Suddenly, Dodgers’ Pitching is in Shambles

They’ve still got Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the rotation, but the rest of the Dodgers’ starting staff is now a mess. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s status is at best uncertain, and no one at this point knows when he will next start a game or if he will see action again this year. Dan Haren’s streak of excellent performances came to a crashing halt yesterday, when, after a three-game streak of allowing zero earned runs, he was hit hard by the Rockies, allowing five runs, all earned, in only five innings, in a 10-4 loss. Roberto “Fasuto Carmona” Hernandez, after a series of barely acceptable starts, has now been knocked out early in three straight games, giving up nine earned in his last 11 innings. Continue reading

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Pitching Had It’s Way Through the Majors Yesterday

Three of yesterday’s 12 major league games saw a single run scored, as the Padres Andrew Cashner pitched a complete game 1-0, two-hit shutout of the Phillies, as five Tampa Bay pitchers – Alex Colome, Steven Geltz, Jeff Beliveau, Kirby Yates and Joel Peralta – combined to shut out the yankess, 1-0, and as the Cubs Travis Wood, Neil Ramirez, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined for a three-hit, 1-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds.

However, the major’s top performance was turned in by the Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Continue reading

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Time-Warner “Charity” Is An Insult To Dodgers’ Fans

So, the good folks at Time Warner Cable have decided to give away their billion-dollar product six times at the end of the 2014 baseball season. What a pile of crap and what an insult to the fans that have supported the Dodgers for 57 years.

After denying 70% of Dodgers fans access to the television coverage of Dodgers’ games for virtually the entire exciting, entertaining and volatile 2014 season, Continue reading

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Trout, Weaver and Street: Tri-MVPS for Angels

In a season that started out with major question marks, that developed into one that looked like it could die on the vine of an arson squad of a bullpen, to one that saw the new ace of the staff go down with a devastating injury, three players have stepped up to lead the Angels by their on-field performance, and today, with two weeks to go in the 2014 regular season, the LA Angels are a game away from a franchise-record-tying 11th consecutive victory, as they dominate one of baseball’s best divisions on their way to the best record of any major league team.

Yesterday was a prime example of the performances that the team has grown to expect from Mike Trout, Huston Street and Jered Weaver. Continue reading

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The Difference a Day Makes, For the Dodgers in San Francisco

A day ago, the Dodgers were a mess. Hyun-Jin Ryu had been hit hard and left the game with a sore shoulder. The team collected all of three base hits in being shut out. Their lead in the National League West was down to a precarious single game. But, a mere 24 hours later, all is well in Dodgerdom. as the club did more than club the Giants, amassing a 24-hit attack and shutting them out, behind the pitching and hitting of Zack Greinke, 17-0.

I wrote a day ago after the Giants had their way with LA, that today they did not have another Madison Bumgarner to rely on, but rather would be starting the slumping Tim Hudson, Continue reading

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Dodgers Embarrassed as Giants Make Statement

There is only one word to describe last night’s Dodgers’ game at A T & T Park in San Francisco: Embarrassing.

The red-hot Giants pulled to within one game of the division leading Dodgers in a game that was not close from the time the Giants’ second batter of the game came to the plate. By the time the hot, hot, hot trio of Joe Panik, Buster Posey and Hunter Pence, hitting two, three, and four in the order, had come to the plate, the game was basically over, with the Giants having scored two of their four first inning runs, on the way to an 9-0 win. Continue reading

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Angels Get Revenge Against Houston Despite Another Disappointing C.J. Wilson Start

The Angels last night won their 15th game of their last 17, exacting revenge against the Astros, the only team they have lost to in a streak that now covers 2-1/2 weeks. And, it’s not like they are scraping through – over their last nine consecutive victories, they’ve averaged just under eight runs per game. Unfortunately, when C.J. Wilson starts, they need those runs, which continue to come from a total team effort, with production from the top to the bottom of the lineup, and despite the absence of Josh Hamilton, whose return from a shoulder injury is still up in the air. Continue reading

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Crawford, Gonzalez, Haren Picking Up The Slack as Dodgers Go to SF

The hot streak that vaulted the Dodgers from a distant second to a solid division lead and competing for the league’s best record began in San Francisco late in July, and this weekend they return for three more games at A T & T Park, hoping to show the Giants that they are the best in the west. While the team continues to have a zero offense from behind the plate, question marks in the bullpen, inconsistent infield defense, and a slumping Yasiel Puig, the solid play from Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Justin Turner, Carl Crawford and Dan Haren of late has solidified some major question marks. Will they continue all this into the post season?

The biggest surprise as I see it, has been Carl Crawford, who, after his usual array of injuries and missed games, sunk to a low of .230 on Aug.3. Continue reading

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The Dodgers Dodged a Bullet By Not Giving Away the Farm for David Price

On July 31, the Tampa Bay Rays traded 29-year-old David Price to the Detroit Tigers in a deal that saw the Tigers send their regular center fielder of the last five seasons, 27-year-old Austin Jackson, to Seattle, and 25-year-old lefty starter Drew Smyly back to Tampa. In seven games since becoming a Tiger, Price is 2-3 with a 4.10 ERA. The Tigers are 19-18 since the trade. A week after the Price trade, the Dodgers sent two players to be named, which can be changed to a cash payment, to the Phillies, for 34-year-old Roberto “Fausto Carmona” Hernandez. Fausto has won two and lost two for the Dodgers since that trade, compiling a 4.61 ERA. Since that deal, the Dodgers have won 13 while losing 12. Hernandez is making $4.5 million, while Price is taking home $14 million. Continue reading

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Criticism of mattingly Ignores His Far Worse Decision

After several very bad starts, the empty uniform non-manager don mattingly pulled Kevin Correia from the Dodgers’ starting rotation after he was clobbered by the New York Mets on August 24. That, was a good move. However, it was soon followed by a terrible move, when mattingly chose to use Correia to start the 12th inning of a game on August 29, which at the time was a 2-2 tie against San Diego. A single, a walk, a wild pitch, and eventually another single, and the Padres had a run and they had the game. At that point, Correia had given up 12 runs, ten of them earned, on 17 hits and three walks, over his last 8-2/3 innings pitched. Continue reading

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Baseball Note of the Day – Sep 2, 2014

Joc Pederson is starting in center field for the Dodgers tonight, against Washington.

Yasiel Puig is not playing.

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Dodgers Call Up Joc Pederson, But Will He Get To Play?

Amidst constant rumors that went on for more than a year, the Dodgers were said to have been in trade discussions for David Price, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester, and other top pitchers, but that the asking price was always one, two, or three of the organization’s trio of prized prospects, Julio Urias, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson, all of whom the organization was unwilling to include in any deal. Pederson is the oldest of the trio, at 22, and the most advanced, and it has been said for quite awhile that he is a better center fielder than anyone currently on the Dodgers’ major league roster. Joc just completed the Pacific Coast League season, wherein he hit over .300 and became the league’s first 30-Home Run, 30-Stolen Base player in 80 years. He was also selected both the league’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, and today, he is a member of the Dodgers. Continue reading

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