July 29, 2014

MLB – NL Roundup: Petit nearly perfect as Giants beat D-Backs 3-0

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — SAN FRANCISCO — Yusmeiro Petit almost got the perfect revenge against his former team. Petit lost his bid for a perfect game on Eric Chavez’s two-out single in the ninth, and then recovered to retire the final batter in the San Francisco Giants’ 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Dodgers stay on fire with 3-0 voctory over the Cubs

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, right, tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Carl Crawford after Crawford was caught between second and third bases on a fielder’s choice ground ball hit by Mark Ellis during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Capuano scattered [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — MIAMI – Brandon McCarthy pitched a three-hitter for his first win since being struck in the head by a line drive last season, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night. Gerardo Parra led off the game with a home run for Arizona, which has won four [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Goldschmidt, Cahill lead D-backs over Dodgers 9-2

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — LOS ANGELES — Trevor Cahill drove in Arizona’s first two runs with his first major league triple, and the Diamondbacks sent the Los Angeles Dodgers to their fifth straight loss, 9-2 on Monday night. Cahill (2-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.10 [...]

MLB – NL Roundup: Zack Greinke injured during bench clearing brawl against Padres / Interleague: Nationals 7, White Sox 4

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(PhatzRadio / AP) — SAN DIEGO — Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke broke his left collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl with the San Diego Padres during Los Angeles’ 3-2 victory Thursday night. Juan Uribe’s pinch-hit home run in the eighth put the Dodgers ahead, two innings after Greinke hit Carlos Quentin on the left shoulder with [...]

MLB: Nationals secure playoff spot with win over Dodgers 4-1

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Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler #48 of the Washington Nationals throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the second inning at Nationals Park on September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (September 19, 2012 – Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals brought postseason baseball back to the nation’s capital for [...]

Los Angeles Dodgers may cut corners but not the hair

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Maybe they should call it the Solid Seven.  It certainly hasn’t been nine of late.

Juan Uribe has seemingly been number four on the depth chart this season when it comes to Dodgers third basemen.

The Dodgers find themselves in first place with seven starters and two other “who-the-hell-will-it-be” players rounding out the line-up.  The “hell” part is coming from the corner positions.

Third base has been somewhat of a mess since Juan Uribe, signed to a fat $24 million deal in 2011, decided to take the money and sit. Dodgers fans were willing to give Uribe a pass on his useless season last year (.204, 4 HR in 77 games) because he suffered a myriad of injuries.  Well, no more free passes for Uribe; even if he has been bothered by a troublesome wrist.

He is currently batting .186 with two home runs and 17 RBI.  Uribe has been such a disappointment, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has decided that a cast of aging cast-offs can do better.

Uribe has been aced out by a bunch of journeymen veterans, including Adam Kennedy, 36, Jerry Hairston, 36 and Luis Cruz, who is only 28 but had failed to latch on with five other organizations before the Dodgers picked him up.  It is almost like Uribe is the fourth option at third these days (though Hairston just went on the DL).  The biggest surprise may be Cruz who seems to earn more playing time each time he is given a chance.  Cruz, who never hit better than .235 in three other stints at the major league level, is batting .270 in 33 games.   He has gone 6 for 10 in his last three games.

Although Uribe is still under contract through next year, the acquisition of Hanley Ramirez could spell the end to Uribe ever becoming an everyday starter.  Ramirez is patrolling shortstop for now because Dee Gordon is still recovering from a thumb injury.  If Gordon can return and find a batting stroke,  chances are Uribe will be one of those guys the Dodgers are paying even though they let him go.

A guy who may end up exiting right behind Uribe when the season ends is first baseman James Loney.  Loney is batting .251 with two home runs.  The left handed hitter is hitting a paltry .216 versus left handed pitchers.  Kennedy,  Hairston, and veteran Juan Rivera, have all pushed Loney, a man who has played an average of 160 games a year the last four years ago, aside when the time calls for it.

Loney is a free agent after this season.  I’ve got to believe the Dodgers, who rank last in the majors in home runs, will try hard to get someone who can provide the kind of power one expects from a position usually associated with home runs.

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It’s all about the hair; at least for Chad Billingsley.

A barely facial-haired Chad Billingsley was 4-9 at the All-Star break ……

The Dodgers starting pitcher was heading south both statistically as well as rotation-wise in 2012 when the All-Star break mercifully halted his slide.  On July 7th, Billingsley was 4-9 and had lost his previous five starts. His solid 3.57 ERA ballooned to 4.30.

Manager Don Mattingly sent a “get it together” message when he revamped the rotation and moved Billingsley from the number two spot to the number four slot in order to reward Chris Capuano who was 9-3. Then to add injury to insult, Billingsley suffered inflammation in his elbow and found himself on the 15 day DL from July 8th until the 23rd.  He went on the DL as Delilah but seems to have returned as Samson.

Since his return, Billingsley is 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA.  He is also a lot hairier.  And therein might lie the secret.

…..but is 5-0 since he decided to go with a  full-on beard.

Billingsley entered spring training clean shaven and grew a little goatee as the season wore on. But since his return from the DL, Billingsley has let it all hang out and now sports a full beard. I say take a lesson from the Giants Brian Wilson and simply let it go. Stay hairy, my friend.

Warming Up to L.A.

Shane Victorino has finally gone from a simmer to a flame.

Victorino got just two hits in his first 17 at bats as a Dodger.  But he has since gone 12 for 40 (.300) and takes an eight game hitting streak into the third game of the four game series against the Pirates.

A failed test that may give the Dodgers a pass

San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera, has been suspended for 50 games after he tested positive for excessive testosterone levels.  Hopefully, the Dodgers can take advantage of their division rivals losing one of their big bats.

Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs.  It is almost easy to accept these results given Cabrera never batted higher than .280 or hit more than 13 home runs in a season for his first six years and then jumped to a .305 BA with 201 hits and 18 HR last year with the Royals.

Dodgers president opens up

Team president Stan Kasten is continuing to make good on his promise to be accessible to fans.

On Wednesday, August 29th, while the Dodgers are in Colorado, he will be opening up both himself and the Dodger Stadium gates to fans for a Q&A session with him.  The event is free and will be moderated by  Los Angeles Times sports editor Bill Dwyre.  Beginning August 20th, fans interested in attending can make a reservation by clicking here.

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MLB: NL Roundup – Dodgers shutout Marlins 5-0

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Chris Capuano #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after scoring during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 12, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (August 11, 2012 – Source: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images North America) MIAMI (AP) — Chris Capuano held Miami hitless until the seventh inning and Hanley Ramirez drove in [...]

Fantasy Baseball Week 18 (8/6-8/12)

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Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East – New York Yankees
AL Central – Chicago White Sox

AL West – Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard -Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central – Cincinnati Reds
NL West – San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard – Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves

Daily Starting Lineups
Daily Baseball Data
MLB Depth Charts
Baseball Monster


Pitching Probables

August 6
August 7
August 8
August 9
August 10

August 11
August 12

Can’t decide which utility player to use?  Don’t know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don’t know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster

Team Games Home Away Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
ARI 7 3 4 @PIT @PIT @PIT @PIT WAS WAS WAS
BAL 7 7 0 SEA SEA SEA KC KC KC KC
BOS 7 3 4 TEX TEX TEX @CLE @CLE @CLE @CLE
CHC 7 4 3 @SD @SD @SD CIN CIN CIN CIN
CIN 7 0 7 @MIL @MIL @MIL @CHC @CHC @CHC @CHC
CLE 7 7 0 MIN MIN MIN BOS BOS BOS BOS
DET 7 4 3 NYY NYY NYY NYY @TEX @TEX @TEX
HOU 7 7 0 WAS WAS WAS WAS MIL MIL MIL
KC 7 0 7 @CHW @CHW @CHW @BAL @BAL @BAL @BAL
NYY 7 0 7 @DET @DET @DET @DET @TOR @TOR @TOR
PIT 7 7 0 ARI ARI ARI ARI SD SD SD
SF 7 3 4 @STL @STL @STL @STL COL COL COL
STL 7 4 3 SF SF SF SF @PHI @PHI @PHI
WAS 7 0 7 @HOU @HOU @HOU @HOU @ARI @ARI @ARI

 

  • The Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 7 games at home this week.
    • The Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies play all 6 games at home this week.
  • The Cincinatti Reds, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals play all 7 games on the road this week.
      • The Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners play all 6 games on the road this week.

Two Start Pitchers
For a break down of each pitcher, check out Fantasy Alarm post

Starting Pitcher First Start Second Start
Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN @ MIL @ CHC
Bedard, Erik SP PIT vs. ARI vs. SD
Britton, Zach SP BAL vs. SEA vs. KC
Cain, Matt SP SF @ STL vs. COL
Capuano, Chris SP LAD vs. COL @ MIA
Chen, Bruce SP KC @ CHW @ BAL
Cook, Aaron SP BOS vs. TEX @ CLE
Corbin, Patrick SP ARI @ PIT vs. WAS
Cueto, Johnny SP CIN @ MIL @ CHC
Darvish, Yu SP TEX @ BOS vs. DET
Detwiler, Ross SP WAS @ HOU @ ARI
Diamond, Scott SP MIN @ CLE vs. TB
Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL vs. CIN @ HOU
Garza, Matt SP CHC @ SD vs. CIN
Hughes, Phil SP NYY @ DET @ TOR
Jackson, Edwin SP WAS @ HOU @ ARI
Karstens, Jeff SP PIT vs. ARI vs. SD
Keuchel, Dallas P HOU vs. WAS vs. MIL
Kluber, Corey RP CLE vs. MIN vs. BOS
LeBlanc, Wade SP MIA @ NYM vs. LAD
Lester, Jon SP BOS vs. TEX @ CLE
Lyles, Jordan SP HOU vs. WAS vs. MIL
Lynn, Lance RP STL vs. SF @ PHI
McAllister, Zach SP CLE vs. MIN vs. BOS
Mendoza, Luis RP KC @ CHW @ BAL
Miley, Wade SP ARI @ PIT vs. WAS
Niese, Jonathon SP NYM vs. MIA vs. ATL
Nova, Ivan SP NYY @ DET @ TOR
Parker, Jarrod SP OAK vs. LAA @ CHW
Pomeranz, Drew SP COL @ LAD @ SF
Porcello, Rick SP DET vs. NYY @ TEX
Sanchez, Jonathan SP COL @ LAD @ SF
Sheets, Ben SP ATL @ PHI @ NYM
Shields, James SP TB vs. TOR @ MIN
Stults, Eric RP SD vs. CHC @ PIT
Tillman, Chris SP BAL vs. SEA vs. KC
Vargas, Jason SP SEA @ BAL @ LAA
Verlander, Justin SP DET vs. NYY @ TEX
Villanueva, Carlos SP TOR @ TB vs. NYY
Weaver, Jered SP LAA @ OAK vs. SEA
Westbrook, Jake SP STL vs. SF @ PHI
Wood, Travis SP CHC @ SD vs. CIN
Worley, Vance SP PHI vs. ATL vs. STL
Zito, Barry SP SF @ STL vs. COL

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Fantasy Baseball Week 18 (8/6-8/12)

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Division Leaders Heading into All-Star Break
AL East – New York Yankees
AL Central – Chicago White Sox

AL West – Texas Rangers
AL Wildcard -Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

NL East - Washington Nationals
NL Central – Cincinnati Reds
NL West – San Francisco Giants
NL Wildcard – Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves

Daily Starting Lineups
Daily Baseball Data
MLB Depth Charts
Baseball Monster


Pitching Probables

August 6
August 7
August 8
August 9
August 10

August 11
August 12

Can’t decide which utility player to use?  Don’t know which relief pitcher to leave in?  Did your player recently get injured and now you don’t know if you should hold onto him or use the waiver wire?  If you have ANY roster questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

Teams Playing 7 Games This Week:
Schedule info courtesy of Baseball Monster

Team Games Home Away Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
ARI 7 3 4 @PIT @PIT @PIT @PIT WAS WAS WAS
BAL 7 7 0 SEA SEA SEA KC KC KC KC
BOS 7 3 4 TEX TEX TEX @CLE @CLE @CLE @CLE
CHC 7 4 3 @SD @SD @SD CIN CIN CIN CIN
CIN 7 0 7 @MIL @MIL @MIL @CHC @CHC @CHC @CHC
CLE 7 7 0 MIN MIN MIN BOS BOS BOS BOS
DET 7 4 3 NYY NYY NYY NYY @TEX @TEX @TEX
HOU 7 7 0 WAS WAS WAS WAS MIL MIL MIL
KC 7 0 7 @CHW @CHW @CHW @BAL @BAL @BAL @BAL
NYY 7 0 7 @DET @DET @DET @DET @TOR @TOR @TOR
PIT 7 7 0 ARI ARI ARI ARI SD SD SD
SF 7 3 4 @STL @STL @STL @STL COL COL COL
STL 7 4 3 SF SF SF SF @PHI @PHI @PHI
WAS 7 0 7 @HOU @HOU @HOU @HOU @ARI @ARI @ARI

 

  • The Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Pittsburgh Pirates play all 7 games at home this week.
    • The Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies play all 6 games at home this week.
  • The Cincinatti Reds, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals play all 7 games on the road this week.
      • The Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners play all 6 games on the road this week.

Two Start Pitchers
For a break down of each pitcher, check out Fantasy Alarm post

Starting Pitcher First Start Second Start
Arroyo, Bronson SP CIN @ MIL @ CHC
Bedard, Erik SP PIT vs. ARI vs. SD
Britton, Zach SP BAL vs. SEA vs. KC
Cain, Matt SP SF @ STL vs. COL
Capuano, Chris SP LAD vs. COL @ MIA
Chen, Bruce SP KC @ CHW @ BAL
Cook, Aaron SP BOS vs. TEX @ CLE
Corbin, Patrick SP ARI @ PIT vs. WAS
Cueto, Johnny SP CIN @ MIL @ CHC
Darvish, Yu SP TEX @ BOS vs. DET
Detwiler, Ross SP WAS @ HOU @ ARI
Diamond, Scott SP MIN @ CLE vs. TB
Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL vs. CIN @ HOU
Garza, Matt SP CHC @ SD vs. CIN
Hughes, Phil SP NYY @ DET @ TOR
Jackson, Edwin SP WAS @ HOU @ ARI
Karstens, Jeff SP PIT vs. ARI vs. SD
Keuchel, Dallas P HOU vs. WAS vs. MIL
Kluber, Corey RP CLE vs. MIN vs. BOS
LeBlanc, Wade SP MIA @ NYM vs. LAD
Lester, Jon SP BOS vs. TEX @ CLE
Lyles, Jordan SP HOU vs. WAS vs. MIL
Lynn, Lance RP STL vs. SF @ PHI
McAllister, Zach SP CLE vs. MIN vs. BOS
Mendoza, Luis RP KC @ CHW @ BAL
Miley, Wade SP ARI @ PIT vs. WAS
Niese, Jonathon SP NYM vs. MIA vs. ATL
Nova, Ivan SP NYY @ DET @ TOR
Parker, Jarrod SP OAK vs. LAA @ CHW
Pomeranz, Drew SP COL @ LAD @ SF
Porcello, Rick SP DET vs. NYY @ TEX
Sanchez, Jonathan SP COL @ LAD @ SF
Sheets, Ben SP ATL @ PHI @ NYM
Shields, James SP TB vs. TOR @ MIN
Stults, Eric RP SD vs. CHC @ PIT
Tillman, Chris SP BAL vs. SEA vs. KC
Vargas, Jason SP SEA @ BAL @ LAA
Verlander, Justin SP DET vs. NYY @ TEX
Villanueva, Carlos SP TOR @ TB vs. NYY
Weaver, Jered SP LAA @ OAK vs. SEA
Westbrook, Jake SP STL vs. SF @ PHI
Wood, Travis SP CHC @ SD vs. CIN
Worley, Vance SP PHI vs. ATL vs. STL
Zito, Barry SP SF @ STL vs. COL

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