Will Carlos Frias’ Painful Performance be a Wake-up Call for the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Carlos Frias put on a phenomenal performance in his first four starts this season and carried a 3-1 record and 2.55 ERA going into Sunday’s game against the Padres. The crowd sat strong at 50,182 with fans that once cheered for Frias booing at the painful loss they were doomed to endure early on. But Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly doesn’t believe this will be a recurring issue...
Via The Sports Journal
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Braves @ Dodgers May 25, 2015: Meet The Braves

Not too often that an opposing starting pitcher comes through town that I’ve never heard of, so, hey, who are you, Williams Perez? Braves Dodgers 5:10 p.m. Los Angeles 2B Peterson CF Pederson CF Maybin SS Rollins 1B Freeman 2B Kendrick RF Markakis 1B Gonzalez LF Gomes...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 120 – MLB Draft, no runs, prospects

Happy Memorial Day. Enough thanks cannot be given to those who gave their lives for this country. On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I welcome back Steve Fiorindo to the progrum. He appeared almost a year ago to the day to talk MLB Draft, and he did so on this episode. Fiorindo covers prospects — professional and amateur — for The Prospect...
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2015 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 2.0

This is the second of what should be four Big Boards leading up to the MLB Draft (June 8). There have been some pretty significant changes since the last version. Previous versions v 1.0 My Big Board, v 2.0 1. LHP Kolby Allard, San Clemente HS (Calif.) 2. C Chris Betts, Wilson HS (Calif.) 3. RHP James Kaprielian, UCLA 4. RHP Michael Matuella, Duke 5. OF Garrett Whitley, Niskayuna...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Offense is Failing to Become a Priority for Dodger Play

Starting pitcher Carlos Frias #77 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pauses on the mound as he works against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Frias allowed eight runs by the Rockies before being removed from the game in the first inning. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Consistency does not seem like its commonplace for the Los Angeles...
Via The Sports Journal
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Braves-Dodgers Preview

Strong pitching has helped the Atlanta Braves put together a strong stretch, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have been woeful offensively of late. The Braves will again turn to a rookie on the mound as they try to capitalize on the Dodgers' scuffling lineup in the opener of this three-game series Monday night. Atlanta (22-21) owns a 4.00 ERA on the season, but has compiled a 2.71 mark...
Via AP on Fox
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Dodgers & Mets Should Be Trade Partners

It’s been well documented the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers – to bolster its starting staff behind Greinke and Kershaw – especially with the news of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury and to augment their back end rather than relying on Carlos Frias or Mike Bolsinger for the whole season (although they’ve both been very good to this point). They also can’t rely on the continued...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Carlos Frias Struggles Early in Rough Outing Against San Diego

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Carlos Frias throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Terrill/AP) A day after Mike Bolsinger had a career-night, pitching eight innings, surrendering only a single hit and retiring 23 batters straight, Carlos Frias had a career night...
Via The Sports Journal
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Los Angeles Dodgers’ secret weapon: Mike Bolsinger?

I am so all over the Mike Bolsinger bandwagon. If you were playing with Bolsinger on a video game, you would hate him. He really only throws two pitches: a fastball that is only in the high-80s, and a curveball. He very occasionally throws a change-up, but it’s rare. So with his low velocity and limited pitch selection, there is nothing glamorous or sexy about the pitches he throws...
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Padres 11, Dodgers 3: That Dumb Bad Game Was Dumb And Bad

Hey, how’d the first two innings go for Carlos Frias? Good, right? I bet it was good. Probably good. Double Walk Walk Home run Line out Double Ground out Ground out Single Line out Single Single Double Single Ground out Oh. So what’s the opposite of good? That. Frias somehow managed to get through four innings, but by the time he did — having struck out zero Padres, mind you...
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Padres 11, Dodgers 3: At Least The Game Ended

The Dodgers bullpen did well today, surrendering just a single run in five innings of work. Unfortunately, the reason behind those five innings of work was that starter Carlos Frias surrendered 10 runs on two walks and 12 hits (two homers) in just four innings of work. Much of the early damage came thanks to Justin Upton, who hit a grand slam in the first inning and then followed...
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Padres @ Dodgers May 24, 2015: Welcome, Austin Barnes

So it’s only May, and the bottom half of the Dodger lineup is Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes, and Carlos Frias. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say you wouldn’t have predicted that in March. I think it’s safer to say that you wouldn’t have predicted you wouldn’t be angered by that in March. Padres Dodgers 1:10 p.m...
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2015 MLB Draft Profile: RHP James Kaprielian, UCLA

This is the third part of my 2015 MLB Draft profile series. This time I look at another local kid in right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian of UCLA. Previous entires Dakota Chalmers Chris Betts Vitals 6’4, 200 pounds Bats: Right Throws: Right DOB: March 2, 1994 Days younger than Julio Urias: -894 Location Los Angeles University of California, Los Angeles RankingsBaseball America...
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Bolsinger Solidifying Status as Dodgers’ Fourth Option With Breakout Consistency

Mike Bolsinger (#46) pithes at AT&T Park in his first game for the Los Angeles Dodgers in April 2015 (Mandatory Credit: Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images) When the Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman to serve as the team’s new President of Baseball Operations, they saw an unprecedented opportunity to combine the advanced-statistical savvy that helped Friedman build winning teams...
Via The Sports Journal
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Dodgers 2, Padres 0: Mike Bolsinger, 2015 NL Cy Young Award Winner

Mike Bolsinger retired 23 straight batters after allowing a single to Yangervis Solarte, the first batter of the game. Mike Bolsinger faced the minimum in his eight innings. Mike Bolsinger has thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings. Mike Bolsinger is going full 2003 Esteban Loaiza on us or something. Bolsinger also struck out eight, so he was missing bats aside from inducing...
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Padres @ Dodgers May 23, 2015: Hot Catcher Talk

Hey, let’s talk about catchers! Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 1B Solarte CF Pederson 3B Spangenberg SS Rollins RF Kemp 2B Kendrick LF Upton 1B Gonzalez CF Venable 3B Turner 2B Gyorko LF Ethier SS Middlebrooks RF Van Slyke...
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Dodgers Recall Catching Prospect Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes (#65) catches a bullpen session during Spring Training (Mandatory Credit: Jon SooHoo, Los Angeles Dodgers) With starting catcher Yasmani Grandal on the 7-Day Disabled List with concussion-like symptoms, the Dodgers recalled catcher Austin Barnes from AAA Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon. Barnes will be active for the team’s Saturday night matchup versus the San...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Grandal placed on concussion DL

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers placed catcher Yasmani Grandal on the seven-day concussion disabled list Saturday and called up Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City to serve as A.J. Ellis' backup. Grandal, who came to the Dodgers from San Diego in December in the Matt Kemp trade, was taken out of Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Padres after four innings for precautionary...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Catcher Yasmani Grandal Faces Concussion Scare

New Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal behind the plate against the Seattle Mariners. (Mandatory Credit: LA Sports Hub) Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal was removed from Friday night’s game against the Padres after sustaining two blows to the face mask. In the third inning, the follow-through of Yangervis Solarte’s swing came in contact with the side of Grandal’s head, and in the...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Big power outage in LA

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is mighty grumpy these days over his team’s lack of offensive production.   There’s slumps, and then there’s what the Dodgers are going through. It’s not so much that they’ve lost 6 of their last 9; it’s a long season and teams go through stretches like this all the time. They’re still in first place in the National League West with a...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 43 (SD at LAD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (20-23) scored fewer runs, 2-1, than the Los Angeles Dodgers (25-16) last night in the first of three games at Dodger Stadium. Andrew Cashner (1-7, 2.89) did not figure in the decision after only allowing one unearned run...
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Has The Dodgers Offense Gone?

View image | gettyimages.com The Los Angeles Dodgers offense ranks 10th in batting average, 8th in runs scored, 2nd in home runs and 2nd in on base percentage, however you would never know that based on how the team has played this past week. Over the last six games, the Dodgers have scored just 3 runs. That's 3 runs and 34 hits in 54 innings. LA is 2-4 over that span.If it wasn...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2, Padres 1: #Zanky spins gem, Joc dingers, end of world averted

The Dodgers came into the game Friday night with 31 consecutive scoreless innings, but that streak mercifully came to a close in the fifth inning. The 35 consecutive scoreless innings was an “accomplishment” that tied the 1962 Dodgers for the longest in Los Angeles history, but still fell short of the 1937 and 1908 teams in franchise history (36 & 41 innings, respectively...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Break 35 Scoreless Innings Streak

The Los Angeles Dodgers kick off game one in the Padres series with a feeling like they have been forgetting something – offense. There is no better time than now to recover from the three game shut out against the San Francisco Giants and it seems like they know it. Dodgers’ Andre Ethier scores a run in the 5th on a double to snap streak, settling for a tie with the ’62 Dodgers’...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers suspend Erisbel Arruebarrena for remainder of 2015 season

As reported by the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Thursday that they have suspended Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2015 season for ”repeated failures to comply with his contract.”Touted by many as another premier defensive force when he signed his initial contract five year, $25 million contract in February 2014, Arruebarrena...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss
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