The Kershawshank Redemption

I used to own www.kershawshankredemption.com, and it may mean more to me than it does to you… or not, but Game #5 was a real redemption for one Clayton Kershaw from his previous bad outing. He’s now 9-8 with a 4.11 ERA in the postseason.IFhe can keep that up, he can get his cumulative postseason ERA to below 4.00. This year, Clayton’s playoff ERA is 2.50 with a .83 WHIP. That’s more like it!

While Clayton looked very much like his old self, the Dodgers were barely recogonizable, with no home runs and just two extra base hits (both doubles) to go with three stolen bases. None of the teams left in the playoffs are carring a high batting average:

  • Boston – .235
  • Houston – .234
  • Los Angeles – .220
  • Milwaukee .219

The Dodgers lead all the remaining teams in ERA with 2.81 while Milwaukee is at 2.83.  The Dodger relievers continue to shine with a 1.25 ERA while the Brewers bullpen ERA is 3.48.  ON the verge of elimination at 3-1, the Astros team ERA is 5.91, while the Red Sox tem ERA is 4.75! Good pitching stops good hitting and both Milwaukee and LA are pitching very well.  The Dodgers have held Christain Yelich who has been on fire, to a .150 BA.  The Dodgers have six relievers, who combined, have not given up a run in the playoffs and a 7th (Madson) who has given up one.

Pedro Baez, formerly el Gasolino, has emerged as a lockdown reliever. Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig are both hitting over .300 in the post season and are the only Dodgers with that average, while Machado, Taylor and Puig are all hitting over .300 in the NLCS.  Doc’s patience with Cody Bellinger is paying off as he is just looking to get a hit, not hit Mars!

Overall, this has been a pitching dominated series and Game 5 should be more of the same. Ryu will start the game on Friday in Milwaukee, but will have a short leash.  I would imagine that Rich Hill would also be available, along with the rest of the rested bullpen.  Hopefully, the Dodgers can end it in six, but this Brewer team is very tough and deeper than you may think. They won’t lay down and die.

I would see no reason to not start Austin Barnes again at Catcher.  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Cody Bellinger said “Our approach was to single them to death” and he was only half joking! Of the teams left in the Playoffs, the Dodgers have the fewest home runs (2).  That could mean that in Game Six, they will bring out about 5 big flies in Milwaukee…  or not! I am stuck in San Antonio until Sunday night, but I will be watching the games. This should be fun!

Craig Counsell tried to trick Dave Roberts by taking out Miley after 5 pitches, but it didn’t work.  Milwaukee fans are castigating him today.  When you win, you are a genius and when you lose, you are an idiot! You need to realize how difficult it is to get to the World Series two years in a row.  You have to be lucky and good.  Right about now, it looks like the Astros won’t make it back (although I admit that can change).

In a season where  the Dodger’s Pythagorean W-L Recordwas 102-61, with 804 Runs Scored and 610 Runs Allowed, they certainly were not lucky as they won 10 games less than that. Maybe they will be a little luckier in the playoffs and I truly believe that this team is built for the playoffs.  It’s really showing up with the re-made bullpen.  Young Julio has been a factor and could be an even bigger one yet!

The last time the Dodgers were in two consecutive World Series was 1977 and 1978 and they lost both time 4-2.  They shold have fired that bum manager they had!  But, I don’t remember the fans calling for Tommy’s head, however I guess that was before the internet…

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Bill Plaschke of The LA Timeshas a great piece today (he is capable of surprising me sometimes).  In part he wrote:

On an old-fashioned autumnal Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers moved to within one win of reaching their second consecutive World Series by taking the most nostalgic of paths.

They traveled Route 1988.

 

Did you recognize it? It certainly felt like it. For one game, anyway, Clayton Kershaw was Orel Hershiser, Chris Taylor was John Shelby, Austin Barnes was Steve Sax, Max Muncy was Mike Marshall and Yasiel Puig was, of course, Mickey Hatcher.

It was a day of bulldogs and stuntmen and a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in a pivotal Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM

Finally, a picture is worth a thousand words as to how the Dodgers played Game 5. Junkyard Dogism is alive and well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article has 83 Comments

  1. Hey Rudy,

    It’s a free country and free blog, but I’d be wary about liberally posting The Athletic’s content.

    The content is great. And I don’t think you posted the entire article in the previous post, but it was pretty lengthy….

      1. That’s irrelevant and a silly excuse.
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        If content is set up behind a paywall, we should respect it and not seek solace in others who violate that premise.

  2. It’s been said that potentially we saw Kershaw for his last appearance in a Dodgers uniform. I don’t have the fear that will be the case. I have a hunch in this coming World Series Clayton Kershaw, with a little help from his friends Turner and Jansen, will shine the brightest for the greatest moment of their careers. Those three I cast my trust the most. That’s their doing. My eyes have only witnessed. I have my hunches-hence my name! CHEERS friends!

    1. I was telling my son last night that Justin Turner is so far and away our best hitter it’s not even close. Anyone who says differently is out of their minds. Can’t wait for Seager to rejoin him in the lineup next year. He’s the only one who can even make a case.

  3. A few things: First of all, if you’re not in a great mood today, you’re doing it wrong. This is literally the best position we’ve been in all year AND when you couple that with the thought that we haven’t even been playing our best ball, it’s real cause for optimism and possibly even irrational exuberance. Secondly, I refuse to entertain any discussions of NLCS MVP or match-ups with the AL opponent; it’s far too early for that–we have accomplished nothing yet–and while I will watch tonight’s AL game, it is only because in addition to our “5 more wins” mantra, there is also a “4 teams left” one that could get reduced tonight and that’s newsworthy. Finally, I’d like to say while I am a ruthless business man in my non-digital iteration, I am personally very happy for Clayton Kershaw for his accomplishment last night. He deserves all the adoration from the fans he gets. He is the rarest of rarities in this world of sports: a modest superstar with off-the-charts character, likability, and humility. He is truly the best, win or lose. Go Blue!

  4. I’ll admit, I won’t cry if Boston takes out Houston. Benitendi ‘s catch last night was basically the same catch Belly made, but in a much higher leverage situation. Awesome play!
    Looking forward to closing this thing out tomorrow, so that I can actually go to Lebron’s home opener Sat night in peace!!

    1. I’m trying to post a photo of the world’s smallest violin for Astros fans who are complaining . . .

    1. Bobby

      I wanted to ask you if we were going to make it for the opening tip off on Saturday yesterday, but I didn’t want to tempt fate.

      Of course I will be watching it from my TV unlike you, but I will probably have a better view, although I won’t feel the same energy you will in that building.

      And Watford, you seem to have a pretty good life going on, too.

        1. Watford

          I think Bobby has a fabulous life too, but I do think it is what you make of it.

          And I think both you and Bobby, don’t waste to many good moments, on simple stuff, that just doesn’t really matter.

  5. BTW, Al Leiter, who is like the harmless guy on the barstool next to you who won’t shut up, finally let someone else talk for a minute and what followed was a pretty cogent explanation of Kershaw’s current pitch mix and how it’s deployed. They showed how Kershaw throws his fastball to the top of the zone and his slider to the bottom. The moment of indecision when a hitter tries to recognize what the pitch is becomes to deception that allows him get called strikes or get guys off balance. In terms of missing bats, that’s clearly the curveball’s domain and man does that sucker break. His best ones usually finish right on top of home plate, with so much spin and drop that they are essentially unhittable. I would imagine laying off the curveball is job #1 when facing CK1.

  6. I think AC had it right a
    yesterday, about Kershaw not having to two bad games in a series.

    And I am happy Kershaw can enjoy himself in this series, and hopefully this game yesterday, can help him gain more confidence to just pitch when he is getting challenged, instead of just throwing.

    So much about the talk, where relief pitchers, pitch one inning or more each, and dominate a series.

    It doesn’t work well in a short series, when a team will see those same pitchers, to much.

    And that is not the answer or practical, in a long baseball season either.

    Because pitchers are not robots, and because of that, they will not live up to their numbers every time they pitch, so it is good to stay with the hot hand, at that moment in time.

    Hopefully our suggestions like Bobby alluded too yesterday, will have our players going oppo against Miley on Friday night, too.

  7. I also do not believe that we have seen the last of Clayton Kershaw in a Dodger uni at Dodger Stadium. While I never like counting my chickens before they hatch, I am confident that if the Dodgers continue to play one game at a time, they will win the NLCS, and he will be pitching it the WS at Dodger Stadium. It will not be easy, because the Brewers are not just formidable, but they are confident & comfortable, and will be home for the final NLCS game(s).
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    No matter how much John Smoltz and Joe Buck build up the Brewers and take shots at the Dodgers, it is the Dodgers who are playing out of their offensive element and still winning. While the Brewers were considered the clutch team when coming into the series, it is the Dodgers who are the clutch team thus far. They are bound and determined to break out the BIG lumber one of these games, and I hope it will be against Miley on Friday. But I fully expect Ryu to continue to hold the Brewer bats at bay, so if it is a 1-0 or 2-1 win, that will be fine as well.
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    Kenley is looking more and more unhittable. Just like games 4 & 5, Kenley can go 2 innings in Game 6 and come back in Game 7 if needed. Baez has been absolutely the best reliever in the playoffs. I have no idea what has transformed him, but it may be the number of offspeed pitches he is now throwing. Maybe he believes in that pitch more now and is willing to get beat by it. Most pitchers do not want to get beat by throwing a secondary pitch for a mistake, so they stick with their bread and butter. For Baez that is his fastball. But if he can show the offspeed and keep it off the plate, that does wonders. But you cannot be afraid to throw it, and thus far Petey has not been.
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    Madsen, Floro, Maeda, Ferguson, Wood, and Urias have all pitched well in relief. And they have not been overworked. I would expect Hader, Jeffress, and Knebel to be fully involved in the final game(s).
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    While I wanted revenge on the Astros, I am pulling for Boston for two reasons. One is the practical…I would rather face Sale (injured?), Price, Porcello, and Eovaldi than Verlander, Cole, Keuchel, and Morton. I like the Astros today with Verlander vs Price, but the Red Sox will win it in Boston. My second reason for my Red Sox preference is personal. There is a 2004 WS ring that keeps pulling me back to their side. While 2004 was huge for our family, I have been a closet Red Sox fan since Bill Monbouquette days. I was also a closet Orioles fan because of Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer, and later Cal Ripken Jr.
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    Keep the same lineup vs Miley as came out on Game 5. Belli is maturing before our eyes. He may not hit .300 over a season, but he is learning to adjust. He is still only 23, and his best days are ahead of him. His outfield play gives the team options for the future. He should be like JT and Machado, and never come out.
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    Austin Barnes should be the starting catcher for the remainder of the playoffs. He is doing well with the pitchers and behind the plate, and he has a couple of timely hits, and one in particular. He has been the starting catcher in all three wins. Grandal on the other hand, also has 2 hits but in his other 8 PA, he has 6 K’s and 1 GIDP. Plus, the errors and passed balls keep mounting.

    1. Smoltz is still hurt the Dodgers knocked his Braves out. I heard an interesting stat yesterday. CK has left games with 14 base runners on base during his postseason career. 11 of those runners scored when the relief pitchers came in to finish off the inning.

      1. We could see for two years now that Baez had secondary pitches. He just didn’t have the balls to throw them. Someone got through to him.

        1. Wouldn’t that just about be the ultimate redemption story? We advance and Baez becomes a lock-down set-up man, mowing down dudes in the mid-/late- innings en route to a ring. Roberts has done a good job with his current role. He’s a guy we bring in for a clean inning when we need some outs. We allow him one walk or baserunner and at the first sign of trouble he’s yanked. As we continue to move forward, he becomes an even more important piece of the pen. If nothing else, he and Madson take a lot of pressure off Maeda.

          1. Hawkeye

            Maybe it is mother’s little helpers, much like Toles and others, that have anxiety issues, too.

            Because there is no real transition to talk about, from last year, to this year, or maybe just a good sports, psychologist.

          2. All could be true. I have to imagine at some point he was told that he better throw his other pitches or he’s going to either be out of baseball or toiling around in the minor leagues for the rest of his career. He also seems to have picked up his pace . Confidence will do that.

    2. AC

      I was thinking about who I would like to see us play, too.

      And I have thought the Red Sox would be the easiest to play because the difference in the pitching like you, but I don’t like us having to play in that cold weather, in the east.

      And we know the Red Sox fans won’t make it easy on us either, but I have always liked the Red Sox too, because of their history, and the fact, they are not the Yankees.

      And this year, I like the way the Red Sox’s manager is taking advantage of the great talent he has, and he is having his team play baseball, like it should be played.

      But I know we still have to finish this series first.

  8. This season hasn’t been that much fun for me watching the Dodgers play baseball, but last night the game was fantastic, as Mark said above, no home runs and just two extra base hits (both doubles) to go with three stolen bases. For me, that was a baseball game.
    Read your 77 and 78 WS remark Mark, and that’s fine, you have your thoughts and I have mine.
    One more win,hope Ryu pitches a great game and this series is over.

      1. Hey, the Brewers still have home field advantage. Probably the best course of action is to jump on them early in game six and take the crowd out of it. Ryu might give up a run or two but he seems well-positioned to avoid big innings. We have a loaded and rested bullpen at the ready to help close out the series. I’d love to see us show some killer instinct and finish them off quick and clean.

          1. Mark

            That sounds like one of those whack a mole, machines.

            That you continually whack with a mallet, every time they pop up.

  9. So many are gone. Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado. Erstwhile champs too. Cardinals, Giants, Phillies. Regular season juggernauts. Indians, Cubs, Yankees. No more wild cards. No great stories like the A’s or the Rays. No Cinderellas. Pirates, Mariners. No upstarts, no Braves. Last season’s champs are one loss away from joining the pile. The winningest NL team too. (One member of the Brewers is even gone, sent home early and ineligible to return.) If Boston sends Houston’s repeat dreams packing like a long fly ball hit into a crowd, there will be three. Then two. There is no question we are the hungriest team left. Will we be the last?

  10. Hey AC or DC,
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    I hate to put you both on the spot, and that spot being trying to decipher someone else’s words, but….
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    In a recent chat, Longenhagen responded thusly in speaking about Urias:
    Derrick – Do you see Julio Urias eventually actually establishing himself as 1-2 big league starter? What do you see for Anderson Espinoza and Yadier Alvarez?
    Eric A Longenhagen – I’d guess Urias hovers in the #3-#3/4 range if everything comes back to pre-injury form (including his command). Espinoza has that kind of stuff, too. Yadi….who knows. That guy has other issues right now.
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    I’m super confused with this because…
    If Urias with his pre-injury form and stuff was considered an ace, then why would he now be considered lower now? Is it just that his age was so exceptional, and the lost year plus has changed him?

    1. I’d always read a #2 and the knock on him was that he was already fully developed physically and not a lot of room for growth so I also find it odd that someone would mention him as a #4 if he were to return to what he was prior to his injury. Maybe he’s looking at Buehler and Kershaw as 1 and 2’s going forward. Maybe he forgets how young he still is or maybe he was just never that high on his off-speed stuff.

      1. I don’t watch as much minor league ball as AC or DC but I can tell you when I was at spring training watch the pitchers throwing session with Honeycutt that I could tell that Urias had the most electric stuff of the entire groups of pitchers that I watched. Buehler hadn’t made it to the pro side yet the last time that I went.

    2. Regardless as to how one wants to set up definers like ” if everything comes back to pre-injury form (including his command)”, there will always be a question as to whether he can make it back to that level. I think that is what is driving Logenhagen’s explanation. I do not remember reading his scouting report on Urias pre-injury but I would doubt that he was considered a #3/#4 pre-surgery, so if he comes back to his pre surgery level he should not be considered a #3/#4.
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      In order to complete the circle, we would need to know how Logenhagen rated Urias pre surgery. I have my doubts that he will be the same coming back from surgery, but his fastball velo is tracking. Will he have the same spin rate for all of his pitches? This is something that Logenhagen should be able to easily compare.
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      The knock on Urias was always his command, not his stuff. Command comes with experience. The strike zone is generally more liberal in the minors. Pitchers are forced to get more of the plate at the ML level, and that is why Urias had such a tough start. He was getting his strikeouts with an expanded zone, but when he had to adapt to ML, he adjusted too much and got too much of the plate. ML hitters punish mistakes better than MiLB hitters.
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      I think Espinoza is in the same situation as Urias. The one difference is that it is easier to come back from TJ surgery than shoulder surgery. He may be like Walker Buehler and get a bump in his fastball velo. Maybe Logenhagen thinks Espinoza needs to get bigger to enhance his stamina. The question will be what happens to him if he puts on the additional weight, and what kind of weight. But at 160 pounds, he may be relegated to a relief role. I have not really watched him pitch that much to know if he can go deep in a game, or if his body will tire out.
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      Yadier Alveraz – I absolutely agree with Logenhagen. His arm is special. His head/heart? Not so much.

  11. There is no question that Urias has top-of-the-rotation stuff. I saw Clayton in A Ball and as a rookie and Julio has better stuff than Clayton did at that age. Can he come back from shoulder surgery is the only question. If he comes back 100%, Longenhagen is grossly mistaken. If he’s not 100%, Longenhagen may be right.

  12. I was only able to make it to one game in the NLCS… so I’m very happy that I ended up go to Wednesday’s game.

    I think it was the best game (against the best competition) that they played all year. We lost so many close games against the best teams this season because the team (FO / Management / Most of the Players) had been so rigid in their hitting approach / philosophy.

    I believe that if they started the year with the small ball, situational hitting, “single them to death” style philosophy… then they probably would have won 10-15 more games this season. The all or nothing approach can work well against average pitching… but against one of the best pitching staff’s in the league… it’s a great way to lose those close games that you could have and should have won.

    I’m hoping that they have finally seen the light and will continue with this type of approach. I think it’s the only way you can beat teams like Milwaukee, Boston, and Houston in a 7 game series. It’s what most of us have been screaming for all year… I just don’t know why it took so long for so many in the Dodger organization to come to this realization.

    1. The new hitting gurus are preaching launch angle and exit velocity. That is not just a Dodgers trademark, but also for most of the ML front offices. I do not necessarily want to see that trend decrease, but what I would hope for is an adjustment with 2 strikes, or an adjustment to the pitcher. I also like the idea of getting a run when you can.
      Brian Dozier trying to bunt to get the runner from 3rd in. I went foul but it would have worked. And then he made contact to get the run in anyway.
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      Brewers pitchers are getting a more expanded strike zone (at least that is my prejudiced view), and are pitching to that expanded zone. I do not have a problem with a batter swinging hard at the first pitch hoping to catch a mistake. But they need to do a better job of recognizing what the Brewers are throwing and to take what they are given, especially with 2 strikes. I think that is especially true with Miley and Chacin.
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      Josh Hader is a different story. His whip is reminds me so much of another hard throwing lefty…Randy Johnson. Just not as tall and menacing. He is just flat out nasty.
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      By the way, I agree with Hawkeye that I do not want to see this new way of batting (launch angle and exit velocity) taught at the youth league, high school, or college level as a matter of philosophy. My son’s swing was always with an uppercut launch angle with high exit velocity, but it was natural for him…not taught. He hit a lot of HRs. But he also made good contact in other ABs. He was tough to strike out even as a professional. I taught the rest of the youth team’s I coached to hit with a level swing with a good follow through to generate the appropriate back spin to get the ball up. I always had good hitters, but I could not teach pitching worth squat.

      1. Yeah… I guess I’d be ok with certain hitters taking a bigger swing earlier in the at bat… especially with nobody on base. Guys like Belli, CT, Muncy, Puig, and Joc… hitters who have that home run type swing and power. But I hope they can stick with contact hitting approach when there are runners on base or they have two strikes. I think if this team can transform their approach in that fairly simple way… then they’ll be extremely hard to beat.

  13. A few innings don’t constitute a comeback and hitting 95-97 MPH in short spurts is not indicative of a successful comeback. I have liked what I have seen and I lean toward a successful comeback. 120 innings in 2019 would be a success to me.

    1. I think 120 is max. I have been reading that they are looking to limit him to 100 innings. But that is all subject to change depending as to how he responds. But I agree there is no way he goes beyond 120.

      1. Russ Stripling threw 122 innings this year and it doesn’t appear he’s going to add to that number, so yes, I’d say 120 is pushing the outer limits of our expectations for Urias.

        1. That’s how I see it too. Plus the way we shuffle the staff in and out, he’ll occupy half a spot in the rotation for most of the year, and if he’s healthy and dominating, he’ll be good to go in Sept/Oct 2019.

        2. and for good measure, Buehler threw 137 this year with another 12 [so far] in the postseason. Next year he should be clear to pitch 200 ip. BTW, no Dodger pitcher came close to that number this year, with Kershaw’s 161 the tops on the team.

  14. Upon further review, the fairest thing to do in the Boston/Houston game would’ve been to call the play a ground rule double so that neither side was satisfied.

    1. Yeah… I’m not exactly feeling sorry for the Astros at the moment. I can’t think of another team that has been accused of cheating (in one way or another) as many times as they have over the last few years. From whistling to indicate where the catcher has set up behind the plate, to pitchers using certain substances to increase their spin rate, to filming / recording what’s going on in the other teams dugout, etc.

      And maybe it’s true what they say, that Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches last year and that’s why it looked like the Astros hitters always knew what was coming. Or maybe he wasn’t and they knew because they had been filming and listening to what was going on in the Dodgers dugout.

      I understand that mlb doesn’t want any part of this story at the moment and they hope it goes away soon. But these accusations need to be taken very seriously. And the teams & players… If they are found to be guilty… need to be punished accordingly.

      https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2801442-stealing-signs-could-be-tip-of-the-iceberg-in-astros-cheating-scandal

          1. It would truly suck if any of these allegations turn out to be true. Watching those games as a Dodger fan last year… you just had a weird feeling, at least I did. There was just this feeling of… how come their hitters look so cocky up there… like they know something we don’t. They just seemed to play with this extra edge… that can sometimes come with confidence in your own abilities… but it can also come with knowing what pitches are about to be thrown.

            Anyway, I hope it’s not true… I get sick to my stomach just thinking about it.

            The only thing more painful than losing a in the 7th game of a world series fair and square would be to find out that the other team was cheating throughout.

            And we’re not the only ones who lost in a 7 game series to the Astro’s either… the Yankees should find this news just as disturbing as we do.

        1. Yeah… Nolan Ryan, Bregman, Gurriel, Correa, Verlander, Osuna… it’s like a Macy’s Day Parade of assholes.

          The smugness coming from that team is extremely grating.

          1. Val

            The karma will be coming if that is found out to be really true.

            The Cardinals have not made it to the post season, since they got caught cheating.

  15. I always believed the Cards were stealing signs and Jeff Luhnow is from that organization… who had people go to jail for cheating…

    I’m just sayin’….

  16. In 2016, Longenhagen said this about Julio:

    As things stand right now Urias projects as a #2/3 starter. He has top-of-the rotation potential, but most of his projection relies on technical development and refinement rather than physical maturation. And too often, pitching prospects have unrealistic “future ace” labels hung on them; calling Urias a guy who projects as a #2 starter is no knock on him, but a recognition of how hard it is to achieve ace-level performance. But the Dodgers already have an ace, and if Urias is as good in the short-term as the projections think, he’ll be able to help the Dodgers until they shut him down to protect his arm.

    Keith Law, MLB, BA and others project him as a Number 1… as his ceiling!

    1. That is how I remember him evaluating Urias. If he gets back to where he was pre-surgery, how has he devalued from #2/#3 to #3/#4. I think Logenhagen is projecting Urias now with the shoulder surgery. And until he proves otherwise, I think that is fair.

  17. Great article in The Athletic on a Mentor for Manny Machado. It’s compelling:

    https://theathletic.com/597379/2018/10/18/machados-mentor-a-lot-of-people-will-never-get-to-know-who-the-guy-is-who-the-man-is-they-just-know-who-swaggy-machado-is/

    I was going to save this until after the season, but I’ll give it to you now:

    I believe that Manny’s best years are ahead of him and I would try and sign him if he agreed to 2 Things:
    1. That he agrees to play wherever is best for the team… not Manny; and
    2. That he hits the weight room… he needs a little more muscle.

    I would consider a 8-10 year $30 mil a year deal for him… or something similar. SS is Corey’s… unless he can’t cut it. JT goes to 1B (helps his knees) and the loser of the SS battle goes to 3B. Mad Max goes to 2B and cuts some weight while taking 200 ground balls a day.

    I’ll tell you the rest after the Dodgers win the World Series.

    1. I like machado but I dont see a real fit on the team. He was indemnity for seager’s loss and has been about perfect in that role. His arm amazes me. If you give a franchise deal you can’t question the character. Harper is a different story to me. He may be TOO intense.

    1. The Alamo is the most peaceful and serene environment I have ever experienced. It was almost like I was surrounded and protected by its former protectors. Very spiritual.

  18. Assuming that Dodgers and Boston go to the world series, what position would JD Martinez play? Obvious DH in Boston, but in the 3 games in LA, where would he play? It is for that reason that I want to play against them and not against Houston, since they are a more complete team and that they do not depend so much on a particular hitter, as Boston depend on JD

        1. Well, he has certainly cost himself several tens of millions of dollars with his play and commentary.

          1. Sounds like the perfect player for Doc to mentor. I do think the print article doesn’t come across the same way as the video of the interview if you watch it in its entirety.
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            Machado has had two injuries getting up the line. One slipping on the base and one getting out of the box. He needs to get over it. There are very few players like Utley who bust it up the every single time. However, when a ball is in the hole or a potentially DP ball he needs to bust it out of the box. It’s playoff time he needs to hustle all the time. I tell my son all of the time it takes no talent to hustle when I’m battling with him to back up throws. The funny thing is that Machado hustles in the field and on the bases once he’s on the bases.

  19. This week is a great week for redemption for pitchers that have not pitched as well, in the post season.

    First Kershaw, and the all time post season darling, Price, good for him.

  20. According to The Athletic, the Brewers are now accusing the Dodgers of stealing their signs. The Athletic wrote:If the Dodgers are decoding signs, or stealing them, it doesn’t seem to be helping much. As a team, with runners in scoring position in this series, they are hitting .220, with a .599 OPS.

    https://theathletic.com/599226/2018/10/18/something-looks-a-little-bit-off-in-a-postseason-of-paranoia-some-brewers-suspect-the-dodgers-are-stealing-signs/

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