Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 8/19/2015 - Dodger Links - Kershaw's Outburst, Puig Hamstring and the Koufax Bobblehead Error

Sometimes emotions get the better of you. 

After believing he struck out A's batter Danny Valencia to end the inning and subsequently misplaying a dribbler towards the mound, Clayton Kershaw displayed a rare bit of sophomoric emotion on the field.  He huffed and puffed and hucked the Baseball with all his might into the Dodgers dugout.  Hopefully, nobody was in the way of that blistering rocket.  You can watch here at Big League Stew.  Via Mark Saxon at ESPN:
Clayton Kershaw called it a "weird night, just felt kind of different out there."
"I think he was just wound up pretty tight tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He puts a lot into every start. It's almost like Sunday in the NFL when he pitches."
Yeah... So, even the "Great Kershaw" isn't perfect.  Fortunately, he didn't act out by screaming at an opposing player; thereby causing a bench-clearing incident and potential fight.  As it were, he was angry at the umpire, then angry at himself.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
While Mattingly hasn’t entertained the comparison of Greinke and Kershaw, the right-hander addressed the topic after picking up his 13th win of the season. “Not really,” Greinke said when asked if there’s a friendly competition between he and Kershaw.

“It might be there, but it’s not something I think about, and I don’t think he does. In the back of my mind without realizing it, it might be there.” Greinke also deferred to the reigning NL MVP in terms of who the ace of the staff is. “I think Clayton is No. 1. He’s the best in the game and he’s amazing,” he said.
  • Via Mark Saxon at ESPN, "Don Mattingly says he's not looking over his shoulder after Ron Roenicke hire."
“All I care about is winning. This is a pretty good job to have. I'm sure a lot of guys who would like it,” Mattingly said. “That's always the case. Those things are so far down the road, you just worry about winning games. We're in a pennant race.”
"It sounds like an MRI in the morning," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll see where it is. I'd just be guessing at this point."
  • It's always a pleasure to read from the horses mouth.  Via AJ Ellis at ESPN, "Guest columnist A.J. Ellis: Bench role tough to adapt to, but it's still important."
  • Nice catch.  Writer Steve Pond tells us on twitter that the recent Sandy Koufax Bobblehead has a glaring error on it.  As you know, it features Koufax's last pitch against Harvey Kuenn during his perfect game against the Cubs on September 9, 1965. The Dodgers won the game 1-0; having scored their lone run in the fifth inning.  Unfortunately, the scoreboard in the background fails to record that single run.

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