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Hanley Ramirez’ All-Star Break Starts Early

In “news that should shock absolutely nobody, anywhere, ever” news, don’t expect to see Hanley Ramirez soon. From Ken Gurnick: After helping win Thursday night’s game, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left with a flare-up of his sore right shoulder and likely won’t start again until after the All-Star break. Ramirez had another injection in the shoulder, which has troubled...
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Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Clayton Kershaw, dabes

It couldn’t last forever, but if it was going to last for forever, Clayton Kershaw would have been the man to do it. His scoreless innings streak came to an end at 41 on Thursday night thanks to a Chase Headley home run. Headley battled Kershaw in the sixth inning, fouling off three pitches — including a 95 MPH fastball — before hitting the solo home run. For whatever reason...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers July 10, 2014: The Odds of a Clayton Kershaw No-Hitter

Clayton Kershaw is carrying a 36 inning scoreless streak into tonight’s game against the San Diego Padres, and he couldn’t pick a better opponent to try to make it better. The Padres are hitting .216/.276/.338 as a team. Against left-handed pitchers, they’re hitting .203/.279/.322. That’s a 73 wRC+, equivalent to that of DJ LeMahieu and Adeiny Hechavarria. Padres ...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Arranging the Dodger Outfield Mathematically

Carl Crawford is expected to return to the Dodgers tonight after spending about six weeks on the disabled list with a sprained ankle. It’s never good to wish for injuries, but Crawford’s absence reduced the pressure caused by the “five outfielder problem.” As a result of the injury, Matt Kemp was un-benched and played every day. He responded well, going on a hot streak which...
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Maybe The Dodgers Should Try To Add Some Catching Depth

Yesterday, the Red Sox designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, and it caught my interest. It shouldn’t have — Pierzynski is 37 and hitting .254/.286/.348 for a last-place club — but it did. It got me thinking that A.J. Ellis is 33, has had two disabling lower-body injuries this year (knee surgery, ankle sprain), and that neither Drew Butera nor Tim Federowicz are...
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Video of Dodgers’ draftees Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo

This is some video shot by Gabe Ortiz (@Webgems24). He was in person last Wednesday for Grant Holmes‘ professional debut for the AZL Dodgers against the AZL Mariners. He shot video of Holmes and second-round draft pick Alex Verdugo. It’s the first time I’ve seen either one on video since turning pro. Here’s Holmes striking out the Mariners’ Alex Jackson, the No. 6 overall...
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Tigers 4, Dodgers 1: Max Scherzer Is Still Really Good

Gross. That wasn’t as painful as last night, but it still wasn’t very much fun. Max Scherzer allowed a mere four hits — one, shockingly, being Miguel Rojas‘ first major league homer — and along with two walks, and Joba Chamberlain & Joe Nathan allowed zero hits and zero walks, and that was that. It’s not like the Dodgers never had chances, though. Yasiel Puig tripled...
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Dodgers @ Tigers July 9, 2014: Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Greinke Vs Scherzer

Well, there’s some good news today: Miguel Cabrera gets the day off from the Detroit lineup. I’m pretty sure we’ve made this observation more than once over the last year or so, generally when Paul Maholm replaced Clayton Kershaw or with the various shortstops who have filled in for Hanley Ramirez, but it’s hard to think of a bigger downgrade. Cabrera is an obvious Hall...
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Tigers 14, Dodgers 5: The Game That Never Happened

Sigh. Look, what do you want, really? We haven’t missed a game recap yet, and we’re not going to start now, but come on. We should probably remember how much fun this was for the first few minutes, when the Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first against Justin Verlander, who, after striking out Dee Gordon, allowed four straight hits, got Andre Ethier to fly...
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Dodgers @ Tigers July 8, 2014: Hyun-jin Ryu And A Former Mismatch

Today’s series opener between the Dodgers and Tigers features two starting pitchers in very different places of their careers. Hyun-jin Ryu and Justin Verlander are slated to face each other, and here are each player’s 2014 seasons to date: Verlander: 116-2/3 IP, 117 ERA-, 101 FIP-, 114 xFIP- Ryu: 96-1/3 IP, 89 ERA-, 85 FIP-, 92 xFIP- Dodgers Tigers 4:08...
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Down On The Farm Update: 6/30 – 7/6 – Leon shines, Sweeney’s power, Holmes debut

Darnell Sweeney become “a guy”, Julian Leon questions why I said his power will eventually come and decided to show it immediately, and Alex Verdugo is making quite the impression. Meanwhile, Scott Elbert passes a test in AAA and continues his march back to relevance. On the other side of the coin, Zach Lee and Matt Magill continue to struggle. Oh yeah, some guy named Grant...
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The Rays player the Dodgers should be after isn’t David Price

The Rays and the Dodgers seem to be lining up quite well as potential trade partners before the end of the month. Much has been written about David Price, and the Dodgers seem like a good fit. Mike wrote about the Dodgers and Ben Zobrist, which may or may not be the best of ideas. But no one is talking about the most obvious candidate: left-handed reliever Jake McGee. Look, Ned...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carl Crawford’s Rehab Progressing Well

Carl Crawford hadn’t done much in his first two rehab games in Albuquerque, striking out twice with a single in five plate appearances, and that’s not a big deal. Yeah, it’s about Crawford getting his timing down after missing well over a month since his ankle injury, but it’s mostly about showing that the ankle is healthy. So far tonight against El Paso, he’s doing just...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers well-represented on BA and BP midseason Top 50 prospects list

If you needed any reassurance the Dodgers have a top-heavy farm system with impact potential, then Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have it for you. Both publications ranked the Dodgers’ consensus Top-3 prospects — Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson — in their respective Top 50s, but each player is ranked in the Top 20. Player Baseball America Baseball Prospectus...
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Dodgers’ Rotation Excellence Masks Depth Concerns

The Dodger starting rotation, if you haven’t noticed, has been excellent. By one measure, you could even argue that it has been the most productive rotation in baseball. It helps when you have a pitcher who is on track to be one of the all-time elites, of course, but there’s also two guys who would be an ace on other teams, and two veterans who have been surprisingly productive...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon Actually Made An All-Star Team

If you know me,  you know that I don’t really put much stock into All-Star teams. Between fan voting, ballot box stuffing, over-importance placed on guys off to unsustainable hot starts (hi, Charlie Blackmon!), and the “every team must be represented” rule, it’s more of a fun diversion than an actual accounting of the best players in baseball. I don’t blame fans for wanting...
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Dodgers 8, Rockies 2: So Long, Colorado

We’re going to lightning-round this one out, because the Rockies are terrible and no one paid attention to this game past the sixth inning and oh my god it still took four hours and there’s another post coming. The featured image to this post is Adrian Gonzalez sliding safely into home, which was funny because the bases were loaded and catcher Wilin Rosario decided he didn...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies July 6, 2014: Erisbel Arruebarrena to the DL

Hanley Ramirez is getting a scheduled off-day on Sunday, which means Erisbel Arruebarrena will start in his place. Oh wait, of course he won’t. He’s hurt, because this is the Dodgers and that’s what everyone does — they get hurt. Dodgers Rockies 1:10 p.m. PT Denver, Colo. 2B Gordon RF Blackmon RF Puig LF Dickerson 1B...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 7: David Price, relievers, Colletti, Kershaw nickname

Hey, it’s a mailbag! Remember to use the form submission in the right sidebar to send us you questions. Evan: I noticed that the Bleacher Report did a little mock trade scenario, with each GM played by a BR employee. They had each mock GM make their most likely (and best offer) they would trade for Price given their teams’ prospects, needs, surpluses in certain areas where...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies 8, Dodgers 7: The Most Fun Loss Of The Year

Dan Haren wasn’t great today, but then I’m not sure if we should really be surprised or all that disappointed about this. We’ve been talking about his home run problems for weeks now, and he was asked to pitch in Coors Field, of all places. So that he allowed two homers, one to Drew Stubbs and another to Corey Dickerson, and a triple to Charlie Culberson that went to the...
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Dodgers @ Rockies July 5, 2014: No SVS against a lefty?

The Dodgers go for the series win today in Game 3 of this 4-game set in Colorado, and do so with Dan Haren on the hill. Dodgers Rockies 1:10 p.m. PT Denver, Colo. RF Puig SS Rutledge SS Ramirez LF Dickerson 1B Gonzalez 3B Arenado LF Kemp 1B Morneau 3B Uribe C Rosario CF Ethier CF Stubbs...
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Dodgers 9, Rockies 0: Clayton Kershaw. What Else Is There To Say?

What can you even say about Clayton Kershaw at this point? Dominant? Absurd, unhitable, unbelievable, The Best? We’ve heard all of that before. We’ll hear all of that again. But here we are, after another gem of a start, trying to process how amazing Clayton Kershaw has been lately. Kershaw entered tonight’s 9-0 victory with 28 consecutive scoreless innings. He left tonight’s...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies July 4, 2014: At Least There’s Clayton Kershaw

Baseball is always great, really, tonight’s game is great because it looks simultaneously dreadfully boring and fantastically intriguing. How can you not like a sport that can offer all that at once? Dodgers Rockies 5:10pm PT Denver, CO 2B Gordon LF Blackmon RF Puig SS Rutledge SS Ramirez 3B Arenado 1B Gonzalez...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Missed You, Juan Uribe

Zack Greinke: still the best. I say that even though he ran into some trouble in the eighth inning, allowing Justin Morneau to triple in the tying run, because Greinke came into Coors and was really better than any pitcher at this stupid park had any business being. Over the first seven innings, only two Rockies even reached second, although one of those was a run-scoring double...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies July 3, 2014: Here Come The Lefties

This afternoon, the Dodgers are starting a four game series against the Rockies in Coors field. Given what usually happens to Dodgers there, that’s pretty terrifying. There’s also a hidden part of the series that might be cause for some mild concern. The following starters are lined up to pitch against the Dodgers: Franklin Morales, TBD, Jorge De La Rosa, and Yohan Flande...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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