Dodgers Update – Week of September 5th
The Blue Crew is right where they want to be heading down the home
stretch of the 2014 season, entering September with a lead on the Giants in the N.L. West and just playing some really good
overall baseball from one series to the next. Though the Dodgers know the Giants aren't going to just roll over, the Dodgers
are in position to put the exclamation point on another memorable regular season and stamp their ticket to the playoffs, giving
Dodgers fans all types of reasons for optimism coming down the home stretch. With a September schedule loaded with matchups
against divisional foes, the opportunity is right there in front of them.
Now that the playoffs are in sight, it's hard
not to daydream about Clayton Kershaw head out to the mound in crucial spots in the postseason. This season, sportscasters
have essentially run out of fresh adjectives to describe how well Kershaw is pitching, even drawing legitimate comparisons
with Sandy Koufax, who is not only one of the all-time great Dodgers but also one of the best pitchers ever. At the end of
August, Kershaw had a ridiculous 1.73 ERA to go with a 16-3 record, putting him in the driver's seat for the Cy Young once
It hasn't just been Kershaw, of course, as the hitting has really come around for the Dodgers as well, particularly
with Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon leading the way. Gonzo has been an absolute rock in the heart of the order
and continues to be one of the best pure-hitters in baseball, while Puig has shown his ability to hit for both power and average
in a way that most young hitters have to develop over time. Then there's Dee Gordon, who stands as the most electrifying base-runner
in the league at this point and the favorite to take home the stolen bases title. With everything clicking into place and
the Dodgers looking to take their game to the next level, this is what Los Angeles Dodgers baseball is all about.
Update – Week of August 8th
With the Dodgers and the Giants both battling it out for supremacy in the N.L. West,
it doesn't get any better than this, as Dodgers' fans are anticipating a riveting final couple of months to the regular season
as fans anticipate another playoff berth for their beloved home team. The Dodgers took a little while to get going, but the
talent eventually rises to the top in Major League Baseball, which is part of the charm of a long season. Thanks to a power-heavy
lineup and arguably the best starting pitcher in the game, the Dodgers have the type of team that definitely isn't going to
go quietly the rest of the season.
More than anything, however, the Dodgers' chances might end up coming down to the
powerful left arm of Clayton Kershaw, who is turning into a bit of a legend around Los Angeles. Though Kershaw has already
won two Cy Young Awards, he's actually having his best season to date and hasn't lost a start since the end of May. With Kershaw
dominating on a regular basis, the Dodgers look formidable not just for the regular season but for the postseason as well
if they can keep it going in the right direction.
Offensively, the Dodgers aren't exactly lacking either, as Yasiel
Puig continues to show that he's a remarkably complete hitter despite his youth and Adrian Gonzalez has been an absolute rock
in the heart of the order. Add in Dee Gordon, who seems determined to literally run away with the stolen bases title, and
the Dodgers can do just about anything on the diamond from one night to the next. The Dodgers won't be able to coast to a
playoff berth considering the competition from the Giants and the other top teams in the National League, but with the Dodgers'
season really coming together, it's hard not to be excited to be part of the Dodger faithful coming down the home stretch
of the season.
Dodgers Update – Week of July 4
It's been a bit of a battle this season, but as fans
around Major League Baseball know quite well, the cream always rises to the top. After looking up at the San Francisco Giants
for much of the year so far, the Dodgers have been playing very good baseball and now find themselves neck-and-neck with their
N.L. West rivals for the divisional crown, putting them right back in the heart of the playoff race in the National League.
With the Dodgers starting to come on strong heading into the All-Star break and fans eager to see if they can make yet another
run at the postseason, anything can happen from here.
A major reason for the success of the Dodgers, to the surprise
of no one, has been young budding superstar Yasiel Puig. With his canon arm and uncanny ability to hit even the top pitchers
in the league, Puig has launched himself into stardom in his first full season in Dodger blue. Through 77 games for Puig,
the power-hitting right-hander is leading the team in average, on-base percentage and hits, which is sensational for a young
hitter still getting used to Major League Baseball pitching. Puig has also been a major run-producer as well, placing him
amongst the league leaders in that category as well.
But the Dodgers have much more going on than just Puig, as Adrian
Gonzalez has once again been an absolute rock in the heart of the order and Dee Gordon has given them a major spark at the
top of the lineup. Gordon reached 40 stolen bases in less than 80 games this season, making him far and away the most dominant
base-stealer in the entire league in the process. Of course, the Dodgers also get to turn the ball over to Clayton Kershaw
as well, and the sensational lefty is having another Cy Young-caliber season. With other starts like Zack Greinke and Josh
Beckett also showing some major signs of dominance, the Dodgers have the balance to do some major damage from now to the end
of the season.
Dodgers Update – Week of June 6
Though the Dodgers haven't completely put it all
together quite yet, the beautiful thing about the Major League Baseball season is that the cream eventually rises to the top
– something the Dodgers did last year and are hoping to do once again this season. The Dodgers are hovering around.500
at the moment, but they've also put together some very impressive series wins and are right within striking distance of the
playoffs once again this season. Even if the Giants and the Rockies are showing that they're going to give the Dodgers plenty
of competition in the N.L. West, the Dodgers have proven once again that they have one of the most dynamic rosters in the
And a big reason for that, as Dodgers' fans already know, is Yasiel Puig, who isn't just living up to expectations
at this point but he's in the conversation for National League MVP. Puig has dazzled in the field, making some of the most
spectacular, highlight-reel defensive plays in the league this season, though that's also just the tip of the iceberg. With
a batting average well over.300 and an on-base percentage well over.400, Puig is looking much more like a veteran at the plate
than a rising superstar, and he's flashed his signature power as well, leading the team in run production while holding his
OPS over 1.000.
With Puig showing his star-level capabilities in all aspects of the game, other key players like Adrian
Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez have helped keep the offense clicking despite Matt Kemp getting off to a relatively slow start
this season. It also helps that Dee Gordon is swiping just about every base that he can at this point, with Gordon easily
leading the entire league in stolen bases. With the Dodgers looking to turn the corner and start winning a few more home games
as they look to make their move in the N.L. West, Dodgers' fans know the team is in good shape heading towards the halfway
point of the season.
Dodgers Update – Week of May 2nd
Following an impressive start to the season,
the Dodgers head into May looking to hunt down the San Francisco Giants at the top of the N.L. West. The Dodgers wrapped up
the first month with a solid 15-12 record, putting them right in the thick of the hunt for the playoffs in the early going
thanks to a well-balanced roster that proved they can pitch and hit in equal measures. With three series wins against the
D-backs and one against the Padres, it's been so far so good in the N.L. West, even if they've struggled in head-to-head battles
with the Giants so far.
Leading the way for the Dodgers has been Adrian Gonzalez, who tied for the N.L. lead in homers
with eight during the first month of the season. Gonzalez hasn't just been closing his eyes and swinging for the fences either,
as he also held a.317 batting average and drove in 24 RBIs in April. The only reason why Gonzalez isn't leading the team in
batting average at this point is because of Dee Gordon, who has been a pleasant surprise for Dodgers' fans so far this season.
Though many fans knew of Gordon's potential heading into the season, few anticipated watching Gordon bat.340 in April while
stealing a league-best 13 bases.
On the mound, the Dodgers have also gotten a big boost from Zack Greinke, who is back
in top form after going 5-0 with a 2.04 ERA through the first month of the season. With that type of firepower, the Dodgers
are very hopeful heading into May, where they'll play the Twins, the Marlins and the Nats on the road before coming home to
take on the Giants and the Marlins in the middle of the month. With one of the most potent rosters in the league, the Dodgers
look like they could be in an exciting battle for the divisional crown with the Giants all season long.
Los Angeles Dodgers Schedule
The Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to hit the field and defend their title as reigning
National League West Champions this season, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they look to pile up the wins and
make it all the way to the Fall Classic. The Dodgers have one of the most talented teams in Major League Baseball, which always
brings the fans out in droves to Dodger Stadium for each and every home game throughout the regular season. The Dodgers will
have a lot of tough matchups at home this season, which makes for a bevy of great opportunities for Dodgers fans to get out
to the ballpark to see some excellent baseball being played by some of the best players in the game today.
all comes together when they take on their divisional rivals, however, and division matchups are sprinkles all over the season
to give you plenty of opportunities to join in the action. One of the teams to look out for on the schedule will be the D-Backs,
another talented team that will be looking to swing their way all the way to the top of the standings. The Diamondbacks boast
a lineup filled with top players that can crush the ball into the seats at a moment's notice. Dodgers fans will need to come
out and show their support for their favorite team whenever a tough team like Arizona comes to Los Angeles.
Francisco Giants, meanwhile, might have had a down year last season, but don't expect that to happen again. With one of the
best pitching staffs in the game, the Giants are always tough to defeat, and the Dodgers know that well. From divisional matchups
to interleague road games that will have you glad that you hit the road to cheer on the Dodgers, 2014 should be another exciting
season of action loaded with sprawling catches, eye-popping homers and nail-biting finishes that will have everyone talking
Los Angeles Dodgers Team Info
The Los Angeles Dodgers play in the National League West division
of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and
Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers were able to run away with the division title last season thanks to a fantastic second half
of the campaign. This year, the Dodgers have a roster that could feature the most talent out of any team in the MLB. With
that kind of personnel, expectations run high, and the Dodgers are looking to meet and even surpass those expectation by winning
the World Series in 2014. Of course, it definitely helps that you'll be seeing players like Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian
Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and more, giving the Dodgers a chance to win every single time they take to the diamond.
The MLB Experience
Have you ever been to a Major League Baseball game in person? If so, then you know how amazing
it can be to see the best players in baseball hit the diamond for a battle of the ages. If not, then you've been missing out
in a big way. The Los Angeles Dodgers are ready to hit the field this season to take on some of the best teams in the National
League throughout the year, and you can be there to see all of the action unfold from your very own seat in the stadium. It
doesn't get much better than being there from the first pitch to the final out, because all of the action in between is sure
to be as exciting as ever. Baseball is a game that holds a special place in hearts of many sports fans around the country,
and fans really get into the spirit of competition in the stands. Be a part of it all this season at Dodger Stadium, where
the fans are always showing their passion and enthusiasm from game to game and season to season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise was founded in 1932 as the Brooklyn Dodgers. The team moved out west
and was renamed the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. The Dodgers have had a lot of success as an organization over the years,
winning a whopping 21 National League Pennants and six World Series championships. The Dodgers remain one of the most popular
teams in the country, and have one of the most loyal fan bases in Major League Baseball. Over the years, they've also had
some big-time players, including Kirk Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Manny Ramirez, Dazzy Vance and plenty of others,
and you never know when the next great player is going to burst onto the scene with a banner year that will have fans abuzz.
Los Angeles Dodgers Trivia
Which pitcher holds the Dodgers franchise record for the most strikeouts in a single
The answer is the legendary Sandy Koufax, who fanned an astounding 382 batter in 1965. With those type of numbers,
it was pretty easy to see why Koufax was one of the absolute legends of the diamond, and goes down in history as one of the
most dynamic pitchers of all-time.
The fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers love their baseball, and
if you've never seen them in action then you need to get out to a game as soon as possible. While most baseball fans bring
a high level of intensity to the stands of a Major League Baseball game, Dodgers fans seem to take it up a notch, especially
if a National League West rival is in town. Join some of the most passionate fans in the game this season at Dodger Stadium
and you'll surely be hooked. It's always a great time being surrounded by people who love sports, and you'll see that loud
and clear when the Dodgers hit the field for an amazing game that is sure to have fans pouring in by the thousands. But you
also don't want to forget about the road games, as there is sure to be plenty of Dodger Blue no matter where this team lines
up for a big series.