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Yasiel Puig Will Be on Dodgers NLDS Roster

Even after missing more than half of the regular season and missing all of the month of September, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will be on the NLDS roster when the Dodgers take on the New York Mets, according to the New York Times. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Puig is unlikely to start, however. With the Mets starting three right-handers in the first...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Terry Collins makes wisecrack about Matt Harvey controversy

New York Mets manager Terry Collins attempted to make light of the latest in a long line of Matt Harvey-related controversies by making wisecracks about how the team has a plan in place to make sure the talented-but-mercurial pitcher is on the team flight to the West Coast for the team’s division series showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harvey of course was late to a mandatory...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

MMO Roundtable: What Will Be The Key To Beating The Dodgers?

Here is the first of an 8-Part MMO Roundtable Series where our staff will handle a variety of questions about the Mets Post Season as well as looking ahead to the Hot Stove Season and 2016. What Will Be The Key To Beating The Dodgers In The NLDS? Mike Simon – Jacob deGrom reverting to […]
Via Mets Merized Online
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Curtis Granderson downplays Matt Harvey’s tardiness

While the New York papers are having a field day speculating about the potential negative impacts of Matt Harvey being late to Tuesday’s mandatory workout at Citi Field, a New York Mets teammate went to bat for the oft-controversial pitcher. Curtis Anderson on Wednesday said the pitcher, who is slated to start Game 3 of the team’s NLDS series against the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

A look at Dodgers’ 11 arbitration-eligible players & salaries

It’s never too early to think about next year. The Dodgers have 11 arbitration-eligible players (I know, I’m surprised, too), but not all of them are locks to return. Here are Matt Swartz’s official projected arbitration salaries for the Dodgers who are eligible (service time in parenthesis). A.J. Ellis (5.151) – $4.5MM Kenley Jansen (5.073) – $11.4MM Justin Turner (5...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can the Los Angeles Dodgers Ride Kershaw, Greinke to Series Win Over New York Mets?

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke delivers against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) The Los Angeles Dodgers own the best one-two punch in baseball with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who combined to post 35 wins, 501 strikeouts and a 2.10 ERA during a regular season...
Via The Sports Journal
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Bronson Arroyo’s former assistant arrested for allegedly selling pitcher’s boat illegally

Anthony Acosta, who is Bronson Arroyo’s former assistant, was arrested Monday and charged for allegedly selling the pitcher’s boat illegally. Acosta, 38, is accused of selling a yacht in 2013 that belonged to the now-retired pitcher, The Tampa Bay Times reports. Acosta, who was fired by Arroyo in 2012, allegedly told Arroyo the yacht sank...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are back in the playoffs with Dodgers, but on the bench

View image | Former Phillies Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley find themselves together in a familiar situation: they are both play0ff-bound. After trades to the Dodgers, Rollins in the 2015 offseason and Utley in August, the Phillies accumulated a few nice prospects toward the team's rebuild. The Dodgers got...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Let’s See As Much Kenley Jansen As Possible, Please

Me, a few weeks back, when it seemed unlikely the Dodgers would overtake the Mets for home field in the NLDS: Home field adv doesn’t matter much, except that it prevents mgr from pulling “no closer in tie game on the road” business, so maybe it does — Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) September 27, 2015 And that’s true. Home field advantage matters a little, but not nearly...
Via Dodgers Digest
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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
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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...
3 days 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
6 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...
6 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
6 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...
6 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw freezes Jarrett Parker on knee-buckling curveball (Video)

Clayton Kershaw had his Cy Young stuff working on Tuesday. And by Cy Young stuff, we mean his filthy, borderline no-hitter, why-even-bother-to-step-into-the-box stuff. Take a look at this knee-buckling curveball he froze poor rookie Jarrett Parker with: That pitch had more hook than a Murphy Lee song. No surprise, Kershaw blanked the Giants in a 1-hit, 13-strikeout shutout to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Greinke scratched from start, should the Dodgers be worried?

On the eve of the Los Angeles Dodgers second game at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a time in which the Dodgers seek to cut down on their magic number to clinch the NL West and on a four game losing streak, ace pitcher Zack Greinke has been scratched as a result of a sore calf. Greinke who had been scheduled to start against Chase Anderson was the Dodger’s biggest source...
14 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
20 days ago  |  Discuss

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