Cincinnati – No team loses an early pitcher with a higher impact than the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yet no team consistently makes such a good pitch. It’s part of blue life.
“I was at the Sandy Coffex statue ceremony last week, and he talked about the fact that when you wear this uniform, there’s a lot of pitching legacy with the Dodgers,” manager Dave Roberts told Cincinnati here on Tuesday. Said before the game. Reds. “And I’m sure when you have Clayton Karsha, the bar is very high. So when you take the mound for us, the expectations are high.”
Kershaw, who missed a few weeks due to a lower back injury, has returned to the Hall of Fame to resume his march. The arms keep changing around it, but the results remain the same. The Dodgers starters led the majors at an average of 2.62 on Wednesday, despite missing a decorated five-man rotation since 2021.
At various locations last season, the Dodgers hired Max Scherzer, Trevor Bauer, Walker Boehler, David Price, and Dustin May. The pitcher made 77 starts for a team that equaled the franchise’s record with 106 wins. All are gone.
Sherzer signed with the Mets. Bauer was suspended for two years in April for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy. Boehler underwent elbow surgery this month for tension in the flexor tendon, and his return is uncertain. Price is a medium reliever. Tommy John is recovering from surgery.
For the Dodgers, though, it’s just a chance to shine for others. Tony Gonzalez and Tyler Anderson put together a 17-0 lead to help the team to the top of the National League West in a virtual tie with San Diego. Both starters could become all-stars for the first time next month.
“I don’t think he ever writes anything here,” said Anderson, a left-handed player who signed with the Dodgers after four years with four teams – and averaged 4.62 runs. “Some teams, if you try things out, don’t really like trying new things. While they’re not afraid to try new things here – and they know how to get rid of things that don’t work. Are
Anderson, who signed a one-year deal for 8 million, changed his best pitch. According to Feng Graphs, helping him play ordinary fastball, at a speed of 79.2 miles per hour, it is now the slowest speed of its kind among qualified NL pitchers.
Gonzalez tried his best to throw more strikes this season, using his splitter more than any other NL starter. Teams have largely discouraged pitchers from using the pitch for fear of injury since their heyday in the 1980s. But Roberts thinks Splitter should make a comeback – and Gonzalez could give him a showcase if he starts an All-Star game at home next month.
“That would be great,” Gonzalez said, referring to the 2016 Ninth Round Dodgers Draft. “It would be great for him to be at Dodger Stadium. It would be great to be a part of that environment, to seize the opportunity if that happens.”
Andrew Heaney, who returned from a shoulder injury last weekend and completed his replacement, has a 0.59 ERA with 23 strikeouts and four walks in three starts. Heaney signed for سال 8.5 million a year after fighting for the Angels and Yankees last season.
“Throw your best pitches more often,” Haney said. “It means a lot to me.”
Heaney, like Anderson, had a track record of moderation for several teams. In eight seasons, his ERA was 4.72. Nancy Almonte, the set-up man for her fourth outfit, has succeeded in pushing the four seamers to sink. Another reliever, Avon Phillips, had a 7.26 ERA for the three teams, and a 2.43 mark since the Dodgers claimed the waiver last August.
“We still have to fight; it’s not like we come to the Dodgers and they spray some fairy dust on us and all of a sudden, we’re who we are,” Phillips said. “We’re all talented, and I think they’re challenging us to do our best. And in a room like this, when you’re surrounded by Hall of Famers and All-Stars left and right, that’s all. Lifts up
Karsha, 34, finished last season on the injury list but returned a year and 17 million. He has been with the Dodgers for 15 seasons, his last losing record (80-82 in 2010) and his return to the kind of pitching dominance that defined Coffex’s Prime in the 1960s.
“The Dodgers do a great job of knowing what you’re doing well and using it,” Karsha said. “There are some organizations that pitching really well. We’re one of them. Cleveland is one of them. Tampa Bay is one of them. I think everyone does it a little bit differently, but The Dodgers seem to have the power of someone who may not be visible on paper, but if you dig a little deeper you will see that this man has some potential.
This is the sixth consecutive season that the Dodgers have the lowest ERA in the NL, at 2.90 on Wednesday. Haney said the team’s extensive coaching and departmental coordination in the front office structure made the changes easier to implement.
“It’s an openness to being able to say, ‘Let’s try something different’, and people aren’t worried about that,” Haney said. “There’s a trust here, like, ‘Well, if they don’t believe in what it can unlock, they won’t bring it to me.'”
General Manager Brendan Gomez took the field for Tampa Bay under Andrew Friedman, who left the Dodgers to run the Baseball Operations Department in 2014. Gomez said the raw data hasn’t changed much since he played, but teams have found more ways to implement it.
The old notion that players would generally follow the pattern they set – that they play behind their baseball cards, as the saying goes – no longer applies.
“There are different ways for players to develop, not just in minor leagues,” Gomez said. “The league’s players are making great strides.”
The Dodgers could add more depth to the second half, with May, Danny Duffy, Tommy Kahnley and Black Train possibly returning from various injuries. The Dodgers are spending a combined $ 6.725 million on Duffy and Kahnle this season, and if both do not return, they could afford to gamble. His bets on Heaney – and Anderson in particular – are already paying off.
Such a portfolio separates the Dodgers. According to Spotrack, the team has a payroll of about ً 260 million, just below the Mets for the richest people in the big companies.
Kershaw said, “They find the boys so good and the ability to spend money – at the end of the day, if you spend money, you get good players, and good players win games.” “I don’t care if every other team thinks they’re going to do it, so you have a good team, you have to be able to do it. If you’re not spending money, you One or two good years can pass, but you have to have good players, and money is spent on good players.
The biggest expense of the Dodgers is for players like Karsha, Mookie Bates, Freddie Freeman, Trey Turner and others. But their success in producing players in big companies is saving their season.