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Dodgers biggest playoff helper? Four decks of 50,000 fans - Los Angeles Times
When talking about the power playoff force that is Dodger Stadium, everybody focuses on the sound.
Ross Stripling, however, says it’s all about the sight.
“Some of these younger guys from other teams, they maybe haven’t been in a playoff atmosphere before, then they step on our field and look up,” Stripling said.
And there it is, a view so familiar to Dodgers fans but so imposing to outsiders.
Four decks.
“There’s four decks behind home plate, four separate decks of people staring down at you, something you rarely see anymore,” Stripling said. “It can be very intimidating.”
Four decks. Four roaring and bouncing and smothering decks.
That’s what the Dodgers are still playing for. That’s why their final 10 games are still so important. That’s the stakes here, those four decks, rising above the field like an Elysian Hill with a loud voice and swaggering personality, a little mountain that moves.
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yesterday by rgl7194
MLB sets a new single-season HR record
When Jonathan Villar took Caleb Ferguson deep at 9:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, baseball history was made.
Villar’s three-run blast -- which gave the Orioles a 5-2 lead against the Dodgers in the seventh inning -- was the 6,106th home run hit in MLB this season, surpassing the previous record of 6,105, set in 2017. These are the only two seasons in history with at least 6,000 home runs hit.
After the Orioles' 7-3 victory, Villar was told of the record and the Hall of Fame's request for the bat that hit it.
"That's not everyday that happens, that only happens one time," he said. "I feel excited because that's very important, not only for me but for the team. My bat is going to the Hall of Fame. ... I am going to have that my whole career. That's unbelievable!"
In 2017, the record-setting smash was hit by Alex Gordon, who clubbed the 5,694th homer of that season off Ryan Tepera of the Blue Jays. That topped the previous record of 5,693 from the 2000 season. This time around, it was Villar, who has gone yard 21 times this season.
About 16 minutes earlier in the evening, the 2017 record was tied in Houston when Marcus Semien hit his 28th homer of the season off Jose Urquidy of the Astros. After Semien's record-tying blast, Gordon was at the plate for the Royals a little more than 1,000 miles away in Chicago with a chance to set the record once again, but he grounded out.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
Judge Dodgers on seven straight titles, not the World Series crown they're still chasing
It seemed like the oddest of places to celebrate a seventh consecutive National League West title: At Camden Yards, against a bad Baltimore Orioles team, the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrating with a group photo in blue "October Reign" T-shirts and the B&O Warehouse in the background.
Justin Turner sat on the ground in the middle of the congregation Tuesday night, holding up seven fingers. He has been with the Dodgers for six of the division crowns -- Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the three holdovers from the 2013 team that initiated this run -- and in many ways Turner is the perfect symbol of how the Dodgers have built this dynasty.
The Mets had non-tendered Turner after the 2013 season, and he inked a minor league deal with the Dodgers with an invitation to spring training and a $1 million salary if he made the big league club. He was merely insurance at second base when he signed in early February 2014, a backup plan if either Alex Guerrero -- remember him? -- who had just signed out of Cuba for $28 million, or prospect Dee Gordon didn't work out.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
Reflections of the 2019 Dodger regular season - True Blue LA
Seven games that reflect their seventh NL West title
On Tuesday, the 2019 Los Angeles accomplished the first part of their ultimate goal by winning their seventh consecutive National League West division title.
By winning the division on September 10th and in their 146th game, this Dodger team clinched a division at earliest point in their history. The Dodgers moved into first place for good on Wednesday April 17th and have maintained a double-digit lead since Sunday June 16th.
With all of this winning, you might wonder where was the drama this regular season, well, here are my choices for seven regular season games that tell the tale of this 2019 Los Angeles Dodger team so far.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
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Gavin Lux homers (1): fly ball to RCF (solo)

Hit: 400.26ft, 104.67mph, 34.22°🚀…
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9 days ago by rgl7194
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Photoblog – Dodger Insider
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Game Recap: Win over Orioles secures NL West title - True Blue LA
It’s the 7th straight year the Dodgers own the west.
Here we are again. The Dodgers won the NL West.
Now that we have all the excitement out of our system, let’s talk about what went down during the division-clinching game.
The Dodgers looked fully focused to clinch on Tuesday night in Baltimore, leading by as many as seven runs in the contest. The bullpen ultimately gave up a few runs late in the game to finish off with a 7-3 final score.
The scoring started early, with the first run coming with only one out in the game. David Freese drew a walk against Orioles pitcher Ty Blach and Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger immediately followed with a pair of base hits to bring home Freese. Then, Corey Seager found the power within him and hit a home run to bring in a total of three runs, making the score 4-0.
Gavin Lux struck out to end the inning with Will Smith and Joc Pederson both in scoring position, but he made up for it later in the game. In the fifth inning, Lux hit his first major league home run. It came against Orioles lefty pitcher Tanner Scott on the second pitch of the at-bat.
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers clinch 7th straight NL West title, 1st playoff team
BALTIMORE -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh consecutive NL West title in fitting fashion, using two home runs by Corey Seager and a masterful pitching performance by Walker Buehler to beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Tuesday night.
After the final out, the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season gathered at the mound for a subdued celebration that included a wardrobe change for a pending champagne celebration in the clubhouse.
Los Angeles, coming off consecutive World Series losses to Houston and Boston and seeking its first title since 1988, will likely begin the postseason at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 3 against the NL wild-card team.
The Dodgers, with a power-packed lineup and imposing rotation, gained sole possession of first place on April 17 and never looked back. Their final pursuer was the Arizona Diamondbacks, who started the day a whopping 17 1/2 games out of first place.
This is the earliest that Los Angeles (94-52) has ever clinched the division, both in terms of date and games. The 1977 team did it in Game 151, and the 2013 club clinched on Sept. 19.
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers clinch 7th consecutive NL West title
BALTIMORE -- The Dodgers are dancing.
Los Angeles beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Tuesday night at Camden Yards to clinch their seventh straight National League West pennant.
In the divisional era (since 1969), only the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees have strung together more consecutive crowns. The Braves won 14 straight NL East titles from 1991 to 2005 (there was no postseason in the strike-shortened 1994 campaign). The Yankees were AL East champs nine years running, from 1998 through 2006.
Besides building on their impressive streak of pennants on Tuesday, L.A. also became the first MLB team to secure a spot in the 2019 postseason.
"You got to tip the hat to the front office and the job that they do every year creating so much depth," Justin Turner told Spectrum SportsNet after Tuesday's win. "You look at the guys around this room, I think every single guy had their finger on winning this division for the seventh straight year. So many good players [with] one goal in mind -- that's to win the World Series."
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers clinch NL West Division title for the 7th consecutive year - True Blue LA
They’ve done it again!
For the seventh year in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers are National League West champions.
By wrapping up the division on September 10 in their 146th game of the season, the Dodgers shattered the team record for earliest clinching of the title by either measure. The 2013 Dodgers won their division on September 19 and in 1977 the Dodgers won the West in their 151st game.
NL WEST CHAMPS. pic.twitter.com/0jHjVfp9NJ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 11, 2019
Only two other franchises have won seven or more consecutive division titles. The Atlanta Braves won fourteen straight division titles from 1991-2005* and the New York Yankees strung together nine consecutive AL East championships from 1998-2006.
Congratulations Dodgers on a season well-played.
*In the strike year of 1994, no division title winners were declared when the season was canceled; Atlanta was not leading their division at that time. From 1991-1993 Atlanta won the NL West title, then from 1995-2005 they won the NL East title 11 straight seasons.
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9 days ago by rgl7194
How long do the Dodgers take to clinch - True Blue LA
Wondering how long Dodgers took to clinch when they were so close
The Dodgers will begin their game today with the opportunity to clinch the National League West division. Any Dodger win or Diamondback loss will give the Dodgers their seventh straight division title.
This could be the earliest in terms of date and games played that the Los Angeles Dodgers have ever clinched a postseason berth and certainly a division.
Here’s a breakdown of how many games it took the Dodgers to clinch the NL West once the Magic Number was two since that would mean the Dodgers could clinch that day if they won and the second place team lost.
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9 days ago by rgl7194
Player of the Series: Justin Turner - True Blue LA
It’s the third time he gets this TBLA honor
It’s always tough to award a Player of the Series award when the Dodgers lose a series — which isn’t often.
One player who found a way to get a hit in more than half of his at-bats was Justin Turner. JT went 7-for-12 with two walks this weekend. He came in to score in each one of the three games as well.
Turner earned one RBI in the series when he hit a solo home run on Friday night.
If you missed the news, each time Turner gets a hit in the month of August, REX is donating money to the Justin Turner foundation. In this 3-game series alone, he raised $1,600.
Cody Bellinger gets an honorable mention for his two home runs this series. His home run on Sunday accounted for all the runs scored that day on the Dodgers side. Plus, he keeps reclaiming the MLB home run lead.
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12 days ago by rgl7194
An historic season for Hyun-Jin Ryu - True Blue LA
Ryu’s 286 ERA+ is second best for a qualified pitcher since 1901
Today’s game features the 2018 NLDS Game 1 starting pitchers going against each other. Mike Foltynewicz, who finished eighth in the 2018 Cy Young Award voting, is making his third start since being recalled from Gwinnett, the Brave’s Triple-A affiliate.
Hyun-Jin Ryu last two starts against the Braves were his seven scoreless innings performance in last year’s NLDS Game 1 and then this season, he pitched a complete game shutout.
Ryu has made 22 starts this season, in 19 of them, he has pitched at least six innings while allowing two or less earned runs. Ryu is also in select company when you see where his ERA+ ranks historically.
ERA+ takes a player’s ERA and normalizes against ballparks and opponents. An example would be if the league average is an ERA+ is 100, an ERA+ of 125 wound mean this pitcher has an ERA+ 25 percent better than league average. For more on ERA+, see here.
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12 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 23 review: Running to stand still - True Blue LA
A 3-4 road trip in San Diego and Phoenix
A week of opportunity to move closer to clinching the division turned into a slog of a road trip for the Dodgers. Hyun-jin Ryu was very touchable for a third straight start, Clayton Kershaw failed to last six innings for the first time in 24 starts this year, and Yimi Garcia lost a game in relief that saw him throw 19 pitches, all strikes, only to allow the winning run on a balk after a third-strike passed ball.
The weird week for the Dodgers saw them lose three one-run contests, and drop four of seven games against the Padres and Diamondbacks.
Chase Field was the backdrop for a particularly cruel series for the Dodgers, who led each of the first three games 3-0 and lost. They led 2-0 early Sunday and gave back that lead too before staging a comeback of their own in an 11-inning triumph on getaway day.
There was injury added to insult, with Max Muncy suffering a wrist fracture on a hit by pitch that was basically the same malady that cost Chris Taylor 31 games. Then on Sunday, Dustin May took a 91.6-mph line drive off the side of his head, a particularly scary moment after which he amazingly walked off the field under his own power.
The Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the NL West is seven over Arizona. The earliest clinch date in franchise history was Sept. 8, 1955, when Brooklyn won the pennant with 16 games remaining, on their way to the first championship in Dodgers history. The earliest the Dodgers can clinch is Friday, Sept. 6.
Pitcher of the week
Walker Buehler delivered his second consecutive scoreless start, striking out 11 in six innings in a rout in San Diego on Tuesday. Buehler allowed six runs in his five August starts, and in his career against the Padres has allowed two runs in four starts, with 42 strikeouts and five walks in 28 innings. He won all four games, including both this season.
What a relief: For the fourth time this season, Russell Martin took the mound, and for the fourth time he pitched a scoreless inning. This time it was Tuesday in San Diego, closing out a 9-0 win, the third time Martin has finished off a win. Martin, who has allowed two hits, no walks while striking out two and facing just one batter over the minimum in 2019, did something Tuesday that we haven’t seen in 102 years.
Another home run record: The Dodgers surpassed their club record for home runs, ending the week with 238 home runs on the season. The record-breaking 236th shot was a solo blast by Russell Martin on Sunday in Arizona, surpassing the 2018 club mark.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 22 review: World Series preview, or review? - True Blue LA
The Dodgers won four of six games against the American League East last week, though with an imbalance both in runs and victories. After scoring 16 runs in the opener to the week, LA scraped together 10 total runs over the final five games.
That resulted in a sweep of the Blue Jays — the latter two wins coming in walk-off fashion, giving the Dodgers 12 such victories on the year — then dropping two of three to the Yankees in a battle between the two best records in baseball.
The weekend against New York was as close to a World Series preview as you’ll get in the regular season, but given that the Dodgers hit .183/.240/.312 in three games against the Yankees it sure seemed more like a World Series review than a preview.
San Francisco is in second place in the division, 20 games behind the Dodgers, who now have a magic number of 12 to clinch the NL West. It’s no longer possible for said clinch to happen in August, so that pipe dream is dead. But the time is coming...
Pitcher of the week
Walker Buehler was magnificent on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, allowing only five hits in seven scoreless innings while whiffing eight. In four home starts since the All-Star break, Buehler has allowed one run in 29 innings, with 42 strikeouts.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Player of the Series: Joc Pederson - True Blue LA
Again!
Joc Pederson hit a total of FOUR homer runs in the series against the Rockies. And he didn’t even play for a whole game.
6 AB 5 H 4 HR 8 RBI 6 R 1 BB
He went 5-for-6 in the two games he did play, tallying up eight RBIs and six runs scored. All five hits were extra base hits — one double and the four homers.
The reason why he didn’t play in all three games despite him being on a roll? He made an amazing catch in right field on Monday night, crashing into the short wall and getting the wind knocked out of him. He was on the ground for a little while, but got up and walked off the field on his own. He sat on Tuesday because he was still a bit sore.
Talk about taking one for the team.
The best part about this hot streak is that Joc Pederson is using Andre Either’s bat. Not sure if it’s in the bat or if it’s something Joc is eating, but either way, it’s working.
If we want to go deeper into his entire hot streak, we have to look back at game four from Arizona where he hit a game-winning pinch-hit home run. Taking that into consideration, he is 6-for-7 with nine RBIs.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Player of the series: Joc Pederson - True Blue LA
Who else?
The Dodgers only won one game against the Diamondbacks, so the player of the series should be the person who lifted the team to that one win ... right?
Using that criteria, Joc Pederson is the player that had the greatest impact in this series. It was his 11th inning home run that carried the Dodgers to a win on Sunday.
It sure helped that his home run was absolutely CRUSHED. What did that baseball ever do to Joc?
The lefty didn’t do much damage in this series other than this homer, going 3-for-11 with two walks in four games, but he was also the main reason why the Dodgers didn’t get swept.
Cody Bellinger also contributed to the cause with his ninth inning home run to tie the game. It’s the homer that kept the Dodgers alive in this game, so I thought it was necessary to mention this as well.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers set new National League team record - True Blue LA
Okay, not really 250 but here are fact nuggets about all of those home runs
When Joc Pederson hit his second home run in the game on Wednesday night, it gave the Dodgers their 250th home run this season. That meant that the 2019 Dodgers had now hit the most home runs as a team in National League history.
The 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers became the ninth team to hit 250 or more home runs in a season. So far three 2019 teams have hit at least 250 home runs as the Dodgers join the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees.
As for the 2019 Dodgers themselves, they have already hit the most home runs in Dodger franchise history at home and on the road. For those who remember asterisks, both of these totals were surpassed in less games played than back in 154 game seasons that Brooklyn played through 1957.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers break NL record for homers in a season
The Dodgers broke the National League record for home runs in a season thanks to Joc Pederson's pair of homers in a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers have hit 250 on the year, surpassing the Houston Astros' previous record of 249, which they set in 2000.
Pederson opened the game with his eighth leadoff homer of the season to match the record, then set the mark with a two-run blast in the fourth inning. It was Pederson's fifth multihomer game of the year.
Pederson has been using one of Andre Ethier's old bats since seeing his former teammate during last weekend's series in Arizona, where Pederson hit a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning Sunday.
"I told him there better be some more coming,'' Pederson said of the loaned lumber.
Ethier, who is from Phoenix, retired nearly two years ago after spending his entire 12-year career with the Dodgers.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
The Dodgers’ 2016 draft class already looks like a big winner – Orange County Register
The Dodgers’ 2016 draft class already looks like a big winner
Gavin Lux, Will Smith, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Devin Smeltzer have reached the major leagues in three years
LOS ANGELES — Dustin May had a laptop hooked up to his television at his family’s home in Justin, Texas. He watched the 2016 draft unfold from his couch along with his parents, his grandmother, a friend from high school, and his agent, Craig Rose.
Will Smith and his teammates at the University of Louisville were in the Cardinals’ clubhouse, along with their families, watching each name come off the draft board with nervous anticipation.
Gavin Lux was at his family’s home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Dodgers were merely one of 30 possible employers before they chose Lux; he said it was his uncle, the former minor league baseball player Augie Schmidt, who told him that day: “man, you just hit the jackpot.”
Tony Gonsolin might have the funniest draft story of any player in the Dodgers’ superlative 2016 class. He and a friend were driving home from a workout in their hometown of Vacaville when his name appeared on his smartphone.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers star Cody Bellinger's batting average dip explained - Los Angeles Times
Cody Bellinger stood on first base at Petco Park after working a walk last week when San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer asked him a question.
“Were you auto-taking the entire at-bat?” Hosmer wondered.
Bellinger wasn’t trying to walk. It just looked that way. The Dodgers slugger appeared relaxed, even bored, in the batter’s box while he took four balls. But he was ready to pounce on a mistake. Hosmer’s question was a compliment and a positive sign for the Dodgers’ slugger. Calm is when Bellinger is at his most dangerous. That was how he shredded pitching for the season’s first few months as he built his case as a frontrunner for National League MVP and found himself in a back-and-forth home run race with some of the sport’s superstars.
“Keeping it simple,” Bellinger said. “I would say that’s pretty important for me. Just trying to keep it simple and not trying to do too much.”
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Hyun-Jin Ryu is in a rut; Dodgers hope that changes tonight - Los Angeles Times
In the same stoic manner with which he operates on the mound, Hyun-Jin Ryu glided past a cluster of reporters in the Dodgers dugout Tuesday afternoon.
A blue Dodgers gym shirt draped over his imposing 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame, he shuffled past the spot of Dave Roberts’ daily pregame news conferences — the place where, for most of this season, the manager has faced few tough questions regarding the left-handed starting pitcher.
On Tuesday, however, in the wake of three consecutive lackluster appearances from the season-long National League Cy Young Award front-runner, a concern was finally raised.
Though the Dodgers are in cruise control and closing in on a seventh consecutive division title, Ryu’s start in Wednesday’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies feels strangely significant.
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13 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 21 review: Home run records & milestones, but breaking even - True Blue LA
he Dodgers put on a power display last week that included a few major league records, but somehow managed just a .500 record on the road against the Marlins and Braves.
It’s hard to muster much excitement over home run records when long balls these days are more prevalent than hard candy at your grandmother’s house. But even in a juiced-ball environment the Dodgers have managed to stand out, easily pacing the National League in home runs this season.
The Dodgers set major league records last week for most consecutive games with four or more home runs (five; the old record was three), most home runs in a five-game span (22), and most home runs in a six-game span (24, tied).
Individual milestones were reached, too, with Cody Bellinger on Thursday becoming the eighth different Dodger to hit 40 home runs in a season, and Max Muncy on Friday hitting his 30th, the first Dodger with back-to-back 30-homer seasons since Shawn Green in 2001-02.
Despite out-homering their opponents 21-4 during the week, the Dodgers lost three times. Those last three home runs over the weekend were killers, coincidentally all in the sixth inning: back-to-back shots from Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall to break a tie against the usually stingy Hyun-jin Ryu on Saturday, then a grand slam by the career .238/.292/.290-hitting Rafael Ortega spoiled Dustin May’s relief debut on Sunday.
Los Angeles ended the week up 18½ games over San Francisco in the National League West, with a magic number of 19 to clinch a seventh-straight division.
Pitcher of the week
Clayton Kershaw allowed only two singles in dominating the Marlins on Wednesday, striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
My First World Series Trip - Dodger Yard
Hey all, It’s Ash. (tongue in cheek)
With the Dodgers being as dominant as they are right now, starting their cruise into what pretty much looks to be their 7th consecutive NL West title, it’s been on my mind just how excited I am for this upcoming Postseason. And how much it reminds me of how I felt during the 2017 season. Although this years’ team is definitely better all around. But with that reminder, it’s bringing to mind one memory I truly can’t ever forget and sometimes still wonder if it really happened. I’ve told this story to some, but in the spirit of me hopefully attending my 3rd consecutive World Series, let me tell you how I got to the first one.
It all started with a tweet.
October 17, 2017. We were up 3 games to none vs the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. One win away! I couldn’t believe it, this was something I’d never seen before in my years as a fan. We’d gotten to the CS before but never had the odds stacked in our favor like this! It felt inevitable. We just needed one more win. So I went to Twitter, like I did for the season, though I wasn’t a huge part of Dodgers Twitter yet. But I sent the tweet, “One win away from something I’ve been waiting 29 years to see! Hell, 30.5 years since I don’t remember the ’88 win (I was 1)…MY BOYS IN THE WORLD SERIES! 1 more win & the pennant in ours! # ThisTeam” It’s been my pinned tweet on my account since then.
Didn’t think anything of it. Send tweet. Moved on with my night. Two games later, my dream came true and I celebrated a 3-homerun night for Kiké Hernandez and a NL pennant winning Dodgers team at my favorite sports bar, calling my dad with a huge smile on my face as he told me how happy he was for me that I got to experience this.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Corey Seager homers in three straight against Marlins - True Blue LA
The Dodgers took two of three in Miami this week, and scored a combined 31 runs as a team. Six of those runs came courtesy of Corey Seager, who hit a home run in three straight games for the first time in his career.
For the series, Seager went 4-for-13, with three homers and six runs driven in.
His first homer came in the fourth inning of game one. The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead, and Seager’s two-run shot helped give them a 3-0 cushion.
His next two-run shot came a game later, this time in the first inning, putting the Dodgers ahead 3-0 yet again.
His homer today was a solo-shot, and it didn’t help pad the Dodgers’ lead, but it’s still a positive sign to see his power heating up.
On the season, Seager is now hitting .266 with a .799 OPS. He has 12 home runs and 53 RBI.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers hit four homers, but fall to Marlins 13-7 - True Blue LA
The runs kept coming in the seventh, as Cody Bellinger hit a three-run shot for his 40th homer of the season. Bellinger becomes the youngest Dodger in franchise history to hit 40 in a season. He’s also the eighth different Dodger player ever to reach that number in a season.
A career-high 40 homers!
Say hello to your new MLB home run leader, @Cody_Bellinger! pic.twitter.com/dKVXhKBvdy
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 15, 2019
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
First to 40 blasts, Bellinger trying not to count
MIAMI -- Cody Bellinger admits it’s hard not to keep tabs on the home run race, which he currently finds himself in the thick of with 39 games remaining in the season.
Bellinger set a new career high with his 40th homer of the season while also temporarily taking over the Major League lead in Thursday's 13-7 Dodgers loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. Fellow MVP Award candidate Mike Trout later tied him atop the leaderboard, hitting his 40th against the White Sox. Brewers star Christian Yelich and Mets rookie Pete Alonso each have 39.
“I wouldn't say it's putting any more pressure to hit homers,” said Bellinger, who became the youngest player in Dodgers history to reach the 40-homer mark at 24 years old. “I'm just trying to stay within myself every day and keep going.”
That appears to be a theme with these slugging Dodgers, who rank first in the National League and third in the Majors with 211 long balls. In the process, they’re setting records left and right.
With taters from Kyle Garlick, Max Muncy and Corey Seager, the Dodgers set a franchise record with 14 homers in a three-game series. They also became the first team since at least 1908 to hit four-plus home runs in four straight games.
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4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Game Recap: LA slugs their way to 15-1 win over Miami - True Blue LA
They defeated the Marlins 15-1 in the series opener
Is it All-Star Week 2017? No, the year is 2019 and the Dodgers just decided to participate in a home run derby at Marlins Park.
The slugging Dodgers set a home run record in their 15-1 win over Miami. Their six home runs on Tuesday night are the most hit by a team at Marlins Park since its induction in 2012. Plus, they matched a franchise record with 13 extra base hits with their six doubles, triple and six homers.
Will Smith received a warm welcome in Miami, but it didn’t look like this. Instead of partying all night, he homered all night. He contributed to two of the Dodgers’ many homers of the night to drive in three runs.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Astros, Dodgers or Yankees? We debate which is baseball's best now -- and for October
While other contenders jockey for playoff position, the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers have clearly established themselves at the top of the standings -- and as the teams everyone will be trying to knock off come October. We asked Bradford Doolittle, Sam Miller and Jeff Passan to go deep on this year's Big Three by picking which of the trio is the team to beat, identifying potential postseason weaknesses and choosing between the three -- or the rest of the playoff field.
Which of baseball's Big Three is best built for October: the Yankees, the Dodgers or the Astros?
Sam Miller: I'll go with a very specific angle here: In October, the percentage of pitches faster than 95 mph just about doubles (better pitching staffs, more innings going to the best pitchers on the staff, more innings thrown in relief). The Dodgers are hitting .305/.398/.563 against such pitches, the best slash line in baseball. They have the second-best contact rate on those pitches, and they have the lowest chase rate. The Astros have a good contact rate but so-so chase rate and terrible slash line, and the Yankees have a great slash line but a so-so contact rate and terrible chase rate. When I've looked in the past, this has appeared to be a real skill for hitters -- not just a fluke split that swings wildly from year to year -- so I'm taking this one at face value: I think the Dodgers' offense is ready to hit October pitching in a way that no other team's is...
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Predicting the Dodgers’ postseason bullpen - True Blue LA
There will be a lot of players fighting for limited spots
It’s safe to say the Dodgers will be playing baseball in October for the seventh straight season. With a 19-game lead in the National League West and the best record in baseball, the Dodgers will likely finish with home field advantage — at least until the World Series.
One thing we may not know until the rosters are unveiled is which pitchers will make the 25-man postseason squad. Looking back at previous seasons, the Dodgers have usually gone with a 13-man bench and a 12-man pitching staff. Assuming they go with 12 pitchers again, it will likely be four starters and eight pitchers to make the cut.
So, who will they be?
Your guess is as good as mine. But don’t fret — we’re going to examine all the potential options for the Dodgers’ postseason bullpen and see what the most likely scenarios are with each pitcher, and what their chances are of pitching for LA when October rolls around.
Kenley Jansen
There are a few players who will be locks to make the roster, with one of those being Kenley Jansen. Despite being under scrutiny for blowing saves recently, Jansen will likely be the closer for the Dodgers in October.
It’s been a rough season for Jansen, who is currently having (by his standards) the worst season of his career. His 3.73 ERA is the highest he’s ever had in a season and his WHIP (1.073) and SO/9 (11.8) are both his second worst. With that being said, those are still good numbers for a closer.
Has Jansen struggled this year? Yes. Has he seen struggles in the last two World Series? Yes. Regardless, he’s still probably going to be the closer for LA, and Dave Roberts will still turn to him in the ninth inning.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Despite Houston's Zack Greinke Trade, Dodgers' Starters Have Edge Over Astros
...But it may not be baseball’s best cast.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, at 79-41, have the top record in the majors and statistically have the edge over the Astros in starting pitching. Their rotation’s ERA of 2.93 is by far the best in baseball and the only one currently below three earned runs a game. That figure is incredible considering the ball is booming out of big-league parks in record numbers...
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 20: Kenley Jansen and the new normal - True Blue LA
LOS ANGELES — Last week provided a glimpse of what the Dodgers hope might happen in October. Otherworldly pitching and some timely hitting was enough to overcome a bullpen slip up, producing five wins in six games against a pair of fringe contenders in the National League.
The Dodgers’ approach at the trade deadline wasn’t one of desperation, with their only addition a lefty specialist in groundballer Adam Kolarek from Tampa Bay. What the Dodgers did at the trade deadline was bet on their internal relief options, which could include a third straight October transition from rotation to bullpen for Kenta Maeda, and might even include one or both of Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May, the club’s top two pitching prospects who would also presumably bring their upper-90s heat from a starting role to relief.
The faith from the organization also extends to Kenley Jansen, who is no longer the dominant closer of years past. Now in his second straight season pitching as a mortal, Jansen allowed a two-run home run in the ninth inning on Friday for his fifth blown save of the season. His 83.8% conversion rate is his worst as a closer since 2012 (80.6%), with a 91.4% save rate in the six years in between.
Jansen has relied on his cut fastball to a maniacal extent throughout his career, throwing that pitch 86.8% of the time. He had great success with it, too, so it’s understandable he kept going to that well. From 2010-17, Jansen’s cutter held opposing batters to just a .175 batting average and .278 slugging percentage.
In 2018-19, batters are hitting .216 with a .428 slugging percentage against Jansen’s cutter, including .252 and .473 this year.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Power Rankings -- Make way for a new No. 1
2 Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 record: 79-41
Week 18 ranking: 1
From the files of the unexpected: A couple of weeks ago, Kristopher Negron was a bench player for the last-place Mariners (after spending most of the season in Triple-A). On Saturday, there was Negron batting third in the Dodgers lineup. Even he couldn't have predicted something like that happening. Dave Roberts was riding a bit of a hot hand, as Negron homered in his first two games with the Dodgers and hit .345 through his first nine starts. As far as the established stars, Clayton Kershaw has now allowed two runs or fewer in six consecutive starts, with a 1.66 ERA. -- David Schoenfield
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
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Player of the Series against the Diamondbacks: Kenta Maeda - True Blue LA
Maeda sets things right with his seven scoreless innings performance on Saturday
LOS ANGELES —— With the overall record and lead the Dodgers have right now, there are few games that you can single out as important to the team. But on Saturday, the Dodgers were coming off a disappointing loss and they needed to get right back on their winning ways.
The same thing could be said for their starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda, who did not finish the third inning of last start against the San Diego Padres.
So all Maeda did was have one of his best games his career as he pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out six in the Dodgers 4-0 win on Saturday over the Diamondbacks.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Being emotianlly invested in a sports team - Dodger Yard
I have always loved sports. Football, Basketball, and Soccer. Soccer is the sport that I actually played most of my life. But, baseball has always been different for me. I don’t know why that is but I’ve always been more emotionally invested in the Dodgers than any other sport. Some of my best memories have included the Dodgers. Also, some of the worst days I’ve ever had has been results of their seasons.
Just like a lot of die-hard fans. Whether Dodgers win or lose a game it can impact my entire day. Regular season or playoff games it doesn’t matter. I know they can’t win every game but, I watch every game like they can.
The 2017 season was a tough for all Dodger fans. It was the first time they made it back to the World Series since 1988. I usually hate brining up the past like this. After game 7 of that World Series I was so heart broken. That it was the first time I cried over my team losing. I know I wasn’t the only one who did that. My entire family are Dodgers fans but, at the time they thought I was overreacting. I might have overreacted but I so emotionally invested in them that I felt so much sadness when they lost.
Moving onto this years team. I’m skipping over the 2018 season because I don’t want to talk about that season. This years Dodgers team feels more special than 2017 did. I don’t think my anxiety has ever been worse than during this season. And we aren’t even in the playoffs yet. With all the comebacks and walk-offs they’ve had this year. You can never give up on this team no matter how much they’re down. Hopefully all this has taught fans to never leave games early or turn off your tv because you never know what will happen. The most recent walk-off was when they were down to their last strike. Russell Martin hits a weak grounder up the middle to win it. As long as there’s still outs left don’t give up on this team!
Thanks for reading!
-J
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Jansen bounces back strong, wants more work
LOS ANGELES -- After Kenley Jansen blew a save on Friday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he’ll continue to run his closer out to the mound and, based on the Dodgers’ 4-0 win over Arizona on Saturday night, not just in save situations.
Jansen pitched the ninth inning with a four-run lead, and both the closer and manager indicated regular usage is needed for Jansen to sharpen his form, even if the usage isn’t normal for a closer.
“As he’s working through things, a credit to him, it’s not a save situation, but going forward I think Kenley is understanding and realizing if he’s on a regular schedule and pitching more often, he can stay more in sync with rhythm,” said Roberts. “For him to be open to it certainly makes my job easier, because you can't predict when a save situation will arise.”
Jansen said the more he throws, the more consistent he’ll get.
“Everything tonight was so much better,” Jansen said after throwing on back-to-back days for the first time since June 22-23. “You guys can watch it, the cutter feels so much better today than yesterday. My direction was better, the ball was coming out so much easier. The one thing hurting me is not hitting my spots like I used to.”
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodger bullpen plans going forward - True Blue LA
Roberts says team plans to get Jansen out on the mound on a more consistent basis going forward
LOS ANGELES — — This morning, manager Dave Roberts talked about the team’s plans regarding their bullpen usage for the next seven weeks of the regular season.
One part of the plan could see closer Kenley Jansen pitching in non-save situations as a way to get him more consistent work.
“Kenley is down today [Sunday],” Roberts said, “But I think that going forward, and in talking to Kenley, we had a great conversation last night actually. The most important thing is to get him consistent work, which our belief will allow for more consistency on the field, performance wise.”
“There are certain save opportunities that might be compromised but it is still a benefit for the ballclub and him to get that consistent work,” Roberts said, “and you have two guys in Joe Kelly and Pedro Báez who are throwing the ball well also. So, Kenley’s on board with that, to have him not pitch five, six days in a row, where you going do everything we can to avoid that.”
With an 18-game lead, the Dodgers have the ability to work out their ideas without an immediate impact to their place in the standings. Roberts understands this is a luxury that his team’s success so far has given them.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
“He’s just a ridiculous human”: Walker Buehler is a burgeoning star — and an iconoclast – The Athletic
Before the 2015 college baseball season, a pitching authority named Kyle Boddy visited Vanderbilt University to talk to its pitchers. Then the defending national champions, the Commodores are one of the most advanced programs in amateur baseball. They long ago incorporated weighted baseballs into daily training and installed a pitching lab to study the development of movement and velocity.
Boddy is the founder of Driveline Baseball, an innovative facility in suburban Seattle where hopeful amateurs train in summer and, increasingly, talented professionals flock in winter. He has cultivated a reputation as an audacious observer of modern pitching progress. He wrote a book, Hacking the Kinetic Chain, a science-based instruction manual to every aspect of pitching. He had ample connections to Vanderbilt alums and coaches, and, in advance of the visit, he and his staff had studied the current pitching staff. Some, Boddy said, could benefit from the Driveline treatment.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lakers News: Anthony Davis to throw out ceremonial first pitch at Dodgers Stadium - Silver Screen and Roll
Anthony Davis is headed to Dodgers Stadium for Lakers Night.
On Tuesday, August 20, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host their annual Lakers Night and this year, All-Star forward Anthony Davis will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the team announced earlier this week.
Believe it or not, Davis has only thrown one ceremonial first pitch in his life and he did it before he was drafted No. 1 overall by the New Orleans in 2012. Additionally, this will be Davis’ first pitch in the big leagues because New Orleans doesn’t have an MLB team. They do, however, have a Minor League team called the Baby Cakes.
Remember when King Cake Baby visited the Pelicans during Mardi Gras? Absolute nightmare fuel.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Bullpen: Casey Sadler is exceeding all expectations - True Blue LA
He hasn’t allowed a run in almost a month
As we’ve seen with Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Dylan Floro, the Dodgers have a specialty of making under-the-radar moves, acquiring players who go out and rise to the occasion. It appears they’ve done it again.
On July 3, the Dodgers made a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, acquiring right-handed relief pitcher, Casey Sadler. At the time, Sadler wasn’t an immediate need for the struggling LA bullpen, so he was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Viewed as a depth piece, a lot of fans probably didn’t expect Sadler to see much time with LA.
But Casey Sadler is quietly one of the Dodgers’ best pickups of this year.
At the time of the trade, Sadler only had 18 major league games under his belt. Drafted in the 25th round of the 2010 amateur draft, Sadler made his major league debut with the Pirates in 2014. He appeared in six games with them, allowing nine runs in only 10 innings of work. He’d only make one appearance in 2015, before a three-year period in which he failed to reach the majors.
He got his chance again with the Pirates in 2018, but saw his time in the big leagues cut short. In two games, he allowed a total of seven runs, and was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh.
Luckily for him, he was given another opportunity.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Brothers in Arms excerpt: The underrated Claude Osteen – Dodger Thoughts
Today is the 80th birthday of Claude Osteen — a pitcher not nearly enough Dodger fans of today know about. To celebrate, here’s his chapter from Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition …
By the 1960s, Dodger pitching development was revving like a Mustang, and it wasn’t thanks only to Drysdale and Koufax. To illustrate: of the 1,610 games Los Angeles played during the decade, 83 percent were started by pitchers originally signed by the Dodgers. Of the eight Los Angeles pitchers to start at least 50 games in the ’60s, seven were homegrown.
Claude Osteen was the standout, in more ways than one.
Ambling in the shadow of three Hall of Fame teammates and not exactly a household name to 21st-century fans, Osteen has to be one of the more underrated pitchers in Dodger history. With 26.3 wins above replacement in nine seasons for Los Angeles, Osteen ranked 15th among the franchise’s great arms and eighth in Los Angeles. Osteen’s 100 complete games tie him for 12th on the all-time Dodger list, and as for shutouts, only his three Hall of Fame contemporaries plus Nap Rucker had more as a Dodger than Osteen’s 34.
“We took a lot of pride in finishing the job,” Osteen says. “I took a lot of pride in throwing shutouts—it’s probably one of the things I’m most proud of.”
Osteen played an enormous role in capturing the Dodgers’ final World Series title of the ’60s, provided a stabilizing bridge to the pennant-winning Dodger teams of the 1970s and extended the Dodger tradition to a later generation as pitching coach from 1999 to 2000. Though it all began for Osteen elsewhere, he nearly had roots as a Dodger as well.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Ranking Dodgers rookies based on their potential October impact
LOS ANGELES -- The breadth of talent in the upper levels of the Los Angeles Dodgers' minor league system struck Justin Turner early, in the preliminary stages of spring training, when the regulars played only a handful of innings before letting the prospects take over.
"It almost felt like we were putting better teams on the field when those guys were coming into games," Turner said. "We knew we had a lot of talented players."
A lot of that talent has already bubbled to the surface. The Dodgers' new primary catcher is a rookie, as is one of their everyday outfielders. Two of their brightest pitching prospects helped make up the starting rotation at the beginning of this month. Another recent draft choice has developed into a valuable bench piece. And yet another is performing so well in Triple-A that he might force his way onto the active roster.
The Dodgers, who have attained uncommon sustainability, are essentially in tryout mode these days. They failed to acquire an impact player before the non-waiver trade deadline, hold an 18-game lead in their division and will use these next seven and a half weeks to analyze internal options for the ideal postseason roster.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Minor League Report: Walk-off night on the Dodgers farm - True Blue LA
Dodgers minor league report: Thursday, Aug. 8
Two of three minor league teams walked off on Thursday night. They must be having whatever the major league Dodgers are having.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Plaschke: Electrifying walk-off wins are how these Dodgers roll - Los Angeles Times
It has become as much a part of the Dodger Stadium scenery as the Elysian Hills.
It has worked its way into Dodger Stadium soundtrack as loudly as, “I Love L.A.’’
A loud crack. A roiling roar. Fans bouncing. Seats shaking.
A player rounds first base with his fist in the air. Another player dances or dives across home plate with his feet flying.
The dugout empties, the rest of the team stampedes to shallow left field to find the hero and hug him or tackle him or tear at his jersey.
There is Gatorade. There is baby powder. The cluttered diamond seems to rise toward the heavens, pushed there by fans who refuse to stop cheering, and there is a prolonged moment of brilliant blue joy.
Welcome to Chavez Ravine’s newest monument, The Walk Off.
“A jolt of energy,” Russell Martin said with a grin. “Game’s over.”
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Player of the Series: Dodgers starting pitching - True Blue LA
This one was easy
Usually the “Player of the Series” is awarded to a single player, but this time, it wasn’t possible.
Tony Gonsolin, Clayton Kershaw and Dustin May were spectacular in their pitching performances, leading the Dodgers to a 3-game sweep of the Cardinals. They combined to pitch 18 2⁄3 innings, allowed 11 hits, two runs, three walks and dealt 23 strikeouts.
Gonsolin started off the series with six shutout innings against the Birds. He only allowed two hits and a walk in his seven strikeout game. Though he was sent back down to Triple-A after his marvelous performance, he will likely make a return to the team this season. Perhaps in September, but definitely in October.
Kershaw did his thing in game two, throwing seven innings and holding the Cardinals to four hits. He did allow a run early on in the game, but quickly whipped back into shape as he normally does. After the run allowed, he retired the next 13 batters he faced. The southpaw struck out nine in his outing with a mix of sliders, curveballs and fastballs.
May continued the starting pitching dominance with his Wednesday afternoon performance on the mound. He only made one pitching mistake, which allowed the Cardinals to score a run, but he was flawless otherwise. He whiffed seven batters and only allowed a total of six runners to reach base.
It’s quite comforting to know that two of the three starters in this series are not regulars in the rotation. Gonsolin and May are both in the early stages of their major league career, with bright futures and potential to help the Dodgers win this Fall.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cardinals vs. Dodgers - Game Recap - August 5, 2019 - ESPN
...Corey Seager, Justin Turner and rookie Matt Beaty had RBI doubles, and Joc Pederson also homered in the NL-leading Dodgers' sixth win in seven games. Los Angeles became the majors' first team to 75 victories with another big offensive game to back another pitching prospect who looks ready for the majors...
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
This Team Literally Changed My Life - Dodger Yard
In their minds, every fan is the biggest fan ever. I mean, that’s what I think of myself. And it’s true, to some extent. I’m definitely the biggest Dodger fan in my family, even though my family are all fans. But in my world, I see myself as one of the biggest fans this team has. How do you measure the level of fandom? Is it in the amount of games one sees in a season? Or the amount of memorabilia ones has? Or even the number of years one has followed the team. Yes. All of it. And more. Even if you’ve been following the team in the last few years, you most definitely can be one of the biggest fans. Let me tell you a little about my story…
I was raised into this life. My father has been a Dodger fan since he was little. His father just as big of a fan as well. I can remember clear as day, as young as 4 or 5, playing in the living room with my toys and hearing the serene heavenly voice of Vin Scully call games on the TV. I remember going to a game at 7 or 8 years old and trying to sneak in a homemade sign I made to declare my love for Mike Piazza, my childhood favorite player. I remember my dad letting me stay up late on school nights so I could finish up watching the game with him. Every generation of fans has their team they grew up watching. Mine were Karros, Piazza, Mondesi, Nomo, and of course Tommy at the helm. I still remember the joy I felt when one of my dad’s friends came to the house one night with an autographed Tommy Lasorda baseball for me, which I still have in a case to this day.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Screaming my head off, for the love of the Dodgers - Dodger Yard
Hey, its Juls!
Wow, today’s 11-10 win against the Padres was SOMETHING ELSE. 
Let’s first start with the heat. Today’s weather was 95 degrees, and it was hot. I was dying just sitting in the sun, I can’t imagine being these guys playing in the heat.
A lot of the game was just some back and forth with both teams scoring runs. Today, the bottom of the 9th was THE. BEST. PART. My friends and I had moved down to field level earlier in the game, and we somehow ended up behind the dugout. I have to say a lot of it was a blur leading up to Maxs’ at bat. I remember yelling when Joc got tagged out at 3rd, but I yelled to him that I STILL loved him. (Plus it was only 1 out, with Verdugo at first. Corey came up to bat and proceeded to get on base because he is just that good.)
Now this was where the real excitement comes in, Max “Funky” Muncy and his final at bat. I can’t even remember how many balls he fouled off but he got Yates to a 3-2 count with his disciplined batting.
During his at bat my friends and I started chants of “Let’s go dodgers”. We were so loud, we got the attention of a few of the players in the dugout. This FUELED me, plus I was rushing with adrenaline from my anxiety and (at the time) the hopes of a potential walk off. I started screaming at Max to “keep battling”, to “keep taking charge by calling time out”, and to “tie this shit up!” My favorite moment was when I got everyone to chant “Let’s go Muncy”, including Kristopher Negrón. (This fueled me even more).
We started yelling , and by the power of Max Muncys’ skills, HE WALKED THAT SHIT OFF with a 2 run DOUBLE! Everyone immediately stood up in the crowds, the players began to hop over the dugout to take off running to Muncy. Verdugo scored, and in came Seager as the ball was coming towards home but it was off the plate and HE. WAS. SAFE. The guys took off running to Muncy, barely letting him round second and they celebrated.
This HAD to be one of my favorite walkoffs. Everyone was tired from the heat, the stadium was less than half filled, but it was still SO LOUD. Max Muncy, you were the hero of todays game and no one is surprised that you were the one to do so.
I love the Dodgers, and I keep saying it, but this team is SPECIAL. This is our year.
Till next time,
Juls
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Dodgers must win the 2019 World Series | MLB.com
I'll make this simple: The Dodgers have to win the World Series this year. A giant banner reading "World Series or bust" may as well hang from Dodger Stadium like a pirate flag, warning every other team that enters this space that they will show absolutely no mercy on the field. If that seems a little crazy, well, forgive me. It's simply the most logical conclusion for the most consistently dominant baseball team of the decade, armed with a roster of stars in the country's second-biggest market … that's going on 31 years now without a title.
L.A.'s recent resume is seemingly endless: six straight NL West Divison titles (with a 17-game lead over the rival Giants and D-backs entering Monday, a seventh is all but a mathematical certainty), a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer in Clayton Kershaw and two consecutive appearances in the World Series. Everything we know about sports tells us that all that should equal multiple World Series titles -- and yet, here we are.
They've lost in just about every way possible over the last decade. The Cubs -- the lovable losers -- took them down in the 2016 NLCS en route to their first World Series in a century. They lost a World Series Game 7 behind Yu Darvish seemingly tipping his pitches. The Red Sox beat them in five games in the Fall Classic last year with Clayton Kershaw taking another elimination-game loss.
The team is in danger of becoming baseball's Buffalo Bills. That's not a legacy they seem all that interested in joining.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Power Rankings -- Did deadline shake up the contenders?
1 Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 record: 74-40
Week 17 ranking: 1
Welcome to the majors, Gingergaard. Rookie Dustin May, with the long, curly, red locks, made his debut Friday and flashed the kind of stuff that made everyone realize why the Dodgers weren't about to trade him. He hit 98 mph with a sinker and showcased a low-90s cutter as 85 of his 97 pitches were fastballs or cutters. He pitched better than his final line indicated: 5⅔ IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO. At the trade deadline, the Dodgers held on to their prospects, acquiring only left-hander reliever Adam Kolarek from the Rays and veteran infielder Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals. -- David Schoenfield
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Walker Buehler is your player of the series - True Blue LA
Buehler’s second complete game highlights the weekend series
The Dodgers had to go late on Sunday afternoon to win their third of four games against the Padres. And while several Dodgers had good moments against the Padres this weekend, only one was able to stand out to be the Player of the Series.
Walker Buehler pitched a complete game victory on Saturday night, his second complete game of the season. By striking out fifteen, one shy of his career high, with no walks, he also joined two really good pitchers on this list.
Buehler also put made some Dodger history with this performance.
Buehler is one of five pitchers to have three starts where they had a game score of 80 and higher. On Saturday, his complete game had an 88 game score. He gave up one run, five hits and had 15 strikeouts.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 19: Buehler whiffs 15, Kershaw passes Koufax, May debuts - True Blue LA
Pitcher of the week
We already had one Walker Buehler Game this year, but Saturday night gave us another. Buehler whiffed 15 Padres and walked none, giving him 86 strikeouts against only four walks in 10 home starts this season.
Honorable mention goes to Hyun-jin Ryu with his six scoreless innings, and at Coors Field to boot, on Wednesday. It was Ryu’s seventh scoreless start of the season, tied for the most in baseball. Ryu’s week was so good that he even lowered his ERA without pitching. On Thursday, MLB made an official scoring change, changing his two runs allowed on July 14 at Fenway Park from earned to unearned. That lowered his seasonal ERA from 1.66 to 1.53, and made his July ERA a minuscule 0.55. Ryu this year has had entire months allowing two (July) and three (May) earned runs.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Where every playoff contender stands after the MLB trade deadline
Los Angeles Dodgers
Playoff odds: 100%
Win World Series: 17.4%
Deadline additions: LHP Adam Kolarek, IF Jedd Gyorko, 1B Tyler White
Key injury to watch: Hyun-Jin Ryu was put on the IL a couple of days ago because of "neck soreness," which sounds more like code for "we want to give him a little breather before the playoff push begins." The most significant injury belongs to Chris Taylor, who is out because of a fractured left forearm.
Player to watch: I'm fascinated to see how Walker Buehler finishes the regular season, especially after he struck out 15 in a complete-game win over the Padres on Saturday. He has alternated dominant starts with bad ones since the end of June, with the three bad ones all coming on the road.
The Dodgers will win the NL West and have a comfortable lead over the Braves for best record in the NL. While it will be interesting to see how manager Dave Roberts sorts out the first base/second base adventure, especially once they get David Freese, Gyorko and Enrique Hernandez back, we all know that Dodgers fans were apocalyptic after the team added only Kolarek to the bullpen at the deadline. The Dodgers are eighth in the majors in bullpen ERA and fourth in lowest OPS allowed -- lower than the Yankees' vaunted pen -- so there is talent down here. It just hasn't been clutch, which is what it will take for the Dodgers to win the World Series.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers recap: Max Muncy hits walk-off double against Padres - True Blue LA
The Dodgers record improves to 74-40
LOS ANGELES —— You can never count the Dodgers out, especially when they are playing at Chavez Ravine.
This time around, the Dodgers were trailing by a run when Max Muncy came up to the plate with one out. Alex Verdugo and Corey Seager were aboard via a fielders choice and an error, so it was Muncy’s chance to take advantage of the opportunity.
And he did.
Muncy doubled to right field, just far enough to get away from Hunter Renfroe’s glove. Verdugo easily crossed the plate and a bad throw to home allowed Seager to breeze through as the game winning run.
Their 11-10 win came in as the team’s ninth walk-off of the season.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Padres vs. Dodgers - Game Recap - August 3, 2019 - ESPN
LOS ANGELES -- Walker Buehler learned about efficiency when the Los Angeles Dodgers kept a close watch on his pitch count during his rookie season.
Those lessons are paying off this year.
Buehler struck out 15 in his second career complete game, and the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Saturday night.
Buehler (10-2) reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth time this season, all since June 3. It was the fifth double-digit strikeout game of his career. It was also the first time he reached double digits in victories after winning eight games in 23 starts last season.
Allowed over 94 pitches just once in his first nine starts in 2018, Buehler said he still envisioned pushing toward complete games. The knowledge he gained from those experiences has helped him throw two complete games over his last seven starts in an era when going the distance is rare.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Walker Buehler strikes out 15 in complete game - True Blue LA
Walker F’in Buehler
LOS ANGELES — Any time that you join the likes of Sandy Koufax, you know you’re doing something well. On Saturday night, Walker Buehler become only the second Dodgers pitcher in franchise history to have multiple 15 strikeout games in a season. He joins the Hall-of-Famer Koufax, who did it in three different years.
Buehler was in command all night, throwing his second complete game of the season in LA’s 4-1 victory over the Padres. “It’s hard to imagine having more command than he did tonight,” manager Dave Roberts said of his starting pitcher. “He was ahead and as dominant as you can be.
“Looking at the way he was throwing the baseball. There was no stress, the delivery wasn’t compromised at all. He was getting ahead all night long. He had his way with a good lineup.”
Dominant might be an understatement. On the night, the 25-year-old had 15 strikeouts to go along with zero walks. This isn’t new, as earlier in the season, he had a 16 strikeout and zero walk performance. Buehler became the 3rd different pitcher in the MLB history to have multiple starts with 15 strikeouts and 0 walks in the same season. “It’s big,” Buehler said about getting another complete game. “It just signifies being efficient and doing my job on pitch count.”
Buehler threw 110 pitches on the night, with 80 of them going for strikes. He didn’t have a three-ball count until the final batter of the game. With his pitch count getting up there as he exited the eighth, there was no conversation with his manager about not going out there to finish things off in the ninth.
“That was something I didn’t think I needed to fight him,” Roberts said. “We were thinking the same thing.”
Buehler knew when he exited the mound in the eighth that he’d be going back out there as he looked to complete the game. “There was no real conversation,” he said. “He said keep going. Had he told me the opposite of that, we probably would have been in a little argument, but that’s okay, that’s the way it should be. Luckily I was in a good enough spot where I could go finish it.”
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Forget MVP: Belli, Yeli may duel for Triple Crown
The Brewers’ Christian Yelich and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger will spend the last two months of the regular season jockeying for position in the National League MVP race. But that’s not the only personal accomplishment at stake.
There is also the Triple Crown. Yes, really.
It’s a feat that may seem a bit old-fashioned these days, depending on a player leading his league in three traditional stats: batting average, home runs and RBIs. Yet it still carries some serious weight, with Miguel Cabrera (2012) the only player to win one since 1967, and one of 10 players to win one -- including two who did it twice -- since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.
Last season, Yelich’s torrid second half propelled him into a late run at the Triple Crown, although both he and Boston’s J.D. Martinez in the AL fell a bit short. Yelich remained in contention until the end, entering the Brewers’ Oct. 1 tiebreaker game against the Cubs within one home run and two RBIs. Ultimately, Yelich won the NL batting title handily (.326) and finished tied for third in homers (36) and tied for second in RBIs (110).
With less than two months to go this season, Yelich is once again in the thick of the NL Triple Crown chase. But this time he has company, with Bellinger neck-and-neck with him through Friday’s action.
Let’s break it down.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
After keeping Dustin May at the deadline, Dodgers debut 'Gingergaard'
LOS ANGELES -- Fifth Third Field, home to the Cincinnati Reds' Class A affiliate in Dayton, Ohio, is among the most electric venues in the minor league circuit, with more than 1,300 consecutive sellouts and counting. Now picture, if you will, that crowd, on a Saturday night in April, catching a glimpse of an opposing pitcher who's 6-foot-6, scrawny as can be, with a lush red afro puffing out of his cap and an accompanying red beard running down to his chin.
The unflattering comps poured in as soon as Dustin May began to warm up.
Sideshow Bob!
Carrot Top!
Ginger!
Connor McGuiness, pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Class A affiliate in Great Lakes, Michigan, at the time, quickly became concerned about the mental state of his then-19-year-old starting pitcher.
Then he checked on him.
"It just didn't faze him," McGuiness said of May. "I think it rattled me more than it did him."
It was in that moment -- on April 29, 2017 -- when McGuiness realized he was dealing with the rarest of prospects, the type who can match dominant stuff with unflappable poise. May earned the nickname 'Gingergaard' because his stuff and his hair seemed to resemble some red-headed version of Noah Syndergaard. But he was hit with far more unflattering nicknames in so many of the visiting stadiums he pitched in.
"And he embraced it," McGuiness said. "He never flinched."
It made McGuiness believe that someday, whenever that might be, the stakes and the pressure of the major leagues wouldn't unhinge May. That day arrived, sooner than expected, on Friday. And though May wasn't particularly dominant -- he was charged with three earned runs on nine hits in 5 ⅔ innings of a 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres -- his presence earned him at least one more start with the 2019 Dodgers.
"We'll go from there," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "But it was fun to see him really keep his composure throughout that start."
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” home run is now on a T-shirt - True Blue LA
BreakingT makes the most epic T-shirts
You can’t deny how unbelievably clutch Will Smith has been in his 14 games with the Dodgers. He always finds himself in the batter’s box during high-stakes situations and, more often than not, delivers in a big way.
The young star already has six home runs — four of them go-ahead homers — and 19 RBIs. Dinger No. 6 came at the perfect time. The Dodgers were down by one run against the Padres, the bases were loaded, the crowd was wild, then BOOM, grand slam.
It seems like this story is straight out of Hollywood. So of course, SportsNetLA announcer Joe Davis had the perfect call.
Given Will Smith has the same name as the iconic Hollywood actor, “I Am Legend” served a double purpose, since Smith is basically a legend now and it’s also the name of one of Will Smith’s movies.
You can buy your “I Am Legend” T-shirt here!
What better way to commemorate this moment than with a T-shirt? BreakingT, like Smith, always comes in clutch with the best of the best. Here’s a close look at the shirt.
It’s already the second T-shirt he’s on, and it’s only been 14 games! Talk about an amazing start.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger makes history as Dodgers fall to Padres - True Blue LA
Dustin May takes the loss in first career start
Cody Bellinger became the quickest Dodger to reach 100 home runs on Friday night, as he crushed his 36th homer of the season over the center field fence. Unfortunately, it was the only offense on the night for LA, as they fell to the Padres, 5-2.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
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Dustin May on his MLB Debut and what he learned from his first taste of the big leagues. (first 2:20)
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After battling for nine pitches with Hunter Renfroe, rookie Dustin May has his first strikeout.

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It's Gingergaard time -- What to know for Dodgers prospect Dustin May's MLB debut
No, the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't make a big splash at the deadline -- but pitching help is still on the way for the team that owns MLB's best record. On Friday night, L.A.'s top pitching prospect, Dustin May, will make his major league debut on the mound against the San Diego Padres.
As the 6-foot-6 21-year-old with a blazing fastball and incredible hair gets ready to take the mound, here are five things you need to know about L.A.'s new pitcher.
He already has one of the best nicknames in baseball: Thanks to his nasty stuff, large frame and flowing locks, May has earned comparisons to Noah Syndergaard. But there's one major difference: May's hair is bright red, leading to the incredible nickname of Gingergaard, easily one of the best in MLB before he ever throws a major league pitch. He'll also have company in the red-hair, red-beard club with the Dodgers in veteran Justin Turner.
The hype is real: May checked in at No. 13 overall on Keith Law's midseason top 50 prospects update, making him the No. 2 prospect in L.A.'s system behind shortstop Gavin Lux and the No. 4 pitcher on Law's entire list. After seeing him pitch in this year's All-Star Futures Game, Law called May "one of the most athletic pitchers in pro ball" with "a lightning-quick arm."
May is really young: At 21 years, 330 days old (as of Friday), he will be youngest Dodgers starter pitcher to make his MLB debut since Julio Urías (19) in 2016. In fact, May was the youngest pitcher on Oklahoma City's roster by more than a full year while going 3-0 with 2.30 ERA in five starts at Triple-A this season.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
20 Reasons For Optimism As Dodgers Head Down The Stretch
The trade deadline has come and gone and there's no crying over spilt personnel. We detailed that story yesterday. Today we give you 20 reasons for optimism as the Dodgers head down the stretch. Ready? Go!
1. There is no stretch. The Dodgers have the National League West won.
2. There’s no jinxing in baseball! No jinxing!!
3. Los Angeles kept all of their top 20 prospects, about which they can be proud. And some of them may contribute to a World Series victory.
4. Dustin May may be one of those prospects to make a vital contribution. And we’re going to find out soon. The 21-year-old right-hander takes the ball Friday night versus the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine.
5. Prospect and sometimes big leaguer Tony Gonsolin may be a difference maker in October too. It’s impossible to predict the postseason, which is what makes it so compelling. And why we love it so. The history books are filled with improbable endings provided by the least expected.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Here are my feelings #Dodgers – Dodger Thoughts
I’ve long since surrendered the notion that the way I feel about the Dodgers has any widespread resonance.
At my peak, I had a niche. There’s definitely a segment of readers who tend to relate to me. But if my writing about the team had been any more transcendent than that, I genuinely think I would still be writing about the Dodgers full time. Failing to crack the mainstream wasn’t the reason I shifted gears — it was more about my desire to prioritize other things — but being a more popular voice might have affected those priorities, or at least their timetable. 
That’s a long-winded preface for me to say that I wanted to write about my reaction to the absence of a blockbuster move at the trade deadline by the Dodgers, but without the expectation that most people would share my view. I’m not writing to convince you of anything. I’m just expressing myself.  If you like, read it as you would the work of an alien.
Here’s what I think. 
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Dodgers Are Baseball’s Most Versatile Team | FiveThirtyEight
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ recent success — two National League pennants, six straight division titles (with a seventh on the way) and MLB’s best record since 2013 — has been built around smart trades, an impressive player-development pipeline and exceptionally deep pockets. But L.A. is also good at gaining advantages around the edges, from overshooting their allotted budget under the old international signing system to exploiting the injured-list rules in the name of roster flexibility.
And one of the best tricks these current Dodgers have up their sleeve is versatility. It’s how they can roll out a different defensive configuration practically every game, and still have one of the top defenses in baseball.
So far this year, Los Angeles has seen seven players — Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, Alex Verdugo, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger and Matt Beaty — log at least 10 games at multiple positions, and five of them played 15 or more games at different positions. Still others could be on the way eventually: First baseman David Freese has played 86 percent of his career defensive games at third base despite only logging two games there so far this season for L.A.; third baseman Justin Turner hasn’t played much second base in years but about 15 percent of his career games are there; catcher Austin Barnes has played nearly 20 percent of his career games at second base as well. The Dodgers have obliterated the old-fashioned notion of positional redundancy by building a roster of hybrid fielders who can move around wherever the team needs on a given night.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
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. caught up with Tony Gonsolin after going 4 stellar innings to help seal a win at Coors.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 18: Will Smith takes over for Austin Barnes at catcher - True Blue LA
Pitcher of the week
Hyun-jin Ryu continued his stellar campaign, allowing only one run while pitching into the seventh inning on Friday night against Washington. Honorable mention goes to Clayton Kershaw, who pitched six innings and struck out nine on a Saturday that saw the Dodgers pick up their MLB-leading 69th victory.
Miscellany
Century city: Justin Turner’s tiebreaking three-run shot in Friday’s win over the Nationals was his 100th home run with the Dodgers. He’s the 28th player to hit 100 home runs in franchise history, and the second to join the list this season, along with Joc Pederson who hit hit 100th career shot on May 14. Cody Bellinger is likely to join them soon, ending the week at 98 career home runs.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Power Rankings -- Red Sox, Cardinals, Indians surging at the deadline
1 Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 record: 69-38
Week 16 ranking: 1
With the demotion of Austin Barnes to Triple-A and the promotion of Will Smith, look for Smith to carry the bulk of the catching duties moving forward. He celebrated his return to the majors Saturday by going 3-for-3 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs, and has seven extra-base hits in his limited time in the majors. Barnes was hitting .196/.288/.328, and backup Russell Martin's line is .217/.341/.280, so Smith could be a significant offensive upgrade at catcher -- he was hitting .269/.381/.605 at Triple-A. -- David Schoenfield
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodger pregame notes for July 28, 2019 - True Blue LA
Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo each have five or more home runs this season
When Will Smith hits his fifth home run this season, he will join Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo as Dodger rookies with five or more home runs in 2019. Verdugo has hit 12 while Beaty has five and Smith hit his fourth yesterday.
The Dodgers trail the Diamondbacks for the National League lead as they have three rookies with five or more home runs. The Blue Jays lead all MLB teams with five rookies with five or more home runs.
When Smith joins Verdugo and Beaty, the 2019 Dodgers will be tied for second in LA Dodger history. The other teams with three rookies with five or more home runs include 2015 with current Dodgers, Kiké Hernández and Joc Pederson and the 2006 Dodgers with their teammate Russell Martin.
The team with four players played in 1958, the Dodgers first season in Los Angeles.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Will Smith impressed in return to the Dodgers - True Blue LA
The Dodgers record improves to 69-37
Will Smith is the real deal.
The young catcher drove in six runs in the Dodgers 9-2 win over the Nationals. He was 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and a solo home run, with the six RBI setting a Los Angeles Dodgers record for rookie catchers, surpassing Mike Piazza who had five. His performance was doubly impressive because it comes in his first 10 career games.
(Note that Hungling was also a catcher.)
Clayton Kershaw earned his ninth win of the season with his great performance on Saturday. He only gave up one hit after a first inning blip where he allowed two earned runs to score. The lefty struck out nine batters, which is tied for his second-most Ks in a game this season.
He also went at least six innings for the 18th time this season, which is all his starts!
The Dodgers were unable to do any damage against Matt Grace, the Nationals opener, in the first two innings. Grace pitched a pair of perfect innings with three strikeouts. But when Grace was replaced by Joe Ross, the offense started to have their act together. The Dodgers smacked nine hits and scored seven runs off of the righthander, including Smith’s home run.
Joe Kelly was the only blemish to the Dodgers bullpen performance on Saturday afternoon, giving up one run via a home run. Caleb Ferguson and JT Chargois each pitched a scoreless inning.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Julio Urias could be most valuable arm in bullpen - True Blue LA
He’s quietly been a top reliever in the NL
With the trade deadline quickly approaching, it’s looking more likely that the Dodgers will be one of the more active teams across the league. With an obvious need for a bullpen upgrade, there should be no shortage on teams looking to stock up on some of LA’s most promising draft prospects.
As the Dodgers will be looking to avoid a third-straight World Series loss, it’s expected the team will go all-out this time around, with the hopes of delivering the first championship to the city of Los Angeles in over 30 years. There’s no question that the Dodgers have the prospects to acquire essentially any piece they so wish.
Now before we get started, let me be the first to say, I absolutely think that the Dodgers need to acquire at least one bullpen arm. In a perfect world, I would hope they get two, but we’ll stick to one for now. As I mentioned, they have the prospects to acquire whoever they want. The only problem, though, is the price they’ll likely have to pay. It’s safe to say a trade for an elite reliever will cost not only one top five prospect, but likely two. I don’t know what the front office is currently thinking, so I’m not entirely sure how “all-out” they’re willing to go.
Let’s say for the sake of this article, they stand pat, and don’t make a move for a reliever. That actually might not be a bad thing. Quietly, the Dodgers have had one of the better relief pitchers in baseball over the last month-and-a-half with Julio Urias.
Over his last 11 games, Urias has posted an ERA of 0.37, while holding opponents to an average of only .110, both the lowest in the majors during that stretch. Of the qualified pitchers who have thrown at least 23 innings since June 5, Urias also has a wOBA of .162, the lowest across the board as well.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers playing like a World Series return is inevitable | SI.com
If you don’t think the World Series goes through Los Angeles, you didn’t see Cody Bellinger in the ninth inning of a 16-2 blowout of the Phillies July 15. Already with two home runs in the game and up by 12 runs, the Dodgers slugger beat out a groundball to first base for an infield hit.
The Dodgers aren’t just the best team in baseball. They aren’t just the original template for how to play modern baseball. They aren’t just a financial juggernaut with a $206 million payroll, a $20 million “research and development” budget and the biggest gate attraction that will sell almost half a million more tickets this year than any other team.
The Dodgers are grinders.
It takes some getting used to, but it’s true: Hollywood’s favorite team is a blue-collar band of brothers who don’t mind sharing positions and the spotlight.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Power Rankings -- Surging Indians, A's and Nats reignite races
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 record: 67-35
Week 15 ranking: 1
Chris Taylor landed on the injured list because of a fracture in his left forearm that will keep him out four to six weeks. That could open the door for 21-year-old Gavin Lux, who has been tearing the cover off the ball since his promotion to Triple-A (he hit .500 with six home runs his first 14 games). The Dodgers will also be looking to add to their bullpen at the trade deadline, maybe somebody like Shane Greene of the Tigers or, if they want to think big, Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates (who would probably want Lux in return). -- David Schoenfield
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
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