… and that’s good. He’s obviously pitching more to contact now. He can still blow it by the hitters when he wants to, but for the most part he’s pitching deeper into games by using fewer pitches to record outs.
I see two things about this:
- It will obviously extend his career; and
- He will probably give up a few more hits, which means he is less likely to pitch a no-hitter.
I’ll take it if it prolongs his career. He is striking out less than one an inning, but interestingly, his ERA now sits at 1.89 and his WHIP is 0.90. He’s 8-5, but should easily have 12 or 13 wins if the bullpen wasn’t bullbleep!
- Good luck to Steve Ames – I think he will have a good career in middle relief.
- Dodger starting pitchers are 4th in all of baseball in ERA (and Greinke’s ERA should drop a lot). They are 15th in WHIP. The bullpen however is 27th in ERA. Ouch!
- Dodger hitters are 11th in batting average but 21st in hitting with RISP. Double Ouch!!
- Dodgers fielders are last in the NL in fielding. Triple Ouch!
- Those last three things need to change and why do our Gold Glove 1B and CF have so many errors?
- Ross Stripling came in and pitched 2 innings in relief (3 K’s , no walks) to get his first save. His ERA is now 2.21. I think they are just trying to limit his innings, but I think he can pitch right now in relief in LA.
- Corey Seager went 2-3 with a double and 2 BB yesterday to bring his BA to .299 at Great Lakes. His OB% is .373. I think the 19 year-old is ready for AA. He doesn’t need no stinkin’ Rancho!
- AJ Ellis is a guy I like to see at the plate with the game on the line.
- Let’s take 3 from the D-Bags, er’ Backs!