April 9, 2012 |
Hey, what's not to love about 3-1 start on the road? A team will take that any time. And to be sure, there was plenty to like about the way the Dodgers opened the season in San Diego. Which is not the same as liking it all. Some positives: -- Easily the best thing to happen to the Dodgers this weekend was the performance of Chad Billingsley. His start in the second game might have been the finest performance of his five-year career. He was aggressive from the get-go, threw strikes and was in complete command.
May 1, 2012 |
Guggenheim Baseball Management, greatest owners in baseball history. Or something like that. Anyway, they are undefeated. In the first game under the new ownership, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies on Tuesday night and then had to absolutely hang on for a 7-6 victory in Denver that featured three L.A. home runs -- and not one that came from Matt Kemp. The taut game was finally turned over to struggling closer Javy Guerra in the ninth inning, who survived a nervous inning to earn his eighth save.
April 12, 2012 |
How the Dodgers will fare against the National League's top teams remains a mystery. But one week into the regular season, this much is already clear: They can dominate teams short on talent, experience and money. The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the severely underfunded Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 victory on Thursday night, improving their major league-leading record to 6-1. Next to visit Dodger Stadium will be the even worse San Diego Padres, from whom the Dodgers took three of four games in their season-opening series at Petco Park.
June 25, 2012 |
Andre Ethier started to hit his way out of his season-worst slump over the last three days in Anaheim, going six for 11 with two runs, two doubles and two walks in the series against the Angels. Ethier entered the series hitting .171 this month. "I don't think I'm quite back where I want to be, but, at the same time, it's just going up there and focusing what each individual at-bat calls for you to do," Ethier said. In particular, he was referring to how teams are pitching him differently with Matt Kemp out of the lineup.
July 7, 2012 |
Here's a pattern the Dodgers want to avoid: Jumping out in front only for their starting pitcher to give it all back. It looked familiar Saturday when another early lead came and went for the Dodgers in their 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks. For the second consecutive game, the Dodgers took the early lead, only to watch the Diamondbacks come from behind. The best news for the Dodgers came before the game even started, when they learned the Giants had already lost. Despite losing to the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers maintained their half-game lead in the National League West.
May 9, 2012 |
This is tough way to go, not that anyone around Chavez Ravine is complaining. Tim Lincecum keeps pitching very well against the Dodgers and keeps losing. That's a difficult combo to pull off, but the Giants' two-time Cy Young winner has been pulling it off with great regularity. Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, Lincecum stumbled for one inning, and it led to a 6-2 Dodgers victory before an announced crowd of 33,993. In his last six starts against the Dodgers, Lincecum has a 2.52 ERA -- and is 0-4. Lincecum has been having issues well beyond the Dodgers this season (2-3, 5.89 ERA)
March 25, 2012 |
Questions being in short supply in this uneventful Dodgers spring training, attention can always turn to those few things they are comfortable with. And there is no better place to turn for a little preseason comfort than a returning Cy Young winner. Clayton Kershaw took to the mound Sunday in Phoenix against the Brewers in what figures as his second-to-the-last start of the spring, and did something he's done only once all spring -- give up an earned run. Two even. The Dodgers otherwise fell uneventfully, 7-1, to the host Brewers, Kershaw giving up the two runs on six hits and a pair of walks in six innings of work.
July 30, 2012 |
Brandon League is coming, but who's going? The Dodgers announced their trade for the veteran right-handed reliever after Monday's game, but not how they would make room for him on their roster. They don't have to make the actual move until League arrives Tuesday. History says one reason for delaying the corresponding move on the eve of the nonwaiver trading deadline is the Dodgers are still working on another trade. A current reliever could be part of still another deal prior to Tuesday's 1 p.m. trade deadline.
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.
July 22, 2012 |
NEW YORK -- Relief pitcher Josh Wall is expected to be sent back to triple-A Albuquerque on Monday when the Dodgers activate starter Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list. Wall had been wondering whether he would pitch in a game before then. He was called up to the major leagues for the first time on July 14, but the closest he came was warming up a couple times. Until Sunday. With the score tied. In the 11th inning. Wall earned a victory in his major league debut, as he pitched a scoreless 11th inning and the Dodgers scored five times in the top of the 12th to beat the New York Mets, 8-3. "Pretty cool, pretty amazing experience," Wall said.