Did the Los Angeles Dodgers Have a Successful Season?

The Los Angeles Dodgers showed up to win in 2015. With two of the top three finishers for the NL Cy Young award, their playoff rotation was stacked. In the end, the Dodgers went home while the Mets advanced to the NLCS, and then World Series before losing to the Royals. That’s not what ownership wants. That’s not what management wants. That’s not what the players want. Former...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing a Potential Joc Pederson-for-Shelby Miller Trade

News trickled out yesterday evening that the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have discussed a trade that would involve young outfielder Joc Pederson and starting pitcher Shelby Miller. While it is still unclear how aggressively either team is shopping their player, this could turn into one of the more interesting potential trades to watch […]
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Source: Dodgers, Braves have discussed Joc Pederson for Shelby Miller

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have discussed a Shelby Miller-for-Joc Pederson trade, according to a source. It’s unknown how far talks have gotten, but one source suggests that the Dodgers are willing to move Pederson in a deal for a controllable starting pitcher. Pederson, 23, is one of the games most promising young players […]
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Dodgers Actually Need An Outfielder, Believe It Or Not

I know you think this is about Yasiel Puig, and it’s not entirely not about Yasiel Puig. I’m not really sure what to think about how his activities in Miami affect his standing, because A) we’ll probably never know all the details, and B) I’m not sure whether this makes it more likely he’d be traded (if they’re truly fed up with him) or less likely (because his value...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa are 2015 Rookies of the Year

Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa were named the 2015 Rookies of the Year in the National and American Leagues on Monday night. Bryant won the NL award unanimously, collecting all 30 first place votes. Correa collected 17 of 30 first place votes to win the AL award. Bryant hit .275/.369/.488 with 26 homers and 13 stolen bases on the season. His 26 homers were tied with Joc Pederson...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson And Patience At The Plate

Soon after their exit from the 2014 postseason, the newly formed brain trust of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi dealt Matt Kemp to San Diego and christened Joc Pederson as their starting center fielder. Suffice to say, it was a move that raised eyebrows. Pederson had only made 38 plate appearances in 2014 after being called up in September of the same year.The Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via The Sports Quotient
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Wish List for 2016

Source: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America Looking back at the 2015 season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, it is not hard to make a lengthy list of positives. The pitching staff sported two of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and the offense had the eighth-most home runs in franchise history. The team won the National League West for the third...
Via Baseball Essential
October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Minors: Syndergaard Part Of BA’s All-Rookie Team

Baseball America picked nine position players and six pitchers to be part of their All-Rookie team with Noah Syndergaard being the only Mets player chosen. Michael Conforto was passed over in the outfield for Joc Pederson, Randal Grichuk and Odubel Herrera mainly because of his limited opportunity this year (only 174 AB’s). Syndergaard led rookie pitchers with his 166...
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October 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets @ Dodgers Oct. 9, 2015: NLDS Game 1

Hey, Corey Seager: No pressure. Just over a month ago, you were playing in Triple-A. Now you’re not only starting in a playoff game, you’re hitting third. Mets Dodgers 6:45 p.m., TBS Los Angeles RF Granderson LF Crawford 3B Wright 2B Kendrick CF Cespedes SS Seager 2B Murphy 1B...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

About all those Dodger platoons

The Dodgers have faced a lot of left-handed pitching this month. Because of that, guys like Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and, to a lesser extent, Joc Pederson, have gotten more days off than normal. Yet, people are clamoring for the Dodgers to play some of these guys more — specifically Ethier and Crawford. The mantra by fans and certain post-game radio programs is, “Play Ethier...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Schebler has a future in the majors, with or without the Dodgers

For all the love and fanfare Joc Pederson and now Corey Seager have received, Scott Schebler has flown under the radar. That’s kind of hard to believe, seeing as he was the Dodgers’ minor league Player of the Year in 2013. Schebler’s tremendous season at Double-A established himself as a legitimate prospect in the system. This is what I wrote about him last year. “The athletic...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson, his hands, and his September comeback

On August 19th, the Dodgers traded for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. It was initially a puzzling move because although Howie Kendrick was down with a hamstring injury, Enrique Hernandez was on of the hottest hitters on the team at the time. Later though, it was revealed the trade wasn’t done to supplant Hernandez, but so that Hernandez could move to start in center field...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Professor: (Very) Late-Season Pickups

Submit a question to be answered on the show! In Episode 270, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) recap the weekend in baseball and talk about some players who can help down the stretch. Topics include: A couple of catchers that can help down the stretch including J.P. Arencibia and J.T. Realmuto Real or fake on Michael Conforto Catching...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’Backs Sept. 13, 2015: Going for the series win

The Dodgers are going for the series win the rubber game of this 3-game series in Arizona. They’ll employ a less spring training lineup than at other times this week, but it’s still kinda Marchy. Dodgers D’Backs 1:10 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz. LF Ruggiano CF Pollock 2B Peraza RF Inciarte 3B Turner 1B...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers 9, D’Backs 5: Seager and Pederson shine in win

Just as it was drawn up in spring training. Corey Seager and Joc Pederson led the Dodgers to a 9-5 win on Saturday night in Arizona. The Dodgers jumped all over Rubby De La Rosa, who was ineffective in his 2+ innings of work (9 H, 6 R, 1 K). Carl Crawford got things started with a line drive leadoff home run to right field. He has been swinging th ebat awfully well of late, but...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Pederson, Peraza Overshadow Pitchers’ Duel Between Greinke, Bumgarner

In a game that saw Cy Young favorite Zack Greinke face off against reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound and at the plate, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants got the pitchers’ duel they expected. But they also saw a couple of young Dodgers do their best to steal the show. Jose Peraza, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the...
Via Baseball Essential
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants @ Dodgers August 31, 2015: Real Games That Matter

The Dodgers have been no-hit twice in nine days! That’s bad! They also won five of six against the Reds and Cubs, and carry a 3.5 game lead into a pretty big series against the Giants. That’s good! And yes, the frogurt is also cursed. Giants Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles LF Aoki SS Rollins 3B Duffy 2B Utley...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Re-Visiting Baseball Professor’s NL ROY Predictions

On April 8th, when the season was still fresh and hopes were alive and well for all 30 clubs, our staff sat down to make some predictions on the 2015 season. As I look back at my picks and those of my fellow Professors I have to laugh, especially when I look at the AL Central which has been about as wildly different as we could have expected. Out of all of these award races I think...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Reds August 27, 2015: Baseball With Your Coffee

Some things are just all too predictable. Yasmani Grandal is back in the lineup, and so is Andre Ethier, and so is Joc Pederson. (So much for getting Carl Crawford one start per series, I guess, though two lefties messed with that, and Alex Guerrero is presumably off on a fishing trip.) Dodgers Reds 9:35 a.m. PT Cincinnati, Ohio SS Rollins...
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August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson’s benching is complicated

Joc Pederson has started 110 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this, his rookie season. The Dodgers are 62-48 in those games. By most estimations, Pederson has been pretty good this year. He was an All-Star and has 23 home runs, mostly out of the leadoff spot for Don Mattingly. Just how many more of the team’s final 38 games Pederson starts, however, remains to be seen...
Via Baseball Essential
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson accepts relegation: 'It's not about me'

Although he was one of the most exciting players in baseball in the first half of the season, Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson has been mired in an extended slump for the past few months, an attrition that has him riding the pine now. Despite being a young rookie, Pederson understands why manager Don Mattingly has erased his name from the lineup card. "We're in a time when we need to...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Reds August 25, 2015: When Is A Benching A Benching?

The last time Joc Pederson was in Cincinnati, just about six weeks ago, he was flying high on the national stage after a thrilling second-place finish at the Home Run Derby. His offensive collapse was already well underway — I know that doesn’t fit within the narrative of the Derby “ruining his swing” — but at the time, he was just the exciting young All-Star center fielder...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Astros Prove There’s No Right Way To Assemble A Bullpen

So obviously I’ve been thinking about bullpens a lot, because that’s all anyone is thinking about. (Other than whether Joc Pederson is “benched” or not, which isn’t going to go away due to the Reds throwing lefties John Lamb and David Holmberg today and tomorrow.) It’s been painful to watch for a while, and there’s no shortage of reasons why. Kenley Jansen is great...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Annual Reminder About Postseason Eligibility

It kind of feels like I need to write this article every season, and I guess I do. The rules for postseason eligibility are among the most misunderstood in baseball, and every year around this time you start seeing Twitter light up with incorrect assumptions about what can be done with certain players. 53 weeks ago, I laid out the rules to refute those who swore that Joc Pederson...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson has lost his starting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled in the second half this season, scuffling their way to a 16-17 record after the All-Star Break. Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson has also struggled since a breath-taking performance in the Home Run Derby, hitting just .163/.333/.293 with only three homers in 30 second-half games. Manager Don Mattingly isn’t exactly enamored with the 23...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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