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Things Suddenly Look A Lot Better For The Dodgers

If you’re not afraid of the Giants, you should be. You don’t win three titles in five years by accident. However they do it — by digging up veterans like Marco Scutaro and Cody Ross who turn into postseason heroes or turning unheralded prospects like Joe Panik and Matt Duffy into solid contributors — they manage to make it work. Right now, they have one good starting...
Via Dodgers Digest
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jansen thinks critics of Dodgers bullpen don't understand baseball

The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen has been inconsistent for the duration of the 2015 season, but in light of the recent success the relievers have had, closer Kenley Jansen has some stern words for critics of the bullpen. "People just, I'm sorry, talk s--- about us," Jansen said, per ESPN. "They just don't understand this game sometimes. You can ask the hitters. They're going to go...
Via Fox Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pederson, Peraza Overshadow Pitchers’ Duel Between Greinke, Bumgarner

In a game that saw Cy Young favorite Zack Greinke face off against reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound and at the plate, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants got the pitchers’ duel they expected. But they also saw a couple of young Dodgers do their best to steal the show. Jose Peraza, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the...
Via Baseball Essential
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stars are Aligning in Los Angeles After Dodgers’ “Biggest Win of the Season”

Teammates mob Adrian Gonzalez after his walk-off single in the 14th inning gave the Dodgers a 4.5 game lead over the Giants (Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson – USA Today Sports) Now that October finally qualifies as next month, a ‘playoff mindset’ appears to be taking precedence around the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. Last night’s 5-4 walk-off win against the San...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers reacquire Chris Heisey to add to outfield depth

After a circuitous route that spanned across North America, Chris Heisey is a Dodger again. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they reacquired the 30-year-old outfielder on Monday, just in time for him to be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles initially acquired Heisey in an offseason trade with the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Matt Magill, but he only played in 17 games this...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How the world has changed since Vin Scully joined Dodgers

Late last week, it was announced that legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully would return for another season with the club, marking his 67th campaign in the broadcast booth. It’s the type of number that feels like it has to be a typo. After all, there are 55 countries on this planet in which the average life expectancy is below that total. What was the world...
Via Awful Announcing
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A.J. Ellis Picking Up The Slack For Yasmani Grandal

It hasn’t been an easy year for A.J. Ellis. It got so bad that by the second week of May, when his wRC+ was 6 (!), I was having to write articles trying to justify his roster spot, basically saying that because catcher is a very unique position, the mild offensive upgrade you might get from Austin Barnes or some random veteran wouldn’t be worth the learning curve of asking a...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Jake Arrieta didn’t really pitch a no-hitter?

Of course not to take away from Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher’s Jake Arrieta’s lights out Sunday night, but he himself is basically conceding that he didn’t really pitch a no-hitter, and his teammate did not make an error on a hard-hit ball and short hop in the third inning. “I thought it was a hit,” Arrieta said of the play to second baseman Starlin Castro, per USA TODAY...
Via Low Brow Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager’s Time May Be Near for Los Angeles Dodgers

Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Corey Seager appears during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Kiké Hernandez’ strained hamstring suffered in Sunday night’s 2-0 no-hit loss to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs will only fuel speculation that top prospect Corey Seager is due for his first...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in ten days on Sunday night. The culprit this time around? NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. In Chicago’s 2-0 victory, Arrieta struck out 12, walked one, and allowed one runner to reach on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Arrieta’s no-hitter is the sixth of the 2015 season, with all six...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban baseball player sleeps outside Dodger Stadium

Loah Linares from Cuba is desperate to make a name for himself in as a big-league baseball player—so desperate, in fact, that he’s been sleeping outside Dodger Stadium for the past 17 days hoping to get noticed. This isn’t some publicity stunt, either. “If I didn’t know how great a baseball player I know I am, I wouldn’t be here trying to show off my skills to somebody...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Vin Scully announced on Saturday that he expects to call one more season after this year before retiring as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. "Realistically, next year will be my last year [with the Dodgers]." — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2015   Scully turns 88 in November, so there is no doubt that he is up there in age...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 4, Cubs 1: Clayton Kershaw continues dominance to extend streak

The Dodgers beat the Cubs, 4-1, behind Clayton Kershaw and a three-run sixth inning to extend their winning streak to four games. Clayton Kershaw went eight innings in 108 pitches, but he actually gave up a single run on an Anthony Rizzo homer in the fourth. Despite that massive struggle, Kershaw managed to strike out 14 and only surrendered three hits and a walk. Kershaw’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Don’t panic, everyone – Vin Scully will be back in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium for the 2016 season, his 67th with the team. OFFICIAL: It'll be a very pleasant 2016. Vin Scully to return for his 67th season. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2015   “I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke Continues to Dominate for the Los Angeles Dodgers

CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 27: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 27, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) The Los Angeles Dodgers put up just one run on the board Thursday night but, with Zack Greinke on the mound that can be enough to get them the win...
Via The Sports Journal
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig says recent hamstring injury worse than initial strain

Just as Yasiel Puig began to gain traction at the plate again recently, it appears as though he'll be sidelined for at least a couple days. In the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday, Puig re-injured his right hamstring while beating out an infield single. After missing five weeks earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring, Puig...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Enrique Hernandez falls down trying to hit Aroldis Chapman pitch

Aroldis Chapman is one of the hardest throwers in Major League Baseball, routinely hitting triple digits. In fact, has a filter named after him on its Statcast Leaderboard of fastest pitches thrown this season. When stepping into the batter’s box against Chapman, there’s a good chance you’re going to see his trademark blistering fastball. Based on his swing behind...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The return of a different Adrian Gonzalez

By Jeff Sullivan I find that writing goes in phases, and they can be unpredictable. I don’t know when it’s going to be a good writing week. I don’t know when it’s going to be a bad writing week. And I don’t know what I’m next going to find interesting. For example, I feel like I spent a good year or two zoning in on pitch-framing, which I thought was just the coolest...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley thanks fans in Philadelphia newspaper ad

Chase Utley, one of the most beloved, celebrated and admired Philadelphia Phillies players in some time, returned the love to the fans who passionately cheered for him during his stellar, 12-plus career with the team by taking out an ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News to thank them for all their support. Utley was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Mike Fiers have pine tar in his glove during no-hitter?

    Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, and questions have arisen about whether or not he had some illegal assistance. MLB Network picked up the feed of the game as Fiers was going for the no-hitter in the ninth inning, leading to a much larger TV audience. Many fans noticed during a zoomed-in shot that Fiers appeared to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw chases Zack Greinke, nerd history

Chasing records is fun. Sometimes it’s meaningless and fun, like the famed Ryan Webb, Matt Albers games-finished-without-a-save streak. Some chases have limited meaning, but they’re fun, like Zack Greinke‘s pursuit of Orel Hershiser‘s consecutive scoreless innings streak. Other are meaningful, like the 2015 Cardinals pursuit of the best park-adjusted ERA since before...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers cannot afford their bullpen problem

The biggest story to come out of the Dodgers camp yesterday was the acquisition of Chase Utley from the Phillies for two minor-league prospects, Darnell Sweeney and John Richy. While Utley will no doubt provide support to a middle infield that is thinner with the injury to Howie Kendrick, there was another event going on in Oakland yesterday — a major-league baseball game, in...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw spikes ball, throws it into dugout

Clayton Kershaw got frustrated on Tuesday night in Oakland. After not getting a borderline call on Danny Valencia in the third inning, Kershaw couldn’t handle an infield dribbler off the bat of Valencia…and then, he snapped. Kershaw spikes the ball, catches it anyway. Kershaw fires the ball into the dugout while barely looking, manages to hurt no one, immediately gets a...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Newly acquired Dodgers pitchers have underachieved

Before the trade deadline passed, the Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to load up on pitching. They acquired starters Mat Latos and Alex Wood, and also snagged reliever Jim Johnson. The Dodgers did this in hopes of adding some much needed pitching depth as they make their into the playoffs as the favorite to win the World Series. Unfortunately, the trio of acquisitions have done...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer dispenses health advice involving men's 'boys'

There are a plethora of off-kilter health fads that arise from time to time, but a suggestion by former major leaguer Gabe Kapler about how to keep one’s “boys” in shape is so seemingly off-the-wall it can only be referred to as just plain nuts. Kapler, who now serves as the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is a passionate advocate for healthy...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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