It’s been a long time since Dodgers fans have seen anything like this. With three-and-a-half weeks to go in the season and a 12.5 lead in the NL West, Don Mattingly can comfortably rest all of his starters without any repercussions.
The Dodgers won 7-4 on Tuesday night without Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers mashed for 10 runs on Labor Day, despite a rough start from Clayton Kershaw. Although they lost 7-5 on Wednesday, the starting pitchers got a rest too, as Edinson Volquez got his first start as a Dodger.
Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe each had three hits in Monday night’s win and Ethier was quite effective this week at Mile High, going 4-for-7 with a home run, three doubles, three walks, three RBI, and five runs scored. Ethier has been on a tear since the All-Star break. In August, Ethier had a sick line of .318/.426/.932 (that’s AVG/OBP/OPS for those not familiar with that line).
Uribe went 5-for-8 with a double and three RBI in the series, however, he did have some curious defensive gaffes in the series, but regardless, Uribe’s play at third remains solid.
The pitcher who had the best start in the series was Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco had another wonderful start, six innings of two run ball, allowing only five hits, which is all anyone could ever want from a pitcher at Coors Field. Just ask Clayton Kershaw who got knocked around for 11 hits and five runs in only five innings of work Monday.
Although, Kershaw did manage to get his 14th win, aided in no small part by his go-ahead 2 RBI single in the fifth inning, it was another curiously rough start for him. Kershaw’s rocking a 5.24 ERA in 13 career starts at Coors Field, by far his worst at any ballpark.
Regardless, Kershaw hit the 200 K mark Monday night, giving him four straight seasons of 200 IP/200 K and is the first Dodger to do this since, you guessed it, Sandy Koufax, who had six straight 200 K seasons from 1961-1966. Koufax pitched 200+ innings in five of six of those seasons. But, back to Nolasco.