Rivalry Time

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Don Drysdale vs Willie McCovey (1959-69)
PA H HR RBI BB K BA OPS
151 43 12 31 21 24 .336 1.117

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99 thoughts on “Rivalry Time

  1. Some other rivalry stats…

    Sandy Koufax vs Willie Mays (1955-66)

    PA – H – HR – RBI – BB – K – BA – OPS
    122 – 27 – 5 – 14 – 25 – 20 – .278 – .962

    Sandy Koufax vs Willie McCovey (1959-66)

    PA – H – HR – RBI – BB – K – BA – OPS
    48 – 6 – 01 – 02 – 04 – 15 – .143 – .427

    Don Drysdale vs Willie Mays (1956-69)

    PA – H – HR – RBI – BB – K – BA – OPS
    243 – 75 – 13 – 30 – 14 – 29 – .330 – .978

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    • Maury Wills vs Giants Catchers
      1960-1965

      In the early ’60s the Dodgers won with elite pitching and a small-ball approach to offense. Maury Wills epitomized the light-hitting, fleet-footed style of these Dodger teams. In this six year stretch Wills stole 376 bases, including a then-record 104 in 1962 when he won the MVP. That year, after Giants Manager Alvin Dark noticed the Dodgers’ field crew packed down the dirt around first base to provide more traction for their speedy base stealers. To retaliate, Dark had his crew water down the infield in hopes of slowing down Wills. The dirt became so swampy it was known as “Maury’s Lake”, and when Dark’s Giants visited Los Angeles, fans greeted him with duck quacks from the stands.

      Wills’ numbers during this period:

      G OBP SB CS SB%
      113 .345 44 7 86.3%

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  2. Apparently there will be some PM rain at the ballpark, but clear by game time. Of course the Dodgers dont have any elite base stealers. too bad, I think it is an advantage to have speed, and the ability to steal, The think tank of the Dodgers disagrees about the value of base stealing, hence the departure of Dee Gordon.
    I don’t know about this series, both teams aren’t really firing on all cylinders.

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  3. Tolesy ‘da hitter, grinder’ being gritty

    Stroking holes, with line drives

    Spit-tin’ whisky, all up in Bumgarners eyes

    Bultaco gone wild, empty dome

    Madisons hurting, searchin’ now’ dem Gnats be

    Hee-he-hee, he-e-e-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Oh Ha Ho!!

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  4. Right now, we have two starting pitchers who can win – Kershaw and McCarthy. We need to add another winning pitcher, and he’s sitting on the sidelines in OKC. Bring him up!

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  5. Since you all think I’m a crazy statistics nut anyway, here’s a crazy statistic. In Ryu’s first start this year, he gave up one gopher ball. In the second, he threw two gopher balls. In his third start, three gopher balls.

    I think I’m seeing a pattern, and it’s not a good pattern.

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  6. Meanwhile, the Dodgers offense has scored a total of four runs in Ryu’s three starts. That’s not so good either (Ethier – hey, where is #16 ????)

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  7. Looks like Urias might be up Thursday. Don’t know whether it would be a spot start or would he be replacing someone in the rotation.

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  8. Lineup

    1. Andrew Toles (L) LF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
    6. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    7. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    8. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
    9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (R) P

    Joc Pederson is day-to-day with tightness in his groin.

    Will this be the game where Utley gets his second hit?

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  9. Very disappointing showing by our offense. Nice to see Ryu do well.. He deserved a better fate. The offense tonight and so far this season has been, UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. We’re deep into April now and waiting for this years edition to wake up. This makes me remember other years when Dodger teams better than this one never did hit it’s stride and finished back in the standings. Other years lesser teams would catch fire late in the year and win the division, so we’ll just have to be patient, if we can, and see how this year unfolds. I think the key now is not to fall too far behind, five games this time of year is not a lot to make up. We can also expect the giants start to show a little life, but the big question is how good are the Rocks and D-backs? Is the division actually stronger this year? So far it is.
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    I’ve been wondering how far they’ll go with Utley. I can’t believe he is done, but the lack of production as a team will dictate moves of some sort. I can’t remember a position player with an average this low.

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    • Well spoken Griz.

      This team is better than they have played. They just aren’t smarter than they’ve played.

      I only watch our team…

      I couldn’t say how good those other teams will eventually be…

      To me though…it doesn’t really matter.

      One Love!
      One Vision!

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  11. I’m about to brew me

    Does anyone else want to script the thread for game 2?

    If nothing is up after lunchay…or 1 pm.

    I will

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  12. The Dodgers got aggressive on the bases in the last two innings, a neighborhood they haven’t been in lately and were burned. We need some Kershaw magic tonight.

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  13. Woke up with a hangover this morning…

    My head feels like a Giant rock!!

    It’s from the erb…

    and the cold weather…

    and the fact that we
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    LOST TO THE FUCKING GIANTS LAST NIGHT

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      • It’s kept me from punching my laptop

        That and I named it Bulldog.

        I made the mistake of punching my father once…knocked him to the ground when I was 17. I immediately felt like shit afterwards. I never ever entertained the thought again after that.

        Therefore…I can’t hit Bulldog either.

        But if I ever see that fucking skin-head Nazi again. He’s getting konked!!
        I knew he hit like a pussy when he took his stinking shirt off.

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  14. Down at one of the local bars here in town. (The one where they drag race Harley’s through the place. Front door to back door, best time and burnout wins.) They have saying…

    Don’t dare D4 to do something, cause the dumb-sum-bitch is GONNA do it!

    I ain’t all that fucking smart either…but I’ve never been caught.

    Quit playing baseball like a bunch of damn crackheads!!

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    • One particular time the police were sitting out back scoping out the parking lot. When one of the patrons said, Someone should go tell those cops to fuck-off!!

      Enter D4

      I stumbled out the backdoor…through the parking lot passed all the cars and knocked on the window of the police car! They obliged by rolling it down…

      I’ll be back with the rest of the story right after a word from our sponsor
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      • I took a page out of Tommy’s book of strategy…

        I told ’em I loved them and asked if I could hug them…

        Thanked em for their service…

        Told ’em I wasn’t driving…my truck was at home…

        Before running away like Ernest T Bass…

        Hootin and a hollering about how I loved my town!!

        All the way back to the pub…

        The cops were laughing as they drove away!!

        And so were all of the patrons 🙂

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        • I rarely drink anymore

          They closed that pub down, ..

          I was indeed 86’d for life before this happened.
          (They dared me to stay while they called the police one drunken night.)
          I did!
          The policeman asked them what the problem was…They said D4 has been told to go home! The policeman began laughing, then looked at me and said, D4! Go Home!

          Again all the patrons began laughing…

          and that really made the owner mad!!

          The owner caught up with me later and assured me that he has always liked me.

          I always liked him too…still do!!

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                • Alanna Rizzo:
                  Hey D4, great win last night!

                  D4:
                  D4 don’t win unless the team wins!

                  Alanna Rizzo:
                  True as that may be…The faithful would still like to hear how you found the courage to stand behind Ryu like you did? You said he was gonna make it through 6 and give up less than 4 runs, from the get-go. When, well, a lot of folk’s weren’t so sure!

                  D4:
                  Yeah, first of all. Tip of the Ramen lid to Ryu, plus throw in a few beers for Hyun-Jin, too!

                  I base my faith on the early days of baseball and beer, Alanna. Back when a 6 pack meant something…back when I was known a SWMarkV1. Back when you had to be sure and steady trying to cut through those rough seas. You had to be on the look-out, searching for a distress call, not just sitting around waiting for one. You had to be ready to jump over-board and rescue a baby walrus from a wild shark pursuit at the drop of rosin bag.

                  Alanna Rizzo:
                  WOW!!

                  Saving baby walruses from man eating sharks! That must of been one hell of a six pack you had back then D4?

                  D4:
                  Yeah, Back then the team frowned upon taking photos without your jersey on. Unlike now, with Mr. Organic 6 pack over there …But I can show you a more recent photo of me holding a whole case of faith…

                  Apparently SportsNet LA’s budget ran short after that comment. So Alanna Rizzo wasn’t able to share her response over the air.

                  Perhaps Mark Langill can pull it from the vault at a later date?

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