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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for August 15, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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Good morning baseball fans!

Sorry Miami Marlins fans. Giancarlo Stanton is going to miss the rest of the season because of a groin injury.

Here is a roundup of news from around the National League Central.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez can’t pull the ball.

Gonzalez has helped to alleviate this by taking a more even approach at the plate: He's yanked the ball to right 37.3 percent of the time this year, a bit lower than his 39.1 percent clip prior to that. Even that decrease in quantity can't make up for the massive decline in quality, however. Gonzalez remains an above-average hitter, thanks to his sterling plate discipline and his opposite-field ability, but if he keeps pulling the ball this weakly, he'll stay at this offensive echelon.

Whatever has hampered Gonzalez this year, be it the physical pain in his back or the metaphorical pain he's had with balls to right field, the Dodgers better hope he moves past it. Even with the Giants slumping in the NL West, the Dodgers still find themselves a game out of first place. They'll need their first baseman to carry the offense once again, and for that to happen, he'll need to resolve whatever has held back his pull power.

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More on the Dodgers, as their rotation is always in flux.

The not-so secret weapon for the Dodgers and their pitching staff that has gone unmentioned to this point is their catcher, Yasmani Grandal. So far this season, Grandal has more than lived up to his longstanding reputation as one of the game’s best framing catchers. Per Baseball Prospectus’ catching defensive metrics, onlyBuster Posey has added more runs than Grandal via framing this season. Does that explain the Dodgers’ prolific strikeout rates all on its own? Of course not. But a stellar defensive catcher can allow the Dodgers’ pitchers true performance level to play up.

What has made this particularly successful so far is that Grandal is not elevating the performance of replacement level pitchers. The key to the Dodgers “quantity over quality” strategy has been the quality of the quantity. Although it’s still too early to call this Dodgers strategy a success — we’ll need to reevaluate that after we first see whether this team ultimately does make the postseason and then what healthy arms they have to start in October — but as for right now, the plan is working out as well as could be hoped given the plethora of injuries that have decimated the team.

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Today in Baseball History: In 1975, Baltimore manager Earl Weaver was ejected by umpire Ron Luciano twice in the same day, during both games of a doubleheader.

Question of the Day: Can the Marlins make the playoffs without Stanton?