Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League

In the West, Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 4.5 games; in the East, Washington has opened up a six-game lead on Atlanta; in the Central, Milwaukee sits three games above its closest competitor. It is likely that all three of the current division leaders will make the playoffs, most… Read more“Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League”

Yasiel Puig is Great, Period. (And May’s Player of the Month.)

Here’s a graphic showing my players of the month so far this season: Tulowitzki and Puig are two of the five or so most talented batters in the game (along with Trout, Cabrera, and uhh maybe Cutch or Edwin or Chris Davis). That said, their best months give us a… Read more“Yasiel Puig is Great, Period. (And May’s Player of the Month.)”

Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)

San Francisco and Los Angeles have played six times so far, San Francisco winning four. Today they finished a three-game set in San Francisco whose games had a combined margin of three runs. The run differentials are nearly identical, as is everything about the offenses so far; the Giants have… Read more“Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)”

Time to Talk Standings

We’re basically ten percent into the season, and the standings at this point look plenty interesting. There is a standings page here at Midnight Baseball, besides standings you’ll find projections that modify themselves after I input the results of each game. Since that page sometimes takes a few seconds to… Read more“Time to Talk Standings”

Kenley Jansen Calls the Tigers His Daddy

It’s nothing to worry about, Dodgers fans will agree. Closer Kenley Jansen simply had a bad stretch in the last two days, giving up a one-run lead in the first game and losing the second game in extra innings. Tigers DH Victor Martinez was the man who beat him both… Read more“Kenley Jansen Calls the Tigers His Daddy”

A.J. Ellis Leads Dodgers in Patience

Not only does Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis put up with Yasiel Puig’s frequent hijinks, he demonstrates superb patience in the batter’s box as well. Six Dodgers have at least 13 Plate Appearances, and Ellis leads the group with 57 pitches seen. These are the kind of stats you… Read more“A.J. Ellis Leads Dodgers in Patience”

2014 NL West Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in the National League and the other four teams in the division are no slouches themselves. The cellar of this division is miles above the cellars of the Central and East. The Rockies are just a couple of arms away from having… Read more“2014 NL West Preview”