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Jeff Spiegel has been a staff contributor for DodgersNation.com since 2012. Jeff grew up in Oak Park, California before attending the University of Oregon. After graduating, he became a full-time news and sports reporter in Portland, Oregon before beginning work at a church. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffspiegel.

Number of Entries : 116

Despite Struggles, Dodgers Need To Re-Sign Hanley Ramirez

PAGES: 1 | 2 As I look at Twitter and see the comments about Hanley Ramirez, I'm shocked. To be honest, I can't believe I even feel the need to justify the opinion of wanting Hanley Ramirez back, but, alas, here we are. To begin with, I want you to understand I'm a realist — meaning, I understand three things very well: the Los Angeles Dodgers aren't going to have a $400 million payroll this season, Ramirez ...

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Dodgers Bullpen: A Postseason Kiss of Death?

PAGES: 1 | 2 Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen is shaky and inconsistent. Okay, okay — so this isn't breaking news, but the question is, can it be fixed? With the St. Louis Cardinals looming in the NLDS, let's take a look at the pieces the Dodgers have to work with — keep in mind the Dodgers took just 11 pitchers into the NLDS last season, which is something I project ...

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Dodgers Player Rankings: Where Does Adrian Gonzalez Stand?

PAGES: 1 | 2 For many teams, the debate about who their best player can be a fairly spirited one. Thanks to Clayton Kershaw, however, it's safe to say there isn't much debate when it comes to the Los Angeles Dodgers best player. Thanks to Dodger Digest's Chad Moriyama, however, a similar debate was sparked in my mind when he tweeted the following: - @joelydanger Could argue A-Gon is the eighth-best player o ...

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Dodgers Series Win Over Giants Was About More Than Numbers

PAGES: 1 | 2 21 runs and 33 hits in two games. A three-game lead in the division. Win No. 19 for Clayton Kershaw. Five wins in their last six games against the San Francisco Giants (all at AT&T Park). In a sport dominated by numbers and statistics, there are some impressive — even astonishing — ones there to talk about, but for me, the weekend the Los Angeles Dodgers just had in San Francisco was about far ...

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Even Without A Trade, The Dodgers Remain Heavy Favorites

PAGES: 1 | 2 In baseball, the point of making a trade is to get better. The point of getting better, of course, is to win more games. Somewhere in the last week, however, "analysts" and other writers have confused this simple equation and skipped a step. If you've read anything about the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last week, you'd think that making a trade = winning more baseball games. Sure, most trades ma ...

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For This Fan, A Trip To Dodger Stadium Means Lifeless Dodgers Baseball

For the first time this season, I made the trip to Chavez Ravine Wednesday night. Two hits and just one offensive rally later, I left like most Dodger fans have this season — disappointed. For a team with so much talent, so many expectations and so many storylines, the overwhelming sense this season has been disappointment. Sure, the team is in second place in the NL West and would be just a half-game out o ...

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Fantasy Corner: Trevor Bauer’s Arrival, Plus Scanning The Waiver Wire

Well, friends of the fantasy corner, the day has finally come: Trevor Bauer is back in the majors! A few weeks ago, I targeted Bauer as someone to add — a guy destroying his competition in the minors (2.15 ERA and 44K in 46 innings). What made no sense, however, was Cleveland's unwillingness to put him in their rotation, despite a successful start there earlier this year (6 IP, 1 ER, 8K on 4/9 against the P ...

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Fantasy Corner: Seth Smith And Other Waiver-Wire Candidates

I want to start by apologizing to those of you who took my advice and looked at Trevor Bauer — I wish I could understand the thinking in Cleveland that leads one to leave a top pitching prospect with a 1.12 ERA in the minors. If only.... Anyways, on to some guys to keep an eye on in your league: Seth Smith (available in 95% of leagues) While Troy Tulowitzki is blowing everyone away offensively, can you name ...

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Fantasy Corner: Scanning The Waiver Wire For Potential Contributors

A quick post this week, but here are a few names from the wavier wire to keep an eye on: Wily Peralta (44% owned) Anyone owned in more than 30% of leagues is usually off my radar, but if this guy is available in your league, stop reading now and go grab him. In five starts this season, Peralta has a 2.56 ERA and four quality starts to go along with a 3-1 record (helps to play for the team with the best reco ...

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Fantasy Corner: Building For The Playoffs Early In The Season

If you follow me on Twitter at all, you noticed this week I made an odd recommendation: take a look at Trevor Bauer. Wait, isn't he in AAA still? Yep. Then why am I wasting a roster spot on him with no guarantee he's getting called up in the immediate future? The playoffs. Here's the thing about fantasy baseball that most people never really think about: there's a difference between having the best team now ...

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