The TEN: 10/16/2020

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

  1. The Clippers signed Ty Lue to five-year deal to become their new head coach. 
  2. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has decided to step down.
  3. Running back Le’Veon Bell signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. 
  4. Carlos Correa hit a walk off home run to give the Houston Astros a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday. The Rays still lead the series 3-2. 
  5. The Atlanta Braves pounded the Dodgers 10-2 Thursday night in Game 4 of the NLCS to take a 3-1 lead in the series.      
  6. The 11 runs scored in the first inning by the Dodgers Wednesday in Game 3 of the NLCS was the most in any inning in postseason history. 
  7. Anthony Davis has decided to opt out of his contract and re-sign with the Lakers. 
  8. Victor Salazar, who was just named the head coach at Bell Gardens, has been coaching high school football locally for 27 years. This will be his first head coaching position. 
  9. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper turns 28 today.     
  10.  “Seriously, it takes me, like, 30 minutes to do my hair before a game.” – Bryce Harper. 

6 Comments to "The TEN: 10/16/2020"

  1. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    October 18, 2020 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    @Ron, I am not a Dodgers fan but I am rooting for them. As an Angeleno, I just hate to see all the heartbroken Dodgers fans, year after year. I know one move they better not make today, bring in Kershaw.

  2. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    October 17, 2020 - 8:35 pm | Permalink

    OK! The Dodgers made it to a decisive Game 7 in their league championship series by beating the Braves, 3-1, today.
    Walker Buehler threw six shutout innings and Kenley Jansen showed some of his old brilliance, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record the save for L.A.. (Jansen had to make only six pitches, which is a rare feat for him these days.)
    Shortstop Corey Seager is still on fire after hitting yet another postseason homer against Atlanta, and Mookie Betts made a leaping catch at the wall in right-center to take away a double or triple.
    It now may all come down to who pitches for the Dodgers on Sunday…

  3. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    October 17, 2020 - 4:51 pm | Permalink

    @ My Two Cents: Yeah, it’s frustrating for Dodger fans, who haven’t experienced the thrill of a World Series victory since 1988. At this writing, the Dodgers still have a chance to take the NLCS against the Braves, but they’ll have to win today and tomorrow to do it.
    I believe this season is going to be Kenley Jansen’s last as the closer for L.A.. Jansen has had a lot of good seasons, but he has struggled in both 2019 and 2020.
    Left-hander Victor Gonzalez and right-hander Brusdar Graterol have had impressive rookie seasons, and I see at least one of them emerging as a new closer for the Dodgers.
    Gonzalez might be better-positioned to become a reliable setup man since he has often pitched at least two innings in his appearances. Graterol, who can throw a 100-MPH fastball, could have the inside track to become L.A.’s number one closer. (That’s just my opinion.)
    Blake Treinen has been solid more often than not, and he and Gonzalez can give the Dodgers a righty-lefty combo as setup men and occasional closers.
    The Dodgers also still have Pedro Baez. (Remember him?) Baez has actually done pretty well the last few years when he’s been healthy. He might be able to retain a role as a setup man.

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    October 17, 2020 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    With Lou Saban testing positive twice then negative twice the new test given to teams is a coin flip by the ref. ” Heads, you’re good to go.”

  5. sgv's Gravatar sgv
    October 17, 2020 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

    That has to be a record, 27 years as a walk-on get back coach. Even “The Rookie” didn’t wait that long.

  6. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    October 16, 2020 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    I just feel bad for all Dodgers fans. Since the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again that isn’t working, the team is insane. Good pitching will always beat good hitting. The Dodgers are weakest in their bullpen come playoff time. This isn’t happening just this year, it has been happening over and over again, year after year. Now, they are talking about possibly trying to get Francisco Lindor in the off season. LMFAO! Are you kidding me? If they do get him, it will just be the same old crap but just a different year. What they need to do is trade away some of those offensive pieces for some dominant middle relievers and a closer. Just ask your starter to pitch into the sixth inning, have a set-up man to pitch the seventh, another to pitch the eighth, and bring in your closer to close out the ninth. The Royals use this formula to almost back to back WS. The other insane thing the team can’t get away from is keep trusting Kershaw to be your ace come playoff time. Has he ever come through when the team needs him the most? He has failed against the Cardinals, Astros, Nationals, and now the Braves. I would say I can’t wait for next year but it would just be Ground Hog Day.

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