As the Dodgers come off a series win against the San Francisco Giants, they start the new week by placing a pitcher on the injured list.
On Monday, the Dodgers announced that they had placed right handed reliever Joe Kelly on the 10-day IL, retroactive to August 9th. The team stated shoulder inflammation as the reason for the placement, which maybe could explain the lack of control on the part of Kelly. Adam Kolarek was recalled from the Dodgers alternate training site. As of this writing, Kelly’s appeal had still not been heard by Major League Baseball.
Chris Taylor is the second straight Dodgers to earn “Play of the Week” honors. Taylor was selected for his throw from left field off a sacrifice fly attempt by Manny Machado, which was caught by Will Smith who applied the tag on Trent Grisham to complete the double play and end the game. Mookie Betts’ play gunning down a runner at third from a throw in right field was the NL winner last week.
The Dodgers offense is still not firing on all cylinders yet, and the starting pitching has hit a rough patch, but still they have the largest run differential in the major leagues. They sit at +41, 10 more than the Colorado Rockies, whom they currently trail in the NL West by 0.5 games.
Dennis wrote Sunday about whether fans should be worried about the fact that the offense isn’t where is should be. He notes that seven of the position players have a batting average below .250, and Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy are both below .200.
In addition, the lineup isn’t getting things going until the late innings. In both Saturday and Sunday’s games, the Dodgers were being no-hit into the sixth innings. They lost Saturday’s game 5-4, once again coming just short of a comeback; but won Sunday’s game powered, by two three-run homers off the bats of Betts and AJ Pollock.
Corey Seager, the Dodgers’ best hitter, remains sidelined with back issues. Out since Friday, manager Dave Roberts said Monday that the team is still not sure if Seager will see time on the IL or not. He has not taken swings or practiced any defensive plays since hurting himself on Friday. If there’s no progress in the next few days, he may land on the 10-day IL.
It’s probably safe to say that the Dodgers will not play Seager during the upcoming four-game series with the Padres, and that is unfortunate. The Dodgers were lucky to win two of three from the Padres when they played last week at Petco Park, and they will come in to Chavez Ravine looking to seek revenge.
Now, the Dodgers pitching staff will be charged with keeping Tatis Jr and his teammates inside the park and off the base paths.
Monday’s game will feature Dustin May and Luis Perdomo. Tuesday will see Garrett Richards and Ross Stripling. Wednesday’s matchup is Julio Urías and Zach Davies, and Thursday’s finale will be Clayton Kershaw and Chris Paddack.
All Padres starting pitchers are right handed. All games will start at 6:40 p.m. PT.