Man-O-Live, Eric Stults was impressive in his start last night, er... Wait... He's not a Dodger anymore.... What?... Oh.... That sucks...
The Dodgers got beat by a former Dodger named Eric Stults, and I find myself saying, "that figures." He held the Dodgers in check for five innings, giving up just four hits, walking one and striking out five. The Dodgers pitcher, Roberto Hernandez, was less impressive in his third start in Blue - against weaker competition even. He gave up eight hits and allowed four runs in his five innings of work.
That wouldn't have been too bad if the Dodgers offense was able to do anything against the Padres, but that was not to be. Their relief crew held us in check as they continue to be impressive. I'm telling ya, the Padres will be good sooner than later. Their pitching is not the reason they are in the dumps this season. It's their offense. It sucks. But they have a good foundation to work with, and with their recent signing of Don Welke to be their VP of Scouting Operations, I suspect they will only get better.
BTW, the kid in the photo above flew 3,000 mile to meet the Dodgers. Who he is? I haven't a clue. Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Go here to see a bunch of his pics from yesterday.
- Hey! I was quoted on Bloomberg. Via Todd Shields and David McLaughlin, "Dodgers TV Row Fuels Unease Over Comcast-Time Warner Deal."
“Sports fans are getting clobbered,” said Hal Singer, a Washington-based economist with consulting firm Economists Inc. “Either you’re denied access to the content because your distributor won’t carry it at the ridiculous price, or you’re forced to incur the switching costs” to change providers.
That's not me, of course. I am quoted further down in the story.
- ICYMI: Zack Greinke's scheduled start for today has been pushed back a couple of days. He will pitch on Saturday, instead. Today's starting pitcher will be Clayton Kershaw. Ken Gurnick on twitter notes:
Greinke elbow tenderness not serious, Mattingly said. Had MRI two weeks ago. Similar to irritation Greinke had Spring of 2013.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 20, 2014
- Via Evan Bladh at Think Blue LA, "Brooklyn Dodger alum Dick Teed passes at age 88." RIP, Dick Teed.
- Chris Olds at Beckett shares some preview pics for 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball cards; including a Yasiel Puig autographed card on the right. It is set come out on February 19, 2015.
- Via David Young at True Blue LA, "Position-by-position home run records of the Los Angeles Dodgers." David puts together a list of Top-10's by position.
- Chris Olds at Beckett also provides an early look at Topps 2015 MLB Chipz. See the Clayton Kershaw Chipz on the left.
- Via Mike Petriello at Dodgers Digest, "Attention, Japan: Yasiel Puig Is Coming For You." He'll be playing in a tournament in Japan in November.
- Puig Destroyer has a new album coming out, and they have released a song titled "Mike Trout" that you can listen to here. As grindcore goes, this one is more palatable to the masses.
- Bill Simmons and Rembert Browne of Grantland just posted their story about visiting the National: "A Visit to the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention." Check it out.
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