The Dodgers bounced back on Saturday afternoon with an impressive 3-0 shutout win over the Red Sox to even the series at one game each. Ross Stripling tossed five shutout frames and the Dodger bats plated enough runs secure the win. Corey Seager set the all time LA Dodger rookie record for doubles, which broke the record previous held by Eric Karros. Congratulations to Seager for having an incredible season.
Today the Dodgers will wrap up their interleague series against the Red Sox as Brandon McCarthy takes the mound against left hander David Price in the rubber game. Newly acquired Rich Hill was supposed to start today but his blister problem is still not resolved. The Dodgers are stating that he should make his debut start on Friday against the Pirates. So McCarthy gets moved up into the Sunday slot.
Dodgers Lineup vs. Boston
David Price-9-7 vs. Brandon McCarthy-2-2
Game Time – 4:10 PM – TV -SNLA
McCarthy has pitched very well since he’s returned from the disabled list. He’s still technically in recovery from his Tommy John surgery and the Dodgers have been very careful not to overload him. He’s made 6 starts and has a 2-2 record with a 2.76 ERA. He’s struck out 10.7 per nine and has a 1.023 WHIP in 29 innings pitched.
So far I have been wrong about McCarthy and he has proven that with some solid pitching. However over his last couple of starts he’s said that his body felt tired. Over his last couple of outings he’s only lasted 4 and 3 innings respectively. He hasn’t won a start since July 9th, so the Dodgers should keep an eye on him. I worry about him breaking down again.
McCarthy has faced the Red Sox many times before during his time in the American League. He’s made 7 starts and 10 appearances against the Red Sox and has a 3-4 record with a 4.75 ERA. In 14 career interleague starts McCarthy is 4-8 with a 4.32 ERA.
McCarthy vs. Red Sox
David Price signed a humongous contract with Boston during the offseason and has yet to live up to expectations or pitch to his usual standards. Price is 9-7 with a 4.30 ERA over 23 starts. He’s struck out 156 and walked 31 and allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings.
There’s the problem right there. Price has been allowing too many base runners. Not being able to limit base runners is a big problem for a pitcher. Price has given up 157 hits in 150 innings pitched this year. You know when a hurler has allowed more hits than innings pitched there is a big problem.
Price has made one career start against the Dodgers. In that start he allowed one unearned run on seven hits over seven frames while striking out 4. Over 28 career interleague starts Price has posted a 12-11 record with a 3.39 ERA.
Price vs. Dodgers
The Dodgers made a roster move this afternoon. They optioned Chris Taylor to Oklahoma City and recalled right handed hitting infielder Rob Segedin. The club moved Trayce Thompson to the 60-day DL to clear room on the 40-man roster. We saw Segedin back in spring training but this is the first time we have seen him this season.
Segedin was hitting .319 with a .392 OBP and 21 home runs in 103 games at Oklahoma City this season. Taylor while being fine defensively was not hitting a lick (.229), so I have no problem with this move. The Dodgers may as well give Segedin a chance. He can’t hit any worse than Taylor or a couple of other Mendoza line Dodgers like I don’t know Kike Hernandez, or Scott Van Slyke? Segedin is in the lineup today playing left field and batting eighth.
Oh and the Giants lost again to Washington earlier today 1-0. Tanner Roark out dueled Madison Bumgarner and thanks to a Wilson Ramos home run, the Nats beat the Giants again. That means with a win today the Dodgers can move to within one game of first place in the NL West.
Make it happen boys!