“Don’t you know?
Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day”
Good morning from our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.! I think I picked a good time to be on limited social media and TV time of watching our beloved team. Last week was not the best of weeks for the Dodgers. But, it is my job in this weekly recap to come up with only the positives. So, here we go.
Julio Urias looked much better. After starting his career on the road against two very tough teams, and then doing pretty decent in his home debut, Urias came out strong against the San Francisco Giants Sunday night. He took a scoreless game into the sixth inning, going 5.1 innings with a line of 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB and 7 K. Seemingly, his only mistake was a 85 mph slider that Brandon Belt sent into the stands. According to Mike Petriello, Urias has 21 Ks in 17 innings pitched. Dodgers pitching staff is fifth best in ERA and third best in FIP.
Urias looks poised to keep doing well down the road, and could be a major asset as the Dodgers wait for the rest of their pitching staff to return from the DL.
Clayton Kershaw, still the (insert superlative here). Weekly reminder of just how awesome Kershaw is. He is the first pitcher in the MLB to 100 innings pitched, in his 13 starts. His career WHIP is now at 1.0101. And stats like this from Postive Residual never get old.
It’s Kershaw’s world, we’re just living in it.
Justin Turner may be (ever so slowly) turning it around. Ok, so stay with me here. I know he took two strikes back to back right down the middle of the plate in Sunday night’s game and ended up going 0-for-4, but the first two pitches he hit were screamers, just right at people. Friday, he was the game savior, with the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th to get Kershaw the win. In his last seven games, he’s had two home runs and 5 RBI. Does he deserve to be perpetually batting in the third position? No, but I’m optimistic he’s finally starting to return to some sort of groove offensively.
As it is my job to remain positive, I do believe the Dodgers will turn it around. Losing the series to Rockies and Giants back to back does not portend to this, but I think this team is too good to be this bad. Just like a giant steamer in the ocean, it takes a slow, wide turn to turn the giant ship around. The Dodgers just need to hold on until the ship can reverse direction.