Time Warner Cable announced today that it has secured an agreement to broadcast the final six Dodger games of the season (Sept. 22-24 vs. SF & Sept. 26-28 vs. COL) on KDOC.
KDOC can be seen on the following channels:
|Over the air broadcast
Colleague Tom Hoffarth writes that the gesture is “too little, too late.”
Orel Hershiser went 19-3 for the Dodgers in 1985. (Getty Images)
“We call him the Big Train because he keeps coming,” Don Mattingly
said after watching Clayton Kershaw
win his 19th game of the season Sunday.
The birth of a new nickname? Maybe.
Kershaw at the very least matched a 29-year-old team record. He’s 19-3, good for a .864 winning percentage, with two starts left in the regular season. Orel Hershiser went 19-3 in 1985, the only Los Angeles Dodger to finish a season with a winning percentage that high.
Here’s what Hershiser had to say about Kershaw’s season last Wednesday, four days before Kershaw matched his record:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw allowed seven hits and two runs while walking one batter and striking out nine in eight innings Sunday against the San Francisco Giants. (Associated Press photo)
Things you learn by talking to people after a game: The Dodgers’ win over the Giants today might have depended on overcoming a misunderstanding.
You can read about that here; the box score is here.
Joc Pederson didn’t get into the game. In fact, he wasn’t even the left-hander chosen to pinch hit for Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning against right-hander Hunter Strickland — Andre Ethier was. Behind the scenes, he’s still adjusting to a new routine. You can read about that here.
“That’s no graveyard, that’s an oil well, and they just hit a bonanza.”
SAN FRANCISCO >> After the Giants scored all nine runs Friday, and the Dodgers scored all 17 runs Saturday, the two teams will be hard-pressed to put up a crooked number in Sunday’s series finale.
Clayton Kershaw is starting for the Dodgers. He’s had the efficiency of a robot all season. Here are a few numbers that make it hard to believe he will allow a run today:
Carlos Frias threw a bullpen session Sunday at AT&T Park. The rookie right-hander is still in line to start for Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. Ryu is getting an MRI on his inflamed left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles.
Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said about Frias today:
I reported Friday that Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell had a theraputic use exemption under MLB’s drug policy to use an amphetamine to treat Attention Deficit Disorder in 2008.
“They monitor how you take it, how much is in your system,” Howell said. “The milligram amount, if it’s above or below what’s expected on your prescription, that’s considered a fail.”
Howell corrected himself today. He said that, in the scenario quoted above, a player wouldn’t be considered to have failed a drug test if he has the TUE. He merely loses his TUE.
Dee Gordon stole his 60th base of the season in the Dodgers’ 17-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. (Associated Press photo)
I managed to refer to the Herbert Hoover administration in today’s game story
. The box score
, which shows the Dodgers going 11 for 19 with runners in scoring position, is all kinds of ridiculous.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is getting an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles and Carlos Frias will take his spot in the rotation if he can’t pitch Wednesday. Read more about Ryu and Frias in today’s notebook.
Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start on Sept. 3. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Glenn Dishman
, the pitching coach at Triple-A Albuquerque, is with the big-league club this week. I caught up with him for his thoughts about Carlos Frias
‘ evolution, and I’ll share what he said in a bit.
It’s not fair to compare Frias directly to Zach Lee, the former first-round draft pick who just finished the season at Albuquerque. They’re two different pitchers with two different repertoires. Lee turned 23 on Saturday. Frias is 24, but he’s been pitching in the Dodgers’ system since he was 17. Lee was a blue-chip high school quarterback recruit in Texas at the same age.
That said, only one of the two pitchers is here now. At the beginning of the season it wouldn’t have shocked anyone (at least, anyone who pays too much attention to the Dodgers’ farm system) if Lee were getting September starts. As it happened, Frias will probably start Wednesday at Coors Field — and maybe twice more, a lofty assignment for a rookie on a team chasing a playoff spot.
So what happened to Zach Lee?