By Cary Osborne
How many times have you heard someone say, “The Dodgers can’t hit good pitching?”
Well, that’s what good pitching does. It shuts down hitting.
The numbers show that good pitching did just that against the Dodgers in 2015. But it did even more against the New York Mets.
By Mark Langill
If Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are this generation’s version of Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale for Dodger fans, the question entering the postseason is who might play the role of Claude Osteen?
During his MLB career from 1957-1976, Osteen logged more than 3,400 regular-season innings with the Reds, Senators, Dodgers, Astros, Cardinals and White Sox. But nine scoreless innings in October 50 years ago represent Osteen’s pinnacle and arguably the most overlooked pitching performance in L.A. Dodger history.
Today, MLB revealed the schedule for the rest of the series (all times Pacific):
- Game 3 at New York: Monday at 5:07 p.m. (if there are four MLB playoff games that day) or 5:37 p.m.
- Game 4 at New York (if necessary): Tuesday at 5:07 p.m.
- Game 5 at Los Angeles (if necessary): October 15 at 5:07 p.m.
Remember, plan to arrive early for any playoff game you attend!
— Jon Weisman
Editor’s note: To say the least, Vin Scully comes by his gift for language honestly. In September 1965, while on a Dodger road trip, Scully wrote a guest column for the Times, excerpted below. He was a master of word and thought then, just as he is now. So pull up a chair …
By Vin Scully
PITTSBURGH — It came up rain, a gray somber rain that put a frown on the careworn face of Pittsburgh. My window was streaked with erratic wet lines that made me think of a small child crying. Rain meant disappointment to thousands of fans — and a doubleheader to broadcast — and it meant that on that wet afternoon, I was face to face with the biggest enemy on the road … TIME …
The radio hummed softly in the background and I began to pick out a few lyrics … “Lost out here in the stars … little stars … big stars …” I began to hold memories up to the light like color slides: New York — I could smell the cigaret smoke in the old Polo Grounds. I was 10 and in the bleachers and I first realized that I could see the bat hit the ball before I could hear it.
By Jon Weisman
Vin Scully underwent a recommended medical procedure this morning and is resting comfortably, the Dodgers have announced.
On the advice of his doctors, Scully will miss the Dodgers’ postseason games to rest up. He said he’s looking forward to returning to the Dodgers for the 2016 season, his 67th with the Dodgers.
Everyone in the Dodger organization wishes Scully the speediest of recoveries. Can’t wait to see him back in action next year!
A really wonderful moment is going to take place before the start of the National League Division Series on Friday. From the Dodgers’ public relations department:
Four-year-old Ella Mason Annear, who has battled cancer for the past two years, and Hall of Fame Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda have been named to throw out the honorary first pitch for games one and two on the National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
Annear, who also goes by “Ella The Great”, is the daughter of the Dodgers’ vice-president of merchandising and retail Allister Annear and his wife, Amanda. She will do the honors on Friday night prior to the 6:45 p.m. game.
Ella was diagnosed with Heptoblastoma and a lung tumor seven months ago. After surgery on April 20 and seven rounds of chemotherapy, the youngster was cleared of cancer and pronounced NED (no visible disease). Ella has a website, where fans can check her journey–http://ella-the-great.tumblr.com.
Lasorda will get the call on Saturday prior to the 6:05 p.m. start of game two. The Hall of Fame skipper, who is the special advisor to the chairman, is baseball’s greatest ambassador. Lasorda is currently in his 66th season in the Dodger organization. He managed the club for 20 seasons before retiring to the front office in 1996. Lasorda won two world championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles. He recently celebrated his 88th birthday.
— Jon Weisman
By Jon Weisman
The other day on Twitter, I proposed a hypothetical that I think you could call a nice problem to have.
Back in Spring Training, with the scar of the previous October only beginning to heal, I asked A.J. Ellis to join Vin Scully, Rick Honeycutt and Orel Hershiser in a package of bylined stories about Clayton Kershaw for the April edition of Dodger Insider magazine. With a new October upon us, I thought this would be a good time to revisit Ellis’ remarkable insights about Kershaw and his relationship with the Dodger ace. Click the image above to enlarge.
— Jon Weisman
Literacy in Los Angeles is among the biggest challenges in the community, let the challenges of bilingual literacy.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation seeks to provide access, opportunity and innovation to youth at critical engagement stages — specifically middle-school engagement and college access and success. LADF also places significant emphasis on literacy, strategically partnering with nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles to make an impact and find creative, engaging solutions to this problem.
On October 1, LADF celebrated one of its literacy partners, Read Conmigo, which recently gave away its one millionth free, bilingual storybook. Over 70 nonprofit organizations came to Dodger Stadium to celebrate this milestone and also got the treat of leaving with 100 free bilingual books to share with the youth they serve.
Dodger great Manny Mota spoke to the crowd, sharing his personal story and why education and literacy means so much to him. Mota exclaimed that he is a father of eight, and what’s made him truly proud as a parent is that all eight of his children graduated college.
“The best gift our kids can receive is an education,” Mota said. “It’s a treasure.”
By Jon Weisman
You’re probably expecting rush-hour traffic to be challenging for Friday’s 6:45 p.m. National League Division Series opener. But don’t get lulled into thinking you can waltz to Dodger Stadium at the last minute for Saturday’s 6:07 p.m. game, either.
Because the CONCACAF Cup at the Rose Bowl between Mexico and the U.S. has the same starting time as NLDS Game 2, Los Angeles freeways figure to be jammed. That’s why the Dodgers once again urge fans to arrive as early as possible for both games — and also embrace carpooling and alternate transportation.
To that end, the Dodger Stadium Express, free for everyone with a game ticket, will begin service from Union Station at 4:15 p.m. Friday and 3:37 p.m. Saturday, two hours and 30 minutes before first pitch for each game.
South Bay Dodger Stadium Express service will also begin earlier, two hours before each game.
Remember, the Dodger Stadium Express takes a dedicated lane along Sunset Boulevard up Elysian Park Avenue to the ballpark, with stops behind the outfield pavilions and at the top of the park.
If you are driving, be sure to purchase your parking in advance to save time and money. Auto gates open three hours before first pitch: 3:45 p.m. Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday.