NL West

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How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

Kenta Maeda, lefty-heavy rotation
Is an eight-year deal simply too much for Kenta Maeda? The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, according to multiple sources. The initial report came from Christopher Meola and was later confirmed by both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Sources: Dodgers agree to deal with Japanese RHP Kenta Maeda. Details still being worked out. Won’t be official for days. @DfineNRMLC 1st. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 31, 2015 Maeda was posted by the Carp on December 4 (according to ESPN) meaning he has a month (or until January […]

Eight years seems excessive for Kenta Maeda

What’s next for the Dodgers? My last post was part of my column that was published today and this is another perspective on the same situation. You can read my original column from Today’s Knuckleball by clicking HERE. *(it will be available at 6pm PT time, sorry!) So to continue,  as you know (if you read my previous post or if you have seen the news) Seattle Mariners’ GM Jerry Dipoto came out of nowhere and swept starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma  right out from under the Los Angeles Dodgers. Does it have an effect on the teams’ 2016 outlook? Absolutely. Things certainly look worse […]

Dodgers lose out on Iwakuma, what’s their next step?

Mattingly, Nationals, manager
Mattingly would fit well with Nationals As you all already must know, the Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have parted ways. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report the split and the mutual decision was later made official Thursday afternoon on the Dodgers’ official Twitter account. The Dodgers and Don Mattingly have mutually agreed that Mattingly will not return to manage the club in 2016. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2015 Both reports stated that the decision was mutual; however, speculation about Mattingly’s job security has run rampant for months, if not the entire five years […]

Nationals managerial search should turn towards Mattingly

Not all baseball seasons end like the one in the picture. Everyone’s been on the opposite side of that, right? Then there are the season when you have that moment you realize you are just happy that you’re team didn’t get no-hit I had that moment on Friday night (and have had them before) and it went kinda like this: Texas Rangers’ pitcher Colby Lewis pitched a gem on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was pitching a perfect game in the eighth inning when Oakland Athletics’ third baseman Danny Valencia led off the eighth by taking […]

That moment when not getting no-hit feels like a win

Billy Burns, Billy Burns highlights, rookie of the year, potential breakout players
I’m back online for a  few hours (Wednesday afternoon I will be officially back!!_ We are  LOVING the new house but living without cable or internet is completely insane! I have missed so much!! Ron Washington was named the new A’s third base coach, Sean Doolittle is back and Kendall Graveman is on the DL – and that’s just a small sample of one team! I can’t imagine all that I have missed in general baseball news! It’s terrible!  So back to this post. I’ve talked A LOT on my blog about why the Oakland Athletics’ lead-off hitter and center […]

Check out some of my favorite Billy Burns highlights (videos)

Matt Kemp, Bryce Harper and Ichiro Suzuki each left their own mark on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. While each achievement had its own level of significance each one certainly made a mundane Friday afternoon into something a little more exciting. Prior to the start of play on Friday just two teams out of the 30 in baseball today had never had a player hit for the cycle. By the end of the night that number was whittled down to just one. The San Diego Padres were one of those teams, which does seem odd as one would have thought that […]

Harper, Ichiro, Kemp each make their mark on Friday

Keuchel and Kazmir
When you think of the best front of the rotation starters in baseball, who comes to mind? If you’ve watched baseball at all within the last five years, then the first pair of pitchers your mind should go to should be the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starters Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.  They are undoubtedly the best one-two punch in baseball. It’s not even worth questioning. However, there are other good combinations out there such as the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. While they may not involve a three-time Cy Young Award winner who is also the reigning […]

How do Astros’ Keuchel and Kazmir compare to competition?

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Update: July 26, 2015 11:45 pm PT Well I decided, stupidly to check Twitter one last time tonight and Jon Morosi has confirmed that the Blue Jays will be sending Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman along with Jose Reyes and another player to the Rockies in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Sources confirm #Rockies getting Reyes, Castro, Hoffman and one more player from #BlueJays in the blockbuster. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2015 Original Text: July 26, 2015 10:00 pm PT HOLY WOW! TROY TULOWITZKI IS NOW A TORONTO BLUE JAY!! See, I wrote that in caps […]

Troy Tulowitzki traded to Toronto

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When they fired former manager Bud Black yesterday the San Diego Padres made it clear that they were going to find an interim manager for the club within 24-48 hours. Well, they’ve found one already in Pat Murphy, the manager of the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate the El Paso Chihuahuas. Murphy, 56, has been with the Padres organization for the past six years, spending parts of the past three seasons as manager of the Chihuahuas. He joined the organization in 2010 as a special assistant to baseball operations and was managing at Short Class-A Eugene by 2011, where he stayed for […]

Pat Murphy is Padres’ interim manager

Mark Trumbo
The Seattle Mariners announced a six-player trade Wednesday with the Arizona Diamondbacks mainly to acquire outfielder Mark Trumbo. Source: #Mariners have acquired Mark Trumbo from #DBacks. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 3, 2015 This comes after the Mariners were just swept at home by the New York Yankees in an attempt to add power to a lineup that has vastly under performed this season. The Mariners were expected to be a force to be reckoned with this season having added arguably the best second baseman in baseball in Robinson Cano in 2014 and last season’s MLB home run champion in […]

Mariners trade for Diamondbacks’ Mark Trumbo

Back in late April Jarrod Saltalamacchia was on paternity leave as a member of the Miami Marlins. Upon his return, the club designated him for assignment, in favor of using J.T. Realmuto behind the plate with Jeff Mathis as their back-up catcher. Saltalamacchia received the news just 16 months after the club had signed him to a three-year $21 million deal. With no other teams wanting to take on that kind of money, Saltalamacchia signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in early May. He has since been playing with their Triple-A affiliate in Reno. Wednesday was not […]

DBacks’ purchase Saltalamacchia’s contract