2020 Los Angeles Dodgers Thread: Kings Of The World

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  1. CC_Nole

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    Not trying to dampen the mood but I’m running out of arms in the pen that I trust against the Braves.
     
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    Great bounce back win though.
     
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    Based on this late rally the Braves will have the momentum in tomorrow’s game, right?
     
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    We didn’t score after the third :ohnoes:
     
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    Those are the rules
     
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    Praise be to kershaw. Let’s have a quality start tomorrow
     
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    In case you guys missed this a few days ago. Awesome story
     
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    that block of lefty is definitely getting broken up as soon as they make a pitching change. I expect Smith to move to DH at some point in the game
     
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    1.
    On the bus to Pasadena, Daniel Hudson pulled out his iPhone. Hudson and the rest of the Washington Nationals were riding back to the team hotel, still giddy from a stunning upset in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium last October. The euphoria did not lift for Hudson until he clicked on a postgame interview from the losing clubhouse. On his phone he saw the battered visage of his former teammate, Clayton Kershaw.

    “Everything people say is true right now, about the postseason,” Kershaw was saying. He kept shaking his head. He believed the Dodgers had crashed out of the playoffs, once more, because of him, because of the two homers he surrendered in relief. He had known this bitterness before. He was unsure if it had ever been so acute. “It’s a terrible feeling,” Kershaw said. “It really is.”

    For years, Hudson had studied Kershaw from afar. In his mind, he said, Kershaw strode atop the sport as a bastion of skill and will. “Clayton has this myth about him,” Hudson said. “He’s the greatest pitcher of our generation — left-handed pitcher, for sure.” The season they spent together, in 2018, only reinforced Hudson’s view. Now he saw Kershaw flattened by another October failure. The vulnerability stilled his celebration.

    “It was frickin’ heartbreaking, to be honest with you,” Hudson said. “Just knowing who Clayton is, that was really tough to watch.”

    2.
    In this era of baseball, the month of October revolves around Clayton Kershaw. He is its enduring presence. Rookies debut and veterans retire; Kershaw is the constant, the actor at the center of the drama. His legacy gets debated. The word “narrative” gets floated. Every triumph serves as a temporary referendum on his reputation. Every failure inflames the rhetoric. He is one of the few baseball players to whom “First Take” might devote a segment. Some of the most indelible images of recent years involve him slumped at the waist, head in his hands, processing defeat.

    Kershaw, 32, has occupied the center of this maelstrom for eight years now. Each year he returns. Each year he vows things will be different. Each year before this one has ended in agony. If this wears on him, he does not say so. A.J. Ellis, his former catcher, close friend and part-time Boswell, believes Kershaw divides his professional life into five-day windows. Every action serves the fifth day. To try and draw him out of that cycle at this juncture, as the Dodgers seek their third pennant in four years and first championship since 1988, is the errand of a fool.

    To understand Kershaw, it might be better to survey the men who have shared his clubhouse, imitated his habits and learned from his influence. They speak of him with such reverence. When Kershaw slumps at the waist and clutches his head, the public might see a choker or a loser or baseball’s version of Sisyphus. His former teammates think instead of all the hours Kershaw poured into reaching that moment.



    (Clayton Kershaw in the 2019 NLDS: Jayne Kamin-Oncea / USA Today Sports)
    3.
    One night in the summer of 2012, Josh Beckett was standing at the dugout railing with Chris Capuano. The two veterans gawked as Kershaw breezed through his outing. Beckett, a three-time All Star and two-time World Series champion, had just arrived in Los Angeles via trade from Boston. Capuano had been there all season. Beckett had a question.

    “I’ve never see anyone like him,” Beckett said. “Have you?”

    4.
    Tom Koehler pulled up to Dodger Stadium around 7 a.m. one day in January 2018. As part of a community tour, Koehler and a few others were slated to swing hammers at the construction site of a playground in Alhambra later that morning. Koehler intended to lift before the event. Inside the weight room, as the sun rose over the ballpark, he found Kershaw.

    “And he was not just warming up,” Koehler said. “He was basically done with his lift. And I was like, ‘All right. He gets after it.’ And then you start seeing that wasn’t like a first-day, excited-to-be-there kind of thing. That’s who he was.”

    5.
    John Ely coaches in the White Sox minor-league system. When his players research his career, they learn he spent parts of three seasons with Kershaw. Ely treats his former teammate like an exemplar.

    “He comes up all the time,” Ely said. “Because when you look at the gold standard of how to prepare yourself and how to be a certain way, it doesn’t get any better. It’s Clayton. That’s who we’re all pointing at.”

    Javy Guerra, a Dodger from 2011 to 2013, figures he has played with a handful of pitchers who might reach the Hall of Fame: Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg. He still lectures his relatives about Kershaw.

    “You talk about role models,” Guerra said. “For my nephews, my son, that’s somebody I can point to and say: That guy did it right. Just the right way, all the time.”

    James McDonald lived with Kershaw in the minors. They debuted in the majors months apart in 2008. More than a decade later, he still gets asked about his old roommate.

    “I always tell people: If I had a son, I would want my son to be like him,” McDonald said. “If they said, ‘Your son is going to be like Clayton Kershaw,’ and you take away the baseball, and he ain’t a millionaire, he’s just a person and he works at Jack in the Box — I’ll take it.”

    6.
    Shawn Tolleson met Kershaw when they were 14. “Back then,” Tolleson said, “he was a short, little, chubby left-handed pitcher and first baseman, who just stinkin’ loved the game of baseball.” They joined the same travel team in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. When the team hit the road, the duo roomed together.

    Kershaw thrived on competition. As a teen, he lacked the dogmatic regimentation that would undergird his professional career. But he loathed losing, whether it was in ping pong, touch football, pickup basketball or one-on-one grappling.

    “I remember a couple times some wrestling matches going down,” Tolleson said. “He’s a weirdly strong guy. Really, really weirdly. He’s always been freakishly strong.”

    7.
    Steve Johnson remembered a day in the summer of 2007, when he and Kershaw wore the uniform of the Great Lake Loons. They were playing somewhere in the class-A sprawl of the Midwest League. Kershaw pitched deep into the game, perhaps as far as the eighth inning. He punched out his last batter.

    “And he just ran off the field, yelling,” Johnson said. “Not like at the other team, but just to himself. He was very emotional about it. I just remember saying, ‘OK, he has a little fire to him.’”

    At 19, Kershaw was the youngest pitcher on the Loons. He was goofy but grounded, dating his high school sweetheart and future wife, Ellen Melson. “There wasn’t a lot of off-the-field stuff going on,” Johnson said. There was a time when Johnson’s mom came to visit.

    “My mom just remembered him being super polite to her,” Johnson said.

    8.
    Inside the visitors’ clubhouse of a ballpark in Zebulon, N.C., James McDonald watched his roommate reach the majors. On the television screen that night in May 2008, Kershaw was carving up the St. Louis Cardinals. He had turned 20 only two months earlier.

    “Everybody was looking, like, ‘Wow, Kershaw’s on TV,’” McDonald said. “And you see him go out there, and you see him succeed, and it’s just like: Man, that couldn’t happen to a better person.”

    For McDonald, Kershaw was easy to live with. They shared a place in Jacksonville, the home of the Dodgers’ double-A affiliate. Kershaw played video games and chipped golf balls in the living room. When they talked about the game, Kershaw never fixated on money or accolades. “He was there because he wanted to be good,” McDonald said. “He wanted to make people good around him.”

    A few months later, McDonald reached The Show. It was not an easy time to be a rookie. Prospects were still considered intruders, sent to snatch jobs from established players. The hazing was wearying. The rookies had to fetch coffee or carry bags or worse. The veterans once scorched McDonald’s glove on a stove. Kershaw and McDonald commiserated about the treatment.

    “He felt like the outcast, maybe, at times,” McDonald said. “Because I know I did, at times.”

    9.
    Early in his rookie season in 2016, Ross Stripling goofed. He neglected to wear a collared shirt on the road. When Stripling got to Angel Stadium, he was clad in what he described as “a really crappy, $12 Under Armour T-shirt.”

    Kershaw sighed when he saw Stripling. He beckoned the rookie to his locker. Kershaw did not make a scene or crack jokes with the older guys. He pulled out his phone and ordered three shirts from Mizzen & Main. “Don’t ever show up like that again,” Kershaw counseled.

    “He felt the need to take care of me,” Stripling said. “Even though I looked like a slob.”

    10.
    Joe Blanton considered himself lucky. He joined the Dodgers in the summer of 2012, the year after Kershaw won the first of his three Cy Young awards. Blanton had been with the Phillies since 2008. So he believed he witnessed Kershaw supplant one of Blanton’s former teammates as the game’s best pitcher. On the day he pitched, Kershaw radiated intensity from the moment he arrived at the ballpark.

    “For me, there was one other person who approached it the same way,” Blanton said. “And that was Roy Halladay.”

    11.
    On Kershaw’s day, the other pitchers joked about not stealing his oxygen. They made this joke behind his back, J.P. Howell explained. You wouldn’t dare say it to his face.

    “We wouldn’t want to breathe around him,” Howell said. “Because he would give you that eyeball, if you’re even at all annoying. You don’t want to be annoying that day. Just don’t do it.”

    A question was posted to Blanton: Say you walk by Kershaw on his day to pitch. What do you do?

    “You walk by,” Blanton said. “He’s already in intense game mode. Full uniform. Ready to go.”

    Kershaw almost always beat most of his teammates to the ballpark. On the final day of his five-day cycle, he took that to extremes.

    “His start days, he’s a weirdo,” Howell said. “He’s a weirdo. He’s dressed at noon, 1 p.m. I’m talking cleats, bro.”



    (Clayton Kershaw and teammates in the 2018 NLCS: Benny Sieu / USA Today Sports)
    12.
    When Paco Rodríguez made his debut in 2012, he learned one of Kershaw’s pre-start rituals. As the players filtered into the clubhouse, Kershaw played pepper in the hallway.

    “He’s visualizing his pitches, visualizing making pitches to certain guys,” Rodríguez said. “And he’s doing that seven hours before the game. If you think about it, that’s crazy. It’s to an extreme. But it’s an extreme that creates perfection — or as close as possible to perfection.”

    In 2014, the year Kershaw became the first National League pitcher to win the Most Valuable Player Award and Cy Young Award since Bob Gibson in 1968, Dan Haren saw two constants. In almost every outing, Kershaw mauled the opposing lineup. And before every outing, Kershaw jittered with anxiety, pacing the room, studying video, strategizing with his catcher and pitching coach.

    “I was always amazed,” Haren said, “by how nervous he was before the games.”

    13.
    On one of his first days in the majors, Stephen Fife went to the training room during batting practice. He saw two unoccupied tables. The trainers instructed Fife to avoid them. It was Kershaw’s day. He needed one of the tables for treatment, and another to take a nap.

    “You don’t mess with him during this period of time,” Fife said.

    Fife lockered near Kershaw for parts of three seasons, but they never became close. Fife considered himself “boisterous,” and he suspected his foul language upset Kershaw. Their conversations were often short, even when Fife asked questions about mechanics. It soon became clear they did not speak the same language.

    “His thought process through pitching,” Fife said, “was like, ‘Just make the adjustment. If I’m missing up, I aim down. If I’m missing right, I aim left.’ Very simple thought processes. Whereas I was always like, ‘Was I in my toe or in my heel? Am I connected to the rubber? Where’s my separation? Are my eyes level?’

    “In continually trying to ask him questions about how he adjusts, and how he thinks about mechanics, it became abundantly clear that there was no thought about those things for him. It was always repeated.

    “If you go and look at his mechanics — still, to this day, I watched him pitch the other night — his mechanics are the same as they were in 2006 or whatever year he was drafted. They haven’t changed. That’s unbelievable.”

    14.
    The thing about Kershaw’s five-day windows was that he cut no corners. “If he’s supposed to run 12 poles that day, he runs 12 poles,” Tom Koehler said. Most of his routine required the same location. “If you don’t know where Clayton is and you can’t find him,” Daniel Hudson said, “check the weight room.”

    That was where Chris Capuano found Kershaw one day in 2012 at Busch Stadium. The night before, the Cardinals had roughed him up. In the weight room, Capuano recalled, Kershaw looked “pissed,” as angry as a fellow can be when he is wearing a headband and cut-off sleeves while grunting along with EDM. What stuck with Capuano, though, was how the anger dissipated from Kershaw as he re-entered the five-day cycle.

    “He never lets that spiral,” Capuano said. “I struggled with this. If you’re human, when you deal with failure and adversity, it shakes your confidence. It can produce a little bit of a fog. And it’s easy to go into slumps, where you have to work through that.

    “He let himself feel that loss, completely and totally, but it didn’t have any type of impact on the next start. Deep down, he knows who he is. He knows how good he is. And he refuses to accept when that doesn’t come out.”

    In his next outing, Kershaw logged the fifth shutout of his career.

    15.
    Midway through the night Kershaw saved the Dodgers, securing the final two outs in the decisive game of the 2016 National League Division Series, Joe Blanton went to the clubhouse to fetch something from his locker. He had already pitched in relief as the Dodgers scrambled to secure 27 outs. The situation was desperate enough that Kenley Jansen was tasked with protecting a one-run lead across the final three innings.

    Jansen was on the mound when Blanton left the dugout. While he was there, Kershaw arrived. Kershaw pulled off his hoodie and put on his jersey. He ditched his tennis shoes for cleats. Blanton did not say a word.

    “You know the game’s ours,” Blanton said. “Because he’s coming in.”

    Kershaw had started Game 4 on short rest two days earlier. He had missed a good chunk of the summer because of a herniated disk. The injury was severe enough that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman intimated after the season that most players would not have been able to return. When Kershaw walked to the bullpen at the start of the ninth inning, set to replace Jansen later in the frame, the phone rang in Friedman’s suite. It was a member of the training staff. “Kersh is going to see if he can get loose,” the trainer said. “And there was nothing we could do to stop him.”

    Kershaw got loose. He finished the game. Afterward, he did not crow about what he had done. Kershaw did not discuss his health with his teammates. The players understood he was banged up, but dared not question his judgment. If Kershaw could take the baseball, he would.

    “He’s going to throw,” Blanton said, “until the wheels fall off.”

    16.
    Brandon Morrow remembered something he once heard about Kershaw from Yosuke Nakajima, the Dodgers’ longtime massage therapist. Kershaw, Nakajima told Morrow, “just heals better than other people.”

    “He was like a freak,” Morrow said. “Nothing keeps him down.”

    17.
    The throngs of inebriated fans clogged the streets around Wrigley Field after Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series. The Dodgers were stuck inside the crumbling visitors’ clubhouse. The team bus could not bypass the blockades on Waveland Avenue, Sheffield Avenue, Clark Street and Addison Street. As the hours of confinement ticked away, J.P. Howell would depart on foot, wading through the Cubs fans until he found a cab.

    But before he left, Howell sought out Kershaw, who had given up five runs in five innings in the loss. They had played together for four seasons. Howell marveled at the responsibility yoked to Kershaw’s shoulders. He hated “all the playoff talk” about his teammate. “Any time he got beat, it was due to exhaustion,” Howell said. “That’s my take. Not giving him an out. He’s responsible for the runs. But on the whole, man, that guy was asked to do stuff that I’ve never seen anyone — anyone! — asked to do.”

    That night, Howell found Kershaw and gripped him in a hug. He thanked Kershaw for putting his body on the line. He offered his highest compliment: You, he told Kershaw, are a savage.

    “He’s younger than me,” Howell said. “And I look up to him.”

    18.
    There was a game in 2017 when Kershaw tried something different, Ross Stripling recalled. For most of his career, Kershaw utilized an arsenal that was beautiful in its simplicity and bruising in its efficiency. He pounded the lower inner half of the strike zone with fastballs, spun sliders aimed at the back foot of right-handed hitters and occasionally snapped off parabolic curveballs.

    That day at Miller Park, though, Kershaw flirted with one of the game’s emerging trends. On a few occasions, he elevated his fastball. The Brewers had no answer. He struck out 14 in the victory.

    “Because it was pitching up in the zone,” Stripling said. “And then he went right back to just being his old self. And it was like, ‘Kersh, dude, you just punched out 14 people! Just keep doing it.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, no. Fastballs, glove side. Down and in.’”



    (Clayton Kershaw in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series: Rob Tringali / MLB Photos via Getty Images)
    19.
    Brandon Morrow slipped out of the dugout and trudged up the steps to the visitors’ clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. He retreated from the diamond after weathering a fusillade from the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series. When Morrow approached his locker, he found Kershaw sitting on the clubhouse floor. Kershaw was half-dressed and distraught.

    No game did more damage to Kershaw’s postseason reputation than that one. The sign-stealing revelations of the past year can only deepen the bitterness. The Dodgers were aware of Houston’s reputation for chicanery. The night before, Alex Wood switched his signals every dozen pitches. Kershaw did not take the same precautions. He only changed his signs when a runner reached second base. He later told Sports Illustrated he had been naive about Houston’s technological capability.

    Kershaw also had reason to feel confident. In Game 1, as 100-degree heat singed Dodger Stadium, Kershaw fanned 11 Astros across seven innings of one-run baseball. He cruised through the first three innings of Game 5. Which is why Oct. 29, 2017, operates as the fulcrum of his postseason career. If the Dodgers win that game, the team probably wins the World Series, with Kershaw the leading candidate for Most Valuable Player.

    The Dodgers did not win that game. Kershaw blew a four-run lead in the fourth inning and a three-run lead in the fifth. He flung 39 sliders. The Astros swung and missed at precisely one of them. The batters behaved as if they knew what was coming.

    “We were paranoid about it,” Morrow said. “But nobody thought they were taking it to that extent.”

    Morrow suffered a similar fate in the seventh inning: Six pitches, four hits, two homers. He was still woozy from the pounding when he saw Kershaw on the floor. Morrow grabbed a couple of water bottles and handed one to his teammate. The game was playing on a television in the corner. Morrow slunk down next to Kershaw. They sat in silence and watched the Dodgers lose in extra innings.

    “It was like we were sharing a beer,” Morrow said, “after the worst day ever.”

    20.
    A small huddle of reporters surrounded Rich Hill after Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series. The mood inside the Dodgers clubhouse was somber. The players sniffled as they traded embraces. Kershaw declared himself the cause for all the sorrow — he was the one who had thrown the two rotten sliders to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto. He was the one who had blown it.

    Hill rejected that premise.

    “No,” Hill said. “We wouldn’t be here without him. He’s …”

    He paused for nine seconds. He looked around the room. He closed his eyes and bowed his head. He blinked back tears. Hill drew in a breath to compose himself.

    “Yeah. He’s … you know. Ultimate respect for him.”

    21.
    Soon after the Dodgers exited the playoffs last October, Kershaw boarded a flight for Seattle. He had an appointment at the Driveline headquarters. His resistance to change was wavering.

    Even before Rendon and Soto took him deep, Kershaw slogged uphill in 2019. His 3.03 ERA was his worst since his rookie year. His fastball velocity continued to tumble. At times, his arsenal looked ordinary. Scouts believed he derived his success from determination and execution, rather than his actual weapons.

    So he went to the Pacific Northwest for an evaluation, with Dodgers strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel in tow. When the Dodgers reconvened in Arizona this spring, Stripling asked Kershaw about the experience. “It definitely cemented the things that he’s good at, and pointed out a couple things that he can get better at,” Stripling said.

    Kershaw did not overhaul his routine. But he picked up new habits. He also quizzed his younger, more analytically savvy teammate, Walker Buehler, for insight. Pitching in the shortened season, relatively healthy, Kershaw raised his average fastball velocity from 90.4 mph in 2019 to 91.6 mph. He is routinely touching 93 mph for the first time in years.

    “The one piece of advice that I wish I would have followed early in my career is being stubborn is good, because that’s what got you here, and having a routine is important,” Kershaw said. “But be open to different things. It doesn’t hurt to try.”

    22.
    In his interview after Game 5, the one that leveled Daniel Hudson, the one in which Kershaw admitted his playoff reputation was deserved, he also said something else.

    “I’m not going to hang my head,” Kershaw said. “I’m going to be here. I’m going to continue to try to fight. I’m going to continue to try to compete. I’m not going to shy away from it.”

    That, his former teammates believe, is Clayton Kershaw. His zeal for order might amuse them. His penchant for postseason failure might deflate them. But they expect him back, season after season, on this stage that has been so cruel to him. He knows no other way. October revolves around him. Perhaps this one will be different.

    “His lifestyle is chasing a World Series,” Howell said. “For himself, but also for L.A. and for his teammates. He wants to give back. And that’s his way of giving back.”
     
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    some great names from the past decade in that article too
     
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    Damn, I want to run through a wall for him now.
     
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    Everybody hammering home the massive pitching advantage in this game surely can’t backfire
     
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    We're looking tight.... and not in the good way.
     
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    If the wind keeps up I think it’ll be a pitchers game.
     
  17. CC_Nole

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    I will take credit for the Rios HR
     
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    Jesus you are going to have to absolutely crush it tonight for it to get out lol
     
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    Rios has some of the easiest power I’ve seen
     
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    Ya Rios smashed that. Should be a game of bunting and steals
     
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    Mookie has been less than average in this series.
     
  22. bro

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    He will be fine and end up making huge plays that help them win.
     
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    :booger:
     
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    Not the best usage but I’ll give you a like to keep the good vibes going
     
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    Joe Buck is awful
     
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    Is it too much to ask for the team to play flawless defense behind kershaw?

    thx
     
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    Kersh velocity is not there tonight.
     
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    But he is locating very well
     
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    lol fuck me
     
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    Deepest part of the ball park. Brutal
     
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    411 foot out
     
  32. bro

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    92 on the gun for kersh there
     
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    That looked familiar.
     
  34. CC_Nole

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    At least it was a solo shot
     
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    Let’s settle it down kersh
     
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    Let's get the man some run support, please.
     
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    Let’s pick him up boys
     
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  38. CC_Nole

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    rofl I can’t believe we are getting dominated by this fucking dude
     
  39. CC

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    Oh man Rios that was a gift
     
  40. bro

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    Joc hit a ball 411 feet into the wind. Calm down
     
  41. bro

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    Although that was not a good inning. Not one bit!
     
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    Lol we have 1 hit. It’s a fair complaint
     
  43. fish

    fish Impossible, Germany
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    I'm not one to overstate things but this is a HUGE inning for Clayton.
     
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  44. CC

    CC Waiting for moments that never come
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    :gfa:
     
  45. bro

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    Nervous about sending him out there to face the top of the order in the 6th. But he is only at 71 pitches. In theory he could go two more. Easy. But this is where the trouble comes from.
     
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  46. fish

    fish Impossible, Germany
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    Atta boy, CK!

    Hopeful the boys can work some counts in their favor this time.
     
  47. fish

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    We all know he wants the ball. I think they have to give it to him.
     
  48. bro

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    Mookie smoked that. Damn
     
  49. bro

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    They’ve been the beneficiaries of a couple infield singles. Sucks
     
  50. bro

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    Why go inside there. What in the world
     
  51. CC_Nole

    CC_Nole Well-Known Member

    This inning was so predictable
     
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