Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a move with Kershaw out
With Clayton Kershaw out for potentially four to six weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move. Oddly, it’s not necessarily because of the fact that Clayton Kershaw is out that the Los Angeles Dodgers need to make a trade. The offense is good enough to carry the team for now and despite a revolving door of pitchers on the disabled list, it’s possible they could make due without having to give up a top prospect for a pitcher like the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish or the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray.  Both pitchers will come with a steep price. Darvish […]

The Los Angeles Dodgers must make a move, if not ...

division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 National League Championship Series Ok, I understand I am a bit late to post this in a seven game series but with the ALCS moving so fast, I figured the National League Championship Series, no matter how exciting it has been, had to wait until today. Since pretty much the entire world already knows about Games 1 and 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers due to all the action, I’m just going to quickly recap the highlights of both games. Beginning with Game 3 things will be back to […]

National League Championship: recaps & analysis from each game: Cubs ...

NLDS Game 5
Baseball in October. There really isn’t anything like it. Serious intensity, historic achievements, sometimes complete absurdity – and just when you think you have seen it all, there’s more. The Chicago Cubs ninth inning comeback to defeat the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night was one of those games, or so we all thought. We all thought, “Wow, now that was insane and intense and potential history in the making.” While that NLDS Game 5 may still be potential history in the making, the show put on by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals’ Park may […]

Thought the Cubs win was crazy? Then you didn’t see ...

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8 Well, I’m a day late but I still made my commitment to do something not published elsewhere for my  blog! LOL! Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever it was I would have loved to do an entire post on but didn’t have the time. ( If I did do a post on an […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 8

 How can we fairly decide the Cy Young Award especially in 2015? It’s that time of year when the members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will cast their votes for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Cy Young Awards for both the American and National Leagues. Each writer votes for ten players (position or otherwise) for the MVP and five pitchers for the Cy Young, ranking their top choices for each. This is no easy task; there is no specific criteria for either award. Members of the BBWAA each consider many questions, including:  Are the awards […]

Cy Young Award voting made easy!

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?

final vote, asg
MLB announced the final vote winners for the 2015 All-Star Game on Friday and the winners are ….. you’ll have to read on and see! Voting for the All-Star game has changed multiple times since the first Mid-Summer Classic was held in 1933 for a multitude of reasons. Managers first picked the teams and the fan voting that began in 1947 has changed for various reasons over the years (such as ballot stuffing, etc.). Now each year the fans vote in the players they want to start the All-Star Game, the players get to vote in the reserves and the manager of […]

And the 2015 ASG Final Vote winners are …

shelby miller
Could Shelby Miller be this year’s surprise pitching star? Perhaps even steal the Cy Young Award away from Kershaw? So far he’s made quite the name for himself in Atlanta. I talked about how he was emerging as the Braves’ new ace and how, in my opinion, the Braves have gotten the better side of the deal when they traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller. When the trade first went down it didn’t appear that the Braves were getting the ace that they have gotten. Even though he’d played very well in parts of three seasons […]

Could Shelby Miller be this season’s Corey Kluber?

UPDATE: March 23, 2015 8:40 am PT As I mention in the original text the Los Angeles Dodgers’ number three starter, Hyun-jin Ryu, was going to be missing his next spring start. Well, it turns out that he’ll now be missing more than that, in fact, he’ll be starting the season on the disabled list, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ryu’s throwing program has been completely shutdown and the 27-year-old left-hander is being taken back to Los Angeles to meet with team doctor Neal ElAttrache for an examination on Monday. The results of the examination will determine whether or not Ryu […]

UPDATE: Dodgers’ lack of pitching depth made more apparent with ...

Free agent right-hander James Shields is asking for approximately five years and $110 million according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That is about the same as the contract any team that trades for lefty Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies will inherit. Does this mean that Max Scherzer will finally lower his ridiculous asking price of $200 million? Seriously though, Scherzer is good. There’s no doubt about that but it seems rather arrogant of him, asking for a contract like Clayton Kershaw‘s. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh. Scherzer has been solid his entire career. He has been […]

Is Scherzer really worth more than Shields, Lester?

The city of Los Angeles, California stole both 2014 MVP Awards on Thursday. It was just the 12th time in baseball history that two rival teams from the same area swept the MVP Awards. The last time a sweep occurred was in 2002 when Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants and Miguel Tejada of the Oakland Athletics each took a MVP Award home to their respective sides of the San Francisco Bay. Lefty starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers took home the National League MVP, while the American League Award went to Los Angeles Angeles of […]

2014 MVP Honors: Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout

The 2014 MLB Cy Young Awards were very different this year one was won by a unanimous vote, the other was a very tight race. The National League Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, is practically a household name at least among baseball fans while only the more dedicated fans or those in the midwestern United States would know the name of the American League 2014 Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber. Clayton Kershaw, who you all know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) is the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, had an unbelievably magical […]

ICYMI: 2014 Cy Young Award winners are Kershaw and Kluber