The Dodgers took heat so as not to aggressively chase free agents Bryce Harper after the 2018 season. They were full of money from their TV contract and still had to spend money on the likes of Betting for beginners, Trevor Bauer Other Freddy Freeman.
They did Harper an 11th hour offer of approximately $ 160 million in four years, but the winger decided to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for $ 330 million over 13 years.
Not that the Dodgers regret not getting Harper back, not after winning a World Series in 2020 and having a ton of money to spend on the likes of Betts and Freeman (let’s leave Bauer, er, out of the equation. ).
Harper was the National League MVP last season, but the Phillies haven’t come close to matching the Dodgers in the win column despite their own expense.
Until the last three nights.
Harper scored a three-point home run in the third inning of the Philadelphia 8-3 victory On Saturday after triggering a three-point recovery in the first with a brace against Julio Urías, followed by Justin Turner’s mistake and Jean Segura’s home run.
In its 12th at-bats in the series ending Sunday, Harper has three home runs and four doubles, leading in eight runs. Oh, and he colored for a single in his last bar.
All while he was nursing a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his elbow that forced him to serve as a designated hitter.
“He is an incredibly talented player,” said Urías. “You have to give it a lot of credit.”
Before hitting the pot after his homer on Saturday, he pointed a finger of appreciation at agent Scott Boras sitting front row at Dodger Stadium. When his contract ends after the 2031 season, Harper will have been paid $ 390 million over 20 years.
“Bryce Harper plays hard every day and he’s definitely swinging the bat right now,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Harper’s teammates took the cue for the third consecutive victory. Urías has given up four home runs in the first four innings and eight points overall – the most home runs and runs he has ever given up.
Warm temperatures all three nights allowed for the transport of flying balloons. It was 81 degrees at game time on Saturday.
“The air is light, there isn’t a lot of humidity in the air and both sides didn’t make good shots,” said Roberts.
Arguably the worst pitches came from Dodgers Urías owners Walker Buehler and Tyler Anderson, who together lost 20 points in 17 innings.
Treinen lacks “trust”: Blake Treinen’s mysterious shoulder ailment didn’t come close to explanation despite the Dodgers’ high-leveraged rescuer’s best efforts on Saturday.
Treinen hasn’t launched in a month and it’s likely it will take at least another two months before it launches again. Why?
“Honestly, I feel really good right now,” he said. “It’s not something that’s causing a lot of discomfort. It is more a thing of belief. I take it day after day to get myself back on track. When the conviction returns and I can start shooting, we’ll start from there “.
Treinen is very much missed, especially as the Dodgers are playing 31 games in 30 days. Yet he isn’t even willing to pick up a baseball for fear that the pain he felt in mid-April will return.
“The reason I’m on [injured list] is that when I was launching there were some problems of trust, so for now we are just trying to rebuild my strength so that I can contribute to the team, “he said.
Meet Michael Grove: At first glance, Michael Grove might seem like an odd choice to make his major league debut on Sunday, just as it looked like an odd choice for the Dodgers to draft in the second round in 2018.
But sure enough, the Dodgers are expected to employ him as a starter or mass substitute in the series finale with the Phillies.
Grove, 25, was removed for 13 months from Tommy John’s surgery when the Dodgers enlisted him out of West Virginia. And in 139 minor league innings, he recorded an ERA of 6.60, giving up 27 home runs out of 157 hits.
But he has been effective in five starts this season with double A Tulsa, scoring 22 and walking five in 16 1/3 innings.
Grove also has Roberts in its corner.
“I like Michael, he’s a competitor,” Roberts said. “He’s got a fast ball in the mid 90’s, an old school 12-6 turn and there’s a change in there. … he is just very mature. He’s a really good competitor, a good guy.
Grove would be the second Dodgers pitcher to make his debut in a week. Ryan Pepiot pitched three goalless innings despite him allowing seven grassroots runners on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.