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Dodgers Complete 4-Game Sweep Against the Hated Ones

Four game sweeps are difficult to accomplish.  Four game sweeps against a traditional rival are exceptionally difficult to accomplish.  On the day that Gil Hodges was finally and rightfully inducted into the National Baseball HOF, the Dodgers faced the Midgets by the Bay for the fourth game post the All Star hullabaloo, and swept them. This was the first time the Dodgers have swept SFG in a 4-game series since 1995.They did it different ways for each of the games.  Different heroes.

On Sunday afternoon, it was the much maligned bullpen and the revised middle of the lineup that were the heroes.  It was the usually reliable starter who had issues with his command of his fastball and slider.    When that happens, Clayton Kershaw merely becomes mortal.  He didn’t win his 8th game, but he did not lose his 3rd.

Clayton Kershaw did not have his best stuff (being kind).  He was the first starter to give up an earned run in the series, and he gave up 4. He went 4.1 innings and threw 94 pitches (60 strikes).  He could not get that 3rd strike by a lot of hitters, and his pitch count grew.  He still had 6 Ks, but the 2 walks and multiple 3-2 pitches drove that pitch count higher.  Kershaw allowed 5 hits and 4 were XBH: 3 doubles and 1 HR.

Clayton seemingly hit a wall after getting Austin Slater for the 3rd time in the 5th.  He then hung a pair of sliders to Wilmer Flores (double) and Darin Ruf (HR), and the score was tied at 4-4.

The bullpen was summoned early and often.  On the day when the HOF starter could not find his command, the bullpen was up to the challenge.  Yency Almonte was the first reliever called, and all he did was strike out the two batters he faced on 8 pitches.  His slider was just flat out nasty.

Four relievers followed, pitching an inning each, and allowing 2 singles combined in the 4.0 innings.  Three of the four (Phil Bickford, Alex Vesia, and Craig Kimbrel) have been recently roasted by opposing teams.  However, today they were lights out.  Evan Phillips could have been included in that declaratory statement, but allowing 1 earned run in nearly two months is hardly reason for concern.

On the other side, after Alex Cobb started slowly and escaped the first inning, he started to settle in.  Except for the 2-out double, single, double, single, by an unlikely foursome in the third inning, he was not touched.  His splitter in the 4th thru the 6th were unhittable. He was able to get through 6 innings to try and save some of that bullpen.

Just like Dave Roberts, Gabe Kapler has to play the cards (relievers) he is dealt.  Unfortunately for Kapler, the Giant relievers are much less reliable than the Dodgers 8 person pen.  It is difficult to blame the managers when the horses are not there to pick from.

It has been stated on multiple occasions that if Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger begin to hit, there is no stopping the Dodgers offense.  But when Jake Lamb, Gavin Lux, Max Muncy, and Trayce Thompson string hits together, the offense is poised to strike.

In a 12-hit attack, only Cody Bellinger of the 9 starters in the lineup did not get a hit.  In most games, the team goes as does 1-2-3 in the lineup.  Today it was 3-4-5-6-7.  Jake Lamb batting in the cleanup spot had a pair of key doubles.  Gavin Lux batted #5 for the first time this season, and he knocked in Jake Lamb after both of his doubles.  Even Max Muncy doubled home Lux in the third.  Trayce Thompson had an RBI single in the third and an RBI double in the 7th.  It was after his double in the 7th that his brother Klay put on a dancing show right behind the Giants dugout.

Trayce can also played a little defense.

It is going to be hard to find a better defensive OF than Thompson/Bellinger/Betts.

Freddie, Jake Lamb, Gavin Lux, and Trayce Thompson all had two hits, including 4 doubles.  Lux and Thompson had a pair of RBIs.  The Dodgers were 5-11 WRISP.

For the last 12 games, Freddie Freeman has been unconscious.  He is batting .522/.577/1.000/1.577.  In 52 PA, Freddie has struck out exactly 1 time.  I have no doubt that this streak will end, but while he is on it, the Dodgers will ride it as far as they can.

Another key contributor the entire season has been Gavin Lux.  In the last 30 days, Gavin is batting .313/.391/.521/.912.  Since Mid-April, Gavin has gone hitless in 3 straight games twice and 2 straight games 3 times.  He has been remarkably consistent.  He has been solid defensively at 2B and serviceable in LF.

Trayce Thompson and Jake Lamb have been excellent bench role players.  I am guessing that when CT3 comes off the IL, Zach McKinstry will be optioned.

This team has now won 8 straight and are 19-2 in their last 21.  To make it even sweeter, the Padres lost on Sunday and are now 11.5 GB the Dodgers.  And the Giants? They are buried 16.5 GB behind the Dodgers.

And we repeat, if the Dodgers can get Max Muncy and/or Cody Bellinger producing anywhere near where they normally produce, what can stop this team.  I know many like the idea of Brandon Drury, but for me, the only difference making bat that would interest me would be JD Martinez, if Boston should become sellers.

Pitching?  Can you really ever have enough of it?

As a follow up, Tyler Mahle did pitch today against St. Louis, and completed 6 innings.  He allowed 2 hits, however both hits were HRs by Paul Goldschmidt.  A two-run HR, and a solo HR.  He walked 3 and struck out 5. He threw 79 pitches and 47 strikes.

 

Congratulations to 

Gil Hodges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Badger

My definition of our 4A players is an athlete good enough to be a replacement player at the ML level now, but not good enough to push his way onto our ML roster. I respect those players and figure they all deserve a shot. At OKC Hunter Feduccia is currently OPS’n higher than Jake Lamb did and just about equal to what Kevin Pillar did. Wouldn’t other scouting departments notice something like that? When I said Feduccia might do in Cincinnati what former Dodger and starting shortstop Kyle Farmer is doing I wasn’t kidding. I absolutely agree with STB that a player like Feduccia could be a valuable added piece in a trade with the Reds.

Other than what Goldschmidt did Mahle’s outing was pretty good. He got everybody else he faced out and threw 79 pitches in 6 innings. He’s got 98 innings pitched this year. His 4.48 ERA in a hitters park doesn’t worry me. If his shoulder checks out he might be ok and would certainly be cheaper than Castillo. That said, I still prefer Castillo. We’ve got enough guys coming off injury.

And thanks for that detailed catcher’s information. It’s exactly what I was looking for. Reading those numbers, I would think there’s a lot of teams looking for catching depth right about now.

Last edited 4 months ago by Badger
Harold Uhlman

To me the Hunter Feduccia’s and Stevie Berman’s of the world are the lifeblood of MLB. They face formidable odds of making it to MLB as do all but the most talented youngsters. Then again, how many first ten draft selections or first overall selections do not pan out as expected? Yet, the Feduccia’s soldier on as my Dad would say.

Looking at MiLB today with the 120 teams at the AAA, AA, A+, A levels plus the ACL, FSL and the DSL, how many of those players will make it to MLB? I am not sure of what the number might be, perhaps 10% which is probably high.

It seems too often that those young men who are trying to succeed at the highest level in the most difficult team sport to play are not valued or are even devalued. Let’s take that 90% away. That is, those who will not make it to MLB. Send them home. What do the other 10% do to prepare for MLB considering that at any given time they are not all at the same level. Would we go to the football or basketball models where I understand there is no minor league system? In short, MLB is totally dependent on the young men who are not considered prospects. That is, the 90%.They provide the proving grounds for those considered to be prospects.

It kind of sticks in my craw a bit when I read comments that these young men are trade bait or should be thrown in as part of a trade to get rid of them. Being from a fishing community I understand that fish used for bait are the least valued fish stock. Yet, in reality they bring in the most valued stock when used on a line or in traps.

Simply put, MLB cannot survive without the MiLB players, the vast majority of whom will never wear a MLB uniform. They have been devalued for decades, playing for minimum wage or less. Thankfully that is changing a bit.

Should Hunter Feduccia be traded? By all means but not to just get rid of him. Instead, to be a valued part in acquiring what the Dodgers might need and to help foster his career. IMHO, he is a player, and looking around as Jeff did, there is a spot for him in due course as a MLB backup catcher.

Badger

Well said H.

I just read a piece on Soto value at The Times. It was suggested the package from LA would look like this: Cartaya, Miller, Vargas, Pepiot, Busch and Grove.

Excuse me? Is that what the Trade Evaluator is saying?

I don’t get it. This guy isn’t Mike Trout or Mickey Mantle. He’s a one dimensional player currently carrying a -0.6 dWAR. Yes he also has 3.5 total WAR, but we’ve got 64 wins and lead our Division by 11.5. We don’t need Juan Soto, and certainly not for that price. I don’t want to see the Padres get him, but it’s my opinion even if they do they don’t catch us. He’s a free agent in two years. Sign him for $500 million then if you think he’s worth it and let him play in a lineup with Betts, Freeman, Lux, Smith, Cartaya, Vargas, Rios, and Miller, Pepiot, Grove and a couple All Stars in the rotation.

I still say if we do anything, and I think we will, let’s do pitching.

Bluto

Some trade packages are influenced by the need of the acquiring team.
Others are influenced by the value and estimated value of the selling team.

I think Soto will be the latter.

Bluto

Yeah, not sure where you are coming from. I’m ‘on record’ (as much as one can be posting under a fake name in a small community) as saying I think the Dodgers invest (via signings and drafting) in Catchers specifically because they can be turned into high worth assets.

I’m all for trading Feduccia, just don’t think he adds a lot of value to the Dodgers side of the ledger.

Badger

Is there a Dodgers organization generated prospect list? I checked the Dodgers site and didn’t see one. The MLB Top 30 doesn’t even have Feduccia on it. And it can’t be because of his age as there are a few in their mid 20’s on that list. Seems to me a guy who steps into AAA for the first time and pounds out an OPS over 1.000 should be on somebody’s list.

Last edited 4 months ago by Badger
Bluto

He is, AFAIK, not on any list.

Now, obviously, MLB teams have their own exhaustive and specific lists for every team’s prospects that extend in all dimensions beyond FanGraphs or MLB’s Pipeline.

But if we’re trying to evaluate Feduccia, we can only use what we have and what we have sez he has little trade value.

@Jeff Dominique
From the ridiculously fun simulator:
JD Martinez for Hoese and Carson Taylor? Who says no?

Last edited 4 months ago by Bluto
Bluto

In all seriousness, I agree he has > zero value. My point is his value is probably marginal.

Like the last prospect mentioned in a deal?

Then again, what do I know!?!??!?!? I’m just using the info at hand.

Last edited 4 months ago by Bluto
Michael Norris

Ya missed one Jeff. Austin Barnes is slashing .163/.303/.316/.619. But he is a defensive wiz right? Dodgers 11-0 when Jake Lamb starts. Play him the rest of the year. Some of the trade scenarios fans come up with are beyond dumb. One guy suggested the Dodgers need to send 6 plyers to the Reds for Castillo. Ridiculous.

Singing the Blue

Depends who the 6 players are.

Singing the Blue

A fascinating group of six names, Jeff.
How many other players named Sauryn, Droz, Joan and Benony are we likely to find if we comb through MLB records.
Those guys should have extra value if for nothing else but their names.

Bumsrap

I think the Dodgers would be a better team against lefty pitchers if Trace played CF instead of Cody and Drury played instead of Max. Taylor in LF. Lefty hitters would be Freeman and Lux.

Badger

Trayce’s OPS agin lefty’s is not so muy bueno.

Singing the Blue

I know a lot of folks are touting Drury as an addition to our roster and I have nothing against him, but I’d like to suggest another Red, our old friend and former Dodger farm hand Donovan Solano. Solano’s batting avg and OBP are each 40 points higher than Drury’s.

Solano has hit over .300 for 3 of the past 4 years. Neither of the two is going to contribute anything defensively. The advantage that Drury gives you over Solano is that you can put him in the outfield as well as the infield; however, he’s not a very good outfielder.

Solano would cost a lot less in prospects than Drury. Each of them is a free agent at the end of the year.

Singing the Blue

Just heard from Andrew. He’s clearing out two desks in his office for us. Expects us at 9:00 AM tomorrow.

I must admit, though, that I’m surprised to see you consider Solano more versatile since Drury also plays outfield.

Badger

Drury is Cincinnati’s choice. He has nearly 4 times the at bats. If you guys with desks think we really need more utility I’d recommend him.

Badger

Gonsolin with 12 earned runs in his last 11 innings. Getting tired maybe?

Singing the Blue

A nice 15 day stint on the IL wouldn’t hurt him. I hear there’s a hangnail epidemic going around.

Badger

This is about the time I figured he, Urias and Anderson would all need time off. The extra day rest between starts will help, but all of them will need a real break soon.

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