The Dodgers are really relying on Andrew Heaney to find something this year. With so much uncertainty around the starting staff heading into the season, getting him locked in is incredibly important. But if the year goes anything like his first start, they might have found something that will work.
Heaney tossed 4.1 innings and allowed just one run to come across. That came due to a lapse on defense though, Heaney did everything he could to keep it scoreless. But he struck out 5 batters and did not allow a single walk. He added 7 groundball outs and 5 via flyballs en route to the Dodgers’ win.
But one big change they seem to have made was in pitch mix. The Dodgers added a slider into his repertoire and lowered his fastball usage in his first start. Heaney threw the curveball 46 percent of the time versus his 22 percent usage in the 2021 season.
Heaney got tagged on his fastball last year, with 17 of the 29 homeruns he allowed coming off of his heater. But he also used it almost 60 percent of the time, making himself incredibly predictable. The Dodgers seem to have changed things up and it looks to be working already.
Maybe it was just one start, but maybe the Dodgers found something in Heaney. And if they truly did, this rotation could very well be a championship rotation.
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