Except for bad pitch selection (4 fastballs) to his last batter, Rich Hill was again terrific. No blisters = a very good pitcher. This is the pitcher the Dodgers are paying for and if he keeps it up, he’s a bargain! Blisters have been his kyrptonite!
The bullpen was very good again: Floro, Alexander, Chargois and Jansen handled a hot A’s team.
Oakland has the 4th best bullpen ERA in MLB and it got better when they picked Shawn Kelley from the Nats. Manaea is most respects is their best starter – the Dodgers just made him throw lots of pitches. The RISP stat wasn’t good last night, but the A’s are a tough team.
The fact that the Dodgers are saying Corey Seager can remain at shortstop is just boilerplate. Of course, they are saying that. What are they supposed to say? Maybe this: “It’s going to be very hard for him to come back so we have some contingency plans?” NO! They have to give him their full support and I hope he is the Dodgers’ starting shortstop next year, but I think it will be difficult. Shortstops make some of the most contorted and difficult throws of any player on the team. I’m not worried too much about his hip.
Brian Dozier should stay at leadoff – Period!
Turner is hitting the ball right on the screws. He’s back!
Looks like it’s Kemp and Bellinger’s turn to get hot!
This is game of ebb and flow. I smell a hot streak coming!
From Rotoworld: “Ryu made the start at Triple-A Reno, a very hitter-friendly environment. He scattered five hits and struck out three batters without issuing a walk, throwing 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes and inducing eight groundouts to three flyouts. Ryu should be cleared to rejoin the Dodgers’ starting rotation after one more minor league rehab outing. He’s been sidelined since early May due to a severe groin strain.” So, he will be back soon and someone will go to the pen. Will they be more interested in Starting or Winning? This will prove to be interesting.
Both Brian Dozier and Logan Forsythe are hitting .412 since the trade in 17 AB’s. Forsythe is OPS’ing .971 and Dozier is OPS’ing 1.506!
Mike Fiers goes today and once, no hit the Dodgers – It’s time for Payback!
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