Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 6/20/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

What an eventful day.

Not only were Dodger fans treated to a double-header, we saw several ejections, a come-from-behind victory, a walk-off loss and then we witnessed a starting pitcher return to form from the DL. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
(Rich) Hill walked off the mound and let out a triumphant, cathartic yell. 
Hill left the game with a lead, one the Dodgers would lose along with the game 2–1, but it was a win in the sense that a vital Dodger starting pitcher came back strong and came out healthy. 
“His intensity was good, as always,” said manager Dave Roberts to SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “The fastball command, the curveball command — it was on point tonight. You hope to get something like that, but you never know what you’re going to get from a first start back from injury. But again, he was outstanding.”
The Dodgers won the first game, 4-3, on a game winning double by Kyle Farmer in the 9th inning to score two. Then they got beat in the 10th on a walk-off single, 2-1. Photo above of Rich Hill via Jon SooHoo/Los Amgeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1958 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent Willie Davis out of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. In 2000 the Dodgers traded infielder Jose Vizcaino to the Yankees for catcher Jim LeyritzIn 2008 the Dodgers are awarded the Award of Excellence star, which is placed on the Walk of Fame, for their significant contributions to the community by the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Dodgers pitcher Jeff Weaver best his younger brother Jered Weaver at Angels Stadium, 6-4. They become the eighth set of siblings to have started against one another. 
  • Happy Birthday, Luis AlcarazLarry SeePaul Bako & Juan Castro!
  • RIP, Dutch Rennert. Per Liz Roscher at Yahoo Sports; "Umpire Dutch Rennert, who had one of MLB's best strike calls, dead at 88." I remember his strike calls so clearly. 
  • This is certainly interesting, but I can't imagine it'll hold for much longer. That Soto kid in Washington is just getting started. Per Richard Justice at; "Yankees, Dodgers phenoms lead new ROY poll."
Buehler began the season as a top prospect who provided the Dodgers with nice depth for a rotation that was supposed to be one of baseball's best. When injuries hit the rotation, he became critical to help the club get back on track. The Dodgers won six of Buehler's nine starts, and he compiled a solid 2.63 ERA. He has been sidelined since June 8 with a rib microfracture, and a timetable for his return is uncertain.
The kinetic adjustment in the southpaw's left foot seems to have cleaned up Hill's balance during his pitching motion and, to the delight of his fantasy shareholders, might've brought the alluring bite back to his Statcast darling of a curveball. "[The adjustment has] helped me get back that efficient spin rate I had the last three years," Hill said. "When I was on my toe, I would dive across [the first-base side of the mound]. On my heel, I'm able to stay more in line toward the plate. It's very subtle, but credit to Rick, being the best pitching coach in the business." 
  • Guess who'll be in the upcoming 2018 ESPN Body Issue magazine? If you guessed Yasiel Puig then you are right. Per Stacey Leasca at Men's Health; "Here's Who's Stripping Down for ESPN's 2018 Body Issue." Fellow Major Leaguer Dallas Keuchel will also make an appearance.
  • Chase will be coming back soon, via a tweet by Alanna Rizzo:

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