Last night had a happy ending, but it looked bad for a while as Rich Hill gave up 4 runs in the first three innings. He threw 103 pitches. 75 of which were strikes, and his curveball was amazing. It really was a good outing and the two HR were (in my opinion) just one of those things. Hill pitched a strong 6 innings and kept the Dodgers in the game. It was good to see the 5-6-7-8 hitters score 8 of the 11 runs.
I think I have figured out how Doc makes up his lineup: If a guy is slumping we know how he stays with them, and stays with them, and stays with them… and then when they get hot, he sits them so that other guys can get hot, or so that they don’t cool off. It’s like Verdugo who had 2 hits on Monday, so he sits him. It’s maddening…. I know – it makes no sense! That’s my point. I used to be his biggest fan, unlike Donnie Ballgame whom I never liked from Jump Street!
Turner, Machado and Freese = back-to-back-to-back doubles, and then Kike with a single, Taylor with a hit and then the hardest-hit single… ever by Yasmani = 6 runs scored! It doesn’t always take a long ball, guys. Watch and Learn!
I think that David Freese can have a big impact on Chris Taylor – CT3 needs to change his approach on two strikes and Mr. Freese is guy who can teach him that. Freese is going to help this team a lot. He is going to be a huge weapon off the bench.
Brian Dozier continues to dooooozzzeee while Manny is hitting well.
After being out for two months, Josh Fields returned and looked rusty. It’s just his first game back, so I can overlook the fact that he needs to add 3 MPH on his fastball. His fastest was 95 – when at full strength he can hit 97-98. I like what I saw last night . It’s a start! How he feels today will tell the tale.
If any pitcher deserves the name “Bulldog,” it’s Pat Venditte. He is ambidextrous, and to top it all off, he throws with both arms. Who knew? Anyway, he inherited a bases loaded, no out situation and you could just see the “steely resolve” in his eyes. He likely has no shot at a Post-Season Roster spot, but what a story!
I have no idea if Kenley should should travel to Denver or not. I have never played baseball there, but physically, I cannot tell any difference. Back on the farm, we always knew that if a horse threw you off, you got right back on. This is different! It’s his heart. His doctors and Kenley will make the choice. I’d like to think that Baez, Floro and Madson are now better prepared to close. Yes – Pedro Baez. I see a new look out there.
Let’s hope Austin Barnes gets untracked – he’s much better than this.
2018 in MLB = the lowest Batting Average for all of MLB since 1972!
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