It was a loss and losses always stink, and while Ryu didn’t have his A-Game, there was certainly a silver lining to it. Number one, Ryu hit 94 MPH on the gun – that’s a huge thing; and Number Two, he went 7 innings. To me, that is also as huge. He also did not walk a batter. That’s pretty big too. Oh, by the way, this was against the Washington Nationals, one of the best offensive teams in the game!
Ryu’s future is suddenly looking better. Just to put things into perspective, Ryu’s 4.08 ERA is better than Kyle Hendricks, Shelby Miller, CC Sabathia, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, Gerrit Cole, Jeff Samardzija, Hisashi Iwakuma, Matt Cain, Jake Arrieta, Sonny Gray, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, Jherel Cotton, Matt Moore, Julio Terhan, Matt Harvey, Chris Tillman and about 50 other starters. Do you get my drift? Things are a lot worse for some other starters.
They (just who is “they“) say you can never have too much money or too many arms in the bullpen, and I have my sights set on one that could be had for a song. Sam Dyson is available from the Texas Rangers. Yes, I am talking about the Sam Dyson who is 1-6 and has a 10.80 ERA. Yeah THAT GUY! The guy has some kind of problem… maybe mental (I don’t mean that in a bad way). Sam was/is/used to be, the Rangers closer. He had 38 saves last year with a 2.43 ERA, but I don’t believe he has the makeup to be a closer. Just my opinion.
He was a set-up guy before last year. Look at his ERA’s:
- 2014 – 2.14
- 2015 – 2.63
- 2016 – 2.43
He is a ground ball pitcher who could become a solid set-up guy. He throws 95+ and is a risk I would take. I would trade Chris Hatcher and a mid-level prospect (Yasiel Sierra?) for him. Hell, throw in Romo – he might do well in the AL. That’s a joke – no one wants Romo… not even Juliet!
He’s the guy FAZ got before he became that guy. I’m not saying he is a superstar, but he is a very solid and GOOD player. He is very Justin Turner-esque. I’m here to tell you that there is not much defensive difference between Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor. Taylor is faster and is getting better by the minute. Chris Taylor has been the CF most of the time during this latest Dodger winning streak. The Dodgers can win with Chris Taylor in CF. Joc Pederson is a mess. The best thing for him is to play a couple of weeks at OKC. He is pressing, confused, convoluted and in a state of flux.
Justin Turner will be back soon and Logan Forsythe will move back to 2B which leaves only CF for Taylor. He has to play. Bellinger has to play – you can see in game adjustments made by Cody and Chris. So far, Joc does not do that! I admit it: I am very skeptical that Joc Pederson will be a starter for the Dodgers again.
After last night and another lefty baffling the team, I am even more convinced that the team needs a RH power bat and Ozuna fits the bill. He is having a career year and would be expensive. Like Alvarez and Pederson expensive. He would also make a huge difference.
- Julio Urias – 5.2 IP/3 H/3 ER/3 BB/5 K – still needs work!
- Rhame, Broussard and Ravin each pitched a scoreless inning.
- Diaz, Isabel, Estevez and Peters each had 2 hits for RC. Isabel hit his 14th HR.
- Yasiel Alvarez went 5, allowed 1 run, 1 BB and 1 Hit, he struck out 5 to get his first win.He didn’t look suspended to me…
- That’s all folks!