… which is precisely why they will keep rolling him out there. His mechanics and release points are all all over place, but he has figured it out before and I believe he will do it again. He has struggled mightily with his control as he was shut-down and then activated and shut-down again and re-activated due to blisters. It appears that the blisters are gone, but if he is using a different grip, I don’t think it’s working. He will get 2 or 3 more starts before it’s panic time. He’s the #2 and needs to pitch like it.
Rich Hill is beloved by his teammates because he’s a hard worker and straight-up guy. He makes no excuses and recently said that he “Sucks!” He has also said he would go to the bullpen is asked. He’s a team player and I believe he will work through this due to his character and work ethic. It’s hard not to root for the guy!
He’s not the only #2 struggling. The Cubs Jake Arrieta has a 4.09 ERA and Johnny Cueto’s ERA is 4.57. Stuff like this happens and players get past it. Remember when we were all calling for Chase Utley’s head? The Dodgers pitching is still #1 in all of baseball, even after yesterday’s melt-down. Ross Stripling has been sent down to work on his control. Brandon Morrow would seem an obvious choice but what about Trevor Oaks. I’d like to see him in that “swingman” role, but is he as good a pinch runner as Stripling? That’s the thing…
- Jair Jurrjens career as a Dodger is likely over after he was suspended for 80 games for taking something he shouldn’t have.
- ThinkBlueLA weighed in on whether the Dodgers should trade Maeda and his value. Like me, they think he would draw a lot of interest:
The option to trade Maeda in just his second season as a Dodger is definitely risky. Trade is very extreme and it must be a perfect fit for both sides for it to work. Although he has not pitched well as a starter, Maeda would be sure to draw huge interest from teams of all calibers. Teams like the Cubs would be a perfect fit for the struggling right hander because they to have had a hard time with their starting pitchers as a whole. Trading Maeda now may seem like an irrational decision and it may come off as too quick on the draw but the possible return for somebody with the same potential as Kenta is pretty big. Kenta could potentially bring in a big name and that could be the person to push the Dodgers over that final hill to a World Series.
- Under Logan White the Dodgers frequently took high school players in the amateur draft, who take a long time to develop and are hard to project. This year, of the 40 players drafted, 35 were college players and only 5 were high schoolers. Billy Gasparino has a different plan…
- If Cody Bellinger hits another HR soon, he will tie Gary Sanchez for fastest to 19 in 50 games.
- It looks like A-Gon will be A-Gone for a while…
- No word on Julio Urias MRI – that does not bode well… or maybe it does. Indecision may or may not be part of my problem.
- I’d like to see Wood go 6 or 7 tonight.
- Alex Verdugo was 3-4 last night. His OPS is climbing – it’s up to .842.
- Trayce Thompson was 2-5 last night and is now at .209. It was a long climb out of that deep hole. Good for him!
- Kyle Farmer continues to hit (.319/.938 OPS) at AAA.
- Willie Calhoun (.300 /14 HR ) jacked another one out last night. Could we see him soon?
- Fernandez was 3-3 at Tulsa (.328 BA) – I don’t know what to think about him.
- Walker Buehler went 5, allowed 5 hits and 2 ER while striking out 6 and walking 1. He’s just building arm strength.
- Shea Spitzbarth went 2 but got the loss. His ERA is 2.25. I could see him in the Dodger pen…
- Istler got his 7th save for RC last night.
- Cruz hit his 5th HR for GL last night. He’s the 8 foot tall SS.
- May went 6.2 innings to get the win.
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