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How Did That Dodger Bullpen Get So Bad?

In Game 1 of the NLDS, Don Mattingly left in Clayton Kershaw to absorb a beating in part because he didn’t trust his bullpen. In Game 2, he lifted Zack Greinke, only to watch veteran J.P. Howell give a lead away. In Game 3, he rode Hyun-jin Ryu as far as he felt was realistic […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: So That Happened, Again

Clayton Kershaw was incredible on three days rest, right up until the second he wasn’t. I thought it was weird that there were no lefties warming when Matt Adams hit that homer — Pedro Baez & Carlos Frias were — but I also don’t imagine that anyone was really dying for J.P. Howell or Scott Elbert, either. In a right and just world, Kershaw would have been out by then...
Via Dodgers Digest
23 days ago  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell's incredible between-the-legs catch starts inning-ending 1-2-3 double (VIDEO)

The Dodgers were down two runs and the bases full of Cardinals when J.P. Howell made this incredible play in the eighth inning of Game 3 of the NLDS Monday night.After giving up a Jon Jay single to load the bases, Kolten Wong lasered one back to the mound. The left-handed pitcher somehow managed to field the ball between his legs to start the inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.Howell...
Via The Other Paper
23 days ago  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell Makes Incredible Stop Against Cardinals

J.P. Howell made an incredible stop to set up a Dodgers double play against the Cardinals.
Via Gamedayr
24 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Wrong With J.P. Howell?

The story of Game 2 of the NLDS was largely about whether Don Mattingly should or shouldn’t have yanked Zack Greinke. It’s not a question anyone would have been asking if J.P. Howell had done his job, which was to get out lefties Oscar Taveras and Matt Carpenter. He didn’t, and so Mattingly’s choice became a big focal point. It’s understandable that the manager is going...
Via Dodgers Digest
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Inside Zack Greinke’s Season-Saving Start

Last night’s game for the Dodgers was a must-win, and the Dodgers won. We’ll all remember J.P. Howell faltering and Matt Kemp delivering the lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Zack Greinke‘s fantastic start should not be overlooked. Greinke pitched seven innings, didn’t allow a run, and only allowed two hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two. I think the raw...
Via Dodgers Digest
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals attempt late-game rally but Dodgers even series with 3-2 win

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp yanked the Dodgers from the depths of despair with one swing. Kemp hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, lifting Los Angeles to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night and evening their NL Division Series at a game apiece. Kemp practically skipped down the first base line, appearing to coax the ball fair as it sailed inside...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matt Kemp lifts Dodgers to win with home run

After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth to move the Cardinals into a 2-2 tie with the Dodgers, Los Angeles fans were nervous, especially after what happened on Friday with Clayton Kershaw. But fear not, Dodgers fans – Matt Kemp was on the scene to drag your club to a victory. Pat Neshek allowed just two homers to right-handed hitters during the entire...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp powered the Dodgers to a big win over the Cardinals

After Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the eighth to move the Cardinals into a 2-2 tie with the Dodgers, Los Angeles fans were nervous, especially after what happened on Friday with Clayton Kershaw. But fear not, Dodgers fans – Matt Kemp was on the scene to drag your club to a victory. Pat Neshek allowed just two homers to right-handed hitters during the entire...
Via Bloguin Best
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: This Sport Is Bad For Your Health

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Are we having fun? Seriously? Is this fun? Is it? A day after Clayton Kershaw‘s Game 1 implosion, we had this: Source: FanGraphs That’s a nice walk in the park, interrupted by a thunderstorm that spits bees, and the bees spit thumbtacks. That’s a world class five-course meal, except that the fourth course is month-old milk served in a lead-painted...
Via Dodgers Digest
25 days ago  |  Discuss

What happened to Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday?

What the hell, man. What the hell? I’ve never seen anything like that. Neither have you, probably. This was to be a celebratory pot with Clayton Kershaw fist pumps and A.J. “four hits” Ellis homer GIFs, and instead… this: Source: FanGraphs I mean, what do you even say about that? For six innings, Kershaw was crusing. I mean, cruising. Even with everything that happened,...
Via Dodgers Digest
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Royals are fading away

I think it’s a bit misleading to say that the Kansas City Royals are fading, which I did in the subject of this post, but Kansas City has lost two in a row to Detroit in interesting fashion. The Royals got pummeled from pillar to post on Friday, and barely lost on Saturday, thanks in large part to a controversial call in the sixth inning. But let’s not put all of the blame on...
Via Bloguin Best
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – the Royals are fading away

I think it’s a bit misleading to say that the Kansas City Royals are fading, which I did in the subject of this post, but Kansas City has lost two in a row to Detroit in interesting fashion. The Royals got pummeled from pillar to post on Friday, and barely lost on Saturday, thanks in large part to a controversial call in the sixth inning. But let’s not put all of the blame on...
Via The Outside Corner
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson Is Losing Velocity

When Brian Wilson went on the disabled list for elbow issues in April, one of the curious things was that his velocity was more or less fine. In April, he was throwing his fastball and sinker around 94 and 93 respectively, and his cutter was in the low 90s. These numbers were down just a little bit from his career levels, but not by an unreasonable amount given his age. However...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 6, Dodgers 3: The Wrong Stuff

Zack Greinke came into today’s game against the Brewers having struggled in his last two starts, giving up nine runs (seven earned) in the 13 innings, and Greinke labored again today. In five innings of work, he threw 99 pitches and walked five before being removed for a pinch-hitter. Of course, Greinke also gave up no runs because he limited the damage by allowing only two hits...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 16, 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...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Sporting Team @ Dodgers July 2, 2014: House Money Lineup

Well now, that’s certainly a lineup. Hanley Ramirez sits, because Hanley Ramirez in the starting lineup is no longer compatible with the reality we live in. Yasiel Puig sits, because Don Mattingly thinks he “looks tired,” which is probably not a euphemism for “is hitting .256 .323 .337 since he tweaked his hip in Colorado last month,” but may be related to the awkward...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 6: Road Jerseys, wRC+, Howell All-Star, Hanley Free Agent

Mailbag! Remember, questions come in to the form at the right, or just email thedodgersdigest at gmail.com. Charles: They have not worn the script Los Angeles jerseys on the road for a while, are these the alt jerseys now? Great question! I love uniform minutiae. One of the many great, wonderful and terrifying things about the internet is the always useful SportsLogos.net, because...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals @ Dodgers, June 27, 2014: Ethier Takes A Well-Deserved Seat

Some of you are going to be excited about tonight’s lineup, and you know who you are. You’re the ones who want Andre Ethier out of the lineup at all costs thanks to his recent slump and Scott Van Slyke in against all pitchers, righty or lefty. Cardinals Dodgers 7:10pm PT Los Angeles, CA 3B Carpenter 2B Gordon LF Holliday RF ...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Thank you, J.P. Howell, for being awesome

We’ve spent many hours and keystrokes on how bad the Dodgers’ bullpen has been this season, but it’s time for some praise. J.P. Howell is having a fantastic season, and his re-signing was one of the best transactions of the Dodger offseason. In 28 1/3 innings (in 38 games), Howell has a 1.59 ERA, 2.53 FIP, 3.31 xFIP and a great 10.2 K/9. This, coming from a guy who tops out...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers June 18, 2014: Hanley Talks His Way Into The Lineup

You may notice that I’ve waited as long as possible before first pitch to post this game thread. That’s partially because I’m busy. Leave me alone! But it’s mostly because when Hanley Ramirez was announced as being in the starting lineup several hours ago, no one believed it, not after the finger injury he sustained last night. That’s not just me being pessimistic; that’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Brown’s Double Leads Phils to Third Straight Win

Domonic Brown drove in Carlos Ruiz in the 10th inning on a double off of J.P. Howell to lead the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Burnett’s Big Night at the Plate The Phillies had a number of chances to score early on the back of big nights at the plate by A.J. Burnett and Ben Revere. Yes, you read that correctly. Burnett went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned with 5 Ks...
Via Phillies Nation
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

(via) Age   IP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP xFIP WAR Kenley Jansen 26 2013 (Dodgers) 76.2 13.03 2.11 1.88 1.99 2.06 2.2 ’14 ZiPS 70.2 13.82 2.72 1.91 1.96 - 1.7 ’14 Steamer 65.0 12.21 3.11 2.18 2.65 - 0.8  Brian Wilson 32 2013 (Dodgers) 13.2 8.56 2.63 0.66 2.02 2.82 0.4 ’14 ZiPS 38.1 9.24 3.37 3.05 3.02 - 0.4 ’14 Steamer 65.0 8.87 3.72 3.29 3.46 - 0.4 J.P...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the Dodgers' numerous bullpen options for 2014

The Dodgers have a LOT of guys who are viable bullpen options, not even counting starting pitchers who are biding time. It's likely all these guys see action at some point during the year, but what should the pecking order should be?I looked at the peripheral stats for all the guys and projected how I think they'll do this year. The rigorous approach led to some surprises...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers finalize deals with 3B Uribe, three relievers

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests. Howell, who went...
Via AP on Fox
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss
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