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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.