DODGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Starting Rotation To Remain Unchanged Following Off-Day

The Los Angeles Dodgers concluded their stretch of 20 games in 20 days with a loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night at...
Via Dodger Blue
1 hour ago

Scott Van Slyke May Return In Early June

Opening the 2016 season without the services of Andre Ethier, the Los Angeles Dodgers expected to primarily rely on Carl Crawford and...
Via Dodger Blue
1 hour ago

Wood seeks reward for gems as Dodgers visit Mets

Alex Wood has been one of baseball's best pitchers over the past month. The only problem? He hasn't been able to win any games. Wood will look to correct that trend when the Dodgers travel to New York for a three-game series beginning Friday at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets.
Via Dodgers.com
2 hours ago

Dominant Kazmir lets bats have an off night

Scott Kazmir pitched well enough that the Dodgers' off night on offense didn't matter. The left-hander allowed just one run on four hits and struck out a season-high 12 batters over six innings, leading the Dodgers to a 3-1 win that completed a series sweep of the Reds.
Via Dodgers.com
2 hours ago

Dodgers 3, Reds 1: Sweep completed behind dominant Kazmir (no, really)

Holy crap, the Dodgers have now won four games in a row, which is like a legit winning streak or something. That streak is thanks in large part to the series sweep over the Reds, which the Dodgers completed with tonight’s 3-1 victory that was thanks in large part to a dominant Scott Kazmir. The Dodgers are now 25-23 on the year and are finally above .500 at home at 13-12. —–...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts 'moving forward' after extended discussion with Yasiel Puig

LOS ANGELES – It was the first test of Dave Roberts’ authority as manager. And it was absolutely no surprise to anyone that it came from Yasiel Puig. Two days after he failed to run from second base when a teammate tried to bunt him over – a...
Via The OC Register
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marathon outing shows J.P. Howell has bounced back

Before Sunday, J.P. Howell hadn’t pitched two complete innings in a game since 2013, and hadn’t pitched three innings since 2008. But in the Dodgers’ 17-inning victory over San Diego, Howell whipped through nine outs, allowing only one hit. Considering the outing, his 35 pitches were economical, but they were still an unusually high total […]
Via Dodgers Insider
7 hours ago

Kendrick, Thompson start in OF corners, Puig rests

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m. Chase Utley, 2B Corey Seager, SS Justin Turner, 3B Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Trayce Thompson, RF Joc Pederson, CF Howie Kendrick, LF Yasmani Grandal, C Scott Kazmir, P Yasiel Puig isn’t in tonight’s Dodger starting lineup, which isn’t a surprise — least of all to Dave Roberts, who planned […]
Via Dodgers Insider
8 hours ago

Ryu goes four scoreless for OKC in rehab outing

Hyun-Jin Ryu took another step toward rejoining the Dodgers, throwing four scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City his third rehab start on Wednesday.
Via Dodgers.com
8 hours ago

Pleskoff Scouting Report: Corey Seager

  TEAM: Los Angeles Dodgers AGE: 22  POSITION: SS/3B BATS: Left THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6-foot-4 WEIGHT: 215 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Dodgers selected Seager as the 18th overall player chosen in the first round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft. He was chosen directly from Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, North Carolina. ***** STRENGTHS Big and physically fit, Corey...
Via Today's Knuckleball
9 hours ago

Joey Votto booed by Dodgers fans for stomping paper airplane

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew the ire of the crowd at Dodger Stadium Tuesday after he aggressively stomped on a paper airplane that landed in the infield during the 7th inning of his team’s 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The fact that the paper airplane was tossed from the upper deck in left field — in foul territory no less — should have elicited a...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Puig benched for not hustling, cracks Don Mattingly joke

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was yanked from Tuesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds for admiring a long RBI single. Puig smoked a ball off the right field wall in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Trayce Thompson to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. When he hit it, Puig clearly thought he had an opposite-field home run, so he admired the shot for a moment. That...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw Is Forcing Us to Confront the Pedro Question

Over the last 365 days, Clayton Kershaw has been baseball’s best pitcher. That isn’t a particularly enlightening sentence given that he’s almost certainly been the league’s best pitcher over the last several years, as well. At this point, the question isn’t really if Kershaw is the best pitcher, but rather if he is the best overall player, Mike Trout included. Kershaw...
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig yanked from game for not running out a deep flyball

I happened to have on the Dodgers-Padres game on Sunday, and in the ninth inning of a tied game, Los Angeles’ A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt with Yasiel Puig on second base and no outs. Ellis executed the bunt as he was supposed to, forcing San Diego third baseman Yangervis Solarte to make the play… and Puig didn’t move. Yes, bunts are lame, but there’s still...
Via The Comeback
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is Clayton Kershaw already a Hall of Famer?

On Monday night, Clayton Kershaw laid waste to a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace threw a complete game shutout, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out seven while throwing just 102 pitches. It was the tenth time in ten starts Kershaw had completed at least seven innings. His strikeout total of seven was actually his third-lowest mark of the year....
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers 1, Reds 0: Clayton Kershaw has terrible start, throws shutout

The Dodgers beat the Reds tonight, 1-0, thanks to Clayton Kershaw being the greatest pitcher on the planet. Hell, he even had 20% of the Dodgers hits on the night (and would’ve had 33% if A.J. Ellis wasn’t the slowest human alive), just because he can. The Dodgers are now back at .500, leveled off at 23-23, and are close to .500 on the road at 11-12. —– Kershaw was on the...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maeda Mania! (Wait, Didn’t I Already Use This Title…?) …And The Top 100 Starting Pitchers, Week 8

Yeah, I did already use this title, didn't I?! Manaea? Maeda? Tomato? Tomatto?! Let's call the whole thing off! What's funny is Sean Manaea and Kenta Maeda couldn't be more different either, with the former is a lefty hard-thrower, and the other a righty craftsman... I got a good amount of flack the first few weeks of the Pitcher Profile ranks for not moving Maeda way up...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Umpire hit in nuts by Joc Pederson bunt

It’s a dangerous job sitting behind home plate, and home plate umpire David Rackley found that out in Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game. With Joc Pederson at the plate, in the fifth inning, all was quiet on the home plate front. Then, Pederson decided to sneak in a bunt attempt at the last second, and the ball careened off his bat and drilled Rackley right in the nuts. Rackley stayed...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Umpire takes foul tip by Joc Pederson to the bad place

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson has such brute strength that even his bunt attempts have the power to inflict maximum pain. Home plate umpire David Rackley learned that lesson the hard way on Sunday. Rackley was working behind the dish in the fifth inning of the series finale between the Dodgers and the Padres when he caught a rogue foul bunt attempt by Pederson right in the oysters...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres 3, Dodgers 2: Offense does nothing, Tsao gambles game away

The Dodgers fell to the Padres in an 11-inning game, 3-2, after the offense failed to do much of anything and Chin Hui Tsao was left in to walk three batters in a row. With the loss, the Dodgers fall to 21-23 and 11-11 on the road. —– After yesterday’s relative offensive explosion by both teams, today was more of what one would expect from a game played at Petco Park. The Dodgers...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig’s Other Huge Problem

Last week, Jeff Sullivan showed how easily pitchers can exploit the flaws in Yasiel Puig’s approach right now; simply pitch him away. He’s swinging at something close to two-thirds of the pitches on the outer third of the plate or further outside; the league average on those pitches is roughly half of Puig’s rate. While he’s never been a selective hitter, Puig’s approach...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Dodgers fans beat LA traffic by walking 22 miles to Dodger Stadium

Because LA is so expansive, a car is a necessity because nothing is within walking distance. And if you have ever lived in or visited Los Angeles, you have a story about being stuck in LA traffic. Well, these two LA Dodgers fans said “screw this” and decided to walk to Dodger Stadium…from Sherman Oaks…22 miles away. Nine hours before the Dodger game started, 57-year-old...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers hoping for benefits from six-man rotation

With Mike Bolsinger being activated off the DL and inserted into the starting rotation to take on the Angels tonight, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to go with a six-man starting rotation. The rotation is currently mixed up, but it looks like this: Clayton Kershaw Scott Kazmir Kenta Maeda Alex Wood Ross Stripling Mike Bolsinger With the addition of Mike Bolsinger to the rotation,...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting the Dodgers’ Electric Cuban Righty, Yadier Alvarez

Cuban righty Yadier Alvarez was the $16 million crown jewel of the Dodgers’ 2015/2016 international free-agent class. It was the second-highest bonus ever given to an international amateur and reports on Alvarez prior to last July were so good that I ranked him #1 on my J2 board at the time. Alvarez ventured stateside this spring and has consistently pitched every fifth day,...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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