Dodgers 2018 Roster: Making Sense of the Depth Chart at Catcher

img_2114

A sickness has been sweeping the Dodgers clubhouse, causing as many as 25 players to be sent home from Camelback Ranch the last few days. Thursday’s scheduled starting pitcher Ross Stripling was scratched due to the as-of-now mysterious illness. Manny Banuelos instead gets the start, a pitcher this writer has never heard of.

Continue reading “Dodgers 2018 Roster: Making Sense of the Depth Chart at Catcher”

Advertisements

To Sign or Not to Sign Chase Utley

Chase-Utley-1
(Mandatory Credit: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Chase Utley is enjoying quite an offseason.

He’s hanging out at Disneyland, having a day with the singer from OneRepublic and their families. He’s in Dubai, talking about robot umpires. He’s on social media, celebrating the Hall of Fame induction of his buddy, Jim Thome. He’s out golfing at Justin Turner’s charity golf tournament (and outgolfing Turner, according to the host). He’s going viral, making Eagles hype videos with the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Continue reading “To Sign or Not to Sign Chase Utley”

Dodgers Roster: Revisiting the Austin Barnes vs. Yasmani Grandal Debate

Barnes-Grandal
(Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

From the moment that Austin Barnes overtook the primary catcher’s spot from Yasmani Grandal late last summer, speculation immediately began to swirl about how the club would handle Grandal moving forward, and many believed that a trade sometime during the winter months was imminent. However, with about a full month left before pitchers and catchers begin filing into the Camelback clubhouse, the rumors have quieted significantly, as it appears the Dodgers will stick with the duo, at least for the beginning of the regular season.

Continue reading “Dodgers Roster: Revisiting the Austin Barnes vs. Yasmani Grandal Debate”

Do the Dodgers Even Need to Deal Yasmani Grandal at All?

yasmani-grandal

The Yasmani Grandal trade rumors began as far back as the beginning of the 2017 playoffs, when the management crew of the Dodgers started to make clear that Austin Barnes was the preferred catcher of choice for the postseason, and perhaps the chief catcher moving forward. Now that Grandal is ready to embark on his walk-year, everyone around baseball is anticipating that Los Angeles will deal the 29-year-old switch-hitter before the deadlines this summer.

Continue reading “Do the Dodgers Even Need to Deal Yasmani Grandal at All?”

A Quick Glance at the Dodgers’ Organizational Depth at Catcher

farmer
(Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

While there aren’t an overwhelming number of trade rumors surrounding the Dodgers as this winter’s hot stove approaches, there has been a bit of conjecture regarding catcher Yasmani Grandal and whether or not he’ll last the entire season in Los Angeles.

Continue reading “A Quick Glance at the Dodgers’ Organizational Depth at Catcher”

Well-Rested Dodgers Begin Preparing for Cubs in NLCS Rematch

img_0276

The baseball postseason sure is a funny thing. While the long layoff time between series could be an issue for the Dodgers in the end, I’m glad that they’ve avoided any of the drama that has been going on then the other divisional series so far.

Continue reading “Well-Rested Dodgers Begin Preparing for Cubs in NLCS Rematch”

No Wholesale Roster Changes Expected for Dodgers Ahead of NLCS

yasiel-puig-dave-roberts-chase-utley
(Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth/USA Today Sports)

As there are conceivably several different factors which may influence the management crew of the Dodgers when selecting the prospective roster for the upcoming NLCS, one can only presume that the majority of the squad chosen for the Division Series will stay intact—a formula which convincingly did its job in a three-game sweep over the Diamondbacks.

Continue reading “No Wholesale Roster Changes Expected for Dodgers Ahead of NLCS”

Dodgers Hope Hot Bats Stay Sizzling in Arizona

img_0224

So far, so good.

It’s very early in the postseason, but the Dodgers seem to have it together. All that worry about whether they would be able to get hot at the right time, if they feared the Diamondbacks, was all for naught. The bats look good, the pitching looks decent, and the Dodgers take a commanding 2-0 lead into Arizona.

Continue reading “Dodgers Hope Hot Bats Stay Sizzling in Arizona”

Dodgers Flex Muscles in NLDS Game 2 Victory Over Diamondbacks

Austin-Barnes-Kenley-Jansen
(Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

The postseason is officially upon us, which means that every theory, every prediction, is about to be either dismissed or fulfilled. October has a way of writing things in stone. If something great happens in October, it’s going to be remembered, no questions asked. Whether it’s a Justin Turner three-run homer in the first, or that one game where the Dodgers scored five runs in the 5th inning. October remembers everything, and so do those who shape it.

Continue reading “Dodgers Flex Muscles in NLDS Game 2 Victory Over Diamondbacks”

Dodgers to Employ Slightly Different Lineup Strategy in Game 2 of NLDS

coachingstaff
(Mandatory Credit: Joe Comporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

One night after the Dodgers‘ offense came to life and produced nine runs against a seemingly battered Diamondbacks squad, the management crew of the Dodgers have made a few changes to the batting order, mainly because of the presence of Arizona’s lefty starter Robbie Ray.

Continue reading “Dodgers to Employ Slightly Different Lineup Strategy in Game 2 of NLDS”