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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2024 9:36 pm    Post subject:

Ohtani so good,, every at bat you feel like something is going to happen. And it did
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 10:41 am    Post subject:

Justin Wrobleski going for us today.

I’ve heard great things about this kid. He’s risen quite fast in the minors.

Last yr, he was in A+ ball.

This yr, he’a gone from AA to AAA to the majors:

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What to expect from reported Dodgers call-up Justin Wrobleski in his MLB debut


Wrobleski has been one of the best pitchers in the system this year, posting a 3.23 ERA across 15 starts in Double-A and Triple-A. The 23-year-old has a 2.01 ERA across his last eight starts going back to May 18.

Heading into the season, Wrobleski was the No. 12 prospect in the organization on the Dodgers Digest preseason prospects list, and he has since risen up the ranks even further. Although he was the opening night starter for Tulsa this season, that game was also his Double-A debut. The 78 innings he has pitched this year serve as Wrobleski’s only experience in the upper minor leagues.

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Wrobleski was promoted to Triple-A only two weeks ago, striking out 17 batters across his first two starts at the level. On top of flashing strikeout stuff, Wrobleski has shown quality command throughout the year, walking just 5.1% of the batters he has faced. His makeup and overall command of a deep arsenal of pitches may be why the Dodgers feel comfortable making this aggressive promotion.



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Dodgers starting pitching has struggled of late, with a combination of injuries and short starts taxing the entire pitching staff. Bobby Miller could have lined up to start Sunday, but Los Angeles will instead opt to give him extra rest, something that is especially important after Miller missed time with a shoulder injury earlier this season.

Wrobleski enters the fold with a chance to prove he can be relied upon to cover innings not just Sunday, but also for the rest of the season moving forward. However, his career high in innings was set at 102 1/3 frames last year, a figure that he is already closing in on. He’s well on the way to setting a new career high this season, but it remains to be seen how he handles the increased workload.



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One of Wrobleski’s best attributes is his deep pitch mix, which consists of a four-seam fastball, a slider, a two-seam fastball, a changeup and a cutter. His fastballs sit in the 94-96 mph range and can hit 98 or 99 occasionally. Wrobleski’s pitch profile is made interesting by a certain unique aspect: he has below average extension, meaning he releases the ball further away from home plate than average. He has also gained velocity on his fastball and increased his extension a bit from where it was last year, going from five inches to 5.3 inches.

Both his slider and his cutter are a variation of each other, with the tighter version of the pitch sitting in the upper 80s and the slower version in the lower 80s. Wrobleski is able to throw his slider in all counts, but saves his changeup mostly for two-strike counts against right-handed batters.

In an age where many pitching prospects have big stuff that they are learning how to pitch with, Wrobleski already possesses an excellent feel for navigating starts and staying in the strike zone.



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Wrobleski fell to the 11th round when he was originally selected back in 2021 because he had Tommy John surgery before the draft. Three years later, he is set to make his MLB debut and has become a top prospect in the system.

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The indication from Ardaya’s report is that this will only be a spot start for Wrobleski before he heads back down to Triple-A. The Dodgers already have a full five-man rotation on the roster, so it makes sense that there would not be room for Wrobleski to stay permanently.

Still, his addition to the 40-man roster will leave the door open for another call up at any time down the stretch, whether that is for another spot start or an extended stay. Wrobleski — and another top prospect in River Ryan — are both likely to see innings in Los Angeles as the summer goes on.



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With the success he has had, it has felt increasingly likely that Wrobleski would get a chance to debut in 2024. He was set to become Rule 5 Draft eligible in the offseason, meaning he would have to be added to the 40-man roster by then either way.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:25 am    Post subject:

Vargas needs to go into the weight room and lift more weights. His natural instincts are truly elite. Trying to be Mark Grace worked in the 90s up till about ideally 2007 but up to around the mid 2010s....that approach wont work as consistently in the modern game with the higher quality stuff and the general falling of BA in general.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:35 am    Post subject:

The Dodgers traded Matt Gage to the Mets for cash considerations. Of note is that Gage was on the 40-man roster, so there is now a spot open.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 11:47 am    Post subject:

I haven't mentioned this guy once as a trade candidate, but I'm going to do it now. Many of you may know that Tarik Skubal has become one of the very best pitchers in baseball. Detroit fancied itself a contender this year. However, at 41-48, they are 15 games out in the AL Central and 7.5 back in the Wild Card race. Skubal is controlled through 2026, so it's not like they have to trade him. However, they could get a massive haul for him if they move him now. So you do have to wonder if they will at least consider the idea of a trade.

He had 7 innings today of 1-run ball with 13 K's at Cincinnati. His ERA is 2.36 and his WHIP is barely above .90, yes, well below 1.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:30 pm    Post subject:

^

One thing about this regime is, they’ve never really bought high.

All of their acquisitions are the buy low variety:

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- Machado
- Darvish
- Betts
- Grandal
- Glasnow
- Trea Turner n Scherzer


So I’m skeptical of them changing this approach. We’ll see.

When I say buy low, I mean either a struggling player or one very close to free agency.

They’ve really never paid for a very good player with many controllable years remaining.

At least none who I can recall.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:33 pm    Post subject:

This Wrobleski kid looks like Max Fried Chicken
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:34 pm    Post subject:

LongBeachPoly wrote:
^

One thing about this regime is, they’ve never really bought high.

All of their acquisitions are the buy low variety:

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- Machado
- Darvish
- Betts
- Grandal
- Glasnow
- Trea Turner n Scherzer


So I’m skeptical of them changing this approach. We’ll see.

When I say buy low, I mean either a struggling player or one very close to free agency.

They’ve really never paid for a very good player with many controllable years remaining.

At least none who I can recall.


I'd have to agree with that, but maybe after a couple of massive postseason disappointments and the spending spree to go all-in, perhaps they would.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:35 pm    Post subject:

1995Lakers wrote:
This Wrobleski kid looks like Max Fried Chicken


Nice beginning here. Good curveball to end the 2nd inning, I am guessing that's where you got the Fried comp, ha. Good fastball at 96 also, I saw a 97 in that 2nd inning also.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:54 pm    Post subject:

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The Dodgers traded Matt Gage to the Mets for cash considerations. Of note is that Gage was on the 40-man roster, so there is now a spot open.


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#Dodgers have traded LHP Matt Gage to Mets for cash considerations. Gage was acquired as part of trade that sent Caleb Ferguson to Yankees last winter. Started season with elbow problem. Was 1-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 20 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City


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Heard Dodgers really liked lefty reliever Matt Gage but didn’t have room for him. Rival talent evaluators I’ve spoken with have lauded Gage’s sinker/cutter mix that has been working for him

If given a chance with Mets, there could be something there in the big-league pen
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 12:55 pm    Post subject:

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Let’s recall, please, that the Dodgers response to the Max Muncy injury was to trade for Cavan Biggio and the $2.5 million remaining on his contact.

On purpose!



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Teams are improving their rosters and have been during the season. The Dodgers traded for Biggio.

On purpose.


Looks like Howard Cole is not a big fan of Biggio….
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:07 pm    Post subject:

Walker killed us last series, now Yelich?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:08 pm    Post subject:

Keuchel:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:20 pm    Post subject:

Of course we can't get a hit with men on base against this pus-thrower.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 1:56 pm    Post subject:

Ok nice Ct3 making me eat crow. 4-2 dodgers down 2.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 4:18 pm    Post subject:

The dodgers have six all stars but only one of them is a pitcher.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2024 4:59 pm    Post subject:

32 wrote:
The dodgers have six all stars but only one of them is a pitcher.


Phillips would have been perfectly deserving. Stone had a case, too. Hell, so did Vesia. After all, Matt Strahm made it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 1:19 pm    Post subject:

Looking forward to the Phillies series. It will be a good series. Going up against the best team in NL in their stadium. I hope we win this series.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 1:28 pm    Post subject:

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Yankees Among Teams Interested In Garrett Crochet

The New York Yankees are among the teams interested in a trade for Garrett Crochet, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres have also been linked to the Chicago White Sox ace.

Crochet, 25, has a 3.08 ERA and 146 strikeouts over 105 1/3 innings. However, the starter-turned-reliever has never pitched more than 54 1/3 innings in a season. It remains to be seen how many more innings he can provide in 2024.

As much as the Yankees like Crochet, they seem unwilling to part with prospect Spencer Jones. They wouldn't part with Jones in talks with the White Sox for Dylan Cease earlier this year either.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2024 3:20 pm    Post subject:

Chris Sale won't be pitching in the all star game. Hopefully they replace him with Gavin Stone.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:32 am    Post subject:

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Dodgers Continue to Target Garrett Crochet Despite Rejected Offer

The Dodgers are reportedly not backing down from their pursuit of Garrett Crochet after their initial trade offer was rejected by the White Sox. As the trade deadline approaches, the Dodgers see Crochet as a potential game-changing addition to their pitching rotation.

With a solid season under his belt — a 3.08 ERA and 146 strikeouts — Crochet represents a high-reward target. However, concerns about his endurance remain, as this season he’s already pitched more than 100 innings, a career high.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:33 am    Post subject:

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Shohei Ohtani of the @Dodgers is the second NL player to have at least 50 extra-base hits and 20 stolen bases prior to the All-Star break, joining Bobby Bonds, who did so for the Giants in 1973.


Surprised Acuna isn’t on this list
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2024 5:42 am    Post subject:

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Wrobleski impresses in debut: 'That kid's special'

When the Dodgers departed Spring Training back in March, left-hander Justin Wrobleski reported to Double-A Tulsa ready to prove that he could compete in the upper Minors and, hopefully, reach the Majors as soon as the 2024 season.

Since then, Wrobleski, the Dodgers’ No. 14 prospect per MLB Pipeline, became one of the fastest-rising players in the Minors. His whirlwind season reached its peak on Sunday as Wrobleski made his Major League debut, allowing four runs over five innings in the Dodgers’ 9-2 loss to the Brewers at Dodger Stadium.

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"I felt good,” Wrobleski said.

“It was just kind of a matter of being grateful for the moment. That’s kind of the big theme, I was on the way over here today and was just [feeling] like, 'I’m really thankful for the opportunity. At this point, you’re already here. Let’s just do it.' I had a lot of fun."


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"He’s really sure of himself as far as knowing who he is as a person, as a ballplayer,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

“I’m really, really impressed with the way he carries himself, the way he carried himself today. The emotions didn’t get too much for him. I know his stuff plays here."


While the end results weren’t the best for Wrobleski, the 23-year-old showed signs of why he has become one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. He featured a mid-90s fastball, with his hardest pitch of the afternoon a 97.8 mph four-seamer. Wrobleski pairs that with a cutter, slider and changeup, making him a threat against both lefties and righties.

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"I think that kid’s special,” said Brewers manager Pat Murphy.

“I don’t know if he’s their top prospect or one of their top prospects, but I think that kid’s good. He has great poise, great feel, he holds runners great. He’s just going to get better and better. If he stays with the Dodgers, he’s going to pitch a long, long time."


Roberts said Wrobleski will be optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, but added that the left-hander will get another opportunity at some point later in the season.

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"That first time out there, I wanted to make sure I really took it in,” Wrobleski said, "and kind of go out there and take a look around the stadium, like ‘Alright, there’s four decks there. That’s pretty cool.’ Cool stadium, I love it here. But then it was kind of [time to] get right to work.

"Be thankful for it, then get to work.”




I didn’t post the entire article. Did cut out some things so here’s the link:

https://www.mlb.com/news/justin-wrobleski-strikes-out-four-in-mlb-debut-for-dodgers
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2024 10:37 am    Post subject:

J-Wrob will be sick. Big Fried vibes and I am a huge Fried fan.

For the stats fans: Freddie—major leagues career active leader in virtually every hitting category—is just 2 doubles from 500. If he gets 2 before turning 35 (in 60 some odd days) he will be the sixth ever Major Leaguer with more than 500 doubles AND 300+ homers before his 35th birthday.

The others? Nobodies by the names of Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Albert Pujols, Stan Musial, and some bum named Lou Gehrig.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2024 10:58 am    Post subject:

Here’s a question: did the Dodgers showcase Wrobleski for the trade deadline?

Feels like his value has skyrocketed to top 100 level.

I think any deal for Crochet will now include Wrobleski.
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