4-14-14: Los Angeles (9-4) improved to 5-0 on the season against the D-Backs with a three-game sweep in the desert over the weekend, led by the hot bat of Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has homered in each of the last four games, and is hitting .280 with five bombs and 14 RBI to kick-off the year. The play of Dee Gordon has also been a surprise, as the speedy middle infielder currently leads all of MLB with nine stolen bases early on.
4-7-14: Friday’s home opener did not go as planned for the defending NL West champs, as starter Hyun-Jin Ryu was touched-up for six runs in the first inning alone against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers’ bullpen picked up the slack in a big way, holding the Giants without a single hit from the third inning until the end of the game, but the Dodgers fell 8-4. On Sunday, the Dodger bats came around, as Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez each crushed a pair of home runs, leading L.A. to the 6-2 victory. L.A. (5-2) will host the Tigers in a series beginning Tuesday.
4-1-14: The Dodgers' defense of their NL West title got off to a nice start in 2014, as the team went Down Under and took both games of a two-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, on March 21st and 22nd. Ryu then started the domestic opener in San Diego against the Padres on Sunday night, allowing no runs to the in seven strong innings. Unfortunately, the Dodgers could muster just one run of their own off of Padres ace Andrew Cashner. Leading 1-0 heading into the eighth, Brian Wilson came on to give up three runs on two hits with a walk, as San Diego went on to win it, 3-1.
3-27-14: The Los Angeles Dodgers made waves this offseason by signing Cuban defector Alex Guerrero, which everyone thought put them out of the Robinson Cano sweepstakes, only to stash him in AAA to start the 2014 season. The Dodgers also made waves as they made George Steinbrenner roll over in his grave when Los Angeles snapped the Yankees 15 season streak of being the biggest spenders in baseball. The Dodgers will have the highest 2014 Opening Day payroll in all of baseball with a $235,295,219 payroll. The Dodgers were also valued as the second highest Major League Baseball team after Forbes valued the Dodgers at $2 billion, the only other team to be valued that high being the New York Yankees. The Dodgers are the favorites to win another National League West division title and are also the favorites to win the 2014 World Series, spending big will do that for a club.
3-20-14: The Los Angeles Dodgers have a good problem to have, too much good pitching and not enough roster spots, and ultimately designated pitcher Javy Guerra for assignment recently. The Dodgers have to finalize their roster, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a little earlier than most since Opening Day for LA is in Australia on March 22. Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers in Australia looking to earn some of that monstrous contract back. Carl Crawford does not look like he will be available for the quick two game series as he suffered a shoulder injury in a minor league game and will be held out for a few days according to manager Don Mattingly. The Dodgers surprisingly have one of the worst Cactus League records and have gone 2-6 in their last 10 games. This just goes to show you how little spring training performances and wins and losses really matter in the grand scheme of a 162 game schedule. The Dodgers will be there when it matters.
3-13-14: The Los Angeles Dodgers in typical Los Angeles Dodgers fashion signed who they wanted when they wanted this offseason including signing Clayton Kershaw to the biggest extension and pay day, AAV wise, in Major League history. That's a lot of tickets Mr. Clayton Koufax has to help sell. The Dodgers head into spring training in the Cactus League showing off their newest additions of Alexander Guerrero from Cuba and Dan Haren in the rotation. The spring competition in the outfield may be the biggest storyline with three spots and four players, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford, vying for the spots. The Dodgers have arguably the best offense in the National League to go with arguably the best starting rotation and bullpen in the league. In case you were wondering Brian Wilson still has that disgusting beard going on so all the more reason to watch the favorites to win the 2014 World Series. The Dodgers season will start in Australia when they face off with the Arizona Diamondbacks starting on March 22.
3-5-14: The Los Angeles Dodgers have big plans coming into the 2014 season and they hope that these early rashes of injuries to key players don't affect them in the long run. It was declared that starting pitcher Zack Grinke will not pitch when the team travels to Australia to open the season Starting outfielder Matt Kemp has been cleared to do more baseball drills after getting good news from his latest MRI. However like Grienke is not expected to be available when team opens the season in Australia.
2-20-14: Robin Thicke will be performing a three song pre-game concert at the April 5th Dodgers game vs the San Francisco Giants. He'll then throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the 1:10pm game. Thicke was raised in LA and has claimed to be a lifelong Dodgers fan.
1-24-14: Under the guidance of Manager and former All-Star Don Mattingly the Los Angeles Dodgers enjoyed their most successful season in quite some time as they made it all the way to the National League Championship Series before succumbing to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers were able to sure up the front part of their rotation over the offseason as they signed Clayton Kershaw to a 7 year $215 million extension, ensuring them to have one of the most dominant pitchers on their roster for years to come.
1-15-14: Dodgers ace pitcher and two-time Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw, has agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with Los Angeles. The deal will pay the left-hander $30.7M annually, which breaks the previous MLB record, which was held by A-Rod.
1-7-14: According to reports the Los Angeles Dodgers on the verge of losing Chris Capuano to the hands of a two-year contract The 35-year-old left-hander pitched to a 4.26 ERA last year with 81 strikeouts in 105 innings. After an early termination from the playoffs last year the Dodgers will be looking to build upon their success with their all-star lineup. In other news manager Don Mattingly is nearing a contract extension and young budding star outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested for reckless driving in Florida in December.
12-9-13: But they're extremely high payroll and new owner ship group led by Magic Johnson Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West division last year with 92 wins. The Dodgers played amazing second-half baseball last year under Don Mattingly and jumped all the way from Last Place into first. Wester the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves in the division series in four games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the championship series in six games. The sixth and final game against St. Louis was an embarrassment for the Dodgers as they were shut out 9-0. This year the Dodgers will bring back their same expensive roster and look to build on last season success behind Hanley Ramirez Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. Clayton Kershaw had a magnificent season going 16 and nine with an ERA of just 1.83.
10-17-13; The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to hold off elimination by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals still lead the series 3-2 as the series will shift back to Busch Field in St. Louis. The Dodgers enjoyed the long ball in Game 5 with home runs from A.J. Ellis, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. Pitching has kept Los Angeles in this series, with Zack Greinke pitching another seven innings with only two runs allowed. The Dodgers will pitch Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 in hopes to hold off the Cardinals once again and force a Game 7.
10-16-13: The Dodgers wasted a golden opportunity to tie up the NLCS on Tuesday, falling to the Cardinals 4-2 at Dodger Stadium. Ricky Nolasco started for the Dodgers and wasn't very effective. He allowed 3 runs on 3 hits over just four innings. Matt Holliday took him deep for a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. The Cards added another run in the inning and that was pretty much all she wrote. The Dodgers made a game out of it with two runs in the bottom of the 4th. Yasiel Puig picked up two hits on the night and an RBI in the inning. A.J. Ellis drove in the other run. Zack Greinke looks to keep the Dodgers alive on Wednesday night. Joe Kelly takes the hill for the Cardinals.
10-15-13: With just the flip of a bat Yasiel Puig continued to be the lightning rod that ignites the Los Angeles Dodgers during his 4th inning RBI triple. That combined with Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching the game of his life helped the Dodgers capture a must win Game 3 of the NLCS.
10-14-13: The Los Angeles Dodgers are down 0-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Divisional Series. The Dodgers offense has been slow to come alive as they have only scored two runs, both coming in the third inning of Game 1, over the 22 innings of play in this series. The starting pitching has been stellar despite the lack of run support. Zack Greinke struck out 10 batters and gave up just two runs in eight innings of Game 1, which eventually went 13 innings. Clayton Kershaw allowed one unearned run in six innings of Game 2, but took the loss in a 1-0 game. Rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig is 0-10 so far in the series with six strikeouts. The Dodgers offense has only three extra base hits in 76 at-bats. Game 3, 4 and 5, if necessary, will be Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers won both games against the Atlanta Braves during the NLDS. Los Angeles will pitch Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 3, Ricky Nolasco in Game 4 and go back to Greinke in Game 5 if the Dodgers are able to win at least one of those two games.
10-8-13: The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to close out the National League Divisional Series against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 after winning Game 3 at Dodger Stadium 13-6 to lead the series 2-1. The Dodgers are pitching ace Clayton Kershaw on three days rest instead of starting Ricky Nolasco to try to avoid having to go back to Atlanta for a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday.
9-30-13: After horrible start the Los Angeles Dodgers late surge has been remarkable. The young group being led by manager Don Mattingly has posted a 92–68 record this season so far. As the seasons final weekend approaches the Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez leads the Dodgers and all offensive categories including batting average homeruns RBIs and runs scored. He also Lead the team with a .810 OPS. The Dodgers hit .265 as a team and that ranks fifth best in baseball. Clayton Kershaw is a candidate for the Cy Young Award posting an ERA of just 1.83. He also struck out 232 batters and had a whip of just .92.
8/21/13 - The Los Angeles Dodgers have been a tear since the All-Star break and now lead the National League West division by 7.5 games. The Dodgers are eight and two in the last 10 games after beating the Miami Marlins last night in Miami. Left fielder Carl Crawford recorded two hits for the Dodgers in the victory. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw has an era of 1.80. The Dodgers will leave Miami to fly home to face the Boston Red Sox over the weekend in Boston. The Dodgers have compiled a 36 – 27 road record this season.
8/6/13 - The Dodgers have really turned it on as of the all-star break and now hold sole possession of 1st place in the NL West. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have a 6 game lead on the second-place Diamondbacks. This week, the Dodgers will face the St. Louis Cardinals on the road. LA has also won 14 games straight on the road.
7/31/13 - The Dodgers have acquired catcher Drew Butera from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
7/19/13 - The LA Dodgers are 47-47 and currently in second place of the NL West division. The Dodgers have been a huge disappointment after taking on the high payroll due to the trade they made with the Boston Red Sox. Thus far, the high priced talent the Dodgers inherited had underachieved massively. Carl Crawford is batting only .273 with only 5 home runs. The lone bright spot for the Dodgers has been starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has an ERA of just 1.98 along with 139 strikeouts. After the break, the Dodgers will face the Nationals in Washington DC. The Dodgers have the 8th highest team batting average in baseball.
7/7/13 - Clayton Kershaw was the only Los Angeles Dodgers named a 2013 National League all-star. The 25-year-old left-hander is 8-5 with a 1.89 ERA in 2013 and has stuck out 129 batters in 138.1 innings pitched. Two other Dodgers--first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and rookie sensation outfielder Yasiel Puig--have a chance to make the team as part of MLB final vote.
6/12/13 - After trading pieces with the Red Sox the Dodgers were expected to do big things. But with only 28 wins they are currently in last place. Hanley Ramirez started the season on the DL and is played just nine games. Former Red Sox ace Josh Beckett Is 0-5 in eight starts and is currently on the DL With an injured finger. The Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball at Over 220 million dollars. Thus far they've been a huge disappointment.