Mattingly family makes bid for reality show

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Don Mattingly was considered the epitome of class during his Yankees career. His family, on the other hand, obviously has a ways to go:

A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees
draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and
then spitting in her face.

Taylor Mattingly, 24, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on
preliminary charges of battery by bodily waste, battery and criminal
mischief, all misdemeanors. Mattingly, the son of L.A. Dodgers batting
coach Don Mattingly, was released on a $250 cash bond late Tuesday
night.

According to a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office probable cause
affidavit, Mattingly admitted jumping the brick fence of his mother’s
residence on Darmstadt Road and confronting her. Mattingly told
investigators his mother, Kim Mattingly, had earlier sent him a text
message insulting him, his girlfriend and his father, authorities said.

Taylor Mattingly was a 42nd-round pick by the Yankees in 2003. His pro
career consisted of 24 games in Rookie ball, in which he hit
.224/.387/.224. His older brother, Preston, is currently playing in the
Dodgers system, though he doesn’t project as a major leaguer. He’s a
career .238/.282/.347 hitter in four seasons.

While this is the first time Mattingly’s family has made headlines,
the former superstar initially accepted the Dodgers’ hitting coach job
when Joe Torre was hired, only to later back out because of undisclosed
family reasons.

Battle of the Aces: Max Scherzer takes on Clayton Kershaw tonight

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I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.

Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.

This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.

Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.