NERD Game Scores: Fernandez/Kershaw Double Feature

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *** Most...
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Dodgers sign Jordan Sheffield + bonus pool update + recap of rounds 31-40

There have been a lot of draft signings since the last update, and this update will be a happy one as all of the picks in the top 10 have been signed (and almost all officially). The Dodgers also spent heavily on their 11th-round pick, something they have done in the past (Joc Pederson, Spencer Navin, Imani Abdullah). Jim Callis of also brought something to light that was...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Joe Blanton slams water cooler after HR

There seems to be some sort of correlation between struggling pitchers and water coolers. When their frustration boils over and they choose not to take it out on their teammates, they go after a water cooler. That’s what happened to Joe Blanton after he gave up a two-run dinger to Jordy Mercer on Saturday. He first went back to the dugout and pondered his next move. After staring...
Via The Sports Daily
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Kenta Maeda Frustrated By Performance Against Pirates

The Los Angeles Dodgers began their seven-game road trip after an off-day spent traveling and riding a season-high six-game...
Via Dodger Blue
8 hours ago

Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu May Return Prior To All-Star Break

After Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu each threw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium at the end of April, Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Dodger Blue
8 hours ago

Dodgers host third annual RBI PlayerFest

Usually, Dodger Stadium will play host to 50 baseball players. On Saturday, with the team in Pittsburgh, it instead welcomed more than 100 times that number as gates opened for the third annual Dodgers RBI PlayerFest.
12 hours ago

Dodgers at Pirates, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Where: PNC Park TV: ESPN, 5 p.m. Did you know: The Dodgers did not hit a home run in Saturday’s loss, snapping their streak at 14 consecutive games hitting at least one. That matches the Washington Nationals for the longest home run streak in the...
Via The OC Register
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Kershaw battles Bucs aiming for dozen wins

Clayton Kershaw has not taken a loss since April 26 and he'll try to keep that streak alive as the Dodgers continue their series with the Pirates on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET.
13 hours ago

Dodgers ink first-round pick Jordan Sheffield

The Los Angeles Dodgers got around to inking their first-round selection from the latest MLB Draft, right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield out of Vanderbilt. MLB’s senior writer Jim Callis is labeling Sheffield’s deal ($1.85 million) just above slot value. Supp 1st-rder Jordan Sheffield inks w/@Dodgers, $1.85 mil (pick 36 = $1,791,000). Vandy RHP, could be 3 plus pitches, Stroman...
Via Today's Knuckleball
15 hours ago

Sheffield set to become Dodgers' latest Draft signing

Vanderbilt right-handed pitcher Jordan Sheffield's Instagram photo of him with pen in hand and a Dodgers script backdrop, the text reading "Not a bad first gig," seems to indicate the club has signed the 36th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The club has not confirmed the signing.
16 hours ago

Chris Taylor promoted, Nick Tepesch designated

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:15 p.m. Kiké Hernández, 2B Justin Turner, 3B Corey Seager, SS Trayce Thompson, CF Adrian González, 1B Yasiel Puig, RF Scott Van Slyke, LF A.J. Ellis, C Kenta Maeda, P Chris Taylor, the infielder acquired by the Dodgers from the Mariners six days ago for Zach Lee, has been promoted […]
Via Dodgers Insider
20 hours ago

Corey Seager among best shortstops with historic first half (so far)

Corey Seager‘s first half of the 2016 has been one of the best by a Dodger rookie. Ever. Joc Pederson‘s first half of 2015 was impressive, but unfortunately he could not replicate that success in the second half of his first full season. Seager has already surpassed or bettered Pederson’s offensive numbers from last year’s first half (although he has four fewer home runs...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Dave Roberts Praises Howie Kendrick’s Play In Left Field

When the Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed Howie Kendrick to a two-year contract during the offseason, it was with the intention...
Via Dodger Blue
22 hours ago

Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
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Los Angeles Dodgers trade rumors: do they need starting pitching?

Going into the 2016 MLB season, huge questions surrounded the state of the pitching on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Outside of uber-ace Clayton Kershaw the rotation was in flux due to injuries, and outside of Kenley the Jansen the bullpen was suspect. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, and Brandon McCarthy all started the season off on the DL. They were supposed to stabilize the mid and...
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Dodgers 4, Nationals 3: Yasiel Puig walks it off with a Little League homer

The Dodgers … is this the same team that couldn’t buy a break since like March? I honestly can’t believe it. They have now won six in a row and eight of their last nine after Yasiel Puig singled up the middle with a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth and Michael Taylor misplayed it to lead to a walk-off three-base error. *Deletes* —...
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WATCH: Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez makes insane circus catch

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez provided a “Catch of the Year” nominee against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Nats pitcher Joe Ross was batting in the fifth inning, and hit a pop-up down the right field line. Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley got his glove on the ball and deflected it to Gonzalez, who then caught the ball in...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LeBron drops F-bomb during Cavs’ parade (Video)

LeBron James sure had himself a grand ole time at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ parade on Wednesday. Celebrating Cleveland’s first major pro sports championship since 1964, LeBron certainly was feeling the loose atmosphere. He paraded around with the Larry O’Brien Trophy, and he also rocked the mic. He talked about his teammates and their contributions to the team, and it was while...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Yasiel Puig comes off disabled list

LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig has come off the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals. The Cuban outfielder had been sidelined with a strained left hamstring. He hasn't played in a major league game since June 2 against the Cubs. Puig went 5 for 12 with a home run, three walks, one steal and two RBI in...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Adrian Gonzalez’s Power Went

Between 2013 – 2015, Adrian Gonzalez slugged .474. So far this year, Gonzalez has slugged .382. What’s going on? This one’s easy. Three years ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked in baseball’s bottom fourth. Two years ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked in baseball’s bottom fourth. One year ago, Gonzalez didn’t hit many grounders. He ranked...
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The Kenta Maeda Guide to Soft Contact

The scouting report on Kenta Maeda never suggested he was overpowering. He was never expected to post extreme strikeout totals, and while his above-average 24% strikeout rate is somewhat surprising, it’s only part of the reason the 28-year-old Japanese rookie has been one of the 20 or 25 best pitchers in baseball this season. The other part is the part that makes more sense for...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Final: Dodgers ride Clayton Kershaw, red-hot Justin Turner to 4-1 victory over Nationals

LOS ANGELES – In one of those omnipresent sponsorship tie-ins that fuel modern sports, we are nightly reminded at Dodger Stadium that Uber is “the preferred ride of the Dodgers.” But let’s be honest – that honor really belongs to Clayton...
Via The OC Register
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Rays interested in bringing back Carl Crawford

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly open to turning back the clock. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays would at least be willing to discuss bringing back former outfielder Carl Crawford if he were interested in joining the team. Crawford was recently released by the Dodgers and is available for a league minimum salary. He was hitting just .185 in 2016, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ hitting is a serious issue

This year has been rough at the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they have become one of the worst hitting teams in baseball so far this season. Despite having the highest payroll in baseball, the Dodgers on many nights look as if they are lost at the plate and lack talent. They currently rank 28th in the league in batting average with a measly .234 percentage and are in the...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers option Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma, recall Frias

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers optioned right-hander Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, and recalled right-hander Carlos Frias. Bolsinger, who gave five runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings Saturday night in the Dodgers' 10-6 victory over the Brewers, was 1-4 with a 6.83 ERA in six starts. Frias was 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA in seven minor-league games this season, including...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

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