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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Heavily Praises James Paxton Following Another Strong Outing

One of the better steals from this past offseason has been the signing of veteran left-hander James Paxton. He has helped solidify this starting rotation throughout the year through different injuries and put together another strong outing on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Paxton went six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, while striking out two batters. He didn’t have his best stuff all night but found different ways to navigate through the Cincinnati offense.

After his performance, manager Dave Roberts praised the veteran starter for finding ways to make an impact in the game despite not throwing his best game.

“Every player is going to say they compete, but this guy just sort of wills himself to success,” Roberts said of Paxton. “He got two ground-ball double plays that kept his pitch-count down. … Even without his best stuff, he goes deep in games and takes care of our bullpen.”

Los Angeles entered the contest having dropped two games in a row so they needed a good outing from their starter. Paxton delivered again for this team and has been a constant in the rotation.

On the season, he has posted an ERA of 2.84 over eight starts, striking out 24 batters in 44.1 innings of work. If he can continue to put together a successful season, Los Angeles will be that much more formidable as the year goes on.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

One Comment

  1. Formidable? Offense is way too streaky to be considered formidable. As Mookie goes, so do the Dodgers. If the offense doesn’t find a way to be more consistent, you should see our guys exit in the first round again, if we get there. Oh BTW, Paxton had an ‘okay’ outing tonight. I’ll take it! Anyway, someone has to temper the hype machine.

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