If The Fritz is not on your radar yet, they should be. Led by the skill and charisma of keyboardist/vocalist Jamar Woods, this Asheville, NC-based funk outfit brings some of tightest funk-rock performances in the game, and their live shows have been steadily earning a “not-to-be-missed” reputation.Earlier this month, The Fritz recorded a live performance in the “Jam Van” in North Carolina. The results of the session have started to roll out, and they truly are excellent. Set aside 10 minutes and check out this video of “Sound. Habits. Blame.” for your daily dose of dopeness:You can watch the rest of the session here, via Jam In The Van.
A change in personnel is one. Carl Crawford has stolen six bases in seven attempts since he missed 75 games with a strained oblique. Jose Peraza is 3 for 3 and Scott Schebler is 2 for 2; both players were in the minor leagues for the first half of the season.That doesn’t explain everything. Jimmy Rollins was 6 for 13 in stolen base attempts prior to July 1. He’s 5 for 5 since then. Howie Kendrick (4 for 4), Scott Van Slyke (3 for 3) and Justin Turner (2 for 2) haven’t been caught stealing since June, either.“I’m just trying to find spots for the guys to attempt to steal,” Lopes said. “They’ve been picking up on it quite a bit.” Perhaps coincidentally, no Dodger has been caught stealing since Aug. 24, when pitcher Clayton Kershaw suggested the team needed to play with more urgency. “The team in and of itself is a little more intense,” Lopes said. “That’s a good thing.” SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate. No major league team had stolen more than seven bases in the same span.Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?’”Lopes identified a couple of reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success. Harvey dangerDodgers pitcher Brett Anderson can relate to what New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is going through.The two pitchers both went to Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery on their elbows — Anderson in 2011, Harvey in 2013. On Saturday, Harvey was non-committal when reporters in New York asked if he would be willing to exceed a prescribed 180-inning limit to pitch in the postseason.Since the Dodgers and Mets would meet in the National League Division Series if the season ended today, the question is now hanging in the air over two coasts.Harvey didn’t delve into the emotional details of his dilemma, but Anderson understands it’s complicated.“In my opinion, from the outside looking in, you want to do everything you can to help your team get into the playoffs and win in the playoffs,” Anderson said, “but you also have to realize what you’re putting your body through — the stress on that fresh, new ligament. The body can only handle so much pitching, such an unnatural motion, regardless of how clean your delivery is, how flawless your mechanics are.”Ultimately, Anderson didn’t face the same dilemma as Harvey. In 2013, his first full season back post-surgery, Anderson sustained a stress fracture in his foot that caused him to miss four months of the season.Prior to the injury, Anderson said, he never discussed an innings limit with his team (the Oakland A’s) or with Andrews.“It was just kind of one of those wait-and-see-until you get there” scenarios, Anderson said.Now that Harvey is here — he’s thrown 166 1/3 innings during the regular season — everyone seems to have an opinion on what his next step should be, including Harvey, his agent, the Mets and their fans. The Dodgers ought to have an opinion, too, since Harvey’s absence might have a real impact on the NLDS if both teams make it that far.“You wonder if it’s going to have an effect on the team,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”Anderson understands that Harvey’s choice isn’t easy.“You only get so many bullets, the longevity of your career,” Anderson said. “It’s not like he’s 21. He’s 26, 27. It’s such a fine line there.”AlsoActor/comedian Will Ferrell was in attendance for a postgame screening of his HBO special “Ferrell Takes The Field” at Petco Park. The documentary captured a charity stunt in which Ferrell played for 10 different teams on the same day in spring training, including the Dodgers and Padres. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error