Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
On a picturesque Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their four-game losing streak as they defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-to-2.
Being no-hit Thursday seemed to send a wake-up call to the Dodger offense. While Zach McKinstry, AJ Pollock, and Max Muncy blasted home runs, both Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts stole bases, a rarity for the 2021 Dodgers. In the second, when the Dodgers already were behind by a run, they manufactured a run, another rarity for any team.
Since Moneyball was introduced to baseball, teams have stopped doing the little things to score a run. These little things made baseball interesting and exciting, and if Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to increase the action into baseball, he should encourage teams to steal and manufacture runs. Moreover, he should limit the use of the shifts.
For the first time since coming off the IL, Tony Gonsolin pitched well. Though he allowed a solo home run and went only four innings, he could establish his changeup, so he could use his other pitches to baffle the Cubs, who strike out or hit home runs.
The only Dodger reliever who did not perform well was Jimmy Nelson.