Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Blog Kiosk: 8/19/2020 - Dodgers Links & news - Some Odds and Ends

Seven in-a-row, Baby!

Last night Tony Gonsolin not only extended his scoreless innings streak (14.2), he also helped the Dodgers win their seventh consecutive game. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I think I’m just feeling a lot more comfortable up here,” Gonsolin said. “I’m trying to go out there and take advantage of every opportunity that I get.”
Photo above via Tony Gonsolin on twitter. Below are more links to check out:

  • Via Brook Smith at Dodgers Nation -- "Why Mookie Betts Wears That Necklace Every Game: You might have seen the baseball bat and ball necklace around Mookie’s neck by now."
  • ICYMI: The reason Keibert Ruiz arrived late to camp was that he had contracted COVID-19. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
The Dodger rookie catcher said he had a fever for three days, was sick for seven days and lost his sense of taste, but he never had to go to the hospital. He called it a tough time that he eventually got through.
“I didn’t feel good,” Ruiz said. “But I’m good now.”
  • More preview cards from Topps 2021 flagship cards set have been released; including a Mookie Betts relic. See it on the right. You can check out more preview pic here, at Cardboard Connection.
  • This mornings Baseball America Prospect Reports makes note of Dodger hurler Tony Gonsolin:
—No. 5 prospect Tony Gonsolin extended his scoreless inning streak to start the season to 14.2 innings with a six-inning start in the team’s win over the Mariners. The 26-year-old righthander, who allowed two hits and struck out three, has struck out 12 batters, allowed six hits and walked just two.
“It’s more power than I expected,” Roberts said. “You know that there’s the bat-to-ball, you know the defense, the arm strength, the accuracy, the foot speed. You know that he swings at strikes, takes balls. But the way he can leverage a baseball really impresses me.”
“When you have a certain talent and perform at a certain level, there's always that kind of natural innateness of, 'I've figured it out, I don't need to be coached,’” Roberts said. “And, really, those two players have said it many times over, if they're not being coached, then something's wrong.”
“No, he (Mookie Betts) reached out to me, which was pretty cool,” Barnes answered. “He just thought he could help, and he really has. I feel good mentally now, I feel free mentally, and I was a little cloudy before — and it’s hard to hit like that. But when your mechanics are in the right spot, you feel like you can put a swing on the ball, and it makes it a lot easier. Little bit clearer in the headspace.”
It worked.
  • I am happy to see that he's excelling in Minnesota. Kenta Maeda was fantastic last night for the Twins -- giving up no hits into the ninth inning. He also had a string of eight consecutive strikeouts. You can watch the eight strikeouts below, via a tweet from Fox Sports North:

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