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Holes or Opportunities?

Of course the Dodgers have holes in their lineup.  I do not know a team that does not.  The starting pitching seems to be in good shape.  Early in the season, the starters were not getting deep into games, and that seemed to give the bullpen some concerns, especially with the number of arms on the IL that were counted on.

Of late, the starters have been pitching through 6.0 innings and into the 7th and 8th innings.

Tyler Glasnow (7 Quality Starts):

  • 0 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 0 IP – 3
  • Last 5 – 8.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.0, 5.0

Yoshinobu Yamamoto (5 Quality Starts)

  • 0 IP – 1
  • 1 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 2 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 0 IP – 1
  • Last 6 – 6.0, 6.0, 6.0, 8.0, 5.2, 6.1

James Paxton (4 Quality Starts)

  • 2 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 0 IP – 3
  • 2 IP – 1
  • Last 4 – 5.0, 6.2, 6.0, 6.0

Gavin Stone (5 Quality Starts) – Not counting last night

  • 0 IP – 2
  • 2 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 2
  • 0 IP – 1
  • 1 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 1
  • Last 4 – 7.0, 6.0, 7.0, 6.0

Walker Buehler (1 Quality Start)

  • 0 IP – 1 (Last game)
  • 0 IP – 1
  • 1 IP – 1

Landon Knack (1 Quality Start)

  • 0 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 2
  • 2 IP – 1

Bobby Miller (1 Quality Start)

  • 0 IP – 1
  • 0 IP – 1
  • 2 IP – 1

Trending up is starter IP.  Currently 261 for 9th most, with Phillies #1 at 288.

Trending down is reliever IP.  Currently 189.1 for #2.

Starters:

  • ERA – 3.24 (#5)
  • WHIP – 1.13 (#6)
  • BAA – .220 (#5)

Relievers:

  • ERA – 3.04 (#3)
  • WHIP – 1.05 (#2)
  • BAA – .205 (#2)

Both starters and relievers are trending up.

Currently the 5 SP are – Glasnow, Yamamoto, Buehler, Stone, Paxton.  When Miller comes back, do they officially go to a 6-man rotation. What happens when Clayton Kershaw comes back.  Down on the farm and ready to go – Landon Knack and maybe Ben Casparius.  Multi inning options – Ryan Yarbrough and Elieser Hernandez.  So while the Braves are eyeing Zach Eflin from the Rays, the Dodgers are not in that market.  Nor do I believe they are in the Justin Verlander market.

The bullpen has been good enough, there does not appear to be a chance that AF would spend the prospect capital for Mason Miller.  Plus, if Baltimore wanted Miller, the Dodgers could not touch what the O’s could offer.  Are the O’s willing to spend on a reliever?  But there are a number of quality late inning relievers AF could be interested in.  But he has been loath to spend prospect capital on relief pitching.  He did trade for Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani at the 2017 deadline with rookie level lottery tickets.  One was Oneal Cruz/Angel German for Tony Watson.  Scott Van Slyke and Hendrik Clementia for Cingrani.  AF was rumored to be targeting multiple relief RP targets since, but the cost was always too high for him to pull the trigger.  The best he has picked up since 2017?  Chris Martin for Zach McKinstry in 2022.

I am working on a reliever post, probably for this weekend.

The first and perhaps most glaring hole for the LAD roster is OF.  The current OF is Teoscar Hernández, Andy Pages, Jason Heyward, Chris Taylor, and Miguel Vargas.  Vargas has had 3 uninspiring ABs since being recalled.  I am not sure why he is on the 26 man if they are not going to play him as much as Pages.  Is he now considered a backup platoon LF?  A backup platoon LF on a team that needs an offensive OF.  That ought to do wonders for his trade value.  If James Outman needs everyday ABs at OKC doesn’t a younger Vargas?

Vargas will be optioned once Max Muncy returns from the IL, and Kiké Hernández moves back to the OF group.

What OF might be available?  That really depends on who will be buying and who will be selling.

Right now, most teams are still very much in the WC race.  In the NL, the teams seemingly out of the WC race are Colorado (8.0 WCGB), Miami (8.5 WCGB), and Cincinnati (4.5 WCGB).  No other team is farther back than 2.5 games.  In the AL, the teams seemingly out of the WC race are CWS (10.5 WCGB), Oakland (6.0 WCGB), LAA (5.5 WCGB).  Houston is 3.5 WCGB and the rest are 2.5 WCGB or better.

Duke Not Snider brought up Brent Rooker who is more of a DH than Of, but yes he can play LF.  Rooker is a RH hitter with severe reverse splits.  I am not sure how a RH bat who has problems with hitting LHP can help.  But would he be available?  Sure.  Is he the OF answer to the Dodgers problems?  I don’t think so.  I would rather suffer growing pains with Pages, Outman, and Vargas.

The one Fish OF that keeps coming up in the trade simulator is Jazz Chisholm, and I cannot see that ever happening as long as Miggy Ro is with the Dodgers.  Even when he is gone, I cannot see AF trading for a player who publicly disrespected Miggy Rojas (or any player, for that matter).

Inter-Division trades are rare.  They do happen, but they are rare. Colorado has an OF that should interest most teams, even though he is having a James Outman type sophomore season…Nolan Jones (LH Hitting).  Would Colorado dare trade Jones to LAD?  He had pretty even splits in 2023.  If he can get back to 2023 levels, Jones might a difference maker.

The Reds have some very good pitching.  They are missing three good bats…TJ Friedl, Noelvi Marte, and Matt McLain.  And yet another of the James Outman sophomore meltdowns, Christian Encarnacion-Stand, is also out with an injury.  They have two young LHSP currently on the IL.  Brandon Williamson is rehabbing and could be back soon.  Nick Lodolo is currently out with a groin injury.  But when everyone is back, Cincinnati could still make a run.  The injured may not be back in time for the Reds to become buyers, but I do not think they are going to be sellers, especially with their kids.

CWS is down to one bona fide star…Luis Robert Jr.  He technically has an additional three years (2025-2027) control if the club wants to exercise options for 2026 and 2027.  He is very affordable.  But he is health challenged.  Last year has been the only year Robert Jr. has played more than 98 games.  I think the price tag for such a health risk might be too high for AF.

Tommy Pham will be traded.  He has been labeled as a malcontent.  Actually he is accused of being too intense, and has a problem with players not playing at 100%.  He wanted to be traded to the Dodgers last year, and told Mets players he thought that was where he was headed.  There are enough LAD players to keep Pham in check, and he is a good playoff player.

One player who could potentially be a difference maker is LAA’s 30 year old RH hitting Taylor Ward.  Ward was rumored to be the other player who might have been traded to LAD in the botched Ross Stripling/Joc Pederson trade.  I am not sure that Arte Moreno is willing to trade with LAD, especially after Shohei signed with them.  Ward has good splits against LHP.  Ward has two years of control after 2024. He is strictly a LF.  If Moreno is willing to trade with LAD, I do believe that AF will have a conversation about Ward.

Even though Boston is still in consideration for the WC, Boston may be willing to trade Tyler O’Neill, and the Dodgers should consider.

The best chance the Dodgers could get a difference maker based on who is out of the WC race right now could be Taylor Ward, Nolan Jones, and Tyler O’Neill.  But each of those have obstacles.

I assume the Dodgers should pursue Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Ronald Acuña Jr., Kyle Tucker, Mike Trout, Colton Cowser…

 

Another potential weakness is SS or 2B.  I think this is the least of the position player weaknesses as the Dodgers can certainly turn to Miguel Rojas for this year.

Watford has brought up Washington’s CJ Abrams a couple of times.  There is no doubt that he is going to be a perennial All Star.  But the Nats are going to build their team around Abrams.  They are already in early discussions for a long term extension.  The Nats are getting very close to contention for a WC.  They are only 2.0 WCGB at this time.

They have 5 top prospects that are looming, and with three ranked well ahead of the Dodgers top prospects.  They have two top ten, James Wood and Dylan Crews.  Both have perennial All Star talent.  They have two 3B players, Brady House and Yohandy Morales.  Morales has moved to 1B because of House.  They are both at AA and playing very well.  All four are top 100 prospects.  The 5th is RHP Cade Cavalli who is rehabbing from TJ surgery  Cavalli is a former 2-time consensus Top 100, and 3-time top 100 on two publications.

And while not deep, the Nationals have Patrick Corbin and 4 young starters who are pitching very well, and one on the IL (Josiah Gray), who was considered a top of the rotation (1-3) starter before his injury, with Cavalli waiting.

So yes the Nats could use pitching, but the Dodgers do not have enough healthy young pitching to entice Mike Rizzo into trading CJ Abrams.  And I do not believe AF would trade that much pitching.

Players on the Nats that might entice AF – CF Jacob Young, 2B/SS Luis Garcia, RHRP Kyle Finnegan, RHRP Hunter Harvey.  I have been advocating for Harvey since his Baltimore days.  But are Young and Garcia difference makers in October?  I do not think so.

  • CWS – Paul De Jong, and Nicki Lopez
  • LAA – Zach Neto and Luis Rengifo
  • Oak – Max Schuemann and Zack Gelof

 

  • Miami – Vidal Bruján and Tim Anderson
  • Colorado – Brendon Rodgers and Ezequiel Tovar
  • Reds – Elly De La Cruz and Jonathan India (Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Noelvi Marte).  Neither McLain nor Marte can help with this year.  McLain due to injury and Marte because he is precluded from participating in playoffs.

IMO, Zach Neto, Zach Gelof, Ezequiel Tovar, and Elly De La Cruz are not being traded by their respective teams.  All four could be the face of their franchises.  The others are not better than who the Dodgers have.

Does anyone believe Arizona would be willing to move Ketel Marte, Geraldo Perdomo, or Jordan Lawler to LAD?

Some are still clamoring for Willy Adames.  Milwaukee is very much in contention, so they are not likely to trade Adames unless they crater.

One name that does figure to get some interest by the Dodgers and others is Bo Bichette.  Vlad Jr. is also potentially available.  I doubt the Dodgers will have interest in Vlad Jr. But Bichette???

The Dodgers do indeed have deficiencies with OF and middle infield.  But that is tempered, because they do have internal options.  While there are better players out there, most are not going to be available.  And those who may be, are probably not better than who the Dodgers currently have.  I do not believe either holes are critical.  They are going to have to trust their kids (Lux, Pages, Vargas, and Outman).  Show them some love, and maybe they will get rewarded.

There will be some surprises, so we will have to wait and see if anyone wants to pull the trigger on a trade with AF.

 

 

MiLB GAME SUMMARY REPORTS

 

 

OKC Baseball Club 12 – Reno Aces (Arizona) 3

Ben Casparius had his third consecutive very good AAA start.  He was brilliant for the first 4.0 innings, but surrendered a 3-run HR by long time Chicago Cub Albert Almora Jr.  Casparius left the game with a 5-3 lead and three relievers finished the game with no additional runs:  Gus Varland (2.0 IP), Ricky Vanasco (1.0 IP), and Jack Dreyer (1.0 IP).

The pitching was super, but the bats were even better.  Every OKC hitter had at least one hit, and only one OKC batter did not reach base at least 2 times.

Andre Lipcius opened the scoring with his 13th HR of the year.  Lipcius is now tied for the AAA lead in HR.

OKC picked up 3 in the 2nd.  Hunter Feduccia and Chris Owings singled and scored on Austin Gauthier’s triple.  Gauthier scored on Andre Lipcius’ single.

 

Chris Owings homered in the 4th.

OKC broke it open in the 5th. A single, 2 HBP, and a walk forced one run in.  Hunter Feduccia doubled home all three runners.  After a Chris Owings BB, Jonathan Araúz singled home Feduccia, and Austin Gauthier singled home Owings.

 

In the 6th, James Outman doubled and scored on a Hunter Feduccia single to end the scoring.

In his first game back at OKC, Outman led the team in reaching base 4 times.  A double, 2 BB, and HBP.

  • Austin Gauthier – 3-5, 1 run, 3 RBI, triple (1)
  • Andre Lipcius – 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR (13)
  • James Outman – 1-2, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 2 runs, double (1)
  • Hunter Feduccia – 3-5, 2 runs, 4 RBI, double (8)
  • Chris Owings – 2-4, 1 BB, 3 runs, 1 RBI, HR (4)
  • Jonathan Araúz – 2-4, 1 RBI

 

Box Score

 

Springfield Cardinals 7 – Tulsa Drillers 6

The Drillers came up a run short after scoring their 6th run in the 9th.

Kendall Williams started and is still struggling.  He allowed 6 runs (3 earned) in 5.2 IP, including 2 HRs.

The Drillers outhit Springfield 11-9.  Down 2-0 in the 4th, Griffin Lockwood-Powell had a 1 out BB.  With 2 outs, three straight singles from Diego Cartaya, Jose Ramos, and Yeiner Fernandez tied the game at 2.

Alex Freeland homered in the 5th to give Tulsa a brief lead.  After scoring 4 runs in the 5th (1 earned), Springfield took a 6-3 lead.

In the 7th, Taylor Young drew a walk and Griffin Lockwood-Powell slugged a 2-run HR to creep back to within 1.

Springfield added a run in the 8th.  Alex Freeland generated a run in the 9th.  He led off the 9th with a single, stole 2B and moved to 3rd on a throwing error, and scored on a ground out.

  • Chris Alleyne – 3-4, 1 RBI, double (4)
  • Griffin Lockwood-Powell

 

Box Score

 

 

Beloit Sky Carp (Miami) 8 – Great Lakes Loons 4

Maddux Bruns started for GL, but was pulled after 1.0 inning.  He threw 30 pitches in that one inning. He walked 2 of the first 3 batters, and then threw a WP moving them to 2nd and 3rd.  A single brought both home.  After the single, Maddux was at 22 pitches  with one out and 2 runs in, with a runner on first.  Maddux finished the inning.

There was an injury delay after the 1st inning, and I did not watch the game, so I do not know who may have been injured.  Was Bruns injured, and then had to come out after 1?  Or was 30 pitches in 1 inning the limit?  Once I hear, I will advise.  Bluto or STB get information pretty quick as well.

The relief was not effective.  Madison Jeffrey was the one pitcher not to allow a run, but that seems to be a rarity for him of late.

Chris Newell hit his Midwest League leading 11th HR in the second, cutting the 2-0 lead in half.

 

In the 6th, Thayron Liranzo led off with a single, followed by a BB to Kyle Nevin. Newell grounded out, moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Liranzo scored on a Dylan Campbell sac fly, and Nevin scored on a throwing error.

Yunior Garcia hit a solo HR in the 7th.

Thayron Liranzo got off to an ice cold start in his A+ season.  But since May, Liranzo has been pretty good, and more of who the Dodgers expected.

 

  • Noah Miller – 2-5
  • Thayron Liranzo – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run
  • Chris Newell – 1-2, 2 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (11)
  • Yunior Garcia – 1-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (4)

 

Box Score

 

Modesto Nuts (Seattle) 8 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5

RC pitching was ineffective for the night except perhaps for 2.1 IP by Noah Ruen.

There was not a lot of offense.  RC scored on errors (4), passed ball, wild pitches…They had a total of 4 hits; 3 singles and a Jordan Thompson double (7).

 

Box Score

 

ACL Dodgers 4 – ACL Angels 3

Their Big 3, Joendry Vargas, Alexander Albertus, and Eduardo Quintero each had a single.  Vargas and Quintero also had a BB.  Jaron Elkins had a triple.

 

Box Score

 

 

 

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Therealten

Bichette would be my target. Down year but no worse than what we have. Toronto folding. If Bichette got hot he would be just what we need. If he doesn’t he isn’t any worse than lux etc. he is not a k machine. Has a career ops over 800. The way he is playing and Toronto expectations they might want to move him.Toronto might not want to deal with us over the Ohtani mess. We didn’t do anything wrong but the optics might prevail.

Oldbear48

As a hitter, compared to our SS he is pathetic, so please no rhetoric about him being no worse than Betts. He has three errors, and Betts, who is learning on the fly has only six. Betts is hitting 110 points higher, so lets cut to the chase, he is much worse. And not nearly the athlete Mookie is.

OhioDodger

My how things have changed. 3 weeks ago it looked like Pages was going to be the answer to our OF woes. He has struggled mightily this month and could be headed back to OKC. Tommy Pham seems to be the best answer to improving our outfield picture. It would really help if one of Vargas, Pages, and Outman would step up.

Oldbear48

I do not think anyone thought that Pages was going to solve the lack of depth in the outfield. We all just from experience should know that the word gets around, and flaws are found quickly. Pages will either adjust or be sent down. Simple math.

Badger

Holes or opportunities.

Both?

Stone didn’t have it last night. Neither did Grove obviously. Offensively? Ohtani sure showed up. Lux with 2 hits, Dodgers with 6 hits so, not a good night.

As for who to target it’s probably still too early to know. It would be sad if the organization didn’t have one player to insert in the bottom of the lineup to help. If that’s the case who would other teams be interested in? Pitching I suppose. Or maybe one of the lower MiLB prospects. Pick a catcher they want to continue developing and trade another. I still have hope Pages or Vargas can get it figured out.

Last edited 21 days ago by Badger
Oldbear48

Offense has stumbled some the last week or so. They will either pick it up or have some more games like this.

Jeff

All farm hands are questionable, eh? Lux might be breaking out of his grave, but Pages seems to be digging his as well as our recent BP acquisitions. What happened to our Bazooka?

TennisMenace (TM)

I was unaware Jazz was disrespectful to MR. In that case, no thanks is the correct thing, I agree. But…I think he could be the kind of guy we need to compliment the bottom of the order. I made my case in the previous article. Post #47 if interested. Not sure why you would be though.

I went and brought it here so you don’t have to go find it….

I know Jazz Chisholm’s contract expires after this year. Miami is paying him 2M…May not want to go too much higher.

Based on his 4 years, we probably wouldn’t have to give up much to get him…but what I like about him is his consistency.

You know what you will get with him:
.250 BA
20-25 SB
50 RBIs
760-.800 OPS
Good glove on defense
With our great All Star batters, we don’t need another All star…just a consistent defensive player who can give you enough with the bat to compliment your super stars.

Oh, and one more thing…the kid (26 years old) plays CF, 2B, and SS. Hmmmmm, sounds like a guy we could use at those positions.
TM

Last edited 21 days ago by TennisMenace (TM)
Sam Oyed

Last series against Miami, Rojas was mouthing off to the Miami dugout. The consensus was that it was directed to Chisholm. Could be a good pickup but there is some bad blood between Rojas and Chisholm.

OhioDodger

Hell no on Chisholm. The dude is a punk. Rojas OPS is .755 and Chisholm is .746. Rojas also hits lefties better. He would not be an improvement or a difference maker for the Dodgers.

Oldbear48

Bad apples can sour the whole barrel. Chisholm is a jerk they do not need, and he likes hitting at the top of the lineup. No thanks. Everyone keeps saying the Dodgers need a SS. Betts is doing fine over there, and you show me a SS in either league who is hitting .330. Chisholm was moved off of SS because he wasn’t that great over there.

TennisMenace (TM)

Wow, you guys speak…..I listen! I hade now officially scratched Jazz off my wish list. So who is next?

TM

Bumsrap

The Dodgers separate themselves from at least 20 other teams with pitching alone. Their first four hitters separate themselves from maybe 26 other teams. Their last 4 hitters should get better and probably are better than 15 other teams. Their middle hitter might wind up leading the league in RBI and or home runs and while that hitter is prone to striking out, once a week is a difference maker.

The Dodgers are winning and don’t have to do anything to keep winning. So, my take would be to get younger if a trade were to be made instead of trying to get better or fix a hole now.

Last edited 21 days ago by Bumsrap
TennisMenace (TM)

“Last 4 should get better”- they can’t get any worse!

” they (last 4) probably are better than 15 other teams”- care to name them?

Here’s the issue- do we really want to go into the playoffs with our bottom 4 an automatic out? I think pitchers would not be giving much to our top 3 superstars to be able to hit hard.

And look at the Philadelphia lineup for comparison…even with the great Tre Turner out due to injury, everyone contributes with the bat, not just 3 guys.

The playoffs is a whole new game. Remember last year when Betts and Freddie went to sleep in the playoffs? No one was able to fill their void. We were gone in no time. That could happen again.

Just sayin…
TM

Scott Andes

Not so fast Jeff,

those top 7 are very good, the problem is those top 7 are not in the lineup all together at once every game. With Outman back in OKC, the Dodgers now have 4 automatic outs on the roster, 5 if you count Barnes. Here are the automatic outs….

Lux-
Vargas
Kike
Taylor
(Barnes)- if you count him as the BC

Very often, the Dodgers are putting 2, 3 or even all 4 of these automatic outs in the lineup at the same time. This is why they have not been scoring very many runs over the last 3-4 weeks. Not like in the beginning of the season, early April, Mid April, Late April, even very early May.

I guess its ok in May, or June, but you absolutely can not put this many automatic outs in the lineup come playoff time.

The Dodgers need to figure this out, and it may involve….hang on to your hats….cutting a couple of the non-performing mendozas from the team, a DFA, or even an unconditional release…EGODS….the horror!

Otherwise those guys will continue to hover around .150-.190 all season and in Taylor’s case .100, and the Dodgers will continue to not score very many runs. At some point the pitching will come down to earth and if that happens while those Bums above are still in the lineup then you can expect for a lot of losing. Let’s hope the Dodgers have a backup plan in place.

Oldbear48

Way too early to judge Vargas. The guy has played in two games since he was called up. He was injured last year and got into some bad habits. Lux has shown he can hit, he missed a whole year, he is not automatically going to be good. Kike is not automatic. He is not hitting like he can that is true.

Scott Andes

Gavin Lux 2024- .203/.255/.281 53 OPS+
Gavin Lux Career – .247/.320/.690 OPS+ 89
1,140 PA

Miguel Vargas career – .191/.288/.350 OPS+ 72
360 PA

Kike 2024 – .210/.279/.310 OPS+ 68

Vargas has considerly less plate appearances, but Lux is a terrible hitter, this is over 5 years and over 1000 plate appearances.

When has he shown he can hit?

Last edited 21 days ago by Scott Andes
Bumsrap

Besides sending players with options down, releasing players with contracts, or spanking low performers, what is your plan Scott?

Scott Andes

The least they can do is exactly what you just descrbed. Option guys, release or DFA. Addition by subtraction is what will help if this kind of atrocious hitting continues from the auto outs.

When Muncy comes back option Vargas, DFA Lux, and don’t start Taylor or Kike in the lineup at the same time. Something like that would help minimize the amount of Auto outs in the lineup at the same time, which normally is 2-4 per game.

TennisMenace (TM)

Scott doesn’t need me, but I’ve been rooting hard for the trade horn. Empty the farm if you have to. Make winning the WS this year your only priority…don’t worry about 4 years from now….some of us might not even be around or the country might explode into another Civil War and baseball will be suspended until that is resolved.

TM

TennisMenace (TM)

Thank you for taking the baton on this one Scott. I was scratching my head at what Jeff wrote. Just about every morning this season I would check the box score I see this:

Outman….0-4 (all season)
Pages…..0-4 (last several weeks only)
Lux……0-4. (All season, or maybe 1-4 on a good day)
Taylor……0-4 (all season)

And I’m being kind leaving Barnes out when he spells Will Smith.

TM

Bluto

From Blake Harris:

Since May 8, the Dodgers are 4-0 when they hit at least two homers a game. They are 4-5 when they don’t hit at least two homers in a game. When they don’t hit a single homer, they’ve gone 1-5. That’s been the major problem. Guys just haven’t been hitting home runs these last two weeks. 
During this run, here are notable wRC+’s from the team. 
164 – Shohei Ohtani 
140 – Freddie Freeman 
130 – Mookie Betts
113 – Will Smith
72 – Teoscar Hernandez
71 – Gavin Lux
29 – Andy Pages
6 – James Outman
-55 – Max Muncy
First off, holy **** to the Max Muncy one. Yikes!

Sam Oyed

Teoscar was signed to hit against lefthanders. So why was he in RF yesterday instead of Heyward?

Bumsrap

Heyward may have twisted his ankle in the previous game

Phil Jones

Lux nicely stayed inside the pitch away, for a single to left. He had his head on the pitch, didn’t step in the bucket, got his foot down and drove it where it was pitched. Nice at bat.
On his triple, that was more of his swing, getting around an inside pitch. He would never see a strike on the inner half.
When he gets that front foot down early, and not in the bucket, he has time to adjust and not be in a hurry to get the bat to the ball. And it keeps his head on the ball.
At bats like that keep the Dodgers hopeful he can hit and likely what he did in MiLB.

Badger

Good call Phil. Having him OPSn .750 from the 9 hole would help tremendously.

I’m thinking Pages has the mental makeup to see his way out of this slump. What’s your take on that? Maybe a trip back down would help but Outman went down and disappeared.

Scott Andes

Is that why he’s batting around .150 all year?

Scott Andes

lolz,I knew you would bring up Miggy Ro, but I never said he was the worst, just bad, Barnsey was the worst.

I don’t hate him Jeff, he’s just a poor hitter and not performing. Just can’t have automatic outs in the lineup, no matter what the reason is.

TennisMenace (TM)

I love me some Miguel Rojas….you will never hear me dissing him like I do Outman or Vargas Lux or Pages. Just don’t trust them…..prove me wrong.

Last edited 21 days ago by TennisMenace (TM)
Badger

Doesn’t the organization have people that take care of those arrangements? Not only that, his job is to play in a 3 hour game. There are 21 other hours in the day to make those calls.

Lux, Outman, Pages. It’s my belief they can all hit and all of them will help win games this year. I’m still hopeful we won’t need to make a trade.

Bumsrap

His job right now is to relax, reset, and return.

Badger

He was back to work last night, hitting third in the lineup.

I keep waiting for Joc to fall off the cliff. I’m pretty sure you aren’t.

Oldbear48

Nick Nastrini added back to the White Sox rotation. Nastrini was traded to the Sox by the Dodgers in the Lance Lynn/Joe Kelly deal. Crismatt signed a minor league deal with the Rangers. Royals released Zach Davies from his minor league deal. He was pitching well for their AAA team, but their starters have been a strength, so he was released. Glasnow-Nelson tonight. Then it is off to Cincinnati. We will probably have to wait until close to the deadline to see which players are on the market. I believe wanting a superstar is pretty much out of the question.

Oldbear48

Xander Bogaerts has a broken shoulder and was placed on the IL. David Peralta was called up to take his place on the roster.

Duke Not Snider

Sucks for Bogaerts and the Pads. But I’m happy for Peralta.
The decision to deal for Arraez seems extra fortunate now.

Badger

Freddie don’t look right.

Glasnow isn’t infallible.

Mookie continues to throw sidearm from shortstop and screwing it up.

Saw Pages calling for it and Teo cut in front of him. No respect for the rookie centerfielder. Can’t have that.

0 for 7 WRISP after 5.

Lose Elieser.

Jeff

That was memorable to me. Not a good look.

OhioDodger

Dodgers lose 6-0. A thoroughly disappointing effort all around.

OhioDodger

This team has a lot of holes. Swiss Dodgers.

Scott Andes

The auto outs are killing them. The position player depth is razor thin. Although Lux did get two hits tonight. Hes actually above .200!

Also the load management is so pathetic. Elesier Hernandez pitching major league innings is so pathetic for a team that’s supposed to win 100 games. The Dodgers better figure this out quickly or the losses are going to start piling up.

TennisMenace (TM)

Regretfully saying this….another 0-4 with 2 Ks for the once promising bright light, Andy Pages….. .240 BA…..should we take a poll: which will come first…. he gets sent down or he reaches .200? All of a sudden, Outman doesn’t look so bad, especially because his defense is better.

And once again, if the big 3 are quiet, so will the team be.

TM

Jeff

Making Pages look bad like Teoscar did is low class and not worthy from a teammate. If the Dodgers want to play games with each other, there is going to be hell to pay. You don’t make your teammates look bad publicly.

Jeff

Got to get rid of Doc if you want real management, Scott. His lineups and pitching rotations are habit forming. There is no innovation going on there. None.

Scott Andes

Not much innovation no, but there is not much innovation from the guys above him either.

Wally Moonshot

Not a Doc fan, but in his defense, I doubt that he makes out many lineups. That’s left to the boys in the FO with their laptops.

Duke Not Snider

I think the laptop boys advise–as they should–but Roberts makes out the lineup.
Last season, he usually batted Peralta ahead of Outman, although both are lefty hitters and Outman was a stronger performer.
The decision, I think, reflected Roberts’ trust in veterans, and perhaps a desire to ease the pressure on a rookie.
But the numbers clearly suggested that Outman should hit ahead of Peralta.

Bklyn2LA57

Maybe try moving Freddie back the the two hole and Ohtani to the three; couldn’t hurt. As the weather heats up, so will the Dodgers; happens every year.

Jeff

I had the same thought.

Duke Not Snider

Well. my favorite target, the A’s Mason Miller, just had his worst game of the season. But I still think the Dodgers should give him a hard look.
He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 5 runs, 3 earned. Gave up 3 hits and one walk and only struck out one. The error didn’t help, but clearly Miller wasn’t as effectiveas he normally is. (The control wasn’t that bad:20 of his 26 pitches were strikes)
But this performance needs more context.
He entered in the 10th inning, meaning he started with a runner on second. He gave up one run in the 10th.
Then he returned for the 11th–again with a runner on second, again with a tall challenge.
I think this was Miller’s first blown save of the season. But under the new rules, it’s that much harder to get a save in extra innings.

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