OK, base running isn’t even the 10th most important part of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s game. We’ll have to give him an A for effort but an F for judgment for risking his season and challenging Mike Trout’s throwing arm Tuesday night. The Dodgers won 5-1 last night, with Kershaw turning in his usual fine mound performance. But I’m sure Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, not to mention countless Dodgers fans, suffered a few anxious moments while watching their multi-million dollar pitcher’s desperate slide that was considerably less than a thing of beauty. Of such things trips to the DL are made.
Please notice all the numbers, and absurdly precise numbers, in the MLB.com story linked above. Baseball stats are getting out of hand and threaten to swallow the game. What’s next, stats (to the third decimal place) of how many sunflower seeds a player can spit, and how far? When will be hear from some broadcast booth that, “Bronco Menendez leads all left-handers in seed-spitting distance during night games following a double-header on alternative Tuesdays after Lent but before Memorial Day?”
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