Beyond The Box Score: The Ricky Nolasco trade has been paying off for the Dodgers, but it has a lot to do with how his approach has shifted for the better.
With the postseason now just a month away, Nolasco has really begun to fine-tune his approach. The 30-year-old has only increased his reliance on his two breaking balls, throwing his slider and curveball 48% of the time in six August starts. The results have been impressive, as Nolasco has surrendered just seven earned runs in 38.1 innings pitched, while holding opponents to a .543 OPS in August.
We’ve seen articles before on how guys like Zack Greinke have also altered their pitch selection, so you have to wonder how much of this is Rick Honeycutt‘s doing.
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Yahoo! Sports: Skip Schumaker and Puig did a nice thing.
Schumaker introduced the boys to Yasiel Puig, who immediately dropped to his knees so he could take a picture with his arms around them. The boys moved along, but soon Puig came chasing after them, so he could give them each a pair of batting gloves.
Then, after the boys headed onto the field to watch batting practice, Puig found them and charged over one more time, this time to give them an autographed bat.
Monsters, the both of them.
Yahoo! Sports: Greinke continues to be entertainingly awkward.
Ever earnest and adaptable, Ellis told Greinke he was his guy that day, and asked if there was something Greinke preferred in terms of setup or pitch sequences or, you know, anything to get their relationship off to the proper start.
Greinke stared straight ahead and said nothing for a moment. Then, still gazing at the horizon and not at all at Ellis, Greinke said quietly, “Well, I’m pretty easy. You go over there behind the plate and squat down. I’ll throw you the ball.”
Everybody cites his anxiety as to why he’s weird, but I’m 99% sure he’s just weird.