March 26, 2012 |
Chad Billingsley can be everything. Good and bad, exciting and deflating, an All-Star one year and post a career-high earned-run average the next. And sometimes, he can even be all those things in one game. It was only spring - - sorry, the mantra is required - - but Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch, Billingsley showed all his sides in a 4-3 victory for the Dodgers against the White Sox. For the first three innings, Billingsley looked a lot like the guy his detractors are absolutely certain will never reach his potential.
September 9, 2011 |
With two doctors already recommending surgery, Andre Ethier is awaiting one final opinion before undergoing a minor procedure to clean up his long-ailing right knee. An operation could take place before the end of the season. Trainer Stan Conte estimated a recovery time of eight weeks. "If we're going to do something, we're going to do it sooner," Conte said. "It gives us two or three more weeks to give him as normal an off-season condition program as usual. " Already ruled out for the remainder of the season, Ethier met with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Alabama on Friday.
March 27, 2012 |
PEORIA, Ariz. — As a minor leaguer, Javy Guerra was used to watching opening-day ceremonies on television. In a little more than a week, he'll be part of one. "I don't think I've ever been more excited for the start of a season," Guerra said. Guerra, 26, is the Dodgers' closer. Around this time last year, he was on his way to double-A Chattanooga. He made his major league debut in mid-April. Since that promotion, Guerra's life has drastically changed. He saved 21 games last season and there were demands for his time in the off-season.
September 12, 2011 |
Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he dueled Arizona Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. But Lilly was saddled once again with the Dodgers' familiar nemesis this season, poor run support, so he was working with a mere one-run lead that proved not nearly enough. Arizona tagged Lilly and relievers Matt Guerrier and Scott Elbert for five runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 7-2 win that, for the Dodgers, spoiled the opening game of their final homestand of the season.
August 21, 2012 |
Kenley Jansen knows how quickly fans can turn on a closer. He saw it happen to Jonathan Broxton. Broxton, now a setup man for the Cincinnati Reds, made two All-Star teams with the Dodgers. But Broxton never lived down his failures in the 2008 and 2009 playoffs and spent his final seasons in Los Angeles as a divisive figure among fans. As the closer on a contending team, Jansen now carries the burden that once belonged to Broxton. Jansen, in his first season as closer, views this as an opportunity.
June 1, 2012 |
It's an official spiral now, and not just because the losses are piling up, though they certainly are. Now it's the way the Dodgers are losing, which Friday night meant simply giving a game away. The Dodgers committed four errors in suffering their fifth consecutive defeat, this one an unsightly 13-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Until this skid, the Dodgers had not lost more than two consecutive games all season. But they're injury-riddled and playing youngsters and guys out of position, and coupled with an early-morning arrival to Denver, the Dodgers were a world away from sharp.
April 3, 2012 |
The Dodgers are expected to announce their final roster decisions after Tuesday night's game, and it doesn't look promising for Josh Fields. Fields was something of an early-spring sensation, and given that Jerry Sands fizzled and Fields had hit 23 home runs for the Chicago White Sox in 2007, early it appeared the corner infielder had played his way on the team. But after hitting .435 in his first 23 at-bats, he has batted only .070 in his last 23 at-bats. And prior to Tuesday's game, General Manager Ned Colletti said they had made up their minds for the final spot and that needed right-handed power wasn't going to have a big impact in their decision.
February 24, 2012 |
What a mess. What a complete mess. It's orchestrated by Frank McCourt, so the shock factor is nil, but still. You wonder how any human being can be so completely clueless, but then we've been watching this sorry excuse for an owner for way too long now. His latest fantasy has him selling the team but keeping the parking lots completely surrounding Dodger Stadium. Hey, now there's a sweet deal. Thursday marked the first day the siege of the Alamo began in 1836. Getting surrounded by the enemy is never a very good idea.
August 25, 2012 |
Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the Dodgers described as "right elbow pain. " In terms of buzz, the development was of secondary importance, as it came on the day the Dodgers completed their nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto. But in terms of what it meant to the Dodgers' postseason ambitions, it was potentially devastating. Billingsley was injured in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' win over the Marlins on Friday.
May 15, 2012 |
So now what? The Dodgers had enjoyed relative health during their hot start, but in the span of six days lost four key players to the disabled list -- Juan Rivera (hamstring), Jerry Hairston Jr. (hamstring), Juan Uribe (wrist), and now, Matt Kemp (hamstring). That's basically three starters lost, and Hairston was the primary backup for Uribe and Rivera. And it's not like the Dodgers were sporting baseball's most explosive offense before they went down. Kemp has 12 of their 30 homers.