May 4, 2012 |
And now for a slight pause in the celebration over the Dodgers' fast start. Pause, as in to just mention, after Friday afternoon's 5-4 loss to the lowly Cubs in Wrigley Field, the Dodgers have now dropped three of their last four. A mere hiccup during the course of a 162-game season, but considering the Dodgers were an impressive 16-6 leading into this little hitch, it at least raises a weary eyebrow. Playing their first game in front of two of their new owners Mark Walter - who lives in Chicago -- and Stan Kasten, the Dodgers managed just six hits.
April 29, 2012 |
Hours after reiterating that Javy Guerra was his closer despite rough outings recently, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly used Kenley Jansen to finish Sunday's win over the Washington Nationals. But that was because Guerra had pitched Saturday night and Jansen was "the freshest arm," Mattingly said. The hard-throwing Jansen walked leadoff batter Adam LaRoche in the ninth inning and fell behind the next batter. Soon Guerra was warming up in the bullpen, although to Mattingly that was not a contradiction, saying that if Jansen were "to walk the house" he needed Guerra ready.
April 14, 2012 |
Juan Rivera is comfortable. On most days, he hits fifth behind Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier . When the Dodgers face a left-hander, he hits fourth between Kemp and the left-handed-hitting Ethier. "I have protection," Rivera said. "I have men on base. " He's doing the most with his opportunities. In the Dodgers' first eight games, the soft-spoken Rivera drove in four runs and hit .500 with men in scoring position. He was hitting .286 but hadn't hit a home run. "You drive in a lot of guys with singles," Manager Don Mattingly said.
October 30, 2012 |
Chad Billingsley pitched to hitters for two pain-free innings Monday, a sign that he may be able to avoid reconstructive elbow surgery this off-season. "It looks like he's going to be ready for the 2013 season," said Dave Stewart , Billingsley's agent. Billingsley sat out the final month of the season because of a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and faced the possibility of a ligament-replacement operation that would sideline him next season. If healthy, Billingsley figures to be the Dodgers' No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw . Billingsley will continue his normal off-season throwing program to prepare himself for spring training.
May 18, 2012 |
Is that a shudder going down your spine? Ned Colletti told The Times' Dylan Hernandez that after speaking to the Dodgers' new owners, he expects to have more financial flexibility at the trading deadline this year. Colletti with money, and thoughts turn to Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Juan Uribe and Jason Schmidt. Pricey free agents have been his downfall, and then there's his penchant for signing aged veterans. But all those eager to take continual swipes at Colletti need to take one giant step back.
May 10, 2013 |
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
March 25, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Clayton Kershaw was dissatisfied with how he threw his slider Sunday in the Dodgers' 7-1 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, Kershaw hasn't liked the way he has thrown the pitch this spring. "It's not where I'd like it to be," Kershaw said. The slider has been widely credited for transforming Kershaw from a high-ceiling prospect to a star. Looking for an off-speed pitch that could be called for a strike, Kershaw began throwing the slider with regularity in the second half of the 2010 season.
March 21, 2012 |
Forgetting that he simply needs to play every day to continue his development, there's another reason why the Dodgers should not start the season with Jerry Sands on their roster. He's just not ready. Most had Sands penciled in as a reserve outfielder this season with the Dodgers in serious need of a power bat off the bench. Only he's not hitting this spring and looks uncertain at the plate. Maybe they've messed with his swing one time too many. He went 0-for-2 Wednesday in the Dodgers' 3-0 loss to the Padres, and is now hitting .154 for the spring.
April 30, 2012 |
Hey, it was a good month. That finale to April left something to be desired, but even after their 6-2 loss to the Rockies in Denver on Monday night snapped their three-game winning streak, it wasn't like the Dodgers could complain too loudly. They finished April with a record of 16-7, the best in the National League, and with a 3 ½-game lead in the NL West over the Giants. A year ago, they went 13-14 in April. The Dodgers had their chances Monday, but couldn't cash in on an ideal scoring situation in the seventh inning, and were left with a loss to start their six-game trip.
April 2, 2012 |
Albert Pujols officially arrived in Anaheim on Monday, inspiring warm ovations from Angels fans who aspire to enjoy a season of the power displays and a championship the slugger has proven he can produce. "There's no doubt our fans are excited about how our team's looking," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We understand the expectations, and the tremendous amount of work it takes to get there. "It'll take more than Albert, but Albert's obviously the focal point. … Now, we have the tools to better meet those expectations.