DEADLINE DAY

Major League Baseballs Non Waiver Trade Deadline Ends At 4PM ET

Will Darvish, Verlander or Gray, fly to Atlanta to join the Dodgers in the coming hours?

Could a reliever weigh heavily on the minds of the front-office?

If so…what type of prospects and or other pieces will be exchanged?

Will they fore-go a bullpen arm and call up Walker Buehler to assist the club?

Will they add another bat to the mix?

Do they even need to do something big that requires top prospects?

I’ve read that…

Darvish may require top prospects

Verlander will cost money/prospects

Gray will require a battle with the Yankees

 

Hang on to your caps today folks…A storm may be brewing!!

 

Who Woulda Thunk It

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Early this season, in Spring Training and into April, who woulda thunk that the Dodgers would go on a red-hot winning streak through June and July?

  1. Who woulda thunk that Chris Taylor would become our everyday lead off hitter?
  2. Who woulda thunk Scott Kazmir would be on the disabled list for the whole season (and the team is no worse off due to that fact)?
  3. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers could hit against left-handed pitchers?
  4. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers would have seven hitters with double-digit homers on July 19th?
  5. Who woulda thunk we would lose starting left fielder Andrew Toles to injury for the rest of the season, and that would be a catalyst to the red-hot summer?  Toles was hitting .274 with five homers in 96 at-bats when he went down.  The Dodgers are 47-15 after the May 9th game in which Toles sustained his injury.
  6. Who woulda thunk we would lose 20 year old phenom Julio Urias to a season-ending injury, and go on a streak without him?  Urias was put on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder on June 14th.  The Dodgers are 25-4 since then.
  7. Who woulda thunk that wily veterans Andre Ethier and Adrian Gonzalez would both go down with back injuries, and the collective team reaction is a “meh” shrug, along with winning 27 of 31 games since Adrian Gonzalez’s most recent active game with the Dodgers?
  8. Who woulda thunk Alex Wood woulda gone 11-0 to start the season?
  9. Who woulda thunk Kenley Jansen woulda struck out 51 batters before issuing his first base-on-balls of the season?
  10. Who woulda thunk that Rich Hill would be blister free and able to pitch seven innings in a game?
  11. Who woulda thunk that Yasiel Puig, banished to the minor leagues last August, would be second on the team with 18 home runs?
  12. Who woulda thunk that Joc Pederson, who hit only one dinger through May 20th, would now have nine dingers and sport an OPS of .822?
  13. Who woulda thunk Cody “Bombay” Bellinger would be this good?
  14. Who woulda thunk that Dodger4life would have christened Bellinger with the nickname “Bombay” before he hit any of his 26 MLB bombs?
  15. Who woulda thunk the Dodgers would be leading the Giants by 29.5 games in mid-July?

Well, it’s all true.  Today the Dodgers start a ten game home stand by hosting the Atlanta Braves in a four game series.  Brandon McCarthy will start things off against Mike Foltynewicz (R).   Signs of the Dodgers success:

  • Dodgers are now three games above the Astros for World Series home advantage.
  • Lead the second-place Rockies by eleven games.
  • 31-4 over the last 35 games.  The last time that happened in the MLB was in 1977 with the Kansas City Royals.
  • Lost to an NL opponent just once in the past 35 games.
  • 57-18 since Cody Bellinger joined the club.
  • 41-6 when both Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger start the game.
  • 30-4 since Justin Turner came off the disabled list.
  • Swept twelve series this year, including the last four straight.
  • Won eleven straight games going into tonight’s game.
  • Won 44 consecutive games for games where they were leading at any time during the game.

 

Mt. Everest Was Once A Hill

“It’s awesome to see the team doing well,” he [Hill] said. “We’ve gone 10-1. But I look at that and see that one loss and think, ‘That was me’ (laughs). … You don’t want to walk around with such a poopy diaper all the time. Be optimistic. I’ve caught myself a couple times this year.”

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Hill seemed to have lost his focus last time out after allowing his first runner. Until that moment he looked pretty solid.

Bombay Fun Facts

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Just some fun facts about Cody “Bombay” Bellinger.  His father, Clay Bellinger, hit .193 in the major leagues with 12 home runs.  Clay played for the Yankees from 1999 through 2001 and for the Angels in 2002.  Clay was a utility player who fielded every position except catcher and pitcher.

Cody’s younger brother, Cole, is a pitcher in high school.  Cole recently led Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona) to their second straight Arizona high school baseball state championship.  Cole is committed to Grand Canyon University.  The San Diego Padres picked Cole Bellinger as their 15th round draft pick this morning in the 2017 MLB Draft.

When Cody was a young boy (age 4?) he would cry when Clay failed to pitch batting practice to him following a minor league game.  Seems as if he is self motivated.

Cody currently enjoys reverse splits, which should motivate the FAZ front office to keep him in the lineup every day.  His splits (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):

against RHP:  .248/.331/.592/.923 with 12 dingers in 142 plate appearances

against LHP:  .300/.349/.750/1.099 with 5 dingers in 43 plate appearances

Before Cody was called up, the Dodgers were 9-11.  Cody has now played in 45 games for the Dodgers.  During these games, the Dodgers record is 31-14.  Cody has hit 16 home runs during those 31 wins with the Dodgers.  He has hit just one home run during their 14 losses in which he played.