Los Angeles Dodgers


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 ...


division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 Division Series Coverage Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my daily coverage of both the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jay and the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs!! Here’s the deal on each Division Series after the conclusion of each day’s Division Series games**:  ALDS:  Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (*the @ sign signifies the team with home field with advantage): Game 1: Toronto 10, Texas 1 – Texas ace LHP Cole Hamels got hammered by the Blue Jays’ lineup – […]

2016 Division Series: daily recaps & updates – Final Update! ...



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 ...


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As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series ...


Cotton, changeup
A lot of members on the Oakland Athletics were responsible for the team’s second win over the reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals in as many days. Left fielder Khris Davis and third baseman Ryon Healy went deep and Yonder Alonso’s double knocked in the A’s fourth and fifth runs in the top of the eighth. Even Marcus Semien, who was responsible for two of the Royals unearned runs early in the game, came back with an RBI single in the eighth. The A’s bullpen and defense were solid. Most memorable defensive plays belonged to Healy and Jake Smolinski in […]

Cotton gets it done in second start with magical changeup



prospects, september, jharel cotton
September is all about call-ups for teams who are not in contention for the postseason. The Oakland Athletics have called up some pretty promising prospects so far, especially in third baseman Ryon Healy (who was actually called up in mid-July), two second baseman in Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle, as well as quite a few pitchers including Raul Alcantara and the biggest, most intriguing call-up so far: Jharel Cotton. Cotton was acquired as part of the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, at first it appeared that the Dodgers had gotten […]

RHP Jharel Cotton to make MLB debut Wednesday


Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...


Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns When a team is a seller at the non-waiver trade deadline, like the Oakland Athletics were this year, it’s expected for the team to lose a few high-profile players in exchange for young prospects that can help them build for a stronger 2017 season and beyond. The A’s were most definitely sellers, but they didn’t make quite as many trades as experts and fans had speculated about. One of the just two trades that they did make was a big one, but not surprising one. The A’s had been unable to come to […]

Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns, Plus what the ...



steals home
Why am I writing about something other than the Oakland A’s or the AL West? Well, simply because stealing home is rare, it’s cool and it’s just kind of bad ass! You just don’t see it everyday. With the Washington Nationals up 6-1 on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner decided to take it upon himself to make the score 7-1. With shortstop Danny Espinosa in a rundown between first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning after a pickoff attempt to first trying to get Espinosa,  Turner took off. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalezwas in the midst of throwing […]

Nats Trea Turner steals home against Dodgers (video)


lineup, sweep, free agent contract, Josh Reddick
I recently discussed reasons why the Oakland A’s should keep veteran starting pitcher Rich Hill around, despite the left-hander’s age and the limited number of good starting pitchers on the trade market this year. With a plethora of teams in desperate need of starting pitching in order to take their season into October, Hill could easily bring in a good return, such as a contending team’s top prospect or prospects. However, as noted, it appears to be in the A’s best interest to try and work out an extension with Hill. He appears to want to remain with the Athletics, and they […]

The time to shop Josh Reddick is now


Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be traded to a team that needs a great starter in order to play deep into October. But what if the A’s were to hold onto both pitchers? It certainly wouldn’t make the many, many teams interested in Hill very happy. But who says that the A’s may not surprise everyone? Usually, […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?