Amid Four Game Sweep of Diamondbacks, Dodgers Make Flurry of Pitching Moves

What a difference a day/team/series makes. After barely pulling out one win in four against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Los Angeles Dodgers have gone on to sweep a four game series from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Dodgers scored 29 over the four game series, that was all played within 41 hours. They also scored a season high 12 runs in the third game of the series, and the second game of a day/night double header. True to many of the games so far this season, the Dodgers had to come from behind in three of the four games.

Los Angeles hit six home runs, up from previous games but still more relying on timely hitting. Still, the Dodgers are scoring most of their runs in bulk, often gaining most of their runs in a single inning.

The pitching was still not completely on point. There were high points, like Tyler Anderson going seven strong innings of two run ball, and Tony Gonsolin’s six innings of the same. David Price looked really good in his return from the Covid IL. He faced four batters, struck out three and induced a fly out for the fourth out.

But Walker Buehler had to navigate through traffic, allowing two runs over 5.0 innings and only striking out four. Still, he escaped a no out, bases loaded jam, striking out two and inducing a fly out. Craig Kimbrel came in to close twice, and while allowing three runs, still managed not to lose the lead in both games.

There were a slew of pitching moves and news on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Clayton Kershaw had been scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, but was still feeling soreness in his pelvis. The Hall of Fame lefty will still keep throwing, but when he will be throwing off a mound remains to be determined.

Andrew Heaney said on Wednesday that his 15-pitch bullpen on Tuesday went well, and that he feels like he will be back in a matter of weeks instead of months. The focus now will be building his arm back up, barring any setbacks. He will go through the usual standards of sim games and a rehab assignment.

Reliever Tommy Kahnle was sent to the 15-day IL on Tuesday, battling right forearm tightness. Kahnle had just returned to the bigs after recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“The last few days haven’t been too great,” Kahnle said. “So I’ve just kind of been trying to deal with it. Yesterday … it just didn’t feel too good so I told them and they kind of made the decision to put me on the IL and go from there.”

“I mean, I’m not too concerned. But also it sucks,” Kahnle continued. “I’ve been through a long rehab process, with Tommy John and all this stuff. But it sucks. It’s not the best.”

Kahnle was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

Caleb Ferguson pitched a scoreless inning in Monday’s game, in his major league return after also dealing with Tommy John surgery. He was then optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the game. He is still unable to pitch in back to back games. In the corresponding move, Justin Bruihl was recalled. He provided a scoreless inning of work in his appearance Wednesday.

Shane Greene, who was brought to the team on Sunday and pitched two scoreless innings of relief, was designated for assignment in the corresponding move for David Price to return to the team.

After an off day travel day, the Dodgers will start a 10 game road trip starting in Philadelphia, continuing on the Washington, and ending in Arizona.

Thoughts on the Dodgers Past Week, and a Look Ahead at the Diamondbacks Series

Well that was a week of baseball worth forgetting about.

The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their week at 2-5, and nearly were swept in a four game series by the Philadelphia Phillies. They had already lost two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Dodgers were thoroughly owned by teams from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Phillies series could be chalked up to a lot of things. A sudden pressure on the starting rotation to go deep into games as they had lost Clayton Kershaw to the 15-day IL on Friday. The knowledge that the pitching staff as a whole was going to have a tough time navigating the home stand that includes eight games in seven days. Shock when the Dodgers found themselves down in every game, only to try to climb back in it and still lose. Unforced errors by the Dodgers compounding all the craziness. And one thought that Philly was supposed to have a weak defense- that team made incredible plays left and right robbing the Dodgers of more scoring opportunities.

Fans of the Dodgers should hope that the Phillies stay hot, through their next three games only, as they will open up a home stand against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers will see the Phillies again on Friday for a three game set, hopefully with better results.

The good news is, the Dodgers still have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, currently tied for first in ERA with the New York Yankees. They also are still tied for first in the NL West with the San Diego Padres. They come out of that last week being statistically no worse for the wear.

But now the pitching staff faces another challenge, playing four games in three days, two being day games, and having been taxed the last four games. The Arizona Diamondbacks are in town, and their last meeting jumped the DBacks into playing some really good baseball. Arizona took two of three from the Dodgers in Phoenix at the end of April, then went on to win 10 of their next 16 games. They are now 18-17, 4.0 games out of first in the division. The NL West still has all its teams at .500 or higher.

The Dodgers also need to hope that their offense gets more consistent. While there have been offensive outbursts, it’s still not anything what the Dodgers fans were hoping to see out of the All-Star lineup. Not one Dodger is batting over .300 – Freddie Freeman is the closest with a .295 BA. Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger are both hitting close to the Mendoza line, and Max Muncy is still down around .150. Mookie Betts leads the team with seven homers, and the team that has a lot of pop hasn’t quite been able to get those long balls going.

Probable starters for the Arizona series are Monday, Tony Gonsolin and Madison Bumgarner. Tuesday’s matinee will see a spot starter from the Dodgers against Merrill Kelly. The evening contest is TBA for the DBacks against Tyler Anderson. And Wednesday’s matinee will be Zach Davies and Walker Buehler.

Dodgers End Road Trip at 4-2; Head Home For Eight Games in Seven Days

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed their six game road trip Wednesday, compiling a 4-2 record along the way. Normally that would be a good winning percentage on the road; the Dodgers dropped two of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates, when they should have won two of the three.

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Dodgers Pitching Staff News, Notes and Injury Updates

The Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, including a doubleheader on Saturday and an appearance on Sunday Night Baseball. The Dodgers out scored the Cubs 20-3 with all three starters doing a great job. Dodgers starters have now allowed two earned runs or fewer over the last fifteen games.

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Dodgers News and Notes, Dave Roberts Comments on New Baseballs and Slumping Players

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Tuesday night to keep even with the San Diego Padres for the NL West lead. They will face the Giants one more time before another off day and heading to the Windy City.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Roster Trimmed to 26, Tommy Kahnle’s Dodger Debut and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting the month of May statistically tied for first place with the San Diego Padres, and only 0.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants. If they would like to put a little breathing room between themselves and these two teams, this month would be a good time to do it.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from the First Month of 2022 Dodgers Baseball

April is coming to a close and along with it the first month of the 2022 season. Right now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 12-6, and in second place in the NL West, 0.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants.

Overall, the Dodgers have played well. But for as talented and stacked as this team is, they are still leaving some things to be desired. But we will start with the best parts of the team.

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Dodgers News and Notes – Bellinger Player of the Week, Dodgers Pitching Dominance and More

Through the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training and into the start of the season, fans wondered about Cody Bellinger and if he would ever regain his 2019 NL MVP status.

Bellinger looked lost at the plate in Spring Training, striking out a lot and barely getting the bat on the ball. He was tinkering much with his swing, trying to find his form. He quipped that he was just getting his “punchies” (his word for strikeouts) out of the way in Spring Training.

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Dodgers News and Notes- Update on Heaney’s Shoulder, Bauer’s Leave Extended, and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers have just finished their first home stand of the season, going 7-1 combined against the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves. After a day off on Thursday, they will be heading down the California coast to face division rivals San Diego Padres for a three games set ay PetCo Park.

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Dodgers and Braves Begin Emotional and Storyline Packed Series

After starting the season at 1-2, the Los Angeles Dodgers are now hitting their stride. They are 7-2, riding a six game winning streak and tied for first in the National League West.

As part of that winning streak, the Dodgers swept the Cincinnati Reds in a four game series for the first time since 1975.

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