A little less than three weeks ago, the Dodgers were 91-36, generating plenty of conversation on how close they might get to being historically great and whether they could possibly lay claim to being the best team ever. Entering today, they were 92-52, mired in an 11-game losing streak in which their bats had gone…
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—There were two problems with my trip to the Bay Area.
The Dodgers are having a miserable three weeks. The Giants are having a miserable year. Tonight, together, they had a fairly miserable evening.
Every great baseball team hits a skid at some point or another; the season is too long and too taxing for even the best teams not to. Even the 1998 Yankees, probably the greatest team of all time, spent the first three weeks of September struggling to put together two wins in a row; two years later they closed out the…
When the Diamondbacks shipped three prospects to Detroit for J.D. Martinez, it was that most classic of deadline deals: the rental slugger. Martinez is a free agent after the season, but for the D-backs he’s a big bat in the lineup for a very good, playoff-bound team that believed it needed only a couple of additions…
One of the best things about baseball is that every game brings the chance to see something that has never happened before during the 100-plus years that the game has been played professionally in this country. This also means that each game brings a chance to see a player get tortured in new and inventive ways.
Since making his weird and improbable return to major league baseball at age 35 in the second half of 2015, Rich Hill has been almost singularly enjoyable to watch when he’s a) in a groove and b) without a blister. He hasn’t had many outings like that lately, but when he has them, his curveball is breathtaking, he’s…
The Dodgers, already comprehensively better than every other team in baseball, today gave up cash and a player to be named later for Curtis Granderson of the Mets.
Here is a harrowing-as-hell video of Rich Hill taking a pitch directly to the Adam’s apple:
The Dodgers’ Rally Granny is funny (“I tell everybody that I supplement my Social Security with pole dancing”) and she knows her own worth (“Can they put an image of me on there without my permission?” she asks of a t-shirt being sold with her picture on it). This Los Angeles Times profile of her is great.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 46 games above .500 in early August, on pace for a 114-win season, and recently added Yu Darvish, who in his Dodgers debut struck out 10 and gave up only three hits in seven shutout innings against the Mets. It’s disgusting.
Just when baseball’s deadline day looked to be a lot of hype with little payoff, we got an after-the-buzzer Rose-bomb:
After jacking a huge home run against the Twins last night, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig returned to the dugout to give his hitting coach, Turner Ward, a big ol’ kiss. The homer was Puig’s 19th of the season, which matches his single-season career high.
Despite a back injury that will keep him out until September, Clayton Kershaw was at Dodger Stadium for his eponymous bobblehead night, and a very special first pitch from 2-year-old Cali Kershaw. Let’s scout some film.
Clayton Kershaw, who went on the 10-day DL yesterday after being pulled from his start against the Braves after two innings with lower-back tightness, could be out of action for more than a month.
The Dodgers lost tonight for the first time in nearly three weeks, stopping their win streak at 11 and dropping them to 31-5 in their past 36 games. Their streak was tied for the longest such one in baseball this year. (The Astros put up the same mark in early June.)
If you hadn’t watched a single baseball game this year, you could have gotten pretty well caught up on how things are playing out just by watching the Dodgers and Astros close out their first halves of the season yesterday. These are the two best teams in baseball, and yesterday they showed us precisely why.
The 42,225 fans at yesterday’s Dodgers-Royals tilt at Dodger Stadium were treated to an unexpected delight when an elderly woman boogying down on the videoboard caught a little too much of the spirit and flashed the crowd.
The Angels achieved perhaps the weirdest sort of walk-off win tonight—the walk-off strikeout, pushing them to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the ninth inning.
Yasiel Puig has a cannon for an arm. You know this. Everyone who has watched him knows this. Kole Calhoun, presumably, knows this—yet he found himself trying to go from first to third in the eighth inning tonight on a single hit to Puig, which meant that he found himself thrown out.