Trending Up, Trending Down: Andre Ethier Capitalizing On Opportunities

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A week removed from sweeping the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to extend their seven-game winning streak against division rivals, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

The first series against the Giants at AT&T Park didn’t go as planned, as Los Angeles got swept in three games and lost the latter two in walk-off fashion. On a positive note, the Dodgers rebounded nicely and took care of business at Petco Park, taking two of three from the Padres.

Let’s analyze the players who thrived and those who had trouble hitting their stride this week.

Trending Down:

Jimmy Rollins: Rollins, after appearing in the Trending Down section last week, had another rough stretch, recording only two hits in 22 at-bats. He walked just twice and didn’t produce an extra-base hit. His slash line fell continued to plummet and is now at .186/.275/.314 heading into Monday’s game.

Brett Anderson: In his only start this week against the Giants, Anderson allowed nine hits and four earned runs with just one strikeout in four innings pitched. Despite the fact that most of his hits allowed were bloops and “groundballs with eyes”, his overall statistics jumped, raising his ERA to 5.40, WHIP to 1.53 and FIP to 4.11.

Brandon McCarthy: Coming off a solid start against the Rockies in which he tossed six scoreless innings, McCarthy didn’t replicate that same success against the Padres. At one point retiring 12 batters in a row, he couldn’t record an out in the sixth inning and ultimately allowed seven baserunners and six earned runs (three home runs) in five innings pitched.

McCarthy eventually exited the game with right elbow tightness and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Monday.

CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Who Are Trending Up And Honorable Mentions

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