The Dodgers have returned to Los Angeles after an eight game, East Coast-ish road trip where they went 6-2, concluding with a sweep in Pittsburgh.
While on the road trip, the Dodgers learned of some issues with some of their players. Relief pitcher Tony Cingrani appears to have suffered a setback in his rehab assignment. Currently with AAA Oklahoma City, Cingrani felt some more shoulder pain, and will be undergoing an MRI.
Word also came that Andrew Toles has left the Dodgers practice facility in Arizona to be with his family. Toles missed Spring Training dealing with some undisclosed issues, and it appears those are still ongoing. We wish Andrew and his family all the best at this time.
Austin Barnes suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s game against the Pirates. It is not yet known how serious that injury is, and how long Barnes will be out. The Dodgers will need to call up either Rocky Gale or possibly start Will Smith‘s major league career. Signs are pointing to Smith getting his call-up, we will keep you updated.
The Boys in Blue will continue to play East Coast teams at Dodger Stadium, where they will start a seven game home stand against the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets come in to town to start a four game set against the Dodgers. Currently they sit at 26-26, 4.5 games out of first place and squarely in the middle of the NL East. They are coming off a 6-1 home stand where they swept the Washington Nationals in a four game series, and took two-of-three from the Detroit Tigers.
New York has been hit with a little bit of the injury bug lately, with second baseman Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano and Brandon Nimmo all out for this series and beyond. Rookie first baseman Peter Alonso is tearing it up, smashing 17 home runs so far, just one behind Cody Bellinger.
Kicking off the series will be the premiere pitching matchup of Jacob deGrom and Clayton Kershaw. deGrom is not having the stellar year he did last season, however. He currently has a 3-5 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He does however have 75 strikeouts over 58 innings of work. He allowed six earned runs to the Miami Marlins on May 17.
Tuesday’s game will see Steven Matz and Rich Hill. The left-hander for the Mets is 3-3 on the season with a 3.63 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and only 45 strikeouts over 44.2 innings. The patient Dodger bats should be sure to make him work.
On Wednesday, Walker Buehler returns to the mound at Dodgers Stadium to face off against Noah Syndergaard. Thor also isn’t quite what he once was, having a 3-4 record with a 4.93 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 1.25 WHIP.
Thursday’s finale with see lefty Jason Vargas and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Vargas is 1-2 on the season, with a 5.22 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. All games are 7:10 PST with the exception of Monday’s game, which is slated to begin at 5:10 PST.