By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
For a couple of days last week it felt like the N.Y. Stock exchange had moved Los Angeles as the Dodgers wheeled and dealed their way into being the talk of the sports world. Adam Friedman head of Baseball Operations for the ‘Men in Blue’ Brought in pitcher Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals for four minor leaguers.
Scherzer three-time Cy Young award winner help the Nats win the 2019 World Series. This season he was rolling right along with an 8-4 record and a 2.76 earned run average.
He’ll join a staff that saw Dustin May leave early in the year for season ending elbow surgery, Trevor Bauer is out while a domestic violence investigation goes on.
Clayton Kershaw in do back next week after healing an inflamed arm.
The probable rotation will be Walker Buehler, Kershaw, Scherzer, Julio Urias and either David Price or Tony Gonsolin.
According to Dodger insider David Vassegh Dodger skipper Dave Roberts and Scherzer “Spent a lot of time together during the All-Star break in Denver they did some talking away from the field.” Some thought he was wooed by San Diego and some thought the deal was done. But as the trade deadline came closer some hoe Turner got involved and more minor leaguers and “poof” the two became Dodgers.
“Max has done it all in this game,” said Friedman. He’s on the Mt. Rushmore of pictures in terms of what he’s done during the regular season and what he’s done in the play-offs, adding him to the rotation creates a lot of depth and options.”
Turner who has ‘roadrunner’ speed is batting .322, he’s headed for, a 30-30 season having 18 homers and 21 stolen bases to go with 49 RBI’s in 96 games.
When asked about the trade Corey Seager stated “It’s not something you really think about, you’re just excited to add a good piece like that we’re adding a couple of good pieces to our team.”
After the trade the Dodgers began on a high note when LA defeated Arizona 8-3 as Turner had a homer and two RBI’s.
Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Alpert Pujols had two hits each as the “Men in Blue collected 16 hits in an 8-3 win. Alex Vesia (1-1) got the win.
The following day they ran the D-Backs out of their own Chase Field with a 13-0 blowout scoring five run second inning. Chris Taylor walked with the bases juiced. Turner singled in a run then Pujols ripped a three run double to score more.
Mookie Betts returned from the 10-day injured list a hip injury to play second base. The plan made long before the trade as Roberts want to keep Betts off of hard turf to help his back.
The former MVP made some great plays including an over the shoulder catch behind second. He homered in his first at bat and was 2 for 5 on the day. Julio Urias (13-3) got the win striking out four going five innings tossing just 83 pitches.