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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Buehler, Dodgers blank Cards to draw even in wild-card race

In a pivotal series for the Dodgers, rookie Walker Buehler came through with a masterful performance.

Buehler allowed two hits in eight innings, Yasiel Puig homered twice and Los Angeles drew even with the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. The Dodgers also moved within one-half game of first-place Colorado in the NL West.

Buehler (7-5) pitched beyond the seventh inning for the first time and earned his first victory since Aug. 17. He retired the first 13 batters before Paul DeJong singled to left field. Harrison Bader singled later in the fifth for the Cardinals’ only other hit.

We could always use a Game 163- or however many extra games at the end of the season as we can get….

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, walker buehler

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Closer Kenley Jansen rejoins Dodgers, expects offseason heart surgery

Stuck in Los Angeles over the weekend, unable to travel to Denver because of concerns about his heart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen rejoined the club for Monday’s series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

“To be honest, it was a little boring to be at home,” Jansen said before the Dodgers faced the Reds. “I love my wife. I love my kids. But my mind was really with the team.”

Jansen did not idle during his days away from the team. He maintained his exercise regimen so he could pitch in this series. He visited his cardiologist Thursday and underwent an examination Friday. The tests firmed up Jansen’s expectation of undergoing a second ablation to correct his irregular heartbeat.

QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, heart, kenley jansen, surgery

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Dodgers just 0.5 games behind Rockies

Dodgers now just 0.5 games behind the Rockies after a 4-2 road victory in Coors Field. The Rockies with 1 game in hand. They clash again today (Kyle Freeland, 2.96 in 170.1 innings, vs Walker Buehler, 2.92 in 104.2 innings) and tomorrow, plus three more times in SoCal in two weeks. Dodgers now healthy, Kershaw back from DL. Dodgers still yet to play @ Cards 3 times, plus they close the season with a tough six games @ Arizona and San Francisco. Rockies will play D-Backs twice more, SF on the road and close out with a homestand vs the Phillies and Nats.
The Poor D-Backs, though…

BrokenBat Posted: September 08, 2018 at 11:57 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nl west, playoffs, rockies

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Contending Dodgers acquire reliever Madson from Nationals

Pity my former PhD program no longer has a softball team- I have a feeling we could have obtained players from the Nationals just by asking for them.

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Friday, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher.

The five-time defending NL West champions have Kenley Jansen as their closer, but he’s been shaky since coming off the disabled list, allowing seven earned runs in four innings over four appearances.

Madson was 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. The 38-year-old recently came off the DL after being sidelined by nerve irritation that caused pain in his neck and back.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2018 at 07:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, ryan madson, trades, white flag

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Phil Pote, a Los Angeles coach and scout who helped build baseball in the inner city, dies at 85

Baseball lost another legendary scout.

From the outside, the story appeared to be that of a white man leading an African American team from the inner city to victory. But that 1963 Fremont team was the last team from South Los Angeles to win the City championship. In the last 45 years, only one team outside the San Fernando Valley has won the title at the highest level: San Pedro, in 1992.

Pote aspired to rebuild baseball in South Los Angeles, where such stars as Eric Davis, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Darryl Strawberry grew up. The late John Young, who founded Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, an academic and athletic program that has since been adopted by Major League Baseball and expanded nationally, said he was inspired by Pote’s efforts.

“I was a poor kid from Pico and Union, and sports was the attraction,” Pote told The Times in 2011. “As a coach, I saw this repeated a number of times: Athletics is the attraction, education is the goal. But you can’t educate them if you don’t attract them.”

In 2009, Times columnist Bill Plaschke wrote about how Pote had remained active in scouting without using the not-so-new tools of the trade: a radar gun, a video camera, a cellphone, even an email address.

“I came into this world without all that technology,” Pote said. “I will leave without it.”

Pote is survived by his brother, Wayne, 98, and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers, mariners, phil pote

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dodgers lose to Mariners in extra innings with walk-off balk

Question for us all: of the various uncommon ways to have a walk-off win, are there any more entertaining than the walk-off balk?

The movement was small enough that it might not be noticeable in another situation. But this was the 10th inning of a tied game between two teams with playoff aspirations. When Dodgers reliever Dylan Floro stepped off the mound with the bases loaded, his team’s fate was sealed. It was a walk-off balk in a 5-4 defeat to the Mariners, one which left the Dodgers furious at the umpiring crew but unable to answer.

“That’s the worst part about tonight, that it was decided by an umpire,” third baseman Justin Turner said. “There was nothing egregious about that. We watched [the replay]. There was nothing egregious.”

The defeat stung for several reasons. At this point in the season, the Dodgers cannot afford many losses. It also sapped the confidence of a bullpen still reeling from the follies of series against Colorado and San Francisco.

 

QLE Posted: August 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: balk, dodgers, mariners, walkoff wins

Friday, August 10, 2018

Kenley Jansen to be sidelined about a month

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen will miss about a month while being treated for an irregular heartbeat, a source tells MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The timeline was first reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Jansen was hospitalized prior to Thursday night’s 8-5 win over the Rockies, and after initial tests, he flew back to Los Angeles to meet with his cardiologist for additional tests on Friday. Jansen felt the irregularity at the team hotel and never made it to Coors Field.

Scary stuff - fingers crossed for Jansen.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Dodgers Corey Seager to Undergo Arthroscopic Surgery on Left Hip Tuesday

The Dodgers announced Monday that Corey Seager will undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on Tuesday in New York.

The All-Star shortstop has been off the field since April when the team announced he would miss the remainder of the season following a Tommy John surgery to repair a right UCL sprain.

Seager seems awfully young to have to have all these surgeries. Maybe his youth is a good thing here? I dunno. Seager is slated to be cleared for baseball activities in January.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 07, 2018 at 04:11 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers, pain

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Phillies beat Dodgers in 16-inning game lasting nearly six hours [Daily News - Breen]

It was past 1 a.m. on Wednesday when Trevor Plouffe stood on the steps of the Phillies dugout and realized the Dodgers were turning to an infielder to pitch the 16th inning.

Plouffe, a 32-year-old journeyman who signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies in April to keep his career alive, asked manager Gabe Kapler whether he ever faced a position-player pitcher. Kapler told him he embarrassingly struck out nine years ago against Nick Swisher.

Perhaps that memory was enough for Plouffe to make sure he would not have a similar fate. He crushed Enrique Hernandez’s fifth pitch for a walk-off homer to right, and after 5 hours and 50 minutes, the Phillies finally had a 7-4 win.

You know how lots of position players have been pitching recently, and usually don’t get knocked around because they’re pitching in blowouts? That was not what happened when Kiké Hernandez started serving up meatballs in the 16th inning at 1 AM this morning.

Oh, and they play again at 12:35 this afternoon.

Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 25, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kike hernandez, phillies

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Manny Machado blockbuster makes Dodgers the NL’s team to beat

Machado is expected to play shortstop for the Dodgers, as he did with the Orioles, although shortstop actually hasn’t been a problem. Seager played his last game on April 29; since then, with Chris Taylor getting most of the starts (plus a few from Enrique Hernandez), Dodgers shortstops rank fifth in the majors in wOBA. The bigger issue has been second base, where Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley haven’t provided much production and the Dodgers rank 20th in the majors in wOBA.

Adding Machado allows Dave Roberts to slide Taylor over to second base and create a deep lineup with a deep bench and lots of versatility and ability to mix and match….

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 18, 2018 at 07:16 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, manny machado

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Orioles have deal in place for Manny Machado, working through trade specifics

It is not yet known which team Machado will be traded to, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies have been invested in their pursuit of the All-Star shortstop.

Fancred reported earlier Tuesday that the Dodgers had emerged as the leading contender to acquire Machado but also noted that the talks were fluid and identified the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks as contenders with an “outside chance” to land the four-time All-Star.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Dodgers’ Chase Utley, citing family, says he’ll retire at end of 2018

LOS ANGELES—Chase Utley will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia Phillies and an elder-statesman role with the Dodgers.

“I’m no spring chicken. My hair is going gray. There’s a lot of things letting me know it’s time,’’ Utley said.

The 39-year-old second baseman made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards. He helped the team to a World Series title in 2008, combining with shortstop Jimmy Rollins as a standout double-play duo.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 14, 2018 at 12:05 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: chase utley, dodgers, phillies

Monday, July 09, 2018

Olney: Max Muncy’s journey from out of MLB to out of this world

Once they got their turn, usually in the early evening, Max Muncy would take about 200 swings—four buckets of baseballs, roughly 50 balls per bucket. Then Max would throw and catch and field a few grounders, trying to stay fresh in case somebody called to offer him a job in pro ball. But as each day passed in those first weeks of April 2017, Max chatted with his father about what else might be next. He was 26 years old, after all, and had been released by the Oakland Athletics at the end of spring training. Maybe he would go back to Baylor, he said, to finish that last year of courses and get his degree in business. Maybe he would try independent ball.

Fifteen months later, Lee and Midge Muncy structure their days around the schedule of the Los Angeles Dodgers—an afternoon nap to prepare for a 10 p.m. Eastern time start—because their son got a job.

Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 09, 2018 at 01:14 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, July 06, 2018

J.T. Ginn Not Signing with Dodgers

J.T. Ginn, the Dodgers’ first-round selection (30th overall) in last month’s MLB Draft, posted a message on Twitter on Thursday indicating he has decided not to sign with Los Angeles and instead will pursue collegiate baseball at Mississippi State University.

I don’t know how Dodger fans are reacting but until Turang signed a lot of Brewer fans sounded super ridiculous.  These guys are 18 years old and making a life altering decision.  Even a month may not be enough time.

Master of the Horse Posted: July 06, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, gobulldogs, los angeles dodgers

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dodgers’ surprise ace makes All-Star case in win over Giants

Four starts ago, after Ross Stripling had lowered his earned-run average below that of Scherzer, the Dodgers’ pitcher frankly assessed the odds of finishing the season that way.

“Probably not super great,” Stripling said.

That was three weeks ago, and let’s check the latest leader board. After Stripling carried a shutout into the seventh inning of Friday’s 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, his earned-run average stands at 1.76.

At the end of May 16, the Dodgers were 16-26. Since then, they’ve gone 20-6.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 16, 2018 at 02:00 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, ross stripling

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dodgers, Rangers Brawl After Matt Kemp Runs Over Robinson Chirinos

The scuffle began when Kike Hernandez hit a base hit to the opposite field in the bottom of the third, sending Matt Kemp home for the Dodgers. But Kemp ran over Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos. 

The two nudged each other as they got up and soon Kemp pushed Chirinos who then tried throwing a punch back. The benches cleared as players tried to hold the two apart from each other.


Friday, June 01, 2018

Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on DL again with back injury

Kershaw’s back tightened up during the Phillies game—he gave up four hits and one earned run in five innings—and he stayed in Los Angeles for additional tests.

All 20 of his four-seam fastballs were 90.0 mph or slower on Thursday, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Last year, not a single one of his 1,142 four-seam fastballs was 90.0 mph or slower.

Welp, that was fast.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 01, 2018 at 07:42 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Clayton Kershaw allows one run in return from biceps injury, but now his back is acting up

Kershaw’s fastball averaged 91.9 mph in his seven starts prior to the biceps injury, so his velocity was down considerably in his return Thursday. The good news is, even with reduced velocity, Kershaw was rather effective, and his secondary pitches were still missing bats. He generated a whopping 15 swings and misses among his 62 pitches, which is ridiculous.

Perhaps in an effort to compensate for the lack of velocity, Kershaw relied on his slider heavily against the Phillies, throwing the pitch 31 times. He usually throws it around 35 percent of the time. Thursday is was exactly half the time.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 31, 2018 at 10:55 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, omg please no

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reds sweep Dodgers, whose 16-24 record is the worst 40-game start since 1958

If this isn’t rock bottom, the Dodgers don’t want to know.

The Dodgers have to be better than this, or so they keep telling us. They just got swept by the team with the worst record in the National League. They are one game out of last place in the NL West.

Their 16-24 start is the worst by any Dodgers team since 1958, the inaugural season in Los Angeles.

You are who your record says you are, right?

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 14, 2018 at 05:31 PM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, reversal of fortunes

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ned Colletti Goes Inside Baseball

Controversy surfaced when the question of “juicing” or steroid use came up. Colletti mentioned legendary hitter Barry Bonds, saying, “It hurts me that Barry’s not in the Hall. He was one of the greatest, smartest players I’ve been around —genius.”

While commenting that he never saw any drug use, Colletti did say that of course it was suspected, but that management’s hands were tied because the players’ union did not allow drug testing for athletes. He claims, though, he suspects 90 percent of players were using amphetamines to keep their energy up after long games, exhaustive plane rides and short turnarounds.
[...]
On a lighter note, Colletti had the audience laughing when relaying a story about Manny Ramirez cutting just two inches of his dreadlocks to appease Dodgers dress code.

Some interesting quotes from the former Dodgers GM.


Sunday, May 06, 2018

Dodgers put Clayton Kershaw on disabled list

A hellish road trip for the Dodgers turned even darker Sunday morning, when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw was scheduled to fly back to Los Angeles to be examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache, a Dodgers official said.

Terrible season for the defending NL champs gets worse. How much worse remains to be seen.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 06, 2018 at 01:11 PM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Dodgers shut out Padres in first combined no-hitter in franchise history

As the Dodgers celebrated a 4-0 victory over San Diego, Buehler sought out the others who contributed to a unique milestone: The first combined no-hitter in Dodgers franchise history, and only the 12th in the history of the sport.

Buehler did the lion’s share of the work, logging six innings of no-hit baseball in the third start of his big-league career. After Buehler left the mound, Tony Cingrani handled the seventh. He walked a pair but did not give up a hit. Yimi Garcia blitzed through the eighth. When Liberatore struck out Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero to end the ninth, Grandal threw his fists toward the sky. Buehler ran out to celebrate with them.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 05, 2018 at 02:30 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, padres

Friday, May 04, 2018

The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Should Dodgers acquire Manny Machado in wake of Corey Seager injury?

Corey Seager is out for the season. Manny Machado could be available now.

On paper? It’s a match. In reality? Let’s just say that we wouldn’t suggest you plan on buying a Machado jersey in the Dodgers gift shop.

Questions and answers about the obvious free-agent-to-be and the Dodgers’ needs in the wake of the Seager injury.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to undergo Tommy John surgery, will miss rest of season

Seager, a 24-year-old, two-time All Star, was placed on the disabled list with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Tommy John surgery involves replacing the injured ligament.

Seager suffered from elbow discomfort throughout the second half of 2017, however the team’s medical staff advised against Seager undergoing surgery this past winter.

This would qualify as a big, big, big, big deal.


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