Saturday, April 09, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 4/9/2016 - Dodgers Links - Puig, Ken Burns and Ross Stripling

It's the Brady Bunch!

Featured above is most of the cast of the classic television sticom at Dodger Stadium for Hollywood Stars Night in 1973.  Originally taken by Globe Photos, it is currently on auction at eBay through Hyee.

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  • There isn't much more that I can say that hasn't already been said about last night's game.  Suffice to say, sometimes the right decision doesn't lead to a win.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"He just said it was a tough decision, but it's your first outing and you've got the whole season ahead, your whole career," Stripling said. "I said, 'No problem, it's the right call.' I keep saying the right thing to do."

Stripling is two years removed from Tommy John surgery and Roberts said the right-hander was on a short leash after his velocity dipped in the seventh inning. Stripling said he understood.

"I just know I was tired and I've got to think I was visibly tired if I felt tired," said Stripling. "It's not 10-0, it was 2-0 in San Francisco against our rival. I just think it was the right choice. With a bigger lead maybe there's more leeway, but in a tight game, that's the call to make. The competitor in you doesn't want to come out no matter what, that's your guy on base, you want to get through that inning. But part of me, it was a little weight off my shoulders. Got the first out of the way, let's build on it and keep rolling. Overall, a mixture of feelings, but mostly, I'm done, let's finish this game."
This is an existential story. I began to realize as we were finishing the film, that Jackie actually got up and talked the talk, but also then went out and walked the walk. He got up every day and tried to make the lives of other people better and it says that on his gravestone, that you are not measured except by the difference that you make in other people's lives. And he made a huge difference. And while, at the end of his life, illness and internal family tragedy, and his own sense of frustration with the sense of progress maybe dampened his enthusiasm, our film, without actually giving it away, ends on a little bit of a slight down note, and then takes off to one of the most positive endings we have ever had to a film, which is celebrated in the fact that unlike any other sport on earth, and unlike any other person in the history of baseball, his number is alone retired in every stadium.
Thus far, the two things that stand out about Puig's play in this young season are an improved approach at the plate and the high quality of his contact. Obviously, we're talking about very small sample sizes here, but via FanGraphs, Puig has swung at just 45.5% of the pitches he's seen, down from a career mark of 51.3 and a 2015 mark of 54.2, with both his out-of-zone and in-zone rates falling substantially. Meanwhile, he's making contact more frequently when he swings (86.7%, up from an 81.8% career mark), and he's hitting lasers. Of the 11 balls he's put into play for which there's StatCast data (out of 13 overall), his average exit velocity of 104.3 mph trails only Carlos Gonzalez (105.7) and Carlos Correa (104.9), and the mark is well above his average of 90.4 mph last year. Where just 62 of his 190 balls with StatCast data were clocked at 100 mph or higher last year, 10 of 11 have made the grade this year.

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