Sep 7, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (5) doubles in the second inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The Dodgers win a game that had no business being that long. To be fair, if you bring in 8 relievers (7 of which pitched less than one inning), you deserve to burn, and that’s what the Angels did, as the Dodgers beat them 7-5 to lower their magic number down to 17!
Scott Van Slyke had his best game this season, going 4-5 with 2 doubles and a 2 singles, raising his wRC+ to a solid 111, the team could use a lefty mashing SVS down the stretch, also the phenom, Corey Seager completed a couple of very impressive plays at shortstop and continued to mash the ball, hitting his 3rd double and walked twice, he could probably outhit Jimmy Rollins in his sleep at this point.
But seriously, extended playing time for Seager might be the best thing to happen to this team aside from bullpen pieces shifting, he should be a regular player at this point and in a playoff series he likely represents the best option at SS for the team.
I’M JUST SAYING.
The Dodgers did get lucky, 2 of Scott Van Slyke’s hits came on balls hit like a total of 150 feet, one base per 50 feet is a pretty good ratio! And also Justin Ruggiano is doing good things, hitting a 2 run double to bring his wRC+ to 117 on the season, the dude can clearly mash lefties.
OH also the bullpen looked pretty great, new setup man, Chris Hatcher struck out two while only walking one en route to an impressive performance. He’s not better than Pedro Baez or Yimi Garcia, but I think him in higher leverage situations, will be good for the team overall.
The only thing that was upsetting was that, Zack Greinke did not look good, he gave up 2 dingers and 3 runs while his FIP rose to 2.72. He’s sputtering a bit down the stretch, but his ERA is still only 1.61, the other pitchers are making it interesting, but he’s still leading the Cy Young race.
Good job good effort, guys. 8.5 is the division lead, 17 is the magic number.