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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, .155
3. Aaron Hicks, .148
2. Jeff Keppinger, .137
1. Luis Cruz, .089
So Cruz is the worst hitter in baseball this season among regular players, and it’s not even particularly close. Wonderful.
Okay, so that puts his 2013 into context, but it doesn’t answer the question of why he’s been so bad.
Granted, the most significant factor at play is that he’s been a career minor-leaguer, and this is probably closer to reality than 2012, but has anything else besides that changed?
Well, a lot of the horrific line has to do with a .103 BABIP, which is astoundingly low. However, that’s not to say it’s necessarily all be
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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...
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...
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 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...
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.
Well, that was quick. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will be out for the rest of the season. The team placed Billingsley on the DL on Sunday with pain in his right elbow, and the surgery was definitely a possibility.
This just beats home the point that instead of attempting to rehab an elbow injury that may require Tommy John...
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...
Lots of bacon getting saved tonight. Holy cow
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) April 25, 2013
Of course, Brandon League latter blew the save, so there’s that.
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.
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.
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...