Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from Seattle on Monday night for a player to be named later.
Taijuan Walker failed to pitch into the fifth inning for the second straight outing, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks on Wednesday night in a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Howie Kendrick drove in two runs with a broken-bat two-run single in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 6-5 victory over the Seattle on Tuesday night.
The homer-happy Seattle Mariners hit four against Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Monday night, and it still wasn’t enough to win.
The Mariners will partake in their first Interleague game of the young 2015 season Monday as they visit Dodger Stadium for a three-game series. Both Seattle and Los Angeles stand at 3-3 entering Monday’s game.
An 11th-round Draft choice by the Dodgers out of high school, Los Angeles knew it was taking a risk by drafting Joc Pederson, as he had pretty high bonus demands and had already committed to play baseball at USC. But the Dodgers were OK with the risk that late, and OK with giving him a hefty bonus, and now five years later it looks as though it’s all going to pay off.
In this week’s episode, host Jason A. Churchill and Alex Carson debate the merits of the Seattle Mariners potentially trading for Justin Upton and Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well free agents Nelson Cruz, Yasmany Tomas and Hanley Ramirez.
There’s a contemporary push to place starting pitchers in the same realm as everyday players, which is confusing as it is annoying.
As expected, the Seattle Mariners have been linked to free agent Hanley Ramirez. He’s a player the club has had some level of interest in for a few years, and understandably so, he hits. He’s also right-handed and plays shortstop, so on the surface he sounds like a fantastic fit for any team that doesn’t have a present-and-future stalwart at the position.
The high-spending Cardinals, Giants and Phillies have won the last six National League pennants. The Cardinals or Giants will win it again in 2014.