The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t done much of anything this offseason. The biggest stories around the team are about the players who have left LA, not the ones they’ave brought in. Signing a reclamation project to replace Cody Bellinger just doesn’t do it for most of the fanbase.
Meanwhile, the New York Mets are putting together a historic payroll in their attempt to win a World Series and the San Diego Padres are continuing to bolster their lineup. For the first time in a long time, the Dodgers are likely going to be a grizzled underdog.
Good thing the San Francisco Giants brightened the mood for the Boys in Blue on Sunday. After missing out on Aaron Judge, the Giants made a signing that Dodgers fans simply cannot help but laugh at — they brought in Sean Manaea on a two-year deal.
That is a lot of money to pay someone who has not been very good recently. Manaea has a career 4.06 ERA with a 4.42 ERA over the last three seasons. He’s considered a below-average pitcher in that time frame with a 90 ERA+ (100 being average).
Even worse for the Giants, the Dodgers dominate Sean Manaea
Dodgers fans will be happy to see Sean Manaea multiple times during the 2023 season. Manaea was absolutely dominated by the Dodgers as a member of the Padres. It got so bad that the Padres had to skip Manaea’s turn in the rotation against the Dodgers to maintain his confidence.
In five games against Los Angeles last season, Manaea posted an 11.72 ERA and 1.868 WHIP. Manaea’s 11.78 ERA was the third-worst against a specific opponent with at least 15 IP last season. Only Graham Ashcraft against the Chicago Cubs (11.88) and Patrick Corbin against the Philadelphia Phillies (11.74) were worse.
The Dodgers have lost key members of the lineup this offseason but the players that are still on the roster have still dominated Manaea. Mookie Betts is 10-26 with seven extra-base hits, Freddie Freeman is 4-9 with a home run, and Will Smith is 6-12.
The 2023 season is going to look much different for Dodgers fans as the team isn’t going to be its typical dominant self. However, at least fans can circle the days on the calendar when the team plays Sean Manaea. The more that Manaea has to face LA, the better, especially after Mike Clevinger left the NL West.