Ah, damn. If my son wasn’t due any moment now I would have probably been at this series. Next year, for sure.
Anyways, today’s Businessman’s Special down in Cincy was a good ol’ ambush by the Bums on getaway day. Adrian Gonzalez hit three bombs, and Homer Bailey was out of the game before completing three frames. The Dodgers won the game 18-9.
And tomorrow night, things return to magical Chavez Ravine where the Giants and Dodgers do battle with first place on the line. Madison Bumgarner vs. Kenta Maeda. Vin Scully on the call. Are we lucky or what?
And everyone thought the biggest arm the Dodgers *might* be getting back this season was Rich Hill when his gangrene blister heals.
Clayton Kershaw is feeling better after a recent throwing session, and has a plan in place for his return. He just won’t say what that plan entails.
“We’ve got a good plan in place to where I feel like I can contribute,” Kershaw said. “And, hopefully, if I’m pitching well enough, make a difference. Or, at least, help out.”
So after all the ambiguity and doubt; well, there’s more ambiguity of course. But it sounds like Kershaw is coming back this season. It’s good for baseball, and it makes the Dodgers a legitimate World Series threat. It sucks for fantasy owners that moved Kershaw because back surgery was oh so certain a short while ago.
But we’re glad Kershaw is feeling better and will have some say in this season. I still don’t recall a Kershaw postseason gem like the ones I remember Roy Halladay or others throwing, if there has been one. I need to go back and look.
Okay, I looked and there has been at least one.
Alright, the guy last pitched in the first week of July before he got the blister from Hell. There are people with HIV who are curing up what ails them faster than that of Rich Hill’s blister. Everything was looking great – as great as it could possibly look when you’ve missed TWO months for a blister – Hill even planned to grant the poor Dodgers (who traded for him in the midst of blister-gate) a rehab start today.
But alas, you knew it wouldn’t happen; and Hill’s blister is still blisterin’.
Rich Hill is still experiencing problems with a severe blister on his left hand. The hope is that the dry air in Arizona will help the healing process. He is scheduled to face hitters in a simulated setting on Wednesday and Thursday, then the Dodgers will try to come up with a new timetable for his L.A. debut.
The hope is THAT THE DRY AIR IN ARIZONA WILL HELP THE HEALING PROCESS! ARGGHHHHH! GAHHHH! RICH HILL ISN’T GOING TO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT HIS BLISTER BECAUSE I’M GOING TO SHOOT SOMEONE OVER THE GUY BEING SUCH A COMPLETE PUSSY ABOUT THIS!
The Dodgers need him! I need him! Countless other fantasy owners need him! The dry air in Arizona – give me a break with this shit! I demand Hill get out there on the damn mound regardless of if the units on his left palm are Gangrene and give us five innings! NOW!
I don’t care how long Hill lives. I don’t care how many years go by. This is what is on his Tombstone as far as I’m concerned. I will never forget this two month blister episode. Rich if you read this some day while using your right un-blistered hand with a fancy iPad you don’t deserve, just know that you are a special case of soft. They ‘don’t make em’ like they used to’ our dads all say because of the Rich Hill’s of the world and their blister.
Wonder how many blisters Bob Gibson pitched through. Heard he used to bite them off for extra protein. The blood made his fastball just a bit quicker.
And in closing, if someone doesn’t start the blog ‘Rich Hill’s Blister’ it would be a true crime of the internet.
Yeah, so I feel like I was one of the first ones who started to look around and realize it’s Kris Bryant or Corey Seager for National League MVP. That noise is getting louder.
I logged onto ESPN/mlb today and saw Seager’s picture on the front page. SweetSpot’s Schoenfield says it’s time to give Seager his due as a legit MVP candidate. It was time a while ago.
He reminds us that Seager is second in position-player WAR in the NL behind Bryant, at 4.6; tied with Anthony Rizzo who may pull votes from his teammate. And:
Compared to the American League — which has seven position players above 5.0 (Corey’s older brother Kyle Seager has 4.9 WAR and ranks eighth) — it’s kind of a mediocre group of MVP candidates. Bryant is probably the favorite as he leads the NL in runs, is second in home runs, seventh in OPS, and 10th in RBIs. He’s played good defense while shuttling between third base, left field, and right field (plus-8 Defensive Runs Saved). Seager, however, has played a solid shortstop (plus-2 DRS), erasing concerns that he won’t have the range to stick there.
Really love this kid, like the Dodgers, and legitimately hope he finishes with a monster September that sees him win this award…. as much as we also love Bryant.
While you were sleeping, Corey Seager was out at magical Chavez Ravine knocking out home runs number 20 and 21. The Dodgers beat the Phils 9-4, Julio Urias picked up the victory; and the Bums remain just one game behind those rotten Giants.
The Dodgers simply aren’t going away.
Seager is now 5.1 fWAR. He has a great shot to become the third shortstop age 22 or under all-time to hit 25 or more home runs. One of the others played in more straight games than any other player (Cal Ripken) and the other retires on Friday (Alex Rodriguez).
Since Jay Bruce is now a Met and Bryce Harper is more worried about sponsorship offers and instagramming his breakfast in every MLB city rather than playing well; we must find a new warrior to hold our interests.
We turn our attention to the slow-heartbeat of one Corey Seager. The guy is quiet, calm, collected, and has at-bats like a 15-year veteran night in and night out. He isn’t worried about telling you he drinks a certain cola, or a certain brand of this or that. He doesn’t social media tweet every meal. He just goes out and quietly does his business like a superstar.
And after tonight’s game at Coors where he homered off Tyler Chatwood to tie the game; his 19th of the season, he’s eclipsed a five fWAR season. The only position player with a higher fWAR than the 22-year old Seager in the National League is Kris Bryant. And therein lies your National League MVP, one of these two.
Coors Field games are fun too, by golly. This one wasn’t a funhouse that it usually turns into though. But the Dodgers quieted the hottest team in baseball (yes, the Rockies) for a night at their home park with Seager getting the best part of Chatwood when it mattered most. The Dodgers remain just two games behind the Giants headed back to magical Dodger Stadium where Vin Scully will bless those Bums with his voice over the weekend.
This one should have went up yesterday.
On Sunday, one of our new favorites; The Seager Boy, hit his 18th bomb of the year into those seats in right at Dodger Stadium. He’s up to .310 on the year, and the Dodgers are really playing well without Clayton Kershaw in the mix.
They pounded the Diamondbacks 14-3 on the day. They’re 59-46 and just acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. Yasiel Puig has probably kicked out his last stable car window in Los Angeles though, because he’s been demoted.
But is there anything more magical; more enchanting than LA?
This one came on July 20th, off Budd Norris and was Bryce Harper’s 20th home run of the 2016 season. It’s a few days late; but we still have every Bryce Harper home run ever hit on this blog.
As the Nationals commentator F.P. Santangelo states, it’s almost to the Navy Yard:
The Nationals beat the Dodgers in this game 8-1.
I also have to post this; as the Nationals were nice enough to send my daughter Harper a jersey in honor of National Bryce Harper jersey day, and put her in their social media video:
It’s been a banner Fourth of July for this dad. Parade in the morning, watching quite a bit less baseball than usual, watched the Nathan’s contest which featured a blogger that we like while my kid took her hour nap that seemed 20 minutes. All in all, nothing too thrilling when compared to everyone I seemingly know being on a jet ski or playing bocci ball near a lake on my Facebook timeline.
For what seems like the first time in my life, there will be no fireworks on my Fourth of July. And that’s okay. Instead, I turn to the Meadowlark voice of one Vincent Edward Scully and that blue stadium out west. We couldn’t really nail down a babysitter that would give up her holiday and I have work early tomorrow. It’s a shitty year on the calendar for the Fourth!
When I fired off that Lasorda pic to my well-connected buddy who is a Dodgers fan, he responds back with Tommy’s cell phone number! I’m totally calling that when the right moment comes around. But tonight is not that night.
Tonight, I celebrate the fourth like a true oldie; with a little quiet baseball and Tommy’s number stored in my contacts. Go Bums!
After getting shut out and two-hit by the likes of Gents game whore Junior Guerra, the Dodgers were in desperate need of a good performance today. It actually would have been a great day to lay some money on them.
They got a big swing from MVP candidate – you heard me – Corey Seager. He hit his 17th home run of the season, and the Dodgers won the game 8-1 in Milwaukee.
We already covered the wonderful Kershaw epidural news that broke today. The Dodgers also marked this day as the day they added Bud Norris to help preserve their lead in the Wildcard standings.
They just need to get back to that magical stadium of theirs on the West coast and let the voice of Vin Scully carry them to some late night wins. With Corey Seager and Vin Scully, anything is possible.
Because pitchers seemingly always go from having record setting seasons to ‘maybe missing a start’ to on the 15-day disabled list out of the pure blue; I mean what the hell is this anyway?
No big deal, I just traded Bryce Harper away in a fantasy league for Kershaw (never, ever trust a fucking pitcher). In regards to fantasy baseball, I quit.
As an aside, I have sort of jumped on the Dodgers as my National League team with the Reds twisting in the wind as a franchise. So there’s that in play as well.
None of this really makes any sense. If Kershaw was really as hurt as they’re saying, you don’t put up the numbers that he was putting up.
The cherry on the sundae is going to be watching the Giants in the world series again in October. I just know it.
I’m going to go hang myself now with a pair of my non-matching dress socks. Have a good one.
There was a time I thought Michael A. Taylor was such a toolsy player. He reminded me of a Reggie Sanders type player. Michael Taylor is still toolsy. Sometimes, “toolsy” guys go 0 for 5 with a platinum sombrero, and then this happens:
There are a lot of elements in play here. Again, second straight night that the Bums have a wild walk-off win in the magic of Dodger Stadium. What a magical, mystical place in that far off land.
Corey Seager homered earlier in the game. And of course, Yasiel Puig is back kicking out stable car windows like the Puig of old; the crazy sumbitch. He’s just the type of player who ends a game with a Little League home run of sorts.
Dodgers win 4-3. These really are the types of things that happen to Dusty Baker teams over and over again.
Here’s Dodger Stadium in all it’s glory. This is a series I really wanted to try to be at for my first trip to LA; but my wife shot that down because we move into a new home next week and we’re having our second child in about two months. Timing just isn’t good. Oh well.
So, I watched a lot of this one on television. No Vin Scully for the viewers, Scully wasn’t feeling well so Charlie Steiner and Orel Hersheiser took the reigns for a game.
In the first inning, Bryce Harper hits a rapier laser the other way to left field off Scott Kazmir. This would give the Nationals a 1-0 lead which eventually grew to 2-0. I was actually tired and went to bed.
But when you go to sleep on Dodger Stadium, you chance missing the magic.
Yasmany Grandal who is still probably hitting .181 hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning off Tanner Roark, and that would be the last say the Nationals would have in it. Dodgers win 3-2 in a game in which Bryce Harper hits his 15th home run of the 2016 season and the 112th of his career.
I think at the moment, this is the best player in the National league. Well, I’ll preface that; best offensive player for you Kershaw ball washers. But Seager is more fun to watch.
I honestly owe this one to Vin Scully. About a month ago I made a promise to myself I was going to start watching more Vin Scully and Dodger home games. Until that point, I had not really focused on Seager’s game.
It didn’t take long to see what all the hype was about.
Yes, everyone will talk about Seager’s three-homer game during his rookie season that happened on Friday night. And it spawned into a five-home run weekend. But for me, it was seeing some little things like his composure, the smooth stroke, the home run off a Kevin Siegrist, a Javier Lopez (two nasty lefties whom lefties don’t think about homering off of) or getting Thor Syndergaard on a night when no one is getting much. It’s seeing Seager battle a 10-pitch at bat and work a walk when the Dodgers are down ten runs at Wrigley Field and about to get swept. He simply never gives away an at bat. I never saw that because I was watching so much Harper, Correa, Trout, Betts, Bogaerts; you name it.
So here are the two others Seager hit. He has twelve home runs since May 11, the most in baseball by any player. He’s going to assault Nomar Garciaparra’s record of 30 home runs by a rookie shortstop as long as he stays healthy and he’s going to do it in a big home ballpark.
The Dodgers won the game 12-6. They completed the sweep of the lowly Braves.
By far and going away, right there with my favorite player in the National league to watch at the moment. Special, special young player. Oh, and Vin Scully is on the call again tomorrow night.