Nate Eovaldi was better than advertised with 7 strong innings – he only threw 90 pitches and allowed 2 Earned Runs (all in the first inning). He only walked 1 and struck out 4 while only allowing 4 hits. After the first inning, he allowed 2 more hits the rest of the way. He looks ready to step into the rotation to me, but then again, so did John Ely (for a while). The proof is in the consistency.
With Matt Kemp back, it looks like everyone just dialed it down a notch. They better crank it back up today with Kershaw pitching. It’s time for “Beast Mode.”
I would like upgrades at 1B and 3B, but there is a dearth of third basemen and you will have to overpay for a good 1B (that’s why I suggested Morneau). That said, James Loney will probably get hot here soon and by the end of the year will have a .285 BA with 80 RBI. Not a slugger, but not horrible if you factor in his defense. David Wright and Mark Trumbo are two of the best that could “possibly” be available, but you would have to break the farm to get either one. At this juncture, the Dodgers have to hope that someone can step up at 2B and that Loney and Uribe can have their “average seasons.” Finally, Dee Gordon has to be able to hit leadoff, so that Rivera and Abreu can platoon in LF.
It’s a long season and pitching trumps it all. The Dodgers are 2nd in all of MLB in pitching.
Lots of teams are having offensive woes. You think the Dodgers hitting is bad? They are 4th in batting average, 3rd in OB%, but 10th in runs scored because they are 23rd in home runs. A power bat is needed.