Found April 17, 2012 on

The season is just a few weeks in but there are already some trends and numbers that should make people take notice.

1. Matt Kemp

My pre-season MVP and 2nd place finisher last year is on fire. He is batting .487 with 6 hr and 16 RBI’s through the Dodgers first ten games. In comparison, the entire Pittsburgh Pirate team has 16 RBI’s and only 4 hrs. Kemp’s fast start has LA out to a MLB best 9-1 start. Matt Kemp is really asserting himself as the next star in the game and maybe him and Magic Johnson can bring back DodgerTown!

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2. The Red Sox and Yankees should be worried

The East is definitely going to be exciting but should we get so worked up about the early season struggles of these two franchises? The Yankees will certainly need to recognize that their resurrection in the mid-90′s was built on home grown talent but as those players have gotten older (Jeter, Rivera) or have retired (Posada), the team has really failed to continue that path to greatness. The Yankees getting to the playoffs is not enough. The Red Sox on the other hand hired a Wrestling manager to provide stability! Yes, Bobby Valentine is the Jimmy Hart of the baseball world. This was a bad decision by a team that needs direction not drama. Both teams need to re-evaluate their pitching staffs or they will be left behind by the likes the Rangers, Angels, and The Rays.

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3. Pitching

Pitching continues to look great post real PED testing. Roy Halladay already has 3 wins with a 1.17 ERA. Aroldis Chapman has made 5 appearances and has maintained an unblemished ERA. Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver have 23 strikeouts through 3 starts. I like pitching and would prefer two starters to go head to head for 8 innings in a 1-0 game ala Clemens and Pedro. I also think when we have better overall pitching, that the great hitters are able to distance themselves from the “Steroid Era”.

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Kemp named NL Player of the Week (again)

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has been named National League Player of the Week for the period of April 9-15, 2012. The announcement was made earlier Monday on MLB Network. Kemp becomes the first player to win back-to-back National League Player of the Week honors to begin a season and the first player to win the award for three consecutive weeks (dating...

Matt Kemp, president of the Andre Ethier Fan Club

Andre Ethier's biggest fan is not his wife, his children or the rest of his family. It's Matt Kemp.OK, probably not, but one could make the case with the way Kemp goes nuts every time Ethier does something well.Check out this video of Ethier's go-ahead home run from Tuesday night's game. And this video from Saturday's game. And this video from Friday's ...

Matt Kemp Earns National League Player of the Week Honors

Maybe a 50-50 season isn't out of the question. Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp has thrown his name into the MVP discussion right out of the gate this year, as the center fielder has been named National League Player of the Week for the period of April 9-15, 2012. In six games last week, the righty slugger led all players with a .545 (12-for-22) batting average...

Bobby Valentine Continues to Shake Off Managerial Rust with Questionable Bullpen Decisions

Editor’s note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine’s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine that sums u p the day for the Red Sox. Bobby Valentine is now 12 games into his first season with the Red Sox, but after almost 10 years in the broadcast booth Valentine is still shaking off the rust. After back-to-back losses to...

Valentine apologizes for accidentally slamming Youk

During a morning press conference, Bobby Valentine clarified his comments about Kevin Youkilis. Here's the Twitter play-by-play, courtesy Tom Caron: Valentine said his comments were "misinterpreted. It wasn't meant to motivate. That's not the way it's done. Valentine said his comments were answering a question that was "jabbing at him (Youkilis.) I was...

Bobby Valentine's Mistake-Filled Day Means Critics, Fans Can Stop Waiting for Blunder, Team Can Move On to Baseball

Editor's note: is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentine's words. Each game day, we will select a Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. It was a bad day for Bobby Valentine. But the Marathon Monday that Valentine would likely love to forget may also mark the day he officially got settled in as the new Red Sox manager. All Valentine...

Bobby Valentine’s comments stir up controversy

Last night Bobby Valentine was quoted as saying “”I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But onSaturday it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he’ll move on from there.” As...

Valentine criticizes Youkilis, then apologizes

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questioned Kevin Youkilis' commitment to the game in his weekly television interview, then apologized to the third baseman on Monday. During an interview aired Sunday night on WHDH-TV, Valentine said he didn't think Youkilis was ''as physically or emotionally into the game.'' On Monday morning, Valentine said he apologized...

The Dodgers are off to the best start in baseball…will it last?

The Dodgers are off to a tremendous start. Currently at 9-and-1 and with the best record in baseball, media outlets across the land are starting to dub them as the comeback team of year. Matt Kemp, who already put up incredible numbers last season, has shown no signs of coming back down to earth. Kemp has six home runs on the year -- all of which have come against the San Diego...

Your Morning Dump...where Youk not "as into the game", according to Bobby V.

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in his weekly interview for WHDH-TV's Sports Xtra, said that third baseman Kevin Youkilis seemed to be less "into the game" than in the past. "I don'...

Quote of the Day

"I was booing myself. It didn't work out.'' -Bobby Valentine on fans booing him.

Dugout Digest - the Dodgers cannot lose

Through the first ten games of the year (which by my calculations, is about 6% of the entire season), the kings of baseball reside in Los Angeles. Not in Orange County, like many expected coming into the year, but at Chavez Ravine, where the Dodgers are 9-1. Featuring stars like Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers are running roughshod on the league early on. Well...they...


No one's saying it but the signs are right before our eyes. The Boston Red Sox have been a divided team. The 25 man squad split into camps. One camp was thrilled to see Terry Francona "leave" town, another clique "upset" that he left, and still other players who just want to play baseball. Owner John Henry hires "old school" Bobby...

Low-life BoSox finding out karma is truly a bi**h!

The Boston Red Sox are finding out about karma after doing former manager Terry Francona wrong  following last season's epic collapse.As a longtime Boston Red Sox follower (I’m a Phillies fan first and foremost) I’ve got to say that it bothered me to no end to see how the formerly floundering franchise, which hadn’t won a World Series title in 86 years prior to 2004,...
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