Week 23 In Review: Dodgers Forget How To Baseball

The Dodgers hate us now. I don’t know what we did to them, but they’ve decided to lash out and treat us to awful baseball.

We talked about the Dodgers struggles last week, and they continued to be awful this week.  The team showed a couple signs of breaking out of it, several close games agains the Rockies, and a 4-1 lead early on Friday. In the end, the Dodgers dropped all 7 games this week, extended their losing streak to 10 games, and have now dropped 15 of their last 16. There isn’t much more to say, this isn’t fun anymore.

They still own the best record in baseball, (a title that is in danger btw) which is pretty interesting considering how awful they’ve been for two weeks. Just a testament to how good this team used to be, you know, when they  loved us.

9/04       0-13       L        ARZ
9/05        1-3         L        ARZ
9/06        1-3         L        ARZ
9/07        1-9         L        COL
9/08        4-5        L        COL
9/09        5-6        L        COL
9/10        1-8         L        COL

Record For The Week: 0-7

Key Moments:

  • Walker Buehler makes his MLB debut
  • Andre Ethier hits his first HR of 2017.
  • Darvish picks up his 1,000 career K. Fastest pitcher to do so.

Injury Update:
Adrian Gonzalez (lower back) day-to-day
Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) sent on class A rehab
Adam Liberatore (forearm) out for season
Franklin Guttierez (back) out for season
Brandon McCarthy (blister) transferred to 60-day DL

Player of the Week: Andre Ethier .571/.625/1.000 (7 AB) 1 HR

Humpty Dumpty has been put back together again, and it’s nice to see him back on the field, the fact that he’s been productive is just a nice bonus.

Week Twenty-Three Puig:

You got, “Whatever Puig”

It’s hard to care when the team has been so awful, and he hasn’t exactly helped things.

Stat line: .222/.300/.333

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Week 22 In Review: What. The. Hell.

Dear Dodgers,

I don’t know what’s going on here, but this is NOT what I ordered.

I was promised a magical team. A team that would become the most winningest team in baseball. I was promised a team that would break records, dominate the game and storm their way into the playoffs like not team before it….but what I got in it’s place was a week so pathetic and disappointing I could have called it a date.

Coming off his brilliant performance, Rich Hill, decided to seek revenge by being brilliantly awful. Don’t have to worry about a “perfect game/run support” narrative after getting  shelled for five runs in the first inning of the week. Ryu and Maeda would seek inspiration in Hill’s struggles and allow a combined 10 runs in their first three innings of work. The team then flew down to San Diego to open a series with the Padres. With Kershaw returning, and shiny new September call ups, (and Ethier) to face a less than spectacular Padre team, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to rebound from a rough sweep. So of course they didn’t. Their only win was largely Kershaw’s doing, as the offense begrudgingly squeezed out only one run of support. The rest of the series was more of the same as the Dodgers dropped the rest of the four game series.

When approaching a disaster, it is important to understand, how and why it happened. So, let’s dive in:

Starting Pitching:

The Dodger pitchers were taking it from both ends but every starter except for Kershaw struggled this week. There are some issues here. Dervish’s command has been inconsistent in many of his starts and Alex Wood’s velocity had dipped back down late into his start. Hill’s start was sandwiched between two solid starts so this does not appear to be a concern going forward. Maeda and Ryu may both be regressing big time, but they’ve been over performing for a significant time now and both are back end starters anyway. The great thing about this week is that Kershaw looked like himself in his return from the injury and he’s the biggest key to the Dodgers success anyway.

Bullpen:

Part of the reason the Dodgers had a chance to comeback in so many games this summer was the bullpens ability to keep the games close. While people love to hate on the bullpen the Dodgers have statistically had one of the best in baseball coming into the week. So while Baez, Font, Castillo, and Fields all struggled this week, the biggest concern is Baez, who continues to be used in high leverage situations and is simply not as good as some might believe. Other than ERA his numbers aren’t pretty and this is a guy that does figure to make the postseason roster. Which is not the case for Font and Castillo, while it would have been nice to see them perform well, management simply wants to get a look at them against major league hitters. The bullpen has had it’s bright spots. Watson, Paredes, and Cingrani have each looked good, particularly Cingrani who seems to be responding to the changes the team has made with him.

Offense:

It’s worth noting that four of the six losses were by two runs or less. So while the games might have been ugly early. The Dodgers nearly came back, and for a team struggling as much as they have, it’s a little releasing to know they were probably one big hit away from winning five out of the seven games this week. The other good news is that two of the players that were scuffling last week, were two of the best hitters, this week. Gonzalez and Turner turned around their recent struggles rather quickly which is a good sign for the team. Aside from Taylor, the rest of the struggled. Particularly Logan Forsythe and Curtis Granderson. The concern here is that these are two players that figure to make the postseason roster, and yet we’ve seen how quickly veterans can turn things around in Turner and Gonzalez. The only real worry here is that Forsythe has largely underperformed offensively for most of the season. The talent is still there however, and he may just need a fresh start, and the postseason could be the perfect time to do just that.

It may seem like the magic has run out, but to boil the Dodgers success to this point to magic or luck would be undermining the truth. The truth is that there is no magic and there was never magic, only a team full of talent, a team with so much depth that they could throw any hitter up in a big spot late in the game and he would be the right man for the job. You can’t rig this game to always come out on top, but the best way to increase your odds is to load up on talent, and that’s what they’ve done. But even the best players and most talented players will have slumps, they will fail much more than half of the time, because that’s just how the game works, and it’s not magic or luck, it’s simply the game.

There’s no way around it, this week was ugly. The starters gave up runs early, the bullpen gave up runs late, and the offense didn’t do much either. And yet, with the exception of two of the losses, the team was in most of the games until the end. The Dodgers weren’t exactly rolling out there best players out there either. So before you hit the panic button, remember that they weren’t going to play historic baseball forever, remember that they are resting their regulars because they can, remember that they can afford to struggle for awhile. Because despite the fact the Dodgers have seen their lead rapidly shrink, the Dodgers are still 12.5 games ahead. Arizona is already deep into a hot streak, to pass the Dodgers in the next two weeks the Diamondbacks will have needed to break off a 24 game winning streak, and the Dodgers will have had to have lost every one of those games in the meantime.

So Dodgers,

Please win, because Diamondback fans are getting cocky and they are incredibly obnoxious. Thanks!

Sincerely,

A fan that got used to wins.

  • 8/29           6-7            L            @ARZ
  • 8/30            4-6            L            @ARZ
  • 8/31            1-8            L            @ARZ
  • 9/01            1-0            W            @SD
  • 9/02            5-6            L            @SD
  • 9/02            2-7            L            @SD
  • 9/03            4-6            L            @SD

Record For The Week: 1-6 (yikes)

Key Moments:

  • Kershaw dazzles in return
  • Turner homers in 9th to tie game
  • Ethier returns
  • Bellinger becomes new Dodger rookie HR leader
  • Verdugo picks up his first ML hit.

Injury Update:

Josh Fields (lower back) placed on 10-day DL

Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) transferred to 60-day DL

Corey Seager (elbow soreness) day-to-day

Adam Liberatore (forearm) sent on Triple A rehab assignment

Brandon McCarthy (blister) sent on throwing bullpen session

Player of the Week: Clayton Kershaw

The guy can miss a couple a weeks and then pitch like nothing happened. What a beast.

Week Twenty-Two Puig:

You got, “Eh, Puig”

Puig wasn’t the problem with this week, though he wasn’t exactly the solution either. Pretty forgettable line in an utterly forgettable week for the boys in blue.

.238/.360/.476

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Week 21 In Review: Out of Office: Offense Edition

This week it was announced that the Dodger’s would grace the cover of Sports Illustrated with the headline “Best. Team. Ever?” So naturally, they lost a no-hitter in the 10th, and saw their undefeated series streak end. Obviously they’re cursed…Orrr maybe we’re reasonable people that understand the Dodgers were probably not going to win every series until the end of time. Maybe with all the magical moments they’ve had this year, something wasn’t going to go their way. Doesn’t make the Rich Hill game any less brutal but that’s baseball. That’s the game I signed up for, and that’s what keeps us hooked.  As a staff it’s great to see peak Hill along with an impressive Ryu and Maeda. They’ve been incredibly impressive the last few weeks. The offense, on the other hand, has not been impressive. This was evident in the Rich Hill game. Take a look at some of these offensive lines:

Justin Turner: .167/286/.208

Adrian Gonzalez: .192/250/.346

Logan Forsythe: .200/.455/.467

Chris Taylor: .226/.294/.290

Curtis Gradnerson also hit .143 on the week though he worked 8 walks and hit for power and still found ways to be productive. Of the players in this group, Adrian Gonzalez is the big concern. After missing a large chunk of the season due to injury, he’s hardly been productive when he has been on the field. I do expect him to turn around a bit, as he adjusts after missing so much time, but he shouldn’t be anywhere near the heart of the lineup, and I don’t expect him to be. Dave Roberts has already stated that Cody Bellinger will take over at first base when he returns which will be a much needed boost in the lineup. The Dodgers faced some tough pitching this week, which is hardly an excuse as that’s almost exclusively what they will see in the playoffs, but it’s not time to hit the panic button. Even with the poor numbers the Dodgers still won four of seven this week, and their stars aren’t going to slump forever. Oh, and they’re still on pace to win 114 games with Kershaw and Bellinger set to return, so they should be fine.

8/21      6-5        W      @PIT
8/22      8-5       W      @PIT
8/23      0-1        L       @PIT
8/24      5-2       W      @PIT
8/25      3-1        W       MIL
8/26      0-3       L        MIL
8/27      2-3        L       MIL

Record For The Week: 4-3

Key Moments:

  • Granderson’s grand slam
  • Puig’s homer in the 12th
  • Gonzales 2,000 hit
  • Dodgers reach 90 wins
  • Rich Hill takes no hitter into the 10th
  • Maeda holds brewers to 1 hit

Injury Update:
Cody Bellinger (mid right ankle sprain) Scheduled to return 8/30
Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) Shcheduled for Tommy John surgery
Andre Ether (lower back) Sent on Triple-A assignment
Josh Fields (lower back) placed on 10-day DL
Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) throwing simulated games
Adam Liberatore (forearm) Sent on Class A rehab assignment
Brandon McCarthy (blister) Sent on Class A rehab assignment
Alex Wood (join inflammation) Placed on 10-day DL
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Sent on Triple-A assignment

Player of the Week: Richard Joesph Hill

Rich Hill was brilliant in his outing on Wednesday and he would have pitched a perfect game… if the dodgers had scored a run, or if Forsythe could have fielded a ground ball, or if Granderson was like 6 inches taller. Nonetheless, it was a brilliant outing. Baseball is cruel sometimes.

Week Twenty-One Puig:

You got, “M-V-Puig”

Puig was a bright spot in an otherwise quiet week offensively. Puig made several brilliant defensive plays to go with his strong offensive line:

.417/517/.792

3 2B
2 HR
4 BB
6 SO

Puig has been impressive all season long but weeks like this display Puig’s incredible ceiling. Plus he had this gem about the SI cover curse:

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Episode 13-A Grand(erson) Entrance

This week Adam and Seth discuss the recent trade for a veteran outfielder, the return of a veteran infielder, and two big DL stints.

 

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Sweet, Sweet Fantasy Team, Baby

In July the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish. The move could easily be seen as front office being “extra” given the fact that they already had 6 quality pitchers and a huge lead in the division. But the move was about the bigger picture, and that was always clear. Thaws a move designed to push the Dodgers to the next level. But now it’s getting ridiculous. The Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson. With 5 outfield options and Ethier on his way back from injury the Dodgers got another outfielder and as it may seem excessive, it still makes the team better. The move keeps Granderson from going to many other contenders which could have used him and gave up virtually nothing. He haunted the Dodgers during the 2015 NLDS and has given a hard time to prospective postseason competitors:

Oh! And apparently he’s really nice too. This team looks really good on paper, and is just as good in reality. It’s the kind of lineup you would create if you turned off “Fair Trades” on a video game. It’s only been a few games and the move is already paying off. The front office isn’t just trying to win the division, they know what the big picture is and they know what they need to do to put themselves in the best position to succeed. They’re building a beast, and it’s amazing.

8/15     6-1     W     CWS
8/16     5-4     W     CWS
8/18     8-5     W     @DET
8/19     3-0     W     @DET
8/20     1-6     L      @DET

Record For The Week: 4-1

Key Moments:

  • Dodgers improve to 50 games above .500
  • Kike hits 3rd HR off Rodon this year
  • Darvish exits with injury in Home Debut
  • Puig completes 3 run comeback in the 9th
  • Adrian Gonzalez returns from DL
  • Puig’s diving catch
  • Taylor collects 4 hits
  • Dodgers acquire Curtis Grandson
  • Joc Pederson is sent down
  • Bellinger injures ankle

Injury Update:
Yu Darvish (lower back) placed 10-day DL
Cody Bellinger (mid right ankle sprain) day-to-day
Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) Shut down indefinitely
Andre Ether (lower back) Sent on Double-A assignment
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Threw simulated game 8/21

Player of the Week: Austin Barnes
He doesn’t get talked about all that much being a backup catcher, but, geez what a hitter.

Week Twenty Puig:

You got, “Clutch Puig!”

Puig has always been such a polarizing players, and his play has been so inconsistent that we created this feature to comment on which Puig was showing up on any given week. But for the most part 2017 has been consistent. 2017 doesn’t hit for a high average (a pretty modest .251) but he does walk and good for a .337 OBP. He hits for power, an aspect that’s been missing from his game the last two seasons. He still possess an above average arm, and his defense is now among the top in the outfield. But one of the biggest changes visible in his game this year is the quality of his at bats, particularly in high leverage situations.There aren’t as many pop ups or strike outs or aggressive swings at breaking balls away. That improvement was paid off in his at bat on the 9th on Wednesday. Quality at bats put hitters in a better position to succeed, and the more often a hitter does so, the more you come up with moments like this:

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, center, watches his two-run double off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jake Petricka, left, in the ninth inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-4 win in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Statistically Puig is actually just around average in high leverage situations, but that is still a huge improvement, and one I’ll gladly take.

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Week 18 In Review: The Limit Does Not Exist

The 2013 Dodgers featured a talented group of players, and for a stretch of 50 games they went on a run of 42-8 setting a new Dodger record…amateurs. That group was surpassed this week by the 2017 Dodgers with their comeback victory on Saturday. Now we get to the fun part, getting to break it into ridiculous tidbits:

  • The Dodgers have a 79-32 game lead, 15.5 lead in their decision, and 8 games better than the next best team in baseball.
  • They are on pace for 115 wins, the most since the 2001 Seattle Mariners (116) who tied the MLB record.
  • The Dodgers have won 44 of their last 51 games, that is roughly 30% of the regular season and a 140-22 pace.
  • The Dodgers have hit 25 homers against the Mets in 7 games.
  • The Dodgers have a 276+ run differential.
  • The Dodgers are above .500 in games where they have trailed at any point. (33-32)
  • The Dodgers have lost 19% if their games to the struggling Giants (44-69) because, well, baseball.
  • If the Dodgers play one game above .500 for the rest of the season, they will win 105 games this season.

We’ve talked a lot about how great this team is, Darvish was marvelous in his debut, and #6 and #7 starter Maeda, and Ryu both had great outings, which speaks volumes about this teams, depth, and biggest contributor to their success. The crazy part of it is that some of the offensive pieces are only beginning to heat up. Taylor has been hot for awhile, as has Seager, but Bellinger looks to be getting into a groove along with Puig. And don’t forget about Turner, who hit 2 home runs against his former team. There’s no doubt that this is a historically good team, but as for finding ways to break it down? Well, the limit does not exist.

8/01      3-2      W      @ATL
8/02      3-5      L       @ATL
8/03      7-4      W      @ATL
8/04      6-0      W      @NYM
8/05      7-4      W      @NYM
8/06      8-0      W      @NYM

Record For The Week: 5-1

Key Moments:

  • Maeda works 7 scoreless in Atlanta
  • Darvish Dodger debut
  • Dodgers go 43-7 for best streak in 100+ years
  • Ryu dominates Mets

Injury Update:
Andre Ether (lower back) Rehab begins Aug 7
Adrian Gonzalez (lower back) Rehab assignment Aug 3
Chris Hatcher (thoracic inflammation) Began Triple A assignment Aug 4
Rob Segedin (Right toe strain) Began Triple A assignment Aug 3
Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) Exited early Aug 5
Franklin Gutierrez (Anklyosis Spondylitis) transferred to 60-Day DL
Brandon McCarthy (Blister) Placed on 10-Day DL
Alex Wood (Arm Fatigue)

Player of the Week: Yu Darvish

That fact the Ryu is even able to contribute on this team is a miracle, which makes his brilliant Sunday outing all the more special. But Darvish did pretty much all you could expect from his Dodger Debut.

7 innings
3 Hits
1 BB
10 SO

That’ll do.

Week Eighteen Puig:

You got, “Legit Puig”!

Another pretty solid from the Dodger outfielder, hitting the ball in the air suits him well.

Stats:
.300/.417/.700

2 HR
4 BB
4 SO

Swing Of The Week:

Ballinger’s 32 – HR that sound tho

Pitch of the Week

Yu Darvish Something

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Episode 12-Happy July 31

Adam and Seth reunite to discuss the Dodgers dealings at the deadline.

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Week 17 In Review: Yu Didn’t Need Darvish

The Dodgers didn’t need to make a deal at the trade deadline. With the team’s walk off win on Sunday, the Dodgers owned the best record in baseball by a significant margin. They’re on pace for about 500 wins, and in the middle of a hot streak that’s been go on for months. But, the team isn’t just riding a nice streak, they are loaded with talent, and reaping the benefits of the depth that stems from a commitment to scouting and development.

They didn’t need to make a significant move to secure a fifth straight division title – they are up by fourteen games. They don’t need another arm – they already lead baseball with a 3.09 team ERA, rank 4th in K/9(9.46), and first in WHIP (1.12). Their bullpen already has the potential to be dangerous with Jansen, Baez, Morrow, and rookie phenom Walker Buehler waiting in the wings (one of two players the Rangers said must be included in a Darvish trade).

The potential trade targets aren’t without risks either. Yu Darvish will be a free agent at the end of the year and has struggled in July, Sonny Gray still has years of team control left making him an expensive target, and Zach Britton has struggled with injuries. But while the Cubs, Yankees, Rockies, and Nationals bettered themselves on deadline day, there was still pressure for the Dodgers to make a move.

As the rumors swirled, an idea sets in. What would a Britton/Jansen be like in the playoffs? What would a rotation with Darvish or Gray be like with three other very good pieces? Once the idea pops in your head you can’t shake it. The possibility is too exciting, especially for the fan of team that hasn’t won a championship in your nearly thirty years.

The postseason is random, and unpredictable. The best you can do is better your odds by stocking up on elite players, which is such an easy fantasy to get caught up in. So when reality began to set in in the last few minutes of the deadline that those dreams may not come true. When names like Cingrani, and Watson came in instead of Britton, Gray or Darvish – it was disappointing. After watching the Dodgers come from behind all week, with big moments like Bellinger’s game winning home run, or Kyle Farmer’s walk off debut, it seemed like a waste not to finally combine that fantasy with this special team.

The Dodgers didn’t need Yu Darvish, but they got him anyway. They did it so they could add another elite arm to an already impressive staff. They did it so they could lengthen their playoff rotation and use each of those arms on full rest, they did it because the city is hungry for a championship, because this team is dedicated to winning, and because everyone in the organization knows this team is special. The trade doesn’t guarantee anything, but the organization can now say they’ve done everything they can to win. One step closer to making another fantasy come true.

7/24 6-4 W MIN
7/25 6-2 W MIN
7/26 6-5 W MIN
7/28 6-4 W SF
7/29 2-1 W SF
7/30 3-2 W SF

Record For The Week: 6-0 (Perfect week!)

Injury Update:
Andre Ether (lower back) Took batting practice
Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) Placed on 10-day DL
Adrian Gonzalez (lower back) Took batting practice
Chris Hatcher (thoracic inflammation) Began rehab assignment
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Played catch
Adam Liberatore (Left forearm tightness) Transferred to 60-day DL
Rob Segedin (Right toe strain) Began rehab assignment

Player of the Week: Kyle Farmer
A couple Dodgers had big weeks but this kid hit 1.000. Getting a hit in all of his one at bats, including a double and two whole runs batted in. Welcome to the big leagues, kid. (Or guy who is 6 months older than me)

Key Moments:
Bellinger’s go ahead shot in the 8th
Paredes makes his debut at 30
Game was delayed 18 minutes for double switch error
Dodgers rally from 5-0 to win
Seeger homers twice
Farmer hits walk-off double in first MLB at bat
Kike throws out runner at the plate to complete DP

Week Seventeen Puig:

You got, “Evolved Puig”!

In the 9th inning on Sunday, Puig stepped into the box with the tying run on first. Utley then stole second to move himself into scoring position, Puig, a notoriously aggressive hitter fell behind. But then a new Puig was born, a patient Puig, that took some tough pitches to get back into a hitter’s count, a Puig that slowed down the game, but more importantly a Puig that finally comes through in big moments. His game tying single might seem like another big moment in a year full of them, but this was important, this is a new Puig. A better Puig. A Puig we all hoped for when he first showed up in 2013.

Stats for the week:
.353/.353/.529
1 HR
2 SO
1 BB

 

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Week 16 In Review: Minor Glitch

The Dodgers began the week by securing a sweep of the White Sox, extending their winning streak to 11 games, and adding to a long list of impressive numbers the team has put up since the beginning of June. With the best record in baseball and the amount of talent on this team, there’s no denying there’s something special about this team. But with that said, some of their good fortune wasn’t going to last.

Brandon McCarthy was one of the more consistent pitchers when the season began but has been shaky in his last few outings and in his last outing against Atlanta, gave up six runs on nine hits over four innings. McCarthy battled injuries his last few seasons so his hot start to the season was a welcome surprise. So while McCarthy’s decline is disappointing, it’s not entirely surprising. At the end of the day if he regresses to being a decent number four starter, the team will be just fine.

Alex Wood entered this week 11- 0 he was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball this year. Facing his former team, he surrendered nine runs over 4.2 innings. He allowed nine hits and walked four. While the outing was a rude awakening to a pitcher who was in the midst of a historic career year, he wasn’t going to remain undefeated all season and while it was a bad outing, (really bad in fact) it does seem to be only that. He should bounce back in his next start.

Kenley Jansen has been ridiculous all season. It took forever for him to walk his first batter all while striking out everyone. He’s been completely lights out and as close to automatic as you can expect. In the 9th inning on Sunday, with a 4-1 run lead and two outs, Jansen allowed a 3 run home run, blowing his first save of the year. The pitch he allowed a home run was a mistake out over the plate, and a cutter that did not cut. Safe to say is was a mistake pitch at a bad time. A small reminder that as good as he is, he is still prone to making mistakes. Going forward this isn’t a concern, he picked up the save on Monday with relative ease.

Clayton Kershaw lasted two innings before being removed with a lower back injury. While the exact nature of the injury is still being examined, it’s safe to say this is a tough blow for the Dodger’s ace. At the moment he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks which would have him returning in time for the postseason barring any setbacks. In a weird sense this limit the stress on his innings this year by missing time, but this is hardly ideal. Kershaw dealt with a back injury last season, though it seems like this is a strain instead of the herniated disc problem that sidelined him last year. Either way, it is a concern in a the sense we don’t know the severity. We don’t know how much this will effect him, or if it will pop up again when he returns. Fingers are crossed.

All in all this week could have gone a lot worse, but talented teams have a way of finding ways to win, even when things don’t go their way.

7/18     1-0     W     @CWS
7/19     9-1     W      @CWS
7/20    3-6      L       ATL
7/21     3-12    L       ATL
7/22    6-2     W       ATL
7/23    5-4     W       ATL

Record For The Week: 4-2

Injury Update:
Andre Ether (lower back) Cleared to resume baseball activities
Adrian Gonzalez (lower back) Resumed baseball activities
Scott Kazmir (left hip strain) Sent to home to work on body mechanics
Clayton Kershaw (lower back) Exited game with muscle sprain, placed on DL
Brandon McCarthy (blister) Placed on 10-day DL

Player of the Week: Chris Taylor

Key Moments:

  •  Chris Taylor 4 hit night in Chicago
  •  Dodgers hit 4 home runs
  •  Kenny Jansen blows a save
  •  Kershaw exits with injury
  • Forsythe walk off

 

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Week 15 In Review: Blow Us All Away

Summary:

Yasiel Puig digs into the batters box in the top of the ninth. The Dodgers had been awfully quiet to this point. McCarthy struggled a bit but the bullpen kept the game close. Any hope of a Dodger comeback at the top of the inning disintegrates early as Bellinger and Forsythe were retired quickly. Pederson had extended the inning with a single and Grandal followed with a walk. They were a single away from tying the game, but there was only one out to work with. Puig quickly falls behind 0-2. It’s not surprising. He has a tendency to swing a little big in these moments. A wild pitch moves the runners to second and third. A base hit gives the Dodgers a lead. A pitch outside the zone probably ends the game. Ramos deals the 1-2 pitch…

“High drive to left center field… Yasiel Puig has gone deep!” – Joe Davis

You would think that would be the highlight of the short week, (hell it was only 3 games) but the following day Bellinger digs into the box. He’s already had a productive day.  A  single, double and home run on the day, and now just a triple away from the cycle. But, it’s a triple. The hardest part of the cycle.  As great as Bellinger’s season has been, this just doesn’t happen. It’s only happened twice since the Dodgers moved to LA. And a rookie has never done it. Bellinger wastes no time in swinging in his 4th at bat…

“(Bellinger) Rips one into right center and it’s over Stanton’s glove and rolls to the wall. Cody Bellinger has a cycle!” – Joe Davis

The Dodgers have exceeded expectations all season long and continue to do so. They’ve already had a historic season and they are barely over the halfway mark. It’s getting exhausting trying to tame the excitement. This is a special team and I keep waiting for them to come back down but they show no sign of stopping. They just continue to blow us all away and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

7/10         HR Derby
7/11      All Star Game
7/14      6-4      W      @MIA
7/15      7-1       W      @MIA
7/16      3-2      W      @MIA

Record For The Week: 3-0 (Perfect Week!)

Injury Update:

Player of the Week: Cody Bellinger

There were only three games this week, but a solid showing in the derby complete with third cycle in LA history is impressive enough.

Key Moments:

  • Puig homers twice (game winning)
  • Cody Bellinger hits for cycle
  • Alex Wood improves to 11-0
  • Improve record to 64-29

Week Fifteen Puig:

You got “Hero Puig!”

“I need a hero. I’m holding out for a hero ’till the end of the night. He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast and he’s gotta be fresh from the fight”

Stats:
.286/.444/1.143

2 HR
1 SO
2 BB

 

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