Viscarra’s Vice: Dodgers flipping script this postseason

first_imgOh yeah, something’s definitely different.The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something you couldn’t quite put your finger on — a playoff magic of sorts that would lead to ultimate failure come October.Over the past decade, Angelenos have witnessed the Dodgers strand runners in scoring position when a big hit was needed. When a strong inning of relief pitching was required of the bullpen, a Dodgers hurler would be sure to serve up a game-winning run to the opposition in devastating fashion. There’s been no shortage of postseason disappointment for L.A. fans over the past three decades.But at the exact moment when Justin Turner launched a 3-run homer past the outfield wall in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night, I concluded that this year’s Dodgers team is in fact, different. Turner’s walk-off blast, which gave his team a 2-0 lead in the NLCS against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs, came on the exact 29-year anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s legendary World Series home run in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic. It doesn’t get more Hollywood than that. The Dodgers’ bullpen also performed heroically in Game 2, completely shutting down the Cubs lineup from the sixth inning on after starting pitcher Rich Hill delivered five frames of one-run baseball. Dodgers relievers combined for four innings of shutout, no-hit baseball: The only Cub to reach base was Anthony Rizzo, who was hit by a Kenley Jansen pitch in the top of the ninth inning. Through the opening two games of the NLCS, the L.A. bullpen has retired 24 of the 25 hitters faced. Chicago has yet to record a hit or walk against Dodger relievers in this series.Jansen, in particular, has been automatic for the Dodgers, recording a save in Game 1 and a win in Game 2. Through 2.1 innings pitched against Chicago in the series, Jansen has struck out six and allowed only one hitter to reach base. Jansen is the finishing move that opposing teams never want to see the Dodgers resort to. “[The bullpen is] just executing pitches, and they’re ready when called upon and competing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media following Game 2. Considering the Dodgers have been victim to bullpen meltdowns in past postseasons, it has been a refreshing sight to see Dodgers relievers locking things down in the early stages of the NLCS. Moving forward, Los Angeles must keep dialing up strong outings from the back end of its bullpen. Timely hitting and heroic pitching efforts are twomust-have elements for any team looking to make a title run in October. In their 5-0 start to this postseason, the Dodgers have put both aspects on display. And now, following Sunday’s magical win, Los Angeles is believing that the Commissioner’s Trophy could be coming to the southland for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers’ postseason slogan in 2017 has been “This Team.” The slogan is appropriate, as it appears that this team could be the one to finally solve the championship puzzle for the Dodgers. It appeared so during the regular season, but through five games of postseason play, the Dodgers have confirmed that they have the championship attributes necessary to win a World Series title. “What’s different about this team?” Jansen said. “We all care about each other. It’s not about that one guy or this … every night it’s been someone [different] stepping up for us.”Jansen’s sentiments about this Dodgerg team ring true. It’s been a different hero every night for Los Angeles all season long. The Dodgers have had 10 walk-off wins in 2017, coming from nine different players. The Dodgers’ collective efforts have brought them to the gates of baseball’s promised land. Two wins from a World Series berth and six wins away from ending a nearly three-decade title drought. This team will look to make another advance toward the Fall Classic Tuesday night in Chicago for Game 3. The Dodgers now leave the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for those of Wrigley Field. Behind Yu Darvish, Los Angeles will look to take a stranglehold on this series and return home by the end of the week with the franchise’s first National League pennant since 1988. This team. This team is the one with all the potential to return World Series prosperity to the Dodger faithful. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, Viscarra’s Vice, runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

Morning Wrap: How does the Miami Marlins COVID-19 outbreak impact MLB? What was Lou Williams thinking? And what five-star did UCLA basketball just land?

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error FOUR: Who knows when the UCLA Bruins basketball team will play again, but the news couldn’t get any bigger off the court after Long Beach Poly’s Peyton Watson, a five-star recruit, committed to the Bruins on Monday. Reporter Adam Grosbard was on it, and explains what it means for the Bruins to land the top-rated recruit in the state of California, according to 247Sports.com The Morning Wrap shares the days top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group … And have everything delivered to you in our daily newslettersONE: Columnist Mark Whicker writes the count is 0-2 after 13 Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 after Major League Baseball’s opening weekend. What does it mean and where do we go from here?  THREE: Center Ivica Zubac finally joined the Clippers and admitted he had COVID-19, testing positive on July 4. And there’s a lot more from Clippers reporter Mirjam Swanson, who explains what Lou Williams’ teammates and others are saying after his trip to a Gentleman’s club landed him 10 days in quartertine when he returned, including a classic Twitter exchange from an NBA analyst and Williams. And also, find out how the Clippers performed in their final tune-up before Thursday’s opener against the Lakers.center_img TWO:  The Lakers are a few days from Thursday’s NBA restart against the Clippers, and Markief Morris’ arrival in the Orlando bubble to join the Lakers helped them in their final exhibition victory against the Washington Wizards. Kyle Goon is with the Lakers inside the bubble and has the lastest, including the impressive showings from Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. FIVE:  Is the Dodgers’ return to Houston a feeling or revenge, or has too much happened since learning earlier this year that the Astros cheated while winning the 2017 World Series over the Dodgers. Players aired their grievances in February, but find out what reporter Bill Plunkett says they’re thinking as they get set to take on the Astros Tuesday night.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

first_imgSaturday, January 25, 2014•1:37 a.m. Aaron K. Campbell, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with burglary, assault on law enforcement, obstruction of official duty and criminal damage to property.•2:15 p.m. Officers investigated violation of protection order of a known suspect in the 1100 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•3:11 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 800 block W. Hillside, Wellington.•3:12 p.m. Jerrod M. Portenier, 32, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended.•7:45 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 100 block N. A, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Haley N. Goodman, 25, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Tammy M. Mansfield, Wellington. Sunday, January 26, 2014•1:08 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of vehicle parts by an unknown suspect in the 200 block E. 3rd, Wellington.•3:06 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 500 block E. 4th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014: Friday, January 24, 2014•12:30 a.m. – No news release.•12:04 p.m. Brian S. Boor, 21, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and criminal restraint.•12:34 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle tire and scratched in the 1400 block N. Day, Wellington.last_img read more