Trending Up, Trending Down: Kendrick Shows ‘Howie’ Do It
Howie Kendrick: In six games this week, Kendrick knocked 10 hits in 22 at-bats and had a multi-hit game in five of them. He reached base safely 15 times in 26 plate appearances, recorded six extra-base hits and drew five walks (one intentional). Unsurprisingly, his overall batting line soared to .370/.431/.674.
Adrian Gonzalez: Coming off a historic opening week, Gonzalez showed no signs of slowing down. In six games, he went 9-for-26 with five doubles and two walks, including a stretch where he doubled in four consecutive games. On a side note, he has only gone hitless once this season (Sunday). His batting line leads the Majors at an astounding .469/.527/.939.
The bullpen: Ever since Chris Hatcher’s implosion in the final game of the Arizona Diamondbacks series last week, the Dodgers bullpen has been nearly perfect. Each reliever on the roster contributed this week, combining for just one run allowed in 20.1 innings pitched (0.44 ERA). Additionally, they combined to strike out 28 batters while giving up just seven hits and issuing seven walks.
Clayton Kershaw: In six innings against the Colorado Rockies, Kershaw allowed just seven baserunners and one earned run while striking out 12 in his first win on the season.
Brandon McCarthy: Against the Mariners and Rockies, McCarthy totaled 13 innings while giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. He racked up 16 strikeouts and finished the week with a 3.46 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
Justin Turner: Making his second start of the season in Sunday’s finale against the Mariners, Turner went 4-for-5 with three doubles. Overall, he finished the week with five hits in nine at-bats and increased his batting line to .400/.400/.600.
Scott Van Slyke: In three games this week (two starts), Van Slyke accumulated five hits in nine at-bats, with four of them going for extra-bases (three doubles and one home run). His batting line rose to an unbelievable .455/.600/1.000.
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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.