Dodgers News: Logan Paul first pitch, Trayce Thompson's big night, Dustin May
It's been quite an entertaining Opening Weekend for the Los Angeles Dodgers thus far. In the first game of the season, LA took home the win behind a Julio Urías start and James Outman home run, but there was distracting talk about the new lights at Dodger Stadium. Don't need that after a W!
Friday brought more of the same. YouTube sensations Logan Paul and KSI were in the house to throw the first pitch in what was part of a tune-up for WrestleMania (which happens to be in Los Angeles this weekend) as well as their new partnership with the Dodgers (for their sports drink, PRIME)
The fans in attendance weren't having it, though. Paul and KSI were booed in what was a cringey appearance for the two. Maybe should've checked with the diehards before making such a controversial decision! Didn't this organization learn from the Trevor Bauer debacle?
In the end, the fans got what they wanted for retribution. At WrestleMania on Saturday night, Paul faced off against Seth Rollins in what's been a developing WWE rivalry. Rollins captured the win and managed to embarrass both Paul and KSI in the process.
KSI was ringside in Paul's corner, advertising PRIME in mascot form. Thankfully, Rollins put an end to it when he pulled a switcharoo and somehow got Paul to put KSI through the announcer's table with a frog splash. Justice is served!
Dodgers News: Logan Paul, Trayce Thompson, Dustin May
The same night Paul and KSI met their demise at SoFi Stadium, Trayce Thompson powered the Dodgers to a 10-1 victory on Saturday with three home runs (!) and eight RBI in what was his first start of the 2023 season.
Coming into the year, fans were concerned about his backslide. He was hot for a couple months in 2022 and helped the Dodgers weather the storm with Cody Bellinger's awful offense, but he quickly came back down to earth and couldn't stop striking out. Then, in Spring Training, he was arguably the worst hitter on the team after batting .086 with a .416 OPS in 35 at-bats.
Turns out, as we know very well, that spring stats don't matter.
Thompson homered off three different pitchers -- one lefty and two righties -- in the win, further solidifying himself (for now) as a starter when the Dodgers are set to face a left-handed starter.
Lost in the shuffle, though, was Dustin May's performance on Friday night in a quiet 2-1 loss to Arizona. The right-hander made his 2023 debut after struggling a bit in 2022 after his return from Tommy John surgery, but silenced those doubts with his outing.
May tossed seven scoreless innings on just 84 pitches. He allowed three hits and a walk, but got no run support. The Dodgers lone run in the bottom of the seventh wasn't enough, as reliever Alex Vesia surrendered two in the eighth, which ended up deciding the game. But May can't be overlooked as the Dodgers best bounce-back candidate this year.
May could very well emerge as the ace the Dodgers need heading into 2024 with the futures of Urías and Clayton Kershaw uncertain at the moment. He's now almost two full years removed from his surgery and looks to have shaken off the cobwebs.
The Dodgers' series finale against the D-backs will be on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. PST with Noah Syndergaard taking on Zack Davies. Let's get a vintage Thor performance to bring this all home.