Tag: Los Angeles Dodgers

Know Your Foe: Los Angeles Dodgers Preview or Does The Commissioners Trophy Go Hollywood?

Know Your Foe: Los Angeles Dodgers Preview or Does The Commissioners Trophy Go Hollywood?
The Dodgers came up one game short of a World Series title in 2017, falling in seven games to the Houston Astros. They got to the Series by beating the Cubs in five games in the NLCS. Los Angeles is primed for another run at a championship in 2018. The Dodgers were unusually quiet in... Read more »

Death by eye-level cutters: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1

Death by eye-level cutters: Dodgers 4, Cubs 1
It’s simple. The Cubs cannot continue to pitch like they have and put up plate appearances like they have and expect to win anything. If one of those two things improves, then they have a shot. If not, the season will be over in plenty of time for me to binge-watch Stranger Things when season... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: Meaning

Anarchists' Brunch: Meaning
Sorry for the two-day delay. Some moron had this bachelor party in Wisconsin that took up my whole weekend. The nerve of some people.  I got into a Twitter exchange with Joe Sheehan (name-drop alert) a couple days ago. It was about meaning to the baseball season. Like Joe, though maybe not to the same extent, I mourn the loss of the regular season defining anything. These days, it's what happens in October and really nothing else. Take the Dodgers now (hilariously) over chase for the 2001 Mariners, and that Mariners team. They won 116 games. We may never see that again. And yet do we celebrate them in any way? No, because they lost the ALCS to the Yankees and hence who cares...
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Anarchists' Brunch: On The Search For Drama

Anarchists' Brunch: On The Search For Drama
Maybe I haven't been paying attention in recent years, but I don't remember a "playoff preview" this early in the season. And I don't mean a series between two good teams that TV and marketing staffs pump up that way in order to make three games in July seem more than they are. No, I mean, this is what's actually going to happen in October. Ok, getting ahead of myself. Do that sometimes. Brewers are only half-game back. Right there in the mirror. Larger than they appear and all that. But...c'mon. We know what's going to happen here. And thanks to the Dodgers' mutant season, we know that the Cubs and Nationals are pretty much locked into each other here. The chance to avenge Dusty will come when the season ends. We know the Dodgers will face the winner of a coin-flip between Arizona and Colorado. We're basically waiting around for seven weeks here. And we have been for a bit...

Blanked Again: Dodgers 5, Cubs 0

Blanked Again: Dodgers 5, Cubs 0
The Cubs lost in consecutive shutouts at Chavez Ravine not that long ago, and all of that ended just fine, but six or so months later, it feels a lot different. I declared in my most recent recap that the Cubs looked like they were back to their World Series champion selves again, which was... Read more »

Series Preview: Cubs @ Dodgers, 5/26 - 5/28

Series Preview: Cubs @ Dodgers, 5/26 - 5/28
It appears as though the Cubs are back. The hangover is over, and they are going to play like defending champions instead of also-rans. This feels like a bold statement to make, as many Cubs fans are still clenching their teeth even through the victories, but I’m confident in it. This is a tough matchup... Read more »
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Series Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers, 4/10 - 4/13 [Series Finale Update]

Series Preview: Cubs vs. Dodgers, 4/10 - 4/13 [Series Finale Update]
The Cubs started the season successfully, taking the series on the road against both the Cardinals and Brewers, and coming into their first homestand, they have given fans plenty to feel good about. But against the team they stood down for the National League pennant last season, these first couple of games at Wrigley Field... Read more »

Walk It Off, Anthony: Cubs 3, Dodgers 2

Walk It Off, Anthony: Cubs 3, Dodgers 2
Somewhere there’s probably symbolism that I could draw about a rain delay tonight, but really it was just April in Chicago and that’s how it goes. Last November’s rain delay had an impact; its importance in the outcome of Game 7 can be measured to some extent. Tonight though, it was just the kind of rain in early... Read more »

Anarchists' Brunch: The One, The Only, The Last

Anarchists' Brunch: The One, The Only, The Last
As today will mark the last Cubs game Vin Scully will ever call, I thought I'd repost a piece I did last year on him and my experience of him while living in Los Angeles. Enjoy. From 2015... The dominating story of the weekend, as it should be, is that Vin Scully is going to return to do Dodgers games for a 67th season next year. He says it's likely his last, and he deserves whatever farewell tour he deems appropriate (and if I had to guess, he'll not want one at all). That may mean he makes one last trip to Wrigley Field, which he doesn't do anymore, and if Cubs coverage is smart they'll turn over the whole thing to him. It's obviously kind of staggering to think how long Scully has been on the Dodgers' broadcasts. Dodger Stadium has known no other. That's the third oldest park in baseball, and Scully has always been the guy calling the action. And he was doing it 12 years before that even opened. Maybe it feels like to some that Vin only appeals to the older types, though more and more that's the only baseball fans there are. Perhaps a new generation doesn't get it. But I don't see how that can be. Because I don't really remember Vin on NBC's Game Of The Week. Things flipped to CBS and Jack Buck when I was 10 or 11. No, I only have known Vin as the Dodgers' man, and I only knew it from basically living there. And let me tell you how much Vin can do for someone in L.A...
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