Dodgers @ Pirates Aug. 7, 2015: Kershaw v. Cole is all you need

This might be one of the best pitching matchups of the season. Clayton Kershaw takes on Gerrit Cole, so there shouldn’t be a ton of scoring.

Cole, 24, has been pretty good in his first two seasons, but the former No. 1 overall pick is having a breakout campaign. He’s sixth in the National League in pitching WAR (3.4), FIP (2.65), third in ERA (2.29) and has an impressive 4.76 K/BB ratio. He’s still behind the likes of Kershaw, Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke, but the future is incredibly bright for Cole and the Pirates.

Dodgers
Pirates
4:05 p.m. PT
Pittsburgh, Pa.
SS
Rollins
RF
Polanco
2B
Kendrick
LF
Marte
1B
Gonzalez
CF
McCutchen
LF
Ethier
3B
Ramirez
C
Grandal
SS
Kang
RF
Puig
1B
Morse
3B
Callaspo
2B
Rodriguez
CF
Pederson
C
Stewart
P
Kershaw (L)
P
Cole (R)

Not only is it a great matchup between starting pitchers, it’s also a matchup between two really good teams. The Pirates have two fewer losses than the Dodgers, and both teams are eyeing the postseason.

This should be an interesting, competitive series. Both teams are matched almost evenly, but the Dodgers have the edge offensively and a slight edge pitching wise. Also, despite being a below-average offensive team (by wRC+, the Pirates have the best position player on the field in Andrew McCutchen.

The Dodgers made a roster move today.

This seemed like an inevitability. He has toiled in the minors for most of the season and is good enough to be at least a fifth outfielder on an MLB team. And before you say, “the Dodgers lost the trade,” realize that Matt Magill had Tommy John surgery in May. Besides, there’s not really a way to lose a trade like this.

Heisey’s release will also open up center field in Oklahoma City for the combination of Jose Peraza and Darnell Sweeney.

I’ll be off to see the Quakes tonight after I catch a few innings of this game. Pablo Fernandez (Cuban $8 million minor-league signee) is on the hill for the Quakes tonight. That should be fun.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.