It’s time for a NFL franchise in LA.
The NFL is a franchise business, just like Papa Johns. Why in the world would the owner of Papa Johns maintain franchises in Buffalo or Jacksonville while missing out on all the revenue a store in Los Angeles could create?
Despite the charm of a Jacksonville or Buffalo, American sports are just better when the large media markets are involved...
The next two days could determine whether or not Hanley Ramirez goes on the 15-day disabled list with a swollen left hand. The Dodgers’ shortstop was unable to take batting practice with his teammates prior to Wednesday’s game against the Pirates.
Ramirez hasn’t played since he was hit by two pitches Sunday in St. Louis. The second, a 99 mph fastball from Cardinals closer...
By the second inning of tonight’s game, I was all but certain that we’d never see Dan Haren in Dodger blue again. His recent struggles have been well-documented, but this was something else. In the first four pitches, Haren allowed hits to Gregory Polanco and Travis Snider, then let Andrew McCutchen rip a liner that fortunately found Juan Uribe‘s glove. But then he walked Neil...
Let’s update the “Hanley Ramirez run of games missed,” shall we? I should probably just link you to the last time I did this rather than using up a lot of space on what’s become an increasingly long list. And yet! I’m doing it anyway.
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While we’re easily frustrated by the Dodgers’ inconsistent offense, they actually can score some runs, even while missing Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez.
The Dodgers are 10th in the majors in runs scored — no small feat. They also have the sixth-best walk rate in the league (9.5 percent). While there needs to be more consistency, they don’t need a big boost on offense.
Clayton Kershaw is having an extraordinary year. Isn’t he? And the media loves it. When not drooling over Mike Trout (I swear the coverage of this guy is so intense I bet they know what he has for breakfast each day), they are breaking down every pitch Kershaw throws. More power to Kershaw, though, he is having a truly tremendous season and deserves the attention this year and...
It wouldn’t suck for the Pirates to win another series out of the break. Against a good team like the Dodgers? Even better.
Yes, the Dodgers have had some injuries and the Pirates missed out on facing Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw but the Dodgers didn’t get to 10 games over by being a bad team with a few good players.
Terrifyingly enough Francisco Liriano will go for...
This Dodger bullpen, it is, well, not good. Kenley Jansen isn’t the problem, of course, and neither is J.P. Howell. We’ve talked a few times about how Brandon League is at least adequate; Brian Wilson has been up and down, but obviously isn’t going anywhere with that 2015 player option. Chris Perez has been awful. Paul Maholm hasn’t been much better. Jamey Wright is striking...
So it’s whatever makes Matt Kemp feel all comfy and cozy? Not really, though there does seem some of that.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday he’s thinking of moving Yasiel Puig to center, which would allow Kemp to remain in right.
This after an entire one-game experiment that happened only because of injury to Puig.
Whatever, the move makes sense on one level: With...
Let’s start here: since 2005, my Mom has been asking me to be in a post on WHYGAVS. If we’re being honest, I can’t ever tell how serious she is about it or if she’s just giving me a hard time (I mean, I hardly ever put MYSELF on WHYGAVS, geez, Mom, don’t you want the other people on the internet to think I’m cool?). Whenever she asks, I always say that it’ll happen...
This game was so dumb. This was so, so stupid. Just everything about this game was the worst thing that ever happened, and know that I’m saying this despite the much-maligned Dodger offense scoring seven runs. So much happened. So little happened. Forget this ever happened.
If Josh Beckett was hoping to prove he’s healthy and effective and that the Dodgers don’t need to add...
With Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Scott Van Slyke the Los Angeles Dodgers have a pretty talented group of outfielders when everyone is healthy. Unfortunately, it’s not necessarily a complete outfield in terms of where each is best suited to play. Kemp spent the majority of 2008-2012 in center field, but […]
Matt Kemp doesn't want to be traded, but would embrace the idea of a trade if it were to allow him to be an everyday starter for a team in center field, his agent Dave Stewart told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal earlier last week.Kemp may get his shot, as the Los Angeles Dodgers are "trying hard" to trade the 29-year-old, according to baseball reporter Danny Knobler...
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.
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The Dodgers did not field their usual lineup Monday, and not by choice.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were still having trouble gripping a bat without pain in their sore left hands. Neither was able to take batting practice.
When Don Mattingly made out his lineup card, he was still waiting for a second X-ray to confirm that Puig and Ramirez didn’t break any bones over the weekend...
This week in Minor League Report: Top Prospects, FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports takes a look at some of the movers and shakers, top prospects and perhaps even guys most likely to be called up in the short term. If you’re curious about a player not profiled in this week’s report, you can access our previous Minor League Reports at FFLockerRoom.com. Keep in mind that research has...
I think we all know the Dodgers want a starting pitcher before the July 31 deadline, and for some obvious reasons. Josh Beckett, who starts tonight, has been fantastic, but he’s also 34, coming off the disabled list, and pitching in a way that seems pretty unsustainable. Dan Haren has been awful and has a vesting option in his future we all would like to see avoided. The top three...
Three key players on the Los Angeles Dodgers squad are dealing with injury. Those being Josh Beckett, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. The results of the follow up X-Rays on Ramirez and Puig were negative and they are both still "sore." Beckett is expected to make his return from the disabled list and start on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday as reported...
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I suppose it was unreasonable to hope that the Pirates would win all 67 games that they played after the All-Star Break, so a game against Hyun-Jin Ryu seems like as good a place as any for the Bucs to take their first post-Break loss. Really, they were never in this game at all. Edinson Volquez did not have his sharpest stuff tonight, the ball took some bad hops for the Pirates...
When your offense is struggling what do you do? Well, you just find one of the worst pitchers in baseball, of course. Old friend (I guess) Edinson Volquez certainly fits the bill, and he provided just what the Dodgers needed: terrible, terrible pitching that’s conducive to offense. Volquez allowed 13 baserunners (10 hits) in 5.2 innings, allowing five earned runs, and was more...
The Dodgers may have found the next Adrian Gonzalez. Well, not really. But they did sign Mexican first baseman in Eric Meza. They did so late on July 2, which is why he wasn’t in the first post about July 2 prospects.
Meza’s bonus amount is unknown. Odds are, it wasn’t a significant amount of money and shouldn’t really have an impact on the Dodgers signing pool.
There's a certain cognitive dissonance a lot of baseball fans feel between the value to the team of players' on-field contributions (almost always positive) as compared to the value minus the cost (not necessarily positive).When considering possible trades, you're not trading for just the player -- you're also trading for the contract. In baseball, you can cut a guy...
During the Los Angeles Dodgers three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals they struggled at the plate. Those issues may continue because Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were both hit in the left hand by pitches during the series. Ramirez also was hit in the left shoulder.#452296664 / gettyimages.comPuig was hit during a loss and he left the the game. As reported by Bill Plunkett...
The Dodgers had their issues with Cardinals pitching over the weekend. And those issues might linger.
Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez were hit in the left hand by pitches during the three-game series. Ramirez was hit in the left shoulder as well.
Puig was hit during Saturday’s loss and left the game. A fluoroscan after the game showed no fracture but the Dodgers want Puig to undergo...