NL All-Star suggests LA use shady tactics on opposing pitchers

Last Sunday’s Dodgers game against the Marlins was supposed to be a showcase for NL Cy Young leader Sandy Alcantara. LA sent in rookie Ryan Pepiot to counter Alcantara, but the two pitchers turned the tables entirely at Dodger Stadium.

Alcantara, who had gone seven more innings in each of his previous August starts, was absolutely rocked by the Dodgers’ batting order. Receiver Will Smith tackled Mookie Betts in the first, Cody Bellinger hit his 17th home rum of the season with Joey Gallo on base. LA added to their lead in the third inning with a Max Muncy RBI single and some big hits in the fourth to chase down Alcantara.

For the right-hander, it was his shortest outing of the 2022 season. The Dodgers forced him to throw 89 pitches and scored more runs on him than any other team this season in a single game. . After the loss, the Marlins ace was unable to explain how LA got to him, but he appeared to take a thinly veiled jab at the Dodgers’ scouting practices (quotes via LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez).

“I don’t know what happened… I think they have a lot to look for for pitchers.”

Alcantara didn’t use the “c” word, but his statement could be interpreted as LA unfairly taking advantage of available technology to get the most out of opposing hitters.

The good news for Alcantara is that he should get another chance against the Dodgers when LA travels to Miami for a four-game series later this week.

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