Thursday, October 25, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/25/2018 - Dodgers Links - Down, But Not Out


It was hard to wake up this morning, and it was a bit harder still to actually get out of bed. Then, I remembered that the World Series is a seven game set, and losing the first two while on the road is hardly something to pull my hair out over. In fact, as I was reminded in several online social media post, of the Dodgers six championships three began with us down 0-2 in the series -- 1955, 1965 & 1981. So, this is far from unfamiliar territory for the franchise. In fact, it's kind-of a Dodgers brand. There have been ten 0-2 comebacks in the history of the World Series and the Dodgers own three of them.

I will add, though that last nights game was winnable, and if not for a disastrous relief selection this game would have been ours -- which just prove how much this is a game of inches. Per Daniel Starkand at Dodger Blue:
“Madson has been our guy for quite some time, and he’s pitched out of big spots there. The usage right there, I’m not worried about that,” Roberts explained. “He’s fresh. He pitched yesterday, didn’t throw too many pitches. Had a couple of days off coming into the series, has an off-day tomorrow. 
“So that part of it was pretty easy. And I just felt I really liked him against Pearce. In that spot he’s done it time and time again for us, but the last couple of nights it hasn’t worked out. The walk, very uncharacteristic, and he gave a flare single to Martinez.”
Have no fear folks, this is far from over!

Photo above via Juan Ocampo/LA Dodgers 2018 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
Rich Hill: “I remember learning how to grip and spin a breaking ball from my brother, Lloyd, who had a really good curveball when he was pitching. From there it’s just developed over the decades. I changed the grip after talking to Clayton [Kershaw] when I came here from Oakland. I believe that the spin got a little bit tighter, but it’s really more how the ball comes out of my hand. It mimics my fastball, then has that late break to it.
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Ross Stripling: “De Jon Watson was our minor-league coordinator at the time, and he said I needed something that was more horizontal. That’s where I basically settled on a cutter. I essentially just grip a four-seam fastball, and with my arm angle I can just put my fingers together, move them slightly sideways, and throw a fastball. And it cuts. That’s my cutter.
  • This seems fun. Per Mike Oz at YahooSports; "These digital vending machines in Boston and L.A. are giving fans free gear to celebrate World Series."
  • WTF! Via Robert Littal at BSO; "Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Suing His Baby Mama For Custody Because She Refuses to Take Their Daughter to Doctor." I am still puzzled by how this anti-vax movement became a thing. 
  • Dammit! Have we become a caricature? 

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