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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.

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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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Dodger Thoughts: Is Jansen’s Reign As Closer Coming To An End?

In the first half of 2013, the Dodgers learned the importance of a great bullpen. Stocked with a motley crew of cast-offs and rookies, the bullpen was dreadful — costing a struggling Dodgers team multiple games. Eventually, however, the Dodgers cut loose some dead weight (Matt Gurrier), relegated scrubs to lesser roles (Brandon League), relied more on young studs (Chris Withrow and Paco Rodriguez) and naile ...

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Dodgers News: Kershaw Throws Another Encouraging Bullpen Session

After five straight seasons with at least 31 starts, Dodger fans are still getting accustomed to life with Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list. As Kershaw continues to progress, however, it may not be long before No. 22 is back on the mound for LA. This morning, David Vassegh, the co-host of Dodger Talk, tweeted that Kershaw continued his recovery with another bullpen session: Kershaw threw a 26 pitch bull ...

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Dodgers Dilemma: Could Second Base Become Another Overcrowded Spot?

Heading into the 2014 season, no position on the roster was more uncertain than second base. Two weeks in, however, it appears as if uncertainty has miraculously transformed into what might just be an over-stocked cupboard. One month ago, there were three names circulating around the Dodgers' second baseman job: Dee Gordon, Justin Turner and Alexander Guerrero. Gordon was the guy everyone was rooting for — ...

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Dodgers Nation Fantasy Corner: Waiver Wire Whip Around

If you've followed this column at all this season, I'd imagine your team is in decent shape at the moment. Our first edition suggested Dee Gordon (available in 78% of leagues at the time) and Joe Kelly (available in 79% of leagues at the time) among others. Gordon is now available in less than 25% of leagues (hitting over .400 and leading the league in steals), while Kelly has allowed just 1 ER in 11.1 inni ...

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