Numberfire Breaks Down Clayton Kershaw’s Eephus Pitch

Clayton Kershaw
April 24, 2016

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

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April 23, 2016

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

Yasiel Puig
April 23, 2016

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

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April 22, 2016

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

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April 22, 2016

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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Dodgers Open First Series at Despised Coors Field

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April 22, 2016

The Dodgers got out of Atlanta with a series win. Another extra inning win gave them their tenth win of the regular season. The Dodgers are now 10-6 this season and are now all alone in first place in the National League West. Not bad at all for a club with over a dozen players on the disabled list by opening day. This is what we were talking about when the word…

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Yasmani Grandal is Off To a Hot Start

Yasmani Grandal
April 22, 2016

Dodger catcher Yasmani Grandal is certainly off to a hot start. The 27-year old switch-hitting backstop was hampered with injuries throughout the spring. A forearm injury sidelined him, causing him to start the season on the disabled list. Grandal worked hard and battled back, and was finally able to return to game action on April 12th. Since then he’s been quite effective. Grandal has been tearing the cover off the…

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Dodgers Take Atlanta Series and Bury the Tomahawk

Clayton Kershaw
April 21, 2016

Today’s afternoon game (morning for us in LA) brought Clayton Kershaw and A.J. Ellis up against rookie Atlanta pitcher Matt Wisler. This getaway day also featured a different lineup for Dave Robert’s Dodgers; for the first time in his young career, Joc Pederson batted clean up – on his 24th birthday, no less! Here’s how the rubber match played out… 1st inning Dodgers Joc Pederson skied a soft fly ball…

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Dodgers Play Final Game at Turner Field On Getaway Day

Clayton Kershaw
April 21, 2016

The Dodgers finally realized late Wednesday evening that they were in fact playing the Atlanta Braves, one of the worst clubs in the major leagues before they rallied for a 5-3 win in extra innings to even up the three game series at one game apiece. They did fail to get a runner on base against former Dodger Jim Johnson, which is a shameful act but they won. Hey a…

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Utley Defense,Gonzalez Offense and Bullpen Grit Lead to Dodgers Win

Adrian Gonzalez
April 20, 2016

In the second of three games against the Atlanta Braves, Ross Stripling took to the mound for the Dodgers, looking to avenge the 8-1 shellacking Atlanta laid upon them in the opening game of the series. Julio Teheran went to the bump for Atlanta, and Chase Utley ensured the game would a doozy. 2nd inning Dodgers Yasmani Grandal stroked a two-out double to center. The Dodgers left him there. 3rd…

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Ross Stripling Looks To Earn First MLB Win, Even Series For Dodgers

Ross Stripling
April 20, 2016

Boy what a pathetic start to the road trip. An 8-1 loss to the Barves, I mean lousy Braves puts the Dodgers at 8-6 now through the first 14 games. That’s not terribly unimpressive, but it’s not great either. I guess with all of the players on the disabled list, it’s probably better than expected. Speaking of unimpressive, I give you Alex Wood. The left hander now has a 1.75 WHIP,…

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Dodgers Flatline, Alex Wood Flames Out, L.A. Loses 8-1 in Atlanta

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April 19, 2016

Alex Wood and the Dodgers faced the Atlanta Braves tonight. For the Dodgers, it was their first game of the season east of the Rockies. For Wood, it was his first time to pitch against the team who drafted him. In his first start of the season Wood had a disastrous meltdown after just five innings, but he bounced back and looked much improved against the Diamondbacks last week. Time…

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Alex Wood Comes Home To Battle His Former Club

Alex Wood
April 19, 2016

The Dodgers embark on their first east coast series of the season as they kick off a six game road trip with three games in Atlanta. The headline for this game is left hander Alex Wood coming home to pitch against his former club. This will be the first time Wood has faced his old club since being acquired by the Dodgers last summer. Tonight’s match-up will see the southern…

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Dave Robert’s First Bunting Fiasco Was a Bad Call

Dave Roberts
April 19, 2016

I promised myself I wouldn’t write another anti-bunting article. I’m sorry to report that I’m going to have to break that promise. I’m not breaking that promise to point out how much I hate bunting. My opinions on bunting are well known by now. I’m writing this to point out that first year manager Dave Roberts made a bad call. It’s my job as a writer, and our job as…

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It was Jackie Robinson Day, Dodgers vs Giants – and I was There

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April 18, 2016

Last Friday was Jackie Robinson Day, and I had the pleasure of attending. It was my first game of the young season. Here’s my photo report. The game was a sellout, and there were going to be pregame ceremonies with Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s wife. I arrived early because I didn’t want to miss a second of anything. Dig the Vin Scully t-shirt on this guy. I’ve gotta get me one…

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Kenta Maeda, Joc Pederson, and Dodgers Cast Shadow Over Giants

Joc Pederson
April 17, 2016

Japanese import Kenta Maeda and center fielder Joc Pederson delivered big for the Dodgers on Sunday evening during their 3-1 victory over the Giants on ESPN Sunday night baseball. Maeda’s solid pitching and Joc’s huge two-run home in the fifth frame were the difference makers for the Dodgers. The victory gave the Dodgers a series win and sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers actually defeated the…

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