Dodgers rookie Tony Gonsolin to get start in Game 2 of World Series

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 10/21/20

The Los Angeles Dodgers made sure they weren’t going to have to fight back from an 0-3 hole, similar to how they had to in the National League Championship Series, in the World Series with an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 on Tuesday. 

Clayton Kershaw was dominant in Game 1, tossing six innings and allowing just one run on two hits and striking out eight. The Dodgers now are hoping they can get a similar performance out of rookie Tony Gonsolin, who will start on the mound in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Gonsolin faced 11 batters in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, throwing 41 pitches. The right-hander likely won’t last very long, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed he has a plan if that ends up being the case. Both Julio Urias and Dustin May will be available out of the bullpen in Game 2 and will be able to eat some innings if needed. 

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Dodgers set record with 11 runs in first inning of Game 3, knock Kyle Wright out

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 10/14/20

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the first two games of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, but they set out to change that in Game 3 on Wednesday with a record-breaking start.

The Dodgers batted around in the first inning of Game 3 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, put up 11 runs, and knocked Braves starter Kyle Wright out of the game.

Corey Seager got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first. Will Smith made it 2-0 with an RBI double. Then the Dodgers really started to roll with two outs. Cody Bellinger walked, Joc Pederson followed with a 3-run home run to make it 5-0, and then Edwin Rios went back-to-back with a solo home run to make it 6-0.

Wright was finally removed after walking Chris Taylor. The six runs he allowed were as many as the entire team gave up in their previous six postseason games. He was charged with a seventh, meaning he was responsible for more runs allowed in one inning than the Braves had allowed throughout the playoffs prior to the game.

Grant Dayton entered in relief of Wright and didn’t fare much better. He allowed a walk and run-scoring single to make it 7-0. And then things got even worse with a Max Muncy grand slam to make it 11-0.

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Dodgers’ Joe Kelly, Dave Roberts suspended after incident vs. Astros

The most discussed on-field incident, to date, of the 2020 MLB season will cost the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On Wednesday, MLB announced that Los Angeles pitcher Joe Kelly was suspended eight games after it was deemed he intentionally threw at Houston Astros batters Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the bottom of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game.

Kelly’s history of purposely targeting hitters from the bump resulted in what some viewed as too severe a punishment.

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By Zac Wassink  |  Last updated 7/29/20

Dodgers place Clayton Kershaw on injured list, recall Dustin May

The Dodgers announced that they’ve placed scheduled Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw on the injured list and recalled right-hander Dustin May from their alternate training site. The team has termed Kershaw’s injury as “back stiffness” and will surely provide more details in the near future. Kershaw had been slated to take the hill against the Giants just under four hours from now. May will take the ball in place of Kershaw tonight.

Kershaw incurred his current injury in the weight room earlier this week, manager Dave Roberts tells reporters, adding that right now he’s unsure as to when the left-hander will be able to return (Twitter links via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com). May was made aware of the possibility of this switch last night, per the manager.

With Kershaw suddenly and unexpectedly shelved, the Dodgers’ rotation will now consist of May, Walker BuehlerRoss StriplingJulio Urias and Alex Wood. It’s still a talented group with plenty of intriguing option in reserve — Tony GonsolinMitchell White and Josiah Gray among them — but it’s clearly a thinner group than anticipated just a few weeks ago when both Kershaw and David Price were still in the picture. That said, the ability to cultivate this type of depth is one of the reasons that the Dodgers have been so successful under the current front office regime.

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Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors | By Steve Adams | Last updated 7/23/20

Dodgers reportedly in serious extension talks with Mookie Betts

In a stunning development that would mark a massive shift in a moribund player market, the Dodgers appear to be closing in on a long-term extension with recently acquired star Mookie BettsWEEI.com’s Lou Merloni hears that the sides are nearing agreement even as Betts prepares to don the Dodger blue for the first time Thursday. Joel Sherman tweets that talks are indeed “quite real.”

If completed, the contract would cover a 10-year term and guarantee Betts somewhere in the neighborhood of $350M to $400M, according to the report. It sounds as if it would come in right near, if not over, the 10-year, $360M Mike Trout pact that currently stands as the largest-ever MLB contract.

The Dodgers paid a significant price in prospects and took on a lot of salary (both for Betts and David Price) in order to secure just one season from the 27-year-old. It always seemed the team had designs on a lengthier relationship, though it wasn’t at all clear that vows would be exchanged before Betts hit the open market.

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Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors | By Jeff Todd | Last updated 7/22/20

Dodgers admit they could cancel games amid Coronavirus breakout

As the United States prepares for a further breakout of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within its borders, measures could soon be taken to further protect the citizens.

That could include sporting events being played without spectators or cancelled altogether.

Los Angeles Dodgers president Stan Kasten admitted as much on Wednesday, indicating that the team could end up either playing games without fans or canceling games.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 3/4/20

Dodgers acquire Mookie Betts, David Price in blockbuster trade with Red Sox

The Mookie Betts saga has reached its conclusion, and the result is a stunning three-team blockbuster that’ll massively alter the fortunes of all three clubs. The Dodgers are reportedly set to acquire Betts, David Price and significant cash considerations in a deal that will sent young outfielder Alex Verdugo to Boston and right-hander Kenta Maeda to the Twins. Minnesota, meanwhile, will send flamethrowing young righty Brusdar Graterol to the Red Sox to complete the swap.

In making this move, Boston bids adieu to one of its most popular and productive players of the current generation. Betts, the 2018 AL MVP and a career .301/.374/.519 hitter, has cemented himself as one of baseball’s truly elite talents. However, he has also candidly stated time and time again that he intends to test the open market as a free agent.

That lack of interest in an extension left the recently restructured Red Sox front office to weigh trading him for controllable talent now versus simply netting a draft pick in the event that he rejects a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere next winter. The prospect of losing him for that level of minimal return, coupled with ownership’s clear goal of dipping south of the $208M luxury tax barrier, ultimately led rookie chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom to orchestrate tonight’s mega-deal.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, will land perhaps the greatest consolation prize in history. After missing out on top target Gerrit Cole earlier this winter, they’ve now acquired one of the game’s best all-around players, Betts, in addition to a high-profile starter who can still contribute to their rotation — even if his halcyon days are in the past.

Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors | By Steve Adams | Last updated 2/4/20

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Additions of Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda Improve Dodgers Rotation


Written by Liam McGuire at The Comeback

The Dodgers rotation excelled in 2015.

Led by Clayton Kershaw (2011, 2013, 2014 Cy Young winner) and Zack Greinke (2015 Cy Young runner-up), the club featured the best one-two punch in the game. Opposing clubs quivered at the thought of facing the duo in back-to-back games.

Brett Anderson, who made a total of 32 starts since the start of 2011, surprisingly made 31 starts (including 18 quality starts) in 2015. Hyun-jin Ryu missed the entire year after shoulder surgery, but Mike Boslinger came in to pick up the slack, making 21 starts and holding his own. Brandon McCarthy’s season was over after just four starts because of Tommy John surgery, and a collection of Dodgers pitchers including Alex Wood, Mat Latos, and Carlos Frias stepped into fill the gap.

Despite the injury issues and the turnover in the back-end of the rotation, Dodgers starters, largely thanks to Kershaw and Greinke, still finished second in the league with a 3.24 ERA and an 18.0 WAR.

Los Angeles faced some major hurdles this offseason with Greinke taking a $200+ million deal and bolting to the division rival Diamondbacks. They failed to retain Greinke and passed on strengthening their bullpen with Aroldis Chapman after a domestic violence incident cluttered the deal. The Dodgers rotation needed to be addressed, and with each passing day, it seemed the club was missing out on big name free agents.

Last week, the Dodgers addressed their rotation in a big way, signing Scott Kazmir to athree-year $48 million deal (with an opt-out after one year) and signed Japanese hurler Kenta Maeda to an eight-year, $25 million, incentive-laden deal. Those moves aren’t David Price-esque impact signings, but they instantly improve a depleted rotation.

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Police Report: Aroldis Chapman ‘Choked’ Girlfriend, Fired Multiple Gunshots in Domestic Incident


Written by Liam McGuire at The Comeback

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who was on the verge of being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is at the center of a domestic violence investigation. The Cuban star allegedly fired multiple gunshots in his garage after an incident with his girlfriend in late October.

The report of Chapman’s involvement in an alleged domestic violence dispute comes from Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and includes more jarring details:

The incident started, Chapman’s girlfriend told police, after she went into a bathroom of Chapman’s 10,000-square-foot-plus house and “found something in his phone that she did not like,” according to the report. Chapman, his girlfriend told police, then took the phone from her, the report said. They went to the movie theater inside of Chapman’s home, where “he had pushed her against the wall,” according to the report, and “that Chapman had ‘choked’ her by placing his hands around her neck, but did not prevent her from breathing at any time.” Police did not observe “injuries or even redness anywhere on her neck or chest,” the report said.

Chapman’s girlfriend told police her brother “came into the theater and separated them,” the report said. Chapman’s girlfriend told police she “ran outside because she was scared for her and her daughter,” according to the report. Her daughter was 4 months old, according to the report. While it is unclear whether the child is Chapman’s, he told police after a previous incident that they “had a child in common,” according to a police report.

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Chapman told police he wanted to drive away but friends wouldn’t let him, according to the police report. He entered the passenger’s-side door of his Land Rover, punched the window and cut his left pinkie knuckle, the report said. Chapman then said he retrieved the handgun from the glove compartment and locked himself in garage alone. “He then shot several shots inside the garage and threw his pistol away inside the garage,” the report said. Chapman’s driver moved the gun from the garage back into another vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade, according to the report.

Chapman said friends took him into a room and locked the door, according to the police report. When police arrived, others exited the house, the report said. Chapman, according to the report, was the last one out.

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Making Sense of the Zack Greinke Contract


Written by Pablo Figueroa at Sporting Charts

Before the annual MLB Winter Meetings even started at full force, we have seen how most of the prominent free-agent pitchers have been snatched off the open market. David Price signed a monster deal in Boston, Jordan Zimmermann was presented in Detroit, Jeff Samardzija will become San Francisco’s latest reclamation project, and even John Lackey made headlines by signing with the Cubs. And yet, the biggest contract of them all was a bit of a head-scratcher, as it involved arguably the most prominent free agent ace signing with a fringe franchise. Yes, Zack Greinke is going to take his talents to Arizona.

Of course, Greinke was only a free agent due to his opt-out clause after only 3 seasons with the Dodgers. Following 3 straight top-10 Cy Young finishes and fresh off a league-leading 1.66 ERA in 2015, Greinke opting out was a foregone conclusion as he was bound to make even more money despite already being 32 years old. Early offseason reports linked Greinke to seemingly all big-market teams, with usual suspects like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Giants being in the running for his services.

A few weeks passed by and all reports suggested that Greinke’s decision would be a final duel between the Dodgers and Giants, who tried to lure the righty with promises of contention and buckets of money that would secure the futures of many generations of his lineage. And yet, even as the Dodgers were always seen as the most logical landing spot for Greinke, he ended up being the first big casualty of the way the team conducts business following the change in GM after 2014.

After the Dodgers balked on offering Greinke a sixth guaranteed year, a different NFC West rival swooped in to shock the baseball world. With a six-year, $206 million contract, the Diamondbacks signed the former Royal to the largest contract in baseball history in terms of annual salary, believing that he will age well and provide the surging franchise with the boost it needs to become a contender. And yet, the question remains: why Arizona?

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