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Dodger Pitchers and the Low Strike Zone

The drop in offense in MLB is a wide topic of discussion. Across baseball, teams scored an average of 4.07 runs per game in 2014, the lowest level since 1981. While some don’t necessarily mind the decline (myself included), new commissioner Rob Manfred seems to be interested in increasing offense to make baseball appealing to a larger audience. This started out poorly, as Manfred...
Via Dodgers Digest
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: A team without a weakness?

Just recently the 2015 PECOTA projections were released, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to not only be juggernauts of the National League, but all of Major League Baseball. PECOTA predicts they will win 97 games, the most of any team in baseball and six games better than the second-best team (the Washington Nationals). Someone mentioned to me on Twitter how crazy it is...
Via Batting Leadoff
January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 30-21

Ahh, the Top 30. There prospects are now legitimate, and some have even already debuted in the major leagues. For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he’s basically a sure thing to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Sign Submariner Ben Rowen, A Name Worth Remembering

When I saw Baseball America‘s Matt Eddy tweet that the Dodgers had signed pitcher Ben Rowen and infielder Jarek Cunningham to minor league deals, my first reaction was “who?” followed quickly by “ha, ‘Jarek’ sure is a name.” With no inclination to worry about either, I quickly moved on. But then I started thinking that I knew Rowen’s name for some reason, and after...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Brandon League

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 63 63.0 13.9% 9.9% 2.57 3.40 4.09 0.1 What Happened In 2014: Wasn’t worth his contract, but surprisingly useful (with a few issues). After 2013, Brandon League looked like a complete disaster. When he signed his contract, it was an accepted fact that it was too much money, but nobody expected him to post a 5.30 ERA and a 4.93 FIP either. Dodger...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Chris Perez

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 49 46.1 19.5% 12.5% 4.27 5.07 4.89 -0.8 What Happened In 2014: Challenged the perception that there’s no such thing as a bad one-year deal. I don’t really remember writing this, but apparently last winter, two weeks before the Dodgers signed Chris Perez, I wrote that “the declining Perez terrifies me in every way,” and, well, yep. In January...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 01, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: Super Sub Justin Turner

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MLB 322 .340 .404 .493 157 7 3.2 What happened in 2014: Received a minor-league contract for $1 million, paid off big time for the Dodgers. There was talk all winter of the Dodgers signing Justin Turner. A day after we launched this site, Chad wrote a piece about the Dodgers needing utility infield depth. The photo used: one of Justin Turner. Here’s what...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodger Bullpen Won’t Be Making A Big-Money Addition

If the season were to start today, the Dodger bullpen would look something like this: R Kenley Jansen L J.P. Howell R Joel Peralta R Brandon League R Brian Wilson R Juan Nicasio L Paco Rodriguez or R Pedro Baez Triple-A: R Yimi Garcia, Rodriguez/Baez, R Mike Bolsinger, L Daniel Coulombe, L Adam Liberatore DL: R Chris Withrow The heart of that group is the one that ended 2014 with...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

With Andrew Miller off board, market for other setup men heating up

Now that Andrew Miller is off the board, a number of other setup men could sign quickly. In particular, the markets for free-agent right-handers Sergio Romo and Luke Gregerson are warming, according to major-league sources. Righties Francisco Rodriguez, Pat Neshek, Rafael Soriano and Joba Chamberlain also figure to be in some demand. The Astros made a four-year, $40 million bid for...
Via Fox Sports
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew Miller wants 4 years from Dodgers, giving reason to worry

The Dodgers are reportedly one of the finalists in the sweepstakes for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com wrote. Miller is entering his age-30 season and is reportedly expecting a four-year deal that will pay him around $40 million. Even with recent moves for depth, the Dodgers bullpen is still lacking in shutdown arms behind Kenley Jansen, so it’s...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The off-season: Focusing on pitching and catching

Major League Baseball’s free agency period officially opened today at midnight (or maybe yesterday at 5 PM, or maybe at 2:09 AM, I don’t really know specifically when it happened) and while the Pirates are likely to be mostly inactive until they hear from Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano on their qualifying offers — I assume that both players will reject the offer, though...
Via WHYGAVS?
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Friedman finally gets freedom, Dodgers finally get a bargain

Frankly, it's about time the Dodgers got with the program. If you're going to spend freely to get the best players, why not do the same to get the best general manager? Mind you, I don't know what Andrew Friedman will be paid to be the Dodgers' president of baseball operations. But I'm confident that whatever the price, it will produce a far better return than say, the Dodgers' two...
Via Fox Sports
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A capsule look at Cardinals-Dodgers playoff series

A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers: --- Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Los Angeles (6:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Los Angeles (9:37 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, at Los Angeles (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLB Network...
Via AP on Fox
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Are The Dodgers Primed For An October Run?

#456237452 / gettyimages.com As leaves turn from green to brown and chilly nights replace those hot summer nights, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves again, National League Western Division Champions. It has been a long and tiring marathon to get there, but they have managed to survive a disappearing offense, imploding bullpen, and injuries to some of their starting rotation...
Via TopSportsReport
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Baez, Setup Man?

In the 2014 Dodgers’ frustrating and awful bullpen, any positive story is a welcome one. Recently, we’ve been viewing the emergence of Pedro Baez. Converted from third base at the beginning of last year, Baez was Dustin’s number 47 prospect entering the season and was not listed in his mid-season top 25. Not much was expected of him when he was called up in Washington in May...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies snap losing streak against Dodgers

Colorado 10, LA Dodgers 4 When: 8:40 PM ET, Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado Temperature: 81° Umpires: Home – D.J. Reyburn, 1B – Dan Bellino, 2B – Brian O’Nora, 3B – Hunter Wendelstedt Attendance: 28983 By SportsDirect Inc. Rockies 10, Dodgers 4: Corey Dickerson belted a two-run homer among his four RBIs while rookie Tyler Matzek prevailed...
Via Mile High Sports
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s ludicrous extra-innings loss to Washington that was terrible for all the wrong reasons, I wanted to write about the ongoing Dodger problems with the bases loaded. It wasn’t the only reason they lost that game — see Kenley Jansen blowing the save, Justin Turner‘s big error, Don Mattingly‘s ludicrous decisions, Brandon League‘s inability...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals hit 4 homers, beat L.A. in battle of NL's top two teams

  Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders. The East-leading Nationals (78-58) own the National League's best record, while the Dodgers (77-61) are atop the West and close behind in pursuit of the top seed, despite losing...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Homer-happy Nationals beat Dodgers 6-4

LOS ANGELES (AP) Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders. The East-leading Nationals (78-58) own the NL's best record while the Dodgers (77-61) are atop the West and close behind in pursuit of the top seed, despite losing...
Via AP on Fox
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 9, Dbacks 5: Much-needed offense showed up

It’s always great when Matt Kemp hits a home run, and he did so in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 9-5 win on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. The game was never really in doubt, as the dodgers used a 6-run fourth inning to blow the game open. Five Dodgers had two or more hits, including Kemp’s 2-for-4 and Justin Turner‘s 2-for-4 and 2 RBIs. The offense needed to...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers Aug. 21, 2014: Kinda need this win, fellas

After last night’s lackluster effort (seriously, one run against Eric Stults?!), the Dodgers turn to that Clayton Kershaw guy to get back on track. It was just six days ago, the Dodgers were on the verge of going up a season-high 7.5 games on the Giants. Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 3B Solarte 2B Gordon LF Almonte CF Puig...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League And Symmetry

One story we have been tracking for most of the season at Dodgers Digest is the resurgence of Brandon League. I wrote a story about him being actually useful in late May, which was a complete surprise at the time. Mike followed up in mid-July, and at that point he was still pretty good. Not elite, but better than most other options in a frustrating bullpen. Given what he was last...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the NL West in Less Than 3,500 Words

We last checked in on the National League West as a whole just after the Kentucky Derby in early May, where we found the San Francisco Giants out to a quick division lead thanks to a sparkling 20-11 start and the (surprising) Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers set up in good stalking position just a couple of games off San Francisco’s hot pace. The San Diego Padres were hanging...
Via Padres Public
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League Was Actually Very Good Last Night

Brandon League faced six hitters last night in the 9-3 loss to Milwaukee. He retired exactly one of them. Three runs scored while he was on the mound. He got hung with a loss. He launched an endless amount of angry tweets from Dodger fans. He didn’t pitch poorly at all. This seems crazy, and maybe it is, but a large part of what makes baseball writing fun is the opportunity to...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 9, Dodgers 3: Roberto Hernandez Was Great But The Defense Wasn’t

The Dodgers traded for a starter to begin the game against the Brewers tonight. However, that trade ended up being of little consequence as they fell 9-3 in the late innings. With Josh Beckett going on the disabled list before tonight’s game, all eyes were on the new acquisition Roberto Hernandez. Things didn’t start very well, either, as the Brewers scored twice in the first...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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