Trending Up, Trending Down: Kendrick Shows ‘Howie’ Do It
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the second week of the regular season tied for third place in the National League West with a 3-3 record. On paper, their upcoming opponents of the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies seemed like tough matchups.
However, that isn’t necessarily how things unfolded on the field. It took a 10th-inning win over the Mariners and a walk-off in the ninth, but the Dodgers swept both three-game series. On top of that, the Dodgers outscored their opponents 37-to-18 and now rest comfortably in first place.
Additionally, the Dodgers have scored at least five runs in seven consecutive games. With the offense clicking and bullpen dominating, let’s check out which players had the most success and those that struggled during the week.
Jimmy Rollins: In six games this week (five starts), Rollins recorded just four hits in 22 at-bats. Despite striking out seven times in that span, he did still manage to draw five walks. As a result, his overall batting line diminished to .229/.321/.417.
Carl Crawford: Playing in only four games this week because of an illness that kept him out of Saturday and Sunday’s game, Crawford reached base just three times in 13 plate appearances (.231 on-base percentage). He notched three singles without drawing any walks, bringing his batting line down to .258/.281/.323.
Juan Uribe: After appearing on the “Trending Down” section last week, Uribe continued to struggle in the second week of the season. In four games played, he went just 3-for-15 with no extra-base hits and grounded into three double plays, dropping his slash line to a meager .214/.267/.214.
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Turner’s big day was against the Rockies, not the Mariners. 😉
I think the organization expects Rollins, Crawford and Uribe to struggle. It makes it easier to get rid of them next year. Meanwhile it’s looking likely that Kendrick probably should be locked up for another couple years. He looks awesome.