The Dodgers are rolling right now. With their latest victory over the Mets by a score of 4-1 last night, they are now only 2-½ games back of the division-leading Giants.
The Blue Crew have won seven in a row and have won 11 out of their last 12 games. They’ll have Walker Buehler going on the mound Friday who has the league’s lowest ERA at 2.09. Buehler is certainly among the favorites to land the National League Cy Young Award.
At one point, the Dodgers were as far back as five games, but they have successfully gained ground for two consecutive days.
As we all know, the Dodgers only have three healthy starting pitchers at the moment, and much credit needs to be given to the bullpen. Los Angeles had yet another bullpen game Thursday and held the Mets to one run. It was their third bullpen game in just four days.
The bullpen has stepped up big time all year. During the last ten games, the relief crew has pitched nearly 50 innings with an ERA of 1.45. Different relievers have embraced different roles. In the past couple of days, the Dodgers have had stellar performances from arms such as Andre Jackson, Mitch White, and Evan Phillips.
They’ve done a nice job of bringing up guys from Triple-A and the waiver market to contribute in a timely manner.
In other news, Mookie Betts may also be inching closer to returning to the Dodgers.
Certainly, the Dodgers do not want to rush Betts at this point in the season. However, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said Betts is expected to take part in a simulated game Sunday, and then the next step would be a rehab assignment.
Betts said he was feeling no pain at all and felt like it was the start of Spring Training again. He has had a lingering hip issue for some time now this season.
Trevor Bauer’s domestic violence restraining order hearing finished on Thursday, when the court rejected a new restraining order and the petitioner’s order. The Pasadena Police are still investigating the allegations of sexual assault but haven’t charged him with any crimes yet. His paid leave was extended through Aug 27, and MLB is also conducting its own investigation
Several fans throughout social media asked if Bauer would ever pitch for the Dodgers again. I’m almost certain the answer to that is no.
As the weekend rolls in, most fans will be scoreboard watching. The Giants are set to play a crosstown series against the Oakland Athletics, who are in a pennant race of their own, being only 2-½ games of the first-place Astros. The Padres, who seemingly look to be falling off a cliff since the All-Star break, begin a series at home with the Phillies. San Diego is now only game up on the Reds for that second Wild Card spot.
On Friday, the Dodgers will face Mets right-hander Carlos Carrasco whom they faced last Sunday. The Dodgers previously tagged Carrasco for six runs in just two innings in route to a 14-4 win. Carrasco in four starts this season has posted a 10.32 ERA in just over 11 innings. He will face Buehler, who will be looking for his13th win on the season.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.