Dodgers News And Stats As Of 8/11/14

As it stands right now, the Dodgers are a season high 4.5 games up in the NL West! They are 67-52.

There are currently 8 Dodgers players on the DL.

Josh Beckett is on the 15-day DL with a left hip impingement and a groin strain. His hip problems are what landed him on the DL back in July. Don Mattingly said that he thinks that Josh will be able to pitch again this year.

Chris Perez is on the 15-day DL with bone spurs in his right ankle. He was placed on the DL on August 4th and the date he will return to the active roster is unknown.

Paco Rodriguez is on the 15-day DL with a Teres Major strain. It’s the same lower shoulder strain that Clayton Kershaw had earlier in the season. Paco hopes to be back before September 1st.

Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain. It is hopeful that Hanley will be ready to be activated as soon as he is eligible.

Onelki Garcia is on the 60-day DL, recovering from a left elbow surgery he had last year in November. He has been on the DL since mid March. The date of his return is unknown.

Paul Maholm is on the 60-day DL with a torn ACL in his right knee. He is scheduled to have surgery on August 15th.

Paco Rodriguez (Photo credit: USATSI)

Paco Rodriguez (Photo credit: USATSI)

Chad Billingsley had season ending surgery on June 24th to repair a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery last year and suffered two setbacks during his rehab from Tommy John. CBills is out for the season.

Chris Withrow is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery on June 3rd.

The Dodgers have acquired two pitchers recently.

Roberto Hernandez was acquired from the Phillies. In his seven starts before he became a Dodger, he went 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA. He made his first start with the Dodgers on August 8th against the Brewers. Hernandez pitched 6 innings, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs with a 3.83 ERA. The Dodgers lost 9-3.

Kevin Correia was acquired from the Twins. He is 5-13 with a 4.94 ERA so far this season. He makes his first start with the Dodgers tonight against the Braves.

The Dodgers begin a four game series in Atlanta tonight, then head back to LA to play the Brewers, Padres and Mets for three games each.

By the way, just a random thought.. let’s hear it for the bubble parties! They make me happy.


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Trout & Harper Comparisons Need to End

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In sports there always has to be the “up and coming” superstar or superstars. Regardless of which sport you look at, the media is always looking for the next rivalry between a league’s best players. In the NFL it’s been Tom Brady v. Peyton Manning for last decade, in the NBA its Lebron James v. Kevin Durant and for the MLB; it’s been pretty silent since the Jeter v A-Rod v Garciaparra rivalry. Don’t’ get me wrong, the MLB isn’t lacking in star power; they just haven’t had a rivalry amongst young budding superstars. That all changed in 2012 when Major League Baseball got their wish and introduced the world to Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angles) and Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals).

From the beginning of their rookie seasons the media was already debating on who was going to be the better player. The general consensus was that it would be Harper. He’s younger (18 to Trout’s 20), was the Sports Illustrated cover boy in high school and was the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft.   He was believed to have the bigger upside and had that young raw energy that baseball pundits believed would help bring him to the top.

Trout was drafted 25th overall by the Angels in the 2009 MLB draft. During the 2010 and 2011 season he bounced between the minor league and the major league. Finally in 2012 after being called up to replace and injured Bobby Abreu, Trout made his presence known and hasn’t looked back since.

Following the 2012 season the hype surrounding these two was bigger than ever given that they both won Rookie of the Year for their selective leagues. Trout and Harper overnight became the two new faces of the MLB. Their faces were everywhere from Subway and Gatorade commercials to billboard and magazine covers; they had become instant superstars. Sadly, one of these two “superstars” was excessively overhyped and since that 2012 season, hasn’t been playing up to the hysteria that has engulfed him.

Since his rookie campaign in 2012 Bryce Harper hasn’t lived up to the hype. His career stats in three MLB seasons (including this one) looks as followed; .269 batting average, 314 hits, 48 home runs, 138 RBI’s and 195 runs scored. He’s a two time all-star and a home run finalist in 2013. To be fair, he’s been injured the past two seasons (both were different injuries) but even so, his numbers are nowhere near where they should be given the hype that surrounded him coming into the league. Harper has fallen into the trap that many young athletes succumb to, and that’s believing his own hype. He believes he’s the best player in the majors and has just about said so. He doesn’t play “smart” baseball rather he plays “hard”. He plays with a reckless abandon that’s appealing to many however it’s already caused him half a season of play. In 2013 he took a bad angle going after a fly ball and rather playing safe (and smart) he ran full speed into a scoreboard, injuring his knee and putting him on the DL for the rest of the season. If you watch the replay you can clearly see that there was no need for Harper to smash into the wall the way he did. He did it for affect and it cost him.  

Trout followed his 2012 rookie year with another stellar performance in 2013 and has continued to play all-star caliber baseball this year. His career stats so far are; .311 batting average, 517 hits, 86 home runs, 272 RBI’s and 330 runs scored. He’s a three time all-star, the AL stolen base champion in 2012 and was the 2014 All-Star Game MVP. His numbers dwarf Harpers to the point where it’s laughable that comparisons are still being made between the two. Trout is arguably (and in my opinion) the best player in baseball and will soon become the face of the MLB. He’s a smart ballplayer will the all the skills and raw talent of any player in the game. Buster Olney of ESPN has said that he is the Mickey Mantle of this generation. That’s high praise for a player that no one initially saw coming.

Harper and Trout are both young superstars in the major leagues, and that’s where the comparisons need to end. Harper has done nothing to deserve to be in the same category as Trout. He’s been hyped to an unrealistic level, and he’s shown that he isn’t as good as advertised. Trout on the other hand, has set the league on fire and is poised to take the mantle from Derek Jeter (once he retires at the end the season) as the face of Major League Baseball. The only reason why Harper and Trout continue to be linked is because the media is desperate for a storyline. If the first three years are any indication, it’s clear to see that Trout is on pace to one day hang his hat in Cooperstown; the same can’t be said for Harper.