Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 4/6/2016 - Dodgers Links - Drysdale Controversy, Kershaw's Changeup and Kazmir's Wonderful Night

Following up an brilliant performance by Clayton Kershaw is no easy task, but Scott Kazmir made it look easy.  After having had a trying spring, he went out for the first time as a Dodger in San Diego and blanked the Padres.  Kazmir threw six scoreless innings; allowing just one hit and recorded a string of 17 straight outs to end his evening.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"I just wanted to have a good start to the season, get outs early and get us to the dugout as quick as possible," he said. "Location was the key, being able to get ahead. I was happy with my fastball location and worked the other pitches off that."
Kazmir's mastery of the strike zone was fantastic.  He darted in and out, while keeping batters guessing about the speed of the pitch. 

On a side note, Yasiel Puig has looked really good at the plate.  He's having good at-bats, and as a result is seeing better pitches to hit.  Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA:
"I'm trying to stay back on pitches, trying to not go with what they're trying to get him with," Puig said. "It has helped to make good contact with the ball."
Photo above of Scott Kazmir via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterday's game.  Below are more links to check out:
  • Not exactly a great situation, eh?  Via an AP report at ESPN, "Don Drysdale's widow selling awards over objections."
"She has the legal right, but moral and decent right? Absolutely not," Drysdale said through tears by phone from her home in Hawaii. "It's not a very nice thing for someone to do. This is something that has caught me by surprise and is heartbreaking."

Meyers said timing played no part in the sale and that many of the items were in storage. She said a portion of the proceeds would go to as yet-undecided charities and the rest "to help my kids down the road."
  • Video:  Kazmir Discusses His Triumphant Debut - Scott Kazmir on reinventing himself and and being successful for the Dodgers this season. (Link Here
  • Video: Dodgers In Complete Command - Jerry Hairston Jr. and Ned Colletti discuss another impressive showing by the Dodgers bullpen. (Link Here)
  • Via Mike Axisa at CBS Sports, "Baseball beware: Apparently Clayton Kershaw throws a changeup now."
Kershaw threw that changeup like a fastball and it had fade down and away, like a changeup is supposed to have. Doing it once does not mean he can do it all the time. That's the hard part. Kershaw showed it is in there though. He just has to figure out how to get to it consistently.
"I think any time you can try to get in the line of the throw, the better chances you have of being safe," Utley told Tuesday. "We were taught that in spring training, and obviously I was taught that a long time ago. It was definitely emphasized this spring training here."

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