Analysis

Yasiel Puig has accounted for over 40% of the team’s offense … that’s not good

It goes without saying that Yasiel Puig has been amazing for the Dodgers so far, but besides being both amazing at baseball and providing us with entertainment, the team itself hasn’t actually managed to get much better as a result (4-4). That’s remarkable because his wOBA is .614 and he’s making amazing defensive contributions, which means that if he did ... Read More »

Matt Kemp’s injury reveals sad state of Dodgers center field depth

Matt Kemp admitted to being hurt yesterday. No, not in connection to his ongoing lead shoulder issues, but rather having tweaked his hamstring chasing Mike Trout‘s double in center field. Kemp suffered the injury in the seventh inning chasing down Mike Trout’s leadoff double. “He felt it going into that gap. He kind of pulled up and knew out there,” ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

C.J. Nitkowski thinks Matt Kemp hangs over zone as much as Carlos Quentin, why he’s wrong

C.J. Nitkowski, for reasons unknown, decided to inject himself into the Zack Greinke/Carlos Quentin/Dodgers/Padres brawl discussion, basically saying that Quentin doesn’t hang over the plate any more than Matt Kemp does. Carlos Quentin stands on top of the plate, hangs over the strike zone? You sure about that? twitter.com/CJNitkowski/st… — CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) April 12, 2013 Kemp, same camera, same ... Read More »

Dodgers deal Aaron Harang for Ramon Hernandez, add depth, pay another to play elsewhere

Yesterday, the Dodgers dealt Aaron Harang to the Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez and effectively cleared room in their bullpen for the return of Chad Billingsley on Wednesday. The Dodgers on Saturday made official their trade of pitcher Aaron Harang and cash to the Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez. Oddly enough though, the Rockies designated Harang for assignment immediately, so ... Read More »