Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu has pitched three innings of a simulated game on the mound at Dodger Stadium.
Impact: Ryu will be examined by a doctor on Thursday to find out how his shoulder responded. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game after one inning on Sept. 12 because of shoulder irritation.
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ryu threw a 45-pitch simulated game Wednesday and experienced "no problems before, during or after with his shoulder," Bill Shaikin of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The left-hander will be examined Thursday morning, but he appears on track to start Monday's Game 3 of the NLDS after making it through the simulated outing without issue. Ryu left his Sept. 12 start with irritation in his shoulder, but he was able to resume throwing eight days later and was back on elevated ground just two weeks later. Like the Angels, the Dodgers may end up going with a three-man rotation in the series, if the training staff indeed signs off on Ryu's return.
Wed. Oct 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gordon (hip) has been officially cleared for Friday's Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cardinals, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Good news for the Dodgers, who can then utilize Justin Turner's hot bat later in the game. Gordon finished 2014 as the league's leader in stolen bases (64), triples (12), and infield hits (62).
News: Gordon (hip) has been cleared to run, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The Dodgers were concerned enough about Gordon's ailing hip to send him for an MRI after he left Saturday's game, but fortunately, nothing serious was found. Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that he was "optimistic" Gordon would be ready for Game 1 of the NLDS, and Gordon's ability to resume running bodes well for his chances of being at second base and atop the order come Friday.
News: Gordon (hip) fully expects to play Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Gordon was cleared to resume running on his injured hip Tuesday, and he said he felt fine after going through a full workout. The Dodgers sent Gordon for an MRI after he suffered the injury Saturday, but they were adamant that it was strictly precautionary.
News: Ryu (shoulder) will throw 45 pitches or three innings in a simulated game Wednesday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ryu threw a successful bullpen Sunday morning, his first full mound session since suffering his mid-September setback with shoulder. The team is now confident enough in his health to return him to facing live hitters, and if he makes it through Wednesday's session without issue, Ryu will likely get the green light to face the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS next Monday.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Greinke threw five innings of one-run ball to beat Colorado in Sunday's series finale.
Impact: Greinke proved unbeatable down the stretch, going 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA over his final eight starts. He carries plenty of momentum into the postseason.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez finished the regular season with a bang, going 2 for 2 with a three-run homer in Sunday's win over Colorado.
Impact: Gonzalez's 116 RBIs were the most in baseball and three shy of his career high set back in 2008. He's posted three consecutive 100-RBI campaigns for the first time in his career.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kershaw, who is in line to start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, finished with a 1.77 ERA in 198.1 innings to become the first pitcher in baseball history to win four consecutive ERA titles.
Impact: Kershaw also led the league in wins with 21, complete games (six), and he missed a strikeout title by a mere three punchouts. He's a lock for the NL Cy Young and should garner heavy MVP consideration.
News: Ryu (shoulder) said he is "optimistic" he'll be ready for the playoffs after a successful bullpen session Sunday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ryu's next step would be to throw a simulated game, which could happen as early as Wednesday. Provided Ryu emerges from that workout free of setbacks, manager Don Mattingly should pencil in the 27-year-old lefty into his playoff rotation. He'd likely be the No. 3 starter, behind Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke.
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is "optimistic" Gordon (hip) will return to the lineup Friday for Game 1 of the NLDS, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Gordon was not in the starting lineup of Sunday's regular-season finale after hip discomfort forced an early exit from Saturday's contest. He anticipates being ready for the playoffs, however, when the speedy 26-year-old would return to his regular role atop the batting order.
News: Kershaw will throw a simulated game Sunday afternoon, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: The Dodgers are simply trying to get their ace some regular work, as he last pitched Wednesday against the Giants and likely won't pitch again until Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday.
News: Uribe is out of Sunday's lineup against the Rockies.
Impact: With their spot in the playoffs set, the Dodgers are resting the 35-year-old Uribe for the upcoming series against the Cardinals. Miguel Rojas will get the start at third.
News: Gordon (hip) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies.
Impact: Gordon left Saturday's game with a right hip injury and later underwent a precautionary MRI. The results of the MRI have yet to be disclosed, but the team doesn't expect the injury to be overly serious. Nonetheless, Gordon will sit Sunday in favor of Darwin Barney at the keystone, as the Dodgers will take a conservative approach to preserve their regular second baseman for the playoffs.
News: Ramirez will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ramirez is simply receiving a regular day of rest prior to the playoffs, as the Dodgers have already clinched the NL West title. Erisbel Arruebarrena will man shortstop in his stead.
News: Gordon underwent an MRI on his right hip Saturday night, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Gordon doesn't appear to be overly concerned about the ailment, claiming it's something that he's dealt with in the past. The announcement does cloud his playing status for Sunday, however. We'll be sure to update once the Dodgers' official lineup is released, but don't be surprised if the team elects to take a conservative approach with the division title already in hand.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Gordon was removed from Saturday's contest due to a right hip injury.
Impact: It could be aggravation of an injury he had earlier this season. He's likely to be OK for the playoffs.
News: Gordon left Saturday's game with right hip irritation and is listed as day-to-day, SB Nation's Craig Minami reports.
Impact: Gordon suffered the injury early in Saturday's game and was replaced by Miguel Rojas at shortstop. Owners will want to keep tabs on Gordon's status in advance of Sunday's game, but it would seem practical for the team to hold him out as there won't be anything but pride on the line.
News: Uribe is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies.
Impact: Uribe has sat out just once since Sept. 7, despite dealing with some soreness in his side of late, so manager Don Mattingly felt it was time for a day off. Justin Turner will get the start at third base Saturday.
News: Crawford is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies.
Impact: Crawford will get the day off with the Dodgers giving some of their regulars a break heading into the postseason. Andre Ethier will get the start in left field in Crawford's place.
News: Crawford went 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Rockies on Friday night.
Impact: The 33-year-old Crawford has been doing everything with the bat of late, contributing in all facets of the game while even stealing late-season bases. During his hot streak, he's pumped his batting average up since Sept. 1 by 30 points from .267 to .297.
News: Gordon went 3-for-4 with two runs scored against the Rockies on Friday night.
Impact: The Dodgers' second baseman struggled some earlier in the month, but Gordon did hit a nice run of games to bring his average back up. Friday's game brings him to .289 on the year, to go along with 92 runs and 64 stolen bases.
Roberto Hernandez - #55 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 230lbs
News: Hernandez gave up three runs and four walks in 5.2 innings pitched against the Rockies on Friday in a no-decision.
Impact: All Hernandez needed to do was get one more out in the sixth inning to pick up the win, but his 101-pitch effort along with a lefty-against-lefty matchup resulted in his removal. He's been a so-so pickup for the Dodgers but has eaten innings in a time of need.
News: Greinke will start Sunday against the Rockies, but will be on a pitch count/innings limit, Bill Plunket of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: With the division already locked up, there was speculation Greinke may not even take his turn in the rotation. The Dodgers decided to instead give him the start but limit his innings and pitches. Sunday will be his last start of the regular season, but he is in line to pitch Game 2 of the NLDS.
News: Haren will pitch Saturday but will be on a pitch count and inning limit, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Impact: There was speculation that Haren would be held out of Saturday's start altogether with the division already clinched, but the team decided to go a different route. With Hyun-Jin Ryu's status still unclear for the postseason, Haren may be in line to start Game 3 of the NLDS if Ryu can't go.
News: Ryu (shoulder) threw off a mound Friday and has a full bullpen session scheduled for Sunday, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Ryu is gearing up for the postseason, and the bullpen session Sunday will put him another step closer to rejoining the rotation. The next stop would likely be throwing a simulated game or two before possibly taking the mound for the Dodgers.
News: Ryu (shoulder) played long toss before Friday's game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ryu won't pitch for the remainder of the regular season, but hasn't ruled out pitching in the postseason. He is expected to throw off the mound in the near future, which is the next step in the process of returning.
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ellis will take a seat after starting four straight games behind the plate for the Dodgers. Drew Butera will start in his place and bat eighth for the Dodgers on Friday.
News: Kemp is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Impact: Kemp will get a day off with the Dodgers already having clinched the NL West. He will probably play at least one if not both of the games over the weekend, but Andre Ethier will play right field Friday in his place.
News: Ramirez is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ramirez has been on a hot streak at the plate over the past couple weeks, going 9-for-22 over the past seven games. He will sit Friday in favor of Justin Turner at shortstop, and Turner will bat cleanup for the Dodgers.
News: Uribe had two hits and matched a season high with three RBIs in a 9-1 win over San Francisco on Wednesday, which clinched the NL West title for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Impact: Uribe, batting a career-high .311, has hit .364 with 17 RBIs in his last 26 games.
News: Crawford went 2 for 2 with three runs scored and two RBIs in a 9-1 win over San Francisco, which clinched the NL West title for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Impact: Crawford, now batting .295, is 20 for 43 (.465) with nine extra-base hits and 14 RBIs in his last 13 games.
News: Kershaw tied a career high with his 21st victory, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title with a 9-1 victory over the second-place San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
Impact: Kershaw allowed one run and eight hits in eight innings, struck out 11 and walked none in his last start of the regular season, having won his final seven starts. He became the first player to lead the major leagues in ERA (1.77) in four consecutive seasons. Kershaw tied his career high in wins from 2011. The Dodgers are 23-4 in his 27 starts this season.
News: Greinke, who is currently in line to start Sunday's game against the Rockies, might not get the start given that the club has clinched the NL West title, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Game 2 of the NLDS is slated for Saturday, October 4, so Greinke would still get plenty of rest even if he does start this Sunday. Either way though, his innings are likely to be limited if he does start.
News: Haren is currently in line to start Saturday's game against the Rockies, but may be held out now that the Dodgers have clinched the NL West title, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Haren could be needed for Game 3 of the NLDS, given the uncertain status of Hyun-Jin Ryu's shoulder. Either way, it appears unlikely Haren will go deep into the game even if he does get one more regular-season start.
News: Uribe, who has dealt with tightness in his side recently, was 2-for-4 with three RBI in Wednesday's win over the Giants.
Impact: Quietly, Uribe has had a fantastic season, batting .311/.337/.441. He hasn't shown a ton of power and has been injured here and there, but fantasy owners have to be pleased.
News: Puig went 1-for-4 with a walk and his 16th home run of the year in a 9-1 win over the Giants.
Impact: Puig was 0-for-9 in the series versus San Francisco before hitting an opposite-field solo shot in the sixth inning. The Cuban import has proven to be a streaky hitter and the Dodgers would love to see him heat up for the postseason, now that the NL West has been locked up.
News: Crawford was 2-for-2 with two RBI, three runs scored, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch twice in a 9-1 win over the Giants.
Impact: Crawford reached base all four times at the plate and hit a back-breaking two-run double in the sixth to help the Dodgers clinch the NL West. The 33-year-old is showing no signs of ending a month-long scorching hot streak in which he's slashing .433/.463/.733 over 60 September at-bats.
News: Kershaw (21-3) led the Dodgers to a National League West-clinching victory over the Giants on Wednesday, allowing one run on eight hits with 11 strikeouts over eight innings.
Impact: Kershaw, who is a Cy Young Award lock, continues to make his case as NL MVP. The left-hander found himself in trouble a couple times during the game, but was able to get out of the jam each time and even hit an RBI triple of his own. Kershaw ends the regular season with a jaw-dropping 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 228:31 K:BB ratio in 198.1 innings.
Justin Turner - #10 - Third Base - 6'0" - 195lbs
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Turner hit his sixth and seven home runs of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over San Francisco.
Impact: Turner has hit .417 with 16 RBIs over his last 24 games.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Greinke gave up two runs over eight innings in a 4-2 victory over rival San Francisco on Tuesday.
Impact: Greinke is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts since his last loss.
News: Ryu (shoulder) is expected to throw off a mound in the next couple days, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: The left-hander has been slowly building strength in his shoulder on flat ground over the past several days, and it sounds like he'll return to mound work shortly. It's uncertain whether he'll throw at full strength in his first bullpen since his mid-September setback, but a successful session would be the first big step toward being cleared for a potential postseason start.
Justin Turner - #10 - Third Base - 6'0" - 195lbs
News: Turner hit his sixth and seventh home runs of the year Tuesday against the Giants, while going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored.
Impact: The super-utility infielder has been a spark plug all year for the Dodgers, albeit in a part-time role. He now has a fantastic .333/.397/.482 slash line in 282 at-bats.
Kenley Jansen - #74 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 265lbs
News: Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit before securing his 44th save of the year Tuesday.
Impact: Jansen continues to be one of the best closers in the game and is finishing up another stellar season. He now boasts a 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and dazzling 99:19 K:BB in 64.1 innings this year.
News: Kemp slugged his 24th home run of the year, while going 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Giants.
Impact: Kemp is ending his 2014 season in style after a disappointing first half. He is 12-for-42 with five home runs, 14 RBI and nine runs scored in his last 10 games. Kemp has now upped his season slash line to .284/.344/.498 in 532 at-bats.
News: Greinke pitched eight fine innings Tuesday against the Giants, allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks, while striking out five en route to his 16th win of the year.
Impact: Greinke came up big with the Dodgers closing in on the NL West title. After Greinke secured the win, the Dodgers magic number now sits at one. Greinke has put together another fabulous season, as he owns a 2.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 201:42 K:BB in 197.1 innings. He is tentatively scheduled to start Sunday at home against the Rockies, but that could change if the Dodgers shuffle the rotation in advance of their potential playoff schedule.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Haren pitched six hitless innings after giving up a solo homer in the first in a 5-2, 13-inning loss to San Francisco on Monday night.
Impact: Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) allowed two runs in seven innings and fanned seven. He's 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his last six starts but gave up five runs in five innings in an 10-4 loss in Colorado on Sept. 16.
News: Ryu (shoulder) remains unlikely to pitch again during the regular season, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin reports.
Impact: Not much has changed here, as Ryu's been working on a throwing program, but the team seems hesitant to bring him back until the postseason. Even if he were able to take the mound before the end of the regular season, it would likely be either out of the bullpen or in an abbreviated start, which would limit his fantasy value significantly.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Tuesday, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports.
Impact: Scott Van Slyke will get the start against lefty Madison Bumgarner as the Dodgers try to play the matchups.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Tuesday, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports.
Impact: It's a rare day off for the speedy second baseman, as Justin Turner will start against Madison Bumgarner.
News: Crawford hit his eighth home run of the season Monday in a 1-for-5 effort against the Giants.
Impact: Crawford's homer was the lone bright spot for a Dodgers offense that scratched out four hits and none for the final 7.1 innings of the game. The 33-year-old is hitting .414 in September, but will most likely sit versus lefty Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday.
News: Haren allowed two runs (one earned) on only one hit with no walks and seven strikeouts in an extra-inning loss Monday to the Giants.
Impact: Haren's stellar outing was ruined by poor defense, as the Dodgers committed three errors and could have easily been credited with two more. Aside from a hiccup in Colorado, the right-hander has been outstanding over his last six starts and sports a 1.89 ERA over that span. Haren will conclude the regular season versus the Rockies this weekend.
Alex Guerrero - #7 - Second Base - 5'10" - 204lbs
News: Guerrero is just 1-for-7 since being recalled on Sept. 1.
Impact: With the Dodgers offense fully healthy, there simply is nowhere for Guerrero to play. Looking ahead, shortstop could be an option for Guerrero in 2015 given Hanley Ramirez's pending free agent status, but that assumes the Dodgers can quickly get comfortable with him at the position defensively. Given Guerrero's $28 million contract, we have to assume he'll have a starting job somewhere in the Dodgers' infield, but as of now, that's far from certain.
News: Haren crossed the 180 innings mark in Monday's loss to the Giants, thus triggering his $10 million player option for 2015.
Impact: Haren has had some ups and downs this year, but he now has a 1.89 ERA in his last six starts to lower his overall ERA to 4.03. At 34, he could have one more multi-year deal coming his way given the strong finish, and with Josh Beckett off the books this winter, look for the Dodgers to make every effort to bring him back.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Kemp went 4 for 5 with a homer and four RBIs in Sunday's 8-5 win at Wrigley Field.
Impact: Kemp is hitting .368 with four homers and 15 RBIs over a nine-game stretch.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Puig was 2-for-5 with four runs scored in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Impact: Four runs? Puig accomplished that by reaching on an error and on a strikeout/passed ball. With nine hits in his last four games, Puig has raised his batting average seven points to .301.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kemp was 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in Sunday's win over the Cubs.
Impact: Kemp is having a monster September, batting .329/.359/.685 with seven homers. He hasn't stolen a base since August 15, but considering where he was earlier this year, his owners will take this.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in Saturday's 8-7 loss at Wrigley Field.
Impact: Gonzalez leads the majors with 111 RBIs.
News: Ryu (shoulder) played catch Sunday for the second time since receiving a cortisone injection in his shoulder last Monday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Ryu threw from approximately 60 feet, but didn't exert himself over 50 percent effort. There remains a slight chance he returns for one more start before the conclusion of the regular season, but he'd have to get through a bullpen session free of additional inflammation if this is going to be a realistic possibility. If Ryu is able to progress more quickly than expected, next Saturday or Sunday would represent the target dates for a potential start. However, everything would need to fall perfectly into place for this to happen.
Jamey Wright - #28 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 240lbs
News: Wright is expected to throw roughly 50 pitches or three innings Sunday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Wright is basically an emergency starter for manager Don Mattingly, and the expectations here are clearly low. If the 39-year-old pitches efficiently, there's a slight chance he could go longer, but he's not a high-percentage fantasy option under the current circumstances.
News: Ramirez will start his fourth straight game Sunday against the Cubs.
Impact: Ramirez was hampered by an elbow strain earlier in the week, but he appears to be over the ailment that cost him back-to-back games. The 30-year-old hasn't let his bumps and bruises affect his recent performance, as he's batting .362 with 10 RBI in the month of September. Although he hasn't homered since Aug. 29, Ramirez is a threat every time he enters the batter's box, and should be deployed in all formats.
News: Uribe (side tightness) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.
Impact: Uribe missed Saturday's contest due to tightness in his side, but will resume third base duties in favor of Justin Turner for the afternoon tilt. The Dodgers could definitely use his bat in the lineup, as the 35-year-old has caught fire of late, posting a .386 batting average in September.
News: Kemp hit a three-run shot in Los Angeles' six-run first inning and singled in a 14-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Impact: Kemp has 11 of his 80 RBIs in the last seven games and has homered three times in his last six.
News: Puig hit a three-run homer and doubled in the Dodgers' 14-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Impact: Puig is 14 for 34 (.412) with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs in his last eight games.
News: Ellis had his second career multihomer game and drove in a season-high four runs in a 14-5 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Impact: Ellis, 6 for 21 with seven RBIs in his last six games, also had two homers against the Cubs in a 6-1 victory in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 2012.
Jamey Wright - #28 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 240lbs
News: Wright will start Sunday's game against the Cubs, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Wright has served exclusively out of the bullpen for the Dodgers this season. He started one game for the Rays last season, but before that, he hadn't started a game in the majors since 2007. He'll get the opportunity Sunday but probably only pitch a few innings before the Dodgers go to the bullpen.
News: Kershaw became the majors' first 20-game winner after a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Impact: Kershaw (20-3, 1.80 ERA) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in 3 1/2 months, but the NL West-leading Dodgers roughed up Edwin Jackson on their way to a 13-hit attack that included four homers. Kershaw gave up three runs and seven hits while striking out nine in his sixth consecutive win. The left-hander, a prohibitive favorite for his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award, is 17-1 with a 1.39 ERA in his last 20 starts.
News: Uribe is out of the lineup Saturday due to tightness in his side, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The team is downplaying the severity of the issue, saying it's "minor" and that Uribe should be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale. He's having an outstanding month at the dish, with 22 hits, including three homers and 11 RBI, in 57 at-bats. Justin Turner is starting in his place at third base.
News: Ryu (shoulder) played catch Saturday for the first time since he received a cortisone injection earlier in the week, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Despite beginning a sub-maximal throwing program this weekend, it remains unlikely that Ryu will pitch again during the regular season. The Dodgers are hopeful that he'll be ready for the postseason, but owners in single-season leagues may be best served by cutting ties with the southpaw.
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Impact: After hitting just one homer in his first 86 games of the season, Ellis improbably launched two in Friday's 14-5 thrashing of Chicago. He'll get what looks like a rest Saturday, with the Dodgers playing another early afternoon game, as Drew Butera steps in to catch starter Roberto Hernandez.
News: Uribe is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Impact: With another base knock Friday, Uribe has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He'll get what looks like a day off Saturday following 11 straight starts, as Justin Turner steps in at the hot corner.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cubs.
Impact: Crawford is now batting .438/.453/.729 for the month of September following a 1-for-4 effort Friday, but manager Don Mattingly remains intent on shielding him from left-handed pitching. Scott Van Slyke will start in left field and bat seventh Saturday against lefty Felix Doubront.
News: Kemp went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a couple of runs scored in Friday's 14-5 win over the Cubs.
Impact: Kemp continues a strong month at the plate, as he is now batting a solid .297 with six home runs and 16 RBI across 64 at-bat so far in September.
News: Ellis went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Friday afternoon's 14-5 drubbing of the Cubs.
Impact: Carrying a meager .235 slugging percentage into the contest, Ellis erupted for not one but two roundtrippers versus the Cubs. It is not too often that a player triples his homer total for the season in just one game, but that is exactly what the veteran backstop accomplished Friday afternoon.
News: Kershaw registered his 20th victory of the season Friday afternoon, as he allowed three earned runs on seven hits and three walks while piling up nine strikeouts in a 14-5 rout of the Cubs.
Impact: Kershaw certainly was not at top form Friday, but he did not have to be after the Dodgers' lineup plated six runs in the top of the first and 14 total for the afternoon. The 26-year-old southpaw has now reached the 20-win threshold for the second time in his career and seems to be a virtual lock to pick up his third NL Cy Young Award. Kershaw is slated to make one more regular season start in 2014, which should come Wednesday against the Giants.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Puig went 3 for 5 with an RBI in Thursday's 8-4 win at Wrigley Field.
Impact: Puig is 11 for 27 with a homer and two doubles over the last six games.
News: Frias is a candidate to start Sunday against the Cubs, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Frias failed to get out of the first inning after allowing eight earned runs during his last outing in Colorado, but with the Dodgers facing limited options, there's a chance that they once again turn to the 24-year-old righty. This announcement also means Dan Haren is the most likely candidate to pitch Monday, as Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is considered "doubtful" for the remainder of the regular season.
News: Ryu (shoulder) is "doubtful" to pitch for the remainder of the regular season, but remains optimistic he'll be part of the rotation during the postseason, David Vassegh of 570 AM Los Angeles reports.
Impact: Ryu hasn't pitched since allowing four earned runs in a single inning back on Sept. 12, and has been unable to throw since then due to shoulder irritation. The hope is that he can begin throwing at some point this weekend, and from there, he'll look to build up strength prior to the start of the playoffs. Although he was once a speculative candidate to start Monday for the Dodgers, it now appears that fantasy owners are unlikely to see additional contributions from Ryu for the remainder of the regular season.
News: Haren threw a bullpen session at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Impact: Haren is now in a routine that would set him up to pitch a big game Monday against the Giants. Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) was previously tossed around as a potential candidate to make that Monday start, but Don Mattingly called that notion "a stretch" on Thursday. With Ryu likely out of the mix, Haren is now set to take the hill in what could be a deciding game in the final NL West standings. Although Haren was touched up for five earned runs his last time out in Colorado, he had allowed just two earned runs over his previous four starts combined.
News: Haren is currently slated to pitch Sunday against the Cubs, but he could be held back for Monday's opener against the Giants, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) is another option for Monday, but he's iffy at best to be ready for that start it appears. Stay tuned.
News: Puig continued his hot hitting Thursday against the Cubs, going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .297.
Impact: Puig now has 11 hits in his last 11 games. He'll continue hitting out of the two-spot in the order.
News: Greinke allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings against the Cubs on Thursday. He issued one walk and struck out five.
Impact: Greinke was moved back a day last week, allowing him to face the Cubs instead of the Rockies at Coors Field, but it still didn't work out for fantasy owners. Fortunately, he was spared the loss when the Dodgers rallied for five runs in the seventh inning. It's possible that Greinke makes two starts next week, but for now, he's just scheduled to face the Giants at home in a huge divisional matchup.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Frias' second major league start didn't go nearly as well as his first. He didn't make it out of the first inning Wednesday in a 16-2 loss to Colorado.
Impact: Frias (0-1, 6.58 ERA) gave up 10 hits, including seven straight to start the game, and eight runs. The right-hander yielded three hits and one walk in six scoreless innings Sept. 3 in an 8-5 loss to Washington in 14 innings
News: Ryu (shoulder) could start on Monday, though manager Don Mattingly called that a "stretch," Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Impact: At least it's sounding more optimistic that Ryu could get a regular season start in before the playoffs. Don't expect him to start Monday, but sometime later in the week is looking possible.
News: Crawford is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: With the Dodgers facing a left-hander for the third straight game, Crawford will be on the bench for the second time during that span, as Scott Van Slyke makes a start in left field. Crawford has hit a sizzling .463 over 41 at-bats in September to this point, and while he'll continue to sit out against select lefties, there's no question he'll be in the lineup any time a righty is on the mound.
News: Ramirez (elbow) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.
Impact: Ramirez missed the last two games with a right elbow strain, but his absence Wednesday seemed more precautionary than anything. With no soreness reemerging overnight, Ramirez will slot back in at shortstop and attempt to help the Dodgers close in on a playoff berth.
Pedro Baez - #52 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Baez has become one of the Dodgers' more reliable relievers, posting a 1.86 ERA in 19.1 innings.
Impact: His K:BB is a modest 14:5, but the hard-throwing Baez (96 mph fastball) has been a godsend for manager Don Mattingly.
Joc Pederson - #65 - Center Field - 6'1" - 185lbs
News: Pederson is 3-for-18 with five walks since being promoted to Los Angeles, but hasn't been in the starting lineup since Sept. 6.
Impact: With a healthy Carl Crawford platooning with Scott Van Slyke in left field, there simply isn't room for Pederson right now, particularly given the Dodgers are trying to win the NL West. Pederson's fantasy value the rest of the way will remain minimal.
News: Ramirez (elbow) won't need an MRI and could return as early as Thursday's game against the Cubs, the Dodgers' official site reports.
Impact: Manager Don Mattingly said that Ramirez was "going in the right direction" Wednesday, but that he was still day-to-day. The Dodgers appear to be playing it safe here, though with their lead over the Giants down to two games, they could look to push him back in there sooner rather than later.
News: Frias was tagged for eight runs on 10 hits in two-thirds of an inning against the Rockies on Wednesday.
Impact: Despite getting hammered in the 38-pitch outing, Frias may receive another turn in the Dodgers' rotation with Hyun-Jin Ryu expected to miss the rest of the regular season, although an alternative could be reliever Kevin Correia, who threw 57 pitches over three innings as part of the Dodgers' relief effort Wednesday.
News: Ellis is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ellis will take a seat for Wednesday's day game following five straight games behind the plate. Tim Federowicz will catch Carlos Frias in his place and will bat seventh for the Dodgers.
News: Ramirez (elbow) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Ramirez wasn't expected to play Wednesday after being scratched Tuesday with an elbow strain, and now that has been confirmed. He's still considered day-to-day at this point, but it's unclear how severe the strain is. Miguel Rojas will start at shortstop in his place and bat eighth for the Dodgers.
News: Gordon is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Impact: Gordon added another two hits Tuesday night to extend his hitting streak to ten games. He will sit Wednesday, however, with the left-handed Jorge De La Rosa on the bump for the Rockies. Darwin Barney will start at second base and lead off for the Dodgers in his place.
News: Ramirez was a late scratch from the lineup Tuesday night because of a strained right elbow. Justin Turner took Ramirez's place at shortstop against the Colorado Rockies.
Impact: Ramirez missed time last month due to a strained right oblique. He's hitting .278 with 13 homers and 69 RBIs this season. The Dodgers are 63-45 when Ramirez starts at shortstop - 4-2 with Turner plays the position.
Stephen Fife - #59 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 220lbs
News: Fife is on the 60-day disabled list.
Impact: Fife is recovering from right elbow surgery.
News: Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with three RBIs in Monday's win over Colorado.
Impact: Gonzalez has driven in 14 runs in his last nine games.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Kershaw (19-3) boosted his credentials for the NL MVP and a third Cy Young Award with another big performance in a big start Sunday. The left-hander allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked one in eight innings against the Giants.
Impact: He lowered his majors-best ERA to 1.70, and put the Dodgers in command of the NL West division.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Kemp came up big Saturday with three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs in a 17-0 win at San Francisco.
Impact: Kemp is hitting .323 with two homers and six RBIs in his last nine games.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ramirez went 4 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in a 17-0 win at San Francisco on Saturday.
Impact: Ramirez has heated up, going 10 for 19 with five RBIs in his last five games.
Hyun-jin Ryu - #99 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 254lbs
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Ryu is trying to get back on the mound as soon as possible. If that happens to be in a playoff game for the Los Angeles Dodgers, so be it.
Impact: Ryu had a cortisone shot to address inflammation in his shoulder and hopes to begin a throwing program in preparation for the playoffs.