Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/7/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Buehler is now just rolling along. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
Buehler was electric at times on Monday, striking out eight Braves in seven innings (none after the fourth), relying primarily on fastballs (topping out at 98.8 mph) and retiring 11 straight at one point. He made 100 pitches, 75 of them four-seam fastballs, with only three sliders. 
“For me, it was fastball command,” said manager Dave Roberts. “Getting ahead with the fastball, as he did all night. That’s a very good lineup over there. There’s slug in there, there’s on-base, they don’t punch. And Walker navigated it very well.”
He is now 4-0 with a hyper-inflated 4.95 ERA and a more reasonable 3.64 FIP.  Photo above via Josh Barber/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1940 the Brooklyn Dodgers become the first National League team to fly when they travel by air to Chicago from St. Louis. In 1959, the Roy Campanella benefit game, dubbed "Roy Campanella Night," against the Yankees is played at the Coliseum in front of 93,103 fans -- the largest crowd to have ever attended a ballgame. It is estimated that 15,000 other fans were turned away at the turnstiles due to the sellout. In 1970 first baseman Wes Parker hits for the cycle against the Mets at Shea Stadium. He completed the task by hitting a triple in the 10th inning to help defeat New York, 7-4. In 2009 Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez is suspended 50-games for a PED violation. 
  • Happy BirthdayMickey DoolinTom ZacharyAl EpperlyDick Williams & James Loney!
  • Dodger Talk: Russell Martin joins David Vassegh to talk about his experience coming back to the Dodgers (Audio Link).
  • Via Andrew Mearns at Cut4 -- "Is Tommy Lasorda a golf whisperer in addition to being a Hall of Fame manager?"
  • Paul Lukas at Uni-Watch makes note of an unusual jersey modification by Justin Turner.
  • Via Tim Rogers at Dodgers Nation -- "Dodgers Prospects: Jeter Downs Overview and Interview."
  • This mornings Baseball America Prospect Report makes note of Dodger youngsters Gavin Lux and Mitchell White:
Lux has continued his hot hitting, smashing two home runs in four at-bats for Double-A Tulsa. The Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect makes hard contact and has blossoming power with the defensive skills to stick up the middle in the future. He is now batting .306/.343/.582 with 11 extra-base hits in 98 at-bats.
White was on a roll for Double-A Tulsa, tossing six scoreless innings while allowing just one hit and a walk. The righthander struck out nine batters, thanks in part to his improving breaking pitches. The Dodgers’ No. 9 prospect has the ingredients of a frontline starter but needs to be more consistent in order to achieve that type of profile.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com -- "Bellinger will no longer play first base: Dodgers to keep slugger in outfield to protect his left shoulder."
“It’s happened a couple of times, but Cody said he feels good,” said Roberts. “I do think, going forward, him being an outfielder makes the most sense. Being at first base, a potential dive, we’ll see how that goes as time goes by.”
Pollock remains without a timetable for return after a staph infection in his right elbow led to a procedure last Thursday to remove the hardware from a previous elbow surgery.
“I feel like I take care of my body, and then there’s things that happen and I can’t explain why,” Pollock said. “I’m a pretty faith-driven guy, so it’s just one of those things where it’s God’s plan, it’s not my plan. It’s frustrating, but I just keep trusting in his plan and keep moving forward.”

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