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Brett Anderson reflects on the 2 pitches that lost Game 3 for Dodgers

Despite scoring seven runs in Game 3, the Dodgers were demolished by the Mets on Monday due to poor pitching performances from Dodgers starters Brett Anderson and Alex Wood. With the series tied heading back to New York, Anderson took the hill on Monday hoping to swipe a pivotal Game 3 win for the Dodgers but fell well short of his goal, turning in one of his worst performances of...
Via Fox Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets bust out bats for 13-7 romp, 2-1 NLDS lead over Dodgers

Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Mets posed some intriguing pitching questions. Could the Dodgers get a good start from someone besides Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke, with Brett Anderson getting the nod? And for the Mets, how would Matt Harvey pitch in his first postseason start when his ability to pitch in October had been a source of controversy for weeks. Initially...
Via The Outside Corner
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yoenis Cespedes tattoos homer to put Mets up 10-3

With emotions running high at Citi Field, Yoenis Cespedes put his mark on the NL Division Series. Facing Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood with two outs in the fourth inning, Cespedes blew the game wide open by absolutely demolishing this three-run homer into the left field bleachers. Cespedes is now 3/3 with three runs scored and three RBI on the evening. Following his homer, chants of...
Via The Outside Corner
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Citi Field gave Chase Utley a predictably chilly reception

During pregame introductions at Citi Field before Monday night’s NLDS Game 3, Mets fans gave Chase Utley an incredibly warm reception. Just kidding, they booed him like they’ve never booed anyone before. The Citi Field reception for Chase Utley was not warm — Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) October 13, 2015   Utley isn’t in the starting lineup...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw: MLB 'bullied' into Chase Utley suspension

In the wake of Los Angeles Dodgers second basemen Chase Utley having been suspended two games by Major League Baseball for a hard slide into second base that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg Saturday night, one of Utley's teammates feels the suspension was unwarranted.Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw feels that the pressure from the sports media and Mets organization...
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Kershaw To Start Game 4 On Three Days Rest

  Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will start Game 4 of the NLDS at Citi Field tomorrow night, the team announced this afternoon. Kershaw will be pitching on just three days rest, coming off his Game 1 loss in which he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out 11. He was pushed by manager Don Mattingly pretty deep into the game (although not as deep...
Via Mets Merized Online
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Lasorda calls for rule change following Chase Utley incident

Naturally, the controversy surrounding Chase Utley and the Dodgers wasn't going to pass without Tommy Lasorda giving his two cents.But the Hall of Fame manager didn't automatically take the side of his beloved Dodger Blue. In fact, Lasorda insists that the incident which left Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada with a broken leg is a sign that there needs to be a rule change, the New York...
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Baseball is not a contact sport

That’s it. That’s the whole thing. There are contact sports out there. A whole lot of contact sports. Baseball is not and never has been among them. Sometimes, players do come into contact with one another. Sometimes, they do so violently, and sometimes, when they do so violently, they’re even on opposing teams. It’s not that the players are forbidden to touch, and it...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley suspended two games for illegal slide, will appeal

During Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Mets, Chase Utley slid into second base, taking out shortsop Ruben Tejada in the process. The result of the play was a fractured right fibula for Tejada. Utley reached out to Tejada after the game, offering an apology. However, the damage was...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Online petition calls for Utley to be suspended

Chase Utley’s hard slide into Ruben Tejada Saturday night did more than just break the New York Mets shortstop’s leg…it ignited a social media firestorm. So much so…one fan created even created an online petition to get the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman suspended. While it’s unlikely 1500 (and counting) virtual signatures is likely to sway baseball commissioner...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets @ Dodgers Oct. 10, 2015: NLDS Game 2

Last night was a great baseball game. There was a little bit of everything for all baseball fans — except the whole “Dodgers winning” part. Mets Dodgers 6:07 p.m., TBS Los Angeles RF Granderson 2B Kendrick 3B Wright SS Seager 2B Murphy 1B Gonzalez CF Cespedes 3B Turner ...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Mattingly, Clayton Kershaw, Pedro Baez, and the Seventh Inning

Look, I don’t really want to talk about last night. I prefer writing about happy things. You probably don’t want to read about last night, either, because reliving a nightmare is not fun. But, at a certain point, it has to be done, especially while it’s fresh in everybody’s minds. Let’s talk about that seventh inning. Clayton Kershaw finished the sixth inning on just five...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

POLL: Price And Greinke Still Top The Sox Target List

While the gap has narrowed, FenwayNation readers still think David Price and Zack Greinke should be the main targets of Dave Dombrowski this Winter. As the chart shows, three in ten (30%) voters in our latest poll feel Price should be the main target, while one-quarter (25%) think Greinke should be our free agent pitcher target. Fifteen percent each choose Jordan Zimmermann and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Here’s Your NLDS Roster, and Why Joel Peralta Is On It

After plenty of speculation, the official NLDS roster is out. Enjoy: Hitters (14) C/1B Yasmani Grandal C A.J. Ellis 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B Howie Kendrick 2B/UT Chase Utley SS/3B Corey Seager SS Jimmy Rollins 3B/UT Justin Turner LF Carl Crawford LF/RF Andre Ethier CF Joc Pederson CF/UT Enrique Hernandez RF Yasiel Puig OF Justin Ruggiano Hey, Seager was eligible despite not being...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully to miss Dodgers’ postseason following surgery

Legendary broadcaster and Los Angeles Dodgers staple Vin Scully will miss the team’s 2015 postseason after undergoing a medical procedure. The Dodgers announced Scully’s absence on the team’s official Twitter page. Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure this morning and is resting comfortably. (1/3) — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2015 On the...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw-deGrom to rival Arrieta-Cole matchup

In the National League Wild Card game, we witnessed two aces going head to head in Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole. Arrieta pitched just as brilliantly as he had during the regular season, throwing a shutout against the Pirates and advancing to the Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gerrit Cole could not match the Cubs’ ace as the long ball plagued him, giving up as...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

For the last week of the regular season, treasured Los Angeles Dodgers voice Vin Scully was off the air due to a cold. Fans were hoping that Vin would be rested and ready to call the playoffs starting with the National League Division Series against the New York Mets. But today, we learned that Scully underwent a medical procedure today. It’s not disclosed what that procedure...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Collins makes wisecrack about Matt Harvey controversy

New York Mets manager Terry Collins attempted to make light of the latest in a long line of Matt Harvey-related controversies by making wisecracks about how the team has a plan in place to make sure the talented-but-mercurial pitcher is on the team flight to the West Coast for the team’s division series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harvey of course was late to a mandatory...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Curtis Granderson downplays Matt Harvey’s tardiness

While the New York papers are having a field day speculating about the potential negative impacts of Matt Harvey being late to Tuesday’s mandatory workout at Citi Field, a New York Mets teammate went to bat for the oft-controversial pitcher. Curtis Anderson on Wednesday said the pitcher, who is slated to start Game 3 of the team’s NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke on pitching inside

After we finished talking about his changeup and what he learned from Felix Hernandez, after we finished talking about command for the Hardball Times Annual, after we talked a little about his slider and his sinker, after we talked about a few hitters, even after I’d said goodbye and shook his hand, Zack Greinke hovered. He wasn’t done. He had noticed something about pitching...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mattingly: Yasiel Puig’s injury recovery ‘miraculous, legendary’

Los Angeles Dodgers arguably delved into serious hyperbole territory when he characterized Yasiel Puig’s rapid recovery recently from a hamstring injury as “miraculous” and “legendary.” The Dodgers slugger reportedly is running at full speed during workouts at the team’s Arizona spring training facility after going down with the injury on Aug. 27. He was placed on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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