Thursday, March 21, 2024

Post-Game 2 Thread: Yamamoto Horrible, Muncy Disastrous, But Betts Gets A Car

Not a good MLB debut for this man.


Yoshinobu Yamamoto picked up right where he left off in the spring, giving up five runs in his short 1.0 IP debut, in which the Padres batted around. Yamamoto now has a 45.00 ERA. (To be fair, Padres starter Joe Musgrove was also lit up, lasting 2.2 IP with 5 ER for a 16.88 ERA.)

Couple that with Max Muncy's two errors at third base, and the Dodgers were doomed to fall in Seoul in the second game of the Opening Day series. Muncy also had 3 Ks today, including a three-pitch K to end the game. Muncy now has 5 Ks in 9 AB this season. With Ohtani as the DH, there is no place for Muncy to hide on the lineup--and if he can't handle the hot corner, this is going to be a big problem for the Dodgers.

The one shining star for the Dodgers today was Mookie Betts, who went 4-for-5 (only a triple short of the cycle) and 6 RBI, including hitting the first home run of the MLB season, winning him a free Ioniq 5 electric vehicle. Betts will be able to bring this car back to the US, where it will likely get promptly stolen, but at least he can enjoy a couple months of driving before the inevitable theft. (I suppose in positive news, Betts' HR in the fifth inning blocked the car from going to Manny Machado, whose three-run HR in the ninth basically iced the game for San Diego.)

Betts, who wore Jordan 1 Griffey Freshwater cleats in the 2023 Home Run Derby as a hat tip to Ken Griffey Jr., got appreciation from the Kid himself:

Will Smith also had four hits with 2 RBI. James Outman, who logged an RBI today with a sacrifice, does not have a hit this year.