A lot of Dodger fans mocked and ridiculed Farhan Zaidi for saying three weeks ago that the Dodgers needed to hit more Homeruns?
Shows what he knows…
Here we are, three weeks later… and the Dodgers were leading the NL is homeruns and were on a 16-5 streak…. well, after last night they are 16-6 and 2nd in HR. Maybe Farhan should say “How do you like me now?” Actually, with all the injuries to the pitching staff, it is my hope that the Dodgers can hover around .500 or a little above until the All-Star Game, a month from now.
Maeda and Hill will be back by next week… barring setbacks. Hill threw a 60-pitch simulated game on Saturday and Maeda will throw a bullpen today. Roberts will probably have to hold them to 3 or 4 innings in the beginning, but they can get stretched out quickly. Buehler could be back sooner, but if he spends two or three weeks on the DL he can probably pitch the rest of the season, so that may be a blessing in disguise.
When I was in LA a couple of weeks ago, I observed Ryu throwing and moving well. In fact, he jumped pretty high to catch an errant throw. I think he will be back around the All-Star break. We know he has been able to throw. I look for him back in mid-July. He could give the team a huge boost. He looked to be in great condition.
Then, let’s not forget Julio Urias (remember him?), who is now throwing off the mound. Dave Roberts has said that Julio could be ready to pitch by the end of July. I would only expect a couple of innings in the beginning, but he could be in the rotation by September. He will likely be on the OKC Shuttle for a while.
Tom Koehler threw a bullpen session on Thursday and may get a rehab assignment by next weekend. Finally, Clayton Kershaw has resumed playing catch, which is a good sign, but the Dodgers will be cautious with him. We could see him back before the All-Star break.
Alex Wood has not been as bad as his record shows, although his last 3 outings were bad. Players go through bad streaks.. in case you are a novice and have never seen the game played. Wood still has a decent 1.19 WHIP. His fastball velocity was 91 MPH consistently last night, so I think he is just going through some mechanical stuff.
The team just has to stay afloat until the troops return. Maybe not all will return successfully, but most will and it will make a difference. Andrew Toles led off at OKC last night and had a hit (2B). Verdugo is hot and went 3-4. Andrew Sopki pitched 6 string innings at Tulsa and I have a sneaking feeling Sborz could be sighted in LA.
It’s always darkest before the storm. The storm has hit. They will ride it out and move on. Never fear! The best we have – Ross Stripling goes today! The news on Justin Turner who has missed the past three game is that his wrist pain could last weeks or months. Players who have had the same injury say the pain persists… so we really have no clue if or when he will be able to return to form.