If you remember the Dodgers’ three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2009 National League Division Series, this might be the first thing you think of when you see the name “Matt Holliday“:
That fateful, painful drop allowed the Dodgers to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning of Game 2.
These days, Holliday has his swagger back. He set a National League record on Wednesday by reaching base in 43 consecutive games to begin the season. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire sized up Holliday, comparing him to two of the best hitters he’s ever coached.
Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow was the last member of the 2007 draft class still in the organization. (Getty Images)
Logan White had some great drafts as the Dodgers’ amateur scouting director. He found Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley and A.J. Ellis in one year. In another, Dee Gordon and Nathan Eovaldi. In another, Zach Lee and Joc Pederson — in the 11th round.
Oh, and Clayton Kershaw.
None of these years was 2007, which is a forgettable outlier as baseball draft classes go. It’s kind of like the scab you keep picking at that never seems to go away. We’re picking at it today because, well, it sort of went away.
Julio Urias underwent cosmetic surgery Thusday to remove a benign tumor from his left eye. The 18-year-old pitcher isn’t expected back in a game for another 4-5 weeks.
Urias was born with a benign tumor on the eye, which does not affect his vision. He chose to have the surgery, and the time off will allow him to delay reaching his innings limit until later this season.
Urias has a 3.00 ERA with 46 strikeouts and a 0.94 WHIP in seven starts for Double-A Tulsa this season. His opponents, all of whom are older, have a .194/.246/.318 slash line.