The Dodgers evened the Freeway Series on Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over the Angels thanks to another masterful performance from maestro Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw now has 88 whiffs and 4 walks on the season and has struck out 10 or more batters in six consecutive outings. My god that man is a pitching artist. Now the Dodgers have to prove they can win in games not started by Kershaw as the Freeway Series shifts to Anaheim.
Tonight we’ll see Mike Bolsinger make his season debut as the Dodgers go with a six-man rotation during the next 20 games. Bolsinger has been recovering from an oblique injury that has sidelined him since spring training. Last season he was very reliable, posting a 6-6 record and a 3.62 ERA across 109.1 innings pitched. The 28-year old right hander has never faced the Angels and has made just one interleague start in his short MLB career. Last season Bolsinger was 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA away from Dodger Stadium. Yunel Escobar is the only Angel to have ever faced him. He is 1 for 2 with a double in two plate appearances.
Dodgers Lineup @ Anaheim
Mike Bolsinger-0-0 vs. Nick Tropeano-1-2
Game Time – 7:05 PM – TV- SNLA-FSW
The Halos will counter with 25-year old right hander Nick Tropeano. The New York native was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to the Angels along with Chris Perez for catcher Hank Conger in November of 2014. Tropeano made his MLB debut in 2014, and has had limited time in the Angel’s starting rotation. Last season he finished with a 3-2 record and a 3.82 ERA in eight games. He started seven of them and struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings. This season Tropeano has a 1-2 record with a 3.62 ERA in seven starts. In 36.2 innings pitched he’s struck out 39 and walked 20. He’s had control problems and also has had trouble keeping the ball in the park because he’s allowed seven home runs.
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Tropeano is mainly a fastball, slider, and changeup guy. According to the scouting reports his changeup is a plus offering. He has always pitched poorly this time of season. Tropeano has a 5.87 career ERA in the month of May. The big right hander has made just one start against the Dodgers in which he allowed three earned runs on eight hits across 4.1 frames. The current Dodgers are batting .412 (7 for 17) against him with two extra-base hits.
Tropeano vs. Dodgers
In order to clear roster space for Bolsinger, the Dodgers have optioned infielder Charlie Culberson to triple-A. Culberson is an outstanding defensive player but doesn’t hit much. In 28 plate appearances this season he batted .259 (7 for 27) with two extra-base hits and 4 walks while playing in 15 games.
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The Dodgers are going to rest Adrian Gonzalez another day in hopes he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. Gonzo has been battling a rusty lower back since he aggravated it on a swing in Monday night’s loss to the Angels. The Dodgers are hoping he can DH in Thursday evening’s series finale.
There is really no excuse to not be playing the kids right now. As Oscar so eloquently wrote, the kiddies are carrying the club. The Dodgers need to stop platooning Trayce Thompson, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson. Until the veterans start hitting, and who knows when that will be those guys need to be playing every day. No exceptions, and no excuses.
In the meantime, for those that don’t have time warner, you can catch the game on the Angel’s broadcast of Fox Sports West.