I hardly think of the Angels as a rival. Still, it's nice to beat the crosstown wannabe LA team in their own home in Orange County. No doubt we had them running in fear as the streets were awash in blood blue.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was great again last night. He pitched seven strong innings, gave up just two hits and recorded four strike outs. Ryu mixed up his pitches nicely, but often got behind in the count to the Angel batters. Fortunately, his off-speed pitch was on key, so he was able to fool many of them at the plate.
On top of that, the Dodger Bubble Machine is back after a short hiatus. Apparently, an MLB higher-up (cough, Torre, cough) made mention to the team that we couldn't have that in the dugout, but the ensuing and rapidly growing chorus of boo's and mocking gestures changed that view real quick. The Bubble Machine is now an official member of the team, and it's only a matter of time before it joins the 40-man roster. Until then, it will be packaged incognito-like with the rest of the Dodger hardware. The photo at the very top is of the famous toy, via the @Dodgers on twitter.
Now, here are some more Dodger links to check out.
- Josh Beckett just might be done for the season. Via Bill Shaikin of the LA Times on twitter, he recently had an MRI and is expected to go on the DL - recently traded for pitcher Roberto Hernandez will take his spot on the roster.
Josh Beckett's locker in Anaheim is cleared out. He had MRI (hip) & is expected to go on DL for Roberto Hernandez, who starts tomorrow.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 7, 2014
- Via Dan Arritt at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Colletti keeps eye out for another pitcher."
"As I've said many times, you better have enough of everything," Colletti said Thursday from the dugout as the Dodgers took batting practice before their series and regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Angels.
- Here's an under the radar signing. Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Dodgers sign Bruce Billings to minor league contract."
- Wow! Check out this Jell-O shot creation made to look like Dodger Stadium, here. I feel drunk just looking at it. This photo is via /u/HoserUSC on Reddit.
- BTW, Eric Stephen at True Blue LA lets us know on twitter that once heralded pitching prospect Chris Reed has been promoted to AAA-Albuquerque. BTW, you should check a scouting report on Reed by Chris Blessing at RotoScounting, here.
Dodgers promoted Chris Reed to Triple-A @AbqTopes
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 7, 2014
- Ben Lindbergh at Grantland writes about the myth that pitching wins championships. Fascinating stuff.
So why doesn’t the quality of a team’s top three starters or its ace register as significant? For one thing, the differences between teams are compressed in the playoffs, relative to the regular season: Teams with terrible staffs don’t make it to October, so the gulf between the best- and worst-pitching playoff teams isn’t as stark as we’re used to seeing during the season’s first six months. Perhaps more importantly, there’s more than one way to win baseball games, and even under an expanded playoff format, teams don’t get to October without doing something well. A team with an inferior pitching staff often makes up for its weakness on the mound by being better on offense.
- WooHoo! Kings Hall of Famer and current VP of the team Luc Robitaille is getting a statue of himself at The Staples Center, via Jon Rosen of the LA Kings Insider.
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