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Dodgers Week 3: A Central problem

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers negated their hot start thanks to a disaster trip through the National League Central, getting swept by the Cardinals then losing two of three to the Brewers.

The rotation was the glaring, festering wound most noticeable during the week, with Dodgers starters allowing 24 runs in 31⅔ innings, an average of just 4.52 innings per game. The week started with Hyun-jin Ryu succumbing to another groin strain, cutting his start short in just the second inning, then went downhill from there.

Even ignoring Caleb Ferguson‘s “start” in Saturday’s bullpen game, Dodgers starters still averaged just 4.83 innings during the week. This figure is boosted by Ross Stripling ‘s eight-inning gem on Sunday that snapped the team’s six-game losing streak.

We knew the Dodgers’ rotation depth would be tested out of the gate with both Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill starting the season on the injured list. It’s been a combination of ineffectiveness — Walker Buehler after his abbreviated spring training and Julio Urias coming off of a 22-inning season after surgery both performing like fifth starters at best — and injury, with Ryu becoming the third starting pitcher on the shelf.

The result is a 4.50 starters’ ERA that ranks eighth in the National League, a Dodgers strength becoming a weakness, an albatross dragging the team down. Kershaw is due back this week, and Hill probably isn’t far behind, but the Dodgers not only need those two in the rotation but for the rest of the staff to pitch like they belong, too.

Batter of the week

This is becoming the Cody Bellinger award, with two more home runs and getting on base more than half the time. Joc Pederson gets honorable mention after his three-homer week.

Pitcher of the week

Ross Stripling pitched eight innings on Sunday, the longest outing of the season by a Dodgers pitcher.

Week 3 results

1-6 record
25 runs scored (3.57 per game)
39 runs allowed (5.57 per game)
.307 pythagorean record

Season to date

9-8 record
109 runs scored (6.41 per game)
87 runs allowed (5.12 per game)
.602 pythagorean record (10-7)

Miscellany

Hoo is the new guy: In the same week the University of Virginia won its first NCAA basketball championship, former Virginia College World Series standout Josh Sborz was called up to the majors for the first time. Sborz, drafted by the Dodgers in the second round in 2015, was the Most Outstanding Player for the Cavaliers in their 2015 championship run, and so far this season had nine strikeouts in four scoreless innings over two appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City before getting his first majors promotion.

St. Louis sweep: The Dodgers dropped all four games to the Cardinals in St. Louis for the first time since July 15-18, 2010. The all-time series between the two teams — which dates back to 1892 — is separated by just one game: Cardinals 1,030 wins, Dodgers 1,029.

Transactions

Tuesday: One day after leaving his start in just the second inning, Hyun-jin Ryu was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain, the same injury that caused him to miss three months in 2018. JT Chargois was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Wednesday: Russell Martin was placed on the DL with lower back inflammation, and catcher Rocky Gale was recalled from Triple-A.

Thursday: An arm swap in the bullpen, with Jaime Schultz recalled from Oklahoma City, and Chargois sent back down to the minors.

Sunday: Josh Sborz was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to give the bullpen a fresh arm, with Dennis Santana optioned back to OKC.

Game results

The week ahead

The Dodgers run the Glenn Braggs gauntlet, with three home games against a slew of old friends on the Reds, followed by four games in Milwaukee. The reigning NLCS combatants will conclude this year’s regular season meetings with more than a week remaining in April.

Week 3 schedule

Mon, Apr 15 Tue, Apr 16 Wed, Apr 17 Thu, Apr 18 Fri, Apr 19 Sat, Apr 20 Sun, Apr 21
Mon, Apr 15 Tue, Apr 16 Wed, Apr 17 Thu, Apr 18 Fri, Apr 19 Sat, Apr 20 Sun, Apr 21
vs. Reds vs. Reds vs. Reds at Brewers at Brewers at Brewers at Brewers
7:10 p.m. 7:10 p.m. 12:10 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 4:10 p.m. 11:10 a.m.
Kershaw v. Maeda v. Buehler v. Urias v. Stripling v. Kershaw v. Maeda v.
Castillo Mahle Gray Davies Chacin Peralta Woodruff
SNLA/ESPN SNLA SNLA SNLA/MLB SNLA SNLA/FS1 SNLA/MLB

Previous weeks in review: Week 1 | Week 2

Stats

Week 3 batting

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP SH SF PA BA OBP SLG OPS BABIP Player
Bellinger 22 5 8 1 0 2 4 2 0 7 3 0 0 0 29 0.364 0.517 0.682 1.199 0.353 Bellinger
Pederson 23 5 5 0 1 3 4 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 27 0.217 0.333 0.696 1.029 0.125 Pederson
Seager 23 3 6 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 26 0.261 0.346 0.478 0.824 0.278 Seager
Hernandez 20 1 5 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 21 0.250 0.286 0.500 0.786 0.286 Hernandez
Muncy 21 2 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 23 0.286 0.348 0.429 0.776 0.417 Muncy
Taylor 16 0 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 18 0.250 0.333 0.313 0.646 0.400 Taylor
Turner 20 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 24 0.250 0.333 0.300 0.633 0.278 Turner
Pollock 25 2 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0 0 1 28 0.200 0.250 0.240 0.490 0.263 Pollock
Barnes 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 19 0.118 0.211 0.118 0.328 0.167 Barnes
Starters 187 20 46 8 1 8 19 3 0 22 45 4 0 2 215 0.246 0.335 0.428 0.763 0.279 Starters
Freese 8 2 4 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0.500 0.500 1.125 1.625 0.500 Freese
Verdugo 19 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 19 0.263 0.263 0.421 0.684 0.267 Verdugo
Martin 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250 0.000 Martin
Gale 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 Gale
Bench 34 4 9 2 0 2 5 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 35 0.265 0.286 0.500 0.786 0.280 Bench
Pitchers 11 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 13 0.273 0.273 0.545 0.818 0.500 Pitchers
Offense 232 25 58 10 1 11 25 3 0 22 58 5 2 2 263 0.250 0.326 0.444 0.770 0.285 Offense

Week 3 pitching

Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Pitcher G GS W L Sv IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP ERA WHIP FIP Pitcher
Ferguson 1 1 0 1 2.7 4 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 3.38 2.250 8.83 Ferguson
Stripling 2 2 1 1 13.0 9 5 5 1 4 0 10 0 3.46 1.000 3.58 Stripling
Maeda 1 1 0 1 5.3 7 5 5 1 1 0 5 0 8.44 1.500 4.33 Maeda
Urias 1 1 0 1 5.0 6 6 5 2 1 0 4 1 9.00 1.400 8.00 Urias
Ryu 1 1 0 0 1.7 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 10.80 1.800 11.60 Ryu
Buehler 1 1 0 0 4.0 5 5 5 0 2 0 5 1 11.25 1.750 2.95 Buehler
Starters 7 7 1 4 0 31.7 33 24 23 6 11 0 27 2 6.54 1.389 5.19 Starters
Floro 3 0 0 4.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.231 1.82 Floro
Schultz 3 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0.00 1.000 3.20 Schultz
Ferguson 1 0 0 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.750 0.20 Ferguson
Alexander 4 0 0 4.3 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.08 0.692 1.82 Alexander
Garcia 3 0 0 3.0 1 2 1 0 1 0 5 1 3.00 0.667 1.87 Garcia
Baez 3 0 1 4.0 4 4 3 0 0 0 3 1 6.75 1.000 2.45 Baez
Kelly 2 0 1 2.3 5 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 7.71 2.571 3.63 Kelly
Jansen 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 9.00 2.000 2.20 Jansen
Chargois 2 0 0 1.7 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 10.80 1.800 11.60 Chargois
Santana 2 0 0 2.3 4 3 3 1 3 0 4 1 11.57 3.000 10.49 Santana
Bullpen 24 0 0 2 0 27.3 23 15 13 2 9 0 27 3 4.28 1.171 3.49 Bullpen
Totals 31 7 1 6 0 59.0 56 39 36 8 20 0 54 5 5.49 1.288 4.40 Totals