Sep 022013

The Dodgers have already opened up their three game series with the Colorado Rockies, as Clayton Kershaw looks to add to the four game winning streak. The month of August had plenty of winning streaks with the Dodgers finishing the month of August with an impressive 23-6 record. The Dodgers were firing on all cylinders as they straight up dominated for the month of August. No doubt they are looking to keep that going as the blue crew looks to finally get back into the playoffs.

Standing in their way is a six-game road trip, first the 65-73 Colorado Rockies, then another three game series with the 77-61 Cincinnati Reds. If the Dodgers can cruise through the road trip they will finish up the rest of the season against all of their NL West rivals. The Dodgers magic number is 16 and have 25 games left to play. The Dodgers 81-55 have only 10 home games remaining in the 2013 season which may hurt their chances of catching the NL best 83-53 Atlanta Braves.

If you want to catch one of the final ten home games in the 2013 season get your Dodgers Tickets before it is too late. There are still some pretty sweet promotions left. The Magic Johnson bobblehead and the Hello Kitty bobblehead are two of the sure to be fan favorite promotions to come over the last 10 home games. Don’t forget fan appreciation night when the Dodgers close out the regular season against the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers Tickets are sure to go quick so don’t wait.

 09/02/2013  Posted by at 3:31 pm Dodgers News No Responses »
Aug 202013

Is this a warning sign of more issues to come with Yasiel Puig? I certainly hope not. The Dodgers are right fielders are no strangers to controversy, just ask Raul Mondesi.

It was reported that Dodgers outfielder, couldn’t quite make it on time to the ballpark in Florida. His teammates were already dressed and ready, but Puig was nowhere to be found. Puig apparently was staying at his Miami home instead of at the Dodger Hotel and stated he was late due to traffic. Manager Don Mattingly issued the fine but wouldn’t give in to how much, “more than a dollar,” he suggested.  Puig, coincidentally is not in the lineup for tonight’s game, so is that an indication? All signs point to “no” at this point. Puig has had some frustrating at bats and several run-ins with umpires as he appears to take every call that doesn’t go his way (correct or not) as a personal vendetta. Speaking of vendetta’s it also appears that he has one against every cut-off man on the team.

Hopefully he doesn’t give his post-game interview from the Marlins bullpen, mainly because he has the best arm in there.

More to come on Puig and the Dodgers.

 08/20/2013  Posted by at 3:32 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors 2 Responses »
Jul 302013

Update: Brian Wilson‘s deal is a guaranteed major league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick, and Jim Bowden says it’s worth $1MM plus performance bonuses. Not too big of a gamble for the Dodgers at this point. Anything on the trade market would have been a much bigger risk, plus this deal doesn’t cost the Dodgers any prospects.

Update: The tentative plan for Wilson is to begin at the Dodgers’ complex in Arizona, then go to Rancho Cucamonga, and then report to the Dodgers in two weeks, tweets Brown.  In theory, the signing should take the Dodgers out of the bullpen trade market. Thus, allowing them to focus on the infield and starting rotation again.

Well, that didn’t last very long now did it? It’s official. The Dodgers have signed free agent reliever Brian Wilson, tweets Tim Brown. The Beard will officially don the Dodger blue. Not sure how I feel about this yet. He’s had a long road to recovery from April 2012 Tommy John surgery. He’s been impressing scouts over the last couple weeks. Now, he’s a Los Angeles Dodger. After spending his his entire career with the San Francisco Giants, being one of the best closers in all of baseball, racking up a whopping 171 saves, Brian Wilson is a freaking Dodger. Go figure.

For me it is going to be tough to get on board with “The Beard.” It is like Barry Bonds becoming a Dodger. Something just isn’t right about it. I have literally despised this guy for the last six years. Now I’m suddenly expected to root for the guy? I don’t think so. He’s got a lot to prove in my opinion. I bleed Dodger blue, Wilson does not. He’s tainted with the orange and black. I’m not really sure how I should feel right now. Time will eventually tell. If he can do what he did in San Francisco here in Los Angeles, become the elite once again, fill the void left by Eric Gagne, then maybe I can eventually swallow my pride a bit. This is the game of baseball in 2013, I get it. No different than what happens with the Yankees and Red Sox. Still, it’s not easy. Maybe if Brian Wilson dyed his beard blue…

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:46 am Dodgers News, Thinking Blue No Responses »
Jul 302013

With the non-waiver trade deadline about 27 hours away, here’s a quick rundown of all the Dodgers latest rumors.

Update: Bud Norris will likely be traded before the deadline. The Dodgers are not linked to Norris at this time. Bummer.

Update: The Texas Rangers are shopping heavily for an outfielder and have reached out to the Dodgers regarding their small surplus. The Rangers are making all of their infielders available, so a trade between the Rangers and Dodgers makes a lot of sense.

Jayson Stark: The Dodgers and Angels, who haven’t made a trade in 20 years, had a “mostly casual conversation” regarding Halos second baseman Howie Kendrick.  There are no indications a deal is in the works. This could be an interesting addition to the Dodgers. He’s far better than Michael Young, that’s for sure. Doesn’t look like the Dodgers are in on the Young talks anyway. Looks like Young is headed back to the Rangers as of right now. For what it is worth the Angels are also listening on infielders Kendrick, Erick Aybar, and Alberto Callaspo, and seeking high quality big league ready pitching in return.

Most Dodger fans will be happy to know that the Dodgers have not discussed a trade for Cliff Lee with the Phillies recently, tweets Jon Paul Morosi.

I will keep this updated at the top throughout the rest of the day.

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:31 am Dodgers Rumors No Responses »
Jul 302013

According to Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers have emerged as the front runners to sign free agent Brian Wilson. The feedback from Dodger fans across the internet have this potential signing landing with mixed reviews. Rightfully so. Dodger fans have despised Brian Wilson for years, suddenly he is going to don the Dodger blue? His talent is undeniable, his track record speaks for itself, but there is something about this that doesn’t feel right.

My first question is why would we want him in Dodger blue? It’s not because of his beard, you know the one that goes far beyond ridiculous. It’s not because he is coming off a 48 saves season, that was 2010. Sure he had 36 in 2011, but he also missed a big part of the season due to injury. Then in 2012, he manages to post two innings before going down and having reconstructive elbow surgery. The Giants non-tendered him, a huge red flag, too big to be ignored? Sure the Giants are in talks for Wilson right now, but they are in last place and probably just trying to drive the price up on the Dodgers.

Wilson is also an ex-Giant, and it’s not like we have a great history with bringing ex-Giants to Los Angeles. Okay, so Jeff Kent worked out pretty well. However, Jason Schmidt and Juan Uribe should be reason enough to avoid ex-Giants until the end of time.

Wilson, 31, will be bringing his career ERA average of 3.21, his 171 career saves, and his infamous beard somewhere in the next few days. Jim Bowden adds that Wilson has narrowed his list of teams down to three, the Giants, Pirates, and Dodgers. Wilson is negotiating in the offer/counter stage, but prepare yourselves for the Dodgers to sign him folks. Will it be the Dodgers, Giants, or Pirates? Could a mystery team sweep in at the last minute? How do you feel about “The Beard” in Dodger blue?

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:17 am Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »