Hanley Ramirez Opts to (Most Likely) Be a Free Agent

Along with the other 11 soon-to-be free agents, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has said no to the team’s qualifying offer for $15.3 million to play on in the city of angels.

This would have been a pay cut for Hanley though as he couldn’t up the offer, not that $15 million isn’t enough for an already multimillionaire.

Seeing as he turned down the offer the Dodgers will now get a compensation pick for the 2015 draft if he decides to sign for someone else by the start of the season. The selection would come in a supplemental round between the first and second rounds of the draft.

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What the Dodgers Should do Tomorrow to Win

The bullpen for the LA Dodgers this year and this postseason has been horrible, no doubting that. Some guys have surprised in their accuracy, movement and velocity while others have gone on a downward spiral.

One good example of the “used to be good” category is Brian Wilson while the player that’s come out of his slump is definitely Brandon League. Kenley Jansen is just amazing and has been for a while.

So today. Game 4. NLDS. Series and the season on the line. LA v St. Louis. Mattingly, the ball is in your court.

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2014 NL West Champions!

The Dodgers put up some 9 runs against a lacklustre Giants team but Clayton Kershaw only needed 2 of them as he gave up just one run to clinch his MLB leading 21st win and to clinch the NL West for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The ace went 8 innings and threw a season high 117 pitches and in doing so lowered his Major League leading ERA to 1.77. Amazing.

The biggest story of the night however for me is the pitcher in the 9th inning for LA, Brian Wilson. Not because it was his former team that he finished off against and showed who’s boss but also because it is very obvious that the right handed ex closer has been out of touch for the season.

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Why is Justin Turner not Starting Everyday? 

After the leadoff man for Tuesday’s game started with a home run and then, in the 8th inning hit another bomb over the left field wall, the question has to be what more does he have to do to get a start? And the simple answer is, well, become a catcher.

There isn’t a way for him to pierce his way through the ranks in the infield with the likes of Dee Gordon taking up second base, Hanley Ramirez at short, followed by great defensive gloves in Arruebarrena and Rojas and of course Juan Uribe at third, all of whom can hit the ball very well and play some marvellous defence. Well all of them except Hanley for the defence bit.

So for now it looks like the utility infielder will just need to sit tight on the bench until he is called on to his the game winning pinch hit home run or start a game due to someone needing a day off.

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Runs After Runs

Over the past week or so there have been 5 games the Dodgers have played in that have seen one team tally 10 runs or more. This is some feat for a string of games, especially when it isn’t the same team that is getting all of the runs but it is seemingly the Dodgers and their opponents taking turns in doing it.

Today’s 14-5 win is an example of how many runs the Dodgers are capable of scoring but the thumping last week in the first 2 games against Colorado which were 4-10 and then 2-16 shows us that we can’t always have the runs flowing in for the right team.

So who’s to blame for the runs we give up? Well the bullpen of course, right?

In these two games and the 9-0 loss to the Giants the series before it is not so much but more the starters fault. 8 runs were gave up from Haren in the first game in the first inning that had already lost it and earned the starter another loss. Then in the next game Frias was starting, even though he comes out of the bullpen on most occasions for the Dodgers, and went 0.2IP and 8ER.

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Ryu Is Hurt… Again!

Everyone knows that the Dodgers haven’t had much luck when it comes to injuries, especially around important times of the season, like when their lead is cut to just one game and the Giants are turning into the team with all the form.

So this injury to LA’s starting pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu isn’t that much of a surprise but what an annoying thing to have.

Ryu started the first of 3 against the Giants today in AT&T Stadium and just never looked comfortable. His fastball went above 90 twice and he averaged 87 mph per fastball.

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My Opening Day Down Under Starting Line Up

*THIS WAS MY ARTICLE I WROTE A LONG TIME AGO*

Dodgers baseball is only 25 days away and the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) is getting ready to host out boys in blue. The hype is only building as Sportsnet LA is being releases tomorrow and I’m sure Donnie Baseball is looking at all the lads at spring training to pick his optimal line up to win the first two games and go 2-0 and top of the league, hint hint Ned, Don, Clayton and Zack Greinke…

That being said this would be my starting line up for games one and two in Sydney with last year’s stats.Image

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