Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Blog KIosk: 10/14/2015 - Dodger Links - Puig, Turner and the Awesome Clayton Kershaw

Ha!  Check that out.  Banana's in the stands for Kiké Hernandez and the Dodgers in New York.  Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.

What a fantastic game last night.  Everything I dreamed of and hoped for came true, and I'm crossing my fingers that it'll continue tomorrow.  As you know, Game 5 will begin at 5:00 PM on Thursday, and I think it's fair to say that all of the Baseball watching world will be tuning in. 

As for last night's game, what is there to say?  Clayton Kershaw was great.  Via Pedro Moura at the OC Register:
After he won the game for the Dodgers, he would not discuss his previous seventh-inning struggles, but he was happy to answer a question about his perceived reliance on fastballs.

“Yeah, it really wasn’t by design,” Kershaw said, “but I think I probably did end up throwing more fastballs tonight – less sliders. Probably give (catcher A.J. Ellis) credit on that. He felt confident throwing the heater tonight with a lot of guys and we were able to get some outs behind in the count on it, which was great, some jam shots and some pop-ups, which was big.

“But throwing fastballs will either get you in trouble or keep your pitch count down. So fortunately for me tonight it kind of kept it down a little bit.”
And "Red Beard" has been fantastic.  Via Christ Haft at on Justin Turner.  He is batting .467 (7 for 15) to lead the series:
"It seems like everything they throw at him, he hits it hard," Los Angeles utility man Kiké Hernandez said. "I'm glad he's locked in. He's carrying us right now."
Below are more links to check out:
  • Unfortunately, some injuries are popping up for the Dodgers.  Via Ken Gurnick at, "Grandal's shoulder pain surfaces in Game 3."  Worse yet, Justin Turner isn't exactly 100% right now.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Justin Turner dealing with left knee soreness, delivers key hit in Dodgers' Game 4 win."
"JT was a little sore yesterday during the game. He had some swelling but was able to play," manager Don Mattingly said. "But as the game went on he was going to have trouble moving."
  • Check out transcripts for several postgame interviews in the links below:
“It’s just been up and down,” Mattingly said of Puig’s season. “He’s never really got any kind of true rhythm, I don’t think, through the course of the year. He got started, actually swung the bat good early, got hurt, came back, took him awhile. He kind of reinjured that leg before he even got back (in May). Played awhile, had another one (hamstring injury).

“It’s just been a bumpy kind of stop-and-start type of year.”
  • I suppose the league, the union and everyone else isn't prepared for an appeal process since suspensions are very infrequent.  Via ESPN, "Chase Utley's appeal hearing scheduled for Monday."
  • Regarding any rule changes, Commissioner Manfred spoke a bit about it with Jayson Stark at ESPN; "Commissioner Rob Manfred talks about difficulty of improving slide rule." 
"I hate to admit this," the commissioner said before Tuesday's St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game, "but I think the way we had to work through the home-plate situation gives you a feel for how difficult it is to write that kind of rule that involves in-game action and an important part of the game."
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Brandon Beachy now a free agent."
  • Via Arash Markazi at ESPN, "Why so much of Dodgers' Brooklyn history resides in Los Angeles."  This is about super collector Gary Cypres and his massive Dodger collection in his LA museum.  
"There are various levels of collectors," Cypres said. "I'm obviously on the far nutty side of it all. I'm completely nuts. People ask me why I do it, and I don't know why. All I know is that I get a great sense of joy in collecting. It's like a holiday all year round for me. I get presents all year round. Every day, Federal Express comes with another goodie I've bought."
 "I'm going to put the Dodger collection in a trust," he said. "The Dodger collection cannot be replaced. There are no duplicates of what I have. Gloves, balls and bats can be replaced, but the history of a franchise which took me 25 years to assemble, that's impossible to replace. That's a treasure, and I don't want my kids to blow the treasure. It's my love, and even after death, I'm going to be looking down saying, 'No, no, no,' if they want to get rid of it. You can't do that. It's history, and that means something to me."
 BTW, he will be reopening his museum to the public next year, so stay tuned for those details.

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