Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 9/25/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Rich Hill had something to prove. He came out last night to show that he can help this club win in the playoffs, and in doing so ended up recording five strike outs in two innings of work. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I want to pitch. I want to help this team in the postseason,” Hill said. “Hopefully I can prove that I can help the team do that. The main goal is October, and I believe today was a step in the right direction, and I certainly want to continue to go in the right direction on Sunday.”
Dave Roberts adds more:
“There’s a lot of will, there’s a lot of fight in there with Richie,” Roberts said. “You could see there were grimaces in there. There was trying to feel for things as far as the knee and trusting letting the fastball and letting the breaking ball go.”
BTW, Hill's five strike outs gives him 1,000 for his entire career. Congrats!

On another note, the Dodgers 6-3 win last night notched home field advantage for both the NLDS and NLCS. Photo above via Raymond Gorospe/ 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 1941 the Dodgers won their first NL pennant in 21 years when they defeated the Braves in Boston, 6-0. In 1956 Dodgers hurler Sal "The Barber" Maglie no-hit the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. At 39 years old he became the oldest pitcher to throw one. You can listen to the last inning of Maglie's no-no (as called by Jerry Doggett with Vin Scully) hereIn 1974 Dr. Frank Jobe performs the first ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery on Dodgers pitcher Tommy John's left elbow. The revolutionary procedure would soon be known as Tommy John Surgery.
  • Happy BirthdayDave Walsh!
  • This is fun! A BuzzFeed Video: Dodgers Players Compete In A Gross Blindfold Taste Test administered by their teammates (Video Link). 
  • Craig Edwards at FanGaphs asks, "Cody Bellinger or Christian Yelich for NL MVP?"
Any number of narratives apply to both players. Bellinger is the best player on the best team and he’s played all year long. His defense makes him the better all-around player. Yelich’s performance was more integral to whether or not the Brewers make the playoffs. He’s the better offensive player and came through more often in the clutch. Ultimately, these are just narratives to help people feel better about their vote or the candidate they support. The race is too close to call. A vote for either candidate is simultaneously justifiable and difficult to justify.
Chicken Strip: When I got to the big leagues, I threw fastballs down in the zone. Everyone had always told me, ‘Throw down in the zone, down in the zone.’ Andrew [Friedman] comes up to me and basically says, ‘Hey, we’re gonna move you down, we got some stuff we want you to work on. We want you to throw up in the strike zone with your fastball.’ I’m just like, ‘I don’t know, man, I’ve always thrown down, you know, I think that’s what gives me success.’ But he showed me this thing with the average and [slugging percentage] against fastballs down in the zone and what they are up in the zone, and [the difference was] staggering, you know. Totally different.

  • Now that the Dodgers have clinched home field advantage in the NLDS and NLCS we now have a complete schedule of those games. See it below.

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