The Heroes of last nights win were many: Stripling, Kemp and Muncy have been playing hero with regularity, but it was good to see Cody and Joc get a couple of hits – this is a step in the right direction for getting them untracked. Both players have been working very hard behind the scene on their swings. Joc may be a .350 OB% guy with that swing, but he won’t hit many HR’s… unless he just unloads now and then. Maybe that’s the plan. Cody has obviously been pressing, trying to do too much. I think it came very easy for him last year, but it has been more difficult this year. He will grow threw it. He still leads the team in HR.
I have seen Cody adjust at every level: A, AA, AAA and he is just different. One can spot elite level talent like Kershaw, Seager and Bellinger, but players can become great by playing up to their talent level with hard work and intelligence. Ross Stripling is that kind of player: a very smart guy, who has learned another pitch and taken his game to the next level. It could change today with the return of one Clayton Kershaw, but it would be hard to argue that Strip is not pitching like an Ace.
Ross stated that Andrew Friedman has always said he viewed him as a starter, but Strip was not sure it would evver happen with the Dodgers due to their depth. Well, it’s happened and Stripling is staying in the rotation.
Rants & Raves
- Evidently, Dennis Santana is designated to start in Colorado. I guess they think his repertoire of pitches is most conducive to pitch there due to his lack of a big hook. I am anxious to see how he does… whereever he pitches, but I do think he will end up in the pen before the All-Star Break.
- Pat Venditte is a nice story, but with his stuff, he has to be perfect and he’s not, thus the 7.36 ERA. I do not see him as a viable solution… regrettably! Hopefully, the Dodgers will put Brock Stewart in the pen and have him take Venditte’s place soon.
- Kyle Farmer pladed his old position last night at OKC: SS. Speaking of shortstops, Russel Masrtin has been playing it for the Jays.
- Alex Verdugo is heating up after recovering from an ankle sprain and went 3-5 last night (.321 BA). I still think he would be good at leadoff for the Dodgers.
- Conner Wong player his 3rd game at 2B last night. Move him up to AA and see what he does. He’s 22…