Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/6/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

"Help is on the way."

While some complained that the Dodgers didn't do enough to grab a reliever before the trade deadline, others realized that there's Major League-ready talent in the minors itching to show their worth. We recently witnessed the potential of Dustin May, and last night we got a good look at another. Tony Gonsolin made his second career start yesterday and proceeded to blank the Cardinals for six innings. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
In a seemingly never-ending line of standout Dodger rookies, Gonsolin has stood out for his precision. 
“I think Tony walked his first guy tonight in his three outings,” said Justin Turner, who recorded two hits and knocked in a run. “That’s something we talked about around the clubhouse — he makes guys earn it.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1908 St. Louis Cardinals hurler Johnny Lush throws a six-inning no-hitter to beat the Dodgers, 2-0. The game was halted due to rain, but still deemed an official game. In 1961 Muary Wills hit his first career home run when he hit a fourth inning solo homer off Cubs pitcher Jack Curtis to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. It only took 1,167 at-bats to hit his first dinger. (boxscoreIn 1981, after a seven-week strike, a split-season format is approved by the players; such that the Yankees, A's, Phillies and Dodgers are declared the first-half champions of their respective divisions. They all would then qualify for the divisional series at the end of the season. In 2009 Andre Ethier hit his fifth walk-off hit of the season when he walloped a three-run home run against Braves closer Rafael Soriano to give the Dodgers a 5-4 victory.
  • Happy Birthday, Clem LabineAndy Messersmith & Ron Davis!
  • YouTube Video from MLB -- Watch all of the Dodger Walk-Offs for far this season (video link).
  • ICYMI: tomorrow afternoon's game at 12:00 PM against the Cardinals will be broadcast on YouTube for all to watch. Go here. Announcer Rich Waltz, former six-time All-Star and Dodgers analyst Nomar Garciaparra, former Cardinals pitcher Jason Marquis, and Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo will call the game live from Dodger Stadium. MLB Network host Stephen Nelson and analyst Eric Byrnes will host pregame coverage beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT from MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, NJ.
  • ICYMI: Per Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports -- "MLB releases postseason schedule and the World Series begins Oct. 22."
  • Via David Laurila at FanGraphs -- "Walker Buehler Discusses His Curveball."
“I saw the surgery kind of as a fresh start. I thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to learn how to throw this spiked one; I think it will be a better pitch than the one I throw. Now that I’ve had a year off, I can work on it and try to get the feel for it.’ That’s what I did. I threw that one up until about halfway through last year. Then I started messing around with a traditional one, and went back to that.
“Going back to the more-traditional grip was a matter of messing around with it in the outfield, and talking to Kersh [Clayton Kershaw), and talking to Rich [Hill]. Josh Fields was with us at the time, and I’d talk to him about it. One day I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try it.’
  • Via Alden Gonzalez at ESPN -- "Dodgers see Urias as starter in '20, Roberts says." I still firmly believe that Urias will be better than Buehler.
His role for 2020 has already been determined.
"We project him to be a starter for us next year," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "and many years to come."
The OKC Dodgers infielder hit three home runs and led the Pacific Coast League with 11 RBI and a 1.286 slugging percentage over a five-game span last week, leading the league to name Ríos PCL Player of the Week for July 29-Aug. 4.
Ríos, 25, became the third straight Dodgers player to receive a weekly league honor from the PCL, following infielder Gavin Lux July 22 and pitcher Dustin May July 29.
One day after making his Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark debut, Dodgers pitcher Dustin May was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for July 22–28.
In his OKC Dodgers home debut, but fifth Triple-A start July 28, May held Memphis to one run and three hits over 6.0 innings in Bricktown. He issued two walks and recorded six strikeouts in the Dodgers’ 8–2 victory.
  • The Big Lead names Dodger broadcaster Joe Davis a "40 Under 40: Sports Media Talents 2019." They rank him at #5.
  • This coming Saturday is National Baseball Card Day. You can get a free pack of cards at your local hobby shop, at MLB games across the country and select retail outlets (Walmart & Target). Go here for more information. BTW, the Dodgers are giving out packs this coming Saturday.

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