J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.
The Hall of Fame pitcher, speaking on a conference call with other TBS broadcasters on Wednesday morning, was thinking along the same lines of the Dodgers’ staff for their middle relief innings.
“I think they have to pull one of those starters that is used to pitching in those middle innings to try to get righties and lefties out,” Martinez said. “If they can pull one of those starters, they can build a bridge to get to (closer Kenley) Jansen.”
Martinez is a studio analyst for TBS, which holds the right to the entire first round of National Legaue games. The network assigned Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and reporter Sam Ryan to the Dodgers-Mets series.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Dan Haren, whose 2015 salary was paid by the Dodgers under the terms of a trade last December with the Miami Marlins, is retiring after this season according to multiple reports.
Haren is not expected to pitch for the Chicago Cubs this postseason; the Cubs play the Pirates in the National League wild card game Tuesday. He went 11-9 with a 3.60 ERA in 32 starts for the Cubs and Marlins this season. Last year, his only season in Los Angeles, Haren was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA.
Clayton Kershaw watches the Dodgers hitters participate in a simulated game Tuesday alongside hitting coach Mark McGwire. Kershaw will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
For Kershaw, Friday represents his third NLDS Game 1 start in as many years. Greinke has also started Game 2 each of the last two years, while Anderson has started one playoff game in his career, three years ago for the Oakland A’s. He has never faced the New York Mets in his career.