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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig shows patience under pressure against White Sox – Orange County Register

The Dodgers’ magic number is so low, they can clinch a playoff berth before the calendar turns to September. They are 50 games over .500 for the first time since 1953. Still, the schedule insists that the regular season lasts another six weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers trade Chris Hatcher to A’s

Addition by subtraction. Maybe Beane saw something in Hatcher he thinks his coaching staff can fix.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 16, 2017 at 03:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mariners get the news on James Paxton and it’s pretty much what they expected | The News Tribune

Great, brittle talent.

Club officials hinted at the seriousness of the injury Thursday in characterizing it as a strained muscle, which indicated they suspected it was torn to some degree. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam Friday confirmed the strain.

“I was talking to Dr. (Edward) Khalfayan,” Paxton said, “and he said it’s a very rare injury to see in pitchers. I feel like I’ve had enough of those.”

Paxton spent time on the disabled list in each of the past four years and has yet to make more than 20 big-league starts in any season. He missed nearly four weeks in May because a strained forearm muscle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners

Friday, August 11, 2017

Top 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

According to baseball-reference.com, Fernando pitched in front of more fans than any other pitcher in baseball from 1980 to 1990. That’s true even though Fernando missed six weeks to injury in 1988 and only made two starts in 1980.

Starting Pitchers who Performed in Front of the Most Fans, 1980-1990

1. Fernando Valenzuela … 12,945,716
2. Nolan Ryan … 10,867,110
3. Bob Welch … 10,114,515
4. Jack Morris … 10,096,435
5. Dave Stieb … 10,005,851

Wahoo Sam Posted: August 11, 2017 at 03:56 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, don drysdale, jackie robinson, pee wee reese, sandy koufax

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The New Moneyball, With Lots and Lots of Money - WSJ

The Red Sox were once the smartest organization. Unfortunately their thinking stagnated and they started making decisions based on ratings and short-term gains. The Dodgers, on the other hand, have kept their focus on the long-term and continue to explore every possible path to improvement, while using their financial might to maximum advantage. Their organization should be applauded for their patience, starting with Stan Kasten.

Under their stewardship, the Dodgers have avoided long-term contracts; hoarded prospects like Cody Bellinger, a breakout star of the 2017 team, rather than trade them for short-term gain; and stockpiled undervalued assets by prioritizing depth and versatility.

“That’s been the model: have a lot of good players—and some great players,” Zaidi said. “Having resources creates a broader opportunity set. We can cast a wider net.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Rangers sell RHP Ernesto Frieri to Mariners for $1

Right-hander Ernesto Frieri was sold by the Texas Rangers to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday for $1.

Signed by the Rangers as a minor league free agent on June 15, the 32-year-old was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in six relief appearances for Texas. He was assigned outright to Round Rock on July 7 and went 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA in seven relief outings for the Triple-A club.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 09, 2017 at 12:23 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: ernesto frieri, mariners, rangers

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Yasiel Puig’s return to good graces is sealed with a kiss - LA Times

Puig has been doing a lot of things right lately.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 01:49 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

Ryan Parker on Twitter: “Bellinger   ShotTracer https://t.co/voqQHoZ1iL”

This is beautiful.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Dodgers Have A Real Chance To Break The All-Time Wins Record

According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo model, which simulates the remainder of the season using power ratings and each team’s probability of winning every game, the Dodgers are on pace to win 112 games. But that’s just their average outcome — in some simulations they win more, and in some they win less. In a shade over 20 percent of sims, they win at least 116 games, which would tie the all-time mark. And 13.5 percent of the time, they finish the season with at least 117 victories, setting a new single-season record for greatness.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 07, 2017 at 01:57 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fivethirtyeight

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Mariners acquire first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Oakland A’s

The Mariners acquired the veteran left-handed hitting first baseman from the A’s on Sunday morning in waivers trade, sending outfielder Boog Powell back to Oakland in return. A 25-man roster move will have to be made to add Alonso on Tuesday. It’s likely the Mariners’ extra reliever they are carrying — Casey Lawrence — will be sent out.


The 30-year-old Alonso is a rental bat for the final two months since he will be a free agent after the season. He made his first All-Star game this season and was hitting .266 with an .896 on-base plus slugging percentage, 17 doubles, 22 homers and 49 RBI in 100 games with the A’s.

Alonso is likely to platoon with his former teammate Danny Valencia at first base, and get the starts against right-handed pitchers. This season, he’s hitting .286 with a .948 OPS, 15 doubles, 18 homers and 40 RBI vs. righties.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 06, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mariners, yonder alonso

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager keeps quiet, but his excellent play speaks for itself - LA Times

Know it all computers. Pfft!

Cody Bellinger has made headlines with his prodigious power, Justin Turner has become the people’s champion, but it’s Seager who remains the team’s best position player. He continues to bat second in the order — “according to my computer, the most important spot in the lineup,” half-joked general manager Farhan Zaidi.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 10:07 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

The Dodgers’ catchers will help Yu Darvish in a specific way - Beyond the Box Score

Nice detailed look at the change.

Here are two things we know about the 2017 Major League Baseball season:

Jonathan Lucroy (formerly of the Rangers) has gone from one of the best framing catchers in baseball to literally the worst in baseball.

The Dodgers starting and backup catchers are two of the best framers in baseball.

That’s simple enough. It doesn’t take any more information than that to conclude that Yu Darvish will almost definitely benefit from throwing to his new Los Angeles backstops.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yu darvish

BR | Dodgers Complete Best 50-Game Stretch in MLB Since 1912 with Win vs. Mets

With a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers have completed the best 50-game stretch in Major League Baseball since 1912 by going 43-7.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 06, 2017 at 03:59 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jinx, mets, superteam of destiny

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Presidential bid didn’t work out, but how about Ambassador Jamie McCourt?

Jaime McCourt and her ex-husband leveraged the Dodgers, splitting the team ownership into multiple legal entities for the purpose of drawing money out of the team for personal use. They then used bankruptcy to clear liabilities and sold the team for a huge personal profit. She’ll fit right in with this administration.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 03, 2017 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, donald trump, mccourt

Dodgers, Astros redefining starter use—and winning

Why? Because as we saw last October, when the games really begin to matter, the traditional roles go out the window. “Starters” and “relievers” don’t matter nearly so much as “pitchers” do, because it’s simply about getting 27 outs as effectively as possible. More and more, that means starters leaving early and relievers coming in often, rather than having one pitcher turn over a lineup several times—because such a strategy no longer correlates as well to actually winning games as well as it once did.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 03, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, starter usage, third time through the order

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Mariners’ Jerry Dipoto pat at Trade Deadline | MLB.com

If only Dipoto was willing to make a deal…

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 11:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry dipoto, mariners

Inside the frenzied 12 minutes that led to the Dodgers’ deal for Yu Darvish

Unique isn’t a synonym for flawed.

A few days earlier, the Rangers insisted a deal for Darvish include one of Los Angeles’ two best prospects, pitcher Walker Buehler or outfielder Alex Verdugo. The Dodgers refused to consider either, a position on which they held firm in all offers. Texas eventually softened its stance and considered a deal around Willie Calhoun, one of the most unique prospects in years.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, trade deadline, yu darvish

Dodgers add Yu Darvish to talented rotation | MLB.com

That’s what the Dodgers paid for, anyway: upside. They didn’t need Darvish, not really. They were just fine without him, which is why they weren’t willing to give up their top trio of prospects to get him. But this is clearly their year, and they weren’t about to let this year’s team head into October without every possible asset at their disposal. If Darvish adds value in October, the deal will be worth it. If he doesn’t? They might be good enough anyway.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yu darvish

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dodgers trade for Yu Darvish, bolster bullpen | MLB.com

Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz, who was the team’s No. 21-ranked prospect, to the Pirates for Watson.

and

The Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and another [Hendrik Clementina] to the Reds for Cingrani, 28. Cingrani was a third-round pick of the Reds in 2011, and he will not be eligible for free agency until 2020. He has a 5.40 ERA in 25 games. He missed May with an oblique strain, and he has allowed nine earned runs in his last 5 2/3 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:04 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, pirates, reds, trades

Dodgers acquire right-hander Yu Darvish from Rangers

The Los Angeles Dodgers, owners of the best record in baseball, have acquired right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers, according to Fox Sports.

Los Angeles landed perhaps the biggest name available right at the trade deadline on Monday. The Rangers will receive three minor-leaguers, but one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, outfielder Alex Verdugo, will not be part of the deal, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 31, 2017 at 04:44 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: darvish, dodgers, rangers, trade

Heyman | Dodgers And Rangers At An Impasse In Darvish Talks

The Dodgers, to this point, have been steadfast in their resolve to keep their top two prospects — pitcher Walker Buehler and outfielder Alex Verdugo — and the offers to the Rangers haven’t come close to enticing them, according to sources. The Dodgers in the past always declined to trade Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias, and it seems the same is holding true now.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rangers, trade rumors, yu darvish

Sunday, July 30, 2017

It’s the 20th anniversary of one of the worst trades in baseball history

Two decades ago, the Mariners needed relievers. They traded for relievers. It didn’t work out.

With the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to point and laugh at the Heathcliff Slocumb trade because it didn’t work out. The Mariners got an erratic reliever for a season and a half, and the Red Sox got Derek Lowe, Jason Varitek, and two World Series championships. But that’s not entirely fair. There’s some context to explore. While it seems devastating in retrospect that the Mariners traded a future franchise catcher and a pitcher who made an All-Star team as both a reliever and a starter, and it seems inconceivable that they traded them for a closer with a 5.79 ERA who had allowed 95 baserunners in 46 ⅔ innings, it’s not like ...

Actually, there’s no way to gloss over that part. Literally 95 baserunners in 46 ⅔ innings. Holy moly.

But there’s still context to explore.


Mariners’ Mitch Haniger hit in face by pitch | MLB.com

Mariners right fielder Mitch Haniger suffered a lacerated lip after being hit in the face by a 95-mph fastball from Jacob deGrom in the second inning of Seattle’s 3-2 win over the Mets on Saturday and will be headed to the 10-day disabled list, according to manager Scott Servais.

“Obviously anytime something like that happens, it’s a little bit scary,” Servais said. “He’s got no fractures, his teeth are OK. He’s got a pretty severe laceration on his upper lip, and he’s getting some work on that now. But it could have been a lot worse.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, mitch haniger

Thursday, July 27, 2017

BAR: Hoarding prospects a proven strategy

The Dodgers are the model big-market team right now. They need to win the World Series to be fully appreciated, however.

The top farm system in 2015? The Cubs, the 2016 World Series champs. Not counting the Cubs since it’s been too recent — of all the teams with the top farm system, all but three have been in the playoffs at least three times within five years of being named the top farm system. Those three were the 2006 Diamondbacks, National League West winners in 2007 and 2011, the 2014 Pirates and the Kansas City Royals.

The top system in 2016, the Dodgers, made the playoffs last year and look to do so again this year. Baseball America’s top system this year was the Braves, and they probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but they’ve been surprisingly competitive. If history holds, they will be in the playoffs at least twice in the next five years, and they’ll do that because they have good, young talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Ken Rosenthal - Rumblings from Clubs

The rumblings persist, mostly from rival clubs.

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is going to make another trade, perhaps his biggest yet.

Jerry Dipoto is going to get Sonny Gray.

At the moment, there appears to be little basis to the rumblings — the Mariners and Athletics have not spoken in about a week, according to one major-league source.

In addition, there also is significant doubt whether the Mariners possess enough young talent to land Gray, with one rival exec saying, “I don’t see them as a threat at all.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, notes, sonny gray, trade rumors

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