After a rocky start to the weekend series against the Giants, the Dodgers ended up being red-hot. So hot, in fact, they surely fueled the heat that rained down on California this weekend. They brought the fire that burnt our rivals up north to a crisp.
On Saturday, the Dodgers responded to the lopsided loss on Friday with one of their own the next day. They scored 17 runs (a record in that stadium up north) on 24 hits; including a two-run home run by Zack Greinke. Then, Clayton Kershaw came in on Sunday to do what he always does - pitch great. The Dodgers won handily and took the weekend series two games to one. The photo above proves that Kershaw isn't all about skill. It's also about preparation. Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Go here to check out more photos from Sunday's game.
The Dodgers start the day with an 3.0 lead over the Giants and a "Magic Number" of 11. They play in Colorado tonight, and the Giants play in Arizona. Below are some more links to check out:
- The best quote I read regarding the Dodgers 17-0 victory over the Giants on Saturday is below. It made me feel really old:
Andy Van Slyke's kid just homered off Bruce Bochy's kid to score Tom Gordon's kid, if you want to feel even older than you are.
— Jon Tayler (@JATayler) September 14, 2014
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "The Clayton Kershaw train is still on time."
“I almost kind of feel bad for him,” Los Angeles Dodgers veteran pitcher Dan Haren said. “Everyone just expects him to win, everyone just expects him to go out there and throw eight or nine innings and give up zero or one run. That must be quite the burden to put on him, but obviously it doesn’t seem to bother him.”
- Via JP Hoornstra at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, "Dodgers’ J.P. Howell is familiar with baseball’s rules for prescription drug use."
“If you have a TUE, you have to take it,” he said. “And if you do not take it, and there’s a low amount, that means you’re using it only when you want it — not when you need it. They monitor how you take it, how much is in your system. The milligram amount, if it’s above or below what’s expected on your prescription, that’s considered a fail. That’s how I understand the rule.”
Even though Howell didn’t remember which drug he took, he remembered how much he disliked its side effects. After a month of using the drug in 2008, when he pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays, Howell informed the team that he was going to stop.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Frias looking likely to replace Ryu in rotation."
Manager Don Mattingly hasn't confirmed that Ryu won't start in Colorado, but essentially did Sunday when he said that Frias is "working toward" the Wednesday night start and won't be used out of the bullpen "unless we get news that Hyun-Jin can pitch, and that's not likely."
BTW, Hyun-Jin Ryu will be having an MRI today, so stay tuned for that. Hopefully, whatever ails Ryu is minor and a little rest is all that is needed. It would be great if he was ready to go when the playoffs start.
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