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Los Angeles Dodgers are in the driver’s seat

Here’s a quote from my preview of the Los Angeles Dodgers series against the Cubs. Dodgers win three of four, Matt Kemp hits three home runs and Don Mattingly overmanages the bullpen in one of the games, leading to the loss. I’m going to go ahead and give myself two out of three. The Dodgers took care of business against the Cubs, winning three of four. Their loss came Saturday...
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Dodgers 8, Cubs 5: Matt Kemp saves the bullpen game

No starting pitcher, no problem … ish. The Dodgers much-maligned bullpen came through — kinda — in Sunday’s 8-5 victory in Chicago. The Dodgers took three of the four games in the series after a terrible collapse yesterday. But the real story of this game was Matt Kemp, who went 4-for-5 with a 2-run home run and four RBIs. Kemp continued his really strong second half, which...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Mailbag #11: Playoff Rotation, Mattingly’s Effect, Front Office, Joc Concerns

Greg: What would the playoff rotation be? This question still totally depends on Hyun Jin Ryu‘s health. Assuming Ryu is healthy and that the Dodgers win the division, they should have everybody rested for the NLDS on Oct. 3. That means a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Dan Haren. I honestly cannot see them playing match-ups with the rotation order...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 8, Dodgers 7: Adrian Gonzalez Brings The Rain, Bullpen Brings The Pain

Roberto Hernandez wasn’t particularly sharp today, which is becoming a usual trend. The Dodger offense was certainly active and gave the team a big lead, but depending on the bullpen this much was going to backfire at some point, and the Dodgers ultimately fell 8-7. Hernandez only lasted four plus innings, allowing two runs while striking out four and walking two. He has not...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Injury Update: Hyun-Jin Ryu will start throwing this weekend

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu expects to start throwing this weekend in preparation to return to the rotation in time for the postseason. The Dodgers have already clinched a playoff spot and will likely clinch the N.L. West in the early to middle part of the coming week. Ryu may not pitch again during the season's final 10 days, but his chances of pitching...
Via MLB Injury News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers clinch playoff birth

Thanks to Russell Martin and Jonathon Broxton, the Los Angeles Dodgers are heading back to the postseason. In an awesome coincidence, when former Dodger now Pittsburgh Pirate Russell Martin hit a game-winning three run home run against former Dodger now Milwaukee Brewer Jonathon Broxton, the Dodgers clinched at worst the second NL Wild Card spot. Dodger players don’t seem too...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers send rookie to get coffee in full uniform

Joc Pederson is one of the best prospects in Major League Baseball, but that didn’t stop his teammates from sending him out on a rookie errand during his September call-up. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent the 22-year-old outfielder on a Starbucks run while they were in Chicago for their series against the Cubs, and they made him do it in full uniform. That just goes to show that...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rookie Fetching Starbucks in Full Uniform

September baseball at its best. Los Angeles Dodgers rookie outfielder Joc Pederson was seen across the street from Wrigley Field on Friday fetching a ton of Starbucks drinks for his veteran teammates. It’s all part of a lighthearted “hazing” process that most rookies go through as rosters expand during the final month of the regular season. I just want to know what the reaction...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig’s Struggles vs. Lefties

It’s well documented that Yasiel Puig has been having a rough second half to the season. Fangraph’s own Jeff Sullivan covered Puig’s troubles in a great piece here, and other articles like this one, and this one, and this one, continue to pop up. Further, a recent dugout altercation with veteran Matt Kemp have only made the media scrutiny on baseball’s most volatile player...
Via Batting Leadoff
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers kind of survive Coors Field

Here’s a direct quote from my last article, previewing the Los Angeles Dodgers three game series in Coors Field. They head to Coors Field, where Dan Haren, Roberto Hernandez and Carlos Frias will pitch. In Coors Field. Honestly, if the Dodgers win one game and leave without an outfielder killing himself running into a wall, I’ll consider the series a victory. So I guess the Dodgers...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw’s Effect on the Dodgers Bullpen

Ken Rosenthal has an NL MVP vote this year, and the other day, he wrote about his thought process in regards to pitchers winning the award. He’d prefer to vote for a position player, but isn’t entirely against pitchers-as-MVPs, and he noted that a dominant starter who works deep into games doesn’t just affect the […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Rookies Dress Up As Ninja Turtles And Super Heroes (Photo)

This was the best photo that helps convey the title! What a great concept.  When baseball mixes with anything superhero, our hearts tend to skip a beat and of course, geeky smiles follow. The Dodgers had their rookies dress up as Super Heroes and Ninja Turtles. .@Dodgers rookies dressed up as super heroes and ninja turtles: —...
Via Geeks and Cleats
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers overcome their Yasiel Puig problem as postseason approaches

For the past six weeks, it looked like the Dodgers would win the NL West and perhaps the league’s top seed despite getting little contribution from Yasiel Puig. In August, the Cuban sensation compiled a slash average of .216/.296/.247. As that slugging percentage indicates, Puig wasn’t hitting for any extra-base power, managing only two doubles and no home runs in 108 plate appearances...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon Turns Double-Play Of The Year

Los Angeles Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon starts the double-play of the season deflecting a well placed ball to Justin Turner after a diving stop. The Dodgers are poised to go far in the post-season with web-gems like this from Gordon and company. Your browser does not support iframes. The post Dee Gordon Turns Double-Play Of The Year appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig got into argument in dugout

Your browser does not support iframes. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp appeared to get into a heated exchange during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 11-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night, but no one on the team has been willing to say why. The altercation took place during the sixth inning. Manager Don Mattingly […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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