Dodger Stadium Reopens to Full Capacity, Thoughts on Albert Pujols Signing So Far

On April 17, it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers had signed free-agent first baseman Albert Pujols. The signing came out of the blue for many when the future Hall of Famer had been released by the Angels after a lack of playing time.

However, the 41-year-old first baseman has been quite an asset for the Dodgers, settling into a key role with the team. Pujols has been getting more AB against left-handed pitching. So far against lefties he is 14-for-36, good enough for a batting average of .388 and six extra-base hits, which can be said that Pujols has produced over what was expected. He has done a nice job of contributing, especially with all the injuries that the Dodgers have sustained. His OPS against left handers is 1.177.

For the price the Dodgers paid for Pujols, it is an absolute steal. The Angels are still on the hook for $30 million of Pujols salary, while the Dodgers are only paying about $450,000.

In 22 games with the Dodgers, Pujols has homered five times, smacked 13 RBI, and averaged .258. Initially, many expected Pujols to sign with an American League club due to the designated hitter role, or perhaps even finish out his career with the Cardinals as a bench player.

Since signing Pujols, the Dodgers are 18-8, while the Angels are 20-16 without Pujols.

With the Angels, he only had a batting average of .198. Nearly every statistical category at the plate is up for Pujols since signing with the Dodgers.

To analyze the signing, at first, it was quite the head-scratcher as nothing had been rumored and it was unsure exactly what role Pujols would slide into.

But personally, I believe the change of scenery allowed him to rejuvenate himself. At this stage of his career, Pujols has found the perfect role as pinch-hitter, an occasional starter, and a mentor to some of the younger guys.

In what might be his final season, it would be great if Pujols can top it off with another World Series ring. His signing with the Dodgers gives him a great chance to do so.

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Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies will be a special one in Los Angeles. For the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 NLDS, Dodger Stadium will have a full capacity crowd.

The Dodgers will wear their gold championship edition jerseys today for the so-called “Reopening Day.”

Getting the start will be the pitcher who delivered the final pitch to bring the Dodgers their first World Series Championship since 1988. Julio Urias will reopen Dodger Stadium. Urias has been a stud this season, posting a 9-2 record with a 3.56 ERA. In his last start against the Pirates, he went six innings in the victory, allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts.

Urias will face Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin, who is 2-5 this season with a 3.89 ERA.

The first pitch for Tuesday’s middle game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers and Spin Rate, Part Two: Things to Watch with Trevor Bauer

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Heading into Monday’s game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are only one game out of first place in the National League West behind the San Francisco Giants, and two games ahead of the San Diego Padres who are in third place.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, More

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Right when things seem to be looking up for the Los Angeles Dodgers on the injury front, something else happens that pushes the team a few steps backwards.

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Keibert Ruiz Amid Hot Streak at Oklahoma City

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After a bit of a rocky start to his 2021 campaign, catcher Keibert Ruiz finds himself amid a torrid offensive streak for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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Dodgers Host Last Place Rangers

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are back home to face the Texas Rangers in their second straight series against a last-place team. The Dodgers swept the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a 6-3 win yesterday after the game was called in the eighth inning due to rain. The win marked the 13th straight win for the Dodgers against the Pirates.

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Dodgers Slowly Returning to Full Strength

The Los Angeles Dodgers have finished their six-game road trip to Atlanta and Pittsburgh. With a 4-2 record, the Dodgers have also climbed back into sole possession of second place in the National League West. The San Francisco Giants face the Washington Nationals this weekend, whose game on Thursday night was postponed due to weather. The San Diego Padres were off on Thursday.

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Dodgers Prospect Watch: A Closer Look at Ryan Pepiot

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With all the minor league affiliates of the Los Angeles Dodgers back in full swing, not only does it allow for a more productive level of player development, but it also affords fans the chance to follow along each day through live games or box scores.

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Dodgers Face Pirates on Final Leg of Road Trip

Currently, the Los Angeles Dodgers stand at a 34-25, which is a decent record, but it is only good for third place in the surging National League West Division. The Dodgers three full games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants.

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Dodgers and Spin Rate: How Will MLB’s Crackdown Affect Los Angeles Pitching Staff?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have an off day on Monday before they begin a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming off of two losses against the Atlanta Braves, they could use a little time to regroup.

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Braves Handle Dodgers in Latest Road Series

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Backed by six strong innings from lefty starter Max Fried, the Braves held off the Dodgers 4-2 in Sunday afternoon’s finale, winning the weekend series two games to one in the process.

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