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Revisiting My Bold Predictions for the 2015 Dodgers

Dodgers ‘manager’ Jimmy Rollins approaches the mound to remove Clayton Kershaw from the game. Sunday, October 4. Back in April, as the Major League Baseball season was just about to begin, we here at Baseball Essential wrote a series of “Bold Predictions” for most of the MLB teams. I had the privilege of penning the piece about the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now that the regular...
Via Baseball Essential
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 134 – Clinch, Kershaw, Puig, playoffs

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I are back after 2-week hiatus that was mostly my fault. But now we’re rested for the postseason push, or something like that. Since our last show, the Dodgers clinched the NL West and home-field advantage in the NLDS, thanks in large part to Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Speaking of Kershaw, he got to...
Via Dodgers Digest
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers-Clayton Kershaw Solidifies Cy Young Award Bid

Clayton Kershaw walked into the final Los Angeles Dodgers regular season game at home and in 3.2 innings he made history. It was that easy. He only needed 6 strikeouts to break a drought of years without a pitcher obtaining 300 or more strikeouts and he earned 7. In doing so Kershaw solidified why exactly he should win the NL Cy Young Award. Kershaw became the first pitcher in 13...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins acts as Dodgers manager for final game of season (Video)

With their NL West crown and playoff berth already sealed, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to have some fun in their last game of the regular season on Sunday. Part of that fun was allowing Jimmy Rollins to act as the team’s manager. And boy, did Rollins ever milk it. The veteran shortstop dressed up...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking – 2015 Game 161 (SD at LAD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending a Saturday evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (74-87) scored fewer runs than the Los Angeles Dodgers (91-70) last night at Dodger Stadium, 2-1. The loss guaranteed a top-10 protected pick in next year’s draft. So, they’ve got that going for them....
Via Padres Public
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2, Padres 1: Dodgers clinch HFA for NLDS, Greinke clinches Cy?

Behind potential Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke and just enough offense, the Dodgers clinched home-field advantage with a 2-1 win against the Padres on Saturday night. Thanks to the Nationals sweeping a doubleheader earlier in the day, the Dodgers’ 91 wins are enough to have the National League Division Series begin in Los Angeles on Friday (afternoon? evening?). Greinke was...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres @ Dodgers Oct. 3, 2015: Welcome back, Yasiel Puig

If you had asked me last week if I thought Yasiel Puig would play for the Dodgers during the rest of the regular season, I would have answered with a resounding “No!” But here we are on the penultimate day of the season (for the Dodgers), and Puig is starting in right field. It has been deemed a “legendary” and “miraculous” recovery. Now, we just have to see if he’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and Other 300 Strikeout Seasons

This Sunday, Clayton Kershaw has a shot to become the first pitcher to rack up 300 strikeouts in a season since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling turned the trick back in 2002. He needs just six strikeouts to get there, so theoretically he could do it by the end of the second inning. He and his Dodgers brethren will be squaring off against the Padres, one of the strikeout-ingest teams...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher annoyed ‘Fuller House’ scene interrupted game

There must be some segments of the population thrilled by how sitcom “Full House” is being treated to a spinoff. But Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson definitely does not belong in that group. At least when said spinoff of the cheesy 80s-90s sitcom interrupts a game in which he is pitching. Anderson was pretty miffed after Thursday’s game against the San Francisco...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke on pitching inside

After we finished talking about his changeup and what he learned from Felix Hernandez, after we finished talking about command for the Hardball Times Annual, after we talked a little about his slider and his sinker, after we talked about a few hitters, even after I’d said goodbye and shook his hand, Zack Greinke hovered. He wasn’t done. He had noticed something about pitching...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mattingly: Yasiel Puig’s injury recovery ‘miraculous, legendary’

Los Angeles Dodgers arguably delved into serious hyperbole territory when he characterized Yasiel Puig’s rapid recovery recently from a hamstring injury as “miraculous” and “legendary.” The Dodgers slugger reportedly is running at full speed during workouts at the team’s Arizona spring training facility after going down with the injury on Aug. 27. He was placed on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sizing up the Dodgers

As our storied regular season comes to a close, we have a looming showdown with the three-time National League West champion L.A. Dodgers. Clearly, after winning the division the last three years, and on their way to finishing with 90-plus wins again, the Dodgers have proven themselves to be a formidable opponent. Like the Mets, they’ve done it mostly with pitching. Unlike the...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Puig making 'miraculous' recovery from hamstring injury

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn't speculate as to whether outfielder Yasiel Puig will be available for the NLDS, but it appears as though there's a chance he now might be. Mattingly told reporters Thursday that Puig is unexpectedly running at full speed again without any issues after a slow rehab from a right hamstring strain he sustained on Aug. 27. "Like three...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and his quest for 300 strikeouts

Six. There are only six strikeouts separating Clayton Kershaw from joining the 300 K club. To put that into perspective that is six batters, two innings of a nine inning ballgame, roughly half an hour. On Tuesday September 29 Kershaw pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts in exactly 104 pitches against cross-state rivals the San Francisco Giants. A game in which the Los Angeles...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What Zack Greinke Learned from Felix Hernandez Exactly

Zack Greinke‘s changeup may only seem different this year. By the stats, it drops a bit more and it’s harder, sure. But if you ask the pitcher, the pitch itself hasn’t changed much. “I throw it more this year,” he said when I asked him what was different about it. If the systems have the change dropping more this year — estimates run from about a half inch to an inch...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully has entered the Guinness Book of World Records

There’s not too many things Vin Scully hasn’t accomplished in his illustrious career as the play by play man for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  On Wednesday night he got to cross one of the three remaining things off his bucket list – enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Scully was officially honored as the longest serving broadcaster with one team. Vin Scully has earned...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers fire 10 coaches in one week

The Los Angeles Dodgers went on a firing spree. The NL West leader has fired 10 coaches in its minor league system this past week. The most notable coach to get canned was Damon Berryhill, who was voted Pacific Coast League Manager of the year at the beginning of the month. There is only one word to describe Berryhill’s firing: ridiculous. Berryhill led the Triple-A Oklahoma...
Via Sportsnaut
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson planning on MLB comeback next season

    If you missed seeing Brian Wilson’s bearded face this season, don’t worry: the eccentric relief pitcher may soon be back in MLB. Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that Wilson will begin working out and throwing soon with the intention of making a comeback next season: Brian Wilson is working out and soon will begin throwing with the intention of returning to the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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