Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell throws during the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Dodgers won 5-2. (Mandatory Credit: Alex Gallardo/AP)
It is a special day in baseball, but even more special if you wear the uniform with the script ‘Dodgers’ across the chest. Jackie Robinson...
According to a report by Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Mets are keeping an eye on J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, and Adam Liberatore from the Dodgers in case one of them becomes available.
Howell, 31, is owed $4 million this season and the Dodgers hold a $6.25 million option on him for 2016, so not sure he’ll appeal to the Mets at that price. And as for the other two...
What Happened In 2014: No matter what the year-end numbers say, J.P. Howell held the bullpen together for the first half of 2014. With Kenley Jansen struggling through a string of bad luck, Howell was one of the few effective options the Dodgers could turn to, and it reached the point that by the end of June...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have temporarily lost their closer Kenley Jansen, due to a surgery on his left foot, putting him on the shelf for eight to 12 weeks, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Jansen could be out until mid-May, based on the 8-12 weeks estimate, meaning he’d miss one-quarter of the season. He will be on crutches for 10 days and in a boot for three to four weeks...
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals will win the most games this season, according to sportsbook Bovada.lv.
The Dodgers and Nationals have over/under win totals of 92.5, while the Philadelphia Phillies have the worst win total at 68.5.
The 2014 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, which one 88 regular season games in 2014, has an over/under of 84.5 wins.
What happened in 2014: Spent most of 2014 in Triple-A and/or hurt.
Paco Rodriguez was coming off a fantastic 2013 season, despite the rough end to it. He was all set to be one of the Dodgers’ left-handed relievers out of the bullpen (along with J.P. Howell). Daniel...
In November, the Dodgers traded for the little-known Mike Bolsinger as part of a flurry of minor moves. We noted it as inconsequential, especially since the Dodgers acquired him for cash considerations. That Bolsinger started the brawl with Erisbel Arruebarrena last year was probably the most interesting thing about him. He’s almost 27, was never really a prospect, and has only...
What Happened In 2014: Dominant in High- and Double-A, which led to an unexpected late-season call-up.
There isn’t much fanfare for a guy drafted in the 17th round of the MLB Draft, but Daniel Coulombe could end up being one of the better late-round Dodger draftees...
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...
It’s about four months late, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally addressed their weakness.
A team with a $225 million dollar payroll in 2014 had two or three dependable relief pitchers. Their rotation includes three guys that could throw seven or eight solid innings every outing. However, if they faltered and the Dodgers had to use a relief pitcher not named J.P. Howell or Kenley...
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 […]
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...
I know the Dodgers have lost only two games this postseason, but doesn’t it feel like, I don’t know, 20? Even their Game 2 win, fueled by Matt Kemp‘s huge homer, was wrapped in J.P. Howell coughing up a late lead. Last night’s Game 3 was no different, with Scott Elbert doing the honors, and while I’d like us to remember that Hyun-jin Ryu was absolutely fantastic, the fact...
The story of last night’s NLDS Game 3 is almost certainly going to be about how the Dodger bullpen, which was known to be awful, was awful. After Pedro Baez in Game 1, and J.P. Howell in Game 2, it was Scott Elbert‘s turn in Game 3. Other than Kenley Jansen, I’ve come to the conclusion that […]
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. ...
J.P. Howell made an incredible stop to set up a Dodgers double play against the Cardinals.
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...
Congratulations to the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals for defeating two behemoths in the Tigers and Angels to reach an ALCS which could have been straight out of the early 80′s. I’d like to say I saw both of these results coming, but I only saw one … and I thought the Orioles would win in five games, not three.
We spend so much time predicting and forecasting...
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...
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...
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October 05, 2014
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...
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...
Are we having fun? Seriously? Is this fun? Is it? A day after Clayton Kershaw‘s Game 1 implosion, we had this:
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...
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,...
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...