Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 5/12/2014 - Dodger Links - Some Dodger Odds and Ends

Check out all the great Dodgers in attendance for this past Saturday's Old-Timers Game, pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.  Check more pics from Jon here.
"Guys play with emotion, and that can get on your nerves," said Mattingly. "Gomez plays with a lot of fire, and it rubs people the wrong way. Every team has guys that bug you. It's just the way it is. Puig is a guy on our team, he draws as much attention as anybody. But it's a little silly. You can still be respectful of your opponent and carry yourself with class.

"I do think we have to loosen up a bit or there will be more and more times that guys take offense. I'm not talking about the Giants. It's all around baseball."
“He’s here really to punish left-handers,” said Mattingly prior to Friday night’s game against the Giants. “Right now, that’s what he’s doing. That’s his job really, to hit left-handed pitching.”
"I don't think there are any areas [that he's limited]. His speed is coming, his burst is back with stolen bases. For us it's just continuing to stay out there. We're seeing him get better and better at the plate," Mattingly said. "Obviously we want him to continue to work on his jumps and breaks in center field."
"It's a long season," (Kenley) Jansen said. "We're going to be successful, no matter what it looks like now. We just haven't put it all together yet. We're all confident we will."
(D)espite Haren’s good numbers, there are some things to be worried about. His velocity is significantly down from last season and he might be dealing with back problems. As a result of the reduced velocity, perhaps, Haren’s swinging strike rate is down by a significant amount.

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