More Trade Deadline Thoughts, Arizona Preview

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The trade deadline has come and passed, coming at the end of August this year due to the shortened 60-game season. The Dodgers, who usually are big noisemakers at the deadline, didn’t make any big splashes. The only move done was trading away Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named later who are not in the 60-man player pool. The deal was announced nearly after the trade deadline concluded.

Stripling struggled this season with an ERA of 5.61. He did get a good amount of run support posting a 3-1 record. However he has shown flashes of great ability, as he was named an All-Star in 2017 and can be a good piece for the Blue Jays.

The move opens a rotation spot for Tony Gonsolin who didn’t allow a run until his third outing of the season against the Texas Rangers. Alex Wood, who is still on the injured list, also continues to rehab for a return. Wood could be used as a bullpen arm if no rotation spot is available.

Lance Lynn was heavily linked to the Dodgers as the deadline dwindled; however, they felt like the asking price was too high. National League West foes were the biggest movers at the trade deadline, as the Padres made a number of moves by adding Mike Clevinger, Mitch Moreland, and Austin Nola.

As it stands, the Dodgers have posted the best record in baseball at 26-10. Many fans felt there was a need for another starting pitcher, especially in the playoffs. After Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, Lynn would have made sense. However, the Dodgers still look to be in a good position. Dustin May can slide in that third spot or even Gonsolin. Julio Urias at this point looks more like a bullpen option, as he’s struggled going deep into his outings.

Kershaw has enjoyed a rejuvenated season, and while Buehler has struggled a bit, he began to settle down before his blister injury. The third spot looks to be May’s at the moment.

The newly added round to the postseason could put more of an emphasis on starting pitching. A three-game series is something new that can go either way. If the Dodgers continue with the best record in the National League they will face the 8th seed. One example is the Cincinnati Reds, who could trot out Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, and Luis Castillo in a short series.

The Dodgers will now face the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who were sellers at the deadline unloading Starling Marte and Archie Bradley. Arizona is 11.5 games back from the Dodgers. In a four-game series previously this year the Dodgers took three games. The two teams will face each other six times in the next two weeks.

The difference between the two teams is apparent, as the Dodgers run differential is +90 and the Diamondbacks are -30. In the last ten games, the Dodgers are 8-2 and the Diamondbacks are 1-9.

Urias will start the opening game followed by Kershaw. A starter for the third game hasn’t been announced.

This will be the sixth start of the year for Urias. Hopefully, he can limit the traffic on the bases and pitch a bit deeper into games. His ERA is at 3.67 in 27 innings pitched, and his WHIP stands at 1.41.

The probable opposing pitcher for the opener is left-hander Alex Young. The first pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. Pacific time.

8 thoughts on “More Trade Deadline Thoughts, Arizona Preview

  1. Going against another lefty tonight, eh?
    In spite of the fact that we absolutely can’t hit them this year, our record against southpaws is excellent. We’re winning those games somehow.

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  2. Arizona is not the same team we faced earlier. They are a lot weaker now. Jeff is right, Dodgers are 8-1 in games LH start. 26-10 with 24 games left, only 3 against the Pads and only 8 total against teams that are good. A’s, Astros and Padres. And even after all they did yesterday, ESPN’s power rankings have the Pads at # 10. Dodgers are # 1.

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    1. That poll was done right after the trade deadline, so that is where they sit now. Giants dismantled the Rocks last night, 23-5. Dickerson had 3 homers, 2 doubles and 6 ribbies. Giants had 27 hits, and left 25 on base. One of Dickerson’s homers went 480 feet. Dodgers won without homering at all. One of the few times.

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      1. We barely beat a very beatable team. Arizona gave up 3 unearned, Calhoun should have caught Taylor’s fly ball and the ball that popped out of Seager’s glove was an error. We need a new shortstop, but that won’t happen this year. We were 3 for 15 WRISP and left 24 on.

        It’s a win. But against better teams it probably would not have been.

        Urias was only a little better. His strike rate on the year was 65%. (Last night it was 68%). For comparison Dustin May’s is 67%, Buehler 63%, Kershaw 68%. Urias’ LD% remains high at 32%. By comparison Kershaw’s is 20%, Buehler and May are at 25%.

        Lux looks overmatched. Swing the bat dummy. To look at 2 center cut fastballs for strikes 2 & 3 is inexcusable.

        I have no problem using any of May, Gonsolin or Urias in the playoffs. I did not think we needed another pitcher at the deadline. The team will need to sharpen its blade between now and October.

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      2. We had a lot of hard hit balls. Rios every at bat. Kike, twice to the wall. Seager may be the best hitter on the team. Maybe we will go after Lindor and move Corey to 3B next year. He should be extended, either way.

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    2. Just can’t see this team. Tatis, marchado and a bunch of over the hill players playing way over their heads. Trades a bunch of their prospects and got a lot of short term help but think they will fade as the season goes on. You guys are a lot more knowledgeable than me so I guess I don’t get it. Not even sure their farm is even that good especially after their purge.

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