Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

What a game 4

The Dodgers lost last night but baseball won with the most entertaining postseason game of 2020. If the Rays go on to win the World Series the walk play in Game 4 will become historical, if they don’t it will merely be a footnote, but what a footnote. So much had to to happen for …

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Game three goes according to plan

The Dodgers did everything they needed to do to open up a 2 – 1 series lead on Tampa with a resounding 6 – 2 victory. Score Early – Check – Justin Turner 1st inning home run Establish dominance – Check – Walker Buehler blew through the first 13 outs before allowing his first hit …

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Buehler trending toward a masterpiece

At the beginning of the postseason MLB listed the top 50 players to watch in the postseason and for some reason the ace of the team most favored to win the World Series didn’t make the cut. Evidently the list was made of players who had more successful 2020 seasons and not based on any …

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The Kids Aren’t Alright

With David Price opting out and no other options the Dodgers are trying to win a World Championship by cobbling together important games from two rookies who had tremendous regular season success but it isn’t working. Tony Gonsolin has made three appearances so far and each time has left the Dodgers behind the eight ball …

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Game One – Destroyer of Narratives

Past performance does not indicate future performance Narrative One – They said Mookie Betts couldn’t hit in the world series because he had this triple stat line in the 2018 World Series of – 217/308/391- in 26 plate appearances. In the first World Series game of 2020, Mookie had two hits, walked once, stole two …

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Here we go again

For the third time in four years the Dodgers are one series away from becoming World Champions and this is the year they do it. They won’t be playing the cheating Astros, they won’t be playing a better Red Sox team, they will be playing a very good Tampa Bay team, but it wouldn’t have …

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Multiple big moments add up to another World Series appearance

Here is a great link to every great moment in the just concluded NLCS series between the Dodgers and Braves. The best part of a stressful postseason series are the big moments that you hope will ultimately lead to moving on and while the Dodgers had plenty of big moments against the Braves, it still …

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Dynamic Diminutive Duo

HOF Joe Morgan passed away today joining Jimmy Wynn who passed away on March 26th, 2020. I wrote this story about the two of them way back in 2007 for TrueBlueLA. Sometimes when you do research for a story you get thrown a curve, or find out things that pleasantly surprise. I knew going in …

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A Villain comes forth

Every great baseball rivalry needs two things. A competitive team, and a villain who is good enough that he inspires some type of fear. For the past ten years the Dodger / Giant villain was Madison Bumgarner who played the role perfectly but his time as the Dodger villain are now in the rear-view mirror. …

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Dodgers needed this

I’m not talking about the montrous home run that Cody Bellinger hit, I’m not talking about the incredible catch Cody Bellinger made, I’m not talking about the clutch hitting that gave the Dodgers six runs. I’m not talking about the great five innings that Kershaw gave them. I’m talking about Kenley Jansen failing to close …

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