After an interesting weekend in San Francisco, the Dodgers now head back to Southern California, albeit not to their home stadium quite yet.
Los Angeles took two of the three games in the series from the Giants, and won their eleventh series of the season. The pitching held it together when they needed them to, especially Sunday when the Dodgers were only able to muster one lousy run. Now that one run was majestic, into-the-bay, make Madison Bumgarner mad kind of run, but it was just one nonetheless. They also only scored one run Friday, and weren’t really scoring much Saturday until they got four runs in the eight.
The pitching staff allowed only four runs the whole weekend in San Francisco. They have nine shutouts in their last 29 games, and in their last 10 starts, the Dodgers pitching staff has
67/10 Strikeout to walk ratio
.171 opponents average
.453 opponents OPS
Pretty impressive if you ask me. The Dodgers as a team also have the highest run differential in the National League, and second in MLB behind the Minnesota Twins with +109. Some other interesting, random bits of info to start the week – Alex Verdugo is in the fourth longest active streak of plate appearances with hitting a home run at 139. Max Muncy is quietly having a ten game hitting streak. Cody Bellinger is still leading the NL in batting WAR, with 5.6.
And so the Boys in Blue taking that excellent pitching staff and run differential over to Orange County to take on the Anaheim Angels for a quick two game series. The Angels are 31-35, 13.5 games behind the first place Houston Astros in the AL West.
The Angels of course have the best player in baseball in Mike Trout. He leads their team in home runs with 17, and most other offensive categories. Trout also have 15 multi-walk games. Something to keep an eye on with a staff that doesn’t walk very many batters.
In addition to Trout, the Angels have Tommy LaStella who leads the team in batting average with .315, and third baseman who sports a .308 batting average and is leading the team in hits. Shohei Otani has finally returned from the injured list, although he is playing just in the field at this point. He has six homers in 28 games.
Monday night’s game will see the Dodgers’ best pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu taking his stellar record up against Griffin Canning. The righty is 2-2 on the year in seven games, with a 3.52 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He went six innings and gave up four earned runs in the last game against the Oakland A’s in his last start last Tuesday.
Both games in Anaheim start at 7:07 PST. The Dodgers will have an off day on Wednesday before starting a four game series against the Chicago Cubs at home on Thursday.