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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Dodgers’ weekend walk-off drama highlights baseball’s bullpen paradox – Orange County Register

How will bullpens fare in July and August?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2019 at 06:53 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, June 24, 2019

Will Smith makes it 3 rookies in a row to walk it off

The Rockies came to LA 10 games back, a sizable deficit, but one we’ve seen overcome plenty of times. Here is how the three games ended:
Matt Beaty walk-off home run
Alex Verdugo walk-off home run
Will Smith walk-off home run
Three rookies, three home runs, three walk-offs, 13 game lead. This was only Will Smith’s 7th major league game and he already has two walk-off home runs.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: June 24, 2019 at 05:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, home runs, rookies, walkoff wins

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Clayton Kershaw Isn’t His Old Self ... but Hyun-Jin Ryu Is Clayton Kershaw’s Old Self.

Ryu is a prolific commercial pitchman, and this noodles spot is his masterpiece, notable for two reasons. First is the hysterically ersatz Kershaw cheering Ryu on in the dugout, with a fake beard so outrageous there’s about a 6 percent chance it’s not a caricature of Kershaw at all, but instead an homage to Jan Rubes in Witness. Second, when Ryu takes an overhand scoop into the pot of noodles, he does it with his right hand, not his left. That’s because Ryu, like Billy Wagner, Michael Vick, and Rich Hill before him, throws with his left hand but does everything else—including eating—with his right. Ryu is putting on a historically great command pitching performance, and he’s doing it with his nondominant hand.

It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 22, 2019 at 12:38 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Five years later, a different Kershaw still shuts down the opposition

The power of the bobblehead.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Kenley Jansen executed a rare intentional balk last night

Last night, Kenley Jansen recorded a save against the Cubs in a 5-3 win for the Dodgers. He surrendered a baserunner on a Matt Beaty error but otherwise was dominant and he struck out three.

Before the final strikeout, however, he did something I hadn’t seen before. With Jason Heyward on second apparently annoying him, Kenley intentionally balked him to third so he could just focus on the batter and/or to prevent Heyward for relaying pitch and/or location to Victor Caratini.

He yells out “I’m going to balk”.

I’ve never seen such a thing. Have you?


Dodgers add fuel to Giants feud with custom t-shirts

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added more fuel to the fire in their on-going feud with Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.

Days after infielder Max Muncy coined the phrase “Go get it out of the ocean“ after hitting a home run into McCovey Cove against the Giants ace, Muncy and teammate Enrique Hernández were spotted sporting t-shirts with the same phrase prior to Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2019 at 07:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max muncy

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dodgers’ Corey Seager suffers hamstring injury, likely out for weeks – Orange County Register

Is it too early to call him injury prone?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey seager, dodgers

Monday, June 10, 2019

Max Muncy trades verbal barbs with Madison Bumgarner in Dodgers’ win - Los Angeles Times

By the time Muncy rounded first the two were in a full-blown argument, screaming and gesturing at each other. Plate umpire Will Little intervened, but the two were still jawing at each other as Muncy pulled into the plate.

“He took exception to me watching the ball, I guess,” Muncy said of Bumgarner. “He said, ‘You don’t watch the ball. You run.’ ”

And Muncy’s response?

“I told him, ‘If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go in the ocean and get it,’ ” he said. “I don’t even know if he heard it. As I was rounding the bases, I yelled it at him. He was yelling at me. We were kind of going back and forth and that was it. Just a couple guys competing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 10, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 159 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, madison bumgarner, max muncy

Wednesday, May 29, 2019



Monday, May 27, 2019

Former Red Sox, Cubs Great All-Star Bill Buckner Dies at 69

Buckner, who played first base and outfield, played 22 seasons in the major leagues. He appeared with the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Angels and Royals.

In 1980, Buckner won the NL batting title, and in 1981, he earned his lone All-Star appearance while a member of the Cubs.

I didn’t realize he’d been in such ill health. RIP Billy Buck.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 27, 2019 at 02:56 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, dodgers, red sox, royals

Kershaw, deGrom clash as Dodgers host Mets

Jacob deGrom vs. Clayton Kershaw on Monday means there will be no easing into a series between one of the league’s hottest teams and the best team the National League has to offer.

A matchup between the visiting New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers suddenly has major intrigue after the Mets’ front office elected to spare the job of manager Mickey Callaway one week ago.

Mets players have shown their appreciation by winning six of their last seven games.

Now deGrom (3-5, 3.72 ERA) will look to repeat his solid outing Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, when he gave up one run on two hits over six innings, with his eight strikeouts matching his most since April 14. However, the right-hander is 0-4 in eight career starts against the Dodgers, albeit with a 3.20 ERA.

“Hottest” in terms of performance, or in terms of status as matinee idols?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, jacob degrom, mets

Monday, May 20, 2019

Cody Bellinger’s speed is key to his .400 batting average | MLB.com

Cody Bellinger is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 08:27 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Angels block Dodgers’ attempt at doing something cool

There’s an interesting story in the Los Angeles Times today about a neat idea the Dodgers had a couple of years ago. The idea: converting a dying mall in the San Fernando Valley into a small minor league ballpark and moving their single-A California League team there.

The plan would cost taxpayers nothing as the Dodgers and the existing landowners would foot the entire bill. It would not add to traffic, parking or zoning problems in the area — L.A.’s mayor said it would have less impact than if a Costco opened on the same property. It would provide cheap, accessible entertainment for an area of the city which is home to almost two million people for whom simply bopping down to Dodger Stadium is a tremendous headache given the traffic and expense. It would also help solve the California League’s problems with a couple of teams located in places where neither the teams nor the towns were particularly fond of one another any longer.

Sounds good, right? Well, it did to everyone but the Los Angeles Angels who, as is their right as co-owners of the Los Angeles Territory, have veto power over a minor league team locating there. They exercised that veto power, the plan died and the parties have all moved on. The land in question is probably going to be redeveloped into some boring mixed-use thing. There might even be a Costco there someday.

Well, this answers the question of what Angels management does, since building a good team clearly isn’t one of their goals….

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, minor leagues

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Cody Bellinger will no longer play first base | MLB.com

“It’s happened a couple of times, but Cody said he feels good,” said Roberts. “I do think, going forward, him being an outfielder makes the most sense. Being at first base, a potential dive, we’ll see how that goes as time goes by.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2019 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Monday, May 06, 2019

MLB roundup: Padres beat Dodgers on PH, walk-off slam

Pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe hit a walk-off grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with two out in the bottom of the ninth Sunday afternoon to give the host San Diego Padres an 8-5 victory to avoid being swept in a three-game series at Petco Park.

Chris Taylor had put the Dodgers ahead 5-4 with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth off Padres reliever Robbie Erlin.

Dodgers pitchers had held the Padres to three hits and retired 14 straight — including seven straight by strikeouts at one point — when Eric Hosmer opened the bottom of the ninth with a single to left off Jansen, who had picked up saves in each of the first two games of the series.

Manuel Margot and Wil Myers followed with back-to-back bunt singles to the left side to load the bases with no one out. Two outs later, Renfrow belted his fifth career grand slam — and seventh homer of the season — on a cut fastball. It was the first walk-off win of the season for the Padres, and the first pinch-hit walk-off grand slam in franchise history.

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, grand slam, padres, pinch-hit dingers

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Reds release Matt Kemp

CINCINNATI—The Reds’ crowded outfield came into clearer focus Saturday when Matt Kemp was released and Scott Schebler, who has been struggling at the plate, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Kemp, who was acquired from the Dodgers in December along with outfielder Yasiel Puig, utilityman Kyle Farmer, left-hander Alex Wood and cash, missed the past 11 games with a broken rib he suffered on April 21 when he ran into an outfield wall at San Diego.

The 34-year-old’s role with the Dodgers was reduced in the latter stages of the 2018 season, and it was unclear following the trade where Kemp would fit in Cincinnati. Kemp played 20 games with the Reds and hit .200 with one home run and five RBIs over 60 at-bats.

There was talk of the Reds trading Kemp during the offseason, but no deal transpired. Kemp’s salary with the Dodgers was $21.5 million, with the Reds responsible for $14.5 million. The Reds also received $7 million from the Dodgers as part of the December deal.

The arrival of top prospect Nick Senzel, who debuted on Friday, and the production of the versatile Derek Dietrich off the bench forced the Reds’ hand.

“We just didn’t see a great fit for Matt here,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s obviously had a great career and has been a great player. Just how our outfield is shaping up and the roster construction, we didn’t see a great fit for Matt and that’s how the decision was made.”

Bell said the starting center-field job now belongs to Senzel, 23, who collected his first career hit on Friday and also showed signs of promise defensively.

“We’re going to treat Nick like we treat all our players, keep him healthy, keep him strong, get him in there most days,” Bell said. “There will be days when we’ll rest him, but he’s our starting center fielder. He’s an everyday player on this team. He’s new to the position. It’s not going to be perfect. We are very confident in the makeup he brings. We’re confident in the direction we’re going with him and the rest of the outfield.”

akrasian Posted: May 05, 2019 at 07:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Rich Hill: “I Want To Talk About My Son Brooks” (Player’s Tribune)

Don’t read this piece anywhere where you’re unwilling to be seen crying. It’s absolutely devastating. But you must read it.

In the final moments with our son, we sang our little guy a song that’s near and dear to our hearts. It was quiet. Almost like a whisper. But I’m positive that he heard us as we sung.

Take me out to the ball game

Take me out with the crowd

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack

I don’t care if I never get back…

And when I held him in my arms and sang that song to him, I truly believe that Baby Brooks felt the boundless, never-ending love I have for him in my heart.

Esoteric Posted: May 02, 2019 at 06:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dodgers homer in record 33 straight home games, beat Pirates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger’s one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance.

Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Bellinger’s blast was noteworthy for other reasons, too. He moved into a tie for the major league lead for home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich at 13 and set the major league record for total bases in the months of March-April with 88. He also set a Dodgers’ record for home runs in March-April, moving past Matt Kemp.

Your periodic reminder that home runs are cheaper than they used to be…..

QLE Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, home runs, streaks

Friday, April 19, 2019

Man Sues L.A. Dodgers for More Than $2 Million, Alleges Security Guards Attacked Him ‘Unprovoked’

A man filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, alleging he broke his ankle after he was attacked by security guards during a game last year.

Daniel Antunez is seeking more than $2 million in damages, according to court documents obtained by KTLA.

The man was at a game with friends celebrating his birthday on April 24 last year when one of his friends spilled her beer on another fan seated below them. The fan called security guards who came over and asked Antunez and his friend to leave with them, according to the complaint filed Tuesday.

While standing with about 10 security guards, Antunez told them he needed to use a nearby restroom and proceeded to walk towards it. Three security guards then grabbed the plaintiff “without any provocation” and threw him to the ground, according to the lawsuit.

In case you’ve ever wondered why no one in the civilized world wants to see the Dodgers win the World Series…

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, security

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Dark, Existential Reality of Pitching Is Here For Clayton Kershaw | SI.com

For most people, the experience [of aging] is one of gradual diminuendo, small bargains with yourself. It’s one of feeling fine, feeling invincible, until suddenly, you don’t—suddenly, your back starts to hurt every once in a while; suddenly, you get a hangover after just two beers. You don’t quit, of course. You just make necessary adjustments. (And some people make them better than others.) A pitcher loses velocity. We measure, in excruciating detail, just how much of himself he isn’t. He adjusts—until, finally, one day, there are no more adjustments left for him to make.

Dark contemplations on Clayton Kershaw’s first start back.


Dodgers, MLB honor Jackie Robinson’s centennial year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration Monday night.

Scully greeted 96-year-old Rachel Robinson with a kiss after being introduced to the crowd, with Scully drawing the loudest cheers in a rare public appearance.

He stood behind Rachel with his hands holding her arms during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium. They were joined by Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, and son, David, who linked arms with their mother as they walked on the field.

An account concerning events of the day.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jackie robinson day, vin scully

Yasiel Puig’s ‘complicated legacy’ in Los Angeles

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has written the story I think everyone knew was going to come out sooner or later: the “now that Yasiel Puig is gone, what did the Dodgers really think of him?” story. And you know what? It’s a good, even-handed story and not the hit job that other, say, more senior columnist types at the Times might have done if they were given the assignment. Thank goodness.

Unlike a lot of past coverage which has sought to cast Puig as some malevolent force in the Dodgers clubhouse, the picture that comes away from this story is that Puig was more of a frustration than a team cancer. Indeed, Dodgers people — players, coaches and managers — generally liked Puig and still like him. They knew and accepted that he is just wired differently than most players, and understood, more or less, why he was wired differently. But they were quite often frustrated by him. Less frustrated on a personal basis than frustrated by his failure to take full advantage of his potential. His failure to take coaching advice, particularly when it comes to defense. His stubbornness and belief in his physical skills and resistance to playing smarter rather than simply playing harder which, on some level, doesn’t always cut it.

 

QLE Posted: April 16, 2019 at 04:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, legacy, yasiel puig

Monday, April 15, 2019

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Friday, April 12, 2019

MLB roundup: Cards crush Dodgers for four-game sweep

Jose Martinez had four hits and Matt Wieters drove in three runs as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers with an 11-7 victory Thursday afternoon.

It was the Cardinals’ first four-game sweep of the Dodgers in St. Louis since July 15-18, 2010.

Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in the game as the Cardinals reached their season high in runs scored without hitting a home run. It was just the fourth time since 1974 that a batter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded twice in a game.

Enrique Hernandez hit a home run for the Dodgers, as did former Cardinal David Freese and starting pitcher Walker Buehler, but Los Angeles twice gave up three-run leads. It was a far better day at the plate than on the mound for Buehler, who yielded five runs on five hits over four innings.

Let’s see- with Cubs, Red Sox, and Yankees fans already panicking, will Dodgers fans join them to become their fourth for bridge?

 

QLE Posted: April 12, 2019 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, sweep

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