Player News - Dodgers

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Rich Hill pitched seven innings and allowed one run in beating the Padres on Saturday.

Given his recent string of subpar performances, it was a little bit of a concern when the Dodgers pushed Hill back a day. However, he responded tonight with his best outing since... well, since the last time he faced the Padres on Aug. 24. He still hasn't had a quality start against anyone else in six weeks. Overall, he's 10-5 with a 3.87 ERA.
Sep 23 - 12:20 AM

Joc Pederson homered, doubled and scored twice from the leadoff spot Saturday against the Padres.

Pederson is batting a career-best .254 and has 24 homers, two off his career high from his rookie season in 2015. He might be just a platoon player, but he's a darn good one, even if he's one who might be declared obsolete by the Dodgers this winter.
Sep 23 - 12:16 AM

Ross Stripling allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Padres.

Stripling was originally slated to pitch Saturday, but he was moved up a day when Rich Hill was pushed back. Stripling has pitched exactly 3 1/3 innings in each of his three starts since sliding back into the Dodgers' rotation. He has a 13/3 K/BB ratio in the 10 innings, but since he's given up three homers, his ERA is at 5.40. It's unclear if he'll get another start.
Sep 22 - 2:32 AM

Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-4 and hit his 21st homer Friday against the Padres.

While most of the Dodgers position players are in platoon roles right now, Hernandez continues to get some start against righties in addition to all of his time against lefties. Already one of the year's least likely 20-homer guys, he's sitting on 21 right now.
Sep 22 - 2:26 AM

Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson are absent from the Dodgers' starting lineup on Friday against the Padres.

Dodgers' skipper Dave Roberts is rolling out a right -handed heavy lineup against Padres' southpaw Eric Lauer. Brian Dozier, Kike Hernandez and David Freeze will take their hacks for the Dodgers.
Sep 21 - 7:10 PM

Ross Stripling will start for the Dodgers on Friday against the Padres.

It had been Rich Hill on tap for Friday and Stripling on Saturday, but the club has moved Stripling up a day. Hill will slide into Saturday's spot.
Sep 21 - 2:41 PM

Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer off Scott Oberg in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie in the Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

As per usual, Puig was out of the starting lineup against a lefty. He made his presence known after the Rockies switched to the righty, though, and his homer resulted in Oberg's first loss after seven wins this year. Puig has six homers and 12 RBI in his last 18 at-bats.
Sep 20 - 1:57 AM

Walker Buehler fanned 12 while allowing just a pair of unearned runs over six innings against the Rockies on Wednesday.

Both runs scored after a Justin Turner error in the first inning. It was enough to leave him with a no-decision, as Tyler Anderson pitched him to a stalemate, but the Dodgers went on to prevail thanks to Yasiel Puig. Buehler has a 1.58 ERA and a 79/18 K/BB ratio over 62 2/3 innings in his last 10 starts. There won't be any managing his innings if the Dodgers make a deep run into the postseason.
Sep 20 - 1:55 AM

Kenley Jansen turned in a perfect ninth for his 36th save Wednesday against the Rockies.

It was the seventh scoreless inning in eight tries for Jansen this month. In spite of the missed time, he could get to 40 saves for the third straight season and fourth time in his career.
Sep 20 - 1:50 AM

Clayton Kershaw fired seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Kershaw didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, but was a bit off from a control standpoint, issuing five walks and only striking out three batters. He handed out more free passes over seven frames than he had in his previous seven starts combined and also allowed multiple stolen bases in a start for the first time since July 12, 2013. He still managed to shut down the Rockies offense despite all of the traffic on the base paths. A solo homer by Charlie Blackmon in the fifth inning represented the lone earned run against him. The 30-year-old southpaw has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 23 of 24 starts this year. He’s 8-5 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 145/28 K/BB ratio in 24 starts. He’ll face the Diamondbacks on the road in his next start on Monday.
Sep 19 - 2:24 AM

Chris Taylor drilled a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to lift the Dodgers to a critical 3-2 extra-inning victory over the division-rival Rockies on Tuesday.

Taylor connected on his first career walk-off home run against Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino to increase the Dodgers’ lead in the National League West to 1 1/2 games over Colorado. It was his 17th round-tripper of the year. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk out of the leadoff spot. The 28-year-old utility specialist is hitting .250/.327/.448 with 77 runs scored, 17 dingers, 61 RBI and nine stolen bases in 571 plate appearances.
Sep 19 - 1:49 AM

Yasiel Puig is not in the Dodgers' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Rockies.

Puig has been on fire lately, but the Dodgers will go right-handed-heavy with Colorado throwing left-hander Kyle Freeland. Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, and Yasmani Grandal are also on the bench for this one.

Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk in a victory over the Rockies on Monday.

This is the third-straight multi-hit game for Turner, and the fifth in his last 10 games. On August 3, Turner owned a .257 average and .769 OPS. Those numbers are now .324 and .955. He owns a .365/.469/.615 line in September after slashing .402/.491/.722 in August. All of this to say that there haven't been many better offensive players as of late, and there's no reason to think he's going to slow down.
Sep 18 - 1:34 AM

Max Muncy went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs scored in a victory over the Rockies on Monday.

The homer came off of Jon Gray, and it gives the first baseman 33 blasts on the season. He also walked twice to help raise his on-base percentage to .388 with a .577 slugging percentage. You have the right to wonder if he can do that again next season, but you cannot deny that what Muncy has done in 2018 has been impressive, and awesome to watch. He's a risky play right now, however, because his playing time has been inconsistent.
Sep 18 - 1:29 AM

Hyun-Jin Ryu hurled seven scoreless innings in a victory over the Rockies on Monday.

The Dodgers needed a strong start from Ryu, and boy did they ever get it. He scattered four hits, and he didn't walk anyone while striking out five. The left-hander had pitched well as of late while allowing a large number of hits. That wasn't the case on Monday. He now boasts a 2.18 ERA and impressive 78/13 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings accumulated over 13 starts. We'll see Ryu back on the mound on Sunday against the Padres.
Sep 18 - 1:22 AM


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