Monday, December 18, 2017

Inside the teams vying for a National League West title

As the season enters its sixth week, the National League West is beginning to look a lot more like the Wild West. Just three-and-a-half games separate the first-place Dodgers and last-place Padres, the smallest gap of any first- and last-place...

ON THE BENCH: Episode 139

Sammy the Blade and Reverend Jay Holloway were joined by John and Aubrey and the team went over the Mattingly firing, the MLB playoffs and gave their World Series predictions. Along with that, the group discussed the ongoing NFL...

Deconstructing the Dodgers’ forgettable October

On Oct. 15, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost Game 5 of the National League Division Series to the New York Mets. In a press conference after the game, then-Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked how his team’s postseason departure would...

Opening Week: Observations on the A’s, Giants and Dodgers

DISPATCHES FROM THE BAY: There sits a mixed-use stadium several hundred feet from the rush-hour traffic on I-880, six miles southeast of Oakland. Its name, the Oakland Coliseum, evokes memories of the Super Bowl-winning Raiders and the baseball dynasty that...

Nine predictions for the Dodgers’ 2016 Season

It’s been almost two months since the Los Angeles Dodgers got knocked out of the postseason by the New York Mets, and what an offseason it has been. Days after the team’s Game 5 NLDS loss to the Mets, former...

October is Coming: MLB playoff power rankings

Winter is coming, and the MLB playoffs are almost upon us. October is the month when kings are crowned, curses are broken and history gets re-written. Average Joes in the regular season become heroes in the postseason. At-bats last...

What went wrong with the Angels (and how they can fix it)

The 2015 season was not kind to the Angels. For months, the team played Chutes and Ladders in the American League West standings. After a disappointing August, which saw the team drop to more than seven games back of the...

ON THE BENCH: Episode 136

Sammy the Blade and Reverend Jay Holloway were joined in studio by Tony, Aubrey, and a special guest and a long time friend of Sammy, John "Cub Fans" Franz. The hosts and guests went over the latest headlines in...

Good times coming for the Dodgers

Don’t worry about the Los Angeles Dodgers. Really. The time for panic and paranoia – which seems to last all-season for most Dodgers fans – is not now. The team, trailing the first-place San Francisco Giants by five games as...

Greinke deserves Cy Young over Kershaw

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has terrified opposing batters since he entered the National League in 2008. The bushy-bearded ace has posted a 112-55 record in 240 career games. His career ERA is the lowest among all active players at...