Carl Crawford lifts his numbers against lefties

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

For highlights from Tuesday, visit LA Photog Blog.

Dodgers at Rockies, 12:10 p.m.
Darwin Barney, 2B
Yasiel Puig, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Carl Crawford, LF
Tim Federowicz, C
Miguel Rojas, SS
Carlos Frias, P

By Jon Weisman

Carl Crawford’s current hot streak, in which he has a .467 on-base percentage and .617 slugging percentage in 105 plate appearances since August 10, will be tested today when he faces left-handed Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa.

Even during his batting surge, Crawford has rarely faced lefty pitching — in fact, today marks only his fourth start against a southpaw this year.

But Crawford’s numbers against left-handers this year are surprisingly good, though they’re out of left field, so to speak. He is 16 for 50 with four walks and two home runs, for an .886 OPS. Against lefties last year, Crawford had a .551 OPS and his career mark is .685.

Crawford homered off San Diego lefty relievers Alex Torres on August 19 and Frank Garces on September 8. Lifetime against De La Rosa, Crawford is 0 for 3 with a strikeout.

It’s a rare lineup for Don Mattingly against a left-handed starter that doesn’t have Scott Van Slyke, who has a 1.016 OPS against lefties in 2014. Though Dee Gordon is on the bench to start today’s game, Adrian Gonzalez and Crawford are both in. Tim Federowicz, whose only MLB homer of 2014 was in daylight at Colorado on June 7, is also starting, as is Miguel Rojas at short while Hanley Ramirez rests his injured elbow.

At the scene of the shine: Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter in Colorado, 18 years ago today

Today, the Dodgers are in Colorado, where they can celebrate the 18th anniversary of what for 17 1/2 years was the most recent no-hitter in Dodger history — and to this day, given the site and the gloomy weather, was perhaps the least likely.

— Jon Weisman

 

Dodgers officially move Triple-A affiliation to Oklahoma City

By Jon Weisman

The Oklahoma City RedHawks will succeed the Albuquerque Isotopes as the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate, the team has officially announced.

Previously affiliated with the Houston Astros, Oklahoma City plays in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League.  The Dodgers had been affiliated with Albuquerque for a total of of 44 years (1963-71 Double-A, 1972-2000 Triple-A and 2009-2014 Triple-A).

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Well, that was unusual


By Jon Weisman

Tonight wasn’t the Dodgers night — it was a 10-4 over-and-out night — but it wasn’t for lack of baseunners. The National League’s No. 1 team with runners in scoring position had three hits but 11 outs, stranding 10 runners and wasting most of their 16 hits, including three by Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig’s first home run since July 31.

That was more than unfortunate — that was very rare.

The last two times the Dodgers had at least 16 hits without scoring more than four runs, the games went more than 20 innings: their 1-0 victory in 22 innings at Montreal on August 23, 1989 and their 21-inning victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field that took two days to complete, August 17-18, 1982.

Before that was a 14-inning victory over Pittsburgh on September 1, 1981, a 15-inning win over St. Louis on July 20, 1973, a memorable 19-inning, 7-3 loss to the Mets on May 24, 1973 (Willie Davis went 6 for 9) and a 12-inning loss to the Astros on April 10, 1973.

You get my drift? Before tonight, the last nine-inning game in which the Dodgers had at least 16 hits and at most four runs was June 20, 1970, when they lost at Cincinnati, 5-4. Nine Dodgers had hits and five had multiple hits, led by Wes Parker with three. They even went 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position and, like tonight, had a ninth-inning home run. But it wasn’t enough.

My philosophy: It’s better to have had baserunners and lost than never to have had baserunners at all.

Hanley Ramirez has right elbow strain

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

For more highlights from Monday, visit LA Photog Blog.

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.
Dee Gordon, 2B
Yasiel Puig, CF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Matt Kemp, RF
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Justin Turner, SS
Juan Uribe, 3B
A.J. Ellis, C
Dan Haren, P

By Jon Weisman

Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch from tonight’s Dodger starting lineup with a right elbow strain.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ramirez has been getting treatment on the elbow since the Giants series.

Even so, Ramirez went 2 for 4 in Monday’s 11-3 Dodger victory at Colorado, and is 16 for 36 with a .500 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage in his past 10 games.

Dodgers promote lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe for bullpen depth

Los Angeles Dodgers Minor MugsBy Cary Osborne

The Dodgers brought up 24-year-old left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from Chattanooga today.

To make room for Coulombe on the 40-man roster, Stephen Fife, who had Tommy John surgery in August, was recalled from Albuquerque and placed on the 60-day disabled list.

The 2012 25th-round pick out of Texas Tech wasn’t on the 40-man roster and started the season in High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

However, in 65 1/3 minor league innings this season (44 1/3 in Rancho and the last 21 in Chattanooga), he struck out 92 batters — the most of any Dodger minor league reliever. He held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average on the season and had a 2.89 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Left-handers hit .250 against him in Chattanooga and .182 against him in Rancho.

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Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS tickets: Public online sale starts Friday

By Jon Weisman

The public online sale of tickets for Dodger Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series home games begins Friday at 10 a.m. at dodgers.com.

Season ticket holders and premium seat holders can get a head start on playoff tickets beginning Wednesday, and mini-plan holders can follow suit beginning Thursday.

Twitter followers of @Dodgers will have an exclusive on-sale period of 9:45 a.m. until 9:59 a.m. Friday to purchase their Wild Card, Division Series and League Championship Series tickets before the general public sale begins online. A special presale code will be tweeted out Friday at 9:45 a.m.

In addition, the Dodgers are offering a few lucky fans the chance to purchase tickets in advance of Friday’s public online sale, through the Dodgers Postseason Ticket Opportunity Sweepstakes.

Information on the Dodgers’ potential postseason schedule can be found here at dodgers.com/postseason.

As was the case during the 2014 regular season, fans are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance and will receive discounts off the on-location price if they do. Postseason parking will be at or over capacity for all games, and without purchasing parking in advance, parking is not guaranteed on site.

More information on parking and alternate means of transportation to Dodger Stadium can be found here.

Details on the public sale of tickets for potential World Series games will be announced on an upcoming date.

Giant promotions and promoted Giants

A can’t-miss week at Dodger Stadium is coming fast, with the Clayton Kershaw Commemorative No-Hit Pin on September 22, Sleeved Blanket on September 23 and Kershaw’s final scheduled regular-season start on September 24 — all against the San Francisco Giants.

That’s followed by the final Friday Night Fireworks of the year on September 26, La Gran Fiesta — Viva Los Dodgers on September 27 and Fan Appreciation Day on September 28, all against the lively opponents that are the Colorado Rockies.

Get your tickets now. And don’t forget about the #DodgerBlueOut.

 — Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw nominated for second Roberto Clemente Award

By Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw, winner of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, is the Dodgers’ nominee for the honor in 2014.

The award recognizes the MLB player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”

“When you think about the Roberto Clemente award, you think about the man first and to be associated with him is an amazing thing,” Kershaw said. “To be nominated again for such an award and to be mentioned in the same breath as Roberto Clemente is very special and something I don’t take for granted. I’m truly humbled and honored to be nominated again.”

Fans may participate in the voting Wednesday through October 6 at ChevyBaseball.com. The fan vote winner will count as one vote alongside a voting body that includes Clemente’s widow Vera, Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig and commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

Steve Garvey is the only other Dodger to win the Clemente Award, in 1981. Adrian Gonzalez was the Dodgers’ 2013 nominee.

In the 43-year history of the award, established in 1971 and renamed for Clemente after his death on New Year’s Eve 1972, there have been no repeat winners.

“Clayton is one of the most dedicated and hardest working athletes on and off the field I’ve been associated with,” said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “If anyone is deserving of the Clemente Award a second time, Clayton is certainly the one.”

Don Drysdale’s 1968 Vitalis commercial

Don Drysdale threw a lot of mean pitches in 1968, but he didn’t throw any greaseball. Thanks to Mark Langill for passing this along.

– Jon Weisman

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