If you thought projecting the 2017 lineup was tough, you haven’t seen anything yet. While you’ll recognize a lot of the names listed here, the pitching projections are a lot more unstable than the position player projections.
Without further adieu, here is who you should expect to see Opening Day 2017.
Starting Pitcher 1
If Clayton Kershaw isn’t the Dodgers’ No. 1 starter...
When you search Creative Commons for “Monasterios”, this is the only picture that isn’t of a monastery. Also, it’s good to see that he’s pitching again. (via)
Putting together the spring training batting statistics run-down was fun, so I’ve prepared a companion post for pitching statistics. The goal of the batting history post was to illustrate that you shouldn’t trust...
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...
For most of the year, Paco Rodriguez was one of the most dependable pitchers in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He was unhittable against lefties and nearly as good against right-handed hitting. This lasted until September, when he completely fell apart. He was so ineffective at the end of the season that he was left off of the NLCS roster against a Cardinals team that could not hit...
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (19) | 2012 (23) | 2011 (12) | 2010 (21) | 2009 (23) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [92-70] NL West
AAA: [76-68] Pacific Coast League – Albuquerque
AA: [59-80] Southern League – Chattanooga
A+: [65-75] California League – Rancho Cucamonga
A: [67-72] Midwest League – Great Lakes Graduated Prospects Yasiel Puig (OF); Tim...
Mark Mulder, who is closing in on the age of 37 in August, recently signed with the Los Angeles Angels on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Mulder has not pitched on a competitive level since 2008, retiring in 2009 due to shoulder complications. He decided to make a comeback this off-season after seeing Paco Rodriguez of the Dodgers pitch during post...
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 http://t.co/95Zz6Og9nb.
— 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...
Mark Mulder is attempting to make a comeback. This isn't a gag for a series of ESPN commercials for Baseball Tonight. This is apparently really happening.
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that the former A's and Cardinals pitcher has been working himself into shape at a workout facility in Phoenix, has actually thrown for three MLB teams recently and was clocked...
Former major leaguer Mark Mulder is considering a comeback for the 2014 season.
Mulder has not pitched since 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals but apparently saw something in the reliever of Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez that he could emulate and is now ready to resume his big league career.
The 36-year-old Mulder recently threw for three teams and was clocked in the...
Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star and former staff pillar with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals, is trying to make a comeback.
Mulder, 36, retired in 2009 after two surgeries on his left shoulder had reduced his effectiveness and sapped his hopes of pitching at an elite level again. He's been working as an analyst at ESPN since 2011, and had come to grips with the...
Award season is in full swing.
Annually, MLB gives out their Gibby Awards - Greatest In BaseBall Yearly Awards.
This years nominees inclube:
Clayton Kershaw for MVP, Starting Pitcher, Best Pitching Performance
Yasiel Puig for Rookie, Play of the Year (that cannon), Moment of the Year (his debut), Best Walk-Off
Hyun-Jin Ryu for Rookie
Guess who is BACK!
Some curious moves were made in the adjustment of the roster for the NLCS.
The Cardinals are a team that struggle against the lefties.... So what did Donnie and the guys choose to do?
Get rid of two lefties! Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano will be replaced by...
Edinson Volquez and Carlos Marmol?
Very odd indeed... Paco -...
The Dodgers made two changes to their 25-man roster for the National League Championship Series, sitting down relievers Paco Rodriguez and Chris Capuano and leaving themselves with just one one-left hander in the bullpen.
Manager Don Mattingly also kept Dee Gordon on his updated roster, perhaps a sign he's still not sure if or when Andre Ethier will be able to return to center...
If there was one truth about the first-round playoff series between the Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves, it was this: They would play some close games.
Forget Game 1. Game 2 was more like it.
The Braves' 4-3 win Friday night at Turner Field evened the National League Division Series at one game each, although the Dodgers can still close it out at home next week. But they'...
In a scene similar to backyard baseball or batting practice, the St. Louis Cardinals sent their reserve catcher Rob Johnson to the mound with 2 outs in the 9th inning to preserve a depleted bullpen for another day. Holding a 13-4 lead, the Dodgers didn’t bother pinch hitting for relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez, preferring he stay in for his first career at bat, then gobble up the...
With the Dodgers leading 13-4 in the ninth inning, the Cardinals skipper decided to have a little fun and brought in Cardinals backup catcher Rob Johnson to take the mound and try his hand at pitching. The unfortunate victim for Johnson ended up being relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez, and it ended in a strike out. Paco has 45 strikeouts this season of batters he has faced, so in essence...
In what is almost certainly the final game he will pitch at Dodger Stadium in his storied career, Mariano Rivera closed out the Dodgers with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, picking up career save number 642. (Image source: http://thesuicidesqueeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Mo.jpg)
The box score will show that the Dodgers lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees in the second game of a two game...
Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, helping the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Overbay, who drove in both New York runs in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday, singled on a 1-2 pitch from Paco Rodriguez. Robinson Cano scored after reaching on a fielder's choice groundout.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, helping the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Overbay, who drove in both New York runs in a 3-2 loss on Tuesday, singled on a 1-2 pitch from Paco Rodriguez. Robinson Cano scored after reaching on a fielder's...
Paco Rodriguez, thoughts?
Through the first couple months of the season the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen was a mess. The group as a whole had an ERA of 4.65 which is obviously not helpful when you’re in a good deal of games that are close. It’s hard enough to keep a consistency to a bullpen as it is but when the team’s closer isn’t pitching well for an extended period of time it has a ripple effect...
Not even Brandon League was able to mess up the win for the Los Angeles Dodgers who have all the sudden won four in a row for the first time since last year’s six game streak from September 26th to October 1st. The latest was a 6-5 win at the expense of a struggling San Francisco Giants team Tuesday night as Matt Kemp made his return from the disabled list.
A back and forth game...
It was a good day for the Giants. Mike Kickham pitched better in his second career start, the Giants got some clutch hitting and nobody got injured.
The bad news? They still lost.
Facing the Dodgers, Mike Kickham gave up six runs, five earned in five and a third innings but showed some big league poise at times. The Giants hit their 9th and 10th home runs of the month, and recorded...
One would think that a three-run lead against a relatively light-hitting, currently struggling Giants lineup would be enough for just about any reliever, but not for Brandon League.
He gave up two runs without recording an out, putting the game at 6-5 for Paco Rodriguez to save. He did just that thanks to some savvy pitching and Matt Kemp doing what you see above.