Most of you probably don’t believe it, because the Dodger bullpen has been awful many times during this season, but it went from awful to deplorable when Daniel Hudson, Ross Stripling and Kenley Jansen went down. Of course, Kenley was the biggest loss and there’s no way to replace him.
That will likely come to an end tonight as if Kenley is approved by his Doctors to play again. In fact, he could be activated tonight. Julio Urias is coming too. The Dodgers are not rushing him, Good grief, it’s been 15 months. The plan is for him to throw 3 innings or 45 pitches tomorrow and then see where he is at. Don’t worry about the results – just worry that he is pain-free!
I think we will see Julio by next Sunday. The same is true with Ross Stripling. He should be activated next weekend. Yimi Garcia and Josh Fields are both getting close. Axford is a couple of weeks away, but I am intrigued by his last two outings. It appears he has cleaned up a mechanical issue and is close to triple digits again.
Zac Rosscup showed no mental scars and pitched and “Immaculate Inning” Sunday to end the game. I said yesterday that a pennant race is a bad time for pitchers like Caleb Ferguson and Dylan Floro is learn their trade, but they are being refined by fire and the learning curve may be shortened. Even el Gasolino has looked impressive his last 4 or 5 innings, but I am not holding my breath… although I remain hopeful.
Both could be useful in the Post-Season. Post season? Playoffs? Playoffs?
Cody Bellinger has found his groove. JT is locked in and Manny is trying to get his stroke back. The hitting will be fine, even if they don’t lead in hitting with RISP. They are hitting the ball on the ground and advancing runners and changing their approach with two strikes, led by one Cody Bellinger. Remember, I also told you he would figure it out and not have to go back to AAA.
Fans have been ragging on Kike (as usual), but did you know he is hitting .303 in August with a .351 OB%?
The Dodgers are leading the majors in stolen bases this August with 24 SB’s in 26 tried! They are running like Freaking Gazelles! They are also leading the NL in OPS for August and are tied for first with the Cubs for 1st for OPS in the NL. They are just 2 runs behind the Braves for the NL lead in runs.
Forget their PAST run differential – all that matters is what happens from here on. The pen is coming back together and the cream will rise to the top in the NL West! The end is near for the D-Bags and the Rocks and the Dodger’s pen is about to be back!
More on The Balk
Pedro Moura of The Athletic added this about The Balk. The fact is: The bulk of Balks aren’t called like that!
The Dodgers did not dispute movement. Manager Dave Roberts said he saw Floro’s knee buckle before he stepped off, on replay, too. Rather, they reasoned that the movement was incidental enough it should have been allowed. The rulebook says balks require the intention to deceive the baserunner, and Floro had no such intention.
“Let the players handle it and determine the outcome,” Turner said. “That’s the worst part about tonight: It was decided by an umpire.”
It feels as if every game the Dodgers have played in August has been decided late, and they mostly have been. In each of their last eight games, the Dodgers have held a lead or been locked in a tie in the seventh inning or later. In seven of those games, they have blown the lead or lost altogether, the bullpen repeatedly charged with the loss, Roberts’ decision-making repeatedly questioned.
Moura also has a great article on Caleb Ferguson today. I highly recommend it!
The Blue Angels were awesome as usual yesterday, but the F-22 Raptor was unbelievable!