Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

Bizarro day finds Dodgers only six back

The odds were already stacked against the Dodgers in the second game of a doubleheader having to face the best pitcher in the National League in his park, but they looked even worse after Rich Hill left the game with a torn blister without retiring a single batter.  This meant the bullpen would have to …

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Brother in Arms by Jon Weisman

When Jon Weisman announced his new project last year I was excited to see what kind of prose he could put together about the pitchers of my youth and the pitchers I read about in my youth.  His book is called Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers’ Extraordinary Pitching Tradition and is now available in …

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Baseball gravity pulls sophomore slugging 1st baseman back to earth

Last year witnessed not one, not two, but three first baseman who broke all sorts of home runs records even though none of them started the season in the major leagues.  The first up was Dodger phenom Cody Bellinger who started his first game on April 25th and proceeded to light up the NL and …

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Scooter Gennett is not living upto his nickname

Usually, if you have a nickname of Scooter you would think your baseball game is more along the lines of grit instead of grand with speed the biggest asset not power. Scooter Gennett is having none of that. Scooter was just named the NL Player of the Week after destroying the Dodgers over a four …

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Kyle Garlick FFA Weekly winner for May 7th – May 13th

Kyle Garlick was promoted to AAA on April 30th and has already made quite an impact. In seventy-eight plate appearances in AA , Kyle hit five home runs. In only twenty-two at-bats last week, Kyle hit four home runs for OKC in the PCL. For the week Garlick had nine hits in those twenty-two at-bats. …

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Before you panic, remember we went 5 – 20 last season during a 25 game stretch

It is easy to panic when the record is 16 – 24 to start a season but every season will have hot and cold streaks. I’m sure no one has forgotten the Dodgers went 5 – 20 from Aug 26th to Sept 20th in 2017 on the way to 104 wins. If the 2017 team …

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Schebler and Joc, a starting path with similar forks

Joc Pederson and Scott Schebler were both drafted by the Dodgers in 2010, they were both left-handed outfielders, and neither were high draft picks. Joc was drafted in the 10th round, and Scott Schebler way back in the 26th round.  They both had high strikeout rates headed into 2018 and they have both dropped their …

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Dodger prospect notes for May 10th

Dustin May, Dennis Santana, and Yusniel Diaz have done enough this week to already garner some notes for this Thursday. Dustin May made his 2018 debut last week and pitched okay, but last night in his second start he showed why he just might be the highest ceiling prospect left in the Dodger minor leagues. …

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Jansen and Dodgers winding into shape

Kenley Jansen still isn’t striking out anyone, but he is getting weak contact and is no longer walking anyone which bodes well for future Dodger fortunes. Date Inngs Dec IP H ER BB SO HR May1 8-GF(8) 1.0 1 0 1 1 0 May2 9-GF S(4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 May3 9-GF S(5) …

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Matt Kemp has blown my mind

As of today, Matt Kemp has the highest wRC+ for National League left fielders.  Matt Kemp has the third highest WRC+ for any positional National League player. We are now thirty-five games into the season which is about 21% of the season and Matt Kemp isn’t slowing down, he’s getting better. Many of us hoped for …

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