It’s been a week of the new and… well, new Dodger bullpen, and so far, the returns haven’t been generating a ton of confidence. The second game of the season featured Chris Hatcher starting an inning that resulted in three runs. Yesterday featured Chris Hatcher entering an inning that resulted in four runs. Pretty much every second in between has been filled by people screaming...
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: 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...
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...
Buried at the bottom of a J.P.Hoornstra piece on Joc Pederson the other day was this note:
Mattingly said that he and the front office have discussed adding one more player already in the organization to the active roster over the final two weeks.
Since the Dodgers already had 36 active players, and Stephen Fife, Jarret Martin and Matt Magill were all unlikely for various reasons...
Slow day here at Dodgers Digest. While I think Mike (or one of us) will make a postseason roster prediction, I’m going to throw you a couple names that should be included in the roster.
Paco Rodriguez and Carlos Frias. Rodriguez has proven his worth, despite a late-season collapse in 2013. He hasn’t pitched much in the majors this season due to injury and general dumbness, but...
That could have been a lot more stressful/worse/terrible. Instead, it was a relatively easy 11-3 Dodger victory on Monday night in Colorado.
With Roberto Hernandez starting, the chances he wouldn’t last long were high — and that’s what happened. But, he limited the damage: 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR. Paco Rodriguez relieved him and was able to escape a bases...
The Dodger's bullpen is starting to get some much needed left handed help, in the form of Scott Elbert, and Paco Rodriguez.Elbert, who was taken off the roster in late July, was activated before Friday's game versus San Francisco. To make room on the roster, pitcher Red Patterson was designated for assignment. Elbert, who is a former first round pick of the Dodgers, last pitched...
The Dodgers are two games ahead in the National League West and begin what could be a season-deciding series in San Francisco. These teams play in Los Angeles in 10 days, so this series might not ultimately decide the NL West champion, but it could go a long way to determining it.
We all know the Dodgers missed a chance at the non-waiver trade deadline to add a relief pitcher (Joaquin Benoit). They also lost a chance to add one at the waiver trade deadline (Jonathan Papelbon, though, that isn’t on Ned Colletti). Now, they’re set to go into the playoffs with one of the shakier bullpens in recent memory.
Jesse Spector of The Sporting News opined in March...
When word arrived earlier today that the Dodgers had acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies, it seemed clear that it was more than just about adding depth to a bullpen that just lost Paco Rodriguez, Chris Perez and Paul Maholm, and that it was only a matter of time until the other shoe dropped. Quickly, it has. Hernandez told Philadelphia media that he would be starting in...
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Los Angeles Angels last night by the score of 5-4. The win improved the Dodgers to 64-50, two and a half games in front of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. With an offense that is 11th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and a staff that is 7th in ERA, the Dodgers have been consistently good all season. But there is some concern...
The Dodgers could use a reliever. I know! I can’t believe it either. It’s certainly not something we’ve talked about like a dozen times recently, right? We’ve talked about who should go — hi, Chris Perez! And also Paul Maholm! And maybe, but less likely, Jamey Wright! — and whether it’ll be Paco Rodriguez or Scott Elbert or Jose Dominguez who comes to town, or whether...
You don’t ever want to put too much importance on a single game, especially one in the middle of the season against a team that isn’t even in your division.
4:05 p.m. PT
It has been a while, hasn’t it? After all of the pageantry and fun of the all-star game and a well-deserved vacation for most of the players, the Dodgers kick off the second “half” of the season against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
5:15 p.m. PT
St. Louis, Mo.
What’s the best way to evaluate a major league bullpen? There’s not really an obvious answer in the way that I would go to WAR or wRC+ for hitters, or FIP or xFIP for starting pitchers. It sure as hell isn’t wins, obviously. ERA really doesn’t work there, either, as we saw just a few days ago when Brian Wilson was atrocious and the runs were all charged to Hyun-jin Ryu. It’s...
(Via Dustin Nosler)
Corey Seager closes the week red hot, Joc Pederson continues to shine, Julio Urias is average but acceptable, Jacob Scavuzzo bounces back, and Paco Rodriguez/Jose Dominguez struggle mightily.
Hitter Of The Day: O’Koyea Dickson (AA) hit homers four and five as he tries to remain a relevant prospect in the system. Dickson currently has a .796 OPS despite...
Very early this morning, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register noted that Paco Rodriguez would likely be sent down today after throwing 48 pitches over the last two days, and it made total sense. The bullpen was overworked after 20 innings yesterday, as you can see below, so some fresh blood was needed, and the only other player with options — Chris Withrow — is totally...
Two weeks ago, Paco Rodriguez was sent to Triple-A when Brian Wilson returned. Now, he’s back, having been recalled to the Dodgers as Carlos Triunfel returns to the Isotopes. This is both good news and bad, I suppose. It’s good that Rodriguez is back, and it’s even better that the team seems to feel that Hanley Ramirez‘ thumb is healthy enough that there’s no need to have...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated relief pitcher Brian Wilson from the disabled list.
Wilson had no troubles during his rehab assignment and will be inserted into a setup role ahead of Kenley Jansen.
In order to make room for Wilson on the active roster the Dodgers sent left hander Paco Rodriguez to Triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers sent Rodriguez down despite...
First, the good news: Brian Wilson is back! That really shouldn’t be understated. When he first came up complaining of elbow soreness two weeks ago after looking terrible in blowing a game against San Diego, I think we all thought the worst for the two-time Tommy John survivor. Had you told me on that day that we wouldn’t see him again for the remainder of the season, I wouldn’t...
Fans are always analyzing which pitchers have the best and worst pitches, but we normally base that on nothing but our own feelings in the moment, so I decided to take a more objective look at things.
For a pitch to qualify for these rankings, I used a 200-pitch minimum for starters and a 50-pitch minimum for relievers. The metric used to measure pitch effectiveness is True Average...
I am quite unsure how that could have gone better. If there’s one thing that would have been more annoying than flying approximately 200 million miles to Australia during spring training — for the players, that is, because I’ve quite enjoyed seeing baseball at the famed Sydney Cricket Grounds — it would have been flying approximately 200 million miles only to come home knowing...
Early last month, I looked into the disastrous end of Paco Rodriguez‘ 2013 regular season. The most common question that I received after posting the article was “was Paco tipping his pitches?” It’s a natural question, given his unorthodox delivery (pictured above).
On Monday, this question re-surfaced, when Ken Gurnick reported that Rodriguez has made a mechanical...