I’ve always like Fergie Duhamel, back to when she was originally with Wild Orchid, and now she does her own music. In High School, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student, spelling bee champion, and a Girl Scout. She’s just the All-American Girl. However, her rendition of The National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game was a low point. But who can forget her in this song by the Black Eyed Peas?
So, Fergie is really good, right? What? Not that Fergie? What Fergie? Ferguson? Caleb? Oh, who knew? Well yeah, heck yeah, Caleb Ferguson is pretty dang good too. It has been suggested that he looks like Kershaw on the mound, in some respects. Shoot, I thought Clayton went seven, but it turned our Caleb Ferguson (“Fergie”) went the last four.
But seriously, folks, Fergie gave us something to talk about. Who was the moron who said he should be sent back to OKC? Oh, that would be me! Well, I am glad I was wrong. He went 4 innings last night and struck out 6. He also got out of a couple of jams. It might delay his development as a starter, but he might be a really nice piece in the Dodger’s bullpen. When Striker Buehler returns, I think I would keep him in the pen for a while. The Dodgers might not have to trade for a pitcher that way.
Scott Alexander is really getting into a groove and Edward Paredes is pitching extremely well as the Dodgers LOOGY. Fergie can be the LH Chicken Strip out of the pen. Today, Rich Hill goes for the sweep. Hill is ready for a really, really good game and it could come at the expense of the MUTTS. The Dodgers team ERA is up to 7th in MLB and within .24 points of the league-leading Cubs. I think the pitching is just fine… they could use another hitter.
I really would like to see someone in RF other than Puig. He’s not bad, but we are always going to wonder if he will ever play up to his potential. Include him in a trade… it’s time to move another direction. I don’t hate him – I just don’t see it working. Speaking of other options, Alex Verdugo went 3-5 and is up to .347 with a .907 OPS. Rios has been playing a lot of 3B at OKC lately. Will Smith hit his 11th HR last night and after a fast start, Conner Wong has fell off the face of the earth – he’s down to .233. However, Rylan Bannon continues to rake (16 HR; .976 OPS), while Jeren Kendall continues to look like a flop (.227).
Matt Kemp – NL MVP!
Did you know that Jacob deGrom is just 92 days younger than Clayton Kershaw?
- Striker Buehler still has a little soreness in his rib area. It sounds like he could be out another 2 or 3 weeks.
- Ryu stopped throwing off a mound and is just throwing off flat ground after experiencing soreness in his injured leg. It sounds like his return is in August.
- Julio Urias is still set to pitch in games by the end of July.
- Dennis Santana will not be back until early-to-mid August… at the earliest!