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Vin Scully to attend tonight’s NLCS Game-5

According to USA Today columnist Bob Nightengale, Hall of Fame and recently retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will be in attendance at Thursday evening’s National League Championship Series game between the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium. On Monday the 88-year-old beloved Dodgers broadcaster told ThinkBlueLA said that he fully expected the series to […]

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Baseball’s worst umpire lives up to reputation … again

There is an old saying with regards to major league baseball umpires: “When you don’t even notice them, they have done their job well.” As such, when it was announced last week that 55-year-old Angel Hernandez – the worst umpire in the game today and perhaps ever – was going to be among the six major […]

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Reddick, Pederson bring missing element to Dodgers offense

After a painfully slow start following his August 1 acquisition by the Dodgers, right fielder Josh Reddick finally found his stroke; good enough to finish the regular with a slash-line of .258 / .307 / .335 / .643, two home runs and nine RBIs in his 167 plate appearances with his new club. But flying well under […]

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Grandal finds the at-bat he has been looking for

To say that Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has struggled thus far through the 2016 postseason is both an understatement and being very kind; he has been absolutely lost at the plate. In fact, until his second at-bat in Tuesday night’s NLCS Game-3 home opener at Dodger Stadium, the soon-to-be 28-year-old La Habana, Cuba native was 2-for-21 (.095) […]

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Although Hill was traded to the Dodgers on August 1, he didn't make his first start until August 24, causing a great deal of anxiety among Dodger fans. Fortunately, he has been outstanding since.
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Game-3 to be ultimate test for Rich Hill

Anyone who has had the opportunity to interview Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill has undoubtedly noticed two things about him: 1) He has a great sense of humor and; 2) He is brutally honest. The is no argument that having a great sense of humor makes for a great interview and can lighten the mood in […]

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Kershaw + Jansen = Near Perfection

I remember it well. The date was October 5, 1963 and I was two months shy of my 10th birthday. A few days earlier my dad had intentionally kept my 12-year-old brother Tom and me out of school so that we could stand in line – all day – at the advanced ticket sales booth located in what […]

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Series … not Game

If you are a “bottom line” type of person here it is: The Cubs won Game-1 of the 2016 National League Championship Series. That’s it. No ifs, ands or buts and no fluff; just a box score that reads Cubs-8  Dodgers-4. With one mistake pitch, an 86-MPH hanging slider that Dodgers right-handed reliever Joe Blanton left right over […]

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Kershaw to start Game-2 of NLCS

Per Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick (among others), Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start Game-2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Although there was never really much doubt that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would give the ball to the 28-year-old Dallas, Texas native and three-time NL Cy Young […]

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Dodgers add Hernandez and Wood to NLCS roster

The Dodgers have added utility infielder/outfielder Kiké Hernandez and left-hander Alex Wood to their 25-man National League Championship Series roster, while removing utility infielder Charlie Culberson and backup catcher/infielder Austin Barnes. Although Hernandez ended the regular season with a rather dismal slash-line of .190 / .283 / .324 for an OPS of .607, he hit […]

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NLDS numbers could play key role in Dodgers’ NLCS lineup

Using statistics from the best-of-five Division Series to project or predict what players will do in the upcoming Championship Series can be both risky and misleading, yet what else do we have to go on? Even a brief one or two-game slump (or a one or two-game hitting streak) during the short Division Series is so […]

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