Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 7/15/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

As a final goodbye to All-Star weekend I thought I'd put up this fantastic vintage photograph of Jackie Robinson congratulating Stan "the Man" Musial on the plate after hitting an homer in the first inning of the 1949 All-Star Game in Brooklyn.  The photo was originally tweeted by @OTBaseballPhotos.

The American League eventually bested the National League, 11-7.  Jackie was 1-4 with a walk, a double and three runs scored.  Pee Wee Reese went an unheralded 0-5 with a walk.  Gil Hodges batted 1-3 with a run scored.  Roy Campanella would go 0-2 with a walk.  Preacher Roe pitched a scoreless inning in relief.  Lastly, Don Newcombe took the loss, as he threw 2.2 innings, gave up two runs on three hits and recorded one walk.  He did not strike out a batter, though, Don did get an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second inning.  Check out the boxscore here.

Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1955 Dodgers hurler Don Newcombe hit his sixth home run of the season as a pitcher, tying a National League record.  He would eventually finish the year with seven home runs.  In 1995 rookie pitcher Hideo Nomo won his seventh straight decision in a game against the Florida Marlins.  In 2004 Eric Gagne set the Dodgers career mark for saves with 130 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs shares theitr newest "Fringe Five" prospect list and it includes Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart.  Check it out here.
Consider: in the event that I were the sort of person ever to know a thing or two, I’d have included right-handed Dodgers prospect Brock Stewart here some time ago. Like earlier this season, for example, when reports indicated that he’d exhibited a spike in velocity. Or like last week, even, when — despite conceding five runs over 5.0 innings in his major-league debut — he also recorded a 7:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 70 xFIP- and an average fastball velocity of 94 mph. These are all indications of future success. Unlike discomfort in one’s swimsuit area, that is, which is probably more an indication of herpes.
Kershaw had a 60-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and is expected to face hitters in a simulated session Sunday. His recovery from a mild disk herniation has continued to progress so rapidly that the odds remain strong he will avoid a rehab assignment and go right back into the Dodger starting rotation, perhaps as soon as late next week.

“I think we all knew that Clayton kind of pushes the envelope,” Roberts said. “We haven’t figured out when that will be … but we’re just really encouraged right now by the direction that it’s going.”

“We expected him to make our decision a lot tougher. His health and the way his body responded is pretty exciting for all of us.”
On Brett Anderson:
“The velocity, the crispness of the fastball, breaking ball, change, the depth of his sinker, arm speed, mechanics — everything was good,” Roberts said of Anderson. “He’s really come on of late. So he’s in the mix. … He’s going to be facing hitters shortly, and his next progression is going out on an assignment.”

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