After a difficult 1st inning for Robbie Ray, he did settle down for the rest of his outing. Unfortunately, the D-backs have not been making their patented comebacks as often lately. For that to happen, the offense is going to need to start rolling again. Especially, in games like this one when they have a chance to make some noise against a Nationals team depending on their much-maligned bullpen after an early injury to Strasburg.
This is a good sign. Lovullo didn’t just pinch-hit Martinez to keep as a threat late in games. It seems like J.D. is practicing and almost ready to go. Rubby De La Rosa appears to be pitching well in Reno and may soon be called up as well. His services will be appreciated.
Drury was actually hitting quite well before his slump this last month. It was nice to see him get the walk-off hit a couple of days ago, but he is still having his difficulties. With Marte playing SS well, Owings can play 2B and Martinez can take his spot in the outfield, so there are options if Drury does not get out of his funk. But considering Lovullo loves to keep his players rested, depth is a requirement for this team.
A nice accomplishment, even though it took him over three months between tying the record and breaking it. He still has a way to go before breaking Eric Gagne’s record of 84 saves in a row for the Dodgers.
I have a ton of respect for Kershaw and I do not like seeing him injured. Reading comments of Dodgers fans panicking is a different story. It is unclear at this time if this latest back injury will be a long-term one.
Nationals are glad they won yesterday, but I imagine they would rather lose a game than have to accept forearm stiffness for Strasburg. I remember telling myself that forearm stiffness wouldn’t mean the worst for Shelby Miller. I was wrong.