Thursday, March 02, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 3/2/2017 - Dodgers Links - Kazmir, Calhoun, Oaks, Ryu and Kershaw

Scott Kazmir made his first spring start last night and didn't last two innings.  No matter, though.  As Scott said later on, via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“It’s a matter of getting reps to go out there and get some consistency”
Obviously, he's still working on consistency.  He began the evening by blowing through the Giants lineup in the first inning, but then got into trouble during the second.  Per Ken Gurnick at
"I had a long [pregame] bullpen and it was on point, but as the night was going on, I kind of got lazy with the stuff I was working on," Kazmir said. "The first inning I was able to sync some stuff up."
BTW, the Dodgers defeated the Giants in their first match-up of Spring, 7-6.  Joc Pederson slammed a three-run homer in the fifth inning.

Photo at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017Go here to check out more pics bu Jon from yesterday.  Below are more links to check out:
"He's working so hard off the field. Every day off the field it's extra ground balls and all the conditioning stuff and weights. He's here early,” manager Dave Roberts said on Tuesday. “For me, to extend his day doesn't make a lot of sense. He'll get in games soon.”
"It went well; I feel better," said Ryu. "I didn't feel anything in the adductor or any of the previous injuries. As far as I'm concerned, I'm ready to move on."
(Pic via Jon SooHoo)
The Dodgers’ seventh-round pick in 2014 out of Cal Baptist in Riverside led Dodgers minor leaguers with 151 innings pitched last year, and figures to be a big part of the Triple-A Oklahoma City rotation in 2017. But on Wednesday, Oaks showed off a hidden talent, playing piano in front of the entire clubhouse.
  • Here is a fascinating look Clayton Kershaw and how much better he would be if he threw his fastball less in hitters counts.  Per Travis Sawchik at FanGraphs; "What If Clayton Kershaw Weren’t So Predictable?"
  • Panini America's blog shares a bunch of preview pics from their upcoming 2017 Donruss Baseball card set; including the Duke Snider and Fernando Valenzuela cards below.  Go here to check out more pics.  This set officially releases to the public next week.

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