Dodgers 6 Angels 4: Justin Ruggiano, Uh Hall Of Famer?
Sep 8, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Justin Ruggiano (27) and shortstop Corey Seager (5) celebrate after the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Dodgers defeated the Angels 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
A fun thing to look at is if the Dodgers magic number over/under 8 if Corey Seager was promoted in July as opposed to right now. I’ll guess over, but not at all by much, he is the best upgrade the Dodgers could have made post September and he has to be an everyday player.
Clayton Kershaw pitched by the way!
It was… okay. As “okay” as a 7 IP 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K line can look like from
the best pitcher on the planet
the best 2nd starter option on the Dodgers, he did give up a dinger. It was somehow a disappointing line, he’s not on pace for 300 K’s and his FIP rose 5 points, the bum had to have the offense bail him out!1! Gotta fix him before the playoffs.
But in all seriousness, the offense was really quite good
Justin Ruggiano (a top ten Dodger farmhand this decade) hit a dinger in the first inning to bring his wRC+ on the year to 129, he is everything Scott Van Slyke strives to be, which is a good lefty mashing hitter. I think he should start every game from here on out, and he’s made Yasiel Puig expendable.
Don’t @ me.
The bullpen was a bit shaky, Pedro Baez, and his one pitch got smacked around, he surrendered 2 hits and 2 runs to raise his season ERA to 3.46. His FIP is lower at 2.33 but who the hell knows where his true talent level settles when you adjust for him only having one real pitch.
The good news is that Kenley Jansen is cool and good, he got through a clean inning to close out the game, striking out 1 while also walking 1, the Dodgers magic number has gone down each day for like 2 weeks and it’s sitting at a mere 16, clinching is in order soon and that might mean a lot of Corey Seager, Scott Schebler, Justin Ruggiano, etc down the stretch.