Dodgers haven’t lost since losing Kershaw to DL
The Dodgers needed a shot in the arm just as much as Clayton Kershaw needed a shot in the back, and they both got just what they needed. Clayton received his epidural and is awaiting confirmation that he can start progressing toward a return. In the meantime, Bud Norris and Brandon McCarthy were added to the rotation just in the nick of time, and the results were spectacular.
The red-hot Dodgers have now won four in a row, and ninth in a row at home as Brandon McCarthy made a successful return to the Dodger rotation.
Today will mark something that has not happened since 2003 when Darren Dreifort came back from Tommy John surgery to start 10 games for the Dodgers.
Since then, no Dodger starting pitcher who had Tommy John surgery during his major league Dodger career has made his return as a starter. Brandon McCarthy will be the fourth Dodger pitcher to make his return at the major league level: the others are Tommy John, John Tudor and Dreifort.
Given how many pitchers have had Tommy John surgery in the last 42 years, this was quite a surprise to me.
To the surprise of everyone, the Dodger starters held the Rockies scoreless in every game this weekend. Norris / Kazmir / McCarthy threw seventeen innings of scoreless ball. I’m not sure when the last time that happened so I’ll wait for someone to tell me but that seems like a rare occurrence.
The Giants / Mets / Cardinals all won so no ground was won but no ground was lost either.
Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 16 games, and now it tied with Marcell Ozuna for the longest hitting streak of 2016. It is the current longest active streak.
Trayce Thompson blasted a home run to get the scoring started, and ended up with two hits. Trayce now has multiple hits in three of his last four games.
Yazmani Grandal continues to be an RBI machine, slugging another home run. Grandal now has thirty runs batted in, with only thirty hits. Contrast with Howie Kendrick who has driven in fifteen runs, with fifty-five hits. Multi-run home runs go a long way to salve a .185 batting average. Does this seem fair comparing Grandal to Howie? It is not like Howie is a 2nd baseman anymore, according to Dave Roberts he’s a LF, and left fielders are expected to drive in runs. Especially when the manager has them batting fifth or sixth in the batting order most of the time. So yeah, I think it is fair.