Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 8/21/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

What a killjoy.

Just as Dodger nation rejoiced at Jansen's return, we get rocked by a performance that was less than stellar. Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN:
"Everything was flat," Jansen said, his Dodgers now 2½ games back in the National League West while in fifth place in the wild-card standings. "As I faced hitters, it started to get better. But the first two hitters, I wasn't in my comfort zone. I was battling with myself."
Kenley, who entered a tie game in the ninth inning, yielded two solo homers on his first three pitches to take the loss, 5-3. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"The first two hitters, I wasn't in my comfort zone," Jansen said. "I think I tried to maybe be amped up to be back and try hard and everything flattened out. I definitely didn't come back too soon. Stuff happens, but you've got to move forward. Tomorrow, if I have a shot, same hitters, I'm looking forward to it."
Ugh! Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1970 the Dodgers signed amateur free agent infielder Jerry Royster out of Sacramento High School. He would be traded five years later to Atlanta as part of a package for Dusty Baker, and go on to have a ten-year career with the Braves. In 1975 the Cubs pitching brothers of Rick and Paul Reuschel combine to shutout the Dodgers, 7-0. In 1990 the Dodgers lost a tough one. Against the Phillies they allowed nine runs to score in the ninth inning to lose the game, 12-11. You can watch highlights of this shameful game here.
  • Happy BirthdayWoody WilliamsShawn HillegasJohn WettelandCraig CounsellIsmael Valdéz & Jesse Chavez!
  • Podcast: Dodgers Digest -- ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 244 – Week recap, Puig, Urias, Jansen (Podast Link).
  • Former Dodger catcher Paul LoDuca has created a nice little niche for himself as a betting analyst/handicapper. Here is his thoughts on tonights matchup between the Dodgers and Cardinals at The Action Network:
Another angle that leads me to the under is that, in my experience, when two contending teams meet this late in the year, runs will be harder to come by. Teams will play a little tighter and will be managed closer.
"It's a neck-arm combo and we're going to get an MRI tomorrow," said Roberts. "There was some neck and going down to his arm. He said there might have been some tingling, so we had to get him out."
  • Here's a 'Meet & Greet' raffle being put together by Yasiel Puig, per his twitter:

  • Adrian Gonzalez shares on #MemorabiliaMonday, via his twitter:

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