By Joe Torosian
“I played for Casey Stengel before he was a genius (with the Boston Braves), and I played for him after he was a genius (with the New York Mets).”—Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn
Right off the Top: I think the Los Angeles Dodgers are making a mistake…They need to bring up Puig…I don’t know if it’s been settled yet but he has the ability to contribute with a single swing of the bat…
…Or strike out three times…As a Puig fan…I’m good with either.
As a Los Angeles Rams fan…who supported the team in St. Louis…I know exactly how Minnesota Vikings fans feel right now.
This game is like Rollerball…it is all about attrition.
Does Northview need to blowout Rosemead tonight at Covina District Field? So much is expected of the Vikings and they are obviously favored against the Panthers…But is a 16-13 win good enough?
How bad would Northview be ripped on the boards if they only beat Mead by three points?
…And of course…the world has changed so much…what the message boards say carries all the weight.
I know, I know, I know…it’s not the same…But Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill gets scratched from starts with the ease former Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall pulled himself out of the lineup because of “General Soreness.”
I like Rich Hill…he’s on my fantasy team…he just never pitches.
Last Add Covina District Field: On this date ten years ago, Los Altos scored a 22-21 victory over South Hills. Greg Gano was on one sideline, Steve Bogan was on the other sideline, and Matt Castaneda was on the field (that ran north-south) throwing three touchdown passes for the Conquerors.
Castaneda also hit Raymond Rodriguez in the back of the end zone for a two-point conversion with nine-seconds left.
Next Add Rams: So who do they get rid of? Brian Quick or one of their young receivers? Either way, how do they find room for Pharoh Cooper, Bradley Marquez, Paul McRoberts, Michael Thomas, Austin Hill, and Nelson Spruce?
I like Marquez because he’s a special teams guy, but I hope they keep Cooper, McRoberts and Thomas. Hill has had multiple shots in other places…so it’s probably time for him to get on with his life and MARRY the mother of his child…Nelson Spruce, thanks for the preseason and we have some lovely parting gifts for you.
I’d like to thank Cathedral for being the new Downey when it comes to supporting Mid Valley Sports analytics.
Really Last Add Matt Castaneda: So Rosemead is playing Northview tonight, at CDF, where Los Altos shined against South Hills on this date ten years ago…And the quarterback of the winning team, Matt Castaneda, is now the offensive coordinator for the Panthers.
When you get a chance to take a good look…local history is weird and wild stuff.
2106 Outcomes Dodgers Top 10 Prospects-Baseball America
1.) Corey Seager—Probably “Rookie of the Year”
2.) Julio Urias—Contributing with the big club
3.) Jose De Leon—7-1 record, 2.61 ERA, 0.93 Whip, 86.1 IP, 111K’s.
4.) Jose Peraza—Part of three-team deal to acquire Trayce Thompson. Batting .318 for the Cincinnati Reds, .343 OBP in 134 plate appearances.
5.) Cody Bellinger 1B: .263, 22 home runs, 63 Rbis at Double-A, Tulsa
6.) Grant Holmes RHP: 2014 1st. Rd. pick traded to Oakland A’s in deal for Rich Hill & Josh Reddick. Currently pitching in Stockton (California League) 7.88 ERA.
7.) Alex Verdugo OF: .276, 12 home runs, 61 Rbis for Double-A, Tulsa
8.) Austin Barnes C/OF: .295, 6 home runs, 35 Rbis for Triple-A, Oklahoma City. 14 games with big club.
9.) Jharel Cotton RHP: Sent to Oakland in Hill/Reddick deal. Five starts for Triple A, Nashville, 3-1 record, .082 Whip, 3.31 ERA.
10.) Yadier Alvarez RHP: Went from Rookie to Single-A, Great Lakes. 13 starts, 4-3 record, 2.10 ERA, 0.95 Whip, 55.2 IP, 78K’s.
Note: Ross Stripling was #23 on the Dodgers/Baseball America prospects list.
Midbits: I guess Colin Cowherd is not too impressed with Colin Kaepernick…
Midbits: As a New York Mets fan I’m perfectly happy with the Arizona Diamondbacks trading Michael Bourn to the Baltimore Orioles…Dude, hit Mets pitching like he was Jason Bourne
Midbits: Did you sign Gary Sanchez to your fantasy team? Has he stopped hitting yet?
Midbits: Second meeting ever between San Dimas and Maranatha this week…The Saints beat the Minutemen 41-7 last year…has the potential to get ugly at the Bounce & Pounce.
MLB GAMES JOE T. HAS WATCHED THIS SEASON (Minimum 5-innings)
New York Mets: 101
Los Angeles Dodgers: 17
San Francisco Giants: 14
Los Angeles Angels: 8
Quick Pitch (Watney/Ryan): 78
The Dude abides…
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Author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” available through amazon.com …and “The Dead Bug Tales” available this fall.
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