It used to be Starsky and Hutch but now, there is a new crime drama showing at a Ravine near you, featuring Sergio Romo, a soft-tossing arsonist who likes to start fires from the bullpen and Chris Hatcher a talented flame-thrower who is an arsonist in his own right. The crime is that they are both still pitching… OK, throwing. The drama is… when will it end? This duo needs to be split up. Frankly, I could live with just Hatcher, but not Romo. I don’t know what is wrong with him other than he can’t throw a ball and break a window. Of course, a couple weeks back, I said Chase Utley was toast and look how that worked out…
So the Dodgers had to settle for a split with the Rockies. Under the circumstances, I guess we will take it. B-Mac, whom it turned out did have a dislocated shoulder will start tonight, without a rehab start and Rich Hill will go Tuesday with a rehab start under his belt. We will see how some of your theories about rehab starts work.
Frankly, the Dodgers are a different team with Cody Bellinger in the lineup. It’s hard for the league to catch up with him because he takes what you give him unlike some our CF and RF. He also makes not only “in-game adjustments,” but also “adjustments during at bats. Maybe some of that will rub off on them. I took a lot of flack for telling you this kid was ready over the winter, but it turns out he was. Never doubt me again! 😉 Not only is he a hitter, but he is a very good base-runner and I still say he is one of the best defensive 1B, I have EVER seen!
Even after yesterday’s debacle the Dodgers are still #1 in Team ERA and WHIP! If you are prone to worry about the Dodgers’ pitching, you should probably also worry about a meteor coming out of the sky and wiping out the planet!
Has anyone noticed that the Dodgers are hitting with RISP and hitting LH pitching. Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider wrote this:
Since April 27, the Dodgers are a big-league best 12–3.
Two significant reasons for their run has been an offensive burst in two categories — hitting with runners in scoring position, and yes, hitting against left-handed pitching.
During the run, the Dodgers are hitting .307/.390/.521 with runners in scoring position — their average and .912 OPS is fifth best in the Majors during that time.
Prior to that, the Dodgers batted .243/.355/.387 — their average and .743 OPS ranked 18th in the big leagues.
In the last 15 games, they are hitting .273/.366/.455 vs. left-handed pitching — their .821 OPS is sixth best in the Majors during that period.
In their previous, 22 games, they hit .221/.302/.344 — the average and .646 OPS were eighth worst in the Majors.
So, there is that. It has been reported that bitching is down to a record level, and Yasmani Grandal bashers have been placed on suicide watch. Julio Urias needs to learn that his breaking pitches don’t break as much at Coors. He looked like a rookie!
Someone asked yesterday why we did not go after Greg Holland over the winter.
- He is a Scott Boras client;
- Boras wanted him to be in a position to close;
- He is making close to what Kenley makes ($15 mil + $15 mil vesting option).
Holland would have been nice, but there was not a snowball’s chance in hell that once Kenley Jansen signed he would consider LA! He was a fall back option if Jansen went elsewhere!
Minor League Watch
- OKC won 14-5: Thompson, Muncy and Davis all had 3 hits and Verdugo, Dickson and Sweeney all had 2 hits. Thompson hit his first big fly! Oaks went 6 and allowed 2 runs for the win. Ravin pitched 1 shutout inning.
- Tulsa won 10-2: Locastor and Sawyer had 3 hits and Ahmed, Farmer, Garlick, Allie and Beaty all had 2.
- RC won 3-1: Will Smith hits a 2-run homer, his 6th of the year, and Adam Bray went 5 and allowed 3 hits and 1 run. Ozuna and Moseley both pitched 2 shutout innings.
- GL did not play