Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 119 – Youngsters struggle, De Leon, Holmes

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I discuss the mediocre week that was for the Dodgers. Last episode, we were praising Joc Pederson and what he has done so far this season. This episode, we talk about his struggles. He’s still valuable, though. The bullpen had a rough week — Yimi Garcia in particular. He got hit around a bit, but that...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers place Baez on DL, recall Coulombe from Triple-A

LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever Pedro Baez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a strained pectoral muscle on his right side. The rookie right-hander was injured in Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, when he felt discomfort on his final four pitches and was removed in the eighth inning. Baez is 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 appearances...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies @ Dodgers May 14, 2015: 11 Colorado Losses and Counting

The Rockies were once 11-8. Not bad! The Rockies are now 11-19. That’s… less great. Rockies Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles, Ca. CF Blackmon CF Pederson RF Gonzalez SS Rollins SS Tulowitzki 2B Kendrick 3B Arenado 1B Gonzalez 1B Rosario LF Van Slyke LF ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Steve Cishek Not Around To Save Dodgers

A day after collecting about 500 hits, the Dodgers struggled a bit more to string together hits in a 5-4 loss to the Marlins. After Alex Guerrero scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning, Enrique Hernandez and Joc Pederson homered to help provide the offense. Carlos Frias was solid and unspectacular again, going six innings and striking out five, surrendering three runs...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 0: Joc does it all and Ethier makes faces at Baez

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 8-0 because they are an unstoppable super team, at least until the next game when everybody freaks out again. At least for today, though, everything went according to plan. The MLB-leading home run producers again came through, with solo shots from Andre Ethier and Justin Turner, and a big grand slam from (who else?) Joc Pederson. Enrique Hernandez...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants 3, Dodgers 2: Swept, I Guess

Is it weird to say that the Dodgers got swept by their biggest historic rivals and that it doesn’t bother me that much? It feels weird, but it’s true, I think. I mean, fill-in starter Mike Bolsinger was outstanding, allowing only one run over 5.2 innings in his Dodgers debut. Alex Guerrero had two more hits, including another homer, in what’s sure to incite another round of...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

No One Is Coming From Further Away Than Chin-hui Tsao

When I wrote about the projected 25-man Opening Day roster last week, the final bullpen spot was a “who knows,” full of Sergio Santos and David Aardsma and Pedro Baez and a dozen other guys. Not included on that list: Chin-hui Tsao, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 (for a Dodger team that included names like David Wells, Rudy Seanez, D.J. Houlton, Jason Schmidt...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: ‘Not Kenley Jansen’ Pedro Baez

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MiLB (AA/AAA) 40 42 21.2% 7.3% 3.86 ? n/a n/a MLB 20 24 19.6% 5.4% 2.63 3.88 3.96 0.0 What happened in 2014: Spent most of his season in the minors, but pitched some solid innings in the majors for the Dodgers (mostly). Pedro Baez is not Kenley Jansen. He never has been and never will be. He does have a chance to be a solid relief option, but folks...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 30-21

Ahh, the Top 30. There prospects are now legitimate, and some have even already debuted in the major leagues. For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he’s basically a sure thing to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Dodger Bullpen Won’t Be Making A Big-Money Addition

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...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Projected Dodger Arbitration Salaries For 2015

If you didn’t already know this, we keep an updated list of Dodger salary commitments for the next few years right on this very site. (“Doesn’t Cots do that,” you might ask. Yes, but this is prettier. Also, shut up.) It’s not intended to show every single minimum salary possibility, so don’t ask me about Pedro Baez & Joc Pederson, but it’s a good resource to use...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2: So That Happened, Again

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...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig’s Sudden Problems Making Contact

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What happened to Kershaw and the Dodgers on Friday?

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,...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pedro Baez, Setup Man?

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...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ bullpen needs saving, but don’t expect Pedro Baez to do 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...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’Backs August 26, 2014: Two Games On, Two Days Off

A day off yesterday. Two games in Arizona, then a day off on Thursday before starting a series in San Diego, just a short flight away, and no games scheduled on three of the four September Thursdays. Dodgers D’Backs 6:40 p.m. PT Phoenix, Ariz. 2B Gordon CF Inciarte CF Puig 2B Hill 1B Gonzalez RF Peralta RF Kemp...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres 4, Dodgers 1: The Dog Days Of August

This game was pretty bad, and I’m annoyed at everyone that I actually stayed up to watch it. Roberto Hernandez pitched basically how you’d expect a fungible starter to pitch, which is to say, he lasted only five innings, allowing 10 baserunners and four runs (three earned). Here’s why that run was unearned, thanks to Scott Van Slyke, but mostly thanks to Brim for the GIF: ...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers @ Dodgers August 15, 2014: Milwaukee Playoff Preview?

The Brewers, again? Last week’s trip to Milwaukee was something of a speed bump on what’s otherwise been a pretty productive August for the Dodgers; only four teams have more wins this month. Of course, one is the Padres. Baseball never ceases to amaze. Brewers Dodgers 7:10 p.m. PT Los Angeles, Ca. CF Gomez 2B Gordon C Lucroy CF ...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Massive fight at Triple-A Reno leads to 10 ejections

It turns out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks don’t even get along at the Triple-A level. A massive brawl broke out early in Saturday night’s game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces. After nearly being hit with a pitch, Erisbel Arruebarrena was eventually called out on strikes. He apparently shoved Reno catcher Blake Lalli after the AB, and the dugouts poured onto the...
Via The Outside Corner
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Massive fight at Triple-A Reno leads to 10 ejections

It turns out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks don’t even get along at the Triple-A level. A massive brawl broke out early in Saturday night’s game between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Reno Aces. After nearly being hit with a pitch, Erisbel Arruebarrena was eventually called out on strikes. He apparently shoved Reno catcher Blake Lalli after the AB, and the dugouts poured onto the...
Via Bloguin Best
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Cardinals July 18, 2014: Back To Business

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. Dodgers Cardinals 5:15 p.m. PT St. Louis, Mo. 2B Gordon 3B Carpenter RF Puig 2B Wong SS Ramirez...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB News: Transactions for July 14th

A lot more moves than you'd expect on a day like Monday.  The highlights were the rehab assignments as many players began their's.  Follow the links to read more on a particular transaction.Arizona DiamondbacksOptioned SP Mike Bolsinger to Reno (AAA)Recalled SP/RP Trevor Cahill from Reno (AAA)Atlanta BravesOptioned 2B Phillip Gosselin to Gwinnett (AAA)Activated 2B Dan Uggla from...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/2 – 6/8 -

June 2 Hitter Of The Day: Pitcher Of The Day: Notables Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks, including his second triple of the year. Miguel Rojas (AAA) has had a temporary power surge, slugging his third homer of the year. Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with his 16th double. Alex Santana (A) went 2-for-4 with his 11th and 12th double. Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Nationals May 5, 2014: And Now Pedro Baez, I Guess

And today’s transaction is… *spins wheel*… Pedro Baez! Sure, why not. The Dodgers have literally been making a move almost every day for the last week, thanks to the Minnesota doubleheader and Hyun-jin Ryu‘s disabled list stint. This time around, it’s returning Sunday starter Stephen Fife to Triple-A in order to select righty reliever Pedro Baez from Double-A, for what...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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