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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hey, let’s talk about catchers!
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...
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...
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...
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...
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’...
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...
The Dodgers were and still are clear favorites to win the NL West division. But the path to that destination just got a lot more difficult. Hyun-Jin Ryu just had shoulder surgery that will side-line him for the remainder of the season. The Dodgers still have a dominating top of the rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke but without hope for Ryu’s return, the drop-off from...
A popular debate every offseason is which players are ready for a decline due to their age. It’s about that time in the season to check in on some of those players who were hot topics of debate entering the season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS, LAD
Rollins had by far the highest expectations of any player on this list and he’s failed to live up to them to this point...
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In Episode 201, Professors Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) and George Bissell (@GeorgeBissell) discuss some fantasy baseball news, plus another installment of Friday on the Farm! Topics include:
Re-assessing Clayton Kershaw after another rough start
Some other struggling starts, such as Carlos Santana and Matt Kemp
Some lesser-owned pitching recommenda...
On Wednesday night Brett Anderson pitched in wet weather for his third consecutive start. Anderson won a rain-shortened game in Colorado on May 8. Last week his outing was cut short by rare May rain at Dodger Stadium. Wednesday in San Francisco it appeared misty throughout AT&T Park due to some thick fog rolling in off McCovey Cove. It was so thick that Andrew Baggarly of the...
To quote filmmaker Woody Allen, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans”.
Here I was, ready to write about how the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t need to panic and trade for a front line starting pitcher. Then, this.
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery tomorrow. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in LA.
— Los Angeles...
While Yasiel Puig has been off the field for the Dodgers with a tight hamstring, he’s been doing shoots for an ad campaign for Starter, an athletic clothing brand. Puig wears a classical-looking royal blue Dodger jacket for the clothing line’s “Jackets Required” campaign. Fashion media outlet WWD quotes Puig on the irony of him being involved in such a campaign:
The Dodgers rotation takes another hit as the team announced Wednesday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery on Thursday.
The procedure will be performed arthroscopically by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The operation could sideline the pitcher for the duration of the season.
The No. 3 starter has been out because of shoulder inflammation since March and...
According to beat reporter Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the market for a starting pitcher now that Hyun-jin Ryu is contemplating shoulder surgery and after already losing Brandon McCarthy for the season.
Saxon believes they’d be willing to move Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, given their excess of third baseman. The 28 year old Guerrero was initially...
Clayton Kershaw is in unfamiliar territory. The three-time Cy Young award winner and consensus best pitcher in baseball finds himself sporting a 4.24 ERA in mid-May, prompting questions about what might be wrong. As we’ll see, luck has largely been unkind to Kershaw, and he’s due for a big regression toward better numbers; however, he hasn’t […]
Let me just start by saying that I love Dee Gordon. Ever since he first came up with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011, I loved the excitement he brought to the field. So he struck out too much, he didn’t get a lot of hits, and he was a straight up liability as a shortstop; but I loved him. Because he was SO fast. He put up ridiculous stolen base numbers and I just loved it. He was...
Brian Wilson, one of the most eccentric baseball players ever to put on a pair of cleats, has been out of work since the Los Angeles Dodgers designated him for assignment last December, eating $9.5 million of his salary in the process. Wilson currently remains on the free agent market — perhaps surprisingly so —...Read More
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This winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers were a busy team. Headed by the new braintrust of Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, Los Angeles dumped Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and Matt Kemp (among others) in trades, bringing back Yasmani Grandal, Howie Kendrick, and Jimmy Rollins in three separate trades. The team also hoarded a plethora of arms to bolster their bullpen and add some rotation...
Pitchers usually spend time complaining or being upset about bat flips, rather than actually performing the act themselves. But Zack Greinke bucked that trend during Tuesday’s game against the Brewers.
Greinke teed off on a pitch and made sure everyone knew that he made solid contact by flipping his bat like a boss.
[GIF] Zack Greinke huge bat flip: http://t.co/qkNRyedoka...
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy underwent Tommy John surgery last week, and he seems to be taking it well for someone who is expected to be out for well over a year. Immediately following the procedure, McCarthy made a funny joke about being on pain pills. thles pani pills are'nt havin any eff=ect at...Read More