Kiké Hernandez looked fantastic at the plate and on the field last night after spending way too much time rehabbing a hamstring strain he suffered in late-August. He recorded two singles after coming in late to play centerfield. Then he made a fantastic grab on a whistling liner that wanted to sail like a salmon evading the clutches of an hungry bear. Hernandez was electric out there, and I suspect he'll find himself on tonight's starting roster in hopes his enthusiasm is contagious. No doubt the Dodgers will need his energy to climb over that last bump on the road towards the playoffs.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers were unable to walk away with a victory last night - having lost in twelve innings on a walkoff sacrifice fly. Don't fret, though. I think the Dodgers' state of mind is right where it needs to be. Via a Mark Saxon report at ESPN:
"We played really good today. We played poor in Colorado, but besides that, I feel like we've played well," Greinke said. "Everyone wants to get another win, but we're playing as well as we can and we're playing really focused baseball. Maybe that's the key."Mattingly appears to agree:
"I felt like we played a little bit [tight] in Colorado, trying to finish it," Mattingly said. "As this game went on, I felt a little bit better about all that."The photo above via Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers continue reshaping scouting corps."
The Dodgers, who have moved aggressively this year toward video scouting of opponents, have not renewed the contracts of veteran advance scouts Willie Fraser and Gary Pellant, according to a baseball source.
- Via Ron Kroichick at SF Chronicle, "Joc Pederson of the Dodgers inspired by brother’s battles." (Hat Tip: r/spike021)
Joc is the one hitting home runs in the major leagues, but he finds inspiration in Champ.
“It’s just being around him — how happy and passionate he is, his positive attitude and outlook on life,” Joc said in a recent phone interview. “You don’t get to choose the cards you get.”
- Here is a fantastic read about the MLBAM's recent use of DMCA takedown notices on users of social media, via Matt Goldman at Beyond the Boxscore: "MLBAM strikes out in marketing baseball."
MLBAM does not track down every tweet or every account that posts a gif of something baseball related. That's more than likely because they simply don't have the resources to do so. Yet, they do step in when something becomes incredibly popular. At this point, taking down something popular, something that is spreading enjoyment of the game, is not in MLBAM's best interests.
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