The TEN: 8/31/2020

(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. The Dodgers took two out of three from the Texas Rangers over the weekend and improved to 26-10 overall. The Dodgers still haven’t lost a series this year.

2. Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”, passed away Friday of cancer at the age of 43.

3. Former Portland Trail Blazer star Clifford Robinson passed away Saturday at the age of 53.

4. The Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 131-122 Saturday night to wrap up their First Round Western Conference Playoff Series in five games.

5. Central Arkansas beat Austin Peay 24-17 Saturday night in the first college football game of the season.

6. LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase has decided to opt out of the college football season to enter the NFL draft. He led the FBS in receiving yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20) last season.

7. Manny Ramirez, 48, signed a one-year deal with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League.

8. The LA Galaxy beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 Saturday night in their first game back at Dignity Health Sports Park to improve to 2-3-2 on the year.

9. The Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-97 Sunday to win their First Round Western Conference Playoff series in six games.

10. Former Dodger pitcher Hideo Nomo turns 52 today.

6 Comments to "The TEN: 8/31/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    September 3, 2020 - 11:21 pm | Permalink

    @ What If?: If that happens, it’s likely one or more games would have to be postponed while additional players, coaches, and team employees are tested to determine the extent of the outbreak. Then, appropriate actions can be taken and play could possibly resume within a relatively short time.
    So far, the only MLB teams that have experienced serious coronavirus outbreaks have been the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. (I don’t recall any other teams having more than one or two players test positive, and the vast majority of teams have had none.)
    The Marlins still have around five games to make up, and the Cardinals are about ten games behind where they should be at this point in the season. The two teams, and some of their opponents, will be playing a lot of doubleheaders in the coming weeks.
    The Marlins have used 58 players (24 position players and 34 pitchers) so far this season, largely because of the big coronavirus outbreak that happened to them early on. The Cardinals, who suffered a somewhat smaller outbreak, have had to use 43 players (17 position players and 26 pitchers).
    In contrast, the Dodgers, who have been virus-free since the start of the season, have used a total of 37 players (16 position players and 21 pitchers) up to now.
    It’s a tall order in the midst of this pandemic, but hopefully all of the teams can make it the rest of the way without any more outbreaks. Keeping fans out of the stadiums, while unfortunate, has gone a long way toward making that possible.

  2. What If?'s Gravatar What If?
    September 3, 2020 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    What IF-
    What if the Dodgers have an outbreak of Corona Virus just prior to, or during the playoffs?

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    September 1, 2020 - 3:03 pm | Permalink

    A few more takes on major league baseball:

    The Dodgers, who are currently the best team in the majors, have hit the most homers (68), have scored the second-most runs (204), and their pitchers’ combined earned-run average of 2.76 is the lowest of any team. It’s no surprise they’re at the top right now.
    L.A. leads the National League West by four and-a-half games over the San Diego Padres, but the Padres are still in striking range. And not only is San Diego in second place in the NL West, but the Padres also have the second-best record in the entire league.
    That should be no surprise, either, because the Padres are second in the majors in home runs (with 67) and they lead MLB with 211 runs scored.
    The Dodgers and Padres will finally face off again in a three-game series in San Diego two weeks from now. The two teams could end up playing for the National League championship, although the Padres’ pitching (with a team ERA of 4.31) is still a little shaky.

    Ross Stripling’s inability to get batters out or keep the ball in the park led to his trade from the Dodgers to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
    Opposing hitters were batting .279 against Stripling, who left L.A. with a 5.61 earned-run average. He also allowed a team-high 12 home runs before he was traded. (Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw had allowed the second-most homers on the team, with just five each.)

    How about all those ex-Dodger pitchers who are now doing well with other teams? They are:

    1. Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs (6-1, 1.47 ERA). It’s too bad Darvish didn’t pitch like this when he was with L.A. in 2017. Without his current record, the NL Central Division-leading Cubs would be only one game above .500.
    2. Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins (4-1, 2.53 ERA). Maeda, who had been demoted to the bullpen at least a couple of times before leaving the Dodgers, is a full-time starting pitcher for the Twins. Minnesota would be just a game over .500 without him.
    3. Zack Greinke, Houston Astros (2-0, 2.68 ERA). Greinke, who was Clayton Kershaw’s right-hand man for a few seasons in L.A., is doing just fine in Houston.
    4. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays (2-1, 2.92 ERA). Ryu, who was a reliable starter for the Dodgers when healthy, is doing his best to keep the Blue Jays in playoff contention. Toronto (18-15) is currently the eighth-seeded team in the American League.

    The American League looks like the stronger of the two leagues at the moment, with eight teams that are above the .500 mark.
    Meanwhile, in the National League, where the Dodgers are riding high, there are only three other teams which are above .500. Those teams are San Diego (22-15), Chicago (20-14), and Atlanta (20-14).

    I’m looking forward to that showdown between L.A. and San Diego.

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    August 31, 2020 - 4:24 pm | Permalink

    OK ABL. Now go sign Jose Canseco, Roger Clemons, Pete Rose and Sammy Sosa and you have baseballs version of the Globetrotters.

  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 31, 2020 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

    May Chadwick Boseman rest in peace. His legacy will live on.

    More power to them: The Dodgers, who are off today, set a National League record with 57 home runs during the month of August, the most for any NL team in any month ever.

  6. Mattering More's Gravatar Mattering More
    August 31, 2020 - 9:48 am | Permalink

    Chadwick Boseman, to borrow a phrase from Morgan Freeman, “got busy living.” This man’s life stands as a reproach to the hatred and violence others have chosen.

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