The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 2-11 and 2-4 in Game 1 and 2 of the 2023 Major League National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 8th and 10th (Korea time). It was painful that the batters scored only four points in two games, but the starters were basically so disappointed.
Clayton Kershaw, who played in the first game, collapsed by allowing six hits (one homer) and one walk and six runs in the ⅓ innings. At the start of the game, he gave up five hits and allowed five runs without catching an out count. It is the first time in the history of the Major League Baseball’s season. 토토사이트
Kershaw has made a spectacular comeback this season with 13 wins, 5 losses and a 2.46 ERA in 24 games. He surpassed 210 wins in total, standing alone in second place in the Dodgers franchise’s career. There was also a health issue this year, but he trailed Don Sutton (233 wins) as the Dodgers’ most wins by 23 wins.
Such a Kershaw weakens in autumn. He has 13 wins, 13 losses and a 4.09 ERA in 39 postseason games. On October 26, 2020, in an away game against the Tampa Bay Rays, he allowed five hits, six strikeouts, two walks and two runs in five ⅔ innings. There has been no victory in the postseason for three years so far this year.
The problem is that the Dodgers’ starting lineup is in the worst condition in recent years, with 35-year-old veteran Kershaw having to play as the first starter. Julio Urias is in the process of breaking with the Dodgers due to his personal history. Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May underwent Tommy John surgery. He can even try to return in the second half of next year or at the end of the season. From a conservative point of view, the return in 2025 is just in time. Walker Buehler, who took the entire season off, will return next year after Tommy John surgery and rehabilitation, but the first season of his return should be approached conservatively.
At least, right-hander Young-gun Bobby Miller is the pitcher who caught his breath to start the Dodgers. Miller had 11 wins, 4 losses and a 3.76 ERA in 22 games this season. A season that unleashed his potential as a fireballer who easily shot the late 90 miles. However, he couldn’t overcome the pressure in the first postseason. In Game 2 of the Division Series on the 10th, he collapsed with four hits, one strikeout, two walks and three runs in one ⅔ inning. I would have persevered somehow in the regular season. But a short-term war can’t be helped.
Now, the last bastion of the Dodgers’ starting lineup is transfer player Lance Lynn. He will play in the third round of the away game on the 12th. He has 13 wins and 11 losses with a 5.73 ERA in 32 games this season. Since moving to the Dodgers, he has 7 wins and 2 losses with a 4.36 ERA in 11 games. His postseason performance is not good either. He has five wins and five losses with a 5.28 ERA in 27 games.
Lynn’s last postseason win should date back to 2013, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. In an away game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 16, he became a winning pitcher with six hits, five strikeouts, three walks and two runs in five ⅓ innings.
Lindo will also finish two years of a two-plus-one-year contract at the end of this season. If you don’t exercise your options next year, you go to the FA market. Kershaw, who recently signed only a one-year contract, is also a free agent. For the Dodgers, it is also a problem that they are on the verge of losing this year at this point, but I am more worried about next year. There is no clear starter other than Buehler and Miller, who returned. Even Buehler and Miller cannot guarantee their performance. Even if Kershaw remains, additional reinforcement of the starting lineup is needed.
Moreover, even if the Dodgers recruit Shohei Ohtani, the biggest FA player, as expected by the industry, it can only be used as a batter next year. Basically, there is a need to recruit a special FA pitcher to take charge of the ace. And there is a desperate need for a pitcher to take charge of four to five starters or a pitcher to strengthen the depth.
In this regard, it is true that the possibility of a reunion between FA Ryu Hyun-jin and Dodgers attracts attention. Local media predict that Ryu Hyun-jin and the Toronto Blue Jays will break up. Toronto general manager Ross Atkins recently mentioned the possibility of Ryu Hyun-jin staying, but it is only a possible scenario and there is no guarantee that it will happen. Moreover, Ryu Hyun-jin is more likely to turn to a club that lacks starters than Toronto, which has a solid starting lineup. It’s natural to choose a team since it’s FA.
In many ways, Ryu Hyun-jin’s situation matches the Dodgers’ situation. In fact, if Ryu Hyun-jin returns to the Dodgers for the first time in five years, he can make an official return match at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from March 20 to 21 next year, and even against Kim Ha-sung (San Diego Padres). In many ways, Ryu Hyun-jin and Dodgers’ off-season moves are of interest.