Early returns show Dodgers’ lineup is more patient, more powerful than last year.

The Dodgers are on pace to hit more home runs this season than they did in 2014 and lead the major leagues in at bats per home run (20.6). They’ve also been a tick more patient at the plate, seeing 3.84 pitches per plate appearance compared to 3.80 a year ago.

Manager Don Mattingly commented on that this morning:

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Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson has avoided injury woes

Brett Anderson

Oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson has made it through the first month of the season in good health, but is eyeing to be more consistent and go deeper into games. (Getty Images)

It was a bold and ambitious move, part of a aggressive offseason for the Dodgers’ revamped front office.

The decision to sign oft-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract despite a slew of injuries and ailments certainly was the kind of high-risk signing that could have a major payout or blow up in their faces.

The 26-year-old left-hander has been effective when healthy, but had not pitched more than 100 innings in the regular season since 2010.

Yet through the first month of the season, Anderson’s health has held up.

While Anderson is still searching for consistency, Continue reading

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