Monday, May 13, 2019

Padres Series Starts Tuesday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

Tuesday, May 14th at 7:10 PM
Clayton Kershaw vs Chris Paddack
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020

2019 Topps Now - #221 - Ryu's Scoreless Inning Streak and Near No-No

Ryu's fantastic week on the mound resulted in two wins and 17 innings of shutout ball. For his work he was named the National League Player of the Week. On top of that, his near no-hitter yesterday afternoon also got him a new 2019 Topps Now card to celebrate his efforts on the mound. Per a MLB press release:
  • Earned the victory in each of his two dominant starts last week, improving to 5-1 on the season.  Across 17.0 innings pitched, logged 15 strikeouts without surrendering a run on five hits and one walk.
  • Recorded his third career complete game, and second complete-game shutout on Tuesday night vs. Atlanta, scattering four hits to go along with six strikeouts.  His 93 pitches in the outing were the fewest by a Dodgers hurler in a shutout since Hiroki Kuroda in 2008.
  • In yesterday’s outing against the Washington Nationals, lost his no-hit bid in the eighth inning before exiting with 8.0 scoreless innings and nine punchouts.
  • Permitted his third walk of the season in yesterday’s start (52.1 IP), and his first since April 20th.  Enters play today with an 18.00 SO/BB rate, easily the best in the Majors.

Blog Kiosk: 5/13/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Ryu is an 'Ace' right now. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I can’t say enough about Hyun-Jin and what he’s done for us,” Roberts said. “He’s off to obviously a tremendous start. To watch him work as a technician, it was masterful. It really was.”
Hyun-Jin came so close to throwing a no-hitter last night. He went 8.1 scoreless innings before giving up a double to first baseman Gerardo Parra, and now has a scoreless innings streak of 24 innings.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 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 1947 the famous 'embrace that shook the baseball world' occurred at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Dodgers, facing the Reds for the first time this season at their home stadium, witness a barrage of racial slurs directed at Jackie Robinson. Team captain Pee Wee Reese, seeing this, engages with Jackie on the field and then put his arm around his shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd (or so the story goes). In 1952 Vin Scully experienced something incredible. As a youth he dreamed of being a broadcaster. A classmate named Larry Miggins shared a similar dream with him. He wanted to play Major League Baseball. So on this day Miggins, now a outfielder with the Cardinals, was at-bat with Vin Scully calling the game for the Dodgers in Brooklyn, and proceeded to hit his first career home run in front of his close friend. Per an SI story (2016):
“I remember I said, ‘Larry, when we get out of here, what do you want to do?’ And he said, ‘I’d love to be a big league ballplayer.’ “And I said, ‘I wonder what those odds are.’ And then I said, ‘Well, you know, I’d like to be big league broadcaster. I wonder what those odds are.’ “And then I said, ‘How about this one for a long shot: How about you play, I broadcast, you hit a home run?’ And we said, ‘The odds, no one would be able to calculate that!’”