First Place Once Again But Where Will LA Finish?

After Clayton Kershaw’s two hit complete game shut out over the Giants to give the Dodgers a half a game lead over San Francisco, you have to wonder which team will be the first to crack and let the pressure get to them.

The only problem is that both tams know all about pressure and neither will want to give up a playoff spot with any ease.

The Giants have of course won the World Series twice in the last 4 years and LA have a massively star studded line up who made it to the NLCS last year and lost in 6. Both teams have the skill and the nerve, so who will hold out?

On the pitching side of things it is LA all the way with all stars like Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as their 1 and 2 pairing with names like Jansen, League and Howell waiting in the bullpen for scoreless innings in relief. Continue reading

Dodgers In Minnesota During the All Star Festivities

Yasiel Puig carried the Los Angeles Dodgers hopes during the Home Run Derby on Tuesday after captain Troy Tulowitzki asked him to swing for his National League team against the star studded American Leaguers who held the eventual winner, Oakland Athletic, Cespedes.

The event was delayed after some rain delay in the Twin City and after the crowd flooded to their seats we were ready to play in the Derby.

Puig went 0-7 in his All Star weekend debut and struck out his chances of the next round or even a victory as he hit 2 runs less than anybody else. Eventual winner Cespedes hit 3, equal with Josh Donaldson who then went on to lose the tiebreak to the Athletic 2-1.

During the game itself however all 4 Dodgers who flew to Minnesota got a run in the 9 innings, Puig went 0-3 and got pulled in favor of rival Hunter Pence who then had one AB and didn’t do anything with it. 

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Should The Dodgers Trade Hanley Ramirez? 

The injury prone right-handed shortstop has a number of ways his future can pan out with either the team around him or another team (preferably in the AL so he doesn’t hurt us.)

The Los Angeles Dodgers, at the moment, use the Dominican as a short stop, after turning him out from the third base position when Juan Uribe came back from injury 2 years ago.  But now they have a dilemma, Ramirez’ contract is coming to an end and also Hanley is not a good fielder, everyone knows that and he has cost the Dodgers a number of runs this year with his miscommunication and basic mistakes that they don’t need in the big leagues. So two questions remain, what can they do with him and what will they do?

In what could be his last year with the team as his contract runs out the Dodgers need to make a decision quickly and get their moneys worth if they decide to ship him off to another city.

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Clayton Kershaw’s Amazing June

The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up and absolute superstar with their 1st pick in the 2006 draft with left-hander Clayton Kershaw going 7th overall behind Evan Longoria. This Kershaw kid came out of Highland Park High School after going 13-0 with an astounding 0.77 ERA. This was the year where he also pitched his 15-strikeout perfect game and won by the mercury rule after 5 innings.

After working his way up through the farm system and all the minor teams and in 2008 he made his way up so far that he had earned him self a start at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out the first batter he faced, Skip Schumacher who would later become a teammate at the Dodgers.
Kershaw finished his rookie season 5–5, with a 4.26 ERA in 22 games. He even got 2 innings out of the bullpen in the Dodger’s NLCS against the Phillies.

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Is the Bullpen the Reason for LA Woes?

LA are only one game over .500 and 5 games back of division rivals San Francisco and a lot of problems have come up over the reason the 241 million dollar payroll is not producing the expected World Series winning team come early October. The offence, pitching and fielding has all been blamed individually but it is most likely a mixture of all three. Today we will look at the pitching, and more specifically, the bullpen.

The leader for the ERA in the team is Brandon League and if you have seen the Dodgers over the past few years then you would find that this years League is a lot different to last years League. The Hawaii native went 6-4 with a 5.30ERA and blew many of the Dodgers lead while going for the save and was replaced as Kenley Jansen as the closer. This year League is 1-1 with only a 1.40ERA and has been one of the most trusted pitchers out of the pen during the 17 games in which he’s made an appearance.

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Extras. What’s The Dodgers Deal?

After going down in extra innings again yesterday, to the San Francisco Giants, 7-4, the whole of Dodgerfam is thinking, “why always us?” And the problem is it is a number of reasons.

The main one in my opinion is the out of After going down in extra innings again yesterday, to the San Francisco Giants, 7-4, the whole of Dodgerfam is thinking, “why always us?” And the problem is it is a number of reasons.

The main one in my opinion is the out of catcher AJ Ellis. It’s no surprise that he can manage his staff much better than the inexperienced Butera or Olivo and can even bat a little too. This does bring up another concern however with either Butera or Olivo having to be on the waivers and risk another club taking them from our hands.

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Dodgers and Their Second Basemen

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a very good problem in their infield stocks with the men on the right side of first base being too good and the man, Hanley Ramirez, on the left being not so good.

Dee Gordon got the job as the every day second baseman after the Australia trip when Cuban import Alex Guerrero went on the DL with his strained oblique, whatever that is. Guerrero didn’t even get the start in the land down under as Justin Turner played both games and sat Alex down on the bench. He did get one at bat however and struck out.

Since the trip Dee Gordon has played in 29 games and has hit the best average of all eligible 2nd baseman in the MLB with a .353 average and coming off his first ever 5 hit game against the Marlins. Dee of course has speed and has swiped 19 bags and only being caught 3 times, also the most steals of any second baseman. This is all because of the fact that he can get down the first base line, out of the batters box, in 3.8 seconds.

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