When you think of the LA Dodgers, the image of a pitcher’s kingdom is strong. They continuously produced great pitchers who could represent the era, such as Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hersizer, and Clayton Kershaw. We played solid baseball with a solid pitching staff.
The power of the mound was essential in winning the district championship 10 times out of the last 11 years since 2013. It had never fallen below 6th place in this category until last year, including first place in team ERA for four consecutive years from 2019 to 2022, but fell to 13th place (4.06) this year. In particular, the starting ERA was 20th (4.57), below the league average.굿모닝토토 도메인
In the end, the starting lineup collapsed in the division series, and they lost all three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, suffering the bitter taste of being eliminated. The three starters, including Kershaw (6 runs in ⅓ innings), Bobby Miller (3 runs in 1⅔ innings), and Lance Lynn (4 runs in 2⅔ innings), were battered with a total of 13 runs in 4⅔ innings and an average ERA of 25.08. The silence of the batting line, which ended with 2 runs in 3 consecutive games, was disappointing, but the early strong performance of the starters was painful.
The American LA Times also diagnosed the problem of the Dodgers, who have been struggling in fall baseball for three years since winning the 2020 World Series, saying, “The dynasty has derailed.” The biggest reason is the starting pitchers, and the name of Ryu Hyun-jin, who played for the Dodgers from 2013 to 2019, was briefly mentioned.
Reporter Jack Harris, who wrote the article, said, ‘The starting staff is not the only reason the Dodgers have failed to win a championship, but in the past three playoffs, the Dodgers’ starting pitching has been comprised of overworked aces, undervalued veterans, and deadline acquisitions.’ It also included a scouting comment from a rival team. This scout said, “The biggest problem was the pitching staff. “It’s amazing how he broke down like that,” he said.
Reporter Harris said, ‘The Dodgers once built a deep starting lineup with front line starters such as Walker Buehler, Kershaw, and Ryu Hyun-jin, as well as trustworthy veterans such as Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, and Alex Wood. “There were solid starters that we could rely on in almost every postseason game,” he said, referring to the Dodgers’ starting lineup that was strong until a few years ago.
During his time with the Dodgers, Ryu Hyun-jin recorded 3 wins, 2 losses, and an average ERA of 4.05 in 8 postseason games (40 innings). In Game 3 of the 2013 NLCS, he won against the St. Louis Cardinals with 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, and no runs in 7 innings, and in Game 1 of the 2018 NLDS, he left a strong impression by defeating the Atlanta Braves in 7 innings with 4 hits, no walks, 8 strikeouts, and no runs.
Reporter Harris said, ‘The Dodgers’ starting lineup appeared to be strengthened with the signing of Trevor Bauer in 2021, but a series of problems occurred both on and off the field. “The lack of starting pitchers has become an annual cycle,” he said. Amid the bad news of Bauer in 2021 and Julio Urias leaving this year due to sexual assault and domestic violence charges, respectively, injuries to key starting pitchers such as Kershaw, Buehler, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin have occurred repeatedly, leading to post-season post-season shortages. It was pointed out that the best starting lineup was not used during the season.
The departure of Bauer and Urias was difficult to predict, but it was disappointing that we were unable to prepare for the departure of pitchers who were at risk of injury. Reporter Harris said, ‘There was an opportunity to recruit Pablo Lopez (Minnesota Twins) at last year’s trade deadline, Justin Verlander (Houston Astros) last offseason, and Eduardo Rodriguez (Detroit Tigers) at this year’s trade deadline, but none of them had an impact. “We were unable to do this,” he said. “By hiring new players and bringing out productivity from undervalued veterans, we formed an overall solid pitching staff.” In this way, the regular season continues to be successful, but it is not seeing the light in the postseason,’ he pointed out.
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged his responsibility for not properly reinforcing the pitching staff during the season-ending press conference, but said, “There are not many pitchers who can pitch 6 to 7 innings in the postseason.” This winter’s free agent market includes top Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell (San Diego Padres), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies), Jordan Montgomery (Texas Rangers), Sonny Gray (Minnesota), and Marcus Stroman (Chicago Cubs). It is classified as Among them, Nola and Montgomery are heating up this fall baseball season by featuring in big games.