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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Notes From Saturday's Game

Matt Kemp batted 4th.
  • How often should Kemp bat 4th or higher: 100% of the time.
  • Odds that Joe Torre moves him down, most likely as soon as Sunday: 100%.


  1. Clayton Kershaw dominated the Braves (7 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 2 Hits, 104 pitches - 71 for strikes). Clayton struck out the side in the 5th, had at least 2 Ks in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings, and had streaks of 10 and 9 consecutive batters retired. His Game Score was an outstanding 82.
  2. Russell Martin should have pinch-hit for Brad Ausmus in the 7th. My reasoning here.
  3. That called 3rd strike to Ausmus in the 5th that resulted in a strike-em-out-throw-em-out looked like a ball to me, though the home plate ump had a big strike zone all night long.
  4. Tony Abreu got his first start since 2007, giving Casey Blake a rest.
  5. Ronald Belisario returned. Scott Elbert goes back to AAA.
  6. I've never seen Vin Scully wink before tonight.
  7. Kawashima? Come on Vin, say it with me. KAWAKAMI.
  8. One more thing concerning our fantastic announcer: Since when is Garret Anderson an "outstanding player"? G.A.'s career looks like this (he surprisingly has 824 career XBH):
PA: 8818
OBP: .327
SLG: .467
OPS: .794
OPS+: 105
BB: 414
Most BB in a season: 38 in 141 Games (2006-Age 34)

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