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Dodgers News: Dustin May Shares What’s Working Best for Him So Far

In the early part of the 2023 season, there have been some bright spots for the Boys in Blue. Dodgers All-Star Freddie Freeman is raking per usual, catcher Will Smith is playing out of his mind, and James Outman is making my case as the home run leader among the team. However, no one on the pitching side of things is more dominant than the big redhead right-hander Dustin May.

May has been playing with his hair on fire (pun intended), and there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s looking really good and told Dodgers Insider for the OC Register Bill Plunkett what is working for the right-hander.

“Not throwing balls. A lot,” May said of the most satisfying aspect of his first two starts. “Being more in the zone, being more competitive with a lot of stuff has been the biggest thing that I’ve noticed.
“Getting back to kind of the old, mechanics-wise, I think helped a lot, kind of smoothing everything out and getting the arm in a better spot.”

Via OC Register, Bill Plunkett

And sometimes, not throwing balls can help a great pitcher like May. Dodgers RHP Tony Gonsolin is a prime example of that. Last season was the best season of his career, and all it took for him was to land balls in the strike zone, and we saw how that played out for him. May is looking to be on that trajectory, and he has the talent and skill for this to be sustainable.

We knew he had the stuff to make the best of batters look silly in the box, and it’s nice to see it play out. May is far behind his Tommy John days and, eventually, will emerge as one of LA’s top aces. That says a lot considering they have another ace in Julio Urias. But that Urias-May combo could be lethal as we get further into the season.

The Dustin Maynia fever is officially rapid in LA.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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