So here we are, in the middle of June, in a dynamic division race. It will be fascinating to see if the pitching staff of the Rockies can hold up through the long summer at Coors Field. The same principle applies to Arizona’s lineup, which boasts
The Dodgers return home on Monday for a four-game series with the Mets, their antagonists from the 2015
Monday: RHP Zach Wheeler (3-4, 4.48 ERA) vs. LHP
Tuesday: RHP Robert Gsellman (5-4, 5.50 ERA) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-3, 3.14 ERA)
Wednesday: TBD vs. LHP
Thursday: LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. LHP
As always, there are plenty of other things to discuss. You can send me questions on Twitter @McCulloughTimes. Let's do this.
I'm going to say false. Let's go player by player.
1. Clayton Kershaw: Yes.
2. Alex Wood: He still does not qualify for the ERA title, but he ranks fifth in FanGraphs' version of WAR for pitchers who have thrown at least 60 innings. He belongs on the team.
3. Kenley Jansen: Yes.
5. Cody Bellinger: Here is where things get murky. Bellinger has been excellent, especially as a rookie. Only
8. Pedro Baez: No.
9. Yasmani Grandal: It’s a down year for National League catchers, so if the team wants to take a third backstop after
McLovin', you have to get some new friends.
Corey Seager has been fine. His power is down a tad (slugging .462 after slugging .512 in 2016) but his on-base percentage is up (.392 after getting on base at a .365 clip in 2016).
Baseball is a difficult sport.
Honestly, I don't know what to tell you, besides mentioning that Hatcher provides depth. I thought the team would designate him for assignment last summer. I thought the team would non-tender him during the winter. I thought the team would try to sneak him through waivers and onto the Oklahoma City roster this spring.
Nevertheless, he persists.
Hatcher has pitched some good games this season, and he has shown some value by logging innings. But he also gives up home runs at an alarming rate, and Dave Roberts does not trust him in even medium-leverage scenarios. There are plenty of other arms in the organization (Josh Ravin comes to mind, as does
I'll say this: Hatcher's staying power is certainly confounding, especially with a team that prides itself on being a meritocracy. Ross Stripling pitched a couple bad games and lost his spot. Josh Fields may lose his spot after four rough ones this month. Morrow didn't even give up a run during his cameo, and he lost his spot.
The main reason Hatcher is still on the roster is he is out of options. If the team designated him for assignment, he could be claimed by any of the 29 other clubs. The Dodgers front office, it is readily apparent, fears this outcome far more than Dodgers fans do. I understand the theory behind depth — it is a guiding principle for the organization, and it has clearly worked these past three seasons — but Hatcher is testing the viability of that theory.
Fields could be a candidate for a demotion when the team looks to bring back Brandon Morrow. Morrow was optioned on June 10, so a 10-day period has to pass before he can be recalled. You may see some movement this week.
Andre Ethier is still rehabbing the herniated disk in his back, and he is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.
Yimi Garcia underwent Tommy John surgery during the winter. He will not pitch this season.
Considering Julio Urias is hurt, while Rich Hill,
Bullpen, starting rotation, corner outfield. Same answer as last week, and the week before, and the week before.
My favorite Thrice song is a newer one: "Black Honey," from the record they did last year.
Also: I received at least a dozen questions complaining about Chris Hatcher.
David Vassegh, is that you?
I am not sure the rest of the club would want to wear those pants. Enrique Hernandez did say he received a compliment from noted fashionista
1. A lot is riding on how Rich Hill performs this week against the Mets. His upside exceeds the upside of Kenta Maeda and the upside of Hyun-Jin Ryu. But Hill has been a mess for most of the season, and both Maeda and Ryu looked competent against the Reds. Hill looked something less than that against Cleveland earlier in the week. He has a chance to solidify his spot with a solid outing this week.
2. I was flying Sunday night, so I couldn't watch the full show. I caught some clips this morning (whoa, they jobbed out Mike Bennett already?) and watched the men's "Money in The Bank" match. It was a fairly generic version of this type of match. Some good spots, some decent action. Baron Corbin still belongs in developmental, but when you have Jinder Mahal as your champion, you've made clear that titles mean nothing, anyway.
3. "The Man" by the Killers sounds like it got recorded in 2009 and left in the studio for eight years.