Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Chase Utley remains a very popular person in Philly.

Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy Birthday, Sadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott BakerCharlie Haeger!
  • Video: Because of a personal battle with cancer, how Fred Claire launched a celebrity golf tournament with legends of the game, including an unforgettable speech from a hall-of-famer. (video link)
  • Video: Clayton Kershaw addresses the media after giving up his first career grand slam in Dodgers 4-3 loss to Phillies on Monday. (video link)
  • Per Devan Fink at Beyond the Boxscore; "Why the Dodgers might avoid an offseason shopping spree."
  • Via Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs; "Analysis Might Have Saved Tony Cingrani."
As far as baseball analytics are concerned, the Dodgers as an organization are among the most sophisticated in the league. They were certainly positioned to tell Cingrani more about himself than the Reds, who continue to lag behind. The Dodgers identified a couple of things. They figured Cingrani could be better if he made two adjustments. One, throw more sliders. Two, move the fastballs elsewhere. Simple enough, when you look at it like that.
"I think there's a little bit of preservation, with Corey understanding where his arm is at,'' Roberts said. "I don't think it's 100 percent. He knows his body very well, and he knows when to let it go and when not to. I think it's clear that he's doing some protecting.
"I don't think it's affecting the bat. But he's not showing the arm strength he has, because I think he's trying to manage it.''

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