When I noticed the Dodgers opened their post-All Star Game schedule next week with four games at St. Louis, I thought, “Not again.” It seemed like every year the Dodgers were going to the sweltering summer heat right after the midseason break for a strength-sapping sweep by St. Louis.
That doesn’t happen to be the case, but it’s true that the Dodgers really haven’t had much success there. The team hasn’t won a road series in St. Louis since July 9-10, 2003, and hasn’t won a road series there after the All-Star break since September 15-16, 1997. Roughly, the Dodgers have won about 25 percent of the games they have played in St. Louis since that two-game sweep.
Thank goodness for last year’s National League Division Series. With the Dodgers’ Game 3 victory there, Los Angeles has won a whopping two games in a row in the Cardinals’ home park.
- The McCourt ownership is back on the defensive today with today’s New York Times story exploring why approximately 25 percent of the $1.6 million budget for the Dodgers Dream Foundation went to team exec Howard Sunkin in 2007.
- Three Dodger prospects made the Baseball America midseason top 50: Dee Gordon, Ethan Martin and Chris Withrow.
- This is trivia, but it perfectly intersects my interests. Today at Baseball Prospectus, Steven Goldman writes in passing about the 1935 release of a Dodger outfielder, Ernie Orsatti. The last name sounded familiar, and so I checked the Internet Movie Database … sure enough, Orsatti was the father of what might be Hollywood’s most well-known family of movie stunt performers.
- Very nice piece by Phil Gurnee at True Blue L.A.: “Toy Story — Dodger Style.”
- Another doubleheader for Albuquerque today.
- Yes, Vin Scully and other announcers are exempt from Rule 9. But you aren’t …