The Los Angeles Dodgers no longer have a hole to fill at second base.
On Monday, the team traded pitcher Jose De Leon to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for second baseman Logan Forsythe. After spending most of the offseason trying to get a new second baseman, the Dodgers were finally able to find their guy.
Forsythe, 30, is a niece piece to add to the Dodgers infield. He batted .264 for the Rays last season and had 20 home runs and 52 RBIs. In 2015, he hit .281 with 17 homers and 68 RBIs. The Dodgers now have two talented right-handed hitters in their infield with Forsythe and third baseman Justin Turner. Slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and young shortstop Corey Seager are both good left-handed hitters, so the Dodgers now have a nice balance in their infield.
After failing to get a deal done with the Minnesota Twins that would have sent slugging second baseman Brian Dozier to Los Angeles, the Dodgers decided to pursue other options. They found a good trade partner in the Rays. The Rays are rebuilding right now. It made sense for them for them to send Forsythe to the Dodgers, as they got back a good pitching prospect in return. De Leon was one of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ farm system. In 2016, De Leon went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Triple-A. The 24-year-old will have a decent chance to make the Rays starting rotation this season.
The Dodgers accomplished a lot during Dave Roberts’ first season as manager. They went 91-71 and won the NL West. After beating the Washington Nationals in the National League Division Series, they lost to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series. The Cubs went on to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, capturing their first championship since 1908. There is no doubt that the Dodgers want revenge on the Cubs for last season. It’s going to be difficult for any team in the National League to take down the Cubs, but the Dodgers were able to play competitively against them in the playoffs last year. Adding a talented player like Forsythe will make them an even better team come next postseason.
Now that they have their second baseman, the Dodgers are ready to go for the 2017 season. With the team that they have, it would not be surprising if they made the playoffs again this year.
D’Backs Slugger JD Martinez Goes Deep Four Times Against Dodgers
Last night was a historic one in LA to say the least, as Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder JD Martinez went deep four times in his team’s 13-0 crushing of the Dodgers.
Arizona’s win marked their 11th in a row. Only the Cleveland Indians (12, active) have a longer winning streak in baseball this season.
Martinez’s 4 for 5, 6 RBI performance marked the 18th four-home run game in Major League history, 16th in the modern era (since 1900), and second this year (Scooter Gennett, June 6).
This is the second time that MLB has seen multiple four-home run games in a season. Mike Cameron and Shawn Green accomplished the rare feat in 2002.
Each home run for Martinez came in consecutive at-bats off a different pitcher. He took starter Rich Hill deep for a two-run shot in the fourth, hit solo dingers in the seventh and eighth off Pedro Baez and Josh Fields, respectively, and finished the feat with a two-run blast off Wilmer Font in the ninth.
Take a look at all four:
Two solo dingers sandwiched between two two-run dingers. Not too shabby!
Here are some notable facts about Martinez’s monster game, per ESPN Stats & Info:
The D’Backs are also now the only franchise in MLB with a perfect game, 20-strikeout game, and four-home run game. The first two are courtesy of a man named Randy Johnson—you may have heard of him.
Martinez, 30, was acquired by the D’Backs from the Detroit Tigers on July 18. In 40 games with Arizona, he’s hitting .257/.337/.688 with 18 homers and 40 RBIs. Overall on the year, he carries a .285/.367/.645 slash line with 34 homers and 79 RBIs.
With a record of 80-58, Arizona leads their division rival Colorado Rockies by 6.5 games for the top spot in the NL Wild Card race.
Rich Hill Loses No-Hit Bid In The 10th Inning On A Walk-Off Home Run
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill lost a no-hitter in the most painful way possible on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. The first hit he allowed was a walk-off home run in the tenth inning.
Hill was on the mound for the Dodgers as they faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in what was the third game of their four-game series. Pirates starter Trevor Williams went toe-to-toe with Hill for the first eight innings. Going into the ninth inning, neither pitcher had given up a run. The major difference between the two was that Hill had yet to allow a baserunner.
The perfect game almost ended in the bottom of the eighth inning when Pirates first baseman Josh Bell hit a hard line drive toward right field. Before it had the chance to land in the outfield for a base hit however, Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley made an unbelievable full-extension catch.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers were unable to give Hill any run support. Despite having a perfect game heading into the ninth inning, he did not have a lead to protect. Hill had 10 strikeouts through eight innings of work. The first batter of the bottom of the ninth inning was Jordy Mercer, and he hit a ground ball toward third base that was bobbled by Logan Forsythe. This untimely error ended Hill’s chances of achieving one of the rarest feats in baseball.
Luckily, Hill retired the next three batters and got out of the ninth inning without allowing a hit. The Dodgers could not get anything going in the top of the tenth inning, so the game remained scoreless. With Hill’s no-hitter still intact, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not hesitate to send him back out to the mound. Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the tenth inning. With one swing, he was able to give the Pirates their first hit of the game, as well as their first run. Harrison hit a ball to deep left field that just ended up making it over fence. Dodgers left fielder Curtis Granderson attempted to make a leaping grab and rob Harrison, but he came up short.
Hill lost his no-hitter in one of the most painful ways possible. He had a no-hitter going through the first nine innings, but had to keep pitching because his team could not give him any run support. As per ESPN Stats & Info, Hill is the first MLB pitcher in the last 100 seasons to go at least nine innings and allow one or fewer hits, not give up a walk, and still get a loss.
Rich Hill is the first pitcher in the last 100 seasons to throw at least 9 innings, allow 1 or fewer hits with no walks, and get a loss.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 24, 2017
It is a shame that Hill took a loss after pitching as well as he did. This loss probably will not affect the Dodgers that much in the long run, as they are 89-36 on the season and have a 21-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West. Hill is the one who will be most impacted by the result of the game, as he will most likely never come this close to a no-hitter ever again. For Hill, this game will always be considered the one that could have been.
Dodgers Land Yu Darvish From Rangers
The Los Angeles Dodgers have landed Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, a move that will bolster the Dodgers rotation and provide Darvish a much-needed change of scenery.
It was not immediately known what the Rangers would receive in return for Darvish.
In addition to Darvish, the Dodgers added depth to their bullpen by working out deals for Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
The Darvish deal was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and later confirmed by ESPN.
Darvish is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA his season, his worst in five years in the majors.
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