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About Devon Taylor - RotoBaller

Long suffering Blue Jays fan, amateur softball hack, and huge fantasy baseball nerd.

Devon Taylor - RotoBaller has written 68 articles so far, you can find them below.


Scott Alexander Could Be Out As Dodgers Closer

When Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, the Dodgers bullpen was thrown into chaos. Added to that massive loss was the injection of former starters Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling, who are being moved to the bullpen to accommodate Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu returning to... Read More

7 months ago

Justin Turner Homers But Dodgers Still Lose

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went 2-for-4 against the Giants on Monday night, including a solo shot in the fifth inning off Justin Verlander that gave his team a 2-0 lead. It was his eighth straight game with at least one hit, and the 33-year-old seems to be fully healthy and back to the... Read More

7 months ago

Clayton Kershaw Pitches Gem, But Dodgers Still Lose

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was back to his usual self on Monday night. After an odd-ball outing last week where he only lasted six innings and struck out a single batter, the three-time Cy Young winner pitched eight strong innings against the Giants. He gave up four hits, just a single run, and... Read More

7 months ago

Ross Stripling Posts Quality Start For Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling returned to the mound on Thursday after missing his previous start with a toe injury. The 28-year-old lefty pitched a solid, if not overly exciting, six innings of ball, giving up four hits and one run. He struck out two batters, but also walked a pair in his... Read More

7 months ago

Justin Smoak Extends Hit Streak to 12 Games With Three-Hit Game

The Toronto Blue Jays might be a hot mess right now, but first baseman Justin Smoak is one of the lone bright spots in the lineup. Smoak went 3-for-4 on Wednesday night against the Red Sox, including two singles and a double. That extended his hit streak to 12 games dating back to July 25.... Read More

7 months ago

Yasmani Grandal Belts 20th Homer in Dodgers' Loss

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal broke out of a mini four-game hitless slump by belting a solo shot off Mike Fiers on Wednesday night in Oakland. The Dodgers would eventually lose the game 3-2, as they could only add one additional run to Grandal's 20th round-tripper of the season. Grandal also stole a base,... Read More

7 months ago

Clayton Kershaw Throws Quality Start, But Dodgers Lose to A's

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw didn't quite live up to his God-like status on Wednesday night in Oakland, but the Dodgers ace still threw six solid innings against the A's. He gave up six hits, allowed two runs, and only stuck out a single batter before the bullpen took over. The Dodgers would... Read More

7 months ago

Manny Machado Hits First Home Run As a Dodger

Newly acquired Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado hit his first home run for his new team on Thursday, a solo shot in an 8-2 win over the Braves. His final line was 1-for-4, with a walk, but the dinger was his 25th of the season as he continues to be one the best players... Read More

8 months ago

Yasmani Grandal Stays Hot In Win Over Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with a walk, knocking in two of the Dodgers eight runs against the Braves on Thursday night. Like most catchers in the league today, Grandal doesn't play every day, but he regularly bats clean-up (or fifth) when he is in the lineup, and has been on fire... Read More

8 months ago

Ian Happ Not In Lineup For Cubs On Friday Afternoon

Outfielder Ian Happ is not in the lineup for the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon. He played Thursday night, and in the majority of games before the All-Star break, but isn't really a regular starter when the Cubs are fully healthy. He's still sporting a .256/.377/.462 slash line with 12 home runs and 28 RBI... Read More

8 months ago

Kenley Jansen Pitches Scoreless 9th For 24th Save

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Janses blew a save on Friday night against the Angels, but bounced back on Saturday to pitch a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 3-1 victory. He struck out both Shohei Othani and Manny Mandanaldo, around getting David Fletcher to fly out, facing the minimum. The elite closer still doesn't... Read More

8 months ago

Yasiel Puig Continues To Slowly Improve For Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was a disaster earlier this season, but continues to show signs of improvement. He went 2-for-4 on Saturday, opening the scoring in the fifth inning when Justin Turner drove him home, and adding an important add-on run with a solo home run in the ninth, as the Dodgers beat... Read More

8 months ago

Walker Buehler To Throw Sim Game Sunday

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (ribs) will throw a five-inning simulated game on Sunday, according to Pedro Moura of The Athletic. Assuming that goes well, the Dodgers want to activate him for his next outing, which would likely be for one of their home games against the Angels next weekend. Buehler recently threw... Read More

8 months ago

Walker Buehler Pitches Three Solid Innings in Rehab Start

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie pitcher Walker Buehler (ribs) made a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. He went three innings, striking out five batters and walking just one on 41 pitches. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff triple in the fourth inning, a run which later scored on a sacrifice fly.... Read More

9 months ago

Dodgers "Aggressively" Pursuing Manny Machado, Michael Fulmer

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Los Angeles Dodgers are actively trying to work out a deal that would bring three-time All-Star infielder Manny Machado to the West Coast. The Baltimore Orioles slugger will be a free agent this winter, and the O's season is already washed out. Machado (.310/.377/.564 with 21 home... Read More

9 months ago

Chris Taylor Returns To Dodgers Lineup Thuesday

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (hamstring) is returning to the starting lineup on Thursday, after missing six starts with a sore muscle in his leg. It was never a serious injury, since Taylor went 3-for-5 as a pinch hitter during those games, belting one home run and knocking in three runs. The 27-year-old is... Read More

9 months ago

Chris Taylor Remains Out On Wednesday

Remember last week when Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor's sore hamstring wasn't going to cause him to miss any time? Those were the days. The Dodgers shortstop will once again be sitting on Wednesday as the team hosts the Cubs in L.A. It marks the sixth straight game that Taylor hasn't started, although he's come... Read More

9 months ago

Kenley Jansen Picks Up Shaky Save Against Cubbies

Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got the job done -- barely. Coming into the game in the ninth inning, Jansen gave up a hit to Ben Zobrist, balked him over to second, allowed a hit to Anthony Rizzo and gave up a sacrifice fly to Javier Baez to bring the Cubs within a single... Read More

9 months ago

Chris Taylor Goes Yard In Another Pinch-Hit Appearance

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (hamstring) has not started in four straight games but continues to come off the bench late for pinch-hitting appearances. On Monday night, Taylor produced a solo home run in the eighth inning off Cubs reliever Justin Wilson to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. It would prove to be... Read More

9 months ago

Chase Utley Activated From Disabled List

Veteran Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley (thumb) has been activated from the disabled list after missing most of the last month with a sprained left thumb. He's not starting against the Mets on Friday, though, so there still isn't much upside for prospective fantasy owners. Utley, now 39, was slashing just .216/.302/.324 with a single... Read More

9 months ago

Chris Taylor Not Starting On Friday Night

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup against the Mets on Friday night. Taylor aggravated the muscle on Wednesday and left the game early, but he insisted afterwards it was minor and he would be playing this weekend. Obviously, that's no longer the case. Consider Taylor day-to-day for now,... Read More

9 months ago

Chris Taylor Expects To Play This Weekend

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor(hamstring) says he plans to play in New York this weekend when the team visits the Mets. He left Wednesday's game early with a sore hamstring, but it sounds like it's nothing serious. The Dodgers are off on Thursday, so expect him back in the lineup on Friday barring any... Read More

9 months ago

Chase Utley To Return From Injury This Weekend

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (thumb) will be activated from the disabled list later this week when the team heads to New York to play the Mets, according to manager Dave Roberts. The veteran Utley is still hated in the Big Apple after the Ruben Tejada incident, so he won't be welcomed warmly... Read More

9 months ago

Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson Not Starting Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger and outfielder Joc Pederson are not starting for the Dodgers on Wednesday against Jon Lester and the Cubs. Neither are hurt, so it's just a normal day off for both, although Pederson is typically benched against lefties anyway. Max Muncy will start at first base, while the red-hot... Read More

9 months ago

Kenta Maeda Will Start Game 1 On Monday

After rain washed out their Monday night game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sticking with the scheduled starter. Kenta Maeda will pitch in Game 1 and Rich Hill (blister) will return from the disabled list to start in Game 2. Maeda warmed up multiple times on Monday night as they hoped to get the game... Read More

9 months ago

Clayton Kershaw Will Make Rehab Start Saturday

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (back) pitched a three-inning simulated game on Sunday and said he felt fine "during and after" the exercise. The Dodgers announced their ace will start on Saturday for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a rehab game. Assuming that all goes well, he's expected to be activated from the disabled... Read More

9 months ago

Yoenis Cespedes Withheld From Rehab Activities Over The Weekend

The bad news Mets get even more bad news. Yoenis Cespedes, who hasn't played in over a month now, was held out of rehab activities on the weekend due to continued soreness in his hip/quad. Cespedes was thought to be close to returning earlier this month, even taking part in a rehab game in the... Read More

9 months ago

Cody Allen Picks Up 14th Save Of Season Against Twins

Cody Allen appears to be getting back to normal. Although he allowed a walk in the ninth inning on Sunday against the Twins, he still managed to pitch a scoreless inning and get his 14th save of the season. He's struck out 36 batters over 30 innings pitched, and has his ERA back below 4.00... Read More

9 months ago

Justin Bour Clobbers Two Home Runs and Knocks in Four RBI Against Baltimore

Justin Bour broke a two-game hitless streak on Sunday by blasting two homers against the Baltimore Orioles and driving in four runs. He's a mediocre source of power and walks for fantasy owners, with 12 HRs, 33 RBI, and 46 BB so far this season. Unfortunately he's only hitting .240 and playing on a bad... Read More

9 months ago

Javier Baez Leaves Game After Getting Hit In The Elbow With Pitch

Javier Baez left Sunday night's game against the Cardinals in the third inning after taking a nasty 90 mph Jack Flaherty pitch directly in the left elbow. He appeared to be in a lot of pain and the decision to remove him from the game was made almost immediately. He's likely headed for X-Rays to... Read More

9 months ago

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