Series Recap: Dodgers Take Two of Three At Coors While Starters Rest

Nolasco is in the midst of one of the best stretches of his career. He’s won six straight games, he was 5-0 with 1.64 ERA in August and for the first time ever in his seven-year big league career, he’s pitching in meaningful games.

Did I mention that Zack Greinke was the NL pitcher of the month for August (5-0, 1.23 ERA)?

Edinson Volquez was not as effective Wednesday as he only lasted only four innings, giving up four runs on six hits, but at least he didn’t walk anybody. It was a bad matchup, though, as Volquez has an 8.39 ERA in seven career starts at Coors Field.

Like I mentioned before, with a cushy lead in the division and an off day on Thursday, Don Mattingly took the opportunity to rest some starters. One of the great aspects of the Dodgers’ team is their depth and that Mattingly has the ability to play multiple guys at any position on any given night.

Nick Punto went 4-for-5 with a run scored starting at shortstop on Tuesday.  New addition Michael Young started at 3B on Tuesday, and 1B on Wednesday. Wednesday also featured a starting outfield of Skip Schumaker, Jerry Hairston and Scott Van Slyke.

The Dodgers bullpen got plenty of work, but with September call-ups the Dodgers are stacked up with 16 pitchers on the roster. The Dodgers bullpen gave up five runs in 12 innings in the series, but Kenley Jansen got his 25th save Monday night and Chris Withrow got his first career save striking out Corey Dickerson for the final out of Tuesday’s game.  Additionally, Brandon League, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brian Wilson, and Carlos Marmol all saw action this weekend.

The Dodgers will head to Cincinnati to take on the Reds for three games starting Friday. Don’t expect Mattingly to rest the starters as much against a team that the Dodgers could very well face in the playoffs. Chris Capuano will take the hill at Great American Ballpark against the Reds’ Mike Leake.

The Dodgers took 3-of-4 games from the Reds at Dodger Stadium at the end of July as the series ended with a dramatic eleventh inning walk-off home run from Yasiel Puig.  The series will also get a ton of TV coverage since it will be the FOX game Saturday afternoon and the two teams will be the Sunday night game on ESPN.


In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about the Michael Young trade!

Written by Staff Writer


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