Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Puig evolution in ten easy steps

Step one, get recalled from AAA, hit lefties in Sept, start in Oct against lefties Turn 26 in December Work hard all winter Work hard all spring Start out batting 8th against everyone Become the best 8th hitter in baseball Become the best defensive right fielder in baseball Unleash the wild horse within himself Crush …

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Dodger pinch hitting missing in NLCS

During the regular season, the Dodger pinch-hitting was a strength, hitting eight home runs and compiling a .715 OPS. In the NLCS Game 1 – zero for two with Granderson/Farmer Game 2 – zero for three with Granderson/Farmer/Chase Game 3 – zero for one with Famer getting a SF, Forsythe getting a walk, and Culberson …

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Can Chase or Granderson pull a Baez?

Javier Baez entered the game last night without a hit in the 2017 postseason. I’m sure Cub fans weren’t thrilled he was back in the lineup, but after his two home runs propelled the Cubs to their first victory I expect they forgot how unhappy they had been with Baez. With left-hander Jose Quintana pitching tonight …

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Kershaw at Wrigley

Once again the Dodgers go for the series clincher, but this time with their ace Clayton Kershaw who will try to hold the Cubs in check long enough for the Dodger offense to find a way to get to Jose Quintana. Clayton has made only three starts at Wrigley during the regular season. With this …

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Chris Taylor is what Dodger fans prayed for

You can’t really quantify the impact that Chris Taylor has had on the Dodger season. You could try it with fWAR but you would be missing the complete picture. Chris Taylor was a 2nd baseman when Logan Forsythe got hurt early Chris Taylor was a left fielder when Andrew Toles went down for the season …

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Dodgers roll a six

Beating the Cubs 6 – 1 and winning their 6th straight postseason game to remain undefeated in October.  Dating back to the regular season the Dodgers have now won eight games in a row. Yu Darvish gave up a home run in the first to Schwarber, add in a couple more hard-hit singles and things …

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Dodgers go with Andre/Joc and keep Barnes at catcher

Maybe this was expected by those who follow the team but I was very surprised to see the starting lineup tonight include Joc/Andre/Barnes instead of Hernandez/Granderson/Grandal. Barnes has started every game since game one of the NLDS and I fully expected Grandal to get the gig tonight. I guess you don’t mess with an undefeated postseason. …

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Dodgers have had limited success against Hendricks

Yu Darvish will need to be on this game tonight, as the current Dodger roster has had very little success against his opponent Kyle Hendricks.  If history holds true, this should be a pitching matchup with the game once again decided by the bullpen. Particularly the left hand bats that you would expect to see …

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The Golden Gate bridge of the Dodger bullpen

The Dodger bullpen has rolled an almost perfect eight innings of relief so far in the NLCS.  Almost every failure in the past NLCS during this century can be pointed directly at the Dodger bullpen but in 2017 they have been tasked with with getting twelve outs per game and have responded brilliantly.  The only …

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Justin Turner and the LAD Postseason 3-Run Dong

Justin Turner isn’t just hitting home runs this postseason, he is hitting three-run home runs and is now the first Dodger to ever hit a three-run home run in both the NLDS and NLCS. The only other LAD with multiple three-run home runs in the postseason is Ron Cey who hit one in the 1978 and …

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