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Dodgers Nation Roundtable: Concerned More With Offense Or Defense?

Heading into tonight's game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are second in the league in errors on defense and 24th in overall batting average. This led us to this week's roundtable question: Are you more concerned with the Dodgers' offense or defense? Jared Massey (@jaredjmassey):  The good news is that the Dodgers’ starting pitching has been pretty good this season. Even without Clayton Kershaw, the staff has bee ...

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Trending Up, Trending Down: Offense Struggles, Pitching On The Rise

Another week down and the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in first place once again; however, it has not been a week without struggle. We take a look at what's trending up and down with the Dodgers this week: Trending Up Josh Beckett In his last two starts, the 33-year-old right-hander has not allowed a single run. He went five innings in each start, once being removed from pitch count and the other due ...

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Just A Suggestion: Let Kemp, Puig Play Everyday; Rotate The Rest

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a problem that most teams would love to have; however, if not monitored properly, it could become a problem that most teams would hate to have. In the outfielder, the Dodgers have four, possibly five, capable outfielders for just three outfield spots. Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke all wait patiently for manager Don Mattingly's lineup eac ...

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Grade Of The Week: Dodgers Fall Victim To Questionable Bullpen Move

With the Los Angeles Dodgers having only one day off over a month's worth of games, two arduous extra-inning losses this week were not what they needed as they head into a jam-packed schedule that they have yet to be burdened with all season. Where as the rotation is proving durable, a struggling bullpen is certainly a product of these long games. Last week was defined by bullpen moves and outings that have ...

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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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Dodgers Minor League Players Of The Week – Pederson, Reed Take Honors

Hitter of the Week - Joc Pederson After taking home the honors in Week 1, Joc follows up with just as impressive a performance in Week 2. The centerfielder went 15 for his last 32 (.469) with 5 doubles and a two-homer game on Jackie Robinson day. He's still showing tremendous plate discipline, with as many walks as strikeouts over that span. And, to top it off, he stole 3 bases. There's really not much more ...

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Trending Up, Trending Down: Uribe, Gonzalez Heat Up; League Struggles

Another week down and the Los Angeles Dodgers had a strong weekend, sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. They then went to San Francisco and have had a tough time with the Giants. We take a look at the trending Dodgers this week: Trending Up Juan Uribe Before Wednesday, Juan Uribe was tied for the league lead in hits with 22 in 13 games. The Dodger third baseman continues to rack up hits, along ...

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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 Nation Roundtable: Who Will Be Starting At 2B On July 1?

Alex Guerrero returned from injury this week and exploded onto the scene in Triple-A, hitting a home run in each of his first two games. Dee Gordon started the week hitting .400 and leading the league in stolen bases. Both play second base and once Guerrero has some reps at the spot, he is expected to take over. However, Gordon is making a case to remain the starter, so we asked the question: Who will be th ...

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Just A Suggestion: Goodbye To Brandon League, Chris Withrow Stays

Brian Wilson is expected to come of the disabled list and many are wondering what the corresponding move will be. Many expect the Los Angeles Dodgers to send down Christ Withrow, even though he has struck out half of the batters he has faced. With a rotation and bullpen full of players on major league deals, Withrow seems to be the easiest move to make. Well, I'm here to offer a suggestion that many Dodger ...

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