Through the first ten games of the 2022 MLB season, the Dodgers were ranked No. 1 in the first edition of MLB’s power rankings. Ever since losing two out of three games in Colorado during the Opening Series, the Dodgers have reeled off seven consecutive wins.
While it’s still really early, Freddie Freeman has looked like his MVP self, Cody Bellinger appears on his way to finding his 2019 groove, and Gavin Lux at times has looked like the Dodgers hottest hitter. If that all keeps in some sort throughout the season, it will be a very fun year.
Not to forget, the Dodgers have a future Hall of Famer as their fifth starter in Clayton Kershaw. Through two starts so far, Andrew Heaney has also looked tremendous, allowing no runs in 10 ⅓ innings pitched. Heaney has added a new slider to his arsenal, as he struck out 11.
The Dodgers signed Heaney to a one year deal worth $8.5 million after he posted a 5.82 ERA with the Yankees and Angels last year. The deal was met with a lot of skepticism, but it seems like Andrew Freidman, Mark Prior and Dave Roberts have done it again.
On Monday, the Dodgers won by a score of 7-4 against the Braves, which also included Freeman’s first homerun as a Dodger. Phil Bickford made his 2022 debut pitching a scoreless eighth inning. The Dodgers had recalled Bickford from Triple-A on Sunday, and optioned left hander Garrett Cleavinger in order to make room on the roster.
Bickford did not begin the season with the team due to experiencing arm soreness in Spring Training, so he needed a bit more time to get ready. Sunday was also the first day that players could be called up from the minors without having to be a replacement for an injured player.
Bickford pitched the eighth inning, which is normally a spot we’d see Blake Treinen pitch. Treinen was unavailable yesterday, and according to manager Dave Roberts, is expected to be unavailable the rest of the series against the Braves. Treinen had not pitched in four days, and felt his arm “barking” after the home opener.
However, it isn’t expected to be a situation where he will be placed on the injured list.
Through the first ten games, the Dodgers have the best record at 8-2, and second best, wouldn’t you know, is the Giants. We all remember how evenly matched these two teams were last year and how tight the playoff matchup was. So, if both teams are able to keep up great play throughout the year, it will make for another fun division race and 19 exciting matchups.
After the Dodgers wrap up this three game series with the Braves, they will hit the road for a six game road trip against NL West Rivals. First, they will head down south to San Diego for a three game series against the Padres, the first series of the season between the two.
During the last couple of seasons those matchups have always made for exciting baseball. The Dodgers then will travel to Arizona for three games against the Diamondbacks before coming home for three games against the Detroit Tigers for some interleague play.
The Dodgers look to make it eight straight wins and secure a series win against the Braves on Tuesday. Walker Buehler will get the ball for his third start of the year. Buehler went 5 ⅔ innings in his last start against the Reds, allowing just two runs.
Buehler will matchup against left hander Max Fried, who the Dodgers seemingly always face every time these two teams match up. Fried so far in two starts has allowed seven runs in 11 innings along with 15 hits.
Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.