In the interests of (we can only assume) jinxing everyone, Sports Illustrated selected Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright for two of its three regional covers this week.
The two pitchers are the cover boys for the magazine’s MLB playoffs/NHL regular season preview editions. The Kings’ Anze Kopitar and the St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie are also featured.
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The Dodgers and iHeartMedia announced a multi-year agreement Tuesday renewing KLAC’s (570-AM) rights to Dodgers regular season games, select spring training games and potential postseason games.
In addition, the new partnership will include an equity position in the station for the Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity for collaborative programming.
“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives, to enhance our fans engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin (Scully), Rick (Monday) and Charley (Steiner).”
The agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval.
Here’s more from the Dodgers’ press release:
Dee Gordon stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples during the regular season, leading MLB in both categories. (Associated Press photo)
Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com reported Monday that the minimum service time to be considered a “Super 2″ player in 2014 is two years, 133 days. At two years, 154 days, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon is projected to make the cut.
What does that mean, and who should care?
Just filed it.
I’m not allowed to reveal who I voted for until the winner is announced. However, if you have to ask, you don’t deserve an answer. How’s that for a catch-22?
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez led the majors in runs batted in with 116, and led the Dodgers with 27 home runs. (Associated Press photo)
Adrian Gonzalez is the Dodgers’ nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.
The award, sanctioned by Major League Baseball, has recognized “the most outstanding offensive performer” in each League since it was established in 1999.
Gonzalez led the Majors with 116 RBIs, the first Dodger to do so since Matt Kemp in 2011, while batting .276 and leading the Dodgers with 41 doubles (3rd, NL) and 27 home runs (6th, NL) in 159 games.
Fans can vote for the award online. Sorry, no paper ballots.
A special panel of Hall of Fame players, including the 80-year-old Aaron, will join fans in voting for the award.
Here’s more from MLB’s press release on Gonzalez:
MLB has announced the start times for the first two games of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium.
Game 1 will be at 3:37 p.m. Friday, televised on Fox Sports 1. Game 2 will be at 6:37 p.m. Saturday, televised on MLB Network.
Neither game will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.
The start times for Games 3, 4 and 5 have yet to be announced.
Update (3:27 p.m.) The Dodgers announced that Vin Scully will call the first three and last three innings of each playoff game, home and away. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday will call the middle three innings on radio, the same arrangement as the 2013 postseason.
Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal are on the call for Game 2.
The crew chief for the Dodgers-St. Louis Cardinals National League Division Series will be Dale Scott, who will be on the field with Eric Cooper, Rob Drake, regular season crew chief Jerry Layne, Jerry Meals and Alan Porter.
Umpires CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox and Brian O’Nora will serve in the Replay Center during the Division Series.
A brief scouting report:
AL MVP favorite Mike Trout singled in his first career at-bat against NL MVP favorite Clayton Kershaw earlier this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and Angels are the co-favorites to win the World Series, at 5-to-1 each, according to Bovada. The online oddsmaker released its final odds following the conclusion of the regular season yesterday.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the favorite to win the National League MVP and Cy Young awards.
The full list:
Darwin Barney scored one of the Dodgers’ six runs in the sixth inning Friday against the Colorado Rockies. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers have some playoff roster decisions to make, including how Justin Turner will be used, after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Friday. The box score is here.
The Dodgers are guaranteed home-field advantage in the National League Division Series, which begins next Friday at Dodger Stadium. Their opponent — either the St. Louis Cardinals or Pittsburgh Pirates — is still to be determined. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon to pull within a half-game of the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Then, St. Louis withstood a late rally in Phoenix to beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 in 10 innings.
So, with two games left in the regular season for both teams, the Cardinals are a game up on the Pirates to determine who the Dodgers will play in the first round.
Hyun-Jin Ryu took a small but necessary step toward pitching in the playoffs when he threw a (roughly) 20-pitch bullpen session Friday at Dodger Stadium:
Those pitches were all fastballs. As you can hear, they hit their target with a familiar pop. Ryu’s first few breaking balls wound up in the dirt, which isn’t too surprising considering Ryu hadn’t thrown breaking pitches off a mound in two weeks.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu will try to throw a bullpen session at full intensity Sunday, and “if that goes good he’ll move on to some type of sim game.”
As for the National League Division Series, which begins a week from today, Mattingly said that he intends to use Ryu as a starter if he’s available.
“It’s hard to say he lines up for anything at this moment,” Mattingly said.
It’s easy to rule out Ryu pitching in games one and two of the series at Dodger Stadium, though Mattingly wouldn’t confirm that Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are slotted to start those games.