Tag Archives: Clayton Kershaw

Vin Scully Retires After 67 Years As Broadcaster

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Scully Career Featured Longevity And Descriptive Style

Vin Scully called his last Los Angeles Dodgers game Sunday, ending his iconic 67-year broadcasting career two months shy of turning 89. His time in the booth, 1950-2016, (many forget that he also had gigs with CBS and NBC for other sports between 1975-1989), makes him the broadcaster with the longest tenure in professional sports history. Continue reading

Baseball Presents Alternating Hot Streaks At Midseason

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Offensive Fireworks Challenging Dominant Pitching

By John Ventola

Baseball is such an interesting game, particularly when one looks beyond the surface. The game presents unusual patterns. While the general observer will often just notice an outstanding catch or a tremendous home run, baseball purists are quick to recognize and make mention of the ebb and flow of player and team performances over a period of time. Continue reading

Arrieta Pitching Excellence Something To Behold

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Cubs Right-hander Now At Dominating Best

By John Ventola

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta pitched the first no-hitter of the 2016 major league season Thursday. The shutout of Cincinnati in a 16-0 blowout was Arrieta’s second no-hitter in his last eleven regular season starts, continuing one of the most dominant pitching streaks in baseball history. Continue reading

Murphy Posting “Mr.October” Numbers

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Murphy’s Law Has A Different Meaning In Baseball

By John Ventola

New York second baseman Daniel Murphy set a major league playoff record Wednesday when he hit a home run in his sixth straight game to help send the Mets to the 2015 World Series. It was Murphy’s seventh home run game of the postseason, and his power surge sent the Chicago Cubs looking for whatever caused the 1989 prognostication error in that year’s movie, “Back to the Future II”. In that famous movie, it was predicted the Cubs would win their first World Series since 1908 against a team from Miami in 2015 (at that time Miami did not have a team in the major leagues). Continue reading

Shutouts May Not Continue But MadBum-Type Efforts Needed

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Pitching Effectiveness Will Determine Playoff Winners

Ten major league playoff teams have been cut down to eight in the past two days. Pitching has been the key as the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs won league wild-card games to advance to the division playoffs. Houston’s 20-game winner Dallas Keuchel, and Chicago’s 22-game winner Jake Arrieta, silenced the bats of the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively, by pitching shutout ball in win-or-go-home appearances. Continue reading

Well Balanced Cardinals Primed For Another Championship

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No Clear Cut Favorite In Baseball Playoffs

By John Ventola

The start of the major league playoffs is only one week away, and a few things have become clear about the forthcoming postseason. All ten of the playoff teams will have a chance at the World Series championship, but each also has weaknesses that can be exploited by the opposition. Like last season, an individual player (in 2014 it was San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner) will probably step up and take his team to the title.  Also, there is a good chance the World Series titlist will come from the National League’s Central Division where the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburg Pirates, and Chicago Cubs posted the three best won-loss records in baseball. Continue reading

Greinke Consecutive Scoreless Inning Streak Ends

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Scoreless Inning Streaks By Dodgers Righthanded Trio Impressive

By John Ventola

The Los Angeles Dodgers have enjoyed the lefthanded servings of three outstanding pitchers since moving cross country from Brooklyn in 1958. Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, and now Clayton Kershaw, have turned in multiple mound masterpieces, making the franchise one of major league baseball’s winningest teams. While stars in their own right (should that be left), they each had a one-time teammate that complemented them from the right-side, and posted unbelievable shutout-inning streaks, three of the six longest in major league history. Continue reading

Major League Draft Determines Success Down The Road

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Draft Day Is Dream For Every Baseball Player

By John Ventola

Transactions such as player trades and free agent signings play important roles in overall development of major league teams, but the annual player draft held each June is the lifeblood of any organization. All 30 teams attempt to discover the next Mike Trout or Bryce Harper for everyday play, while hoping to secure a Clayton Kershaw-type arm to hold down their top starting pitcher role. An inexact exercise at best, some sure shots turn into busts, while some long shots can turn into long-time major leaguers. Continue reading

Baseball Season Promises More Thrills And Surprises In 2015

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

By John Ventola

While Mike Krzyzewski was leading his Duke Blue Devils to their fifth national championship, and Jordan Spieth was pulling his wire-to wire Augusta Mastery, another season of our national pastime opened without much fanfare. The slow start of World Series champion San Francisco, red hot hitting of the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, early wins by American League rivals Detroit and Kansas City, and a “bean ball” series between the Royals and Oakland have been early attention grabbers, but there is so much baseball left to be played. So many hot dogs to be eaten, so many Cracker Jack prizes to be opened before pennant races will be established. Continue reading

Lucrative Contracts Could End Up Costing Baseball

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 Fans Will Pay The Price For Large Contracts

By John Ventola

Baseball is enjoying an upswing in fan interest and attendance during the past few years but the lucrative contracts being doled out to star players recently could prove to be detrimental down the line. Television and other means of revenue will help defray some of the costs, but fans will be the ones paying the ultimate price through increased ticket and concession prices, parking costs, and other expenses that will make it harder for average working families to attend games. Continue reading