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