Rockies @ Dodgers – October 4, 2022: Two more to go

Dodger Stadium Pano HR Derby
Photo: Cody Bashore

Sitting at 110 wins through 160 games, the Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for the fifth-most wins in a single season. With two games remaining, the best the team can do is land fourth all time with 112 victories, trailing only the 1906 Cubs (116-36), the 2001 Mariners (116-46) and the 1998 Yankees (114-48).

And that’s really all that there is left to play for right now. I suppose Julio Urias could make one last statement for the National League Cy Young, but that race is probably settled and I am not sure Urias is going to land second anyway.

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7:10 PM Los Angeles
RF Grichuk RF Betts
LF Bouchard SS T. Turner
2B Rodgers 1B Freeman (L)
DH Cron 3B Muncy (L)
C Diaz DH J. Turner
SS Iglesias LF Thompson
3B Montero 2B Lux (L)
1B Toglia (S) CF Bellinger (L)
CF Hampson C Barnes
P Feltner (R) P Urias (L)

Urias enters his final start of the regular season with the best ERA of his career and the second highest inning total behind last year’s 185 2/3. Compared to Sandy Alcantara, here’s where the two rank in the NL (as of Oct. 3).

UriasAlcantara
IP170 (20th)228 2/3 (1st)
SO162 (15th)207 (4th)
AVG.197 (2nd).210 (6th)
ERA2.12 (1st)2.28 (2nd)
FIP3.61 (12th)2.99 (6th)
SIERA3.64 (12th)3.42 (7th)
fWAR3.3 (11th)5.7 (3rd)
K%24.3% (8th)23.4% (11th)
BB%6.0% (8th)5.6% (7th)
GB%40.0% (19th)53.4% (3rd)

The odds have Alcantara as a -20000 favorite with Urias and Zac Gallen at +10000 now. Gallen’s 5th in the NL with 4.4 WAR, 3rd in ERA at 2.46, 1st in AVG at .183 and 5th in K% at 26.9%. This really was just a way to fill some space here as it should be pretty clear Urias has no chance to win this.

Urias’ usage is nearly identical to what it was last year, with his fastball down 0.1% from last season, the curve down 1.0, the changeup up 0.1% and the sinker up 0.9%.

With the pitch usage, Urias is going to once again rank among the top of the league in Hard Hit% (96th percentile) as well as fastball spin (97th percentile) and curveball spin (94th percentile).

On the other side, Ryan Feltner starts for the Rockies, his 19th start and 20th appearance of the year. The 26-year-old right-hander faced the Dodgers once this season, throwing 3 1/3 innings in his lone relief appearance on July 29th allowing 3 hits and 2 walks with 2 strikeouts.

Entering the game with a 6.01 ERA and 4.75 FIP, Feltner has allowed 15 home runs in 91 1/3 innings this season. It’s pretty much an even split between right and left-handed batters, allowing 8 and 7 respectively. Righties have a .296/.357/.503 line and a .370 wOBA with lefties at .247/.319/.429 and .326 wOBA against Feltner this season.

Using a four-seamer, slider, sinker, curve and change, Feltner’s best pitch has been his changeup with a 36.0 Whiff% though it’s at the lowest usage rate of 6.0%. Feltner’s fastball and sinker have struggled with Whiff% under 20.0 and batting averages (.336 and .301), slugging percentages (.597 and .479) and wOBA (.442 and .358).

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First off, congratulations to Miguel Vargas on being named the Triple-A Player of the Year by Baseball America.

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As for the list of injured Dodgers, here’s an update for Blake Treinen and Dustin May:

And one for Chris Taylor:

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First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on SportsNet LA.

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.