Dodgers @ Royals August 14, 2022: Dodgers look for fourth straight sweep and 13th straight win

The Dodgers are, seemingly, on one right now. They won their 12th straight game last night and by my too-early-for-this-shit math, have outscored opponents 91-31 in those 12 games. Only six teams in baseball have a higher run-differential this season than the Dodgers have had in the last 12 games. It wasn’t all great news yesterday, despite the Dodgers winning 13-3. Andrew Heaney left the game after taking a comebacker off his arm in the third inning. He did finish the inning and isn’t expected to miss a start. Today, the Dodgers look to become the first team with 80 wins and look for a fourth consecutive sweep.

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11:10 AM Kansas City
RF Betts LF Melendez (L)
SS T. Turner SS Witt Jr.
1B Freeman (L) C Perez
3B Muncy (L) 1B Pasquantino (L)
2B Lux (L) 3B Dozier
LF Gallo (L) DH Rooker
DH Taylor CF Taylor
CF Bellinger (L) RF Isbel (L)
C Wolters 2B Lopez (L)
P Anderson (L) P Singer (R)

Tyler Anderson looks to match teammate Tony Gonsolin with his 14th win of the season tonight. Anderson was dominant last time out against the Padres, as he held them to two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings. He only needed 89 pitches to get through seven, but only struck out three Padres. Anderson hasn’t been striking many batters out of late, as he had three strikeouts in each of his last two starts and has struck out five or more batters in only two of his last nine starts. However, Anderson has the third-best average exit velocity against (85.3 MPH) among pitchers with over 200 batted balls against (which felt like a good filter to remove relievers).

Opposing Anderson is Brady Singer, making his 16th start and 19th appearance overall today. Singer started the season as a long man in the pen, making three appearances before being sent down to build up as a starter. He came back on May 17 and has completed six or more innings in nine of his 15 starts since then. He’s posted a 3.31 ERA/3.61 FIP in 92 1/3 innings since returning from the minors and has struck out 94 batters with 21 walks issued. He’s on a hot streak, having allowed one or zero runs in four of his last five outings. Singer was one of 10 Royals that got a mini break this season when the team went to Toronto (blessed be the schedule makers for not making the Dodgers play there and confirmation of who is an idiot).

Singer mainly throws a sinker (54.1 percent) and slider (37.1 percent), but mixes in a change up primarily to lefties. He can struggle a bit with the long ball, as he’s allowed 13 homers in 98 innings after allowing 14 in 128 1/3 innings last season.

Tony Wolters will make his Dodger debut today with Austin Barnes on a family emergency leave. Only Chris Ianetta has caught more innings from Anderson in his career.


Dustin May makes his final rehab start today. In a now-deleted tweet, Craig Rose of Paragon Sports (the agency that reps May) tweeted a picture of him with the date August 20, which would hint at May returning to the Dodger rotation Saturday against Miami. In a completely unbiased take from someone definitely not going to the game on Friday, in my opinion he should return Friday instead.


First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 AM PT and will be shown on Sportsnet LA.

About Alex Campos

I've been writing about the Dodgers since I graduated from Long Beach State, where I covered the Dirtbags in my senior year. I'm either very good or very bad at puns.