So Andre Ethier Still Exists

If there’s a single great surprise of the Dodger offseason, it’s easily the fact that as the team heads to Arizona to break camp, Andre Ethier is still wearing blue. Even after Matt Kemp was traded to San Diego, Ethier’s departure seemed to be a given. After all, Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke make for a tidy pair in left, Yasiel Puig owns right, and if Joc Pederson can’t...
Via Dodgers Digest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: benches

It was actually pretty difficult to rank the ten best benches in baseball. When you’re dealing with so many moving parts and uncertain job situations, there are plenty situations that are always changing and not settled. So yes, these are very objective and subject to change at a moment’s notice – but aren’t all rankings? 1. Dodgers. If the Dodgers somehow dump Andre Ethier’s...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Arruebarrena Remains A Dodger, As You Should Have Expected

When the Dodgers DFA’d Erisbel Arruebarrena last week, it actually made plenty of sense, even though plenty of people misunderstood it. All a DFA is for a player in his situation is the loss of a 40-man spot, not an exile from an organization. Unless a team claimed him (very unlikely) or wanted to trade for him (somewhat unlikely),  all that was going to happen here would be that...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: OF/1B Scott Van Slyke

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MLB 246 .297 .386 .524 160 11 2.8 What happened in 2014: Became one of the most valuable bench pieces in baseball and destroyed left-handed pitching. Two winters ago, the Dodgers designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment. They  needed the space on the 40-man roster and they didn’t like the direction in which his career was heading. No other MLB team...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Where should the Cincinnati Reds look for LF help?

The outfield market in free agency is drying up. Nori Aoki is easily the biggest name available and he’s at best a solid bat that would look much better in center than in the corners given his lack of power. Still, a .350 on-base percentage is incredibly enticing to put in front of Joey Votto, who over the last four years has had one season with someone batting in the two spots...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: OF Andre Ethier

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MLB 380 .249 .322 .370 98 4 0.7 What happened in 2014: Well, that could have gone better. Lord, where do you start? Andre Ethier started in center field for the first five games of the year as Matt Kemp rehabbed, and then when Kemp went back into center, Ethier went everywhere else. To right, for a few games here and there to spot Yasiel Puig. In left...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers have to move outfielders soon, right?

The biggest issue facing Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles this offseason is simple – move at least one outfielder. Coming into the winter, the team had Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig under contract for the 2015 season and beyond. Top prospect Joc Pederson was waiting in the wings. Scott Van Slyke established himself as a legitimate power threat off the bench...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers have to move outfielders soon, right?

The biggest issue facing Andrew Friedman in Los Angeles this offseason is simple – move at least one outfielder. Coming into the winter, the team had Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig under contract for the 2015 season and beyond. Top prospect Joc Pederson was waiting in the wings. Scott Van Slyke established himself as a legitimate power threat off the bench...
Via Bloguin Best
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Slyke, Rosario should be on Indians radar

I was originally going to talk about the A’s for this week’s column, but that article was pushed back after some breaking news on Tuesday. Now to many these bits of news might have completely missed their radar and while that is fair I think both should have an effect on the Indians. At the very least I hope that these two situations make the Indians stop and consider the new...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History

Do you remember, really, how insane this season was in the Dodger outfield? Matt Kemp was the center fielder, until he wasn’t. Then Andre Ethier was, but then Scott Van Slyke was, but then Yasiel Puig was. Kemp spent weeks in left while Carl Crawford was hurt. Joc Pederson was knocking on the door. Only three starts all year came from outside that group, and one of them came on...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies fall in extras to Dodgers

LA Dodgers 6, Colorado 5 When: 9:10 PM ET, Saturday, September 27, 2014 Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California Temperature: 77° Umpires: Home – Fieldin Culbreth, 1B – Brian Knight, 2B – Manny Gonzalez, 3B – Jim Reynolds Attendance: 46631 By SportsDirect Inc. Dodgers 6, Rockies 5 (12): Scott Van Slyke scored on a wild pitch with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning...
Via Mile High Sports
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers top Rockies 6-5 in 12th on wild pitch

LOS ANGELES (AP) Scott Van Slyke scored the winning run on Franklin Morales' wild pitch in the 12th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday night. The Dodgers (93-68) have won four straight, including an NL West-clinching victory over San Francisco on Wednesday. They are locked into the league's No. 2 playoff seed. Colorado's bullpen retired...
Via AP on Fox
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 6, Rockies 5: Scott Van Slyke’s Speed Seals Walkoff

The result of today’s game was meaningless, so we’ll get to how the Dodgers won 6-5 behind Scott Van Slyke‘s unlikely speed in a minute. However, the far more important part was the health of two Dodger starting infielders. In the bottom of the first, Dee Gordon hit a ground ball. He grimaced, running gingerly to first base. After he was out, he was removed from the game...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants @ Dodgers Sept. 23, 2014: Runs will be rare in matchup of aces

It sucks to invest as much time with a game like last night only to have it end in a loss. The stress and the blood pressure-raising pitches and managerial decisions are enough to take years off one’s life. Tonight’s game probably won’t be any different (and it isn’t even a playoff game!). Giants Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles CF Blanco 2B...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Cubs Sept. 18, 2014: Finally, A Real Pitcher

Dodgers Cubs 5:10 p.m. Chicago, Il. 2B Gordon LF Coghlan CF Puig SS Baez 1B Gonzalez 3B Valbuena RF Kemp RF Soler SS Ramirez CF Kalish LF Van Slyke 1B Olt 3B Uribe 2B Watkins C Ellis C Baker P Greinke (R) P Wada (L) This Cubs team, man. They’re going to...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies, Sept. 16, 2014: Dan Haren Needs 11 Innings

Dodgers Rockies 5:40 p.m. Denver, Co. 2B Gordon RF Blackmon CF Puig SS Rutledge 1B Gonzalez 1B Morneau RF Kemp CF Stubbs LF Van Slyke LF Dickerson SS Turner C McKenry 3B Uribe 3B Culberson C Ellis 2B LeMahieu P Haren (R) P Matzek (L) Dan Haren option watch...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Scott Van Slyke’s Time To Shine

After a successful weekend series in San Francisco, the Dodgers continue their road trip by heading into Denver and Chicago, and something stood out to me when I looked at the expected pitching matchups: Mon @ COL: Roberto Hernandez vs. Christian Bergman (R) Tues @ COL: Dan Haren vs. Tyler Matzek (L) Wed @ COL: Carlos Frias vs. Jorge De La Rosa (L) Thurs @ CHC: Zack Greinke vs....
Via Dodgers Digest
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Creeper of the Week: Juan Scott Has Big Balls

I'm jumping out of the program this week and making this a mash up creeper post. Juan Uribe and Scott Van Slyke have got my mojo at full attention with their road trips to Colorado and Chicago this week, and I want to combine them into one monster. Now why not just choose one? Good point. I don't want to choose. With the Dodgers September call-ups, the outfield has got mucky, but...
Via Razzball
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Injury Update: Scott Van Slyke exits with sprained ankle

Although it looked much worse than it was, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reporting that Scott Van Slyke left tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a mild-ankle sprain and should be back soon.Scott Van Slyke left tonight's game with a mild right ankle sprain. He's listed as day to day.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 28, 2014While the 28-year-old is not an...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Van Slyke leaves game with apparent ankle injury

PHOENIX (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday night's game against Arizona with an apparent right ankle injury. Van Slyke was hurt in the fourth inning when planted his foot to throw the ball to the infield after Alfredo Marte's base hit. Van Slyke doubled over in pain for a moment, then was able to get to his feet and walk off. Van Slyke was charged...
Via AP on Fox
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ D’Backs August 27, 2014: Scott Van Slyke’s Best-Case Scenario

You know me, and you know I put very, very little importance on pitcher-vs-batter stats. One pitcher doesn’t face one batter enough to generate any kind of real sample size, and even if you could, that means that it took place over so many years as to render most of the data irrelevant. Dodgers D’Backs 6:40 p.m. PT Phoenix, Ariz. 2B Gordon ...
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August 27, 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

Padres @ Dodgers Aug. 20, 2014: Time To Panic, Probably

You know, we’ve been talking a lot about Zack Greinke‘s elbow lately, but there was still the possibility of burying your head in the sand and pretending it wasn’t a real thing. Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. PT Los Angeles, Ca. 3B Solarte 2B Barney CF Almonte CF Puig LF Smith 1B Gonzalez 2B Gyorko RF Kemp ...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

What Is The Plan For Joc Pederson In September?

You know, it’s funny: At various times this year, we figured for sure we were within days or maybe even hours of hearing the news that Joc Pederson was getting called up to the big leagues. When the center field situation really came to a head in early July, as both Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke attempted to fill the hole left by the shifting of Matt Kemp, it actually seemed...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Braves August 12, 2014: Oh Good, More Dan Haren

While the Braves trot out the same lineup we’ve seen the last two nights, the Dodgers’ definitely has a “we’re in the middle of a really long time between days off” feel to it. Dodgers Braves 4:10 p.m. PT Atlanta, Ga. LF Crawford SS Bonifacio CF Puig 2B La Stella RF Kemp 1B Freeman 1B Van Slyke LF J...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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