In a game which saw Brandon McCarthy drop his ERA to 2.87 and the Dodgers score 12 runs, Brock Stewart quietly showed why he could be a very valuable piece in the Dodger bullpen. The bullpen is his role… at least this year. I think he can be a starter in the future, but his exceptional control (1.4 walks per 9 innings in 2016), and arsenal of pitches makes him a perfect fit for the bullpen. He has a two-seamer and a four-seamer that touches 97 with movement, and his changeup is also a plus pitch. His slider is really a cutter and is also a very good pitch for a pitcher who can pitch multiple innings.
Dave Roberts waited for the perfect opportunity to bring in Brock and last night was it. I think it was important that he start his 2017 MLB season with a successful outing and that was it! 3 IP/0 Hits/4 K’s and 1 BB was his stat line and it was a resounding success. I think he will switch roles with Ross Stripling whom the Dodgers believe can be a set-up man. Brock is fresh and strong and able to go multiple innings after missing a third of the season. He’s a horse and able to pitch like that.
I see him as a key bullpen piece. You will still see the bullpen shuffle to AAA or the DL and back. Morrow, Fields, Liberatore, et al will flip and flop back and forth. Personally, I don’t see the Dodgers adding an arn in the rotation or the bullpen. Too much depth. The Mets had the best starting rotation in baseball according to many, but the depth was lacking and look what has happened! Their rotation is a trainwreck as are lots of other teams. I believe that many other teams will follow the FAZ blueprint. By the way, how many Number two starters have an ERA below 3.00?
It was nice to see Corey Seager get his MVP-Type Game back!
- Ross Stripling again pitched one inning at AAA last night – it was his second perfect outing in a row – all 1 inning!
- Alex Verdugo went 2-4 again at leadoff and played CF. It was only his second game of the season in CF, so don’t think he will play Center in LA – he won’t! His BA is .335 and OB% is .413. It was predicted by someone yesterday that the Dodgers likely won’t call him up until after the All-Star Game and I agree with that.
- Rios hit his 14th HR and drove in all four runs for Tulsa last night.
- Walker Buehler went 4, allowing 5 hits and 2 ER, while striking out 5 and walking none.
- Yasiel Sierra went two in getting his 3rd save, allowed 1 hit and struck out 4. His ERA is 2.79. You could see him min the dodger pen this year as well.
- DJ Peters and Will Smith both got hits in the Cal League All Star Game and Dennis Santana pitched a perfect inning. Istler allowed 2 hits and 1 run in his inning of work.
- In the Midwest League All-Star Game, Dustin May pitched a scoreless inning and Ruiz got a hit.
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