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Dodgers News: Jimmy Rollins to Bat Leadoff for L.A.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced this morning that newly acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be the team’s leadoff hitter when regular season play begins on April 6. Eric Stephen of True Blue LA passed the news along via Twitter: Don Mattingly said Jimmy Rollins would bat leadoff this year. “We don’t truly have anyone else who fits in that role.” — Eric Stephen...
Via Baseball Essential
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

We’ve all seen it in various TV shows or movies; the main character is sitting on the floor of some room, surrounded by various pieces of hardware after being challenged to assemble some piece of furniture from vague and unhelpful instructions. And then, usually after a cutaway or some kind of time-lapse, we see the […]
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Best Photos From MLB Team Photo Day

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles is all smiles for his big photo shoot, perhaps a new hat before Opening Day. View image | Joel Hanrahan of the Detroit Tigers got a little hungry doing the shoot. View image | Why Fernando Rodney, Why View image | Melky Cabrera is either saddened by his new teammates or his...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers spring training position battles

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take the field against a different team for the first time since October 7, 2014. Spring Training begins for the Dodgers when they take on the Chicago White Sox. Erik Bedard will take the hill for the Dodgers on THIS opening day, and the Dodgers will have just over a month until their regular season opener against the San Diego Padres. While...
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Surprise! Clayton Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers

In perhaps the least surprising announcement in the history of Spring Training, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly today confirmed that reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start the team’s season opener on April 6. The news was passed along via Twitter by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, and it came not from an official announcement...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw is Dodgers Opening Day starter

The Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing for Opening Day on March 4th against the Chicago White Sox, and they announced today that Clayton Kershaw will be their opening day starter. Obviously that isn’t much of a surprise, but this time of year is exactly when excitement begins rising about the upcoming baseball season. .@Dodgers announce @ClaytonKersh22 will start #OpeningDay...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What to Expect from Yasiel Puig in 2015

There may not be a more polarizing player in Major League Baseball than Yasiel Puig. People love him. People hate him. People think he is amazing. People think he is a train wreck. And sometimes, all of those characteristics are said by the same person in a span of seconds. The characteristics made of Puig can be as impulsive as Puig’s actions himself. There is no question that...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins welcomed a trade to Mets

Jimmy Rollins could not be happier about being traded to the Dodgers over the offseason. Rollins, who spent all 15 years of his MLB career with the Phillies, was dealt to the Dodgers in December. The former MVP shortstop told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that the Mets were second on his list of preferred trade destinations...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rollins Would Have Played For Mets, Says Their Future Is Bright

When Jimmy Rollins was still with the Phillies, there were two reports that he would use his veto rights to kill any trade to the Mets, who were reportedly very interested in the boisterous and still very productive shortstop. However, in an interview with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Rollins refuted those reports and admitted that the New York Mets were his second choice of preferred...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Hyun-Jin Ryu injury update

The Los Angeles Dodgers are faced with another injury during spring training. One of their starting pitchers, Hyun-Jin Ryu, had an MRI after feeling a tightening in his mid back. After Tuesday’s bullpen session, Ryu mentioned he was feeling discomfort from tightness in his back. Ryu was held out of workouts for a second day due to the same pain. Although he was taken out of workouts...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No, The Dodgers Aren’t Being Cheap

I was looking at the mailbag questions — and I swear we’ll do another soon — and I came across this gem, which, what: I read all the time about the Dodger’s financial clout. Yet they don’t appear to use it. How much money since the GM change have the Dodgers spent on players minus what they have given/traded away. I would guess it’s not much. Jesse, if you’re reading...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Judge The Health Of The Dodger Rotation On Disabled List Trips

What’s the biggest potential weakness of the 2015 Dodgers? Everyone who just said “right-handed power” can go sit in the corner. Stop. Just stop it. That’s not it. That doesn’t matter. It is, probably without a ton of controversy, starting rotation depth. We’ve been over this a bunch of times. All five members of the 2015 rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #32: Yasiel Puig | OF | LAD

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Last season Yasiel Puig quietly had one of the more confusing seasons in baseball. Take a look at his batted ball profile and tell me what BABIP you’d expect from this player: 14.8 LD%, 51.7 GB%, 33.4 FB%, 7.6 IFFB%, 11.2 IFH%. Just eye-balling it I’d expect something around .290. This player didn’t...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Prospect Profile: Joc Pederson

When the Los Angeles Dodgers traded superstar Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres last winter, many thought they were simply creating space in an over-crowded—and arguably overpaid, outfield. There was no way, L.A., smack dab in the middle of a world championship window, would dump a former MVP candidate and hand the reigns of the spacious centerfield of Dodger Stadium to a 22-year...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta’s sore shoulder could open Dodgers’ closer spot for others

Shoulder injuries for pitchers are about the worst possible scenario. Shoulder injuries for 39-year-old pitchers are just downright terrifying. From Ken Gurnick: “Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta, sidelined by shoulder stiffness, said he is hopeful he will be able to throw off a mound by next week. That will put Peralta nearly two weeks behind the rest of the team’s pitchers and...
Via Dodgers Digest
5 days ago  |  Discuss

An Attempt to Explain Yasiel Puig’s BABIP

Been talkin’ about BABIP lately. Let’s talk about BABIP again. Let’s talk about Yasiel Puig, and his BABIP. Last week, I wrote a post on Starling Marte, in which I examined his extraordinary high batting average on balls in play. I had a hypothesis, and that hypothesis was confirmed. It was far from revolutionary. I […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Beachy, and a Sort of Depth-Hack

I don’t think the Dodgers deserve that much credit for signing Brandon Beachy. It’s not like it’s a particularly innovative idea, and a whole host of teams were interested in landing him. The Dodgers beat out almost everyone in available resources, and they beat out almost everyone in immediate outlook, and they had this other […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Prospect Profile: Corey Seager

The current infield status going into spring training for the Los Angeles Dodgers seems to bode well for their number one prospect, shortstop Corey Seager. The younger brother of Seattle Mariner third baseman, Kyle Seager, has been on the fast track through the Dodger’s farm system since the day he was chosen in the first round of the 2012 amateur draft. By the end of 2014, Seager...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #43: Adrian Gonzalez | 1B | LAD

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Gonzalez ranked 47th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 43 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). Adrian Gonzalez may be old in baseball terms (age-33 season), he may be boring in fantasy terms, but he’s certainly not washed up like...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ready for redemption

The 2014 baseball season for Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw saw the highest of highs, but ended with the lowest of lows. The height was a regular season in which Kershaw posted a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA making him the only player in MLB history to lead the league in ERA four straight seasons. He also became only the 11th player to win both the Cy Young and MVP award in...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers prospect Julio Urias lost 20 pounds by limiting tacos

Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias has dropped about 20 pounds this past offseason through hard work and dedication … and cutting back significantly on tacos. Urias, an 18-year-old prospect with seemingly limitless potential, worked with a nutritionist in his native Venezuela and overhauled his diet, ultimately dropping from 222 to 203 pounds. The...Read More The...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay Z thought David Wells was Curt Schilling at SNL afterparty

The only thing better than the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special might have been the SNL40 afterparty. The biggest names in comedy, music and sports came together at the star-studded affair, and according to Jay Z, that outrageous list of celebrities included one former baseball player who most definitely was not in attendance. The rapper got his retired pitchers...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Kenley Jansen may start the year on the DL after foot surgery

The Dodgers got some bad news on Tuesday – closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following foot surgery. That timetable puts his return, at the earliest, a week into the 2015 season. Here’s the official press release from the club via Dodger Thoughts. This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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