Perhaps nobody on the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster better typifies what the defending National League West champions are going through than Alex Wood, who will square off against the San Diego Padres on Saturday. Wood has fashioned a solid 3.32 ERA over 10 starts during the season's first two months, yet he only has one victory to show for it, against four defeats, and it came in his most recent outing Sunday against the Washington Nationals. Likewise, the Dodgers have been delivering on offense as they would have hoped, their efforts just weren't showing up in the victory column until recently.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw marked the 10-year anniversary of his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on the disabled list. However, the three-time Cy Young Award winner is getting closer to returning.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger enjoyed a historic rookie season for the ages that netted him a plethora of accolades, including his first All-Star appearance, National League Rookie of the Year honors and a top-10 finish in National League MVP voting. Bellinger entered the 2018 season with increased expectations placed on himself. He gained 15 pounds of muscle during the winter to help sustain the grueling workload of a 162-game season, and set a personal goal of hitting more home runs than last year. Thus far, Bellinger has yet to hit for that same power and overall is batting .243/.304/.443 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI through 49 games. He got off to a slow
Ross: On July 29, 1982, the Dodgers were 10 games behind, in third place. The Dodgers won 14 of 16 in that stretch. The Dodgers had an eight-game losing streak from Sept. 21-29, but on Sept. 23, they still held a three-game lead. At that point, they lost seven of their last 10 and fell one game back of the Braves.
Caption Close PLAYERS TO PICK UP Jack Flaherty, SP, St. Louis (54 percent owned in Yahoo) - Thirteen strikeouts. One walk. One earned run. Those were the numbers from Flaherty's last outing. How is he owned in just over half of leagues? If Flaherty is available in your league, you need to open a new tab, add him and then return here to read the rest of this column. With an outstanding slider, Flaherty is dominating hitters each outing. He's given up a total of six earned runs in 23 1/3 innings this year. Despite the too-many-guys-but-not-enough-spots problem the Cardinals' rotation has right now, Captain Jack's spot is safe. Tyler O'Neill, OF, St. Louis (41 percent) - Speaking of young Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor entered the 2018 season looking to replicate the success he enjoyed as part of a breakout year on both sides of the ball in 2017. But he struggled out of the gate and found himself hitting a weak .232/.271/.424 in 133 plate appearances at the end of April. That's despite accumulating eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 10 RBI over the first four weeks of play. More concerning was Taylor's strikeout-to-walk ratio of 33-7, which evidently attributed to his early season woes. But the 27-year-old has since enjoyed a resurgent month of May while cutting back on strikeouts, which he credits for feeling more comfortable at the plate. In the wake
Maeda allows 2 hits in 6 2/3 innings, Dodgers beat Rox 3-0 MLB Headlines Ohtani, Simmons lift Angels past Jays Arrieta beats Braves, Phils take 2 of 3 Red Sox rally in 9th to win 4th in row Rangers survive 4 Yanks HRs in 12-10 win Plutko, Miller pitch Indians by Cubs 1-0 Ex-OF Dykstra busted for threats, drugs Brewers extend Diamondbacks' slide to 7 Bats back Verlander, Astros top Giants Marlins score 2 in 9th to rally by Mets Harrison's 3B gets Bucs past Reds in 12 LOS ANGELES (AP) Kenta Maeda tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning and struck out a season-high 12 to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Wednesday night for their second straight series
LOS ANGELES — It is the leaky pipe you don't see, undermining the floorboards and seeping into the foundation. The unreliable bullpen and poor situational hitting were out there for all to see during the Dodgers' dreadful 42-game start to the season. But a defense that has been far less efficient than the 2017 version has done its part as well. “It definitely contributes,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “It's kind of an invisible hand. … But even when it's really beneficial as in years past, it's still an invisible hand. “The point is … last year it benefited us wildly. This year, it hasn't benefited us as much. That certainly has an effect. I think it's all related.
Some days, finding three pitchers to stream is a challenge. Then there's a slate like Friday night's, dense with favorable options and even a couple land mines to avoid. With a full schedule, there's always a plush inventory of hitters in potentially productive spots. Here's a look at the day's most interesting streaming options, focusing on players rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues. Pitching Pitchers to stream Reynaldo Lopez (R), rostered in 25 percent of ESPN leagues, Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers: Like most young arms, Lopez has had his share of ups and downs. Look no further than his past three outings, sandwiching a pair of gems around a clunker. There's always risk
"For Chargois, it was more about trying to clean some things up with the delivery," Roberts said before Wednesday's game against Colorado. "The slider's been inconsistent. He's definitely part of the solution. But to get him out of the every-day fire, or whatever it is, of trying to perform up here, give him a chance to catch his breath."