Sep 262013
 

We are all speculating who the Don Mattingly, Ned Colletti and crew will have on their roster for the post season. Here we will take a look at the easy choices, as well as a breakdown of a couple of the questionable, tough choices. We do know that the Dodgers will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Here we go with the gimmies:

Position Players (Starters)

A.J. Ellis (C) - Tim Federwicz (C)

Adrian Gonzalez (1B)

Mark Ellis (2B)

Hanley Ramirez (SS)

Juan Uribe (3B)

Matt Kemp (OF)dodgervictory

Yasiel Puig (OF)

Carl Crawford (OF)

Position Players (Bench)

Michael Young (Util) – Colletti didn’t bring Young to be at home during the postseason. Say what you want about his batting average in his later years, you want a potential clutch player who can play all infield positions in a pinch. Speaking of pinch, how about pinch hit?

Skip Schumkaer (Util) – Baseball smarts, he can play about everywhere, great club house guy, and he has earned it.

Nick Punto (Util) – Plays everywhere in the infield, the Little Pony is smart, relatively quick and useful for a sacrifice.

Pitchers (Starters)

Clayton Kershaw (SP)

Zach Greinke (SP)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP) – Ryu who at one point made some waves for rookie of the year, has bounced back from his… back injury and is primed to be a #3 starter. Not to mention the St. Louis Cardinals are top heavy with lefty hitters.

It is worth to mention that there is no reason to have a 4th starter, I’ll talk about long relief coming up.

Pitchers (Relief)

Kenley Jansen (RHP)

Paco Rodriguez (LHP)

Ronald Belisario (RPH)

J.P. Howell (LPH)

Chris Withrow (RPH) – Do not let being a rookie scare you. Withrow blazes the ball, has been holding up well and can throw a couple innings if needed.

Brian Wilson (RPH) – Everything has been pointing to Wilson getting put in tough situations to simulate the playoff. The experiment has paid off and he should hold up nicely in postseason.

The In-betweeners (Position Players)

Dee Gordon (SS, PR) – Whaaaat? Dee Gordon? Yes. You need speed. Look at your lineup. Between pitchers, A.J. Ellis, Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez, a speedy base runner is extremely helpful. It is also a spot where Dee Gordon hasn’t had any mental blunders (fingers crossed).

Jerry Hairston (Util) – A gamble, but here is the low down: He can play infield and the outfield. His atrocious batting average is a result of pinch hitting.

The In-betweeners (Pitchers)

Carlos Marmol (RHP) – This is a scary option, but even more scary is Brandon League. The thing is, Marmol just strikes out a lot more batters, plain and simple.

Edinson Volquez (RHP) – He is used simply as a blow-out pitcher or heavy into extra innings. You need a long relief guy, especially if it is early in the series and don’t want to kill your bullpen.

Left Out

Brandon League (RHP) -  Brandon League does not have overpowering stuff, not a strikeout pitcher when he closed out games. If you have an option for the ball to go into the catcher glove vs. another fielders glove, I’ll take the catcher. It is also worthy to note Mattingly has not put League in any tough situations whatsoever for who knows how long. League, despite his 2 year contract remaining with the Dodgers, Mattingly isn’t setting him up for success.

Ricky Nolasco (RHP) - No Nolasco? As we saw by his last game, Ricky has not righted his ship. The playoffs are not the time to do so. The rental may be hurt by that, but it is business. His wonderful start with the Dodgers will not be forgotten, but this is a risk, even if he is pitching in a blowout. He is the likely swap for Volquez, obviously.

Andrew Ethier (OF) – If he is healthy, he replaces Jerry Hairson. That is all that needs to be said there. His absence makes it a bit easier to not platoon when they face lefties. Cardinals have no starting lefties however, Braves have Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh have Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke. He might be sitting regardless.

Capuano/Fife (SP) – Injured, erratic

Scott Van Slyke (OF) – I mustache you a question about Scott; do you expect him to be effective? Big power off the bench, but hasn’t seen a lot of at bats or playing time for that matter. Makes him tough. Michael Young will serve as the big pop off of the bench. Hairston beats him in the ability to play the infield. You need diversity.

 

 09/26/2013  Posted by at 8:26 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors No Responses »
Sep 242013
 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have already clinched the National League West and are officially back on top. I don’t know about you, but I am totally digging the fact that the Giants are keeping the Rockies company at the bottom of the NL West. As a matter of fact, the rest of the entire NL West division has been eliminated from the 2013 playoffs. Yeah, I’m good with that.

The Dodgers have six games remaining in the 2013 season. The first series is the last three-game road trip of the season against the (72-84) San Francisco Giants. The games don’t really matter having already clinched the division, there is still an outside chance the Dodgers can clinch the NL Pennant, but the Dodgers are going to be resting guys and getting ready for the playoffs. No need to risk injuries or stretch guys too thin over the last six games.

The last home stand of the season will begin Friday against the Colorado Rockies. The pitching matchups for these three games hasn’t been announced yet, so stay tuned. If you are still looking for Dodgers tickets better grab them because these games will sell out quick. With three big promotion nights to close out the season, the Dodgers are certainly going out with a bang on the final Friday fireworks night, then Saturday you can get your Dodgers sleeved blanket, and finally Sunday is Fan Appreciation Night and the postseason rally hosted by Arsenio Hall, which should be loads of fun.

The playoffs are just around the corner. Dodgers tickets for the playoffs are already sold out. As a matter of fact they sold out within just a few hours of being posted. It’s not too late to still find a bargain out there, but prices are sure to sky-rocket over the next couple of days. If you are looking for tickets check out the widget at the top of the page, guaranteed the best deals on the web. Go blue!

 09/24/2013  Posted by at 10:07 pm Dodgers News 1 Response »
Sep 092013
 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a five-year, $32MM contract with top Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero, according to the latest update from Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The official announcement should come within the next day or so.

The Dodgers have long been the favorites to sign him, dating back to July 23, when news broke that the Dodgers had signed Guerrero to a seven-year $32MM deal. That news was obviously a bit premature as the 26-year-old Cuban defector, has been in contact with the Dodgers for several months but an agreement couldn’t be finalized until he secured an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Guerrero is widely projected as a power hitting second baseman and could hit the majors sooner rather than later. He lacks range and that critical first-step quickness to be a solid shortstop defender. Guerrero is certainly an offense first kinda player, however, he isn’t considered a premium talent, but his raw right-handed power has been too impressive to ignore.

In his final season in Cuba, Guerrero hit .290/.402/.576 with 21 home runs in 328 plate appearances for Las Tunas. For the last five seasons, Guerrero has posted solid offensive numbers, though the Cuban league is known for over inflated offensive numbers. I could envision Guerrero’s journey to the Dodgers being very similar to Yasiel Puig. Assuming he does well in the minors it’s not out of the question to think Guerrero could be in the running to make the club next spring.

It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the signing will have on the Dodgers’ pursuit of a second baseman this winter. Strictly referring to one, Robinson Cano who is likely to be heavily targeted by the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter. Of course, stealing away one of the best players in the game is no easy task, especially when he plays for the New York Yankees. The good news is Scott Boras was told by Cano to go kick rocks after he jumped ship to Roc Nation Sports, owned by the prominent Jay-Z.

 09/09/2013  Posted by at 8:19 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors, Prospects No Responses »
Sep 092013
 

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in striking distance of becoming the 2013 National League West champs as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have a magic number of 10 to clinch the division and face the D’backs seven times in the next 11 days.

The Dodgers will try to snap their four-game losing streak on Monday night as they open a series at home against the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium. That means the red hot Ricky Nolasco, who has been lights out since joining the Dodgers, will certainly have his hands full tonight.

Nolasco allowed one run in seven innings in Arizona to win his Dodgers debut on July 9 and has continued his phenomenal pitching ever since. He is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 11 starts as a Dodger, and brings a home scoreless streak of 20⅓ consecutive innings into Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Tuesday’s game on KCAL features Edinson Volquez who struggled mightily in his first start with the Dodgers, but since the beginning of 2012 is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts against Arizona, with 28 strikeouts and 13 walks in 32⅔ innings. Hopefully we see more of the 2012 Volquez tomorrow night, on the opposite side is Trevor Cahill, who is 3-0 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list, including allowing six total runs over his last four starts.

Wednesday’s game on Prime Ticket features the Korean phenom Hyun-jin Ryu who will finish the series finale against Arizona. Ryu is well rested after getting the last eleven days off. Ryu is hoping to improve on his 8-3 record and his 2.78 ERA in 14 starts this season. Ryu has been flat out dominant at home going 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA at home. The D’backs will have Patrick Corbin on the mound, who is hoping to get things back on track after losing the last three straight starts and since the beginning of August is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in seven starts.

Dodgers tickets are still available for this critical three-game series. You can get your tickets right here at Dodgers Rumors, just click the ticket box in the top right hand section of the home page. Ticket prices are starting at under $5, where else can you get Dodgers tickets for under 5 bucks?

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Dodgers vs. D’backs trivia: The last time the Dodgers won a series against the Diamondbacks at home was Oct. 1-3, 2010. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium.

 09/09/2013  Posted by at 6:53 pm Dodgers News No Responses »
Sep 022013
 

So the dust has settled on the Michael Young trade. With a day or so to reflect on the trade, I still find it utterly pointless. Why the Dodgers brought in another over-priced declining infielder, for what exactly? Not one clue. I got nothing over here. It wasn’t to be the starting third baseman, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Juan Uribe is still the team’s starting third baseman and Young will see time at both corner infield positions, according to Bill Shaikin. Yep, you are still scratching your head, awesome, right?

From Michael Young’s perspective it’s a no-brainer. Why not waive your no-trade clause and play for the Dodgers? The Dodgers are heavy favorites to make the playoffs in 2013, the Phillies, not so much.

It’s not a bad deal for the Dodgers. Just unnecessary. The Dodgers get Michael Young to the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, the Dodgers just overpaid. Rasmussen is way too much for a bench player. Ridiculous Colletti shenanigans. Philadelphia is also paying the Dodgers about $1.7MM – the amount the Phillies were still due to receive from the Rangers as part of their original trade for Young in December.  That’s a plus. I suppose he’s better than Nick Punto. So that’s a plus.

It’s certainly not a bad deal. Giving up Rasmussen is definitely too much, but it’s not like he was going to be cracking the big leagues anytime soon. Young will be able to make an immediate impact,  and he might just be the best veteran bench player in the league. Young is well regarded as clubhouse guy and great teammate. Young is a winner, the Dodgers are winners. So maybe this one will work out after all.

 09/02/2013  Posted by at 4:13 pm Dodgers News, Transactions 5 Responses »