Dodgers Update – Week of October 3rd
The Dodgers lived up to their talent level during the regular season,
walking away with the N.L. West title by holding off the Giants down the home stretch. It's always exciting being there in
the middle of a regular season Dodgers game, but the whole experience gets taken up a notch once the playoffs roll around
and the Dodgers are looking to take down the other top teams in the National League. On their way towards the Fall Classic,
the Dodgers are sure to give their fans some unbelievable moments as the Los Angeles sports scene springs to life in support
of their beloved Dodgers.
An opening round series that pits the Dodgers up against the Cardinals is also as good as
it gets if you live and breathe Major League Baseball. The Cardinals have a proud and well-traveled fan base and tradition
of winning, which makes Dodgers-Cardinals the perfect old school rivalry that is sure to be packed with intensity and drama.
But even though the Cards won't just roll over, the Dodgers are confident thanks to a star-studded roster led by Clayton Kershaw,
who was so good in 2014 that he's in the MVP discussion despite the award very rarely ever going to a pitcher. Kershaw has
already won the Cy Young twice but he ended up with a career season in 2014, going a ridiculous 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and a
WHIP of only 0.86.
With that type of dominance at the top of the rotation, the Dodgers know that they can beat absolutely
anyone who takes to the field against them, particularly with a strong rest of the rotation and a great lineup that is among
the very best in the league. Thanks to Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and many more leading the way, the Dodgers can put up
runs in bunches and have the pitching to put away a game as well as any team in baseball, making the Dodgers extremely dangerous
as they take aim at making a memorable playoff run.
Dodgers Update – Week of September 5th
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
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 again.
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.
Dodgers Update – Week of August 8th
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.
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.
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
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
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 game.
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
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.
2014 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.
It really 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.
The San 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 around town.
Los Angeles Dodgers
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
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.
Los Angeles Dodgers History
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
pitcher holds the Dodgers franchise record for the most strikeouts in a single season?
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.