How to fix the Dodgers’ starting rotation

How can the Dodgers’ fix a broken starting rotation? Wait, let me qualify that question with this: The Dodgers have the best starting pitcher in baseball, a chance to bring back Rich Hill, a strong number-three in Kenta Maeda and a few very young, talented prospects like Julio Urias and Jose De Leon. But everyone not named Maeda, Urias or De Leon missed significant time this season...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 hours ago

Dodgers again hope to balance present with future while trying to clear final hurdle in 2017

LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers pulled off a successful balancing act in 2016. They won 91 games and their fourth consecutive division title while hosting a youth movement. Rookies took 21.3 percent of the Dodgers’ plate appearances in 2016 and pitched...
Via The OC Register
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Seeking next step, LA faces roster decisions

The Dodgers will seek an unprecedented fifth consecutive National League West title in 2017, although after their elimination by the Cubs last week, fans will settle for nothing less than the franchise's first World Series since 1988.
3 hours ago

Dodgers' Dave Roberts named Sporting News NL Manager of the Year

LOS ANGELES – Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was named Sporting News’ 2016 National League Manager of the Year on Monday. The award was voted on by the other National League managers. Roberts’ team finished with a 91-71 record in his first season...
Via The OC Register
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Success and shortcomings alike fuel Dodgers’ 2017 World Series bid

When you fall short of a championship, as the Dodgers did this year, there’s a certain game face you’re required to display — a certain stoicism or even gravity. Show any pride in partial achievement, and you risk conveying that you aren’t committed to the larger goal, that you don’t understand how important a title […]
Via Dodgers Insider
4 hours ago

Dodgers' coaching staff expected back in '17

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Monday that he expects his coaching staff to return in 2017.
4 hours ago

Friedman: No back surgery expected for Clayton Kershaw

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to need back surgery for the herniated disk that sidelined the Dodgers ace for 2 + months during the season. That's according to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who says Kershaw feels good and that he doesn't anticipate surgery being necessary for the left-hander. Kershaw returned in early September, but never publicly...
Via Associated Press
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Baseball America, Sporting News Name Corey Seager NL Rookie Of The Year

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year by Sporting...
Via Dodger Blue
5 hours ago

Sporting News Names Dave Roberts NL Manager Of The Year

Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named the 2016 National League Manager of the Year by Sporting News...
Via Dodger Blue
9 hours ago

Dodgers Roundtable: Biggest Takeaway From 2016 Postseason

The Los Angeles Dodgers this season became the first team in National League West history to win the division four...
Via Dodger Blue
10 hours ago

To be a Los Angeles Dodgers fan

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been eliminated from the postseason. These are words that every Dodger fan has heard way too many times. Being a Dodgers fan teaches you how to deal with heartbreak. The Chicago Cubs may have the longest streak without winning a championship, but unlike the Cubs and many teams like them, the Dodgers have tasted success only to fall short of winning the...
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Resetting the 40-man roster for what could be an active offseason

The Dodgers utilized the 40-man roster better than any team in 2016. At one time, they had 48 payers on it (yes, it’s possible). Now that the season is over, let’s do a roster reset. Here’s how things stand at present: Free agents (9) The Dodgers have an exclusive 5-day negotiating window to sign these players. But five days after the World Series ends, they’re free to...
Via Dodgers Digest
11 hours ago

Takeaways from the Dodgers postseason run

CHICAGO — Impressions from two postseason series spent around the Los Angeles Dodgers: Cashing In Kenley Jansen made himself a lot of money this month. For five seasons now, he has been an elite closer, complete with a 2.20 career ERA, 1.93 FIP, 0.89 WHIP and 189 saves. But his first All-Star Game appearance didn’t come until this season, and recognition of just how good he is...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Dodgers and Kershaw dismissed short of World Series again

LOS ANGELES (AP) A rested Clayton Kershaw couldn't save the Los Angeles Dodgers' season one more time, leaving them a long winter to think about falling short of the World Series again. The Dodgers blew a 2-1 NL Championship Series lead against the Chicago Cubs and lost 5-0 behind Kershaw in Game 6 on Saturday. They dropped the final three games of the series, getting outscored...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What’s next for the Dodgers?

That wasn’t how it was supposed to go down. The Los Angeles Dodgers were supposed to lose to the 103-win Cubs in the NLCS, but not by playing three of their worst games of the season in a row, with each one pushing them closer to the grave and ending with Yasiel Puig’s double play to end Game 6. Clayton Kershaw, who had mostly slayed his postseason demons in every start up until...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Wrapping up the Dodgers’ 2016 season

That sucked. There’s no other way to spin it. While the Dodgers put up a solid fight, they were underdogs in this series to the best team in baseball, so it isn’t surprising they lost a 6-game series to the Cubs. It is surprising they lost three games in a row in the series, but that’ll happen when the team plays incredibly sloppy. But the Dodgers dealt with a lot of adversity...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago

Kershaw struggles; Dodgers search for 1st title since 1988

CHICAGO (AP) So much for Clayton Kershaw's playoff renaissance. The ace flopped at a big moment - again. Kershaw's checkered postseason resume took another hit in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series, finishing off the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs beat up the three-time Cy Young Award winner and took advantage of Los Angeles' shaky defense on their way to a 5...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kyle Schwarber not ruled out for World Series

Kyle Schwarber was supposed to be out for the season, but it appears that there’s a faint glimmer of hope he may yet contribute if the Chicago Cubs can make it to the World Series. According to Sahadev Sharma of the Athletic, the Cubs are sending Schwarber to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday, where he will play in a competitive game for the first time...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thursday’s Cubs game drew twice the local rating of Bears-Packers

The 2016 Cubs are really the holy grail of sports story. They’re a dominant team with big-name stars and exciting role players, plus an eccentric manager, a celebrity GM and, oh yeah, a little curse or something like that. Well, Chicago is certainly paying attention. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Thursday’s Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 5 drew an average local TV rating...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

With Game 6 looming, Kershaw not defined by inaccurate image

Clayton Kershaw is not sweating the small stuff.It is both an odd, yet typical response headed into such a pivotal game as Saturday’s Game 6 of the National League Championship Series is. But it is one that should be at the very least expected from the Dodgers ace lefty, as he has been here before.When asked about potential excitement for himself headed into Saturday’s potentially...
Via Yardbarker
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw: Hendricks is like the Greg Maddux of this generation

Clayton Kershaw offered high praise when asked about Cubs starter and NLCS Game 6 opponent Kyle Hendricks. Speaking with media, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace compared the 26-year-old soft-thrower to Atlanta Braves legend, Greg Maddux, praising his ability at changing speeds and throwing pitches in the right place. “Well, he obviously had an amazing year,” Kershaw admitted in...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miller: Dodgers' Joe Blanton on the wrong side of another game-altering home run

LOS ANGELES – So now the Dodgers’ fate falls into the left hand of Clayton Kershaw, and there are certainly worse places to be if you’re playing baseball. In fact, the Dodgers might be in the greatest position of all-time for a club facing...
Via The OC Register
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez on pic of controversial call: ‘Somehow this is an out’

Adrian Gonzalez feels his Los Angeles Dodgers were cheated out of much more than just a run Wednesday night, and he took to Twitter after the game to express his frustrations. Gonzalez was trying to score on a two-out single in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS, but he was called out at home plate. Replays appeared to show that he beat the tag, but the call was upheld by Major...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adrian Gonzalez complains about controversial play on Twitter

The Cubs jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to victory in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series, but Adrian Gonzalez believes that he scored the first run of the game. In what was a controversial ruling, Gonzalez was thrown out at home in the bottom of the second inning after Andrew Toles came through with a single to right. Gonzalez was ruled out, but the play was challenged...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo borrows teammate’s bat, breaks out of slump

Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell were virtually invisible in the MLB playoffs entering Wednesday night’s game against the Dodgers, but that changed in a big way. Both players homered in the game, which was basically a must-win with the possibility of facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 5. Rizzo was in a 2-for-26 slump heading into the game, but he may have found what was previously...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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