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Zack Greinke Continues to Dominate for the Los Angeles Dodgers

CINCINNATI, OH – AUGUST 27: Zack Greinke #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 27, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) The Los Angeles Dodgers put up just one run on the board Thursday night but, with Zack Greinke on the mound that can be enough to get them the win...
Via The Sports Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Enrique Hernandez falls down trying to hit Aroldis Chapman pitch

Aroldis Chapman is one of the hardest throwers in Major League Baseball, routinely hitting triple digits. In fact, MLB.com has a filter named after him on its Statcast Leaderboard of fastest pitches thrown this season. When stepping into the batter’s box against Chapman, there’s a good chance you’re going to see his trademark blistering fastball. Based on his swing behind...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The return of a different Adrian Gonzalez

By Jeff Sullivan I find that writing goes in phases, and they can be unpredictable. I don’t know when it’s going to be a good writing week. I don’t know when it’s going to be a bad writing week. And I don’t know what I’m next going to find interesting. For example, I feel like I spent a good year or two zoning in on pitch-framing, which I thought was just the coolest...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Reds 4: #TooManyHomers And Brett Anderson Lead Dodgers

The Dodgers topped the Reds, 7-4, behind Brett Anderson and many dingers in a game that should’ve been a lot easier than it ended up being. The Dodgers offense did what they were supposed to do, scoring seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including two doubles and three homers. Enrique Hernandez opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single in the top of the second to give the...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson’s benching is complicated

Joc Pederson has started 110 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this, his rookie season. The Dodgers are 62-48 in those games. By most estimations, Pederson has been pretty good this year. He was an All-Star and has 23 home runs, mostly out of the leadoff spot for Don Mattingly. Just how many more of the team’s final 38 games Pederson starts, however, remains to be seen...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Reds 1: A win? What’s this?

The Dodgers snapped a season-worst 5-game losing streak comfortably by a 5-1 score in Cincinnati on Tuesday night, but the game wasn’t without some manufactured drama. More on that shortly. First, the Dodgers scored five runs. It was the first time since Aug. 15 they had accomplished such a feat. They did so on the strength of two 2-run home runs by Jimmy Rollins and Justin Turner...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Says Team Should Panic

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 23: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the fourth inning during their game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) As the Los Angeles Dodgers cling to a 1.5-game lead in the NL West over the San Francisco Giants heading into their mid-week series...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Will Ferrell says 'European knuckleball' and 'Ruby' among 63 pitches in his arsenal

When Will Ferrell took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers during his 10 team, 10 position tour through MLB spring training in March, the 47-year-old told catcher Austin Barnes that he had a pitch called the "Slurge." "I learned [the Slurge] in Japan," Ferrell explained of the mysterious pitch, perhaps a cousin of the gryoball. In the two-minute preview above for HBO's documentary...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Dodgers call up top prospect Julio Urias to join beleaguered bullpen?

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers have two of the best starting pitchers in baseball, they don't have a formidable bullpen in place to back their aces, which may force them to make an eventful September call-up. Although the Dodgers still have the option to acquire a reliever through the waiver wire, ESPN reports that that it's "unlikely the team will be able to trade for an impact...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley thanks fans in Philadelphia newspaper ad

Chase Utley, one of the most beloved, celebrated and admired Philadelphia Phillies players in some time, returned the love to the fans who passionately cheered for him during his stellar, 12-plus career with the team by taking out an ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News to thank them for all their support. Utley was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson has lost starting job with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled in the second half this season, scuffling their way to a 16-17 record after the All-Star Break. Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson has also struggled since a breath-taking performance in the Home Run Derby, hitting just .163/.333/.293 with only three homers in 30 second-half games. Manager Don Mattingly isn’t exactly enamored with the...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw hopes Dodgers are panicking amid season-high losing streak

For the second time in a week, the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen blew the lead in a game started by ace Clayton Kershaw, marking the team's season-high fifth-consecutive loss. As the ace himself reflected on the Dodgers' recent spiral, he beckoned the team to embody a sense of urgency. "I hope we're panicking a little bit," he said. "I think panic's a good thing, to a certain extent...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers unconcerned about Mike Fiers’ alleged pine tar use

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are unconcerned about allegations that Mike Fiers may have had pine tar in his glove during his no-hitter on Friday night. Players like Carl Crawford and manager Don Mattingly downplayed photos that surfaced showing a shiny substance in the Astros pitcher’s glove. “I don’t want to take anything away from his night,” Crawford told the Los...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

If You Squint Hard Enough, Chris Hatcher Looks Better

I’m not sure there’s really enough here to devote a full post to; in fact, I’m certain there’s not. However, the only thing I’m more sure of than that is that no one wants to stare at a recap of the Dodgers being no-hit all day long. So, let’s not do that. Let’s do this instead: After two rough months to start his Dodger career and two more sidelined due to injury,...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Did Mike Fiers have pine tar in his glove during no-hitter?

    Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, and questions have arisen about whether or not he had some illegal assistance. MLB Network picked up the feed of the game as Fiers was going for the no-hitter in the ninth inning, leading to a much larger TV audience. Many fans noticed during a zoomed-in shot that Fiers appeared to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw chases Zack Greinke, nerd history

Chasing records is fun. Sometimes it’s meaningless and fun, like the famed Ryan Webb, Matt Albers games-finished-without-a-save streak. Some chases have limited meaning, but they’re fun, like Zack Greinke‘s pursuit of Orel Hershiser‘s consecutive scoreless innings streak. Other are meaningful, like the 2015 Cardinals pursuit of the best park-adjusted ERA since before...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers cannot afford their bullpen problem

The biggest story to come out of the Dodgers camp yesterday was the acquisition of Chase Utley from the Phillies for two minor-league prospects, Darnell Sweeney and John Richy. While Utley will no doubt provide support to a middle infield that is thinner with the injury to Howie Kendrick, there was another event going on in Oakland yesterday — a major-league baseball game, in...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies trade Chase Utley to Dodgers

It appears Chase Utley is heading home to Southern California. The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to trade the second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to USA Today Sports. The report also states that Utley, who had a no-trade clause, accepted the deal. The deal has not been finalized. The Phillies will get a pair of prospects and will pay the Dodgers $2 million...
Via NESN.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Second half of August crucial for Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a slim two game lead in the NL West heading into a tough part of the schedule that could be crucial in terms of playoff aspirations and positioning. The second half of August sees Los Angeles head to Houston (first in the AL West, 65-55 record) for a series, then continue on the road for a series against Cincinnati (fourth place in the NL Central, 51...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw spikes ball, throws it into dugout

Clayton Kershaw got frustrated on Tuesday night in Oakland. After not getting a borderline call on Danny Valencia in the third inning, Kershaw couldn’t handle an infield dribbler off the bat of Valencia…and then, he snapped. Kershaw spikes the ball, catches it anyway. Kershaw fires the ball into the dugout while barely looking, manages to hurt no one, immediately gets a...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Newly acquired Dodgers pitchers have underachieved

Before the trade deadline passed, the Los Angeles Dodgers attempted to load up on pitching. They acquired starters Mat Latos and Alex Wood, and also snagged reliever Jim Johnson. The Dodgers did this in hopes of adding some much needed pitching depth as they make their into the playoffs as the favorite to win the World Series. Unfortunately, the trio of acquisitions have done...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yankees pitcher Bryan Mitchell hit in face with line drive

A pitcher get hit anywhere on the head with a line drive hit off the batter’s bat is one of the worst things that can happen in baseball. Sometimes, pitchers get lucky and are able to make their next start. Other times, an injury can be so bad it forces a pitcher into surgery and threaten his life like it did with Brandon McCarthy in 2012. On Monday night, Yankees pitcher threw...
Via Gamedayr
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Hoping for Joc Pederson Resurgence

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he crosses home after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning aganst the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Joc Pederson had an electrifying beginning to his Dodger career. A 23-year-old native Californian...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers ball boy tumbles into stands in attempt to catch foul ball (GIF)

A Los Angeles Dodgers ball boy took a big tumble into the stands as he made a valiant attempt to catch a foul ball during the fifth inning of Sunday's game against Cincinnati. The ball boy came just a few inches short of making a great leaping catch, but fell sideways over the wall. Fortunately, he was able to adjust his body before he fell to the ground so that he landed on his...
Via Holdout Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLBer dispenses health advice involving men's 'boys'

There are a plethora of off-kilter health fads that arise from time to time, but a suggestion by former major leaguer Gabe Kapler about how to keep one’s “boys” in shape is so seemingly off-the-wall it can only be referred to as just plain nuts. Kapler, who now serves as the Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is a passionate advocate for healthy...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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