The Dodgers left Los Angeles to embark on a 3 city road trip against the best in the NL West. 2-3 is not a good record but considering they lost the first two in Colorado with Kershaw and Billingsley on the mound, it is not that bad.
Offensively, the team is still not operating that well, with not much from Loney, Uribe and catching spots. But then it is only a 2 week sample. Pitching has basically been okay though there was only one really good start this week.
Player of the Week: Hiroki Kuroda, going 8 2/3 scoreless innings in a game where they were going to be short-handed in the game.
This week is part of a 20 straight game streak, which will change how Mattingly approaches the bullpen. The starters will need to go longer.
Their next 3 opponents have gotten off to slow starts, Giants, Cardinals and Braves but they all have good pitching and the Cardinals and Braves have done well against the Dodgers in the past couple of years.
The biggest surprise or at least most unexpected, Tony Gwynn, Jr. who has had gotten some big hits and showed good defense in LF.
I still think 12-8 would be a great record to have after this stretch against the Giants, Braves and Cardinals. they can do that but will need a really good week to make it happen.