Hey kids! Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness and I joined forces for this coast-to-coast, blog-to-blog chat on the Dodgers. Enjoy Mike’s nicely groomed beard and my compellingly shifty eyes as we talk about your favorite last-place team!
At the end of games of May 28, the fourth-place Dodgers had a slim one-game lead in the loss column over last-place San Diego in the National League West. Los Angeles was precariously close to falling in the cellar.
Then, over their next 10 games, whether the Dodgers won or lost, the Padres did the same in nine of them:
May 29: Dodgers and Padres win
May 30: Dodgers and Padres win
May 31: Dodgers and Padres win
June 1: Dodgers and Padres lose
June 2: Dodgers off, Padres lose
June 3: Dodgers lose, Padres win
June 4: Dodgers and Padres win
June 5: Dodgers and Padres win
June 6: Dodgers and Padres lose
June 7: Dodgers and Padres win
June 8: Dodgers and Padres lose
And so today, the fourth-place Dodgers have a slim one-game lead in the loss column over last-place San Diego in the National League West.
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- Congrats to Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, named the best sports blog in Los Angeles by L.A. Weekly. A great pick. (Also congrats to Kevin Roderick of L.A. Observed for best news blog honors, which was a slam-dunk choice.)
- Some good tidbits on Clayton Kershaw at ESPN Stats and Info.
- Dee Gordon is profiled by Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com.
- A nice story by Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com on the Texas Rangers drafting Georgia baseball player Johnathan Taylor, who was paralyzed in an on-field collision.
Enter, stage left …
- Buster Posey will make $575,000 next season, according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Hardball Talk). That’s $75,000 more than Clayton Kershaw despite more than a year less in service time. I understand that Posey is underpaid with regards to pure talent, but I’m a little surprised he got that nice a raise.
- Don Mattingly told reporters this morning that James Loney and Jamey Carroll are expected to return to game action Wednesday.
- Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness is the latest blogger to be interviewed by Howard Cole of Baseball Savvy. Petriello was a huge contributor to the 2010 Maple Street Press Dodgers Annual, and one of the main reasons I was sorry Maple Street chose not to do one again this year.
- Evan Bladh Sr. of Opinion of Kingman’s Performance has a healthy post on an obscure but memorable record: Rod Carew stealing home on seven straight attempts in 1969.
- The Onion posts too many great headlines to consistently track, but I couldn’t let this one go: “Jim Joyce Accidentally Deletes Book He’s Writing With Armando Galarraga.”
- Five-time Oscar nominee King Vidor wrote to Jim Murray about deplorable Dodger Stadium bathrooms in 1974. Letters of Note has the full text.
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The Dodgers also had a B game this morning against the Mariners.