Carlos Gonzalez’ ninth inning homer stuns the Dodgers

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Down 4-2 with two on and two outs in the ninth, Carlos Gonzalez stepped up to the plate and launched a low fastball from Yimi Garcia deep into the right field pavilion:

That ended up being the ballgame.

The Dodgers’ bullpen has been better than it should be. In spring training they lost Kenley Jansen and Brandon League. Joel Peralta went down after the season started. Yet, despite all of the new and inexperienced faces, they’ve held their own. They have the second best bullpen ERA, second best batting average against and lead the league in bullpen strikeouts.

But all of the new faces may be messing with Don Mattingly and causing him to avoid some better choices. Like, say, putting in one of his many available lefties to face the left-handed Carlos Gonzalez last night rather than have a righty like Garcia face him.

As Mark Saxon of ESPN LA reported last night, Mattingly said after the game that the ninth is “Yimi’s inning.” Well, no. It’s Kenley Jansen’s inning maybe, and with him gone you should probably play more matchups rather than revert to such conventions as relievers owning an inning because of who they are.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.