This question has been asked a lot this season. My personal thought is that for this season at least, they need to mix experience with youth.
Their two biggest stars are in their 30’s. Most of their bench players are in their 30’s too. Their pitching staff is somewhat younger, but with Urías being a free agent after this season, it will surely get younger next year.
Both Stone and Miller are slated to get some starts, my gut feeling is that the team lets Urías walk, signs Kersh to another one year deal, and fills out the rotation with the kids.
There is a lot of pitching talent in the minors, and a couple of those kids could be on the fast track. There are a couple of relievers down there who could also see time if guys like Bickford and Almonte continue to struggle. I feel both of them should not be on the roster right now.
At AAA, DeLuca is off to a nice start, but Pages is on the injured list. They cut Zimmer loose, and Duggar might not be far behind.
There are too many bats on the 40-man roster that are down around the Mendoza line. We know Chris Taylor is not going anywhere, but Austin Barnes should be DFA’d. His batting line is just a huge burden on the offense. If he was hitting over .200, maybe they could keep him. But he is under .100.
Right now, the lack of pitching has sent the Dodgers into a 1-3 start on a long 10-game road trip. Although they have scored at least 5 runs in every game, the pitching has given up 32 runs in the 4 games. Only the 5-0 shutout ended in a win.
It’s hard for fans to watch the team give up those kinds of numbers. Myself, I turned off the game after Kersh allowed his third run.
Hopefully the kids will pitch well. Suero, Bruihl and Almonte need to be demoted. Find someone who can get outs.
05-21-2023 – MiLB Summary Report
OKC Dodgers 5 – Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Houston) 4
Michael Grove was making his 1st rehab start after his IL stint. There were both good and bad results. In 4.1 IP (64 pitches), he only allowed 3 hits and 1 BB. He also had 7 strikeouts. Unfortunately 2 of those hits were solo HRs.
Marshall Kasowski just back from his 35 days in Arizona. He went 1.2 IP, and allowed an unearned run. The run was set up due to a Kasowski throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
Alex Vesia relieved Kasowski and pitched a solid 1.2 innings. He allowed 1 hit, but also struck out 4. Recently assigned Keegan Curtis followed Vesia to pitch the final 1.2 innings. He surrendered a HR of his own to give Sugar Land a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, with one out, Yonny Hernandez singled and came home on a Devin Mann HR (3).
Three walks loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the 9th in a 4-4 tie. Sugar Land pitcher, Austin Davis, got a ground ball force out at the plate, and struck out Devin Mann for the 2nd out. On a 2-2 pitch to Ryan Ward, Davis uncorked a WP to give OKC another walk off win.
- Drew Avans – 2-3, 2 RBI
- Patrick Mazeika – 2-4, 2 RBI, double (3)
- Devin Mann – 1-5, 2 RBI, HR (3)
Tulsa Drillers – Corpus Christi Hooks
River Ryan started for Tulsa and pitched his usual 4.0 innings. They were scoreless, but he navigated quite a bit of traffic with 4 singles and 3 BB. He did compile 3 K.
Tulsa was the first to score. In the 4th, José Ramos drew a leadoff BB and Eddys Leonard slugged a 2-run HR.
Two pitchers Tulsa was counted on have continued their season long funk. In the 5th, after relieving River Ryan, the first two batters Lael Lockhart faced both scored. After a walk, Lockhart served up a 2-run HR. Ben Harris also served up a solo HR, a double, and single for 2 more runs. Ryan Sublette pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings, but issued 2 walks with 1 K.
In the 8th, Josh Stowers was HBP and scored after a pair of singles by José Ramos and Eddys Leonard.
Down 4-3, Imanol Vargas and Brandon Lewis led off the 9th with singles. Yusniel Diaz was sent up to PH for Kody Hoese, but hit into a DP with Vargas moving to 3rd. Carson Taylor was down to his last strike but delivered a 2-out, 2-strike game tying single in the bottom of the 9th.
Tanner Dodson went back out into the bottom of the 9th. After one out, he loaded the bases with 2 singles and a walk. The next Corpus Christi hitter banged a ground rule double, and the Hooks walked off a win.
Eddys Leonard was 2-4 with a run and 3 RBIs. His HR was his 4th on the season. Leonard has come roaring back from a disastrous first month. After April, Eddys was hitting .129/.247/.129/.376 with no XBH, no RBI, 10 BB, 20 K, 70 AB and 81PA. For May, it all turned around. In the 18 games he played in May, Eddys hit .375/.429/.734/1.163 with15 XBH. He has 11 doubles and 4 HRs, He has also generated 16 RBIs. In May, Eddys has 4 BB and 9 K.
Diego Cartaya was 0-4 with 4 Ks. He is now batting .189/.288/.337/.625. 10 BB (9%) and 40 K (36%). It is getting longer in the season, and Cartaya is going to need to turn it around sooner rather than later. The season is 30% over and Diego has 111 PA. That is more than a small sample size.
It was telling that in a critical AB, Yusniel Diaz was sent up to PH for former 1st round pick Kody Hoese. Both Diaz and Hoese are RH hitters.
Great Lakes Loons 6 – West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) 3
The Loons used the long ball to get this victory. 3 HRs let to 5 runs.
Justin Wrobleski started and got through 5.0 innings. He gave up 2 runs in the 5th on a 2-run HR by Chris Meyers that tied the score. The Loons jumped out to the 2-0 lead in the 4th on a 2-run HR by Alex Freeland (3) who plated Taylor Young before him.
GL retook the lead in the 5th inning. Austin Gauthier was one of three walks issued, and he scored on a WP with the bases loaded.
Damon Keith hit a 2-run HR (6) in the 7th, and Austin Gauthier hit a solo HR in the 8th to complete the Loons scoring.
West Michigan’s Chris Meyers hit his 2nd HR (7) of the game, a solo shot with one out in the 9th.
The Loons got some good relief pitching from Aldry Acosta (1.2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K). Christian Suarez (0.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 K) and Antonio Knowles (1.2 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 2K) were not so effective. It was Knowles who surrendered the HR in the 9th.
- Damon Keith – 2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI, 1 BB, HR (6)
- Austin Gauthier – 1-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, 1 BB, HR (5)
- Alex Freeland – 1-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, 1 BB, HR (3)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10 – Visalia Rawhide (Arizona) 5
The Quakes pounded out 15 hits to score 10 runs. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 2 innings, thanks in large part to a pair of Thayron Liranzo HRs. In the 1st, Nick Biddison drew a BB, and Rayne Doncon hit a 2-run HR (8). Liranzo followed with a solo HR (10) of his own.
In the 2nd, a BB, and force out put a runner on 1st with two outs. Nick Biddison and Doncon both singled to load the bases. Chris Newell walked to force in one run, and Liranzo slugged a grand slam (11), and an 8-0 lead.
19 year old LHP, Luis Valdez, started and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings. He gave up 1 single, 3 BB, and 4 K. Darlin Pinales was the first reliever. He loaded the bases in the 3rd on 2 singles and a BB. A DP scored a run.
After 1.2 IP, Kelvin Ramirez relieved Pinales. In the 5th, he allowed a pair of doubles for a 2nd run.
RC got the two runs back in the 6th. Kenneth Bettencourt hit his 1st HR. Rayne Doncon reached on an error, and back to back singles by Liranzo and Jorge Puerta scored the Quakes 10th run.
Jonathan Edward relieved Ramirez in the 6th. He allowed 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 WP, and a ground ball to score 3.
Three RC relievers, Gabe Emmett, Joel Ibarra, and Madison Jeffrey pitched a combined 3.0 shutout innings, although each had considerable traffic.
- Thayron Liranzo – 3-5, 2 runs, 5 RBI, 2 HR (11)
- Jorge Puerta – 3-5, 1 RBI
- Rayne Doncon – 2-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI, HR (8)
- Nick Biddison – 2-4, 2 runs
- Kenneth Bettencourt – 2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, double (5), HR (1)