Former Royals exec Taylor reflects on a lifetime in baseball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As Dean Taylor looks back at his 39-year career in baseball, there are two seasons he'll always look back on fondly. Taylor, who recently stepped down as the Royals' vice president of baseball operations and assistant to the general manager, always will remember the 1991 Atlanta Braves and the 2014 Royals. And, as Taylor sees it, it's because of the similarities...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Enjoy Your Last Year of Zack Greinke, Probably

I think we knew that, barring serious injury, Zack Greinke was going to exercise his post-2015 opt-out clause from the second he signed his deal back in December of 2012. In fact, I said exactly as much back then: Rosenthal argues (and many fans would agree) that an opt-out is poor for the team, but I’m actually pretty thrilled with it, especially if a seventh year and a full...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Quietly Awesome

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t the best Dodger starter, because Clayton Kershaw exists. He’s not the second-best Dodger starter, because Zack Greinke exists. If you can’t even make a case for being one of the two best starters on your own team, it’s going to be very difficult to make the case that you’re one of the […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Own Baseball’s Best Rotation

The Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office this offseason, adding Andrew Friedman from the Tampa Bay Rays and Farhan Zaidi from the Oakland Athletics. From there they proceeded to make several trades which reshaped their roster. Los Angeles goes into the 2015 season as the presumptive favorites in the National League West. The Dodgers pitching staff is the best in...
Via Baseball News Source
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A Note On Starting Pitcher Depth

The Dodgers will need starting pitchers beyond their current rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, and Brett Anderson. All teams need more than that (there’s no such thing as a number five starter, as Baseball Prospectus likes to say) and the Dodgers have more health questions than most. Anderson hasn’t thrown more than 50 innings since 2011...
Via Dodgers Digest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: SP Zack Greinke

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 32 202.1 25.2% 5.2% 2.71 2.97 2.72 3.9 What happened in 2014: He led the Dodgers in innings pitched and improved upon his great 2013 season. We’re lucky. Zack Greinke is a great pitcher, and to have him paired with Clayton Kershaw is almost unbelievable. Greinke was fantastic in 2013, and, somehow, was even better in 2014. It all started in spring...
Via Dodgers Digest
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers May be Shopping Zack Greinke

With the reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing strong interest in the highly touted free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, the team may be looking to move right-hander Zack Greinke, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports: Sources: #Dodgers may be willing to make Zack Greinke available in trade talks with opt-out next year looming — Chris Cotillo...
Via Baseball Essential
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Obligatory Discussion of the Dodgers And Cole Hamels

So you most likely saw the report from yesterday that indicated the Dodgers were interested in getting into the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, and that’s too fascinating not to talk about. Obviously, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, and Hyun-jin Ryu make for a fantastic top three for one more year, until Greinke inevitably opts out after the season. Just as obviously, Dan Haren and Zach...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag #14: ‘Unlimited’ Payroll, Friedman Worry, Yoan Moncada, Greinke Out

The mailbag of panic? Jonas Sparkennugen: Why is it that the Dodgers have a seemingly unlimited budget to acquire players, but seem to be quite parsimonious about eating salary by cutting unproductive players (League is the obvious example, but Crawford or Ethier seem to be trending that way, too)? If we take the team at their word that they are committed to building from within...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke Win Gold Gloves, Clayton Kershaw About To Win All Of The Awards

Awards season has begun! …yay? Tonight kicked things off with the presentation of the Gold Glove winners, along with the revealing of the Cy Young and MVP “finalists” (the top 3) for each league. Gold glove awards are generally useless (Derek Jeter won three), but it’s still fun to see Dodger players get recognized for their efforts. We’ll go further into depth on each...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Gold Glove winners announced

The Gold Glove winners for the 2014 season were announced on Tuesday night during a ceremony on ESPN. The AL champion Kansas City Royals cleaned up, winning three awards out of a total of four nominations. In addition to Kansas City’s three winners, Baltimore also had three players win, while Atlanta, Colorado, and Los Angeles each had two. The only first time winners in 2014 were...
Via The Outside Corner
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pair in Greinke trade coming up Royal in ballclub's turnaround

BALTIMORE — Many baseball observers point to the James Shields trade in December 2012 as the defining move of this chapter in Kansas City Royals history. That’s true, to an extent: By acquiring an ace only two years away from free agency, general manager Dayton Moore unofficially announced the start of his team’s window to make the playoffs. But as the Royals have seized a...
Via Fox Sports
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How Did That Dodger Bullpen Get So Bad?

In Game 1 of the NLDS, Don Mattingly left in Clayton Kershaw to absorb a beating in part because he didn’t trust his bullpen. In Game 2, he lifted Zack Greinke, only to watch veteran J.P. Howell give a lead away. In Game 3, he rode Hyun-jin Ryu as far as he felt was realistic […]
Via Fangraphs
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals Still Well-Positioned To Win NLDS

The St. Louis Cardinals dropped Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they still have many reasons to be optimistic about the ultimate outcome of the best-of-five series. Not that it will be easy by any means. The 2014 National League playoffs are loaded with high-quality opponents, and the Dodgers are as stocked as any team in...
Via i70baseball
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

No Lack-ey Of Drama Tonight

The Cardinals are back on home turf.  The crowd tonight will be overwhelming red instead of the blue and white of the first two games.  While St. Louis is in a good position, they were so achingly close to being so much better off. You know all about Game 2 by now, of course.  How Zack Greinke did a better Clayton Kershaw impression [...]
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Inside Zack Greinke’s Season-Saving Start

Last night’s game for the Dodgers was a must-win, and the Dodgers won. We’ll all remember J.P. Howell faltering and Matt Kemp delivering the lead in the bottom of the eighth, but Zack Greinke‘s fantastic start should not be overlooked. Greinke pitched seven innings, didn’t allow a run, and only allowed two hits. He struck out seven batters and walked two. I think the raw...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp’s home-run in 8th helps Dodgers edge Cardinals 3-2, even NLDS at 1-1

Coming into Saturday’s NLDS Game 2, the Dodgers had only lost two starts in a row once of games started by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke dating back to August (combined 23 starts). They wouldn’t lose Game 2 with Greinke on the hill. At one point, Dodgers’ starter had only allowed one Cardinal hit through the first five innings. He would also start the night 2-2 at the plate...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers salvage a split at home

Saturday night’s game was considerably better than Friday night’s game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. After Friday’s seventh inning meltdown, many wondered how the Dodgers would come back a day later and fare against Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals. Had they dropped game two, they would have had to travel to St. Louis down 0-2 in the series, which obviously is not ideal...
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2: This Sport Is Bad For Your Health

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Are we having fun? Seriously? Is this fun? Is it? A day after Clayton Kershaw‘s Game 1 implosion, we had this: Source: FanGraphs That’s a nice walk in the park, interrupted by a thunderstorm that spits bees, and the bees spit thumbtacks. That’s a world class five-course meal, except that the fourth course is month-old milk served in a lead-painted...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NLDS Game 2, Part 2: Zack Greinke’s game, so far

We’re through 5 1/2 innings, and it’s been the Zack Greinke show in Chavez Ravine tonight. He’s absolutely dealing and contributing on offense (2-for-2, run scored). He also contributed on the base paths by kinda avoiding a tag by Cardinals’ second baseman Kolten Wong. He tagged Greinke with an empty glove. The play was challenged by Don Mattingly, and Greinke was awarded...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals @ Dodgers Oct. 4, 2014: NLDS Game 2, Lynn vs. Greinke

OK, things can’t possibly be worse than last night. The thing that is most baffling is that, despite Mike’s great breakdown earlier today, there was no logical way of explaining the events of Friday. But let’s move on. Cardinals Dodgers 6:37 p.m. Los Angeles 3B Carpenter 2B Gordon CF Jay CF Puig LF Holliday...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals' Lance Lynn is due for some run support

Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn both have an inconsistent postseason history. The playoff starts they have won, however, have come exclusively against the opponents they're about to face. The two take the mound Saturday night in Los Angeles for Game 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals seeking a commanding lead in the NL division series. Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) faces the brunt of the pressure...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals-Dodgers Preview

Zack Greinke and Lance Lynn both have an inconsistent postseason history. The playoff starts they have won, however, have come exclusively against the opponents they're about to face. The two take the mound Saturday night in Los Angeles for Game 2 with the St. Louis Cardinals seeking a commanding lead in the NL division series. Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) faces the brunt of the pressure...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 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...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 8, Cubs 4: Greinke Labors, Cubs Bullpen Labors More

The Dodgers won tonight, but the path was certainly rocky. Before tonight’s game, Mike posted a thread called “Finally a real pitcher.” After Carlos Frias turned in one of the worst starts in major league history, and not great starts by Roberto Hernandez and Dan Haren before that, the promise of a Zack Greinke start felt like an oasis in a desert of mediocrity. Unfortunately...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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