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About mpowell419



mpowell419 has written 247 articles so far, you can find them below.


Julio Urias Can't Catch A Break

Julio Urias is coming off two successive impressive starts, but he'll face another tough test tonight against the Nationals. This will be Urais's third start out of five against a first place opponent. The first two--the Giants and Cubs--roughed up the rookie. LA will hope he's built up some confidence in his last two starts... Read More

3 years ago

Joc Pedersen On The Rise

It's easy for Joc Pedersen to be overshadowed lately with the other-worldly power off Justin Turner being showcased on the same team. Pedersen has exceptional talent and it's only a matter of time before he puts it all together. As we know from last year's home run derby, his power is astronomical as well. During... Read More

3 years ago

Start Justin Turner Every Day

I'm not sure what's gotten into Justin Turner lately, but whatever it is, I want him on my team. Turner hit another home run last night, his seventh in his last thirteen games. The third baseman is carrying the Dodgers' offense at a time they desperately need it. He's extended his hitting streak to eight... Read More

3 years ago

Adrian Gonzalez Suffering From Power Outage

Everything is looking up for the Dodgers, who are on a five game winning streak and have benefited from the resurgence of Justin Turner as a go-to hitter in the middle of the lineup. However, this leads to another question--where has Adrian Gonzalez been during all of this? Gonzalez is currently on pace to hit... Read More

3 years ago

Yasiel Puig Likely Activated Tomorrow

After spending the last few weeks on the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig will likely be activated tomorrow afternoon. No corresponding move has been announced yet. Puig could provide a jolt to the Dodgers offense. Although he wasn't hitting well when he was placed on the DL, a lot of this could be attributed... Read More

3 years ago


Clayton Kershaw Takes On The Nationals

Clayton Kershaw takes the mound tonight against Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals. Kershaw leads the league in innings and innings per start, and his strikeout to walk ratio is ridiculous. He has a 2.09 career ERA against the Nats and has won his last seven starts against them, so it's a good bet that... Read More

3 years ago

Justin Turner leads Dodgers to a 3-2 Victory

Justin Turner broke out of his slump last night with a two home run, three RBI day. Turner is still a mainstay in the LA lineup despite hitting only .243. The third baseman is Dave Roberts' ideal number three hitter, and he tends to be pretty streaky. Turner isn't owned in most fantasy leagues due... Read More

3 years ago

Julio Urias Throws Five Scoreless Innings

Julio Urias has now had two quality starts in a row, and the way he is throwing it'll be tough to send him back down to the minors. Urias backed up one strong five inning start with another, striking out eight batters and walking only one. Urias's control over his past two starts is surprising... Read More

3 years ago

Julio Urias Building Off Last Start

Julio Urias will take the mound tonight against the Brewers at Dodger Stadium looking to build off his first quality start in the majors. Urias went five innings his last time out and struck out seven. It was the first time in his major league career he went more than five innings, and although he... Read More

3 years ago

Adrian Gonzalez Hits 5th

Dave Roberts has been fooling around with the Dodgers lineup of late, which may be a good idea considering how incompetent they've become at the plate. Today, he hit Adrian Gonzalez--undoubtedly LA's best hitter, 5th. Roberts clearly hoped this would jump-start the first baseman. Gonzalez went one for four, and I don't expect this to... Read More

3 years ago


Clayton Kershaw Earns 10th Win

Clayton Kershaw picked up his tenth win today in predictable Clayton Kershaw fashion. He struck out 11 batters and walked only one, and his strikeout to walk ratio is now becoming tough to keep up with. It seems like every time LA needs a big win to avoid spiraling out of control, Kershaw comes to... Read More

3 years ago

Dodgers Call Up Will Venable

The Dodgers have called up Will Venable to help out their depleted outfield. Venable was released by the Indians recently, and was batting only .220 on the season at the time of his release. He isn't worth a pickup as of now, but it sounds like Dave Roberts and the Dodgers are open to any... Read More

4 years ago

Kenta Maeda Has Been Dominant Lately

Kenta Maeda has been on a roll lately, but unfortunately it hasn't resulted in Dodger wins. Maeda is just 5-4 on the season, and has suffered from poor run support (most Dodger starters have). Maeda has been excellent since his major league debut, and has an ERA of one over his last three starts. Arizona... Read More

4 years ago

Yasiel Puig Rehab Going Well

Yasiel Puig is advancing smoothly in his rehab assignments, and should be ready to re-join the Dodgers sooner rather than later. Puig hasn't exactly hit the cover off the ball this year in the bigs, but LA's lineup is still much better with him in it. Just the threat and unpredictability of Puig makes teams... Read More

4 years ago

Hyun-Jin Ryu Back On The Mound

Hyun-Jin Ryu has restarted his rehab with the Dodgers Class A club. He had previously taken a two and a half week break from pitching after he felt soreness in his arm. It's unknown when he will be back on a big league mound again, but it appears LA will have to count on him... Read More

4 years ago


Joc Pedersen Lone Offensive Bright Spot in LA loss to Giants

Joc Pedersen was the lone offensive bright spot in the Dodgers 2-1 loss to the Giants on Sunday night. Pedersen hit his ninth home run of the season in the seventh inning and had two hits on the night. LA's offense has been abysmal lately, and Pedersen is hitting only .227 on the year. LA... Read More

4 years ago

Julio Urias Impresses in Dodger-Giant Rivalry Debut

The Dodgers lost 2-1 to the Giants last night on Sunday Night Baseball, but LA fans can take something away from the game--rookie phenom Julio Urias was actually quite impressive. Urias pitched five innings for the first time in his Dodger career, and gave up only two runs, striking out seven. Urias pitched very well... Read More

4 years ago

Dodgers Counting On Injured Starting Pitching

The Dodgers are searching for a serviceable fifth starter at the moment, even giving 19 year old super-prospect Julio Urias a shot. Urias hasn't delivered thus far, and it looks like he'll need more time in the minors before he's ready to be a full time major league starter. Instead, LA will hope to call... Read More

4 years ago

Howie Kendrick Spending Time In Left Field

Despite a sub-par year from behind the plate so far, Howie Kendrick continues to see time in LA's lineup. Recently, that has been in the outfield. The Dodgers outfield has suffered through injuries and inefficiencies so far this season, and Kendrick's ability to play left field gives Dave Roberts another option. Kendrick will look to... Read More

4 years ago

Julio Urias Looks To Make Impact in Dodger-Giant Rivalry

Julio Urias has had a rough start to his big league career, with an ERA near seven in three starts. It won't get any easier for the young lefty as he faces one of the more patient lineups in the major leagues tonight on Sunday Night Baseball. Urias isn't one to shy away from the... Read More

4 years ago


Justin Turner Hits Game Winning Home Run

After eight solid innings from their ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers still found themselves tied with their division rivals, the Giants. Justin Turner hit an eventual game winning home run in the ninth inning--his fifth of the season, and LA won 3-2 and got Kershaw the win. Kenley Jansen was able to shut the door... Read More

4 years ago

Clayton Kershaw Out-duels Cueto

Clayton Kershaw went eight strong innings against the Giants last night, striking out thirteen batters and walking none. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Kershaw's WHIP has gotten even better, along with his strikeout to walk ratio. His lone blemish came in the first inning on a home run to Chris Duffy. The Giants are... Read More

4 years ago

Kenta Maeda Has Strong Outing, Still Loses

The Dodgers' offensive woes continued last night as they were only able to collect four hits against the Rockies. Kenta Maeda gave up one run in just under seven innings of work, and that is all it would talk for Colorado to come away a winner. Maeda struck out nine batters, a career high. The... Read More

4 years ago

Corey Seager Not In Lineup

Corey Seager will get his first day off in 29 games as the Dodgers face the Rockies tonight in LA. Seager has been the Dodgers' best run producer of late, and he and Adrian Gonzalez are carrying LA's offense. Kike Hernandez will start at shortstop in place of Seager.

4 years ago

Trayce Thompson Walks It Off

As I wrote yesterday, Trayce Thompson is a player on the rise. He did a good job proving me right last night, as he hit his second walkoff home run of the season. He's now been the sole proprietor of LA's only two walkoff wins this year. Thompson is fitting in nicely as a young... Read More

4 years ago


Julio Urias Impressive In Dodger Stadium Debut

Despite only pitching four inning yesterday in his Dodger Stadium debut, Julio Urias struck out seven batters--the most for an LA teenager since Don Drysdale. The Rockies were able to work counts against Urias, who had a pitch cap of 90, and was therefore pulled before he could qualify for the win. For those looking... Read More

4 years ago

Scott Van Slyke Slotted In To Start In Left Field For LA

Scott Van Slyke hasn't gotten off to a very memorable start so far for LA. Since his return, he has one hit in thirteen at bats. The Dodgers will need more out of their starting left fielder, and frankly they need more out of their entire lineup. LA was one-hit by Rockies' starter Tyler Chatwood... Read More

4 years ago

Joc Pedersen Struggles

Joc Pedersen is playing a lot like LA's offense right now-he isn't noticeable. The Dodgers were one-hit last night without Pedersen in the lineup. Dave Roberts likely wanted to give the young lefty some rest in hopes that might end his lump. Pedersen hit .115 last week, that's 3-26, and really hasn't looked comfortable at... Read More

4 years ago

Carl Crawford DFA'd

LA decided to DFA Carl Crawford over the weekend, which is probably overdue. The Dodgers outfield depth has been hampered due to injury, but Crawford has struggled at the major league level for the past two years now, and it's time for both sides to move on. Crawford's release doesn't have a tremendous impact on... Read More

4 years ago

Trayce Thompson On The Rise

The Dodgers' outfield has been a mess this season, but with a spot opening up since the release of Carl Crawford this weekend, Trayce Thompson should be on any fantasy owner's radar. Thompson had a great week at the plate, hitting .313 with two home runs and two doubles. If he keeps hitting like that,... Read More

4 years ago


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