Monday, September 09, 2019

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

We struggled against the Giants this weekend, but still saw our 'Magic Number' fall to two when they won on Sunday, 5-0 (boxscore). Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“On the pitching side, the story was Kenta,” (Dave) Roberts said. “Kenta was really good today. The slider, the fastball, just kind of on the attack all day long. To log four innings put us in a really good spot to win a baseball game.”
“With two strikes, he wasn’t relying on the slider as much,” (Russell) Martin said. “In division, the guys have many at-bats against him. They kind of know, they’ve seen the slider, guys tend to sit on it.” 
The slider was still on point, though, getting six swinging strikes and three called strikes.
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 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 1948 Dodger righty Rex Barney throws a no-no against the Giants (boxscore) 2-0. He struck out four batters and walked only two, as he had to endure a one-hour rain delay, as well as showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish his gem. In 1965 Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game and his fourth career no-hitter to defeat the Cubs, (boxscore) 1-0. He struck out 14 Chicago batters and faced the minimum 27 batters. You can listen to the last inning here.
  • Happy Birthday, Ernie BurchWaite HoytCharlie PerkinsTodd ZeileRobinson ChecoFélix RodríguezKaz IshiiTodd CoffeyEdwin Jackson!
  • Here's a fascinating and fun non-scientific study done by an avid Dodger fan on Reddit, u/E7OM, checking to see if the Dodgers play better when Joe Davis is broadcasting the game (link here).
  • Maybe he needs some rest. Per an ESPN report -- "Dodgers to skip start for struggling ace Ryu."
  • Via Matthew Moreno at Dodger Blue -- "Justin Turner Wins Appeal, Won’t Serve 1-Game Suspension."
  • Rancho's season is over. Via Mike Lindskog at -- "Rancho's Season Ends, Quakes Fall to Storm."
  • Via Daniel R. Esptein at Beyond the Box Score -- "The Dodgers are elite defensively. Or maybe just average. We’re not sure: DRS and UZR can’t agree on how well the Dodgers defend."
  • Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest shares his, "2019 Dodgers Digest All-Prospect Team."
  • This is both surprising and not. Per an EPSN report -- "Sharks hire ex-Dodgers GM Colletti as scout." It is well known that Colletti is a huge hockey fan and has spoken openly about wanting to get involved with the game.
The San Jose Sharks have gone out of the box in looking for front-office talent, adding former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti as a scout.
"Ned has an extensive background working in professional sports and talent evaluation and he will bring a fresh perspective to our organization's evaluation process," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in announcing the move. "This was a unique opportunity to add someone of Ned's experience to our staff."
Uceta fired six strong innings for Double-A Tulsa to help them advance to the finals of the Texas League playoffs. The Dodgers’ No. 23 prospect allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out five along the way. Uceta has been dominant as of late, posting a 1.47 ERA over his last 10 outings.

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