Dodgers Rumors: Defensive Strategy Leads To Mets Contacting Major League Baseball

The hiring of Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations in October 2014 marked a seismic shift in the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Dodger Blue
36 minutes ago

DPD: Maeda and Thor Square Off

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We get the festivities underway with a steady stream of solid pitching. Check ’em out! Kenta Maeda (LAD) versus Noah Syndergaard (NYM) 7:15 p.m. ET For the second day in a row a Dodgers-Mets matchup is our preferred duel. Maeda’s numbers overall look pretty solid—3.29 ERA, .214 BAA, 1.08 WHIP—but he has been dusted up a bit over his last three...
Via The Sports Post
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Video: Chase Utley Hits Game-Tying 3-Run Double Against Mets

Chase Utley's first visit to Citi Field since the 2015 National League Division Series was overshadowed by the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Dodger Blue
11 hours ago

Dodgers Video: Joc Pederson Denied Picture By Barry Bonds

Given that Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., he naturally was a fan of the San Francisco...
Via Dodger Blue
11 hours ago

Miller: Despite his struggles, Julio Urias' debut was a sign of progress for the Dodgers

Broadcaster Charley Steiner, midway through the first inning, was marveling at the kid’s “Zen-like” quality. Center fielder Joc Pederson, just a short time earlier, was describing the situation as something that “doesn’t get any bigger than...
Via The OC Register
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood says decision to delay his next start until Monday was a 'compromise'

NEW YORK – Alex Wood was in a joking mood Friday about his left triceps injury. The Dodgers left-hander said he sustained the injury swinging a bat last weekend in San Diego, a game in which he finished 0 for 2 at the plate. His modest four-game...
Via The OC Register
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yimi Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list

Dodgers at Mets, 4:10 p.m. Chase Utley, 2B Corey Seager, SS Justin Turner, 3B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Howie Kendrick, LF Joc Pederson, CF Yasiel Puig, RF Yasmani Grandal, C Julio Urias, P Yimi Garcia, who went on the disabled list five weeks ago with right biceps soreness, has been transferred to the […]
Via Dodgers Insider
22 hours ago

Trayce Thompson: The Dodgers’ Other Good Rookie

When the December three-way trade between the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Los Angeles Dodgers was announced, you could sense Dodgers’ fans frustration. “Dodgers, Reds, Sox Complete Three-Way Trade Centered Around Todd Frazier,” is a great headline if you’re a Dodgers fan. Until you realize that Frazier isn’t coming to Tinseltown. Surely this was a mistake. After...
Via Fangraphs
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Utley's family received death threats after NLDS slide

Chase Utley’s family received death threats after his slide broke Ruben Tejada’s leg during the 2015 National League Division Series, according to a report. Mets fans were so furious with Utley’s slide that his family was targeted with death threats, and Utley did not stay in the same hotel as his Dodgers teammates when they made the trip to New York, though that was mere...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Attempts by Dodgers to acquire premiere relievers have fallen short

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a point of much contention for many years — but it’s been especially true in recent years. While lamenting the lack of upgrades, some have claimed the Dodgers haven’t tried to upgrade the bullpen in recent times, but that is just patently false. Following the 2014 season, the Dodgers were interested in Andrew Miller. Chad wasn’t too keen on...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

This is the second installment of my 2016 MLB Draft Big Board. There have been some changes up and down the board, with some new names. But there are some familiar ones … at least, familiar from the first board. Previous Big Boards v 1.0 This comes on the heels of news that Julio Urias is getting promoted to the Dodgers tomorrow. If he were draft-eligible, he’d probably be...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Soon Is Now: Dodgers’ Julio Urias to Debut on Friday

The Dodgers announced today that teenage LHP Julio Urias will be called up to make his major-league debut on Friday in New York against the defending National League champion Mets. His statistics in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year have been cartoonish. In eight appearances, Urias has thrown 41 innings, allowed 24 hits, 8 walks, and accrued 44 strikeouts. He sports...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A year after the beginning of the end for Clayton Kershaw

One year ago, Clayton Kershaw was entering a May 26 start against the Braves with a 4.32 ERA and a 2-3 record. Coming off winning the NL MVP Award in 2014, he had given up three runs or more in six of his nine starts. Despite relatively fine peripherals (73/16 K/BB in 58.1 IP), there was enough worry that the Twitter account for ESPN‘s ‘Baseball Tonight‘ famously posted a...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto booed by Dodgers fans for stomping paper airplane

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew the ire of the crowd at Dodger Stadium Tuesday after he aggressively stomped on a paper airplane that landed in the infield during the 7th inning of his team’s 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fact that the paper airplane was tossed from the upper deck in left field — in foul territory no less — should have elicited a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig yanked from game for not running out a deep flyball

I happened to have on the Dodgers-Padres game on Sunday, and in the ninth inning of a tied game, Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt with Yasiel Puig on second base and no outs. Ellis executed the bunt as he was supposed to, forcing San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte to make the play… and Puig didn’t move. Yes, bunts are lame, but there’s still...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire hit in nuts by Joc Pederson bunt

It’s a dangerous job sitting behind home plate, and home plate umpire David Rackley found that out in Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game. With Joc Pederson at the plate, in the fifth inning, all was quiet on the home plate front. Then, Pederson decided to sneak in a bunt attempt at the last second, and the ball careened off his bat and drilled Rackley right in the nuts. Rackley stayed...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Umpire takes foul tip by Joc Pederson to the bad place

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has such brute strength that even his bunt attempts have the power to inflict maximum pain. Home plate umpire David Rackley learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday. Rackley was working behind the dish in the fifth inning of the series finale between the Dodgers and the Padres when he caught a rogue foul bunt attempt by Pederson right in the oysters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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