Gina Lollobrigida turned 90 yesterday. Described in her prime as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Lollobrigida, will be receiving a long-overdue star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. Hopefully, I am not the only one who remembers her. What does that have to do with Andrew Friedman? Absolutely nothing – except that Andrew Friedman and Company should be pretty dang beautiful in Dodger fans eyes right about now. OK, that was a big stretch, but the headline got ‘ya! All us old guys remember Gina…
Rants and Raves
- Have you noticed that Kike communicates with the other outfielders better than Joc? I’m just sayin’….
- Logan Forsythe is showing why he is such an asset. He has been hotter than blazes the past week. About the time everyone calls for his head, he goes off.
- Someone said Clayton Kershaw wasn’t as dominant this year? 13-2/2.19 ERA/0.89 WHIP – that’s sick!
- Here’s a stat – Justin Turner is leading the world in batting average, but he has 33 RBI in 216 AB while Yasmani Grandal has 33 in 247 AB’s hitting much lower in the order. I’m just saying…
- Chris Taylor is hitting .283 with a .370 OB% while OPS’ing .856. He passes the eye test in my book – this guy is for real.
- A-Gon has admitted that it might be September before he is back. Essentially, the Dodgers have paid A-Gon $43 million and Andre Ethier $20 million this year for just about nothing…. and are still winning.
- As AC mentioned last night, Trevor Oaks was announced as a starter for OKC last night and then pull back at gametime. It’s likely something is up. Is Maeda going to the pen?
- There will be all sizes and shapes of players at this All-Star Game, as evidenced by the photo at the right (Judge and Altuve). I wonder if Aaron Judge is related to former Dodger Mike Judd?
Minor League Highlights
- The Dodgers have to call up Alex Verdugo and soon. He raised his BA to .350 and his OB% to .420 last night. It’s time to find out how that translates in the Show.
- Rios played 3B at Tulsa last night and went 4-5 (showcasing?)
- Devin Smeltzer pitched a solid 6 innings and allowed 4 hits and one run to go with no walks and 8 punch outs. Istler pitched 2 shutout innings (6 K’s) to get his 8th save.
- Keibert Ruiz is a beast. His slash line is .321/.378/.428 at GL. Remember, he is only 18 and is a switch hitter. He may be passing Will Smith on the Catcher depth chart soon.
- Cristian Santana is just getting his feet wet at GL, but went 3-5 with a HR in his 4th game. He is hitting .467 after hitting .537 at Ogden in 10 games. He is 20 and I think we are just getting started with this guy!