Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts reviewed in painstaking detail every starting pitcher acquired by the Dodgers in season over the last 25 years, giving a clearer idea at what kind of players get moved in these trades.
A perfect link to get us started as the trade deadline approaches.
Ben Clemens and Kevin Goldstein have started the trade value series at FanGraphs, ranking the top 50 MLB players in what they could bring in return. The list of No. 41-50 went up Monday with no Dodgers, but a few from Los Angeles made honorable mention — Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy for their contracts and relative proximity to free agency, and Dustin May, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
This factoid from Baseball Prospectus in Monday morning’s Box Score Banter on Albert Pujols is incredible: “While he was often cited as an early casualty of the BABIP-killing shift, Pujols is actually 1-for-34 when putting the ball in play against the traditional alignment, good for a .029 BABIP. He has a .285 BABIP against shifts.”
Oddsmakers at BetOnline unveiled odds on every MLB team making the playoffs. They have the Dodgers at heavy favorites to make the postseason this year, with 1/100 odds, needing to bet $10,000 to win $100 should they make it. Folks betting against the Dodgers making the playoffs get 20/1 odds if they miss out.
Perfect Game created a Hall of Fame to highlight major leaguers who played in Perfect Game events as an amateur. There are 24 candidates eligible for the inaugural class, voted on by fans, with the top 10 gaining induction. The former Dodgers among the list of candidates are Zack Greinke and Carl Crawford.