September 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
June 22, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers talked the talk Saturday. They had won, and they talked about how this victory could launch them on the winning streak that could save their season. "We've said that how many times this year?" catcher A.J. Ellis said. Too many to count, so let the Dodgers simply enjoy their 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers won this game in June the way they drew it up in December, with a dominant start from Zack Greinke and home runs from Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.
June 19, 2013 |
And then there was the other side. Not the dark side, the one full of light. Or at least timely hitting, great defense and sterling starting pitching. The team the Dodgers thought they would be. After losing the afternoon game and looking bad in the process, the Dodgers game back with one of their best all-around games of the season in the nightcap. With Chris Capuano coming off the disabled list to throw six scoreless innings, the offense generating 12 hits -- several of the well-timed variety -- the Dodgers stormed past the Yankees, 6-0, in Wednesday's second game.
June 14, 2013 |
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
April 20, 2013 |
Money can't buy you love or, apparently, runs. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the most expensive team in baseball history, cannot score. Cannot manufacture runs, unveil a power game, rally or do much of anything that actually leads to this strange phenomenon called scoring . The Dodgers were handcuffed Saturday in the second game of their split doubleheader by Baltimore's Wei-Yin Chin, who apparently was really dealing, in a 6-1 loss that left...
April 14, 2013 |
The Dodgers' rotation had been a major strength through their first 10 games of the season. All but one starter, anyway. It's not that Josh Beckett was stinking it up, just that he wasn't quite in the same category as Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Zack Greinke and Chad Billingsley. In his first pair of starts to the season, Beckett had a 4.91 earned-run average. The other four had a combined 1.82 ERA. But Sunday afternoon in Phoenix, Beckett pitched brilliantly. Trouble was, he was still supported by the now familiar-looking, limp Dodgers' offense.