While many baseball fans around the globe tuned into the 2017 MLB All-Star Game expecting an offensively dominant showcase of fireworks, the almost complete opposite occurred — a display of superior pitching with a few timely hits sprinkled in along the way.
According to a report Tuesday evening from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers will activate veteran Brandon McCarthy from the disabled list to start the middle game of the weekend series against the Royals on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
Fans of the Dodgers breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week as Corey Seager‘s injury was not quite as bad as it could have been, allowing the shortstop to avoid the disabled list. Seager returned to the lineup Thursday night in Anaheim and went 0-for-4. He was replaced in the sixth inning by Enrique Hernandez to give him a rest. It was a week ago when Seager first felt tightness in his hamstring after a swing, and he exited that game after two innings. He spent this week testing his hamstring on and off the field, and was said to be available off the bench, although he was never used. Before the injury, he was sporting a .329/.433/.605 slash line with six doubles and five home runs in June alone.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made several roster moves late Monday afternoon, recalling outfielder Trayce Thompson and righty pitcher Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room on the 25-man roster, the club option right-handed reliever Ross Stripling back to OKC, and place righty starter Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day disabled list with symptoms of tendinitis in his right knee.
Yesterday on Twitter, I joked that maybe I would just write a column today based on all the insane stats these 2017 Dodgers have piled up. That in itself would be a pretty awesome piece. Heck, I could just fill a piece on Cody Bellinger stats alone and it would be an unbelievable and intriguing read.
Right at the tail end of an offensive hiatus last week, we discussed the possibility of the Dodgers having the desire to pursue offensive help before the 2017 trade deadline. Yet as the lumber once again awoke from the dead — powered primarily by the fuel of youngsters Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger — many fans are now turning their attention to the starting rotation, which may ultimately lack the required depth to make a run deep into the postseason this autumn.
While many of the club’s current troubles can probably be attributed to the lack of offensive consistency, many fans of the Dodgers are beginning to have concerns about the overall quality of the starting rotation, especially in the absence of southpaw Alex Wood.
Another day, another injury to a player on the Dodgers. Or at least it seems that way, especially to the pitching staff. The latest to incur an injury is starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy. He left Thursday’s game after four innings with a blister on his right index finger.
There’s very little doubt that the Dodgers have among the deepest pools of pitchers to choose from when building their everyday starting rotation, if there is such a thing these days. Yet, with all the depth at almost every single level of the organization, many who follow the team closely wonder if the quality of starting pitching is good enough to perform successfully through the entire regular season and into the playoffs.