The Dodgers’ platoon system has reached its peak in September.
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Mat Latos threw briefly in the Dodgers’ bullpen prior to tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, two days after he was scratched from a scheduled start in Anaheim with a stiff neck.
“Just wanted to see if anything’s lingering,” Latos said. “Feels good. No issues.”
That doesn’t mean Latos will go back into the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Nor does it mean he’s out.
Cliff Corcoran of SportsIllustrated.com regularly lays out his case for who should win each of the major BBWAA awards in each league as the season progresses. I point out his column today because, 1, the Dodgers aren’t playing and 2, he has Clayton Kershaw ahead of Zack Greinke in his hypothetical National League Cy Young Award vote.
The third reason I recommend it: It contains a rather convincing argument.
(For the record, I do not have an NL Cy Young vote this year.)
Pitchers Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner are both batting eighth for the Dodgers and Giants tonight at Dodger Stadium. It’s the first time either team has batted its starting pitcher anywhere other than ninth in the order this season.
Apparently, the coincidence is quite rare.
For the 1st time in a Giants-Dodgers game both starters will bat 8th. Those pitchers, Bumgarner and Greinke, have combined for 7 HR this yr.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 2, 2015
Greinke and Bumgarner are arguably the two best hitting pitchers in the game today.
For one thing, it isn’t going away. The first time he missed a game back on Aug. 13, Grandal characterized the problem as a mere bruise. He only missed the one game and was back on the field the next day. But clearly, Grandal still wasn’t right at the plate. He collected one hit, a single, in his next 16 plate appearances, driving his slugging percentage to .471, the lowest it’s been since June.
The other problem, the really scary one, is that it isn’t just a shoulder injury anymore.
“It went down to the ribs, the back of my neck,” he said. “It started at the traps, went to the neck, back, left rib, right rib. The past couple days it’s gotten better.”