The LA Dodgers’ worries about their starting lineup are deepening. Lance Lynn (36), who was acquired ahead of the trade deadline, is still unable to shed the stigma of being a ‘home run factory’.
On the 7th (Korean time), Lin started in the game against the Miami Marlins held at Londipo Park in Miami, Florida, USA, and was battered with 7 hits (3 home runs), 3 walks, 1 strikeout, and 8 runs in 4⅔ innings, leading to the team’s 4-11 loss. couldn’t stop it.
Lin was unimpressive this year with the Chicago White Sox, with 6 wins, 9 losses, and an ERA of 6.47 in 21 games, but he ended up wearing the Dodgers’ uniform ahead of the trade deadline. After his transfer to the Dodgers, he proved that the Dodgers’ choice was not wrong with his stable pitching. In the first 4 games after the transfer, he recorded 3 wins, an ERA of 1.44 (4 earned runs in 25 innings), 5 walks, and 25 strikeouts. In particular, Lin, who gave up 28 home runs in the White Sox, was suppressing the risk of home runs except for 3 home runs (3 runs in 7 innings) against Oakland on the 2nd in the Dodgers’ first game.
But after that, he started hitting home runs again and again. He won against Boston on the 26th with 10 hits and 4 runs (3 earned runs) in 6 innings, but hit two home runs. And on the 1st, against Atlanta, he allowed 7 runs in 4⅓ innings, hitting 3 home runs, and hit 3 home runs again against Miami on this day.
In the bottom of the fifth inning that day, Lin contributed a two-run shot to Joey Wendle, a three-run home run to Jazz Chisholm Jr., and a solo shot to Jesus Sanchez. They gave up 6 runs through home runs alone, and the Dodgers had to face defeat by giving up 9 runs in the 5th inning. As a result, 8 home runs were recorded in the last 3 games, and the total number of home runs for the season was 40. It has been four years since Mike Leake (Cincinnati, 41) in 2019 as the first pitcher to hit 40 home runs in a season.
The Dodgers are still holding the throne in the National League West Division this year. Even if we lose today, we have 84 wins and 54 losses. But the Dodgers’ goal isn’t a district title. This is a team that should go towards winning the World Series. You should not be satisfied with your current grades.
However, the situation of the starting lineup is not right. This year, the team has already suffered from injuries to the starting lineup, and Dustin May left the team after undergoing elbow surgery again in 2021, and Tony Gonsolin, another young gun, also underwent elbow surgery.
Veteran ace Clayton Kershaw was out for about a month due to a shoulder injury at the end of June. In his appearance against Miami on the 6th, he recorded 5 hits (2 home runs), 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 3 runs in 5 innings, with a maximum fastball velocity of 89.9 mph (144.7 km) and an average speed of only 88.2 mph (141.9 km). Currently, we cannot be sure of Kershaw’s physical condition, and it is difficult to guarantee that he will recover by the fall.토토사이트
In addition, Julio Urias, who was considered Kershaw’s successor, was once again arrested and indicted on domestic violence charges following 2019, so he will be out of the line for the time being. The Major League Baseball office and the players’ union signed a treaty to prevent domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in August 2015. Severe disciplinary action was imposed on players who violated this rule, and if the charges are confirmed, Urias will become the first player to be disciplined twice. In fact, it should be considered out for the season. If Lin, who joined through a trade, performs this poorly at a time when the starting lineup needs to be filled with young guns such as Bobby Miller and Emmitt Sheehan, the Dodgers’ worries will inevitably deepen.
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Walker Buehler, who is recovering from elbow surgery last year, only made his Triple-A rehabilitation appearance on the 4th and recorded a perfect pitch with 2 strikeouts in 2 innings. His fastball velocity peaked at 96.1 mph (154.7 km) and averaged at 94.6 mph (152.2 km), spurring his comeback. His postseason goals are boosting his status. He used a variety of pitches, including sliders (5), change-ups (4), knuckle curves (3), cutters (2), and sinkers (2).
The Dodgers are in a hurry to fill the starting lineup without even Urias. It is risky to trust Buehler, who is just returning from injury, and it is uneasy to rely on veteran Kershaw and young gun Miller. In the end, Rin needs to find stability, but at this point, expectations are turning into despair.
The Los Angeles local media ‘LA Times’ said, ‘It was expected that the innings eater would play a role when he was brought in ahead of the trade deadline. Of course, the Dodgers hoped that if his high home run rate returned to normal, he would be competitive in the playoff race. A 1.44 earned run average in his first four games seemed to secure his future, but Lin did not appear to be a decisive player and was left with October to worry about.
He continued, “With Urias’ arrest, there are doubts about whether he will be able to pitch again this season, and Kershaw’s skills appear to have decreased due to a shoulder injury.” He added, “Lin does not look like a pitcher that the Dodgers can trust in the postseason, and they are using him as a stopgap measure.” He explained the chaos in the starting lineup, saying, “There is another question mark in the starting lineup that has to endure.”