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Marlins Sweep Dodgers. Mattingly Sleeps Like Baby. Roberts, Not So Much.

The Dodgers had dropped three games to the Marlins, only avoiding a sweep because it was a four-game series. Could Kenta Maeda, the Dodgers’ number two starter, who pitches in the number three slot, be a stopper-san and break the Dodgers’ losing streak? How would the recently anemic Dodgers’ bats do against Miami’s Jose Fernandez? There would also be some drama around the first matchup between Maeda and Ichiro. In…

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Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers May Never Score Again

Never. Ever…again. Leave it to the Dodgers to make Don Mattingly look like a genius. The club is playing a special brand of crappy uninspired baseball. Last night’s 2-0 loss to the Marlins set a remarkable precedent for feeble offense. Now the Dodgers must defeat Jose Fernandez on Thursday night to avoid a sweep at the hands of Don Mattingly and the Marlins. Isn’t moneyball grand? You know things are bad when…

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Dodgers Flail Bats and Fail, Don Mattingly Flails Arms and Sails

The Dodgers took on Don Mattingly‘s Marlins in the third of a four-game series, seeing brooms in their rearview mirrors, and Scott Kazmir took the mound, nursing an on again/off again thumb injury. Manager Dave Roberts shuffled his lineup, placing Enrique Hernandez, Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez at the top of the order. Would the move pay off and spark some runs, which are now scarcer at Dodger Stadium than…

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Yasiel Puig

Dodgers Must Turn The Page For Game 3

The Dodgers are going to have to pick themselves up from their bootstraps and forget about Tuesday night’s demoralizing meltdown loss to the Marlins. It’s a tough one to get over because it happened against Clayton Kershaw. Even the best of them have bad nights. Kershaw has been flawless before that stupid inning. Fortunately there’s always another game the next day in baseball. The real puzzler has been the lackluster offense. The…

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Clayton Kershaw

Kershaw’s Mysterious Sixth Inning Meltdown Dooms Dodgers

The Dodgers had one job coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. They were supposed to forget about Monday night’s 3-2 loss and defeat the lowly Marlins to even the series. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound against mediocre Tom Koehler it certainly seemed like there was a good chance of that happening. The Dodgers were up 3-0 in the sixth inning and Kershaw and the Dodgers were…

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Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford Returns, Koehler Counters Kershaw in Game 2

The Dodgers suffered another embarrassing loss in a series opener on Monday night 3-2 to the lowly Mattingly Marlins. This might be more pathetic than losing to the Braves. There is nothing worse than making Don Mattingly happy. I can’t stand these awful all righty lineups that Andrew Friedman is coercing Dave Roberts into putting out with left handers on the mound. He did the same thing when Mattingly was still at…

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Dodgers Drop First Game Of Series, AGAIN

Tonight was the first game of a seven-game homestand at Chavez Ravine, and the first time that Don Mattingly would manage against his former team. Ross Stripling was on the mound for the Dodgers, and Wei-Yin Chen for the Miami Marlins. The word from Vinny was, if Chen gets three or more runs, he’s 41-10. Skipper Dave Roberts sent out an all-righty lineup, and after 19 games, Adrian Gonzalez got…

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It’s Deja Vu Again, Adrian Gonzalez Is The Unsung Hero Of 2016

First things first. Adrian Gonzalez is so cool, he’s got nicknames in two languages. He’s even had a nickname bestowed upon him by none other than the venerable Vin Scully. Gonzalez is a star in MLB and world-class competition. Fans of multiple teams – even rivals – love him. Teammates and opposing pitchers respect him. The man’s personal home run routines even show up in video games. All of this…

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Marlins/Dodgers Series Features Old Friends and Familiar Faces

The Dodgers had to come from behind to defeat the Rockies 12-10 in a wild game on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of lead changes, blown holds, and a lot of runs gave us a pretty typical Coors Field type game. The bullpen is still pretty bad and Kenley Jansen is still really good. Playing at Coors Field is like playing on the moon. The Dodgers will now return home to play…

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Road Trip-Round Up LADR PodCast On ZCast Tonight At 8 PST

Hey everybody, Join Scott and Oscar on the ZCast network for a podcast wrapping up this incredible road trip, and previewing the upcoming series against the Marlins. You can also live chat with us during the broadcast. There’s a lot to cover, from Heroes and Goats of the road trip, to Scott playing the role of Dodgers G.M. and dealing with the starting pitching staff, and talking about the return…

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Dodgers Win 12-10 Rubber Match With Flying Players And Bouncing Leads

In the final game of the Dodgers’ road trip the Rockies sent Jordan Lyles to the Coors Field mound. He’s a former first round draft pick, but has never beaten the Dodgers (0-3).  The Boys in Blue brought Alex Wood, who seems to be 0 for everybody else. This game had everything! Guys crashing into walls. Guys crashing into the stands. 4-run innings. 5-run innings! In short, it was typical…

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Clayton Kershaw

Numberfire Breaks Down Clayton Kershaw’s Eephus Pitch

Remember when Clayton Kershaw tossed that 46-mph eephus ball on Thursday afternoon in Atlanta? The floater befuddled batter Tyler Flowers and the Braves, and delighted everyone on twitter. It was something you don’t normally see every day, especially from a three-time Cy Young award winner who is notorious for sawing off bats like he was tossing chainsaws to the plate. Apparently Kershaw was not supposed to throw that pitch, nor…

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Kenta Maeda Flirts With No-Hitter, Goes Home With A Win

Kenta Maeda brought some Japanese-flavored Dodger mojo to the mound at Coors Field tonight, trying to right the Dodgers’ ship after yesterday’s loss. He got us all thinking about something special for a couple of innings, and caused the boys in the broadcast truck to dust off the old videotapes of Hideo Nomo‘s Colorado no-hitter. He eventually lost the bid to match his fellow countryman’s rainy day feat, but he…

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Yasiel Puig

Dodgers Try To Even Series With Rockies, Deal With New Injuries

The Dodger bullpen blew another one just hours after Oscar jinxed them with an article praising their recent performances. Of course we all would love to be able to blame Oscar for the problems with the pen if only because it’s really funny. All joking aside it is not Oscar’s fault. The bullpen had been pitching better lately. Oscar details that well in his latest. However the bullpen fully regressed by blowing…

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Dodgers Crash And Burn Upon Arrival At Coors Field

The Dodgers went to bed last night feeling pretty good about themselves after taking two of three games from Atlanta. They will go to bed tonight feeling quite differently. Scott Kazmir came into Coors Field with a personal mission of pushing beyond the fourth inning demon that has been stopping him. He managed to go five innings, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to win in…

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Don’t Look Now, But The Dodgers’ Bullpen Has Quietly Come Back

The Dodgers bullpen opened the 2016 campaign against the Padres and posted an impressive ERA of zero point zero. In fact, the team’s entire pitching staff put up an almost unbelievable ERA of 0.00 after crushing the Padres in all three games. Then came the hell that was the series in San Francisco. In a horrendous series the Dodgers fumbled away leads of 4-0, 5-0, and a rainy day, no-hitter…

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