Found April 22, 2013 on
Los Angeles Dodgers
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I'm not the owner, president or general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, so I can't tell you for certain whether Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the hot seat after an 8-10 start.
But if he is, he shouldn't be.
The Dodgers are 2-7 since the Rumble in San Diego, and it is hard to blame Mattingly for their shortcomings during that stretch. Most notably, the team's once-abundant pitching depth has evaporated: Zack Greinke, Chris Capuano and now Chad Billingsley are on the disabled list, and Aaron Harang was traded because -- at the time, way back on April 6 -- the Dodgers had more than enough pitching.
At present, the Dodgers' rotation consists of Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Stephen Fife and Ted Lilly, who is set to come off the DL and make his first major league start since last May 23 against New York Mets sensation Matt Harvey. Of that group, only Kershaw has an ERA below 4.00 in the majors this year.
In a February Los Angeles Times sto...
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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...
Mariano Rivera is famous for being a one-pitch pitcher. He's the most dominant reliever of all-time, thanks to a ridiculous cut fastball.
Kenley Jansen is following in Rivera's footsteps, specifically with the cutter. He's throwing it 94.6 percent of the time this season, according to Brooks Baseball.
When a relief pitcher has such a dominant pitch as Rivera and...
On Sunday, Justin Sellers tried showing off to Dodgers teammates that he knows how to roll a joint. I am unaware of the fundamentals myself, but Justin looks pretty experienced.
Just say no, Justin.
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...
It’s not a good time to be a pitcher for the Dodgers. With Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano already on the shelf with injuries, you thought things couldn’t get much worse for the Blue Crew until word came out that Chad Billingsley had to be placed on the 15 day DL with elbow soreness. That’s terrible news for Billingsley, in particular, because he was making an attempt to come...
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...
Kenley Jansen is possible the best non-closer reliever in the game. He had already recorded four outs and then the Dodgers brought in Paco Rodriguez and Ronald Belisario. They did not pitch like Kenley Jansen. With the game tied at 5, the following happened:
Rodriguez only got a shot at the AL home run leader, Chris Davis, before Belisario came in. The total damage: 2...
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...
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...
The Dodgers played twice, and lost twice, in their doubleheader today against the Orioles and have now dropped six games in a row to fall within a game and a half of last place in the NL West.
The Dodgers on Sunday placed right-hander Chad Billingsley on the
disabled list with elbow pain, an ominous sign for a pitcher who
has been trying to avoid Tommy John surgery.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Mark Ellis drove in three runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat erratic Jake Arrieta and the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.
Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run during a four-run fifth inning, and the Dodgers received a solid performance from their bullpen in the finale of the three-game interleague series.
Making his fourth start...
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...
The Los Angeles Dodgers' $147 million pitcher is out with a broken collarbone, suffered in a silly on-field skirmish.
The team's best position player is hitting .235 with a .564 OPS, no home runs and six RBI.
Worst of all, the Dodgers have an 8-10 record after their first 18 games, putting them fourth in the NL West, five games out of first place.