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2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Relief Pitchers

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Kenley Jansen Since debuting in 2010, Kenley Jansen has been one of the game’s truly elite relief aces, and 2013 was his best showing yet. Kenley began the year as the set-up man to Brandon League after League was gifted a ridiculous three-year deal, and though the cries were numerous and persistent to not give Brandon high-leverage situations over Kenley, ... Read More »

[Updated] Dodgers 2013 NLCS player panic ratings: Which player will fans flood my mentions with curse words about?

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I did player panic ratings for the Dodgers before the NLDS, so I figured why not do them for the NLCS too? See, while fans go nuts at players during the regular season, they absolutely lose sanity during the postseason. I understand that, because there’s more at stake, but sane people let it go after they calm down, while insane ... Read More »

2013 NLDS Game 4: Dodgers 4, Braves 3 – Part 2 – The aftermath + celebration GIFS

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The Dodgers won. Celebration time? Celebration time. —– The man of the day, Juan Uribe. Vindicated, in a way. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp show why he’s a clubhouse favorite. Puig also destroyed a TBS camera while Uribe was being interviewed. Hanley Ramirez goes nuts (also notice Adrian Gonzalez laughing at Hanley on the right before Puig dumps him): Nick ... Read More »

The Dodgers finally release 2013 NLDS roster: Capuano, Dee, SVS in; Hairston, Marmol, Volquez out

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The Dodgers finally released their roster for the 2013 NLDS (‘finally’ because they had less than an hour to get it in), and it included some surprises. Good surprises. Starting Pitchers Clayton Kershaw Zack Greinke Hyun Jin Ryu Ricky Nolasco Relief Pitchers Kenley Jansen Brian Wilson J.P. Howell Ronald Belisario Paco Rodriguez Chris Withrow Chris Capuano No surprises with the ... Read More »

My petty post for the year

Disclaimer: If you don’t care or don’t want to read about stupid, childish men getting catty over the Internetz — you know, like a normal human being wouldn’t care — then click out of this article. Seriously. It’s really dumb. —– So yesterday, I wrote a Michael Young post basically saying that the Dodgers shouldn’t expect much, I didn’t see ... Read More »

Dodgers September roster expansion probabilities: Van Slyke, Withrow, Butera, and friends

Tomorrow is the day the Dodgers have been awaiting for a month now: the day rosters expand. The bullpen doesn’t currently consist of Brian Wilson, Brandon League, Carlos Marmol, and Edinson Volquez because they’re the best the organization has, but rather because they have upside and the team wants another month to evaluate them for the postseason roster and 2014. ... Read More »

What should we expect to get from Brian Wilson?

Reliever Brian Wilson is already with the Dodgers in Philadelphia, and it’s widely expected that he’ll be activated as soon as today, so it’s worth taking a look at what fans should realistically expect from him going forward. In four rehab appearances between A+ and AAA, Wilson has pitched four and a third innings, struck out three, walked none, and ... Read More »

Matt Kemp and Paco Rodriguez team up to foil Brandon League’s attempt to blow a 3-run lead

One would think that a three-run lead against a relatively light-hitting, currently struggling Giants lineup would be enough for just about any reliever, but not so for Brandon League. He gave up two runs in the ninth without recording an out, putting the game at 6-5 with a runner on first for Paco Rodriguez to save. He did just that ... Read More »

Making Moves: Closer change + Castellanos, Withrow debut + two promoted, two released

Don Mattingly has named Kenley Jansen closer following Brandon League being Brandon League and imploding in a save situation yet again. When asked how he would get the ball to Jansen, Donnie Baseball said something you’d prefer your manager to not say publicly: With Jansen closing, how will Dodgers get the ball to the 9th inning? Mattingly: “That’s a great ... 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 »

ZiPS projects the 2013 Dodgers: Good but not great

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The 2013 projection for the Dodgers from Dan Szymborski‘s ZiPS system was released last week, and given that it’s probably my favorite forecasting tool, it’s worth a look to see how the team fared. Forecasting is not a complete science, obviously, and I’ll address some of the potential pitfalls as we go along, but it’s better to use objective tools ... Read More »

2012 Winter Meetings: Greinke looms, Anibal in reserve, Soriano/Lowe relief options, SS/3B

Zack Greinke news is dribbling in slowly, especially given that talks were expected to escalate quickly. The latest speculation is that the Dodgers and Rangers are out ahead, according to Bill Shaikin. The Dodgers and Rangers appear to be the favorites for Greinke, with the Angels as the dark horse, tweets Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. So apparently ... Read More »