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The Outside Corner:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox
And here we are, the final team that was eliminated from the 2012 playoff picture....the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers didn't look like much of a playoff contender coming into the year, despite the presence of 2011 NL MVP runner-up Matt Kemp and 2011 NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers started the season off on a crazy run until Kemp got hurt, then slogged through the next two months before acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto, Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Joe Blanton, and Shane Victorino...and *still* missing the playoffs.
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated.
What Went Right: When he was healthy early ...
BEST OF MAXIM
I completed my first trade with Steve Drennen who, though he doesn't have a blog, is well known around these here blogging parts. Steve won a contest over at The Snorting Bull, and knowing the teams Steve collects, I thought he might be willing to part with his winnings if the offer struck him just right.It did, thankfully, and I was able to swing a deal for the above Matt Kemp...
Mark Ellis' short fly ball to center field that, at first looked like it had a chance to drop, ended the Dodgers' season tonight.
"Drop, drop, drop! Ahh f---!"
That's a direct quote from me at the end of the game.
Well, it was definitely an interesting season. There's still one more game -- a game that will be inexplicably started by Clayton...
If only the Dodgers didn't wait to, you know, start playing good ball again, we'd be looking at this week differently.
But here we are and the Dodgers are two games behind the Cardinals for the last Wild Card spot with two games remaining.
The best the Dodgers can do is force a tie with the Cards, resulting in a one-game playoff for the right to have a one-game playoff...
As is expected as the season winds down, there are few, if any, roster moves being made. Teams have already called up players following roster expansion, so most everybody is done for the year in this regard. However, the Dodgers did make one move this past week: The club completed the Shane Victorino trade, sending ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp says he'll undergo surgery on his left shoulder Friday.
He made the announcement Wednesday after the Dodgers ended the season with a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Kemp has a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He could have his shoulder cleaned up in a minor procedure or he could have the labrum repaired,...
Baseball Prospectus let me write at their site about a topic. I don’t know why, but it’s too late to take back now! Victory! Anyway, it was about Carl Crawford‘s mechanics. I thought it was cool. Go read it: here.
The new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers may not be done acquiring sports franchises. Mark Walter, chairman of the Dodgers and chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, told the LA Times that his company is looking into whether to bid on AEG, which owns the Kings, Lakers and Galaxy. Guggenheim paid $2.15 billion -- a record price for a sports franchise -- in May to buy the Dodgers...
GIVING IT HIS ALL
Your browser does not support iframes. Let's give credit where credit is due. Some ballboys don't take their jobs seriously. Some ballboys won't attempt to go after balls that are clearly out of their reach. The Los Angeles Dodgers ballboy certainly isn't one of those type of guys.This was evidenced during the fourth inning of Monday's Dodgers game against the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw finished with a major league-leading 2.53 ERA, Adrian Gonzalez singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-1 to end their season on Wednesday, a day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the third straight year by the NL West champions.
Kershaw (14-9) allowed one...
The 2012 Los Angeles Dodgers season was one of immense change for the organization and left behind a sense of unfinished business. Though the results on the field weren't ultimately successful in the short term as the team missed the playoffs for the third straight year, the foundation has been laid for a team that, on paper, should contend in the foreseeable future. Then again...
For Red Sox fans, this season cannot end soon enough. Decimated by injuries, plagued by constant turmoil and negative news stories, declines by formerly good pitchers and a manager controversy that never ended all mark a season that started off on the wrong foot and ended without any legs at all. Every bad situation needs a scapegoat. There has to be a villain in a story like this...
Posey sends Bums packing
Last night, the San Francisco Giants won their 94th game of the year with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and — like me — Gigantes fans everywhere rejoiced in the fact that the team sent their hated rival packing for the offseason.
It’s certainly not the first time these two teams have been involved in eliminating each other from the post-season...
What a disaster.In the 2010 off season the Sox acquired both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, two big name players who were thought to bring the Sox to glory. With a pitching staff of a fantasy team (Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Papelbon) the Sox were the favorites to win the World Series, well we all know how that turned out.A rough April lead to a lot of doubters, but...
Buster Posey started the scoring in the top of second inning with a homer off Chris Capuano. A Luis Cruz RBI groundout knotted the game at one, but Joaquin Arias broke the tie with a homer in the top of the third. Yes, seriously. Joaquin Arias. Marco Scutaro extended their lead in the top of ...
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox acquired right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and first baseman-outfielder Jerry Sands from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday to complete the teams' Aug. 25 blockbuster trade.
The deal sent righty Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney...