Dodgers 1st Week In Review
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By Enrique Rivera (Dodgers Correspondent): Follow @eriqwiththeq
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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Posted on April 8, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @eriqwiththeq on twitter, aaron harang, adrian gonzalez, andre ethier, Andrew McCutchen, arizona diamondbacks, carl crawford, chad billingsley, clayton kershaw, dodger stadium, don mattingly, enrique rivera, Hyun-Jin Ryu, jackie robinson, jackie robinson day, jonathan sanchez, josh beckett, Justin Sellers, la sports weekly, los angeles dodgers, matt kemp, milwaukee brewers, new york mets, nl west, pittsburgh pirates, ramon hernandez, san diego padres, san francisco giants, st louis cardinals, Tim Federowicz, x-static radio live, xstaticradio.com, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Dodgers 1st Week In Review.