You can quote us here, too! But many Los Angeles Dodgers fans would admit they, at the very least, raised an eyebrow when the front office’s first move after the 2021 season was signing Andrew Heaney to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.
He was coming off a career-worst season and one of the most disastrous second halves you’ll ever see. He allowed 13 home runs in 35.2 innings, which tells you all you need to know.
But the Dodgers saw something … despite the fact he was entering his age-31 season and had yet to come close to finding his stride. And now it’s Andrew Friedman who’s laughing after the move was mocked up until Heaney’s outing this past weekend.
Through two starts with the Dodgers, the veteran left-hander is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 1.16 FIP and 16 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. He’s allowed just four hits and three walks. Yes, an incredibly small sample size, but worlds better than anybody was expecting after the way in which he ended 2021.
Andrew Heaney haters have no choice but to bow to Dodgers right now
Didn’t think this would happen after Heaney got destroyed in spring training to the tune of 10 earned runs on 12 hits and a walk in just 5.1 innings of work (16.88 ERA and 2.44 WHIP). The groans grew louder when he made his unofficial debut and the results were bad, prompting many to wonder how in the world this kind of production would help an ailing rotation, especially at that price.
Sometimes the narrative does a quick 180 on you. These receipts could end up being correct when all is said and done, but right now they look beyond knee-jerky for a guy who had yet to even work with the Dodgers’ coaching staff or step on the mound for LA.
Heandog Pointers? Maybe that could be a funny Twitter segment for the left-hander this year. Why not?!
Uh, did the Dodgers sign on to “fix” Price, who actually opted out of 2020? Or did they eat his money in that trade with the Red Sox so they could get Mookie Betts?
And how are those Yankees fans feeling now?! They weren’t wrong to react this way when the news broke. Heaney was so bad for them and it really looked like he’d be nothing more than a below-average starter for the rest of his career. But perhaps they forgot the Dodgers are the final stop for underachieving players, who typically find their footing or reestablish their rhythm with this world class coaching staff.
Nonetheless, we’re here to have a good laugh. The early returns on Heaney are what almost nobody expected, but those who displayed a shred of hope/optimism are looking like geniuses at the moment while the naysayers are preparing to delete countless tweets should Heaney put forth an impressive third outing with the Dodgers.