Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/31/2017 - Dodgers Links - Six Game Winning Streak and First Place

It feels like a brand new day, eh?

After weeks of toiling the Dodgers finally find themselves on top of the heap. Per Scott Chasen and Alaina Getzenberg at
"Are we really [in first]?" Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, when asked about the division race. "We're winning baseball games right now, but I think the intent right now is to focus on the day and not worry about the standings. ... We've done a pretty good job of that."
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1937 the Brooklyn Dodgers ended Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24 (over two season) at the Polo Grounds by defeating the Giants, 10-3. In 1948 Tommy Lasorda, as a member of the Schenectady Blue Jays in the Phillies system, struck out 25 batters in a 15 inning game to defeat the Amsterdam Rugmakers.  Lasorda has said in the past that he likely threw more than 300 pitches that day. In 1965 the Dodgers, for the first time in history, field an all switch-hitting infield in the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds.  The players were Wes Parker, Jim Lefebvre, Maury Wills and Jim Gilliam.  In 1968 Don Drysdale pitched his fifth consecutive shutout -- while on his way to breaking the scoreless innings streak. This is the game where a Giants batter was called out on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch since he was ruled to have not made an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch.
  • Happy Birthday, George Smith, Kenny Lofton & Dave Roberts!
  • Video: Dave Roberts speaks about Kenta Maeda's performance after the Dodgers 9-4 win over the Cardinals. (video link)
  • Video: Chase Utley speaks to Alanna Rizzo after beating the Cardinals 9-4 in game-2 of the series. (video link)
  • Video: On Intentional Talk,Enrique Hernandez talks about his time in the Majors and his hosting ability for the future. (video link)
  • Per Bill Plunkett at the OC Register; "Rookie Cody Bellinger’s power numbers are hard to ignore – but he does."
“I don’t really look at stats or whatever,” the Dodgers rookie said. “You see them on the big screen. But other than that, I don’t pay too much attention to it. I did know about my dad’s home run total.

“Other than that, I don’t like to know. It’s pointless. Whether you know or don’t know, you don’t want to think about it. You just want to go out and play the game.”
  • So what could be better than being in first place? How about trolling your closer? Per Liz Roscher at the Yahoo Sports; "Dodgers offense offers sweet 'apology' to Kenley Jansen for scoring so many runs." This month he has recorded only one save (on May 18th) and just hasn't been a large factor during the Dodgers current six game winning streak. Below is a pic Kenley shared on twitter:
  • Just in case you were wondering what happened to him. Per Stave Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Hector Olivera To Sign With Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters."
  • Blowout Buzz shares a bunch of preview pics of Topps 2017 Update Baseball card set; including the Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger cards seen below. Go here to check out more pics from the set. This brand is slated to hit stored on October 18th.

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