Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Welcome to the Blue, Daniel Hudson!

I guess you ride the hot hand while you can.

Last night Walker Buehler wowed the Dodgers and its fans with an impressive five-inning scoreless starting pitching debut. Now, he's been sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and in his place is reliever Daniel Hudson -- who has given hitters fits so far this season. Per a Dodger press release:
Hudson, 31, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on March 30, has made five relief appearances with the OKC Dodgers this season and has yet to allow a hit in 4.2 innings, while striking out five batters. The veteran right-hander, who was traded to Tampa Bay from Pittsburgh on February 22, appeared in seven games with the Rays during Spring Training, allowing nine runs in 5.1 innings with six strikeouts.

Golden Auctions: A Koufax Gamer and an 1988 Trophy

It's always worth making note when something like this pops up in an auction. Featured above is an extremely scarce game-used Sandy Koufax jersey. (Auction Link) It dates to his unbelievable 1963 season when he recorded 25 wins and won both the Cy Young and league MVP awards. Per the auction description:
Rarely does a game-worn Koufax jersey appear at auction. His 1955 jersey recently sold for $667,000. Although that jersey was significant for it being worn during his rookie year, this 1963 jersey was donned by the Dodgers ace during one of the greatest single-season pitching performances in the history of the game. This is only the eighth Sandy Koufax jersey we can recall having ever seen at public auction. Its rarity is underlined by the fact that it is one of just three Sandy Koufax jerseys fully authenticated and listed in the Mears census, not to mention the highest-graded example as well.

Blog Kiosk: 4/24/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

“Walker threw well, but I think tonight was Kike’s night.”

As much as I want to praise Walker on his phenomenal performance last night -- deserving as he is -- Dave Robert's isn't wrong to point out the obvious. Kik√© overshadowed everyone on the field in the same way that R. Lee Ermey stole the show in the movie Full Metal Jacket. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It’s a huge value for us, the versatility and what he can do on a baseball field,” Roberts said. “He’s certainly valued. I know myself, I try to figure out ways to get him in every single night, because he just has a way to impact the game.”
Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out: