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Trending Up, Trending Down: Clayton Kershaw Reigns Supreme



Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Dodgers encountered a tiring task this week — playing eight games in seven days. The stretch was broken up into four against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field and four against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.

After taking two out of four from the Rockies, the Dodgers managed to win just one of the next four games against the Cardinals.

It was a rough 3-5 week, but it’s not the end of the world. Let’s look at which players had the most success and those that didn’t during the eight-game span.

Trending Down:

Carlos Frias: Hoping to replicate his previous start at Busch Stadium, Frias struggled in his only outing this week against the Cardinals, allowing three earned runs on 10 hits and walking three in 6.2 innings pitched.

While Frias didn’t allow a high amount of runs, his 1.95 WHIP in the ballgame was simply too high to sustain any consistent success. After the disappointing start, his season ERA jumped to 4.25 and WHIP raised to 1.54.

A.J. Ellis: In two starts this week (catching Clayton Kershaw both times), Ellis tallied just a single in eight plate appearances (.125 on-base percentage). He struck out once, didn’t draw a walk, and relatively made weak contact in most of his opportunities. His slash line for the season dipped to .138/.231/.172.

Chris Heisey: Receiving playing time in six games this week (three starts), Heisey notched just three hits (one double) in 12 at-bats with three strikeouts and zero walks. As a result, his batting line fell to a meager .190/.346/.238.

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