Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 9/19/2018 - Dodgers Links - Walkoff Magic!


It makes sense that on the 12th anniversary of the Dodgers' four-consecutive-homer/walkoff game would feature a walk-off victory in extras. Last night the oft-struggling Chris Taylor took out his big-stick and walloped a hanging breaking ball into the left field stands. Per Doug Padilla at
"I knew I got the barrel to it and had a petty good feeling it was going," Taylor said. "But I wanted to make sure. I was running kind of hard." 
Taylor has not been as solid at the plate like last season, but he sure has had his moments. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“There have been a lot of ups and downs. Kind of been a bit of a grind,” Taylor said of his year. “I think I’m speaking for a lot of guys on our team. This game humbles you very fast. It’s moments like this that you really have to take in and enjoy. But we’ve got another one tomorrow, so you have to have a short memory and enjoy it when it comes along.”
The Dodgers now hold 1.5 game lead over Colorado. Photo above via Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2000 a Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of causing a disturbance at a sporting event, and has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The irate patron during a May 30th game threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York's catcher Todd Pratt. In 2014 Clayton Kershaw won his 20th game of the season for the second time in his career. He is the first Dodger pitcher to win 20 game twice since Claude Osteen in 1969 and 1972.
  • Happy BirthdaySadie McMahonJack RyanRed BarkleyDuke SniderJoe FergusonScott Baker & Charlie Haeger!
  • Podcast: True Blue LA -- Podcast episode 1821: The stretch run (Podcast Link)
  • Podcast: Dodgers Nation -- A Holiday in Houston | Episode 20 | Blue Heaven Podcast (Podcast Link).
  • Just like in years past, Topps has just put up their "2019 Vote for Card No. 1" poll. Go here to check it out. As you will see, Clayton Kershaw is one of the choices available.
  • Bring it! Per Alex Pavlovic at YahooSports; "Madison Bumgarner start may be pushed back to play spoiler vs. Dodgers." BTW, the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention several days ago.
  • Peaking at the right time? This is news to my ears! Per Mike Oz at YahooSports; "MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers are starting to look dangerous."
The Dodgers have been up and down these rankings all season. They started high, hung in the middle despite a tough start and dove down to an embarrassing level in May when they were a fourth-place team. After it all, here we are, a week and a half out from the postseason and we might have the most interesting truth of them all: The Dodgers are still the team nobody in the NL wants to see in the playoffs.
  • This event is tomorrow, so if you've got the time I suggest you make the effort to come. Per the South Pasadena Review; "LA Dodgers Exec Ned Colletti Returns to South Pasadena Library." Click the flyer on the right to embiggen.
The Ned Colletti Author Night will be presented on Thursday, September 20 in the South Pasadena Library Community Room. Ned will be discussing his book, “The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager.” Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the event showcasing Ned in conversation with Mark Langill, an All Star baseball writer in his own right.
  • Jason Martinez at MLB Trade Rumors takes a look at; "The Top Minor League Performers Of 2018." It includes Dodger infielder and former 1st round pick Gavin Lux. Also on the list is former Dodger prospect Dean Kremer -- who was sent to the Orioles as a part of the Machado trade.
In 28 regular season games with Double-A Tulsa, the 20-year-old Lux slashed .324/.408/.495 with four homers in 120 plate appearances. It didn’t end there. Over an eight-game playoff run, the left-handed batter went 14-for-33 with five multi-hit games.
  • This is all I really want to know. Per Mike Oz at YahooSports; "Dodgers president on Clayton Kershaw's contract: 'We expect to work together for a long time'"

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