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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3 hours ago  |  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...
Via Dodgers Digest
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Reds August 26, 2015: More Of The Same

Joc Pederson is out of the lineup again as Enrique Hernandez starts in center field, though that should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. As we discussed yesterday, Cincinnati throwing back-to-back lefties (David Holmberg tonight) made that a near-inevitability. Is it a benching, or a platoon? I’ll say the former if Pederson isn’t in there tomorrow afternoon against a...
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1 day ago  |  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
1 day ago  |  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...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  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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2 days ago  |  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...
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2 days ago  |  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...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joc Pederson has lost starting job with 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...
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4 days ago  |  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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers drop Pederson from starting lineup amid slump

Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' 23-year-old rookie center fielder, hit 20 homers in the first half of this season. He was a front runner for Rookie of the Year honors heading into the All-Star Break, where he played in his first Midsummer Classic and participated in the Home Run Derby. But now, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, he's being replaced by another 23-year-old, **...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Now Is Not The Time To Give Up On Joc Pederson

So Chase Utley is in, taking Alberto Callaspo‘s place on both the 25- and 40-man rosters. As Dustin said, it’s a reasonable deal for both sides, because neither John Richy or Darnell Sweeney are irreplaceable. The question now is: How does this all work? It’s the focus of Buster Olney’s column today, reasonably asking how all the pieces will fit together, particularly when...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Rookie of the Year Candidate Matt Duffy

Remember when everyone was hyped up on the Joc Pederson Rookie of the Year push? Well, he’s hitting a dismal .217/.358/.447 at this point in the season (a streak of homeruns early in the season will inevitably boosted his slugging percentage). Or what about all the hoopla coming into this season about Kris Bryant as a lock for Rookie of the Year? He’s hitting .252/.360/.443 with...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s 5, Dodgers 2: Frustrating loss is frustrating

It’s kind of hard to win baseball games when getting just two hits. The Dodgers got two hits and lost, again, in Oakland 5-2. This 2-game series was frustrating for a number of reasons, but the one that stands out most is the fact that the Dodgers lost two games in a row to worst team in the American League without facing Sonny Gray. Jesse Chavez, a player many said the Dodgers...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Hoping for Joc Pederson Resurgence

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 13: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates as he crosses home after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning aganst the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Joc Pederson had an electrifying beginning to his Dodger career. A 23-year-old native Californian...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 20 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re snatching up Welington Castillo, moving on from Joc Pederson, and hanging on to Chris Davis. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players for fantasy owners...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Zach Greinke Crushes Second Career Home Run In Win Over Reds

Now that he has hit one it appears that Dodgers pitcher Zach Greinke has taken a liking to hitting home runs. He hit his first just two starts ago, and against the Cincinnati Reds with the game tied at 1-1 in the fifth he hit his second, a 409-foot shot to center field.Since Joc Pederson had just hit one to get the team on the board his gave the team the lead. After giving up a run...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2, Reds 1: Zack Greinke Batflipped and Other Baseball Happened Too I Guess

Guys. GUYS. LOOK AT THIS BATFLIP. …right. Recap. After I watch the batflip about 10 dozen more times. The Dodgers closed out a series win against the Reds with a 2-1 victory. The entirety of the Dodger offense was supplied by back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers couldn’t do much against Anthony DeSclafani until the fifth inning. However, Joc Pederson hit...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Joc Pederson to win NL ROY?

Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs stole all the hype at the beginning of the season as the new young player that would enter the league in 2015. Kris Bryant was the number one ranked prospect after the 2014 season by Baseball America and was drafted second overall in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft. Bryant’s numbers were astounding in his short minor league stint batting ...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

What If Joc Pederson Can’t Turn It Around?

I know, I know: You all want to talk about the bullpen! And we will, probably! But this was already pre-loaded for Monday morning, and it’s still a relevant concern. So onward we march. You surely don’t need me to tell you that after a stellar start to 2015, it’s been a rough slide for Joc Pederson. I will anyway, though, roughly splitting his season into halves: Through June...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Pirates August 9, 2015: National Television!

Let’s start with the most important news: Tonight’s game is the nationally-broadcast Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN. It’s not supposed to be blacked out in Los Angeles. You can watch this! Dodgers Pirates 5:05 p.m. PT Pittsburgh, Pa. SS Rollins RF Polanco 2B Kendrick LF Marte 1B Gonzalez ...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Backing Joc Pederson Amidst Struggles

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 28: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sticks out his tongue as he reacts to fouling a ball off his foot in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) For the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers, the typical organizational perspective of problems...
Via The Sports Journal
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Mattingly sticks by Dodgers' Pederson amid protracted slump

Now that opposing teams have a full scouting report on Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson, the center fielder is struggling mightily at the plate, but he still has the support of his manager during a rough time for the player who is still considered a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year award. After achieving a .267/.393/.606 slash line in early June, Pederson...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down slump of Dodgers rookie Pederson

Through mid-June, Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson seemed a lock for NL Rookie of the Year, JABO's C.J. Nitkowski says in the video above. By the All-Star break, the 23-year-old California native had 20 homers and 40 RBI, despite batting just .230. At the time, he led all rookies in homers — the Ray's Steven Souza was second with 15 — while his .487 slugging percentage...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Zach Greinke's Scoreless Innings Streak Comes to An End At 45 2/3

They say that all good things have to come to an end, but for fans of Zach Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers his scoreless innings streak came to an end way too soon--thanks to the opposing pitcher, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, nonetheless. Greinke hit Nieuwenhuis to start the inning. He then advanced to third thanks to a single and en error by Joc Pederson. With two outs Jacob deGrom...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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