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Zack Greinke is Pitching Like an Ace in a Contract Year

Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher Zack Greinke (#21) discusses pitch strategy with Catcher Yasmani Grandal (#9) during Sunday’s win at Marlins Park in Miami. (Mandatory Credit: J Pat Carter/Associated Press) When Zack Greinke hit baseball’s free-agent market in the Winter of 2012, the Dodgers seemed like an unlikely destination for the talented-but-inconsistent right-hander. Greinke...
Via The Sports Journal
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Yasiel Puig’s actions immature?

Old school baseball fans hate it and younger fans love it. This of course is referring to Los Angeles star outfielder, Yasiel Puig’s actions on the field. Puig is a burst full of energy, he plays with his heart on his sleeve, and goes out on every single play. What’s not to love? The problem for some fans is that his actions stray away from the unwritten rules of baseball. A...
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 124 – Greinke, Turner, prospects, July 2

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I are back after missing last week due to Father’s Day. Thanks, Dad. Contrary to popular belief, the Dodgers are in fact in first place and the world has not ended. It’s hard to believe, but it’s a fact. Zack Greinke is pitching really well, like he wants a big payday this winter. Here’s hoping the...
Via Dodgers Digest
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Look to a Mike Bolsinger Start in The Diamondback Series

Mike Bolsinger pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on June 8. The Dodgers won 9-3. (Mandatory Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press) Mike Bolsinger and his former team meet yet again. The 27-year old pitcher will start for the Dodgers today in the first of a three-game Diamondback road series, and the Los Angeles team will be looking to utilize his unfailing...
Via The Sports Journal
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers manager Mattingly challenges Puig to be less reactive

With Yasiel Puig returning to the Dodgers lineup on Sunday, manager Don Mattingly characterized his approach as reactive."I think he is more reactive at this point. You saw periods of times last year when he took walks, and then there were times when he was chasing balls.”After bursting onto the scene his rookie year, Puig’s batting average and OPS were down last year compared...
Via Fox Sports
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Should the Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Dee Gordon?

Last winter the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Dee Gordon and pitcher Dan Haren to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Enrique Hernandez, pitcher Chris Hatcher, and a few minor league prospects. One of the minor league prospects, pitcher Andrew Heaney was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for Gordon’s replacement at second base, Howie Kendrick. Although Gordon’s numbers dropped off at...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2, Marlins 0: Greinke Dominant, Offense Doesn’t Ruin It

Finally, the Dodgers didn’t waste yet another brilliant Zack Greinke start and they won by a score of 2-0, escaping Miami with a series win. Greinke was just his usual dominant self today, going 7-2/3 scoreless innings, striking out six batters and walking one. After today’s outing, his ERA is down to 1.58. That isn’t quite backed up by a 2.85 FIP and 3.27 xFIP, and his BABIP...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Los Angeles Dodgers trade rumors: Scott Kazmir edition

If the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t go after Johnny Cueto, which I wrote about last week, Scott Kazmir could be another inexpensive option at the trade deadline. Kazmir, like Cueto, will also be a free agent at the end of the year. He likely won’t be as expensive as Cueto, who shouldn’t be too expensive in the first place. However, Kazmir is still a really solid option for the...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw continues less than stellar season with loss to Miami Marlins

In the 7 and a half seasons that Los Angeles Dodgers‘ pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been in the majors, most baseball experts have come to expect greatness from him night in and night out. This is a result of MVP and CY Young caliber seasons that have seen Kershaw never dip below a season ERA of 3 since his rookie season of 2008. In 2015, however, the stud pitcher has proven his...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Turner: The One That Got Away

On December 2nd, 2013 the Mets made a decision that looms large on their current roster when they decided to non-tender Justin Turner. At the time, Turner was coming off arguably his most productive season as he set a career high in WAR at 0.8 and OPS+ at 100 despite getting only 200 at-bats while playing seven different positions. The move to cut a valuable utility infielder who...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Frias could swing the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fortunes

For as dominant a one-two punch as the Los Angeles Dodgers have at the top of their rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Grienke, it has been an endless struggle to find balance with the “best of the rest.” Brett Anderson had one of the best starts of his career on Friday, but ultimately, Carlos Frias may be the key (assuming the Dodgers don’t make a blockbuster deal for...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Marlins 1: Brett Anderson is allergic to fly balls

The Dodgers beat the Marlins 7-1 on Friday night, securing their third straight victory with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke yet to go in this series. The Dodgers got the win on the back of Brett Anderson, who has continued his run of excellence after a rough April (5.49 ERA). In the last two months, Anderson has a 2.47 ERA, which includes today’s dominant start. In seven innings...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers pick up 4-0 shutout over the Chicago Cubs to earn series split

After dropping the first two games of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up wins on Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon to earn a series split with the North Siders. In Thursday’s 4-0 shutout victory, the Dodgers scored all of their runs within the first two innings. With the bases loaded in the top of the first, Dodgers...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell tumbles off mound attempting to cover first (Video)

J.P. Howell took a tumble off the mound while attempting to cover first base during a sixth inning groundout which wrapped up his relief appearance in Wednesday's Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs. Howell made a spin move to get himself turned toward first base, but lost his footing and found himself falling flat on the grass. The grounder was hit straight to Adrian...
Via Holdout Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke spoke up at a team meeting over players' bathroom habits

Usually when players speak up at team meetings, it’s to rally the troops with an inspirational speech. That’s not the case for Zack Greinke. In Molly Knight’s new book about the Dodgers “The Best Team Money Can Buy,” she includes an awesome anecdote about Greinke speaking up at a team meeting. Greinke elected to address...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Hector Olivera placed on the DL

Dodgers’ Cuban signee Hector Olivera has hit a speed bump on the fast-track he’s been on to reach the majors. On Tuesday Olivera was placed on the seven-day disabled list by Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to True Blue LA.Reports indicate that it is only a mild Grade-1 strain and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly assumes his stay on the DL is “going to be short.”Olivera hit...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Making the Case for Corey Seager

It’s time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to call up top prospect Corey Seager. The Dodgers sit atop the National League West, but they have a glaring hole on their team at shortstop. Jimmy Rollins is hitting .207 after Tuesday night’s game with a .265 on-base percentage. His average is next to last with only Asdrubal Cabrera behind him in the majors at the position. Rollins’ WAR...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Zack Greinke fails to win again despite scoreless outing

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings on Tuesday in Chicago, and the Dodgers failed to pick up a win for him. After starting the season 5-0, Greinke has now gone nine straight starts without a win despite a 1.79 ERA over that stretch. The right-hander has now allowed one run or fewer in seven of his past nine starts. Greinke didn’t seem frustrated though in...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs fan catches foul ball while holding baby

Nobody puts baby in the corner — unless that someone is at a Chicago Cubs game and a foul ball flies their way. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs played Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, but the best action took place in the stands. During the second inning, Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel popped a ball into the seats along the first base line, where 29-year-old Keith Hartley...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Superdad snags foul ball while feeding baby

This video of a dad stealing a foul ball from the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, while feeding his baby, will give any mom a heart attack.  But shockingly (because he’s a Cubs fan), this super dad made it look easy.  I thought Cubs fans just sat in the bleachers and drank beer and threw back home run balls. This guy has to be an out-of-towner.  I believe umpires ruled that Gonzalez...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dodgers won on a walk-off balk

The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 on Thursday night…because of a balk by Texas pitcher Keone Kela with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with **** Hernandez on third base. I love balk offs. You very rarely see them. Oddly enough, this was also the *correct* call by Marvin Hudson – Kela clearly broke his delivery. Also during the ninth, the Dodgers didn’t...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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