Dodgers Way Quick Hits: The Turning Point for Manny Machado?
The Dodger career of Manny Machado had been off to a slow start. Despite hitting for a solid average most of Machado’s hits with the Dodgers had come with the bases empty.
Entering Friday night’s game with the Seattle Mariners, Manny Machado had two home runs and seven RBI’s as a member of the Dodgers. Despite solid numbers in Dodger blue, it seemed that most of Machado’s hits came with nobody on base. Most likely due to him hitting in the number two slot.
Lately, Manny Machado has been hitting third in the Dodgers’ lineup behind Justin Turner. The results have been trending upward ever since. On Friday Machado hit two home runs which doubled the number of home runs he had hit with the Dodgers to four and he knocked in three runs which he only had seven RBI’s as a Dodger prior to Friday night.
A return to an American League stadium seemed to flip the switch for Machado as he had his best game as a Dodger and will look to use that to go on a tear. Whether it was trying to impress his new organization and city, or the looming pressure of free agency, Machado did not seem himself in Dodger blue until these last couple of games. Hopefully, last night’s game is the springboard that launches MannyWood 2.0.
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- Josh Fields threw a scoreless inning for the OKC Dodgers last night and also allowed no base hits. Fields was one of the Dodgers best set up relievers prior to going on the disabled list months ago. Fields return would bolster the Dodgers bullpen and give them another reliable weapon for the late innings.