Trending Up, Trending Down: Andre Ethier Owning The Month Of August
Coming off a winless week, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned their attention to the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs.
After sweeping the Reds on the road with ease behind strong pitching performances, the Dodgers managed to win their first two games against the Cubs in Los Angeles, defeating the likes of Jason Hammel and Jon Lester.
However, in the series finale, they were no-hit by Jake Arrieta just nine days after being no-hit by Mike Fiers.
With a 5-1 record for the week, let’s analyze which players struggled and those that were successful during the six-game span.
Yasmani Grandal: Only making three starts last week, Grandal’s offensive struggles continued.
In 10 plate appearances, he did not record a hit and only drew one walk. In fact, he hasn’t knocked a hit since Aug. 14, which suggests his shoulder injury might still be affecting him. All-in-all, his slash line is still great at .266/.374/.455.
Jimmy Rollins: Getting a start in all six games, Rollins couldn’t find any consistency at the plate.
Tallying 18 at-bats, he recorded just three hits (.167 batting average) and drew three walks while striking out five times. With the down performance, his batting line dropped to .218/.274/.359.
Justin Turner: For the first time all season, Turner started in five consecutive games without an off day, but couldn’t get much going offensively.
In 22 plate appearances (six games), he picked up three hits and drew two walks (.227 on-base percentage) while striking out three times. He did homer on Tuesday, however — his first since Aug. 15. Though it wasn’t his best week, his season slash line remains excellent at .294/.356/.513.
CONTINUE READING: Andre Ethier Having A Hot August