Posted April 22, 2013 on
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Off to a slow start and with a banged-up rotation, the Los Angeles Dodgers really need ace Clayton Kershaw to be at his best.
That certainly didn't happen in his latest outing.
Kershaw now faces one of the NL's top offenses - but also a team he's dominated - on Tuesday night when the Dodgers follow their first win in a week with a three-game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
With Zack Greinke (collarbone) landing on the disabled list earlier this month, Chris Capuano (calf) joining him there last week and Chad Billingsley (elbow) doing so Sunday, Los Angeles is very thin on quality starters even with Ted Lilly (shoulder) set to be activated Wednesday.
That leaves a bigger burden on Kershaw (2-2, 1.88 ERA), especially with the Dodgers (8-10) being one of only five NL teams with a losing record.
He didn't pitch like a recent Cy Young Award winner Wednesday. The left-hander gave up five runs - three earned - and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 loss ...
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Ted Lilly will make his first start of the season on Wednesday, replacing the injured Chris Capuano, who had replaced the injured Zack Greinke.
Ted Lilly will start Wednesday night’s game against the Mets, manager Don Mattingly confirmed Friday. Lilly replaces the injured Chris Capuano, who previously replaced the injured Zack Greinke.
“That’s our plan,” said Mattingly. “Obviously...
It’s official, Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will be performing the surgery at Kerlan-Jobe in Los Angeles. Honestly, I’m pissed. How does this situation even happen? The coaches and even Billingsley himself took no responsibility. I’m sure you remember when Billingsley was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in...
Spring has sprung. Although in the case of the Los Angeles area baseball teams, they haven’t quite found the spring in their steps.
So far, no one is pointing to Don Mattingly as the reason the Dodgers have fallen to 8-10.
The Dodgers have just one win in their last seven games. Statistically, they aren’t exactly keeping company with the best of the rest. They rank 29th in the...
Dodgers got some bad news on Tuesday when the club revealed that Chad Billinglsey will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 months.
After an up-and-down 2012, Billingsley finally started to show signs of the player the Dodgers had signed to a 3-year, 35-million deal the year prior. From July 23 to Aug. 19 of last season Billingsley went on...
The Los Angeles Dodgers rotation received a big blow today as it was announced that starting pitcher Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John Surgery ending his season.
Near the end of last season there was a decision to be made whether Billinsgley would have Tommy John Surgery. The other option was getting prp (platelet-rich plasma) injections that could possibly prevent the need...
Luis Cruz has been … not-so-good in 2013. Okay, he’s been absolutely atrocious. Just terrible.
Mike Petriello at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness has gone through all the statistical hoops to show exactly how bad Cruz has been in 2013 (go read it, even I didn’t realize how terrible he’s been).
Hint: It’s bad.
2013 lowest wOBA, min 50 PA
5. Dustin Ackley, .174
4. Clint Barmes...
I came to watch the Titanic sink. And then I realized, oops, it's barely out of port.
The Dodgers indeed could wind up an epic fail. On Tuesday alone, they lost right-hander Chad Billingsley to Tommy John surgery and saw ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw do the unthinkable -- issue a two-out, bases-empty walk to a reliever making his first major league plate appearance, leading...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right-hander Chad Billingsley on the disabled list with right elbow soreness, leaving them short of options for their starting rotation over the next couple of weeks.
Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported that manager Don Mattingly was concerned that the discomfort was linked to last year's problem, when Billingsley missed the last two months...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Chad Billingsley on the 15-day DL with pain in his right elbow. Billingsley's right elbow has been a source of frustration for Billingsley over the past year, as he only made eight starts after the All-Star Break last season due to an inflammed flexor tendon and a partially torn UCL in the elbow.
Going into the season,...
Well, the Dodgers got healthy on Sunday, and I’m getting healthy today.
The Dodgers dropped the first two games of the series in Baltimore. After Friday night’s rainout, 7-5 and 6-1 losses bookended a day-night double header that saw the Dodgers get out to a 4-0 lead in Game 1 featuring a 3 run shot off the bat of Andre Ethier and pretty much not gain much offensive traction...
The “This Is SportsCenter” advertisements seem to be the only thing that ESPN churns out year after year and they are still fantastic. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw didn’t have to work too hard to create this one, but it is still one of the funnier and more creative ads that I have seen them make recently.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Ellis lined two home runs and hit a hard grounder that sent Mets starter Jonathon Niese limping off for X-rays, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over New York 7-2 Tuesday night.
Ellis got four hits and drove in four runs. He hit his 100th career homer in the fifth inning, then connected for a tiebreaking, three-run shot with two outs in the seventh.
I hate games like this.
When Jon Niese was hit in the ankle in the third inning by Mark Ellis and had to leave the game on Tuesday, with Clayton Kershaw on the other side, I was thinking, "well, this game is shot to hell, so I'll save my angst for what the Rangers do against the Panthers, or better yet I'll save my angst for a double dose of explosion on Thursday...
Mets Starting Lineup
Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
John Buck – C
Marlon Byrd – RF
Lucas Duda – LF
Justin Turner – 1B
Collin Cowgill – CF
Jonathon Niese – LHP
The Mets lead the National League, averaging 5.82 runs per game, narrowly ahead of the Colorado Rockies (5.78). Imagine if we had a legitimate backend of the rotation...