This is almost getting silly. Are these guys even capable of losing, let alone a losing streak? If they just win 2out of the next 4 games they will surpass that impossible streak of 42-8 when Puig first flew in.
We could look at what the playoff rosters might look like, but it’s way too early. I have a feeling there will be a few twists. Will Watson pitch like he did last night? Can Cingrani develop a new pitch? He added a cutter over the winter but it’s really not very good. Maybe Kenley can help him with it or maybe Hill and Kershaw can teach a fellow lefty a new trick. All he needs is one new pitch and he might be filthy. It’s hard to do during the season, however.
Tonight, Brock Stewart, you know, the guy with no ERA goes for the Dodgers. This very well may be his last start of the season with Darvish in the rotation and Ryu and Maeda looking much improved. Maeda is now 10-4 with a 3.79 ERA. Ryu’s ERA is 3.79 as well and McCarthy is 3.84.
With a 4.01 ERA, Darvish will have the worst ERA of the bunch when he arrives. Why did we even get the bum? JOKE! He will benefit greatly by getting out of Arlington where he has a 5.38 ERA and has given up 13 HR. On the road, he has a 2.49 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. He should shine in LA.
The Cubs are likely the biggest obstacle for the Dodgers to overcome, but their starting pitching is still not good. Hendricks has a 3.80 ERA and Lester is 3.96 while Arrieta is 4.03 and Lackey is 4.87. Quintana is doing great with a 2.37 ERA after putting up a 4.49 ERA with the White Sox. Whether they play the Nats or the Cubs, the Dodgers starting pitching is vastly superior.
Brandon McCarthy will be back in the rotation, if just for one start and will be put on waivers after that. If he pitches well, odds are someone will grab him, but that still leaves the Dodgers with Six Starters. Could it be they will run with that for a while after Kershaw gets back?
I heard on MLB radio yesterday that FAZ had let it be know that Verdugo, Buehler and Alvarez were untouchable… except for maybe a package that included Mike Trout. They said Calhoun was always in play.