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...
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...