The Dodgers dropped the opener of the three game series to the Bucs on Friday night by a 5-1 score. Ross Stripling pitched admirably but was hurt by some poor defense in the early innings. The Dodger offense hit out of sync the entire game. The bats scored just one run on 12 hits. I can’t even believe I am typing that. Right fielder Josh Reddick continues to struggle. His batting average with the Dodgers dropped to .111 (4 for 36) after he went 0 for 4. Another hitless night has Reddick now batting .220 over his last 30 games and .197 over his last 15 games. His OPS is now .301. This is supremely frustrating, but I have to wonder why the Dodgers keep batting him cleanup. Stop it!
Dodgers Lineup vs. Pittsburgh
Game Time – 1:05 PM – TV – SNLA
Fortunately for the Dodgers the Giants lost to Baltimore. The boys in blue missed another opportunity to pull back to a first place tie in the NL West. They remain one game behind the Giants. This afternoon the Dodgers continue their series against the Pirates as Pirate’s ace Gerrit Cole counters Brandon McCarthy.
The 25-year old Newport Beach right hander is 7-7 with a 2.94 ERA in 17 starts. Cole has struck out 83 and walked 28 across 98 frames. He’s allowed just 3 home runs and struck out 7.6 per nine. He lost to the Reds in his last start allowing 4 earned runs on 3 hits over 5.2 innings pitched. He’s won only two decisions since May 20. He hasn’t faced the Dodgers this season but is undefeated against the boys in blue. In 4 career starts he is 3-0 with a 4.32 ERA. He has whiffed 18 and walked 5 in 25 innings pitched. Cole is 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 2 career starts at Dodger Stadium. The current Dodgers haven’t done anything off of him so this doesn’t look like a good matchup for the Dodgers.
Cole vs. Dodgers
As for McCarthy he’s trying to get over that weird case of yips that caused him to walk 5 batters in his last start. He threw some extra bullpen sessions and the Dodgers are saying he seems to be ok. Overall he’s still pitched well since coming back from Tommy John surgery. The tall lanky right hander is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 7 starts. His command has been the problem as he’s walked 19 and allowed 5.2 free passes per nine innings. However he’s only allowed 4.9 hits per nine frames. If he can find his control then the Dodgers should be in the game. In 3 career starts against the Bucs he is 1-2 with a 4.74 ERA. The current Pirates are hitting .288 against McCarthy with a .650 OPS.
McCarthy vs. Pirates
The Dodgers have announced that right hander Brett Anderson will make his season debut on Sunday afternoon against youngster Chad Kuhl. The Dodgers desperately need some reliable innings out of their starters. So hopefully Anderson can give them something. Remember to keep your expectations low. The Giants will be at home against the Orioles as Kevin Gausman will face Madison Bumgarner later tonight.