Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is dealing with a hamstring issue but has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against Seattle.
Insight: Uribe is off to a slow start, batting .231 with zero homers or RBI in his first five games. he's not the 20 HR guy he was in Chicago or San Francisco, but he can still knock in a run when needed.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is officially off to a very slow start as he allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Insight: Kershaw had a subpar Opening Day start in which he received a no decision, and in his second start, he allowed 10 hits and three walks versus Arizona. He clearly is not himself as he allowed a home run and walked three batters. Kershaw should be fine, though, so owners should worry too much.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has five home runs in the first three games this season.
Insight: Gonzalez hit one Opening Day, followed it up with a second in Game 2 and blasted three homers off Andrew Cashner Wednesday night. Obviously there is no one hotter than Gonzalez. Time to sell high?
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Insight: Gonzalez doubled to score Yasiel Puig in the sixth inning and then homered in the eighth. Gonzalez already has two home runs with three RBI in the first two games. He is 6-for-9 in those two games.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched six solid innings, but his bullpen spoiled it, allowing six runs in the final three innings.
Insight: Greinke held up his end of the bargain, allowing just one run on two hits in six frames with four strikeouts and one walk, but San Diego rallied to win, 7-3. Still, owners will take this start from Greinke and the victories will be piling up later this season.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw had a subpar Opening Day start based on his standards.
Insight: Kershaw allowed three runs on six hits in six innings of work on Monday versus the Padres. He also struck out nine and walked two. His former teammate, Matt Kemp, drove in all three San Diego runs. No need for owners to worry about Kershaw. He is a stud.
Description: New Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is a career 14-for-26 (.538) with a home run and a 1.440 OPS against Padres starter James Shields.
Insight: Kendrick will play his first season in the NL which could cause some problems, but Shields is an AL guy who signed with San Diego in the offseason, so Kendrick should feel right at home ... at least on opening day.
Description: Dodgers' newly-acquired pitcher Joe Wieland could find himself with a spot in the starting rotation, at least at the start of the season.
Insight: Wieland could take Hyun-Jin Ryu's spot (shoulder) in the rotation. He's only pitched 39 inning in the majors over the past three seasons due to TJ surgery, but the right-hander had a 3.29 ERA and a terrific 408/80 K/BB in 438 minor league innings. He's got a 1.00 ERA in nine innings this spring.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford left Saturday's game after fouling a ball off of his shin.
Insight: The injury does not appear to be serious, as Crawford was able to finish the at-bat. However, he has failed to play more than 130 games in each of the past four seasons, so any injury for Crawford has to be a tad bit concerning.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw did not allow a base runner in two innings of work on Thursday.
Insight: A few years ago, baseball had a saying, "Just Manny being Manny" referring to Manny Ramirez. The Sports Network would like to start a new saying, "Just Clayton being Clayton." Kershaw recorded six outs versus six batters and struck out three of them. There is no argument who is the No. 1 pitcher coming off draft boards this spring.
Description: The Dodgers are willing to pay half of outfielder Andre Ethier's salary in order to trade him this spring according to CBS Sports.
Insight: Ethier is due $56 million over the next three years, so Los Angeles is offering to pay about $28 million of that. Matt Kemp left in free agency over the winter, but with youngster Joc Pederson expected to play center field, the Dogers still have the problem of too many outfielders. Time will tell if Ethier gains any interest from other clubs.
Description: Padres outfielder Matt Kemp was 0-for-3 in his Padres debut on Wednesday.
Insight: Kemp struck out once and grounded into a double-play. Kemp had a great bounce-back season a year ago, hitting .287/.346/.506 with 25 home runs and 89 RBI. Fantasy owners should be wary, however, that San Diego's Petco Park is a much more pitcher-friendly park than Dodger Stadium.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was 2-for-2 with a double and a run in two at-bats on Wednesday.
Insight: Pederson is projected to be the Dogers Opening Day center fielder. He had just four hits in 28 at-bats last September, so it is nice to seem him have more success. The expectations are high on this 22-year-old.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is about a week behind after tweaking a muscle in his back.
Insight: He threw a bullpen session on Monday, so he's headed in the right direction. Ryu was 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.191 WHIP last season. He's in a nice spot as the Dodgers No. 3 starter and should be able to repeat last year's totals.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke had a "precautionry" injection in the elbow on Thursday, according to Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick.
Insight: It's supposed to help prevent "dead arm," but any time a pitcher is getting injections in the elbow or shoulder fantasy owners will have to pay attention. It's not a time to change his draft status, but fantasy owners planning on drafting him should follow this closely.
Description: Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has been traded to the Dodgers.
Insight: Well at least he probably doesn't have to sell his house. The Dodgers are loading up on talent and Kendrick should replace Dee Gordon (traded to Miami) and hold the job until he becomes a free agent at the end of 2015. By then, Alex Guerrero should be ready.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw dominates through six, then blows lead in seventh.
Insight: He had given up only one hit through six innings, but gave up the big three-run homer to Matt Adams in the seventh. Officially Kershaw went six innings (pitched into seventh), allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine. He is now 1-5 during his postseason career.
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.
Insight: Ellis, who batted .191 with a slugging percentage of .254, is 5-for-8 with a double and a home run in the first two games of the series against the Cardinals. His double on Saturday led to the first run of the game.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and no runs in a no-decision against the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday.
Insight: Greinke struck out seven and walked two. He left with a 2-0 lead, but relief pitcher J.P. Howell gave up a two-run bomb to Matt Carpenter in the eighth. Greinke also had two hits and scored a run as the Dodgers were able to come back and win to even the series 1-1.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke is 1-1 against the Cardinals this season.
Insight: He did beat St. Louis at Dodger Stadium, and has pitched extremely well at home, overall. Greinke is 10-2 pitching in Los Angeles, with a 2.55 ERA and 111 strikeouts. He will look to help the Dodgers even the series at 1-1, on Saturday night.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has big night in Game 1 of NLDS.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and three runs scored. However, Puig did strike out with the tying run on third, to end the game. This looks like its going to be an extremely exciting series.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw falls apart in seventh inning versus St. Louis.
Insight: He was cruising along during Game 1 of the NLDS, but uncharacteristically could not stop the bleeding during the top half of the seventh. Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, while striking out 10. He will hope to get another opportunity to redeem himself this postseason. Kershaw is now 1-4 over his career during postseason play.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will likely pitch on short rest in a potential NLDS Game 4 according to ESPN Los Angeles.
Insight: If Don Mattingly could, he would pitch Kershaw everyday. In a 5-game series, it makes the Dodgers awfully tough to beat when Kershaw is pitching two of the first four games of the series. Throw in the fact that Zach Greinke pitches Game 2, it is virtually impossible to win just two games and force a Game 5. This strategy worked last year, so why not try it again against the Cardinals, the team that knocked the Dodgers out in the NLCS a year ago.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon completely expects to play in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday against the Cardinals according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Irritation in his right hip kept Gordon out of the final regular season game, but he went through a full workout on Tuesday and said he felt fine. Gordon finished with a .289 average with 64 stolen bases in 148 games this season.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke wins 17th game in finale.
Insight: The Dodgers did not want to overwork him, as he only threw 77 pitches. Greinke went five innings of one-run ball on four hits, while striking out six. He finishes the year at 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA. Greinke should be starting Game 2 of the NLDS.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his 27th homer in Sunday's finale.
Insight: He was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored, before being removed from the game. Gonzalez finishes the year with a .276/.335/.482 line, with an NL leading 116 RBI. Great year for the Dodgers first baseman.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon exits Saturday's game versus Colorado with an apparent leg injury, according to Pedro Moura.
Insight: Not good timing for Los Angeles. It looked like Gordon tweaked something when running out a groundball in the first inning. The Dodgers will provide an upsate shortly, but for now Darwin Barney has taken over.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI, three runs and a stolen base in Wednesday's division-clinching victory over the Giants.
Insight: Crawford is playing his way into a starting role for October. He is hitting .520 with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in September. In 334 at-bats this season, he is batting .290 with eight home runs and 22 steals.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pretty much clinched the NL West by himself on Wednesday.
Insight: Kershaw pitched eight innings, allowing one run, but he also hit a triple and showcased a fantastic glove in the field. On the mound, Kershaw struck out 11 and walked none to win a league-high 21st game of the season. The 21 victories ties a career-high Kershaw set in 2011. He is 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239 strikeouts in 198 1/3 innings this year. He is a shoe-in for his third Cy Young. The better question is will he also win the National League MVP.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI on Sunday.
Insight: Kemp started the Cubs series 0-for-4 on Thursday, but went 7-for-13 over the next three games with two home runs and seven RBI. He hopes to continue the trend on Monday when the Giants come to town. Kemp is batting .286 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI this year.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will take a seat Saturday against the left-hander Felix Doubront.
Insight: Crawford has actually hit for a higher average against left-handers this season (.308 vs. 287 against righties), but Scott Van Slyke has a 1.006 OPS against left-handers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis hit two home runs in the Windy City on Friday.
Insight: The win was blowing out of Wrigley on Friday afternoon which seemed to help all the hitters. Ellis took Cubs relief pitcher Eric Jokisch deep in the first and again in the third. It was just Ellis' second and third homers of the season as he is batting .193/.328/.261.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season on Friday.
Insight: Kershaw actually had one of his worst starts of the season but still captured the victory over the Cubs. He allowed three runs in five innings, gave up seven hits and three walks. He did strikeout nine. Despite the poor start by his standards, his ERA is still 1.80 with one start left in the regular season.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw might be tested by the weather this afternoon as much as the Chicago Cubs lineup.
Insight: The Dodgers' ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year, but the wind will be blowing out to left at around 13 mph Friday afternoon. Just something to consider.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is hitless in eight at bats versus Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Crawford has been hot over the past two weeks, batting .452 covering the past 11 games, but this matchup isn't likely to help those numbers. Overall, Crawford is batting .291 with seven home runs and 41 RBI and 51 runs scored in 320 at-bats this season, but as usual can't stay healthy.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (elbow) will miss a second straight start on Wednesday.
Insight: He was able to pinch-hit on Tuesday, and has a solid chance to be ready for the weekend series in Chicago. A strained right elbow is what is causing Ramirez to sit. Miguel Rojas draws the start today against Colorado, but check back in the coming days for more Hanley alerts.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has finally gotten back to his MVP form.
Insight: He is hitting .322 with six homeruns and 20 RBI over the past 28 days, and has a great matchup Tuesday night against Jorge De La Rosa (15-for-36 with 3 HR and 12 RBI). If owners have been living under a rock over the past month, make sure Kemp is in your lineup.
Description: Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won his 19th game this season and retakes the lead for victories in the majors.
Insight: More importantly, the Dodgers won the series with the Giants and remain atop of the National League West. Kershaw allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out nine and walked one. Kershaw has pitched at least eight innings in his last seven starts. The Dodger ace is 19-3 with a 1.70 ERA and 219 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings pitched this year.
Kershaw is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA and 0.839 OPS for the season, but just 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 0.92 OPS in his last three starts.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in the blowout victory over the Giants, 17-0, on Saturday.
Insight: Kemp doubled home Yasiel Puig in the first and then doubled in Adrian Gonzalez and Puig in the second. Kemp drove in another run on an infield single in the third. The outfielder is hitting .284 with 19 home runs and 72 RBI in 490 at-bats this year.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched six shutout innings to win his 15th game of the year on Saturday.
Insight: Not that he needed to pitched a shutout. The Dodgers scored 17 runs on Saturday to defeat the Giants, 17-0. Greinke allowed four hits, struck out five and walked none. He is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 184 and 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 4-for-4, including three doubles on Wednesday and finished the series against the Padres, 9-for-12.
Insight: Crawford has been hot and cold from series to series. Before his 9-for-12 with four doubles, homer and five RBI series against San Diego, Crawford was 0-for-5 in three games against Arizona. Last weekend, however, he went 6-for-12 in a series against Washington. Crawford is batting .289 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 309 at-bats this season.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a career 3-for-21 (.143) against padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Ramirez has hit better of late, batting .368 over his last five games, but we don't like this matchup. This isn't the same hitter who dominated last season. He's batting just .267 with 13 HR and 65 RBI. Good, but not great.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 versus Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig hasn't been hitting up to previous standards, batting just .203 over the past month with an ugly .552 OPS. If he keeps this up, he'll be just one of the many outfielders Don Mattingly has to decide to start each day and not a fantasy stud.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez nailed two three-run bombs in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Insight: Gonzalez came up with two runners on in the sixth and seventh and hit home runs in each at-bat. The big afternoon put Gonzalez at 22 home runs and at 100 RBI on the season. It is the fifth straight year Gonzalez has reached 100 RBI. He is hitting .279/.338/.474 this season.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is a career 2-for-15 (.133) hitter against Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill.
Insight: Uribe is hitting .294 so far in September with one home run and four RBI but this is a matchup to stay away from. Uribe is hitting .294 with seven home runs and 41 RBI in 326 at-bats this year.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six and 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out nine and walking none in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
Insight: Ryu had a two-run lead going into the top of the seventh but gave up three hits to cough up the lead. The Dodgers came back to win with three runs in the eighth. Besides losing his lead, Ryu pitched very well and lowered his season ERA to 3.27. He is 13-6 with 138 strikeouts and only 28 walks in 151 innings this year.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is making his third start this week on Saturday.
Insight: The regular Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig is dealing with stomach issues and is out of the lineup on Saturday. Pederson has played in place of Puig twice and Kemp once this week. The Dodger outfield is crowded, but Pederson could see some major time down the stretch. He hit .303 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI at Triple-A this year.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup against on Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Joc Pederson is starting in center field over Puig. All indications point to Pederson beginning to get regular time in the outfield, so Puig's value is going to take a hit the rest of the month.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett (hip) admitted Friday that he will not return before the end of the 2014 season.
Insight: Beckett (6-6, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) has been really slow to recover from the right hip impingement and is likely to undergo surgery. Beckett could even retire. The pitcher has not brought up retirement, but he also has not said he will be definitely be back in 2015.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a career 10-for-22 (.455) against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Ramirez can't find his swing of late, going 0-for-16 over his last four games. This isn't the same hitter who dominated last season. He's batting just .264 with 13 HR and 60 RBI. Good, but not great.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is a career .429 hitter (6-for-14) with two home runs versus Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Kemp isn't the guy we remember from 2011, but he's produced much better than last season, batting .281 with 17 HR and 66 RBI. Kemp is batting .333 over the past two weeks (11 games) with a .999 OPS.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and run against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Kemp has been getting consistent at-bats since the All-Star break, but hasn't been doing as much with them lately. After a great July, Kemp cooled off in August, hitting .248, but he did have five home runs, eight doubles and 17 RBI in the month as well.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez recorded four hits on Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Gonzalez had a hit in every game of the weekend series against the Padres, but was just 2-for-10 in the first two games combined. Gonzalez is hitting .279 with only 19 home runs, but he does have 35 doubles and close to the top of the league with 91 RBI.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits against the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: It's a great sign considering the Dodgers just activated him from the disabled list Sunday afternoon. Ryu had not pitched since August 13 because of a straind glute. He is 14-6 with a 3.18 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 144 and 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in the Dodgers lineup Saturday.
Insight: Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly gave Puig Friday off to try and give him a breather. Puig is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. Andre Ethier played center field on Friday and returns to the bench on Saturday.
Description: Despite his career struggles against Padres starter Andrew Cashner, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-4 on Friday night.
Insight: Ramirez came into the game 1-for-14 versus Cashner. The shortstop tied the game with a third-inning RBI double off the Padre starter and then tied the game at two with a solo home run off reliever Dale Thayer in the eighth. Ramirez came into the game just 1-for-12 since returning from the disabled list, so perhaps he has broken out of his funk.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) ran the bases without any pain on Friday, and is still expected to return the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Running the bases was the last hurdle Uribe had to overcome before returning. The third baseman has been taking batting practice all week with no issues. Justin Turner has been playing third in Uribe's absence and will be relegated back to a backup role.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 1-for-11 with four strikeouts against Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Insight: Puig is hitting .301/.388/.495 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and 71 runs this year. He's hitless in his last three games (0-for-14) and this unfavorable matchup doesn't figure to help those numbers.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday's game in the bottom of the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury. He twisted his ankle while chasing a ball in left center field but walked off under his own power.
Insight: With a career .438 average, four home runs and five RBI versus Arizona starting pitcher Wade Miley and a 1.042 OPS against southpaws this season, Van Slyke was a great fantasy option Wednesday. He went 1-for-2 with a solo homer before leaving.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona. Justin Turner is starting at first base and Miguel Rojas is at third. UPDATE: Gonzalez is dealing with back stiffness, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Gonzalez is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS in August, but he's hitting just .185 with a .512 OPS against lefties this season and is 4-for-18 (.222) against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is not in the lineup Wednesday at Arizona.
Insight: Crawford is batting .338 with 14 runs and seven steals in August, but he'll get a day off with lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Scott Van Slyke, who has eight doubles, seven homers and 17 walks in 102 plate appearances against lefties this season, is starting in left field.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-4 with a walk Tuesday at Arizona.
Insight: Kemp has batted .295 with eight homers, 26 RBI, three steals and a .915 OPS in 129 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .269 with eight homers, 35 RBI, three steals and a .760 OPS before the break.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .222 hitter (4-for-18) against Arizona starter Wade Miley.
Insight: Gonzalez continued his hot August with a single, RBI and two runs on Tuesday. This month, he is batting .325 with 19 RBI and a .892 OPS. He is also 6-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in the last three games. With those numbers, it might be hard to sit him, but be aware of his lack of success against Miley.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a lifetime .458 hitter against Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, including a pair of long balls and seven RBI.
Insight: Gonzalez is putting together his best month since April, batting .325 with an .897 OPS. For the season he's hitting .275 with 18 homers, 89 RBI and a .795 OPS. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been activated from the disabled list (oblique strain) and is back in the starting lineup, batting fifth.
Insight: This was the first day Ramirez (.277, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) was eligible to be activated.The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this was his first trip to the DL.
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Ellis had a double on Friday, but it was his first base-hit since August 16. The catcher is mostly used for his defense as he is hitting .182 with one home run and 14 RBI in 203 at-bats this year.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Crawford has batted .338 with six steals and 11 runs in August, but the team will give him a day off with left-hander Jon Niese on the hill for New York. Lefty masher Scott Van Slyke is in the lineup in Crawford's place.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke is questionable for Thursday's start due to elbow soreness, according ot Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's game that Greinke is a "possibility" to start Thursday. He downplayed the soreness earlier in the day, calling it standard for a long season.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford went 3-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, three runs and a stolen base Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Crawford has stolen a base in five of his last six games and is hitting .344 in August. He's 5-for-10 (.500) with a triple and a homer against Padres starter Eric Stults, so get him in your lineup Wednesday.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 7-for-13 with five steals and six runs in his last three games.
Insight: Gordon leads the majors with 56 steals and is hitting .293 with 69 runs. He's surprisingly been very consistent, hitting at least .286 in four of the five months this season, hitting above .289 against both lefties and righties and above .287 both home and away.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right gluteus muscle.
Insight: Ryu left his last start with the injury. The Dodgers' rotation has taken a hit this month with both Ryu and Josh Beckett going on the disabled list. The team acquired Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez to plug the holes and both will be in the rotation for at least two more weeks.
Description: Dodgers starter Roberto Hernandez has gone 4-0 in his last six starts after getting the win Thursday afternoon versus Atlanta.
Insight: Hernandez went six innings yielding just one run on three hits. He even struck out five batters. He's not going to help your strikeout total much, but the former Fausto Carmona should continue to be a boon to three pitching categories - wins, ERA, WHIP.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, on the disabled list with an oblique strain, played catch Wednesday.
Insight: Ramirez (.277, 12 HR, 58 RBI, 12 SB) is eligible to return on Aug. 24, but the real test will be when he tries to swing the bat at game speed. The talented shortstop has missed games with shoulder, calf and wrist injuries this season, but this is his first trip to the DL.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is a career .400 hitter with three home runs and a 1.405 OPS versus Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Gonzalez is just 3-for-11in the first three games of this four-game series after going off against Milwaukee in the preceeding series (7-for-10, three doubles, two homers). We like A-Gone to continue his climb to his career .292 batting average.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is hitless in 13 career at-bats (5 Ks) against Braves starter Ervin Santana.
Insight: Uribe's career looked to be coming to an end when he hit .199 with a .552 OPS over 474 plate appearances in 2011-12, but he hit .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 2013 and has batted .297 with six homers, 35 RBI and a .744 OPS this season. Fantasy owners looking for a cheap third base option Wednesday should look elsewhere, however.
Description: Dodgers starter Dan Haren has allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out 11 in 13 1/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Haren had a 3.57 ERA at the end of June, but he allowed 26 earned runs in 23 1/3 innings from July 5 to Aug. 1. He's bounced back his last two starts, picking up wins in both, but he still has a 4.50 ERA on the season.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on fire, batting .478 over the past seven days and .357 for the last month.
Insight: Gonzalez has put together five consecutive multi-hit games including two home runs and five extra-base hits. On top of that he's 3-for-5 with a home run versus Braves starter Mike Minor. Update: Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup. Scott Van Slyke will be at first.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is on fire, batting .478 over the past seven days and .357 for the last month.
Insight: Gonzalez has put together five consecutive multi-hit games including two home runs and five extra-base hits. On top of that he's 3-for-5 with a home run versus Braves starter Mike Minor. He's a must start.
Description: Kevin Correia won his first start with the Dodgers by holding the Braves to one run on four hits in six innings Monday night.
Insight: Correia had a 4.94 ERA, a 1.46 WHIP and 61 Ks in 129 1/3 innings with the Twins. He pitched in the NL from 2003-12 and went 60-65 with a 4.54 ERA, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect any miracles from his move back to the Senior Circuit.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Gonzalez has gone 9-for-14 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI in that span. The first baseman hit just three home runs in a 67-game span from May 22 to Aug. 7, but he continued to drive in runs during that time and is up to 79 RBI, tied for first in the NL, following Sunday's game.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig has gone 12-for-26 (.462) with three doubles, four triples and a homer in his last six games.
Insight: Puig (.319, 13 HR, 55 RBI, 61 R, .958 OPS) has hit just two homers and driven in 16 runs in his last 51 games, but he's continued to pick up extra-base hits, score runs, and hit for a high average in that span.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has gone 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI since he returned from a hand injury, but he's 1-for-17 (.059) with five strikeouts in his career against Giants starter Jake Peavy.
Insight: San Francisco acquired Peavy from the Red Sox on Saturday. Ramirez is hitting .278 with 11 homers, 12 steals, 51 RBI and an .840 OPS this season.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) is once again not in the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. Both he and Hanley Ramirez will sit this one out, taking a huge piece of the Los Angeles offense with them. Puig is batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hand) had a second x-ray on his hand and it too came back negative.
Insight: Puig left Saturday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch. He's batting .308 with 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 runs and seven steals. The Dodgers need him back, with Hanley Ramirez also sidelined, and we expect him back on the field soon, possibly Tuesday.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu improved to 11-5 with a victory over the Pirates Monday.
Insight: Ryu allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out five over seven innings. He's given up seven hits and two runs over 13 innings in two starts since he was bombed for seven runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 on July 8 at Detroit.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is not in Monday's starting lineup. He was hit twice in Sunday night's game, the last time by a 99 mph Trevor Rosenthal fastball, and was forced from the game.
Insight: He also collided with Matt Holliday in the field Saturday night. Ramirez's X-rays showed no breaks, but knowing his past injury history he'll likely miss a few days.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Kemp (.266, 8 HR, 35 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form and has been part of some trade rumors. Kemp is just 1-for-6 against today's scheduled starter for St. Louis Joe Kelly.
Description: Dodgers outfield prospect Joc Pederson (separated right shoulder) didn't miss a beat despite the time sidelined by the injury.
Insight: Pederson is 7-for-17 since his return to raise his season totals to .324, 17 HR, 43 RBI, 1.017 OPS. The 22-year-old's problem is the crowded Dodgers outfield in front of him and until that situation changes he'll be stuck in the minors or trade material.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Matt Kemp has gone hitless in 18 career at-bats against Tigers starter Max Scherzer.
Insight: Kemp (.275, 8 HR, 34 RBI) has stayed healthy this season, but he hasn't regained his 30-30 form. He's followed up a 0-for-16 stretch with seven hits in his last nine at-bats, but he shouldn't be used Wednesday against Scherzer.
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.
Insight: Beckett (6-5, 2.26 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) suffered the injury while running the bases during his last start. The All-Star break may allow Beckett to miss only one start before returning on July 22 at Pittsburgh.
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett left after five innings after injuring his hip while running the bases.
Insight: Pitchers simply shouldn't run bases, only bad things can happen. Seriously, it doesn't appear that it will change his next start, but we will keep on top of it. He had thrown five shut out innings and did get the win.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is back in the lineup Thursday at Colorado.
Insight: Ramirez missed four straight games from June 24-27 with a shoulder injury and then strained his left calf on June 28 after returning to the starting lineup, but he won't need additional time off.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was in line for his 10th win of the season Wednesday against the Indians, but Los Angeles' bullpen blew a one-run lead in the eighth.
Insight: Ryu (9-4, 3.08 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) allowed two runs on seven hits and had an 8/0 K/BB in seven innings. The left-hander hasn't regressed in his second season after going 14-8 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP as a rookie.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday, and manager Don Mattingly said the team will decide soon whether or not to place him on the DL, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
Insight: The latest the Dodgers will wait is Thursday. Ramirez missed four straight games from June 24-27 with a shoulder injury and then strained his left calf on June 28 after returning to the starting lineup.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is out of the lineup Wednesday due to a neck injury, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Insight: Gonzalez was just starting to get his bat going again. He has hit .289 with six doubles, two homers and 14 RBI over his last 20 games after batting .133 (8-for-60) with zero homers from May 22 to June 8.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez, who pinch hit Monday, has a left calf strain and knowing how injury prone the shortstop is, manager Don Mattingly is being very careful about pushing him back in the lineup before he is ready.
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier hit his first homer since May 27 Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Ethier was once a 30-homer bat and had at least 20 four times. However, he has four homers this season to go with a .248 average and a .666 OPS. He's not a fantasy option, even in NL-only formats.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) was a late add to the lineup Saturday, but left after two at-bats and is not in Sunday's starting lineup.
Insight: We suspected the team just pulled him after the Dodgers posted a six-spot in the second inning to give him more rest since he had missed the past four games due to injury, but he may also be dealing with a calf injury.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke threw his best start of the month to beat the Cardinals Saturday night.
Insight: Greinke (10-4, 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) lasted seven innings, walked none, struck out 10 and allowed one run on four hits. The right-hander had a 4.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in his previous five starts.
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier is taking the night off Friday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with a swollen knee. Tonight's lineup will feature Scott Van Slyke (.271, 6 HR, 11 RBI) in center field with Yasiel Puig (.309, 11 HR, 45 RBI) in right and Matt Kemp (.267, 8 HR, 29 RBI) in left.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will take a seat Tuesday at Kansas City, according to Mark Saxon of espnlosangeles.com. He was spotted icing his shoulder.
Insight: Carlos Triunfel is starting at shortstop. Ramirez has hit .269 with 11 homers, 46 RBI, 38 runs, 10 steals and an .823 OPS this season. With lefty Danny Duffy starting for Kansas City, Ramirez' absence is likely injury related.
Description: Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu won his ninth game of the year Sunday at San Diego.
Insight: Ryu threw six innings and allowed one run on four hits. The left-hander doesn't often go deep in games -- he's lasted seven innings just once in his last nine starts -- but he's managed to win nine games anyway.
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Andre Ethier has done poorly in his career against Padres starter Eric Stults.
Insight: Stults hasn't fooled many hitters this season (2-9, 5.76 ERA) but for some reason, he's always given Ethier trouble (2-for-15, 2 K's). Ethier hasn't had a good series, going hitless in eight at bats.
Description: Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett threw all zeros Saturday in a win against the Padres.
Insight: Beckett (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 8 K's, 2 BB) has completely resurrected his career this season, going 5-4 with a flawless 2.28 ERA and a .201 batting average against in 14 starts. He's certainly done enough to warrant a spot on the National League All-Star team, which will be announced later this month.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Ramirez was hit in the hand by a line drive and left Tuesday's game, but he's fine. He has nine hits, including four doubles and two homers, in 23 career at-bats against Jorge De La Rosa, so make sure he's in your lineup Wednesday.
Description: Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford recently had an MRI on his sprained ankle. SOURCE: J.P. Hoornstra, Los Angeles Daily News
Insight: He's gone back to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which is never a good sign. Crawford's absence has allowed Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to play everyday, which has made life a lot easier for manager Don Mattingly.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will need season-ending elbow surgery. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Billingsley was diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon late last week. He's had some terrible luck the last two seasons with Tommy John surgery and now this. The 29-year-old may not be back with Los Angeles next season as there's a $3 million buyout clause in his contract.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon hit his second homer of the season Saturday against Arizona.
Insight: Gordon's biggest asset is his speed (36 steals) so anytime he can muster some power it's an added bonus. The second baseman has hit just .209 over his last 28 games and .278 on the season, though with a 23.5 percent line-drive rate, a 56.1 percent ground-ball rate and a 5.0 percent infield fly-ball rate, he should have a BABIP better than .318. He's hit .565 on line drives while the league average on liners is .693 this season. If he was closer to the league average on line drives, he'd have at least five more hits and a batting average that was at least 20 points higher than .278.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett had his best start since his no-hitter Tuesday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Beckett allowed two hits and struck out seven in six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.35. He's 4-3 with a 1.06 WHIP and 70 Ks in 72 2/3 innings. This is the best Beckett has looked since 2011.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: Ethier (.251, 3 HR, 25 RBI) hasn't played since Saturday. Not coincidently that was the day he made a bad effort on a 10th inning game-winning fly ball. Update: Ethier is in the starting lineup batting sixth and playing in center field.
Description: Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon is in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gordon left Saturday's game after three innings because of a sore hip. Gordon has been a nice surprise this season, posting a .288 batting average with 33 runs scored and 36 stolen bases in his first 60 games.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-3 with two homers, two walks, four RBI and three runs Monday against the Reds.
Insight: Van Slyke is now second to Yasiel Puig among Dodgers outfielders in home runs with six, which says a lot because he has just 72 at-bats while Matt Kemp has 193, Andre Ethier has 175 and Carl Crawford has 150. He's also walked 18 times and has a 1.060 OPS.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not in Monday's lineup.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off. The bad news is that Gonzalez is struggling with the bat (.247), particularly against left-handers (.164). With the left-handed Tony Cingrani on the hill, it's a good time to let him rest.
Description: Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gordon departed Saturday's game after three innings due to right hip discomfort. Chone Figgins started Sunday and will be in the lineup on Monday as well. Gordon has been a nice surprise this season, beating out Cuban Alex Guerrero in preseason and then posting a .284 batting average with 33 runs scored and 36 stolen bases.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (hip) is not in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: Puig suffered a hip flexor injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez' ground-ball double play in the fourth inning Saturday. If Puig has to go on the disabled list, we could see prospect Joc Pederson called up. Pederson has hit .340 with 15 homers, 13 steals and a 1.073 OPS in 57 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Description: Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hasn't been a hitter who struggles against southpaws in his career, but he's hitting just .169 with 23 Ks in 71 at-bats against them in 2014.
Insight: The bad news is that Gonzalez has gone 8-for-58 (.138) with zero home runs in his last 16 games and will face a lefty Sunday against the Rockies. The good news is that the lefty is Jorge De La Rosa, who has allowed Gonzalez to bat .382 with two doubles and three homers in 34 career at-bats against him.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has hit .381 with four doubles, a homer and four walks against Jorge De La Rosa, who will start Sunday for the Rockies against Los Angeles.
Insight: Ramirez hit .345 with 20 home runs, 57 RBI, 62 runs, 10 steals and a 1.040 OPS in just 304 at-bats last year, prompting many fantasy owners to pick him in the first round. With a .254 average, nine homers, 35 RBI, 28 runs, eight steals and a .794 OPS, he's had a solid year but hasn't lived up to those lofty expectations.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game at Colorado with a hip flexor injury, according to the Dodgers' television broadcast.
Insight: Puig suffered the injury when he slid into second base during Adrian Gonzalez' ground-ball double play in the fourth inning. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field, but if Puig has to go on the disabled list we could see prospect Joc Pederson called up. Pederson has hit .340 with 15 homers, 13 steals and a 1.073 OPS in 57 games with Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig left Saturday's game at Colorado with an apparent injury.
Insight: The Dodgers' television network captured Puig limping as he ran to his position and he appeared to grab at his lower back at one point. We should know what's ailing him soon. Dee Gordon also left the game with an injury.
Description: Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe (right hamstring strain) has been taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, a sign he could be back soon.
Insight: Uribe was off to a very good start, batting .303 with four homers, 18 RBI and a .785 OPS in his first 40 games. He's had a couple of hamstring pulls this season so its likely that the Dodgers will bring him back a little slower than usual.
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford (sprained left ankle) took batting practice Wednesday and is still on pace to return when first eligible (June 12).
Insight: Crawford is batting .267 this season with four homers, 18 RBI, 21 runs and nine steals. The crowded Dodgers outfield situation still remains and other than Yasiel Puig anyone could be out of the lineup on any given day.
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford has a left ankle sprain and says he's going on the disabled list, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Crawford's X-rays came back negative but "didn't look good." With Crawford out, Matt Kemp should get back in the everyday lineup after getting benched for five straight games due to poor defense.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is 0-for-18 with six strikeouts in his career against Reds starter Homer Bailey.
Insight: Ethier went 2-for-4 with a triple, a homer, four RBI and two runs Tuesday and has started the past five games due to Matt Kemp's benching, but he isn't a good fantasy option overall and especially shouldn't be used Wednesday.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke won his eighth game of the year Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: Greinke (8-1, 2.18 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 76 Ks in 66 IP) struck out 11 and didn't walk anyone while allowing three runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He was close to extending his streak of starts with no more than two earned runs to 23 but allowed a two-run homer to Devin Mesoraco with two outs in the eighth inning. He's having his best season since he won the AL Cy Young in 2009.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier had a triple, a homer and four RBI Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: The Dodgers are unhappy with Matt Kemp's defense in center field and haven't started him the last five games. Ethier started all of them and is hitting .277 with three home runs, 25 RBI and a .747 OPS.
Description: Hanley Ramirez (calf) is in the updated Dodgers lineup on Tuesday, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Ramirez initially wasn't in the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, but he'll play after all. That's a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners who were expecting Ramirez to go on the disabled list.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (calf) is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Ramirez had an MRI on his injured calf, but we have not seen the results. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed pessimistic and a trip to the DL could be in the works for the oft-injured shortstop.
Description: Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (ankle) has landed back on the disabled list.
Insight: Ellis missed five weeks after having knee surgery and now he's dealing with a right ankle sprain. He reportedly suffered the injury during the celebration following Josh Beckett's no-hitter on Sunday when he landed on Drew Butera's discarded catcher's equipment. Butera and Tim Federowicz will handle the catching duties while Ellis is out.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez wasn't part of the action Sunday against the Phillies and could be out a few more days.
Insight: Ramirez will have an MRI, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that it "didn't sound very good," according to reporter Alanna Rizzo. Erisbel Arruebarrena (.300, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 664 OPS) has made the last three starts at shortstop for the Dodgers and would continue if Ramirez is sidelined.
Description: Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett fired his first career no-hitter Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: It's the first no-hitter of the 2014 season and the 283rd in major league history. Beckett froze Chase Utley on a sinker for the final out. He had retired 20 hitters in a row prior to walking Jimmy Rollins with two outs in the ninth. Beckett is now 3-1 on the season with a 2.43 ERA in nine starts.
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is sitting again Sunday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dodgers on Twitter
Insight: Have things gotten so dire for Kemp, a former MVP runner-up, that he's reached platoon status? It sure looks that way. This wouldn't have been a good matchup for him anyway as Kemp is hitless in eight career at bats against today's probable starter A.J. Burnett.
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp didn't play Friday against the Phillies and is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier will man the outfield. Kemp is batting .265 with five homers and 13 RBI, a far cry from the guy who had a stated goal to be a 50-50 player a few years ago.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't start Friday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Don't panic, it's just a routine day off. Ramirez's batting average is lower than we were expecting (.251 in 183 at bats) but he's made up for it by driving in 24 runs with an OPS in the high .700s (.789).
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw took a ball off his right shin in Wednesday's batting practice, but is expected to take his turn in the rotation Friday in Philadelphia.
Insight: Kershaw had a 1.74 ERA and a 25/1 K/BB in his first three starts this season, but Arizona treated him badly in his last outing. Wild fluctuations can happen when you have just four starts. He'll try to chip away at his 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP.
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Alex Guerrero will need about five weeks to recover from plastic surgery. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, ESPN Los Angeles
Insight: Miguel Olivo, who was released by the Dodgers earlier today, bit part of Guerrero's ear off during a dugout altercation. It's a shame because both players were tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A. Guerrero (.376, 10 HR, 29 RBI in 33 games for Albuquerque) will be a candidate for promotion when the rosters expand in September, assuming he's healthy by then.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Chone Figgins will get the start, but has little-to-no fantasy value. Gordon has been a great surprise, first winning the job in preseason and then batting .296 with 25 steals and 26 runs scored through 44 games.
Description: Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Gonzalez didn't have a home run in 14 straight games before hitting one Sunday at Arizona, and he's followed it up with one in each of the past two games. After a few years of declining power, Gonzalez has blasted 12 homers in 175 at-bats while batting .286 with 33 RBI, 27 runs and a .916 OPS.
Description: The Dodgers placed Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Uribe suffered a more severe right hamstring strain Tuesday night that the one he dealt with earlier this month. He could be out more than 15 days. Justin Turner and Chone Figgins are expected to split time at third base.
Description: Dodgers top prospect Alex Guerrero needs plastic surgery after losing part of his ear in a fight with teammate Miguel Olivo. SOURCE: Jon Morosi, Fox Sports
Insight: Olivo pulled a Mike Tyson and bit part of Guerrero's ear off. Guerrero, who lost the Dodgers' starting second base job to Dee Gordon in spring training, is hitting .376 with 10 HR and 29 RBI through his first 33 games with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .423 (11-for-26) with two homers against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Arroyo has struggled at Chase Field this year, allowing 14 runs on 29 hits in 23 innings (5.48 ERA), so make sure Kemp is in your lineup Sunday. He has hit .323 in May, albeit with just one homer and a .799 OPS.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig homered for the fifth time in his last eight games Saturday night.
Insight: Puig has hit .403 with six homers and 20 RBI in 15 games this month and is hitting .329 with nine homers, 35 RBI, 22 runs, four steals and a 1.012 OPS this season. Puig has displayed much better plate discipline this season than he did in his rookie year, lowering his chase rate from 38.9 percent to 28.5 percent.
Description: Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw had one of the uglier games of his career Saturday, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Kershaw had a 1.74 ERA and a 25/1 K/BB in his first three starts this season, but Arizona treated him to an early shower Saturday. Kershaw didn't allow more than five earned runs in any regular season start last year. In fact, there were two months in which he gave up less than seven earned runs. He'll try to chip away at his 4.43 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at Philadelphia his next time out.
Description: Los Angeles 3B Juan Uribe (strained hamstring) will return to the starting lineup Friday, according to Ken Gurnick of mlb.com.
Insight: Uribe strained his right hamstring while running out a double-play grounder last Thursday and didn't start the last six games. He had a pinch-hit double Wednesday and is hitting .311 with 10 doubles, four homers, 17 RBI and an .817 OPS this season, though with an 18.9 percent K rate and a .362 BABIP his average will soon fall.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke ought to get a spot start on Friday as he's 5-for-13 (.385) with two doubles and three homers versus Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Van Slyke offers power to fantasy owners when he gets a chance to play, but its a crowded Dodgers outfield and he's No. 5 on the depth chart. He's batting .255 this season with a .949 OPS. He's worth a flier IF he's in the starting lineup.
Description: Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has given up a lot of baserunners this season.
Insight: He has gone 12-for-14 in save opportunities but has a 4.34 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP. In a small sample size, Jansen has a line-drive rate of 30.4 percent and a BABIP of .432. He also has a 14.95 K/9, however.
Description: Los Angeles 3B Juan Uribe (strained hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, but he's available off the bench for the second straight game. according to truebluela.com.
Insight: Uribe (.306, 4 HR, 17 RBI) strained his right hamstring while running out a double-play grounder last Thursday. He should return to the lineup in a few days.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe didn't start Sunday's game and is doubtful for Monday's game against Miami.
Insight: Uribe has missed the last three games with a strained hamstring. The good news is he will be available off the bench should the Dodgers need a pinch hitter or a late inning defensive replacement. Justin Turner has been filling in at third base during his absence, but is just 2-for-9 over the past three games and has little fantasy value.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe didn't start Sunday's game against the Giants. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Uribe has missed the last three games with a strained hamstring. The good news is he will be available off the bench should the Dodgers need a pinch hitter or a late inning defensive replacement. Justin Turner (.183, 0 HR, 4 RBI) has been filling in at third base during his absence.
Description: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke improved to 6-1 with a win over the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Greinke tossed seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts. The right-hander has rediscovered his 2009 Cy Young form in 2014, posting a 2.38 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP and a 55/10 K/BB in 45 1/3 innings.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is not in the starting lineup Friday night against the Giants.
Insight: Ethier has managed only three hits off Madison Bumgarner in 24 at bats (.125 AVG). Lefties in general have been giving Ethier trouble as he has just two hits in 16 at bats against them this season. Carl Crawford (2-17 against LHP) is also sitting out Friday.
Description: Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier is still lost when it comes to hitting against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ethier has managed only three hits off Bumgarner in 24 at bats (.125 AVG). Lefties in general have been giving Ethier trouble as he has just two hits in 16 at bats against them this season. Obviously, Friday isn't a good day to start Ethier (.248, 2 HR, 16 RBI) in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is someone you want to avoid starting Friday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: He owns a miserable .167 average against him in 24 lifetime at bats. Kemp has shown signs of life lately, hitting .429 over his last six games. With that said, this isn't a good matchup for him and it's possible Don Mattingly may keep Kemp out of the lineup on Friday for this exact reason.
Description: The Dodgers don't expect Hyun-Jin Ryu to come off the disabled list when he's first eligible on May 13th. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: He's been out with a shoulder injury but has yet to resume throwing. Before the injury, Ryu had been off to a decent start (3-2, 3.00 ERA in 39 IP). Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.70 ERA) has been filling in for Ryu in the starting rotation.
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe injured his hamstring Thursday in a loss to San Francisco. SOURCE: Dodgers.com
Insight: The team called Uribe's hamstring soreness "mild" so it doesn't sound like a DL stint will be necessary. With that said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get the night off on Friday. Chone Figgins (.167, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is a candidate to start in Uribe's place.
Description: Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon has gone 9-for-23 (.391) with a triple and three steals against San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Gordon has been a fantasy monster this season, batting .341 with 19 runs, 20 steals and an .822 OPS while carrying both shortstop and second-base eligibility. He'll get to face Vogelsong Thursday.
Description: Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe is a .438 lifetime hitter against Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong, going 7-for-16 with a double and a triple.
Insight: Uribe hit .199 with six home runs over 143 games in the first two years of a three-year contract with the Dodgers, but he rebounded to bat .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBI in 388 at-bats last year to earn a new two-year deal. He's continued to produce in 2014, batting .313 with nine doubles, four homers and 17 RBI in 131 at-bats.
Description: In his first start in the United States in 2014, Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out nine Tuesday at Washington.
Insight: Kershaw allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on March 22 against Arizona in Australia but went on the DL with a teres major muscle (upper back) strain soon thereafter. The 2013 NL Cy Young Award winner threw 200+ innings and struck out 200+ batters in each of the last four seasons and had aan ERA below 3.00 in each of the last five.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (head) passed concussion tests, but he's not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Puig (.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI) banged his head against the right field wall trying to make a game-saving catch Sunday against the Marlins and didn't take batting practice Monday because of a headache. The 23-year-old should be able to avoid the DL.
Description: Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is out for Monday's game after injuring his head Sunday in an outfield collision. SOURCE: Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register
Insight: Puig (.309, 4 HR, 21 RBI) banged his head against the right field wall trying to make a game-saving catch. He didn't take batting practice today because of a headache. Puig initially passed all his concussion tests so the team is still cautiously optimistic he won't need to be placed on the 7-day DL.
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon had a monster game Saturday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: Gordon finished the night with five hits, two RBI and three stolen bases. A few months ago, it didn't look like Gordon would make the team out of spring training. Now he's third in the NL in batting average (.357) and first in steals (19 on 21 attempts).
Description: Los Angeles third baseman Juan Uribe delivered four hits Thursday in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
Insight: He also scored two runs as the Dodgers captured a 5-1 victory over the Twins. Uribe's resurgence has certainly been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this season. After going undrafted in almost every format, Uribe (.324, 4 HR, 14 RBI) is now owned in a respectable 44.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
Description: Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig jolted four hits Thursday afternoon in a victory over Minnesota.
Insight: Puig's first trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes has been a huge success. Including the second game of tonight's double-header, which is already in progress, Puig is 8-for-11 in the series with three RBI. His average is back up to .319, which is exactly what he hit last season when he finished second to Jose Fernandez in Rookie of the Year voting.
Description: Last year's NL Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, is ready to return from the disabled list. SOURCE: Alanna Rizzo, Dodgers.com
Insight: The plan is for him to pitch Monday against Washington. Kershaw, who has been out since late March with back inflammation, tossed five innings Wednesday in a rehab start for Double-A Chattanooga.
Description: Clayton Kershaw (back) will make his final rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Chattanooga, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Insight: Kershaw said Sunday he feels healthy and ready to return following his first rehab start on Saturday, but the Dodgers want him to make one more rehab start to get up to 70-80 pitches. Starting Wednesday lines him up to return to the Dodgers' rotation on May 5 at Washington.
Description: Clayton Kershaw (back) will make one more rehab start before returning to the Dodgers rotation and he's not happy about it. SOURCE: ESPNLosAngeles.com
Insight: "Not really," Kershaw said Sunday when asked if he was satisfied with the Dodgers' decision. "I did the best I could, but I'm not going to fight the team if everybody doesn't want me to do something." The left-hander threw his first rehab start Saturday and the Dodgers want him to get up to 80 pitches in his next one. Kershaw said he feels healthy and ready to return. "That's the hard part," he said. "You want to pitch in a game when you feel healthy."
Description: Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp has tormented Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa throughout his career.
Insight: In 26 at bats, Kemp is hitting .423 with three homers and eight RBI against the left-hander. Kemp belted a home run yesterday and could hit another one today with De La Rosa (1-3, 6.38 ERA) throwing for Colorado.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier won't be an appealing fantasy option Sunday against Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa.
Insight: That's because Ethier is hitting just .158 in 19 at bats against the left-hander. As a general rule of thumb, Ethier is always a poor play against lefties. It would make sense for the Dodgers to sit him on Sunday but unfortunately, the alternative in left field would be Carl Crawford, who is also left-handed. We'll see how manager Don Mattingly fills out his lineup card in a few hours.
Description: Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez bruised his thumb Saturday in a win against Colorado. SOURCE: Alanna Rizzo, Dodgers.com
Insight: He came out in the fourth inning. Even though his X-rays came back negative we doubt Ramirez (.272, 3 HR, 10 RBI) will play Sunday in the series finale. Expect utility man Justin Turner (.200, 0 HR, 4 RBI) to get the start at shortstop.
Description: Los Angeles second baseman Dee Gordon injured his head Tuesday against the Phillies but has already passed all his concussion tests. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com
Insight: He suffered the injury while sliding into second for his 12th stolen base of the season. That total leads the major leagues. Gordon's .369 average won't last but fantasy owners can always rely on his blazing speed. We wouldn't expect this ailment to sideline him for more than a day or two.
Description: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has seven plate appearances against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett and has yet to put the ball in play.
Insight: Kemp has walked twice and struck out five times. He's batting .213 this season, but does have three homers. We're still searching for the 2011 version of Kemp to re-appear, but it might be a long wait.
Description: Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw is hoping to begin a rehab assignment on Friday. SOURCE: Ken Gurnick, MLB.com
Insight: Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and seemed to be encouraged by how he felt. He was placed on the DL with a back injury late last month. Kershaw's return would probably bump Josh Beckett (0-0, 2.57 ERA) out of the starting rotation.
Description: Los Angeles left fielder Carl Crawford will sit out Monday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Crawford is hitting .083 against left-handers this season so it makes sense to give him the night off with Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.00 ERA) throwing for Philadelphia. Scott Van Slyke (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI) is making his sixth start of the year in left field.
Description: Don't be surprised if Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is the odd man out again on Monday.
Insight: Kemp is just 1-for-15 with nine strikeouts against Phillies starter Cliff Lee. The outfield options aren't great for manager Don Mattingly with Andre Ethier 0-for-8, Scott Van Slyke 0-for-5, Yasiel Puig 1-for-7 and Carl Crawford 7-for-33 (.212).
Description: Los Angeles shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a stunning 8-for-16 with three homers and a 1.750 OPS versus Phillies ace Cliff Lee.
Insight: Not many guys have that kind of consistent success against Lee, but the Dodgers has two - Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez. Ramirez is off to a bit of a slow start batting .246 with a couple of homers this season and missed some time with a hand injury.
Description: Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw (upper-back strain) said he assumes his next step is a rehab assignment, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Kershaw threw a bullpen session and a simulated game on Sunday and was hitting 90 mph with no restrictions. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will beat his expected mid-May return if he can avoid a setback with his back injury.
Description: Los Angeles outfielder Scott Van Slyke ought to get a spot start on Friday as he's 4-for-11 (.364) with two doubles and two homers versus Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Insight: Van Slyke offers power to fantasy owners when he gets a chance to play, but its a crowded Dodgers outfield and he's No. 5 on the depth chart. He's batting .313 this season with a 1.138 OPS. He's worth a flier if he's in the starting lineup.