What a long, strange week it was for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And yet, they didn’t lose a game.
After having been no-hit by the Chicago Cubs 10 days ago, the Dodgers have not lost again. They won the next three games against the Cubs, took both games against the San Francisco Giants, and then flew cross country to battle both the weather and the red hot Washington Nationals. And still they didn’t lose a game.
In the midst of this week of tough opponents, the Dodgers also lost their highest-paid pitcher Trevor Bauer has been placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball while he is investigated for sexual assault allegations. And still, they didn’t lose a game.
Any prospective return for Bauer remains to be seen.
After being no hit, Justin Turner and Albert Pujols addressed the team, urging their teammates to take more quality at bats. Since the chat, the team has seemed to get back to their patient AB until someone breaks loose with the big hit.
Many people have been critical of Manager Dave Roberts, and sometimes rightly so. At times his bullpen management has been subpar at best. But this week has shown what a great manager he is, especially from the personnel side of things. There must have been a lot of in-house discussions with regards to Bauer and the allegations against him. As other teams have also gone through, the Dodgers have been through a lot of injury issues and keeping up the morale in the clubhouse through those, and after being no-hit can’t be an easy task.
Some stats from the last week and over the course of the 2021 season:
Since the rain delay in Saturday night’s game in Washington, the Dodgers bullpen threw 14 combined innings. They only allowed one run on 11 hits, while striking out 17. They own a 0.76 ERA over the nine game winning streak.
Max Muncy is batting .310/.432/.641/1.073 vs. relief pitchers this season.
Albert Pujols, since joining the Dodgers, has an RBI for every 4.7 at bats he’s taken. He is 4-for-10 as a pinch hitter with a walk and two RBI.
In Joe Kelly’s first 11 games this season, he allowed eight earned runs and had a 7.20 ERA through 10.0 innings. In his last 10 innings of work, he has allowed no earned runs with a 0.00 ERA.
The All-Star selections have been made, and no Dodgers were voted on to be starters. No pitchers were included at all. However, Mookie Betts and Max Muncy were added as alternates, and Chris Taylor was a commissioner’s pick. Roberts, who is managing the All Star team as the National League Champion Manager, said that he was going to start Muncy at DH and bat him second.
The Dodgers now are in Miami for a four game set against the Marlins. Probable pitching matchups are Monday — Walker Buehler and lefty Trevor Rogers; Tuesday — Tony Gonsolin and right-hander Pablo Lopez; Wednesday — Los Angeles bullpen vs. TBD; and Thursday’s matinee will be Julio Urías and righty Sandy Alcantara.