Ryan Braun, and this is understandable, is getting a day (or at least a start) off before the playoffs. So unless he pinch-hits, his batting average should remain at .333. Jose Reyes grounded out in his first at-bat to fall to .330. Matt Kemp is at .324 as play begins tonight.
Cliff Lee gave up a first-inning home run tonight, meaning that to catch Clayton Kershaw for the ERA title, he now needs to pitch into the 15th inning for the Phillies without giving up any more runs.
- Kemp was named National League Player of the Week.
- The Dodgers laid out their NL Cy Young Award case for Kershaw in this official release.
- Don Mattingly, bunts notwithstanding, is praised by Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness.
- Steve Dilbeck of the Times passes along KABC Dodger Talk host Josh Suchon’s fears that the Dodgers have improved so much, they could lose a first-round draft pick if they sign a Type A free agent. I’m still not sure the Dodgers will sign a Type A free agent.