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Trending Up, Trending Down: Pitchers Going In Opposite Directions



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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Hoping to build off on last week’s successful 5-2 record, the Los Angeles Dodgers were tasked with facing the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. After losing the first three games to the Rangers, they were able to defeat them in the series finale on a balk that scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Unfortunately, their season-long struggle continued against the Giants, who took the first two games of the series. However, the Dodgers were able to come away with a win in the finale and completed the week with a 2-5 record.

Let’s analyze which players contributed positively and those that didn’t during the seven-game stretch.

Trending Down:

Carlos Frias: Getting two starts this week, one against the Rangers and the other against the Giants, Frias couldn’t put together a quality outing.

In 10.2 total innings, he allowed 10 hits, four walks, and 10 earned runs while striking out six batters. As a result, his season ERA and WHIP rose to 4.68 and 1.47, respectively.

Josh Ravin: After an impressive debut for the rookie a week ago, he didn’t quite have the same success this time around.

In three appearances out of the bullpen, he totaled just 1.2 innings pitched while allowing six hits, four earned runs, and issuing one walk. On Tuesday, Ravin allowed a walk-off home run to Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos after the Dodgers tied the game in the top of the ninth inning.

Later in the week, he was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City for some seasoning. During his time up he flashed some potential with his fastball, striking out nine in seven total innings.

Andre Ethier: Playing in five games this week (four starts), Ethier recorded just two hits in 18 at-bats (.111 batting average) while drawing one walk. Despite the week-long slump, his slash line for the season remains solid at .275/.353/.487.

CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Who Are Trending Up And Honorable Mentions

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