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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland 5, Dodgers 4: How Frustrating

As far as “pitchers helping themselves” go, I’m not sure you’re going to do much better than Clayton Kershaw hitting a homer to break a 0-0 tie while pitching a shutout on Opening Day last year. (Well, recently, anyway. If we’re going back into history, Tony Cloninger driving in nine on two homers and a single while pitching a complete game in 1966 is pretty much the best...
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23 days ago  |  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 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, because...
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28 days ago  |  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 ...
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28 days ago  |  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...
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29 days ago  |  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...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Reds June 10, 2014: RIP Bob Welch & rain in June?

Photo by Ron Cervenka, Think Blue LA Because the weather sucks everywhere outside of California (mostly), it appears there’s weather inbound to Cincinnati, which will likely cause (at least) a delay in the start of the game, if not a complete postponement. Well, this isn’t optimal #reds #dodgers — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 10, 2014 It looks like...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’backs May 18, 2014: So Long, Arizona

Aren’t you glad yesterday never happened? I sure am. (If you must know more about it, Jon Weisman has a great rundown of all of yesterday’s minutiae here.) All I’m going to say about it is that even the great Clayton Kershaw can’t be expected to be perfect 100 percent of the time; it’s just not possible. You hope that an “off day” wouldn’t be quite that ugly, but...
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May 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

Giants 3, Dodgers 1: Just can’t beat them

For the fifth time in seven meetings the Giants, got the best of the Dodgers, downing them 3-1 on Thursday night in a frustrating game. The ending overshadowed a great outing by Josh Beckett,who went 6 2/3 innings, gave up one run on five hits, walked three and struck out four. His only mistake was a seventh-inning home run allowed to Brandon Hicks, who was hitting less than .200...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Kenley Jansen Being Used Too Much?

A topic of discussion that arose on Twitter last night after Kenley Jansen came in to finish off a 5-2 win was this: how much is too much? The game was Jansen’s fourth in five days, and his 15th on the season. Only one other pitcher in baseball has more than 12 appearances, and that’s fellow Dodger J.P. Howell. Now, a totally fair and valid caveat: the Dodgers did start their...
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April 24, 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...
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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...
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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...
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February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Funniest and Best Fantasy Baseball Team Names 2014

Your mom during her glory days Photo Credit: CAVE CANEM   Let’s face it, really hilarious fantasy baseball team names are difficult to come up with. So rather than waste precious time trying to come up with names yourself, why not let your boy Dudley Do Work do it for you? Below are the best fantasy baseball team names for the 2014 season. They are also the funniest...
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January 30, 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...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign 3 relievers, 3B Uribe

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...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers work on bullpen with 3 signings

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. 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 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with the...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers to re-sign J.P. Howell to surprisngly reasonable 2-year deal

J.P. Howell was supposed to break the bank (for him and lefty relievers) this winter, but he didn't. He is reportedly set to re-sign with the Dodgers for two years and $11.25 million. There's also a mutual option of $6.25 million for 2016 that vests with 120 appearances in 2014-15.Howell has made 122 appearances the last two seasons, so if he pitches enough for his option...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers close to a two-year deal with left-hander Howell

The Dodgers are close to re-signing left-hander J.P. Howell to a two-year, 11.25-million contract, according to a person who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasnt been finalized. The prospective deal would include a 6.25-million option for a third year. Howell posted a career-best 2.03 earned-run average in 67 appearances with the Dodgers this year. He will...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers to Re-Sign J.P. Howell

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached and agreement with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell and will re-sign the 30 year old to a two-year, $11.25 million guarantee along with a $6.25 million vesting option for a third year if he pitches 120 innings in the first two season of the deal according to Ken Gurnick of Howell made $2.55 million last year on a one year deal...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell set to return to the Dodgers; adds plus lefty relief arm, plus-plus beard

J.P. Howell will return to the Dodgers in 2014 on a two-year, $11.25 million deal with options and bonuses, according to Ken Gurnick of The Dodgers are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal with southpaw reliever J.P. Howell, reports Ken Gurnick of According to Gurnick, the deal contemplates a $11.25MM guarantee for two seasons. It would also contain a $6.25MM...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers and J.P. Howell closing in on two-year deal

getty images The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to bring back left handed reliever J.P. Howell. They are close to doing so. Howell would be guaranteed $11.25 million on a recent two year offer made by the Dodgers, with a $6.25 million salary in 2016 if he makes 120 appearances the first two seasons. The team would not confirm the agreement to’s Ken Gurnick but it  is believed...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers and JP Howell close to an agreement

The baseball sources are at it again... Dodgers and reliever J.P. Howell closing in on a multi-year deal, according to baseball source. More soon on — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 17, 2013 This is excellent news. The Dodgers need to sign a lefty for the bullpen to compliment Paco Rodriguez and fee agent pickings are slim out there...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Rockies making 'real progress' with J.P. Howell

The Colorado Rockies are targeting late-inning reliever J.P. Howell, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck says the Rockies are hopeful they can sign Howell, adding that they feel they've made "real progress" in negotiations with the left-hander.JP Howell is the #rockies' target. They are hopeful can get him signed. Have made real progress— Troy Renck...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals interested in several lefties for bullpen

The Nationals' top priority during the Winter Meetings is to improve their bullpen from the left side. They continue to have interest in several lefties -- Oliver Perez, J.P. Howell, Boone Logan and Scott Downs, according to a baseball source. All four lefties were successful in getting lefty hitters out. Howell was the best against lefty hitters, who had a .164 batting average...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss
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