Author Archives: Chad Moriyama

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Dodgers begin to peel back the curtain on Matt Kemp’s struggles with shoulder and swing

Recently, I wrote about what I thought Matt Kemp was doing wrong with his hitting mechanics and how I thought his shoulder’s health might factor into it. Since then, coincidentally, a ton of information regarding his struggles has come out, as both the Dodgers and Kemp himself apparently thought it was about time they came clean. Kemp, despite still putting ... Read More »

A Struggling Matt Kemp: Health, Timing, And Swing Path

For better or for worse, the Dodgers offense has basically followed Matt Kemp’s lead since 2010. Following a breakout 2009 and the departure of Manny Ramirez, Kemp slumped miserably in 2010 and the team’s offense followed suit. He then single-handedly buoyed a terrible lineup in 2011, and he was well on his way towards doing the same in 2012 before ... Read More »

Don Mattingly has his ‘Wu-Tang moment’, keeps it real, we’ll see if it goes wrong

Yesterday, Don Mattingly had what I call a “Wu-Tang moment”, inspired by the “When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong” skit on Chappelle’s Show. Humorous? Yes, but what it mean to me is that Mattingly basically dropped all the fronts and simply went in on the Dodgers players and front office in surprisingly pointed comments. “We’re in last place in the ... Read More »

Dodgers have recently become one of the most clutch teams in the MLB, all for Don Mattingly

So you’ve heard a lot about Don Mattingly and his job security recently — hell, I just wrote about it — but this article from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports spread around yesterday, and it touched on all the common refrains you’ve been hearing, including harping on the team’s hitting with RISP. They wonder why the players don’t spend more ... Read More »

On Don Mattingly’s hot seat, the need for a manager with ‘fire’, and potential replacements

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The discontent with the Dodgers was loud and clear after yesterday’s loss, and for good reason. The team is last in the NL West, have the sixth-worst record in the MLB, and are tied for the fourth-worst run differential in baseball. It’s a horrible time to be the manager of the Dodgers right now, and we all know it, including ... Read More »

Dodgers setup Luis Cruz for a phantom DL stint because they can’t risk losing him or something

Seemingly out of nowhere, Dodgers third baseman/shortstop Luis Cruz has bone spurs in his throwing elbow. Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz said he was available to play Sunday after being unavailable Saturday night because of a bone spur flare-up in his right elbow. Cruz said he has three spurs in his throwing elbow, and they occasionally pinch a nerve. “Since I ... Read More »

Don Mattingly isn’t going to use Kenley Jansen in the closer role, but it’s probably for the best

The Dodgers handed Brandon League a three-year contract and the closer’s role heading into the 2013 season, but his predictable fall from temporary grace in the role has led to continued questions about his viability as the closer, especially with Kenley Jansen waiting in the wings. It’s easy to see why questions are being asked, as any comparison between the ... Read More »

Here’s Kenley Jansen wiggling out of jam to get Zack Greinke the win in his return

After giving up back-to-back bloop singles to put runners on first and third to start the top of the eighth inning, Kenley Jansen managed to wriggle out of trouble without allowing a run and blowing the lead. Here’s how: That series of plate appearances set-up the Dodgers for the win, thus getting Zack Greinke a victory in his return from ... Read More »

6 Days Of Dee Gordon

In six short days with the team in 2013, Dee Gordon has already showcased everything that once made him a top prospect and everything that made him one of the worst players in the MLB last year. It’s a tiny sample, yet he’s managed to fit in so much amazement and failure that his performance has been noteworthy, regardless. In ... Read More »

Trading things of value for Mike Scioscia are what my nightmares are made of

Mike Scioscia‘s job with the Angels is in jeopardy due to their slow start, much like people seem to think Don Mattingly‘s job is. Ken Rosenthal throws gas on both fires by suggesting that the Angels deal Scioscia to the Dodgers. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com believes Angels manager Mike Scioscia needs a fresh start and proposes the Dodgers as the ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: A-Gon’s odd neck injury, Hanley out a while, Greinke ahead of schedule

Zack Greinke appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken collarbone. The original diagnosis after the surgery was for Greinke to return to pitching for the Dodgers in eight weeks after the Apr. 13 procedure, which would put him in line for a return around June 8. But given that Greinke is already throwing bullpen sessions, ... Read More »

Making Moves: Yasiel Puig arrested, injury moves, player released

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Yasiel Puig, in addition to being shelved on the DL, has now been arrested in Chattanooga. Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested Sunday morning and charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving without proof of insurance. Puig was arrested by police in Chattanooga, Tenn., and spent a short time in the Hamilton County jail before he was released. Puig has ... Read More »

Padres President/CEO implies Zack Greinke is autistic, lies to fans, outs Carlos Quentin as liar

Tom Garfinkel, President and CEO of the Padres, spoke with season-ticket holders about the Zack Greinke/Carlos Quentin brawl, and he placed the blame on Greinke for the incident. While somewhat deluded, it’s not all that surprising. However, also included on the tape that Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports acquired is audio of him essentially mocking Greinke (who has social anxiety ... Read More »