Mark Whicker, The Sun

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Recent articles by Mark:

Whicker: Dodgers were unintentional enablers at birth of Braves’ new world – San Bernardino Sun

The ’91 pennant race wasn’t supposed to be a problem for the Dodgers, but instead they were the first to hear the warning shot from the up-and-coming Braves. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers were unintentional enablers at birth of Braves’ new world – Daily News

The ’91 pennant race wasn’t supposed to be a problem for the Dodgers, but instead they were the first to hear the warning shot from the up-and-coming Braves. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ Albert Pujols parachutes back into October, finds it familiar – Orange County Register

At 41, Pujols wasn’t sure he’d have another October night like Thursday, when he was a full participant in the Dodgers’ 11-2 Game 5 rout of the Braves. → Read More

Whicker: Insults, injuries push Dodgers to end of very thin rope in NLCS

The Dodgers have to beat the Braves three consecutive times, for the second consecutive year, to return to the World Series. Is it a bridge too far? → Read More

Whicker: Before Dodgers could win Game 3, some unfamiliar arms had to prevent losing

Evan Phillips and Justin Bruihl were added to the NLCS roster, and they rose up when the Dodgers couldn’t afford to fall further behind. → Read More

Dodgers’ payroll is a tired excuse for their success – Orange County Register

It’s easy to assume that the Dodgers beat opponents with their checkbook, but when you look position-by-position you see it requires more than that → Read More

Whicker: Julio Urías gives Dodgers confidence in NLDS Game 5

Slowly developed by the Dodgers, Julio Urías has gone from last season’s postseason stopper to a 20-game winner trying to nail down the National League Division Series on Thursday in San Fran… → Read More

With resolution at hand, the Giants are running out of time to find their bats

Giants pay tribute to the Dodgers pitching after being held to eight runs in four games. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers squelching Giants’ offense as NLDS nears resolution – San Bernardino Sun

With Game 5 coming up Thursday night, San Francisco will try to escape its batting slump against the Dodgers’ formidable Julio Urias. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ margin of error disappears, but they’ve handled that before – San Bernardino Sun

It’s hard to win without an extra-base hit, and the Dodgers were shut out for the second time in three NL Division Series games against the Giants. → Read More

Whicker: Weather, occasion suit Giants just fine in Game 3 victory over Dodgers

Max Scherzer did his best and it wasn’t enough for the Dodgers, who were shut out for the second time in three games by their longtime rivals. → Read More

Whicker: Brandon Crawford, Giants put focus on value of defense

The veteran shortstop from UCLA is the leader of a San Francisco defense that has at times frustrated the Dodgers during the NLDS. → Read More

Whicker: Cody Bellinger finds a blast from his past, keys Dodgers’ Game 2 victory – Press Telegram

The Dodgers use Bellinger’s game-breaking two-run double to break open Game 2 of the NLDS, and for the former 2019 NL MVP it was long overdue. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ Walker Buehler was good, but beating Giants requires perfection

The Dodgers needed something special from Buehler in the NLDS opener on Friday night and almost got it, but their offensive failings made it almost irrelevant. → Read More

Whicker: Brandon Crawford’s U-turn propels Giants back into the playoffs – San Bernardino Sun

The 34-year-old UCLA product was staring at an uncertain future until he found a bunch of career highs at the plate and became an MVP candidate in 2021. → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ bullpen no longer haunts their fans, only opponents

The Dodgers flexed their bullpen against St. Louis and will battle the Giants’ equally talented relievers in the National League Division Series → Read More

Whicker: Dodgers’ beefed-up bullpen helps send them to NLDS – San Bernardino Sun

The Dodgers’ bullpen has never been this well-equipped for a postseason, as Wednesday night’s wild-card victory over the Cardinals showed. → Read More

Epic ending comes off the bat of the Dodgers’ essential player – Press Enterprise

A tight Wild Card game ends with Taylor’s ninth-inning blast and a great performance from the LA bullpen. → Read More

Whicker: Cardinals’ Lars Nootbaar comes home to build a memory, spoil some others – Orange County Register

The former El Segundo High and USC standout gave a late-season push to St. Louis’ rally, which parlayed a 17-game win streak into a wild-card berth. → Read More

Whicker: UCLA basketball team is back to take its shot

Victims of a miraculous April shot that Coach Mick Cronin has only seen once, a new season gives the Bruins the opportunity to finish the job after their memorable Final Four trip. → Read More