Trending Up, Trending Down: Rough Week For Gonzalez And Pederson

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For the first time this year the Los Angeles Dodgers played seven games in seven days.

Their opponents, the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies, seemed like favorable matchups on paper, but the Dodgers posted a modest 4-3 record on their homestand.

Let’s take a look at the players who had a successful week and those that didn’t.

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Joc Pederson: Appearing in all seven games (six starts) throughout the week, Pederson reached base just six times in 29 plate appearances (four hits, one walk, one hit by pitch).

He did homer for the 10th time this season, but struck out six times as well. Overall, his batting line remains impressive at .233/.388/.534.

Adrian Gonzalez: Starting in six games, Gonzalez recorded only five hits in 21 at-bats (.238 batting average) while drawing four walks. Not all is bad though, as three of the four hits went for doubles. Despite the minor slump, Gonzalez’s slash line is still MVP-worthy at .356/.429/.681.

Yimi Garcia: Making four relief appearances, Garcia allowed five earned runs in three innings pitched. He walked three batters and gave up six hits (two for home runs), while blowing two consecutive saves.

As a result his ERA and WHIP for the season increased to 3.12 and 0.98, respectively. He got back on track Sunday by throwing a scoreless inning of relief.

CONTINUE READING: See which Dodgers are trending up and near-misses

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