The Dodgers somehow managed to take three of four from the San Diego Padres over the weekend. Two strong wins on the backs of Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, a missed opportunity in Dustin May‘s debut, and another come from behind win due to a poor outing from Kenta Maeda on Sunday.
Kenta has not been as good on the mound as previous seasons, and it’s leading fans to wonder if he’ll even be good out of the bullpen come playoff time. Some are also leaping ahead to wonder if he should be moved there now, and if May or Tony Gonsolin should be taking his place in the rotation until Maeda either figures it out, or becomes just a bullpen piece. Something to keep an eye on as the season progresses.
The Dodgers now turn their attention to the St Louis Cardinals. The last time the Dodgers saw the Birds was in St Louis in April, and the Cards beat them all four games. The Dodgers entered that series at 8-2, after a very hot start. They left 8-6, and went on to lose the next to games to the Milwaukee Brewers as well. It was their longest losing streak of the season to date. Their only other losing streak of more than two days was four games surrounding the All-Star break, between San Diego and Boston.
The Cardinals then went on a skid of their own, losing 31 games in May and June. However, they had made it back atop the NL Central, tied with the Chicago Cubs, until they lost the last two games. They are now in second, 1.5 games behind the Cubs, and first place in the Wild Card race.
Tonight, Tony Gonsolin will make his second start of the season. He is coming off a great outing in Coors Field against the Rockies, throwing four scoreless innings to close out the game. He will be going up against Michael Wacha, who is 6-4 on the season with a 5.15 ERA and 69 strikeouts over 85.2 innings. He hasn’t gone longer than 4.2 innings in his last three games. He has been used out of the bullpen as well as a starter this season.
Tuesday will see Clayton Kershaw and Miles Mikolas. The righty is 7-11 with a 4.00 ERA and has 90 strikeouts across 126 innings. He last went 5.2 scoreless against the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday’s matinee will see Dustin May’s second start of the season, and he will face off against Jack Flaherty. The young right hander is 5-6 with a 3.93 ERA and 140 strikeouts over 121.1 innings.
In some injury news and notes, word today broke that Keibert Ruiz, the Dodgers’ catching prospect, broke his finger and will have surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the season. The news was first reported by the minor league writer for Dodgers Nation.
Rich Hill stated yesterday that he should be throwing a bullpen session in about three weeks. Both Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez could also be out on rehab assignments this weekend. Newly acquired Jedd Gyorko has begun his rehab in Double-A Tulsa. No timetable is yet set for his debut with the Dodgers.