tfw Kershaw says he’s the Cy Young
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Yeah, so after a pretty underwhelming start in Anaheim (which still was a quality start), Zack Greinke came back and threw 8 scoreless innings, striking out 8, walking two and won his 17th game of the year.
The offense was strong, Justin Ruggiano and Justin Turner started it off early with a double off the wall and a single respectively to drive the former in during the first inning. Turner hit two solidly hit singles today, and he is surely trying to secure playing time for himself because Corey Seager, demigod, is sending in a strong resume for more playing time once Jimmy Rollins gets back.
A.J. Ellis also contributed, hitting a long home run in the 8th inning. I’ll take a 105 wRC+ from a backup catcher all of the time
But back to Greinke, he carried a no hitter into the 5th inning, before allowing a long double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia (he’s still in the league?), he also ran into some trouble in the 6th inning, but escaped harm in both innings and added two easy innings after that, lowering his ERA to 1.61. Also what surely deserves to be more than a footnote is that he struck out Dodger murderer Paul Goldschmidt 3 times, making the Dodgers feel a whole lot better about their chances. That is good! hashtag analysis.
With a 4 run lead, Don Mattingly elected to go with Kenley Jansen in the 9th inning, and it was a shaky even to say the least, he walked Goldy, gave up a single to David Peralta, and bad catcher, Saltalamacchia hit a 3 run dinger off of him. Kenley has these types of outings every once in awhile, I won’t worry too much about it, but he won’t be available tomorrow which is probably the ore pressing issue.
This summer has not been kind to hamstrings for Dodger players, this time, Jose Peraza is the unfortunate victim:
So Corey Seager has one less person to worry about in the fight for a playoff roster spot. But yeah, the magic number keeps falling, it’s down to 13. I am excite.