Appreciating J.P. Howell’s curveball

I was as surprised as you were when J.P. Howell exercised the player option in his deal for $6.25 million. After posting a 1.43 ERA in 2015 and 1.97 in his last three seasons (not to mention a respectable 3.14 FIP), many thought the 32-year-old lefty would try his luck on the open market. He…

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Looking at some fastball-slider lefty options

The term “lefty specialist” has a certain connotation to it. That is, it’s a lefty who has a nasty breaking pitch (usually a slider) that is hard for opposing left-handed hitters to contact. Also, they don’t typically throw that hard, but there are some who do. The Dodgers traded Paco Rodriguez in the Hector Olivera…


So, What Next?

Dave Roberts has officially been named the next manager of the Dodgers, and I’m excited to see what he can do. While I said that I had wanted Bud Black, I also said that there was really no wrong answer here, and while Roberts will need to prove he can overcome his lack of experience…


Report: Dodgers to name Dave Roberts manager

The managerial search seems to finally come to a close. Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reported on Sunday night the Dodgers are expected to hire Dave Roberts as their new manager. He’ll have some lofty shoes to fill with Don Mattingly off to Miami. I wrote about Roberts, 43, being a leading candidate for…


Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and a game of chicken

Everything coming out of the Dodgers’ front office so far this winter has pointed to reducing player salaries and building around young talent. This doesn’t mean the collective wallet will be closed. I still think the Dodgers end up with Zack Greinke or David Price. But if they don’t, their best and most attractive trade…