Monday, July 16, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 7/16/2018 - Dodgers Links - The All-Star Break

(Pic via Jon SooHoo/Dodgers at Dodger Insider)
After all of the hand-wringing in April, the Dodgers end the first-half of the season in first place. Per Kaelen Jones at
"The one thing that I really like about this team is how we really figured it out," said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who tied for the NL lead with his 27th save. "That kind of shows you the type of players that we have in this locker [room], that we've got to put stuff behind us and never panic."
The Dodgers have had plenty of reason to panic. A post-World Series hangover lingered into the start of the 2018 season as they opened 16-26. Their starting pitching has been ravaged by injuries. That includes Kershaw, who appears to be back to full health just in time. 
"I think we're playing a little bit more now like what we are," Kershaw said. "I don't think we're a 16-26 ballclub, obviously. Good for us to right the ship; good for us to right the ship that quickly."
For his part, Clayton went 6.2 innings, allowed six hits including a three-run homer, struck out eight and walked four to help the Dodgers defeat the Angels, 5-3. The photo above of our all-stars at the very top via Jon SooHoo/Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
“Some people think it can be bad for guys because they completely change their swing,” Muncy said. “But for me, the swings are going to stay the same.”
Roberts, the National League All-Star manager, is not concerned about any possible negative effects. 
“Some guys have gone south after the derby, but plenty of guys haven’t,” Roberts said. “For me, it’s defaulting to the fact that it’s a great experience for Max, it’s potentially a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and I want him to enjoy every bit of it.”
“Max grew up watching the Derby,” the 1972 Portville Central graduate added. “Usually we would be up here in New York with all his cousins at my grandmother's cottage trying to find a place to watch it. For him to be actually in it is unreal. I can't imagine doing that, but then again he plays in front of 50,000 people regularly.
“When he told us he had been asked to do the Home Run Derby, I actually was a little hesitant. I had heard other players saying that it had (affected) their swing doing it, and I wanted him to be sure. For Max, though, it is The Home Run Derby, he had to do it, and he will enjoy every moment. We are excited to be there watching him.”
Among the 76 qualified pitchers at High-A, Gonsolin has now recorded the third-best strikeout- and walk-rate differential (23.1 points) — just behind Emilio Vargas, actually, featured below. There’s some reason to believe it’s a product of more than just polish, as well: despite his relatively modest pedigree, Gonsolin touched 100 mph last year and sits in the mid-90s according to multiple reports.

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