Monday, August 05, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/5/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

No truer words have ever been sent. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“We’re never out of it,” said Alex Verdugo, who scored one of two runs on Max Muncy’s walk-off double. “For everybody watching, too, don’t leave early. At the end of the day, we can do something special any given moment.”
The Dodgers won last nights game, 11-10, on a walk-off double by Max Muncy to drive in Corey Seager. Photo above via Josh Barber/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from last nights game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1969 Pirates Hall of Famer Willie Stargell becomes the first ballplayer to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium. He hit the solo shot to the right field pavilion off of Dodgers' right-handed reliever Alan Foster in the 7th inning give Pittsburgh a 4-3 lead. It is estimated to have gone 512-feet. The Pirates would win the game, 11-3In 1974 Alex Stein, along with his best mate Ashley Whippet, got onto the Dodger Stadium field prior to the start of the ninth inning, and started an unapproved and yet spectacular Frisbee toss and catch routine. It wows the crowd and is credited with starting a Frisbee crazy in the country. BTW, Ashley is a dog. Stein would eventually be arrested for trespassing, but the incident would lead to them performing at the White House and a Super Bowl. Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider wrote all about it hereIn 1979 Don Sutton struck out six Giants' batters to become the Dodgers' All-Time strikeout leader with 2,487. He surpassed Don Drysdale
  • Happy Birthday, John HaleCarl CrawfordTim Federowicz!
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "Alex Verdugo Apologetic Over Forgetting Gatorade Bath After Max Muncy’s Walk-Off Double, Implores Dodgers Fans To Never ‘Leave Early.'"
“Honestly, I totally forgot,” Verdugo said when informed of Muncy’s anticipation. “I thought Joc had it, I thought somebody would’ve stepped up. But now I know. I’m there. I’ll be the guy.”

  • Per Bruce Haring at Deadline -- "LA Dodgers Will Air Five More Games On KTLA This Season Under Spectrum Networks Deal."
SportsNetLA Dodgers games simulcast on KTLA:
Saturday, Aug. 31, 5:10 p.m. at Arizona Diamondbacks
Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:10 p.m. vs. San Francisco Giants
Saturday, Sept. 14, 4:10 p.m. at New York Mets
Saturday, Sept. 21, 6:10 p.m. vs. Colorado Rockies
Saturday, Sept. 28, 1:05 p.m. at San Francisco Giants
White has a fastball problem, and it’s a big part of why he’s struggled this year. It is not as if he’s not making good contact. In fact, White’s wOBA on contact versus the fastball is still quite high, at .399. The issue lies in him being able to make that contact. When White swings at a fastball, he whiffs nearly a quarter of the time. That’s not even one of the worst rates in baseball; it only ranks as 94th-highest out of the 263 hitters who have seen at least 150 four-seam fastballs this year. It is, however, a 8.4-point jump over his 2018 rate. As of this writing, White has swung at 23 more fastballs in 2019 than he did in all of 2018. He has 18 more whiffs.

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