Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 8/2/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

This team just wins, and it's ridiculous.

Since June 6th they are 40-6, and have won an MLB record 53 consecutive games when having any kind of lead in a game. Their starting pitchers have held other teams to two earned runs or less in 76 of their 106 games. Heck, they've reach 75 wins faster than any other Dodger team in franchise history. In other words, this team is becoming legendary.

And to add to the leagues misery, the Dodgers recent trade has already paid dividends. Lefty reliever Tony Watson got into last nights game, and immediately made an impact. With the game on the line he pitched a scoreless eighth to record his first hold as a Dodger. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Made it exciting, but got out of it,” Watson said. 
Watson allowed a lead-off single to Brandon Phillips but recorded the next three outs, including a pop-out to Freddie Freeman to end the inning and strand a runner at third base. 
“I wanted to see him face Freeman right there, and that’s the reason we got him,” Roberts said.
Photo above via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1938 Dodgers President Larry MacPhail introduced the yellow baseball. It was used during the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field against the Cardinals. The Dodgers won that game, 6-2. The yellow baseball would only be used three more times this season. In 1982 the United States Postal Service unveiled a new 20-cent stamp commemorating Jackie Robinson at a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.  Robinson becomes the first ballplayer to be depicted on the US postage stamp. Check it out on the right.
  • Happy Birthday, Bill HillJim HolmesBill PosedelMike VenafroMatt GuerrierOnelki GarcĂ­a!
  • Audio: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts joined Rick Monday ahead of Tuesday's game to discuss the team reaction to acquiring All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish. (audio link)
  • Video: Kenta Maeda speaks to Alanna Rizzo about welcoming fellow-countryman and new teammate Yu Darvish. (video link)
  • Video: Cody Bellinger speaks to Alanna Rizzo after hitting his 29th home-run as the Dodgers stretch the winning-streak to nine games on Tuesday. (video link)
  • Video: Kyle Farmer's parents talk about what it was like to watch him make his Major League debut and also pick up a walk-off hit in the game (video link)
  • The players have gotten the message, via a tweet by LA Times reporter Andy McCullough:

Why do the Dodgers have such a low team BABIP allowed? Part of it, sure, is good team defense, but maybe a bigger part is just that the pitchers have stayed away from the barrels. Nearly all of them, for that matter, even in a year where Kershaw has developed a home-run problem. It’s gone beyond just Kershaw. Most of the Dodgers have limited hard hits. The staff as a whole checks off the three main boxes, and you can consider this among the many reasons why the Dodgers are the clear World Series favorite.
  • The experiment to convert Brett eibner into a quasi-outfielder/reloiever is done for the season. Eibner just had Tommy John surgery, via a tweet from JP Hoornstra:

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