Found April 04, 2013 on
Feelin' Kinda Blue:
The final Dodger full-season minor-league affiliate to announce its roster is the Albuquerque Isotopes of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Generally an offensive powerhouse, the 'Topes are lacking in hitting talent this season. That, coupled with the humidor, could lead to fewer runs scored than expected.
Great Lakes Loons opening day roster
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes opening day roster
Chattanooga Lookouts opening day roster
The offense is led by returning 'Topes Alex Castellanos and Scott Van Slyke. After that, it gets pretty thin.
Dee Gordon will be the team's starting shortstop, while Elian Herrera should start at second base. Either spring-training-sensation-not-named Yasiel Puig Brian Barden or Rusty Ryal should start at third base. The outfield will boast a couple rangy players in Matt Angle and Nick Buss.
I hit on just 13 of 25 players from my February prediction -- the worst of any minor-league level.
BEST OF MAXIM
Hyun Jin Ryu made his Dodgers and MLB debut yesterday, and in the bottom of the six inning he came to bat and did … well … that.
Some people on Twitter didn’t take too kindly to him dogging it, and the fans at the field booed him for it, but most importantly, the dugout didn’t seem to appreciate it, including Don Mattingly.
One message that Ryu figures to receive in the next...
Baseball Prospectus: Matt Kemp has struggled to start the year, but his poor Spring Training probably has little to do with it.
His career line in 561 plate appearances? .252/.291/.448/.739.
True Blue LA: The Opening Day payroll for the Dodgers is over $240 million.
Baseball America: Draft bonus pools for the 2013 MLB Draft will rise 8.2 percent from last year...
The franchise has been sold, the stadium renovated, the roster overhauled, the payroll boosted to more than $200 million.
But one truth of the Dodgers' universe remains unchanged: They need Matt Kemp.
And because they don't have him yet - at least, not the Kemp of 2011 - the Dodgers lost their season-opening series to the defending world champion Giants.
That alone is...
Many around the league believe Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw could be the next high-profile player in line for a lucrative contract extension. However, as of yesterday, a deal between the Dodgers and their young ace "didn't appear imminent," according to Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times.
The Dodgers are either playing the splits early or Carl Crawford's elbow is bothering him. He sat out for the second-straight game to start the season yesterday. No real reason has been given for Crawford not being in the lineup, but considering his ongoing soreness after Tommy John surgery, it would seem the elbow is the real reason he hasn't played.
In the sixth inning of his greatly anticipated major league debut, Hyun-Jin Ryu was booed at home after he loafed to first base on a groundout.
Minutes later, Ryu received a partial standing ovation from the Dodger Stadium faithful as he departed with the Dodgers trailing in what became a 3-0 loss to the rival Giants.
That summed up Tuesday night for the most celebrated pitcher...
Pirates (1-2) at Dodgers (1-2)
10:10 PM–Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
After yesterday’s deflating loss to the Cubs, the Bucs headed out west for a six-game swing that begins tonight in LA. The game is late, obviously, and will be televised by ROOT after the 7:00 Pens game ends (there shouldn’t be a conflict).
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The San Francisco Giants came into today looking for revenge against the hated rival Los Angeles Dodgers and they got exactly that. After starting off the season being shutout 4-0 by Clayton Kershaw, San Francisco sent 23-year-old Madison Bumgarner to the hill and he delivered in a big way.
Bumgarner (1-0) shutout the Dodgers offense for 8 innings while only allowing 2 base runners...
For a player who has dealt with anxiety issues, Zack Greinke is facing what may be one of the most high-pressure days of his career.
It's his first meaningful game since signing one of the richest pitching contracts in history, and his first with one of baseball's most storied franchises. Plus, Greinke is trying to show his new home fans that a recent elbow issue is no longer...
FanGraphs prospect analyst and proprietor of ROTOscouting Mike Newman is the guest on this edition of the podcast. Discussed: Dodgers prospects Zach Lee and Yasiel Puig and other members of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Also discussed: players who’ve made their major-league debuts so far — like Jackie Bradley (for example) and Jedd Gyorko (for other example)...
Yasiel Puig makes his much anticipated debut, along with Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and Matt Magill.