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Clayton Kershaw and his chance at 300 strikeouts

Talk to any player in baseball and that player will tell you the most important thing is winning. That player will tell you he doesn’t care if he goes 0-for-4 if his team still wins the game. That isn’t always all true, but winning tends to be the priority, and at least in the moment, players don’t care so much about the numbers. It’s one of the many differences between baseball...
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers call up top prospect Corey Seager

The Los Angeles Dodgers are already in first place in the National League West and they’re about to get even better. On Thursday they decided to call up super-prospect Corey Seager. The 21-year-old Seager is listed as a shortstop, but at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, most evaluators feel he’s going to outgrow the position and move to third base. Seager was almost universally hailed...
Via Rumors and Rants
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Greinke Vs. Gibson: Why Zack’s Understated, Yet Historically Stingy Summer Would Make Bob Proud

Tuesday night, Zack Greinke turned in a spectacularly great outing, both in timing and effect. His 7.1 innings of five hit, one run baseball carried his Los Angeles Dodgers over their hated divisional rivals in the San Francisco Giants to stretch the distance in their divisional lead to a more comfortable 5.5 games. Greinke’s performance also pulled them to within a game of a...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers owner talks trash after sweeping Giants

    The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a crucial sweep of the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, and one of their owners clearly understood the importance. After Clayton Kershaw lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win with a 15-strikeout complete game, team owner Mark Walter couldn’t contain his excitement. Dodgers owner Mark Walter, walking by the entrance to the Dodgers...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Kershaw Dominates To Complete Sweep

Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game gem to lead the Dodgers to a 2-1 win and a sweep of the rival Giants. The Dodgers are now up in the division by a relatively comfortable margin of 6.5 games with less than a month to go. Kershaw struck out 15 over 132 pitches in his dominant effort. He allowed just six hits and a walk, along with a rather unfortunate run that was bordering...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Giants @ Dodgers Sept. 2, 2015: Kershaw For the Sweep

…and now, Clayton Kershaw. After winning the first two games of the biggest series of the year to date to put themselves in a very good spot, now the Dodgers merely get to throw out the best pitcher on the planet. It’s almost not fair. Giants Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles CF Pagan SS Rollins LF Blanco 2B Utley...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Things Suddenly Look A Lot Better For The Dodgers

If you’re not afraid of the Giants, you should be. You don’t win three titles in five years by accident. However they do it — by digging up veterans like Marco Scutaro and Cody Ross who turn into postseason heroes or turning unheralded prospects like Joe Panik and Matt Duffy into solid contributors — they manage to make it work. Right now, they have one good starting...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pederson, Peraza Overshadow Pitchers’ Duel Between Greinke, Bumgarner

In a game that saw Cy Young favorite Zack Greinke face off against reigning World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner on the mound and at the plate, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants got the pitchers’ duel they expected. But they also saw a couple of young Dodgers do their best to steal the show. Jose Peraza, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stars are Aligning in Los Angeles After Dodgers’ “Biggest Win of the Season”

Teammates mob Adrian Gonzalez after his walk-off single in the 14th inning gave the Dodgers a 4.5 game lead over the Giants (Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson – USA Today Sports) Now that October finally qualifies as next month, a ‘playoff mindset’ appears to be taking precedence around the Los Angeles Dodgers’ clubhouse. Last night’s 5-4 walk-off win against the San...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers reacquire Chris Heisey to add to outfield depth

After a circuitous route that spanned across North America, Chris Heisey is a Dodger again. The Dodgers announced Tuesday that they reacquired the 30-year-old outfielder on Monday, just in time for him to be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles initially acquired Heisey in an offseason trade with the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Matt Magill, but he only played in 17 games this...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How the world has changed since Vin Scully joined Dodgers

Late last week, it was announced that legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully would return for another season with the club, marking his 67th campaign in the broadcast booth. It’s the type of number that feels like it has to be a typo. After all, there are 55 countries on this planet in which the average life expectancy is below that total. What was the world...
Via Awful Announcing
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager’s Time May Be Near for Los Angeles Dodgers

Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Corey Seager appears during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) Kiké Hernandez’ strained hamstring suffered in Sunday night’s 2-0 no-hit loss to Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs will only fuel speculation that top prospect Corey Seager is due for his first...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in ten days on Sunday night. The culprit this time around? NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. In Chicago’s 2-0 victory, Arrieta struck out 12, walked one, and allowed one runner to reach on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. Arrieta’s no-hitter is the sixth of the 2015 season, with all six...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cuban baseball player sleeps outside Dodger Stadium

Loah Linares from Cuba is desperate to make a name for himself in as a big-league baseball player—so desperate, in fact, that he’s been sleeping outside Dodger Stadium for the past 17 days hoping to get noticed. This isn’t some publicity stunt, either. “If I didn’t know how great a baseball player I know I am, I wouldn’t be here trying to show off my skills to somebody...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully: I believe next year will be my last

Vin Scully announced on Saturday that he expects to call one more season after this year before retiring as a play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. "Realistically, next year will be my last year [with the Dodgers]." pic.twitter.com/laGZvYWQ6f — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2015   Scully turns 88 in November, so there is no doubt that he is up there in age...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Don’t panic, everyone – Vin Scully will be back in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium for the 2016 season, his 67th with the team. OFFICIAL: It'll be a very pleasant 2016. Vin Scully to return for his 67th season. pic.twitter.com/i2WrutItRO — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2015   “I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig says recent hamstring injury worse than initial strain

Just as Yasiel Puig began to gain traction at the plate again recently, it appears as though he'll be sidelined for at least a couple days. In the ninth inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday, Puig re-injured his right hamstring while beating out an infield single. After missing five weeks earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring, Puig...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Enrique Hernandez falls down trying to hit Aroldis Chapman pitch

Aroldis Chapman is one of the hardest throwers in Major League Baseball, routinely hitting triple digits. In fact, MLB.com has a filter named after him on its Statcast Leaderboard of fastest pitches thrown this season. When stepping into the batter’s box against Chapman, there’s a good chance you’re going to see his trademark blistering fastball. Based on his swing behind...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The return of a different Adrian Gonzalez

By Jeff Sullivan I find that writing goes in phases, and they can be unpredictable. I don’t know when it’s going to be a good writing week. I don’t know when it’s going to be a bad writing week. And I don’t know what I’m next going to find interesting. For example, I feel like I spent a good year or two zoning in on pitch-framing, which I thought was just the coolest...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase Utley thanks fans in Philadelphia newspaper ad

Chase Utley, one of the most beloved, celebrated and admired Philadelphia Phillies players in some time, returned the love to the fans who passionately cheered for him during his stellar, 12-plus career with the team by taking out an ad in both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News to thank them for all their support. Utley was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw chases Zack Greinke, nerd history

Chasing records is fun. Sometimes it’s meaningless and fun, like the famed Ryan Webb, Matt Albers games-finished-without-a-save streak. Some chases have limited meaning, but they’re fun, like Zack Greinke‘s pursuit of Orel Hershiser‘s consecutive scoreless innings streak. Other are meaningful, like the 2015 Cardinals pursuit of the best park-adjusted ERA since before...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw spikes ball, throws it into dugout

Clayton Kershaw got frustrated on Tuesday night in Oakland. After not getting a borderline call on Danny Valencia in the third inning, Kershaw couldn’t handle an infield dribbler off the bat of Valencia…and then, he snapped. Kershaw spikes the ball, catches it anyway. Kershaw fires the ball into the dugout while barely looking, manages to hurt no one, immediately gets a...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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