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Reliever Brian Wilson is already with the Dodgers in Philadelphia, and it’s widely expected that he’ll be activated as soon as today, so it’s worth taking a look at what fans should realistically expect from him going forward.
In four rehab appearances between A+ and AAA, Wilson has pitched four and a third innings, struck out three, walked none, and gave up one hit. All in all, the kind of confidence building performances you’d like to see from a recovering pitcher. However, he’s been universally reported to still be sitting in the 90-93 mph range. From the time he was signed to his stints at AAA, his fastball has been stuck around that range.
When Wilson was an elite reliever with the Giants, he averaged 96 mph and threw the fastball 61% of the time. He mixed in an 89 mph cutter and 86 mph slider. As his velocity declined, starting in 2011, he reduced his reliance on fastballs, going down to 53%, and upped his cutter usage. In his tiny 2012 sample, he threw 68% cutters, showing a ...
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Hanley Ramirez returned on Wednesday from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for over a week.
Ramirez jammed his shoulder against the Cubs on Aug. 4, and has been limited to one pinch hitting opportunity in the past nine games. He struck out. Nick Punto (six starts) and Dee Gordon (three games) did admirable work filling in for Ramirez, especially at the plate. That...
So I missed yesterday’s historic win to put the Dodgers 42-8 in their last 50 games, but more importantly (apparently), I missed Juan Uribe’s homer and the dugout shenanigans afterwards.
Uribe did this:
Which led to this with Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig:
Which led to Puig and Hanley Ramirez doing … uh … whatever this is:
Which led to Hanley reminding Uribe that he’s King...
Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Fab Five,” where we rank the top five teams in the majors and highlight a few of the reasons that their among baseball’s best. While the Dodgers continue to find ways to win ball games, several former Fab Five club members have fallen on more difficult times and with the end of the regular season just around the corner, each game now...
When the term "unhittable" is thrown around, it sometimes comes across a bit hyperbolic. Yes, guys like Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander (well, maybe not this season) are for the most part, unhittable.
When one thinks of the most unhittable pitches in baseball, a few come to mind right away:
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled outfielder Scott Van Slyke.
The streaking NL West leaders made the moves before opening a seven-game road trip in Philadelphia on Friday night.
Gordon went 5 for 14 in six games since the Dodgers recalled him Aug. 5, but also made three errors at shortstop during...
Dodger closer Kenley Jansen began his baseball career as a catcher who threw so hard that he was converted to a pitcher.
In 2011, he dominated major league batters to the tune of sixteen strikeouts for every nine hitters he faced. And much like all-time great closer Mariano Rivera, he is a master of the cutter. And only the cutter. Also like Rivera, he can't explain why he...
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly summed it up nicely after Clayton Kershaw became the latest Los Angeles starter to shut down the sinking Phillies.
"Kershaw's pretty good," Mattingly said.
The young ace pitched eight dominant innings and the seemingly unstoppable Dodgers won their 10th straight Saturday night, beating Philadelphia 5-0 to keep the Phillies scoreless in...
On June 21st the Los Angeles Dodgers owned a 30-42 record. They had just lost their second straight game to the San Diego Padres and were 7-12 on the month. What they have done since has happened just twice in the last 100 years. LA split the 4 game series with the Padres, starting a 10-2 stretch over 12 games with a series sweep of the San Francisco Giants, taking 3 of 4...
The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't extend their impressive win streak last time out.
Manager Don Mattingly's club could have a hard time bouncing back against 21-year-old phenom Jose Fernandez, who has been nearly untouchable over the last month.
In a matchup of star rookies, Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound opposite Fernandez as the visiting Dodgers open a four-game set against...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning and Hanley Ramirez homered to lead the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over new manager Ryne Sandberg and the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
The defeat capped a tumultuous and emotional day for Philadelphia. Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in club history, was fired...
Yasiel Puig has done some great things in his first MLB season. But
his mental mistakes may cost the Dodgers when it matters most.
The Phillies won for the first time under interim manager Ryne Sandberg on Sunday afternoon when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies won it when Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez made an error on Michael Young’s bases-loaded ground ball with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Ramirez was going to try for a double play. Young who pinch-hit...
Among the Phillies many problems in 2013 are errors, especially on the infield. But it was the Dodgers' shortstop that gave away the game on Sunday. Hanley Ramirez was responsible for the two runs that counted in Friday's shutout win for LA. In the ninth inning on Sunday, an error...
Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50)
Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62 ERA)
Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 84, rain possible
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies have yet to score a run under new manager Ryne Sandberg as the Dodgers have shut them out in consecutive games and won another series to continue...