Here are your Wednesday morning Dodgers links...
Andre Ethier's two-run insurance double in the ninth inning Tuesday night was his 30th double of the season. Only four Dodgers ever have more seasons with 30 or more doubles than Ethier's five: Zack Wheat, Dixie Walker, Jackie Robinson, and Steve Garvey, all with six seasons. Ethier and Robinson are the only two Dodgers ever to have five consecutive seasons with at least 30 doubles.
- Rod Barajas channeled Jim Tracy as he told Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times about Stephen Strasburg: "Have I seen guys who throw harder than him or seem that the ball comes faster? Yeah, I have. I think what makes him special are the secondary pitches. Everybody knows he has that good curveball and he's got that great changeup also."
- Jon Weisman at Dodger Thoughts compared the speeds of Stephen Strasburg and Ted Lilly on Tuesday night, but not of their pitches.
- Casey Blake underwent neck surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles and will be in a neck brace for a few weeks. Jeff Seidel of MLB.com has the details.
- R.J. Anderson at Baseball Prospectus wonders whether the Dodgers' second-half success in 2011 will translate into an improved record in 2012. The verdict: "If you have to make a guess about whether they’ll improve on their win-loss total based on their second-half record, you might as well flip a coin."
Friday, September 16 is singles night at Dodger Stadium, and I'm not talking about a tribute to Jamey Carroll. Roberto Baly at Vin Scully is my Homeboy has all the details.