Well it seems first place didn’t last that long. The Dodgers gave a lackadaisical effort in getting shellacked yesterday by the Mighty Big red machine. Bud Norris came off the DL and had trouble right from the start. The Dodgers have lost two in a row and the Giants have won two in a row. The Giants lead the NL West by 1/2 game. The Dodgers have three against the Giants next week as well as the Cubs. It would stand to reason to take care of business against meager teams like the Reds.
The Phillies threw a lot of fastballs to the Dodgers hitters and the Dodgers made them pay. Well the Reds threw a lot of breaking stuff to the Dodgers hitters who failed to make the adjustments and capitalize on Red’s pitcher Tim Adleman who seemed like he was on the ropes the whole game. Today the Giants game will be over by the time the Dodgers game gets started.
Brett Anderson will try another attempt at a start. We all know he lasted one inning last time out against the Pirates at Dodger stadium before he did an awkward dive to catch a grounder and ended up injuring his wrist. That game turned out to be a disaster. The latest trend for Dodgers pitchers is to give up a lot of early runs. We need Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw. The Reds will counter today with left hander Brandon Finnegan who is:
With a left hander on the mound we know the Dodgers will go to their right handed lineup. Here it is:
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 20, 2016
Game is on at 410 PM on SNLA.
Josh Reddick is really pressing so it makes sense to give him a day off. I agree with an article written by Oscar that Reddick shouldn’t be batting cleanup. Kendrick is in the leadoff spot today. No Utley, Seager, or Grandal. For a team that needs to score runs it doesn’t make sense to sit Seager or Grandal who have been two hot hitters. Who knows if Brett Anderson is going to be effective. In the playoffs the Dodgers will have to face left handed pitchers, so what are they going to do sit all the left handed hot hitters all the time.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said he sees Josh Reddick pressing. Will not be in lineup v LHP Sat. "Give him chance to watch MLB game and reset"
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 20, 2016
By the way there is a minor league right handed hitter who is tearing it up who could help against left handers named Yasiel Puig. He needs to be on the club. He is batting .481, with 13 hits in 27 at-bats. He has hit three home runs and struck out once. His OPS is 1.474. I guess we need to keep Kiki Hernandez. I would love an outfield of Puig, Pederson, and Reddick. Utley and Kendrick can platoon at 2nd.
This will be the Reds Lineup for tonight:
Two former Dodgers in the lineup in Schebler and Peraza. In yesterdays game despite the Dodgers loss their was a tender moment when Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen clubbed his first career homer in his first game back after the unexpected death of his father, Clif. The homer was off Pedro Baez.
This is how Brett Anderson has fared against some of the Reds in the lineup today.
This actually looks promising. The Dodgers will need to grind it out today since they have their right handed lineup today. Let’s see how the Dodgers have done against Brandon Finnegan. It seems like Howie Kendrick is our best hope. Today will be a tough one with the lineup against a left hander. The Dodgers need to make the adjustment against the breaking balls. The Dodgers need to have runners in movement today and not just be stationary. Let’s go Dodgers and lets go Mets.