Monday, June 17, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 6/17/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

What a slide, eh?

Chris Taylor did a belly-flop on home plate yesterday afternoon that was the eventual winning run. Per Ken Gurnick at
The speedy Taylor seemed to hesitate momentarily, but was aggressively waved home by third-base coach Dino Ebel and slid hard face-first, left fielder Kris Bryant’s throw on the first-base side of the plate and skipping past catcher Wilson Contreras. Taylor suffered a nasty scrape on his right cheek from the slide. 
"He had to make a perfect throw and he didn't and that's what I was banking on,” said Ebel.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
Freese’s changes look apparent. From the beginning of 2015 to the end of August 2018, Freese hit 57 percent of his batted balls on the ground. With the Dodgers, his ground ball-rate against righties has fallen to 41.5 percent. It’s the same against lefties too. In the same two time constraints, he dropped his ground ball-rate from 57.9 percent to 42.9 percent.
Freese has long been a player that could have a major benefit from hitting the ball in the air more. Dating back to when his career started, he’s ranked in the bottom five percent of qualified hitters in GB/FB ratio. Meanwhile, his 238 wRC+ on fly balls ranked in the top five percent. His HR/FB rate ranked in the top 15 percent and his hard-hit rate on fly balls ranked in 12th out of 864 qualified hitters. Him hitting the ball on the ground so much was a true shame because he always possessed the raw power.
“It’s something Bob [Geren, Dodgers bench coach] and I have been talking about since spring training, but I keep forgetting to do it,” Jansen said, via Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “I thought it would be a good time to try it.”
Jansen continued.
“I’m not saying the Cubs are stealing signs or tipping locations, but you always have to be on your toes… Whether you give up a bloop or a base hit, the guy is going to score from second with two outs.”
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