Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are getting close on an extension with manager Dave Roberts.
While Roberts took some criticism for the handling of his pitching staff in the World Series, it goes without saying that his hiring three years ago was an excellent move for the franchise. Indeed, the Dodgers have thrived under Roberts, going a combined 287-200 (.589) and reaching the World Series in each of the last two seasons.
At the moment he’s poised to enter 2019 on his option year which would make him a lame duck. The Dodgers’ brass are wise to not let that happen. They’re wise to not let it even get to December in that situation.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.