DODGERS' RECORD WITHOUT MANNY: 21-14
COMMENTS: Dallas McPherson + Braden Looper = Dallas Braden?
(If so, then does Andruw Jones + Elvis Andrus = Andruw Andrus?)
Braden may be another unknown-to-me AL pitcher, but that doesn't mean we don't have to worry. Relative to Kershaw, Braden has more wins, a lower ERA and fewer walks. Kershaw is coming off his worst start of the year, so things can only get better — especially since he likes Dodger Stadium as much as we do.
The Dodgers did some minor roster tweaking the past few days, sending Blake DeWitt and Jamie Hoffmann back to Albuquerque and calling up catcher A.J. Ellis. Today the Dodgers also called up Mitch Jones, moving Jason Schmidt to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him.