Trending Up, Trending Down: Adrian Gonzalez Has Historic Opening Week

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The first week of the 2015 Regular Season has come and gone, with the Los Angeles Dodgers sitting at 3-3 and tied for third place in the National League West. It was a relatively interesting week, as Matt Kemp returned to Dodger Stadium and Arizona Diamondbacks top prospect Archie Bradley made his debut against Los Angeles.

Let’s take a look at who had the biggest impact, both positively and negatively, for the Dodgers during the six-game span:

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Yasiel Puig: In the first four games of the season combined, Puig reached base just four times in 19 plate appearances (.211 on-base percentage).

After a day off in game two of the Arizona series, Puig returned and hit his first home run of the season in the finale while finishing the game with only one hit in five at-bats.

Overall, he ends the week with a disappointing batting line of .136/.240/.318.

Clayton Kershaw: On Opening Day, Kershaw allowed three runs and nine total baserunners in six innings pitched against the Padres. Not bad, but certainly not the dominant performance that’s now expected from him.

Kershaw’s follow-up start against the Diamondbacks was also un-Kershaw like, as he allowed five earned runs and a staggering 13 baserunners in 6.1 innings pitched. He finished the week with a 5.84 ERA and 1.70 WHIP, but an encouraging 3.14 FIP.

Juan Uribe: In three games against the Padres, Uribe recorded just one hit in nine at-bats while drawing one walk. He went 2-for-4 in the first game of the Diamondbacks series, but suffered a hamstring injury Saturday immediately after replacing Justin Turner. Uribe didn’t play Sunday, though his hamstring issue hasn’t been deemed serious. He’s currently sitting on a feeble batting line of .231/.286/.231.

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