Dodgers @ Marlins August 29, 2022: Surprise starter Michael Grove

Well I spent a bunch of time last night writing a game thread with the assumption that Tony Gonsolin would be the starter today taking a look at his past few outings and then…

…so now we are just settling for a very boring game thread instead as Michael Grove gets his second start and third appearance of the season in the majors.

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3:40 PM Miami
SS T. Turner SS Wendle (L)
1B Freeman (L) 3B Berti
C Smith RF Anderson
DH Muncy (L) CF Bleday (L)
3B J. Turner DH Cooper
RF Gallo (L) C Stallings
LF Taylor 1B Diaz
CF Bellinger (L) 2B Leblanc
2B Alberto LF Encarnacion
P Grove (R) P Lopez (R)

Mookie Betts gets the day off, as does Gavin Lux with Hanser Alberto at second base and Joey Gallo in right.

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In Grove’s first outing, he lasted 3 2/3 innings on May 15 against the Phillies with four unearned runs allowed on four hits and three walks. Back up with the Dodgers again on June 1, Grove allowed three runs in his 1 inning on three hits and a walk.

Grove’s at 54.3% four-seamer, 28.3% slider and 17.4% curveball, though the slider has been at 51.1% to righties and just 6.4% to lefties. Meanwhile the curve was at just 2.2% to righties and 31.9% to lefties. Now Grove has thrown just 92 pitches this season, so that sample size is not exactly the best to go off of. Also worth noting, he’s at a 3.48 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A OKC. While he struck out just three of the 26 batters he has faced in the majors, he does hold a 26.0 K% in Triple-A and a 32.8 K% in Double-A this year.

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It probably deserves a deeper dive into it, but unfortunately I do not have the time so here’s a little info on what is going on with Gonsolin.

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Here’s the likely pitching matchups for the upcoming series with the Mets.

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Another Dodger has announced he will join Team USA in the World Baseball Classic next spring:

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First pitch is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. on Sportsnet LA and is the free game of the day on MLB.tv.

About Cody Bashore

Cody Bashore is a lifelong Dodger fan originally from Carpinteria, California (about 80 miles north of Dodger Stadium along the coast). He left California to attend Northern Arizona University in 2011, and has lived in Arizona full-time since he graduated in 2014 with a journalism degree. He now works for the university’s athletics department after spending seven years with the local newspaper.