Sunday, July 26, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020
Although most people think the Los Angeles Dodgers will go to the postseason and the San Francisco Giants are heading to the cellar of the Western Division, during the opening weekend the Dodgers and the Giants split their 4-game series. The Dodgers’ offense disappeared in their 3-to-1 loss to the Giants.
In his 2020 debut, Julio Urias pitched satisfactorily in his five innings allowing an earned run. He had command problems, which led to his no-decision. His 95+ mile-per-hour fastball baffled the Giants, but Urias could not locate his breaking ball or changeup for strikes. Unless he improves with his location of the off-speed pitches, he will not be a successful Major-League starter. Almost every Major Leaguer can hit a fastball no matter how fast it is. Urias must prove he can throw his off-speed pitches for strikes and early in the count, or the fourth starter in the Dodger starting rotation will have a long season.
Both Brusdar Graterol and Pedro Báez allowed a run each. For most of the young season, the Dodger bullpen has performed well. This is a positive sign. Without a strong bullpen, no team can have a winning season, particularly in the 56 remaining games.
Although all baseball experts think the Dodgers will score much, they have not shown their offensive ability. Neither Mookie Betts nor Cody Bellinger has begun performing offensively the way they can. Normally, in four games into the season, people do not worry about slumps. With only 56 games remaining, many Dodger fans are panicking with Betts and Bellinger’s offensive production. Sunday Bellinger drove in the Dodger single run.
Many people thought using the DH would help the Dodgers to generate runs, but so far, it has not been the case. President Andrew Friedman did not construct the team to have a DH. A.J. Pollock, who has spent his entire career in the National League, has served as the DH in three out of the last four games. Most people think being a DH is easy but hitting is the hardest skill in sports. Even the best hitter in baseball has failed one of three at-bats. The Dodgers should use Matt Beaty, whose favorite position on the baseball diamond is the batter’s box, or Edwin Rios as a DH. These young hitters will help the Dodgers to generate runs.
Sunday, July 26, 2020