The battle for the NL West begins tonight!
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The Dodgers have a new solution to their pitching problems. It’s simple, just hit a bunch of home runs and outscore your opponent. The trick is to just keep scoring, every inning, and keep hitting the ball over the fence. Field tested, baseball approved. So when your pitching staff gives up 29 runs in a 4 game series and still comes away with a split, you know the offense was doing their jobs. The Dodger bats were historically good in their 18-9 bashing of the Reds in Monday’s series finale.
This was the first time the Dodgers had scored 18 runs in a game since 2006 when they did it against the Rockies at Coors Field. Great American Ball Park is no Coors Field mind you, but it’s the next best thing. Prompting Adrian Gonzalez to yell out how much he loved the ball park on one of his home trots.
That’s because Gonzo slammed 3 home runs and drove in 8 of the 18 runs. The Dodgers blasted 7 home runs on Sunday. Including Corey Seager hitting his 22, which ties him for the most by a shortstop in Dodger franchise history. Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles went back-to-back to hit their first career MLB home runs.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Giants
Tonight's Dodger lineup vs. Giants:
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 23, 2016
Game Time – 7:10 PM – TV-SNLA
With the Dodgers win and the Giants idle, the Dodgers gained a half game in the standings The boys in blue come home a game in front of the hated ones as they begin a huge three game series at Dodger Stadium. The opener will see Madison Bumgarner facing Kenta Maeda.
Wednesday’s second game has Rich Hill finally making his Dodger debut, (blister or not) as the Giants will counter with Johnny Cueto. The third game on Thursday will have the Giants giving the ball to left hander Matt Moore, and the Dodgers are still undecided. One thing is obviously clear; Brett Anderson cannot be allowed to start that game.
Bumgarner is perhaps having his finest season yet. The left hander is 12-7 with a 2.25 ERA. Over 175 innings tossed he’s struck out 195, walked 46 and allowed only 6.8 hits per nine. However at times he can be a bit homer prone as he has allowed 19 dingers. He’s faced the Dodgers twice this season, and has lost once and gotten a no-decision in the other game. Against the Dodgers he is 13-8 with a 2.57 ERA in 23 career starts.
At Dodger Stadium he is 8-5 with a 2.40 ERA in 13 starts. Don’t underestimate Madison Bumgarner the hitter. Bumgarner has hit 14 career home runs including 3 this year and as many as 5 in 2015. He’s tough and I hate him. Today might be the only time I will ever advocate for Kike Hernandez to be in the lineup. For whatever reason he has MadBum’s number. Kike is hitting .625 (10 for 16) with 4 doubles and 3 home runs.
Bumgarner vs. Dodgers
As for Kenta Maeda, he’s looking for thirteenth win of the season as well. He is 12-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 24 starts, Over 136.2 innings pitched he’s struck out 138 and walked 35. He’s allowed 7.3 hits per nine and has posted a 1.06 WHIP. Maeda has been quite good in the month of August winning all 3 of his decisions and 4 in a row since Late July. He’s faced the Giants once back in April and beat them tossing 7 innings of one-run ball and striking out 7.
Maeda vs. Giants
I want to seriously urge the Dodgers to consider using Ross Stripling over Anderson. The benefits of doing this are obvious.
Scott Kazmir and Brett Anderson both placed on DL, and Josh Fields optioned to OKC. Luis Avilan and Ross Stripling recalled (+ Culberson)
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 24, 2016
- Stripling nearly no-hit the Giants back in the first week of the season.
- He’s not terrible
- He’s not Brett Anderson
- Brett Anderson is terrible
All important facts that the Dodgers need to consider. Anyways, remember to bring some drinks and a Mylanta for tonight.