Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Dodgers win at games and roster building

Tonight the Dodgers won again, this time with Adrian Gonzalez playing for the first time since June. I don’t think enough is being made about how useful a healthy Gonzalez can help this team. Probably because it appears they don’t need any help in winning, but winning in the summer isn’t the same as winning …

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12 months of the Puig elevator

A professional baseball players career is going to be full of ups and downs, but for Yasiel Puig the last twelve months have been quite the elevator ride. On July 31st, 2016 Puig had three hits culminating his July with an overall OPS of .806 which had followed his June OPS of .826.  The elevator …

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My favorite Dodger was traded on this date

Hat tip to Ernest Reyes at Dodger Blue Heaven for reminding me that Pedro Guerrero was traded on this date in 1988.  At the time of the trade, Pedro was the second best hitter on a fairly anemic offensive team.  He was traded for John Tudor who I already disliked as a Cardinal and nothing …

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Alex Wood shows both sides of the win

Keith Law has a great book out right now called Smart Baseball telling us in one of the early chapters how wins are a ridiculous stat because so much of a win is team based. I’ve gotten through about five chapters so far and have learned nothing new except on how to tell baseball fans …

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All the young dudes

Much like the Cubs of 2016, the Dodgers great season is being fueled by youth.  The team is 50 games over .500 and the lineup is loaded with players 26 or younger. Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig are both 26 Joc Pederson is 25 Corey Seager is 23 Cody Bellinger is 21 Five of the …

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Chavez Ravine domination

If you have been going to the Ravine to watch the Dodgers since Cody Bellinger joined the team the odds have been in your favor that you will have watched another Dodger home victory.  Overall the Dodgers are fifty games over .500 with a winning percentage of .712 which is insane, but at home they …

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OTDIB – 08/16/1964 – Sandy Koufax ruptures elbow

The Dodgers were playing the Cardinals in a double header and ran into double trouble. Sandy Koufax was once again the best pitcher in the NL but had his season cut short because of a play as a baserunner in the 7th inning.  Koufax had walked and slid safely into second base as Maury Wills was …

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Corey Seager is double trouble

Only future HOF Adrian Beltre has had more doubles than Corey Seager at age 23 in a Los Angeles Dodger uniform.  However, for every thing Corey Seager is going to do, Cody Bellinger is probably eventually going to pass him. Player 2B From To Age PA OPS Adrian Beltre 114 1998 2002 19-23 2553 .756 …

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Ike Davis is the son of 1981 LAD World Series hero Ron Davis?

Ike Davis is getting some play today because of the news from Bill Shaikin that Ike is transitioning from a 1st baseman to a pitcher while in the Dodger organization.  For months I’ve been asking why is Ike Davis in the Dodger organization?  His days as a slugging 1st baseman were long gone, and the Dodgers …

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OTDIB – 08/15/89 – Dave Dravecky makes strong men throw up

Chad Bettis made headlines last night by throwing seven fantastic innings after coming back from his cancer treatment.  That was his first start. Anyone who was watching Dave Dravecky pitching on August 15, 1989 will never forget it. He was making his second start after coming back from cancer treatment and much like Chad Bettis …

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