May 15, 2012 |
Now for a lineup only a minor leaguer's mommy could love. The Dodgers presented their strangest lineup in recent memory -- like ever? -- Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. Are you ready for Scott Van Slyke to make the first start of his major-league career as the No. 3 hitter? Jerry Sands in left and Justin Sellers at third? With Andre Ethier making the first regular-season start of his major-league life in center? That's three starters who a week ago were in the minors and a career right-fielder making his debut in center.
September 10, 2011 |
The last time the Dodgers had as many wins as losses, Jonathan Broxton was still closing for them. Clayton Kershaw had only three wins. The Dodgers returned to the .500 mark for the first time on May 2 with a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night at AT&T Park. The team's 15th victory in 18 games came behind seven scoreless innings by journeyman left-hander Dana Eveland, who held the Giants to three hits and three walks. The win was the second in as many starts for Eveland, who was called up from triple-A Albuquerque on Sept.
May 23, 2012 |
PHOENIX — The hitting wasn't there. You could see that coming. The Dodgers had not thrown out a lineup without Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp all season. The pitching, well, that was a little off. The Arizona Diamondbacks scored early and often Wednesday, pounding Ted Lilly and Jamey Wright for 11 runs in the first five innings of an 11-4 victory over the Dodgers. The Dodgers' six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end. Nonetheless, the Dodgers (30-14) flew home with the best record in the major leagues, and a seven-game lead in the National League West.
February 4, 2013 |
One of my least-favorite sports terms: It's a process. Like everything isn't. Studying game film, learning to lay off that low outside slider, scratching your left earlobe, it's all a process. Normally this process malarkey is used to explain why things aren't as good as they're supposed to be. And since in sports there is only one winner, that pretty much leaves everyone else going through their little processes. Naturally, you hear it a lot around the Dodgers. Rejuvenating the fan base, upgrading the roster, adding depth to the front office - it's all a process.
March 27, 2012 |
He was talking about James Loney, and how much the Dodgers need for him to be the hitter he was in the second half. You know, the usual. But then Don Mattingly strayed ever so slightly, broadening his expectations, and that's when his comment to Orange County columnist Mark Whicker got interesting. "The guy we had at the end is the guy we are going to need,” Mattingly said. "But then we needAndre [Ethier] to be healthy, we need Juan to be a run producer, more of a 80-90 RBI guy. We're going to need all that for us to be in it.” At first I thought: "He's actually expecting Juan Uribe to hit up to 90 runs batted in?"
May 14, 2012 |
The list of injured Dodgers keeps growing, with Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe going on the disabled list Monday to join Jerry Hairston Jr. and Juan Rivera, among others. But the Dodgers' pitching staff, including Clayton Kershaw, their ace left-hander, largely has steered clear of injury, a key reason why the Dodgers have kept playing well early this season. Kershaw was stellar again Monday night in a duel with Arizona's Ian Kennedy, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless in seven innings of work as the Dodgers won, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium.
May 29, 2012 |
Matt Kemp was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Juan Rivera shouldn't be far behind. "Two, three more days," Rivera said. The Dodgers' opening-day left fielder, Rivera played alongside Kemp on a two-game rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday. Rivera rested Tuesday and was expected to resume playing with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga the next day. He said he is optimistic that he will be able to play in the Dodgers' upcoming series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, which starts Friday.
September 5, 2011 |
Reporting from Washington -- Well, that was fun while it lasted. The Dodgers are back to losing and back to not scoring, as they dropped their second consecutive game Monday, falling to the Washington Nationals, 7-2, at Nationals Park. The consecutive losses followed a 12-game stretch during which the Dodgers won 11 games. "It's hard to say," Manager Don Mattingly said when asked whether the Dodgers reverted to their season-long form. "Is it that? Is it baseball?" Hiroki Kuroda didn't help matters.
April 5, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO -- Here is this year's list of 25 things I absolutely, positively guarantee will happen with the Dodgers this season. One day, I'll miss on one. 1) On April 14, Magic Johnson, Mark Walter, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten and company, will be introduced at a news conference as the Dodgers new owners, and at the end of it we still won't know who owns what. 2) Andre Ethier really will come back with his best year, and it will cost the new owners serious moola. 3) Sometime between April 14 and April 30, Frank McCourt will file something that will delay the ownership transfer.
June 2, 2012 |
There now, didn't that feel familiar? One victory hardly erases five consecutive losses, but the Dodgers had to greet Saturday's 6-2 win over the Rockies in Denver with a mixture of joy and pure relief. The Dodgers had not walked off with a victory since Sunday, losing 3½ games of their lead in the National League West. And they were coming off a dreadful four-error loss the night before. But Saturday life returned to normal, or at least the normal they've come to know in building the major's best record (33-20)