Last night's game was a little "ho-hum." You know what I mean? Yeah... Don Mattingly knows what I mean, via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"I think it's human nature. It's hard to get going the next day," said manager Don Mattingly. "The day after is kind of flat. Today's a tough day. You go through a lot the day after last night, a lot of emotion is built up winning and you spend a lot of energy there. I don't know if you all feel it, but it's one of those days and you try to fight it the best you can."They were cruising for a losing. All the Dodgers could muster was a couple of hits and three double plays; including the try shown in the above photo of Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins hovering around the bag. I wouldn't take last night's poor effort as a sign of anything. Instead, think of it as a hangover... A hangover that shouldn't become a slapstick comedy filled with lost opportunities and plenty of regret.
The photo above via Jon SooHoo on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- Kershaw may be promoted to manager, via Mark Saxon at ESPN: "Clayton Kershaw's final start will be shortened; Zack Greinke's won't."
Now that the Dodgers have clinched the NL West, Mattingly said he will let a player manage Game 162 of this season as well, presuming the Dodgers aren’t still in the running for home-field advantage in their playoff series with the New York Mets. Mattingly said he is considering letting Clayton Kershaw manage that game, but that could set up a strange dynamic. Kershaw will be pitching in that game.
“He may have to argue with himself,” Mattingly said.
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider shares his thoughts on who should be on the Dodgers' NLDS roster. Eric Stephen at True Blue LA shares his roster card here.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Greinke named Campanella Award winner."
Cy Young candidate Zack Greinke was named winner of the 10th annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the Dodger who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame Brooklyn catcher.
The award, voted upon by Dodgers uniform personnel, will be presented to Greinke by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan, during pregame ceremonies on Sunday.Considering it's voted on by his teammates, I wonder if last years not-so-little incident with Puig played a part in him being chosen. If you don't recall what I mean, check out this article from Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports.
- Via Bill Plunkett at the OC Register, Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi tells us he's happy with how the season has gone:
“You can never take it for granted,” Dodgers first-year GM Farhan Zaidi said. “A lot of things can go wrong – best-laid plans and all of that. But whatever the payroll is, whatever the guys on the field are making, they have to get it done on the field and they did a tremendous job.”
- Ted Berg at For the Win writes, "15 awesome things about the Los Angeles Dodgers."
- Check out this great graphic created by Ben Matsuya of Yasiel Puig as a pug, here.
Aggressive base running, a flamboyant bone flip, or a big game hit, few can domesticate number 66, the PUG!
- Night Owl Cards concludes his ranking of the All-Time Topps sets, with #1 to #4, and does a fantastic job explaining his choices.
- Check out the Yankees Feud at the Hall of Very Good.
- I just love this. The LA Metro throws down the gauntlet on twitter after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York declares that the Mets will sweep us.
A friendly wager, @MTA? Perhaps your famous New York pizza. #Dodgers #LolMets pic.twitter.com/5g1vpMBuZF— Metro (@metrolosangeles) September 30, 2015
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