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Why Does Don Mattingly Think He Can’t Demote Dee Gordon From The Top Of The Order?

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People are always asking me on Twitter whether Dee Gordon will be demoted. Demoted? Please. Don Mattingly won’t even budge on dropping him from the top spot in the lineup. For whatever reason, Mattingly absolutely refuses to consider dropping Gordon from the top, and judging by what he said to AJ Cassavell yesterday, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be changing ... Read More »

Scott Elbert & His Slider

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After posting a 2.43 ERA and 2.73 FIP in 33.1 innings out of the bullpen last year, it seemed as if former top prospect Scott Elbert had found his future in the bullpen. This year though, he has struggled, posting a 5.87 ERA and a 6.35 FIP. So what’s wrong? His slider, apparently. “I feel good,” Elbert said. “I’m pounding ... Read More »

Is Ethan Martin starting to turn the corner?

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There has been no harsher critic of Ethan Martin than myself. While I once rated him as the Dodgers second-best prospect, he has since fallen flat on his face and my rankings have reflected that. This season, however, he’s showing signs of putting it all together for the first time as a professional baseball player. —– Martin was extremely raw ... Read More »

Is Javy Guerra Relying On His Fastball Too Much?

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Everybody wants to find the reason that Javy Guerra is struggling in 2012, especially after he burst onto the scene with a too-good-to-be-true 2011. One common theory? He’s throwing too many fastballs. @ChadMoriyama do you think guerra is throwing too many fastballs especially with 2 strikes? — Brian Rincon (@bmr209) April 26, 2012 I was skeptical at first, as I ... Read More »

The Curious Case Of Brian Cavazos-Galvez

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When Brian Cavazos-Galvez put up a .971 OPS with Ogden in 2009, there was some hope for the 12th-round selection. As a 22-year-old, he was a lot older than his competition, but as far as debut seasons go, it was satisfactory. He then moved up to Great Lakes the next season and posted an .863 OPS, which got some folks ... Read More »

Dodgers Fans Think They Know Chad Billingsley, But They Don’t

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Starting this year, I’ve made a habit of utilizing Twitter’s search function to find fan reactions to Dodgers events. The purpose of this is partially for laughs and partially for curiosity, but a larger part of the reason revolves around wanting to keep track of which players fans like and dislike … irrationally. So yeah, I willfully torture myself for ... Read More »

Concerns About New Dodgers Ownership Arise, But I’m Not Seeing What’s Panic Worthy

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Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times recently wrote an article about the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and it wasn’t exactly flattering. Mr. Walter, along with his colleague Todd Boehly, Guggenheim’s president, appear to be living out a childhood fantasy using other people’s money, some of whom may not even realize it. In addition to their ... Read More »

Did The Dodgers Fix A Kenley Jansen Mechanical Flaw?

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Between his Spring Training appearances and his appearance on Opening Day, Kenley Jansen was bitten by the home run ball four times in ten innings. In 80.2 IP prior to Opening Day, Jansen had only given up three homers, and the homer trend was concerning enough to make the Dodgers coaching staff address a supposed mechanical flaw they found. The ... Read More »

Ned Colletti Manages To Do Less With The Most

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“Less” — the comparative effectiveness of the franchise’s free agent spending under his reign. “Most” — the production contributed by cost controlled players while he’s been in charge. —– Ned Colletti has been the GM for one of the most successful runs in Los Angeles Dodgers history, compiling at 511-460 record since the 2006 season, good for third in the ... Read More »

Are Dodgers Fans Setting Themselves Up For Disappointment With Their 2012 Expectations?

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If you hadn’t noticed already, all of us contributors over at True Blue LA recently gave our predictions for the 2012 season. As you can see, I have the Dodgers at 81-81, finishing 3rd in the division, and missing the playoffs. I explained why in a few paragraphs. Chad Moriyama While a new era in Dodgers history has begun, the ... Read More »

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Season Preview: Relief Pitcher

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Kenley Jansen Kenley Jansen is the epitome of an under-appreciated fireman in the pen, putting out any fire, no matter the size, intensity, or probability for continuation. Pitching full-time for just about three years, the 24-year-old fireballer fanned an out-of-this-world 16.10 batters per nine innings last season. Yes, he walked a few too many (4.36), but he has plenty of ... Read More »

Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 Season Preview: Right Field

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Coming off of a 2009 season full of late-game heroics, 2010 and beyond appeared to hold great promise offensively for Andre Ethier. However, a pinkie injury in ’10 followed by a knee injury last season – along with any existing offensive flaws and limitations that remained – threw a wrench in his plans. Limited to 139 and 135 games over ... Read More »