Two things need to be understood about the Dodgers: they’re a good team and a quality organization. Teams like this do the things that they should. They handle their business. The logical thing for a team that you believe is long-term ‘good’ to do would be to sweep the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers answered the bell, completing the sweep on Wednesday night.
Corey Seager, Yasmani Grandal, and Cody Bellinger got the party started. From there, the rest of the Dodger lineup got in on the fun and kept the line moving. This was a lineup that attacked Padres starter Luis Perdomo early and aggressively off a missed start due to suspension.
Max Muncy, Overnight Sensation
Remember ‘that one guy’ the Dodgers purchased the contract of earlier this week when they demoted Breyvic Valera? Max Muncy plays almost every position on the diamond, and is built like Brian McCann if you need a visualization. His home run (complete with bat-flip action) gave the Dodgers a 9-2 lead.
It will be interesting to see if Muncy can hold down the role of 25th man on the roster/last guy off the bench. The versatility he offers should be appealing to the Dodgers. If he keeps taking swings like that; he’s an acquisition someone needs major praise for.
Kenta Maeda Had an Average Outing
On a day where Rich Hill hit the disabled list, it would be nice to see a strong outing from the starting pitcher. The Padres had quality at-bats against Maeda, enough that he left the start with some blemish on his stat line. But give me the average outing where we win, over the dominant outing where we lose 1-0. Maeda’s teammates picked him up offensively, and the Dodgers overcame their pitcher crashing around in the waves a little early on. That’s baseball at it’s finest.
Maeda allowed four earned runs, but struck out ten Padres. He improves to 2-1 on the season in the 13-4 victory.
The Seager Show
How were we ever going to doubt Corey Seager? Don’t we know him well enough by now? He of the .300 career lifetime average in nearly 1500 at-bats. Seager had four hits on the night and drove in three runs. He scalded the ball all over Petco Park. His batting average rose to .254, so basically he’s another game like this from knocking on the door of .300 or so. I love Corey Seager. We should all love Corey Seager, always. Sure as the sun rises, he will be where he always ends up by season’s end. A stabilizing force in the Dodgers’ lineup and a dependable everyday star.
Climbing Towards .500
The Dodgers are now 8-9 on the season. We mentioned before that the Dodgers needed to crawl and walk before they can run. Getting to .500 is the first step – and with all they have been through – they’re close. Nothing in baseball that you see is truly real until Memorial Day the old adage states. Let the theme for right now be ‘It’s Early’. There are chapters to be written, many of them. The next one is going to be exciting. After yet another day off on Thursday, the Dodgers welcome the Washington Nationals to Dodger Stadium this weekend. I cannot wait to see that series in what could be a NLCS preview. If you’re rolling your eyes at that last sentence, like I said; it’s early!
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