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Los Angeles Dodgers Fantasy Report: Zack Greinke Still Unbeaten

April 29, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments (2)
Carlos Triunfel has been recalled by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Carlos Triunfel is a solid contact hitter. (Rick Osentoski-USA Today Sports)

Today, we’re going to check in on the Los Angeles Dodgers to see how they’re doing and what storylines are developing out of Chavez Ravine.

After dropping two out of three at home to the Rox this weekend, the Dodgers have slipped to third place in the NL West, half a game behind Colorado, and now just 1.5 up on the fourth place Padres, who are holding their own lately. Other than awful Arizona, this division is super tight — just 2.5 games separate first from fourth, making it the most competitive division in the game right now.

To kick off a nine-game trip, the Dodgers now head to Minnesota to for a three-game interleague series. Normally, playing the Twins is good news, but they’ve played well lately, are over .500, and — so far at least — are no longer pushovers. Minnesota is piling up the runs recently, with 37 in the past six games alone.

Of course, the fact that unbeaten Zack Greinke takes the mound for LA Tuesday should buoy hopes of getting back on track. Could he help usher in the franchise’s historic 10,000th win?

Hanley Ramirez (thumb) should be back Tuesday after coming out early Saturday (but not before driving in his 10th run of the season; see video below). The fact he stroked a pinch-hit single Sunday suggests he’s okay. Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday was a planned off day for Ramirez anyway. Hopefully, this is much ado about nothing.

However, what’s interesting about this H-Ram situation is that on Sunday the Dodgers recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque (sending down righty reliever Jose Dominguez). Triunfel can play shortstop, second and third base, so if Ramirez’s thumb is worse than the team is letting on, they are covered with this move. Triunfel has been in the Mariner organization since being signed out of the Dominican Republic way back in 2007 and in parts of three seasons with Seattle, he’s gone 11-for-66. He’s a solid contact hitter, but lacks patience to a fault.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you think the Dodgers will fare on their nine-game road trip.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu Seeks Revenge Against Giants

April 17, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Hyun-Jin Ryu is hoping for better results against the Giants Thursday. (Nostraballus.wordpress.com) Back in January, when we slotted Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu 20th in our Starting Pitcher Rankings, we wondered what kind of adjustments the league would make against him after his fine “rookie” season (as always, we balk at calling a player that [...]
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San Diego Padres Fantasy Report: Carlos Quentin Hurt Again

April 1, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Beyond Quentin, the Padres have more than their share of injuries to start the season, which makes those dark horse predictions a bit tough to swallow. There’s no doubt that even with their modest US$89 million payroll, the Padres have a chance to flirt with .500 or perhaps even surprise with 85 or so wins this season, but should they fall into a hole early, it’s going to be too difficult to sneak up on anyone.
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Can the Washington Nationals Rebound Under Matt Williams?

November 25, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
There’s no doubt this team is poised to be a winner for the long haul given its core of young talent, but it will need to beef up the offense to get back to the playoffs in 2014. Remember that they won the NL East in 2012 and had the best record in baseball, so even though this year’s 86-win total was nothing to sneeze at, it was a letdown nonetheless – especially since a too little, too late 18-9 September made their final record look better than how they played most of the season.
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Cleveland Browns Come Up Flat in Huge Game

November 18, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
After Sunday’s 41-20 shellacking at the hands of division and state rival Cincinnati, the Browns have now dropped four of their past five games to find themselves down to 12th in the conference. There is still hope, especially with the two next games at home, but it’s fading with each loss.
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