Monday, August 13, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 8/13/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

You never want to lose a game on a walk-off walk. Never! Per Anne Rogers at
"You're not going to lie about it, it is a blow," starting pitcher Rich Hill said. "You have to regroup. We're going back home to play the Giants, who is another team that's right there. The thing is, you just learn from the mistakes we made here. I know things I have to tighten up. Obviously, this is going to be a tough race all the way down to the finish."
Photo above of Rich Hill via Matt Kelley/ at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1910 the Dodgers and Pirates play the second game of a double-header to an 8-8 tie. Even more remarkable is that it includes a boxscore where each team had 38 at-bats, 13 hits, 12 assists, 2 errors, 5 strike outs, 3 walks, 1 hit batsman and 1 passed ball. This game was a tie in nearly every respect. In 1951 the Brooklyn Dodgers held Musical Depreciation Night; where any fan who shows up with an instrument is given free admittance. Approximately 10% of the crowd, 2,423 fans, participate. In 1982 Steve Sax set a team franchise record for stolen bases by a rookie at 41. In 2007 Nomar Garciaparra, for the first time in his career, is thrown out of a game, and had to be restrained by coach Mariano Duncan. Umpire Tom Hallion tossed him for arguing a called third strike.
  • Happy Birthday, Fielder JonesKemp WickerWes FlowersMudcat GrantTom NiedenfuerDennis PowellTom PrinceWill OhmanScott Elbert!
  • Memorabilia WatchThis is not Dodgers related, but it sure is great. An autographed Baseball featuring the first 11 members inducted in the Hall of Fame sold at SCP for $623,369. Check it out here, via Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily
  • An old friend alert: Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors; "Athletics Designate Chris Hatcher."
  • ICYMI: It was announced that starting this coming homestand against the Giants the Dodgers will begin the sale of in-seat beer during games. Obviously, you must be 21-yeas of age or older to use this service. It will be available on all levels, will accept both cash and credit card payments, and both domestic and premium beer will be available.
  • Per a RotoWire report on Julio Urias:
Urias (shoulder) completed his second rehab outing Friday, topping out at 95 mph while tossing 1.2 innings for High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Urias continues to build up his arm strength following shoulder surgery last year. The Dodgers have already announced that the 21-year-old will pitch out of the bullpen when he is deemed ready to return to the majors, but Kenley Jansen's expected four-to-six-week absence could accelerate the youngster's rehab process, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The club is unlikely to jeopardize its prized arm's health to fill an immediate need, but if Urias does get the call sooner than expected, he could immediately slot into a high-leverage role for a Dodgers bullpen that is dealing with multiple injuries to key contributors.
  • This bodes well. Matt Kelly at takes a look at the remaining schedules and ranks who's got the toughest one. The Dodgers appear to have it easy.
  • Something to be concerned with. Per FIPmyWHIP at Beyond the Boxscore; "Clayton Kershaw is on a dangerous path."
To start off, Kershaw hasn’t pitched more than 27 games since 2015, whereas his 2011 to 2013 stretch saw him pitch 33 games each season. The main reason he’s no longer pitching as many games per season is he’s missed significant time due to injury the past three seasons. In 2016, he missed over two full months, and in 2017, again he missed over a month. 2018 has also seen Kershaw spend a large chunk of time on the DL. With exception to a single start on May 31st of this season, he missed between May 2nd and Jun 23rd due to injuries.
As a result of these injuries Kershaw’s suffered another thing that’s very concerning: his declining fastball velocity.

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