28 Burst results for "Gavin Lux"
"gavin lux" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast
"That is a big improvement over the 47. Different kind of bad. Right. As far as anyone knows, healthy is the difference, whereas last year you could kind of write it off. 2020, he wasn't great, but he was still an above average hitter and whatever it's 2020, it's a short season. He had a two 45 babbitt. You don't think that's real coming off the 2019 MVP year. Then last year, he has a whole succession of injuries and there was just never any point where you could feel confident that he was completely physically healthy in a 100% and then he looked pretty good in the postseason and you thought okay, maybe he'll be back. He'll be the good Bellinger again. And no, he has not. He looked like that early on in the season, but it just hasn't kept up and he's hit 202 61 three 80. Man, Bellinger's babbit since the start of 2020. Two 45, one 96, two 42 for a guy with some speed. That is wild, because he was a 300 babbitt guy, his first few years in the majors. And boy, he's got like pools esque like some of the worst Babs ever if he had kept this up. I mean, over the past few years, which I don't know if that is a product of not hitting the ball quite as hard or just pulling the bum or predictably or what I haven't looked into the splits, I guess it's partly that he hits a ton of pop ups, which are basically automatic outs. So that'll get you a low babbit, but I guess that's part of it, although, I don't know, it's just, it's not great. Like he is still a very good defensive player in center, so he's still playable pretty much, but like if it were anyone else, you would think change of scenery candidate maybe except that this is the Dodgers and so like the Dodgers are the team that you would identify as the change of scenery for a struggling hitter, right? To fix someone. Yeah. So if the Dodgers can't fix them, it seems bad. It seems bad. I guess it's possible that despite being great at hitter development seemingly, they might have some sort of weakness when it comes to Cody Bellinger, like maybe he's not receptive to input from them because they're his original team and he was an MVP for them and everything so I guess he could still be a change of scenery candidate, but really if he can't be fixed with the Dodgers that does not bode well and it's one of the most shocking career arcs for some of the started as well as he did to be down in the dumps the way that he is and you know they've had guys like Muncie and Turner and players who had slow starts and you wondered whether they had anything left and they have turned it on and Bellinger just has not. He's just kind of an out now. Yeah, you might have been on paternity leave last year when I asked this question. So if it doesn't sound familiar to you, that's why you were in the haze of having a new baby but I remember at one point last year I was like is Cody Bellinger and non tender candidate and I felt like I was being shocking and controversial and now I'm like I think Cody Bellinger doesn't know Tinder candidate. Is he still gonna make significant money in ARB? So I do find it funny though that you said it's amazing they're doing this despite Cody Bellinger being bad and like yeah, but also Ben. Here's some facts from about the Dodgers freeze. So this is with a minimum of 400 plate appearances. Freddie Freeman has a one 58 W or C++ as a one 52 tray Turner one 34 Will Smith one 29 Gavin Lux one 20 6 Justin Turner one 24. He really turned it on. Slow start. And max muncy is at O one O four, but I still think it makes months he's a little bit hurt. So, and he's been much better of late. So, yes, but also, oh my God, the doctors. Yeah. They're just really, really, very stacked. Yeah. You just have to wonder, is he still hurt in some way or did one of those injuries? Hamper his mechanics in some way, then it's not been easy to correct. It's just, man, it's not how I expected things to go. Concerning. And I think that the part of it that has made me the most sort of nervous on his behalf because he's officially moved into that segment of the player population where I'm like, buddy. What better things for you than this? And I don't know, man, is that like even in seasons where he has had a terrific performance in his top line numbers are great. Like he has had stretches where you're like, huh, I'm breaking bar recognition. It's just not there for you. And so the fact that he has had that even at times when he has gone good and look, there are plenty of guys who have a bad stretch for a while and then they're great again. It doesn't matter. But it's like, maybe this was just always in you. And then something happened with the injury, and you couldn't adjust back, like sometimes guys just can't do that. And it's really a shame, because he was literally the remember when Cody Bellinger was the MVP. I do. It wasn't that long ago. It wasn't that long ago. I would just like to point out for all of the Dodger fans listening to this who are somehow fixated on the fact that I have cited max muncy's season long WRC plus. I would like to note that he had a one 49 in August. And a one 98 so far in September. So it's going good for max Muncie right now. That's exciting, but it has not rubbed off on Cody Bellinger, which is sad for him. Yeah, a friend of the show Eric Steven of true blue LA, he tweeted on Sunday beginning June 30th the day Padres starter Joe musgrove said of Justin Turner when he's in the box. I don't feel like he's a huge threat. Turner is hitting three 71 four 46 16 with 8 homers and 12 doubles and 43 games, the only higher OPS and MLB during that time is by Aaron judge. So I like the idea that it's just driven by spite by petty desire to prove Joe musgrove rung that Justin Turner has turned it on. I know that's not what Eric is saying. It is just a fun little coincidence, but yeah, like he looked old and slow and maybe like he was losing it at the start of the season. And he just bounced back to being one of the best hitters in baseball, not that the Dodgers needed the help. Right, wait, did I say Justin Turner when I meant to say? No, you did not. You said. I was like, oh no, now I'm really going to get emails. No, no. I understand. In addition, just in Turner. Gotcha. Exactly. I'm picking up what you're putting down. As I was looking at Bellinger's 2019, it was making me think about Edwin Diaz's 2019 because that was in its own way as confounding as Bellinger's recent trajectory has been and I remember potting about this then because that was such a mystifying season. So look, Edwin Diaz is back to being unhittable, right? And he has the entrance song and the whole thing and he has a 1.5
Dodgers quiet Timmy Trumpet for now, beat Mets 4-3
"The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the three game series with a four to three win over the mets in front of over 40,000 at Citi Field LA now 90 and 38 Gavin Lux had two hits and three RBIs including a tie breaking RBI single in the 7th Jake Reed just up from triple-A earned his first career save One of the best feelings in the world you know so do it here in front of all these fans and stuff in this atmosphere It was just a very emotional moment The Met skill to 82 and 48 they remain three games on top of Atlanta in the national league east Mike mancuso New York
Urías, Dodgers blank Brewers 4-0, continue 2nd-half surge
"The first team to 80 wins as the Dodgers got behind their pitching staff to blank the brewers for nothing led by starter Julio aureus who worked the first 5 innings on four hits The Dodger bullpen with four relievers took over and did not allow a hit over the final four innings Gavin Lux hit a two run Homer Freddie Freeman a solo shot Freeman says urias continues to be one of the best pitchers in the national league We gotta be getting close to being in the south young race here Every single time he goes out there it's a chance for us to win Dodgers built on an early one zero lead by tacking on three runs in the middle innings Check Freeman Milwaukee
Muncy, Betts homer, Dodgers beat KC for 12th straight win
"The Dodgers winning streak is 12 games after max Muncie and Mookie betts carried their offense to a 13 to three pounding of the royals Muncie went four for 5 with a Homer and four RBIs hitting the two run shot in the fourth inning That's belted his team high 26 home run leading off the game as part of a 5 run first A season high 6 Dodgers homeward including Joey Gallo Cody Bellinger Will Smith and Gavin Lux Brad Keller was reached for a career high tying 8 runs in three innings It's a Dodgers first 12 game winning streak since 1976 I'm Dave ferry
"gavin lux" Discussed on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"They'll take a day off then they start another hitting streak. Like they're just constantly hitting. In fact, they're like one and two and all of baseball for total hits. I think it's like one 40 and one 39 or whatever it is at this point, you know, their top three in batting average in all of baseball along with Paul Goldschmidt so those are your two of your top three hitters. The other one is Mookie betts. We know who Mookie bets and everything that he's capable of. I like to highlight like a Gavin Lux, who would you look at the top 5 batting averages in all of baseball? Gavin Lux has been consistently up there. He was their 9 hole hitter for most of the season. Now you're seeing them like 6 whole 7 hole. They're bringing guys up left and right too. We talked about James outman and Miguel Vargas Vargas is now back down, but yes, it is team baseball, but they also have these superpower names to the point where you have what would be the best hitter on probably like 15 other major league teams that ignite in your lineup. And Jess, we had Cody Bellinger eating 9th in our game on Sunday Night. He just hit me right in all he did was hit two oppo home runs. No, and that's the reality of where they're at. And honestly, the inner competition, which is real. I mean, if you don't perform now, I think it's a little different with Cody and max muncy. We've seen them kind of struggle more than we've ever seen them struggle. You know, at points this season, but the faith that Dave Roberts has in them is definitely real, at least right now with this huge lead. But you see the competition. I mean, you look at trace Thompson ever since that he came over. I mean, he is absolutely annihilated. Every time he's been in the batting order. And Chris Taylor is now back when he was injured. It just goes on and on and I could talk on and on. Will Smith who I didn't even mention. Who I would argue is the second best kitchen catcher and all the national league when it comes to offense and what he can do. But yeah, this is a team that's very deep and it doesn't surprise me that runs per game because when they're all healthy, it's the best hitting team in baseball. So I tweeted out a number you and I are talking on Wednesday evening that during this stretch of games since June 23rd, they more than they more than doubled the number of runs that their opponents have scored, which is just staggering, you know, for the team to be that dominant baseball. You don't really see that very often. All right, you in your work doing Dodger broadcasts, you have learned that Freddie Freeman and Mookie betts have struck up this great first year friendship as teammates. Yeah, I think one of my favorite things is just the bus rides on the way to the ballpark, you know, because it's a time when, you know, you get guys different phases different. It doesn't matter what bus I pick, sometimes it's the 2 o'clock, the 3 o'clock, like I'm never really consistent of when I'm always heading to the field, but every time I pick a time, it seems to always be with Mookie and Freddy. They definitely are always together every bus, and I laugh because sometimes it'll just be me and the two of them on this huge bus and no one else is on it. And I've used that as an opportunity to like, you know, obviously pick their brains, hear what they talk about, but one of the biggest things I ask once is, hey, you know, are you guys gonna hit on the field today? And Freddie immediately and looked at Mookie, they both smiled and he's like, no, that's something that Freddie eliminated a long time ago because he's like, you wanna know what I do for my bed and practice pregame? He's like, I sit in the batting cage and I hit wheat ground balls to the shortstop because that's exactly what he's like, do you think any fans want to see that? You think if I'm coming out of the field, nothing wheat ground balls, the shorts obviously, but that's what I'm working on. And I don't want a big stadium and all that comes with it to change that pregame. And he influenced the Mookie immediately said, when he told me that, I was like, I'm gonna do that too. And so Mookie just spends his time down in the cages, working on what he needs to work on. He's like, I've taken a lot less swings because of Freddie and what he's talked about. You understand too, like every single game and you see this buster of, you know, the necessity of having to get there hours before. Unless there's something specific you have to work on. But even then, I mean, as soon as Freddie gets off that bus, it always surprises me. Within like 12 minutes, he's already in uniform on the field with dino evil working on his ground ball work, like literally backhands on his knees, doing all of that. So it's not like he's showing up late and not working. They get there a little bit later, get after it, but they also know to save those swings for the entirety of the season, work on the small things, and then get after it. Yeah, when I ask smokey about that the other day, what you had told me, what his response was, yeah, that, you know, if Freddie basically has helped him to trust himself. And, you know, that that that's been a good thing. And by the way, they're also dads of young kids. And I think that's a big part of it is to make sure that you give that time to kids who, you know, that's their time and you have to give it to them. You know, you mentioned where you live up in the greater northwest. This has been a time of emergence for the Mariners. What are you seeing in them after the trade deadline coming out of the all star break? Well, have a Luis Castillo. I mean, exclamation point underlined. I mean, that was the trade. I felt like of the entire. I know Juan Soto Josh bell, all of that was a huge deal. But Luis Castillo, to me, going over to the Mariners to a team that we talked about all the young talent they have. How about his last start against the Yankees though? And that was like toe to Tom. To face the same line of three times in like less than a month. These have three starts against the Yankees, beginning with one, just before the all star break, I mean, he's been completely dominant. We've seen guys who move to a new market who have that pressure put on themselves at the trade deadline that they're the hired gun. He seems to be growing from being that guy at the trade deadline. No, absolutely. And that's what I saw. I mean, just the confidence he has, of course, this stuff.
Dodgers rally for 7-4 win over Giants, sweep 4 from rivals
"The divers completed a four game sweep by scoring three times in the 8th inning of a 7 four downing of the Giants Jake lamb doubled home the tie breaking run helping the Dodgers earn their 8th consecutive win and 15th in their last 16 games That last pitch two strikes I just tried to get my foot down early and I was just trying to shoot a ball to the 6 hole Trace Thompson and Gavin Lux had two RBIs a piece to help LA overcome a mediocre start by Clayton Kershaw Just really great team win by everybody except me Darren ruff hit a tying two run Homer in the 5th and tyro Estrada had a two run single for the Giants I'm Dave
Betts hits 200th career HR as Dodgers defeat Giants 4-2
"Mookie betts reached a milestone and Julio urias worked 6 scoreless innings since the Dodgers beat the Giants for the third straight day four to two That's belted one of LA's three home runs and it was the 200th of his career Urea is limited the Giants to two hits and improved to 6 and zero in his last 7 starts Trey Turner and Freddie Freeman also homered in the Dodgers 14th victory in their last 15 games Gavin Lux editor in RBI triple to the victory San Francisco didn't score until Luis Gonzalez and Joey Bard hit RBI singles in the 9th Alex wood took the loss yielding two runs over four innings I'm Dave
Bellinger's grand slam propels Dodgers past Giants 5-1
"The Dodgers earned their 9th straight home win by downing the Giants 5 one The game was tied one one until Cody Bellinger launched a Grand Slam in the 8th inning The two out blast was his 7th career slam and followed an error by first baseman Lamont way junior Mookie betts scored the game's first run on a basis loaded walk issued to Gavin Lux in the first inning The Giants tied it when your meme Mercedes single tome will run in the fourth Neither starter factored in the decision LA starter Tyler Anderson allowed an honor to run over 6 innings and Logan Webb was reached for one run over 6 frames for the Giants I'm Dave
Freeman gets 4 hits, Dodgers roar back to sweep Cubs 11-9
"The Dodgers pulled out their 7th straight win by erasing a pair of 5 run deficits in an 11 9 downing of the cubs Freddie Freeman was four for 5 with a Homer and two RBIs as LA completed at ten and one home stand Trey Turner and Will Smith also drove in two runs apiece and Gavin Lux reached base four times The NL west leaders rallied after PJ Higgins belted his first career Grand Slam in Chicago's 5 run first and David bodie added a three run shot to make it 8 three in the third Turner's RBI single put the Dodgers up 9 8 in the 6 run third Bruce Starr grotta roll worked out of a two on none out jam in the 8th and picked up the save I'm Dave
Gonsolin goes to 11-0, Dodgers get 4 HRs to beat Cubs 5-3
"Tony Gonzalez became the first national league pitcher to 11 wins as the Dodgers beat the cubs 5 to three Gonzalez allowed two runs over 7 innings his record is 11 and O and his 1.62 ERA is the lowest in the majors And I'm just going to go out there and do my job every time I get the ball Whether that's every 5 days or 6 or whatever it is just go out there and throw strikes The Dodgers smacked four home runs Mookie betts hit two and Justin Turner and Gavin Lux also went deep Mark leiter junior takes the loss Mark Myers Los Angeles
Ruf hits 2 HRs, Junis wins 3rd straight as Giants beat LA
"Darren ruff and Jack Peterson carried the Giants offense in a 7 two win over the Dodgers Rough delivered two home runs and four RBIs while Peterson went to for four with two ribs Jacob junis won his third straight decision to get to four and one allowing two runs and 5 hits over 5 innings before leaving with a strained hamstring Gavin Lux belted a Homer that drew the Dodgers within three to two in the top of the 5th but the giant scored four in the bottom half Dodgers starter and loser walker Bueller left after four innings due to discomfort in his throwing elbow allowing three runs in four hits I'm Dave
After 2-strike intentional walk, Muncy powers Dodgers
"Max Muncie just off the injured list homered and drove in 5 runs as the Dodgers rallied for an 11 9 victory over the White Sox Muncie had a two run double in a 6th run 5th inning and then smacked a three run blast in his next event Muncie had struggled before injuring his elbow Coming into today I was batting zero I hadn't had any bats on the season This is the first game of the year for me So that was always the attitude we were having coming into this game Regardless of what the results were you know this was kind of the new start moving forward Gavin Lux added four hits with Freddie Freeman three to go along with his three RBIs Tyler Anderson did not figure in the decision and also had his 28 inning scoreless streak snapped David Shuster Chicago
Gavin Lux gets 2-run double, Dodgers surge past Phils 5-4
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"gavin lux" Discussed on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"When he was the big rookie, it was going to get called up and in spring training. Even leading into that spring trading hits 61 errors and 208 games. And in that spring training had a hard time throwing a first base, of course, it sort of stopped primarily there, a little bit of second base as they worked them in. But it was something that Dave Roberts had to address something he had to address. They talked about him working on the mental side to kind of overcome it, which a lot of times when we see guys struggle to throw the first base, it's done. They're not going to figure it out, or it's going to be a long time. Gavin Lux was able to do that. In fact, he got brought up. I mean, it became a non issue. And seeing it was the throwing air that he had with three runs that ended up scoring that inning. And the second game of the series against the Diamondbacks and then yesterday had one where Freddie Freeman was like Freddie doing golden glove Freddy Freeman type stuff jumping off of the bag, making the crab getting his foot to come back and get the out. And you just saw on Gavin Lux's face, like what the heck is going on. Because these throws and obviously from second and he had plenty of time, they were never rushed and it just was like nowhere near the target. So something that definitely to keep an eye on, of course, the Dodgers have so much stuff, but I'm not kidding Gavin Lux coming into the season. I mean, there was an exciting, his at bats. I mean, what he can do, especially at the bottom of that order. Something that they definitely want to figure out. Two quick ones, the Padres, Eric Hosmer, among the league leaders and hitting what he's seeing in him. You know, I was talking to him when they were playing the Dodgers last week and two things. First bob Melvin and.
"gavin lux" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast
"And so he had surgery and he was done for the year and maybe he'll be back to full strength next year, but sucks for Michael conforto, obviously, because as we discussed, he did turn down a big extension offer from the Met's previously and also turned down the qualifying offer from the mets. So that's unfortunate. I mean, that happens at times. That's why sometimes certainty is important. I mean, we talk all the time about how often these long-term contracts can be team friendly, but there are those cases of players who that team friendliness. I mean, the teams can assume the risk that something might happen to a particular player because they have a whole lot of other players and a lot of money, but players it's just a sample of one. It's just those players. And so often they bet on themselves and it works out just fine for them, but every now and then you suffer an unfortunately timed injury. And you end up maybe missing out on a ton of money, which isn't to say that he couldn't come back and get a bigger deal down the road, but right now, I don't know, either he is shaking his fist at the universe or kicking himself for just generally lamenting the way that things work sometimes or maybe he is very philosophical about the whole thing and it doesn't bother him all that much and he's not going to be out on the street or anything, but yeah, not fortuitous timing for Michael. Yeah, it's one of those things where we kind of thought he would that he might end up taking like a pillow contract next year and now he really will be. Yeah. So that's too bad. It's just you feel bad for the guy. It's one of those things that with the benefit of hindsight he would just be he'd just be a rehabbing met and what's newsworthy about that really. Might not even talk about it. Yeah. Although the mets are off to a great start. So far this season. And otherwise, but in better, we're encouraging news about an outfielder. I guess bellies back? I don't know if yelling is back yet, but belly seems to be back, right? Cody Bellinger is hitting a one 49 WRC plus thus far through 16 games. He is hitting the ball hard. He is in the 91st percentile when it comes to hard hit rate. He seems to be catching up to some pitches that he would not have caught up to last year and, you know, there was a lot of concern about him coming off of the disastrous last season. He had so many injuries that it wasn't clear whether the injuries were responsible or not, and then he kind of retooled his swing again and in spring training, he struck out a ton, and there were more fears, but the Dodgers kind of bet on him when they traded AJ Pollock and committed to Bellinger and Gavin Lux, who's also been great thus far the Dodgers. I think are tied for the mets in run scored so far this season among the league leaders in offense. And Bellinger's been a big part of that. So it's still a smallish sample I don't want to declare him back to MVP form necessarily. He still striking out a ton and probably will continue to do that. But he has hit in the ball parter and he's overall been very productive. So that is encouraging news. Yeah, I think that we have seen sort of fits and starts from him in the last, I don't know, two, three years where we're like, oh, everything is gonna be fine and then it kind of plummets. So there is precedent for this being a short lived return to form, but it has seemed to be a good one so far, and that's pretty encouraging from a guy who notched like just, it's not, it's almost unbelievable how bad he was last year and granted he was hurt and so he missed a ton of time. Like he only played 95 games. I think I'm looking now 350 plate appearances. So he clearly, you know, he was injured and then he appeared to be at times compromised when he even was on the field, but like a 48 WRC plus. I mean, we talked in the off season. I think the conclusion that we reached is that they wouldn't do it, but we felt the need to entertain the question is Cody Bellinger and non tender candidate. Yeah. And, you know, he clearly wasn't, but we had a pretty decent sense of what he was likely to make an arbitration even with the down year. And you know, this is another place where the Dodgers are the Dodgers, and they are able to press an advantage. See, this is the advantage that everyone in baseball should try to press, right? Is the money advantage? What fund that would be? We would be over the moon if everyone was like, no, I'll just spend more than you did. That sounds great. But like, you know, a lot of teams faced with Cody Bellinger's production in a potential $17 million arbitration deal with just like move on. And do other stuff in the Dodgers are like, it's just money. So far, they are being rewarded for that foresight. Will he continue? But it's pretty nice so far. Yeah, and as for jelly, Christian Yelich of the brewers, I don't know what to make of him anymore, because on the one hand, he's been dealing with various injuries. He had the knee injury and the surgery, which was pretty serious. It seemed to coincide with him no longer being in otherworldly player and just going back to basically being a league average hitter more or less. And then he had back injuries and kind of like a chronic recurring back issue and that's something that concerns me for a player. I mean, you go back to Don Mattingly there are lots of examples of hitters who have had back issues that have just sapped their power pretty much permanently..
"gavin lux" Discussed on Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney
"He swung and missed only three times buster, he's chased only three times. And he's already got four swings in which he's generated an exit velocity of at least 100 mph. Cubs gave him a huge contract. $85 million is a lot. So we should have expected a lot, but I don't feel like much was made about them and him and spring training. I'm not so sure he's going to emerge as a superstar, but early indications are that he has a chance to be an excellent big league hitter. Right, you had a suggestion for a segment called real or fake. And so I'm going to give you three starts and you tell me if this is what they're doing early, these players is a reflection of something real or fake, like cattell Marte after slow start. I think that's going to be fake buster. I do think Marte is going to have a great season. Right now, his batting average on balls in play is under 200, despite making great contact. And I think there's a durable track record here, since 2019 is the third leading hitter in baseball with a three 15 batting average, pairs that with a 5 36 slug. And he's also steaming right now. He's like smack dab in the middle of what should be his prime. I think Marte is poised for a huge season. I'm not perturbed by what we've seen so far. I think he's going to break out and be a monster. Gavin Lux off to a great start. What do you think? So I think this is real buster. I think this is his breakout season. Let's put in context where he was and where he's arrived now because we obviously know the minor league track record was extraordinary. And he still hasn't surpassed 500 career bigly yet bats in large part because he's just stuck on the Dodgers who have an all star at practically every position. He's always sort of been a misfit on defense there too, but look they're playing him at second base where he has proven to be good. We know his struggles have mostly come in the outfield. It would not surprise me if I say mid season buster. This is an impact hitter in the middle of their order who is comfortable playing in an everyday role at second base. I believe in the talent. I think this could be his breakouts either. You agree with me that the difference between the Dodgers and just about every team except for maybe the raise is their ability to develop young players because I do, you know, they're so patient. They've done such a great job being patients with guys like Will Smith. Walker buehler at Gavin Lux, I think, would be the latest example. Their process is extraordinary. When you pair the amount of money that they can spend with the sort of shrewd team building strategy that Andrew Friedman brought over, it is an approach buster that I don't know how any team in baseball could over a period of time be better than them until something changes. There is no obvious reason to me why the Dodgers couldn't keep on this track for several more years. Their process is about as perfect as it gets and just and they can just so happen to spend as much money as they possibly want. They do as good a job as anyone in baseball of developing players as well. And look, I mean, Andrew Freeman was outstanding doing that in Tampa. Now we have three times the payroll. On Sunday Night, it looks like we're going to get you Darvish of the Padres pitching against the braves. He allowed 9 runs in two thirds the other night was at an outlier. Buster, I mean, I don't think so. Maybe to that degree it was an outlier, but I think we've seen enough now to worry that you Darvish is best days are behind him. So hashtag arbitrary endpoint here, but he made the all star team last year. But I went back and looked at the second half of a season bleeding into this season. So he's made 16 starts since the beginning of July last year. And in those 16th dark spots there, his ERA is 7.04. It's the highest ERA of any qualified pitcher during that time and also over that period of time. He owns the highest home run rate of any qualified pitcher. His breaking balls, which were once like this suite of just extraordinary swing and a mess, are no longer a weapon. The league is tagging his slider and tagging his curveball in a way that we have just not seen before. The velocity is still there. You're still seeing high strikeout totals, but you're seeing those walks creep up a little bit and you're seeing the damage done on swings to a much larger degree than before. You're not, you don't have to be nearly as defensive and even counts with you, Darvish as you used to. I think that might be a sunk cost and I don't think we're I don't think we're looking at days moving forward buster in which you Darvish resembles anything approximating in hands. It's fascinating because this week I heard that part of the discussion with darvis and tell me if based on the data that you just recite it and by the way, I want you to send it to me for our Sunday Night game. I heard this week that basically the front office saying, you got to throw your fastball more than you do. Like this whole approach of throwing the kitchen sink isn't working. And in his first start, 50% fastballs. That is so interesting, because I watched a bunch of you do ever starts in the second half of last season. And noticed this. But that whole, like you said, that whole array of sliders and curveballs and he obviously used to sit with that stuff and work as fastball off of it. The league is slugging a higher clip off of those pitches over that last sort of stretch that I described going back to July. And then his fastball, which was, which is obviously totally counterintuitive based upon, you know, years of track record and the big leagues. The Padres are looking at the same data that I am. And they're saying like, you have to pitch a little bit more traditionally because this spin, like once you sort of lose the sharpness of those pitches, obviously, you're giving hitters a greater chance to react. And you reduce your effectiveness to a great degree. Right now, you Darvish, it's pitching like you still has ace stuff. And he doesn't anymore. So he's going to have to modify his approach and do it quickly. All right, hambo. Thanks for doing this. And I'll talk to you next week. Thanks, man. Bleacher.
"gavin lux" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast
"We're we're we're doing fantastic work here so so i guess let's start as i said twenty minutes ago with your dodgers who are going to face the cardinals and i guess like what are you. What makes you feel good going into this match up craig. What what makes you feel like this is a this is gonna be easy. I'm going to be able to continue to watch the dodgers deep into the playoffs. Well i mean nothing right. Like i'm i don't fan of this team and i am. I am as anyone who has followed. And i apologize if you have on twitter. I am a fatalistic van and a kind of just assume the worst because it helps me cope when it happens so look. They're much better team than than the cardinals are. But i don't like accepting that emotionally because it's just gonna make it hurt more if it look. It's one game like it can go. It can go in any direction and it really doesn't doesn't matter right like it. It just doesn't them being looked they understandings basis. They they want one hundred. Six games in the cardinals. Ninety right there are much better team like rationally. That should make me feel better but all it does is make me think it's going to be so much worse when they lose so in that sense nothing in an actual logical sense max. Scherzer is a viable option for the cy young yet had a little bit of stumbled towards the end of the season. He's one of the best pitchers of this gender. I mean it's like him. Kershaw and and lender and i guess cranky agents at the end of the year which is weird. That is weird. But those are are the kind of the mount rushmore of pictures of this generation. And they're all pretty effective even at their age and masters. Are you know at this point not to speak l. verlander but he's hurt so Sherzer at this point the most effective of them all yes and yes that that makes me feel very good. I mean they're lineup. In general has has started to hit. They went a very long time without scoring five runs in a game. I think the last four games this season scored at least eight runs range of the last four games that has to make you feel good. Trae turner has been incredible. I mean yeah cory. Seager has looked like the Twenty twenty playoffs cory seager. Yes mookie. Betts has rounded into forum. Us me to pick one thing. I've listed a bunch but good things Those are good things to list. Those are all the things that that would make me feel good. There are things that i you know. That would make me feel bad if you want me to go there. Well i think. I think maybe we should. And then we're going to do the same exercise for the dardanelles and so then you might come away feeling like good at the at the end of it but what is giving you apart from just the the knowledge that it is one game and that you are unable to accept good things in your life probably should be talked to professional about what about what about this current setup makes you feel some trepidation going into wednesday. The biggest thing at this point as max muncie is not going to be there if they advanced probably going to be in the next round and it's just a a really rough again another guy in the conversation probably down ballot for mvp had a tremendous season is such a key cog in the middle of their line up. Because i i know the saying is that that speed never slumped but like for him even when he is slumping in his patients is end. Knowledge of the zone is so remarkable that he gets on base anyway and so like for him. It's hit says base never slumps I think that's that's the biggest thing and just kind of the number of guys that are forced into the lineup. Because of it so it. It seems to me that they're going to maybe platoon matt. Badie albert holes in his spot gavin lux left. You know they put a tape impression of him on the wall in center field. After he ran into a wall he had been actually hitting really well in september right and instead you get cody bellinger. Which is i guess on some level. A nice problem to have. He's elite defensive center fielder had at all this year and he has broken ribs right. Chris taylor has a bad neck so again like this team is exceedingly deep. But they're all kind of there are a lot of semi broken pliers right. So yeah those are those. Are the things and yeah. I look masters last starts. One of them was at cores. I don't know how to to put into that weren't ideal i grace but i don't put too much credence on. Just two starts being an issue for for someone like sherzer. Yeah i think particularly given that one of them is course. It's like that's the thing to be mindful of a man. I think he he can get got by home runs on occasion. But you're right. He's he's definitely ben. Clemens wrote for us today but how corbin branches young winner in the found his argument persuasive but if people like sherzer as their you know two or three in that conversation. I think that that is a completely reasonable thing. He's added incredible year. And gosh would pick up. The dodgers have been all of the other stuff including kershaw being hurt now right. It seems to have been fortuitous on their part. Can i offer. I don't have conviction in this. I'm not advocating for it. I want. I want that to be clear. But i have a question for you. Greg cody bellinger. Non tender candid. I've thought about it. Yeah i bet. Yeah he has a forty eight. Wnyc plus yeah. Yeah he's been really really. I think the reason he's not is his defense share and that like even a league average bat right with with his ability in centerfield is a really quite valuable player free and i do wonder how much his are figure even moves. Ram and how bad he was right right for sure and especially the fact that like he defense tends to be overlooked in tough to argue for in arbitration. Yes i imagine. And to be clear. I i know that you are not. I am not advocating for an underpaid or anything like that but these are the these are the things that kinda come together to make a guy not really move very much. You know if if you're going into your what is his third year of our bright as third year but then he's a super too so he'll have one more after that. Okay well. i think that's a reasonable answer. It is a question that i imagine. The dodgers have asked themselves. They probably end up in the same place that you and i just said. Yeah i mean this is a quick addendum to that. Is that like. I think the team. If you're the dodgers with their payroll and their largest i think to me that's worth rostering this guy on the on the chance that he finds even league average bad if not much better which he can do and also just they build themselves redundancies right. This is an expensive one but it is a very valid redundancy and again they have the wherewithal to to do it so those would be my arguments that they would that. I think they would keep them. I certainly would. It's not my money so it's easy for minnesota well and they're in an interesting spot too. 'cause you know obviously they blew through all of the like the rare team that really did blow through every possible level of the of the cbt which we don't see very often despite how much hand-wringing team seem to engage in but they're also gonna drop down pretty considerably. Granted this does this assumes no more signings which i imagine they will make but like their projected luxury tax number for next year is like a hundred and forty eight million or something like that so it's not like they you know it's not like they're gonna be up against it in quite the same way like in theory they can retain him even if makes something like he did last year in the fifteen or sixteen million dollar range and still kind of have room to maneuver from a payroll perspective. Which you know we don't. That's not our money either so we don't need to be overly fussy but they they managed that number in a very intentional and i think Generally quite smart way so. I suspect that they're going to be conscious of the fact that like you know they. They have a bunch rolling off as i suspect. Kenley is not gonna come back or if he does very reduced figure right. Can you can make you know who knows with kershaw this year and might need tommy. John surgery you know. I don't know if they sign him or just. Let him rehab separately or whatever..
"gavin lux" Discussed on Effectively Wild: A FanGraphs Baseball Podcast
"Wrc plus their offense they are if you exclude pitchers second and third in baseball with the dodgers just slightly ahead of the giants in both behind the astros if you look at defensively like defensive efficiency. The dodgers have the highest defensive efficiency in the majors majors. That means they've converted. The highest percentage of balls and play into outs than the astros than the giants. But if you look at like other defensive metrics with the dodgers all over the place. And i don't know whether that's something you've noticed or whether that is just a function of how the dodgers play defense. But if you look like on baseball savant outs above average. The dodgers are at negative eleven. Which is twenty third in baseball if you look at team. Ucr for instance. The dodgers are twenty-seventh. Somehow maybe that's just because a lot of shift plays are getting thrown out entirely. I don't know if you look at like defensive. Runs saved their kind of both ninth tenth ish. The dodgers are really good defensive team or is it that they've had good pitching that has allowed field. Appalls her is it just like really hard to quantify it other than just looking at. How many calls and player that turn into out because they're shifting so constantly yeah. I don't think they're like you know top three in defensive efficiency. Good on defense. They're they're clearly worse than the last few years. I think losing. Pk hernandez helped. He was sort of the glue either at second base or whatever outfield position. He was at he would. He was seemingly good everywhere. This year has been weird at times. Like i think cory seager since he's returned as Better defensively but he was pretty awful. In the first part in gavin lux was also bad at short but they missed a good chunk of time. With cody bellinger. Not the outfield. Mookie betts as miss time. So i think that's sort of played into it. muncie maximums. He's been really get it first and second which was which is which is kind of surprising. But it's been a weird a very weird year defensively. I do think they just you know they shift very well. They get a lot of like soft contact some. It seems like sometimes that that might that might hurt them against the shift or something but I think i don't know they don't strike me as particularly excellent defensive team but they're probably maximizing what they have with the various shifts and and placement of guys.
"gavin lux" Discussed on WGR 550 Sports Radio
"Brown. Playing through a right knee injury. Joel Embiid helped the 70 Sixers regain the home court advantage in their series with the Hawks looks through traffic and beat up top for three Good. There's the guard skills that Doc Rivers loves about. Joelle MB. Sean Kelly on ESPN Radio Embiid with 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. The Sixers win 1 27 1 11 to take a 21 Series lead over Atlanta. Philly shoots 58% from the floor in the western semifinals. The sons make it three straight over the Nuggets, 1 16 to 102 to take a three series lead. Nicola Yokich in the lost 32 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists for Denver. Baseball. On Friday night, the first place White Sox beat the Tigers 5 to 4 on the 10th inning sac fly from Yoan Moncada. The Brewers beat the Pirates. 7 to 4. Christian Yelich breaks a 22 tie with a two run double in the seventh. Brewers stay tied for first with the Cubs in the National League Central. The Dodgers blast the Rangers 12 to 1 Clayton Kershaw goes six innings for his eighth win Gavin Lux with a three run homer. He drives in fourth, the French Open women's final today in Paris with two first time Slam finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova against Barbara Krejci. Coba Ruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will have surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. Rask will be a free agent and hopes to resign. In Boston. We're back on Monday, and the Clippers are once again down 02. So we're left to wonder if history will repeat itself or the Clippers will be history. Keyshawn J. Will Zubin Monday morning on ESPN radio..
"gavin lux" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Can't ignore this story. A limb. I totally ruined that no hitter yesterday for Julio aureus. I was like, Oh, we gotta get no hitter going. Shannon, You said it out loud. I said it out loud And then promptly came that base hit. Have you know what which I thought was which I thought was an error. First of all, second of all. That was strike three. That should've been strike three. But it was you. It was it was you and there were. You are not the only one who texted me about four innings into that game when it was already 11. Oh, yeah, I just Okay. So quite a game on right now is that I just said good game on TV, and I wrote I wrote new phone nephew. Yeah. Um, no, I I got in that we've got in the car and turned on K L. A C and they were saying that they were up 11 to nothing in the top of the third. And that's when I sent that text. Listen, San Diego L. A. And San Francisco have three of the best. They're not the best but three of the best. Records in baseball, But the Giants won the cracks. The cracks that have existed. They've been posers. You just said the Giants are showing cracks. Yeah, okay. Did you not see that sweet field? Yeah, we are practicing Gavin Lux. I'm sorry, Grand Slate. Are you turning up your nose at a grand Slam and all right. He's better than Corey cigarettes. Find my men. Ah, Did you see That your meth didn't get delivered this weekend making.
"gavin lux" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"On these sports leader. All right. Welcome back to talking baseball and beautiful Sunday morning in San Francisco, my guest today. Is J P. Horn Straw. He's an MLB reporter with the Southern California News group. You can also follow me on Twitter at J P H o R and S T R a Welcome in JP. How are you this morning? I'm great, Bill. How are you? Good doing Good up here, too. And the Dodgers air just really playing Well, they've won 10. Other last 11 games. Tell me your version of what's going on right with the Dodgers right now. I think it was a little bit of regression to the norm. They lost 15 out 20, and it was really stunning to see some of the healthy players who were under performing during that stretch. Guys like Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Um, some of the bull 10 guys can the Jansen had a couple of rough outing in there, and you wouldn't expect that from them. And I think really cannot allow. Yeah. 10 out of 11 this streak right now. It's it's a little bit, of course correction. A little bit of righting the ship. Um, but More than anything else. I really think it's just healthy players getting back to some of the performances that were expecting for them next month. He was the guy who began the season not really hitting the ball. It was only drawing walks. Now you kind of looks like that middle of the order hitter that the daughters were expecting. At the beginning of the season, some of the bench performances. You know, D J. Peters had a really good game yesterday. He was somebody who got called up and was going to be counted on to fill in for some of Cody Villagers that that's and he's at least as of yesterday, starting to look like he could do that. So Throwing a few more other performances here and there, and I think it's really more just what we expected to hear from the doctors from the outset. Well home Major league baseball Sure getting hit with a lot of players going on D a. I l especially the Dodgers. You have 12 total right now. Some of the key players, of course. Is Cody Bellenger and course Seeger, a. J. Pollock. I mean, those are three main players in the starting nine. And they're both all three of money. I l And then he got a look on the pitching side. Tony Gonzalez Scott out, Alexander Are these players starting to get healed? I understand, Belle injures and Ochi said OK City, Oklahoma City and he started do some rehab. Tell us a little bit about that. I l report well, each of the guys you mentioned went on for. I think very different reasons. Corey Secret got hit on the hand by a pitch, which is another thing that we've seen. A lot of this season is hit by pitches, and, unfortunately that one resulted in a pretty serious injury. Um Challengers injury was really kind of a fluke thing. He was a fractured his foot running down the first baseline. Her fractured his leg rather than at first, it was thought. It was just a minor injury, and then they saw the hairline fracture. Then you went on. I tell you, right, He's that Oklahoma City, But I think you'll be back pretty soon. God willing, you mentioned he's actually starting for Oklahoma City. Today. It's his first rehab start, so he'll probably need a few more of those, but I think you'll see him sometime. Conservatively speaking, let's say early June, AJ polic of annually goes on the interest list that we stand in non 60 game seasons s O. This is the hamstring, pretty common injuries chasing down the ball in the outfield, Nothing to how to the ordinary there. But you're right, like injuries have been really running rampant early in the season, but that the Dodgers case saw statistic the other day that they've actually lost more wins above replacement on the injured list than any team this season. I think the Padres have lost more players just in terms of games lost. The quality of players. The doctors are missing right now is truly higher than any other teams. Um You know, it's easy to speculate that this is a function of players going into 100 and 62 game season after only playing 60 in the regular season last year, and maybe the, uh, let's call it unusual ramp up to the season. Coming off of last year had something to do with it. I think that's fair in some cases, especially with the pictures, but I think in the case of the position players as much as anything, it Z a little bit of kind of question. Luck where you're seeing a lot of guys go down at once. And a lot of really good players go down at once. You know, I see a lot of the Angels too, and they just lost Mike trout of them really flew country. It's tough to watch, but it's part of the game and then unfortunately, I think we're gonna be seeing more of it this year Therapy Horn Straw joining us today and talking baseball is an MLP reporter for the L. A Dodgers. I think it came to surprise in Major League baseball as well as all the fans across the nation when Albert Pool halls got picked up by the L. A Dodgers so far, three for 11 had a home run for RB eyes. Were you surprised that this move by the Dodgers and so far so well? Maybe You tell me I was surprised Bill. I was very surprised. I think most seasons the daughters they're not in contention for the services of Albert Pools if you get cut by the Angels, but Talking about the injuries this year. They had a really short bench and and they've been waiting on. They've been asking some rookies to step in and play more than truly they had in the past year. I mean, these are guys make his DJ Peters and Luke really Zach McKinstry, who's also uninjured. Bliss. You know these are guys who the doctors were really counting on and who didn't play last year. They didn't have a season. And when you look at the pool, signing in the context of improving a bench that batting want to say, like 1 98 at the time that the signing was revealed. On Saturday morning eight days ago. It makes a lot of sense, like Albert Pools can probably hit better than 1 98. He could do that, um, expectations I think for him. But the Dodgers were pretty low. Well, then, of course, the very next day, the doctors find out that Corey Seager fractured his hand. They move Gavin Luck shortstop in Muncie to second base and all the sudden you need to first basement. There's pool, so he's been playing every day It's been working out. A better. It's certainly better than I think fans imagined, maybe even better than the front office. Imagine where they gave Robert that contract for the remainder of the season, But he's got a home run. He could still hit the home run. I'm a little surprised he's batting in the middle of this lineup that I didn't definitely didn't see coming. Um I don't think the plan is for him to remain in the middle of the lineup on an everyday basis the remainder of the season, but If they thought him into a bench role, and he's just a good right hand of weapon off the bench. Maybe occasionally give Max Muncy a day off against left handed pitching. Um, you know, that could be a pretty good fit for him and the Dodgers. With Corey Seager being a free agent at the end of the year. Of course, he fractured his hand. Gavin Lux now is it shortstop. Is this possibly a tryout for Gavin Lux to possibly be the everyday shortstop if they don't sign Seeger, You know, I don't think it began as that. But I think it could be that in the fact by the end of this season..
"gavin lux" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"And Terry Crowley on KNBR, 1045 and 68 v sports leader. All right. We have got baseball coming up, boy. It is May the 15th. We've got so much ahead of us and good good stories, good stories, and one about that bill last year is going to tell us and carry Crowley joins us a swell I said that Abbott pull host is toast that whoever was and whoever it was going to sub, let his house and start moving in. Well, not so fast as they like to say. It sure is. Marty. They just posted where the L A Dodgers are. Signing Albert Pool halls for the rest of the year is a major league contract. So things are changing in Dodger land as we speak, and they have now acquired Albert Pools. Carrie, What do you make of this? Mean Marty. The first reaction is what How is Albert Pools landed on the Dodgers? I mean, this is a roster that was supposed to be deep enough to withstand anything. Is Cody Bellenger out for a lot longer than we initially anticipated? What's going on in L A. I mean And the fact that they have a roster spot to give Albert Google's who was clearly well past his prime. We're talking 8 to 10 years past his prime, right now D F. Ade by an Angels team that's going, you know, not even above 500. Right now. It's just it's stunning bill it to see Albert Google's land with You know, the team that we all assumed would be the juggernaut in the National League West. Carry. Marty and I were talking earlier to go to go in American League team to D. H. Where's he gonna play? Is Max Muncy not gonna play first base? Is he going to go to first base? He's just gonna be a pinch hitter off the bench. You know, you said it right? Carrie. It doesn't make sense. But something in Dodger Landis seeing something that he did in the Angels that they feel that he's got a little spark left, Marty Well, they've had trouble replacing the bench, and Rios is out for the year and Rios plates from first basement, not mistaking. I could be wrong and I didn't They have another injury of McKinstry, so maybe their bench is is really kind of light. But he was emphatic That said he does not want that kind of job to be a guy who comes off the bench and help so they must have made some commitment to him that he is going to see action. At at first base, which to me is amazing because he couldn't get out of his own way with the Angels and the Angels are in last place, so What can I tell you? Look Farhaan Anxiety and AJ Preller and really all the G. M's and president of baseball operations around the National League have to be ecstatic with this stunning. I mean, no disrespect to Albert poodles. He's a Hall of Famer, one of the most accomplished Right handed hitters of his generation. But this move just doesn't make sense for a team that expects Tioga Pete at the top of the division that expects to defend its World Series title that expects to win 1/9 consecutive National League West Crown. I'm still floored by this bill. Yeah, it's a stunner. We were talking about earlier and and I think some of the things that the Dodgers they're saying, like Marty or saying maybe Belle injuries hurt a little more. Maybe they will put some different moves in different positions. But You know what? I'm I'm just a sweet ball are talking right now. I'm stunned. The Dodgers did something like this. With with that move, what else is going to happen? They have to make some kind of corresponding move for that roster. Well, I think there's someone else is going to go on the DL. I thought McKinstry or somebody I saw some name that someone else is hurt. But I think that pool house as they like to say. Read the room. And he read the room and realized he can't dictate to any team in baseball that he is going to be a full time player, starting player and he read the room. And he lives in L. A. He's in l A and you know, they come on. It's the Dodgers in L. A, so for him was probably very enticing. And I would My guess is he will be a a platoon type bench player who will do that for the Dodgers, and if his long as he's willing to accept that Well, take a shot at him. Why not if he came off the Angel di FAA, saying that he may have had some more action from other teams, but he didn't say that. So I think he's come around. I think he read the room. A Marty, you won't mean dinner at a Jos. You know, you told me I was gonna have this at lunch at her two little at new Little original Joe's, but at the same time we will have toast on the menu because you said he is Toasties. Maybe he very lucky He hasn't done anything. Yet, Okay? And I'm gonna will be talking about this the next few weeks. But look, he couldn't lucky could come off the bench in a tough situation and get a hit. You know, it could happen if he'll agree to do that. And Carrie. That's the deal. I mean, think about the Giants. Could they have used him in some way? If he agreed just to be a right handed hitter who came off the bench? Could you use him? Who do? The Giants have? I don't think so. I think that at this point you prefer Darren Rough, and Austin Slater off the bench is right handed hitters you prefer Marie CIA do Bonds, versatility. The one thing that I would add to this Marty, is that an 86 at bats for the Angels this year? Rubber approvals did have five home runs. The batting average was low. The O P s was low, but the Dodgers like you said they know how to pick their spots. They can have successful platoon matchups, and the one parallel that I would draw is we all thought that Pablo Sandoval's career was over when he was designated for a side by the Boston Red Sox in 2017. We said that is it. Pablo Sandoval's career is done and he came back as a successful pinch hitter. Look, the guy doesn't move around the bases. He can't play a position. But he still can knock one out of the park from time to time. Albert Poo holes in did that this season of his 17 hits, five were home runs, So I guess there are worse options he could have in the late innings off the bench. But I just cannot envision a scenario where you're taking way at bats from Gavin Lux, the up and coming second basement in the Dodgers organization to shift Max Muncy over too. Second base.
"gavin lux" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"About it in basketball with warriors not beat a repeater on on the luxury tax, and they run away from that. Very, very quickly. It's a self imposed seller kept is what it is. But when you see the Red Sox saying now you know what we want to keep some money in our pocket. It's just it's it's admits you're cynical, or even the whole point of being a Red Sox or being rich Yankees. Don't go over it either. I never, You know, they talk about the Dodgers. You know the best team money can take what you talking about. The Dodgers are Are in line with the other teams that Khun spend, but the Dodgers a. You can hate the Dodgers all you want and this team Hey, can you do I know you D'oh. This team has drafted And they have developed either one guy, the one guy that one big luxury big ticket item is Mookie Betts. You go around that roster and you say Turner. Anybody could've had that guy Seeger. Great draft pick money over to Monty was let go. Yeah, Anybody could've had Muncie Yahtzee ur Muncie that will take him. We'll give him a will give me a shot. Peterson drafted Bellenger drafted Ned those air Ned Seeger. Yeah. Will Smith. Drafted Barnes, I think drafted ah, the area's drafted Bueller drafted. I made this team they have the ability to go out there and and spend money. But they draft and they develop. It is incredible with this team, and they got another guy Gavin Lux wasn't even on the team this year. It wouldn't play as well, so he sent it back down. He's a stud. I think it is. It's just like a pipeline These guys have going through. So yes, they do have the ability to go out there and spend if they want to, but the their ability To draft And then pick up free agents. You know, street free agents. Basically, anybody could have had and develop him. Give them the ability to go out there and get Mookie Betts because they had all this money that not I wasn't talking about you right? I was just saying that they There's a lot of people out there saying this this team, but they're not, and that's what everybody wants to Wants to try and be even They know, even the even the Yankees. You know, you look a lot of their young, talented young count that they bought into the system and they got the Chapman Chapman trade and they got a couple of luxury items out there, but nobody's don't like the Dodgers have have done it. You just look at that a roster and you re literally have to be like Avery..
"gavin lux" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Oh, an interesting Look at numbers with Castellani. You get this pitch in tow Lux outside to Oh, no. Lefties have only a dozen hits off of him this year. In Nearly 60 a bat. So you're talking around a 200 batting average. They have five homers. And four other extra base hits. So Nine of the 12 hits have been extra base it swing and a miss by Lux, and it's two on one Which again Gets back to the conversation, but black and I had on buddies show About command because I guarantee you. Most of those extra base hits were On breaking pitches, and there's another breaking ball. That's going to go to the second deck by Gavin Lux, and it's for nothing. Dodgers No. We talked about the last five games at Coors Field. The offense that hadn't come around the starting pitching had certainly held up its in. But Castellani obviously struggling early tonight, in particular this second inning with that. Second two run homer. Tough, Tio learn on the job in the big leagues. They're not going to cut you any slack and When you Have allowed 11 homers in less than 36 innings of pitching your You're not executing the way you think you're capable certainly, And your team wants you to accomplish. Gavin Lux was over his last 14. Before that home run. Swinging at the first pitch, popping it up behind home plate. Austin Barnes the catcher, but it goes behind the screen for a strike. Or want Barnes. He checked his swing, and the count evens one on one. Swing and a foul out of play. Well retired the Dodgers in order in the first inning, but Max Muncy. With a leadoff walk in His second inning. Two homers in a double have accounted for the four runs ball in the dirt to win, too. And the home runs. We're not just got their home runs, they were tattooed..
"gavin lux" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"He's smart without handles and deploys his players. I think as we've talked about Many times, really, Every time we talk about the bucks, they just they don't have enough talent around Johannes to be championship viable right now, Boom, And that's the key aspect taking nailed it inbounds. I mean button holes. You can coach my team any day of the week. There's not that many teams at rate highly both offensive and defensive efficiency and Bud Is one of those guys whose teams historically do. Yep, but it's beyond. But he's not the GM. He's not the owner. So there's luxury tax thresholds and Malcolm Brogden there, you know, he should still be on the team or not. I think we know why. And anybody. It's some other stuff and yacht assassin tweak a few aspects to his game, but buds in elite coat. I think most most people that loved basketball would agree with that assertion. Are you in? Or are you out? Mookie Betts. Great players. We know one the NDP back in 2018 with Boston primarily in the outfield, but it did play one game at second base that year at another 14. At second in 2014, so he's got some positional versatility. Now, if the Dodgers he started at second base last night against the D'backs, as the team hopes to give him some reps as an emergency infield there in October. Now. Part of the reason you want to do this is they gotta stack the outfield Peterson his bombs. Obviously Bellingen Grape. Peterson doesn't play all the time. Neither does a J. Pollock when he's healthy. He's really good. Enrique Hernandez, etcetera bets the second basement. Gavin Lux is hitting just a buck 90 here so Question is bets would be more valuable to the Dodgers as their full time. Second basement in around, you know, I never thought about this until this question came up. Because I knew that they were loaded in the outfield, and I know that at some point that becomes financially tentative. Oh, are these treacherous with all those big bats that they have in the outfield and.
"gavin lux" Discussed on EAST TO WEST WITH NICK AND ROB
"Mm. To opt out and go home and lay on his couch check on her. It's like we suggested So, yeah, thank you to come for making the Bruins much more watchable. Appreciate that. Yeah. All right. So let's do a little bit of baseball. I don't want to go too long here a little segment on stock up down your the Card Collector. You are the the known commodity here. You understand the numbers. I loved what I saw out of a guy number one draft pick Casey Mize in the brief not super spectacular, but the brief time we saw him on the mound and I wanted your opinion on him. I wanted your opinion on stock up Fernando tatis jr. Who is just destroying life and has a larger-than-life attitude and screw the unwritten rules of baseball, you know, tell me about the stock up guys stock up Fernando tatis jr. Stock up with this guy you're taking this is the Antics offend you or you okay with it. Are you one of those guys? He's bringing life to a otherwise somewhat boring gate if a guy gets a pitch to hit on a 3 in Old Town Hit the freaking ball didn't even know why the question if the balls down the middle and it's a hittable pitch you swing the bat you knock it out of the park. That's what you do baseball is. So it's it's annoying killing itself and it bothers me that it's still my favorites, you know, who else would do that if they get a three adult pics down the middle of plate Big Papi. Yeah. Absolutely. So it's a really hot. I think their way to God. I have two guys that you need to stock up on and collect whether it be top Saddam has gone rest of the cards that don't have the team logos on it. But the tops of the ones that the official Fernando tatis jr. Try to get what you can from this guy whether it be based rookies or whatever if you get an autograph your goal the next guy that I suggest that you get is out of the Seattle Mariners, Kyle Lewis. Yeah. I kind of know where interesting interesting player. Yeah, and I'll give you one picture rookie cards Walker Buehler. Yeah, you like him more than I do, but he's going to be the future of your collecting fine. And who do you age? I want to collect right now came out as a hotspot Prospect Gavin Lux Against The Gather locks dancing response. We're making a nice comeback but looks so far not so great. I was going to say stock down Strasburg yet. Another season-ending injury. Not that this is a complete season. What's your overall take on Strasburg collecting? Why's he was never really hot. As far as forget. He was like very pretty valuable there for a long bit when he first came out. Yeah. He was maybe for about a month or two. Other than that. He's he's not whatever, you know spectacular. I mean if you want to collect rookies of guys or on that team like Max Scherzer, I would say yeah go for his rookies, but don't stress birds are are far and few between making any kind of movement in the market there..
"gavin lux" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"R A Giants will counter with Johnny Cueto is almost a year away from return from Tommy John Surgery. Giants will be without Buster Posey all year and without Brandon Belt in Evan Longoria to start And Gabe Kapler, by the way, was the Dodgers director of player development in before he was the manager of the Giants, and the A's will go on Friday, Frankie Montas against the Angels Andrew Heaney. Get their season started. Net Bloody joins us next on the sports later now backto Tolbert Kruger and Brooks baby on KNBR, 1045 and 6 80 sports leader The opening date, everybody Larry Krueger with you on a Thursday, Tolbert doing some golfing up in Tahoe rods hanging with family little summer vacation. Marty Laurie's going to join us at four o'clock four on I should have forgot to mention Farhaan. Will join us at five and Ned Coletti is with us. Former Dodgersgeneral manager Former Giants assistant general manager doing some bang up media work in Southern California teaching at pepper dine A man who is very, very busy and he's with us on the human guests line to talk opening day. Hey, Ned. Hey, Larry, In a tradition, you know? Oh, man, you know, it's good to hear your voice. I we were talking about opening day memories. One of the ones that came up, Ned. Was 2002. And that you were there for that. You would just sign Barry Bonds to that five year, $90 million contract. And he's up there hit two home runs David Bell, it went deep. Laban went eight that day, and the Giants crushed Kevin Brown and the Dodgers 9 to 2. What are your memories of it? I remember sitting with Brian and sit together, watching that game and thinking we had a chance to have a special team that year, and as it turned out, we did not quite a specialist to tend to 12 to 14. But very special group and that was David Bell. I think that was his only year with the Giants, but really Akiba former force and, of course, Berry coming up that historic earlier before. It was always good to open against the Dodgers. You know it was. Ah, let's get started right here with the team. Me. We always seem to be chasing pair wise, but For a long time dominated and sealed Well, let's talk about the Dodgers. They are in some ways. Consider the class of baseball right now. They haven't won a World Series title since I graduated High school in 1988 but they are projected to win the most games this year. They're incredibly deep. Uh, this young kid Gavin Lux, who's a superstar in the making at second base, you know, wasn't 100% of beginning a camp And instead, they said, you know what? Go back more seasoning and will turn Second over to Chris Taylor and Munsey and Kiki Hernandez Howard that how do you see the Dodgers coming into this year? It seems like that they're in a full world, Siri's or bust type mode. I agree. They obviously everybody got almost to the end of spring training 1.0 and then took four months away, and when they came back, they came back and tremendous condition. Both mentally and physically for the task in hand. Um I don't know when people say this all the time in sports. I can't remember past. Well, I can't remember the last team that had as much depth. As this group. Does, Gavin lectures used as you properly build a future great and a MLB player sent down to the secondary can't the other day They get three guys that can play second base, and, uh and a lot of them would play course were screaming when its teeth a Kris Taylor match. Munson former. They just got so much death, and then you add the D H to the national, which I don't know what tune that is better prepared for the B itch. Then they are, I think gave Rod which every day one of his challenges as the manager was OK. Who do I sit today? Well, the PH gives him four more. That's the book. How's position players? And today they asked us to put together 30 man roster. You put down 35 names in a heartbeat. And now you got a tux struggle trying to get down to 30 there, sometimes at 25 they struggle getting 30 but from the opposite direction. I think the team is built to win, but it's the best team in the National League. Winter is the best team in baseball, and that last week about God will tell us that on paper, the Dodgers probably should easily win their eighth straight National League Western Division title. But Ned, these games are played on paper, and I was just looking at this The other day. If you go back to his recently is 2018 just a couple seasons ago, and you looked at the Dodgers. They were still loaded, Maybe not quite as deep as they are now, but they still had a huge talent base and they went 30 and 30 in the 1st 60 games in 2018 so As much a cz we'd like to say, You know, this is the way it's going to go mixing the pandemic and all the new regulations and the D H and the three batter minimum rule and all the changes that were going to see this year. On then maybe even inject a little bit of pressure. If you don't get off to the start. You want anything could really happen here, huh? Well. I can't disagree completely with you, but but I don't see that happening to this group. As I watched pitching throughout the league the way they grind out of bets. The games are too long for the opposing pitching staff most of the night. They cannot make consistently not just throw strikes, which, for some young pitchers is a struggle. But the throw effective strikes and and I just I just don't see this team. Getting off to a 30 30 start to 60 games. That year. They were coming out of the World Series appearance that I had taken the seven games with Houston. I think any team that does that. I think they do have a little bit of a letdown the next season because they look ahead and they see six straight months, 162 dams and then realize that their history is really going to be written the last couple days of September week of September and the month of October. When you look at this a 16 game home stretch, which is one of those today the National League that every teen fashion West, you get five teams tied thirst in theory today when a 60 game sprint to the finish I don't see them getting off to a cup starts. I see them dominant As I looked through that schedule. I don't know how many times are really going to get beat. That's the way it is one and then they won't have David Price. But and and what's the deal with the kid? The lefty Maia's? He not. Is he not starting the year because I mean his stuff. I saw him just in an inter squad game to the day's thrown 99 miles an hour. He's dirty. He's going to be an excellent pitch Any picture? What? Last year? He is right handed. He could pitch out of the pen or start. They've got enough depth to give him a chance to continue to work on delivery was a little bit inconsistent release point Bring in a squad games and during the 31 exhibition of parents that he had a little bit inconsistent with his release, pointing with swatted that's gotta get tightened up a bit, but they've got they've got time to do it, and I think that he is nasty. He is almost like a A little bit of there's a little bit of Walker viewer. Dustin, May we got a little bit of a great tomb has got a little bit of edge to him, and he got up a mean fastball, and I'm really very slider. So Just a matter of time before you got him in the next pan later began, perhaps because he's got the courage to do that also. Ah, rotation. What do you think it's going to take? You've been with both organizations. What's it going to take for the Giants are a rich team, the Giants have they own their ballpark outright. It mints money. They have this Mission Rock project going south of the ballpark. It's one of the biggest real estate deals in the history of the city of San Francisco. I mean, the Giants ownership group is enormously wealthy as wealthy is almost any on DH. And so what is it going to take from the Giants perspective in your mind to get to the point where they are running neck and neck with the Dodgers? Because they should they should have. It really should be a baseball. Question because the finances I don't want to say they're a push, but the Giants have money. You know what? It's a great point. And I was there back in the candlestick days and back in the back, then was called Paco Park. I spent 11 years in the city five at Candlestick and then six at the new place. It was a new place, so I've seen the evolution of it and you know, it's it's really cool to hear what you say about another mission Rock product. Project and what that means to the city in the organization. I've seen them grow on become magnificent, and it's in its grandeur, and its success is in a lot of ways. Now..
"gavin lux" Discussed on KNBR The Sports Leader
"Today there'll be a Dodger Stadium tomorrow night. We'll have it for you can be our 6 80 Dave Fleming and John Miller on the call. Clayton Kershaw goes for L. A. He's got an incredible record on opening day. Johnny Cueto on the bump for the changes the Dodgers making news today signing their star outfielder. Mookie Betts. They just traded for to a 12 year, $365 million deal could be a 13 year deal worth more than $380 million Safe to say Betts is going to be in Dodger Blue for a long, long time. Jetsowner. Woody Johnson, who also serves as president. Trump's ambassador to the UK, was investigated by the State Department for allegedly making racist and sexist comments among the allegations. Or that he took issue with the celebration of Black History month made cringeworthy comments that objectified women. He's a 73 year old man has been the Jets owner since 2000. He's been appointed as the U. S ambassador to the U. K since 2017 20 season since he purchased the Jets. They've reached the playoffs six times have been a tire fire most of the time. Rams Chargers August 11th Hard knocks back on HBO in the Dodgers of optioned infielder Gavin Lux to their minor league camp. Kiki Hernandez, Kris Taylor. Max Muncy will share second base. That's a loaded they are those your half past headlines. Maybe, but the TMB.