The Dodgers lost their second game of the three-game series in Philadelphia and left the City of Brotherly Love with just a half-game lead in the NL West. The news from that day, July 25th, did not stop at the loss.
Walker Buehler made his first start since being called back up from the minor leagues. The results of the appearance were less than desirable. In four and two-thirds innings, Buehler surrenders five hits, five runs on two homers, a walk, and struck out five batters. The 23-year old righty was projected to enjoy an award winnings season in 2018 but the waters have been rough for the rookie not because of poor pitching rather, poor health. Buehler has gone on the DL twice and has been optioned four times this season. His stats on the year as a whole include a 3.92 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. The plan at the moment seems to be to keep Buehler on the roster but updates will come closer to his next start.
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- The Dodgers announced that they will be holding a special retirement ceremony for Dodger great, Andre Ethier prior to the game on August third. Ethier played all 12 of his professional seasons with Los Angeles. In his 12 years, Ethier was a two-time All-Star, silver slugger award winner, and recipient of a gold glove. Ethier was also affectionately known as “Captain Clutch” for his ability to come through in tough situations. Over the course of his career, Ethier hit 162 homers and had a batting average of .282. The news of the ceremony came after Ethier, who was unable to sign a contract this past winter, announced his retirement.
- Caleb Ferguson has pitched extremely well over the last month and has propelled himself into a prominent role within the bullpen. In July, Ferguson has a .75 ERA in July across his five appearances where he has pitched 12 innings. The 22-year old lefty could see an expanded role according to Dave Roberts who seemed pleased with his young reliever. Fergusons success could also take some weight off the front office’s shoulder to acquire a lefty reliever.
- The Dodgers missed out on Korean right-hander, Seunghwan Oh and lost him to the Rockies who desperately need the help in the bullpen. The team is rumored to be talking to a few teams about potential relief options including the Mets, Marlins, and what is sure to be a few more sellers. Look for the team to make at least one more move prior to the deadline.