The Dodgers have been playing much better since the last post I wrote. Many things have changed in Dodger land over the last week. Albert Pujols is a Dodger. Corey Seager is out for at least a month with a fractured hand and the Dodgers have won 7 of their last 8 games. The Dodgers were so desperate for players due to all of the injuries that they acquired the .170 hitting former NPB infielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (is that how to spell his name?) from the Tampa Bay Rays.
It’s important to remember that Yoshi Tsutsugo has been a terrible hitter since he broke into the Majors two years ago with Tampa Bay. He was hitting .167 in Tampa and is a career .186 MLB Hitter. But the Dodgers are excited because they think they can fix his swing and unlock hidden potential. Actually the Dodgers are pretty good at just that. The coaching staff and development departments have always been able to take flawed players and make them better. During the Dodger’s 4-2 win over the Dbacks on Wednesday night, Tsutsugo recorded his first hit as a Dodger, poking a single through the left side of the infield to plate Max Muncy. Can anyone tell me how to pronounce his name? Go Yoshi!