Today is a travel day for the Dodgers, and as is tradition ballplayers are tasked with looking their best when going from town to town. This often means wearing a suit, but I think Adrián González's duds will work out just fine. Check out the pic above, tweeted by AGone this morning, of himself wearing some special clothes in anticipation of traveling to Milwaukee later this afternoon. As you know, he'll be riding the pine for this afternoons game (which starts at 9:35 AM PST). Via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“You look over the last couple weeks, he’s not swinging well, and sometimes, I think it’s good to get away,” Roberts said.BTW, the Dodgers lost a tough one yesterday. With Clayton Kershaw on the mound they continued their losing ways on the road by losing to Pittsburgh 4-3. Unfortunately, Kershaw had an uncharacteristic start. He went only six innings, throwing 98 pitches, striking out only four, walking two and giving up nine hits. All four earned runs came across the plate in the second inning. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It just really comes down to limit the damage," said Kershaw, who allowed nine hits in six innings. "Some of those hits, I missed some spots, but they didn't hit it too hard. Then the Freese hit killed me tonight. I missed my spot bad, he made me pay. He's a good hitter, he's had some success against me and always been a tough out. I've got to get the guy ahead of him out. That's pretty much the name of the game tonight."Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodger History: In 1980 Jerry Reuss no-hit the Giants at Candlestick Park. He misses a perfect game due to an error by Bill Russell in the first inning. In 2011 the Dodgers file for bankruptcy under the McCourt's.
- Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Dodgers rookie Corey Seager posting All-Star credentials."
Seager acknowledges the awkwardness of talking about the upcoming All-Star Game. As a team guy, the showcase game is not his goal. In selfish terms, though, a few days among baseball royalty are hard to resist.
“That’s not a worry right now, but it’s one of those things that is a great accomplishment for anybody,” he said. “That’s special for you and your family. It’s one of those things that is really, really cool.”
- Via Tracy Ringolsby at MLB.com; "Q&A: Hough discusses life as a knuckleballer."
MLB.com: I remember you showing up for Spring Training ready to throw 100 pitches that first time out.
Hough: I tell everybody you should be able to warm up, throw three innings and feel good the day you show up for Spring Training. You need to be ready to pitch when you get to camp. You might not be sharp every time out, but you won't have a bad arm.
- Via Xavier Alatorre at Sports Quotient; "Can Yasmani Grandal Come Back?"
- Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue; "Braves GM John Coppolella Regrets 3-Team Trade With Dodgers And Marlins." This was the deal that brought Avilan and Wood to Los Angeles and shipped Olivera and Paco Rodriguez out.
Yes — bad trade for us and one that I wish we had back — all we can do is learn from it and move forward
- David Laurila at FanGraphs wrote a bit about Dodgers pitching Prospect Josh Sborz:
Sborz excelled as a closer at UVA. In his junior season, he allowed 41 hits in 73 innings and saved 15 games. The Dodgers are grooming him as a starter, and what he learned in college is serving him well in that role.
“One thing I picked up from relieving is taking it inning by inning,” said Sborz. ”That’s a key when you’re starting. If you look at the big picture, it’s kind of scary to think you have to go six, seven innings against professional hitters. But at the same time, if you minimize it to one out at a time, everything becomes much smaller and easier to grasp. ‘Compartmentalize’ would be a good word for how I’m trying to approach it.”
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