Andy Van Slyke is spreading Yasiel Puig-related gossip

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This is pretty gossipy even by gossipy blog standards, but it’s so tasty that it’s worth chuckling at a bit.

Former big leaguer Andy Van Slyke was on a St. Louis radio station today and told the host that someone — he’s not saying who! — on the Dodgers went to management and said that the club had to get rid of Yasiel Puig.

Or, maybe he did say who:

And yes, Kershaw is the highest paid player on the Dodgers. UPDATE: Here’s a link to the audio of that. Van Slyke’s comments start at the two minute mark.

If that’s true — and who knows if it is, as a lot of ex-players say a lot of crazy things from time to time — how would Andy Van Slyke even know that, though? Seems pretty insider-y to me. And Van Slyke doesn’t even work for the Dodgers. Hmmm.

I got it! Maybe he knows someone who hangs out with Kershaw a bunch. Someone like, I dunno, his very own son?

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Boy, you have to wonder if Thanksgiving is gonna be awkward at the Van Slyke residence next week.

If this isn’t true and if Van Slyke is just trying to sound wise he probably owes an apology to Kershaw. If it is true, and Kershaw is telling the front office that Puig needs to go, it’s gonna make life a lot of fun for the Dodgers’ next manager. Because Puig, whatever else you can say about him for bad and for good, is not in a great place to be traded right now, coming off of an injury–plagued season.

Good luck Gabe Kapler or Dave Roberts or whoever takes over.

 

Max Scherzer, with broken nose, strikes out 10 Phillies over seven shutout innings

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Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.

Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.

Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.

Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.