Andrew Friedman and Brandon Gomes identified the Dodgers’ needs well at the trading deadline, and Kiké Hernàndez, Amed Rosario, Lance Lynn, Joe Kelly, and Ryan Yarbrough all have performed well in a Dodger uniform.
When Hernàndez heard about the trade, he said, “I’m going home.” After the 2021 season, he struggled in Boston. Since he rejoined the Dodgers, he has a .333 batting average with 5 doubles and 6 RBI while playing all over the field for Dave Roberts. In Sunday’s victory against the Padres, Hernàndez went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Rosario came to the Dodgers for his ability to hit left-handers and has brought much more than that. While he hadn’t played second base before, he has made a couple of unbelievable defensive plays. As a Dodger, Rosario has a .296 batting average with 2 home runs and 9 RBI. Sunday, he had a 2-run homer.
While Lynn wasn’t the most flashy starter available at the deadline, he has given the Dodgers what they needed. Last Wednesday, he went 7 innings and allowed 3 solo home runs against the Oakland Athletics. Sunday against the Padres, he went 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, including a solo home run, and struck out 6 while walking 2.
Kelly has appeared in 2 games and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. He also already became a viral video star once again.
Saturday, Yarbrough pitched 4.1 innings allowing 1 run. He struck out 3 Padres and walked no one.
The new Dodger acquisitions have helped them to start August with five wins and one loss. Again, Friedman proves he has a superior evaluation system and knows his team’s shortcomings better than other general managers in the game.
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