Author Archive: Phil Gurnee

It’s complicated

Has there ever been a more complicated relationship in Los Angeles sports than what Dodger fans and future HOF Clayton Kershaw are going through right now? How many times can the Dodgers be knocking on the door only to have the guy with the biggest knockers be the one who doesn’t knock the hardest when …

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Great beginnings sometimes end in commiserated sorrow

Is it possible to have a good time at a game that ends a team’s season? When you go to a game by yourself you don’t have the luxury of picking who you hang out with, you get the luck of the draw. Sometimes you get lucky and find yourself enveloped around good fun Dodger …

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Ouch, this one hurts

It isn’t that the Nationals aren’t a talented team, they are, but when you have a 3 – 1 lead in the 8th inning with your whole bullpen still at your disposal your expectations for victory are pretty damn high, so when the season goes to hell in a handbasket in a matter of seconds …

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Ridiculous!!!

I’m not one to make a ridiculous statement unless I mean to, so when noted baseball historian Bill James said I’d made one on twitter and to look up the facts, I had no choice but to look up the facts and see if I indeed had made one. This was what Bill James tweeted: …

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Walker set the proper pace for game one

Dave Roberts had a good game on Thursday Night, but his best call was the most important. Dave went with Walker Buehler to start game one, and Walker didn’t disappoint, hurling the Dodgers to a 6 – 0 victory. How good was Walker Buehler? Only eight pitchers have given up zero runs, one hit or …

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Here we go again

The last time the Dodgers and Nationals met in the postseason was the classic 2016 NLDS when the Dodgers had to win games four and five or face elimination. They won both, but game five didn’t come easy and is probably one of the best NLDS games in Dodger history. In 2016 the Dodgers turned …

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Dodgers rookies continue to excel

Edwin Rios is just the latest Dodger rookie to shine when given the chance for playing time. None of the five rookies that have gotten playing time have struggled, as all five of them now have an OPS > .800. Back in the spring of 2018, Edwin Rios was having a fine spring and was …

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Having fun with Will Smith

Will Smith hit two more home runs last night giving him nine home runs in his first twenty-three games.  To put that into perspective I looked at all the home runs for LAD catchers in their first 25 games: Mike Piazza hit one AJ Ellis had zero David Ross had six The infamous Jack Fimple …

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Dodgers dominate early August schedule in spite of Seager / Bellinger on-base woes

The whole point of this column was to highlight how bad Cody and Corey have been in August even with the Dodgers winning 80% of their games in August so far. When I checked the August splits I was aghast that Cody had an OPS of .863. That isn’t bad, that is good and I’d …

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What ex-Dodger could help the team right now?

DodgerYard tweeted out the question: A former Dodger who still plays today that you wish still played for us? — Dodger Yard (@DodgerYard) August 10, 2019 It is an interesting question with many varied answers. Some answered the question with their heart, some with practicality, and some with humor. I took the question to mean …

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