Dodgers 1st Week In Review

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Monday Apr.08/2013

Mattingly guided the Dodgers to a nice NL West ion 2012 - before injuries crippled their chances to continue.  2013 will be a fresh start with the biggest payroll in the game and lots of ALL-Star talent.  Can he unite the players to gel? In the last year of his contract, he has guided the Dodgers to a 4 - 2 record so far in 2013

Mattingly managed the Dodgers to a nice record in the NL West during the first few months of the 2012 campaign – before injuries crippled their chances to continue as the leaders. 2013 gives the former Yankees a fresh start with the biggest payroll in the game and lots of ALL-Star talent. Can he unite the players to gel? In the last year of his contract, he has guided the Dodgers to a 4 – 2 record so far in 2013.  The pitching has been dominant, particularly only yielding just 2 run to the Pirates in a 3 game Series over the weekend, plus throwing back to back Shutouts on Friday and Saturday.  All they need now is for Matt Kemp to come around!

By Enrique Rivera (Dodgers Correspondent): 

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly began his third season as Dodgers manager with a four-man rotation. Clayton Kershaw opened on Monday – and pitched a Complete Game Shut-out – with a Game Winning HR at the plate himself against the defending world champs San Francisco Giants.

On Saturday night, Kershaw went on to pitch a Seven-Inning Shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates – with 9 SO and only 2 Hits surrendered. He’s currently 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 16 SO, 6 H and only 1 Walk.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (another Left-Hander) went on Tuesday to make his Major League debut and lost. His official line seems a little off but in 6.1 IP, he gave up 10 hits , however the end result was only one Earned Run – with 5 SO and O Walks.

On his second career start, Ryu was able to pick up his first career win by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched 6.1 Innings once again, allowing 2 Earned Runs (a two-run shot to Pirates Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen), Striking out six – allowing only 3 Hits and 2 Walks on Sunday afternoon.

Ryu Interviews after his 1st start:


Zack Greinke pitched 6.1 innings, with 6 SO, 2 H and no earned runs in his Dodger debut on Friday Mar. 5, 2013. He also earned the win in the 3-3 Dodger win against the Pirates.

Zack Greinke pitched 6.1 Innings, with 6 SO, 2 H and no Earned Runs his Dodger debut on Friday Mar. 5, 2013. He also earned the win in the 3 – 0 Dodger win against the Pirates.

The Dodgers ended the series with Right-Hander Josh Beckett on the mound. Beckett struggled, giving up three earn runs in six innings. He also earned his first loss of the season.

With the day off on Thursday, the Dodgers hoped to get it together after losing the opening series to the defending World Champs and arch rivals Giants. 

They opened the next series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday sending new and pricey Dodger Right – Hander Zack Greinke – who delivered exactly with the Dodgers hoped for. He pitched the same amount of innings as Ryu (6.1) but gave up 0  Runs, had 6 SO and only allowed 2 hits to pick up his first Dodger W. 

That is a combined ERA of about 1.44 for Dodger starters in the first week.

Now all that sounds fine and dandy for the big Dodger pitching but how did the “All-Star” Dodger offense do on the first week?

Let’s start with the stars. Let’s start with Matt Kemp. Kemp begins the year hitting .100 –  with 2 Doubles and one RBI. He played all 6 games. 

Adrian Gonzalez in the other hand, is hitting and even .400 (8/20) with 5 RBI – and has only Struckout 3 times in the first 6 games. His best performance of the week was on Sunday afternoon –  when he went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI. 

Dodger Right-Fielder Andre Ethier proved he can still hit Lefties well – by hitting a solo HR against Pirates Left Hander Jonathan Sanchez. Ethier is hitting .278 (5/18) with 1 HR and and 2 RBI. He is also .375 against Lefties and .200 against Righties.

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford scoring on Opening Day Monday April. 1, 2013. Dodgers went on to defeat the Giants 4-0. The LF has started the year hitting .450, with 5 Runs Scored, 2 - 2B and 2 SB

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford scoring on Opening Day Monday April. 1, 2013. Dodgers went on to defeat the Giants 4-0. The LF has started the year hitting .450, with 5 Runs Scored, 2 – 2B and 2 SB.

Dodger management made an interesting move as well by sending Right-Hander Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for Catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash considerations. The Dodgers didn’t really need Harang but it’s still puzzling as to why Dodgers picked up a 37-year old catcher instead of a prospect. The Rockies don’t seem to be having any plans to keep Harang as they’ve already captured attention from other clubs.

The move is expected to make Dodgers send Catcher Tim Federowicz down to the Minors to make room for Right-Hander Chad Billingsley who will be able to be activated from the DL on Wednesday. The move will also give the Dodgers a five-man rotation again. 

The Dodgers going to make their first road trip of the season starting on Monday – when they head off to San Diego to play the Padres from Tuesday to Thursday then to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks from Friday to Sunday.

Beckett is probable to pitch on Tuesday, then Greinke on Wednesday, then Billingsley to make his season debut on Thursday if he is in fact activated from the DL.

It will be Jackie Robinson Day next time the Dodgers come back to Dodger Stadium.

Here are some interesting notes, Kershaw, Ethier and shortstop Justin Sellers all lead the team in Home Runs with 1. That's right, a pitcher, a hitter who has notably struggled against left-handers and a guy who has struggles all week long until Sunday afternoon.

Here are some interesting notes, Kershaw, Ethier and Shortstop Justin Sellers all lead the team in Home Runs with 1. That’s right, a Pitcher, a hitter who has notably struggled against Left-Handers – and a guy who has struggled all week long until Sunday afternoon.  The team now heads the I – 5 to take on the San Diego Padres.  The Pods’ are 1 – 5 after losing 2 out of the 3 versus the Mets – and then be spanked in a 3 game sweep by NL West Division ‘Co – Leader’ Colorado Rockies. The DiamondBacks also are at 5 – 1 after winning a series vs St. Louis before the clubbing the Brewers in 3 straight over the weekend.

***The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners***

Today’s feature was prepared by our Dodgers Correspondent Enrique Rivera. Enrique was born in Los Angeles and raised in Compton, CA. He has  been a Dodger fan since he was introduced to the greatest sport of all time. ‘Eriq’ also has written a couple of baseball stories for another website here . Eriq has also talked Dodger baseball on a college radio show called LA Sports Weekly.

Hissecond favorite thing in the world is rock and roll – and he owns his own website called xstaticradio.com as well as hosts/produces his own college radio show called X-Static Radio Live.   You can also follow Enrique on Twitter 

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