The Los Angeles Dodgers have made it to the end of their marathon month, 31 games in 30 days, and are finally enjoying their first day off since May 19th. After two road trip and two home stands, the Dodgers finish this slog-fest with a record of 19-12, and 35-19 overall.
The last week of the home stand was their worst stretch; they were swept in a three game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and split a four game series with the NL best New York Mets.
L.A. still is in first place in the NL West, 2.0 games ahead of the San Diego Padres and 5.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants.
The good news is that all the series with the teams from Pennsylvania are over, both of whom with the Dodgers had quite a bit of trouble. The other good news is that reinforcements should be coming back soon.
Towards the end of the marathon run, it was easy to tell that the team is tired, and bullpen especially. What once was a shut down unit is giving away wins. This was specifically evident in the Sunday finale of the Mets series, when the Dodger offense battled back to tie the game and the bullpen twice game up the lead, and then the win.
While the bullpen will be missing Blake Treinen and Tommy Kahnle each for a while still, the starting rotation will be seeing an addition in the next week which hopefully will take some less usage of the bullpen.
Clayton Kershaw did a rehab assignment in Single-A Rancho Cucuamonga on Sunday, where he went four innings. He threw 59 pitches, 44 for strikes. He allowed one run on a homer, struck out seven, and gave up three hits total and allowed one walk. Afterwards, Manager Dave Roberts said his next start would be with the Dodgers. It seems at this point it would line him up to start this weekend in San Francisco.
Andrew Heaney had his first rehab assignment with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. He pitched three innings, allowing one earned run, issuing zero walks, and striking out five. Encouragingly, Heaney’s fastball was averaging 92.0 mph, up from the 91.0 he had had before his injury. It topped out at 93.5mph. He threw 39 pitches across those three innings, 29 of which were for strikes. He will have at least one more rehab start before the team discusses him returning to the big leagues.
Max Muncy has currently played two rehab games in Oklahoma City. He’s played both third and second base, and is 1-for-6 so far at the plate.
The Dodgers lost some bench depth this weekend, as Kevin Pillar is going to have season ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday. The veteran Major Leaguer signed with the Dodgers in the off-season, and after starting the season in the minors, Pillar joined the big club in mid-May, garnered only 12 at bats, and had only one hit. Eddy Alvarez seems to be the depth piece now. The gold medal Olympian had a timely hit in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game Sunday against the Mets.
The Dodgers are now headed out on another road trip, with three games against the Chicago White Sox and three against the San Francisco Giants.