2012 MLB Playoff Chase: Dodgers still trying to become the least best NL playoff team

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The Dodgers are currently three games back of the Cardinals for the National League‘s final playoff spot. Los Angeles has a 4.5% chance of making the playoffs according to Cool Standings and a 5.6% chance according to Baseball Prospectus. Doesn’t take a math whiz to figure that 1-in-20 aren’t good odds, but gaining a game and a half over the ... Read More »

Eric Gagne says 80% of Dodger teammates used PEDs, but the type of PEDs matters to me

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Former Dodger closer Eric Gagne released a biography in French recently, called “Game Over: The Story Of Eric Gagne“, and within that book he estimates that 80% of his Dodger teammates used PEDs, though the story is more than a bit light on specifics. Gagne, who set a major league record while converting 84 consecutive save chances, admits that he ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Dodgers Risk Kershaw, Hanley & Victorino Hurt, Billingsley & Lilly On The Mend

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Clayton Kershaw has an impingement of the right hip and threw off a mound on Friday prior to making the start Sunday. I’ve made my feelings on the topic known before: they should shut him down. Don Mattingly, via Dylan Hernandez, said: “The last thing I want to be involved with is pitching Clayton Kershaw hurt. If I knew something ... Read More »

Aaron Harang starting on short rest probably seems like a bad idea because it is

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Aaron Harang will likely start Sunday’s game against the Reds on short rest, according to Don Mattingly. It could be bad. That leaves Sunday’s slot open, and one day after saying right-hander John Ely — who has made only two appearances in the Major Leagues this season, both in relief — could start, Mattingly said right-hander Aaron Harang likely will ... Read More »

Tonight’s win expectancy chart for Dodgers/Nationals game is a middle finger, which about sums it up

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The Dodgers were sailing along to an easy 6-0 victory today when a funny thing happened on the way to Josh Beckett‘s complete game shutout. Mike Morse led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer, and two batters later, Steve Lombardozzi cut the lead by two more. By the end of the inning, it was Morse again hurting ... Read More »

Clayton Kershaw trying to throw without using his hips sounds like a swell idea … no it doesn’t

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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got a second opinion on his hip today, which revealed nothing new from the doctor, but we did get a few tidbits dropped on the situation by other people. Clayton Kershaw was examined Tuesday by a hip specialist, who said the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner can continue to pitch without risking further damage ... Read More »

Making Moves: Mattingly & Colletti Return + Gordon, Fife, Herrera Called On To Contribute

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Chad delved into it further here, but the Dodgers have retained the services of Ned Colletti with a multi-year extension. They have also let it be known that Don Mattingly won’t be going anywhere. Mattingly I can live with (but please, for the love of every God ever worshiped, stop bunting, especially with A.J. Ellis), though my preference has always ... Read More »

Don Mattingly Will Be Back In 2013 … And Ned Colletti Will Be As Well

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Both Ned Colletti and Don Mattingly will return to the Dodgers in 2013. Colletti’s extension is according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, though no details have been released yet. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and the team have a new deal to keep Colletti in the role he’s held since late 2005, CBSSports.com has learned. Colletti’s contract called for mutual ... Read More »

Want Don Mattingly gone? Well you probably aren’t going to get your wish…

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Don Mattingly will “likely” be retained by the Dodgers no matter how they finish the season, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. How about Sciosica to the Dodgers, Don Mattingly to the Yankees? Fun to think about, but extremely unlikely. The Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension with GM Ned Colletti and likely will do the same with Mattingly ... Read More »