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...
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20 days ago  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Cubs 2: Hanley Ramirez Walks Off

A marathon game that frequently teetered on the edge of bitterly disappointing finally tilted in the Dodgers’ direction after twelve innings, leading to a 5-2 victory. We’ll talk about Hanley Ramirez’ heroics in a second, but let’s talk about the stuff that is likely to get overlooked first. Hyun-jin Ryu was great, again. He pitched seven innings, allowed two runs, struck...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Should We Be Frightened About Ned Colletti Trading For A Reliever?

This Dodger bullpen, it is, well, not good. Kenley Jansen isn’t the problem, of course, and neither is J.P. Howell. We’ve talked a few times about how Brandon League is at least adequate; Brian Wilson has been up and down, but obviously isn’t going anywhere with that 2015 player option. Chris Perez has been awful. Paul Maholm hasn’t been much better. Jamey Wright is striking...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League, Valuable Major League Reliever

One of the least-remembered parts of last night’s 1-0 win over San Diego is going to be that Brandon League got through the seventh inning on only seven pitches, keeping a scoreless game tied until the Dodgers could put a run on the board in the ninth. It’s the 32nd scoreless outing he’s had in 37 appearances this year, and his turnaround from last year, when he was essentially...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Rockies 2: Gordon’s Great Day Wakes Up Offense

Eddie Butler is one of the best prospects in the Rockies’ system, and tonight was his major league debut. The Dodgers spoiled his party, winning by a score of 7-2. Butler was very reliant on the fastball, which touched the upper 90s at times. However, he appeared to be too dependent on the pitch at times, and the Dodgers made him pay. He only struck out two batters in his 5-1...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers take John Richy, Jeff Brigham, Jared Walker in rounds 3-5 of 2014 MLB Draft

The Dodgers selected RHP John Richy, RHP Jeff Brigham, and 3B Jared Walker in rounds 3-5 of the 2014 MLB Draft. All three are projected to be Hall Of Famers down the road for the Dodgers and win a combined 30 World Series, IMO. ===== With the No. 98 pick (3rd round) in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected RHP John Richy, a junior out of UNLV. Richy was a starting pitcher for...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Time To Step It Up, Dodger Bullpen

What’s the best way to evaluate a major league bullpen? There’s not really an obvious answer in the way that I would go to WAR or wRC+ for hitters, or FIP or xFIP for starting pitchers. It sure as hell isn’t wins, obviously. ERA really doesn’t work there, either, as we saw just a few days ago when Brian Wilson was atrocious and the runs were all charged to Hyun-jin Ryu. It’s...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League Is Good Now, Apparently

Brandon League has been one of the most unlikely success stories on the Dodgers this year. Not unlike Juan Uribe last year, he’s doing his best to make fans forget about previous terrible season(s) and a dubious contract. League has a 1.35 ERA and hasn’t given up an earned run since April 15th or any runs since May 1st, despite his best efforts on Friday night. Remember when...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers still project to win NL West comfortably, despite slow start

Preseason, I felt confident the Dodgers would run away with the National League West. Partially because they have so much talent, and partially because nobody else does. But the Giants and Rockies are off to great starts, the Dodgers are showing some holes and the Dodgers are in (gasp!) third place as of the morning of May 5. Do we expect a real race from either of these teams?Well...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Extra Innings: Manager's Choice and Pitcher Use

Last season Major League Baseball set a record for games that went to extra innings with a mark of 239. The previous record was set just two seasons before that when 237 games were decided in extras. By my count there have already been 39 games through the first full month of the season that have required extra innings. So when it comes to those, how does a manager typically manage...
Via The Sports Post
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 4, Twins 3: That Was So, So Horrible Even Though It’s A Sweep

This post was going to be about Red Patterson, who struggled through his first major league inning (two hits and a walk on 31 pitches) before giving the Dodgers decent baseball into the fifth. It wasn’t always pretty, and in fact it was just about never pretty, but for an emergency one-shot call-up making his debut in frigid Minnesota temperatures, I think that’s about as much...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

National League West Preview

The Diamondbacks added Mark Trumbo during the offseason and will look to dethrone the Dodgers in 2014 (via zimbio) It looks like the NL West will be a powerhouse this season as each team is hoping to build a competitive lineup and a rotation that will knock each other off the boat. While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been favored to stand on this division’s top rung, baseball has...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Chone Figgins likely going to Australia & other notes

“He’ll be on the plane, as of right now.” (By: Dustin Nosler) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Not much is happening early at Camelback Ranch this morning, as the players aren’t taking batting or fielding practice. They only just came out to stretch and play some catch. Rockies Dodgers 1:05pm PT Glendale, Ariz. LF Blackmon RF Puig CF Barnes ...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Brandon League on the way out?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in quite the predicament.  The team is flushed with a fantastic array of arms in their bullpen.  However, there's one arm that doesn't seem to be pitching well & is owed a lot of money.  Brandon League is owed $17 million for this season & 2015.  From Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times:"if he doesn't turn it around early...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers could eat $17 million to cut Brandon League

This time last year Brandon League had just signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract to become the Dodgers’ closer and now he’s in danger of not even making the team out of spring training. League was awful last season, losing the closer gig and being demoted to a mop-up role while posting a 5.30 ERA in 54 innings, and if there’s one team that won’t base a roster decision...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends

It’s probably not fair to just talk about Brandon League. But it sure is fun. Not as much fun, I imagine, as Josh Donaldson had when he saw this fat pitch: GIF Link League entered today’s game having allowed 6 of 12 previous spring batters to reach, and then he immediately walked old friend Nick Punto. That was followed by the Donaldson blast and… well, look, I say all the...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Relief Pitcher Primer

Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen didn’t have the job for the full season last year and still wound up as one of the league’s best (Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP). Don’t chase saves and it is as simple as that. Or, spend a premium tie your wagon to top tier options and prey they keep their job and stay injury free. Many will fret over getting low ratios and worry about closers who strikeout...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Possible To Trade Brandon League?

I was browsing over at River Ave. Blues a while back, and came across a post about whether the Yankees would be able to find a trade match for Ichiro Suzuki. And why not? Ichiro was once the best player in baseball, but he’s now 40, he’s got a .302 OBP over the last two years, and he’s still owed $6.25 million in 2014. The Yankees don’t want to cut him out of respect, but...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitchers Brandon League and Zach Lee aiming to get back on the mound Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League is taking his time in recovering from a lat strain, but the right-hander is hoping to be back on the mound by Wednesday. That's according to Ken Gurnick of, who also spoke to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about the health of League and prospect Zach Lee."We don't think it's anything serious," Mattingly said...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Projection Systems Don’t Like Chris Withrow, Should We Be Worried?

(via) Chris Withrow had a surprisingly good season in 2013. After being stuck in AA for over three years, he managed to make an impact at the major league level, which was far beyond what we expected. Withrow’s season came out of nowhere, but it was not without its warning signs. As a result, all four major projection systems that have been released see Withrow taking a major step...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss
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