The Dodgers escaped another crazy series at Coors Field with a split series, and no injuries. While some ERAs got needlessly inflated, and some players played at some questionable defense, it was par for the course at that crazy stadium that they have in Denver.
While playing the series against the Rockies, the All-Star team selections were announced. The Dodgers only have one position player on the National League team, starting outfielder Cody Bellinger. Where he will play in the outfield is yet to be determined, as the other two starting outfielders are Christian Yelich who also plays right field like Cody, and Robert Acuna Jr. Fans were disappointed that Max Muncy did not get any consideration as a reserve, as his numbers are better than both David Dahl and Charlie Blackmon who both made the cut. However, the rest and time off always does a body good.
The Dodgers faired better in the pitching department, however. Three starters were named to the All-Star pitching staff. Walker Buehler will be making his first appearance in the Summer Classic, and Clayton Kershaw will be going for his eighth time. Hyun-Jin Ryu was named on Sunday as the NL starter.
Ryu has been having a career year, now that he is healthy. He currently sporting a 1.83 ERA, and that is coming off his worst outing of the season at Coors Field where he gave up seven earned runs. Thankfully, that outing wasn’t anywhere near the norm He is 9-2 on the season, ERA under two as was aforementioned, and 94 strikeouts.
With Dave Roberts selecting Ryu to be the starter, the Dodgers will finally have one of their starters on the mound. Clayton Kershaw was snubbed of that honor a few years, and even though it’s an honorary title, the best team in the NL should have one of their starters on the mound to start the game.
After an off day on Monday, the Dodgers return home to finish out the last six games of the first half of the season. They will play a quick two game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks before concluding with four games against the San Diego Padres. Tuesday’s starters will be Ross Stripling and Taylor Clarke. The righty for the DBacks last saw the Dodgers on June 26, and went five innings and allowed two earned runs.
Wednesday’s game will see Walker Buehler and Merrill Kelly, whom the Dodgers have not seen this season. Another righty, Kelly is 7-8 on the season with a 4.00 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He last went 5.0 innings against the San Francisco Giants allowing three earned runs and a homer.
Both game times will be 7:10 PM PST.