Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 9/16/2014 - Dodger Links - Magic Number is Now 9

The Dodger bats continue to be hot.  They knocked out eleven runs on fifteen hits in rout to an 11 to 3 victory over the Colorado Rockies last night.  Their big inning occurred in the sixth when they exploded for eight runs.  Overall, every starting position player got a hit; including a homer by Kemp and doubles by six other different players.

I think the above photo explains why they continue to be on fire.  As you can see above, the Dodgers treated themselves to some Popeye's Fried Chicken., pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to check out more pics from him from yesterday.

Of note, there was a little brouhaha in the Dodger dugout between Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig in the sixth inning.  It likely had to do with Puig not taking third base on a single to right field, so Kemp took exception and made sure Puig knew he wasn't pleased with his lack of hustle.  Of course, nobody in the clubhouse has any comments about the incident.  In fact, Mattingly called it a "family matter."

The Dodgers win and the Giants loss to the Diamondbacks last night pushes the Dodger lead in the Western Division to 4.0 games.  Also, the Dodgers magic number falls to single digits, 9.  Now, below are some links to check out:
One way to look at the dust-up between Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ dugout is as another example of what several people have called a “dysfunctional” clubhouse. That could well be true.

Another way to look at it is as a step forward for the team, with one prominent player demanding another prominent player take accountability for his actions. That also could be true. 
I think there's a bit of irony to this situation.  I recall when Kemp and his other younger cohorts also lacked the hustle and urgency demanded by surly veterans like Kent and Garciaparra.   Now, the shoe is on the other foot.
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Hyun-Jin Ryu has cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to start before playoffs."  His MRI on Monday show nothing more serious than the shoulder inflammation discovered in May of this year.  So, he'll rest and join the team in Chicago in a few days.  I would suspect he'll not pitch til the playoffs.  Personally, I'd love for him to have before the playoffs start.
  • Just give him the Cy Young already!  Via a Dodgers press release, Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending September 14. This is his second weekly award won this season (fifth overall in his career).
Kershaw was tied for the Major League-lead in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts, posting a 2-0 record with 17 strikeouts in 16.0 innings of work. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner had a 1.69 ERA (3 ER/16.0 IP) for the week and held opponents to a .175 batting average. He allowed just three walks while scattering 10 hits across both of his starts.
He's performed best in close games, hitting .331 in 139 at-bats in which the teams were tied or within one run of each other. His six go-ahead or game-tying hits in the seventh inning or later lead the team. Kershaw can thank him for the two-run eighth-inning homer he hit that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead over the Padres, netting Kershaw his 15th win of the season. 

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