The Los Angeles Dodgers had a rough weekend in San Francisco. Not only did they lose two out three games to the Giants, they were without Matt Kemp for both weekend games because of a shoulder issue, and they were forced to scratch staff ace Clayton Kershaw from his Sunday start with a hip injury. The good news is the team is expecting both players back in the lineup on Tuesday night in Arizona.
Kemp, who has had two separate stints on the Disabled List due to hamstring injuries this season, injured his shoulder in a game August 28th against the Rockies. Since the incident, he has only three hits, one of them being a home run. Kemp received a couple of injections in his left shoulder Sunday and needed a few days to recover. On the season, he has a .315/.382/.548 line with 18 home runs in 85 games.
Kershaw, who was scheduled for the Sunday night start against Barry Zito, was a late scratch by manager Don Mattingly after the lefty experienced pain in his hip. When asked about the injury, Kershaw said he felt good enough to pitch, and reiterated it wasn’t his decision not to pitch. The Dodgers have listed him as the scheduled starter now Tuesday against Ian Kennedy. The two-time All-Star owns a 12-8 record with a 2.79 ERA, 2.94 FIP and 4.9fWAR in 29 starts this season.
The Dodgers sit 1.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot in the National League with the Pirates, Phillies and Brewers still in the mix. Yes, the Phillies and Brewers are only six games back of St. Louis, the same team that was in this situation last year, and we all know what happened there.
For all those Phoenix residents who love the combination of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Papa John’s pizza, tonight may be your lucky night.
What’s odd with this promotion is the fact that the D’Backs are on the road. Most organizations traditionally offer these types of deals to fans when the team is at home. The other thing I find rather interesting is the timing. Arizona faces the tough task of going up against Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw. This season, the Dodgers ace is ranked second in the National League with 183 strikeouts, and has posted a 2.84 ERA, 2.89 FIP and 3.21 xFIP with a 4.7fWAR.
Oh by the way, tonight is also Vin Scully bobblehead night.
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The Blue Yankees, the Yankees of the West, the Pacific Coast Yankees. For years, the New York Yankees have been the top spenders in baseball, but 2,500 miles away, there’s a new organization embracing its status as a big market club by showing a willingness to spend, spend, spend.
Jonah Keri, writing for Grantland, suggested yesterday that the Los Angeles Dodgers, armed with the probability of an outrageously lucrative regional television contract, could be the first team in baseball history to operate without concern for a budget. Dollars per win above replacement analysis reveals that while the team has overpaid in terms of finances in several of its most recent transactions, it’s not so much of an overpay as to suggest financial irresponsibility. However, the point shouldn’t be lost that the Dodgers are doing something differently than any other club in baseball as evidenced by their lack of concern for the luxury tax which governs even the Yankees.
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