky Henderson - That's right, Rickey is back, and he's here for 5 years and is the new highest paid player. Rickey was the only player LA could get in free agency, mostly because every other team had given up on him. Last year for the Yankees his average dropped 27 points, and slugging was down 47. He did walk a league leading 144 times and still stole 57 bases.

CF Darren Lewis - Lewis stole the starting job from Boston last year by playing good defense, possessing good speed, and using a good eye to get on base. He was a semi-reliable leadoff guy and won't hurt the team.

RF Pete Incaviglia - Inky was all the power last year. He hit 24, and struck out 134 times. He is a pretty poor defender, and in right that is going to hurt. It would be really nice if he could keep that power going this year.

OF Daryl Boston - We could be worse off here. Boston can do a little bit of everything. Decent defender, can hit an occasional homer, still runs with good speed. He's not going to get his staring job back, but he's got to contribute.

Who's Out -

Ed Wojna - for a moment it looked like he was going to be the ace, but he didn't even make the roster despite a decent spring.

Von Hayes - One of the highest paid players on the team, he's really dropped off the last couple years, and there are no openings in the outfield. He was more of a liability than a help last year.

Who's in the minors -


Dale Murphy - hit 16 HR's last year, but really struggled to stay consistent. He's 36. Not likely to make an impact even if he gets the call.
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