It seems to be the first time since 2010 that the Los Angeles Dodgers struggled with mound hunting.
The Dodgers had a team earned run average (ERA) of 4.04 that year, ranking 14th out of 30 teams. Since then, he has never dropped below 6th in team ERA. From 2019 to last year, it was ranked first for four consecutive years. In particular, last season, it was 2.80, the lowest in 50 years since 1972 (2.78).
However, this year, the Dodgers’ mound is unusual regardless of starting pitcher or bullpen. As of the 26th (Korean time), the team’s ERA is 4.52, 24th. He is 16th with a starting ERA of 4.39 and 26th with a 4.68 bullpen ERA. The Dodgers team’s ERA is ‘worst’ since moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958.
Why did this happen? The reason is simple. This is because the mound was not properly reinforced last winter, and injuries continued one after another.
However, the Dodgers are in a position to advance to the postseason with a record of 43 wins and 34 losses as of today, despite the difficulty of mounding. It is 3rd in the NL West Division and 3rd in the Wild Card. They are only 3 games behind the district leader Arizona Diamondbacks. Fangraphs puts the Dodgers’ odds of making the playoffs at 89.1%. It is said that fall baseball will be played as long as there is no change.
The driving force is also Clayton Kershaw. The so-called ‘Kershaw era’ is still valid in 2023.
ESPN highlighted Kershaw’s performance and symbolism this season in an article titled ‘Clayton Kershaw still holding the Dodgers together’ on the 26th.
ESPN said, “The Dodgers have led the team in ERA over the past four years. But the team’s ERA is showing the worst numbers since moving to LA.” had a 7.16 ERA and was injured.”
It emphasized that the Dodgers’ ability to maintain the top spot despite the worst mound situation is thanks to Kershaw’s performance and leadership.
First baseman Freddie Freeman told ESPN, “He’s been doing the same every year. When we really needed him, he did his part. He made his debut in 2008, 15 years later, and he’s doing it when we need him.” said.
Manager Dave Roberts said, “Kershaw is the only one in our starting lineup who keeps the rotation right from the start,” adding, “It’s something he clearly realized, but acknowledging responsibility but not burdening himself is a skill he learned and learned on his own. He’s always done it that way. “I can’t imagine the Dodgers without him.”
The Dodgers’ opening rotation this year was Uriahs, May, Kershaw, Syndergaard, and Michael Grove in that order. Among them, Yurias, May, and Syndergaard left due to injuries, and Grove was judged unsuitable for starting and was demoted to the bullpen. There is only one Kershaw left.
In this regard, there is one pitcher that is disappointing. This is Trevor Bauer, who was kicked out of the major leagues after an ‘accident’ and moved to Japan. Bauer signed a contract with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars for $4 million earlier this year and started a new baseball life at NPB.
Bauer, who had difficulties adapting in the beginning, has perfectly adapted to the new league by achieving quality starts in five consecutive games. Bauer, who collapsed with 8 hits and 7 runs in 2 innings against Hiroshima on May 16, returned on May 27 after visiting the 2nd Army and recorded a quality start against Chunichi with 7 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings.안전놀이터
On the 14th, against Nippon Ham, he vomited his first complete win in NPB with 3 hits and 1 run in 9 innings, and on the 25th against Hanshin, he posted his 6th QS of the season with 7 hits and 3 runs in 6⅓ innings and ran 4 consecutive wins. His earned run average has stabilized at 4.03. Bauer, who set his number 96 to raise his fastball velocity to 96 mph, is reminiscent of his heyday in velocity and control.
However, Bauer is still receiving the remaining annual salary from the Dodgers club. Bauer, who signed a free agency contract with the Dodgers in February 2021 for 3 years and $102 million, is guaranteed until this year. Of his annual salary of $35.33 million this year, $22.53 million (approximately 29.3 billion won), excluding the MLB disciplinary period, goes straight into Bauer’s wallet. The Dodgers had no choice but to release Bauer even at the cost of blowing an astronomical amount of money into the air.
Bauer, the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner, pitched 8-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances for the Dodgers in 2021. If Bauer hadn’t had an ‘accident’, he might be on the Dodgers mound with Kershaw.