Bad Luck

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at PNC Park, the Los Angeles Dodgers ended their road trip with a 5-to-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers had three wins and three losses.

Before the game, the Dodgers optioned Justin Bruihl and promoted right-hander Ryan Pepoit. Pepoit did not allow a run in his Major-League debut but had difficulty locating the strike zone when he walked five batters and hit a batter in his three innings. He has humongous talent. If he learns how to trust his brilliant stuff, Pepoit will be a brilliant Major-League starter.

Although Evan Phillips and Alex Vesia hurled well, Tommy Kahnle, Daniel Hudson, and Brusdar Graterol did not pitch well. The Dodgers could not defend against the home run.

While in Pittsburgh, the Dodgers experienced bad luck, and sometimes in baseball, every team experiences bad luck. Whenever the Dodgers hit the ball hard, the Pirates were able to catch the ball. Edwin Ríos had a three-run double, which prevented the Pirates from shutting out the Dodgers. Ríos’ offensive performance should force manager Dave Roberts to put him in the Dodger lineup.

While Max Muncy leads baseball in walks, he is not right since he tore his UCL. He has no power, and he along with Cody Bellinger are the only power hitters. Although the Dodgers have power through their lineup, they don’t have many “power hitters.” Muncy will deny it, but I think his elbow is still bothering him. Ríos can replace Muncy as the cleanup hitter. If the Dodgers do not want to put Muncy on the IL, they should move him down in the batting order.

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