Dodgers News and Notes: Updates on Joe Kelly, Corey Seager and Padres Series

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As the Dodgers come off a series win against the San Francisco Giants, they start the new week by placing a pitcher on the injured list.

On Monday, the Dodgers announced that they had placed right handed reliever Joe Kelly on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 9th. The team stated shoulder inflammation as the reason for the placement, which maybe could explain the lack of control on the part of Kelly. Adam Kolarek was recalled from the Dodgers alternate training site. As of this writing, Kelly’s appeal had still not been heard by Major League Baseball.

Chris Taylor is the second straight Dodgers to earn “Play of the Week” honors. Taylor was selected for his throw from left field off a sacrifice fly attempt by Manny Machado, which was caught by Will Smith who applied the tag on Trent Grisham to complete the double play and end the game. Mookie Betts’ play gunning down a runner at third from a throw in right field was the NL winner last week.

The Dodgers offense is still not firing on all cylinders yet, and the starting pitching has hit a rough patch, but still they have the largest run differential in the major leagues. They sit at +41, 10 more than the Colorado Rockies, whom they currently trail in the NL West by 0.5 games.

Dennis wrote Sunday about whether fans should be worried about the fact that the offense isn’t where is should be. He notes that seven of the position players have a batting average below .250, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy are both below .200.

In addition, the lineup isn’t getting things going until the late innings. In both Saturday and Sunday’s games, the Dodgers were being no-hit into the sixth innings. They lost Saturday’s game 5-4, once again coming just short of a comeback; but won Sunday’s game powered, by two three-run homers off the bats of Betts and AJ Pollock.

Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ best hitter, remains sidelined with back issues. Out since Friday, manager Dave Roberts said Monday that the team is still not sure if Seager will see time on the IL or not. He has not taken swings or practiced any defensive plays since hurting himself on Friday. If there’s no progress in the next few days, he may land on the 10-day IL.

It’s probably safe to say that the Dodgers will not play Seager during the upcoming four-game series with the Padres, and that is unfortunate. The Dodgers were lucky to win two of three from the Padres when they played last week at Petco Park, and they will come in to Chavez Ravine looking to seek revenge.

Fernando Tatis Jr.is on an absolute tear, hitting another homer on Sunday. He is now tied with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees for the lead in the majors with eight home runs so far.

Now, the Dodgers pitching staff will be charged with keeping Tatis Jr and his teammates inside the park and off the base paths.

Monday’s game will feature Dustin May and Luis Perdomo. Tuesday will see Garrett Richards and Ross Stripling. Wednesday’s matchup is Julio Urías and Zach Davies, and Thursday’s finale will be Clayton Kershaw and Chris Paddack.

All Padres starting pitchers are right handed. All games will start at 6:40 p.m. PT.

 

10 thoughts on “Dodgers News and Notes: Updates on Joe Kelly, Corey Seager and Padres Series

  1. It’s ridiculous to lose that spot on the roster fooling around with Seager’s IL trip. What are they going to do? Have him miss 7-8 games and then decide to put him on the IL. Just go ahead and do it and bring up another infielder (Mac or Lux). Seager hasn’t even practiced and as you said Andy he is highly unlikely to participate in the Padre series. Just bite the bullet and do it.
    As we talk about the starters’ inability to go many innings, I don’t think we take into account the extra pressure that is put on them when they are usually not given leads early in the game. Pitch counts are one thing but the stress involved in those pitches also has something to do with how many innings you’re going to get. A lot of the scoring this year has been done in the latter innings. Pitching even or from behind is much more taxing than pitching with a nice lead.

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  2. I’m not sure I’d go as far to say Seager is our best hitter. Nobody holds a candle to Mookie Betts’ bat. If you just meant for this year then I can go with that although I’d argue AJ Pollock is the best hitter so far. Betts is already coming out of his slow start and I have no doubt Bellinger and Muncy aren’t far behind.

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    1. Well I mean Seager leads in BA, OBP, SLG, OPS and hits and he’s missed a few games. I think overall Betts will be but Seager’s bat out of this lineup right now with his consistency hurts.

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  3. For anyone who watched Kershaw’s last start against SF, where was his fastball velo at? I didn’t see the game but saw he got rocked in the box score so I was curious if he still had that 92-93 of his first start or if it dropped back down to 89-90.

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    1. He was in the 90’s most of the time. He hit 93 numerous times. Problem was he hung a couple of pitches and they did not miss them. The offense stinks right now. They have not gotten a hit with runners in scoring position but once. Had the bases loaded and no outs and did not score. Those of you yelling for Rios and Beatty, they are 0-6 tonight and have left 8 runners on base between them.

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  4. I am not angry, but I sure am frustrated; Someone pointed out that when 7 of your starters are hitting .211 or below, you are not going to score many runs. All 3 of their leading HR hitters last year, Joc, Muncy and Belli are hitting under .200. Add Beaty to that mix and you have a recipe for disaster. They got lucky against the Giants on Sunday and scored late. Last night they had numerous opportunities, and squandered them all. I know they are 11-6, 1/2 game out of first. But they could have very easily been 16-1.

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    1. I don’t worry so much about the hitters. Too many good ones and they will get there act together, although most don’t hit with runners on or in 5he post season. Mookie will help. I always worry about the pitching. They are good enough to breeze through the season in this division, but as we’ve seen the past 6/7 years they are not good enough in the post season against better teams. Every world series team has a “ace” to carry them and we’ve never really had one. We went all out to sign mookie but don’t understand why we’ve passed on some good free agent pitchers over the years, especially in light of Kershaws carreer struggles

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      1. Gordon, if they cannot hit against guys with ERA’s as high as some of the pitchers that they have seen, what are they going to do when they see some quality pitching? Sorry, Only Seager and Pollock are over .300. Betts is hitting a lot better after a cold start, but when all 3 of your leading home run hitters from last year are under the Mendoza line, you have problems. Neither Muncy, Joc or Belli are hitting the ball hard. No one is trying to beat the shift. Yeah, the starting pitching is pretty weak right now. But the huge difference is the shortness of the season. Kershaw pitched great last year. He gave up too many homers, but most of them were of the solo variety. I think he will be fresher come playoff time. They did not pass, they were turned down. They made an offer to Cole, but he went with the Yankees and Strasburg decided to stay with DC without testing the free agent waters.

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  5. Bear they do have problems, but I think most of them will figure it out. They have a problem at catcher, 2nd base, first base and a little weak in the outfield but that has been the case for years. Kershaw has been one of the best the past decade, but one of the worst ever
    in post season. being fresh has not been his problem.

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    1. Kersh does not have a great post season record that is true. But it is not the worst. He is 9-11, but 5 of those losses came in his early years. 0-4 against the Cardinals. But he pitched great against the Mets and lost because of a lack of run support. His stats are skewed a little because of a couple of really ugly games. And one of those we know that the opposition knew what was coming. His last couple of series have mirrored what the team has been doing. Dodgers were over matched against the Sox, and could not solve DC’s pitching. And being fresh has been a problem. Except for 2018 when he was out a large portion of the season, he has carried the load, and seldom, except when Greinke was here, had a solid #2 behind him. And because of his rep, his failure to win the so called big game gets amplified. But he has not pitched the deciding game in a World Series at all. Only Darvish did that. And we all know what happened. Kersh threw 4 scoreless innings in that one. Me, I would have started him on short rest.

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