Well, that was a strange series, wasn’t it? Coors is always an adventure, and mostly you just hope to survive it without any disasters or injuries.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won three of the four against the Colorado Rockies and started off their quest to repeat as World Series champs. The pitching was mostly good, the batting was not as good as it could be, (only one out-of-the-park home run at Coors!), and the defense and base running appears to need a lot of work.
Corey Seager has remained hot, with a .667/.750/.833/1.583 with two doubles. Zach McKinstry has been so fun to watch, as he plays with such a joy of being in the big leagues. His inside-the-park home run was delightful and although it’s early, it seems as if he will make a suitable replacement for Kiké Hernandez.
But the Dodgers committed multiple errors, two from Seager, while making a bunch of bad judgements on the base paths. They definitely did not look like a championship team.
The Dodgers now start a three-game series in Oakland where we could maybe see if those issues were just symptomatic of being at high altitude to start the season, or something more.
For their part, the Athletics are 0-4, having been swept by the Houston Astros. They scored only nine runs over the four games, scoring just one run twice, while allowing 35 runs to the Astros, with Houston scoring eight the first game and nine in each of the next three games.
Although they were excellent at musically trolling the Astros with playing songs about cheating, the team did not perform well. Most notably Matt Chapman has one hit in 11 at bats with six strikeouts.
Dustin May will make his 2021 debut Monday evening, facing off against former Dodgers prospect Frankie Montas. Tuesday will see Clayton Kershaw return to the mound, as he hopes to have a better start than he did in Coors Field. He will go up against Chris Bassitt, who allowed three runs in 5.1 innings on Opening Day. Wednesday’s matinee will be Trevor Bauer and Jesus Luzardo, who allowed five earned runs in 5.0 innings on Friday.
Some News and Notes:
– The Dodgers are hitting .531 to lead off innings so far this season
– Tony Gonsolin is dealing with shoulder soreness and was placed on the 10-Day Injured List
– The Washington Nationals will begin their 2021 season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. They will play a double header on Wednesday before hopefully being able to travel to Los Angeles for the Dodgers to have their home opener. The Nationals have been sidelined by a Covid-19 outbreak and have yet to play a game.