Thursday, March 06, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 3/6/2014 - Dodgers Links - Lasorda thew Motivator, Greinke Throwa and Kenley's Dominant Cutter

Above is Maury Will, Franklin Stubbs and Davey Lopes from last nights game, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
  • Via Peter Gammons, "Dodger Blue prevails over L.A."
It’s hard not to look at the Dodgers and think that if their pitching is healthy, they are the best National League team west of the Mississippi. Clayton Kershaw is the best in the game, and doesn’t turn 26 for another couple of weeks. Zack Greinke. Hyun-Jin Ryu. Josh Beckett, healthy again after Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Surgery. Dan Haren. Colletti signed Paul Maholm for depth. Former number one pick Zach Lee is nearly ready.
I remember, back in 2008, Tommy came into the Kings locker room during a crosstown rivalry game against Ducks, and motivated them to a 3 to 1 victory.  I was in the stands for that game, and heard about the motivational speech during the game.  I have to admit, the Kings weren't very good, and I do recall noticing a little bit more jump in the step that night (or, stride in their skate, as it were).  Keep in mind, the Kings were in the midst of a rebuilding, and the Ducks had just won the Stanley Cup.  Colin Gunderson at has the story about this.
The thing about Jansen is he’s aggressive with his cutter in the strike zone. He doesn’t have Rivera’s impeccable command, but his command is plenty good and the quality of his cutter gives him a greater margin of error. He’s able to get away with more.

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