DODGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Utley gets last laugh, leads LA's rout of Mets

After being thrown at earlier in the game, Chase Utley crushed a first-pitch changeup from Logan Verrett for a homer in the sixth to get Los Angeles on the board and followed that with a grand slam in the seventh to power the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday.
Via Dodgers.com
34 minutes ago

On deck: Dodgers at Mets, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Where: Citi Field TV: ESPN, 5 p.m. Did you know? Clayton Kershaw is 5-0 with three shutouts in five starts this month with a 0.64 ERA (three earned runs in 42 innings) while striking out 55, walking two and allowing opposing batters to hit just .144....
Via The OC Register
38 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Thompson leaves game with back soreness

Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson was removed from Saturday night's game against the Mets after the top of the fifth inning with lower back soreness and replaced in right field by Yasiel Puig.
Via Dodgers.com
1 hour ago

WATCH: Noah Syndergaard tossed after throwing behind Chase Utley

With each Chase Utley at-bat against the Mets, everyone immediately wonders if New York pitchers will take some retaliatory measure for what happened last October. Whether it simply got away from him or he intended to do it, we might not know for sure. Nonetheless, Noah Syndergaard threw behind Chase Utley in the top of the third on Saturday night. Instead of issuing a warning,...
Via The Sports Daily
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dave Roberts Calls On Offense To Play As One Unit

The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their season-high four-game winning streak come to an end Friday night in the opener of a three-game...
Via Dodger Blue
7 hours ago

Dodgers send top prospect back to minors after one game

Julio Urias made his highly-anticipated MLB debut on Friday night, but that’s all Dodgers fans will get to experience of him for now. The Dodgers are sending Urias down to the minor leagues on Saturday, a day after he made his first and only career start. Urias, a 19-year-old prospect signed by the team in 2012, struggled with his control in his debut. The teenager allowed five...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Defensive Strategy Leads To Mets Contacting Major League Baseball

The hiring of Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations in October 2014 marked a seismic shift in the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Dodger Blue
9 hours ago

Miller: Despite his struggles, Julio Urias' debut was a sign of progress for the Dodgers

Broadcaster Charley Steiner, midway through the first inning, was marveling at the kid’s “Zen-like” quality. Center fielder Joc Pederson, just a short time earlier, was describing the situation as something that “doesn’t get any bigger than...
Via The OC Register
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood says decision to delay his next start until Monday was a 'compromise'

NEW YORK – Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. The Dodgers left-hander said he sustained the injury swinging a bat last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2 at the plate. His modest four-game...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yimi Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list

Dodgers at Mets, 4:10 p.m. Chase Utley, 2B Corey Seager, SS Justin Turner, 3B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Howie Kendrick, LF Joc Pederson, CF Yasiel Puig, RF Yasmani Grandal, C Julio Urias, P Yimi Garcia, who went on the disabled list five weeks ago with right biceps soreness, has been transferred to the […]
Via Dodgers Insider
1 day ago

Trayce Thompson: The Dodgers’ Other Good Rookie

When the December three-way trade between the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Los Angeles Dodgers was announced, you could sense Dodgers’ fans frustration. “Dodgers, Reds, Sox Complete Three-Way Trade Centered Around Todd Frazier,” is a great headline if you’re a Dodgers fan. Until you realize that Frazier isn’t coming to Tinseltown. Surely this was a mistake. After...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Attempts by Dodgers to acquire premiere relievers have fallen short

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a point of much contention for many years — but it’s been especially true in recent years. While lamenting the lack of upgrades, some have claimed the Dodgers haven’t tried to upgrade the bullpen in recent times, but that is just patently false. Following the 2014 season, the Dodgers were interested in Andrew Miller. Chad wasn’t too keen on...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

This is the second installment of my 2016 MLB Draft Big Board. There have been some changes up and down the board, with some new names. But there are some familiar ones … at least, familiar from the first board. Previous Big Boards v 1.0 This comes on the heels of news that Julio Urias is getting promoted to the Dodgers tomorrow. If he were draft-eligible, he’d probably be...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Soon Is Now: Dodgers’ Julio Urias to Debut on Friday

The Dodgers announced today that teenage LHP Julio Urias will be called up to make his major-league debut on Friday in New York against the defending National League champion Mets. His statistics in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year have been cartoonish. In eight appearances, Urias has thrown 41 innings, allowed 24 hits, 8 walks, and accrued 44 strikeouts. He sports...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Sweep completed behind dominant Kazmir (no, really)

Holy crap, the Dodgers have now won four games in a row, which is like a legit winning streak or something. That streak is thanks in large part to the series sweep over the Reds, which the Dodgers completed with tonight’s 3-1 victory that was thanks in large part to a dominant Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers are now 25-23 on the year and are finally above .500 at home at 13-12. —–...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto booed by Dodgers fans for stomping paper airplane

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew the ire of the crowd at Dodger Stadium Tuesday after he aggressively stomped on a paper airplane that landed in the infield during the 7th inning of his team’s 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fact that the paper airplane was tossed from the upper deck in left field — in foul territory no less — should have elicited a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig yanked from game for not running out a deep flyball

I happened to have on the Dodgers-Padres game on Sunday, and in the ninth inning of a tied game, Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt with Yasiel Puig on second base and no outs. Ellis executed the bunt as he was supposed to, forcing San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte to make the play… and Puig didn’t move. Yes, bunts are lame, but there’s still...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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