Glasnow, Ohtani lead Dodgers to much-needed win over Mets

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Glasnow cruises to eight scoreless while the Dodger offense breaks out of slump in blowout win.

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers came out swinging Sunday and right-hander Tyler Glasnow came out firing and they posted a 10-0 victory over the Mets at Dodger Stadium.

Glasnow (4-1) was effective in every way. He shut out the Mets over eight innings while striking out 10. 

As for the offense, it was everything that Dodgers fans have been seeking. Mets left-hander Adrian Houser was tagged for eight runs over four innings and gave up four walks. 

Shohei Ohtani crushed a deep two-run home run into the right field bleachers, Freddie Freeman got back on track with two hits and Andy Pages had his first multi-hit game, including a three-run homer.  

Here are three takeaways:

Games like Sunday are the reason why the Dodgers (13-11) acquired Glasnow. His career-high eight innings was the deepest a Dodgers starter has pitched since Clayton Kershaw in 2022. 

The biggest takeaway was that he did not allow a walk and threw 70 strikes out of 101 pitches.

One of Glasnow’s biggest struggles of his career has been his lack of command, which has led to hard hit balls and walks. That didn’t appear to be an issue Sunday as he lowered ERA to 2.92. 

Dodgers fans got to see the old version of Freeman. He had two hits (both doubles) to go along with two RBIs and a run scored. 

Things were looking bleak for Freeman over the past few weeks. His two hit performance might be a sign that he is back on track as elite bat at the top of the Dodgers lineup. 

He raised his batting average to .274, and his OBP was inflated to .398. The Dodgers are going to need that type of production on a more consistent basis to carry the load as the bottom of the lineup continues to struggle. 

Much was made about Ohtani’s average with runners in scoring position. That was forgetten Sunday with one swing. 

It was his 176th home run and broke a tie with Hideki Matsui for most homers by a Japanese-born Major Leaguer.

Ohtani is hitting .359 with a .419 OBP and a 1.049 OPS, He in the top 10 in every category in the National League. While the home runs haven’t been as much as years past, his absolute blast three-quarters up the right-field bleachers shows he still has the ability to flex his power. 

Yeah, we should probably cool it on any Ohtani slander…

The Dodgers have an off day Monday before starting an East Coast road trip at the Washington Nationals at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. James Paxton (2-0, 2.81 ERA) will face off against Patrick Corbin (0-3, 8.06).