Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a beautiful Monday night at Dodger Stadium, the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-to-2.
Before the game, the Dodgers activated Victor Gonzàlez from the IL and optioned Jake Reed to Triple-A. With a strained hamstring, Gavin Lux went on the IL, and the Dodgers recalled Zach Recks. Immediately before the game, the Dodgers scratched Mookie Betts from the lineup because he has been dealing with a hip irritation.
Although Tony Gonsolin was a lifesaver during the abbreviated 2020 season, he is not a Major-League starter now. He cannot command the fastball, nor did he have enough endurance to protect the Dodger bullpen. He needs to go to Oklahoma City to refine his incredible pitching talent.
Now, the Dodger starting rotation is a weak link, and unless team president Andrew Friedman acquires at least two starters before the July 30’s trading deadline, the Dodgers will not return to the playoffs this year.
The future of Trevor Bauer in a Dodger uniform is probably nonexistent. If the Pasadena Police Department clears Bauer from all wrongdoing, Major League Baseball probably will suspend Bauer for the rest of the season because of its domestic abuse policy.
No one has a timetable for Clayton Kershaw to return. For the first time during his fourteen-year Major-League career, Kershaw has experienced pain in his elbow. Though the MRI came back clean, he needs to build arm strength. The Dodgers hope Kershaw will return to the Dodger starting rotation sometime in August.
Neither Walker Buehler nor Julio Urías has pitched an entire season. They will be weary and ineffective at the end of the season, and they will be prone to injuries.
The Dodgers should have scored more than two runs on home runs by Max Muncy and Justin Turner. However, the offense should improve when Betts and Corey Seager return to the lineup.