It was a nice day overall. The annual premium batting practice took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. We decided to attend on Wednesday. We were given New Balance tee shirts as we signed up. We had to sign waivers releasing the Dodgers from any injuries we might incur while practicing batting, throwing and shagging balls. I wonder if this includes eating too much.
We had pictures taken as we entered the stadium. Notice that I am NOT wearing Dodger attire.
We found a table in the shade.
On the other end of the world, in Washington DC, at Nationals Park, coincidentally my friend JoAnna and my son Philip attended the Dodgers/Nationals game. Unfortunately the Dodgers lost the game 1-8. The Nationals were able to hit 3 homeruns and a steal home on 9 hits. The Dodgers had only 4 hits, Kendrick (who has a 12 game hitting streak), Van Slyke, the often maligned Puig, and fresh from the minors Charlie Culberson.
Thank you JoAnna for the great pics of Nationals Park. This is JoAnna’s 24th stadium. At least it didn’t rain.
The series with the Nationals is tied. Thursday Stephen Strasburg 13-0 ERA 2.51 will face our teenager Julio Urias 1-2 ERA 4.95. Julio always seems to be facing the Aces of first place teams. In the minors Julio has been pitching in relief. Back to the majors in a starting role again.
What to do. What to do. There are only 33 home games left. All the Dodgers seem to have been on DL at one time or another. The trade deadline is looming. The biggest rumor is the Puig trade one. Why trade an outfielder when we already are lacking one. Andre Ethier’s return to the team is uncertain. Ryu is done for the season as is Alex Wood. Kershaw’s return is also uncertain. Chris Hatcher went on DL yesterday with that oblique thing. We all knew that was coming. So the Dodgers have Maeda, Kazmir, McCarthy, and fill in the blanks. Julio is a temporary fix. Norris pretty much tanked Wednesday. He would be better suited in the bullpen. Trayce and Kike are also on DL, their return anyone’s guess. Corey Seager is still sick. Hopefully it’s not something more serious. Maybe it’s all star game-itis. Everyone expects the management to acquire a a big arm. Why they didn’t do that before is anyone’s guess. And it’s always back to why they didn’t resign Greinke. Getting an average pitcher will not do it if they expect to go to the playoffs.
Charlie Culberson has already been sent down. A new pitcher from minors up…Grant Dayton.
The Dodgers don’t return to Dodger Stadium until Tuesday. How the team will look will be anyone’s guess.
Thanks for stopping by. GO DODGERS!! BEAT STRASBURG!!